Location: South Africa Duration: 10 nights Price: From £3,500 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation, some meals, car hire, private transfers and taxes

Hopping from Cape to Cape, this luxury holiday to South Africa wraps up some of the country’s greatest highlights into one classic trip. You’ll begin in the Western Cape, exploring the spectacular scenery of Cape Town, sampling the mellowed bouquets and calm atmosphere of the famous Cape Winelands and watching the horizon in Hermanus for the tell-tale signs of southern right whales, before heading to the Eastern Cape for a few nights of secluded safari bliss.

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A sophisticated African adventure with wine–tasting and whale watching all set against a rugged mountain backdrop and magnetized to the coast, this classic cape holiday is pretty much perfect for everyone.

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When in Hermanus, consider driving to L’Agulhas to walk along the southernmost tip of Africa, also the confluence of the two mighty Atlantic and Indian Oceans. While you are there, visit the famous red and white Cape Agulhas Lighthouse, now a National Monument with its own museum.

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CAPE TOWN – 3 nights

Transferred to Cape Town’s mountainous spine, you’ll delve right into the action on arrival into the Mother City. Elevated enough for decent views over the ocean and set back from the bustle of Camps Bay’s seafront, Sea Five will be your glamorous home for three nights. Embrace the holiday mood with a few well-timed sunset cocktails on the viewing deck or wander down to the nearby beach for a lazy afternoon along the fashionable strip. With a car at your disposal, do a loop around Cape Peninsula, making the journey to the Cape of Good Hope before returning via Boulders Beach, for a morning spent with the famous African penguins. Keep an eye out for southern right whales, as False Bay is a prime whale-watching spot, particularly between July and November when they are calving. Jump on a cable car to the ever present Table Mountain for the best view of the City Bowl before descending, via abseil if you wish, onto Cape Town’s innovative gastronomic scene – fast becoming one of the best in the world.

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PAARL – 2 nights

No visit to Cape Town is complete without a stint in the glorious Cape Winelands. From Cape Town, you’ll drive east to South Africa’s third oldest town, Paarl, where can enjoy its attractive Cape Dutch architecture, its award-winning wines and its imposing mountain range, which beckons adrenalin junkies year-round. Embrace the slower pace of life here by spending a few hours in the heated pool, spa, sauna and steam room in your boutique hotel, the Angala, located just outside of Paarl at the foothills of the Simonsberg mountains. There’s no need to undo the work of the well-trained masseuse as with a very leisurely tram-bus, you can meander between Franschhoek’s wine estates easily and without stress. If you want to do more than just marinate in the sun with a glass of wine, you can visit the largest free flying butterfly park in Southern Africa, play golf on an internationally renowned course, take a hot air balloon over the Berg River or visit the Akfrikaans Language Monument to learn about the Dutch heritage.

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HERMANUS – 2 nights

Verging the coast of the Western Cape, you’ll hit the ocean road and drive to Hermanus, considered the top land-based whale watching destination in the world. You’ll stay in the Marine, which is considered to have the best bed-based whale watching in town. Have no fear that you might miss the southern right whales if they are in the bay, as though you can actually hear them breaching from your room, you’ll also be alerted by the world’s only whale crier when he blows his kelp horn. If you haven’t had your fill of South African wineries, there are plenty around Hermanus to explore or you can take to the water and go kayaking along the coast at Walker Bay. You’ll be perfectly placed to visit Gansbaai, the famous shark diving mecca where you can suit up to swim with a great white, or you can walk along the numerous cliff paths that wind through nature reserves and past local wildlife, such as the guinea-pig like rock hyrax.

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AMAKHALA – 3 nights

Flying from west to east, your holiday will finish with three nights of safari in the Eastern Cape. Nestled in an 18,000 acre private reserve, Hillsnek Safari Camp is an intimate, family-run lodge with just four tented rooms spread along the banks of the Bushman’s River. On the morning game drive, watch out for lazy lions, herds of elephants and fluffy cheetah cubs all slowly waking up and in the afternoon make sure to scan the underbrush for signs of a recent kill, which draw in a crowd of remarkable scavengers, such as hyenas, jackals and vultures. Towards the evening, give your neck a break from scouring the ground and look up either at the incredible birdlife or at the beautiful display of stars.  And when your eyes start to tire, head to your tent to listen to the echoing cough of a leopard or roaring call of a lion as your sink into your room’s deep free-standing bathtub- happy in the fact that tomorrow’s dawn will bring even more sightings and exciting encounters.

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