A luxury South African adventure

Richard Nurse
Destination Manager

ITC Luxury Travel Destination Manager Richard Nurse describes an incredible itinerary for exploring South Africa in his weekly update from Cape Town…

Good day folks. Well, last week it was about Fynbos and flowers and while on the subject of flowers how about The Red Carnation?

This is the company that hosts three fabulous properties here in South Africa; The Oyster Box in Durban, The Twelve Apostles Hotel in Cape Town and Bushmans Kloof near the town of Clanwilliam (three hours drive out of Cape Town).

All three are really stunning properties which offer something different, and with that in mind, I have put together a suggested itinerary below:

Day 1
Arrive King Shaka Airport Durban and transfer to Fugitives Drift in Northern Kwa Zulu Natal for three nights. While there you will experience the Battlefields of Isaldwana and Rourkesdrift in the company of a professional guide and relive the amazing history of both places.

Day 4
Transfer to The Oyster Box at Umhlanga Rocks (pronounced um shLanga) for three nights.
The time spent here is purely just to relax and enjoy the fabulous comfort of the hotel as well as long walks on the beaches or a swim in either the hotel pool or the Indian Ocean where the water temperature is a warm 24/25 degrees at this time of year.

Day 7
Transfer to King Shaka Airport for your flight to Cape Town and on arrival transfer to The Twelve Apostles Hotel for four nights. While in Cape Town, one is spoilt for choice as to what to do. There is the cable car up Table Mountain twinned with a visit to Robben Island, as well as a guided tour of the Cape Peninsula which will afford one of the many many Kodak moments.
And let's not forget the wine lands of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschoek; where one can spend the day visiting all three of these historic towns while enjoying a few wine tastings at some of the wonderful estates/farms in the area and also a leisurely lunch at one of the many restaurants in the region. I would strongly recommend you make use of a driver guide for this lovely day out.
Then there is also the world famous waterfront to visit with tonnes of options for shopping as well as a wide variety of restaurants to choose from. The Twelve Apostles offer complimentary road transfers to the waterfront or for the more adventurous there are also helicopter transfers available at an additional cost.

Day 11
Transfer to Bushmans Kloof for three nights (three hour drive from Cape Town).
Here you can just "chill" and leave all the worries of the world behind you. There are guided tours of the area where you will see various types of antelope as well as ancient bushman rock paintings. Walks are encouraged on this lovely property but not in the heat of the day; early morning or early evening is perfect. The resort offers a wonderful evening game drive where you will stop for sundowners on top of a "koppie" (small hill) and just enjoy the total peace and quiet of the property. The rest of the time is really just to soak up the rays and recharge those batteries.

So what would be the best time of year to try out this itinerary? Well I would suggest August/September when the wild flowers are in bloom on the west coast of SA and provide wonderful viewing on your drive up to Bushmans Kloof. One has the added bonus of it not being too hot at that time of year when you explore the battlefields, with the temperature in Durban around 25/26 degrees and very comfortable.

But don't take my word for it…come and experience it for yourself.

Call any one of our lovely Travel Specialists to book your holiday and let me know when you have and I will meet you in South Africa and make sure your experience is a memorable one in my stunning homeland.

See you soon,

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