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NZD4,400 per person sharing
AUD3,650 per person sharing
USD3,400 per person sharing

Prices subject to currency fluctuations
Pricing based on exchange rates as of 30 April 2008

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Day 1
– Arrival in Johannesburg

You are met at Johannesburg Airport (O.R. Tambo International) and transferred to a Hotel in Sandton, a comfortable 4-star hotel offering one-bedroom luxury suites. It is situated near the trendy shopping precinct of Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square and the hotel operates a shuttle service should you wish to do some shopping. The rest of the day is at leisure to recover from your international flight.

Overnight: Hotel in Sandton. Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Day 2 – Johannesburg to Lalibela

You are collected from your hotel this morning and transferred back to Johannesburg Airport to fly to Port Elizabeth. At Port Elizabeth Airport you collect your Avis Group B hire car and drive to the Big Five game reserve, Lalibela. Upon check-in at 14h30, you are transferred by Landrover to your Lodge. At each of Lalibela’s lodges, secluded thatched chalets are placed where magnificent indigenous gardens merge into the surrounding bush.
Each en-suite unit has a private observation deck to make the most of the views. The lodges also all boast a large lounge, viewing deck and a sunny swimming pool where you can spend a lazy afternoon. They also have an outdoor dining
“boma” for fireside dinners and open-air brunches. After high tea (tea and coffee with sweet and savoury eats), you are taken on your first game drive at Lalibela. This late afternoon/evening game drive is an opportunity to search for nocturnal animals, such as the elusive bat-eared fox, aardvark, black-backed jackal, aardwolf and the curious spring hare. You return to the lodge in time for a sumptuous safari cuisine dinner.

Overnight: Lalibela Game Reserve. Basis: Fully Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 3 – Lalibela Game Reserve

Today is spent on safari. In the morning after a light breakfast you are taken on another game drive. Game drives at Lalibela bring you face to face with a multitude
of game species, ranging from the mighty Big Five (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard) to tiny blue duiker and rock hyrax. Lalibela is also home to cheetah, African wild dog, hyena, hippo, giraffe, zebra, warthog and numerous species of antelope. You return to the lodge for a grand brunch. There is time to relax around the sunny pool, do some bird-watching from the observation deck,
or read a book in the peace of your room
’s private deck. After tea you set off on another night drive, returning again in time for dinner.

Overnight: Lalibela Game Reserve. Basis: Fully Inclusive

Day 4 – Lalibela Game Reserve to Port Elizabeth

This morning you are taken on your last game drive at Lalibela. After brunch you bid farewell to this African wonderland and are transferred by Landrover to reception, where you collect your car and depart for Port Elizabeth. This afternoon you check into a 4-star hotel on the beachfront overlooking the sun-drenched sands of Port Elizabeth’s famous Hobie Beach. Many of the luxury en-suite rooms have sea views over Algoa Bay. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel on the beachfront. Basis: bed and breakfast

Day 5 – Port Elizabeth to Knysna

This morning you set off down the Garden Route, travelling via the Tsitsikamma forest, an indigenous primeval forest with towering ancient yellowwood trees, lush vegetation and deep gorges. In the Tsitsikamma Forest you can visit a protea and fern farm which
supplies flowers to the cut-flower market. You can drive down the steep pass to the aptly-named Storms River Mouth. We suggest a visit to the 800-year old
“Big Tree”
You then enjoy a scenic drive over spectacular
single-span bridges and down the breath-taking
Grootrivier Pass to Natures Valley and then to Plettenberg Bay. You reach Knysna in the late afternoon and check
into a Hotel on the shores of the Knysna Lagoon. This award winning hotel offers exclusive comfort in relaxed surroundings of incomparable beauty.
You are accommodated in Cape-style cottages offering a comfortable lounge with fireplace, en-suite bedrooms and wide verandahs offering beautiful views of the gardens and Knysna Lagoon.

Overnight: Hotel on Knysna Lagoon. Basis: bed & breakfast

Day 6 – Knysna

Today is spent exploring Knysna. This morning we recommend you take a ferry trip on the Knysna Lagoon, which will take you out to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. A 4x4 trailer takes us to the top of the Western Head, one of the large sandstone cliffs guarding the narrow mouth to the lagoon. From here you can either enjoy a guided nature walk down through indigenous vegetation or you can ride the trailer again. Enjoy lunch under the Milkwood trees on the edge of the lagoon before returning to Knysna. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Restaurants in Knysna specialise in locally-caught fish and this evening you have the chance to sample the catch of the day.

Overnight: Hotel on Knysna Lagoon. Basis: bed & breakfast

Day 7 – Knysna to Oudtshoorn

This morning you check out of the Hotel and depart for Oudtshoorn. This scenic drive through the “Lake District” takes you past the towns of Sedgefield and Wilderness. You continue your journey over the protea-covered Outeniqua Mountains to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo. Before checking into your accommodation, we suggest you visit the Cango Caves. Here you embark on a magical journey through massive caverns and fascinating limestone formations. A Country Lodge, your overnight stop, is situated on the route between Oudtshoorn and the Cango Caves. The homestead and outbuildings date back to the 1800's and reflect the typical Klein Karoo architectural style. They have been gracefully restored to their original splendour, and equipped with all modern conveniences. The dining room reflects the warmth and hospitality found here, and overlooks the sparkling swimming pool. The picturesque Schoemanshoek Valley provides a breathtaking backdrop. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. This evening you have the opportunity to sample ostrich meat or famous Karoo lamb.

Overnight: Country Lodge. Basis: dinner, bed & breakfast

Day 8 – Oudtshoorn to Winelands

After breakfast this morning you can visit Safari Ostrich Farm for an agricultural tour of the farm to gain an insight into farming the world’s largest bird. You depart Oudtshoorn and journey through the unique landscape of the arid Little Karoo, passing through Calitzdorp and Barrydale. You enter the verdant Breede River Valley,
the largest of the Western Cape
’s fruit and wine
producing valleys. As you follow the
“fruit route”, you can enjoy magnificent mountain views, vineyards, orchards, indigenous flora and make stops at some of the roadside farm stalls to purchase fruit. The breath-taking Du Toit’s Kloof Pass brings you over the mountains and into the Cape Winelands. You reach the town of Stellenbosch and check into a Historic Country Inn. Charm and ambience are the bywords of this historic country inn, the oldest in
South Africa. The stylish Georgian entrance sets the tone for the interior which exudes an atmosphere of warmth, where gleaming wood and antiques combine with soft mellow colours. Tonight you enjoy dinner in the hotel
’s in-house restaurant.

Overnight: Historic Country Inn. Basis: dinner, bed & breakfast

Day 9 – Winelands to Cape Town

Today you can explore the Winelands with its backdrop of majestic mountain ranges and lush valleys. We highly recommend a wine and cheese tasting at Fairview Estate on the Paarl Wine Route. You then enter the Franschhoek Valley where you can visit the memorial to the French Huguenots, who sought refuge from religious persecution in Europe and settled here in the late seventeenth century, bringing vine root stock with them. Here you can stop for a wine tasting, cellar tour and tour of the vineyards at Boschendal on the Franschhoek Wine Route. A scenic drive over the Helshoogte Pass (Hell’s Heights) brings you back to Stellenbosch, the “town of oaks”, South Africa’s second oldest town. At Spier Estate on the Stellenbosch Wine Route, you can have the opportunity to get up close to the cheetahs in their cheetah-breeding programme. In the late afternoon you enter the fairest city of all, Cape Town. You check in at the Hotel which is situated on the Atlantic seaboard with uninterrupted sea views. It is five minutes’ drive from the trendy Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. This charming and gracious hotel offers its guests understated elegance and service. The luxurious rooms have sea or mountain views. Sip sundowners whilst viewing the spectacular ocean sunsets and relax around the decked pool. There is an in-house spa offering health and beauty treatments.

Overnight: Hotel in Cape Town. Basis: bed & breakfast

Day 10 – City Tour

This morning you are taken on a city tour of one of the world’s most beautiful cities. You will visit the historic Castle and the Bo-Kaap Malay Quarter with its narrow cobbled streets and colourful mosques. You view the Houses of Parliament and the historic Dutch Reformed Moederkerk and the Cathedral of St George. The tour ends with a ride up the cable car to the top of Table Mountain to enjoy the panoramic views over the Mother City and across Table Bay to Robben Island. This afternoon is at leisure to explore the trendy Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. We recommend you take a ferry from the Waterfront across Table Bay to Robben Island. An ex-prisoner takes you on an extensive tour of the prison, which includes a visit to Nelson Mandela’s cell, the limestone quarry and the old leper colony. You could also visit the Waterfront’s Two Oceans Aquarium, which is highly recommended for the insight it gives into life in the two oceans off the southern tip of Africa – the cold Atlantic Ocean and the warm Indian Ocean.

Overnight: Hotel in Cape Town. Basis: bed & breakfast

Day 11 – Cape Point

Today we suggest you take a drive along the Atlantic seaboard via glamorous Clifton to the quaint seaside village of Hout Bay. You continue via the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive to Cape Point. Looking at this dramatic promontory jutting into the sea gives one an idea why early sailors nicknamed it the Cape of Storms. You then follow the coastline northwards via Simonstown, where you can visit the penguin colony of Boulders Beach. You can also visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, which is dedicated to the extraordinary variety of plants found in the Cape Floral Kingdom. A leisurely drive through the leafy southern suburbs will bring you back to the hotel in the late afternoon. If the weather was inclement the previous day, this evening would be a good opportunity to go up Table Mountain. Tonight you can enjoy dinner at a quayside restaurant at the Waterfront.

Overnight: Hotel in Cape Town. Basis: bed & breakfast

Day 12 – Cape Town and departure

Today is at leisure to relax and soak up the Cape Town atmosphere. You may want to spend the day on one of Cape Town’s beautiful beaches. There are the beaches
of Clifton and Camps Bay a five minute drive from the hotel, or you may wish to drive over to the warmer
Indian Ocean side. Museum lovers can wander through
the South African Museum and the National Gallery, or return to the shops at the Waterfront for some last
minute shopping. You bid farewell to Cape Town and make your way to the airport to drop of your hire car
and catch your flight home.


All accommodation

All transfers
All meals mentioned in itinerary above
11 days Avis Group B hire car
– (Toyota Corolla or similar)
Half Day City Tour but excludes the entrance fee for Table Mountain Cable Car

Meals not mentioned above

Rental Car Fuel
Entrance Fees not mentioned above
Personal items and extras

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