Bucket-list-Cape Town

City, Winelands and Safari

This 8-night trip is the perfect choice for those wishing to explore South Africa but with limited time. Start your trip in the vibrant city of Cape Town before exploring the french-inspired town of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands. End your trip in the iconic Kruger National Park, in search of the famous Big 5.

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Your adventure starts here

Days

1-3

Days 1-3

Mother city’s natural wonder

Cape Town, South Africa

Scenically beautiful, Cape Town is a compelling mix of trendy modern and old-world elegance. Glamorous hotels, world-class dining and stunning vistas merge seamlessly with dynamic student suburbs and vibrant nightlife. Malay and African heritage is evident in the cuisine, traditions and entertainment while the architecture reveals a strong Dutch, German and English flavour and style. Contemporary art is proudly displayed in a variety of galleries and modern boutique hotels, and wine bars and brandy tasting lounges will appeal to the fashionable set. For the well-heeled the finest in opera, ballet, drama and music can be appreciated in style.

We take the cable car up Table Mountain for incredible panoramas, hiking away from the crowds we stop for freshly brewed coffee and home-baked treats. We descend and wander through the inner city, soaking up the vibe through a combination of historic tales, witnessing modern culture and meeting the people. Focusing on food, design, arts and crafts we uncover a selection of historical sites, such as Company’s Garden, Green Market Square and St George’s Cathedral. We touch on the fascinating and controversial politics that have shaped the city. Then it’s on to the Bo-Kaap, with its brightly coloured 17th century houses and cobble stone streets before visiting local upliftment projects impacting positively on the talented artists and crafters. We explore Bree Street, a hotspot for artisans, fashion, jewellery and interior design. End the day mingling with locals at a cool city haunt, rooftop bar or beach cove.

Today is about mingling with the locals, exploring seaside villages, secluded beaches and wild national parks. First off, we stop for coffee at Muizenberg, top surfing hub and one of the coolest spots on the planet. We continue to the working fishing harbour of Kalk Bay, meet some fascinating fisher-folk and browse the bohemian shops. At the Naval Base of Simon’s Town we search a local beach for our own rogue penguins and snorkel or stand-up paddle in sheltered coves for an extra-special view of these little feathered cuties (weather permitting). After visiting Cape Point, we hike the trails away from the crowds, exploring the magnificent caves, rockpools, and sandy beaches of the national park, and keeping an eye out for whales, dolphins, seals and small land animals. The return journey is a feast of stunning vistas as we hug the coastline along the majestic Chapman’s Peak, stopping for sundowners at a local hang-out.

Scintilla’s special experience
Scintilla’s special experience

Experience the very best of Cape Town with our City & Table Mountain Explore and Cape Peninsula Active Tour.

3 Nights

Cape Grace

• Situated on a private quay on the V & A Waterfront & with magnificent views

• 120 luxurious rooms & suites are spacious, classically decorated & feature large French windows

• An elegant five-star boutique hotel in prime waterfront setting

• Commands dynamic vistas: working harbour, yacht marina & iconic Table Mountain

• Superb Cape & international cuisine, whisky bar

VIP Meet & Greet: Cape Town International Airport
VIP Meet & Greet: Cape Town International Airport

On arrival you will be met at the door of your aircraft with your name on a paging board.

Transfers
Transfers

Cape Town Airport to V&A Waterfront: Private Transfer

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Days

4-5

Days 4-5

Explore the Cape Winelands

Franschhoek, South Africa

An easy drive from Cape Town, the Winelands dramatic mountains stand guard over a quilt of working vineyards, elegant Cape Dutch estates and quaint towns boasting top restaurants, hotels and spas. Sample some of the regions award-winning wine offerings, stroll through exquisitely maintained gardens or explore art galleries and antique shops in the oak-lined streets of the local towns.

We explore the fascinating town of Stellenbosch, browsing through appealing shops and museums, and sipping coffee in one of the tempting street-side cafes. We awaken our senses with a wine tasting experience at an iconic property. Soak up the scenery of this wonderful region, admire a contemporary art collection, see the highest-growing vines and take in breath-taking vistas from an elevated vantage point. After lunch, discover the town of Franschhoek, established by the French Huguenots in 1688, where historic charm blends with a contemporary ambiance. The town boasts a host of boutiques, gourmet restaurants and galleries. We continue to some family-owned, off-the-beaten-track estates for a more intimate, boutique wine tasting experience, before heading back to the farm.

Scintilla’s special experience
Scintilla’s special experience

Explore the fascinating town of Stellenbosch, browsing through appealing shops and museums, and sipping coffee in one of the tempting street-side cafes.

2 Nights

Babylonstoren Farm House

• A working wine & fruit farm in the glorious Drakenstein Valley

• 9 one-bedroom farmhouse suites/loft: interiors a combination of heritage & modern living

• Historic Cape Dutch buildings, magnificent grounds & extensive formal gardens

• Oak-shaded paths, farm walks & garden tours

• Spa, gym & pool: wholesome family living

• Extensive formal gardens supply fresh, home-grown produce to hotel & restaurants

Transfers
Transfers

V&A Waterfront to Franschhoek: Private Transfer

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Days

6-9

Days 6-9

Track the Big 5

Southern Sabi Sands, South Africa

As you bump along the park roads, the sun warm upon your face and air dry in the back of your throat, your senses are on high alert. This is the real Africa, cut away from the hectic pace of life, home to Africa’s Big 5. The Kruger is alive, from the nervously twitching herd of impala after a night of predator action, to the wild dog cavorting like domestic pets alongside the road. Marvel as a herd of elephant simply appear from out the bush, then silently vanish back into the landscape.

With over 2 million hectares of pristine wilderness, the Kruger’s biodiversity sustains numerous species of game and birds. The dry north consists of Baobab trees, scrubland and rocky outcroppings which can be seen for miles and animals tend to gather around water sources. As you come south, the park gets busier, animal numbers increase and the backdrop changes to grassland and acacia woodlands.

The Sabi Sands is a private 65,000-hectare reserve known as one of the few places that you can see the Big 5 in one day. It has a diverse habitat with the Sand and Sabi Rivers running through it, a huge range of wildlife and a reputation for big cat sightings. Head out for an early morning game drive in open vehicles, stopping for a refreshing coffee break and a chance to listen to the sounds of the bush whilst admiring the landscape. After some down-time and a siesta back at camp, set off again in the late afternoon when the bush comes alive. The call of a Nightjar darting overhead and the flash of eyes reflected from the bushes brings an entirely different twist to your safari and as you drop your head back and look up – the starry night skies go on forever.

Scintilla’s special experience
Scintilla’s special experience

Head out for an early morning game drive in open vehicles, stopping for a refreshing coffee break and a chance to listen to the sounds of the bush whilst admiring the landscape.

3 Nights

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

• A contemporary bush retreat set along the banks of the perennial Sabie River

• 8 one-bedroom villas invite easy relaxation, each with their own private lounge, patio, deck & pool

• Breath-taking river vistas & stunning natural setting

• Simple luxury, open-plan & built of natural materials – designed as a lodge ‘of the earth’

• Décor is rich yet minimal, with ambient lighting & subtle accents

Transfers
Transfers

Franschhoek to Cape Town Airport: Private Transfer

Flight
Flight

Cape Town to Skukuza (excluded)

Track the Big 5
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Your Adventure Ends

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  • VIP meet and greet on arrival
  • 8 Nights accommodation with selected meals
  • 3 Full days Scintilla Escapes touring with your expert guide
  • Private road transfers throughout
From $8,869 per person

Trip Summary

Days 1-3
Mother city’s natural wonder

Cape Town, South Africa

Scenically beautiful, Cape Town is a compelling mix of trendy modern and old-world elegance.

Days 4-6
Explore the Cape Winelands

Franschhoek, South Africa

An easy drive from Cape Town, the Winelands dramatic mountains stand guard over a quilt of working vineyards.

Days 6-9
Track the Big 5

Kruger National Park, South Africa

The Kruger is alive, from the nervously twitching herd of impala after a night of predator action, to the wild dog cavorting like domestic pets alongside the road.

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Guest Testimonials

Discover why our guests select Scintilla for their travel to Southern Africa.

Hi Cuan.  Just wanted you to know we have had an amazing time in Namibia!  What an experience!  Yesterday we stopped off at a bar in a very remote village after tracking elephants and had beers and danced with the locals which was fantastic.  Between the orphanage, stops in many villages, the kids we’ve gotten to meet, the Himba village and of course all the animals it has just been incredible.  You organized quite a trip for us!  And now, Botswana!!!

The Soloman Family, USA

My week in Namibia was sensational and went seamlessly. From the welcoming pickup from the airport to the beautiful accommodations and fascinating road-trip across much of the country, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Of particular note, the food at Hoodia Desert Lodge was impeccable and the al fresco lunch prepared by the guide after the visit to Deadvlei and Sossusvlei was simply magical. The sundowners at both Hoodia and Onduli Ridge were top-notch, each offering breathtaking views and fabulous Namibian gin cocktails and bites. What made the entire journey so easily enjoyable was the daily itineraries and maps presented to me upon arrival and the overall organization and attention to detail. My solo sojourn was truly flawless, and I will recommend it widely!

Sarah Scott, ZA

Cuan, everything going to plan so far with stunning weather and excellent service and amazing wildlife in Etosha!! Thanks again for your professionalism. Everything has been magical, and we have definitely brought some luck with us being the first group to find the elephants only after 10 minutes of looking !! Really appreciate your help, and I will be recommending you to our friends back home.

Tom Last, AU

Our guide Charlene was out of this world. She was charming, intelligent, and fun and she showed us the best of Cape Town while also educating us on the journey Cape Town has taken from Apartheid through today. We were fascinated, engaged, and overjoyed to spend our final days in Africa with her. She is truly outstanding.

Paul & Wendy, UK

The trip was FANTASTIC, and our guide Marcus was absolutely superb! We took all of his recommendations for our last free day in the city and can’t thank him enough for the stellar suggestions.

Thomas & Mary Louise, Canada

Please convey my thanks to the Cape Town guiding teams! Without a doubt our most memorable moment of the trip was our visit to the Cape Peninsula with our guide, Chizzy. A major positive, thrilling time. The penguins, picnic and swim at the reservoir, continual birthday celebrations for Jack’s 18th Birthday were all home runs.

Suzanne, Jack & Family, USA

The most important thing for me to tell you is that we had a fabulous time with James exploring the Peninsula of Cape Town! Along with our visit to the Zeitz Museum, our day with James was a highlight of the time we spent in South Africa. He was friendly and open about discussing his experiences growing up with apartheid which I really appreciated. I enjoyed the towns we visited, the restaurant where we had lunch, our visit with the penguins, and our hike out to the shipwreck. Thank you!!

Emma & Lori, USA

Well, we finished up Cape Town this evening, heading to safari tomorrow. We loved the country tour and winery tour, absolutely amazing. Also, our guide for both days, was one of the best we have ever had. We couldn’t imagine a better time and she couldn’t be more flexible. Thank you for setting up this first part of the vacation and setting us up with the tours.

Cory & Heather, USA

It was great! Everything worked out perfectly! We absolutely loved the Sidecar experience – wow, was that fun! We loved our guide in Cape Town, Josh, he was the BEST! He was so fun. We took him for dinners and played golf with him! We just thought Cape Town was fantastic. Wine Country was great. Fantastic.

Joseph, Marsha & Family, USA

On Saturday, we met our guide, Charlene, who was OUTSTANDING. We had missed the Zeitz Museum, and she was happy to let us rearrange our schedule so that we could tour it as well as taking me to a beautiful craft market to buy gifts.  On arriving in the wine country, we enjoyed an amazing lunch at La Motte.  With Charlene's background in wines, she was able to recommend the best wineries to visit on the winetram, as well as several good restaurants in the area.

William & Constance, USA

Cape Town was so scenic and beautiful.  Had an interesting visit around town and to the houses of parliament with a very accommodating guide James.  James made that whole experience everything it was and deserves a lot of credit. What a great place to visit!  What phenomenal food!  What masters of hospitality they all are in Africa!

Jeffery & Barbara, Canada
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