South Africa malaria free

Some travellers rather avoid taking malaria prophylaxis when going for a luxury South Africa holiday. Also younger children may dislike taking these precautions. If you want to enjoy the best that South Africa has to offer -witout taking malaria prophylaxis- our complete itinerary "South Africa malaria free" provides an excellent solution allowing you to fully experience the country and many of its highlights. You travel from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and visit the Cape Winelands, the Garden Route, and end your holiday with some unforgettable safaris in Addo Elephant National Park.

Tour duration: 17 days, 16 nights

Price: From £ 2659 per person (high), from £ 2109 per person (low) for two adults sharing

Best time to visit: All year round

Day 1 & 2: Flight to Cape Town

kaapstad aerial photo

Today you board your plane bound for South Africa. A flight from the UK usually takes about eleven and a half hours. After clearing customs and reclaiming your baggage you'll be met by our local representative in the arrivals hall. You will receive a comprehensive information pack that contains local vouchers and driving instructions. After this you'll be met by your private driver who brings you to the boutique hotel in Cape Town. Your room is very spacious, yet intimate; elegant but not overly decorated. The king size beds are extra long. All rooms are equipped with flat screen television, DVD player, telephone, electronic safe and air conditioning. Breakfast is included during your stay.

Hotel name: 2inn1 Kensington Hotel style: urban oasis

Day 3: Cape Town

Cape Town luxury boutique hotel

Well rested breakfast awaits you in the restaurant next morning. Shortly after breakfast your rental car will be delivered to the hotel. You have three full days to spend in one of the world's most beautiful cities. Beautiful weather? Seize the opportunity and visit the iconic Table Mountain. Making use of the cable car takes you to the top in about ten minutes time. From here some stunning views over Cape Town, both the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, Robben Island and the Cape Peninsula await you. Sports enthusiast are advised to follow the Skeleton Gorge walking trail to the top, a two and a half hour walk. Also not to be missed are the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on the eastern side of Table Mountain. You can easily stroll around this beautifully landscaped garden for hours and enjoy an amazing variety of flowers and plants, but also contemporary art. Ask for some advice for restaurant tips from the hotel staff, they'll happily assist you making the necessary reservations

Hotel name: 2inn1 Kensington Hotel style: urban oasis



Day 4: Cape Town

penguin boulder's beach cape town

There are plenty more ideas for activities or day trips when staying in Cape Town: What about a visit to Cape of Good Hope, Africas most southwestern tip? Or perhaps that Cape Town's trendy beaches appeal more to you. The beaches of Camp's Bay, Clifton or Llandudno are definitely places worth a visit. From the V&A Waterfront daily ferries sail to Robben Island, the location where the foundations for modern South Africa were laid. You can also choose to spend a day out of town. In that case you migt want to consider a visit to the nearby Cape Winelands. From Cape Town the wine villages of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch are less than an hour's drive away.

Hotel name: 2inn1 Kensington Hotel style: urban oasis

Day 5: Cape Town uThando Community Projects excursion

uThando excursion

To get the most uit of your stay in Cape Town we already schedule a special half day excursion for your convencience. It is not an ordinary excursion, but the perfect opportunity to better understand daily life in Cape Town. The "uThando" initiative is a series of projects that focuses on inproving the living conditions of so many Capetonians. The work done by the projects varies from orphanages, homes for the elderly, environmental projects, as well as theatre and dance classes for kids. During this day trip you'll get to see some heartwarming development projects in the city. The projects visited change every day so that daily routine does not get interfered with. More information about this excursion can be found on our uThando page. We wholeheartedly recommend joining this very special Cape Town excursion. Tonight you'll sleep in 2inn1 Kensington again.

Hotel name: 2inn1 Kensington Hotel style: urban oasis

Excursion choice - Of course we realise that not all tastes are the same. For this reason we created a Cape Town day trips menu. You are free to pick the day trip of your choice, all activities have the same rate. So if you rather prefer to go wine tasting, or explore the Cape of Good Hope, this is no problem at all. The choice is yours.

Day 6: Cape Town - Franschhoek (or Hermanus in whale season)

franschhoek hotel

Used to the good Cape lifestyle by now, it is time to continue your malaria free tour of South Africa. Fortunately, the next destination is just a short distance away, so you won't spend too much time in your rental car. Via the charming village of Stellenbosch you drive through the rolling hills of the wine region to Franschhoek. Franschhoek is a small village in the middle if a fairytale like valley. This afternoon there's time to explore the village. A good idea is to start with a visit to the Huguenot Museum at the end of the main road. There's a lot to be learnt about this, formerly sleepy, village. The village gained a lot in popularity over the last few years, mainly due to the culinary boom that took place in Franschhoek. A repectable number of world class restaurants -many of which are award winning- can be found here. Fine wine is thus combined with delicious food. (Driving distance 50 miles)

Hotel name:
Franschhoek Country House (or Oceans 11) Hotel style: classic country retreat


Day 7: Franschhoek (or Hermanus in whale season)

wine tasting south africa

Today is the day to enjoy all that the Cape Winelands have to offer. There's a lot to see and do in the area, so make sure to start early today. Naturally, visiting one or more wine estates is not to be missed when staying in Franschhoek. We recommend driving in the direction of Stellenbosch via the Helshoogte Pass. On your way you'll pass many large and small wineries, all of which have something different to offer. As such we suggest you enquire at the reception of Franschhoek Country House which estates would be best for your particular taste before you leave, they happily provide some great choices. Our favourite estates include Kanonkop Estate, Bosch en Dal, Blaauwklippen and Waterford. Back in Franschhoek your toughest decision is yet to be made: with a choice from more than 31 restaurants this might prove not the easiest task! We happily advise you to go have yourself surprised at the "Topsi & Company" restaurant, just off the main road. You'll sleep in a comfortable hotel, surrounded by vineyards. The spacious rooms are all equipped with aor conditioning and private terrace. 

Hotel name: Franschhoek Country House (or Oceans 11) hotel style: classic country retreat

South Africa whale season - Southern right whales visit the bay of Hermanus every year from late July to November. Female whales arrive first, they venture into the calm waters to nurse their young whale calves. In October the population is at its peak as the male whales come in and pick up their females and youngsters for the long journey back. The whales come very close to the coastline, sometimes up to only twenty meters. During whale season we recommend staying in Hermanus so that you can experience this phenomenon yourself. For more information about the hotel used in Hermanus see our luxury travel module "A taste of Africa: wine & whales in the Overberg".

Day 8: Franschhoek - Swellendam

swellendam luxury

The malaria free South Africa tour continues further to the east. Through a number of impressive mountain passes you reach the N2 motorway. This excellent road brings you to your next destination quickly. Swellendam is one of the older settlements in the Western Cape, which shows through the many old "Cape Dutch" buildings that can be seen in the centre. For the next two nights you'll be staying in a very special guest house owned by the Dutch Carla and Maarten. They have a beautiful modern lodge on the outskirts of Swellendam. All rooms are themed differently. (Driving distance 100 miles)

Hotel name: Bloomestate Hotel style: minimalistic chic

Day 9: Swellendam

bontebok

Many travellers seize the opportunity to just sit back and relax a little bit after what has been quite an active holiday in South Africa so far. The guest house in Swellendam provides the excellent location to do so: the spacious garden invites you to relax by the pool or jacuzzi. You can also get a DVD from the extensive library and enjoy a movie in the privacy of your room. But of course you can also choose to venture out and explore Swellendam and surroundings. In whale season (August - November) it is recommendable to drive to the The Hoop Nature Reserve. Here you are able to spot the giant mammals from the beach. Also worthwhile is visiting Bontebok National Park, just across the motorway from Swellendam. Here you can see a large population of the rare bontebok, an animal species not commonly sighted in other places throughout Africa. Tonight you will stay another night in Bloomestate.

Hotel name: Bloomestate Hotel style: minimalistic chic

Day 10: Swellendam - Oudtshoorn (Swartberg Pass)

oudtshoorn hotel

En route again you continue to the city of George. From here follow the road inland. You will pas a mountain range and once on the other side you imagine being in another world. Welcome to Klein Karoo, a semi desert. In the area there is a lot of fruit cultvation: especially peached, apricots and oranges. When you are travelling at the beginning of summer (November and December) make a stop at one of the many roadside fruit stalls. You can buy juicy fresh fruit for barely nothing. The next town en route is Oudtshoorn, centre of the South African ostrich farming. From Oudtshoorn it is another forty minute drive to the foot of the Swartberg Pass. Here you'll stay in a typical "Karoo style" small lodge that completely fits its surroundings. The adjacent restaurant serves excellent meals (nothing fancy). The best way of finishing your day is taking a glass of South African red and enjoy the endless Karoo sunset. The rooms are tastefully decorated and provide all comforts. (Driving distance 161 miles)

Hotel name: Swartberg Country Manor Hotel style: mountain splendour


Day 11: Oudtshoorn (Swartberg Pass) - Plettenberg Bay

plettenberg bay lodge

We thoroughly enjoyed getting up just before sunrise when staying at Swartberg Country Manor. By doing so you can drive up the Swartberg Pass and enjoy a majestic sunrise from the top. Please drive slowly, the road is steep and has many sharp bends, but the reward is definitely worth the efoort once on top. Go prepared: it can be very cold and windy so early in the morning. Back at the lodge you can have breakfast before setting off to Swellendam. The next two night you'll sleep in a luxury lodge just outside Plettenberg Bay itself. The extensive grounds of the lodge is in fact a mini nature reserve, and feels far away from civilization. In reality, you are close to a bustling seaside resort town, with all facilities and comforts it has to offer. The lodge has an African look and feel. Rooms are equipped with king size beds, a cosy fire place for colder days, private patio with stunning views over the forest, and mini-bar. There also is a large swimming pool with a panoramic view over the gorge where the Matjies River meanders through. (Driving distance 118 miles) 

Hotel name: Hog Hollow Country Lodge Hotel style: African fusion

Day 12: Plettenberg Bay

garden route tsitsikamma

Plettenberg Bay is your home base when it comes to exploring the area. From July to November, southern righ whales can be seen in the bay. Throughout the year thousands of bottlenose dolphins reside in the same bay. Pick one of the nearby fantastic beaches for a walk or settling down with a good book. But most of all, there is a lot to do in the area. Not to be missed is Tsitsikamma National Park, less than an hour's drive away. This great nature reserve is located right on th coast whe huge waves crash onto the rocks. You can follow some rewarding walking trails where you walk in between the Indian Ocean and ancients coastal forests. Walking in the park means that you are actually walking a small part of the world famous "Otter Trail". The best way getting to Tsitsikamma is not via the N2 motorway. The much smaller -old- roads are much more beautiful and take you through some deep gorges. Tonight you'll stay another night in the same lodge in Plettenberg Bay.

Hotel name: Hog Hollow Country Lodge Hotel style: African fusion

Day 13: Plettenberg Bay - Addo Elephant Park private lodge

elephants addo

You will conclude this malaria free South Africa holiday in style. The following days will be spend in one of South Africa's greatest national parks. Addo Elephant National Park is overwhelmingly large, about 164,000 hectares. It is easily accessible from Port Elizabeth, at about 50 miles away, and is located amidst the Zuurberg Mountains. One of the best safari lodges is located in a private concession area within the boundaries of the national park. The excellent lodge is a former farmhouse and built in typical Eastern Cape style. The lodge only has eight rooms, so there is great attention to detail and staff will do everything to make you feel at home. We also met some of the most knowledgeable rangers we ever encountered on safari here. With great passion for nature and wildlife they happily share their vast knowledge during game activities. This afternoon you will head out with a ranger in a open safari vehicle already searching for lions and elephants.

Hotel name: RiverBend Lodge Hotel style: old safari farmhouse


Day 14: Addo Elephant Park private lodge

Addo private lodge

Addo Elephant National Park is especially famous for its huge elephant population. Once -after some notoriois years of poaching- only eleven individuals were left in the area. Addo now has a very healthy population of about 450 individuals again. The chances of not seeing elephants during this luxury South Africa safari are therefore very small. Today you will have to get up early, just before sunrise. A morning safari has a complete different character than an evening game drive: other kinds of game is seen the atmosphere is completely different. You climb aboard the open 4x4 Landcruiser with some of the other guests and head out into the bush accompanied by a game ranger and tracker. It is very likely that you already encounter some of the Big 5 (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo). Halfway the morning the vehicle is stopped in the middle of the bush for a delicious (and much needed by then!) cup of coffee. You will definitely start appreciating the advantages of being on safari with such well trained ranger/guides, their eyes are so much better adapted for seeing game that you yourself would easily have missed. After returning to the lodge breakfast us ready and you can start contemplating about your first morning in real Africa. From now until about four o'clock in the afternoon there is time for you to relax after which the second game drive of the day starts.

Hotel name: RiverBend Lodge Hotel style: old safari farmhouse

Day 15: Addo Elephant Park private lodge

elpehant addo

Another day of safaris in Addo. You will notice that your eyes feel better adapted in noticing animals. Take the challenge and see whether you can spot game faster than the tracker who is seated in front of the car. You now also have the chance to go search for animals you haven't seen before, and maybe also some of the smaller (but no less interesting) creatures of the bush. After breakfast there's is time to rest: no luxury at all when you have to get up so early in the morning! During your last game drive you may have a chance of seeing the elusive leopard. The ranger will then shut down the car engine, lights turned off, and everybody lowers their voice. And then you listen concentratedly... will there be action or no action? An exciting safari experience, guaranteed. After another glorious day in the bush you will definitely sleep very tight. But of course, first dinner awaits you under a starry sky.

Hotel name:
RiverBend Lodge Hotel style: old safari farmhouse

Day 16 & 17: Addo Elephant Park - Port Elizabeth - return flight London

addo lodge luxury

After a last morning gamedrive your malaria free South Africa holiday ends today. During the day you will travel to Port Elizabeth's airport, some 50 miles away. Here you will dropoff your rental car and board the domestic flight to Cape Town or Johannesburg. From here your flight back to the UK departs in the evening.

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Included: car hire category C; domestic flight Port Elizabeth - Johannesburg; meet & greet; routeinformatie; route information package; transfer upon arrival Cape Town

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