10 Nights – 11 Days | South Africa

This is a sample itinerary however we have a whole host of itinerary ideas that are sure to inspire your next tailor-made holiday with Africa by Heart.

Day 1 | Cape Town

On arrival at Cape Town International Airport collect your hire car and self-drive to The Clarendon Bantry Bay where you will be accommodated for three nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

The Clarendon Bantry Bay (1 x Superior Room) – 3 Nights

The Clarendon Bantry Bay

Nestled peacefully along the peninsula of one of the world’s most spectacular settings, The Clarendon Bantry Bay is a 5 Star fusion of pure sophistication and beachside charm.

All rooms have a mini bar, satellite TV, digital safe, air conditioning and tea and coffee facilities.  Guests are also invited to enjoy a light lunch on the patio overlooking the swimming pool.

Day 4 | Franschhoek

After breakfast, self-drive to La Cotte where you will be accommodated for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

La Cotte Farm (1 x Suite) – 2 Nights

La Cotte Farm

La Cotte Farm is uniquely situated a stone’s throw from the charming village of Franschhoek. It offers close proximity to the fun and bustle of the main street with all the quiet, privacy and rural charm of a working wine farm.

One of the seven original farms granted to the Huguenots, La Cotte Farm is steeped in history and heritage. The Manor house is at its heart and is a lovingly restored Cape Dutch homestead resting under ancient oak trees and surrounded by acres of spectacular gardens.

Book into one of the elegantly proportioned guest bedrooms with their high ceilings, French doors and private terraces, or take the two-bedroom Pool House with its own kitchen, living room and private veranda. The classic bathrooms have black and white marble floors, free-standing baths and generous walk-in showers. 

Day 6 | Knysna

After breakfast, self-drive to Knysna where you will be accommodated at Kanonkop House for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

Kanonkop House (1 x Forest Suite) – 2 Nights

Kanonkop House

Kanonkop House combines service and relaxed luxury in an intimate and unique guest experience. Consistently voted in the Top 25 Hotels in Africa (Trip Advisor) guests from all over the world are hosted in a refined family home while enjoying the service and excellence of five star boutique accommodation.

Kanonkop House is beautifully positioned at the top of Kanonkop Hill in private indigenous forest, overlooking the iconic Knysna Lagoon with breath-taking views stretching all the way to the famous Knysna Heads and Indian Ocean.

The tranquil setting just outside of the main town centre allows guest the relaxed enjoyment of the natural beauty that the Garden Route is famous for while the restaurants, activities and shops of the town of Knysna are just a 5 minute drive away.

In-house activities including discounted golf, cycling, birding, hiking, kayaking, beach, and all watersports are available and Kanonkop House is ideally situated to take advantage of all Garden Route Tourist attractions. The hosts are always on-hand to make recommendations and arrange bookings for guests. The property only has 6 rooms and is not open to the public so that guests can enjoy true privacy.

Day 8 | Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Nestled in the heart of South Africa’s unspoilt Eastern Cape province lies Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, a world-class Big Five safari destination.

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge (1 x Luxury Suite) – 3 Nights

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge

Set in thick vegetation overlooking a dense valley, Ecca Lodge offers breath taking views onto an escarpment of steep shale cliffs. With only 6 suites, of which 3 are dedicated to families, the lodge is intimate, relaxed and trendy, with decor inspired by the vibrant colours and textures of the African people. Highlights of the guest areas include expansive wooden viewing decks with exceptional views, open interactive kitchen and a rim-flow lap pool.

The suites of Ecca Lodge are airy and open with flowing interiors that extend outwards to the wilderness. Wraparound decks, complete with private plunge pools and outdoor showers, offer sweeping views and complete relaxation.

Twice daily game drives, nature walks accompanied by an armed ranger, big game walking safaris (tracking white rhino, black rhino, elephant and buffalo on foot, accompanied by an armed specialist ranger and tracker team) are all included in your stay.

Day 11 | Port Elizabeth

After the morning game drive and breakfast, self-drive to Port Elizabeth International Airport in time to connect with your onward flight.


DAY 1 – 4: The Clarendon Bantry Bay, Cape Town (3 nights)

DAY 4 – 6: La Cotte Farm, Franschhoek (2 Nights)

DAY 6 – 8: Kanonkop House, Knysna (2 Nights)

DAY 8 – 11: Kwandwe Ecca Lodge, Kwandwe Game Reserve (3 Nights)


The Blue Train Itinerary | South Africa

The Blue Train has been the ultimate in luxury rail travel since 1946. It offers a unique way of experiencing some of Southern Africa’s magnificent landscapes and landmarks.

On Blue Train, luxury assumes a new dimension. Each suite is a world on its own, with a private entertainment centre and a choice of movie channels and radio stations.

By day, they offer generous lounge chairs and unequaled views of Africa. As night falls the suites become subtly-lit bedrooms with fine cotton linen and duvets. Guests indulge in fine cuisine with personal Butlers at their beck-and-call.

The Blue Train is not just a mode of transport. It is an all-inclusive five-star rail experience.

Itineraries 2021

Pretoria To Cape Town

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Cape Town To Pretoria

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Pretoria To Cape Town 2021

Selected Week Days

Departure Time: Cape Town 14:00 (pm) Day 1

Arrival Time: Pretoria 12:00 (am) Day 3

January 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25
February 1, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22
March 1, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 29
April 7, 12, 19, 21, 26
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
June 7, 14, 21, 28
July 12, 19, 26
August 16, 23, 25, 30
September 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
October 4, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
November 1, 8,15, 17, 22, 24, 29
December 6, 13, 15

Cape Town To Pretoria 2021

Selected Week Days

Departure Time: Pretoria 14:00 (pm) Day 1

Arrival Time: Cape Town 12:00 (pm) Day 3

January 9, 14,16, 21, 23, 28
February 4, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25
March 4, 11,13,18,20,25
April 1, 10, 15, 22, 24, 29
May 6,13, 20, 27
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 15, 22, 29
August 19, 26, 28
September 2, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
October 2, 7, 14,16, 21,23, 28, 30
November 4, 11, 18, 20, 25, 27
December 2, 9, 16, 18

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