From the Cape of Good Hope and the whales in Hermanus to the Big Five on a Shamwari safari
Spend 4 nights in stunning Cape Town at the ideally located Radisson Blu Hotel, perched on the Atlantic Seaboard rocks within walking distance of the V&A Waterfront. Explore Cape Town and surrounds. It’s a scenic coastal drive to Hermanus (via an optional Shark Cage Diving excursion!), for 2 nights at Abalone Guest Lodge, overlooking the bay. Hermanus is famous for whale watching (June – Nov) and has great beaches. From sea to safari – your next 2 nights are at Shamwari Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape for close encounters with Africa’s Big Five.
See Cape Town’s famous sites – Table Mountain, The Cape of Good Hope, Robben Island
Stay within walking distance of the buzzing and beautiful V&A Waterfront
Hermanus has some of the best land-based whale watching in the world
Discover the unique flora and fauna of the Cape
Game drives at Shamwari to see lion, cheetah, rhino, elephant and wild dog
On arrival at Cape Town Airport you will be met by a representative from Southern Destinations who will transfer you to the Radisson Blu Hotel, fortuitously situated right on the rocks within 5 minutes’ walk of the V&A Waterfront complex. With magnificent views of Table Mountain and Table Bay, it is one of the most popular full service hotels in Cape Town. The hotel has sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and the famous Robben Island and is extremely central.
During your stay, you can look forward to a number of organised tours: a Table Mountain and City Tour; a Cape Point and Peninsula Tour along the spectacular coastline; a historical Walk to Freedom Tour of District Six Museum, Township Walk & Robben Island.
Today you will be collected from the Radisson Hotel and transferred by road along the coast to Hermanus. If you’d like to go Shark Cage Diving, you’ll go via Gansbaai, where a thrilling shark viewing excursion awaits! You will be transferred to Abalone Guest Lodge in Hermanus, famous for some of the best land based whale watching in the world. Between July and December, you can look forward to a Boat Based Whale Watching Cruise, quite possibly the only place in the world where one can see a mighty whale and a great white shark on the same boat trip. Hermanus also has beautiful mountain walks in the unique ‘fynbos’ biome. There are good restaurants, craft markets and golf courses.
Abalone Guest Lodge is situated on the cliffs, a landmark beachfront position midway between the town centre and beautiful white beaches of Hermanus, with stunning all round views of Walker Bay, the whales and the mountains.
You will be transferred from Hermanus to the Cape Town Airport and check in for your flight to Port Elizabeth. On arrival in Port Elizabeth you will be met by a representative from Southern Destinations who will transfer you by road to the Shamwari Game Reserve.
Riverdene Lodge in the Big Five Shamwari Game Reserve has an African colonial feel to it, providing a homely base from which to explore the 20,000 hectare malaria-free game reserve. The atmosphere at the lodge is casual, communal and relaxed. Two lounges open out onto a barbeque area and a fabulous rim flow swimming pool – the perfect place to restore, revive and have fun on hot summer days. A popular gathering spot for guests is the thatched boma with its deck overlooking the Bushmans River.