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South African Tapestry

South Africa

11 days from $7,195 per person

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

3 Nights Cape Town 2 Nights Clanwilliam 2 Nights Durban 3 Nights Madikwe Game Reserve

The Highlights of South African Tapestry

Touching upon both coasts, this journey through South Africa explores a rich tapestry of landscapes, from rugged seascapes, centuries old vineyards, 10,000 year old rock art sites to pristine wildlife reserves.


Highlights

Explore the 75,000 hectare malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve in search of the "Super Seven" lion, buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard, cheetah and the rare African wild dog.

Discover an ecological oasis with ancient sandstone formations and bushman rock art paintings dating as far back as 10,000 years.

Experience sunrise views of the Indian Ocean from the charming Oyster Box in Durban and sunset views of the Atlantic Ocean from the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town.

Enjoy award-winning hotels and luxury lodges as they pamper you throughout your visit.

Accommodations

1. The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

South Africa, Cape Town

The award-winning Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is poised above the Atlantic Ocean, nestled against the majestic Twelve Apostles mountain range.  The guest rooms are designed with thoughtful touches offering all the comforts of home and the latest state-of-the-art facilities.  Amenities include individual air conditioning, entertainment centers with DVD, digital telephone system with voicemail, complimentary internet, bathrobes, hairdryers, slippers, electronic safe, tea/coffee making facilities, and 24-hour room service.  The Azure Restaurant serves indigenous and international cuisine, while the more relaxed Café Grill is an alfresco 24-hour café for bistro-style food.  The Leopard Bar offers panoramic views of the ocean and mountain, and is a great place to enjoy "Tea by the Sea" or your favorite cocktail.  The Spa at The Twelve Apostles embraces the healing energies of earth, air and water.  Sublime treatment packages use the exclusive B|Africa range of professional spa products.  Additional facilities include a private cinema, a heated infinity pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, a rock pool and heated Jacuzzi.  There is also complimentary internet and Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and a 24-hour business center.

 

2. Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat

South Africa, Clanwilliam

Bushmans Kloof is a multi-award-winning lodge, and a member of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection. The rooms are spread out across magnificent botanical gardens. The individually designed rooms feature en-suite bathrooms with separate bath and shower, air conditioning, ceiling fans, under-floor heating, in-room safe, well-stocked mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities and direct-dial telephone. Savor the old world charm of the Homestead, as you mingle with fellow guests at the congenial bar or unwind in the relaxing lounges. The well-stocked library is filled with a fascinating selection of Africana and a comprehensive collection of wildlife films. Makana is an al fresco dining area overlooking the sweeping lawns and the ideal venue for high tea. Built into a natural sandstone amphitheater, Embers offers a breathtaking dining experience under the stars. The award-winning state-of-the-art Spa complements the harmony with nature experience. A variety of exhilarating and enriching activities are included, nature drives, guided rock art excursions, botanical walks, canoeing, archery, fly fishing, hiking, swimming and special interest presentations on birding, stargazing, entomology, social responsibilities and rock art.  Complimentary Wi-Fi is available.

3. The Oyster Box

South Africa, Durban

Like its iconic lighthouse standing majestically on Umhlanga’s prestigious beachfront, the Oyster Box Hotel boasts sweeping views of the Indian Ocean. All the colonial charm has been lovingly preserved – the exquisite tiles, murals, paintings and antique furnishings have all been retained in their original glory. The luxurious rooms are meticulously designed to provide the utmost comfort and style with the décor reflecting the soothing shades of the ocean and tropical vegetation. Each room has a balcony with breathtaking views, bathroom with double vanities and a spacious separate shower, hairdryer, in-room safe, well-stocked minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, satellite TV, CD/DVD players, direct dial telephone and complimentary Wi-Fi. The culinary experience of the Oyster Box Hotel celebrates the palate, whether you are enjoying sundowners at the Lighthouse Bar, sumptuous tea in the Palm Court, casual dining at the Ocean Terrace, fine dining at the Grill Room, or swapping stories over a cold beer in the Chukka Bar. Additional amenities include a private cinema, a fitness center, an infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean, a library, and an award winning Spa.

4. Madikwe Dithaba Lodge

South Africa, Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Safari Lodge offers three luxury lodges, each with its own appeal. Dithaba, meaning “mountain” in the local Tswana dialect, promises breathtaking vistas out over the vast plains of Madikwe Reserve. With only four suites, the lodge delivers an exclusive safari adventure. Each suite has a private plunge pool, en-suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower, private wooden viewing deck, air-conditioning, fans for your comfort in the summer and a wood-burning fireplace for the more chilly winter months. Additional amenities include an international adaptor, hairdryer, insect repellant, safe and mini-bar for your convenience. Relax in the library lounge, indoor lounge with roaring fireplace, or take in some stargazing on the outdoor lounge area and boma. Game drives head out early morning at sunrise, and late afternoon just before sunset in search of the many animal species which call this place home. Guided walks are a different way to appreciate the bush, and offer a unique perspective of the reserve. In between drives, pamper yourself and indulge in a relaxing and revitalizing treatment in the privacy of your suite.

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Cape Town, South Africa

Upon your arrival in Cape Town, South Africa's "Mother City", you will be warmly welcomed and whisked away to your luxurious hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

The Twelve Apostles Hotel And Spa

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Day 2. Cape Town

Begin a day of spectacular vistas with a ride on the cable car to the top of Table Mountain. Continue to the rugged Cape Peninsula, passing beautiful beaches along the way. Look out for wildlife in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and view the engaging penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Tonight, delight your taste buds with a delicious meal at Azure Restaurant. (BD)

The Twelve Apostles Hotel And Spa

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Day 3. Cape Town

Spend today discovering the beautiful winelands, a treat for the eyes and palette. Visit world-renowned wine farms and learn all about the process of winemaking, from grape to goblet. Revel in the breathtaking scenery, stroll through quaint towns and picturesque villages. (B)

The Twelve Apostles Hotel And Spa

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Day 4. Cape Town / Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve

Leave Cape Town behind and journey to the striking Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve. Encompassing over 130 rock art sites, the area provides a rich history of the San people. Join your guide on an enlightening walk to view these ancient Bushman paintings or set out on an evening game drive in this ecological oasis of open plains and ancient sandstone formations. (BLD)

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat

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Day 5. Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve

Reconnect with the earth as you immerse yourself in the dramatic scenery. Roam the wide-open spaces, swim in the crystal clear pools, or simply replenish your spirit at the Spa. (BLD)

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat

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Day 6. Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve / Durban

After a final morning in the wilderness, return to Cape Town and fly off to Durban. Sink into luxury at your prestigious beachfront hotel overlooking the Indian Ocean. (B)

The Oyster Box

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Day 7. Durban

The day is yours to do as you please. Kick off your shoes and enjoy an idyllic day at the beach. Attentive staff will arrange beach chairs, towels and an umbrella to keep you comfortable whilst lazing in the sun. (B)

The Oyster Box

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Day 8. Durban / Madikwe Game Reserve

With a couple of short flights, you'll be on your way to your safari adventure in Madikwe Game Reserve. Settle in and soak up the tranquility of the African bush before embarking on your late afternoon game drive. The rich red soil, open savannas and rugged hills are a spectacular backdrop. (BLD)

Madikwe Dithaba Lodge

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Day 9. Madikwe Game Reserve

Rise early when the animals are most lively for this morning's game drive. Return to your camp for lunch and relaxation before setting out on an evening game drive spotlighting the nocturnal animals as they come out to forage and hunt, with some luck, you may spot a Pangolin. (BLD)

Madikwe Dithaba Lodge

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Day 10. Madikwe Game Reserve

Guided walks are another way to explore the rarer sights and wonders of the bush, often missed when in a vehicle. Tonight, savor fine dining beneath the grand canopy of the African sky. (BLD)

Madikwe Dithaba Lodge

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Day 11. Madikwe Game Reserve / Depart

Greet the dawn on one final game drive. After a hearty breakfast travel by air to Johannesburg for your international departure flight. (B)

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Pricing

Land Arrangements (Price per person)

Departure Dates Jan 21, 2017 - Mar 31, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $8,795
Single Room Supplement From $3,795
Departure Dates Apr 1, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $8,395
Single Room Supplement From $3,595
Departure Dates May 1, 2017 - Aug 31, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $7,195
Single Room Supplement From $2,595
Departure Dates Sep 1, 2017 - Sep 30, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $8,195
Single Room Supplement From $3,095
Departure Dates Oct 1, 2017 - Oct 31, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $9,055
Single Room Supplement From $3,895
Departure Dates Nov 1, 2017 - Nov 30, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $9,155
Single Room Supplement From $3,895
Departure Dates Dec 1, 2017 - Dec 14, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $7,695
Single Room Supplement From $2,795

**Surcharges Apply Jan 01-10, Dec 15-31.

Air Arrangements (Internal Airfare)

Cape Town - Durban - Johannesburg

Economy Class per person from $450

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