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Cape Town, Paarl, Hermanus, Londolozi Private Game Reserve / Serene South Africa

Elevating all of the essentials of a South African sojourn to upscale heights, this 14 night itinerary takes couples on a tour of the country’s best boutique hotel gems, while meeting some of the most inspiring local people and encountering the most unforgettable experiences along the way.

Cape Town is the starting point with Ellerman House as your base, where dinner or a helicopter journey with Christo Brand – Nelson Mandela’s prison-guard-turned-friend – and a private lunch in the home of chef and zero waste queen Nicky Gibbs are on the agenda, followed swiftly by a sound journey lead by South African band Hot Water. Then it’s onto Paarl in the heart of wine country where the sprawling Brookdale Estate is the backdrop for exploring with Harry Melcks, a descendant of the well-known Cape ‘wine’ family.

And of course, it wouldn’t be South Africa without some featured fauna. Birkenhead House sits on a cliff overlooking Walker Bay where the whales breach, while the last stop – the Londolozi Game Reserve – provides the perfect vantage point to spy the animals as they peruse the riverbank. 

Itinerary highlights:

  • A dinner, helicopter ride or Robben Island tour with Christo Brand
  • Homemade and homegrown lunch with chef Nicky Gibbs at her home
  • A musical sound journey with South African band Hot Water
  • A tour of the winelands with Harry Melcks, a member of the prominent winemaker family
  • Dine at an intimate chef’s table with Santi Louzan
  • Flight of the Giants experience – a bird’s eye view of humpback and southern right whale pods as they swim through the waters of Walker Bay

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Nights 14
Destinations 4
Flights 2

Cape Town, Paarl, Hermanus, Londolozi Private Game Reserve /Itinerary

Serene South Africa

14nights

Day /1

Arrive in South Africa

Depart London Heathrow for an overnight flight to Cape Town.

Day /2

Cape Town

Cape Town

Taking it slow after an overnight flight, spend the day getting to know the surroundings of Ellerman House before a captivating dinner with Christo Brand – Nelson Mandela’s former prison guard. Defying all odds, the two became close friends during Mandela’s imprisonment on Robben Island and Brand will regale you with his stories about the former South African President. And if dinner is a little too formal, a helicopter ride with Christo taking in a bird’s eye view of Robben Island or a more sure-footed tour on the ground ensures everyone gets to hear his stories.

Ellerman House

Day /3-5

Cape Town

Cape Town

A private cable car to Table Mountain’s chopped-off top means breakfast is enjoyed with 360-degree views as a guide brings the history of Cape Town to life over a cup of coffee, continuing the tour into Cape Town itself to discover its artist and foodie hotspots. There’s also a chance to visit with chef-to-the-stars Nicky Gibbs, who will prepare a lunch using ingredients entirely grown in her home or foraged from the surrounding landscape. Then, a performance from theatrical live act, Hot Water, brings the South African music scene of the 60s to life.

Ellerman House

Day /6-8

Paarl

Paarl

Anyone could go on a wine tasting tour of the Cape, but doing it with a qualified Wine Master with vino-making in his blood takes it to the next level. Joining Harry Melcks on a tour of some of the off-the-beaten-track wineries in the area, he imparts his industry knowledge (including how he can identify a wine with his eyes closed) through often unrepeatable experiences learning about local farming methods and the origin of wine in South Africa.

Brookdale Estate

Day /9-10

Hermanus

Hermanus

Into Hermanus where the whales roam, and the best way to see them is from the air. Board a light aircraft for a bird’s eye view of these graceful giants as they glide through the water between Hermanus and Africa’s most southerly tip. And if taking flight isn’t for you, a guided walk through Grootbos Nature Reserve is a very close second. Birkenhead House is your base, an independent bolthole looking out over the bay making the breaching whales visible even from your suite window.

Birkenhead House

Day /11-13

Londolozi Private Game Reserve

Londolozi Private Game Reserve

Most would deem a safari one of the most adventurous ways to end an itinerary, but at the Granite Suites of Londolozi Game Reserve, it can be the most relaxing too. Spa treatments and photographic endeavours accompany the game drives here, where a morning of animal-spotting seamlessly melts into yoga on the Healing House deck, watching the scene of elephants and giraffes from within the branches of a 500 year old Ebony tree. Alternatively, head out with camera in hand with a dedicated tutor who knows all of the great spots to get the best shots of the wildlife.

Private Granite Suites at Londolozi Private Game Reserve

Day /14-15

Return home

Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back home.

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