Day 1: Cape Town
On arrival at the Cape Town International Airport you will be met in the arrivals terminal by your driver and transferred by road to the Bantry Bay Suite Hotel, located in the seaside suburb of Bantry Bay.
After hotel check-in formalities, relax at the hotel's swimming pool or take a leisurely stroll along the Sea Point Promenade.
The surrounding areas of Camps Bay, Sea Point and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront offer a wide variety of restaurants, all offering outstanding dining options.
The Sea Point Promenade is an ideal location watch the spectacular sunsets that this region is known for.
Day 2: Cape Town
After breakfast, depart on a half day guided Cape Town city orientation tour, including Table Mountain (weather permitting)
Explore the Mother City with a passionate local, who will take you on journey through the ages; from its historical beginnings as a replennishment station for the passing sailors to the dazzling, modern and cosmopoliton city of today. Ride the cablecar to the top of Table Mountain to marvel at this geological extravaganza.
Experience the Bo Kaap; one of Cape Town's oldest and historic residential areas. A local tour guide will introduce you to the age old culture and traditions through story telling, interactive cooking demonstrations and a traditional lunch.
Day 3: Cape Town
After breakfast, depart on a full day Cape Peninsula tour.
Travel around the peninsula taking in the many spectacular views along the way. Visit a colony of African penguins at Boulders Beach, before heading off to the most south-western point of the African continent - Cape Point, where per legend, two mighty oceans meet. Our journey continues along rugged coastline through picturesque coastal villages to a wine farm for a picnic lunch and wine tasting. The last stretch of today's journey will be a motorcycle sidecar ride along the Atlantic Seaboard to Cape Town.
Day 4: Cape Town
A wide variety of options are available but not limited to:
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is world renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town. Kirstenbosch grows only indigenous South African plants. The Kirstenbosch estate covers 528 hectares and supports a diverse fynbos flora and natural forest. The cultivated garden (36 hectares) displays collections of South African plants, particularly those from the winter rainfall region of the country.
Robben island is notable because of what it represents in South African history. Most notably, a polotical prison, where former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, before the fall of apartheid, served 18 years out of the 27 years that he spent behind bars. Today, the island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a South African National Heritage Site. Guided tours provide insight into the Apartheid era of South Africa's history, and the contribution and sacrafices made by so many in the fight for freedom and equality. Pre-booking is essential.
Heart of Cape Town Museum
The Heart of Cape Town Museum is situated in the Groote Schuur Hospital. The hospital was founded in 1938 and is famous for being the institution where the first human heart transplant took place, conducted by University of Cape Town-educated surgeon Christiaan Barnard. The museum is laid out in the Old Main Building of the hospital in the original rooms where the first heart transplant surgery occurred. It utilizes the same operating theaters originally used in December 1967. A two-hour guided tour provides insight into the donor of the heart, the recipient, the ethical and religious issues regarding "moment of death" and more. Pre-booking is essential.
Camps Bay Beach
Camps Bay Beach is the camp ground of sun tanners and sundowners capturing a clear ocean between Lions Head and Table Mountain. Cafes, bars and restaurants stand mountain side of the beach, while sand, palm trees and gleaming water lies on the ocean side. Rented deck chairs and sun umbrellas are available on the beach.
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
Shop until you drop!! The V&A Waterfront is an iconic mixed-use destination located in the oldest working harbour in the Southern Hemisphere. With Table Mountain as its backdrop, this 123-hectare neighbourhood is a symbol of heritage and diversity, where people from all walks of life can play, live, shop, dine and work while immersed in the vibrant spirit and authentic local culture that exists in this bustling ecosystem.
Day 5: Hermanus
After breakfast and hotel check-out formalities, meet your driver, who will transfer you via road to the quaint seaside town of Hermanus, famous for Southern Right whale watching. This two-hour drive will take you along the eastern coastline of False Bay.
Hermanus stretches along a narrow plateau between towering mountains and spectacular shoreline. Hermanus is surrounded by nature at her best. Located on the edge of Walker Bay, this small coastal town offers a bewitching array of experiences; whales, sharks, the diverse floral kingdom, mountain walks, pristine beaches, secluded forests and the wineries of the Hemel en Aarde Valley all combine to make Hermanus a truly unique destination.
Your hotel is located in the heart of village, just a very short walk from a variety of excellent restaurants and interesting shops.
June - November is whale season. Keep a lookout for the famous "whale cryer" who trumpets on a kelp horn whenever whales are spotted in the bay.
Day 6: Hermanus
Today's options include shark cage diving and a wine tasting tour.
Great White Shark Cage Diving
The little village of Gansbaai is known for its dense population of great white sharks. Shark cage diving is underwater diving or snorkeling where the observer remains inside a protective cage designed to prevent sharks from making contact with the divers. Shark cage diving is used for scientific observation, underwater cinematography, and as a tourist activity. Marine Biologists and expert crew members will not only show you where these mysterious and misunderstood apex predators hunt and hide, but they will also explain to you how and where they feed, breed and breach.
Wine Tasting Tour
It is through the spectacular Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven and Earth) Valley that the Hermanus Wine Route winds. Fynbos-clad hills, overlooked by a series of towering mountains and swept by offshore winds from the Atlantic Ocean, are home to several boutique wineries, each growing relatively small volumes of grapes to produce individual and excellent wines. Spend the afternoon exploring various estates with an expert guide.
Shark Cage Dive timings can vary due to the weather, tides and sea conditions.
Days 7 - 9: Shamwari Private Game Reserve
After an early breakfast, meet your driver, who will drive you to the Cape Town International Airport, for your scheduled flight to the city of Port Elizabeth.
On arrival at the Port Elizabeth Airport you will be met in the arrivals terminal by your driver and transferred by road to the Shamwari Game Reserve.
Twice daily, morning and afternoon / evening guided safari game drives in open 4x4 safari game vehicles. Optional walking safaris guided by experienced rangers. Relax between activities by the pool, or in your room with a good book or even with luxurious spa treatments.
Set in the game-rich, malari free Eastern Cape province
Superb luxury and authentic safari experience
6-seater game drive vehicles ensure you always have a window seat
Professional, top-class guides with experienced local trackers
The chances of seeing the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) are excellent
Day 10: End of Itinerary
After your morning safari and breakfast, you will be transferred by road to Port Elizabeth Airport for your scheduled flight to Johannesburg for your onward travel arrangements.
This marks the end of your South African Solos experience.
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