South Africa is full of endless possibilities, especially when it comes to adventure. Sure we could lay on one of its enticing beaches, or lounge around in Cape Town sampling the fine food and drink. But in true Black Tomato style, we’re going to dive head first into some serious adventure on this 11-night trip, where you can track wildlife on a safari expedition, hike into the wilderness, and dive with sharks off the beautiful coastline.
TO TSWALU AND BEYOND
Once making residence in the Kalahari ecosystem, it’s time to stand back and admire the rural and exposed environment you’ll call home for the next four nights. When at Tswalu you’ll be treated with that friendly South African service that we know and love. And with the whole estate only accommodating up to 30 guests on a 1,000sqkm plot, the wilderness is literally at your feet.
Once you’ve stopped gaping at your astounding location, it’s now time to go and explore it. What is better way there than saddling up, to discover the safari landscape? This is a one-off experience, stripped of the jeep safari; it’s time to get close to nature and exposed in all of South Africa’s wildlife on horseback. Witness black rhinos, antelope galloping, cheetah, hyena and lions all going about their day-to-day life. With a safari guide and tracker at your dispense throughout your stay, you are guaranteed to spot these majestic animals in their natural surroundings.Read more
During your time at Tswalu make sure to get a sneak peek of the local meerkat colony. Local friends to Tswalu Kalahari they are wild colonies that have become familiar with humans, so don’t be alarmed if you find one casually resting on your doorstep. For the grand finale, we can’t imagine anything more spectacular than a night sleeping under the stars. Just you and the expanse of the Kalahari. It will be a moment you’ll never forget, and trust us – you’ll never see stars like it.
From hordes of wildebeest to the bright lights – you have migrated to Cape Town and all its splendour. As Table Mountain rests prominently in the background, check in for three nights into your new humble abode and the place to be seen – The Cape Grace. Set in the heart of Cape Town’s Victoria and Albert Waterfront, it plays host to countless bars, restaurants, exhibitions and events. Why not enrol on a trip to Robben Island and walk in the historical footsteps of Nelson Mandela.
Become your own captain aboard ‘The Spirit of the Cape’ – a 56ft Aicon fly-bridge luxury motor yacht which is privately owned by The Cape Grace and is only available for hotel guests. You can design your own route, or take a cruise on the hotel’s recommendation and visit Hout Bay or Cape Point. Enjoy sunset drinks while on board – it’s the best view taking in the whole of Cape Town.
For thrill chasers, take a hike up Table Mountain. What goes up must come down – so why not abseil down? From 112m off Table Mountain, you can bounce your way back down to the ground. 1000m above sea level you’ll be rewarded with unprecedented views over Cape Town. Or if abseiling is too innocent for you, then take a leap off of Bloukrans Bridge – the highest commercial jump site in the world. At only 216m you’ll be fine, it’ll be a breeze.
A shark tale
Now it’s time to escape to Grootbos Private Nature Reserve for your last three days. This stunning eco-friendly collection of lodges is the perfect place to soak up that South African atmosphere. This relaxing and breathtaking place overlooks Walker Bay and is surrounded by indigenous Fynbos (shrubs) and forest-clad hills.
This is a mecca for the animal lover and it doesn’t disappoint. Explore the bush by 4×4, horse or casually by foot. Walker Bay is a mecca for whale watching and they can even be spotted from the land or by plane, soaring over the Atlantic Ocean. And if you want to take the plunge into the deep blue in seek of an adrenaline rush, then maybe take a swim with the Great Whites (yes – we mean shark).
Safely back on dry land, this is a multi-award winning 1750 hectare resort which boasts more than 750 different plant species. So as the sun rests on your last night here, with a glass of crisp South African wine, look out onto the reserve and let your disappointment about going home wash away, and think about what you have achieved in 10 days. South Africa – you are our adventure hero.