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                     Safari in South Africa from Cape Town to Kalahari                      

This tour is an essential discovery of South Africa in a week, staying in the most exclusive and luxurious accommodation of the countries. Discover Cape Town and its vineyards with your 4x4. Cape Town is a city of contrasts. Admire the city view from Table Mountain, which dominates from 1000m Cape Town, to discover the incredible balance of this town between historic sites, modern neighborhoods, white sandy beaches, upscale neighborhoods, townships and Botanical Gardens ! White beaches dominated by magnificent mountains whose rocks silhouetted against a pristine blue sky, vineyard landscapes ranging in green valleys and quality wines ... The region offers everything a traveler can dream . And from the opinion of all who were lucky enough to stay there or live there, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. A flight then takes you to the Kalahari for unforgettable safaris. The Lodge Tswalu Kalahari is located in south of the Kalahari, which dominates the silence, luxury, natural beauty and genuine hospitality. Unique in the world with over one hundred thousand hectares of exclusive private reserve, the Tswalu Kalahari is the largest private game reserve without malaria in South Africa. In this paradise you discover the gentle curves of the red dunes and numerous rare wildlife, such as the desert black rhino and the magnificent Black maned Kalahari lions. During your stay, enjoy a horseback safari, explore unique archaeological sites, sleep under the African sky. Beyond this immersion in the wilderness, enjoy some contemporary pleasures with luxurious spa treatments and exquisite cuisine. Tswalu means "new beginning" - you can find yours here. A one-week stay for wildlife and gastronomy lovers !

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Cape Town Airport - Cape Town
  • Day 2: Cape Town
  • Day 3: Cape Town
  • Day 4: Cape Town - Franschhoek
  • Day 5: Franschhoek - Cape Town Airport - Tswalu
  • Day 6: Tswalu
  • Day 7: Tswalu
  • Day 8: Cape Town Airport

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Cape Town Airport - Cape Town

Meet and greet and assistance of our guide on your arrival.

You collect your rental car and drive to your hotel in Cape Town.

Day at leisure to explore Cape Town known to be one of the most beautiful city in the world!

Suggestions:

Take the cable car and ascend the top of Table Mountain (whether permitting). The floor of the cable car rotates through 360 degrees during the ascent or descent, giving passengers a panoramic view of the city. From the top of the mountain at 1000 meters above sea level, a bordwalk will enable you to get different view point of the city and the Atlantic Ocean.

You can also visit the following sites depending on your area of interests:

- The National Museum of South Africa founded in 1825. This museum houses many diverse collections from fossils dating back millions of years to the clothing worn by our ancestors in the last century. All these collections have a common denominator to highlight the biological and cultural diversity of our planet,

- The Company 's Gardens founded in 1652 by the Dutch pioneers who plan to establish a Cape refueling station on the boat ride to India. Walk in Company 's Garden , which now houses the St Georges Cathedral, National Library, National Gallery, artworks and beautiful gardens,

- The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, one of the finest botanical gardens in the world, located at the foot of Table Mountain. Founded in 1913 to protect the diversity of South African flora, the garden is unique as only indigenous plants are cultivated. This is a rare opportunity to see the fynbos, endemic plants in the region of the Western Cape. More than 7000 species of plants are grown in Kirstenbosch, including many rare and endangered species,

- The colorful Bo-Kaap district . The museum located in the historic district showcases the culture of immigrants from Malaysia. A visit to the museum and the neighborhood, with its colorful houses, cobbled streets and calls to prayer of the muezzin, can soak up the cultural diversity of Cape Town,

- The African Craft Market of Green Market Square in the middle of the CBD.

- The Castle of Good Hope , one of the oldest buildings in the country, which houses a collection of antiques (furniture , paintings, objects) that tells a lot about the life of Dutch settlers.

- The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is hosting a craft market, the aquarium " Two Oceans " and many restaurants. It is from this waterfront that boats leave to Robben Island where Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years, as well as to navigate in the beautiful bay of Cape Town.

Other activity suggestions during your stay in Cape Town (please consult us in advance for booking):
- A Township tours ( 1 half-day )
- A culinary tours of the city ( 1 half-day )
- A cycling tours of the city (between 3 hours and 1 day )
- Shark cage diving to encounter the greatwhite (1 day )
- An evening discovering the origins of the Cape Town jazz
- An helicopter flight above the city and the peninsula ( between 12 and 60 minutes)
- An abseil of 112m on the Table Mountain (1 half-day )
- A paragliding experience on the Atlantic coast,
- A sunset cruise on board of a catamaran including sparkling wine.

Night in a standard room at Clarendon Bantry Bay, a villa of the stylish Bantry Bay area facing the ocean.


Included : reception with english-speaking guide, car rental, room & breakfast

Day 2: Cape Town

Day at leisure to discover the Cape Peninsula and the legendary Cape of Good Hope.

Suggested itinerary:

You can commence this discovery with a little stop in the small fishing village of Hout Bay. This fishing village is a cosy little hamlet surrounded by mountains to the North, East and West and the Ocean to the South. Home to bustling craft markets, antique shops, a beautiful beach and a thriving fishing community. The harbour is also where many boat cruise departs from to Duiker Island. This small island is home to thousands of Cape Fur Seals and local birdlife. The boat ride lets you see the Cape Peninsula from a new perspective.

You can thereafter proceed and enjoy the twists and turns around the famous Chapman’s Peak scenic drive. Chapman’s Peak Drive is renowned for its spectacular 180° views of the Cape Peninsula as well as its 114 twists and turns. Viewpoints and picnic spots are scattered throughout its 9km length and its dramatic views have made it a favoured spot for photographers.

You enter the Cape Point Nature Reserve to reach the tip of the Cape Peninsula where you enjoy a dramatic view point located in a 17 750 hectare nature reserve. Looking out over the shining sea from the Cape Point Lighthouse truly makes you feel like you are standing at the edge of the world. The rich diversity of the nature reserve, part of the Table Mountain National Park, makes it home to a stunning array of animal and plant species.

After leaving Cape Point Nature Reserve you travel up the other side of the Cape Peninsula on the way to Simon’s Town and Boulder’s beach. Simon’s Town has been an important naval base and harbour for over two centuries and you can still see some historic naval vessels anchored just off-shore. Boulder’s beach is home of a colony of African Jackass penguins since 1985. These small citizens have been charming residents and tourists ever since.

A seafood lunch is highly recommended in this area but you can also have lunch in the Cape Peninsula Nature reserve’s restaurant.

As you head back towards Cape Town along the False Bay coastal road; you travel through Fish Hoek a little town with a long history. From Fish Hoek you drive past Muizenberg, another seaside town. The warm waters and long stretch of beach make this a popular spot for holidaymakers and there are a wide variety of activities, like kite boarding and surfing, for the adventurous.

Night in a standard room at Clarendon Bantry Bay, a villa of the stylish Bantry Bay area facing the ocean.


Included : car rental, room & breakfast

Day 3: Cape Town

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is South Africa’s most visited destination, attracting millions of visitors every year – and for good reason. Whether you are looking to go shopping, dine at top restaurants, party at local nightspots, visit tourist attractions and museums or investigate the city’s historic harbour, you can find it all here. The construction for the harbor began as early as 1860, when Prince Alfred tipped the first stones for the breakwater, hence the attraction’s name: Victoria & Alfred after Queen Victoria of England and her youngest son Alfred.

Our suggestions for the day are:

Visit the Two Ocean’s Aquarium: with more than 3000 marine creatures on view, including sharks, turtles and penguins, enjoy a sensory experience with kelp, shells and anemones at the Touch Pool. The Two Oceans Aquarium is one of the finest aquariums in the world. The aquarium showcases the unique marine life of the Atlantic and Indian oceans which lie on either side of the Cape of Good Hope.

A Robben Island tour is a must when you are visiting Cape Town. It is a fascinating half-day trip to the former penal colony where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many leading members of South African political parties like the PAC and ANC were incarcerated alongside him. The tour guides are likely be ex-political prisoners. This gives you the opportunity to hear a first-hand account of prison life on Robben Island that makes it a truly priceless experience.

Night in a standard room at Clarendon Bantry Bay, a villa of the stylish Bantry Bay area facing the ocean.


Included : car rental, room & breakfast

Day 4: Cape Town - Franschhoek

Day at leisure to explore the Cape Winelands.

Departure for Stellenbosch, a university town in the beautiful wine region of the Western Cape. The oldest city in South Africa with Cape Town is beautifully maintained with typical Cape-Dutch style buildings (the name given to the Cape architecture inspired by the Dutch). You can visit the wineries and taste wines including the Pinotage, a typical South African grape, a cross of Pinot Noir and Cinsault.

Visit of the village of Franschhoek, the South African gourmet capital located in one of the most beautiful valleys in the country.
Overnight stay at Le Quartier Français in an Auberge room.


Included : car rental, room & breakfast

Day 5: Franschhoek - Cape Town Airport - Tswalu


Departure for the Cape Town airport. Estimated travel time: 1 hour.


Domestic flight between Cape Town and the Tswalu reserve in the Kalahari. Flight duration: 2 hours.
Full board overnight stay at Tswalu.
Safaris are tailor-made so you go when you want. You have a private vehicle, guide and tracker who are ready to leave the lodge at any time.
We suggest to enjoy a drink at sunset at the heart of the Kalahari to appreciate and enjoy this great area.
You can also enjoy other included activities: walking safari, horse safari...
All meals are taken either at the lodge or in the form of picnic if you are on safari or in the privacy of your suite.
Included : car rental, domestic flight, room & breakfast, drinks, lunch, dinner, game drive

Day 6: Tswalu

Full board overnight stay at Tswalu.
Safaris are tailor-made so you go when you want. You have a private vehicle, guide and tracker who are ready to leave the lodge at any time.
We suggest to enjoy a drink at sunset at the heart of the Kalahari to appreciate and enjoy this great area.
You can also enjoy other included activities: walking safari, horse safari...
All meals are taken either at the lodge or in the form of picnic if you are on safari or in the privacy of your suite.
Included : room & breakfast, drinks, lunch, dinner, game drive

Day 7: Tswalu

Full board overnight stay at Tswalu.
Safaris are tailor-made so you go when you want. You have a private vehicle, guide and tracker who are ready to leave the lodge at any time.
We suggest to enjoy a drink at sunset at the heart of the Kalahari to appreciate and enjoy this great area.
You can also enjoy other included activities: walking safari, horse safari...
All meals are taken either at the lodge or in the form of picnic if you are on safari or in the privacy of your suite.
Included : room & breakfast, drinks, lunch, dinner, game drive

Day 8: Cape Town Airport

Domestic flight between Tswalu and Cape Town. Flight duration: 2h.
Included : domestic flight

The Clarendon Bantry Bay   Cape Town

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast

The Clarendon Bantry Bay is located in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Cape Town, 45 minutes from wineries and 25 minutes from the airport. The Clarendon Bantry Bay combines charm, ultra modern décor and great views of the Atlantic Ocean. The rooms are spacious and elegant, with a large balcony or veranda overlooking the ocean. An haven of peace, the superior suites are sumptuous with ocean views, patios that invite relaxation and contemplation of sunsets on the Cape. The marble bathrooms are equipped with bath and shower.

Le Quartier Français   Franschhoek

Level : 4* sup
Included : room & breakfast

Le Quartier Français is an exclusive hotel in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley and surrounded by vineyards. This Relais & Châteaux property is hidden in a romantic private garden, a haven for a quiet stay. The rooms are luxuriously comfortable, colorful, spacious and every little detail is thought to ensure maximum rest. The hotel features an outdoor pool and offers activities such as mountain biking, fishing, hiking, golf or horse riding. The chef Margot Janse offers you an innovative gastronomic experience in one of the best restaurants of the country: The Tasting Room.

Hotel Tswalu Kalahari   Tswalu

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast, drinks, lunch, dinner, game drive

Tswalu offers unrivalled privacy in a vast, pristine wilderness, where a maximum of six vehicles in over 100,000 hectares shows guests the incredible landscape and the promise of a sight of rare and endangered wildlife in nigh on complete seclusion. Accommodation at Tswalu Kalahari Lodge epitomises the stylish yet rustic elegance typical of luxury game reserve accommodation. Indeed, no creature comfort has been spared for guests at this quintessentially African dwelling. From the indoor and outdoor heated shower in every suite (the outdoor version looks out across the Kalahari plain) to the private suite sundecks and a library, this is the essence of modern luxury with an African feel. The Motse is an African village consisting of eight authentically stone walled and thatch-roofed suites. Tarkuni: Set in its own private area of the Tswalu luxury African game reserve, Tarkuni is the ultimate in secluded luxury. Built amid two rolling mountain ranges, Tarkuni is perfect for families and small groups of 8 - 12 guests. The accommodation contains four luxury bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and outdoor heated shower, open plan lounge and dining room, library, covered patio and heated swimming pool.

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