Welcome To South Africa
This tour sets out to highlight the best that South Africa has to offer, the best accommodation, in the best locations, with the best Culinary delights and Wildlife experiences. Highlights included:
- Soweto township tour
- David Higgs – Executive Chef at the Saxon Boutique Hotel www.davidhiggs.co.za
- Zululand – Phinda Private Game Reserve
- Open Vehicle Game Drives
- Game Walks
- Bush Dinners
- Visit to a Zulu Homestead
- Kruger National Park – Singita Private Game Reserve
- Singita School of cooking
- Cape Town
- Bo Kaap Culinary and Historical tour
- Cape Point – Cape Of Good Hope
- Table Mountain
- Cape Wine Route – savouring the best that South Africa has to offer
- The Test Kitchen – Cape Town
- Gold Restaurant – Cape Town
- Reuben’s Restaurant – Franschoek
- Ryan’s Restaurant – Franschoek
Saxon Boutique Hotel
Executive Luxury Suite
Once you arrive in Johannesburg, you will be met at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg by your Private Tour Host from Pardus African Tours & Safaris and transferred by Private transfer to the Exclusive Saxon Boutique hotel.
Every detail is considered at the Saxon Boutique Hotel, from the quality of the food to the finer points of our warm hospitality, you can expect only the best. The best is what we know; it is entrenched in the roots of our African spirit. On arrival at the Saxon you will be greeted warmly by our arrivals staff and our Concierge, working together as a family to ensure your stay is an unforgettable one. The sense of space, the landscaped gardens and remarkable infinity pool set a serene backdrop for a restful journey. You become aware of the sights and sounds and the warm atmosphere as you arrive at the entrance with its sweeping staircase. The lounge and terrace offer views over the gardens. The weather in Johannesburg is idyllic all year round. The summer afternoon thunderstorms followed by expansive rainbows leave a memorable impression you will take away with you.
Tonight your culinary experience begins in the Wine cellar with Executive Chef David Higgs. Multiple award-winning Executive Chef David Higgs has created a new culinary philosophy for the Saxon restaurants as well as restyling all the culinary journeys.
David Higgs is passionate about creating honest soul food, combining superior dishes with robust flavours, using only the finest, freshest ingredients. David and his team draw inspiration from their individual experiences in creating a culinary journey based on contemporary and classical ingredients and techniques from around the world and not forgetting the intriguing flavours from Africa. The end result is a selection of carefully planned culinary creations designed to tempt and delight your palate.
Phinda Private Game Reserve
After an early Breakfast we set off on a journey to visit Soweto Township for a short tour to experience South Africa township life. We then make our way to OR Tambo Airport to catch our flight to Zululand Richards Bay. Our Flight is at 13:15 arriving in Richards Bay 14:30 where we collected and take to Phinda Private Game reserve by road, estimated travel time 1 hr 45min.
Phinda Private Game Reserve is situated in subtropical northern KwaZulu-Natal, with close proximity to the warm Indian Ocean. It is an award-winning game reserve with a strong focus on conservation and community involvement. In 1991, Phinda undertook the biggest game relocation in a private reserve in the world at the time, restoring 34 600 acres of degraded farmland to a pristine wildlife reserve. The reserve has now grown to a total of 56 830 acres of land dedicated to the preservation of wildlife.
Referred to as “Seven Worlds of Wonder”, Phinda is home to seven unique ecosystems that can be explored on twice-daily game drives.
While we are here we will explore Phinda game reserve by experiencing open vehicle game drives and game walks with experienced and knowledgeable Game Rangers; Our time here we will also visit a local Zulu homestead to learn about Zulu Culture and Cuisine
Kruger National Park
Singita Private Game Reserve
After relaxed breakfast, we will board a light aircraft to Singita Private Game Reserve situated in Kruger National Park.
Singita Kruger National Park is found on the south eastern reaches of the Kruger National Park, on South Africa’s border with Mozambique. Situated on 33,000 acres, this exclusive concession is one of the most incredible territories in the park and is home to exquisite selections of flora and fauna in four different eco-zones.
Like a collection of eagles’ nests perched along the rugged cliff faces above the N’wanetsi River, Lebombo Lodge looks out regally across the landscape. This boldly dramatic lodge, home to fifteen loft-style suites, is situated on Singita’s private concession in the Kruger National Park. The exclusive concession is a richly diverse habitat, teeming with game, beneath endless African skies. Imaginative wood, steel and organic interiors, all encased in glass, create a stylishly contemporary feel in the suites and make the most of the astonishing views overlooking the river
During our stay we will visit the Singita School of Cooking, The Singita School of Cooking is a unique community development programme that provides youth from the local community with the skills required for a successful career as a chef. Upon completion of the 18-month training, students are assisted in applying for a position as a Comis Chef within Singita or at other lodges close to or within the Kruger National Park. Guests have the opportunity to visit the school, which is located within the staff village, as well as the chance to sponsor a student. Students who receive support keep in contact with their sponsors while studying, and sponsors receive a progress report of the student’s training.
As one of South Africa’s most influential buyers of wine, Singita’s cellars are home to some of the most sought-after private reserves and vintage wines the country has to offer. Whether you are a connoisseur or just enjoy the occasional glass of wine, our experienced sommeliers delight in introducing guests to a vast selection of varietals from all over the world.
Apart from our culinary experience we will also partake in Open vehicle game drives and game walks in search of wild life that Kruger National park is famous for.
Cape Grace Hotel
3 Nights Luxury Suite
After a hearty Breakfast we will board our light aircraft and transfer to Nelspruit airport, we then board our commercial flight to Cape Town International airport. Once we reach Cape Town airport we will be met by our Private transfer to the Cape Grace Hotel situated at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
Staying at Cape Grace is an experience in itself, melding the modern comforts of a Cape Town luxury hotel with traditional Cape culture. And there is no better position for a V&A Waterfront hotel than with Table Mountain standing sentry and towering over the hotel, a working harbour to one side and a multi-millionaire yacht basin on the other.
It’s a heady mix of tantalizing experiences.
Once you have settled in to your room the rest of the day is for you to catch up and explore the waterfront in your own time. Tonight you have an own expense dinner at a restaurant of your own choice.
The next day we will set off to explore Cape Town, we will visit Robben Island in the morning; on the island you will visit the maximum security prison where Nelson Mandela was kept for a nearly a quarter century, interaction with an ex-political prisoner, a 45-minute bus ride with a guide providing commentary and the opportunity to explore the Murray’s Bay Harbour precinct attractions, such as the Muslim shrine, or kramat, and the Museum Shop. This tour is estimated at 3 ½ hours. After Robben Island, we will join the Bo Kaap Culinary and Historical tour, this tour sets out to explore the Cape Malay culture and cuisine, to interact with the local Cape community and take in the history on the area. Tonight we are booked for an exclusive dinner at South Africa’s Top restaurant called The Test Kitchen; “ A truly fantastic chef, … he has this ability of putting seemingly incongruent ingredients together in such a way that they work amazingly well – which is something close to my heart.”
– Heston Blumenthal, Chef and Owner, The Fat Duck.
The second whole day in Cape Town, we will set out to explore Table Mountain, and then make our way towards Hout Bay, to visit the small fishing town, after Hout bay we will wind our way around Chapman’s Peak to the Cape of Good Hope, there after Boulder’s Beach to visit the local African Penguin community. In Simon’s town you will have time to have an own expense meal. After Simon’s Town we will make our way back to our hotel to freshen up, for dinner at the African Restaurant that specialises in African Cuisine, called Gold.
Franschoek Le Residence
2 Nights Luxury Suite
After a relaxed breakfast and some last minute shopping we head off to Franschoek, the heart of the Cape Winelands, a small town surrounded by some of the best wine producers in the world. We are going to spend 2 nights at the Le Residence hotel.
Within the category of luxury Franschhoek hotels, La Residence is in a class of its own. Located in the beautiful Franschhoek valley at the heart of a private 30-acre estate, this is a haven of luxury on every level. Surrounded by vineyards and plum orchards, with a stunning mountain backdrop, La Residence enjoys breathtaking views of the unspoilt rural surrounds and an atmosphere of complete tranquility. Step into the main hall and be transported to a world of exquisite beauty, opulence and grandeur in this luxury Franschhoek hotel. Glittering Indian chandeliers hang from the vaulted ceiling; original artwork and huge mirrors grace the walls; furnishings are plush, colourful and stylish. Elegant antiques and exquisite flowers create a feeling of refinement and sophistication.
During our stay we will enjoy a specialized wine tour exploring various wine estates, enjoying South African locally produced wines and visit some of the best restaurants in the area. Two star restaurants in the area are Ryan’s Kitchen who is known for is gastronomy style of cooking and Reuben’s Restaurant who is owned by one of South Africa’s Celebrity Chefs.
After the last night in Franschoek, we have a private transfer to Cape Town Airport to catch our flight back to Johannesburg where this tour ends. From here you can catch your International flight back home or move on to your add-on trip. Please ask your Pardus Representative for details of other suggested itineraries.
- Pardus African Tours & Safaris Professional Travel Host
- 1x night at Saxon Boutique Hotel in a Executive Luxury room, including breakfast
- 3x nights at Phinda Vlei Lodge in a Suite on a full board basis, including scheduled wildlife activities
- 3x nights at Singita Lebombo Lodge on a full board basis, including scheduled wildlife activities
- 3x night at Cape Grace Hotel in a Luxury room, including breakfast
- 2x nights at La Residence in a Luxury Suite, including breakfast
- Private return transfer between OR Tambo Airport and the hotel
- Private road transfer from Richard’s Bay Airport to Phinda Vlei Lodge
- Private road transfer from Cape Town Airport to Cape Grace Hotel
- Private road transfer from Cape Grace Hotel to La Residence
- Private road transfer from La Residence to Cape Town Airport
- 4x days with vehicle and driver/guide at guests’ disposal for local touring (Cape Town & Franschhoek)
- Scheduled commercial flight: OR Tambo Airport to Richard’s Bay in economy class
- Light aircraft shuttle charter flight: Phinda Vlei to Singita Kruger National Park
- Light aircraft shuttle charter flight: Singita KNP to Nelspruit Airport
- Scheduled commercial flight: Nelspruit Airport to Cape Town Airport
- Scheduled commercial flight: Cape Town Airport to Johannesburg Airport
End of services
- 4-6 pax – $15765.00 per person sharing
- 7-10 pax – $15226.00 per person sharing
- Single Supplement $ 3941.00 per person.
- Own Drinks if not provided by accommodations
- Own expense meals where indicated
- Personal Travel Insurance
- International Flights
- Optional extra activities
South Africa Exclusive – 12 Days (pdf Brochure)
Or Contact Robert@pardustours.com to email you our brochure.
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