Cape Town, Plettenberg and the Eastern Cape

Cape Town, Plettenberg & the Big 5

Throughout the year

This fabulous experiences commences in cosmopolitan Cape Town, continues to Plettenberg Bay then skirts around the 'Garden Route National Park' as it heads towards the Pumba Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape.

A 'fly-drive' experience, you'll fly into Cape Town, enjoy a short break and take in the sights and sounds of this vibrant city before you head out, by internal transfer flight, to George where you will pick up your hire car.

From George you have a short drive along the coast to Plettenberg, where you can relax and enjoy the Robberg Peninsula Nature Reserve, take in water safaris, dive charters and ocean kayaking tours. 

Plettenberg to Pumba Water Lodge is your longest drive at around 340Km (3.5-4 hours) although you will have plenty of time to enjoy the views and grab some lunch.

The Pumba Water Lodge is your opportunity to see the 'Big 5' with a range of game drives, bush walks, bird watching, a night drive for star gazing and more.

Welcome to Cape Town

The old and established suburbs of Gardens, Oranjezicht and Tamboerskloof merge into each other as they line the foothills of Table Mountain and Signal Hill.  The area enjoys convenient proximity to the city, the Table mountain Cableway, as well as the beaches.  The narrow little streets are lined by original Cape buildings, many of which have been beautifully restored, some now housing museums and art galleries, as well as lively sidewalk cafés and highly acclaimed restaurants.

Now known for its trendy and modern vibe, this region is often visited on foot, encompassing the historic Parliament Buildings, the Company Gardens and the cafés, culture and boutiques of Kloof Street.

Welcome to Plettenberg Bay

Known as the jewel of the Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay is a tranquil and charming town characterised by its beautiful beaches, the dramatic Robberg Peninsula, lagoons and estuaries, indigenous forests and unpolluted rivers.

From Keurboomstrand in the north to the Robberg Peninsula there are 15 kilometres of beaches interrupted only by the Keurbooms River mouth.  Central Beach is the busiest beach in Plettenberg Bay and it is the launch site for Marine Safaris, dive charters and ocean kayaking tours. There are many restaurants, bars and facilities in the vicinity of the town.

Keurbooms Beach is 10Km from Plettenberg Bay and is almost 'wild' in its unspoilt beauty. 

Robberg Beach is ideal for very long walks, it stretches for kilometres between the Robberg Peninsula and Beacon Island and offers the best shore-based whale watching in the area.

The Robberg Peninsula itself is a nature reserve and national monument 8Km south of Plettenberg Bay. Visitors to the region stay a while to explore a choice of three circular routes around the point of the peninsula. Hikers enjoy 4 hours of diverse ecology coupled with excellent bird watching.

Welcome to the Eastern Cape

The landscape of the Eastern Cape is distinctive and instantly recognisable with undulating hills punctuated by tall aloes, euphorbia and bushy cape scrub, as well as brightly coloured traditional Xhosa houses.

Highly successful conservation efforts in re-establishing the game that originally populated this area, have seen large tracts of land surrounding the Addo Elephant National Park, converted to private game reserves, resulting in strong numbers of lion, elephant and rhino - including the rare Black Rhino which thrives on the nutrient rich spekboom of the area. Cheetah, leopard and Cape buffalo are also frequently spotted. As a destination for a Big 5 Safari it's hard to think of anywhere better.

The lodges of this malaria free Eastern Cape area are exceptionally child friendly.

Sample itinerary

Your itinerary will include:

Day 1: fly in to Cape Town, private transfers to Four Rosmead

Day 2 & 3: at leisure, or choose from a range of experiences including walking tours, wine tours and whale watching

Day 4: Private transfers from Four Rosmead to Cape Town airport, flight to George. Collect hire car and drive to Plettenberg Bay

Day 5 & 6: at leisure to explore Plettenberg Bay and the surrounding area

Day 7: Drive to Pumba Water Lodge

Day 8 & 9: enjoy game drives and other activities at the lodge

Day 10: Drive to Port Elizabeth, car drop-off, internal flight to Cape Town or Johannesburg, international flight to London

What's included in your package

  • Return international flights
  • Internal flights as specified
  • 9 nights' accommodation (bed & breakfast)
  • Meals as specified
  • Transfers as specified
  • 7 days' car hire, group B hire on Classic Plus (Super Cover insurance)

Price, per person: from £2800

Prices based on two people sharing a double room.

Car Rental: Collect at George Airport, return to Port Elizabeth Airport

Based on 2 people travelling together the following will be provided. Larger groups will be allocated appropriate vehicles. Should you require an upgraded car then please discuss your requirements with us.

1x Group B (aircon & power steering): Hyundai i20 or similar on a 'Classic Plus' basis

Specification (approx - each vehicle may vary)

  • Seats: 4 (3 adults, 1 child)
  • Luggage: 1 large case, 1 mid-sized
  • Doors: 4/5
  • Air con: yes
  • Radio + tape/cd: yes
  • ABS Brakes: yes
  • Airbags: yes
  • Power steering: yes
  • Manual/Auto: manual

Included:

  • CDW, TW, PAI, unlimited mileage, airport surcharge, carbon emissions tax, tyre & rim damage and windscreen cover

Please note: Each driver must be in possession of a valid driver's licence. Driver's credit card required for rental (no cash/debit card) as security guarantee. Your quotation will include details of any surcharges or costs which may be payable locally.

Accommodation

Four Rosmead, Cape Town

3 nights in a Luxury Room, bed & breakfast

Built in 1903, Four Rosmead has been recognised for its historical value and has been sensitively and stylishly re-modelled. The result is a Cape contemporary classic building with a rich history. Four Rosmead has the characteristics that set a luxury  boutique hotel apart – location, authenticity, style and personal service. It is an ideal venue for the discerning traveller seeking something different for their visit to Cape Town.

Four Rosmead is ideal for a romantic getaway or to celebrate a special occasion.

Enjoy luxurious, tastefully decorated rooms at Four Rosmead. All rooms include modern top-class amenities as well as variety of private features such as fireplaces, private gardens, balconies or courtyard access. After a day of exploring Cape Town return to the perfect urban sanctuary. 

The luxury rooms at Four Rosmead are situated on the ground floor with easy access to the gardens. Two of the three luxury rooms have a private outside area and can be accessed directly from the secure off-street parking.

Robberg House, Plettenberg Bay

3 nights, bed & breakfast

Robberg House is situated in the centre of the sweeping suburb of Robberg Beach in Plettenberg Bay and is one of four luxurious villas. Across the road from the beach, the property has extensive panoramic sea views that encompass the Robberg Nature Reserve.

Robberg House offers guests all the luxuries of penthouse living, just stone's throw from the beach. Enjoy sundowners on the rooftop deck of Robberg House, with panoramic views of the ocean and Robberg Nature Reserve .

Robberg House offers fresh modern luxury accommodation, with 5 luxury Rooms, 4 Luxury Suites and 1 Luxury View suite.  Each Luxury Suite has a sleeper couch that can sleep (max) 2 children under the age of 12 and the Luxury View Suite can have 2 single beds added (optional) for (max) 2 children under the age of 12 years.

Breakfast is served at the next door Beach Head Villa, either in the dining room or next to the pool.

Pumba Water Lodge

3 nights in an Impala Chalet, fully inclusive

Discover unrivalled views over Lake Cariega at the idyllic Pumba Water Lodge.

Stroll to your own stone walled, thatched chalet off the meandering timber footpaths after a day out, and relax in absolute comfort. A romantic moment on your private wooden deck, an outdoor shower, or sundowners on the floating jetty can all be enjoyed as the South African sun burns the sky before it sleeps and the hippo's meander in the distance. 

Once the sun is down, enjoy a gourmet dinner paired with vintage wines under the African stars.

The luxurious Pumba Water Lodge comprises of 12 stone-walled, thatched, chalets, each offering a uniquely spectacular view of Lake Cariega.

The properties open onto private game-viewing decks with an outside shower and plunge pool, whilst the bedroom and bathroom offer underfloor heating, dreamy free-standing bathtub and fine linen, air conditioning, open fireplaces, mini bar plus tea and coffee facilities, binoculars for guest use together with wildlife literature.

Warmed by a central fireplace, the split level lounge and dining areas open onto a large wooden deck with superb lake views. Meals can be taken in a variety of locations and private candlelit dinners can be arranged on request.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in certain parts of the property, whilst the guest lounge provides satellite TV, library, curio shop sundeck and access to the pool. A wooden walkway leads down to a jetty superbly immersed in the lake, with sun loungers and umbrellas for guests to relax and soak up the view.

In-room amenities include:

  • air-conditioning and heating
  • fireplace
  • tea/coffee making facilities
  • mini-bar fridge
  • binoculars, bird and animal books
  • telephone
  • alarm clock
  • mini electronic safe
  • separate bath and shower, with heated towel rails and twin vanities
  • private game-viewing deck
  • outdoor shower and plunge pool

A Big Five Reserve, Pumba is also home to the rare white lion.  Twice daily game drives are offered which can be substituted for a bush walk, bird watching, night drive for star gazing, archery and bass fishing.

All meals and selected local brand drinks are included, along with 2 game drives per day.

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Table Mountain and the Cape Town waterfront
Penguin spotting on the Atlantic coast
There's not much south of here!
Four Rosmead - a luxury property
Plettenberg bay nature reserve
Beach sports and activities
Stunning coastline
Wildlife on your doorstep