Living Desert Cape Town Extension

Cape Town Extension, 4 days / 3 nights (land only)

This extension is offered as a pre-Botswana option

  • 3 Nights at Cape Town’s BELMOND MOUNT NELSON HOTEL – Close to Table Mountain and the beaches, the hotel’s understated charm, complemented by modern luxury are for the discerning traveler.
  • Airport transfers with private car and driver, including a private ‘Meet and Greet’ service on arrival into South Africa.
  • 3 Breakfasts
  • Scheduled city tour of Cape Town and a full day excursion to Cape Point including a visit to the Boulders Beach penguins
  • Scenic cable car ride up Table Mountain

Friday, Oct 19  USA – Johannesburg, South Africa

Your exciting adventure begins today, as you board your international flight, bound for South Africa.  (Clients flying via European or Eastern gateways may have to depart the USA on Oct 18th.)

Saturday, Oct 20 Arrive Cape Town

Touch down in Johannesburg, where you clear Customs and Immigration formalities and then board your flight on to Cape Town. Upon arrival into Cape Town you will be met by our Great Safaris representative and transferred to your reserved hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.

The Cape was established by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a halfway house along the trade route between the East and Europe. This became a place to mend ships, rest and heal weary visitors and most importantly to collect fresh produce grown by farmers in the area in order to feed famished sailors and soldiers before heading off again for the second leg of their arduous sea voyage.

 

Cape Town grew quickly and soon earned the reputation as the ‘Tavern of the Seas’. Today Cape Town is still a thriving port and never ceases to enthrall visitors with its unique beauty, ethnic diversity and energetic vibe.

With its iconic Table Mountain backdrop, Cape Town is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. An eclectic mix of architectural styles reflects both the area’s history and the more pragmatic realities of the 21st century.  The city’s Edwardian and Victorian buildings have been carefully preserved, and many excellent examples of Cape Dutch architecture are found in the city and its environs.

ACCOMMODATIONS: MOUNT NELSON HOTEL

Set in a lush garden estate in the heart of Cape Town, the Mount Nelson Hotel is an iconic property that encapsulates the true spirit of Belmond. Its romantic heritage recalls the days of great ocean liners and high tea on the veranda, while its contemporary dining
scene adds a lively buzz.

Situated close by Table Mountain and Cape Town’s spectacular beaches, it offers easy access to all that’s happening in this vibrant city, while its gardens and spa are an oasis of calm.

The hotel’s rooms have an understated charm, complemented by modern luxury for the discerning traveler. They offer spacious sitting areas and a choice of twin or king-size beds. Most rooms offer a view of our magnificent gardens, Table Mountain or a balcony overlooking the fountain courtyard. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom which vary in size depending on the location of the room; equipped with a separate shower, bath, basin and lavatory.

The Lord Nelson Restaurant offers fresh and vibrant menu choices in a setting filled with oak paneled walls and an original bust of Admiral Nelson. The Oasis Bistro serves breakfast and lunch (and also serves poolside) and Afternoon Tea is a necessary indulgence during your stay.

Sunday, Oct 21 Cape Town

After breakfast at the hotel, join your scheduled tour coach and depart for Table Mountain. It is wise to enjoy the mountain during the early morning hours, when the clouds have not yet gathered over the mountain top or, as the locals say, before the “white tablecloth has been spread over Table Mountain”.

Descend the mountain and continue with your city sightseeing excursion. Highlights of this half day tour include the picturesque Malay Quarter, city Centre and Company Gardens, the Castle of Good Hope and Cape Town Diamond Works.

Situated below Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, Cape Town offers a rich cultural and colonial heritage, grand splendor and an assurance of activity of excitement. Including all the ‘must-sees’ of Cape Town, this tour is a geographical and cultural extravaganza, showing you Cape Town, from its historical beginnings of yesteryear to the dazzling modern buildings of today.

ACCOMMODATIONS: MOUNT NELSON HOTEL (Breakfast)

Monday, Oct 22 Cape Town

Depart the hotel this morning to commence your scheduled tour of the Cape Peninsula. First you will travel via the 12 Apostles and Hout Bay, to Chapman’s Peak. This is one of the region’s most dramatic mountain drives and offers amazing panoramic views over the city and environs. Descend the mountain pass and continue on to the coastline.

This strip of the peninsula’s shoreline, commonly known as the Atlantic Seaboard, stretches some 34 miles from the waters of Table Bay along the western coast to the nature reserve at Cape Point. The exceptional beaches and rugged mountains along this coastline not only make this a popular drive, but also provide outstanding views across the Atlantic Ocean, with some of the most spectacular sunsets in the world.

The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve comes to an end at majestic Cape Point. Situated at the junction of two of earth’s most contrasting water masses – the cold Benguela current on the West Coast and the warm Agulhas current on the East Coast, the Cape of Good Hope is popularly perceived as the meeting point of the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans. Guests will take the funicular to the vantage point from where they will be able to witness the “meeting of the two oceans”.

Today’s attractions include Boulders beach, which is home to a colony of endangered jackass penguins in Simonstown. Technically, these are African penguins…but early settlers thought that their braying sound was more like a four-footed pack animal than a two-footed bird!

You will also have the (optional – cost not included) opportunity to visit the colony of seals on the aptly named Seal Island, before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon.

ACCOMMODATIONS: MOUNT NELSON HOTEL (Breakfast)

Tuesday, Oct 23 Cape Town – Johannesburg – Maun, Botswana

You are transferred to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg in time to connect with onward service to Maun and the beginning of your Botswana adventure. (Breakfast)

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