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8 days from $3,999 per person

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

4 Nights Cape Town 3 Nights Shamwari Game Reserve

From January to amazing May, travelers have the luxury of great value explorations of vibrant Cape Town and witnessing young babies playing in the bush. Upon arrival, begin your stress-free journey with a private transfer to your home away from home at Taj Cape Town. Explore the coming-together of cultures, cuisines, winelands and coastal landscapes. Then fly to South Africa's most successful private conservation initiative, at the malaria-free Shamwari Private Game Reserve. Join in a once-in-a-lifetime empowering experience in this rich biodiverse region while having close encounters with wildlife. 


You will get a first-hand look at conservation and sustainable wildlife management in action at Shamwari, including a visit to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.



Highlights

Explore South Africa easily, with local hosts guiding you.

Discover vibrant Cape Town, with plenty of time to explore lively neighborhoods, Table Mountain, charming vineyards, and the sparkling coastline of "The Fairest Cape."

Experience an awakening of the senses, from watching the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean to hearing the sounds of the bush.

Enjoy the wildlife rich Shamwari Game Reserve, one of the largest private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa.

Accommodations

1. Taj Cape Town

South Africa, Cape Town

The Taj Cape Town is ideally situated for those looking to discover Cape Town’s fascinating history, exotic culture, soulful art, lively entertainment and delectable cuisine. The rooms, located in both the heritage and contemporary tower wing, offer spectacular views of either the city, or the mountain. Seamlessly merging heritage with luxury, all the rooms have spacious ensuite bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers. Modern amenities include individually controlled air conditioning, a mini-bar, coffee/tea making facilities, electronic safe, phone with voicemail, international plug sockets, an iPod docking station, complimentary Wi-Fi and high-speed wireless internet connectivity. The two dining experiences, present an eclectic variety of cuisine with Indian fine dining in the Bombay Brasserie and relaxed all day dining in Mint. The Twankey Bar is exceedingly popular with both locals and guests alike. In addition, the award winning Jiva Grande Spa is one of its kind in Africa.

2. Long Lee Manor

Shamwari Game Reserve

Overlooking the magnificent plains of Shamwari is the exquisite and elegant Long Lee Manor. Along with its rolling landscapes, this newly redesigned lodge boasts Edwardian styled suites and a breathtaking rim-flow pool and offers several unique features that will keep you comfortable during your stay. The accommodation is tastefully designed to enhance its location, while the original Manor House has been lovingly restored to pay homage to the area’s rich heritage, adding a bit of romance to any stay.  The opulent rooms have air-conditioning, minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, electronic safe, hairdryer, ensuite bathroom with bath and shower and a private patio or balcony.  Pamper yourself with a host of spa treatments, perhaps a facial or body massage (additional). 

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Cape Town, South Africa

After a warm welcome by our African Travel, Inc. representative you will be whisked away to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

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Day 2. Cape Town

Embark on a day of discovery at your leisure. We recommend exploring the ‘Fairest Cape,’ with a journey along the legendary Chapman’s Peak Drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Ride the Flying Dutchman funicular to the old lighthouse for awe-inspiring views! Continue along the coast to the lively penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Then head back to the city via the naval village of Simon’s Town. (B)

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Day 3. Cape Town

The day is yours to fill with fun adventures. We recommend a private tour of the famous winelands. Learn all about the process of wine making, from grape to goblet. Revel in the scenery…like the charming Cape Dutch architecture of Stellenbosch and the breathtaking beauty of the Franschhoek valley. Stroll through historical, charming Stellenbosch with its Cape Dutch architecture, absorbing the quaintness of this lovely university town, galleries and wineries. Unlock the secrets of the best wine estate in delightful Franschhoek, South Africa’s gourmet capital. (B)

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Day 4. Cape Town

Enjoy another day at leisure. We suggest a private tour starting at the top of Table Mountain then descending down into the city to explore both the historical and modern stories of Cape Town. Start with a cable car ride up to the summit of the legendary Table Mountain, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the city. After descending the mountain, drive past the Castle of Good Hope, the country’s oldest building, and a short distance away, the Company Gardens, both historically fascinating and well-conserved. Nearby landmarks include the Slave Lodge, Houses of Parliament and City Hall, where Nelson Mandela made his first public speech after his release from prison in 1990. Marvel at the vibrant colors of the quaint Bo-Kaap homes in the Malay Quarter before a ferry to Robben Island, a historic landmark and UNESCO site, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for many years. (B)

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Day 5. Cape Town

Spend your last day in Cape Town at leisure. There are historic and cultural sites, world-class museums and bustling markets, inviting beaches and lush gardens to visit, as well as, great restaurants and wonderful shopping. (B)

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Day 6. Cape Town / Port Elizabeth / Shamwari Game Reserve

Indulge in an early breakfast before your flight to Port Elizabeth to the newly refurbished Long Lee Manor at the Shamwari Game Reserve, one of the largest private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa. Stretching thousands of acres over a malaria free landscape, it offers an award-winning wildlife experience. Meaning “my friend” in Shona, the reserve is about conserving a vanishing way of life. Relax at the lodge until time for your first afternoon game drive. (B)

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Day 7. Shamwari Game Reserve

Shamwari strives to educate and promote conservation awareness and your ranger will ensure that your experience is both rewarding and informative. Twice-daily game drives throughout the reserve, accompanied by expert guides, provide plenty of opportunities to witness wildlife. Your guide will share the exciting ways that your visit helps support sustainable tourism efforts. (BLD)

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Day 8. Shamwari Game Reserve

At Shamwari, responsible management and long-term ecological sustainability are a priority. Fill your time between game drives with visits to one of the awareness centers. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre provides a first-hand encounter with Shamwari’s passionate on-site vets, who care for young, injured and abandoned animals, which are later released back into the wild. Shamwari has developed an effective anti-poaching unit over the years. The unit follows a pro-active approach through intelligence gathering to prevent any incidents while simultaneously actively protecting the fauna and flora of the reserve through a dedicated and passionate team. (BLD)

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Day 9. Shamwari Game Reserve

Here the graceful leopard, the powerful rhino, elephant and hippo share the domain with kudu, gemsbok, wildebeest, zebra, hyena and a large variety of smaller game, as well as a paradise of bird, reptile and plant life. Your game ranger will share expert knowledge of the area and ensure that your experience is both rewarding and informative. Guided nature walks offer another perspective of the fauna and flora around you. (BLD)

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Day 10. Shamwari Game Reserve / Port Elizabeth / Depart

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before continuing your transfer to Port Elizabeth for your departure flight to the US. (B)

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Pricing

Land Arrangements (Price per person)

Departure Dates Jan 1, 2022 - May 31, 2022
Share Twin/Double From $3,999
Single Room Supplement Starting From: On Request

**Surcharges Apply Departs with a minimum of 2 passengers. Canadian pricing is available.

Air Arrangements (Internal Airfare)

Intra Africa air Included in land arrangements. Cape Town - Port Elizabeth - Johannesburg

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