Mr & Mrs Smith's grand tour of South Africa

Wine, dine and go wild…
6 HOTEL STAYS
15 DAYS, 14 NIGHTS

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£5,599 (US$7,293)

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Highlights

  • Stay in Mr & Mrs Smith's luxury and boutique South African hotels throughout (we'll always try to get you the best room or suite available)
  • Private guided tours of Cape Town and Johannesburg
  • Ticking off the Big Five in Kruger National Park
  • Guided tastings through the Winelands
  • Shark diving with great whites off Cape Town's coast
  • Travel between Cape Town and Jo'burg on luxury sleeper, the Blue Train

Destinations

The all-out, all-in tour of South Africa’s very best bits

Forget European grand tours of old and look further afield to South Africa… There are sharks to dive with, galleries to strut through in Johannesburg and the wine matches its Euro counterparts for drinkability. This luxury trip shows you the cultural hotspots of Cape Town, Hermanus’ golden shores, the Winelands and Kruger National Park. To each traveller, their own; anything mentioned in this itinerary can be tweaked to curate the South African tour you’ve been dreaming of. Our Smith24 team are always on hand to make your trip extra special…
Your private, English-speaking driver will be waiting at the plane doors for you when you touch down at Cape Town International, ready to whisk you through airport security and onto Cape Town in a luxury air-conditioned car.

Days 1–3: Cape Town

Your grand tour begins in South Africa’s southern capital, Cape Town. After you’ve strolled a museum mile through the city centre and tasted your way around the top eateries and best bars, get wet and wild with the seafaring locals as you cage-dive alongside sharks.

Style

The city's original designer den

Setting

Foothills of Table Mountain

Room

Standard

Located in the hillside suburb of Higgovale, Kensington Place is an urban retreat filled with furnishings that’ll make the most design-conscious travellers take notice (and notes). View Table Mountain and the harbour from your private terrace or while wandering the gardens and relaxing in the pool.

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A bottle of wine and a welcome glass of champagne; and tickets for the Table Mountain cable car for SilverSmiths and GoldSmiths staying three nights

Day 1

Get accustomed to your new neighbourhood with a stroll around the suburb’s leafy streets. Take advantage of your cool Kloof Road setting with a spot of café and bar hopping between local hangouts.

Day 2

Whether you’re a beach babe or a city slicker, Cape Town has something for you. Enjoy this free day walking in and out of the museums on Government Avenue or ask Smith24 to arrange a guided kayak paddle past the penguin colony at Boulders Beach.

Day 3

Try not to think of Jaws’ ominous ‘dun, dun, duns’ as you dive where great whites play – safely confined in a steel cage – and get to know these usually quite chill creatures, who’ve just got a bad rep.

Cage diving with sharks

After breakfast and a wetsuit fitting with a group of fellow fin-thusiasts at Great White House in Kleinbaai, you’ll board the aptly-named Slashfin and head out into the big blue in search of dolphins, whales, seals, penguins and, of course, great whites. You’ll drop anchor off Dyer Island, then wait for the sharks to circle before climbing into a sturdy steel cage to get up close and personal. You’ll head back to shore via infamous Shark Alley, before being driven back to your hotel, in one piece…
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The urban cityscape of Cape Town gives way to rolling pastures and expansive nature reserves, as your English-speaking driver whisks you away to the Winelands in a blissfully air-conditioned car.

2 Hours

Days 4–5: Franschhoek

Just a few miles outside Cape Town, once-sleepy hideaway Franschhoek is a secret retreat for those in the culinary know. Set in the shade of the majestic mountains of Haweqwa Nature Reserve, Franschhoek has elegant, colonial-style wineries dotted throughout its lush green pastures – the perfect excuse for hopping from wine tasting to tasting.

Style

Whole lotta bottle

Setting

Mighty peaks, vintage valleys

Room

Shiraz Rooms

Set within private gardens, lined with grapevines, luxury hotel Mont Rochelle has an outdoor pool, two restaurants and its own winery. Explore the surroundings on hikes through the hills, take tours of the cellars and indulge in spice- or grape-based treatments in the Africology spa.

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A picnic for two

Day 4

Make the most of your last morning in the city, before your private driver arrives to take you to the Winelands. Once you arrive, you’ll have the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 5

Franschhoek’s fine-dining scene happens to pair very well with its many renowned vineyards. We’ve left today free for you to get a little tipsy (if you wish). On request, Smith24 can arrange for you to tot up tastings by arranging tickets for one of the six hop-on, hop-off Wine Trams that wind their way around the valley.
Once you’ve finished making merry in the Winelands, you’ll head back towards the coast. A private driver will pick you up in a luxury air-conditioned car to drive you to Hermanus.

1.5 Hours

Days 6–7: Hermanus

The wine keeps flowing: Hermanus is home to several fine estates producing cool climate Chardonnay, Mourvedre and even sparkling wine. But, it’s not all wining and – well, wining – you can get in touch with your wild side in Hermanus; this area’s known for adventures by land and sea.

Style

Breezy boutique beach house

Setting

Private Hermanus peninsula

Room

Standard

Perched on the edge of a coastal cliff, the award-winning Birkenhead House is the ultimate Hermanus coastal pad. Set close to surf-haven Voelklip Beach and high above a patch of ocean where whales and dolphins frolic, an ocean-facing infinity pool and seaside spa are but two of the hotel’s numerous charms.

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A fantastic private, candlelit dinner for two in the grounds

Day 6

Be sure to fill out any last minute wine order forms before leaving Franschhoek. On arrival in Hermanus, spend the rest of your day down on the beach, surfing and swimming in the sea, making friends with the occasional dolphin or whale.

Day 7

Spend today exploring the boutique wine producers of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.

Private, full-day tour of the vineyards of Hemel-en-Aarde valley

Your tour of Hermanus’ tipples starts with a drive along the coast and up to Hemel-en-Aarde in the mountains (Afrikaans for ‘heaven on earth’). You’ll be poured flights at two family-owned boutique estates, before heading into the hills to visit Creation Winery; here you’ll try award-winning wines and dine on an eight-course tapas menu at an altitude of 350 metres above sea-level. Your last stop, Domaine Des Dieux, is the only sparkling-wine producer in the valley. The small estate has breathtaking views, too. Forget popping bottles, here you’ll get to try sabrage (opening a bottle using a sabre): the real test of how well you hold your drink.
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Your private driver returns to take you back to Cape Town for a brief overnight stop. The scenic drive along the aptly named Whale Route will fly by in air-conditioned comfort.

2 Hours

Day 8-9: Cape Town

It’s back to South Africa’s southern capital for one night. Then it's all aboard to Johannesburg.

Style

The city's original designer den

Setting

Foothills of Table Mountain

Room

Deluxe Room

You’ll head back to urban retreat Kensington Place for a one-night stay in the city, before boarding your train to Johannesburg.

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A bottle of wine and a welcome glass of champagne; and tickets for the Table Mountain cable car for SilverSmiths and GoldSmiths staying three nights

Day 8

Breath in the fresh sea air one last time, before heading back to Cape Town for an overnight stay in Kensington Place.

Day 9

A private driver will pick you up at the hotel and take you to Cape Town station where you’ll catch the Blue Train to Jo’burg – first-class, of course.

Ride the Blue Train to Johannesburg

Like a five-star hotel on wheels, the overnight Blue Train sleeper has a silver-service dining car, two luxurious lounges and even a boutique on board. Your ticket includes brunch, afternoon tea, dinner, breakfast and a three-course lunch on the train, including all drinks (alcoholic or otherwise), plus a brief stop at Matjiesfontein for a splash of sherry and sightseeing.
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Days 10–12: Johannesburg

All that glitters is (likely) gold in Johannesburg; South Africa’s city is nicknamed after the precious metal. Prepare for some action-packed and evenings of decadent meals in great company.

Style

African fusion

Setting

Central seclusion

Room

Classic Room

You’ll feel like a member of the family at home-turned-boutique-hotel the Peech. Set within a private garden, this urban retreat feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg; however, the city’s big-label boutiques, museums and world-class restaurants are just a 10-minute taxi ride away.

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A 375ml bottle of Cap Classique sparkling wine in your room on arrival

Day 10

Once settled in the city, hit hip hangout spots Maboneng, Parkhurst or Parktown North to scope out the local scene.

Day 11

Get the inside scoop on Jo’burg with a private half-day guided tour of the city.

A private, half-day guided tour of Johannesburg

Hop on the Rea Vaya line of the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit System) with an expert local guide to whizz around the city’s historic hotspots, including Vilakazi Street, once home to Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu. Then embrace your inner art critic on a tour of Johannesburg Art Gallery, home to masterpieces by Manet, Picasso and Rodin; after, you’ll climb (or take the lift) to the Top of Africa, where you can view the city from Carlton Centre’s 50th-floor viewing deck.
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Your driver will pick you up to take you to OR Tambo International Airport; from there you’ll catch a 50-minute flight to Skukuza airport in Kruger National Park. Once you’ve disembarked, a second driver will chauffeur you to your stay (around a 30-minute drive).

2 Hours

Days 13–15: Kruger National Park

Go wild at Kruger National Park. The largest game reserve in South Africa, it covers 18,989 square kilometres, and it’s home to an impressive array of beasts and birds, including more large mammal species than any other African park; not to mention more than 300 prehistoric archaeological sites.

Style

Boutique bushveld

Setting

Extraordinary plain

Room

River Lodge Luxury Room

Prepare for close encounters of the ‘grr’ kind at Lion Sands Game Reserve. Watch big cats, elephants and giraffes at home in their natural habitat, from the comfort of your luxury stay – one of the hotel’s private River Lodge.

Smith Extra

A romantic turn-down and private in-suite dining experience with butler service

Day 12

Squeeze in some last minute sightseeing before your private driver arrives to take to Kruger National Park.

Day 13

Wake early for the morning game drive, then spend the rest of this free day relaxing in the eco-friendly Africology spa or by your bush-facing private pool.

Day 14

During your stay here, get to know the local wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for the Big Five on the daily game drives included in your stay, or the eagle-eyed among you can speak to our very own field guides at Smith24 to organise a helicopter ride over Blyde River Canyon (at an extra charge).

Day 15

Join one last morning game drive before your private driver takes you to OR Tambo International in Johannesburg for your flight back home.
All great things must come to an end… Say ciao to the cheetahs, bye-bye to the buffalos and ‘catch ya later’ to the leopards before your private driver takes you to OR Tambo International in Johannesburg, from where you’ll start your journey home.

4 Hours

When to go

Summer in South Africa is between December and January, when temperatures reach 25 degrees and over. March to May is cooler at around 20 degrees and the humidity drops at this time of year, although you’re more likely to experience rain.

Getting there

You’ll need to book your international flights into Cape Town International Airport where your trip begins, and out of OR Tambo International in Johannesburg. Our helpful Smith24 team will find you flights to and from South Africa. Be it by train, plane or air-conditioned automobile, all inland travel is included.

Packing tips

Slick city-wear is an essential for nights out on the (Cape) town, and stylish safari gear is needed for the (big) cat walks in Kruger National Park. Bring your binoculars and beachwear for whale-watching in Hermanus.

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Terms and conditions

What's included
The package includes all accommodation in Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotels; and all applicable taxes.
What's not included
International flights and car hire, visa fees, airport taxes or insurance. Any items which are not mentioned as included in the itinerary. Any increase in government taxes. For the Timeless Tuscany package, car hire is included, but guests will be responsible for drop-off fees if delivered to a different end point than Florence Airport, refuelling charges, delivery and collection, extra insurance, additional driver costs, admin fees, tax and parking.
General conditions
The price for this itinerary applies for each guest. All prices are in GBP and are subject to change, depending on what time of the year you travel. All prices are subject to any revisions to taxes or tariffs.

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