8 day Cape and Beyond Safari - 8day Cape Town, Cape Point, Cape Winelands - Micro Group & Solo Combo | Africa Select
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Cape and Beyond Safari

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Duration of tour
8 days
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Discount available and valid for travel during Low Season: May to Sep 2023 | Standard rates for travel in Peak Season: 9 Jan to end Mar 2023


Untamed wildlife. Unforgettable experiences. Untouched wilderness. 

Discover the top highlights around and beyond Cape Town. Explore both the diverse cultures of South Africa's rainbow nation and the wild side at nearby Karoo based Sanbona Private Game Reserve. Meander along the Cape Winelands and circle the Cape Peninsula - returning to your convenient central base in Cape Town after each guided day tour.

You'll have 5-days to explore the Cape Town city region, adding a touch of Euro-chic to Africa. Discover the highlights of this melting pot of art and history, street food and haute cuisine, imposing landscapes and pretty sandscapes, adrenaline adventure options and scenic hiking trails. One day you’ll unearth the beauty of the Cape Winelands and their rich bounty of bold reds, delicate white wines and artisan produce and the next you’ll scout the southwestern tip of Africa along the jagged Cape Peninsula. And, of course, no visit to the Mother City is complete without a trip to the top of Table Mountain, one of the Seven Wonders of Nature.

In contrast to the bright city lights, your 3-day guided Sanbona safari excurion to embraces all things wild and wonderful. Elephant, leopard, rhino, buffalo and lion all call the wild Karoo plains of Sanbona home. As do some lesser-known species that aren’t exactly larger than life, but are extremely special in their own right! Keep your eyes peeled for the Little 5, namely the elephant shrew, buffalo weaver bird, rhinoceros beetle, leopard tortoise and antlion! Whether you’re here to witness the ground-rumbling roar of the king of the jungle, or you’re equally content being ensconced in endless nature surrounded by creatures great and small, Sanbona has it all. 

On top of it all, a personal, on-call concierge service is available to arrange extra transfers, restaurants and activity bookings. This will come in handy on your free unguided days in Cape Town to make sure your trip is as unique as you want it to be. 


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Why You'll Love It

  • Cruise to a colony of Cape Fur seals as these clumsy creatures laze about.

  • Explore the cultural haven of the bustling Hout Bay harbour. 

  • Prepare for unparalleled views as you drive along Chapman's Peak.

  • See wild Atlantic waves crash at the southwestern most point of Africa.

  • Take pics of the Muizenberg surfer's shores.

  • Indulge with a cosy pairing of Muratie's port-style wines with decadent chocolate.

  • Tease your tastebuds along Franschhoek's charming streets in the gourmet capital of South Africa.

  • Waddle with adorable African penguins at Boulders Beach.

  • Glide up the aerial cableway to see Cape Town from atop the iconic Table Mountain.

  • Explore the V&A Waterfront's cacophony of sights, sounds and tastes.

  • Soar on the thermal currents of Cape Town's mountains as you paraglide from Signal Hill.

  • Strap in for a bird's eye view with a heli flip over the Mother City.

  • Safari in Sanbona Wildlife Reserve for an unparalleled game viewing experience.

  • Head out with a park ranger on a bush walking safari to fully experience the diverse array of fauna and flora that Sanbona has to offer.

  • Enjoy some of Fairview's best as you taste a selection of fine wines paired with curated cheeses or local produce.

  • Hop aboard the Franschhoek Wine Tram tasting journey through rolling vineyards to taste fine wines at Rickety Bridge winery.

  • Feel the heartbeat of Africa with an interactive djembe drumming session and African dining-safari at the Cape's famous Gold Restaurant.




This combo tour package consists of more than one tour as well as free, flexible itinerary days in Cape Town. The itinerary can run in a different order and guides & transport will change during the trip.
Day 1-2
Cape Town

Start with a pick-up from Cape Town International Airport or your Cape Town region accommodation with an included airport or welcome transfer service. There’s nothing quite like that pre-vacation high. A combination of relief that you’ve escaped your every day and nervous excitement for the new things to come.

* This combo tour package may run in a different order - subject to your start day. If your journey start by exploring Cape Town, this will be your itinerary guideline...


Day 1: Welcome to Cape Town.

The next two days are really free (unguided) days for you to acclimatise, to cast off any weariness from your journey and to get your bearings in South Africa’s Mother City. It’s a town known for its vibrant foodie culture, so bon vivants will be in their element along Long and Bree Streets in the CBD. And, in South Africa, no sundowner is complete without a colourful sunset. Camps Bay, an easy Uber ride from the centre of town, is one of the best spots to soak up the view, as is one of the many bars such as the elegant Leopard Bar at The Twelve Apostles Hotel. Of course, if you’re keen to start adventuring straight away, a wide variety of activities can be pre-arranged. Imagine an optional heli-flip or paragliding outing over Cape Town; a scenic hike up Table Mountain or explore the city by foot. There's so much to see and do, from horse riding to shark cage diving, so if you have any spontaneous requests, just ask.

During the booking process, you can inform us what you have in mind for the day (we will suggest activities too) to ensure that it is booked in advance.  After a night's rest in the city, wake up and take on the streets or let us help you plan your second day in Cape Town.


Stay Package

Overnight accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.

As the first two days are at your leisure, wake up to another free day in Cape Town with many options to choose from. Table Mountain tries her best to capture the lion’s share of attention in and around Africa’s Mother City – and does a pretty fine job of it too – but the beaches, Winelands and cosmopolitan chicness all stand in firm competition.

A great way to visit the top attractions and make the most out of a short stay is letting us arrange a beach or Kirstenbosch visit during your stay in Cape Town. Your guided transfers can take u almost anywhere in the city bowl. If the weather plays along, this is the perfect way to take the chance to summit one of the Seven Natural Wonders aboard Table Mountain’s aerial cableway that runs non-stop (weather permitting) during the day to the famous flat top. There’s a small eatery and souvenir shop at the summit, plenty of trails and who knows, you just may be treated to an impromptu singing session as your cable car driver descends the mountain.

End off your second day with an included dinner and a show. Feel the heartbeat of Africa with an interactive djembe drumming session and African performance dining-safari at the Cape's famous Gold Restaurant. 

Day 3
Paarl Winelands > Franschhoek Valley > Stellenbosch Winelands > Cape Town

Join the Cape Winelands micro group day tour (or similar).

After breakfast, your guide will collect you from your accommodation.

Wine- and nature lovers alike are in for a treat on this tasting exploration of the Cape Winelands' best. Not only do you visit three esteemed wine farms for fine wine tastings and phenomenal pairings with cheese and chocolate in the Paarl, Stellenbosch, and Franschhoek regions; the extraordinary scenery along the way will also transport you back to yesteryear to reminisce among white gabled buildings and impressive manor houses flanked by the soaring mountain ranges.

Firstly you'll visit the cheese haven of Fairview for a farmer's tasting of their wine with local produce. Venture onwards to Franschhoek for a unique way to explore the region's wine valley by rail on a scenic one-way Franschhoek Wine Tram journey to taste fine wines at Rickety Bridge wine estate.

For lunch, you can experience the self-proclaimed culinary capital of South Africa, Franschhoek and end your meander along the Winelands with sweet port-style wines and chocolate pairing at the heritage-rich Muratie wine farm before heading back to the Cape Town region late afternoon.

Stay Package

Overnight accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.

Day 4
Cape Peninsula > Cape Town

Join a Guided Cape Peninsula Selection micro group day tour (or similar)

Start with a pick-up from your Cape Town accommodation. Hout Bay, an unassuming fishing village on the northern side of Chapman’s Peak, is the first stop of the day and offers the chance to visit the seal colony of Duiker Island, just a short cruise from shore. For those without their sea legs, rather explore the local harbour market and snap Instagram-worthy pics of colourful fishing boats.

As you leave Hout Bay behind, you’ll take on a staggering 114 mind-blowingly beautiful bends – stretching over nine jaw-dropping kilometres. Chapman’s Peak road, or Chappies to the locals, is touted as one of the world’s most scenic drives – and with good reason. Rugged mountains face off with the Atlantic and the roadway, an incredible feat of engineering, cuts a swathe right through and provides unparalleled views of the Atlantic below.

Chappies sets the scene for the afternoon’s adventuring as you venture onwards to the Cape of Good Hope, the most southwesterly point of Africa. Here, water and wilderness literally collide and create a picturesque jagged shoreline adorned with greenish fringes of fynbos. This is a place to pay tribute to ancient seafarers of old like Bartolomeu Dias (who discovered the Cape of Good Hope back in 1488) and pioneers, like Vasco da Gama, who journeyed through these treacherous waters from Portugal to India.

Indigenous fauna lines narrow winding pathways en route to the Cape’s whitewashed lighthouse, with views well worth the climb. Local wildlife – ostriches, baboons, and various antelope species, including bontebok – keep the journey interesting and add plenty of postcard moments for the shutterbugs. On the hillside, an optional funicular eases the journey for those that want to reach the top of the lighthouse.

As the day lengthens, travel to Simon’s Town, perched on the shores of False Bay and the home of the South African Navy. Just a few minutes to the south lies Boulders Beach, a comely stretch of sand littered with granite. This hotspot is home to a large colony of African penguins who strut their stuff in their black and white feathered finery to the delight of the crowds that gather to watch. Boardwalks separate man from bird and provide the perfect vantage point to see these cute creatures.

The journey back to Cape Town sees you travel through the coastal towns of Fish Hoek and Kalk Bay with a stop at Muizenberg Beach. The Victorian-style bathing chalets on the sand – with their bright pops of colour – are sure to capture your attention as you cheer on the wave riders at Surfer's Corner. You'll reach Cape Town by late afternoon.

Stay Package

Overnight accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.

Karoo Region > Stellenbosch

Today marks the first day of joining a 3-day guided Sanbona Wildlife Safari tour.

Day 5-7: Sanbona Reserve

Imagine alluring stillness amid raw beauty and boundless Karoo plains. Escape from city life for an off-the-map safari expedition in this stretch of mountain-flanked semi-desert. At 54,000 hectares, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is one of South Africa's largest privately-owned game reserves, and there's certainly a lot of see, from mammals and birds to reptiles and insects, all set against wild and stark scenery and unique vegetation.  Welcome to the land of the white lion.

Start with a morning pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town or Stellenbosch. Immerse yourself in a landscape where wildlife and flora leave you truly captivated and transformed. Sanbona is one of South Africa’s largest privately-owned nature reserves, stretching across 58 000 hectares of rich protected ecosystems within two biodiversity hotspots. This vast track of land in the Little Karoo outside Montagu, a mere 3.5 hours drive from Cape Town along Route 62, is owned by a non-profit company focused on steering conservation to the forefront of the safari experience.  

Stay Package

Overnight accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.

This safari package includes 2x daily game drives, guided wilderness walks, all meals and non-alcoholic beverages.


Sanbona offers an authentic and contrasting natural space, striving to create a balance where critically important ecosystems, endangered wildlife and flora can prosper for the benefit of future generations. Spend the day exploring every corner of this immense reserve, endless open plains and sculpted Cape fold mountains adorned with San rock art, the endemic flora and some of South Africa’s most sought-after wildlife. 

The open grasslands and rocky outcrops are home to wildlife such as the elephant, lion (including the unique white lion!), buffalo, rhino, leopard* or other wild cats like cheetah. There is also plenty of typical Karoo species such as gemsbok springbok, hartebeest, eland, kudu and zebra. Biomes include acacia woodland, renosterveld, succulent Karoo and central mountain fynbos.

Stay Package

Overnight accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.

Day 8: Stellenbosch

You'll have time at leisure in Stellenbosch, subject to your flight departure time.

Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or just a lover of natural beauty, you’ll be swept up in the splendour of the Stellenbosch countryside with its tell-tale Cape Dutch architecture and rolling vineyards. Either explore this historic town's streets or fit in a half-day optional wine tour to a nearby winery.

End with a free farewell airport transfer service to the Cape Town International Airport or your next stop in Cape Town region.



Micro Group

You can either join a micro group on scheduled departure days with a maximum of 8 guests per vehicle or guide.

Local Guide

Led by a local English-speaking professional tour guide.


Transfers to included tour highlights. 

Pick-up + Drop-off

There is no central meeting point for this tour. A transfer service will collect you from your Cape Town accommodation.

Airport Transfers

Airport Transfers on arrival and departure to Cape Town are included for multi-day tours that are 4-or-more days in duration.


Accommodation per overnight included as per stay package selected.

4x4 Safaris

2x daily Safari Game Drives with guided Bush Walk per overnight stay at Sanbona Reserve.

*Leopards are elusive and harldy ever spotted in the mountainous Karoo or Western Cape.

Included Activities
  • Table Mountain Cable Car Ride
  • GOLD African Dinner & Show
  • Fairview Cheese with Wine Pairing
  • Explore Franschhoek
  • Tram Ride with Wine Tasting
  • Muratie Port Wine + Chocolate Pairing
  • Browse Hout Bay Harbour
  • Curve Along Chapman's Peak
  • Explore Cape of Good Hope
  • Muizenberg Coastal Drive
  • Sanbona 4x4 Safari
  • Sanbona Bush Walking Safari


Flights + Travel Insurance

Local and international flights are excluded. You are responsible for your own personal travel insurance. 

Some Meals + Drinks

There are enough free-time allocated to allow you time to purchase the meals not included.


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Payment Policy: 20% deposit to reserve - full payment at least 31 days before tour date

A non-refundable deposit is needed to reserve a booking and full amount payment required at least 31 days before a tour to confirm a booking.

Cancellation / Refund Policy: 30 days notice for partial refund at 20% fee


  • If you cancel 30 days or more before the scheduled departure date, a 20% cancellation fee applies.
  • If you cancel between 29 and 8 days before the departure date, a 50% cancellation fee applies.
  • If you cancel 7 days or less of the scheduled departure date, a 100% cancellation fee applies.


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Cancelaltion fees are calculated on the total amount of the booking.


Child Policy: No children under 8

Children under 8 years are not allowed.

Children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult and book a private room.

Minors under 18 years are not allowed to consume alcohol and will require adult consent to partake in some optional activities.

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Know Before You Go

 what to expect


South Africa


11 official Languages Spoken

Afrikaans – English – isiNdebele – Sepedi.– Sesotho – Siswati – Xitsonga – Setswana – Tshivenda – isiXhosa

How to say hello?

Molo – Xhosa

Sawubona - Zulu

Hallo - Afrikaans

Dumela - SeSotho


Electricity – Volt & plug

The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins.


Metric System


WiFi/Internet Access on tour 

WiFi can be found at most accommodations, restaurants and airports, however, the download speed is often slow and many connections limit your data usage. In short, you’ll be able to stay connected with home, but don't expect to watch HD movies in your spare time.


When to go

South Africa is blessed with a mostly mild climate, but different areas will yield different temperatures throughout the year. Summer in South Africa is usually peak season, lasting between November – February, however Easter time (March) is often still considered peak season too. Temperatures range from 25ºC in coastal areas to high 30ºs in inland areas. Cape Town has ideal weather during this time and Durban sports warm beaches and humid air, Johannesburg experiences hot clear days and often an afternoon thunderstorm.

Shoulder season is April and May, as well as September and October. Surprisingly, the weather in Durban is often at its best during this time, and other areas simmer down from their scorching highs. Prices are lower and crowds are smaller. September and October see eruptions of flowers and blooms all around the country.

Winter is beautiful in most parts of the country. Cape Town experiences winter rain and is often a little cold and miserable, but still crisp and beautiful. Because of the warm Indian Ocean, Durban has spectacular weather in winter, often hovering around 20-25ºC with clear blue skies. Inland areas get quite chilly and the odd snowfall is not uncommon (it only lasts for a day though!). Prices are at an all time low and it is an ideal time for game viewing, as the animals are more active in the cooler weather. 

Best time to go

Jun-Jul = Safari 

Jan-Feb = Beach 


Public Holidays

With the possible exception of Christmas Day and New Year's Day, most tourist services and attractions are open on South African public holidays. In addition most city shopping centres, restaurants and entertainment venues remain open.

1 Jan   New Year's Day
21 Mar   Human Rights Day
30 Mar   Good Friday
2 Apr   Family Day
27 Apr   Freedom Day
1 May   Workers' Day
16 Jun   Youth Day
9 Aug   National Women's Day
24 Sep   Heritage Day
16 Dec   Day of Reconciliation
17 Dec   Day of Reconciliation Holiday
25 Dec   Christmas Day
26 Dec   Day of Goodwill


Visa & Travel docs

Travellers from most Commonwealth countries (excluding New Zealand), most Western European nations, Japan and the USA receive a free, 90-day visitor's permit on arrival. These travellers do not need a visa to enter South Africa. A valid passport is essential with at least two empty pages. You generally will need to show return or onward travel arrangements. Children aged under 18 must show an unabridged birth certificate (showing both parents details).

Some countries do, however, need a visa. Visas are not issued upon entry, they must be attained beforehand. It is advised that you clarify this before you leave, the Department of Home Affairs office has a comprehensive list of countries that do not require visas. http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/exempt-countries


What to pack

We're generally laid back in South Africa, so no need to haul out your best silks and diamonds when you head to our shores. Here's some clothing advice when in South Africa:

  • For the summers, bring clothes that are cool and comfortable, along with an umbrella or rain jacket, as this is when most of the country gets rain. A light jacket or wrap is a good precaution. Don't forget a swimming costume.
  • The winters are generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers. But we do get some days when temperatures plummet, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg (some nights go below 0ºC), so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. If you are going to the Cape, rain gear will be needed in this season (your average here will be between 10-20ºC).
  • Always bring a hat - the sun can be strong even in the winter months. Make sunglasses, a hat and sunblock a firm part of your skin care kit.
  • Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter.
  • For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toned items will be useful, but there's no need to go overboard and kit yourself out like David Livingstone, out to explore Africa for the first time.
  • For the evening, if you are dining at an upmarket restaurant or seeing a show, go the smart-casual route. If you are simply going out to get a bite to eat, a general “no shirt, no shoes - no service” rule applies, so as long as you are fully clad, your attire should not be an issue.
  • When travelling with Africa Select Journeys we encourage reasonably sized bags for multi-day tours and we are able to accommodate bags that are on average under 20kgs. For one and two day tours, a light backpack is encouraged. 


Health & Safety

There are no compulsory vaccinations required to enter South Africa with exception of a yellow fever vaccination if you have been in a yellow fever area within the last 12 months.

The only major health risk you might face in South Africa is malaria, which is confined to small areas in the north-eastern parts of the country. Small pockets of the northern parts of the Kruger National Park fall under this area but the risk here is considered extremely low and it is not always necessary to take anti-malaria tablets. Remember as a precautionary measure to check with your accommodation what is recommended.

South Africa may have high crime statistics, but if you conduct yourself wisely, most tourists enjoy the country without any incident at all. Ensure that you lock away your passports and travel documents in a safe, which is usually provided by your accommodation. Don't flash around valuables and keep an eye on your belongings at all time. Majority of South Africa’s crime is opportunistic petty crime, so if you are vigilant about your belongings you should not have any problem.


Getting Around 

South Africa has 3 world-class airports that receive international flights every day; Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Most international airlines will have flights into one or all of these airports daily.

There are numerous budget carriers that offer domestic flights between the major cities for very reasonable rates; this is the fastest and safest way to span large distances, especially between Johannesburg and Cape Town, which is a 2-hour flight.

From the airports there are numerous shuttles and taxis that you can pick up upon arrival, there are also many different car hire options at each airport and in all major cities. Uber is another reliable and affordable option.



Our currency in South Africa is the South African Rand. You can easily convert your currency to rand at a bank or Forex Bureau, the airports and larger towns often have many different Forex options. You can also withdraw from an ATM, banks are available throughout South Africa. Be sure to check what international bank charges you will incur for withdrawals before you arrive. Major credit cards are usually accepted in hotels or restaurants, however, there may be a surcharge. It is advisable to have small amounts of cash for curios and tipping. 


  • Tour Guides and Drivers – Tipping on tour is neither expected nor compulsory, however, should you wish to tip the team on the road you are welcome to decide on a value that match the level of service received. A recommendation usually range from about R50 to R200 per person / per day.
  • Restaurants and Bars - Tipping in restaurants is the norm and is customarily kept at 10% of the total shown on the bill. Many restaurants will add a 10% service charge to a bill if the number of guests exceeds six or ten.
  • Hotels - At hotels you may also leave money to housekeeping at the end of your stay. Porter fees may already be included in your quote, and will be listed under your tour package inclusions.