If you are looking for something different, certainly if this is your second or even third time to South Africa, this trip will showcase some hidden gems plus an opportunity to return to the 'tried and trusted' areas of Cape Town and the Winelands.
You'll begin your trip in Port Elizabeth, at the far end of the Garden Route. Here, you can shake off the jetlag in a 5* boutique hotel for the first night away, and relax in the tranquil courtyard.
Fully refreshed, you will then head to Addo Elephant National Park, where you'll stay for 2 nights in an luxurious tented suite that breathes the spirit of safari. At sunrise and sunset, you'll set out on exciting game drives, watching dozens of elephant gather at the waterholes in the first and last light of day.
Your next stop is in a traditional colonial Karoo homestead surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of mountains, deep within the Samara Private Game Reserve. You'll take morning and game drives into the pristine wilderness and trek wild cheetah on foot through the fragrant bush. For 3 glorious nights, just let the tranquillity of the Karoo envelop you.
After this, you'll stay in a beautiful country house just outside the small town of Oudtshoorn - the ostrich capital of the world. Here, you can test the unbelievable strength of an ostrich egg shell - by standing on it without it cracking! A visit to the impressive Cango Caves is also a good way to spend a few hours during your stay here.
Now you head towards familiar territory and spend 2 nights in the enchanting Cape Winelands in an exclusive manor house and well-known winery, where your private patio will overlook endless rows of vineyards ripening in the sunshine.
Your trip will end in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the entire world. Cape Cadogan is set just off the buzzing Kloof Street in a scenic suburb, so you can live like a local and still be treated as a guest.
Arrive at Port Elizabeth Airport, collect your luggage and make your way into the Arrivals Hall. You will be met by your driver who will be holding a signboard with your name it and you will be transferred to your hotel.
The Windermere is situated close to the beach in Port Elizabeth and offers a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere complemented by comfort and superb service.
This morning your hire car will be delivered to your hotel. Complete the necessary paperwork - you will need to present your driving license, passport and credit card and the car keys and hire car will then be handed over to you.
13 Day Car Rental: Group D: VW Polo Vivo or similar - Automatic Transmission (on Super Cover)
Allow about 45 minutes to an hour to drive to Gorah, the only private concession and camp situated in the middle of the famous Addo Elephant National Park, home to the densest population of elephants on earth. Gorah is malaria-free, has the Big 5 and is a member of Relais & Chateaux. A 2 night stay here gives you an unforgettable opportunity to see large herds of elephants, the rare and endangered black rhino, and other wildlife too.
After your early morning game drive and breakfast, you will check out of your room then head off on the drive to the Samara Private Game Reserve (approx 250 km / 2 h 30 mins). Karoo Lodge has just 9 rooms, and a stay here offers a malaria-free, award-winning Big Five safari experience including exceptional cheetah viewing, plus breathtaking scenery.
Set off for the drive to Oudtshoorn (approx 375 km / 4 h 30 mins). Rosenhof is situated on the outskirts of the town and the carefully renovated homestead (from around 1852), with its yellow wood beams and ceilings and a tasteful collection of antique furniture, exudes an aura of authenticity.
Travelling along Route 62, make your way to the Cape Winelands (approx. 415 km / 4 h 25 mins). Situated on the outskirts of the historic town of Stellenbosch, Lanzerac is a private working wine estate with a history dating back to 1692.
This morning after a leisurely breakfast, check out and drive to Cape Town (approx 45 km / 45 mins). Cape Cadogan is a boutique hotel whose original structure dates back to the beginning of the 19th century. You will feel the charm and character as soon as you arrive.
Your hire car will be collected from your hotel at 16:00 this afternoon.
This morning after breakfast check out of your room, but you can remain at the hotel and use all the facilities until you are collected for your transfer back to the airport. Alternatively, if you have an evening flight, the hotel may be arrange a late check out for you (additional cost and payable directly to the hotel) subject to the availability of the room.