- Cape Town
- Lalibela Game Reserve
- Malaria free
- Big 5 Safari
- Table Mountain
- Cape Point
- Boulders Beach
- Cape Winelands
Just a short note to thank you for your great assistance during our last week in SA.
Everything fell into place and your arrangements all worked very well.
The hotels in both Cape Town and Knysna were superb and the hire car, flights and excess luggage arrangements all went to plan. Last but not least, Lalibela was magnificent. Can’t fault their facilities, service, location or the client experience they provide. Excellent!! Will let you know if we ever think about coming back and would be happy to recommend Pembury to anyone who asks.
Tour Consultant's Overview
Jack contacted me in July 2017. He was traveling with his wife and some friends on a golfing holiday to Cape Town and had wanted to have a safari at Lalibela Game Reserve as an add-on for a few days after his golf. He also wanted to spend some time exploring the Garden Route - the area between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. Initially they were interested in perhaps joining a guided tour of the Garden Route, but I suggested a hired car as this gave them much more flexibility and independence. The area is very safe and easy to drive (wide roads and not too much traffic). They were happy to have a hired car between Cape Town and Lalibela and then spend their last few night relaxing on safari at the lodge. Because they were already in Cape Town, the hired car was delivered to their hotel and their was no fuss with having to collect it at the airport.
Day 1: Steenberg to Cape Town Hotel
Your hired car will be delivered to Steenberg Golf Estate this morning and you will take a leisurely drive back to the city to check into your hotel at the V&A Waterfront for a 3 night stay. Along the way you will travel through the beautiful southern suburbs of Cape Town and perhaps stop by the Rhodes Memorial or Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Driving time – Steenberg Golf Estate to Cape Town hotel: approx 35 minutes
Days 1 to 4: Cape Town (3 nights)
Explore the Mother City and the Fairest Cape – from the oldest buildings in South Africa to trendy waterfront shopping; from majestic Table Mountain to sun drenched beaches; and from dramatic seascapes to verdant vineyards. Cape Town regularly tops many lists of world must-visit destinations and Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain has recently been voted one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Cosmopolitan and fashionable, the relaxed atmosphere and pavement café culture give Cape Town a Southern European feel – but with a distinctive African twist.
Breakwater Lodge (Protea Hotel)
Suggested: Day 1 – V&A Waterfront, Robben Island & Two Oceans Aquarium
Suggested: Day 2 – Cape Point
Suggested: Day 3 – Winelands
Day 4: Cape Town to Knysna
This morning you check out of your hotel and leave Cape Town behind. You drive out of the City on the N1 and through the spectacular Du Toitskloof Pass. You journey along the scenic Route 62 through the verdant Breede River Valley, the largest of the Western Cape’s fruit and wine producing valleys.
As you follow the “fruit route”, you enjoy magnificent mountain views, vineyards, orchards and indigenous flora. Stops can be made at roadside farm stalls to purchase fruit. You then enter the unique landscape of the arid Little Karoo, passing through Barrydale and Calitzdorp and Oudsthoorn and heading across the majestic Outeniqua Pass, through the town of George and onto Wilderness and the Lakes District before reaching your overnight stop, Knysna
Driving time: Cape Town to Knysna - approx 5 hours
Days 4 to 7: Knysna (3 nights)
Knysna is the perfect base for exploring the Garden Route. Set on the shores of the beautiful Knysna lagoon and surrounded by the Knysna Forest, which form part of the Garden Route National Park, Knysna is blessed with great scenic beauty. This quaint seaside town is brimming with quirky arty-crafty shops and markets.
Find yourself in foodie-heaven – with superb fine dining restaurants, legendary Knysna oysters and bustling wholefood markets.
The Lofts Boutique Hotel
Suggested: Day 5 – Full day Crags Wildlife Encounter – elephants, monkeys, birds and cheetahsSuggested: Day 6 – Relax and enjoy the little town of Knysna. You can hire a couple of canoes and paddle on the lagoonSuggested: Day 6 – John Benn Evening Ferry Cruise
Day 7: Knysna to Port Elizabeth and Lalibela
Drive along the coast over spectacular single-span bridges to the Tsitsikamma Forest, an indigenous primeval forest with towering ancient yellowwood trees, lush vegetation and deep gorges. Tsitsikamma is a Khoisan (early inhabitants of the area) word meaning, “place of much water.”
The Tsitsikamma National Park incorporates 80 km of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in mountain Fynbos and temperate high forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea. The Tsitsikamma’s spectacular scenery includes the Indian Ocean breakers, pounding rocky shores beneath 180 m high cliffs, evergreen forests and fynbos (proteas and heath) rolling down to the sea in a lush carpet where ancient rivers have carved their path to the ocean through rocky ravines.
You depart the Tsitsikamma and leave the Garden Route behind. You enter the city of Port Elizabeth and head through to the airport to drop off your hired car.
You will be met at the airport by Pembury Tours and transferred by road to Lalibela Game Reserve for your 3 night stay.
Driving time: Knysna to Port Elizabeth - approx 3½ hours
Transfer time: Port Elizabeth to Lalibela – approx 1 hour
Days 7 to 10: Lalibela Game Reserve (3 nights)
Game viewing in the malaria-free Eastern Cape is excellent. The Eastern Cape straddles the meeting point of 5 distinct biomes (valley bushveld, savannah grassland, fynbos, riverine forest and acacia woodland), resulting in a breath-taking variety in animal and bird species.
In addition, the carrying capacity of the vegetation in Eastern Cape game reserves is much higher than that of the Kruger area, so you will find a much higher concentration of animals. The region has some of the most luxurious safari lodges in the country, all seeking to offer discerning travellers the ultimate African adventure that harks back to the golden age of safaris.
Lalibela Game Reserve is a 7,500 hectare malaria-free Big Five game reserve in the heart of Eastern Cape game country. Lalibela brings you the charm of authentic Africa and is a perfect blend of the formal and informal. Lalibela has three lodges, all offering décor that is infused with the essence of Africa, as well as warm and friendly service, exciting safari cuisine and unforgettable game viewing.
Tree Tops at Lalibela
Included: Days 7 to 10 – Daily Safari Programme at Lalibela
Day 10: Departure
This morning you enjoy your last game drive at Lalibela before you bid farewell to this African wonderland. You are transferred to reception, where you will be met by your driver and driven back to Port Elizabeth Airport for your domestic flight to Johannesburg to meet up with your international flight home.
Transfer time: Lalibela to Port Elizabeth – approx 1 hour
Flight time: Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg – approx 1 hour 40 minutes
Lalibela Game Reserve - Tree Tops
Lalibela’s Tree Tops Safari Lodge is a tented camp. The luxury safari tents perched high on thatched platforms at “tree top” level are joined by raised walkways and offer spectacular views over the thickly-wooded valley. The rooms, with their canvas walls and thatched roofs, have huge window areas and give guests the feeling of being right in the bush.
Each room has a private veranda. Tree Tops has a large lounge and open-air dining deck with a view over a small waterhole. Guests can sunbathe around the swimming pool or relax in the shaded gazebo. At Lalibela, food is true safari cuisine with an emphasis on local specialities, ranging from centuries-old recipes to exciting contemporary African dishes.
Lalibela Game Reserve is a 7,500 hectare malaria-free game reserve in the heart of Eastern Cape game country. Early morning and sunset game drives in an open vehicle with an experienced game ranger bring you face to face with a multitude of game species, ranging from mighty elephant, lion, rhino and buffalo to tiny blue duiker and rock hyrax. Lalibela is also home to cheetah, hyena, hippo, giraffe, zebra, warthog and numerous species of antelope. On thrilling night drives under the vast African sky, we search for the elusive bat-eared fox, aardvark, black-backed jackal, aardwolf and the curious spring hare.
The Lofts Boutique Hotel
Situated at the tip of Thesen’s Island, The Lofts Boutique Hotel offers uniquely themed accommodation overlooking the Knysna Lagoon. Housed in a converted, historic wooden boat shed, the hotel has loads of character, with features such as beautiful exposed beams.
The Lofts Boutique Hotel offers contemporary designed rooms. Some rooms have large sliding doors opening to a private balcony or patio. The rooms come with satellite TV, tea/coffee maker and extra-length beds.
A large atrium with comfortable lounge areas and a service bar is open for guests to relax, watch sport or news or to sit and read. This area opens up onto the splash pool with a beautiful view of the Knysna lagoon and surrounding green hills. At Le Spa Tranquil, guests can enjoy treatments ranging from shower scrubs to hot stone therapy. The pool deck is surrounded on almost all sides by the lagoon.
Protea Hotel by Marriott Breakwater Lodge
Once a 19th Century prison, today this hotel provides comfortable, in-expensive accommodation in a spectacular setting, in the heart of Cape Town’s famous V&A Waterfront. The hotel boasts exquisite views of the harbour and Table Mountain. This 3-star hotel has 191 modern environmentally conscious rooms with standard rooms, business suites and family units.
Accommodation is simple yet comfortable, with en-suite bedrooms. All rooms are equipped with mini-bar fridge, free uncapped WIFI, tea/coffee facilities, air-conditioning, LCD flat screen TV, telephone and laptop-friendly electronic safes. Breakwater Lodge is graded 3-star.
Stonebreakers Restaurant offers à la carte & buffet menus daily in a relaxed atmosphere with magnificent views of both the V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain. A selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is available from the full service bar. There is also a fitness centre and in-house Spa offering wellness and beauty treatments.
Breakwater Lodge is an environmentally conscious hotel and all of the rooms feature beautiful recycled floors and furniture while the electricity in every room is only activated by guests’ keycards and the air-conditioning system is designed to be greener.
Download the full itinerary to read which experiences were included in this itinerary and which were suggested.
V&A Waterfront, Robben Island & Two Oceans Aquarium
Spend time today at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. You can take a ferry from the Waterfront across Table Bay to Robben Island. An ex-prisoner takes you on an extensive tour of the prison, which includes a visit to Nelson Mandela’s cell, the limestone quarry and the old leper colony.
You could also visit the Waterfront’s Two Oceans Aquarium, which is highly recommended for the insight it gives into life in the two oceans off the southern tip of Africa – the cold Atlantic Ocean and the warm Indian Ocean. The V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s trendiest shopping precinct and is full of great restaurants and bars. If the weather is inclement on the first day, take the opportunity to go up Table Mountain.
Knysna Lagoon & the village
This morning you could use your complimentary Featherbed Company boat trip voucher and take a trip on the John Benn Ferry on the Knysna Lagoon. The John Benn will take you out to the Heads, two large sandstone cliffs guarding the narrow mouth to the lagoon. Spend the afternoon exploring the shops and markets.
You can also visit Mitchell’s microbrewery for a beer tasting experience or the Knysna Oyster Company for oysters.
Cape Point self drive
Today we recommend you take a drive around the Cape Peninsula. A scenic drive around the base of Table Mountain will bring you to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, which is dedicated to the extraordinary variety of plants found in the Cape Floral Kingdom. Then explore the Constantia Wine Route. You can call in at Groot Constantia wine estate and enjoy a wine tasting and lunch.
You can then follow the coastline southwards via Simonstown, where you can visit the penguin colony of Boulders Beach. You then continue to Cape Point. Looking at dramatic promontory jutting into the sea gives one an idea why early sailors nicknamed it the Cape of Storms. You return to Cape Town along the Atlantic seaboard via the scenic Chapman's Peak Drive.
Full Day Cape Winelands Tour
You are collected from your hotel this morning by a tour guide. You depart Cape Town and are driven to the Cape Winelands, with its backdrop of majestic mountain ranges, lush valleys and verdant vineyards. We stop for wine tastings at wineries and estates along the way and you will have the chance to purchase some of the wines you have tasted. We visit Stellenbosch, the “town of oaksand South Africa’s second oldest town.
A scenic drive over the Helshoogte Pass (Hell’s Heights) takes us to the Franschhoek Valley. French Huguenots settled in the Franschhoek Valley in the late seventeenth century, seeking refuge from religious persecution in Europe and bringing with them precious root-stock to establish the wine-growing industry in South Africa. By the time of Napoleon, wine produced by Constantia, a vineyard near Cape Town, was considered by Europeans to be one of the greatest wines in the world. Anti-apartheid sanctions hit the wine industry hard, but since independence in 1994, access to international markets has unleashed a burst of new energy and new investment, and South African wines are once again winning awards across the world.
The Crags Wildlife Encounter
Enjoy an action-packed day full of the best animal-based adventure activities the Garden Route has to offer. Have an early breakfast and then start the day off with an exhilarating stroll through indigenous forest and Cape fynbos. Thereafter you work up an appetite as you wander through the world's largest free-flight aviary at Birds of Eden, which incorporates the indigenous forest with waterfalls and elevated walkways.
Previously caged birds from every corner of the globe live here in free flight. You can then enjoy a light lunch under the vines at Bramon Wine Estate. Bramon is the only wine estate this far east of the Western Cape and has pioneered a superior Sauvignon Blanc champagne-method sparkling wine. The day ends at the Crags Elephant Sanctuary, where you interact, touch, feed and walk trunk-in-hand with magnificent elephants. You participate in their bedding down during the brushdown programme.
Daily Safari Programme at Lalibela Game Reserve
Lalibela is home to the Big 5. There are no public roads running through the game reserve and all of the animals, including the predators, are free-roaming throughout the reserve. Game drives in an open vehicle with an experienced game ranger bring you face to face with a multitude of game species, ranging from mighty elephant, lion, rhino and buffalo to tiny blue duiker and rock hyrax.
Lalibela is also home to cheetah, hyena, hippo, giraffe, zebra, warthog and numerous species of antelope, such as eland, kudu, bushbuck and wildebeest. On thrilling night drives under the vast African sky, you search for elusive bat-eared fox, aardvark, black-backed jackal, aardwolf and the curious spring hare.
Upon arrival at Lalibela Game Reserve you are transferred from reception to your lodge, where you are given a welcome drink and your safari experience will be explained to you by your lodge host. There will be time to settle in before afternoon High Tea followed by your first game drive. Game drives take place in the early morning and evening to ensure game viewing when animals are most active. Night game drives provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the predators. You return to your lodge in time for a sumptuous safari cuisine dinner. The next day after a light snack you are taken on a morning game drive. You return to the lodge for a grand brunch. Then there is time to relax around the sunny pool, do some bird-watching from the observation deck or read a book in the peace of your room’s private veranda. After High Tea you set off on another evening game drive, returning again in time for dinner. On your day of departure, you will do a morning game drive and will leave the lodge after brunch.