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  • Explore the highlights of Soweto during a private guided bicycle tour.
  • Embark on private guided tours of Cape Town, Table Mountain, and the Cape Peninsula.
  • Come face to face with wildlife during daily game drives in Kruger National Park.
  • Chocolate, cheese, wine discovery excursion in the Winelands of Franschhoek.
  • Spend nights in premium accommodations selected by a regional specialist.
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Uncover the history, mysteries and natural wonders of South Africa.

In Johannesburg enjoy private guided tours of the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill before exploring Soweto by bike for a unique, interactive and joyous view of the Rainbow Nation. Take in the wild wonders of South Africa’s Big 5 and world famous game as you enjoy daily game drives in luxurious Sabi Sands. Visit the Zulu Cultural Village and relax on the shores of Durban before flying off to explore the wonders and mysteries of the Garden Route. Wet your as you taste varietals paired with chocolates, cheeses, and olive oils in the famous winelands. Journey’s end is Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa, cradled by the imposing bulk of Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head. From big game to nature reserves, cheetah encounters to inquisitive ostriches, peaceful lagoons to breathtaking mountains and coast, there is so much to discover on this journey through iconic South Africa.

Kensington Tours offers local support in each region you visit, another reason we deliver unbeatable value. Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Johannesburg
    Johannesburg
    • VIP Meet & Greet & Assist - VIP service
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 2 Johannesburg
    Johannesburg
    • Private - 1/2 Day Apartheid Museum & Constitutional Hill - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private - 1/2 Day Soweto By Bike (4 hrs) - Bike Tour
  • Day 3 Johannesburg to Skukuza to Sabi Sands
    Johannesburg to Skukuza to Sabi Sands
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Johannesburg - Skukuza [Direct (1hr)] - Flight
    • Transfer - Skukuza - Sabi Sands [Notten's Bush Camp - 1 hr] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Afternoon Game Drive
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Sabi Sands
    Sabi Sands
    • Morning Game Drive
    • Afternoon Game Drive
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Sabi Sands
    Sabi Sands
    • Morning Game Drive
    • Afternoon Game Drive
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Sabi Sands to Nelspruit (KMIA) to Durban
    Sabi Sands to Nelspruit (KMIA) to Durban
    • Transfer - Sabi Sands - Nelspruit (KMIA) [KMIA Airport - Southern Lodges (2 hours)] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Nelspruit (KMIA) - Durban [Direct (1hr)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Durban
    Durban
    • Private - Zulu Cultural Village - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Durban to Knysna
    Durban to Knysna
    • Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Durban - George [Direct (2hrs)] - Economy
    • Private Vehicle & Guide - Guide/Vehicle
  • Day 9 Knysna
    Knysna
    • Featherbed Nature Reserve - 4 hour including lunch
  • Day 10 Knysna to Oudtshoorn
    Knysna to Oudtshoorn
    • Transfer - Knysna - Oudtshoorn [via Cheetahs, Caves and Ostriches] - Vehicle/Guide
  • Day 11 Oudtshoorn to Franschhoek
    Oudtshoorn to Franschhoek
    • Transfer - Oudtshoorn - Franschhoek [via Franschhoek Pass - 5hrs] - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 12 Franschhoek
    Franschhoek
    • Private - Chocolate, Cheese and Wine Day - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 13 Franschhoek to Cape Town
    Franschhoek to Cape Town
    • Transfer - Franschhoek - Cape Town [With Cape Point and Peninsula Tour] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 14 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • Private - 1/2 Day City & Table Mountain - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 15 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • At Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 16 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Johannesburg

Upon arrival into South Africa you will be met at the door of your aircraft with your name on a paging board, and your documents will be handed over to you. You will be assisted through immigration, baggage collection, customs and on to your onward connecting flight.

A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer between the Airport and your hotel, or vice versa, today.

Accommodation: Da Vinci on Nelson Mandela Square

The Da Vinci Hotel and Suites is a contemporary masterpiece. This property is the Legacy’s group’s latest luxury hotel developed in a prime location of Nelson Mandela Square. This is Legacy's fourth hotel on the cosmopolitan square in the heart of the Sandton business and leisure district. One could speak of the opulence of the rooms, the restaurant and lounge, pioneering fitness centre and health spa but to truly understand all of this, you'll need to come and see it for yourself. Guests can enjoy the convenience of luxurious shopping at the Legacy Corner Mall and Sandton City just an elevator trip away. The Da Vinci offers 166 luxurious hotel rooms with all the wants and needs of the discerning traveller whether your trip is business of pleasure. With a unique open plan yet comfortably private layout, guests will be taken back by the sheer opulence.

Johannesburg
Johannesburg
The Da Vinci Hotel
The Da Vinci Hotel

Day 2: Johannesburg

This tour provides you with an opportunity to take an in-depth look at South Africa’s turbulent past. Starting with a drive across Johannesburg to the south of the city to visit the Apartheid Museum (closed on Mondays!), which opened its doors in 2002. Here you will embark on a historical voyage of discovery, a personal exploration of the past that examines the story of apartheid right up to the first democratic elections held in 1994. The tour of the museum lasts approximately two hours. Then continue to the Constitution Hill precinct, bordered by the inner-city neighbourhoods of Braamfontein and Hillbrow. It is here that South Africa’s new Constitutional Court opened in March 2004. The new court building is, most appropriately, established on the site of the Johannesburg Fort, built as a fortress in 1898 and later converted to one of the country’s most notorious prisons – popularly known as “Number Four”. Your visit here includes entry to the museum which has been established in the old prison and brings home the significance of this development and what it means for the future of Johannesburg.

Experience this exciting and eco-friendly tour for a half day cycling adventure around the township and get to know the different communities and its history. Go to places such as a former migrant workers hostel for men - continue to Meadowlands, famous for the forced removals from Sophiatown in the 1950’s. Cycle through historical landmarks of the 1976 student uprisings and visit the memorial site of Hector Pieterson. You will also cycle down Vilakazi Street where Nelson Mandela used to live and where Bishop Desmon Tutu has his home. Stop for a local lunch - Kata (township Burger) and finish the tour off at the local sheeben, have a drink, play pool and dance to kwaito music.

Accommodation: Da Vinci on Nelson Mandela Square
Soweto
Soweto
Apartheid Museum
Apartheid Museum

Day 3: Johannesburg - Skukuza - Sabi Sands

A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer between the Airport and your hotel, or vice versa, today.

Enjoy your direct flight from Johannesburg to Skukuza. This flight will take approximately 1 hour.

Luggage restrictions applicable to this flight: The general free allowance is 20Kg in Economy Class. 90cm x 72cm x 45cm (including handle, wheels and pockets) total dimensions 207cm.

Hand luggage: One piece not exceeding 8kg (18lb) and maximum dimension of 56cm (L) 36cm (W) 23cm (H). Checked luggage: One piece not exceeding 23 kg (50 lb) and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches).

Enjoy your transfer from Skukuza airport to Notten's Bush Camp in Sabi Sands. The approximate transfer time is 1 hour.

This afternoon you'll meet up with others at the lodge and embark on your afternoon game drive. Sunrise and sunset are when the animals are most active. You'll be out in the reserve for a few hours before returning back to the lodge to freshen up for dinner. A private vehicle can be booked at an additional cost depending on availability.

Accommodation: Notten`s Bush Camp

Nottens's Bush Camp is a jewel within the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in Mpumalanga, which means “the land of the rising sun” in the locally spoken language, Shangaan.  Notten’s is an exclusive and private safari lodge personally run by the Notten family.  This beautiful, intimate safari lodge is situated within one of South Africa’s finest natural sanctuaries. A destination will truly touch your heart and soul.  Each private suite is elegantly styled, spacious and cooled by ceiling fans.  A magical atmosphere is created with the purposeful absence of electric lighting; the ambient candlelight and lanterns capture an enchanting spirit of romance.  With splendid panoramic views, this private game lodge is the perfect place for peace and relaxation while watching animals meander past.

Sabi Sands
Sabi Sands
Nottens Bush Camp
Nottens Bush Camp

Day 4: Sabi Sands

Before first light, you'll meet up with others at the lodge and embark on your early morning game drive. Sunrise and sunset are when the animals are most active. You'll be out in the reserve for a few hours before returning back to the lodge for breakfast. A private vehicle can be booked at an additional cost depending on availability.

This afternoon you'll meet up with others at the lodge and embark on your afternoon game drive. Sunrise and sunset are when the animals are most active. You'll be out in the reserve for a few hours before returning back to the lodge to freshen up for dinner. A private vehicle can be booked at an additional cost depending on availability.

Accommodation: Notten`s Bush Camp
Sabi Sands Rhinoceros
Sabi Sands Rhinoceros
Morning Game Drive
Morning Game Drive

Day 5: Sabi Sands

Before first light, you'll meet up with others at the lodge and embark on your early morning game drive. Sunrise and sunset are when the animals are most active. You'll be out in the reserve for a few hours before returning back to the lodge for breakfast. A private vehicle can be booked at an additional cost depending on availability.

This afternoon you'll meet up with others at the lodge and embark on your afternoon game drive. Sunrise and sunset are when the animals are most active. You'll be out in the reserve for a few hours before returning back to the lodge to freshen up for dinner. A private vehicle can be booked at an additional cost depending on availability.

Accommodation: Notten`s Bush Camp

Day 6: Sabi Sands - Nelspruit (KMIA) - Durban

Transfer between your Sabi Lodge and the KMIA Airport. This drive should take approximately 1.5 to 3 hours. Delays may occur in rainy seasons and drive time will vary depending on the location of your lodge.

Take your flight from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport to Durban today. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.

Luggage restrictions applicable to this flight: The general free allowance is 20Kg in Economy Class. 90cm x 72cm x 45cm (including handle, wheels and pockets) total dimensions 207cm.

Hand luggage: One piece not exceeding 8kg (18lb) and maximum dimension of 56cm (L) 36cm (W) 23cm (H). Checked luggage: One piece not exceeding 23 kg (50 lb) and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches)

Private transfer to/from the City Hotels to the King Shaka International Airport.

Accommodation: The Oyster Box

Standing majestically on Umhlanga’s prestigious beachfront on the eastern seaboard of KwaZulu-Natal, with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean and direct beach access, the Oyster Box Hotel is one of South Africa’s most distinguished hotels. Perfectly situated on the ocean’s edge, a brief 5 minutes walk from Umhlanga Village Centre, the Oyster Box Hotel is conveniently located for quick and easy access to Durban city centre, International Airports and numerous stylish shopping centres…yet has a feeling of classical charm and elegance like nowhere else on earth. From the moment the Oyster Box opened its doors in 1947 the hotel rapidly became one of Africa's best loved and most distinguished hotels. The combination of colonial charm, impeccable service, lush tropical gardens and breathtaking seaside setting swiftly gained it a reputation that was legendary the world over. The setting, the architecture, the décor, the cuisine – everything conspires to create a magical experience that affords a wealth of exceptionally pleasurable experiences and warm memories.

Durban
Durban
The Oyster Box
The Oyster Box

Day 7: Durban

This informative tour takes you just past the town of Eshowe, north of Durban, where you visit the authentic Shakaland Cultural Village. Here you will embark on a Nandi Experience, which is a three-hour midday experience, which includes lunch and introduces you to the beer drinking ceremony, fighting formations, social systems and greetings, the Sangoma and Nyanga, as well as beadwork, pottery, beer making and spear throwing techniques. Head back to Durban filled with renewed and interesting knowledge of the Zulu nation.  

Accommodation: The Oyster Box
Zulu Children
Zulu Children

Day 8: Durban - Knysna

Private transfer to/from the City Hotels to the King Shaka International Airport.

Travel today between Durban and George.  Flight time is approximately 2 hours.

Luggage restrictions applicable to this flight: The general free allowance is 20Kg in Economy Class. 90cm x 72cm x 45cm (including handle, wheels and pockets) total dimensions 207cm.

Hand luggage: One bag allowed in addition to one slimline laptop bag. No bag should exceed 56cm x 36cm x 23cm (total dimensions of 115 cm including handles and wheels) weighing not more than 7Kgs.

Your private guide and vehicle will be available today to take you around to different sights, suggest restaurants, etc.

Accommodation: Turbine Hotel and Spa

Enjoy an extra special experience at The Turbine Hotel and Spa, a five-star boutique hotel in Knysna. This exceptional boutique hotel is situated on Thesen Island, which is considered one of the most prestigious locations on the Garden Route.  The Turbine Hotel and Spa was an ambitious project which transformed the old power station into a boutique hotel on the Garden Route, now with a massive wow-factor. All of the old machinery which was used in this power station has been creatively restored and forms an integral part of the hotel’s aesthetics. The Turbine Hotel and Spa offers 17 suites, 6 luxury suites, a honeymoon suite and the self-catering Water Club apartment. Dine at the Tapas Bar, serving delicious light meals for lunch and dinner. Wake up and savour a hearty breakfast at Island Café, also featuring lunch and dinner, as well as a wine cellar. The hotel features three bar areas located in various positions, each with their own unique setting. Relax and enjoy the panoramic views from the pool deck, conveniently equipped with sun loungers. The Amani Spa offers a wide variety of spa treatments for guests wishing to indulge in a rejuvenating spa experience.

Knysna Lagoon
Knysna Lagoon
Turbine Hotel and Spa
Turbine Hotel and Spa

Day 9: Knysna

After breakfast, depart to the lagoon-side town of Knysna. Enjoy some time at leisure at the Knsysa Waterfront Complex before embarking on an excursion to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. The trip includes a ferry across the lagoon to the base of the western head with a drive to the top of the reserve, stopping at spectacular viewpoints. Your specialist guide will provide information on history, fauna & flora. There is also an optional guided 2.2km walk through coastal forest and fynbos into ancient sea caves (on own account). The tour ends with a delicious buffet lunch served under the shade of the milkwood trees. On return to the mainland, continue on to your hotel.

Accommodation: Turbine Hotel and Spa
Optional Guided Walk
Optional Guided Walk

Day 10: Knysna - Oudtshoorn

After a spectacular drive over the Outeniqua Mountain Pass, you enter the red semi-desert of the Little Karoo. Start with a short tour of the town and then go on to the Cango Caves for a tour. 29km from Oudtshoorn, at the head of the picturesque Cango Valley, lay the spectacular underground wonder of the Klein Karoo - the Cango Caves. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well known Wartburg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations.

Or stop in for a visit to the Cango Wildlife Ranch, endangered species breeding facility extraordinaire. The oldest and biggest cheetah contact centre worldwide offers visitors the rare opportunity of interacting with the hand reared cheetahs and getting actively involved in saving this species and others from extinction. From there you continue to the Safari Ostrich Farm to see one of the world’s most peculiar birds. Enjoy a tour of the farm, a traditional ostrich lunch (own cost) and perhaps even an ostrich race.

Stop at these or one of the many other sights along the way. The drive between Knysna and Oudtshoorn is approx 1.5-2hrs. If you choose to enjoy these sights along the way this turns into a full day of activities. Pay entrance fees on site; entrance fees not included.

Accommodation: Rosenhof Country House

Rosenhof Country House is situated on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn en route to the Cango Caves and Ostrich Farms. The carefully renovated homestead (Circa 1852), with its yellowwood beams and ceilings and a tasteful collection of antique furniture, exudes an aura of authenticity. The lovely rose garden, which gave Rosenhof its name, leads to stylishly decorated bedrooms, each individually furnished. Rosenhof has a cosy pub and several luxury lounges with fireplaces where visitors can relax and admire works from well-known South African artists. In summer, cool down in the pool or take tea in the manicured gardens.

Oudshoorn's Ostrich
Oudshoorn's Ostrich
Rosenhof Country House
Rosenhof Country House

Day 11: Oudtshoorn - Franschhoek

This morning depart the Klein Karoo and the ostrich capital of Oudtshoorn. You will drive over the beautiful Franschhoek Pass, before you descending into beautiful Franschhoek Valley. Stop for the Impromptu wine tours, take pictures, grab a snack or shop, or head directly to Franshhoek. The direct drive will be approximately 5 hours or more depending on the number of stops made along the way.

Accommodation: Babylonstoren

Nestled in the heart of Franschhoek, Babylonstoren Hotel is an ideal spot from which to discover Franschhoek. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations. Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Babylonstoren Hotel is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. While lodging at this wonderful property, guests can enjoy  the restaurant, car parking, tours, airport transfers, and safety deposit boxes.

Franschhoek
Franschhoek
Babylonstoren Hotel
Babylonstoren Hotel

Day 12: Franschhoek

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 hotel late this afternoon.

Accommodation: Babylonstoren
Palette Scintillating Wine Tastings
Palette Scintillating Wine Tastings

Day 13: Franschhoek - Cape Town

Today you embark on a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. Starting in Franschhoek you make your way along the coast to Cape Town.  You 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 you 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. You 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. Then continue on to Cape Town.

Accommodation: Welgelegen

Welgelegen is an urban sanctuary that offers so much more than just overnight accommodation. The individually styled en-suite bedrooms provide a quiet luxury that embodies the entire hotel. A spacious high-ceilinged sitting room and a cozy, rich library adjoin a grand breakfast room, all filled with contemporary furnishings and eclectic African art. The breakfast room opens out to a cobbled courtyard enclosed by ivy-draped walls that dips into a revitalising plunge pool, the perfect way for one to temper the sultry South African sun. The essential oils burn, the hearty African music resonates and the old Victorian build lends its old soul. One cannot help but feel at home, away from one’s own. Welgelegen is truly a sanctuary in the heart of town.

Cape Town
Cape Town
Welgelegen
Welgelegen

Day 14: Cape Town

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 your descent, you stop at the Bo Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses.

*Table Mountain Cable Car will be closed from 27 July until 10 August for annual maintenance.

Accommodation: Welgelegen
Cape Town
Cape Town

Day 15: Cape Town

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Welgelegen

Day 16: Cape Town

Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Da Vinci on Nelson Mandela Square: Johannesburg

The Da Vinci Hotel and Suites is a contemporary masterpiece. This property is the Legacy’s group’s latest luxury hotel developed in a prime location of Nelson Mandela Square. This is Legacy's fourth hotel on the cosmopolitan square in the heart of the Sandton business and leisure district. One could speak of the opulence of the rooms, the restaurant and lounge, pioneering fitness centre and health spa but to truly understand all of this, you'll need to come and see it for yourself. Guests can enjoy the convenience of luxurious shopping at the Legacy Corner Mall and Sandton City just an elevator trip away. The Da Vinci offers 166 luxurious hotel rooms with all the wants and needs of the discerning traveller whether your trip is business of pleasure. With a unique open plan yet comfortably private layout, guests will be taken back by the sheer opulence.

The Da Vinci Hotel
The Da Vinci Hotel
Elegantly Designed Rooms
Elegantly Designed Rooms

Notten`s Bush Camp: Sabi Sands

Nottens's Bush Camp is a jewel within the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in Mpumalanga, which means “the land of the rising sun” in the locally spoken language, Shangaan.  Notten’s is an exclusive and private safari lodge personally run by the Notten family.  This beautiful, intimate safari lodge is situated within one of South Africa’s finest natural sanctuaries. A destination will truly touch your heart and soul.  Each private suite is elegantly styled, spacious and cooled by ceiling fans.  A magical atmosphere is created with the purposeful absence of electric lighting; the ambient candlelight and lanterns capture an enchanting spirit of romance.  With splendid panoramic views, this private game lodge is the perfect place for peace and relaxation while watching animals meander past.

Nottens Bush Camp
Nottens Bush Camp
Nottens Indoor Dining
Nottens Indoor Dining

The Oyster Box: Durban

Standing majestically on Umhlanga’s prestigious beachfront on the eastern seaboard of KwaZulu-Natal, with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean and direct beach access, the Oyster Box Hotel is one of South Africa’s most distinguished hotels. Perfectly situated on the ocean’s edge, a brief 5 minutes walk from Umhlanga Village Centre, the Oyster Box Hotel is conveniently located for quick and easy access to Durban city centre, International Airports and numerous stylish shopping centres…yet has a feeling of classical charm and elegance like nowhere else on earth. From the moment the Oyster Box opened its doors in 1947 the hotel rapidly became one of Africa's best loved and most distinguished hotels. The combination of colonial charm, impeccable service, lush tropical gardens and breathtaking seaside setting swiftly gained it a reputation that was legendary the world over. The setting, the architecture, the décor, the cuisine – everything conspires to create a magical experience that affords a wealth of exceptionally pleasurable experiences and warm memories.

The Oyster Box
The Oyster Box
Fitness Centre
Fitness Centre

Turbine Hotel and Spa: Knysna

Enjoy an extra special experience at The Turbine Hotel and Spa, a five-star boutique hotel in Knysna. This exceptional boutique hotel is situated on Thesen Island, which is considered one of the most prestigious locations on the Garden Route.  The Turbine Hotel and Spa was an ambitious project which transformed the old power station into a boutique hotel on the Garden Route, now with a massive wow-factor. All of the old machinery which was used in this power station has been creatively restored and forms an integral part of the hotel’s aesthetics. The Turbine Hotel and Spa offers 17 suites, 6 luxury suites, a honeymoon suite and the self-catering Water Club apartment. Dine at the Tapas Bar, serving delicious light meals for lunch and dinner. Wake up and savour a hearty breakfast at Island Café, also featuring lunch and dinner, as well as a wine cellar. The hotel features three bar areas located in various positions, each with their own unique setting. Relax and enjoy the panoramic views from the pool deck, conveniently equipped with sun loungers. The Amani Spa offers a wide variety of spa treatments for guests wishing to indulge in a rejuvenating spa experience.

Turbine Hotel and Spa
Turbine Hotel and Spa
Dining
Dining

Rosenhof Country House: Oudtshoorn

Rosenhof Country House is situated on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn en route to the Cango Caves and Ostrich Farms. The carefully renovated homestead (Circa 1852), with its yellowwood beams and ceilings and a tasteful collection of antique furniture, exudes an aura of authenticity. The lovely rose garden, which gave Rosenhof its name, leads to stylishly decorated bedrooms, each individually furnished. Rosenhof has a cosy pub and several luxury lounges with fireplaces where visitors can relax and admire works from well-known South African artists. In summer, cool down in the pool or take tea in the manicured gardens.

Rosenhof Country House
Rosenhof Country House

Babylonstoren: Franschhoek

Nestled in the heart of Franschhoek, Babylonstoren Hotel is an ideal spot from which to discover Franschhoek. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations. Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Babylonstoren Hotel is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. While lodging at this wonderful property, guests can enjoy  the restaurant, car parking, tours, airport transfers, and safety deposit boxes.

Babylonstoren Hotel
Babylonstoren Hotel

Welgelegen: Cape Town

Welgelegen is an urban sanctuary that offers so much more than just overnight accommodation. The individually styled en-suite bedrooms provide a quiet luxury that embodies the entire hotel. A spacious high-ceilinged sitting room and a cozy, rich library adjoin a grand breakfast room, all filled with contemporary furnishings and eclectic African art. The breakfast room opens out to a cobbled courtyard enclosed by ivy-draped walls that dips into a revitalising plunge pool, the perfect way for one to temper the sultry South African sun. The essential oils burn, the hearty African music resonates and the old Victorian build lends its old soul. One cannot help but feel at home, away from one’s own. Welgelegen is truly a sanctuary in the heart of town.

Welgelegen
Welgelegen
Guest Room
Guest Room
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • TiaRazon — May 11, 2015 — Africa

    We were a group of 5 to Morocco. We were impressed at how seamless our private guided tour went. Accommodations were five star, the choice of family run hotels, beautifully appointed with Moroccan furnishings and large breakfasts, contributed to our experience. Our guide, Ishmail and driver, Abdul, made us feel like family. Ishmail showed off his country with pride, listened to our needs and was flexible to our style and speed of travel. We couldn't be happier with our Kensington experience beginning with the pre-planning in the US with Lily Baffour. Thank you very much for a memorable experience!

  • JamesSmith — May 12, 2015 — Africa

    Our guide, Chakim, was fantastic, and our driver was excellent. We were very pleased with our accommodations. Only negative comments would be the villa in Essaouira (room, food, service not good although people very nice), and, while probably not an issue for other travelers, we were disappointed that we could not relax over a glass of wine at the end of our journey because Hotel Le Doge did not offer alcoholic beverages. We are currently scheduled with Kensington Tours for India in November and we are now planning on scheduling with Kensington for all our trips - right now that would be Thailand to Mynamar, and Egypt with Dubai extension. We are extremely happy with Kensington Tours and their travel agents. We would recommend Lily Balfour to anyone.

  • EarleBarnwell — April 08, 2015 — Africa

    Kensington and its partners did not miss a single deadline, appointment or function to our total satisfaction. The result, no stress and total enjoyment.

  • StephenReeves — April 08, 2015 — Africa

    Christine was absolutely superb both in helping us frame and develop a custom tour as well as in constant follow up until we left. Inevitably things will change on the ground when trips are planned in advance and Christine was consistently on top of the changes and advised us accordingly. As first time travelers to Kenya and Tanzania Christine's advice and guidance was simply excellent. Rose, in Kensington's Nairobi office was likewise superb. Totally responsive to our needs, she helped make a few final adjustments while we were there. Once again, an exceptional experience made possible by Kensington.

  • Sachi Gowda — December 15, 2014 — Africa

    We are extremely happy with your service from beginning to end and we had very a memorable trip.

  • Ronald Jones — December 12, 2014 — Africa

    I cannot express how fabulous our trip was!! I know it was made that way thanks to ALL the kind, knowledgable, and helpful people that you all placed in our path. Many went above and beyond to make our experience even more positive. From drivers, to guides, to hotel staff---we met some wonderful people that we can now call friends. Thank you Christine and Kensington tours for this once in a lifetime African adventure!

  • RonJones — December 15, 2014 — Africa

    Christine, our family trip was ALL we wanted it to be. The hotel accommodations in the cities were GREAT. We needed to make some room assignment adjustments but that's to be expected with a large family with children and same names.

    I don't know where/how ya'll got those guides but...KEEP'EM! In both Cape Town and Joberg the guys knew their cities and environs excellently. Their English was very good...so good in fact that several got the sarcasm and even joked some. I do apologize if we over-tipped. I relied on each family to tip their own driver but, I wasn't sure of their "sense of what was right" so I followed up with something for each.

    Simbavati was "PERFECT". As much as Glenda and I really liked Ngala, I do not think they could have handled a family as well...UNLESS, they had accommodations we did not see.

    Please rest assured when ever I plan to travel on a multi-dimensional trip in the future, for sure with a group, or maybe just Glenda and I, I'll be calling Kensington... Christine and Donna specifically. And most definitely, anytime I can recommend a travel professional, your company and you two will be mentioned by name!

    Thank you again Christine...you presented us the exact trip we dreamed about for our family and your folks on the ground made it happen! I sincerely hope you, Donna and everyone else involved have a most Blessed Christmas and a wonderful, successful New Year!

  • Bruce Lundstrom — December 15, 2014 — Africa

    Morocco has a lot to offer. Food, historic sites, craftsmen (rugs, jewelry, ceramics, furniture, etc.), natural beauty, roads and infrastructure, and a reasonably safe environment. Both Guide (Abdel) and Driver were excellent. Service-oriented, timely and easy going. Abdel was not afraid to speak his mind, offer suggestions and give us feedback on ideas. We enjoyed their company.

  • AlbertLind — December 09, 2014 — Africa

    A truly wonderful trip......first class accommodations and service in each venue....the guides were knowledgable and went out of their way to insure that we could see and understand Africa. Capetown is a fascinating city, Sabi Sands an extraordinary private game preserve, and Zimbabwe with Victoria Falls and the Victoria Falls Hotel a once in a lifetime experience. For those who want to visit Africa we enthusiastically recommend Kensington Tours. And Jolene Plant stayed with us in every step during the planning of our trip and itinerary. We saw as much of Africa as much as anyone can during our two weeks vacation.

  • Belinda Skelton — December 12, 2014 — Africa

    This was one of the most amazing trips that I have ever had. The custom tours and activities exceeded my expectations. I was traveling alone but felt safe and in good hands. The process of booking the trip with Lily Baffour was so easy and personal, especially with the constant communications from her up to my departure. Thank you Kensington Tours for an awesome experience. I will definitely use you for my next adventure!

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