Sample Trip

12-Night Garden Route & Safari Dreams

"A 12-night itinerary through South Africa that will leave you feeling like you've truly seen this magnificent country from all angles!"
Budget level: Top-End
South Africa
When to Go
All Year
12 Nights
Cape Town, Cape Winelands, Cederberg Region, Garden Route
Kids Min Age
All Ages

A grand 12-night South African adventure, from the iconic Victoria & Alfred Hotel in Cape Town, through the refined elegance of La Clé des Montagnes in the Cape Winelands, the eco-luxury of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, the rustic yet luxurious charm of Hunter’s Country House in Plettenberg Bay, to the exclusive Melton Manor at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. Experience the diverse wonders of South Africa, from cityscapes to wine estates, beaches, forests, and game reserves: This itinerary encompasses it all!

History and modern luxury merge to create ageless beauty at the Victoria & Alfred Hotel, which was built in 1904 as the North Quay Warehouse.  This iconic establishment was named after Queen Victoria and her son, Prince Alfred who played an intrinsic role in the establishment of the Breakwater Basin, now the V&A Waterfront. 

Drawing from the rich history of Franschhoek, this La Clé des Montagnes manor exudes an air of sophistication throughout the abundant interiors. The manoir is home to our main reception, lounge, library and dining at La Clé Village where guests come together for meals or to enjoy the rolling lawns, pool and ample living spaces.

Hunter’s Country House is located along South Africa’s Garden Route, a swift 10km drive from Plettenberg Bay, close enough for convenience and far enough from bustling crowds. This sprawling rural retreat is set amid sprawling lawns, with lush trees casting shade over wandering butterflies while a soft cacophony of bird songs waft about on the wind. Nestled in the heart of the Garden Route with towns like Knysna and George a short drive away, Plett is the perfect combination of country and coast.

And at Melton Manner, tap into specialist safari experiences like photography, conservation activities, birding and more. For slower days, retreat in the library with your favourite book or opt-in for wellness treatments, which can be enjoyed in the privacy of your suite. This sole-use safari villa’s welcoming U-shape and four ensuite bedrooms are cleverly designed around the central courtyard and its large, inviting swimming pool. All the accommodation at Grootbos has been designed to complement the pristine natural setting: The Garden Lodge has a warm homely feel as you walk into the reception area, the pool and restaurants offer a relaxing atmosphere as you overlook the magnificent views of Walker Bay. The eleven luxury, one bedroom and two-bedroom suites are decorated with natural hues.  Each suite offers a stylish lounge with a fireplace, private deck with panoramic sea views, underfloor heating, mini-bar, along with tea and coffee making facilities.


Itinerary in Brief

3 Nights Victoria & Alfred Hotel, Cape Town

2 Nights La Clé des Montagnes, Cape Winelands

2 Nights Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, Whale Coast

2 Nights Hunter’s Country House, Plettenberg Bay

3 Nights Melton Manor, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

This 12-night journey showcases South Africa’s stunning natural beauty and cultural richness. Start your journey at the historic Victoria & Alfred Hotel, offering breathtaking views of Cape Town Harbour. Move onto the serene tranquility of La Clé des Montagnes in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Continue to the eco-luxury of the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve on the Whale Coast, before experiencing the rustic charm of Hunter’s Country House in Plettenberg Bay. Your journey culminates in the untouched wilderness of the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve at the exclusive Melton Manor.

Detailed Itinerary

Days 1-3: Victoria & Alfred Hotel, Cape Town

Your South African adventure unfolds in Cape Town’s heart, at the historic Victoria & Alfred Hotel. Standing proudly as a testament to the city’s rich past, this opulent hotel marries the elegance of yesteryears with modern luxuries. Spend your first day immersing yourself in the vibrant V&A Waterfront, home to a vast array of boutiques, restaurants, and local markets. With the iconic Table Mountain and bustling Cape Town Harbour as your backdrop, the exploration continues with enriching tours of the city’s museums and cultural landmarks.

Your stay at the Victoria & Alfred Hotel promises indulgent experiences tailored to your preferences. Keep up with your fitness regime in the well-equipped gym, take a refreshing dip in the sparkling swimming pool, or simply unwind in the comfort of your plush room. From bespoke dining experiences to rejuvenating spa services, the hotel is a haven of personalized luxury. As the sun sets, retreat to your room’s sanctuary, which boasts unparalleled harbor views, an abundance of natural light, and sophisticated decor reflective of Cape Town’s charm.

Days 4 & 5: La Clé des Montagnes, Cape Winelands

Your sojourn leads you to the picturesque Cape Winelands and the exceptional La Clé des Montagnes. The heart of South African viticulture, the region boasts scenic vineyards, charming Cape Dutch architecture, and gourmet culinary delights. Spend your days indulging in personalized picnics amidst the vineyards, exploring the cellar tours and tastings at premium wineries, and dining under the stars in a local-style ‘braai’.

La Clé des Montagnes embodies the spirit of the Winelands with its blend of rustic elegance and modern luxury. Discover the bustling Franschhoek main street, home to the country’s top-notch restaurants, galleries, and boutique shops. Relish in the estate’s exclusive accommodation, with every villa curated to perfection, promising unrivaled vineyard views, private pools, and a butler service. Sample exquisite wines at your doorstep and delight your palate with an array of culinary experiences that showcase the rich diversity of the Winelands. As the day ends, relax in your private villa, a retreat accentuated by sweeping vineyard views, modern amenities, and an inviting fireplace for chilly evenings.

Days 6 & 7: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, Whale Coast

Immerse yourself in the pristine beauty of Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, your abode for the next two days. Located on the Whale Coast, this eco-luxury retreat provides a sanctuary amidst rich fynbos and ancient Milkwood forests. Your first day here offers thrilling adventures, including botanical 4×4 tours that reveal the reserve’s rich flora, shark cage diving for an adrenaline rush, horse-riding through stunning landscapes, and serene bird-watching experiences.

The resort offers an array of exclusive accommodation options, each showcasing panoramic vistas of the reserve, plush interiors, and eco-conscious design. The innovative dining experiences at Grootbos highlight the region’s natural abundance, featuring organically grown ingredients from the reserve’s gardens. After a day of exploring the wonders of the reserve, retreat to the comfort of your private suite, which boasts an expansive terrace for stargazing, a cozy fireplace for chilly nights, and floor-to-ceiling windows that bring the outside in.

Days 8 & 9: Hunter’s Country House, Plettenberg Bay

Your journey continues to the picturesque Plettenberg Bay, your base being the charming Hunter’s Country House. Set amongst the lush gardens and framed by grand oak trees, this estate beautifully combines old-world elegance with modern comforts. Your first day here is yours to leisurely explore the Garden Route’s enchanting towns like Knysna and George, each just a short drive away. Engage in thrilling activities, from beach visits to shark-cage diving, and revel in the vibrant local culture and hospitality.

The rustic charm of Hunter’s Country House promises a unique retreat. With its thatched roofs, antiques-filled interiors, and quaint garden setting, the estate provides an atmosphere of tranquil luxury. Take a leisurely stroll through the fragrant gardens, unwind by the sparkling pool, or indulge in a book by the fireplace in the library. Experience the estate’s culinary delights, showcasing locally sourced ingredients and the region’s finest wines. As night falls, retreat to your individually decorated suite, complete with a private patio overlooking the gardens, a fireplace for those cooler nights, and a spacious en-suite bathroom for ultimate relaxation.

Days 10-12: Melton Manor, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

The grand finale of your South African adventure takes you to the resplendent Melton Manor, set within the expansive Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. Nestled amidst vast Afromontane forests, this private safari villa captivates with its elegant simplicity and inviting, communal atmosphere. Spend your first day basking in the Manor’s serene ambiance, exploring the stunning landscapes, or indulging in a restorative wellness treatment.

Your final two days here bring thrilling opportunities for private game drives and nature walks with an experienced ranger and tracker. Embark on heart-stopping big game walking safaris to track the majestic white rhino, black rhino, elephant, and buffalo on foot. When not exploring the wilderness, you can relax by the pool, enjoy board games in the library, or learn to blend flavors under the guidance of a personal chef in the interactive kitchen. End your evenings with shared meals and laughter around the farmhouse table, savoring the deep connection with nature that Kwandwe offers. Your memorable journey concludes with a peaceful night in your suite, featuring a butler hatch for unobtrusive service, a spacious bath for a long soak, and wide windows offering uninterrupted bushveld views.

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