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Garden Route & Meerkats - Family holiday
Transport - Minibus, 4WD, on foot.
Accommodation - Comfortable Hotels (5nts), lodges (2nts), farmhouse chalets (2nts)
Meals - 9 breakfasts & 4 lunches
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Overnight flight to Cape Town
Today you leave London Heathrow Airport and travel overnight to Cape Town, South Africa.
Upon arrival in the morning at Cape Town International Airport, you'll be met by your local English speaking guide and transferred to Stellenbosch in the wine estate. Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa, famous for its wines, historical buildings, oak-lined streets. The settlement was established in 1679 and you can see some fine examples of historic Cape Dutch architecture, carefully restored. One such example is the church or ‘Moederkerk’ at the edge of town.
En-route you will visit the Cheetah Outreach Project in Somerset West. This project is aimed at providing a voice to the free ranging cheetah through education and awareness in urban and rural communities. Take a stroll through the Cheetah centre and come face to face with these majestic cats. Meet Phoenix, Chobe Hemmingway, Joseph, Enigma and Charlie - the Cheetah Outreach Project's friendly feline ambassadors. Learn more about their lives, their habits and the dangers that face them. Upon meeting these graceful African cats, it is easy to understand why they have been doted on by kings and noblemen across the globe for centuries.
Thereafter, you will visit the town of Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa, and famous for its wines, historical buildings, oak-lined streets and university. The settlement was established in 1679. The town contains many fine examples of historic Cape Dutch architecture, all of which have been carefully restored.
We check in a beautiful vineyard resort and visit the Eagle Encounters Project. Eagle Encounters was founded in 2001, the land, generously donated by Spier, provides the perfect location for the Eagle Encounters’ rehabilitation, release, conservation, education and eco-tourism programmes.
Eagle Encounters receives birds that have been injured, poisoned, abused and hand-reared. Their first priority, in every case, is to rehabilitate and release as soon as possible. Only hand-reared birds are retained for education purposes. Interaction bridges the gap between passive awareness and an active will to conserve.
Thoses interesting in wine will have the opportunity to enjoy fine award-winning wines at the wine tasting courtyard (additional charge).
Spier Hotel (AAAA) - 1 night - Swimming Pool (L)
You will stay in a wine farm with sweeping views of the Helderberg mountain range, besides the calming waters of the Eerste River. The decor features a sophisticated, vibrant style with strong colours, patterns and textures that echo nature’s designs, and a collection of art that explores contemporary South African culture.
Today we drive through the Klein Karoo valley, between Outenique and Swartberg mountains, to Oudtshoorn, well-known as the ostrich capital of the world, a great opportunity for you to experience ostrich eggs, meat, or purchase beautiful items made of delicate ostrich leather and feather. In the evening you'll enjoy a lecture and dvd on meerkats to prepare for tomorrow’s tour. Here we will stay in a gorgeous guest farm and reserve on 2000 hectare private land. In the surrounding area you will meet cattle, sheep among the alfalfa and stay in cosy chalets on the riverside.
De Zeekoe Guest Farm (AAAA) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (BL)
This stylish African farm is a hidden gem with spectacular views and over 162 bird species and not the "big 5" but the "shy 5", and also the cheeky meerkats.
Today you'll take part in a Meerkat walk. You'll start early in the morning at sunrise when they are more active, accompanied by your local guide and walk with the meerkats on the plain of African outback as pink sunlight lift or falls over their small silhouettes while your guide 'll introduce you to these eccentric personalities. An unforgettable experience (subject to weather conditions). You will then have the opportunity to explore the surrounding area at leisure. Visit the famous Cango cave with more than 80 caverns extended in 5km, or to a traditional ostrich farm and treat yourself to ostrich BBQ for lunch. (both optional, additional charge). The rest of the day is free in the farm to take part of the daily life,learn about a working African farm,visit and feed the animals. (B)
Knysna Head - Plettenberg Bay
After breakfast, we travel further to Knysna Heads, the most striking geological features along the entire southern African coastline, home to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Through a deep and treacherous channel the sea pours in to flood the wide and breathtakingly pretty lagoon at the mouth of the Knysna River. Our next stop is the Elephant Sanctuary in Plettenberg Bay. Enjoy another educational and fun programme as an experienced guide will introduce you to theses gentle giants. Start by learning about their behaviour, backgrounds and character and the conservation issues they are facing. At the end of your visit you'll get a chance to interact with them.
Log Inn Hotel (AAA) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (B)
Today is spend at your leisure to enjoy the many activities Knysna has to offer. From canoeing or visiting the Featherbed Nature Reserve on the lagoon by boat, or discovering the different varieties of primates on the monkey island, or even joining a day trip to the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park, pick your favourite there is enough to entertain all the family! (B)
Wilderness - Garden Route
We are now on the garden route and will enjoy our scenic short drive to Wilderness, a small sea-side town nestled between woodlands and a sheer endless white beach of the Indian Ocean. Wilderness is surrounded by forests, river valleys and lakes and is an ideal starting point for long walks on the park, beach, or just relax.
Wilderness Beach Hotel (AAA) - 1 night - Swimming Pool (B)
Hermanus - Garden Route
You'll continue on the scenic garden route to Hermanus, the coast that is the nursery of southern right whale. Between June and November each year courting, mating and calving whales can be viewed from the rocky cliffs. After checking into your hotel, you'll get a lovely orientation walk through the town and along the rugged and coastline. Why not treat yourself to some shopping in the craft market, or try out some of the delicious seafood while enjoying the views out on the pier. Alternatively, go for a swim in the natural pool or follow the whale walk along the coast where there are spectacular views. If you feel even more active you can do some sea-kayaking or a boat cruise to get close to the whales or watch the sunset (seasonal and both optional, additional charge)
Harbour House Hotel (AAAA) - 1 night - Swimming Pool (B)
Taking its cue from the soothing ocean surrounds, this hotel is all about understated luxury and relaxation, with a natural flow towards the magnificent pool area overlooking the bay.
Cape Town - Xhosa Township
In the morning you'll leave Hermanus and travel to the ‘Mother City’ where you'll discover the other side of Cape Town on a half day township tour. This will be a unique opportunity to interact and learn about the everyday life of the Cape Town locals. Visit the vibrant Gugulethu Township in the heart of the Cape Flats, home of the Xhosa community. You'll visit the local library, community centre, art and craft markets on your visit here, and can be sure of a warm welcome. The main highlight is the opportunity to your family to have their face painted in traditional Xhosa style and then to try your own hand at it! Afterwards you'll enjoy a hands-on informal cooking session. This takes place in a local family's home in the township, before sitting back, chatting, and tasting the typical meal with your hosts. You'll then travel to the bubbling Cape Town centre with the rest of the day free to take in the essence of this magical city. In the evening you will receive a talk on the baboon of the Cape Peninsula in preparation for your day trip tomorrow.
Cape Town Lodge (AAA) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (BL)
Cape Town - Cape Peninsula
A full day tour is awaiting for you to experience the beauty of the Cape Peninsula while on a full day tour exploring the Cape of Good Hope and the Penguin Colony, and along the way you will most likely encounter wild baboon. You'll drive along the very scenic Atlantic Ocean coastline and through the seaside suburb of Camps Bay. You'll then continue on to the famous Chapman's Peak Drive, carved out of the rock along the coastline to the fishing village of Hout Bay. Here you'll have the option to get a boat ride for a close view to the Cape Fur Seal Colony (additional cost). You'll then continue to the Cape Peninsula National Park. Take a brisk walk to the view point of the lighthouse. From here you can enjoy the panoramic views of the Cape Hang lip, almost 80km out to sea and the Hottentots Holland Mountains. After lunch, we return to Cape Town via the coastal road along the False Bay. At Boulder's beach in Simonstown we visit a colony of African penguins. (BL)
Morning at your leisure before to catch your flight home. We recommend you the following optional excursions for a great ending of your tour: a drive to the foot of Table Mountain and to travel by cable car to the top of Table Mountain and enjoy the amazing view of the city or a boat trip to Roben Island the former jail of Nelson Mandela (Please book early to avoid disapointment see details in optional excursions section). Those on group flights will transfer to the airport and fly home overnight. (B)
Price include flights, transfers, all accomodation and entry fees, and a selection of meals.
Price includes everything listed above, excluding flights and transfers.
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