10 dagen
Duur
March 2020
Dates
Air Safari, Wine & Dine
Tour Categoriën
South Africa
Countries

MARCH 5-15, 2020

We begin this tour in Cape Town, discovering this beautiful city sat below the Table Top Mountain and the nearby wineries. From Stellenbosch we will fly along the coast into the Karoo desert through the beautiful landscapes of South Africa. This will allow you to view the country, and its beauty from above for the first time. This tour is packed with activities for you and your family. Explore some of the famous wineries around Cape Town, join on guided wildlife safaris, gaze at the Augrabies Falls and visit Sneeuberg Nature Reserve in The Karoo. There is certainly something for everyone.

Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Table Mountain

This 10-day Air Safari tour starts with spending several days in the Cape Town and Stellenbosch area. We will be visiting some of the great wineries, the Cape Peninsula, Table Mountain and ending our days dining at some of the well-known restaurants in the area. From the Cape, we will then fly on to Kariega Private Game Reserve in search of the Big Five, after which we will fly to Sneeuberg Nature Reserve in The Karoo. From The Karoo, we will continue towards the Augrabies Falls. We will be stopping over at Kagga Kamma or Bushmanskloof exploring historical bushman painting sites, before returning to Cape Town. If you have an EASA or FAA pilot license, we will assist you with getting your pilot license converted to a South African pilot license. The process is straightforward and includes some paperwork, one theory exam on South African Air Law once you arrive in Cape Town, and a check ride with a local flight instructor. In addition, we will help you find a suitable aircraft to rent for this trip – meaning the whole trip will be as hassle-free as possible!

If you do not have a pilot license, you can fly along as a passenger. A professional pilot will fly you personally around on this trip in his 6-seater aircraft.

Tour Highlights

  • Visiting Cape Town and its surrounding area;
  • Flying through South Africa to both bush airstrips as well as tarred airfields;
  • Safaris in open game drive vehicles with a qualified safari guide, and seeing some of the countries flora and fauna;
  • Wine tasting guided by a South African wine specialist;
  • Exquisite dining at some of the best restaurants in the Cape Town area;
  • Flying along the Coast of South Africa, taking in the beautiful views from both the land and the sea;
  • A balloon flight over Sneeuberg Nature Reserve, taking off directly from the lodge;
  • Explore historical Bushman painting sites.
TRIP START/END LOCATIONMeeting Point is in Cape Town, South Africa.
DEPARTURE DATE/TIMEPlease arrive latest on March 5th, 2020 at 18.00 hours.
RETURN DATE/TIMEThe tour ends on March 15th, 2020, after arriving back in the Cape Town area.
GOOGLE MAPSRoute Map
SELF-FLY OPTION*Total flying distance: 1233 NM | Approximate total flying (block) time: 12:00 hours (C172), 10:00 hours (C182/C206) | Flying time check-ride with South African instructor including overland: approx. 2:00 – 2:30 hrs. All aircraft owners charge block times from off-blocks to on-blocks.
PASSENGER OPTION*Total flying distance: 1233 NM | Approximate total flying time: 10:00 hours. There is room for a minimum of 3 passengers up to a maximum of 5 passengers that together will share the flying costs. Professional pilot and commercial operator in a 6-seater aircraft. Flying costs including a professional pilot, all landing fees, fuel and accommodation/food for the pilot: €395,00 per flying hour. The cost of 3 passengers sharing will be €145,00 p.p. per flying hour and with 5 passengers sharing €95,00  p.p. per flying hour. An arrangement can be made directly with the aircraft operator. The above-mentioned charges include VAT.
GROUP SIZEMaximum of 4 participating aircraft and 8-10 participants, excluding the support aircraft and the guides coming along.
WEARComfortable clothing suitable for safari and travel. Informal dinner attire for first few dinner nights in Cape Town. Good walking shoes if you want to participate in guided bush walks. Bring a hat or cap to protect against the sun.
PACKAGE TRIPYes, guaranteed by STO-garantiefonds (Dutch travel insurance fund).
TERMSOur Terms & Conditions as found here are applicable to this Tour offer.
INCLUDED
10-day Full-board LodgingSafaris and Game Drives*
All drinks are included*Guided Bush walks*
Pickup and Drop off from /to Cape Town Airport.3-day Wine, Dine & Cape Peninsula Tour
Kimberley “Big Hole” excursionTour guides flying along in support aircraft
Guaranteed departureCO2 compensated
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES*
Hot Air Balloon Ride over The Karoo,
€350 p.p. with a minimum of 4 signing up
Optional extension of your trip with a stay at Bushmanskloof Lodge or Kagga Kamma Lodge
NOT INCLUDED
Aircraft Rental in South AfricaAny additional, personal local taxi  transportation
Pilot Check RideLanding- and Handling fees
Tips to waiters, taxidrivers and safari guides.

*Safaris, Game Drives and Guided Bush Walks are normally a part of the lodging arrangement in Africa and as such included in the price. The accommodation is offered full-board including the drinks, which include standard wines and beers but excludes exclusive champagnes, wines, and spirits. The options (optional items) are not a part of our tour offer price, nor are they a mandatory element of our tour. The options are available but have to be paid to the local operator offering the specific activity by credit card or in Rand or US$. As for aircraft rentals, we provide you with information about the aircraft owners willing to rent out their own South African registered aircraft to you, so that you can arrange a direct rental agreement with one of them. We will also provide you with the contact information of a local flight instructor that will assist you with the conversion of your EASA or FAA pilot license into a South African converted license. If you want to buy any wine at the wineries that we visit you can do so. We will, in that case, provide you with a box that can fit 12 bottles of wine, which we will ship to your home address free of charge.

Tour Documents

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Day 1: Arrival in Cape Town

Arrival at Cape Town International Airport, South Africa where we will pick you up. The Air Safari trip will start with a welcome dinner at the Radisson Blu Hotel, close to the beach and in the centre of Cape Town. This hotel will be our home base for the first few days, from which you will be making your experiences of Cape Town and the surrounding area.

Note to pilots: If you are planning to fly along and need to validate your foreign pilot license into a South African license, then you could come in one day early to do the validation ahead of the tour, or you can do the license validation on day 2 (Friday) while your partner joins the wine tour.

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Day 2: Cape area and Stellenbosch Wineries

We start out with a 3-day tour of the wineries and Cape Peninsula. For two out of the three days, we will focus on the Stellenbosch nature, scenery, and the wineries, while on the other day we will be visiting the Cape Peninsula and Table Mountain.


Morgenster Winery

  • Visit Morgenster Winery for an olive oil and wine tasting.
  • Visit Waterford for wine tasting and chocolate pairing.
  • Drive through the historic town of Stellenbosch.
  • Lunch at Tokara Restaurant, Stellenbosch.
  • Visit Thelema Mountain Vineyards for a wine tasting.
  • Visit Mullineux & Leeu for a wine tasting.
  • Return to the hotel
  • Dinner at La Colombe.
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A great day of wine tasting
Musango Safari Camp
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Day 3: Stellenbosch Wineries with Scenic Tour

Our trip through will continue today with a visit a bit further away to Luddite, Hermanus and a scenic tour back to the hotel.

Lanzerac Hotel & Spa in Stellenbosch

  • Visit Luddite Wines for wine tasting.
  • Visit Bouchard Finlayson for wine tasting.
  • Food and wine pairing lunch at Creation in Hermanus.
  • Visit Newton Johnson for wine tasting.
  • Drive back to Cape Town via scenic Clarence Drive.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at Aubergine Restaurant.
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What would be your last bottle of wine ...


Clarence Drive

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Day 4: Cape Peninsula with Table Mountain

On our last full day in the Cape area, we will be visiting some of the highlights of the area. These include a:
  • Visit Groot Constantia for wine tasting.
  • Drive south via Constantia, Boyes Drive, Fish Hoek, and Simonstown.
  • Visit the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach.
  • Visit Cape Point and ascend to the lighthouse by funicular.
  • Fish lunch at Two Oceans Restaurant.
  • Drive north via Scarborough, Misty Cliffs, Kommetjie, Chapmans Peak Drive, Llandudno and Camps Bay to Table Mountain.
  • Ascend to the top by cable car, to take in the beautiful view of the surrounding area from Table Mountain. If you are in luck, you will see the most beautiful sunset!
  • Return to the hotel
  • Dinner free.


Penguins at Boulders Beach

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Day 5 and 6: Flight from Stellenbosch along the coast to Kariega Private Game Reserve

We will gather in the morning at Stellenbosch Airfield (FASH) and fly from there along the coast to an airstrip close to the Reserve. We will be transported to the lodge and join the afternoon safari as well as go on two safaris the day after.
  • Drive to the Stellenbosch Airfield.
  • Flight from Stellenbosch along the coast to Mosselbaai Airfield, where we will stop to have lunch.
  • Flight to Kariega Private Game Reserve.
  • Afternoon safari in search of the Big 5.
  • The next day will include two game drives in search of the Big 5.


Big 5 safari at Kariega Private Game Reserve

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Day 7: Flight to Sneeuberg Nature Reserve, The Karoo

After our morning safari we will be taken to the airstrip from where we will fly to Sneeuberg Nature Reserve in the Karoo Desert. We will stay in the nature reserve in  The Karoo with opportunities to venture out and explore the area. The options here are diverse from local flights over the Valley of Desolation to bushwalks, game drives, health treatments to mountain bike trips. Of course, you can just take the afternoon to relax by the pool and read a good book.
  • Visit historical town Graaff-Reinet.
  • Flight over the Valley of Desolation.
  • Guided bushwalk.
  • Guided mountain bike tour.
  • Game drive.
  • Health treatment.
  • South African Braai around the fireplace.
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Driving to the airstrip in The Karoo Desert


Cottage pool at Sneeuberg Nature Reserve

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Day 8: Early morning Balloon flight and activities in Sneeuberg Nature Reserve


Optional: Hot-air balloon ride over the Karoo desert

If enough people are interested and weather permitting, several hot air balloons will rise from to our lodge for a sunrise hot-air balloon ride over the Karoo desert. This is a truly special experience and will allow an uninterrupted and expansive view of the beautiful countryside below. It is arguably one of the best ways to take in the miles and miles of the landscape of the Karoo Desert.

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Day 9: Dundi Lodge

Today, we will fly to Dundi Lodge. It has its own airstrip and is situated right next to the Augrabies Waterfalls. Along the way, we will land at Kimberley Airport to refuel the aircraft and to visit the Big Hole.
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Departure from farm airstrip in the Karoo


The Big Hole

  • Visit of the Big Hole, originally the aftermath of the hunt for diamonds, it is now a fascinating site for visitors every year.
  • Lunch of your own accord.
  • Flight to Dundi Lodge.
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Day 10: Visit of the Augrabies Falls

  • Visit of the Augrabies Waterfalls, which are over 183 feet high and truly spectacular!
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Augrabies Waterfalls


Augrabies Falls National Park

Optional:

  • Take a leap of faith and sign up for some river rafting
  • Visit historical sites such as Riemvasmaak Hot Springs and historical site
  • Visit the museum at the first ever built hydraulic power station built in South Africa
  • Take a scenic flight over Augrabies Falls and the surrounding area.

The Orange River

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Day 11: Flight from Dundi Lodge back to Cape Town

The flight today will be back to Cape Town with a stopover at Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve or Bushmanskloof Lodge for lunch. Before lunch, we will be taken on a Rock Art tour which will give you an insight into the history of this area, but also into the history of the people and tribes of Southern Africa.
  • Flight from Dundi to Kagga Kamma or Bushmanskloof.
  • Historical Rock Art Tour.
  • Last lunch together
  • A flight back to Cape Town.


Bushman rock art paintings

Flight from Kagga Kamma or Bushmanskloof back to Cape Town.


Optional extension of the Tour could be a stay at Bushmanskloof Safari Lodge.

  • Returning the aircraft to their owners.
  • End of the 10-day self-fly adventure trip.
  • Trip back home. We will be sad to see you go!

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This Air Safari Tour will be guided and supported all along.

Welmien Foster will be your first contact and manages our reservations desk. She is responsible for all the bookings. She operates from our office in Cape Town. Any questions you might have related to lodging, generic questions related to the trip, what to bring, customs, luggage or what to wear or anything else can be addressed to her. Welmien comes originally from Hoedspruit, which is situated right next to Kruger National Park, and she grew up near the bush and African wildlife – so she really is a guru on all things South Africa! She will also monitor all of our flights during the whole tour through a satellite link connecting each aircraft to our system (flight following).


Left: Welmien | Right: Sjoerd Jan & Johan

Johan Jansen van Rensburg is responsible for all the logistics around the participating aircraft. He studied at the University of Stellenbosch in the field of forestry and worked as a forester in South Africa for some years before starting his own construction company specialized in construction work in the mines. He enjoys flying his planes, has his own airstrip at his house and enjoys riding his motorbikes during enduro adventures. Johan is responsible for the availability of the aircraft, the fuel logistics en-route and will come along as one of the embedded guides on this trip to assist with any (technical) issues which might arise.

Steve will join us the first few days as a local wine specialist while we tour through the Cape and Stellenbosch area visiting some very special wineries. He had a wide and intimate knowledge of the wines of the area, accumulated over forty years of wine tasting. He also knows personally many of the winemakers and proprietors of the most important wineries. He should be able to answer all your wine orientated questions!

Sjoerd Jan ter Welle is the founder of African Flying Adventures and will come along on this tour. He enjoys flying aircraft and has been flying aircraft throughout most of the African continent and even wrote a book about his flying adventures in Africa which you can buy at Amazon if you are curious. Sjoerd Jan will take care of all the flight logistics involved such as the filing of flight plans, getting the required permits to fly through Africa and to the bush airstrips. As well as flying, he enjoys the African Wildlife, is a qualified safari field guide, makes his own wine at home and has just completely fallen in love with the African continent.

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