In 8 days you will visit the whale watching destination of Hermanus, the Franschhoek valley with its fine cuisine and award-winning wines, and end with a safari in the Kruger National Park where you will have the opportunity to see the Big Five and spectacular birdlife.
Three exquisite lodges await your arrival, each of a world-class standard that offers luxurious comforts and unsurpassed hospitality; Birkenhead House, La Residence and The Royal Malewane.
Birkenhead House sets the standard for luxury hotels in Hermanus with its exhilarating cliff-top position overlooking the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay. Hermanus offers a wide range of activities, including whale watching, shark cage diving, golf, horse riding on the beach, hiking, surfing, mussel picking, and even wine tasting. The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is just a short drive away and is one of South Africa’s premier wine destinations - specializing in cool-climate Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, and Sauvignon Blancs.
La Residence is a private 30-acre estate in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley and is surrounded by vineyards and plum orchards, with a spectacular mountain backdrop, breath-taking views of the countryside, and an atmosphere of complete tranquility.
The Royal Malewane exudes the romance and beauty of a bygone era and offers a classic safari experience with its unrivaled big game watching and the most qualified guiding team in Africa. Morning and afternoon game drives explore the private Thornybush Private Game Reserve which inhabits over 130 mammal species and over 300 bird species.
The prime location of the accommodations and unique experiences make this tour ideal for solo travelers, couples, and families alike.
Accommodation: Birkenhead House
Today you will be met and transferred to Birkenhead House for your 2-night stay.
Birkenhead offers the perfect Hermanus luxury accommodation for those seeking a superior seaside experience. The hotel’s contemporary feel is an artful mix of classic beach house style and quirky opulence, and furnishings and artwork are arresting and eclectic.
While Birkenhead House is Hermanus luxury accommodation at its best, the hotel is characterized by a relaxed and easygoing atmosphere where you can breakfast at noon, take tea on your balcony, then watch the ocean at dusk over a cocktail or two. Dinners are leisurely, staffs are friendly and knowledgeable, and the pace is laidback.
Aside from whale-watching (from May to December), a myriad of activities is possible on both land and sea in Hermanus, making this an extremely popular destination for a beach holiday in South Africa. Complimentary shuttles to the Town of Hermanus is offered during your stay at the Birkenhead House.
Accommodation: La Residence Hotel
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Franschhoek Valley, famed for having the oldest Family-owned wine farms in the Western Cape.
When it comes to Franschhoek accommodation, La Residence exudes opulence and splendor on a boldly extravagant scale. There are enchanting mountain views in every direction, uninterrupted peace and tranquility and sublimely beautiful interiors.
In addition to offering sumptuous Franschhoek accommodation, La Residence also enjoys a reputation for its superb cuisine: meals are served beneath glittering chandeliers in the baronial dining room or in the airy and scenic Persian Alley.
Complimentary transfers into the town of Franschhoek is offered during your stay. Day trips to the rest of Cape Town’s highlights can be arranged by one of our expert consultants.
Accommodation: Royal Malewane
Transfer to the airport for your flight to OR Tambo International Airport. On arrival, you will connect with your scheduled flight to Royal Malewane where you will spend the next three days exploring the African bush. Royal Malewane is an exclusive luxury African safari getaway for those who value privacy, personalized service and the best game viewing in Africa.
Enjoy morning and dusk game drives in open safari vehicles and guided bush walks which explore the various fauna and flora in the reserve. Be sure to look out for the famous Big Five who have frequently sighted on the reserve.
After breakfast, you will transfer by road to Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport where you will fly back to Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport. On arrival, you will connect with your onward travel arrangements.
Stay at Birkenhead House
Stay at La Residence
Stay at Royal Malewane
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