Explorers Against Extinction Cape Town, Garden Route and Conservation Safari

12 days
FROM £ 4370

Explorers Against Extinction Cape Town, Garden Route and Conservation Safari

Staying in handpicked, luxury accommodation throughout, this wonderful trip starts with a stay in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. You then head off into the stunning scenery of the Winelands where you get the chance to sample the famous wines and excellent food in this region. Explore the beautiful coastal scenery with a stop off at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve where you can look for the Marine Big Five and go whale watching or dolphin spotting. Following on from Grootbos you drive along the world famous Garden Route spending the night at a country estate between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, a great base for exploring the local area. You also visit a ‘Big 5’ private reserve with excellent game viewing on twice daily game drives. You will be staying at the Shamwari Private Game Reserve on safari which gives you the opportunity to visit the Born Free Cat Sanctuary as well as the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre and the Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.

Explorers against Extinction: Profit from this holiday will be donated to the projects supported by our 'Explorers against Extinction' campaign. In 2018 we are working with African Parks to help establish a new anti-poaching canine unit in UNESCO World Heritage Garamba National Park, in Democratic Republic of Congo. This ancient park, a biodiversity hotspot, has been incredibly hard hit by poaching. It is our biggest project to date. The Real World Conservation Trust (formerly Real Africa Trust) works with leading conservation organisations to raise awareness as well as raising funds for specific projects. Partners include Save the Elephants, Save the Rhino, The Sheldrick Trust, Rhino Conservation Botswana and Animals saving Animals. You can find out more on our Conservation pages. On behalf of every client travelling, Real Africa makes a donation to the Trust. Our aim is to raise awareness about the plight of endangered species and to promote sustainable, socially responsible travel which benefits the wildlife and communities you choose to visit. During your stay at Shamwari Game Reserve visits to the Born Free Cat Sanctuary, the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre and the Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre are included

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Safari Itinerary

DAY 1 - 3

Cape Town
On arrival at Cape Town International Airport our representative will meet you airside and will assist you with passport control, luggage collection and customs clearance, they will then transfer you to the Taj Cape Town hotel. Following check-in, the rest of the day is at leisure. You spend the next couple of days free to explore Cape Town. You have a complimentary one day hop-on hop-off city tour included in your holiday. On Day 3 you have a private tour of Cape Point, with lunch included. The Cape Peninsula is one of the worlds most scenic areas and stretches from the city centre to Cape Point. Highlights include Simon's Town, Boulders Beach and its penguin colony and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens as well as fabulous beaches and stunning views.

DAY 4 - 5

Cape Winelands
This morning your hire car will be dropped off at the hotel before you drive to the beautiful Cape Winelands, arriving in the historic town of Franschhoek. On arrival check-in at Mont Rochelle (part of Richard Branson’s portfolio of properties). The afternoon is spent at leisure either wine tasting or exploring the town. You have a few days in this beautiful part of the world to either relax in your gorgeous hotel or explore the surrounding winelands. Things to do in the Cape Winelands include exploring the vineyards commencing with the Franschhoek Valley, travel over the Helshoogte Pass to Stellenbosch or follow the Klein Drakenstein Mountains towards the City of Paarl. There are also lots of museums about the early settlers, art galleries, bars, shops, restaurants and even a tram.

DAY 6 - 7

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
After breakfast you will drive to Grootbos Private Nature Reserve arriving after lunch. The rest of the day is at leisure. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve boasts the best of two worlds - 5-star luxury and incredible unspoilt nature on the doorstep. The luxurious lodges have been carefully located within rare fynbos and milkwood forests on a mountain slope with stunning sea views overlooking the whale watching mecca of Walker Bay and Gansbaai. Grootbos is centred in the heart of the Cape's abundant sea, floral and wild life landscapes. The reserve boasts some of the world’s most distinct and unique plant, bird and animal species. Enjoy the next fews days walking, biking, riding or on boat trips whale watching.
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  • Accommodation and board basis as specified
  • Transfers as specified
  • One-day Hop-on/Hop-off Cape Town city tour
  • Private Cape Point & Peninsula tour
  • Car hire with inclusions/exclusions as specified
  • Game drives at Shamwari Game Reserve (two game drives per day) operated by the lodge with other guests
  • During stay at Shamwari Game Reserve visits to the Born Free Cat Sanctuary, the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre and the Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre are included – subject to availability
  • Financial protection
  • The services of our offices in South Africa and the UK with 24/7 contact details
Not Included: International flights, gratuities and/or porterage, travel insurance, sightseeing activities and all items of a personal nature

Price Guide

  • Per person sharing: from £4,370 (low season); from £4,945 (high season)
  • This trip is available all year round
  • The price guide is based on the accommodation and transfers as listed above and is subject to availability at the time of booking.
  • For an exact quotation and itinerary based on your requirements please do get in touch.

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