This is a truly gorgeous luxury self-drive holiday where you will not only see the best of this beautiful country but stay in some of the best luxury hotels too.
You start in vibrant Cape Town at the Silo, a stylish modern property right on the Waterfront and above the Musuem of Contemporary African Art. After a few days to explore the city you move on to the Cape Winelands and La Residence. This haven of peace and quiet is a nice contrast as the pace of life is slower. If you can tear yourself away from the pool and the stunning views, Franschhoek is on the doorstep as are many fabulous vineyards and restaurants.
(Both properties are part of the Royal Portfolio collection and are set to feature on BBC2 series 'Amazing Hotels - Life Beyond the Lobby'.)
You then head off to your next destination back on the coast and the start of the world famous Garden Route - Hermanus. Here you stay at another of the Royal Portfolio properties, the wonderful Birkenhead House Hotel. If you come during September/October then you have a good chance of spotting whales from the hotel. The rest of the year its a delightful coastal town with lots to see and do as well as beautiful beaches for strolling along. The coast along here is teeming with marine life including dolphins all year round.
Finally you will head off on a luxury safari from the Royal Malewane in the ThornyBush Reserve in the Greater Kruger. This is a stunning safari lodge with luxury rooms, an award winning spa and lovely swimming pool and fine dining out in the bush. You will go on twice daily game drives with their rangers who will help you look for the Big Five and the other spectacular wildlife in this area.
We recommend travelling in May when the prices are at their lowest. This is autumn in the Cape with sunny crisp days and cooler nights. It is an excellent time to go as everywhere is much quieter and the leaf colour in the Cape Winelands is just stunning! It's also an excellent time to go on safari in the Kruger where it is very pleasant indeed for those who like it not too hot.
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Extensions If you are short of time you may be interested in our shorter one week version combining the Silo in Cape Town and La Residence in Franschhoek - Luxury Cape Town and Franschhoek Escape - prices start from £3,270 pp.
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