South Africa

Eastern Cape Adventure

9 nights/10 days

From £4,360 per person

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Explore the rugged beauty of South Africa from the top of Table Mountain to the sparkling shoreline and crystal-clear waters of Knysna along the country’s fabled Garden Route. Meet the marine “big five” (whale, shark, dolphin, seal and penguin) in their natural environment and discover beauty like you’ve never experienced before.

Itinerary

Eastern Cape Adventure

9 NIGHTS/10 DAYS FROM £4,360 PER PERSON (EXCLUDING INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS)

Day 1 – Arrival Port Elizabeth
On arrival at Port Elizabeth International Airport, you will be met by an Avventura representative and taken by private transfer to your accommodation in Kariega Game Reserve, a journey time of approximately one hour and 30 minutes.

The Kariega Game Reserve is set high above the spectacular Kariega River valley and provides an array of activities, including canoeing, fishing, hiking, horse riding and river cruises.

The remainder of your evening is at leisure.

Accommodation: Settlers Drift in a Luxury Tent.

Meal Plan – Dinner.

Day 2 – Kariega Wilderness Reserve
A day to enjoy the morning and afternoon activities available or simply relax on your private suite deck.

Accommodation: Settlers Drift in a Luxury Tent.

Meal Plan –Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 3 – Kariega Wilderness Reserve to Knysna
After breakfast, you will be met by your guide at the lodge reception from where you will depart by private transfer to Knysna, a journey time of approximately four hours.

Positioned at the top of Kanonkop Hill in private indigenous forest, overlooking the iconic Knysna Lagoon with breath-taking views that stretch all the way to the Indian Ocean, Kanonkop House combines service and relaxed luxury in an intimate and unique atmosphere.

On arrival you will be hosted in a refined family home with the service and excellence of five-star boutique accommodation. The tranquil setting just outside the main town centre allows for the relaxed enjoyment of the natural beauty for which the Garden Route is famous, while the restaurants, activities and shops of the town of Knysna are just a five-minute drive away. Knysna is an eco-wonderland offering magnificent beaches, hiking, walking, cycling and water activities.

Your evening is at leisure.

Accommodation: Kanonkop House in a Suite.

Meal Plan – Breakfast.

Day 4 – Knysna
After breakfast, you will be met in the hotel reception by a representative for your private transfer to the Featherbed Eco Experience.

You will enjoy a morning scenic eco experience at the famous Featherbed Nature Reserve, a Natural Heritage Site on the western head of Knysna. This tour includes a return ferry trip, a 4×4 trailer ride, an optional 2,2 km guided walk and lunch.

The reserve is home to two of the Garden Route’s icons, namely the Knysna loerie, an elegant, green, round-crested bird, and the blue duiker, one of Africa’s smallest antelope species. Other wildlife found on the reserve include the Cape Mountain tortoise, blue crane, the rare black African oyster catcher, white breasted cormorant and bushbuck.

Your afternoon is at leisure.

Accommodation: Kanonkop House in a Suite.

Meal Plan – Breakfast.

Day 5 – Knysna to Grootbos via Cape Town
After breakfast, you will be met by your driver for your private transfer to George Airport., a journey time of approximately one hour. Your scheduled domestic flight to Cape Town International Airport will take approximately 50 minutes.

On arrival in Cape Town you will be met by an Avventura representative and taken by private transfer to Grootbos, a journey time of approximately two hours and 30 minutes.

Overlooking Walker Bay and falling within the Cape Floristic Kingdom, Grootbos Nature Reserve, nestled between mountain and sea, is an eco-paradise that showcases the incredible flora and marine life of the southern tip of Africa.

You’ll have a chance to revel in the marine ‘big five’ (whale, shark, dolphin, seal and penguin) and in the unparalleled floral diversity of this stunning landscape.

Accommodation: Grootbos Forest Lodge in a Suite.

Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 6 – Grootbos
A day to enjoy the activities included, from horse-riding, guided walks, cave and land-based whale watching and bird watching. The reserve also provides more specialised activities which can be arranged and paid for locally including quad-biking, kayaking, shark-cage diving and wine tours.

Accommodation: Grootbos Forest Lodge in a Suite.

Meal Plan – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 7 – Grootbos to Cape Town
After breakfast, you will be met at the lodge reception by a representative for your private transfer to Cape Town, a journey time of approximately two hours and 30 minutes.

Set in the vibrant heart of Cape Town, Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel offers easy access to all that’s happening in this dynamic city.

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel offers the perfect combination of leafy tranquillity and contemporary buzz. Whether dining on exotic Cape cuisine, soaking up the sun on any of the stunning beaches nearby or around the hotel’s pool, or getting ready to stroll down fashionable Kloof Street, you have the ideal central base from which to discover this exhilarating city.

The remainder of your day is at leisure.

Accommodation: Belmond Mount Nelson in a Superior Room.

Meal Plan – Breakfast.

Day 8 – Cape Town
After breakfast, you will be met by your guide for your full day Cape Point tour.

The focus of your tour is visiting the famous “Cape Point”, situated within the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. You will journey along the Atlantic coast, through the Hout Bay valley, over the famous Chapman’s Peak drive and occasionally stopping at various sites of interest along the way.

Your guide will discuss your individual interests and preferences and tailor the day’s route and sightings accordingly to ensure you experience this dynamic city on your terms.

Named the “Cape of Storms” by Bartolomeu Dias in 1488; the “Point” has been treated with the utmost respect by sailors for centuries. By day, it was a navigational landmark and by night, and in fog, it was a menace beset by violent storms and dangerous rocks that over the centuries littered shipwrecks around the coastline.

The first lighthouse was completed in 1859. It still stands at 238 metres above sea-level on the highest section of the peak and is now used as the centralised monitoring point for all the lighthouses on the coast of South Africa. Access to this historic building is via an exhilarating three-minute ride in the Flying Dutchman funicular (named after the local legend of the Flying Dutchman ghost ship) that transfers visitors from the lower station at 127 metres above sea-level, to the upper station.

Your full day tour includes entrance fees to Cape Point Nature Reserve including Cape Point Funicular, Boulders Beach (with an opportunity to meet the African penguins), Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and an á la carte lunch, including soft drinks, non-premium brand drinks and house wines.

Your evening is at leisure.

Accommodation: Belmond Mount Nelson in a Superior Room.

Meal Plan – Breakfast & Lunch (on your Cape Point tour).

Day 9 – Cape Town
After breakfast, you will be met by your guide for your full day Cape Town city tour.

Your guide will discuss the city’s abundance of sightseeing possibilities and will tailor your day’s activities according to your individual interests and preferences.

You will make your way to the to the lower cable car station on the slopes of Table Mountain, where (weather permitting) you make the short and comfortable ascent to the top.

Over the centuries Table Mountain has become one of South Africa’s most famous landmarks. The steep cliffs and rocky outcrops of the mountain play home to several important plants and animals. The mountain is home to approximately 1470 species of plants – more than the entire British Isles. Complimenting this vast array of flora is a stunning range of fauna, some of which, like the Table Mountain ghost frog, are not found anywhere else in the world.

Your guide will suggest the best restaurant options for lunch with you based on your personal preference and logistics. An á la carte lunch is included.

In the afternoon, you will tour historic Cape Town. Whether you are interested in visiting the traditional tourist attractions, indulging in a personal passion, or simply exploring the ‘Mother City’ as a local, Cape Town has something for everyone.

The remainder of your evening is at leisure.

Accommodation: Belmond Mount Nelson in a Superior Room.

Meal Plan – Breakfast & Lunch (on your Cape Town city tour).

Day 10 – Departure
After breakfast, you will be met by your Avventura representative for your private transfer to Cape Town International Airport, a journey time of approximately 45 minutes.

A representative will meet you in the airport drop-off area, assist you with check-in and immigration formalities and accompany you to the departure lounge or boarding gate for your international flight home.

Meal Plan –Breakfast.

Location

Accommodation options

EASTERN CAPE

SETTLERS DRIFT

Located in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, Settlers Drift is a family-owned luxurious tented camp set in 10,000 hectares of the Kariega wilderness. Each of the nine tented suites has an opulent bedroom and living area leading to a private viewing deck with incredible views. There are plenty of activities including twice-daily safaris in search of the ‘big five’, guided bush walks, canoe and boat safaris on the Bushman’s River. The Kariega Reserve is heavily involved in conservation and has its own foundation to support the local communities through education and youth development to protect and conserve the natural heritage of the area.

KNYSNA

KANONKOP HOUSE

Perched on the edge of South Africa’s largest forest alongside an immense tidal lagoon, Knysna is an eco-wonderland offering magnificent beaches, hiking, walking, cycling and water activities. Kanonkop House has breathtaking views of the Knysna lagoon and the giant sandstone cliffs dominating the entrance to the Indian Ocean, the famous Knysna Heads. This well-appointed luxurious property is set in a private and peaceful indigenous forest only five minutes’ drive from the centre of town.

Elegant Kanonkop House owned and managed by the Conyers family, offers personal, family managed, award winning, boutique accommodation consisting of seven suites.

The grounds at Kanonkop House include a swimming pool, sundeck, outdoor lounge, terrace and bar.

GROOTBOS

GROOTBOS FOREST LODGE

With its clean lines, elegant ceilings and expansive windows, Forest Lodge is the place you retreat to for blissful contemplation or for connecting with nature.

Wind your way through the ancient milkwood forest as you walk between your opulent suite and the lodge.

A stay at Forest Lodge is the ultimate way to restore, destress and reconnect. Each free-standing suite is exquisitely furnished, well-appointed with a private deck and panoramic views. The culinary experience is superb from fine dining to an al fresco picnic made with seasonal produce and micro herbs from the organic lodge farm.

CAPE TOWN

BELMOND MOUNT NELSON

Set in the vibrant heart of Cape Town, this iconic luxury hotel and spa offers easy access to all that’s happening in this dynamic city. The Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel has long been regarded as one of the city’s top five-star hotels. “Mount Nelly” as it is affectionately known, offers the perfect combination of leafy tranquillity and contemporary buzz. Whether dining on exotic Cape cuisine, soaking up the sun or exploring the buzzing streets, your time here promises endless memories to cherish.

Each unique room boasts a sense of understated style. Rooms are located in the main building and across the beautiful grounds. There are two heated outdoor swimming pools, available exclusively for guests staying at the hotel. The fitness centre is equipped with the latest cardiovascular and weight training equipment. There are two tennis courts.

Activities options

CAPE TOWN – BO-KAAP COOKING EXPERIENCE

Lekka Kombuis is situated in the historic part of Cape Town known as the Bo-Kaap, a colourful place full of rich history and culture. Join Gamidah Jacobs and her team on an hour’s walking tour to the spice market situated across the road from her home and close to the Bo-Kaap Museum. Here you will be mesmerised by the fragrant smell of spices.

Returning to Gamidah’s home, you will start a two-hour cooking lesson using ingredients bought at the spice market. Lunch is served with fruit juice or tea (no alcohol is served). Gamidah will regale you with many stories about her cultural upbringing and the traditional fast for Muslims at Ramadan while you continue rolling rotis, fold up delicate samosas and watch the hostess creating a very tasty chicken curry with lots of fragrant spices.

KNYSNA – KNYSNA LAGOON SUNSET CRUISE

Sail in style on a catamaran on Knysna lagoon situated between two large sandstone cliffs – the famous Heads. Sailing with your experienced skipper is a special way to enjoy the splendour of the Knysna lagoon and beyond into the Indian Ocean. Look out for dolphins, seals and, in season, passing whales. The sunset cruise is accompanied by a delicious sundowner, anti-pasta platter and a choice of wine. A perfect way to enjoy this marvellous natural harbour and its marine life.

HIKING THROUGH TSITSIKAMMA NATIONAL PARK

Discover the hidden gem of Tsitsikamma National Park on a half day guided hike. Named after the San word for clear water, you will find, beneath a vast treetop canopy, a clear rushing river winding through the ancient forest. Listen and look out for birds such as the Knysna loerie and green hoopoes. There are several hiking trails to choose from, catering for a leisurely wander to a high adrenaline power hike.

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