11 Nights in the Cape, Private reserves and a unique Johannesburg guest house
Arrive at Cape Town International Airport, where you will clear customs and collect your luggage.
You will be met in the Arrivals Hall by our representative, who will assist you with the collection of your hired vehicle. You will drive yourselves to Hermanus, approximately 108km away.
Hermanus is a small coastal town, offering beautiful beaches, whale watching in season, markets, shopping and a variety of restaurants.
In Hermanus you will be accommodated at On the Cliffs Guest House, situated on the seafront with stunning sea views. Beautiful en suite rooms and a putting green, sauna, guest lounges, pub, pool etc. Hermanus golf club is 5 minutes away.
All rooms are en suite with king-size or twin beds, private balconies or patios, luxury fittings and have panoramic sea views for whale watching. On the Cliff is only a 1km walk to the village centre. You will be able to explore the town, its crafts, shops and restaurants at your leisure.
Explore Hermanus - the Guesthouse can arrange scuba diving, parasailing, horse riding on the beach, fishing, golf, or great white shark cage diving at nearby Gansbaai. Or you can simply relax on the beach.
The Southern right whale visits Hermanus from the end of May to the end of November every year. Whales continue to be seen until early January but in far fewer numbers. They come to give birth and mate in the warmer and protected waters of our bay.
They seem to be curious by nature and will often pop their heads out of the water to have a look at the people watching them and then put on a display of enormous strength launching their bodies out of the water several times in succession to the delight of the crowds. Seagulls always seem to be around to collect the somewhat stunned fish after the whales crash back into the ocean. Whales will often approach the whale spotting boats to within touching distance to have a good look and seem to have no fear at all.
After breakfast, you will leave Hermanus, driving to Cape Town and Chartfield Guesthouse in Kalk Bay. Chartfield Guesthouse evokes the spirit of a time when everything was done with a little more style and with a lot more attention to detail. It's a haven created to whisk you away from the cares of the world from the moment you step inside this grand old house, which has been standing for over 120 years overlooking the picturesque Kalk Bay harbour. Now lovingly restored, Chartfield Guesthouse is nestled in this quaint seaside village where the pace and charm is reminiscent of a bygone era while every modern convenience is provided for.
Large and private rooms allow the cool ocean breeze to whisper through your open windows bringing with it the faint sounds and maritime scents of the village below.
All standard rooms are lovingly restored, furnished with king size beds, flat screen TV, safe and en-suite bathroom.
Days 4, 5 and 6
Kalk Bay is a bastion to the Cape's sea-faring past. First visited by Simon Van Der Stel in the 17th Century one can't help but feel you've travelled back in time, worlds away from the high-rise hustle of Cape Town. Named after the chalky lime stone deposits found in the area by the Dutch in 1806 Kalk Baai (Chalk Bay) soon became a busy little fishing village. A railway line in 1883 brought with it more fishermen and tourists in their scores. In 1895 a municipality was founded and non-fishing families were encouraged to settle in the area. This developed into a tight knit bustling seaside village and much of everything that makes it special remains today.
Everything in Kalk Bay is within safe walking distance and it's a great way to really soak up the charm of the village. Restaurants are speckled all along the main road along the shore catering for every taste should you wish to try something different away from Chartfield Guesthouse's cuisine. From festive pubs to tranquil eateries, everything is on your doorstep. Down the road is the Historic Naval Base in Simon's Town resplendent with old pubs and seaside dining.
Within 30 minutes you are already at the Cape of Good Hope or at the Cape Town City Centre or at the Airport.
Return to Cape Town International Airport, where you will return your hired vehicle, and board a regional flight to Hoedspruit Airport.
At Hoedspruit Airport, you will be met by a representative of Kapama Karula Camp, and he will transfer you to the Camp, a short drive away.
Kapama Private Game Reserve is one of the largest in Limpopo with abundant Big Five game, along with many other mammal species and around 350 types of birds. Expert game rangers and trackers take guests on a journey into the bush for thrilling close encounters.
This intimate lodge accommodates just 24 people in secluded en-suite luxury safari tents or chalets. The riverside setting is shady and ideal for watching game at the water's edge. Kapama Karula has 2 Family Suites, each measuring 170 m², which are purpose-built for families. These family suites have an open-plan living room, replete with fireplace, which flows into the master bedroom with its en-suite bathroom. The second bedroom also leads off the living room and can be accessed through an interleading door or its own entrance. This children’s bedroom is also en suite and is equipped with a flat-screen TV, selection of movies and a WiFi game console. All other amenities standard to the superior suites are included - from well-stocked minibars including a selection of wines and champagne, to Nespresso coffee machines, air conditioning, overhead fans, telephones, Wi-Fi and an iPod docking station. Each family suite also has a private outside deck and a large swimming pool, which is heated in the chillier months for year-round swimming.
Guests can gather in the lovely Tree-House Pub and lounge, set amongst the tree tops or linger on the breakfast veranda, taking in the sights and sounds of the African bushveld. The feature swimming pool offers a peaceful place to refresh and recharge between game drives. For total relaxation, transfers can be made to the Kapama Wellness Centre at Kapama River Lodge for luxurious Spa treatments or a work out at the top class gym.
There are hot and cold meal choices for breakfast and lunch, while dinner is served around the camp fire in the traditional circular boma (open-air enclosure).
Days 8 and 9
The Klaserie River and surrounding vegetation offers a superb habitat for Leopard, Hippo and Crocodile. This water source attracts many game species within the Reserve. Guests at Kapama Karula Lodge can enjoy excellent game viewing from the veranda and guest areas which are raised over the riverside.
Kapama's 13000 hectares has all the big game of Africa with 42 mammal species and approximately 350 bird species. This equates to huge natural diversity and includes the famed 'Big 5' - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Game drives are conducted through the rolling savannah grasslands and riverine forests that make up this appealing African reserve.
Two daily game drives are part of the fully inclusive tariff and your skilled ranger and tracker do their best to find the animals of Africa for you to admire.
Bush walks after breakfast. Explore the environment with your ranger, learn about curative properties of plants and identify animals from their footprints and dung. Large game is avoided when on foot but animals can often be seen from a safe distance. Please note that this will be done under ranger discretion.
After your morning activity and breakfast, our representative will collect you from Kapama Karula, and he will take you for a Panorama Tour, including the Blyde River Canyon. The tour will include lunch and entry fees.
After the tour, your Guide will transfer you to Khaya Ndlovu Lodge later in the afternoon. Khaya Ndlovu Manor House offers an understated colonial style, a homely charm and luxury. With spectacular views of the Drakensberg Mountains and surrounding bushveld, the lodge lies within the pristine Blue Canyon Conservancy- home of the Big 4. Khaya Ndlovu Manor House it is the perfect destination for a relaxing and tranquil holiday, with the promise of relaxation in the South African bush.
The main area has a well-appointed dining room, a formal lounge, a television room, and a spacious covered verandah (lounge, dining area, bar) leading out on to the swimming pool and viewing deck which overlooks an active waterhole.
Each of the suites offers bold statements and clean lines; all in spacious and luxuriously refreshing colonial style en-suite rooms.
Our representative will collect you from Khaya Ndlovu, and he will return you to Hoedspruit Airport in time to check in for your flight to Johannesburg International Airport.
Our representative will meet you in the Arrivals Hall, and he will drive you to the Satyagraha House.
Satyagraha House, in the residential neighbourhood of Orchards in Johannesburg, was the home of Mohandas Gandhi from 1908 to 1909.
It has been lovingly restored by a historian, a curator, an architect, two interior designers, and their respective teams, to accommodate guests and still be a museum to this great man. It has been tastefully furnished in neutral colours and simple décor. Typical of the Gandhi persona it had to be unimposing and unpretentious. The serenity of the guest house is what you feel when entering the door. In all, seven rooms are spread out between the original house, called the Kraal in reference to its architecture resembling a traditional African farm, the cottage added a few years later, and the modern wing built in 2010. The gardens are tranquil with large trees offering shade. During your stay you will be able to immerse yourself in the life of a man and feel the history of a country. Unique home, simple but luxurious in its simplicity.
It was at this house that Gandhi, who fought against discrimination against Indians in South Africa, developed the principle of Satyagraha, a form of passive resistance he later used to lead India to gaining her political independence from the British Empire.
The museum at the heart of Satyagraha House focuses on Gandhi’s life in South Africa, especially the time he spent living at The Kraal. As well as the guest rooms and the museum, there is a dining room situated under the mezzanine where Gandhi lived, and a spiritual library populated with books about different political philosophies. There is also a peaceful garden that guests are encouraged to explore.
Satyagraha House honours Gandhi’s principles in several ways. Only vegetarian food is served, and introductions to meditation and yoga are offered. Television, alcohol and cigarettes are not part of the Satyagraha lifestyle, but there is a designated smoking area outside. Satyagraha House is environmentally aware: all produce is organic, heating is geothermal, water used for non-drinking purposes comes from a spring on the property and energy-saving lighting is favoured.
At Satyagraha House you have the opportunity to live, sleep, eat and meditate in the home of a man who changed the world through peace.
After breakfast at Satyagraha House, your private Guide will collect you, and he will take you for a privately guided Soweto and Apartheid Museum Tour.
Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city, remains the country’s financial and commercial heart. View the “Rainbow Nation” at work in Sandton and Downtown Johannesburg. The Northern suburbs can be viewed from a vantage point after which you will drive through Hillbrow, the most densely populated part of the city, cross over Nelson Mandela Bridge and into downtown Johannesburg. A stop is made at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown where a variety of African arts and crafts are sold.
Soweto is home to over 4 million people and depicts extreme contrasts in their living styles.
You will visit amongst others: The Mandela Museum, where Madiba (Nelson Mandela) once lived; Stop at the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, discovering the cause of the riots; Take a drive down Vilakazi Street, the only street in the world to have housed 2 Nobel Prize winners; Freedom Square/Walter Sisulu Square, where the ANC’s Freedom Charter was proclaimed to thousands in 1956; The Regina Mundi Church, where the bullet-marked walls are witness to ex-security/police brutality.
The Apartheid Museum investigates the causes of the Apartheid system and the build up to its implementation in South Africa. The effects and ultimate demise of apartheid and current South African history is where the visit ends off. Leaving the museum conveys a feeling of being freed from prison as you exit the grey pillars into the sunlight.
Includes Entrance Fees (Apartheid Museum is closed on Mondays)
You may have lunch in a Soweto "shebeen" which will be for your own account.
Your Guide will return you to Satyagraha House later in the afternoon to collect your luggage, before transferring you back to Johannesburg International Airport, in time to check in for your flight home.
Included in this itinerary:
- Cape Town International Airport meet and greet service
- Car Hire for 7 Days
- 2 Nights at On The Cliffs in an en-suite sea-facing room
- Daily breakfasts
- A whale cruise
- 4 Nights at Chartfield Guesthouse in an en-suite standard room
- Scheduled flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit Airport
- Road transfer from Hoedspruit Airport to Kapama Karula Lodge
- 3 Nights at Kapama Karula in an en-suite Suite
- All meals, teas & snacks, two daily safari activities, soft drinks and water on activities
- A privately guided tour to Blyde River Canyon and other places of interest on the Panorama Route
- 1 Night at Khaya Ndlovu Lodge in an en-suite Suites
- Dinner, light lunch and breakfast, estate activity
- Road transfer from Khaya Ndlovu Lodge to Hoedspruit Airport
- Scheduled flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg International Airport
- Road transfer from Johannesburg International Airport to Satyagraha House
- 1 Night at Satyagraha House in a double room
- A privately guided Soweto / Apartheid Museum Tour
- Road transfer from Satyagraha House back to Johannesburg International Airport
- Travel and medical insurance
- Visa requirements
- Additional meals, drinks and activities whilst in Hermanus
- Additional meals at Chartfield Guesthouse
- Additional drinks at Kapama Karula Lodge
- Drinks at Khaya Ndlovu Lodge
- Dinner and drinks at Satyagraha House
- Soweto lunch
- Gratuities and items of a personal nature