9 days from $4,500 per person*
  • Explore the sights of Cape Town and spectacular Table Mountain with a private guide.
  • Watch African penguins waddle along Boulders Beach at the Cape Point Peninsula.
  • Embark on exciting safaris by 4x4 across the Thornybush Game Reserve
  • Discover the delectable Sauvignon Blancs of the Cape Winelands.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of luxury accommodations and safari camps.
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Elephants, lions, leopards, zebras, and cheetahs are just some of the animals you’ll spy on private sunrise and sunset safaris as you came face-to-fang with the wild heart of South Africa. You’ll also take in breath-taking views of cosmopolitan Cape Town from your vantage point high on Table Mountain, explore the cobbled streets and brightly colored houses of the traditional Cape Malay community at Bo Kaap, frolic with the African penguins at their breeding colony at Boulders Beach, and sample the wines that make Stellenbosch famous on a tour of the fabled Cape Winelands. Spend your nights at stylish city hotels in the heart of Cape Town’s vibrant entertainment district and in traditional safari lodges. When it comes time to discover South Africa’s wild heart, your expert safari guides will take you closer to the action than you ever imagined possible.

Kensington Tours creates private trips from the world’s finest ingredients. Tailor-made with care by your personal Destination Expert, your personalized trip is always a one-of-a-kind experience made just for you. Expert local guidance and 24/7 service come standard.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • Activity - VIP Meet & Greet - Assistant
    • Documents Package - Documents
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 2 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day City & Table Mountain - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Victoria & Alfred Waterfront At Leisure
    • Restaurant Recommendations
  • Day 3 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • Private Tour - Cape Point and Peninsula (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Fine Dining Recommendations
  • Day 4 Cape Town to Stellenbosch
    Cape Town to Stellenbosch
    • Private Transfer - Cape Town - Stellenbosch [via the Cape Winelands ] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Stellenbosch
    Stellenbosch
    • At Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Stellenbosch to Cape Town to Hoedspruit to Thornybush Private Game Reserve
    Stellenbosch to Cape Town to Hoedspruit to Thornybush Private Game Reserve
    • Private Transfer - Stellenbosch - Cape Town [2hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Cape Town - Hoedspruit [Direct, 2.5 hrs] - Scheduled Flight
    • Private Transfer - Hoedspruit - Thornybush Private Game Reserve [Airport, 1 hr] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Conservation Fee
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Thornybush Private Game Reserve
    Thornybush Private Game Reserve
    • Morning Game Drive
    • Afternoon Game Drive
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 Thornybush Private Game Reserve
    Thornybush Private Game Reserve
    • Morning Game Drive 2
    • Afternoon Game Drive 2
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9 Thornybush Private Game Reserve to Hoedspruit
    Thornybush Private Game Reserve to Hoedspruit
    • Private Transfer - Thornybush Private Game Reserve - Hoedspruit [1 hr] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Hoedspruit - Johannesburg [Direct, 1 hr] - Scheduled Flight
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Day 1: Cape Town

Upon arrival to Cape Town, you will be welcomed at the door of your aircraft by a local representative holding a sign with your name on it. Alongside your assistant, you will be directed through immigration, baggage collection and customs before being directed to your onward flight, airport hotel, or to your awaiting driver and vehicle.

To ensure a seamless experience, a documents package containing useful information including a detailed itinerary with pick­-up and drop­-off times, emergency contact information and relevant e­-tickets will be provided to you.

Enjoy a private transfer between your hotel and Cape Town airport. 

Accommodation: The Three Boutique Hotel

Old and new meet in perfect harmony at The Three Boutique Hotel, with the conversion of this beautiful National Monument building into a stylish 15-bedroom boutique hotel in the heart of Cape Town. Each room features complimentary Wi-Fi access, air conditioning, a flatscreen television and en-suite bathroom. A columned terrace tiled in black and white wraps around the house leading to the outdoor swimming pool and lounge where guests are welcomed to relax. The rooftop deck is ideal for sunbathing and sunset drinks while offering guests unparalleled views of Cape Town’s three iconic mountains; Table Mountain, Lions Head and Devil’s Peak, after which The Three is named.

Cape Town, Winelands & Safari  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Three Boutique Hotel
The Three Boutique Hotel
Cape Town, Winelands & Safari  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Three Boutique Hotel
The Three Boutique Hotel

Day 2: Cape Town

Beat the crowds and start the day early with your private guide by visiting Cape Town’s most iconic landmark, Table Mountain. One of the most spectacularly bio-diverse places on Earth, an estimated 1,500 unique species of plant-life are found on Table Mountain alone, many of which are endemic and found nowhere else on the planet. Ascend by cable car as the mist from the clouds open up to the main plateau while striking views of Cape Town come into crystal-clear focus. Now with a better understanding of the city’s layout, walk past Cape Town’s storied past as your guide recounts the colorful histories of the Houses of Parliament, the Castle of Good Hope (South Africa’s oldest building) and the well-tended Company Gardens. Bargain your way through the lively Greenmarket Square in search of souvenir while meeting local artisans along the way. As you enter another one of Cape Town’s famed stop at Bo-Kaap, learn how the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly colored houses became one of city’ most vibrant neighborhoods. There’s no better way of understanding local history than through your Capetonian guide. From here you have the choice of being dropped off at the V&A Waterfront to experience this landmark at your own pace, with its many shops, restaurants and pubs - or at your hotel to end the tour. Should you choose to visit the waterfront, please speak to your Destination Expert for a range of recommendations for lunch.

The V&A Waterfront is surely one of the top attractions in Cape Town no matter your age, interests or group dynamic. To name a few highlights, the Two Oceans Aquarium is home is an incredible array of exotic, seemingly other-worldly creatures from the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Behind the aquarium, a small colony of Cape fur seals are almost always found on the docks, ready and waiting to pose for your camera. Chavonnes Battery, Cape Town’s first fortification, is now a museum with artifacts from centuries past. At the heart of the waterfront lies the Clock Tower of Cape Town and for those wanting to learn more about the harbor's history, a stop at the SA Maritime Museum is a must. For your shopping needs, a visit to the Victoria Wharf Shopping Center is the perfect stopover for designer items and authentic Cape souvenirs.

From street-side tapas to award winning cuisine, let our Destination Experts help you find the right dining option for your appetite. Some of our favorite spots include; Chef’s Warehouse, Bistro Sixteen82, The Foodbarn, Potluck Club, Plant, Shortmarket Club, Harbour House and Black Sheep Restaurant. To arrange reservations at any of these restaurants, speak to your Destination Expert. Please note: Reservations are subject to availability.

Accommodation: The Three Boutique Hotel
Cape Town, Winelands & Safari  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cape Town's Bo-Kaap District
Cape Town's Bo-Kaap District
Cape Town, Winelands & Safari  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The V&A Waterfront
The V&A Waterfront

Day 3: Cape Town

After meeting your expert local guide in Cape Town, begin the day with a visit to one of the more popular leisure hubs for locals – the glorious beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, where impressive white sand beaches hug the shoreline with the Twelve Apostles as a stunning backdrop. Learn about the fascinating history of this breathtaking land from your Capetonian guide as you begin the spectacular sea-side drive to the quaint village of Hout Bay. After a stop in the village, you will track along the extraordinary Chapman’s Peak Drive, known as one of the most picturesque roadways world-wide. With the flexibility to spend as little or as long as you would like in this region crammed with incredible panoramic lookouts, the benefits of having a private vehicle and guide truly come into play. Further along you will reach the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve where, at Cape Point, you will board a funicular or walk up the stairway that leads to the Cape Point Lighthouse; it is here that you will observe the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans while enjoying fantastic views of False Bay. Departing from Cape Point, head northward to Simon’s Town to enjoy lunch (included). Although the city is host to a number of tasty dining options, consider indulging in fresh-caught fish & chips, the town’s specialty. After a refreshing lunch and a bit of time to learn about Simon’s Town, set off with your camera ready to visit Boulders Beach, a nearby nature preserve that is home to a colony of African penguins. Wrapping up your day’s adventure, tour the idyllic Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a sprawling park brimming with rare and exotic plant-life that is surely one the finest examples of botany the world over, before being returned to your hotel.

Sophisticated fine dining, Japanese-Peruvian modern fusion, fresh-caught south Atlantic seafood, and farm-to-table organic delights complimented by incredible views and award-winning, locally-sourced wines; Cape Town has it all. Among many options for high-end dining in Cape Town, the most highly recommended by our Destination Experts are: Aubergine, Nobu, La Colombe, Signal, Roundhouse, The Test Kitchen, Greenhouse and La Moutte. To arrange reservations at any of these restaurants, speak to your Destination Expert. Please note: Reservations are subject to availability.

Accommodation: The Three Boutique Hotel
Cape Town, Winelands & Safari  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Penguins near Cape Town
Penguins near Cape Town
Cape Town, Winelands & Safari  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Chef in the Kitchen
Chef in the Kitchen

Day 4: Cape Town - Stellenbosch

Enjoy a private transfer between Cape Town and Stellenboch by way of what is considered by many to be among the most scenic and picturesque routes in Africa. The drive begins as you depart the chic cityscape of Cape Town, winding through the heart of the Cape Winelands and onward around superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch-style homesteads. Along the popular N2 roadway you will drive to the heart of South Africa’s wine land, Stellenbosch. World renowned for its rich wine culture, beautifully rugged mountain backdrops and ever-changing, colorful vineyards, stroll through canal-lined avenues, shaded by ancient oak trees that surround the historic structures and buildings. Here you will enjoy a range of both award-winning and innovative wines before being delivered to your hotel. Please note: not all wine tastings are included, additional tastings will require payment on-site.

Accommodation: Oude Werf Hotel

A South African historical treasure, Oude Werf has defined hospitality and fine dining since its establishment in 1802.  Guests can enjoy the splendors of the famous Cape Winelands from the tranquility of South Africa’s oldest hotel, perfectly situated in the historical core of the university town of Stellenbosch, only 50 km from Cape Town, 25 km from the sea. Surrounded by beautiful mountains and located on vibrant Church Street, Oude Werf retains the graceful ambience of Georgian style throughout.

Cape Town, Winelands & Safari  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Stellenbosch Wineland
Stellenbosch Wineland
Cape Town, Winelands & Safari  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  South Africa Stellenbosch Landscape
South Africa Stellenbosch Landscape

Day 5: Stellenbosch

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

Accommodation: Oude Werf Hotel

Day 6: Stellenbosch - Cape Town - Hoedspruit - Thornybush Private Game Reserve

Enjoy your private transfer today between Stellenbosch and Cape Town. The approximate travel time is 2 hours.

Board a flight in Cape Town with direct service to Hoedspruit. Approximate flight time is two hours and 30 minutes.

Please note, luggage restrictions apply to this regional flight: 1) Maximum of one checked bag, weighing up to 50 lbs (23 kg); Checked baggage cannot be larger than 62 linear inches (158cm). 2) Guests can also bring one piece of carry-on luggage with a maximum weight of 17 lbs (8 kg). Guests may also bring one slimline laptop bag.

Start your safari with a private transfer from Hoedspruit to your lodge in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve. Approximate travel time is one hour.

Accommodation: Chapungu Tented Camp

Washed with the warmth and color of the afternoon sun, the luxury tents of Chapungu overlook the magnificent bushveld of Thornybush. Here guests can relax and reflect on the tranquility and intimacy afforded by this small camp. Eight comfortable tents, each with private facilities and featuring a bushveld bath, connect by pathways to the main camp. Offering an authentic safari experience in an atmosphere reminiscent of times past, Chapungu is ideal for guests seeking a luxurious stay while in Thornybush.

Cape Town, Winelands & Safari  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  South Africa Thornybush Private Game Reserve
South Africa Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Cape Town, Winelands & Safari  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Chapungu Tented Camp
Chapungu Tented Camp

Day 7: Thornybush Private Game Reserve

The day begins as dawn breaks over the African bushveld. Depart in an open 4x4 vehicle with your ranger and tracker to learn more about the bush while observing its many inhabitants. Where possible, you may be invited out of the vehicle to see tracks, examine individual plants and follow spoors. Hunt for tracks to see what the animals have been up to during the night and track them down, snapping photos along the way before returning to your lodge for an outstanding and aromatic breakfast.

After getting yourself settled into your lodge, meet with other guests and head out into the incredible African wilderness alongside a ranger and tracker. No safari trip is complete without intense game viewing adventures. At Thornybush, you will traverse throughout this private reserve to witness a near unimaginable range of animal life. The Big 5 are only a few of the incredible fauna you will witness throughout your trip; be sure to have your camera ready for action! After a few hours out on the plains, you will be returned to your camp to freshen up for a culinary experience you won’t be soon to forget; a delicious, freshly-prepared meal enjoyed under the evening African sky.

Accommodation: Chapungu Tented Camp
Cape Town, Winelands & Safari  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cheetahs Resting in Thornybush
Cheetahs Resting in Thornybush
Cape Town, Winelands & Safari  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Afternoon Game Drive
Afternoon Game Drive

Day 8: Thornybush Private Game Reserve

Before the blistering sun takes its place high in the African sky make use of the opportunity to discover even more wild game. First thing in the morning, depart to discover the animals of Thornybush, home to herds of trumpeting elephants that gently wander through the savannah. As in the day before, you will be returned to your lodge after a few hours of game viewing to enjoy a complete and hearty breakfast.

Continue your adventure here at Thornybush with an action packed afternoon game drive. The small rolling hills of the reserve set a picturesque backdrop to view a diverse number of species in the undisturbed wilderness. Since 1955, the reserve has been a nature lover’s paradise. You will be out exploring for a few hours before returning to freshen up for dinner.

Accommodation: Chapungu Tented Camp
Cape Town, Winelands & Safari  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lion
Lion
Cape Town, Winelands & Safari  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Warthog
Warthog

Day 9: Thornybush Private Game Reserve - Hoedspruit

Transfer from Thornybush to Hoedspruit with a private driver and vehicle. Approximate travel time is one hour.

Board a flight in Hoedspruit with direct service to Johannesburg. Approximate flight time is one hour.

Please note, luggage restrictions apply to this regional flight: 1) Maximum of one checked bag, weighing up to 50 lbs (23 kg); Checked baggage cannot be larger than 62 linear inches (158cm). 2) Guests can also bring one piece of carry-on luggage with a maximum weight of 17 lbs (8 kg). Guests may also bring one slimline laptop bag.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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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.

The Three Boutique Hotel: Cape Town

Old and new meet in perfect harmony at The Three Boutique Hotel, with the conversion of this beautiful National Monument building into a stylish 15-bedroom boutique hotel in the heart of Cape Town. Each room features complimentary Wi-Fi access, air conditioning, a flatscreen television and en-suite bathroom. A columned terrace tiled in black and white wraps around the house leading to the outdoor swimming pool and lounge where guests are welcomed to relax. The rooftop deck is ideal for sunbathing and sunset drinks while offering guests unparalleled views of Cape Town’s three iconic mountains; Table Mountain, Lions Head and Devil’s Peak, after which The Three is named.

Cape Town, Winelands & Safari  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Three Boutique Hotel
The Three Boutique Hotel

Oude Werf Hotel: Stellenbosch

A South African historical treasure, Oude Werf has defined hospitality and fine dining since its establishment in 1802.  Guests can enjoy the splendors of the famous Cape Winelands from the tranquility of South Africa’s oldest hotel, perfectly situated in the historical core of the university town of Stellenbosch, only 50 km from Cape Town, 25 km from the sea. Surrounded by beautiful mountains and located on vibrant Church Street, Oude Werf retains the graceful ambience of Georgian style throughout.

Cape Town, Winelands & Safari  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Oude Werf Hotel
Oude Werf Hotel

Chapungu Tented Camp: Thornybush Private Game Reserve

Washed with the warmth and color of the afternoon sun, the luxury tents of Chapungu overlook the magnificent bushveld of Thornybush. Here guests can relax and reflect on the tranquility and intimacy afforded by this small camp. Eight comfortable tents, each with private facilities and featuring a bushveld bath, connect by pathways to the main camp. Offering an authentic safari experience in an atmosphere reminiscent of times past, Chapungu is ideal for guests seeking a luxurious stay while in Thornybush.

Cape Town, Winelands & Safari  Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Chapungu Tented Camp
Chapungu Tented Camp
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.
  • Catherine L — May 05, 2019 — Africa

    Everything was absolutely wonderful - from the planning to the execution. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Will definitely work with Kensington on my next trip! (I'm headed to Hong Kong this December and think I should probably do some exploring while I'm there!)

  • Jennifer W — December 04, 2018 — Africa

    Our trip was amazing! The accommodations were lovely. Our safari guide made the experience memorable! Our only job was to relax and enjoy. The guide for our day in Sawato and to visit the Apartheid museum was extremely knowledgeable. This is our second trip with Kensington Tours. We will definitely use again.

  • Tanya R — February 20, 2019 — Africa

    We left everything to our tour rep, Louise Baer. She did a fantastic job. We had no expectations at all but were absolutely overwhelmed with our accommodations. We were treated so well by everyone. It was an unbelievable trip of a lifetime. Our drivers were fantastic. I felt so safe. Brilliant holiday. Thank you, Kensington!

  • Nina P — February 15, 2019 — Africa

    We had a truly amazing trip. Gesa was responsive, accommodating and thoughtful in our planning process. We can’t say enough amazing things about Zuzu and Amin. Zuzu gave us a history of the country that was more authentic than anything we could read in a book. We felt completely safe and secure with Amin at the wheel. They were a great team.

  • Sharon M. — December 16, 2018 — Africa

    This was the trip of a lifetime. I would not have gotten as much out of the trip if it were not for Evan, Kensington’s accommodations, and the guides! I had an amazing time on Safari, at Victoria Falls, and in Cape Town. I can’t remember all of the names of my guides but they were all knowledgeable and passionate not only about their respective countries, but passionate about their field. I felt safe and received the best education from all of them which is one of the main goals of my trips. Thank you Kensington!

  • Norah G. — September 05, 2018 — Africa

    I thought the tour was so well planned, the accommodations were amazing, and the guides were so knowledgeable. I just want to go back!

  • Melvina Z. — December 26, 2019 — Africa

    Zo, my guide in Madagascar was not only friendly and prompt, but also incredibly accommodating to do everything I wanted during my stay! It was another amazing trip to this beautiful island

  • Abdel J. — January 18, 2019 — Africa

    Both of my guides were absolutely friendly and knowledgeable and made the experience a lot of fun. May-Asi was my Tanzania guide and George Aburuki was my Kenya guide. This two fellas were the best!

  • Jeanne E. — January 12, 2019 — Africa

    Our guide Youssef was very knowledgeable and taught us so much about Morocco. Everything went smoothly and he executed the plan with expertise. My husband and I were very pleased with the itinerary, the accommodations that had to be made to it, and the surprises that Youssef made happen. He added a personal touch that was above and beyond. Our driver Mohamed is the consummate professional - way beyond expectations.

  • Annemarie R. — September 09, 2018 — Africa

    Amanda was amazing. From Day 1 I felt I was speaking with someone who was well experienced and informed about planning an African Safari experience. She kept my budget in mind without comprising on the experience. Everything exceeded my expectations. She made it a lifetime memory and for the reason we shall return to Africa once again with the support of Kensington Tours. In today's complex world of travel, so much can go wrong but everything went seamlessly. Well done!

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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