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South African Dream

Discover a romantic South Africa with this 9 day stay from the Blyde River Canyon to the private reserve of Timbavati where you may be lucky enough to see the white lions. End your tour in the most beautiful city in the world: Cape Town also called "the Mother city" . We have selected boutique hotels and lodges that will make your honeymoon a memorable stay.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport - Hazyview
  • Day 2: Blyde River Canyon - Hazyview
  • Day 3: Hazyview - Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
  • Day 4: Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
  • Day 5: Timbavati Private Nature Reserve - Hoedspruit airport - Cape Town Airport - Cape Town
  • Day 6: Cape Town
  • Day 7: Cape Town
  • Day 8: Cape Town - Franschhoek
  • Day 9: Franschhoek - Cape Town Airport

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Day 1: Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport - Hazyview

Reception and assistance at Johannesburg International airport by our representative.




You collect your rental car at Johannesburg airport. Road to the northeast of South Africa to the region where you encounter a large number of wild animals in South Africa, near the Kruger National Park. Estimated travel time: 5 hours.
Night at Summerfields Rose Retreat and Spa.
Included : reception with english-speaking guide, car rental, room & breakfast

Day 2: Blyde River Canyon - Hazyview

Day dedicated to the discovery of the Blyde River Canyon along the scenic route R532.

Suggestions: Go to the following sites for the best views of the canyon:

- God's Window, the "Window of God" which offers magnificent views across the Lower Veld,
- The Three Rondavels that resemble three typical African huts,
- Bourke's Luck Potholes and rock formations shaped pot created by erosion,
- Waterfalls Lisbon and Berlin,

Visit the mining town of Pilgrim's Rest where gold prospecting was in full swing during one century to the early 1970s.

Visit the Mac Mac Pools, natural pools in a forest setting where it is possible to do a little walking tour.

Night at Summerfields Rose Retreat and Spa.
Included : car rental, room & breakfast

Day 3: Hazyview - Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

Drive to the Timbavati private game reserve. Estimated travel time: 2 hours.
Adjacent to the Kruger National Park, the Timbavati private game reserve offers spectacular safaris and charming accommodation. The reserve shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park allowing animals to move freely, ensuring visitors a variety of wildlife, including the Big 5.
Full board stay at Tanda Tula Safari Camp. Two guided safaris are included per day.
This luxury camp, situated amongst huge trees along the dry riverbed Nhlaralumi, offers an authentic safari experience. You can relax at the poolside to watch Harry, the resident hippo and master of the house.
Night in a luxury tent.


Included : car rental, room & breakfast, lunch, dinner, game drive, laundry, selection of drinks

Day 4: Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

Full board stay at Tanda Tula Safari Camp. Two guided safaris are included per day.
This luxury camp, situated amongst huge trees along the dry riverbed Nhlaralumi, offers an authentic safari experience. You can relax at the poolside to watch Harry, the resident hippo and master of the house.
Night in a luxury tent.


Included : room & breakfast, lunch, dinner, game drive, laundry, selection of drinks

Day 5: Timbavati Private Nature Reserve - Hoedspruit airport - Cape Town Airport - Cape Town


Domestic flight between Hoedspruit and Cape Town. Flight duration: 3h10.

You collect your rental car and drive to your hotel in Cape Town.
Night in a superior room with ocean view at Clarendon Bantry Bay, a villa of the stylish Bantry Bay area facing the ocean. The room has a private balcony to enjoy the views on the Atlantic ocean.


Included : car rental, domestic flight, room & breakfast
Included opts : Superior room

Day 6: Cape Town

Day at leisure to explore Cape Town known to be one of the most beautiful city in the world!


Suggestions:


Take the cable car and ascend the top of Table Mountain (weather permitting). The floor of the cable car rotates through 360 degrees during the ascent or descent, giving passengers a panoramic view of the city. From the top of the mountain at 1000 meters above sea level, a bordwalk will enable you to get different view point of the city and the Atlantic Ocean.


You can also visit the following sites depending on your area of interests:


- The National Museum of South Africa founded in 1825. This museum houses many diverse collections from fossils dating back millions of years to the clothing worn by our ancestors in the last century. All these collections have a common denominator to highlight the biological and cultural diversity of our planet,


- The Company 's Gardens founded in 1652 by the Dutch pioneers who plan to establish a Cape refueling station on the boat ride to India. Walk in Company 's Garden , which now houses the St Georges Cathedral, National Library, National Gallery, artworks and beautiful gardens,


- The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, one of the finest botanical gardens in the world, located at the foot of Table Mountain. Founded in 1913 to protect the diversity of South African flora, the garden is unique as only indigenous plants are cultivated. This is a rare opportunity to see the fynbos, endemic plants in the region of the Western Cape. More than 7000 species of plants are grown in Kirstenbosch, including many rare and endangered species,


- The colorful Bo-Kaap district . The museum located in the historic district showcases the culture of immigrants from Malaysia. A visit to the museum and the neighborhood, with its colorful houses, cobbled streets and calls to prayer of the muezzin, can soak up the cultural diversity of Cape Town,


- The African Craft Market of Green Market Square in the middle of the CBD.


- The Castle of Good Hope , one of the oldest buildings in the country, which houses a collection of antiques (furniture , paintings, objects) that tells a lot about the life of Dutch settlers.


- The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is hosting a craft market, the aquarium " Two Oceans " and many restaurants. It is from this waterfront that boats leave to Robben Island where Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years, as well as to navigate in the beautiful bay of Cape Town.


Other activity suggestions during your stay in Cape Town (please consult us in advance for booking):


- A Township tours ( 1 half-day )


- A culinary tours of the city ( 1 half-day )


- A cycling tours of the city (between 3 hours and 1 day )


- Shark cage diving to encounter the greatwhite (1 day )


- An evening discovering the origins of the Cape Town jazz


- An helicopter flight above the city and the peninsula ( between 12 and 60 minutes)


- An abseil of 112m on the Table Mountain (1 half-day )


- A paragliding experience on the Atlantic coast,


- A sunset cruise on board of a catamaran including sparkling wine.


Night in a superior room with ocean view at Clarendon Bantry Bay, a villa of the stylish Bantry Bay area facing the ocean. The room has a private balcony to enjoy the views on the Atlantic ocean.


Included : car rental, room & breakfast
Included opts : Superior room

Day 7: Cape Town

Day at leisure to discover the Cape Peninsula and the legendary Cape of Good Hope.


Suggested itinerary:


You can commence this discovery with a little stop in the small fishing village of Hout Bay. This fishing village is a cosy little hamlet surrounded by mountains to the North, East and West and the Ocean to the South. Home to bustling craft markets, antique shops, a beautiful beach and a thriving fishing community. The harbour is also where many boat cruise departs from to Duiker Island. This small island is home to thousands of Cape Fur Seals and local birdlife. The boat ride lets you see the Cape Peninsula from a new perspective.


You can thereafter proceed and enjoy the twists and turns around the famous Chapman’s Peak scenic drive. Chapman’s Peak Drive is renowned for its spectacular 180° views of the Cape Peninsula as well as its 114 twists and turns. Viewpoints and picnic spots are scattered throughout its 9km length and its dramatic views have made it a favoured spot for photographers.


You enter the Cape Point Nature Reserve to reach the tip of the Cape Peninsula where you enjoy a dramatic view point located in a 17 750 hectare nature reserve. Looking out over the shining sea from the Cape Point Lighthouse truly makes you feel like you are standing at the edge of the world. The rich diversity of the nature reserve, part of the Table Mountain National Park, makes it home to a stunning array of animal and plant species.


After leaving Cape Point Nature Reserve you travel up the other side of the Cape Peninsula on the way to Simon’s Town and Boulder’s beach. Simon’s Town has been an important naval base and harbour for over two centuries and you can still see some historic naval vessels anchored just off-shore. Boulder’s beach is home of a colony of African Jackass penguins since 1985. These small citizens have been charming residents and tourists ever since.


A seafood lunch is highly recommended in this area but you can also have lunch in the Cape Peninsula Nature reserve’s restaurant.


As you head back towards Cape Town along the False Bay coastal road; you travel through Fish Hoek a little town with a long history. From Fish Hoek you drive past Muizenberg, another seaside town. The warm waters and long stretch of beach make this a popular spot for holidaymakers and there are a wide variety of activities, like kite boarding and surfing, for the adventurous.



Night in a superior room with ocean view at Clarendon Bantry Bay, a villa of the stylish Bantry Bay area facing the ocean. The room has a private balcony to enjoy the views on the Atlantic ocean.


Included : car rental, room & breakfast
Included opts : Superior room

Day 8: Cape Town - Franschhoek

Day at leisure to explore the Cape Winelands.


Departure for Stellenbosch, a university town in the beautiful wine region of the Western Cape. The oldest city in South Africa with Cape Town is beautifully maintained with typical Cape-Dutch style buildings (the name given to the Cape architecture inspired by the Dutch). You can visit the wineries and taste wines including the Pinotage, a typical South African grape, a cross of Pinot Noir and Cinsault.


Visit of the village of Franschhoek, the South African gourmet capital located in one of the most beautiful valleys in the country.



Overnight stay in a one bedroom suite at Babylonstoren.
You can walk around (walk, bike or canoe) on the fruit and wine farm and then enjoy a wellness center with sauna and steam room.
You will be offered every morning a tour of his amazing fruit and vegetable garden followed by a field of wine tasting.
Our favorite: the Babel restaurant, which offers fine and organic cuisine in a very nice setting with Straight-from-the-garden ingredients.


Included : car rental, room & breakfast, laundry, minibar drinks

Day 9: Franschhoek - Cape Town Airport


Departure for the Cape Town airport. Estimated travel time: 1 hour.

Included : car rental

Summerfields Rose Retreat & Spa   Hazyview

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast

Housed in a 100-hectare farm, Summerfields offers rooms with outdoor showers along the river. The swimming pool, outdoor spa and restaurant are located near the Sabie River where hippos come to bath at nightfall. With wooden furniture and luxury linens, all rooms have a private terrace and a bathtub overlooking the forest. The villa has natural stone walls and a terrace.Le spa offers, among other things, massages, aromatherapy and beauty treatments at the rose. Among the activities include guided tours among the roses and macadamias. The 2 restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu is reviewed each week. A candlelight dinner is possible at the restaurant located on the river.

Tanda Tula Safari Camp   Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast, lunch, dinner, game drive, laundry, selection of drinks

Tanda Tula is a lodge in the Timbavati private game reserve in the heart of Kruger on the banks of the river Nhlaralumi. This is one of the finest lodges in South Africa with 12 luxurious tents combining comfort and African bush atmosphere. Each tent is isolated from the others in the middle of the bush and has a private terrace, an en-suite bathroom with bathtub and an outdoor shower to enjoy the scenery. The lodge has a swimming pool with view over a pond where Harry the hippo contemplates the lodge from.

The Clarendon Bantry Bay   Cape Town

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast, high tea

The Clarendon Bantry Bay is located in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Cape Town, 45 minutes from wineries and 25 minutes from the airport. The Clarendon Bantry Bay combines charm, ultra modern décor and great views of the Atlantic Ocean. The rooms are spacious and elegant, with a large balcony or veranda overlooking the ocean. An haven of peace, the superior suites are sumptuous with ocean views, patios that invite relaxation and contemplation of sunsets on the Cape. The marble bathrooms are equipped with bath and shower.

Option : Superior room

Included :
room & breakfast

Hotel Babylonstoren   Franschhoek

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast, laundry, minibar drinks

Located at the foot of the majestic mountains of the Drakenstein Valley, Babylonstoren is a firm trend combining tradition and modernity, luxury and authenticity. Each of the 12 cottages offers magnificent views of the vineyards or gardens. The Babylonstoren remarkable restaurant, Babel, offers organic-chic dishes and buys directly in the botanical garden of the property. Real local attraction, you will survey the garden to discover an amazing variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices that you pluck freely. This eco-retreat in the countryside is a preferred address for visiting the wine country. With a spa and all outdoor activities, it is the ideal place for a relaxing and detox stay for two, with family or friends. Life on the farm "cozy" mode.

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