The finest winelands, wilderness & exotic islands

12 nights: Cape Town and Winelands, Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, Mahe Island and Fregate Island Private Seychelles

You are warmly welcomed at Cape Town International airport and escorted to Ellerman House – a property par excellence on the slopes of Lions Head with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Beginning the holiday with the glamorous beach lifestyle Cape Town is famous for in a private villa that offers all the benefits of hotel living with the advantage of complete privacy and flexibility, perfect for multigenerational families.

Your days take you by helicopter to Robben Island, the iconic memorial where former president Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. And you pass several blissful hours in a blaze of colour at the Zeitz Museum Of Contemporary Art Africa. Your private chef delights your tastebuds as you enjoy a surprise sunset experience. Cape Town offers something for everyone from platinum shopping at the V&A Waterfront to iconic sights like Table Mountain. We will recommend a range of activities to suit whatever your family enjoys.

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After a few days on the coast, you are taken by private road transfer to Delaire Graff Estate. This world-leading destination for wine, art and hospitality is at the summit of a pass offering breathtaking views of the Stellenbosch Valley in the heart of The Cape Winelands. You sip award-winning wines from the estate winery and sate your senses in the flagship restaurants, surrounded by an unrivalled personal collection of arts.

While here you visit the historic Cape Dutch town of Stellenbosch for its culture, architecture and boutiques. You sample the world-class food and wine characteristic of the area. More active family members take a horse ride through the vines while others attend an outdoor performance of music or theatre. When not otherwise occupied, you relax by the pool, enjoying the balmy climate. Elegant and engaging activities abound.

The next destination is an exclusive private game reserve. Transfer by private air charter takes you directly to Singita Castleton. Here you stay in individual cottages that can accommodate the whole family. Extensive high-end facilities include a vast garden, swimming pool, wine cellar, gym, tennis court and spa treatment room. Your family relaxes together in the courtyard, gathers around the traditional ‘boma’ or meet in the country-style kitchen for meals; all overlooking a waterhole where animals regularly drink.

Days are filled with game drives in luxury 4WD vehicles with delightful touches. You compete with one another to be the first to see the coveted Big 5: elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard. You take a safari walk where your guide alerts you to all the smaller details of the bush. The gents practice archery while the ladies are pampered in the spa. You come together again for a night drive one evening and stargazing the next.

On your final day in Singita, you leave after the morning activity, sad to say farewell but excited for the next leg. From the bush to the islands. A charter flight takes you to Johannesburg airport where you take an Air Seychelles flight to Mahe and experience 2 nights at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles.

A gentle ocean breeze floats up the granite hillside and into your tree-house villa, reminding you to take it slow. Seychelles is a secluded island eden you explore at a pace perfect for whole extended family. Your days are spent lounging by your private pool and playing in the turquoise waters of Petite Anse bay, or finding your bliss at the hilltop Spa before sitting down for a sunset meal on a deserted beach.

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Next you head out to a private island by helicopter. Fregate Island is a mini Galapagos in the Seychelles for a privileged few. Luxurious villas merge with the spectacular scenery and your private infinity pool spills into the blue horizon. The active members of the family explore the many trails by foot, mountain bike or golf buggy. A nature walk with the resident conservationist gives you all an inspiring journey into the island’s ecosystem, and a deeper understanding of the role of conservation.

A treasure trove of nature, you may be lucky enough to see the rare Tenebaum beetle, unique to Fregate Island, and the precious Wrights Gardenia, the first to flower in the Seychelles. On a night-time safari, the sharp-eyed amongst you might find the rare fluorescent scorpion. Whales and dolphins can be spotted in the Indian Ocean from your villa terrace.

Keen young scientists assist the team in their fieldwork, searching for emerging sea turtle hatchlings or checking nest boxes for eggs and chicks, or participate in our Tortoise Adoption programme. The Castaway Kids’ Club creates an especially magical experience for the smaller kids, showing them natural phenomenon like the smoking fungi and how to move a giant tortoise by scratching its back.

Having taken an unparalleled journey through the most beautiful and opulent of Africa’s paradises, your family returns renewed and deeply enriched.

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