Ten Day Whirlwind Roadtrip to Cape Town, Sun City and Safari

Mnt Nelson entrance

You will be met on arrival at Cape Town International Airport and assisted to the rental car counter where you will collect your hired vehicle. In your welcome pack there will be detailed information on places of interest and happenings, things to do, directions and maps, and all other relevant information you might require. 

Self drive to your hotel, which is situated at the foot of Table Mountain and set in nine acres of lush gardens.

Mnt Nelson suite

The Mount Nelson Hotel is Cape Town’s most distinguished hotel, offering unparalleled tradition, history and sophistication. The hotel’s combination of elegance, grace, grandeur and exceptional location, ensures her guests a truly memorable experience.

Overnight : The Mount Nelson Hotel

 Mnt Nelson pool

DAY 2 & 3

Days at Leisure to explore the beauty and magnificence of Cape Town. As mentioned, you will have detailed information on where to go and what to do. Our offices will be delighted to assist with any bookings / reservations you might require.

Cable car table mountain

Laze around one of the pools shop or explore some more of what makes Cape Town one of the top travel destinations in the world. Cape Town is a vibrant melting pot of history and culture, with a great mix of fascinating people, places to see and food to taste.

Overnight : The Mount Nelson Hotel

 Phantom Forest monkey


After a leisurely breakfast this morning you will depart on your scenic four to five hour drive into the Garden Route. 

With detailed directions and maps you will find out more about the Cape Winelands and the Overberg region, which you will travel through.

Arrive at Phantom Forest in the late afternoon. You will be met at the entrance of this beautiful nature reserve and transferred up to the lodge. 

Tonight you will enjoy a 6-course gourmet dinner in the Boma. Cuisine style is fusion / international with local African flavor and influence.

Overnight : Phantom Forest Eco Reserve

 Phantom Forest bathroom


Day at Leisure to enjoy the magnificence of this one of a kind eco reserve in the heart of the Garden Route. 

The elevated “treesuites” at Phantom Forest are an African celebration of natural textures, handcrafted furnishings, ethnic artifacts and hand weaving, stunning end-glass gable, en-suite forest bathroom, and deck with trees popping through here and there!  

You will have access to all the activities on the premises – mountain bikes, beautiful indigenous forest walks, the Bubble Barrel, two person sauna, private jetty with canoes, two fresh-water plunge pools and excellent bird-watching. 

The Body Boma offer treatments such as Full Body Massage, Reiki, Shiatsu, Swedish, Facials etc. and also a wet treatment area (Vichy Shower) with mineral and mud wraps.

Overnight : Phantom Forest Eco Reserve

 Phantom Forest fire dancing


After a leisurely breakfast you will depart on your drive to George Airport for your short scheduled flight to Johannesburg. 

Also recommended is a visit to Knysna for some sight seeing and optional shopping before your afternoon flight to Johannesburg. 

On arrival at OR Tambo Airport, you will be met and transferred in an air-conditioned sedan to Sun City. 

The Cascades is encircled by a necklace of tropical gardens threaded with tumbling waterfalls, weirs, lagoons and shaded walks – giving The Cascades it’s name and positioning it as one of the most sought after sophisticated and elegant hotels at Africa’s Kingdom of Pleasure – Sun City.

Overnight : Sun City Cascades

 Sun City The Palace


Day at your leisure to enjoy all the many activities on offer at Sun City. Sun City has dazzled the international community with its glamorous casinos, gourmet restaurants, extensive sports facilities and star-studded spectaculars. 

The full variety of entertainment on offer ranges from slots to safaris; the theatre extravaganza to a games arcade for children; horse-riding to golf; the valley of waves to the lost city…whatever it is you are looking for you will find it at Sun City.

Overnight : Sun City Cascades

 Sun City Lost City


You will be met at your hotel after a relaxing breakfast this morning and transferred into the Madikwe Game Reserve. 

The Malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve is a 75 000 hectare reserve restored from farmland to its natural environment. The largest ever translocation of game occurred when 10 000 animals of 27 species were moved to Madikwe in Operation Phoenix. These included the big five and other endangered species such as the Wild Dog and Cheetah.

Etali pool view

Etali Safari Lodge provides luxurious and elegant accommodation in the heart of Madikwe Game Reserve. The lodge has a wonderfully romantic atmosphere with its completely private suites and views of the nearby waterhole, making it the perfect destination for honeymooners and holidaying couples.  Etali offers an abundance of exciting activities, including guided game drives and scenic nature walks. Relax and unwind at Etali’s top-class wellness center, offering indulgent spa treatments, a relaxing steam room, and a well-equipped gym.

Etali ellie

Overnight : Etali Safari Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve is home to plenty of African big game with many Elephant; both Black and White Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Giraffe and lots of different antelope, including South Africa’s rugby mascot – Springbok. Day and evening game drives and walking safaris through Madikwe, allow you to get close to these animals and provide great photo opportunities.

Etali bedroom
Overnight : Etali Safari Lodge

DAY 10

Enjoy one last exciting game drive and bush breakfast, before you will be met at the lodge and transferred to OR Tambo Airport for your international homebound flight.

Madikwe wild dog

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Extraordinary Southern African Wine Tour & Safari

Day 1
You will be met on arrival at Cape Town International Airport and transferred to your hotel.  The Radisson Blu Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is conveniently situated near the V&A, it is also a heartbeat away from Cape Town’s city center and a short hop to the most beautiful beaches.
Overnight: Radisson Blu, V&A Waterfront

Day 2
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before you will be met by your tour guide at the hotel and depart on a full day tour of Cape Town.  First visit will be a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain (weather permitting).  Table Mountain soars 1 0 85m (3 559ft) above Cape Town and offers the most exquisite views and photo opportunities.

After descending the mountain, you will head into Gugulethu, a township just outside Cape Town, which is a colorful combination of vibrant life and a local example of the problems associated with poverty.  You will enjoy lunch at Mzoli’s, a gem of a place.  You will visit the local butcher and select your own meat, which will then be made perfectly for you with Mzoli’s secret sauce.

You will meet the wine guru to Mzoli and try two of his wines (one of which is the Mandisi Merlot, named after Mzoli’s late son).  If time permits after this unique experience, you will visit the District Six Museum and partake in a walking tour through the colorful Bo-Kaap.  Finish off the day with sundowners on Signal Hill before transferring back to the hotel in the early evening.
Overnight: Radisson Blu, V&A Waterfront

Day 3
You will be met at your hotel and depart on a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula and Constantia Winelands.  Enjoy the breathtaking views from Camps Bay, Victoria Drive to Llandudno and onto Hout Bay for your optional cruise to Seal Island (weather permitting).  Continue onto the magnificent Chapman’s Peak Drive and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, where you will take the Flying Dutchman cable car to the lighthouse for more incredible views.

Continue on to Simons Town for a visit to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.  Enjoy lunch at a top restaurant on the beach, before you will be guided over the beautiful Silvermine Road into the Constantia Valley.  You will visit Groot Constantia, the first wine estate in South Africa, with a magnificent and historical Manor House with elegant gables that houses a cultural history museum.  This estate covers 170 hectares of which 90 hectares comprise of vineyards offering world-class wines.  Next tasting will be at Constantia Uitsig, where you will taste their Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Red and White Bordeaux blends whilst enjoying the lovely view of the Constantia Valley.

You will end off this incredible day with a visit to Steenberg Estate, the oldest farm in the Cape Peninsula, where wines were first produced way back in 1695.  You will enjoy their Sensory Tasting Experience, this innovative tasting is a vinous journey that stimulates and engages all five senses in a beautiful setting.  Return to your hotel after sunset.
Overnight: Radisson Blu, V&A Waterfront

Day 4
You will be met at the hotel and transferred to the Stellenbosch airstrip.  Depart on a Flying Wine Tour, enjoying a flight around the stunning Cape Peninsula.  During the flight, you will taste some of the top 12 wines made in South Africa, selected and explained by our sommelier.  He will also give you historical and geological information for better understanding of the influence of the soils and the position of the vines, and consequently, on the difference between wines.  The flight continues along the Wine Route, which stretches toward the East of the Western Cape region.

The Paarl Mountains, the Franschhoek Valley and the lovely village of Robertson will reveal their secrets.  We will land one hour later on a private airstrip in a magnificent Nature Reserve, a kind of hidden paradise of the Western Cape.  The group will do their second wine tasting during a delicious “food & wine pairing”.  The third and last wine tasting will take place during the afternoon flight, when they will taste the Best “Cap Classique” and Dessert Wines.

The return flight takes you over the Wine Route again, but specifically over its southern part, where you will be able to see different vineyards in the Elgin and Hermanus regions.  A soft landing at Stellenbosch in the late afternoon will complete an exceptional and rewarding day.  Evening at your leisure.
Overnight: Radisson Blu, V&A Waterfront

Day 5
This morning after a leisurely breakfast you will be met and transferred into the heart of the Cape Winelands.  Enjoy a wine tasting and meet the wine maker and some of the staff in the vineyards before visiting a top sparkling wine producer outside Stellenbosch.

After a very interesting sparkling wine tasting, you will enjoy a walking tour through Stellenbosch, and then you will tuck into a traditional Afrikaans lunch on a wine farm in Franschhoek.  Explore the little village of Franschhoek before visiting a top wine estate, followed by a cellar tour and a visit to their unique art gallery.

End of this fabulous day in the Cape winelands with a cheese and wine tasting at a great estate outside Paarl, before returning to your hotel, with the evening at leisure to experience the nightlife of Cape Town.
Overnight: Radisson Blu, V&A Waterfront.

Day 6
You will be met at your hotel after breakfast and transferred to Cape Town International Airport for your flight to Johannesburg.
Flight from Johannesburg to Maun.

You will be met on arrival at Maun Airport and assisted onto your short charter flight to Camp Moremi.  Peering out beneath giant ebony trees, Camp Moremi brings true meaning to the word safari in the Xaxanaka area of the Moremi Game Reserve.  Your accommodation is in Africa-style safari tents, each individually sited on a raised teak platform with private adjacent facilities and viewing deck, offering unsurpassed views of the Xaxanaxa Lagoon.
Overnight: Camp Moremi

Day 7

Camp Moremi offers a broad range of safari activities on both land and water.  For many the highlight of their stay comes during the morning and afternoon game drives.

Conducted in 4×4 safari vehicles, the exhilarating game drives provide the chance to track wildlife in the beautiful surroundings of Moremi Game Reserve, a protected area renowned for frequent sightings of lion, leopard and cheetah.  African Wild Dog sightings are also regularly reported, an endangered species whose numbers are rapidly dwindling in other areas.  Water activities involve the exploration of the water lily-ringed Xakanaxa Lagoon and surrounding Okavango Delta channels by motorboat.

The birdlife – which ranges from water birds to shy forest dwellers – is prolific and varied, and each boat trip affords guests exceptional bird-watching opportunities.  Other sightings include hippos enjoying the clear cool water, and the chance to watch big game making their way through the reeds to drink or bathe at the water’s edge.
Overnight: Camp Moremi

Day 8

You will be met at your lodge and transferred to the airstrip for your charter flight to Camp Okavango.  This enchanting camp sits at the heart of the Okavango Delta on Nxaragha Island.  Botswana’s magnificent Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta, is a maze of deep lagoons, large lakes and hidden, meandering channels.

During the annual flood season the Delta covers a vast area of over 16 000km before shrinking to less than 9 000km in the dry season.  Trapped in a basin of parched Kalahari Desert sand, the fresh water oasis attracts wildlife that depends on the permanent waters of this unique environment.
Overnight: Camp Okavango

Day 9

Water-based game-viewing activities are conducted by experienced professional guides who will expertly navigate you through the many meandering, reed-lined waterways.  Roam the vast expanses of water from the comfort of a modern motorboat or explore the intricacies of the Okavango Delta the old fashioned way, in the traditional contours of the Mokoro (canoe).

If you are looking to get a little closer to nature, guided bush walks are conducted on a number of the nearby islands, offering an opportunity to track some of the larger land-based species that inhabit this water wilderness.  Bird watching opportunities are outstanding, and fishing for bream and tiger fish is also offered as an activity.
Overnight: Camp Okavango

Day 10

You will be met at your lodge and transferred to the airstrip for your chargter flight to Savute Safari Lodge. Situated on the banks of Botswana’s fabled Stolen River, Savute Safari Lodge is a traditional thatched safari lodge in a setting of singular beauty.

Stretching from the waterways of the Linyanti all the way to Savute Marsh, the winding watertways of Savute Channel have pumped life into the western section of Chobe National Park for many thousands of generations.
Overnight: Savute Safari Lodge

Day 11

Activities are centered around game drives throughout the Savute area in open 4×4 safari vehicles.  Many trips will incorporate a visit to the Sabute Marsh for your chance to see the historic presence of the Savute Channel at the marsh against a teeming backdrop of wildlife.

You will also enjoy a visit to the ancient San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills – a small hilly outcrop which forms a remarkable landmark in the otherwise flat landscape.
Overnight: Savute Safari Lodge

Day 12

You will be met at your lodge and transferred to airstrip for your charter flight to Kasane.  You will be met on arrival at Kasane Airport and transferred to Chobe Marina.  Uniquely located in the North-Eastern corner of Botswana where the four African nations of Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia converge, Chobe Marina Lodge is surrounded by the natural beauty of Africa.  The Chobe River, Chobe National Park, Kasane Forest Reserve, the Caprivi Strip and the mighty Zambezi river each offer their own attractions.
Overnight: Chobe Marina

Day 13

Chobe Marina Lodge’s expansive gardens are home to an abundance of wildlife, including the legendary fish eagle, warthog, squirrel, mongoose, vervet monkeys and fruit bat.  With the world-renowned Chobe National Park so close, an encounter with Africa’s awesome foursome (elephant, leopard, lion and buffalo) is definitely on the cards.

A river boat cruise to the park, will introduce you to a totally different game viewing experience.  Other activities to enhance your experience include a leisurely sightseeing cruise to Sedudu island, or for a more thrilling experience you can try your hand at fishing for the tamed tiger fish, which inhabit the Chobe and Kasai River systems.  And when not out and about visiting the many attractions in the area, the swimming pool is an ideal refuge.  Golfers too are catered for with a golf course in close proximity to the lodge.
Overnight: Chobe Marina

Day 14

You will be met at your lodge and transferred by road to the Victoria Falls Hotel.  Your hotel is popularly known as the “grand old lady of the falls” and situated on a World Heritage site overlooking the magnificent Victoria Falls, one of the wonders of the world.  Established in 1904, and recently redecorated, this gracious colonial style hotel is set in the lush tropical gardens and epitomizes the romance of grand travel.
Overnight: Victoria Falls Hotel

Day 15
The famous Victoria Falls are just a ten minute walk away using the hotel’s private pathway, and the ‘Smoke that Thunders’ or Mosi-O-Tunya in the local dialect, is clearly audible and visible from this luxurious landmark.  The opulent Livingstone Room for fine dining and dancing, the Jungle Junction with its famous breakfast and dinner buffets and ethnic entertainment in the evenings, offer a variety and wide choice.

Stanley’s Terrace, with its clear view of the Victoria Falls Bridge, connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia, is renowned for its cocktails and afternoon teas.  The Terrace has been a rendezvous for adventurers in Africa for over a century.
Overnight: Victoria Falls Hotel

Day 16
You will be met at your hotel and transferred to Victoria Falls Airport for your homebound flight.
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Winter Warmer Special Combo Offer

Winter months in South Africa is always exciting, with some cold weather but the most amazing sunny days appear every so often for good measure.  At Road Travel Africa we know that this is the time when some incredible specials are made available from some of our top suppliers, like the one I’m about to share with you now.

The Tintswalo Winter Warmer Special Combo Offer from Only ZAR 12 670.00 includes 3 nights Safari and 2 nights Atlantic.  Atlantic includes full Bed and Breakfast, afternoon high tea, daily-guided walk through the “fynbos” and the Cape Mountain Reserve and all house drinks.  Safari includes Dinner, Bed and Breakfast, all house drinks, afternoon high tea, all game drives, game walks and transfers from Hoedspruit International Airport.

Tintswalo is an exclusive safari lodge situated in the Manyeleti Game Reserve, within the Greater Kruger National Park.  The Manyeleti is a pristine wilderness reserve which opens in the east to the vastness of the Kruger Park, abounding in big five game and spectacular birdlife.  The reserve is unique for its minimal vehicle density and so offering a true exclusive safari experience.  Tintswalo Safari lodge is situated along a seasonal riverbed among an ancient sycamore tree grove.

The exquisitely appointed main lodge overlooks a waterhole often frequented by a large herd of elephant and other big game.  The Explorer Suites are all linked to the main lodge by raised wooden walkways.  Manyeleti in the local Shangaan language means Place of Stars, while Tintswalo in the Shangaan language means the intangible feeling of love, gratitude and peace that you bestow upon someone who has given you a meaningful and worthy gift. This is what you will experience.

The wizardry of dining al fresco with a fusion of the unique tastes and spices of Africa is a challenge readily accepted by the chefs. Enjoy unique dining venues, and expect an adventure.  Tintswalo’s chefs are trained in both South African and international cooking styles.  Plated meals are served in sophisticated dining areas, including the romantic cellar and under the star scape of the African night sky.

After a long day’s exploration in the bush, moments of supreme relaxation, inner peace and rejuvenation of one’s spirituality are a must.  The Elan Vitál spa specializes in hands-on treatment for both men and women utilizing concentrated plant-based Elemis products to stimulate all your senses. Tintswalo’s schedule is infinitely flexible.  The day’s activities are planned around you, the guest.  A typical day would start with an early morning game drive and perhaps a picnic breakfast.  Followed by an al fresco lunch on the main lodge deck and afternoon leisure time to allow for a relaxing spa treatment.  The evening drive continues into the night, complete with Tintswalo’s unique and spectacular sundowner experience, and your day is rounded by a crystal candlelit dinner.

Positioned at the base of Chapman’s Peak, Tintswalo Atlantic overlooks the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay.  Nestled between the boulders of the Atlantic Ocean’s water’s edge and the slopes of the Cape Mountain Fynbos Reserve, known worldwide for its extraordinary rich and diverse fauna and flora.  Here you get absolute seclusion and relaxation, with the ocean literally a stone’s throw away from the pebbled beach.

The Tintswalo Atlantic suites are authentically decorated to emulate the experiences and colors of various well-known islands of the world.  The air-conditioned suites are quite literally situated on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.  Each room has its own unique view of the ocean and the majestic Sentinel across the bay.  Spacious en-suite bathroom, all with his and her basins as well as showers also enjoy an uninterrupted marine view.  Every suite has an extra length double or twin bed, en-suite bathroom, air conditioners, and small private deck.  The suites are generous, comfortable and private, and you can watch whales from your bed at certain times of the year.  Stylish yet understated, Tintswalo Atlantic offers home-away-from-home comforts, discreet service and excellent cuisine in a beautiful setting.

If you’re a foodie then you’ll be delighted by the interactive kitchen which gives you the opportunity to chat to the executive chef as she goes about her daily work creating imaginative, beautiful and mouth wateringly delicious dishes.  By prior arrangement you can even join in and try your hand at creating a new dish.

Tintswalo Atlantic’s daily guest activities can be arranged through Road Travel Africa.  The friendly and helpful staff will go the extra mile to make sure you have an unforgettable Cape Town holiday.  Tintswalo Atlantic’s ideal location allows for many exciting things to do in and around Cape Town.  From exploring the Mother City, climbing Table Mountain,, sunbathing at some of the country’s most beautiful beaches or a romantic picnic while you watch the whales.  We will make sure your stay at Tintswalo Atlantic will be anything but average.  So give Road Travel Africa a call or send us an email to make use of this very special offer.  This offer is available until the 31st of August 2012.  We do of course offer great add on specials, like a few days in the Cape Winelands, a visit to Victoria Falls – the options are endless!