12 days

05/11/2020 - 16/11/2020

from USD$ 4.700,-

Cape Town

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South African Safari, Mohair & Knitting Tour with ARNE & CARLOS!

Situated at the tip of the African continent and surrounded by two oceans, South Africa boasts breathtaking scenery, quaint coastal villages and cosmopolitan cities that can all be combined with a truly exhilarating Big Five South African safari. On this very unique tour we will also focus on South African craft culture and in particular their mohair production. South Africa produces more than 50% of the world’s mohair.

Consistently voted as one of the top tourist destinations around the world, South Africa is home to some of the world’s biggest nature reserves, as well as one of the most dazzling and scenic cities – Cape Town, and its surrounding Winelands. An incredibly versatile destination, legendary landscapes provide dramatic contrasts, diversity of habitats, a vibrant colourful melting pot of cultures and spectacular tapestries of untamed wilderness.

This is a fantastic destination offering adventures for travelers eager to explore a range of activities, food enthusiasts tempted to taste uniquely delicious local flavours and superior wines. The country’s culinary scene is world renowned and Cape Town is a haven of sublime restaurants and the finest wines. Delve into the complex history of South Africa and retrace the steps of those who helped to carve the captivating and proud country of today. The hospitality and warmth of the people will welcome you with open arms.

The iconic city of Cape Town, with Table Mountain – one of the most spiritual places of earth, in the heart of the town and with two oceans at its feet, is strategically situated at the south western tip of Africa, and for centuries been known as the Tavern of the Seas.

Vibrant, cosmopolitan and an eclectic mix of old and new, this laid-back city is as much at home with its 17th-century castle – whose cannons have never been fired in anger – as it is with its sleek skyscrapers and trendy malls.

After some enriching days in Cape Town, we continue to the wonderful Winelands, to explore its vineyards and sample the amazing vines. The refreshing stay in wine country leads us into the next part of the tour – the wilderness of the Great Karoo, where the angora goats live. The little South African heritage town of Prince Albert is surrounded by an oasis of magnificent mountains, fresh sparkling water, lush gardens, vineyards and fruit orchards. This small Karoo gem is home to beautifully preserved Cape Dutch and Victorian buildings offering dramatic mountain views.

South Africa Mohair

It is called the noble fibre and with its lustrous, resilient and offering exceptional colour reflection, mohair has become a symbol of luxury and exclusivity. Mohair is the fleece of the Angora goat, and it’s one of the world’s most beautiful sustainable natural fibres.

South Africa is the biggest global producer of mohair, producing approximately 50% of the world’s mohair. Most of South Africa’s Angora goats are farmed in the Karoo area of the Eastern Cape. Angora goats thrive in the Karoo, with its combination of hot, dry summers, cold winters and semi-desert vegetation. In the pursuit of perfection, their fleece has been refined through consistently high breeding standards and meticulous genetic selection. Just how did South Africa become the producer of 50% of the world’s mohair? The story is quite fascinating. In 1838, the Sultan of Turkey sent twelve neutered Angora rams and one ewe to Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Wanting to protect his country’s powerful monopoly in mohair fleece, the Sultan ensured that all rams were rendered infertile. Unbeknown to anyone, however, the ewe was already pregnant and gave birth to a kid enroute to South Africa – a ram that was, of course, not neutered. And the rest, as they say, is history. The South African mohair industry has grown exponentially over the years. Today, the Karoo region of South Africa produces the most mohair in the world – all thanks to a single pregnant ewe and a Sultan’s mistake. Onwards we travel to the Eastern coast where we will visit the beautiful coastal town Knysna, the gateway to the famous Garden Route and the Plettenberg Bay with its gorgeous beaches. Our South African adventure will end in true style with a wonderful safari in the malaria free Kariega Game Reserve -where we will search for the Big Five!

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Highlights of the tour:

  • Cape Town – the most beautiful city in the world
  • Cape of the Good Hope – and the cute penguins at Boulders Beach
  • Wine country – taste and enjoy premium wines!
  • Great Karoo – visit the angora goats
  • The Eastern Coast – spectacular scenery and the Garden Route
  • Safari – search for the Big Five in the malaria free Kariega Game Reserve!
  • Knitalong with ARNE&CARLOS – with South African Mohair Yarn of course!
  • Workshops and make new friends with fellow knitter enthusiasts

The tour starts in the morning in Cape Town the 5th of November and ends in the evening in Port Elisabeth the 16th of November.

We can assist with all travel arrangements and pre/post tour accommodation if required. From USA there are direct flights to Cape Town and/or Johannesburg from New York, Atlanta and Washington DC.

 

PROGRAM

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 1 – Cape Town (D)

Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel in Cape Town. Check in at The Commodore Hotel. Welcome Reception and dinner with ARNE & CARLOS.

The Commodore Hotel ****

With panoramic views of Table Bay and Table Mountain, The Commodore is decorated in a nautical theme. It features an outdoor swimming pool and sauna, fitness and massage facilities. The Commodore’s air-conditioned rooms include free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and a private bathroom with bathtub.

Apart from a breakfast buffet, Clipper Restaurant serves an à la carte menu featuring seafood dishes and regional wines. The Admiralty Bar and Lounge provides a 24-hour cocktail menu. When weather is nice, the partly shaded terrace offers a relaxing setting for a drink or snack.

Day 2 – City Tour with Table Mountain and Mohair Factory (B/L)

You will have time to relax this morning before we are being picked up at about 12:00 and taken on a tour of «The Mother City». This tour will give you a good overview of the city’s historically and culturally important places and buildings. Weather permitting, there will be a ride up the Table Mountain with the cable car, and here you will enjoy the breathtaking view of the city and the «end of the world». We will visit the city’s oldest building, The Castle and The Company Gardens, before passing Parliament Buildings, City Hall and the Slave Museum. Discover the variations, from colonial style to the colorful Malay Quarters and the houses in the Bo-Kaap area. After a visit to the Greenmarket Square & District Six Museum we head off to the flower vendors and Castle of Good Hope. A lovely lunch awaits us at a local restaurant in the Malay Quarters before moving on to the Cape Mohair factory and plant, where you will learn more about the company who is the  biggest mohair sock manufacturer in the world and who has also developed South Africa’s most loved and trusted mohair blanket brand, bringing Cape Mohair not only onto feet but also into the homes of many happy customers. After the tour, we are transferred back to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure! Time to experience Cape Town’s excellent restaurants!

Day 3 – Cape Peninsula Tour (B/L)

After breakfast, our full day tour starts, to the beautiful Cape Point, which is on the southeastern corner of the Cape Peninsula, and Cape of the Good Hope – a rocky headland on the Atlantic coast of the Cape Peninsula. The penguin colony at Boulders Beach is a true pleasure to visit. One of South Africa’s oldest cities and historic naval bases, Simon’s Towns is also in our program. Lunch will be enjoyed at the Harbor House with the most amazing sea view of the Gulf of Kalk. Fynbos, a small belt with heather heath vegetation is a delight. With some luck, we may see baboons, bontebook, ostriches, bird life and the southern right whales. Upon return to Cape Town, the evening is at your own leisure.

Day 4 – The Winelands and winetasting in Franschhoek (B/L)

This morning we check out of the hotel, and head to the Winelands to visit some of the Cape’s finest Wine Estates. Enjoy the endless mountain vistas and the traditional Cape Dutch architecture as you do your wine tasting and cellar tour. Lunch today will be in a lovely vineyard.

After lunch, we will check in at the Protea Hotel. The afternoon and the evening is free to explore this charming little town, with its quaint shops, galleries and amazing selection of good restaurants. We recommend to buy a ticket for the Franschhoek Wine Tram, which will take you around to various vineyards, hop on and off and enjoy tasting the wines where they are actually produced!

Protea Hotel Franschhoek ****

The Protea Hotel – a charming 4-star hotel overlooking the mountains and vineyards of the historic village of Franschhoek, near art galleries and wine estates about 80 km east of Cape Town. Enjoy comfortable rooms, a renowned restaurant and a sparkling swimming pool. The hotel prides itself on its charming ambience, gracious style and attentive service. The hotel has a rich history, with one section dating back to the 1880s. The town itself takes its name from the French Huguenots who settled in the area in the early 1680s after fleeing from their home country. Our convenient location is a superb base from which to explore Franschhoek’s culinary establishments, art galleries, cheese factories and some 25 world-famous wine estates.

Day 5 – Prince Albert (B/L/D)

Scenic overland drive from Franschhoek to Prince Albert in the Klein Karoo (approx. 5 hours’ drive). Lovely lunch along the way. Serving as the gateway to the arid wilderness of the Great Karoo, the little South African heritage town of Prince Albert is surrounded by an oasis of magnificent mountains, fresh sparkling water, lush gardens, vineyards and fruit orchards. This small Karoo gem is home to beautifully preserved Cape Dutch and Victorian buildings. It is a popular place in which to relax in the sun and enjoy the peaceful serenity of the town or appreciate the spectacular clear and star-filled night sky to the rare sound of deafening silence. Here one can discover ancient fossils and a working moonshine distillery at the Fransie Pienaar Museum, enjoy a historical walking tour through the town and drive along the edge of the harrowing 19th-century Swartberg Pass offering dramatic mountain views.

Check in at the Mont d’Or Swartberg Hotel.

Mont d’Or Swartberg ****

The Mont d’Or Swartberg Hotel is a national monument steeped in 150 years of history. Situated at the very heart of the small town of Prince Albert in the Western Cape, it’s the perfect destination from which to enjoy the vast open expanses of the Karoo’s breath-taking natural beauty.

Afternoon at leisure. Recommended tours included guided walking tour of this historical town, visit the galleries and stores or the local blacksmith, or go on a star gazing tour and enjoy the amazing Karoo night skies! Dinner will be enjoyed this evening at our hotel.

Day 6 – Prince Albert (B/L)

Prince Albert is at the centre of the mohair producing region of South Africa and enjoys being home to champion breeders of Angora goats. We will visit the Karoo Loom showroom and meet the owner who takes takes us on a tour of the weavery. Get interactive and try your hand at weaving and spinning and meet the team of highly skilled ladies! Afterwards, you may peruse the designs and visit the gift shop. Lunch will be served at African Relish Chef’s Café. You will also have the opportunity to meet with Frances van Haselt, a local designer who aims to grow the South African textile industry by developing bespoke mohair end products which help create employment and preserve traditional craftsmanship in rural communities.

Day 7 – The Garden Route – Knysna (B/L)

Travel overland via the Swartberg Pass into Oudtshoorn, the “Ostrich capital of the world”.

We will be told the fascinating story of ostrich farming in the Karoo. It is fascinating to learn all about ostriches, the world’s largest bird, and watch as staff expertly demonstrate the various crafts using the ostrich’s exquisite feathers, eggs and leather. Enjoy a traditional and classic ostrich dish for lunch at the Pepper Tree restaurant.
After lunch, we depart the Karoo region and head to the beautiful and pristine Garden Route via the scenic Outeniqua Mountain Pass. Overnight in Knysna at Lofts Boutique Hotel.

Lofts Boutique Hotel ****

Situated at the tip of Thesens Island, Lofts Boutique Hotel offers uniquely themed accommodation and an outdoor splash pool overlooking the Knysna Lagoon. The Lofts Boutique Hotel offers contemporary designed rooms decorated with wooden beams. The rooms come with satellite TV, tea/coffee maker and extra long beds. Relax in the comfortable lounge areas or next to the pool with a beautiful view of the Knysna lagoon and surrounding green hills.

Day 8 – Knysna – Plettenberg (B/L/D)

This morning our tour will start at the Knysna waterfront, for the iconic Featherbed Tour. The Lagoon, more accurately defined as an estuary, has five fresh water rivers flowing in from the surrounding Outeniqua Mountains meeting with the surge of sea water from the Indian Ocean through the mighty headlands – known as the ‘Knysna Heads’ – the grand sandstone cliffs towering above the entrance to the Lagoon.

The Featherbed Nature Experience is a ferry trip on the lagoon, and a drive up the headlands in 4 x 4 vehicles, stopping at magnificent viewpoints where our local guide will explain all about the history, fauna and flora in this unique area. A guided walk through the reserve is an option, through through coastal forest & fynbos, and into ancient sea caves. Lunch is a spectacular buffet served in outdoor restaurant under a canopy of the Milkwood trees. After the tour, we continue down the coast to the beautiful Plettenberg Bay and our gorgeous 5* hotel, The Plettenberg Bay Hotel, where we will stay 2 nights. Dinner at the hotel.

The Plettenberg Bay Hotel *****

The Plettenberg – situated on a rocky headland in one of South Africa’s most spectacular beach towns – is the ultimate escape. The hotel has the most breathtaking vistas in Southern Africa with views of the ocean, mountains and endless stretches of golden beach. The Plettenberg is situated in the heart of Plettenberg Bay, along the Garden Route and is known for a variety of activities from regular dolphin and whale sightings to bungee jumping, treetop canopy tours and other more daring pursuits in the surrounding countryside.

Day 9 – Plettenberg Bay (B/L)

After a relaxing morning and breakfast at the gorgeous Plettenberg Bay Hotel, we leave for at visit to the Mungo Mill, not far from the hotel. At Mungo we will have a tour of the mill, and learn about its history, and learn about their weaving and the looms they are using. Meet the textile designers or master weaver, and it will be possible to visit their retail shop. After our lovely lunch at The Old Nick we return to Plettenberg Hotel for a relaxing afternoon at leisure. Enjoy dinner at the hotel or in one of the lovely restaurants close by (on own account).

Day 10 – Kariega Private Game Reserve (B/L/D)

After breakfast our tour continues to malaria free Kariega Private Game Reserve, about 4 hours drive with beautiful coastal scenery. Good opportunity to catch up with some knitting as well! Kariega is located in the dense and bushy area of the Eastern Cape landscape, and offers beautiful panoramic views of the green river valley below. The safari lodge has the ideal location for enjoying a real African safari on the Kariega, with game drives twice a day on the private reserve,  searching for the Big Five.

Kariega Private Game Resort ****

Kariega Main Lodge is nestled in the thickets and bushveld of the Eastern Cape landscape and offers guests panoramic vistas of the green river valley below. This authentic safari lodge is malaria free, and the ideal location to enjoy African safari and experiencing close up viewing of lion, elephant, rhino and other Big Five African game. Kariega Main Lodge has 21 log chalets, a vibrant restaurant, bar and living area as well as a pool, curio shop, gym and health spa. Click here to see a video of the Main Lodge.

Day 11 – Kariega Private Game Reserve (B/L/D)

Safari activities include twice daily shared game drives, early morning and late afternoon

  • Daily schedule (Subject to change and times may vary slightly)
  • 05:00 – 5:30 am – Wakeup call
  • Meet in lounge area for morning tea and muffins
  • 06:00 am – Depart on a shared game drive
  • 09:30 – 10:00 am – Breakfast
  • Relax and unwind /read/swim
  • 1:00 pm – Lunch
  • 4:00 pm – High tea & afternoon shared game drive departs
  • 7:00 – 7:30 pm – return to the lodge for dinner

Day 12 – Departure (B/L)

After breakfast and your last game activity transfer to Port Elizabeth Airport for your departing flight

RATES

Price per person in shared double room: from $ 4.700,- (NOK 43.500,-)

Single room supplement: NOK 11,000,- (approximately USD 1200,-)

The price includes:

  • 11 nights accommodation in a shared dbl room
  • All meals as mentioned in the program
  • All excursions and activities as mentioned in the program
  • Safari with game drives
  • Inspirational talks and knitting activities by ARNE&CARLOS
  • All transportation
  • Tourleader from Reisecompaniet (Githa Kristensen)

Not included in the price:

  • Single room supplement  ($ pr. person)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips

We reserve the right to slightly alter the itineraries and prices in the event of unforeseen conditions beyond our control, i.e. changes in prices or currency.

Price is based on a minimum of 25 participants.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, VISA AND PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS

Your specific passport and visa requirements as well as any other immigration requirements are your own responsibility and you must clarify this with the relevant embassies and/or consulates. We do not accept any responsibility in situations where you cannot travel because you do not meet the latest requirements. If you have made independent travel arrangements, you are responsible for entering the tour in good time, regardless of any changes to the sailing times and dates or travel routes. We cannot refund any amount paid to us, or a third party that acts on our or your behalf, or give compensation or make any payments when you, regardless of the reason, do not meet on time.

TRAVEL AND CANCELLATION INSURANCE

We are not entitled to make reservation for cancellation insurance or travel insurance for any foreign participants. We highly recommend you to contact your local insurance company in order to make sure you are covered on your journey, and if you are prevented from travelling due to illness.

Please read our Terms and Conditions before completing a reservation  https://reisecompaniet.no/terms-and-conditions/

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    The Commodore Hotel, South Africa ****

    The Commodore Hotel has a beautiful panoramic view of Table Bay and Table Mountain, The Commodore is decorated in a nautical theme. It features an outdoor swimming pool and sauna, fitness and massage

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    Protea Hotel Franschhoek, South Africa ****

    Protea Hotel by Marriott Franschhoek has 30 air-conditioned, tastefully decorated rooms, equipped with bathrooms, a minibar, telephone and some offer fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. Offe

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    Mont d’Or Swartberg Hotel, South Africa ****

    Mont d’Or Swartberg Hotel is located in the center of the picturesque town of Prince Albert.

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  • lofts-boutique-hotel

    Lofts Boutique Hotel, South Africa ****

    Situated in beautiful Knysna at the tip of Thesens Island, Lofts Boutique Hotel offers uniquely themed accommodation and an outdoor splash pool overlooking the Knysna Lagoon.

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    The Plettenberg Hotel, South Africa *****

    The Plettenberg is a 5-star hotel, located on a rocky headland in the heart of The Garden Route. It offers 2 infinity pools and stylish SeaFood at The Plettenberg Restaurant. All guest rooms decorated

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    Kariega Private Game Reserve, South Africa ****

    Kariega Game Reserve is a malaria free family owned and operated safari reserve with an outdoor pool, restaurant and bar. Free WiFi is available. The cabins with valley views feature air conditioning,

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