South Africa Cape Explorer

Your expedition starts at the exclusive African Elite Serviced Apartments, a short stroll to Cape Town’s shops, restaurants and the buzzing Victoria & Albert Waterfront. Travel south along the famous Garden Route to the celebrated Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in Gansbaai. Your luxury cottage stands amid rare fynbos plants, which you can learn about on nature walks or while horseback riding. The grand finale is a ‘Big 5’ safari in the unspoilt Eastern Cape. Kwandwe’s chic Ecca Lodge offers kids a welcome pack and educational activities such as tree-planting, reserve-wide scavenger hunts and even game drives if a private vehicle is booked.

This is is not a group tour but a recommended, sample itinerary that we can tailor to your requirements. Please contact us for further information.

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8 days/7 nights
Departs daily ex Cape Town


  • See the many landmarks of Cape Town from a luxurious apartment-hotel near the V&A waterfront
  • Travel the famous Garden Route to the breathtaking Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
  • Go on a “Big 5” safari in the malaria-free Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
  • Learn about South African wildlife while exploring the bush on foot or by vehicle
  • Stay at beautiful lodges and hotels throughout your journey

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Cape Explorer


8 days/7 nights

Hotels & Lodges

Days 1/2

Cape Town
Your South Africa experience begins with a warm welcome into an oversized luxury suite at the fully serviced African Elite Serviced Apartments close to Cape Town’s famous marina and harbour. Your options on Day 2 include a half-day city tour visiting iconic Table Mountain and the colourful Malay Quarter, or an excursion to infamous Robben Island.   

Days 3-5

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
Follow the impossibly scenic Garden Route to the sophisticated Forest Lodge, located amid fragrant fynbos vegetation on the award-winning Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Kids can collect their own eggs for breakfast, take a 4X4 botanical tour, go on a marine safari or even ride a horse. BLD

Days 6/7

Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
Continue along the coastal road to intimate Ecca Lodge in the enormous, malaria-free Kwandwe reserve, which has child-minders, a kid-friendly interactive kitchen and a comprehensive play centre to keep little hands busy. Family Suites at this gorgeous property come with their own pool, private vehicle, ranger and tracker. BLD

Day 8

Tour ends Kwandwe
Bid farewell to the African bush after breakfast today. B



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South Africa Overview

Why travel to South Africa? 
Described as “a world in one country” South Africa is more than just a safari destination. The wildlife of Kruger and the many private reserves throughout the country are complemented by South Africa’s fascinating history and diverse cultures, the beautiful coastline and majestic landscapes of the Cape. 

 When is the best time to view animals in South Africa?
Gameviewing is best during the dry season (May-Oct); however the summer months are good for general touring and sightseeing. 

What is the culture of South Africa? 
There are many different cultures including Zulu, Swazi, Xhosa, Indian, Cape Malay and European. As a result, there are many unique culinary dishes as well as distinct music and dance. Elegant Cape Dutch architecture is also a highlight of South Africa’s cape. 

What is the climate in South Africa? 
The inland plateau has a temperate climate (17°-30°C), whilst the coast is subtropical and more humid (22°-30°C). The seasons are the same as Australia, however most of the rain falls in summer. Winters are dry and sunny, but nights can be very cold. The Western Cape is the exception, with a “Mediterranean” climate – cool, wet winters and warm dry summers (17°-24°C). 

What can I combine South Africa with?
South Africa is easily combined with neighbouring Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia or the nearby tropical island of Mauritius. Johannesburg is a very popular gateway to most of southern and eastern Africa.  

How to get to South Africa?
Many major airlines including South African Airways, Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Qatar, Singapore Airways and British Airways fly into Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport. There are also many regional and domestic carriers that service local cities such as Cape Town and the Kruger National Park area. 

US – South African Airways fly’s directly to east coast cities including New York and Washington. Delta Airlines is another option to consider flying directly to Johannesburg from Atlanta.  

UK / Europe – There are direct flights to OR Tambo International Airport with South African Airways from London-Heathrow, Frankfurt and Munich. Major European Airlines flying directly into Johannesburg include British Airways, Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss International Airlines.  

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