12 Day Cape Winelands, Safari & Garden Route- Luxury

 button  From ZAR37,560 / US$2,683*
Starting Date:

Any date specified by clients – this is a private tour

Starting Point:

Anywhere in Cape Town / Stellenbosch

Ending Point:

Anywhere in Cape Town / Stellenbosch

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Featherbed tractor ride
Feather bed boat
Franschhoek Country House restaurant
Franschhoek Country House
Franschhoek Country House rooms

This is a 12-day tour in South Africa and we only visit prime areas, namely the Cape Winelands outside Cape Town, Gondwana Game Reserve which is located just outside Mossel Bay and the majestic Garden Route.



  • We visit the town of Franschhoek, which is the food and wine capital of the South Africa
  • Cape Point, declared a World Natural Heritage site
  • Cape of Good Hope
  • A trip to Boulders Beach to view the penguins
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is a famous botanical garden nestled at the eastern foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town
  • Stellenbosch – home to some of the best wine cellars in the world
  • Paarl
  • Cape Wine Estates: Wine tastings in Paarl, Stellenbosch & Franschhoek and on route to Mossel Bay
  • Gondwana Game Reserve
  • Big 5 Game Drives
  • Delve into the astounding Cango Caves
  • Full ostrich experience at High Gate Ostrich Farm
  • Stop off at Calitzdorp, also known as the “Port Wine Capital”
  • Travel through the picturesque Outeniqua Mountain Pass
  • Visit Knysna
  • Stopover in Plettenberg Bay
  • Pop in at Knysna Heads for some exceptional views and photo’s
  • Cruise the Knysna lagoon and enjoy the Featherbed Nature Reserve tour
  • Knysna Elephant Park for a unique elephant experience

Day 1: Cape Town - Franschhoek

On arrival in Cape Town you will be met and transferred to the picturesque village of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands, where you check in at the Franschhoek Country House or similar for (3) nights on a bed and breakfast basis. Here you have the time to soak up the post card beautiful setting. On route to Franschhoek we will give you a taste of what you can expect of this majestic region!

Overnight: Franschhoek

Activity Included: Wine tastings x 1

Accommodation: Franschhoek Country House & Villa’s www.fch.co.za

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Private Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour

After breakfast you will be collected from your hotel in Franschhoek and spend a full day exploring the Cape Peninsula with lunch. The highlights of the day’s itinerary include a visit to the craggy Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, a stop at the famous Boulders Beach Penguin Colony.

We pass through Hout Bay and allow for a boat trip to Seal Colony (optional extra). We drive through the historical naval town of Simons Town and the chance always exists of seeing baboons, bontebok, ostriches, bird life and the Southern Right Whales (seasonal). The day is completed with a visit to the ornate Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Overnight: Franschhoek

Activity Included: Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach & Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

strong>Accommodation: Franschhoek Country House & Villa’s www.fch.co.za

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 3: Private Full Day Cape Winelands Tour

Today you will be collected from your hotel and taken on a private guided full day tour of the Cape Winelands, including lunch. The day’s itinerary will include a leisurely exploration of the historic Wine Route towns.

Highlights of the day include a visit to Stellenbosch with its tree lined streets, historical architecture, alfresco cafés and good shopping. We pass through the Franschhoek Valley with its endless mountain vistas, and stop in Paarl, “the pearl of the Cape” and home to the Afrikaans language. Cape Dutch architecture is highlighted as we visit the acclaimed Boschendal Manor House and some fine wine tasting and a cellar tour is enjoyed on some of the best Cape Wine Estates.

Overnight: Franschhoek

Activity Included: Wine & Cheese Tastings in Stellenbosch, Paarl & Franschhoek + Cellar Tour

Accommodation: Franschhoek Country House & Villa’s www.fch.co.za

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 4: Franschhoek - Gondwana Game Reserve

After breakfast you will be collected from your hotel and we make our way to Gondwana Game Reserve, just outside Mossel Bay on the Garden Route. The picturesque journey of 4 hours will provide numerous photographic opportunities and we will stop often to marvel at our surroundings.

On arrival you will enjoy a welcome drink before been whisked away to your very luxurious and comfortable accommodation for the next 3 days! The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.

Overnight: Mossel Bay

Activity Included: Picturesque drive from Franschhoek to Mossel Bay

Accommodation: Gondwana Game Reserve www.gondwanagr.co.za

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5 & 6: Gondwana Game Reserve

Gondwana game Reserve provides twice daily guided game drive safaris and / or walks are undertaken in the early morning and late afternoon - evening. The middle of your day is left for you to decide.

Some relaxation is often on the cards for most safari guests, but other activities in the reserve (or nearby) include visiting their Spa (additional costs), a round of golf (additional costs) at the world famous Pinnacle Point and bird watching is available to you!

Spa: Enjoy a relaxing and indulgent Spa treatment in African style at Gondwana Spa. Gondwana’s Spa offers a full treatment menu utilizing the luxurious Africology product range which makes use of South Africa’s indigenous plants.

Treatments can be in the double volume treatment room or open air for a truly “au natural” experience. In addition, guests can request in room treatments for the ultimate in privacy and ease.

Golf: Try a golf safari for something a little different – Capey Tours has preferred golf rates with Pinnacle Point as well as most of the other top Garden Route courses and we are happy to book your round, provide transfers or package golf rounds into your rate if you would like to play golf instead of joining one of the daily game drives.

Overnight: Mossel Bay

Activity Included: Game Drives, hikes and numerous activities on the reserve

Accommodation: Gondwana Game Reserve www.gondwanagr.co.za

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Gondwana Game Reserve - Oudtshoorn

After your morning game drive and breakfast, we make our way to Oudtshoorn, the Ostrich Capital of the world. You have the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight: Oudtshoorn

Activity Included: Game Drive

Accommodation: Mooiplaas Guesthouse www.mooiplaasguesthouse.co.za

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8: Oudtshoorn

A day's tour incorporating two of the country's most spectacular mountain routes, and visiting the Cango Caves & Cango Wildlife Farm on route. Taking the back roads to the foot of the Swartberg, negotiate the highest mountains in the Western Cape via the magnificent Swartberg Pass, and into the Great Karoo. Enjoy a light lunch in the typical Karoo village of Prince Albert before returning through the mountains.

Overnight: Oudtshoorn

Activity Included: Cango Caves Standard/Adventure tour & Cango Wildlife Farm Tour

Accommodation: Mooiplaas Guesthouse www.mooiplaasguesthouse.co.za

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9: Oudtshoorn - Knysna

After breakfast we visit High Gate Ostrich Show Farm. High Gate Ostrich Show Farm has been telling the fascinating story of ostriches and ostrich farming in Oudtshoorn for over a hundred years, and its tours have delighted visitors from all over the world. Meet ostriches face to face, learn about ostrich farming, and enjoy everyone’s favorite – ostrich races!

We then head over the Outeniqua Mountains via the spectacular Robinson Pass, and back to the contrastingly different coastal environment around Mossel Bay, and an opportunity to explore the Portuguese influence in the development of South Africa.

pend some time exploring the coastal, forestry and Lakes Wilderness areas on route to the Garden Route town of Knysna, ideally situated on South Africa's second largest estuary.

Overnight: Knysna

Activity Included: High Gate Ostrich Show Farm

Accommodation: Villa Afrikana www.afrikana.com OR Villa Castollini www.castollini.co.za

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 10: Knysna

The day is devoted to exploring the scenic beauty of the Garden Route. First on the agenda is a visit to the famous Knysna Heads with its breathtaking views!! Then we are off to Featherbed Nature Reserve, which is reached via a ferry crossing over the Knysna Lagoon. The reserve is located on one of Knysna's famous heads, overlooking the lagoon and the Indian Ocean. It is home to two of the Garden Routes icons, namely the small blue duiker and the Knysna Loerie.

This experience includes the following; return ferry trip on the Knysna Lagoon to the Western Head, 4x4 vehicle & trailer drive up the headland onto the Reserve, stopping at spectacular viewpoints, specialist guide giving information on history, fauna & flora, optional guided 2.2km walk through coastal forest and fynbos into ancient sea caves and World renowned buffet lunch at an outdoor restaurant setting under a canopy of Millwood trees.

Overnight: Knysna

Activity Included: Visit to Knysna Heads & Featherbed Experience

Accommodation: Villa Afrikana www.afrikana.com OR Villa Castollini www.castollini.co.za

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 11: Knysna - Plettenberg Bay - Tsitsikamma National Park

Travel the short distance to the contrastingly upmarket resort of Plettenberg Bay, and experiencing this holiday environment from various local viewpoints before taking a casual cruise up the tranquil Keurbooms River in the company of a knowledgeable river guide.

Continue east via the contrasting environments of tranquil Natures Valley, and its impressive beach, before carrying on to the rugged coastal environment of Tsitsikamma National Park, where there is an opportunity to walk through the indigenous forest to the impressive river mouth itself and walk across the 2 suspension bridges. Call in to view the world’s highest Bungee Jump at the Bloukrans River Bridge on the return to Knysna.

Overnight: Knysna

Activity Included: Visit to Plettenberg Bay, Keurbooms River Cruise, Hike the Tsitsikamma National Park to suspension bridges & Visit Highest Bungee Jump in the world.

Accommodation: Villa Afrikana www.afrikana.com  OR Villa Castollini www.castollini.co.za

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner is a traditional South African Braai (BBQ)

Day 12: Knysna - Port Elizabeth

fter an early breakfast, we slowly make our way back to Port Elizabeth but not before stopping at the Knysna Elephant Park!

Founded in 1994, The Knysna Elephant Park was the first facility in South Africa to house and care for orphaned African elephants. The first orphaned calves (from a culling operation in the Kruger National Park) named Harry and Sally, after the famous movie of the time, remain part of the KEP family today: Harry as the dominant bull and Sally as the matriarch of the herd.

Since 1994, they have cared for and raised more than thirty elephants. These animals include relocated animals, orphaned calves, elephants rescued from culls and ex-circus animals. Some have become part of the KEP herd, others have moved onto other reserves and facilities in the Western and Eastern Cape, taking in to cognizance their personalities, bonds with other animals and welfare needs. The present KEP herd numbers nine – the largest domesticated matriarchal herd in the country.

This will certainly be one of your tour highlights and be edged in your memory forever!

Then it’s onwards to Port Elizabeth for your flight back to Johannesburg – London!

strong>Overnight: None

Activities included: Knysna Elephant Park – Unique Elephant Experience

Meals: Breakfast

5-8 People ZAR37,560 US$2,683
4 People ZAR39,540 US$2,824
3 People ZAR42,670 US$3,048
2 People  ZAR44,920 US$3,209

NB: Please note that 2 people are required for the tour to run.We can accommodate larger groups (up to 18 guests). Please contact us for a quotation.

What’s Included
  • Services of a registered guide
  • Land transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Pickups & Drop Offs
  • Accommodation as specified in the Itinerary
  • 3 Nights @ Franschhoek Country House & Villa’s
  • 3 Nights @ Gondwana Game Reserve
  • 2 Nights @ Mooiplaas Guesthouse
  • 3 Nights @ Villa Afrikana or Villa Castollini
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • 24 Meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 8 dinners
  • All applicable taxes
  • All activities and entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • All park fees where applicable
    What’s Excluded
  • International airfare (to & from South Africa)
  • Activities not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Gratuities
  • Drinks
  • Meals not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal & medical insurance

Capey Tours

Pre Departure Info

Important notes

  1. This trip departs early in the morning on day 1 and it is strongly recommended that you arrive at least one day prior.
  2. This trip is a combination of short break Adventures and you will be joined by your local tour guide
  3. Prices are based on double/twin/family share and a compulsory single supplement applies for solo traveler’s. See Important notes for more details.
  4. A departure airport transfer is included on Day 1 of this short break adventure. Please ensure your arrival and departure flight details are provided to your at least 7 days prior to your departure.

Group size

Maximum of 18 travelers per group

Your fellow traveler’s

This trip is operated in "Join-In" basis and you may travel alongside other Capey Tours or non-Capey Tours traveler’s during included activities.

Please note many of our Short Break Adventures operate with a minimum of 2 people, so there may be instances where there are only 2 people on the trip.


Hotel / Guesthouse / Backpackers depending on your choice

Meals & Drinks

As per the itinerary. Drinks are for your own account

Money Matters


The official currency of South Africa is the Rand (ZAR). The best way to manage your money in Africa is a mixture of cash and an ATM card (best to have both Visa and MasterCard).



The South African Rand can also be used widely in countries of Southern Africa. When changing money, only use reputable authorized money exchange vendors and never anyone on the street. There are many instances of traveler’s being given counterfeit notes or being tricked when money is being counted out.

Visa & Master Card

With ATMs being increasingly available in the many major towns and cities and even some campsites, credit or debit cards are a convenient way to access money. Throughout Africa, cards with the Visa logo are most readily recognized, although MasterCard is also accepted in most places. A charge is made for each international transaction - please check with your bank how much this fee will be. Check with your bank before leaving home that your card can be used as a debit card in Africa. You may also want to notify your bank that you are visiting Africa as it's not unknown for banks to freeze cards which show sudden transactions in other countries. At “A Team Tours” we are serious about your safety and strongly advise that you follow the following rules when drawing cash at an ATM:

  • Take someone with you when you want to withdraw money from an ATM
  • Withdraw money inside a bank if possible
  • Do not withdraw large sums of money from an ATM – rather use your credit card

When it comes to money matters on the trip, every traveler is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need.

Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).

Emergency Funds

Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (e.g. a natural disaster, civil unrest, strike action or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.

Joining Point

Cape Milner Hotel

2a Milner Road


Cape Town


Phone: 27 (21)4261101

Finish Point

Cape Milner Hotel

2a Milner Road Tamboerskloof Cape Town SOUTH AFRICA Phone: 27 (21)4261101

Joining/Finish point description

The Cape Milner is a sophisticated, comfortable hotel in the Tamboerskloof region of central Cape Town. All rooms have a refined, contemporary decor, en suite bathrooms and fabulous views of Table Mountain. Tea and coffee making facilities are included as is Wi-Fi and flat screen TV's. The hotel facilities include an elegant dining room, outdoor pool, glass-roofed bar, a small gym and many lounge areas.

Joining/Finishing Point Instructions

If you have pre-booked a departure transfer, please inform your leader and they will notify you of your departure transfer time. If you are making your own way to the airport the hotel will be able to help book you an airport shuttle or taxi. Please ask at reception.

Emergency Contact

In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, A Team Tours representatives can be reached on +27 810188912 (24/7). For general enquiries or questions about your booking, please visit us at www.capeytours.co.za/contact-us While we always endeavor to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip. We recognize that there may be times when your group tour leader/guide may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager? You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.


Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.


Australia: No visa required Belgium: No visa required Canada: No visa required Germany: No visa required Ireland: No visa required Netherlands: No visa required New Zealand: No visa required Switzerland: No visa required United Kingdom: No visa required USA: No visa required

Citizens of the above countries do not need visas to visit South Africa as a tourist for up to three months. Citizens of all countries should check with the relevant consulates as to whether a visa is required.

Entry Requirements - Passports

Please note that non-machine readable passports are no longer accepted by South African immigration. All visitors to South Africa must have a machine readable travel document (e-passport). Failure to present an e-passport will result in denied entry. Passengers with a valid visa issued in a non-machine readable passport will be handled on a case by case basis, but a fine will still be applicable.

Entry Requirements - Travelling with Children

A new immigration regulation came into effect on 1st October 2014, whereby parents will need to produce an original unabridged birth certificate if they are travelling with children. The new regulation has been put in place to protect children from being abducted, kidnapped and preventing child trafficking. The Department of Home Affairs has urged all parents to apply for unabridged certificates for their children. Additionally, further documentation including permission to travel, may be required if only one parent is travelling. These are requirements of the immigration regulation 6 (12)(a) for parents travelling with children. So just to be on the safe side, more information can be found here: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/civic-services/traveling-with-children

We recommend traveler’s check requirements before travel as they can change.

What to Take

What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the tour you have chosen and when you are travelling. Generally speaking, you should pack as lightly as possible.

Most traveler’s carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc. for day trips.

Water Bottle

Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.


All Capey Tours traveler’s need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveler is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Capey Tours reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

Yellow Fever

A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.

It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.

Travel Insurance

span style="font-size: 14pt;">Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24-hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

A Couple Of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Capey Tours traveler’s. Capey Tours philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Capey Tours, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately, please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.

Responsible Travel

We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimize the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects.


At Capey Tours we take your safety very seriously. Like any other country in the world, South Africa also has “hotspots” where it’s not safe to go. In order to keep you safe at all times, we have listed a few pointers below that will go a long way in ensuring your safety in various situations:


  • Take someone with you when you want to withdraw money from an ATM
  • Withdraw money inside a bank if possible
  • Do not withdraw large sums of money from an ATM – rather use your credit card
  • NEVER ACCEPT HELP FROM A STRANGER, not even someone who looks like a security guard. If your card should get stuck or be “swallowed” by the machine, stay there and send you companion to look for help or phone the number on the machine
In the Car
  • Plan your route in advance
  • Keep your car doors locked at all times and windows closed
  • Lock valuable items in the boot
  • At night, park in well-lit areas
  • Never pick up strangers or hitch-hikers
  • If in any doubt about the safety of an area, phone a police station for advice
At the Hotel
  • Never leave your luggage unattended
  • Store valuables in the hotel’s safe-deposit box
  • Keep your room locked, whether you’re in it or not
  • If someone knocks, check who it is first before opening the door
  • Hand the keys in at reception whenever you leave the hotel

In the Street

  • Avoid ostentatious displays of expensive jewelry, cameras and other valuables
  • Don’t carry large sums of money around
  • At night, steer clear of dark, isolated areas
  • It’s better to explore in groups and stick to well-lit, busy streets
  • A policeman or traffic officer will be glad to direct you if you get lost
  • If you want to call a taxi, your hotel or the nearest tourist information office will recommend a reliable service


After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future traveler’s.


We trust you enjoyed your adventure and look forward to seeing you return ASAP!

“Capey Tours”

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