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Marine and Wildlife Encounter 2017 - Luxury

South Africa

10 days from $5,545 per person

* Prices are in US dollars, based on double occupancy.

3 Nights Cape Town 3 Nights Grootbos Private Nature Reserve 3 Nights Shamwari Game Reserve

The Highlights of Marine and Wildlife Encounter - Luxury

Take in breathtaking views of Cape Town, then journey to the marine and wildlife kingdoms of Grootbos Nature Reserve and Shamwari Game Reserve.

 


Highlights

Explore the wildlife rich Shamwari Game Reserve, home to the coveted Big Five and one of the largest private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa.

Discover the beautiful Cape Peninsula on a series of active adventures, exploring milkwood forests and secret beaches along the way.

Experience South Africa's Marine Big Five, whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins.

Enjoy a variety of nature-based guided adventures, 4x4 flower safaris, horse riding and quad biking through forests and valleys.

Accommodations

1. Cape Grace

South Africa, Cape Town

Situated on a private quay, nestled between the bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the yacht marina, and working harbor, the hotel showcases the essence of the Cape with its stylish interiors inspired by Cape Town's heritage and floral kingdom. The hotel's spacious rooms and suites are elegantly styled with views of the marina or the working harbor. Each room features a bathroom with separate bath, shower and toilet, air conditioning, in-room safe, tea and coffee making facilities, iPod docking stations, flat screen high definition TV with satellite channels and selected radio stations, and complimentary Wi-Fi. An outdoor heated swimming pool, library/lounge, a fitness studio and spa are additional amenities offered by the hotel. With panoramic views of Signal Hill, the hotel’s restaurant provides a hospitable setting on the water’s edge. Bascule is the perfect setting to take in the sights and sounds of the  Waterfront. There are over 500 whiskies from around the world and an impressive selection of the finest Cape wines on offer.

2. Grootbos Garden Lodge

South Africa, Gansbaai

True to its name, the warm and welcoming Grootbos Garden Lodge is set amongst an Eden of beautifully landscaped fynbos gardens and indigenous trees. The individual luxury air-conditioned suites provide the ideal blend of privacy and supreme comfort. Each suite offers a private wooden deck with outside shower, lounge with fireplace, ensuite bathroom with double handbasins, double showers and/or baths, heated towel rails and hair dryers, tea and coffee making facilities, in room safe, a well-stocked mini-bar, under floor heating, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and DVD player. The striking main building, fashioned from stone, thatch and fine timber merges with the natural environment. High beamed ceilings and endless windows enhance the lodge's natural light. An elegant restaurant, spacious lounge, beauty salon, library and children’s entertainment room ensure that all needs are satisfied. Savor delectable dishes prepared with organic ingredients produced by their “Growing the Future” project, a Food Production and Life Skills College established by the Grootbos Foundation. Enjoy the variety of nature-based excursions available at Grootbos, which include 4x4 flower safaris drives, horseback riding, bird watching, cave tours, beach visits, quad biking, walking trails and whale watching. Guests are accompanied by specialist guides such as botanists, nature conservationists and horse specialists.  

3. Sarili Lodge

South Africa, Eastern Cape Game Reserve

Perched above the Bushman’s River overlooking the grassy plains of ancient Africa, Sarili Lodge is a private sanctuary for families and friends. This environmentally friendly lodge provides the perfect combination between a colonial and bush experience. All rooms have air conditioning, under floor heating, international dial telephone, private minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, ensuite bathroom with separate shower, electronic safe, television with selected satellite channels, and fitted international adaptors. The lodge offers a heated swimming pool, a lounge with a fireplace and satellite television, indoor and outdoor dining facilities, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Enjoy early morning and late afternoon safari drives or guided safari walks with experienced rangers. To fill your time between your morning and afternoon game drives, you may wish to visit the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center or the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Cape Town, South Africa

Welcome to Cape Town, South Africa’s beautiful "Mother City." Rest up before your adventure begins.

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Day 2. Cape Town

Today's tour begins in Kalk Bay, a fishing village lined with antique stores, arts and crafts shops and quirky boutiques. Take a short hike to explore the nearby Milkwood forests. Continue to Simon’s Town to search for a colony of penguins on a secret beach known only to locals. Finish up with a gentle hike in the Cape Peninsula Reserve. (B

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Day 3. Cape Town

Relish a leisurely day in Cape Town. Soak up the lively blend of history and culture as you sightsee in the "Mother City.” Stroll through the Malay Quarter; visit the top of Table Mountain or venture into Stellenbosch and join a guided foodie walk. (B)

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Day 4. Cape Town / Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Journey to Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. World-renowned for its natural beauty, this is the best land-based viewing area in the world for Southern Right whales. Offshore islands are home to penguins and seals. Explore white beaches, caves and the rich flora covered mountains. (BLD)

Grootbos Garden Lodge

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Day 5. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Accompanied by specialist guides go on 4x4 flower safari drives, horseback riding, bird watching, cave tours, beach visits, walking trails and whale watching. (BLD)

Grootbos Garden Lodge

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Day 6. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Grootbos is committed to transforming communities and conserving the environment through the creation of sustainable livelihoods. Participate in the 'Living the Futures Tour' or get your hands dirty with the 'Future Trees' project. (BLD)

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Day 7. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve / Shamwari Game Reserve

Venture deep into the bush to the malaria-free Shamwari game reserve. Meet your expert ranger and set out for an afternoon game drive, keeping your eyes peeled for the graceful leopard, the powerful rhino, elephant, lion, buffalo and a multitude of other wildlife. (BLD

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Day 8. Shamwari Game Reserve

Wake up early with the chattering birds and grab your camera for this morning's game drive. Your ranger will help you spot all kinds of wildlife from bush pigs to giraffes, honey badgers and zebras. This afternoon, look out for hippos submerging along the riverbank and watch for the African Fish Eagle searching for its dinner. (BLD)

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Day 9. Shamwari Game Reserve

Shamwari Game Reserve is about conserving a vanishing way of life. Dedicated to nature conservation, Shamwari strives to educate and promote awareness. In between safari drives, visit the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuaries. (BLD)

Sarili Lodge

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Day 10. Shamwari Game Reserve / Depart

Take in one last morning game drive before traveling to Port Elizabeth for your flight to Johannesburg and your onward arrangements. (B)

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Pricing

Land Arrangements (Price per person)

Departure Dates Jan 12, 2017 - Jan 31, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $6,695
Single Room Supplement From $3,085
Departure Dates Feb 1, 2017 - Feb 28, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $7,195
Single Room Supplement From $3,435
Departure Dates Mar 1, 2017 - Mar 31, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $6,595
Single Room Supplement From $3,085
Departure Dates Apr 1, 2017 - Apr 17, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $6,595
Single Room Supplement From $2,995
Departure Dates Apr 18, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $6,395
Single Room Supplement From $2,895
Departure Dates May 1, 2017 - May 31, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $5,635
Single Room Supplement From $2,195
Departure Dates Jun 1, 2017 - Jun 30, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $5,545
Single Room Supplement From $2,095
Departure Dates Jul 1, 2017 - Jul 15, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $5,635
Single Room Supplement From $2,195
Departure Dates Jul 16, 2017 - Jul 31, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $6,235
Single Room Supplement From $2,485
Departure Dates Aug 1, 2017 - Sep 30, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $6,335
Single Room Supplement From $2,575
Departure Dates Oct 1, 2017 - Oct 31, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $6,795
Single Room Supplement From $2,775
Departure Dates Nov 1, 2017 - Nov 20, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $6,695
Single Room Supplement From $3,035
Departure Dates Nov 21, 2017 - Nov 30, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $6,595
Single Room Supplement From $2,945
Departure Dates Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $6,155
Single Room Supplement From $2,655

**Surcharges Apply Jan 01-11, Dec 18-31 .

Air Arrangements (Internal Airfare)

Cape Town - George, Port Elizabeth - Johannesburg

Economy Class per person from $400

Add-Ons

Add-on $1,545

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4 days from $1,545 per person

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Add-on $1,095

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3 days from $1,095 per person

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