A scenic journey starting in the Mother City, Cape Town, travelling along the coastline on the famous Garden Route to Knysna before heading to the malaria free Eastern Cape for a Big Five safari adventure.
Cape Town city centre is best explored on foot: take in the Castle of Good Hope, the District Six Museum, the National Gallery and Company Gardens, and stop at one of the many sidewalk cafes for a freshly roasted coffee and some serious people watching.
For something different, a visit to the inspiring projects in the Cape Flats townships gives you a feel of the new hope and energy of South Africa, as well as insight into the daily struggles of a large percentage of Cape Town's population.
No stay in the Mother City would be complete without a drive around the Cape Peninsula coastline. Along the way stop at Hout Bay and take a trip to see the resident Cape fur seal colony. Chapmans Peak is one of the world's most scenic drives, then there's the penguin colony at Boulders Beach, and the magnificent scenery at the place where the two oceans meet - Cape Point Nature Reserve and the Cape of Good Hope.
Journeying along the scenic Garden Route offers stunning views of the indigenous forests covering the slopes of the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains.
Here you’ll be staying in the holiday town Knysna, which curves around a peaceful lagoon. Knysna is known for its fresh oysters, art galleries and superb beaches just a short drive away. Take a cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, and visit the mighty lagoon headlands – known as the 'Knysna Heads'.
From Knysna it’s easy to explore Plettenberg Bay with its wide sandy beaches. Well worth a visit is the Robberg Nature Reserve, which has many spectacular coastal walking trails. You could also enjoy a boat ride out to view whales and dolphins, paddle up the Keurbooms River, or simply enjoy an alfresco lunch at the beach.
This is a great area for outdoor enthusiasts: along with walking and hiking trails, there’s horse riding, canoeing, boating, paragliding or you can tee off on a championship golf course with magnificent ocean views.
Set in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, Shamwari Game Reserve boasts five eco-systems supporting many forms of animal, plant and birdlife. Explore this incredible area on twice daily game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, your personal ranger sharing his incredible knowledge of this area as well as the main attraction, the wildlife!
Game drives last between three and four hours (depending on what you see), and include a coffee stop in the morning and sundowners stop at sunset. Multi award-winning Shamwari Reserve is home to a wide range of animals including herds of elephant, prides of lion, cheetah, rhino, and many more.
Between drives there’s plenty of time to relax at your elegant suite or treat yourself to a rejuvenating treatment at the lodge spa. And in the evenings look forward to dinner under the stars as you chat about your day’s discoveries.
In addition to enjoying a Big Five safari, you can visit Shamwari’s Born Free Foundation, which rescues lion, leopard and other big cats from terrible conditions in zoos and circuses around the world. Seeing the progress being made by these rescued animals is truly a heart-warming experience.
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