(Cape Town, Franschhoek)
Stylish, sophisticated and chic, Cape Town has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the world's most beautiful cities, boasting all the amenities, luxuries and first-class treats necessary for an opulent adventure. Experience this exquisite South African gem in all its splendor with this lavish private guided city escape. From VIP airport assistance, private driver, celebrity-esque treatments and private helicopter flight over Table Mountain, to renowned art galleries, designer shops, a champagne sunset boat cruise and a hotel fit for royalty. End this Cape Town exploration with a luxurious sojourn through Stellenbosch & Franschhoek, this Kensington tour allows you to journey in true high style.
If all this champagne and lavish living is playing with your conscience, Kensington even has your karma covered. Spend a day volunteering with the Uthando project, a unique and authentic charity dedicated to improving the lives of thousands of South Africans.
Ask your consutltant about saving $400 pp when traveling in 2012 or 2013. (Dec 20th - Jan 5th is blocked)
Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel.
Upon arrival into South Africa you will be met at the door of the plane and escorted through Customs and Immigration avoiding any queues. You will also receive all of your necessary documents for your trip which contains a detailed personalized itinerary, maps, restaurant suggestions, top tips for exploring each city or region and a 24 hour concierge service (for restaurant reservations, spa treatments, child minders, day tours etc.)
A destination unto itself with captivating views of Table Mountain, the chic design and contemporary African flair of this urban resort finds a natural home in the heart of Cape Town. The resort’s seven-storey Marina Rise features 91 spacious rooms and suites – its crescent-shaped architecture created so all guestrooms and suites enjoy either uninhibited views of the picturesque harbourside or iconic Table Mountain. Two lushly landscaped private islands at the centre of the waterfront feature 40 Island suites and a tranquil spa. Clean lines, contemporary art and dark African woods accentuate the 131 spacious rooms and suites all complemented by an oversized bath and shower, private water closet and dual marble vanity.
Today you will be met by your guide for an exploration of Cape Town, known affectionately as the Mother City. Your tour will take in the Houses of Parliament, the Castle (built between 1666 and 1679, this is South Africa’s oldest building), lively Greenmarket Square with its daily market, the Company Gardens and of course Table Mountain which will give you spectacular views over the city and Peninsula (cable car fee is not included as it is weather dependent). On our descent, we stop at the Bo Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses.
This brief 'hop' gives you the best abbreviated tour. Leave from the V&A Waterfront and fly over the city bowl, the new Green Point Stadium, the famous four beaches of Clifton, the white sands of Camps Bay and the majestic Twelve Apostles before making an about turn back to Cape Town.
Uthando South Africa is our chosen charity in South Africa and serves as an umbrella for a wide range of highly effective community projects across the country. In order to showcase these and also to offer a glimpse into the work being done to uplift the disadvantaged in South Africa, they offer daily scheduled excursions visiting the sprawling townships around Cape Town, with particular emphasis on visiting at least three of the social development projects being funded through Uthando. The Uthando tours offer a unique and authentic introduction to the social problems confronting so many millions of South Africans, while also illustrating the innovative and inspirational ways in which they are being handled by these marginalized and destitute communities. Very importantly, the projects are not treated as tourist attractions and the tours are designed in such a way as to educate, inform and inspire while also respecting the dignity and privacy of the people concerned. The projects are, after all, places where people live, work and in most cases, just survive. You will be collected at your hotel in the Cape Town area and dropped off at the end of the trip. A portion of the tour cost goes directly to Uthando charities.
The tour commences with a transfer to the vibrant, warm hearted village in the heart of Woodstock, where Cape Town’s talented people come together to share, collaborate and show off their heart-felt passion. This is the Old Biscuit Mill, home to day and night markets, dynamic office space, a range of workshops and designer stores, delicious farm stalls and decadent cafes. Then continue to Cape Town’s central business district. Here you will enjoy an orientation tour of the city, driving past the Castle of Good Hope, City Hall, the Grand Parade, past the Company Gardens and through the picturesque Bo-Kaap. Browse the retail lifestyle outlets at the trendy Cape Quarter Village located in the suburb of Green Point, and then lunch (for your own account) before proceeding to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Here you are treated to shopping and entertainment venues, as well as over 80 restaurants, set in a cosmopolitan and vibrant atmosphere. From here, you embark on a champagne sunset boat cruise from Table Bay Harbour before returning to your hotel.
You will be collected this morning for a tour which combines two of the highlights of the Cape – The Cape of Good Hope and Stellenbosch, in the Winelands. We take in the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, before crossing over to Hout Bay, where you may choose to join an optional boat cruise to Seal Island. From here we drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, where you will board a funicular to the top of the Peninsula to witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans as well as have spectacular views over False Bay. We enjoy lunch near here (not included – own account) before continuing to Simonstown, the naval base, and visiting the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. Onward to Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, with canal lined avenues, and magnificent examples of Cape Dutch architecture where we enjoy a wine tasting and cellar tour, before drop off at your hotel in Franschhoek late this afternoon.
The serious business of fine dining at Le Quartier has been set apart and defined by The Tasting Room. Course after course of exquisitely presented culinary delights showcase chef Margot Janse and her team's award-winning talent. You can indulge in a surprise - African inspired - or a five course choice menu (drinks not included). The menu can also be enjoyed with a wine pairing, speak to your server for more details.
Le Quartier Francais is an exquisite Auberge in the heart of the Cape winelands, in the historic town of Franschhoek with stunning views, indulgent comfort, delicious food and exceptional service. Le Quartier Français is an exquisite Auberge in the heart of the Cape winelands. This award winning auberge and restaurant in the historic town of Franschhoek is a stunning package of majestic views, indulgent comfort, delicious food and exceptional service.
Today your resident Winelands expert will join you for a full day exploration of the culinary delights of the Franschhoek Valley, including exceptional estates such as Haute Cabriere, Moreson, La Motte and Grande Provence. You will delight in cheese tasting in the 200 year old barn at La Grange Fromagerie, chocolate tasting at the Franschhoek Chocolate factory and lunch which has been booked for you at either La Petite Ferme or Grande Provence, depending on your preference (lunch on own account). Take time to explore the town by foot as the boutiques and art are exceptional. You will return to your auberge late this afternoon.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Private transfer between Cape Town and Franschhoek.
Depart from Cape Town international airport - end of itinerary.
VISA/PASSPORTVisitors to South Africa for tourism, short business meetings, or those in transit do not require visas for stays of up to 90 days. We recommend that the passports of all travelers to South Africa contain at least two completely blank (unstamped) visa pages each time entry is sought. These pages are in addition to the endorsement/amendment pages (as many as four) at the back of the passport. While South African statutes require only one completely blank visa page, this rule has been applied inconsistently by South African immigration officials. In addition, any trip to a neighboring country would necessitate another blank page upon return.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the embassy of South Africa for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are relatively wide spread and good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/south-africa.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Pretoria (administrative). Government: Republic. Gained independence from the UK in 1910. Language: The official languages are Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga. Religion: Most inhabitants profess Christianity. There are also Hindu, Muslim and Jewish communities, and traditional beliefs are still practiced widely, sometimes in conjunction with Christianity. Time: GMT + 2. Electricity: 220/240 volts AC; 250 volts AC (Pretoria), 50Hz. Three-pin round plugs are in use. Telephone: Country code +27. Area codes are used even if you are making a call in the same area. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Coverage extends to most of the country except in the very remote areas. Internet: Internet cafes are present around the country and wireless is available at airports and in upmarket hotels.
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