Marcia Cole in the Atlanta office of UNIGLOBE Travel Designers, is a Southern Africa Specialist. She has visited the continent 30 times in the last 16 years and enjoys introducing small groups to that fascinating and beautiful area of the world. In addition, she enjoys arranging both honeymoons and family vacations to South Africa. Call her at 770-487-0487 or 1-800-359-4460
Checkout below a sample itinerary overview of one of her most recent trips.
VIP Meet & Greet: Cape Town International Airport
Welcome to the V&A Waterfront…
Aside from the myriad of shops, restaurants and bars, there is a more cultural side to the Waterfront, focused around the historic Clock Tower, which was the original Port Captain's Office in 1882 and part of a collection of a well preserved turn of the century buildings. It is near here that the ferries depart for Robben Island (from the Nelson Mandela Gateway), while the hotel is a short walk from here. With ferries and boats continuously on the go, Cape Fur Seals playing in the harbour water, and a mix of both locals and international visitors, the Waterfront is a wonderful place to soak up some typical Cape Town vibe.
With a classical nautical atmosphere the 236 rooms are located over six floors. All rooms are en-suite, air-conditioned, have select satellite channels, tea and coffee facilities, 24 hour room service and complimentary Wi-Fi. Rooms located on upper floors enjoy better Table Mountain and Waterfront views as well as a small balcony. With high ceilings and large windows the sense of grand is carried through the central hotel interiors. The Commodore includes a cocktail bar and lounge, the Clipper Restaurant for all day dining, a shaded courtyard, swimming pool with loungers, a health and wellness centre, fully equipped gym and undercover parking (additional charge).
The Commodore is a short walk away from restaurants, bars, boutique shops, and entertainment. They are all within the V & A Waterfront complex. The Table Mountain Cableway, Camps Bay beach and Cape Town city centre are a short drive away.
Cape Point & Peninsula Tour: Private Full Day
From here we drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breath-taking coastal drives, where we will board a funicular to get to the top of the Peninsula to witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and enjoy spectacular views over False Bay.
After lunch (for your own account), continue to Simonstown, the naval base, and visit the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach.
Then stop at the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Gardens before arriving back at our hotel.
City & Table Mountain Tour: Private Half Day
Our tour will take in the Houses of Parliament, the Castle (built between 1666 and 1679, this is South Africa’s oldest building), the lively Greenmarket Square with its daily market, the Company Gardens and of course Table Mountain, which will give us spectacular views over the city and the Peninsula (the cable car fee is not included as it is weather dependent).
As you come back down from the mountain, make a stop at Bo-Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses with a stop at one of the most important spice shops in South Africa.
From here we make our way to the Waterfront where we can enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants (lunch on guests own account)
After lunch you have the afternoon free to explore the shopping at the Wharf in Cape Town or return to the hotel. Our last evening in Cape Town we will have dinner at Seelan, a new restaurant that is getting rave reviews.
Overnight – The Commodore Bed and Breakfast Basis.
Winelands Tour: Private Full Day
We travel towards Paarl, one of the Cape’s first farming districts. The town is set at the foot of the cluster of remarkable granite domes from which it takes its name. Our last stop for the day is at a wine estate on the Paarl wine route.
We enjoy a Fairview Winery private wine and cheese tasting.
From here, we travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek, historically dating back to the 17th century when the French Huguenots arrived. Billed as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, this charming town, in a most picturesque valley, retains a French Huguenot style.
We enjoy lunch at Solms Delta, a very old and unique wine estate.
Welcome to Franschhoek…
In keeping with its culinary reputation, Franschhoek hosts popular food and wine festivals, while a walk along its little streets will showcase wonderful examples of quaint South African country homes.
Overnight at La Fontaine Guest House on a bed and breakfast basis.
This morning, after breakfast, we will be collected at the guest house by our guide and driver. After check out we will make our way to Hermanus. After we check into our hotel we will have some lunch and then enjoy a whale watching excursion that afternoon.
Misty Waves Boutique Hotel www.mistywaves.co.za
Enjoy a lovely day at leisure in Hermanus. Should you wish to go on another whale watching excursion, your guide will assist in making these arrangements. You can walk into town do a little craft shopping or visit some very nice art galleries and shops in Hermanus.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel go for a walk along the coast watching for whales before checking out.
With the assistance of our guide, transfer to Cape Town International Airport. Once we have arrived in Johannesburg we will be transfered to the Idwala Boutique Guest House.
This truly distinguished and uniquely African Boutique Hotel offers a very special and luxurious environment combined with an embracing warm hospitality. Idwala’s passion is to care for guests who are looking for the finer things in life. Idwala offers pure tranquility and the feeling of being ‘out in the bush’ even though it is situated conveniently in the middle of Johannesburg with easy access to shopping, entertainment and business hubs. Expect international standards of luxury hotel accommodation and enjoy personalized service in Johannesburg’s premier Boutique Hotel.
DAY 8, 9, 10
Enjoy your breakfast at Idwala Guest House before we are met by our vehicle and driver for the 4 ½ hour ride to the Madikwe Private Game Preserve.
Welcome to Rhulani Private Game Lodge
Enjoy our last morning game drive before bidding farewell to the Bush.
Welcome back to Johannesburg!
Transfer to the Hotel where we will spend the night at the Metcourt Laurel Suites on a bed and breakfast basis.
This morning after breakfast, we will be transferred to Johannesburg Airport for our International flight to Victoria Falls
Johannesburg to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Today we will leave the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge bright and early for our full day in another African Country Botswana – at Chobe National Park.
You can choose from a number of additional activities. You can Bungee Jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge, go white river rafting, ride an elephant or take a helicopter ride over Victoria Falls. All activities are available at an additional charge.
Overnight – Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
The Tour of the Falls & Rainforest offers the opportunity to weave in all the elements that create the authentic African Explorer, whilst providing an educational insight into some of the history and background to perhaps Africa’s most revered explorer on an expedition to one of the most memorable and spectacular sights in the world - Mosi Oa Tunya, “The Smoke That Thunders”
Guests will undoubtedly enjoy ‘Scenes so lovely that must have been gazed upon by Angels in their flight’ whilst gaining an insight into the historical and geological significance of Victoria Falls.
We will learn some interesting facts about the History & Geology of the Falls and Fauna & Flora of the National Rain Forest.
Today we depart Victoria Falls and travel to Johannesburg and onto the USA.
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