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Introduction to South Africa plus Mauritius

One of our favourite itineraries - spend a week in South Africa taking in Cape Town, the Winelands, Safari and Whale Coast, before heading to Mauritius for 6 nights of chill time on the beach.


Day 1 - UK to Cape Town

Fly from London to Cape Town, arriving next day.

Days 2-4 - Cape Town

On arrival you'll be transferred to the Cape Town Hollow Hotel for a three night stay - we have a range of hotels to choose from, and your length of stay in Cape Town is flexible. Spend the next few days exploring Cape Town. Perhaps pre-book a Discover Cape Town City Tour (from £23 per person) - a great introduction to this spectacular city, the Cape Town City Tour provides the perfect opportunity to sample some of its attractions and get your bearings.

We generally don’t suggest you have a car in Cape Town as the traffic can get a little busy, parking can be tricky and most things are easy to get to. If you’d prefer to collect a car when you arrive and have it for your full duration, however, just let us know and we can arrange this for you!

Day 5 - Cape Town to the Winelands

Collect your car from the Cape Town depot - costs include a Toyota Corolla or similar, although there’s a good selection of options available. Leave Cape Town behind and drive to Franschhoek - the direct drive can be done in an hour and a half but we’d really recommend travelling via the beautiful Cape Peninsula, taking in Hout Bay, the Cape of Good Hope and the penguins at Boulder Beach - this should take around 3 hours, plus stops. On arrival, check in to the Protea Hotel Franschhoek for a two night stay - this is flexible, of course!

Driving is fairly straightforward in South Africa, with well maintained roads which are generally fairly quiet outside of the main towns. Driving is on the left and most laws and customs are familiar to UK drivers. Do bear in mind that all drivers will need a valid drivers licence plus the DVLA online code and printout, along with a credit card in the name of the main driver for deposit purposes. Other T&C’s apply - just ask for details!

Day 6 - Winelands

Spend today exploring the beautiful Winelands area. Explore the three towns of the Winelands area - Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl - or park up and try some of the world-renowned wine at one of the many wineries that are open for visitors. We love the Wine Tram - hop-on hop-off wine tasting is the way to go!

Day 7 - Winelands to Aquila

It’s around a three hours drive from Franschhoek and the Winelands to Touws River, travelling the scenic way via Paarl, the stunning Bain’s Kloof Pass and Ceres. Be sure to arrive in to the Aquila Private Game Reserve by lunchtime, as you’re on safari this afternoon! Your afternoon game drive around this beautiful area will show you some of the reserve’s wildlife, which includes the renowned Big 5. Spend the night at Aquila.

Day 8 - Aquila to Hermanus

Start your day with an early morning game drive in the Aquila Private Game Reserve, before breakfast. After breakfast it’s around a three hour drive to Hermanus, travelling via Montagu and the spectacular Cogman’s Kloof Gorge, and Stanford. Arrive in to Hermanus and check in to the Harbour House Hotel for an overnight stay. Hermanus is one of the most famous whale watching locations in the world, and you can often see them from the sea wall at the right time of year!

Day 9 - Hermanus to Mauritius

You need to be at Cape Town airport later today, so you have time for a spot of whale watching in Hermanus first - whale watching cruises depart mainly from June to November, and it’s often possible to see whales from the shore - just stand on the cliffs in the centre of Hermanus and start looking! Later, drive to Cape Town airport - we’d recommend a slightly longer route of around two hours via the penguins at Betty’s Bay, before dropping off your car at the airport for your flight to Mauritius.

On arrival in to Mauritius you’ll be met and transferred to the Radisson Blu Poste Lafayette Resort for six nights of pure relaxation - other durations are also available, of course.

Days 10-14 - Mauritius

Spend the next few days lazing on the beach, indulging in a good book or just being totally pampered at your hotel. If you’re feeling energetic, there’s loads to see and do on Mauritius, so go explore!

Day 15 - Return

Return transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Issue date: 04 April 2019

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Depart Gatwick on 07 October

3 nights Cape Town

4* Cape Town Hollow Hotel

Bed & Breakfast

Standard room

5 days Car Hire

Toyota Corolla or similar

2 nights Winelands

4* Protea Hotel Franschhoek

Bed & Breakfast

Deluxe Guest room

1 night Safari

4* Aquila Private Game Reserve

Full Board & Game Drives

Standard Lodge room

1 night Hermanus

4* Harbour House Hotel

Bed & Breakfast

Classic room

6 nights Mauritius

4* Radisson Blu Poste Lafayette

Half Board

Superior Garden room

£2099 per person

Special offers Prices are per person based on two sharing, including flights, transfers and accommodation, and are subject to availability.

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