SOUTH AFRICAN 4X4 ADVENTURE

3rd to 14th MARCH 2024

OVERVIEW

South Africa, with its captivating beauty, diverse landscapes, and abundant wildlife, provides the backdrop for our unique 4×4 experience.

We are offering a twelve-day self-drive 4×4 tour for 10 couples to explore this wonderful country.

The journey begins in Cape Town and takes you through the enchanting Karoo desert, the renowned Garden Route, and the scenic winelands of Paarl and Franschhoek, culminating back in Cape Town.

The tour encompasses a blend of luxurious hotels, magnificent safari lodges, and delightful surprises, all while embracing the concept of “Rustic Luxury.”

The adventure strikes a balance between driving, relaxation, and immersing oneself in the African essence, with the added bonus of exclusive experiences such as nights under the stars and access to restricted game reserves and lesser-known driving passes.

The CGT South African 4×4 Adventure promises to be an unparalleled opportunity to explore the wonders of South Africa like never before.

ITINERARY

DAY 1 – 3rd MARCH – ARRIVAL IN CAPE TOWN

Upon arriving at Cape Town International airport, guests will be transferred to the luxurious five-star Mount Nelson Hotel in the heart of Cape Town.

After checking in, a lunch will be provided, followed by a briefing and handover of 4×4 vehicles, which will be used for the upcoming twelve-day African adventure. The briefing will cover vehicle details, driving conditions, navigation, and the use of communication tools.

In the evening, the group will gather for welcome drinks and dinner at the hotel, fostering camaraderie and excitement for the journey ahead.

DAY 2 – 4th MARCH - CAPE TOWN TO CEDEBERG

After breakfast, the journey begins as we drive our 4×4 vehicles from the hotel towards the captivating Cederberg region in the Western Cape Province. This area is renowned for its remarkable rock formations and San Rock Art, showcasing the heritage of Africa’s earliest inhabitants, the San people.

The approximately 250km trip will take around five hours, encompassing a lunch break. Along the way, we will traverse the awe-inspiring Bainskloof Pass and pass through picturesque towns such as Wellington and Worcester, as well as the breathtaking Breede and Hex river valleys.

Our destination for the night is a private Nature Reserve, where unique rooms built into the sandstone hills provide an immersive bushveld experience. Upon arrival, there will be time to settle in before embarking on an unforgettable evening sundowner trip in the reserve’s game viewing vehicles.

Dinner will be served outdoors in a ‘boma’ amidst towering sandstone monoliths, with food prepared over open fires under the captivating African sky.

The remote and rustic charm of our accommodation marks the true beginning of our African adventure, promising an enchanting experience for all senses.

DAY 3 – 5th MARCH - CEDERBERG TO SUTHERLAND

Continuing our journey from the Cederberg, we will travel east towards Sutherland and a cozy Guest Farm.

The route will lead us through the vast and captivating Great Karoo semi-desert region, showcasing its expansive landscapes, rugged mountains, and blackened terrain of the Tankwa Karoo.

After covering a distance of approximately 300km, we will reach our Guest Farm, located within the Biosphere Reserve in the heart of the Karoo. The area offers the opportunity, subject to conditions, to witness an extraordinary night sky, and nearby lies the Southern African Large Telescope, a 10- metre class optical telescope used for spectroscopy.

The Guest Farm is home to roaming game and cheetah, and we will have our own game drive on well-maintained gravel roads as we approach our accommodation, which operates on solar power.

DAY 4 – 6th MARCH - SUTHERLAND TO OUDTSHOORN

Continuing our expedition, we will depart from the tranquility of Surtherland and head southeast towards an Outdshoorn based Private Game Lodge. The scenic drive, spanning over 4 hours, will guide us through breathtaking landscapes and mountain passes.

A highlight of the journey is the awe-inspiring Seven Weeks Pass, an 18km stretch of road considered one of the most stunning in South Africa and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Upon arrival at the Game Lodge, nestled in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains, we will have the chance to relax on the deck overlooking a vast dam surrounded by wildlife or partake in an evening game drive before dinner.

The luxury tented accommodation provides an authentic African ambiance.

DAY 5 – 7th MARCH - OUDTSHOORN TO SHAMWARI

Today’s journey takes us through the picturesque valleys of the Swartberg Mountains, as we make our way towards Shamwari Game Reserve, the wildlife highlight of our adventure.

The route will treat us to diverse landscapes, from mountainous regions to expansive vistas under vast skies.

Upon arrival at Shamwari, we will spend two nights at this renowned reserve, which has been consistently recognized as one of the world’s leading game reserves.

The reserve is home to the Big Five (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhinoceros, and African Buffalo), as well as freely roaming Cheetahs. Shamwari focuses on animal management and species conservation, and we will have the opportunity to explore one of their projects during our stay.

DAY 6 – 8th MARCH – DAY OF LEISURE AT SHAMWARI

Today offers a day of leisure to explore the remarkable Shamwari Game Reserve.

Our luxurious accommodation at Long Lee Manor provides a stunning view of the expansive plains of Shamwari. Although it may not fit the typical safari architecture, this Edwardian-style lodge exudes elegance while honoring the region’s rich heritage. Long Lee Manor features a rim flow pool and a spa, offering opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation.

You can spend your free day enjoying the pool, indulging in a spa treatment, or participating in an optional visit to one of the reserve’s conservation programs. Additionally, guided game drives present the chance to spot the renowned Big Five.

DAY 7 – 9th MARCH – SHAMWARI TO KNYSNA

One week into our adventure and we will leave the splendid surroundings of Shamwari for our next destination the charming town of Knysna.

As we depart Shamwari, we will drive through Port Elizabeth (now known as Gqeberha) and head Northwest to the main feature of the day, the remarkable Prince Alfred Pass, a winding road with breathtaking views. This pass, built by Thomas Bain in the 1850s, leads us to Knysna, renowned for its estuary and the treacherous Knysna Heads.

Our two-night stay will be at a five-star boutique Hotel, a fascinating establishment that was once a turbine-powered power station, now converted into a unique hotel incorporating components of the turbines and factory.

Upon arrival, you will have the evening to explore Knysna. The region is characterized by the unique Fynbos vegetation, which is only found in the Cape regions of South Africa and holds great ecological significance.

DAY 8 – 10th MARCH – DAY AT LEISURE IN KNYSNA

Today provides a free day to discover the captivating town of Knysna and its surrounding areas. With its abundance of shops, restaurants, and captivating activities, Knysna offers a perfect setting for exploration.

As it is located in the renowned Garden Route, venturing an hour east or west along the coastline unveils a plethora of additional activities, adventures, and attractions to enjoy.

Additionally, there is an exceptional whale watching tour conveniently located near our hotel.

DAY 9 – 11th MARCH – KNYSNA TO MOSSEL BAY

Today marks the departure from Knysna as we begin our return journey to Cape Town, heading west to yet another breathtaking Private Game Reserve.

Nestled on a 4,200-hectare reserve, this remarkable accommodation includes a 19th-century farmhouse and surrounding lodging. The reserve boasts an array of wildlife, with four of the Big Five species present, including Lions, Elephants, Buffalos, and Rhinoceros. In addition, there are 26 other game species, including Cheetahs, and over 200 bird species.

Upon arrival, we will enjoy a late afternoon game drive, allowing us to delve into the captivating reserve and appreciate the diverse array of Fynbos varieties that adorn the picturesque landscape.
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DAY 10 – 12th MARCH – MOSSEL BAY TO FRANSCHHOEK

We will bid farewell to the enchanting Mossel Bay and embark on our journey to our next destination: Franschhoek, the renowned wine capital of South Africa.

This scenic route will lead us across the majestic Langeberg escarpment and passing through the charming towns of Barrydale and Montagu.

We will make a stop at the delightfully quirky roadside Cafe adorned with motoring memorabilia.

Finally, we will arrive at our fabulous Franschhoek Hotel, where our luxurious Villa Suites await, with time to explore this delightful town.

DAY 11 – 13th MARCH – DAY OF LEISURE IN FRANSCHHOEK

The final day of our African adventure has arrived, offering a plethora of activities to enjoy in the captivating town of Franschhoek.

Whether you choose to indulge in shopping, unwind at charming restaurants and coffee shops, embark on a winery tour with the Tram, or delve into the extensive collection of over 300 cars at the Franschhoek Motor Museum, there is no shortage of options to keep you engaged.

DAY 12 – 14th MARCH – CHECK OUT, DRIVE TO CAPE TOWN AND FLIGHTS HOME

After a lie in and relaxed breakfast, you can spend the morning shopping and having a leisurely lunch before checking out of the hotel. We then drive to Cape Town to drop off the 4×4’s and head to the airport for your flights home. Hopefully with a lifetime of wonderful memories from your African Adventure!

WHAT IS INCLUDED

– Airport Transfers

– 11 Nights accommodation in 4 / 5 Star hotels or game reserves including breakfast every day.

– 4×4 vehicle rental (one car dedicated to each couple).

– Snacks and soft drinks in 4×4.

– Lunch on each day of the Tour.

– 9 Dinners including a variety of three course meals / Barbeques / Buffet dinners / Restaurants.

– Star gazing presentation.

– At least two Game Drives with Guides to see the Big 5 (in Game Reserve Land Rovers).

– Two-way Radios in each car.

– Satellite Telephone – one per car.

– Full colour printed Roadbook with itinerary and all navigation routes.

– Classic GT / SA 2024 Cap and Gift.

– 2 x Classic Grand Touring Tour Managers support throughout.

TOUR PRICES

£7,200.00

per person based on two sharing car and accommodation

To secure your place – £500.00 deposit per person.

Then 50% balance in Sept 2023.

Balance in January 2024.

WHAT IS EXCLUDED

– Flights to South Africa.

– Fuel.

– Drinks.

– Travel Insurance (you need to make sure this covers private medical cover whilst in SA).

MORE INFORMATION

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01926 675675

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BOOK AND RESERVE YOUR PLACE

Booking your place on this event couldn’t be easier. The first step would be to click the “Enquire Now” button and complete the form, which gives us some basic details about yourself and your party.

We will then get in touch with you to confirm availability on the tour, we will send you a booking form to complete together with our deposit payment options so you can reserve your place on the tour.

As soon as the deposit has been processed we will send you a booking confirmation detailing what is included in your tour together with any extras you may have requested, your travel documents and the balance payment information.

You can secure a place on our tour with a deposit of just £1000 per person. This can be paid by Stripe Online Payment, BACS transfer or by card over the phone if you prefer. The full final balance is then due in August 2025.

Prefer to have a chat over the phone? Give us a call on 01926 675 675

MINIMUM NUMBERS

We have a minimum number of participants required for all of our events enabling them to be viable for us to run – this is usually 10 cars unless stated otherwise. In the event that we don’t reach the minimum numbers, the tour may be cancelled at which point your booking deposit will be refunded to you, or if preferred, allocated to another event of your choice.

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