Introduction

This 12-day itinerary begins in scenically beautiful Cape Town, where you will find a compelling mix of trendy modern and old-world elegance.   Begin your journey with four nights at the Kensington Place, located in the leafy Cape Town suburb of Higgovale.   This contemporary private hotel combines cutting-edge design with a tranquil but prime location off trendy Kloof Street, below Table Mountain.  Eight bespoke en-suite guest rooms and private outdoor terraces as well as a lush green Urban retreat with a plunge pool make it the perfect home away from home to begin your safari in South Africa.

From Cape Town, your private guide will transfer you to Hermanus via Elgin and the Hemel end Aarde Wine Valley for a wine tasting and overnight at the One Marine Drive before continuing to the Garden Route. Not a garden in the true sense of the word, the Garden Route is more in the way of a "Garden of Eden," an area of natural wilderness with endless expanses of untamed primal forest and pristine beaches. Here, you will spend three nights at Kanonkop House, gloriously situated on the hills above Knysna. The family-owned Kanonkop offers boutique accommodation, excellent service and views over the Knysna Lagoon across to the famous Knysna Heads and the ocean beyond.

Continuing by road, the Eastern Cape has its fair share of game reserves, private and national, and one of the main draws is that they are malaria free. The Mountain Zebra National Park, is home to the rare Cape Mountain Zebra, as well as buffalo, cheetah and the smaller predators - genets, bat-eared foxes, and jackals. Addo Elephant National Park, a Big 5 reserve is a haven for elephant and neigboring Camdeboo and Shamwari are highly regarded Eastern Cape reserves as well.

Your last visit in South Africa is to the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, located in South Africa’s beautiful Eastern Cape Province. The reserve comprises 22 000 hectares of African wilderness inhabited by a diverse array of wildlife including hippo, springbok, giraffe, cheetah as well as the famed Big Five. You can look forward to a wide selection of incredible activities including: scenic picnics, guided nature walks with experienced wildlife trackers, sundowners while floating on one of the reserve dams, as well as big game walking safaris and even rhino darting.

Day

Accommodation

Destination

Duration

Basis

Day 0

Kensington Place Cape Town

3 nights

B&B

Day 3

One Marine Drive Boutique Hotel Hermanus

1 night

B&B

Day 4

Kanonkop Guest House Knysna

3 nights

B&B

Day 7

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

4 nights

FB+

Key

B&B: Bed and Breakfast

FB+: Full Board Plus - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Cape Town: Kensington Place

Kensington Place Luxury Boutique Hotel Front seating Garden

Hermanus: One Marine Drive Boutique Hotel

Knysna: Kanonkop Guest House

Pool and outdoor lounge area Sunbird Room Forest Room

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve: Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

Ecca Lodge Ecca Lodge Ecca Lodge

Fast Facts

12 Days / 11 Nights

Reference Number: 2022

Price

Estimated price: ± US $8,075 - $9,250 per person sharing, minimum 2 travelers 

  • Accommodations are subject to availability at the time of booking.
  • Prices are subject to change due to currency fluctuations, increase in fuel prices, or other fees imposed by the government or tourism industry, not within our control.

  

Includes:

  • Transfers between the specified airport and designated accommodation. (Transfers are shared unless otherwise noted).
  • Sightseeing and safari activities as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Applicable park and concession fees.
  • Charter flights are shared and may make up to three stops before your final destination. 
  • Accommodation on a shared basis in standard rooms unless otherwise noted.
  • Meals as specified.
  • Clients of African Portfolio Inc. are covered for emergency medical services and/or evacuation transportation while on safari.  Note: clients who purchase their own travel insurance are not covered under African Portfolio’s plan.  Clients residing outside the United States are not covered by this policy and must purchase independent travel insurance and provide proof of coverage. 

Excludes:

  • Scheduled international, regional or domestic flights.
  • Visas: Online visa applications must be completed by the traveler.  The process requires provision of personal information/history as well as certification of authenticity, which African Portfolio cannot legally provide on your behalf. 
  • Certain entry and activity fees that are payable directly to the camp or lodge.
  • Trip Cancellation Protection: African Portfolio Inc. strongly recommends the purchase of additional trip cancellation coverage to protect your investment in the event of an unforeseen cancellation for insurable reasons. Please request more information on the cost to insure the total cost of your trip.
  • Trip expenses: Medical expenses, meals or activities not specified or indicated as optional, entrance fees, gratuities to drivers/guides/tour leaders, porterage and excess baggage fees.
  • Personal expenses: Included but not limited to costs incurred in conjunction with this trip prior to departure, beverages, laundry, communication costs.

Cape Town: Kensington Place

Kensington Place Luxury Boutique Hotel Front seating Garden

Hermanus: One Marine Drive Boutique Hotel

Knysna: Kanonkop Guest House

Pool and outdoor lounge area Sunbird Room Forest Room

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve: Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

Ecca Lodge Ecca Lodge Ecca Lodge
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