South Africa 2021
Thompson Travel Holidays
27 October 2021: Depart Belfast or Dublin to Cape Town. (Flights to be confirmed)
28 October 2021: Southern Sun Waterfront, Cape Town
Today you will be met on arrival in Cape Town International Airport and transferred to your hotel.
29 OCTOBER 2021: Southern Sun Waterfront, Cape Town
Half day city tour with Table Mountain
Table Mountain ticket (weather dependant)
Visit the Castle & Company’s Garden
Drive by Parliament, City Hall & Slave Lodge
Visit Bo Kaap & Malay Quarter
Afternoon at leisure
30 OCTOBER 2021: Southern Sun Waterfront, Cape Town
Day at leisure
31 OCTOBER 2021: Southern Sun Waterfront, Cape Town
Full day Peninsula tour
Drive by Clifton, Camps Bay & Llandudno
Short stop at Hout Bay (Seal Island cruise optional)
Chapman's Peak Drive
Lunch at Bertha's Restaurant in Simon's Town
Penguins at Boulders Beach
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
01 NOVEMBER 2021 Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa, Franschhoek
Idyllically situated in the Cape Winelands, this peaceful country retreat is one of the oldest towns in South Africa. The town was named Franschoek, meaning “French Corner” as it was founded by French Huguenots settlers who fled the inquisition in Europe and were seeking a secluded little hide-out. They found it in the remarkably fertile valley of Franschhoek and this fascinating heritage is showcased at the Huguenot Memorial Museum. The Cape Dutch architecture in much of the village remains remarkably well preserved as restrictions were placed on the extent of renovations and new construction in order to preserve the aesthetic of the original settlers. The town’s ideal summer weather and towering snow-capped peaks in winter have turned this once sleepy little village into a popular tourist attraction. Its proximity to Cape Town allows for pleasant day trips during which visitors can explore the area’s many world-class wine estates, indulge their taste buds at the impressive range of excellent restaurants or simply browse the quaint, upmarket boutiques strewn along the town’s lovely tree-lined avenues.
02 NOVEMBER 2021: Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa, Franschhoek
(walking tour included)
Paarl was named after the huge granite dome of rock, which overlooks the town founded in 1690. The famous 11km long Main Street features the Strooidak Church, Die Oude Pastorie Museum and the Patriot Building. The beautiful homestead of Labories in Main Street was bought by KWV. The KWV cellar complex is the largest in the world, covering an area of 22 hectares. The magnificent Cathedral Cellar, with its barrel-vaulted roof and large carved red wine vats is spectacular and depicts the history of the Cape’s wine industry.
Stellenbosch – Orientation Tour with visit to Taal Monument at Paarl/Cheese Tasting at Fairview Estate
A blend of historical architecture, student life, epicurean delights and oak-lined avenues, Stellenbosch is a picturesque university town surrounded by mountains and vineyards. A walking tour of the town centre allows visitors to take in its beautifully preserved Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture, as well as the many enticing art galleries, craft shops, clothing boutiques and gift stores, while foodies may prefer indulging in mouth-watering cuisine and fine wines at one of the chic restaurants or buzzing bistros. Stellenbosch is also the ideal base from which to explore the renowned local wine route, boasting a high proportion of the country’s leading wine estates.
03 November 2021 Protea Hotel Knysna Quays
Nestled between the imposing Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean and surrounded by world-renowned forests, Knysna offers a wealth of activities for visitors. The beautiful lagoon and more than eight beaches provide opportunities to swim, surf, canoe, yacht, jet-ski, boat, fish, walk on soft sand and take ferry rides. Various markets offer organic goods, delicious food, indigenous plants and a social atmosphere. Mountains, valleys, lakes, forests and streams are ready to be explored. The region isn’t known as the “Garden of Eden” for nothing! A birding route is available for avid bird watchers. World class golf courses are at your doorstep. And of course the area is famous for the Knysna Heads and delicious oysters.
04 November 2021: Protea Hotel Knysna Quays
Featherbed Nature Reserve – day trip
Featherbed is a privately-owned, registered Nature Reserve and a South African Heritage Site, No.59. It is a pristine piece of paradise situated on the Western Head of Knysna and is accessible by ferry only. In order to protect the splendour of the natural beauty, access to the Reserve is controlled. Numbers are limited and visits are only permitted in the company of the Reserve's specialist guides. This 4-hour excursion departs daily and reservations are essential. It is a wonderful outing for all ages and fitness levels. Good walking shoes are recommended and remember to bring your camera, hats, and sunblock in summer and a warm jacket for the ferry trip in winter. The nature reserve offers Knysna adventure activities not to be missed. A perfect outdoor family holiday activity to be enjoyed by both young and old.
05 November 2021: The Beach Hotel Port Elizabeth
Depart Knysna after breakfast and travel to Port Elizabeth via Tsitsikamma Forest.
Tsitsikamma National Park is situated at the heart of the picturesque tourist region known as the Garden Route, found in the Southern Cape. The park incorporates 80 km of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in mountain Fynbos and temperate high forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea.
06 November 2021: Kariega Main Lodge, Kariega Private Game Reserve
Kariega Private Game Reserve
As a family owned and operated private game reserve, Kariega Game Reserve offers a warm and friendly environment where guests can experience a real connection with all that Africa has to offer, including its rich culture. Local cuisine, traditional braaivleis (barbeque), and outdoor dining in the African boma are all part of the authentic African journey at Kariega. Of course, your African safari would not be complete without the big game experience offered at Kariega. Comprising 10,000 hectares of rich biodiversity and lush landscapes, Kariega is a malaria-free safari destination home to the Big 5 (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, cape leopard) and much more. Twice daily game viewing from open game vehicles is the centre of your safari experience but other safari activities on offer include walking safaris, river cruises, canoeing and fishing. Also available is a tranquil health spa, and a well-equipped gym.
07 November 2021: Kariega Main Lodge, Kariega Private Game Reserve
FULL BOARD AT KARIEGA with 2 GAMES DRIVES PER DAY
08 NOVEMBER 2021: Departure
After breakfast at Game Reserve travel to Port Elizabeth Airport Approximate transfer time: 2 hours.
Southern Sun Waterfront - Cape Town - 4 nights, Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa - Franschhoek - 2 nights, Protea Hotel Knysna The Moorings - Knysna - 2 nights, The Beach Hotel PE - Port Elizabeth - 1 night, Kariega Main Lodge - Kariega Private Game Reserve - 2nights
This is an exclusive tour organised by Faith & Culture Tours a brand name of Thompson Travel International). We are fully ATOL licensed and offer you the experience to travel with us on this fantastic journey.
Celebrating 25 years in business, we partner with Thompsons of Africa to take you along the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth enjoying breath-taking scenery, diverse landscapes and a safari experience. The memories of the landscapes, night skies and trips will stay with you forever.
The tour will be led from Dublin by a Thompson Travel Representative. You will be escorted in Africa by a fully qualified English-speaking guide.
Payment 2 - BY 31 March 2021 - £1500
Payment 3 - BY 30 May 2020 - £750
Payment 4 - BY 8 August 2020 - Balance plus tips
Meet & Greet at airports as specified.
Accommodation, meals, day tours and activities as specified.
English speaking guide on transfers, day tours and overland until drop off at Port Elizabeth airport for the entire itinerary.
Hotel and airport porterage for the main tour.
Bed & Breakfast/Full board in Game Reserve/3 lunches.
Evening meals except in game reserve
Gratuities (approx. £65 collected with balance)
Items of a personal nature
Any trips over those included in itinerary