Arrive Cape Town and transfer to the luxurious Victoria and Alfred Hotel, a handsome low-rise property with just 94 gorgeous guestrooms situated in Cape Town’s vibrant V & A Waterfront area.
After breakfast, enjoy a half day city tour of Cape Town including a visit to the top of stunning Table Mountain by cable car if the weather permits (ticket cost excluded). Spend the afternoon at leisure.
Collect your hire car and drive to Franschhoek, a French Huguenot village about an hour’s from Cape Town. Whilst here, you will stay at Le Quartier Francais, a romantic retreat offering fine dining, 21 luxury rooms and suites. Day is at leisure to soak up the authentic South African hospitality, enjoy wine tasting and sample sumptuous regional cuisine.
Continue along Route 62 to Oudtshoorn, famous for its ornate palaces from the “feather boom” (1886 to 1914). You may also explore the spectacular Cango Caves. Overnight at La Plume Guest House, a Victorian homestead and working ostrich farm offering premium accommodation, a pool and optional activities including hot air ballooning, nature walks, visits to a meerkat conservation program and hot springs. Oudtshoorn’s excellent restaurants are within easy walking distance.
Take the scenic route over Robinson’s Pass to Mossel Bay and follow the coastal road through George and Wilderness to the unspoilt beaches of Plettenberg Bay. Spend 2 days exploring this beautiful region whilst staying at The Plettenberg, a five-star Relais & Châteaux hotel with 37 absolutely charming rooms and suites boasting spectacular views.
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Drive via the Tsitsikamma Forest to Shamwari Game Reserve which offers a “Big 5” game experience on South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Accommodation for 3 nights is at Eagles Crag, a sublime safari lodge featuring 9 stunning suites with private plunge pools. On days 8 and 9 enjoy morning and afternoon gameviewing activities.
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Drive to Port Elizabeth and drop off your Europcar. Arrangements end.