Kenya Explorer with Extension to Cape Town, South Africa

Kenya Explorer with Extension to Cape Town, South Africa

Arrival: September 12, 2016

Duration: 13 days (12 nights)

Group Size: 3 people

Per person: $6,565.00 (USD) (triple room)

Total Trip Price: $19,695.00 (USD) (excluding international airfare)

Insurance Total: $1,886 (USD) (must be purchased separately)

Please note that nothing is booked or reserved until deposit is received. All of our itineraries may be customized as you wish, add extra days, change a hotel, see different sights. Contact one of our expert consultants for your free, no-obligation vacation plan.

Trip Summary:

The spirit of Kenya echoes across the plains, hills, and mountain peaks. As the sun rises over the savannah and the animals stir from their slumber, feel the call of the wild.

Thrill in the sights and sounds of the incredible diversity of Kenya. Trek through the hills and plains of Amboseli in the shadow of Mt Kilimanjaro, watch as hippos bask as the light dances across the waters, and enjoy daily game drives with your private vehicle and guide as you discover the Africa you only dreamed of. In the evenings, gather around a traditional “boma” fire-pit as the stars above Africa shimmer and illuminate overhead.

See the best of Kenya on this far reaching tour. You are met at the airport on arrival and transferred to your hotel downtown. The next morning you can stay in town to enjoy sightseeing at the Karen Blixen Museum, Elephant Orphanage, and Giraffe Manor - or depart right away to the plains of Amboseli. This small park is famous for its great elephants and the matchless view of Mount Kilimanjaro. Enjoy two days of game viewing with your private expert guide, in the comfort of your own vehicle. Drive back through Nairobi to Lake Naivasha in the Rift Valley where you can stroll along the lakeside and view the hippos. There is an optional boat tour to nearby Crescent Island that offers rare game walking. Then drive on to Masai Mara for two spectacular days of game viewing. This park has the best game viewing in the world because of its small size, and the ability to go off-road to the animals. Survey open grassy plains and watering holes for lions, rhinos, leopards, cheetahs, and elephants. And, if visiting during the months of July – October, behold one of the grandest spectacles Africa has to offer, the annual migration of zebra, Thomson’s gazelle and wildebeests. As the sun sets, draping its golden light across the expansive landscape, you’ll wish your time here never had to end.

Kensington Tours offers local support in each region you visit, another reason we deliver unbeatable value. Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.

The African savannah isn’t the only place you’ll get close to a Big 5 animal - Africa’s seascape has a Big 5 of its own. Meet African penguins, seals, dolphins, whales and sharks and get up and close and personal to all types of wildlife in the Cape Town area. Experience some of the most spectacular locations in South Africa like the Cape of Good Hope, Table Mountain. Go shark cage diving and, if you’re lucky, witness whales breaching just offshore of Hermanus. In the evenings, relax in premier accommodations in spectacular settings. Tour vibrant Cape Town and ascend Table Mountain in a cable car for sweeping vistas of the peninsula below. A drive along the dramatic coastline brings you to Stony Point in Betty’s Bay where you’ll view an incredible colony of over 3,500 African penguins. In Hermanus, choose from thrilling activities like forest walks, horseback riding, shark diving, boat excursions that get you close to seals and dolphins, flora and fauna.

Detailed Itinerary: (Day-by-Day)

Day 1: Mon, Sep 12 2016 - Nairobi

While you are in the care of Kensington Tours, your safety and security are our number one priority. As such, in the unlikely event of serious illness or injury, all Kensington Tours clients are covered by “Flying Doctors” Insurance policy. This emergency evacuation insurance covers the cost of the evacuation flight back to Nairobi for treatment. This insurance policy however DOES NOT cover the cost of any medical treatment received. We highly recommend travel insurance for full coverage.
A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer between the hotel and airport. After your guide has loaded up your luggage you will be driven through Nairobi admiring some of the sights (time permitting). Your guide will brief you on your itinerary en-route.

Accommodation: Fairmont Norfolk Hotel

Day 2: Tue, Sep 13 2016 - Nairobi - Amboseli

Sweeping across the Kenya-Tanzania border, the savannah grassland of Amboseli National Park is your playground for the day. This morning you’ll meet with your guide and set out into the park for a chance to share the terrain with some of the world’s most elusive animals. You have the option to do your game viewing either before or after check-in, so call upon the knowledge of your expert guide for their recommendation based on your arrival time and park hours.

This afternoon you’ll meet with your guide and head into Amboseli National Park. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species, and its other attractions include opportunities to meet the Masai Tribe’s people. On a clear day, you’ll also have spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

Accommodation: Serena Amboseli

Day 3: Wed, Sep 14 2016 - Amboseli - Naivasha

You will meet up with your guide and head off to Naivasha. The drive will be about 6 hours.
Sign up for optional activities on-site. Activities include Crescent Island boat tour, hiking and day trip excursions to Mt Longonot and Hell's Gate, or simply walk along the lakeshore and relax at your lodge.

*Activity fees vary and are paid on-site to the lodge and/or park authority.

Accommodation: Sopa Lodge

Day 4: Thu, Sep 15 2016 - Naivasha - Masai Mara

Your guide will drive you from Naivasha to Masai Mara. This drive will take about 5 to 6 hours. Drive times may be longer in the rainy season (April to early May and November). Stop for refreshments and souvenir shopping at roadside stands along the way or head straight to the park. Enjoy game viewing as you enter Masai Mara and drive to your camp.

Head out this afternoon, accompanied by an experienced tracker guide, on an exciting game viewing adventure. Search some of the area’s wildlife hot-spots, determined by your guide, as have an understanding of the games daily routines through tracking. Some wildlife, for instance the Leopard, is more difficult to spot than others. These spotted cats blend almost seamlessly into the tall grass and shrubbery, and are even more challenging to spot up in their favorite hangouts, the trees. Your guide will take you to nearby watering holes, where on a hot day you’ll spot many bird and wildlife species, including the elusive Leopard.

Accommodation: Mara West

Day 5: Fri, Sep 16 2016 - Masai Mara

Just like the local wildlife, you’ll head out bright and early this morning, alongside an experienced tracker-guide for the day’s first game drive. The eco-diversity and sheer size of the Masai Mara Game Reserve provides the necessary requirements to house a wide range of animal species. The most recognized are known worldwide as the African Big 5, which includes the African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Rhinoceros, Leopard, and the King of the beasts, the Lion. The term Big 5 was coined by big-game hunters, as these species were the most difficult and dangerous to track and hunt. Subsequently, the term was adopted by the tourism industry for marketing purposes, spinning a web of positivity opposed to the negative effect portrayed by the original terminology. Numerous other species of bird and wildlife inhabit this dynamic location including Hyenas, Gazelles, Impalas, Giraffes, Zebras, Vultures, Cranes, Eagles, Falcons, and Ostriches.

On today’s afternoon game drive, the choice is up to you: search for the Big 5 or expand your horizons to discover something different. The Masai Mara not only has a rich mix of animals – it also has an incredible array of bird life that includes almost 450 different species.

Accommodation: Mara West

Day 6: Sat, Sep 17 2016 - Masai Mara

The famed Masai Mara Game Reserve was named after the indigenous inhabitants of this land, the Maasai, and the provider of life to the area, the Mara River. Game viewing is almost guaranteed at some point along the Mara River, and your experienced tracker-guide will know all the best spots to go to maximize this chance to see some of the many bird and wildlife species here. Have your camera handy, as some amazing photo opportunities will present themselves from elephants on the riverbanks to hippos in shallow water.

Set out this afternoon with your tracker guide on another exciting game drive through the Masai Mara Game reserve. The Mara area is one of the few places left in Africa where one can still spot Rhinos in the wild. It is estimated that there are only 4000 black rhinos left in Africa. Your guide will take you to the locations where Rhino sightings have been recently reported to see if you can snap some photos of these elusive, lumbering giants.

Accommodation: Mara West

Day 7: Sun, Sep 18 2016 - Masai Mara - Nairobi

Your guide will drive you from Masai Mara to Nairobi, with short stop-overs for refreshments and souvenirs. Be aware that during this commute you will drive across some unfinished patches of road. This drive will take approximately 6 hours.
The opportunity to explore the local markets and shops presents itself today as so you can interact with the local vendors in search for the perfect handicraft or souvenir for yourself or your loved ones.

Before leaving that night, stop by the Kensington office for free use of Internet and lounge. If you like, we can make reservations for dinner at a local restaurant as well. Please let us know in advance and if you are vegetarian.

Accommodation: Fairmont Norfolk Hotel

Day 8: Mon, Sep 19 2016 - Nairobi - Johannesburg - Cape Town

A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer between the hotel and airport. After your guide has loaded up your luggage you will be driven through Nairobi admiring some of the sights (time permitting). Your guide will brief you on your itinerary en-route.

Take your flight from Nairobi (NBO) to Johannesburg (JNB) today. The flight duration is approximately 4hours and 15 minutes.
Checked baggage allowance is two pieces, 23kg max each.

Take your flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town today. The flight duration is approximately 2 hours.
Luggage restrictions applicable to this flight:The general free allowance is 20Kg in Economy Class.90cm x 72cm x 45cm (including handle, wheels and pockets) total dimensions 207cm.

Hand luggage: One bag allowed in addition to one slimline laptop bag. No bag should exceed 56cm x 36cm x 23cm (total dimensions of 115 cm including handles and wheels) weighing not more than 7Kgs.

Upon arrival into Cape Town, you will be met at the door of your aircraft with your name on a paging board. You will be assisted through immigration, baggage collection and customs. You will then be shown to your onward flight, or to your awaiting transfer vehicle. Should you be collecting a rental car, you will be shown to the vehicle rental collection office.
Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel.

Accommodation: More Quarters

Day 9: Tue, Sep 20 2016 - Cape Town

Today you will be met by your guide for an exploration of Cape Town, known affectionately as the Mother City. On your tour you will take in the Houses of Parliament, the Castle (built between 1666 and 1679, this is South Africa’s oldest building), lively Greenmarket Square with its daily market, the Company Gardens and of course Table Mountain which will give you spectacular views over the city and Peninsula (cable car fee is not included as it is weather dependent). On your descent, you stop at the Bo Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses. From here you have the choice of being dropped off at the Waterfront to experience this vibrant location at your own pace, with its many shops, restaurants and pubs - or at your hotel to end the tour.

*Table Mountain Cableway will be closed for annual maintenance on 25 July to 7 August.

Accommodation: More Quarters

Day 10: Wed, Sep 21 2016 - Cape Town

Today you embark on a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. You take in the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, before crossing over to Hout Bay. From here you drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, where you will board a funicular to the top of the Peninsula. Here you will witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans with spectacular views over False Bay. You enjoy lunch near here (not included – own account) before continuing to Simonstown, the naval base, and visiting the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. En route back you stop at the world renowned Kirstenbosch Gardens before returning back to your hotel.

Accommodation: More Quarters

Day 11: Thu, Sep 22 2016 - Cape Town - Hermanus

Enjoy your private transfer from Cape Town to Grootbos, in the Hermanus area.
Grootbos offers many wonderful adventurous trips that weave throughout the majestic reserve; it is the perfect place to recapture one’s outdoor spirit through the panoramic and beautiful scenery. Your inclusive stay includes activities like: forest walks, visit the historic Klipgat Caves, spend a day at the beach, or enjoy 4×4 reserve drives through the last of the Cape’s Milkwood forests and the beautiful floral Kingdom.

On another day you could choose to go horseback riding. One of the most satisfying and enriching ways of exploring Grootbos Nature Reserve is by horse back. The horses at Grootbos are ideal for beginners and experienced horse riders alike. Experienced staff look after 18 horses at the Grootbos stables, and accompany guests on rides.
Your stay includes: Land-based whale watching tours (June - Dec), Horse riding, Guided nature walks, birding watching, 4x4 Flora safaris, Beach picnics and walks, Guided coastal tours, Guided cave tours, Guided bird watching tours, Social responsibility tours and more! Shark cage diving is also available close by at Gansbaai.

Accommodation: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Day 12: Fri, Sep 23 2016 - Hermanus

Grootbos boasts the last of the Cape’s Milkwood Forests and the beautiful Cape Floral Kingdom and Bird Watching. For those who wish to venture farther you can sign up for other activities as well. Whale Watching - By land, sea or plane (from June to December). Shark Cage Diving - By air, boat or cage diving. Big 5 Marine Tour - By boat, enjoy sights such as penguins, seals, dolphins, sharks, or even whales. Scenic Flights - View mountains, vineyards, shipwrecks and even sharks and whales. View the southern most part of the African land mass from this unique perspective. Speak with the hotel manager for pricing details.

Accommodation: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

Day 13: Sat, Sep 24 2016 - Hermanus

Today you'll depart seaside Hermanus and enjoy a drive through scenic mountains back to Cape Town.

ACCOMMODATION

Fairmont Norfolk Hotel - Nairobi

The Fairmont Norfolk Hotel is situated in the centre of the bustling city of Nairobi and has grown over time with the city. Surrounded by private tropical gardens, the 165 guest rooms and suites are comfortable with all the necessities of home. Dining is offered at a number of on-site restaurants, and the breakfast buffet is especially delightful. Spend some time getting to know the city then escape to the tranquility of the hotel. At your pleasure, enjoy the wonderful swimming pool facilities, the health club, and the relaxing spa.

Room: Deluxe Room

The Deluxe Rooms are luxuriously furnished, giving them a spacious and inviting atmosphere. These rooms feature a lavish king or twin beds, coffee lounge table, in-room business facilities, internet service, and a digital safe. The room fashions a private 3 or 4 piece, en suite marble bathroom. The guest rooms all have bedside lamps, dressing tables, and built-in wardrobes and luggage racks. Every room has a telephone and telephone directory, direct dialing facilities, a television linked to satellite dish, electrical mosquito repellent and air conditioning. Back-up generators in the hotel allow for 24-hour electricity.

Restaurant Amenities

Dining

There are six restaurants in the hotel, one to suit every mood and palate. The Tea Room offers traditional high-tea in a comfortable setting. The relaxed setting of the Cin Cin Wine Bar is the perfect spot to unwind, while the Lord Delamere Terrace is the ideal spot for people watching. The extensive room service menu is always an option when a more private setting is preferred.The Poolside Restaurant is also the perfect setting for intimate, leisurely lunches. Light refreshments and drinks are served throughout the day, besides an a la Carte lunch.

RECREATION AMENITIES

Activities

The Fairmont Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi offers extensive recreation facilities. The outdoor heated pool is surrounded by lush gardens. Separate facilities for men and women include changing rooms with showers, steam bath, sauna, restrooms and treatment rooms. Towels are provided here, along with mattresses for the sun beds. The Health & Fitness Centre is located above the poolside restaurant. Trained professional staff is located within the facility. Services include aerobics classes, one-on-one training and registered massages. The fitness center offers state-of-the-art equipment including free weights along with treadmills, lifecycles and nautilus machines. Separate spa facilities for men and women include changing rooms with showers, steam bath, sauna, restrooms and spa treatment rooms.

Serena Amboseli - Amboseli


In the heart of Amboseli National Park, touching the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, is where the Amboseli Serena Lodge lays its home. The 92 rooms are all equipped with en suite bathrooms and stunning views. Dining offers local cuisine and a choice of continental dishes, while specialty meals allow guests to get in touch with the environment. Amboseli National Park provides the classic Hollywood image of Africa; patrolled by vast herds of elephant, shaded by the lush and feathered green of an acacia grove. Set in rolling savannah scenery, it is dwarfed by the presence of the pink tinged, snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. Against this magnificent backdrop roam vast herds of elephant accompanied by a kaleidoscope of other fabulous beasts - lion, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, baboon, gazelle, hippo, and wildebeest to name but a few.

Room: Lodge

The rooms, each with an uninterrupted view over the ever-changing vistas of the African plains, are styled to a traditional Maasai concept featuring beadwork, gourds, hand-painted murals, and the clever use of the traditional manyatta bent-brushwood effect so as to blend an authentic nomadic aura with all the comforts of unabashed five star luxuries. Guests can also enjoy an acacia-shaded swimming pool fed daily by the melt-waters of Kilimanjaro, a selection of natural timber game viewing decks, a water hole for the animals and an alluring selection of watering holes for the guests.

Restaurant Amenities

Serena Amboseli Restaurants

Your day begins with tea or coffee, before you set out for an exhilarating dawn safari drive. Game viewing is best at this time of the day. Carefully crafted dining and snacking experiences include bush dinners, sundowners at Observation Hill, private picnics, lunch boxes, and spectacular Maasai Feasts under the stars, safari teas, and cookouts under Canvas.

RECREATION AMENITIES

Serena Amboseli Activities

Virtually every common species of East African wildlife can be seen at Amboseli Serena including lions, giraffes, wildebeests, warthogs, zebras, gazelles, topi, hyenas, ostrich, hippos, and baboons. Against the backdrop of the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro, it is the elephants that play the leading role. Amboseli National Park has the most accessible viewing of elephants anywhere in the world. It is also home to hundreds of species of wild birds. Overlooking the sparkling swimming pool and beautiful landscaped gardens, the veranda offers guests exceptional game viewing. The lodge has land cruiser vehicles which can seat 6 persons each. Game drives across the plains of Amboseli National Park are scheduled daily.

Sopa Lodge - Naivasha

Situated on the southern shores of Naivasha, the largest freshwater lake in the Great Rift Valley, is where Sopa Lodge Naivasha has made its home. Let this dazzling resort of cottages prepare you for mouth-dropping silence. Feast on the succulent meats and preparations of the hotel’s talented chefs. Allow your eyes to indulge in the scenery and wildlife that draws so many to visit this hotel, built for open views of nature’s activities at their most untouched. Make sure to wander around the compound where you will be enchanted by the fine architecture, cathedral ceilings, and grand windows. Stroll around the gardens, and take a swim. You will find it is hard to leave this heavenly escape.

Room: Lodge

All rooms feature large frontal windows, a television, mini bar, telephone, electronic safe, tea and coffee making facilities, and spacious, open air verandas. The exterior walls of the cottages have stone walls giving them character while creepers and bougainvilleas add a splash of color. The same stone work is carried into the rooms. The banister heading up to the top floor is wrought iron withthe same creepers and bougainvilleas entwined around them.

Restaurant Amenities

Sopa Lodge Restaurants

The main restaurant is located at one side of the lobby. In the centre, hanging from a high wooden paneled ceiling, is a huge intricately done wrought iron chandelier and smaller light fixtures complimenting it around the rest of the dining room. The colours are a rich dark green, which is carried through the upholstery, carpet, and to break this are maroon coloured table cloths and napkins. A dispense bar sits on one side and on the other, the buffet and tea/coffee station. A tree grows right by the buffet area and adds on to the character of the dining room. This room opens out to an area where guests can sit and enjoy the garden in front of them, and have their pre or after dinner drinks and coffee. The main bar is in the lounge area, with the second one being the dispense bar in the dining room and the pool bar. The pool snack bar serves a light a la carte menu with a pizzeria next to it to compliment it.

RECREATION AMENITIES

Sopa Lodge Activities

Hop aboard a morning or afternoon boat ride on Lake Naivasha (Sun downer). Watch game interact on the island or ask your guide about the nearby parks and lakes, with the possibility of setting up a picnic. In addition, the swimming pool is always open for a refreshing dip.

Mara West - Masai Mara

Nestled against a wooded thicket and surrounded by savannah, Mara West combines luxury accommodations with the breathtaking adventures of an unforgettable African safari. The rooms are perched in secluded spots on the edge of the Oloololo Escarpment, offering guests panoramic views of the Masai Mara Game Reserve below and a sense of exclusive privacy. The camp is home to resident herds of gazelles, impalas, and zebras, as well as an abundance of bird life, and is visited regularly by a variety of wildlife passing to and from the park. The stunning beauty of the Mara, the uninterrupted grazing of the antelope, the night calls of the bush babies, and the early morning chorus of songbirds, all combined with the comfortable and tasteful ambiance of the camp, is part of the Mara West experience and what makes it a unique paradise for nature lovers.

Room: Tent (Full Board)

The premium tent is for those who are looking for that under canvas experience at a great price. Each of the eight tents features two queen beds, electricity and a full stone and brick bathroom with running water and a hot shower. Enjoy your own small deck surrounded by fields of grass and hills, perfect for birding. The luxury tented Chalet is for those who are looking for more of a luxurious experience. Each of the eight tented Chalets are carefully spaced out amongst large fig trees on the escarpment ridgeline with breathtaking views of the Mara savannah below. Two queen beds, hand cut stone bathrooms, hardwood flooring, post and beam construction provide a level of luxury to please the most discerning guests. Enjoy the sunrise over the savannah from your own private deck.

Restaurant Amenities

Kensington Mara West Restaurants

With a fully equipped kitchen and professional chefs, Kensington Mara West is able to spread the table with tastefully prepared, appetizing dishes of many varieties. A wide range of tastes, including vegetarian dishes, can be catered to. Daily various soups, creative main entrees, plentiful fresh fruits, salads, vegetables, home cooked pastries, breads, and desserts are freshly prepared. Bottled water is included in the tariff; soda, beer, and wine are available on a cash basis.

RECREATION AMENITIES

Kensington Mara West Activities

Guests can relax in the lounge area or enjoy outdoor activities. These include game viewing down in the great expanse of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Kensington Mara West Camp, which is located 5 km from the Oloololo Park Entry, makes the park easily accessible to clients throughout the year. Birdwatchers can enjoy a wide diversity of bird life, with birds of prey soaring on the updrafts from the escarpment and special varieties nesting in the thicket that grows along the escarpment’s edge. Other activities offered are cultural activities that include a cultural tour to the local Masai Boma, tours and introductions to local schools and their activities, and cultural talks by the local Masai about their lives, traditions, and traditional dances. In addition, clients may opt to enjoy bush breakfast, sundowners, or a guided walking safari in a designated walking area exclusively bordered by Kensington Mara West Camp.

More Quarters - Cape Town

Experience the comfort of independent, luxury apartment living with the renowned Capetonian hospitality of the exclusive More Quarters property in a quintessential corner of Cape Town. More Quarters boasts luxuriously refined apartments featuring modern and traditional South African furnishings placed elegantly throughout each room ever so settling color scheme and style. More Quarters is ideally located just off the renowned Kloof Street - which is often referred to as being the "heart of Cape Town." This excellent positioning allows guests to easily explore nearby bars, beaches, great little shops, local eateries and boutiques providing guests with an authentic experience of Capetonian living.

Room: One Bedroom Apartment

Each of the stunningly unique One Bedroom apartments has been designed for maximum, independent comfort. These large, spacious retreats are designed in such a manner to provide guests with the luxurious amenities of a high-end hotel and the comfortable feeling of being at home. Each of these One Bedroom apartments feature a comfortable double bed lined with high quality linens. Other amenities include air-conditioning, a mini-bar, an in-room safe, telephone, satellite TV, and free WIFI.

Restaurant Amenities

Restaurants & Coffee Shops

At More Quarters Cape Town, guests can be assured that their gastronomical requests will be more than satisfied. Included with each stay is a thoroughly enjoyable and filling breakfast to start each day. Guests can be sure that only the best, locally grown produce is used where and when possible for each meal. The dynamic location of the property provides guests with a plethora of dining options to choose from throughout the day. Guest can inquire with the concierge desk for some of the preferred and recommended nearby restaurants and coffee shops.

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve - Hermanus

Nestled between mountain and sea, the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a five-star eco-paradise showcasing the incredible flora and marine life of Gansbaai in the southern tip of Africa. Home of the "Marine Big 5" - whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins - and with unparalleled floral diversity, Grootbos offers guests a one-of-a-kind luxury African experience. The 27 superbly designed lodges and villas offer luxury and comfort. Making a point to source all of his ingredients close to home, Chef Duane Lewis promises delicious, outstanding cuisine. All of the wines served at the restaurant, with the exception of sparkling wines and champagne, come from within the Overberg region. After an action packed day of eco activities, a therapeutic full body massage is a must, leaving you in a state of absolute calm at the on-site spas. Venture out and enjoy whale watching, shark cage diving, horseback riding and more. For guests wishing for something a little lower key, there are beautiful flowers scattered throughout the reserve – perfect for a relaxing walk and bird watching. This property was named one of National Geographic’s Most Unique Lodges in the World.

Room: Garden Lodge 2-Bedroom Luxury Suite

The Garden Lodge Two Bedroom Luxury Suites epitomize luxurious home-from-home comforts and are ideal for families or friends travelling together. These spacious suites feature two private bedrooms, each with en suite bathrooms (one with shower and one with bath), as well as a separate lounge with a fireplace and a dining area. These suites open out onto a private outside deck overlooking the spectacular panoramic views of the beautiful Walker Bay. Room amenities include: air-conditioning, satellite TV with DVD player, coffee and tea making facilities, mini bar, and a safe.

Restaurant Amenities

Garden Restaurant & The Red Indigo Restaurant

Featured at the Garden Lodge is the Garden Restaurant, while the Forest Lodge boasts the Red Indigo Restaurant. Enjoy a casual, buffet-style breakfast and lunch, both with exciting menu options. Brace yourself for the gastronomical five-course dinner, reinvented every day to keep your taste buds surprised and delighted. Making a point to source all of his ingredients close to home, Chef Duane Lewis prepares the finest and freshest meals with innovative flair and a touch of brilliance and colour. Fish selections caught fresh that day, succulent meats, and fresh home-grown vegetables, enhanced with flavours from the flourishing herb garden, enhance the fine dining experience. All of the award-winning wines served at the restaurants, with the exception of sparkling wines and champagne, come from within the Overberg region.

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Bars

The Wine Cellar in Forest Lodge boasts a lovely candlelit staircase with a private dining area surrounded by bottles of wine. The knowledgeable staff is happy to recommend the perfect wine to pair with your meal. The Champagne Bar, located in Forest Lodge, is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a quiet drink of sparkling wine. The Whale House is the ultimate place to sit back with a cocktail and enjoy the spectacular view over Walker Bay.

RECREATION AMENITIES

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Activities

Gansbaai is one of the only places in the world that offers the Marine Big 5: whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins. Take this unique opportunity to explore the surrounding area and view these spectacular marine creatures. Other activities include shark cage diving, horseback riding, quad biking, cave tours and more. For guests wishing for something a little lower key, there are beautiful flowers scattered throughout the reserve – perfect for a relaxing walk and bird watching.

Spas

Grootbos has two fully equipped spa facilities to suit guests’ specific needs and desires. Both spas offer privacy and supreme comfort in a peaceful environment. The Bloom Beauty Salon is conveniently located adjacent to the Garden Lodge, while the Forest Spa is dramatically set amongst the ancient Milkwood trees by the Forest Lodge. For the ultimate pampering, enchanting outdoor sessions under the protective cover of the forest canopy are offered as well. Treatments include foot reflexology, Shiatsu, Classic and Swedish full-body massage, facials and exfoliations, as well as manicures and pedicures.

Grootbos Garden Lodge Inclusions

The following is included in your stay at Garden Lodge: full access to lodge facilities, welcome drink served upon arrival, fresh fruit daily in suite, breakfast buffet with full English breakfast menu, lunch buffet with light lunch menu, 5-course dinners, land-based whale watching tours (Jun-Dec), horse riding for beginners and experienced riders, guided nature walks, 4x4 flower safaris, beach picnics and walks, guided coastal tours, guided cave tours, guided bird watching tours, social responsibility tours, and transfers to/from all activities.

What's Included:

  • Guaranteed departure
  • Accommodation
  • Activities
  • Transfers
  • Meals
  • Fees where indicated as per the itinerary
  • Local and international traveler assistance during your tour
  • Specialised and personalised services
What's not Included:
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages unless explicitly noted
  • Optional activities/extras
  • Visas (unless noted)
  • Vacation insurance
Trip Terms & Conditions
  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions.
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.
Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.

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