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Safari and the City

By Annette Woodall
Travel Expert for Alfred&

This week-long itinerary spans two sought-after destinations. Explore ever-pleasing Cape Town at your own speed whether that’s diving into its famed foodie scene or careering along the coast in a 1950s sidecar. For contrast, head to the Eastern Cape for a Big-5 safari that’s as diverse as it is hassle free.

Places

Length
8 days
Best months to go
January to May, September to December
Guide price range
£2,280 - £2,750pp
including international flights

Top Experiences
Itinerary Highlights

Cape Town

Discover Cape Town on foot

Learn about Cape Town's complex past on this private, guided tour of the Mother City ...

Eastern Cape Game Reserves

On safari at Kariega Game Reserve

We are blessed to have 10,000 hectares to explore and a diversity of eco-systems from riverine forests to open grasslands...

Cape Town

My Cape Peninsula: coastal views and penguin encounters

Explore the Cape Peninsula for stunning clifftop coastal views, plus the option of vineyard lunches and penguin encounters ...

Day by day
Itinerary in detail

1

Arrival in Cape Town

Welcome to South Africa. Upon arrival in Cape Town, a local representative will be waiting for you at the airport. You’ll transfer to your comfortable hotel located close to Long Street and Bree Street, right in the heart of Cape Town’s foodie scene. This will be your base for the next 4 nights. The afternoon is free to relax on the pool deck, looking out to Table Mountain, or get to know your surroundings on an optional city walking tour or dramatic sunset cruise from the V&A Waterfront. Overnight at Pepperclub Hotel & Spa.

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2

Cape Town

Set dramatically beneath iconic Table Mountain, Cape Town effortlessly blends modern city life with spectacular scenery and outdoor living. Here you’ll experience a vibrant fusion of Dutch, French, English, Xhosa, Malay and Afrikaner cultures, and be greeted as a friend rather than a traveller. Let your exploration be steered by your own personal interests, from extraordinary art galleries to eye-opening museums, from coffee shops to local microbreweries. Choose from a wealth of local optional experiences, like the My Cape Town City Tour or don retro leather jackets, goggles, bandanas and helmets to whizz along the Cape Peninsula in a 1950’s sidecar. For the ultimate overview of the city, take to the skies on the Three Bays helicopter tour. Overnight at Pepperclub Hotel & Spa.

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3

Cape Town

Today, continue to soak up the lively local scene. Either in the city itself or take a short bus or taxi ride along the sensational coastline where you’ll find some of the best beaches in the world. Try Camps’ Bay for people watching, Clifton’s tiny 1st to 4th numbered beaches or Muizenberg for a surfing vibe. The optional My Cape Peninsula tour offers an unrivalled coastal overview, including Cape Point and Chapman’s Peak Drive. Or dig deeper into the regions culture and history on the optional Walk to Freedom tour, exploring the local township communities and visiting Nelson Mandela’s former prison cell on Robben Island. The historic Company Gardens or Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens are also a highlight for many guests. Overnight at Pepperclub Hotel & Spa.

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4

Cape Town

Make the most of your final full day in Cape Town on an optional hike to the vast summit plateau of Table Mountain with your own experienced nature guide. You’ll learn about the flora, fauna, and geology while enjoying spectacular views over the city. It’s incredible to experience such raw nature so close to a large urban area. If two wheels (or two glasses!) is more your thing, then head to nearby Constantia to explore South Africa’s oldest wine region on an optional scenic cycle ride. You’ll visit at least three boutique vineyards and taste award-winning wines en route. Back in the city itself, the Malay Quarter of Bo-Kaap is great for sampling local cuisine amongst brightly painted houses, while at the V&A Waterfront you’ll find the Two Ocean’s Aquarium, street performers, a vast choice of restaurants and unlimited retail therapy! Overnight at Pepperclub Hotel & Spa.

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5

Cape Town & Eastern Cape Game Reserve

After breakfast, fly to Port Elizabeth for the start of your safari adventure. You’ll spend the next 3 nights at the Kariega Game Reserve, perfectly positioned overlooking the Bushman’s River. From here you can enjoy twice-daily game drives in search of the Big Five on a 10,000-hectare private reserve. Guided bush walks are also available, as well as fishing and canoeing trips and relaxing spa treatments back at the lodge. Overnight at Kariega Game Reserve Main Lodge.

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Eastern Cape Game Reserve

Today head into the reserve accompanied by skilled local rangers for early morning and late afternoon game drives. In addition to the Big Five, Kariega is also home to many other species including zebra, hippo, kudu, wildebeest and hyena. There are also plenty of birds to identify with - around 350 different species inhabiting the reserve. As well as the impressive wildlife, the landscape is both beautiful and fascinating in equal measures. You’ll explore 5 different eco-systems, namely valley bushveld, savannah grasslands, fynbos, riverine forests and acacia woodland. Between game drives there’s time to enjoy lunch and relax back at the lodge. Overnight at Kariega Game Reserve Main Lodge.

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Eastern Cape Game Reserve

Enjoy a morning boat cruise along the Bushman’s or Kariega Rivers. This tranquil experience is a great way to observe wildlife from an entirely different perspective. Local bird life is prolific with colourful kingfishers and cormorants often seen perched on the riverbanks, and fish eagles gliding over the water. If you enjoy exploring at your own pace, you’re also welcome to take a canoe for a leisurely paddle along the river. Later in the day, once the temperature cools, head into the bush on foot for a guided walking safari. As well as the opportunity for wildlife sightings, you’ll identify paw prints, bird calls and learn the intricate technique of animal tracking. You’ll return to camp in time for relaxing sundowners and dinners under the stars. Overnight at Kariega Game Reserve Main Lodge.

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Eastern Cape Game Reserve & Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Port Elizabeth then fly to either Cape Town or Johannesburg for your return flight to the UK or onward travel.

Another stop?

We recommend finishing your African adventure in relaxing fashion, with a beach stay in Mozambique or Mauritius.

Extensions

Extensions

Holiday Budget
Guide price information

Low Season

01 May - 31 Aug

£2,280

Mid Season

01 Jan - 31 Jan, 01 Mar - 30 Apr, 01 Sep - 31 Dec

£2,610

High Season

01 Feb - 28 Feb

£2,750

Alfred & Annette Woodall

Annette’s interest in travel started as a teenager and is still going strong after a 35-year career within the industry. Widely travelled in both East and South Africa, her love of exploring new cultures, wildlife, and scenery have armed her with a wealth of experience which she loves to share. She is equally at home exploring the plains of the Masai Mara or the historical battlefields of the Drakensburg Mountains, but gaining first-hand experience of the conservation work in the national parks and private conservancies has been her greatest privilege here. Just like many of our guests, taking a hot air balloon flight over the Masai Mara at dawn is one of my most magical memories of Africa.

Annette Woodall

Plan your holiday withAlfred&

Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Andy, who's travelled extensively in South Africa. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - ex banker who can show you the hottest foodie spots in Cape Town, the award-winning young sommelier who can introduce you to Stellenbosch's finest wines and the walking safari ranger who can guide you to the best game.

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