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South Africa Private Classic Safari

Cape Town

5 days, 4 nights | Safari from $2,298 per person
Overview

Culture on the Cape

Cape Town is not only South Africa’s most cosmopolitan and strikingly situated city, it’s also the perfect base for exploring the astoundingly diverse Cape region. With tidy vineyards, lush botanical gardens, picturesque historic towns, and spectacular coastal scenery, Cape Town’s beautiful backyard can keep you busy for several exhilarating days.

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Another day, another adventure: on this safari, you’ll journey deep into the treasures and pleasures of the continent’s southernmost tip. From quaint fishing village to elegant hotel, from austere ancient prison to lush botanical garden, on foot, on bicycle, or by car, you will explore a lively mix of cultural and natural attractions in this landmark African destination.

Safari Style: Private Classic Safari
Activities: City and garden tours, wine tasting, nature walks
Accommodation: Boutique hotel
Getting Around: Private vehicles with guaranteed window seats
When to Visit: Year-round Read More
Meeting & Departure Point: Cape Town, South Africa

Tour Highlights:

  • Discover penguins, baboons, and stunning vistas along the Cape Peninsula’s rugged coastline
  • Immerse yourself in one of the world’s richest floral displays at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Take a grand tour of historic Cape Town, South Africa’s most cosmopolitan city
  • Sample South African wines amidst the vine-clad hillsides of the Cape Winelands
  • Taste dishes from every corner of Africa and enjoy the infectious beat of djembe drumming at a festive 15-course farewell dinner
  • Experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable guide(s)
  • All meals included; local wine and beer included with dinners
  • Boutique hotel (with private baths) while on tour
  • All activities as outlined in the daily itinerary
  • Airport meet-and-greet service
  • Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
  • All park fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the CW Safaris staff
  • Guest Rating:

    Cape Town—beautiful city, wonderful accommodations and loved our guide Alan.
    C. & G. Andrews, North Carolina, May 2013

Dates & Prices

Private Classic Safari 2015 Pricing

Seasons Number of Travelers
2 3 4 5 6 Single Supplement
Jan 1 - Dec 31 $2,298 $2,298 $1,898 $1,898 $1,698 $265

*Pricing based on double occupancy. Reserve early for best pricing; prices and dates are subject to change.

Itinerary & Accommodations
Day 1 Cape Town

After breakfast, meet with your local CW guide for an introductory briefing and city tour that will introduce you to Cape Town’s countless cultural attractions. Step into history at the former Dutch East India Company Garden—a green oasis in the middle of town that dates back to early trading days—and explore the city’s many other historic buildings, museums, and galleries. Leaving the city center behind, take a drive through the Bo-Kaap, a historic Muslim neighborhood famous for its vibrantly colorful houses. Cap off your morning with tea at the luxurious Mount Nelson Hotel, served in the lounge, on the terrace, or in the estate around the garden fountain.

In the afternoon, Table Mountain beckons. Although nearly 3,300 feet above sea level, a hike to the plateau is not strenuous and will provide magnificent views; alternatively, you may opt for a lift from the cable car to the top. In the evening, enjoy dinner at one of the excellent restaurants within walking distance of the hotel, or in the hotel’s dining room.

Included: Walking city tour and walk on Table Mountain / breakfast, lunch, and Dinner

Day 2 Wine Country

This morning, discover South Africa’s magnificent wine country on a tour of the Cape Winelands. A 45-minute drive east of Cape Town brings you to historic Stellenbosch, where you are invited to explore village streets dotted with quaint Cape Dutch-style architecture, small shops, and teahouses. Then, it’s on to Franschhoek, where, time allowing, you may walk through a picturesque vineyard. Your “wine safari” concludes with an elegant lunch and tasting at one of the region’s top wineries, enhanced by breathtaking panoramas of the Franschhoek Valley. Return to Cape Town for a late afternoon at your leisure.

Included: Visit to wine country and wine tasting / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 2 hours

Day 3 Cape Peninsula

Today’s tour of the Cape Peninsula takes you along one of the world’s most dramatic coastal drives. Follow the Atlantic seaboard south via Sea Point to admire the magnificent beaches at Clifton and Camps Bay and the breathtaking views at Llandudno before arriving at the quaint village and fishing harbor of Hout Bay. Here you’ll have time to explore on foot or with a bicycle from the Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN), a nonprofit organization that promotes nonmotorized transport, responsible tourism, and community access to health, employment, and education.

After lunch in the township, hosted by a local family, continue down the peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, known for its richly varied plant, bird, and animal life. A 20-minute climb up a paved pathway leads to the towering headland of Cape Point, once commonly considered the continent’s southernmost tip. On clear days, you’ll enjoy glorious views of the mingling waters of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, with the entire peninsula stretched out as far as you can see. Perhaps a baboon family will watch your passage as you continue exploring the nature reserve on a moderate path brightened by the Cape’s lush flowers and foliage. The visual feast continues as you head up the peninsula’s eastern shore to Simon’s Town, best known for its large colony of African penguins on rugged Boulders Beach. Returning to Cape Town, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant or the hotel’s dining room.

Included: Township bike tour and exploration of Cape Point on foot / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 3 hours

Day 4 Kirstenbosch

Following breakfast at the hotel, set off to explore the natural wonders of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens—one of Cape Town’s special delights. After your guide’s introduction to the gardens, you can continue on a guided walk or explore the gardens’ 22,000 indigenous plants on your own.

The Cape Peninsula has been designated one of the world’s six floral kingdoms, and the botanical richness of Kirstenbosch reflects this remarkable distinction. Covering an area of 1,300 acres, the gardens are a celebration of South African flora. Fynbos, proteas, cycads, and rolling lawns, streams, and ponds are yours to discover along easy walking pathways. A great variety of birds inhabit the gardens, and the sweeping views from the upper slopes are spectacular. Don’t miss a walk on the new sky bridge and a stop by the Visitors Center for a cup of tea. A gourmet picnic lunch will be served to you in the gardens.

The afternoon is yours at leisure to further explore the city and its waterfront. For a special adventure, take a boat trip to Robben Island; long a forbidding place of banishment for political prisoners including Nelson Mandela, it’s now a World Heritage site and museum.

This evening, enjoy an unforgettable dining experience among the ancient courtyards of the Gold Restaurant. Feel the heartbeat of Africa in an exciting, 15-course savory safari that explores culinary customs from Cape Malay to Timbuktu. Servers in beautiful, authentic dress will explain the origins of each dish, while interactive djembe drummers and tall, graceful Mali puppets set the mood for a multifaceted evening of African rhythms, songs, and entertainment.

Included: Walking tour of Kirstenbosch Gardens and afternoon at leisure / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 2 hours

Day 5 Departure

Hotel staff and your guide will wish you a warm farewell as you transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your onward flight.

 

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Guides

Our Guides

Guests who travel frequently with CW Safaris know that our guides truly set us apart from other adventure travel companies. All CW Safaris guides are locally based and fluent in English, with exceptional knowledge of the region where you’ll be traveling. Their expertise in wildlife and natural history and their keen, deeply rooted understanding of life in the African bush will ensure your safety, well-being, and enjoyment throughout every safari. You could not be in better hands!

Here is a sampling of our extraordinary guides in South Africa:

Alan Thomas

Alan Thomas

Alan is a Cape Town native who studied a B.Com after finishing school and 2 years in the army. A runner and cyclist, Alan has cycled the Karakoram Highway from Islamabad to Kashgar as well as from Lhasa to Kathmandu via Everest base camp. Having travelled extensively in Europe, Asia, Southern Africa and Australasia to rid himself of wanderlust, he returned to his beloved Table Mountain and the Mother City. Tour guiding seemed a natural progression and for the last 5 years he has concentrated on taking guests around South Africa. When he is not guiding he is a fulltime toy for his little daughters.

Leonard Hoerikwagga hiking tour

Leonard McMillan

Leonard has fantastic experience leading hiking trips on Table Mountain having worked for Table Mountain National Parks for last four years. Having grown up on the Cape Flats in an impoverished environment, it was a life changing for him to participate in a school hike and then later be selected for the Hoerikwaggo guiding programme. He enjoys working in a more personalised environment where clients become friends and will go the extra mile for guests to provide that unforgettable personal service.

Erica Vink

Born in the North Western Cape on a Karoo sheep farm, Erica is an outgoing and energetic guide. She feels that it is a privilege to share the vibrancy and beauty of South Africa with guests and is both passionate and optimistic about the future of her country. Erica is fluent in English, Afrikaans, and German and received her education at the University of Stellenbosch. Her professional experience has ranged widely, from working in the wine lands in Stellenbosch to the medical industry, with many other roles in tourism in between. She is an active member of a local hiking club, a passionate advocate for sustainable tourism, and a volunteer mountain guide for Table Mountain National Park. When not guiding, she enjoys spending time with her spouse and two sons.

Sally de Jager

Sally Petersen

Growing up on a sheep farm in South Africa, Sally was infused with a love of the land, and dreamed of sharing her travel experiences with others. After graduating, she spent a few years traveling and working throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. She was an “Adventurer of the Year” finalist after cycling from London to Cape Town to raise funds for Survival International. On returning to Cape Town, Sally pursued her dream career and became a qualified Nature and Tour Guide with the Dept. of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. Sally’s passion for her country is infectious and her knowledge, astounding.

Vanessa Nixon

Vanessa got the travel bug from her grandfather, a retired pilot with many exciting African travel tales. To celebrate her 21st birthday, she drove through nine African countries, crossing rivers, mud, snow, sand, mountains, herds of elephants, and baobab forest. She spent the next three years guiding camping safaris all over southern Africa, earning the top credentials that led to her joining CW Safaris. Vanessa loves sharing her travel experiences, including her strong ties to the Kalahari and its Komani bushmen. She believes each safari has a life of its own with unique adventures.

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