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Southern Africa Discovery

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Southern Africa Discovery

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A perfect 13 night retreat for couples of all ages, your trip combines staying at the buzzy V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, a stay on an historic wine farm, a Big 5 safari in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve where you’ll stay in a lodge that overlooks a large waterhole which is a hive of animal activity. You will then explore the Lowveld on a guided tour, before heading to Mozambique, where you’ll stay in a beach lodge that boasts luxuriously appointed chalets, powder white beaches and crystal clear water, providing a barefoot luxury experience like no other.

You start with 3 nights at the Commodore Hotel in Cape Town, which is situated just a stone's throw from the V&A Waterfront, one of South Africa's most visited destinations. Enjoy the cosmopolitan mix of experiences here, ranging from leisure to shopping to entertainment. There are over 80 restaurants, hundreds of shops and the Zeitz MOCAA, the continent's first major museum dedicted to art from Africa.

When your hire car is delivered on Day Three, venture further afield and explore the Cape Peninsula, breathing in the crisp, clean air, and enjoying the spectacular views from the high sea cliffs. Then drive yourselves to the Winelands for a 2 night stay at Spier Hotel near Stellenbosch. Village-style buildings, lush green lawns and spacious rooms situated next to the calming Eerste River are the defining characteristics of a stay here, as well as wine-tasting of course!

A 20 minute drive to the airport and you are then on a direct flight across the country to Arathusa Safari Lodge in the famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Game drives, in an open safari vehicle, are conducted in the early morning and late afternoon every day in search of animals - both large and small. Experienced, knowledgeable and personable rangers are paired with local trackers, and together they ensure a first class safari experience. Trackers sit up at the front of the vehicle looking for fresh animal tracks, while rangers skillfully navigate into ravines and through thickets in pursuit of fantastic game sightings. Close encounters are guaranteed so you can expect one-of-a-kind photographic opportunities of the Big 5, and much more - including over 300 bird species. A treat for keen birders!

After your safari, you have 2 nights in the small village of Hazyview - on your full day here you will go on a full day guided tour of the beautiful Panorama Route - famous for its breathtaking beauty and rich cultural heritage.

You will then be transferred across the border into Mozambique by road, enabling you to see more of the countryside. Once in Maputo, you will be dropped at the Marina where a quick boat hop will take you to Machangulo Beach Lodge, in the south of Mozambique, which offers sheer blissful barefoot luxury to end your holiday. Untouched African beaches, untamed nature and superb service come together to create an extraordinary beach experience for the last couple of nights of this memorable holiday.

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Summary Of The Itinerary

Holiday Title: Southern Africa Discovery

Countries Visited: South Africa and Mozambique


Day 1

Arrive into Cape Town Airport. Once you have collected your luggage, make your way into the Arrivals Hall where your driver will meet you. You will then be transferred to your hotel.

Overlooking the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, with views of Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Harbour and the Atlantic Ocean, The Commodore Hotel offers comfortable accommodation, quality service and a tranquil setting that keeps guests returning year after year.


Day 3

Your hire car will be delivered at 09:00 this morning. With a hire car, you can explore slightly further afield - maybe taking a day trip down to the Cape Peninsula, stopping en-route there or back at Boulders Beach, which is home to one of only 2 mainland nesting colonies of African penguins in South Africa.

3 Day Car Rental: Group C: Toyota Corolla Quest 1.6 or similar - Manual Transmission (on Super Cover)


Day 4

Depart after breakfast for the drive to Spier Hotel, situated on the historic Spier wine farm in the heart of the Stellenbosch winelands. The tasting room on the banks of the Spier dam has beautiful views of the Helderberg Mountains and you can sample Spier's award-winning wines paired with tasty snacks here, or head off in your car to explore the Stellenbosch Wine Route - one of South Africa's premier wine producing regions, and winning 70% of all the major wine awards and acolades (both locally and internationally) presented to the South African wine industry every year.

The Cape Winelands

2 nights at The Spier Hotel


Day 6

Drive to the airport, return your hire car and check in for your domestic flight to Kruger. Passengers are advised to check in 90 minutes prior to the flight departure time.

Airlink 4Z657 (Economy Class): Fly from Cape Town International Airport (CPT) departing at 10:50 to Hoedspruit Air Force Base (HDS), arriving at 13:10

Make your way into the airport building, where you will be met and transferred to Arathusa Safari Lodge.

Arathusa Safari Lodge is unique and highly sought after by visitors because of its prime location within the Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the unfenced Kruger National Park. Arathusa offers an exceptional safari experience - expect a high concentration of an assortment of game, including the Big Five, and frequent leopard sightings. The lodge is situated on a large waterhole, ensuring interesting game and bird viewing from the comfort of the camp.

Sabi Sand Game Reserve

3 nights at Arathusa Safari Lodge


Day 9

After you return from your morning game drive, you will have time to enjoy breakfast at the lodge before you are collected and transferred to Hazyview.


Day 10

You will be collected this morning at 09:00 for your full day Panorama Sight-Seeing Tour. Some have called it the most beautiful place in the world - Mpumalanga's famous Panorama Route is well-known for its breathtaking beauty and rich cultural heritage. Spend and entire day exploring the majestic natural sights of this beautiful area. It is one of the most scenic routes in the region, offering magnificent views, dramatic landscapes and exquisite waterfalls. You'll have the opportunity to stop at scenic landmarks such as God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels as well as Blyde River Canyon - the 3rd largest canyon of its kind in the world. You will return to your hotel around 16:30.


Day 11

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport.

You will be met here by your new driver, who will transfer you through to Maputo in Mozambique. You will then take a boat across to Machangulo Beach Lodge situated on the Machangulo Peninsula.

Situated on a beautiful secluded peninsula, Machangulo Beach Lodge offers plenty of amazing locations to enjoy the Indian Ocean's warm waters. Surrounded by not one but 5 marine reserves, this is a true African beach paradise.


Day 14

After breakfast you will be transferred by boat back to the mainland, and then by road to the airport, arriving in time to check in for your flight back to Johannesburg.

 
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Holiday Title: Southern Africa Discovery

Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa and Mozambique for 13 nights

Passengers: 2 Adults

Example Cost for 2 Adults: * per person sharing.

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