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Cape Town and Phinda Game Reserve (7 Days)

South Africa is the perfect destination. Not only does South Africa’s pleasant year-round climate and beautiful beaches make the country so irresistible, it is also home to a wealth of exquisite cultures, contemporary stylish hotels, historic Cape Dutch wine estates, quaint sea-side villages and luxurious private game lodges that are beautifully designed to blend in with the natural bush. Add on the superb food and wine and this combination offers an extraordinary holiday.

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² Award-Winning Wines & Food in The Cape Winelands
² Scenic highlights of Cape Peninsula
² Big 5 Game Reserves and 415 bird species
² Proximity to the Indian Ocean and its beautiful beaches
² Luxury hotels and lodges

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CAPE GRACE HOTEL, 5 stars

Set on a private waterside platform at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, this hotel offers a combination of understated luxury and sophistication, drawing inspiration for its interior design from Cape Town’s rich history. The guest areas of the Cape Grace Hotel include an award-winning restaurant specializing in local cuisine with a modern twist, whisky bar, wine cellar, wellness spa, heated swimming pool, extensive library, gym and communications center. Thoughtful touches in the rooms include fresh flowers, delectable deli snacks and aromatic bath products designed to make guests feel pampered. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms.

CAPE GRACE HOTEL

PHINDA VLEI LODGE

Set on the edge of the forest and overlooking an open meadow (or vlei), complete with watering hole, this wildlife playground brings your game encounters up close and personal. Each morning and early evening the animals appear, dotting the sweeping vlei in a never-ending wildlife parade. Whether from the lodges intimate guest areas or from the seclusion of your own suite, watch the lively comings and goings of the bush inhabitants - from the antics of the monkeys and the prolific birdlife, to the herds of zebra or families of warthog ambling along.

PHINDA VLEI LODGE

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You will be collected from Cape Town International airport and be driven to Cape Grace hotel and given your personalized travel journal. The recently refashioned Cape Grace boutique hotel delivers all the comforts one would expect from a world-class luxury hotel. Backed by the iconic Table Mountain and perfectly positioned on our own private quay in the center of the vibrant Victoria & Albert Waterfront, Cape Grace epitomizes style and sophistication in an atmosphere alive with genuine warmth and hospitality.

vibrant Victoria

Accommodation: Cape Grace Hotel

Cape Winelands and Franschhoek
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Indulge in a full day in the spectacular Cape Winelands, beginning with your first wine tasting on the way to Franschhoek, home to award-winning wine estates and known as South Africa’s gourmet capital. Drive past the Groot Drakenstein Prison, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated before his release and where he took his first steps as a free man. 

Cape Winelands

Visit the village of Franschhoek and see the Huguenot monument, and then enjoy wine tasting in and around Franschhoek before stopping in the village for lunch. Continue your journey through the panoramic landscapes of the Helshoogte Mountain Pass, stopping for a third wine tasting in the area, time permitting. Your adventure ends with a leisurely stroll along the oak-lined streets of the university town of Stellenbosch, well known for its traditional Cape Dutch architecture.

Cape Dutch architecture

Accommodation: Cape Grace Hotel including breakfast 

Cape Peninsula
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This full-day tour takes in the scenic highlights of the Cape Peninsula, beginning with the four secluded beaches of Clifton, as well as the sidewalk cafés and bars of trendy Camp’s Bay. The next stop is the spectacular coastal suburb of Hout Bay, a former fishing village with a long, sandy beach facing a bay framed by the mountains. Explore the restaurants, shops and markets of Mariner’s Wharf, a harbour-front emporium with a distinct maritime ambiance. 

Camp’s Bay

If it is open, the tour will continue along the breathtaking Chapman’s Peak Drive, before heading to the Cape of Good Hope to explore the nature reserve, see the Diaz Cross and perhaps even indulge in lunch at a local restaurant. From here you will travel to Simon’s Town, famous for its naval military base, and then visit the charming penguin colony at Boulders Beach Reserve in Cape Point Nature Reserve. The tour ends at the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, set against the eastern slopes of spectacular Table Mountain. 

Boulders Beach Reserve

Accommodation: Cape Grace Hotel including breakfast

Flight to Phinda Game Reserve
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You will be collected from Cape Grace hotel and be driven to Cape Town International airport, where you will check in for your flight to Durban (flight cost is excluded in the cost). Upon arrival at King Shaka airport, you will depart by scheduled federal air flight to Phinda Game Reserve (luggage restriction of 20 kg per person in soft bags only) .Upon arrival at the airstrip you will be driven to Vlei lodge.

Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, teas and coffees, safari activities, refreshments on game drives, nature walks (1 hour) accompanied by experienced armed trackers (subject to availability), emergency medical evacuation insurance and laundry.

Phinda Game Reserve

Accommodation: Phinda Vlei Lodge including 3 meals

Phinda Game Reserve
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After a lovely breakfast, embark on an enxciting safari in Phinda Private Game Reserve, situated in subtropical northern KwaZulu-Natal, with close proximity to the warm Indian Ocean. Not only do you get close to popular breeding grounds of highly endangered sea turtles, you also observe abundant wildlife, including Africa’s Big Five, and up to 415 bird species.

The reserve also provides sanctuary for threatened wildlife, such as cheetah and black rhino. 

Phinda Private Game Reserve

Accommodation: Phinda Vlei Lodge including 3 meals

Phinda Game Reserve
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This morning you can look forward to exciting game-drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles led by experienced rangers and Zulu trackers, as well as thrilling optional activities on the water, in the air and on the beach. Safari activities at Phinda are plentiful. Enjoy game-drives, interpretive bush walks, canoeing on the Mzinene River, White Rhino tracking, or watch the sunrise or sunset whilst enjoying a Mzinene Riverboat Cruise.

Phinda Game Reserve

Accommodation: Phinda Vlei Lodge including 3 meals

Return flight to Johannesburg
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You will be transferred from Vlei Lodge to Richards Bay Airport to catch your flight to Johannesburg and then, your return flight home.

Including breakfast

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RATE
RMB 33,320 per person sharing a double room

INCLUSIONS
• Accommodation
• Meals as specified
• Emergency medical evacuation insurance
• Scheduled federal air flights Durban/Phinda/Richards Bay
• Private transfers as specified in the itinerary
• Private sightseeing and excursions as specified in the itinerary
• Scheduled game viewing activities as specified in the itinerary
• 1 x luxury Personalised Travel Journal

EXCLUSIONS
• Meals, drinks and laundry not specified in the itinerary
• Premium brand drinks, champagne, cognacs, cellar wines, cigars and cigarettes
• Gratuities and any items of a personal nature
• Sightseeing and excursions not specified in the itinerary
• Flights and transfers not specified in the itinerary
• National parks and concession fees not specified in the itinerary
• Visa fees (please be sure to check if visas are required)
• Car rental and all related expenses
• Travel Insurance
• Flight Cape Town to Durban
• Flight Richards Bay to Johannesburg

² All our profits are re-invested into the organization Clear Water Initiative to provide clean, potable water solutions in Africa.