Day 7 - Depart Samara Private Game
Transfer from Samara to Port Elizabeth Airport. Fly to Cape Town
(internal flight not included), to stay at Kensington Place for
Set on the slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town, lies the five
star boutique experience of Kensington Place. A quiet leafy suburb,
Kensington Place is surrounded by a small landscaped garden and has
stunning views over the city, harbour and Table Mountain.
Kensington Place is an intimate hotel with only eight rooms that
are all meticulously designed. It is well known for personal
attention and hospitality, guests are warmly welcomed to the lounge
and terraces day and night; there is a bar and dining room,
swimming pool, DVD and music library, full concierge service and 24
hour room service. From Kensington Place visitors can easily access
the V & A Waterfront, Table Mountain Cableway, the beaches of
Camps Bay and Clifton, or the city. There are also numerous
excellent restaurant options a short drive away.
Overnight: Kensington Place
Day 8 - Footsteps to Freedom Tour
This morning you will explore the Old Town, where you visit
Greenmarket Square and hear interesting tales of Dutch rule at the
Castle of Good Hope and Grand Parade, see where the slaves were
traded and where they laboured in the Company's Garden. You will
also visit Parliament, where the apartheid laws were passed and
revoked and hear of the distressing consequences of unfettered
racism through the District Six forced removal.
In the afternoon there will be a City & Table Mountain Tour,
exploring the city of Cape Town, known lovingly as the Mother City.
Your visit will include the vibrant Greenmarket Square with its
daily market, the Company Gardens, the Houses of Parliament and the
country's oldest building - the 17th century castle.
Continue to the iconic Table Mountain which looks out over the city
and the Cape Peninsula. As you come down from the mountain, you
will make a stop at Bo-Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with
its brightly coloured houses and photogenic cobbled streets. From
here, either return to your hotel or you continue to the Waterfront
to explore the restaurants and shops at leisure.
Overnight: Kensington Place
Day 9 - uThando and Robben Island
This morning you will have the opportunity to visit one of the
country's most successful community projects, uThando. In order to
showcase some of the projects funded by uThando and to offer an
insight into the work being done to uplift the deprived in South
Africa, guests may visit the rambling townships around Cape Town,
with particular emphasis on at least three of the social
development projects. The visits are designed in such a way as to
educate, inspire and inform while also respecting the privacy and
dignity of the people concerned.
This afternoon you will visit the infamous Robben Island. This
fascinating excursion begins at the Clock Tower, also known as the
Nelson Mandela Gateway, in the V&A Waterfront before sailing
across to the island. Robben Island was a training and defence
station in World War 2, and has also served as a place of exile,
isolation and imprisonment, which became world famous as the prison
where Nelson Mandela was held for 18 years. Today it is a museum
and World Heritage Site which acts as a pivotal point of South
African heritage. It runs educational programmes for schools and
facilitates tourism development - a moving reminder of the price
paid for freedom. As the ferry arrives at the Island, you are
joined by your local guide, someone who spent time on Robben Island
during the Apartheid years and is thus able to give a special and
often moving account of the experience. You will also see the
prison cell where Nelson Mandela spent a great part of his life.
After a most interesting time of gathering 'behind the scenes'
history, return by ferry to the V&A Waterfront.
Day 10 - Winelands
After breakfast you will be collected by your guide and head out
to the Winelands. Enjoy a visit to the Victor Verster Prison (where
Nelson Mandela was held) followed by two wine-tasting's on two
different wine farms. At the end of the day, continue to
Franschhoek where you will check in to Le Quartier Français.
The scenic region of the Winelands centres on three individual
towns. Often cited as the culinary capital of South Africa, French
Hugenot Franschhoek is noted for its abundance of delightful
bistros and street cafes. Paarl is beautifully situated at
the foot of the imposing Helderberg mountains whilst South Africa's
oldest town, Stellenbosch, sits at the heart of the Winelands.
These towns are surrounded by impressive wine estates renowned for
their award winning wines. Just an hour from Cape Town the region
is rich in beauty, history, Cape Dutch architecture and oenological
Le Quartier Franҫais is an exclusive five star boutique hotel
perfectly located in the centre of Franschhoek in the Western Cape.
Le Quartier Franҫais is tucked away from the main street,
surrounded by gorgeous secluded gardens and beautiful mountain
views. With 23 luxurious rooms and suites divided over five room
types, Le Quartier Franҫais draws a range of discerning travellers.
Rooms and suites feature air-conditioning and under-floor heating,
iPod docking station, flatscreen TV, DVD Player and DVD library,
wood burning fireplaces, tea and coffee trays and complimentary
WiFi. Bathrooms are all en-suite with separate baths and showers,
luxurious amenities and marble finishes.
Known for its outstanding restaurants, at Le Quartier Franҫais a
complete gastronomic journey can be experienced. Enjoy a choice of
award winning, cutting-edge cuisine at The Tasting Room and the
Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant which opens daily for lunch.
Further facilities include The Treatment Room, The Screening Room
(in-house cinema), the indigenous and unusual herb and sculpture
Garden, and exquisite grounds with pool.
Overnight: Le Quartier Francais
Day 11 - Depart
Private transfer to Cape Town Airport, for your international
This optional four night extension is available from £1,123 /
$1,885 per person based on two people sharing. This exclude the
internal flight to Cape Town. Alternative extension itineraries can
be arranged on a tailor-made basis. Please contact our South Africa
Yeend, on +44 (0)1242 787806 to discuss your