South Africa Luxury Safari for a clients group February 2012

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15 February, 2012     Wednesday   JOHANNESBURG – 1 night                                                 BB

For early arrivals, you are collected at OR Tambo Airport and transferred to Sandton

01 Overnight The Michelangelo on a bed and breakfast basis

The Michelangelo Hotel, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, is the perfect complement to Sandton’s exclusive central business district. With its signature Renaissance architecture, elegance and service excellence, The Michelangelo Hotel creates a lasting impression from the moment you arrive.

At the Michelangelo, there are myriad ways to spoil yourself. Our 218 Deluxe and Superior rooms, as well as our 22 Premier and Executive suites have all been tastefully decorated to reflect the elegant Renaissance-style that has been carried throughout the rest of the hotel. For your security, all rooms are equipped with electronic safes. All rooms are equipped with smoke detectors and sprinkler systems.

There is nothing you could possibly want for during your sojourn at The Michelangelo Hotel. Our comprehensive service includes: * Express checkout * 24-hour room service * Same day laundry * Dry cleaning * Valet service * Car rental and VIP limousine service on the premises * Doctor and dentist on call * Babysitting service on request 

* Intermezzo Tourist Lounge with shower and changing facilities (for early arrivals/late departures) * Wireless Internet Connectivity in Public Areas * High Speed Internet in the rooms. Vouchers available at reception.* Indoor heated swimming pool 

* Underground parking with a security guard and security gate * In the nearby Nelson Mandela and Sandton City shopping centres: hairdresser, banks/forex, travel agent, beauty salon, bookshops, chemist ete.

The Executive Lifestyle Fitness Centre with a heated and covered pool, grassed sun deck and steam bath, will assuage your senses. You can also indulge yourself at the Health Hydro at the Renaissance Spa at Michelangelo Towers close by. 

Like the Square that surrounds it, The Michelangelo offers a medley of activities for all predilections. Art galleries, game parks, botanical parks and gardens, arts and crafts, diamond-cutting works, mine museums and historical monuments. 

Within comfortable walking distance are the shopping and entertainment facilities of the area, including a classic theatre and movie houses.

      

16 February 2012, Thursday  JOHANNESBURG – 1 night                                                         BB

Balance of arrival are met and transferred to the hotel for check in.

In the early afternoon ( latest 12:00, otherwise you will not be able to manage time-wise) depart on a private tour to Gold Reef City ( once there you have to join a scheduled tour) to go down a mine shaft. After this visit the Apartheid museum across the road. A brief drive through Johannesburg and time allowing Soweto ( please note it will be peak hour and all sights will be closed at this stage, so ONLY a drive through) complete the tour

01 Overnight The Michelangelo on a bed and breakfast basis

17 February 2012, Friday, ZAMBIA :LIVINGSTONE –  2 nights                          BB

Take the hotel shuttle to the airport and take your flight OWN ARRANGEMENTS, WE RECOMMEND

SAA 048 departing Johannesburg ORT at10:40 and arriving in Livingstone at 12:30.

 On arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Time to relax and refresh, take a walk in the gardens or through the game reserve and get settled in after the long flight.

Welcome dinner on the African Steam Train by Rovos Rail

02 Overnights The Royal Livingstone Hotel in a standard double/single room on a bed and breakfast basis

Architecturally, the buildings take their cue from African resonances. The Royal Livingston Hotel Victoria Falls stretches luxuriously along the banks of the Zambezi River. The Hotel consists of a series of 17 colonial-style buildings, with deep verandas, set amidst indigenous trees and plants. The main hotel is a sequence of thatch-roofed buildings, most African in their influence, and incorporates the lounge, restaurant and bar. A classic swimming pool visually links the waters of the river with the terraces of the hotel, with a sweeping timber deck planted in the swirling water of the Zambezi.

 The reception area is framed by a classic courtyard featuring a fountain and exuding the aroma of herbs from the interior gardens. Overhead, wooden fans cool the charged atmosphere. The resort's deep, shaded verandah, offers an uninterrupted view of the Zambezi River and is the ideal place to curl up with a book discovered in the well-stocked library. The lounge is filled with original artwork depicting scenes of David Livingstone's great African adventures.

 Only footsteps from the Zambezi River, the rooms and suites offer a tranquil retreat from the unconstrained beauty of their surroundings. The Royal Livingstone Hotel Victoria Falls, is a 5-star, 173-roomed luxury hotel. The rooms are two-storey clusters and each cluster comprises approximately 10 en-suite air-conditioned rooms, offering private balconies or terraces. Interior furnishings accentuate the influences of Africa translated into a cultured sumptuousness that reflects the essence of African Bush life. Natural light invades the bathrooms, as the luxurious sized showers allow natural light to filter through a milk-glass window. They have a fabulous sundeck with a bar that overlooks the spectacular spray of the falls at the ‘end’ of the Zambezi River. Here guests can sit and enjoy the tranquillity, lie on their extravagant sunbed or simply sip on a delicious cocktail. The waiters are really nice and the service superb. In the evenings this is the place to be if you’re after a great view and a good sundowner. The pool is huge and surrounded by classy sun loungers. This is quite a popular spot and definitely not merely for decoration. 

The main hotel consists of thatched buildings that house the classic lounge, bar and restaurant. As you enter the reception area you notice a pretty courtyard on each side, with a fountain and fragrant herb gardens. This is also where the curio shops are situated. 

There is a great library within the main building, for those who’d like to learn about the local history, wildlife and culture. We also loved the original paintings of Livingstone and his great travels that are visible all over the hotel. These definitely set the scene and remind you of where you really are. It felt a bit extraordinary to imagine that we were in the same area as this adventurer had been all those year ago. 

The hotel is well known for its good service, fine dining, comfort and hospitality and has already been named as one of the ‘Leading Hotels in the World’.

The Royal Livingstone is also quite family friendly and has a ‘happy hippo club’ to entertain the kids while mom and dad enjoy the various activities and relaxation options that are offered at the hotel and its surrounding area. 

There are lots of dining venues available ranging from the dining room, the beautiful old-fashioned a-la-carte restaurant, the sundeck, the poolside bar (snacks), your private veranda (for a romantic candlelight dinner) and finally - your room (the hotel offers 24 hour room service). We thought that the daily butler service from 7am to 11pm was really great. He’ll take care of your room service, valet, laundry and golf cart transport. He’ll even have your shoes polished!

If its pampering you’re after, this is the place to be. Not only is there a hairstylist on the premises to ensure you look your best, but you can have a manicure and pedicure in your room! You can also choose to have a massage in your room or alternatively at their beautiful private massage gazebo near the pool, overlooking the river.

This is truly a haven of luxury in the heart of the Victoria Falls region and it isn’t difficult to see why the hotel is called the ‘Royal’ Livingstone. Its attention to detail, great service and wonderful facilities easily makes it one of the best in Zambia. 

The Royal Livingstone hotel is a 5 star luxury facility with 173 rooms. There are four different room types ranging from standard twin, standard king, standard suite and presidential suites. Of these 118 have twin beds, and 49 king size beds. The latter have their own private verandas with breathtaking views of the Zambezi and the edge of the Victoria Falls. These rooms are situated in two-storey villas positioned along the river banks.

Three of the hotel’s suites have a separate lounge and bedroom while the presidential suite offers an additional separate bedroom (optional). The beds are large and very comfortable and covered in crisp white linen. We loved the fresh flowers in the room. 

All the rooms have air conditioners, satellite television, radios and videos. Each room also has a mini bar, a small safe, a telephone with message and wake up facilities and coffee and tea making station. Cots are also available to families with babies. 

Disabled guests will be pleased to know that the hotel has two paraplegic-friendly rooms with twin beds. These are fitted with railings in the bathrooms and are easily accessible by wheelchair. 

The décor is colonially inspired yet not overwhelming and creates a welcome, understated atmosphere of comfort and style. The bathrooms are all en-suite and have large luxurious showers and Victorian baths. 

    

Planned  Dinner Itinerary:

5:00 pm - Guests will be picked up from the Royal Livingstone in Luxury Vehicles and given a short road transfer to the Old Mulobezi Railway Offices or otherwise known as Kilometre ‘0’ of the Mulobezi Line.  A safety brief will be given by the guide en-route to the station.  Tickets will be issued to all guests that include an indemnity on the reverse. On arrival the train will be stationed at the siding with the locomotive ‘in Steam’ thus giving a photographic opportunity to anyone who wishes.  Guests will board the train through the Lounge Car where drinks and snacks will be offered.

 5:45 pm - The train will depart and move directly onto the Mulobezi Line, travelling through a high density suburb of Livingstone called Dambwa and onto the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park while the sun begins to set.  The train will pause at the entrance to the game park.  There is the possibility of viewing some of the game in the park being; Elephant, White Rhino, Buffalo as well as Giraffe, Zebra, Hartebeest, Bushbuck, Impala, Warthogs, Baboons and Monkeys.

7:00 pm - Approximately the train manager will announce dinner and lead guests through to the dinning carriages, where a five course meal, lovingly prepared and served by the Royal Livingstone team, awaits.  During dinner and rail depending, the train will cross the Sinde Bridge and the locomotive will ‘run around’ using the Sinde Siding.  This means the locomotive will disengage from the kitchen car and attach itself to the Observation Car in preparation for the journey home.

9:00 pm - The train will draw into the Siding.  A guide will be waiting to transfer guests back to the hotel.

Dress Code:

Smart Casual, no shorts.

Smoking:

Smoking is permitted on the outside balcony of the Observation Car.  Smoking is not permitted in any of the carriages.

CURRENT MENU

Andulusian Gazpacho with Basil and Blue Poppy Seed Straw

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Grilled Vegetable Roulade with Drunken Peccorino Cheese, Salad Bouqutere and Balsamic Reduction

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Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Risotto with Fresh Parmesan and Truffle Cream

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Braised Beef with Crisp Fondant Potato, Fresh Garden Pea Puree, Onion Marmalade, Bordelaise Jus and Sweet Potato Crisps

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Assiette Gourmand

Selection of the Pastry Chefs special Desserts

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Tea / Coffee and Petit Fours

Includes:

Transfers from the Royal Livingstone to the Train;Welcome drink on arrival;5 Course dinner;KWV Wines, beers and soft drinks before and during dinner;Return Transfers to the Royal Livingstone ;V.A.T and Service Fee of 10%

Not included: Spirits or cigars

18 February 2012, Saturday

You are met by your local English speaking guide and taken on a walk to the Falls.

Guided Tour of The Victoria Falls

To discover how the Falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them it is well worth taking a guided tour. These tours are extremely informative and end with a visit to the local art and crafts centre. Tours take about 2 hours and guests are collected and taken back to their hotel

Afterwards you are transferred to the airfield for a Helicopter flight over the Falls which takes about 12 minutes ( this is done in relays since the helicopters take between 4 and 6 passengers each. Rest of the day at leisure to relax, explore and enjoy extra activities like visiting a village.In the late afternoon you are collected and teken to the Zambesi River for an afternoon Cruise.

Zambesi Sundowner Cruise

Guests are met transferred to the jetty on the Zambezi River for boarding. The boat meanders slowly upstream along the length of the Mosi - oa - Tunya National Park looking for game on the way. A number of animals and a host of bird species can be viewed from comfortable chairs on cool wooden decks. Excellent hot and cold food is served on board and the bar is well stocked with spirits, good wines, beers and soft drinks. All food and drink is included in the price and served throughout the cruise by professional, friendly waiters making the whole experience probably the most luxurious cruise on the river. Pick up is at 15h30 from May to August (winter), and 16h00 from September to April (summer) with the boat departing at 16h00, or 16h30, respectively from the Royal Landing. The cruise lasts for 2 hours and includes hot and cold snacks, drinks and transfers. Guests are usually back at The Falls Resort at about 18h30 in the winter and 19h00 in the summer. All cruises include National Park fees, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and food

19 February 2012, Sunday. BOTSWANA: Okavango Delta  – 3 nights                                      FI

After a final breakfast you are collected at your hotel and transferred to Livingstone airport for your flight (INCLUDED) via Kasane ( necessary to do border control procedures) into the Okavango Delta. This is a wonderful scenic flight and more of an adventure than a straight transfer.

On arrival you will be met and introduced to your rangers and your camp, the timings and activities as well as all the in’s and out’s to make your next 3 nights as wonderful as possible. 1 optional game activity this afternoon.

03 Overnights Khwai River Lodge on a fully inclusive basis

Nestled on the edge of a leadwood and fig tree forest, overlooking the vast Khwai River floodplains and beyond into the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, sits the luxurious Khwai River Lodge. Khwai is renowned for its large concentrations of mammals and it is not unusual to see many different types of wildlife from the comfort of your own private deck.

As a year round destination for wildlife, predators can regularly be seen in the area, rated as one of the most prolific in Botswana for viewing wildlife. The exceptional location of Khwai makes it’s a regular host to Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Wild Dogs. Birdlife can also be viewed in abundance with exceptional sightings of wildfowl and raptors near the lodge. 

The Okavango Delta is a phenomenal place where a thousand kilometers of river are absorbed into the sands of the Kalahari. Khwai River Lodge is set on the edge of the flood plains in the Moremi Wildlife Reserve where, from the luxury of your private air-conditioned tent, you can survey the spectacle of the Big Five whilst enjoying an indulgent aromatherapy massage. For greater excitement, you can take to a guided walk or an open 4x4 vehicle to explore the surrounding area.

Khwai River Lodge is perfectly designed to blend into the surrounding environment. All luxury tents are housed on raised wooden platforms, offering great views, and shaded by a traditional African thatch roof.  The large private decks are furnished with easy chairs and a hammock, ideal for viewing wildlife, or for enjoying a private dinner in complete privacy. 

The tent interiors are luxuriously appointed with such comforts as an en suite bathroom, private fully stocked mini bar, four poster bed complete with mosquito netting, as well as a discreet air conditioning. For your convenience, in-rooms safes are provided for the safekeeping of all cash, travel documents and other such articles.

Khwai River Lodge offers a Covered dining room offers delicious cuisine at all hours; Covered lounge area with fully stocked bar and Camp fire and seating area. Meals include: Early breakfast (served around 6am); Light brunch (served around 11am); Light snacks, tea and coffee on morning activity; Afternoon tea (served around 4pm); Drinks and snacks on afternoon activity; Dinner (served around 8pm). Although we consider the water to be safe to drink,  bottled mineral water and various other refreshements are provided for in the fully stocked mini-bars, found in each luxury tent.

Open 4x4 vehicle early morning and late afternoon game drives (when conditions are ideal for viewing the wildlife), as well as guided walks by one of our experienced team of guides.  Night game drives and star gazing presentations are also conducted after dinner. For those wishing to stay at the camp and relax, Khwai River Lodge, is equipped with a hide overlooking the Khwai floodplains, a swimming pool as well as a private health salon (for exclusive aromatherapy massages and treatments), and a small gymnasium. Activities throughout the year would typically include morning and afternoon game drives both inside and outside the Moremi Wildlife Reserve.  The camp also offers guided walks.  

FACILITIES & SERVICES:  Observation deck overlooking the river - the perfect spot for identifying the species that live here  ; Indoor and outdoor fire area  ;  Swimming pool (heated) - from the pool you can watch the pods of hippo playing in the river  ;  Indoor and outdoor ceiling fans ;  Telescopes ;  A small safari museum  ;  Illuminated pathways  ;  Slide projector and screen ;  Conference facilities ;  Satellite phones on request  ;  Curio shop with toiletries, video and 35 mm film, safari wear, local art and craft objects  ;  Laundry service ;  Reference library of books and videos, audio-visual facilities ;  First aid kit ;  VHF radio communications plus 24 hour emergency facilities ;  Environmental flora and fauna check lists, talks and lectures ; Emergency medical evacuation service ;  Guests met at Maun Airport by Gametrackers' representative and escorted onto light aircraft  ;  Transfers provided to and from hotels for guests overnighting in Maun  ;  All Air Botswana and Air Namibia flights automatically reconfirmed for guests  ;  Welcome information pack ;  Accessed by light aircraft to the camp's own airstrip

20 & 21 February, Monday -Tuesday

Optional morning and afternoon game activities with some leisure time during the middle of the to escape the heat and enjoy the facilities.

22 February 2012, Wednesday South Africa: Winelands – 2 nights                                           BB

After an early breakfast you are transferred  by air to Maun where you need to check in by 08:00 for your flight to Johannesburg ( FLIGHTS OWN ARRANGEMENTS, we suggest BP215 depart Maun 10:00 arrive Joburg 12:00  and connect to SA343 depart Joburg  14:00  arrive  Cape Town 16:00. ). On arrival you are met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel in the winelands ( a good hour drive).

 9 course surprise welcome dinner with wine pairing

02 Overnights Le Quatier Francais in Auberge rooms on a bed and breakfast basis

LE QUATIER FRANCAIS

Le Quartier Francais is a boutique hotel located in the heart of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands. It is centrally located on the village's main high street, close to its many shops and restaurants.

Franschoek is known for its gourmet restaurants and wine cellars, providing the perfect setting for this quaint hotel with its 3 excellent restaurants under world-class chefs. Enjoy fine wine and dining at the Tasting Room and iCi bistro, or take a short drive to Bread and Wine on a neighbouring farm.

The hotel is set in beautiful gardens with charming and tasteful rooms. You can relax in the gardens or by the pool, before pampering yourself with aroma-skincare treatments at The Treatment Room.

Indulge yourself by shopping at Touches and Tastes, a beautiful boutique store. There is also a private cinema with soft leather chairs and back row couches, for an intimate cinema experience.

There are 3 excellent restaurants under world class chefs at Le Quartier Francais. You can enjoy breakfasts, lunches and casual dinners at iCi, a street-side bistro, and elegant dinners at The Tasting Room. 

Both restaurants are under the guidance of chef Morgot Janse. On a neighbouring farm you can visit chef Neil Jewell's Bread and Wine, where you can enjoy tasty lunches and scenic views. 

The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais was voted as one of the Top 10 Restaurants for 2009 in the Prudential Eat Out Restaurant Awards

There are 6 room types at Le Quartier Francais. You have a choice between the Four Quarters Suites, positioned around a courtyard with a private swimming pool, and the Auberge Suites, with their own private pools and gardens.

Alternatively, the 2 Petite Garden Suites look out onto their own secret corner garden with large sliding doors that spill open onto a private patio.

The double volume Grande Rooms make a striking trio. Everything, from their bed size to their window length, adds to their sumptuous appearance and this is the ideal accommodation for honeymoon couples as each Grande Room is perfectly appointed with all expected luxury amenities.

There are also 15 comfortable Auberge Rooms, and a 2-bedroomed cottage across the road from the main hotel.   

23 February 2012, Thursday.

Full day in the Winelands ( below is a standard itinerary, which will be modified depending on where we do the “lunch experience” with  local chef Maggie Sekapane). Today lunch will be included.( or we can get to Seidelberg in the late afternoon and do cooking followed by dinner. Again this will have to be decided closer to the time depending on availability

You travel along the N1 through Cape Town’s Northern Suburbs for approximately 45kms.  You take the R44 or agter Paarl road to Landskroon.  Here you stop for about 15 mins in the vineyards while the guide explains the history of the South African Wine Industry. 

You continue to Landskroon Estate, internationally known for it’s fine quality port, for your first wine tasting. You will stop here for about 15 - 25 mins.

Your next stop for wine tasting is Fairview.  Here you will also have the opportunity to taste the fine cheeses manufactured on the Estate.  Fairview is also well known  for it’s quaint goats tower and the peacocks roaming the estate.

From here you will go up the Paarl Mountain for a visit to the Afrikaans Language Monument and it’s spectacular views of the Paarl valley.  After a short drive through tour of  Paarl, you continue on to Franschoek.  En route you will have the opportunity to view Victor Verster prison from where President Nelson Mandela was released.   After a visit to the French Huguenot memorial in Franschoek, you stop at Dominic’s for a typical lunch under the oak trees.

After lunch you return to Stellenbosch via the Helshoogte road with a photostop at the top.  From here you have fantastic views down onto Stellenbosch as well as the Simonsberg and fruit orchards towards Boschendal.  You proceed to the Bergkelder to arrive in time for the 15h00 guided tour of the cellars and champagne making facilities.  Here you will have the opportunity to taste some of the finest wines of South Africa.At the end of the tour, you do a city tour of all the important sites of Stellenbosch as well as an opportunity to browse through Oom Samies famous old fashioned shop. 

Seidelberg

The farm was established in 1680, granted by Simon van der Stel, as De Leuwen Jagt. The meaning of the original name in Dutch was "The lion hunt". Since the construction of the Estate's first cellar circa 1700 Seidelberg has produced wines of distinction for true wine enthusiasts. Seidelberg is 412 ha in size of which 110 ha is currently under vine. The soil types are based on granite, ie rocky granite slopes shifting to decomposed granite.

Seidelberg Wine Estate builds on over 300 years of tradition by delighting visitors from around the world with its unique, handcrafted wines as well as a host of other attractions.

De Leuwenjagt Restaurant

The De Leuwenjagt Restaurant creates a perfect winelands memory in a unique setting. Chef Maggi Sekapane offers apart from it’s typical Cape Malay flavours fresh, local and seasonal menus which includes ‘Signature Dishes’ reflecting history, stories and generations of cooking skills on the Estate. 

The restaurant offers several out door terraces, shaded by 300 years old oak trees and unforgettable panoramic views. In winter, the elegant interior is warmed by log fires, creating a cosy ambience, adding to the warm atmosphere.

In spring and summer enjoy a sumptuous variety of tasty foods on a blanket under the oaks while taking in one of the best views the winelands have to offer

Opening Times: Lunches are available between 11h00 until 17h00 Monday till Sunday. 

Summer Season

October to March - Thursday, Friday and Saturday open for delightful Sunset Dinner until 21h00.Open on public holidays, excluding Christmas day.

Deli Counter – offering Piadina and Platters

Relax and enjoy our popular and casual food offerings of Piadina (Italian flat bread folded with varieties of delicious filling of your choice like: Parma Ham, Salami, Mortadella, smoked Trout, Artichokes, Sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan and Rocket) and platters served with chiabatta bread on our lawn or under the Pergola. A perfect snack while tasting our wine or watching the spectacular sunsets.

Opening Times: 7 days a week from 11h30 until 19h00

From November – March, Thursdays/Friday and Saturday Sunset Dinner at the De Leuwen Jagt Restaurant

Every Friday from 18h00-21h30 live Music under our Pergola with our food offerings of Piadina and Platters

Every Saturday from 15h30-19h00 live Music under our Pergola with our food offerings 

from our Deli Counter

  

24 February 2012, Friday

Depart from the Winelands, stopping for another wine tasting or two time depending en route and enjoy a Cape Town City tour and a visit to Table Mountain in the afternoon

Sample Table Mountain and City sightseeing tour

You travel along Buitengracht Street into Kloofneck Road to the cable car station at the foot of  Table Mountain which is 366m above sea level.  Your guide will provide  you with a gate two ticket for the ride up table mountain.  This is a special ticket allowing you to bypass the queue.  The ride up table mountain is subject to weather conditions.   The ride to the top of  Table Mountain to a height of 1066m takes 6 mins.  The complete visit to Table Mountain takes 90 mins.

 Flanked by Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head.  Table Mountain with its impressive vertical cliffs and characteristic ‘table cloth’ of cloud, is one of Africa’s most prominent landmarks and is in the process of being a national park.  Its floral diversity, long history, cableway, fascinating  legends and sweeping views delight sightseer, trailists and botanists, earning Table Mountain a place as one of South Africa’s top tourist attractions.The easiest, safest and quickest way to reach Table Mountain is by cable car.  From the Lower Cable Station visitors are hauled along a 1240m long single span cable to the upper station just above the sheer cliffs of Arrow Face - a journey of about 5 minutes.

Over 100m below lies Cape Town, sandwiched between the mountain and the gently sweeping curve of Table Bay, with Robben Island clearly visible.  Towards the east lies False Bay and the Hottentots-Holland mountain range and to the west are the brilliant beaches of Camps Bay.

You then return to the city via Buitengracht Street, and turn left into Buiten Street and enter Cape Town’s famous Malay Quarter.  Some of Cape Town’s best preserved architecture can be seen amongst the heady mix of styles found in this truly unique area.  You continue down Wale Street and turn right into Queen Victoria Road.  Here you will be taken on a guided walk through the company gardens, the Houses of Parliament and the Natural History Museum. 

From here you drive along Adderley Street and then on to De Waal Drive. Proceed to Kirstenbosch Gardens where your guide will take you on a short tour of the Gardens ( time allowing).

02 Overnights The V&A Hotel in standard courtyard facing rooms on a bed and breakfast basis

V& A Hotel

Framed by the ocean and Table Mountain, the elegance and luxury of the Victoria & Alfred Hotel is rivaled only by its relaxed atmosphere and warm personal service. 

Built in 1904 as the North Quay Warehouse and converted in 1990 to a luxury hotel, it is named in honour of the Queen of England and her son who visited the Cape in 1870, when Prince Alfred officially opened the Breakwater basin, today’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

It's the detail that gives the Victoria & Alfred Hotel its elegance, intimacy, romance and reputation - the wooden staircase, the telescope, flowers and the service.

Friendly and efficient yet never intrusive. 

Children of all ages are welcome at the Victoria & Alfred Hotel.

General Amenities & Services

Secure parking ;Complimentary transfers to the nearby health club ;Foreign Exchange facility ;;Laundry, dry-cleaning and valet services ;Assisted disabled room / facilities ;Complimentary filter coffee, herbal teas and biscuits in room ;Complimentary daily newspaper ;Complimentary welcome beverage in room on arrival ;

24-hour room service ;Flat screen television and dvd player in all the rooms ;Wireless Internet throughout the hotel ;Travel Desk and Information Service ;Secretarial service ;Professional child minding service ;Fleet of luxury sedans utilised for airport, city and restaurant transfers. 

Rooms

Then there are the bedrooms - just 68 spacious, air-conditioned, en-suite rooms with separate bath, shower and toilet coffee and tea making facilities, private bar, safe, trouser press, dvd player, satellite television and wireless internet. 

Rooms are ultra comfortable, with king sized beds, creatively-styled and well-appointed, on just two floors. 

All has a view over the ever awake Alfred Basin, majestic Table Mountain or the piazza.

    

25 February 2012, Saturday

Depart for Cape Point via Simonstown  in the morning. Also visit Groot Constantia en route for a quick visist and wine tasting. Retrun in the early afternoon for some leisure time. In the evening you are transferred to a private venue for a South African Braai ( BBQ).

Our first stop is the seaside village of Muizenburg where you will be able to take in the breathtaking views of False Bay. From here we follow the incredibly scenic route along the False Bay coast through the fishing villages like Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek on the way to Simonstown. Simonstown having been a British naval town until as recent as 1957, normally comes as a pleasant surprise to everyone visiting the Cape Peninsula as encountering such a ‘British Town’ in Cape Town is unexpected.

At Simonstown we drive through the navy village and then to Boulders beach to visit the penguin colony and the two thousand Jackass Penguins dressed in their ‘tuxedos’ and doing the cute things that penguins do. After the penguin colony we drive along the wonderfully scenic mountain drive along False Bay to visit The Cape of Good Hope reserve. Cape Point reserve is a magnificent floral wilderness at the foot of Africa. For the nature loving person it is a truly fantastic experience traversing such a unique floral kingdom. Who knows, if we are lucky enough we might even see some antelope, ostrich or baboon. If we are really fortunate we might even see the elusive Burchell Zebra that makes an appearance on the reserve infrequently.

                From the Cape Point reserve we head back to Cape Town

26 February 2012, Sunday DEPARTURE

After breakfast your guide will transfer you  to Cape Town airport in time for your departure flight home

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