Cape Town, Bushmans Kloof & Umhlanga

11
Days
The Red Carnation Hotels Collection includes three luxury award-winning, family owned and run boutique hotels. Each hotel is distinguished by an absolute commitment to attentive service and the comfort of every guest. South Africa is consistently voted one of the world’s most popular destinations – and for good reason. It combines stunning scenery with a vibrantly diverse culture and an extraordinary variety of wildlife with a host of exhilarating opportunities for adventure.
Day
1
Cape Town
Welcome to the glorious Mother City, otherwise known as the city of Cape Town. On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met by one of our friendly representatives and transferred to the Twelve Apostles Hotel. You have a wonderful day at leisure here, and a visit to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is the perfect starting point. You’ll be accommodated sumptuously at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, where sophistication merges with simplicity, comfort with elegance. It’s the epitome of luxe. Relax by one of the two pools or be pampered with a signature treatment at the outdoor Spa gazebo, with views to soothe the soul. The hotel’s Helipad makes the eight minute helicopter flight to Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, as easy as catching the complimentary road shuttle. Hotel guests can stroll straight from their rooms onto the mountainside to breathe in some fresh Cape air and soak up spectacular sea and mountain views. The Table Mountain National Park, a World Heritage Site, offers uninterrupted views, so why not consider a delicious picnic on a specially laid out picnic site and toast romance while the sun slips into the Atlantic Ocean.
Day
2
Cape Town
The full day Cape Peninsula tour hugs the Atlantic seaboard as it winds via the busy town of Hout Bay, to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and its scenic viewing point. We pause at Boulders Beach to watch the curious African penguins, then travel through to the historical naval port of characterful Simon’s Town in False Bay, before heading back to the comfort of the Twelve Apostles Hotel.
Day
3
Cape Town
Today we get to see another side of the marvellous Cape Town on a wonderful full day trip to the famed Cape Winelands. This is a leisurely laid-back day of tranquility and beauty in Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, and alongside the sights and sounds of the rich historical and cultural heritage, we’ll be sampling wines of merit at local well known wine estates. It promises to be a joyful day of plenty.
Day
4
Cape Town
Today is at leisure for you to explore the Mother City, be it sunbathing on one of Cape Town’s magnificent beaches, shopping up a storm, enjoy the many culinary tastes on offer or admiring the beauty of this city from atop Table Mountain, today is your day. (Own account)
Day
5
Cape Town to Bushmans Kloof
This morning after breakfast we depart Cape Town for Bushmans Kloof. Nestled between the majestic mountains of the Cederberg and the vast plains of the Great Karoo, Bushmans Kloof is located in a unique, unspoiled area, once the hunting grounds of the intrepid San and now home to a wide variety of wildlife and plant species. Surrounded by the untamed wilderness beauty of open plains, deep ravines, spectacular waterfalls and ancient sandstone rock formations, this oasis has stunning vistas of wide open ‘desert’ landscapes. It’s worthwhile joining a San rock art tour on the reserve, and gaining an insight into an intriguing ancient culture that’s now lost forever.
Day
6
Bushmans Kloof
Today you are welcomed to explore Bushmans Kloof, which is a South African Natural Heritage Site, and lies within the Cederberg Wilderness Area, part of the Cape Floral Region, a World Heritage Site. Its natural botanical richness includes more than 755 indigenous plant species, representative of three major vegetation types: Forest and Karoo biomes, as well as Fynbos. Fynbos is the fragrant natural shrubland vegetation which occurs in this small belt of the South African Western Cape. Each of these biomes exists and thrives within this protected wilderness. At Bushmans Kloof, the Cape Floral Region and its botanical diversity is celebrated with taste…a selection of signature dishes which include Fynbos plants and Rooibos as ingredients, proudly showcase the regional Cape Country Cuisine.
Day
7
Bushmans Kloof
If there’s anything you haven’t seen in the area, you’ve got one more opportunity to do so. Today is your last day here in this wilderness area to explore.
Day
8
Bushmans Kloof to Umhlanga
This morning we leave the peaceful beauty of Bushmans Kloof and head back to Cape Town. We fly out of the Cape, to King Shaka International Airport in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal. On arrival in Durban, you will be met by one of our friendly representatives and transferred to Umhlanga to your hotel. We’re staying at the luxurious Oyster Box Hotel, South Africa’s number 1 destination resort, located on the coastal playground of Umhlanga, just north of Durban. 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 its breathtaking seaside setting, swiftly garnered it a proud reputation that became the stuff of legends world over.

This iconic landmark has been lovingly refurbished to offer guests a refreshingly contemporary experience, while still evoking feelings, memories, and the warm nostalgia of days gone by. Meticulous attention to detail ensures that former guests will be delighted to discover the old glory has not only been retained, but stylishly enhanced. Your accommodation is superbly designed to provide the utmost comfort and style. All of the colonial charm has been lovingly preserved – from the exquisite tiles, murals and paintings to the antique furnishings. The décor also makes excellent use of natural stone and timber, complemented by calming colours which reflect the soothing shades of the surrounding ocean and tropical vegetation. Welcome to paradise.

Umhlanga means Place of Reeds in Zulu, referring to the beds of reeds that accumulate on the banks of the Ohlanga River a few kilometers north of present-day Umhlanga Rocks. The Umhlanga Lighthouse has never had a lighthouse keeper - the Oyster Box Hotel (built in 1869 as the very first beach cottage in the area) has always been the official warden. The lighthouse controls are in the hotel office, where staff monitor them and report to Portnet’s Lighthouse Service.

Nearby, Umhlanga’s Gateway Theatre of Shopping is not only the largest shopping mall in Africa but the Southern Hemisphere. Modeled on the Mall of America, it has more than 350 stores and over 70 restaurants, 18 movie theatres, 6 Cinema Nouveau, an IMAX theatre, a theme park, a 4000 square meter skate park (designed by Tony Hawk), the world’s highest indoor climbing rock and the highest fountain in Africa.
Day
9
Durban / Umhlanga
This morning we are off on the Durban Highlights Tour which is the perfect way to absorb the essence of the city, one shaped by the early Colonial Settlers, the indigenous Zulu population and the Indians who arrived as labourers in the 19th Century. Our journey takes us along the ‘Golden Mile’ which fronts the promenade and a range of superb beaches, we’ll visit the Kwa Muhle Museum, take in Durban’s exquisite Botanical Gardens, discover the rich Indian history of Durban, and experience our very first taste of the unique ‘Bunny Chow’ cuisine.
Day
10
Umhlanga
Today is at leisure for you to explore this wonderful city, be it sunbathing on one of Durban or Umhlanga’s magnificent beaches, shopping up a storm at Gateway Theatre of Shopping, today is your day to explore. (Own account)
Day
11
Umhlanga to King Shaka International Airport
After breakfast and one last possible swim in the Warm Indian Ocean, you are transferred to Durban’s King Shaka International Airport, in time for your onward journey.


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Includes
• Meet & Greet on arrival at Cape Town International Airport
• Return Airport/Hotel Transfer
• 4 Nights The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa –
Bed & Breakfast plus one dinner for two
• Full Day Peninsula Tour
• Full Day Winelands Tour
• Return Transfers from Cape Town to Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat
• 3 Nights Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat – Fully inclusive (includes 1 private dining experince for two)
• A variety of enriching and exhilarating lodge activities including nature drives, guided rock art excursions, botanical walks, canoeing, archery, fly fishing, hiking, swimming, special interest presentations (birding, stargazing, entomology, and rock art) or merely relaxing, complimentary Wi-Fi and welcome drink
• One Way Airport/Hotel Transfer
• 3 Nights The Oyster Box – Bed & Breakfast plus one dinner for two
• Full Day Durban Highlights Tour

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat

Inclusions:

Nature drives

Guided rock art excursions

Botanical walks

Canoeing

Archery

Fly fishing

Hiking

Swimming

Special interest presentations (birding, stargazing, entomology and rock art)

Complimentary Wi-Fi and welcome drink

Exclusions

Travel date as of 01 Jan 2015 to 31 Dec 2015

All other personal extras.

**Terms**

All packages have been based on a minimum of 2 guests travelling.

The Single Package rate provided is for a guest taking a single room and travelling with other guests. Single travellers, travelling alone will be required to pay an additional single supplement.

Please note that rates quoted are valid for travel within the specified price season - travel must be completed within the price season. If your required dates straddle seasons, prices will be on a request basis.

Flights (unless specified), gratuities and visas are not included.

Kindly note while every effort has been made to ensure that the information and rates contained in this proposal is accurate, Discovering Africa cannot be held responsible for any price increases/changes that may occur without prior notice.

All services are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Departs
Daily on Request