China Peony Festival Tour
Italy - Tuscany Treasures
- Airport Pickup Arrival Johannesburg O.R. Tambo
- Airport Delivery Departure Cape Town
- 15 Nights Hotel including Game Reserve
- 15 Breakfasts
- 6 Lunches + High Tea
- 6 Dinners
- 3 Game Drives at Kapama River Lodge Private Game Reserve
- 2 Domestic flights
- Brenthurst Gardens, Private Garden Visits,
- Bourke's Luck Potholes, God’s Window,
- Victoria Street Market, Durban Botanical Gardens,
- Makaranga Gardens, Rosehurst Gardens, Tatham Art Gallery,
- Hermanus, Cellors Hohenort, Lourensford,
- Vergelegen Wine Estate, Table Mountain,
- Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
- Coach and Driver
- National Guide
- 2 bottles water per person per day on coach
- 1 bottle water per person per included meal
- Tips & Gratuities to guide & driver
- Once in a lifetime memories!
Donna’s Choice of Hotels
For International Flights
October 8th - 23rd, 2014
October 8th – 23rd, 2014
The Full day by day itinerary will be sent
to those who have booked later on in summer. To Delight and Surprise
those who have booked, we have now confirmed 5 private gardens that
are indeed very special places that we will visit.
Tour is now FULLY BOOKED. Next Tour To South Africa October 2016
The long day by day itinerary will be completed prior to tour
leaving but this one pager will give you all the information you
need including the registration form.
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Hope you can join me on this trip – a trip that will amaze you with
October 8th, 2014 Wednesday Arrival Day Johannesburg
Upon arrival at the airport you are met and taken to your hotel for
rest and relaxation until tomorrow morning. Make use of this time to
get caught up on sleep.
Your Hotel - Crowne Plaza Rosebank
October 9th Thursday
We start out slow with some private garden visits today (tba) and
then our Welcome Dinner this evening.
Breakfast and Welcome Dinner
October 10th Friday Johannesburg to Hazyview
This morning we enjoy a very special visit to the private gardens of
Strilli Oppenheimer. Brenthurst Gardens. When Ms Oppenheimer became
custodian of the garden in 2001, she was determined to respect its
unique history. A pioneer of the natural gardening movement, she had
restored and remade the estate at her United Kingdom home, Waltham
Place, into a model biodynamic farm and garden. She set about
applying the same principles at Brenthurst.
Since 2001 she and head gardener Dawid Klopper have implemented a
gradual evolution towards a more natural, endemic and indigenous
planting with great sensitivity - and considerable success. One of
South Africa's most magnificent gardens. In a city dedicated to
change, it has enjoyed a unique continuity. We also enjoy a visit of
her library and office - I loved the office as it reminded me of
Vita's - stacked with books and magazine and dried plants...of
interest here as well is one of the most beautiful exhibitions by
Leigh Voight of Nguni cattle...you must make time to see it!
Then we are on our way to Hazyview. Your Hotel - Perry's Bridge
Breakfast and Dinner
October 11th Hazyview to Kapama River Lodge Private Game Reserve
in Greater Kruger National Park
On our way to the lodge we will make stops at God's Window and
Bourke's Luck Potholes. We will arrive at the Lodge, enjoy lunch
then do our first game drive. You will spend two glorious nights in
your SPA Suite. Each spacious suite at Kapama River Lodge features a
terrace with uninterrupted views into the leafy-green Big 5 game
reserve. It will be hard to leave your room but you have game drives
to enjoy. You cannot begin to know what it is like to be so close to
these beautiful creatures as they roam freely around you.
You will never forget this experience. The big five are here - lion,
elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard...shhh...get your cameras
ready... Your Lodging - Kapama River Lodge Private Game Reserve
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
October 12th Kapama River Lodge
Morning and afternoon Game Drives with leisure time to enjoy the
pool, the spa or the facilities. The northern Drakensberg mountain
range provides a majestic backdrop to the largest private game lodge
in the Greater Kruger National Park region. Kapama River Lodge is
situated within Kapama Game Reserve, and presents the perfect blend
of luxurious safari accommodation.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
October 13th Kapama River Lodge - Flight to Durban
Depending on our flight time, you may just be able to take in
another game drive. What memories you will take with you as you fly
on to Durban...once in our hotel your time is your own until we meet
the next morning.
Your Hotel - southern Sun Elangeni
October 14th Durban
Today after our visit to the Victoria Street Market we head to the
beautiful Durban Botanical Gardens. As Africa’s oldest surviving
botanic gardens, the Durban Botanic Gardens is well worth a visit.
The lawns and flower beds are beautifully maintained; there are
benches scattered throughout the Gardens from where to admire the
fauna and flora. Orchids, bromeliads, palms and cycads are the main
collections of the gardens; the mature trees make a perfect
backdrop. On the lower slopes of Durban's Berea ridge lies the
city's brightest jewel, the Durban Botanic Gardens. It is the city's
oldest public institution and Africa's oldest surviving botanic
Today we visit the Makaranga Gardens and while here we will enjoy
our lunch. Makaranga is set in a tranquil private botanical garden
located in the subtropical village of Kloof within the Valley of a
Thousand Hills. 30 Acres of indigenous and exotic botanical gardens,
18 ponds, meandering streams and a waterfall await your discovery
and offer you their joy and healing. Experience the largest
collection of Zimbabwean stone art in Southern Africa as well as
hand selected Italian sculptures.
Then on to Rosehurst Gardens - The gorgeous converted Victorian
Cottage garden was established almost thirty years ago and is
influenced by the garden at Sissinghurst Castle in South East
England. Featuring hedges, topiary and informal plantings, the
garden is divided into a number of smaller gardens, each with their
own colour theme; there’s the pink lawn garden, a yellow sundial
garden, white gazebo garden and mauve side garden.
If this was not enough there is also a delightful café and shop
filled with quirky bits and pieces. The café serves light
refreshments including decadent chocolate scones.
Tatham Art Gallery - The Gallery owes its origins to Mrs Ada Susan
Tatham who collected donations early in 1903 and purchased works in
Britain later that same year. After an initial exhibition the
collection was first housed in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall. In
1923 the collection was greatly enhanced through the donations of
Lieutenant Colonel R.H. Whitwell. Let it be known that the gift shop
was excellent as many of my past tour guests can attest to.
Breakfast and Lunch
October 16th Cape Town
After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight to Cape
Town and once there to our hotel and the rest of the day is at
leisure until we meet later on for dinner.
Your Hotel - Cape Town Hollow Boutique Hotel - this hotel was picked
because of its closeness to the Victoria and Albert
Waterfront...and...a quiet oasis. The Hotel offers stylish, serene
accommodation with spectacular views over the Dutch East India
Company Gardens, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head.
The Company Gardens website
Breakfast and Dinner
October 17th Cape Town
Today we will be visiting at least one private garden (tba) then we
will enjoy High Tea at Mount Nelson before returning back to our
hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure. Enjoy this sheer
indulgence with an afternoon tea at Cape Town’s prestigious Mount
Nelson Hotel. A tradition that dates back to the city’s colonial
heritage, afternoon tea is a much-loved pastime in South Africa, and
the Mount Nelson is considered the finest place in the city to
Breakfast and Afternoon Tea
October 18th Cape Town
We take a road trip today - to Hermanus. Hermanus (originally called
Hermanuspietersfontein, but shortened as the name was too long for
the postal service), is a town with 80,400 inhabitants on the
southern coast of the Western Cape province of South Africa. What a
wonderful little village and what makes it spectacular are the right
whales that you can see off the shores. Huge water spouts can be
seen up and down the coastline and there is plenty of room to walk
along and catch one or ten of them doing this.
This village has some great shopping and some great architecture
too! Various art/food/craft markets are held in and around Hermanus
every weekend. In the center of town is the Lemm's Corner Market
where you can buy anything from clothes, art and food. Back to our
October 19th Cape Town
We stop at a wonderful local flower market this morning before
arrival at the Cellars Hohenort Gardens in the beautiful Constantia
Valley...you will be royally impressed with this visit...and to top
it off we have arranged lunch here...how posh! The gardens at The
Cellars-Hohenort are acknowledged as one of the finest hotel gardens
internationally and has been voted by Garden Design, a top American
magazine, as one of the top 30 hotel gardens in the world.
Breakfast and Lunch
October 20th Cape Town
We start the day with a tour of Vergelegen Gardens - Vergelegen has
been a gardener's paradise since the van der Stel era in the 1700's
and today 17 exquisitely themed gardens are on display for you to
enjoy. Not only a farmer, the founder of Vergelegen, Willem Adriaan
van der Stel, was also a botanist, a forester and a horticulturist.
He wrote "The African Gardeners' and Agriculturists Calendar' of
which much is still relevant to this day.
The oldest oak tree in South Africa, the ancient White Mulberry tree
and of course the five camphor trees that were planted in the 1700's
gracing the front of the Homestead all bear testimony to his great
Then enjoy a cellar tour and wine tasting - The wines produced in
Constantia are recognized worldwide for being of the highest
quality. South African Country Life Magazine, April 2010 "One would
have to travel far and wide to find a place more enchanting than
Vergelegen..." by Anita de Villiers. With its world renowned
handcrafted wines, 310 year old history and heritage, exquisite
gardens and refined cuisine, it comes as no surprise that Vergelegen
continues to be the choice of the discerning visitor, seeking a
total sensory experience. For this reason, the Estate has borne
witness to many visits of heads of state and celebrities from all
over the world.
Then we move over to Lourensford Estate, also in the Cape Winelands
for a delicious lunch in the Millhouse Kitchen. Chef Bjorn Guido's
aim is to create a neighbourhood feel where his guests can relax and
enjoy each other's company in the beautiful setting of the
Lourensford Wine Estate.
Their menu is inspired by the French & Italian's famous for their
fantastic rustic dishes. Using fresh, simple and seasonal
ingredients prepared and cooked with passion and love.
Breakfast and Lunch
Our first stop today is a high one...Table Mountain...what a view.
‘The proclamation of this new national park will be a South African
‘gift to the Earth’... Nelson Mandela. Table Mountain is part of a
World Heritage Site and home to a unique yet endangered plant
diversity known as fynbos.
Then on to one of the stunning gardens you will ever see, that of
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Kirstenbosch National Botanical
Garden on the slopes of Table mountain, was the first botanical
garden ever to be included in a World Heritage Site. In 2004 the
Cape Floristic Region, including Kirstenbosch, was declared a UNESCO
World Heritage Site. After a guided tour through here we all meet at
Moyo, on the grounds of the gardens for a truly memorable lunch.
(Please note that the visit to Table Mountain is weather dependent -
we have plenty of days in Cape Town so will go on the best day
according to our guide)
Breakfast and Lunch
October 22nd Cape Town
Wow, a day of leisure, but I know many of you will have special
things you want to do - you can discuss these ideas with our guide
while in Cape Town so he can arrange any day trip you may want to
take on this day.
Our Farewell dinner will be this evening...
Breakfast and Farewell Dinner
October 23rd Cape Town
Is our day of departure and arrangements will be made for departure
to the airport.
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Tour Dates: October 8 - 23rd, 2014
LAND only 53,500 ZAR - p/p sharing
SINGLE Supplement 13,750 ZAR (very limited)
PRICES ARE QUOTED IN ZAR (South African Rand) to reflect
the currency of the country. For approx. cost purposes only as
at June 19th, 2013 the Canadian conversion was $5450.00 per
person sharing and $1400 for the single supplement. If
considering the tour please check the exchange rates to
determine what the cost is in your currency.
NOTE Minimum number of 12 tour registrants required for
this tour to run, so please do not book your air until you have
heard from us that the tour is confirmed.
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