Group Size: Based on Minimum of 2 passengers
Searching for an exotic and luxurious holiday at an affordable price? You can expect luxurious accommodation throughout, complete with personal touches, without breaking the bank.
To celebrate Bench Africa’s 50th anniversary this itinerary has been expertly designed by the Bench Africa team as an introduction to Africa, specifically for the first time safari-goer. Journey through the most scenic areas in South Africa: Cape Town - consistently voted most beautiful city in the world, Franschhoek - arguably one of the best winelands on earth and the world famous Greater Kruger.
Day 1 - Cape Town
On arrival into Cape Town Airport today you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Find charm and character in the heart of Cape Town. Staying in their own 1-bedroom apartment, couples will love the privacy and romantic setting while still having full access to all the hotel services and hospitality. More Quarters provides you with easy access to everything on offer in the scenic and exciting city of Cape Town, yet when you close the door to your apartment, you can shut out the world and enjoy complete privacy and calm. From More Quarters you can explore nearby bars, beaches, great little shops, local eateries and boutiques. It’s an authentic experience of Capetonian living, with Lion’s Head above you, the buzz of the neighbourhood next to you and the vibrancy of the city all around you. Complimentary return transfers between More Quarters and the V&A Waterfront are available.
Day 2 - Cape Town
Enjoy a full day at leisure to enjoy the vibrant city of Cape Town. (B)
Day 3 - Cape Town
Enjoy a Half Day City & Table Mountain tour – a geographical and cultural extravaganza showing you Cape Town from its historical beginnings to the dazzling, modern city it is today. Table Mountain ticket excluded (as weather permitting). Lunch and drinks are excluded. (B)
Day 4 - Cape Town
Enjoy a Full Day Cape Point Peninsula tour. Travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach. Continue via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breath-taking coastal drives, to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point which is perceived to be the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Go on to historic Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. Boulders Penguin Colony is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat. End the day with a visit to the well-known Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. The Garden includes five of South Africa’s six different biomes and is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape Flora it displays as well as for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. (B)
Day 5 - Franschhoek
After breakfast this morning you will be met and transferred to the beautiful town of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands. (B)
Franschhoek Country House & Villas, a 5 star hotel accommodation in the heart of the Franschhoek valley complimented by the well known Monneaux Restaurant and a number of guest services on offer for you to enjoy and indulge in. Situated on the outskirts of the Franschhoek Village, only 1km from the main town it is an ideal base to indulge your tastes for fine wines and world class cuisine.
Day 6 to Day 7 - Franschhoek
Enjoy your days at leisure. Taste a mixture of fascinating history and allow yourself to indulge in the pleasures of the renowned Cape Winelands. (B)
Day 8 - Makalali Conservancy
After breakfast this morning you will be met and transferred approximately 45 minutes west to Cape Town Airport in time for your onward flight to Hoedspruit (flight not included in package). (BLD)
On arrival into Hoedspruit Airport you will be met and transferred approximately 75 minutes to the Makalali Conservancy.
Garonga Safari Camp is an exclusive 12 bed camp in the 22,000 hectare greater Makalali Conservancy situated west of the Kruger National Park. This unassuming sanctuary promises an intimate wildlife encounter in an unhurried environment where you can unwind, sleep deeply and be yourself. The luxury tents are situated overlooking a dry riverbed – each with a wooden deck complete with hammock that commands spectacular views. The rooms are light, airy and spacious with large, draped beds. In addition to the indoor shower, there is an outdoor shower, providing the perfect link between the luxury of the suite and the allure of Mother Nature. The food at Garonga Safari Camp is a fusion of the resident chef’s exceptional culinary skills and there is a varied selection of excellent South African wines – making every meal at Garonga an unforgettable experience. Activities include game drives, wilderness walks, sleep-outs, outdoor bush baths and, for an additional cost, guests can enjoy aromatherapy and reflexology sessions.
Day 9 to Day 12 - Makalali Conservancy
Enjoy game viewing activities offered by the camp. (BLD)
Day 13 - End of Luxury Signature Safari Special
After your final morning game drive and breakfast this morning, you will be transferred back to Hoedspruit Airport for your departure flight. (B)
Dates and Pricing
- 20 Jul 19 - 31 Aug 19 $3,715 $5,310
- 01 Sep 19 - 30 Sep 19 $4,160 $5,755
- 01 Oct 19 - 31 Oct 19 $4,800 $7,035
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included. *Optional activities are at an additional cost so please enquire with us.
Wonderful South Africa
We had a wonderful trip and everything worked perfectly. Both Garonga and
were excellent choices and staying more days at fewer places allowed us to
enjoy more of the African bush,animals and atmosphere instead of hurrying
from one camp to the next. Both camps had good waterholes which animals
visited frequently so even though Garry did not go on every drive he saw
plenty of animals. I always look for a camp with a waterhole. We saw the big
five at Garonga - terrific leopard sighting in a tree above our vehicle and
then a leopard fight and the looser just missed falling in our vehicle. No
leopard at Makweti but plenty of animals and easier travelling on Makweti
Safari. At Makweti we had an elephant drinking from one of the swimming
Food was very very good at both places and accomodation wonderful. The sleep
out at Garonga Is a must do. Exciting and a little scary but a great
experience We saw three lions at the dam I fronton the sleep out while
having dinner. They gave us a whistle and foghorn to scare away the animals
if necessary! They have not lost anyone in twenty years so I guess it all
We probably liked Makweti a little more but it was a close choice. The food
was exceptional at Makweti seeing animals a little easier and zebras walking
under our deck wonderful. Test our guide was exceptional and made every trip
fun . We had three different guides at Garonga which I though al little
strange although it did not worry us too much but the last guide we had was
the best. At Garonga the drinks were paid for and we could help ourselves
which is an advantage. At Makweti we had to pay for drinks which were a
reasonable price but you needed someone to serve you. Note at Makweti there
is NO phone reception which did not worry us.
At both places there is wifi in the main meeting areas Moore Quarters was
once again great. I would recommend staying there. Easy walking to great
restaurants and shops and supermarket and pharmacy near by . We walked to
the waterfront And also used the free shuttle . Breakfast was very good
Thanks for organising a fantastic holiday
Bench organised a truly wonderful holiday and everything ran smoothly. I cannot wait to see more