Get whisked off on an extraordinary journey that includes all the best things in life:
GOLF, WINE & SAFARI!
Discover the hidden gems of the Cape wine lands in a laidback and offbeat manner, get up-close and personal with Africa’s wildlife from the comfort of a 4x4 game viewing vehicle! Play spectacular golf courses located right on the edge of the African continent.
13 DAY SOUTH AFRICA GOLF, WINE & SAFARI
• Big Game safaris • Pinnacle Point golf • Big 5 Safari • Pezula Golf • Knysna Elephants • Wine Maker & Gourmet Food &Wine tours
13 Days / 12 Nights
Accommodations as specified
Full time private car
Airport transfers, other transfers
Activities as specified – including the Golf green fees & cart rental. Golf clubs: You can bring your own or rent for about $40. Game drives, boat trip in Hermanus & wine tours in Cape Town.
Meals as specified
Park entry fees
International airfare between USA and Africa
Visa’s (No visa’s needed for USA citizens)
Tips and personal purchases
Day 1 & 2 Knysna
Day 3 & 4 Botelierskop Private Game Reserve
Day 5 Pinnacle Point Golf Estate & Spa
Day 6 & 7 Arabella Country Estate & Spa
Day 8,9 & 10 Aquila Private Game Reserve
Day 11 & 12 Stellenbosch, Paarl & Franschoek wine tours
Day 13 Return
The Garden Route is a collective term encompassing many towns along the south west coast of the Western Cape Province. The Garden Route natural assets (just for starters) will have you question ever wanting to leave this idyllic spot!
The Garden Route spans South Africa’s Western Cape coastal belt from Witsands whale birthing haven in the west to Plettenberg Bay’s beach, polo and party-going pleasures. Then there’s the arid geological basin of red sandstone along the interior, wedged between the fynbos-adorned Heidelberg in the west and Uniondale’s eastern sheep farming and rock art treasures.
Its all about an abundance of blue skies, white sand beaches, rolling oceans, dramatic mountain scenery, indigenous fynbos, ostrich antics and local hospitality. A place where you can travel along routes where you are often alone on the open road or make for the malls and beaches on packaged tour comforts. Golden vineyards, sun-drenched orchards, beaches, pin-drop-silent forests, sweeping lakes and birds eye view passes add to the mix.
Day 1 & 2: ARRIVAL & KNYSNA ELEPHANT PARK
George Airport arrival - meet & greet with 40 minute transfer to your hotel accommodation in Knysna.
Spend the day exploring Knysna!
Amidst indigenous forests and expansive lagoon views is the quaint and discrete town of Knysna. Situated in the heart of the Garden Route, Knysna provides a blend of both relaxation and adventure. Popular destinations from Monkey-land to the Knysna Elephant Park.For the sophisticated tourist, enjoy champagne & oyster cruises on the placid Knysna Lagoon. Lots of fine dining options around the Knysna Waterfront and beer tastings at Mitchells Brewery.
Day 1: There is no better way to start your South Africa Golf, Wine & Safari experience than enjoying wine & oysters on a relaxing boat cruise - taking in the magnificence of Knysna, as the African sun starts to set over the lagoon. Indulge your inner romantic and join us onboard the "Oyster Boat" heading off slowly towards the impressive “Knysna Heads”, and take in the splendor of the tranquil lagoon as the sun sets on another perfect day in Africa. Relax while you enjoy a glass of wine with a few fresh local oysters. The cruise is slow and leisurely, ultimately relaxing and one can't help but just sit back, and take it all in! The sunset cruise is a fully guided cruise and is inclusive of complimentary white wine and oysters for tasting.
Day 2: Extraordinary Elephant Experience - It does not get much better than this!The Knysna Elephant Park offers a rare opportunity to get close to these gentle giants, who live in a controlled, free range environment in the heart of the famous Garden Route. Optional activity: Elephant back ride.Read more
2 Nights at Knysna area hotel & Spa / B&B
Day 3 & 4: BOTELIERSKOP GAME RESERVE
Spend the day at BoteliersKop Game reserve! Situated on a 10,000 acre game reserve located between Mossel Bay and George, and set in amongst spectacular mountain ranges. A real Garden Route Safari experience!
Situated just outside Mossel Bay, a harbor town on the Garden Route in South Africa’s Western Cape Province. It’s known for the wide Santos Beach and the 19th-century Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse, which offers bay views. The Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex includes the Maritime Museum, the Shell Museum and botanical gardens. The Post Office Tree, a milkwood tree in the complex, has been used as a mail collection point since the 1500s.
This Private Game Reserve offers an immense diversity of wildlife and activities coupled with luxurious, tented accommodation in beautifully appointed private suites discreetly positioned along the riverbank. Activities guests can enjoy includes, horseback safaris, guided game drives and spa treatments.
Enjoy close encounters with Rhinoceros, Lions (100ha enclosure), Buffalo, Giraffe, the rare Black Impala, Golden Wildebeest, Mountain Zebra, Hippos, Elephants, Eland and more!
Relax and enjoy being pampered in the new Bush Spa! The Bush Spa is situated on the riverbank surrounded by magnificent mountain scenery and consists of two treatment rooms named Fauna and Flora. Treatments include African massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. Take a step back, breath and get pampered, while surrounded by nature! Read more
2 Nights at Botelierskop Reserve / Full boarding / Choice of tented or lodge accommodation
Day 5: GOLF AT PINNACLE POINT
This 18 hole championship golf course was designed by the well-known South African golf course architect Peter Matkovich who opened the course together with Top Irish Tour Golf Professional Darren Clarke in November 2006.
The Pinnacle Point Golf Course is something truly unique for the discerning golfer!
Enjoy a full day of golf!!
Darren Clarke, who was also involved with many aspects of the Pinnacle Point course design, has said Pinnacle Point is “… the best golf course on the planet.” Pinnacle Point was selected as one of the Top Ten New Golf Courses of the World for 2006 by the American publication Travel and Leisure in January 2007.
This cliff top Fynbos golf course inspires the golfer to play this challenging layout with a level of respect due to its dramatic views and breathtaking terrain. The 72 par layout is characterised by 7 majestic holes that line the Indian Ocean rock cliffs, 4 of which are played over ocean and cliff. All of the 18 holes have been designed to fit the lay of the land and it’s a true testament to the spectacular design that this was achieved.
The reintroduction of the endemic fauna and flora to this estate has been hailed as a remarkable achievement by local and international ecologists and the preservation of this pristine Fynbos is an ongoing commitment by the Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Resort.Pinnacle Point is located on four hundred hectares of prime land, of which 100 hectares is nature reserve, home to indigenous wildlife, birdlife and 264 varieties of fynbos.
1 Night at Pinnacle Point / B&B
Day 6 & 7: HERMANUS & ARABELLA GOLF
Wedged between the mountain and the sea, the quaint hamlet of Hermanus has been rated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as one of the twelve best whale watching locations in the world, and it is often regarded as the heart of the whale route
Hermanus has something for everyone. Contributory factors to the success of the town are the natural scenic beauty, the mild climate, the range of outdoor activities available, and the close proximity to Cape Town, with Hermanus being a mere 80 km from the Cape Metropole. The ideal base from which to explore the Western Cape and the Cape Overberg.
The pristine stretches of beach offer solitude to the walker and boating activities abound in the Kleinriver Lagoon, renowned for its birdlife. Invigorating horse rides along the beach appeal to all ages. The Old Harbor complex in Hermanus offers the visitor an insight into Hermanus' past as a Fisherman's village and marine life.
Hermanus is firmly established on the Epicurean map with its myriad of restaurants, fine wine, fresh vegetables cheese and fish. Today Hermanus remains a thriving holiday resort offering residents and holiday makers all modern amenities, yet retaining its fisherman's village charm.
Lunch & Sunset cruise in Walker Bay - Arrive at Hermanus for a delicious seafood in a cave, down by the sea in the company of whales. enjoy fresh seafood from the Atlantic Ocean, and Cape wines to dream of!. Bay cruises leaving from the Hermanus New Harbor in the afternoon. Possible encounters with a variety of ocean life... Dolphins, Humpback / Bryde's whales, Penguins, Cape-fur seals and sea birds.
The vessel is fitted with bathroom facilities, has a lower deck that can be closed to protect from weather conditions, and an upper viewing level for unobstructed viewing. All trips are weather depending. Spectacular sunsets and wonderful marine life to be experienced.
Golf at Arabella.The Arabella Golf & Spa Estate is home to one of the top ranked golf courses in South Africa, with pristine grass, tricky sand traps and challenging water hazards. Designed by Peter Matkovich, the golf course has been enjoyed by celebrities such as Samuel L. Jackson and professional golfers like Ernie Els and Gary Player.
The fabled 18-hole, Par 72 Championship course has consistently been ranked in the top 10 courses in South Africa. The 8th hole has been described as one of the most beautiful par 5′s in South Africa and the 18th hole was rated one of the finest finishing holes in the country.
2 Nights at Arabella Country Estate / B&B
Day 8,9,10: AQUILA GAME RESERVE
Enjoy an open vehicle game drive with the opportunity to view giraffes, lions, leopards, zebras, rhinos, wildebeests & many other wildlife types.
Experience the Big 5 at a private Game Reserve lying outside the town of Touwsriver; just less than two hours drive from Cape Town. Set in the pristine Southern Karoo Highlands against a backdrop of dramatic mountains, the Game Reserve offers an exciting taste of real Africa.
Home to an enormous variety of game, including the Big 5 - elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard -- giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, many different antelope, baboons, jackal, bat-eared foxes, hippos and crocodiles. And many migratory birds stop en route at the reserve's own wetland.
Welcome cocktails are served on arrival, either outside around the pools, or in front of a log fire in the cigar bar. Before the safari departs a sizzling lunch is served at the African character restaurant.Enjoy 2-3 hour safari game drives, traditional African barbecues, cherry champaign over swopping-safari-stories, and luxury accommodation! For an extra indulgence, book a spa treatment!
Chalets combine natural rock elements, wood and stone - creating a definite back to nature ambiance. The en- suite bathrooms include twin hand basins, a toilet, bathtub, and outdoor shower. The honeymoon suite boats a Jacuzzi. Each unit opens up onto a private patio, which is perfect for frosty cocktails on hot summer nights. On colder evenings, most guests curl up on the plush furniture, in front of the chalet log fire.
3 Nights at the Big Game Safari lodge / Full boarding excl. premium drink
Day 11 : CAPE WINE, CHEESE & CHOCOLATE TOUR
Wine, nougat, chocolate & cheese...Can it get any better?
Start the day with a visit to Villiera Estate - we take a look behind the scenes with a cellar tour followed by..... Wait for it!
Bubbly & Nougat tasting! Depart on a unique safari game drive through the estate.A number of mammals have been introduced in the Wildlife Sanctuary: Springbuck, Kudu, Giraffe, Bontebok, Eland, Gemsbok, Black Wildebeest, Bush Pig, Burchell's Zebra, common Duiker, Steenbuck and Grysbok.
The Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Koelenhof and access is gained through Villiera's vineyards. A game drive through the 220 hectares lasts approximately two hours. What a way to start the day!
Lunch is going to be an 8 course Tappas/Wine tasting (Guest account)
The main concept behind pairings is that certain elements (such as texture and flavor) in both food and wine interact with each other, thus finding the right combination of these elements will make the entire dining experience
Moving on to the Chocolate/Wine experience at Waterford Wine estate.Depart on a unique three hour trip on a safari type vehicle...This experience allows the chance to to taste our award-winning Estate wines amongst the vineyards of their origin. The wine tasting will be accompanied by various light snacks, which are well suited to pair with the individual wines. The experience will end off with the Wine and Chocolate Tasting, back at the winery.
The Wine and Chocolate Tasting is a unique flavor experience. Kevin Arnold together with, Chocolatier, Richard von Geusau have created a series of dark and milk chocolates that, when paired with our Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Natural Sweet wine, results in a flavor sensation unlike any other.
Last stop of the tour - arrive at Fairview Winery - a Nine course paired Master Cheese/wine experience awaits you!
The Fairview Master Wine Tasting showcases the estates top wines. These wines are made from grapes from the Paarl wine region.Once again this also a hot region.They boast a large range of wonderful wines and are most famous for their Shiraz.The range is however extensive and the cheeses will be paired with a combination of white and red wines. Fairview is the largest producer of speciality cheeses in South Africa. Every week they change the wines and cheeses they are pairing. On this visit you enjoy 8 cheeses paired with 8 wines.
All tours in Cape Town area are privately guided tours in a luxury mini van.
Day 12: GOURMET FOOD & WINE TOUR IN STELLENBOSCH
Indulge your palate with food and wine pairings at the most incredible gourmet hotspots in the Stellenbosch Wine lands.
Start the morning with something unique and proudly South African, a Pinotage and Biltong pairing at L’Avenier Estate. This estate prides itself on being local terroir with a global flair
Indulge in a wine and chocolate pairing at a majestic Stellenbosch estate. The winemaker has partnered up with Chocolatier Richard von Geusau to create a special series of dark and milk chocolates that match the unique flavor profiles of each wine. See how Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Natural Sweet wines can pair with chocolate to give you a totally unique taste sensation.
Your next stop is at Morgenster Wine Estate, a thriving olive and wine farm dating back to 1711, which produces internationally acclaimed Bordeaux-style wines and extra virgin olive oil (one of the twelve best olive oils in the world). Enjoy a wine tasting accompanied by a flight of fine olives, oils, and pastes. You won’t be able to leave empty handed!
Final experience of the day is guided blending experience where you’ll focus on the marriage of uniquely flavored ingredients at Vergenoegd, one of Stellenbosch’s oldest farms. Blending your own coffee to take home with you, and even to re-order in the future!
The perfect end to the perfect trip !
‘Modern’ meets ‘Vintage’ ! Step past a Georgian-style facade into its inn-house, and beyond, to the vine-covered courtyard and interior of a newly-designed restaurant. An adjoining vintage-styled bar and lounge spills out into a shady central garden and pool deck. Centrally located in the heart of Stellenbosch, heart of South Africa’s wine country and cultural hub. Conveniently within walking distance to local shops, restaurants and many quant finds!
2 Nights at the hotel / B&B
Day 13: RETURN
Return road transfer to Cape Town Airport for your flight back home.
Dreaming of the trip of a lifetime!
CTC Terms & Conditions apply
Cost may vary depending on actual booking dates and currency fluctuations.
Airline tickets have been estimated and can vary depending on booking dates, fares and available flights
All accommodation and activities as per the itinerary are included
BOARDING: FB (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast) / B&B (Bed & Breakfast). Drinks might or might not be included depending in the specific location - please inquire if you need details
International flights between USA/Europe and Africa are excluded
Child policy ay apply and Single occupancy policy applies
Park entry fees and cable car ride fees are not included
Passport validity (and sufficient empty pages needed in the passport), as well as obtaining the necessary/ applicable Visa'a for each country visitedis the client's sole responsibility
Travel insurance is the client's responsibility
They say that all bugs in Africa bite...but the Safari Bug is the worst of them all!