The city of Cape Town is the starting point for this exciting and varied Walk through the colorful Western Cape.
We encounter game, flora and rock-art in the wilderness of the Bushmans Kloof reserve, explore the historic Cape Dutch buildings at Tulbagh and the Huguenot architecture and farms of other scenic townships.
We sample wine in prestigious vineyards and see spectacular African sunsets. At the Madikwe Game Reserve, we may encounter the Big Five (lion, elephant, leopard, rhinoceros and buffalo) and stay at the beautifully appointed Madikwe Lodge. Experienced rangers guide us through the unique ecology of this untamed wilderness.
Sunday Overnight: The Cellars-Hohenort
Monday Overnight: The Cellars-Hohenort
Tuesday Overnight: The Cellars-Hohenort
Wednesday Overnight: Bushmans Kloof
Thursday Overnight: Bushmans Kloof
Friday Overnight: Bushmans Kloof
Saturday Overnight: Le Quartier Francais
Sunday Overnight: Le Quartier Francais
Monday Overnight: Madikwe Safari Lodge
Tuesday Overnight: Madikwe Safari Lodge
Wednesday Overnight: Madikwe Safari Lodge
(Single Supplement $2,225.00)
Hotels - Where we stay
Situated in the heart of the Constantia Valley in Cape Town, The Cellars-Hohenort is a haven of peace and tranquility unifying two great traditions, the magnificent restoration of the 18th Century Klaasenbosch wine cellars and the splendid manor house of the Hohenort. The gardens at The Cellars-Hohenort are acknowledged as one of the finest hotel gardens internationally, and have been voted by Garden Design, a top American magazine, as one of the top thirty hotel gardens in the world.The hotel has several restaurants and bars, three swimming pools, a tennis court, gym, full service spa, beauty salon and gift boutique. Two internet computer stations are available in the lounge. Wireless internet access is available. Bedrooms offer breathtaking views across the nine acres of gardens and vineyards. Each room features air conditioning, hairdryer, Satellite TV, phone and personal safe.
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Retreat is a luxury 5-star ecological oasis and wilderness experience located a mere 270 kilometers from Cape Town. This conservation success story is a haven to many unique, and some endangered species of animals and birdlife, and over 755 indigenous plant species which thrive within this protected wilderness. With more than 130 San Bushman rock art sites, Bushmans Kloof is also home to one of the world's largest open air art galleries. Guided rock art walks, a Heritage Centre and a medicinal herb garden provide further insight into the lives of the San, one of the oldest known civilizations, who lived in this region during the later Stone Age. Three outdoor infinity-edge swimming pools grace the gardens. The hotel has a full service spa and fitness centre. Internet is available in the hotel library. Wireless access is also available for those who bring a computer. All guest rooms are elegantly appointed and furnished to create a feeling of restfulness and peace. A subtle fusion of African and European design enhances your personal space. Each room features air conditioning, hairdryer, mini bar, tea and coffee unit, phone and personal safe.
Le Quartier Francais
Le Quartier Francais (The French Quarter) is a small, privately owned hotel situated in the French Huguenot valley of Franschhoek, in the Cape Winelands. Tucked away in secluded gardens it offers a delightful haven of peace and tranquility. It was rated one of the top 100 hotels by Travel and Leisure in 2007. The hotel facilities include a swimming pool, spa, gift boutique and wireless internet access throughout the hotel. The luxurious rooms are tucked away around a central courtyard and pool filled with beautiful blue and white gardens. Each room features air conditioning, hairdryer, DVD/CD players, wood burning stove, phone and personal safe.
Madikwe Safari Lodge
Madikwe Safari Lodge is situated in the heart of the richly diverse and malaria-free 76,000-hectare (187,800-acre) Madikwe Game Reserve -one of South Africa's biggest wildlife sanctuaries. Famed for peration Phoenix, the world's largest game translocation exercise with the introduction of more than 8 000 animals, Madikwe's diverse geology and broad mix of habitats allows a wide range of African wildlife to flourish - including the Big Five (lion, elephant, rhinoceros, leopard and buffalo), cheetah and a thriving population of wild dog. Set on a gentle slope nestled between two rolling hills, Madikwe Safari Lodge overlooks game-filled plains with the Dwarsberg Hills in the distance and the Marico River nearby. The rooms are organic in design and woven copper screens add intriguing detail. Each room features a sitting area, a bedroom with circular fireplace, a spacious dressing area with personal bar, an en suite bathroom with bath, indoor and outdoor shower and a private plunge pool, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, hairdryer, phone and personal safe. Limited internet facilities are available.
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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation
- Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
- A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
- Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
- Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
- Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
- All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
- Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
- First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
- All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
- Wine / beer with dinner
- On-trail snacks and refreshments
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants