PORT ELIZABETH TEST - SPRINGBOK 3
Explore the dramatic and beguiling city of Cape Town before it's time to travel eastwards, along the famous Garden Route which runs from Mossel Bay to Port Elizabeth. One of the most magnificent and awe-inspiring stretches of landscape in South Africa, the Garden Route offers majestic mountains, breathtaking beaches, stunning valleys and lakes. The coastal city of Port Elizabeth will host the 3rd Test at St George's Park, one of South Africa's oldest clubs. As well as museums and local history trails, nature reserves and blue flag beaches will occupy any spare time away from the cricket. At the end of the Test, why not add the ultimate African Experience, a 2 night safari at a lovely private game reserve offering spectacular game viewing opportunites.
England's Cricket Tour to South Africa 2019-20
CAPE TOWN, GARDEN ROUTE & 3rd TEST PORT ELIZABETH
Plus Optional 2 night Safari
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LALIBELA GAME RESERVE
Tour price: from price per person based on 2 adults sharing
Single Person: Single Traveller price
Extra nights: Stay as long as you like - extra night prices quoted on request
Flights: Airfares quoted at the time of enquiry/booking
Meal Plan: BB = Bed & Breakfast / Full Board = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Thu 9 Jan ARRIVE Cape Town
Arrive Cape Town, clear customs and immigration formalities and proceed to the arrivals hall where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. For first time visitors it is love at first sight, for regular visitors it's like coming home. Unpredictably moody, unbelievably serene - that’s Cape Town. With Table Mountain as it's backdrop, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world…it is cosmopolitan, complex and compelling where every day offers a multiple choice of enjoyment.
Fri 10 Jan Cape Town
Enjoy a day exploring the city. A great way to see some sights and find your bearings is to board a hop-on/ hop-off Red Top bus tour which will take you through the city, to the foot of Table Mountain and to the beaches of Camps Bay.
Sat 11 Jan Depart Cape Town
Meet your local guide at the hotel and prepare to depart on your scenic tour alopng the famous Garden Route. Our first stop is the beautiful Almenkerk Wine Estate, overlooking Elgin Valley and Kogelberg Mountains to taste a few boutique wines. From here we continue to the historic and beautiful town of Swellendam for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch we continue our scenic drive to Knysna and check in at Knysna Hollow Country Estate.
Nestled between the imposing Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean and surrounded by forests, Knysna offers a wealth of activities. The beautiful lagoon and numerous beaches provide opportunities to swim, surf, canoe, yacht, jet-ski, boat, fish, walk and take ferry rides. Various markets offer organic goods, delicious food, indigenous plants and a social atmosphere. Mountains, valleys, lakes, forests and streams are ready to be explored. The region isn’t known as the “Garden of Eden” for nothing! A birding route is available for avid bird watchers. World class golf courses are at your doorstep. And of course the area is famous for the Knysna Heads and delicious oysters.
Sun 12 Jan Knysna Touring
Following breakfast, meet your guide and depart on a morning adventure to Knysna Featherbed, including lunch. The pristine Featherbed Reserve is a South African Natural Heritage site situated on the Western Knysna Head and is only accessible by ferry. A visit to the reserve includes a ferry cruise, nature drive and guided walk – all of which offer wonderful views of the lagoon, mountains and the town of Knysna. Afternoon at leisure to explore Knysna.
Mon 13 Jan Knysna Touring
After breakfast, meet your guide and drive via a scenic mountain pass to the Ostrich capital of South Africa - Oudtshoorn. Firstly we will visit the natural underground wonder of Cango Caves to view amazing limestone formations, before we head to a working Ostrich Farm where we will also enjoy lunch. Return to the hotel late afternoon.
Tue 14 Jan Drive to Port Elizabeth
It's time to leave Knysna and drive along the coastal road to Port Elizabeth or PE. Known as the Friendly City and the Windy City, hopefully you'll experience the former rather than the latter during your stay. It was established to accommodate British settlers who were bought out on a government sponsored programme to provide a buffer between the warring Cape Dutch and the Xhosa. The small port grew from there and today it is the gateway to the Garden Route, as well as to the Eastern Cape's game reserves and beaches. On arrival in PE, check in at the Boardwalk Hotel. Tonight you are invited to join your host and fellow travellers for welcome drinks at the hotel.
Wed 15 Jan Safari Experience
Enjoy a leisurely morning at the hotel before meeting your guide and transferring to Schotia Game Reserve for afternoon Safari and boma dinner.
On arrival at Schotia Reserve, enjoy a light refreshment before heading out on a four hour guided game drive in open Land Rovers. A short refreshment and toilet break is included during the drive. After an amazing safari experience, where you will view more animals than you thought possible with a 45 mionute drive of PE, enjoy a delicious dinner which is prepared over an open fire. A short, spotlit night game drive providing the possibility of seeing more nocturnal animals completes your wildlife experience. Return to the hotel late evening.
|Thu 16 - Mon 20 Jan 3rd SUNFOIL TEST, SOUTH AFRICA v ENGLAND
Venue: St Georges Park, Port Elizabeth
Time for the action to begin. Daily return transfers will be provided to the ground.
During the Test you are invited to join your host and fellow travellers for a special Test dinner, including our popular Q&A cricket forum.
Tue 21 Jan DEPART Port Elizabeth
After breakfast, complete check-out formalities before you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg.
Tue 21 Jan 2 Night Safari to Lalibela Game Reserve
After breakfast you will be collected and driven to Lalibela Private Game Reserve, about 90 minutes drive from Port Elizabeth. On arrival you will be met by the lodge team who will welcome you with an overview of activities and timings for your 2 Night Safari Experience.
Lalibela Game Reserve and Safari Lodge is close to Port Elizabeth, which means it is not only malaria free, but spans 5 ecosystems, resulting in a breath-taking diversity of flora and fauna. Lalibela is a 22,000 acre private reserve and is home to the Big 5 (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo & leopard) as well as other predators like cheetah, hyena, jackal & lynx. The reserve is blessed with vast African plains which is is why there are multitudes of zebra, giraffe, warthog, impala, wildebeest, blesbuck and various other antelope species. In addition, all of the animals at Lalibela, including the predators, are free-roaming throughout the entire game reserve.
A typical day at Lalibela:
06h00 : Tea, coffee and a snack. Depart for an early morning game drive.
10h00 : Return to your lodge for a late, but hearty breakfast/brunch.
11h00 : Enjoy a bush walk, have a swim, or just relax or siesta.
14h30 : Savour some well-earned afternoon eats.
16h00 : Depart for an evening game drive and sundowners.
19h30 : Return to the lodge for your evening meal in either the boma or lodge restaurant.
Thu 23 Jan DEPART Port Elizabeth
After breakfast, complete check-out formalities before you are transferred to Port Elizabeth Airport for your onward flight.
Alternatively, if you would like to add the final Test at the Wanderers to your travel arrangements, you will fly to Johannesburg where you'll be met and transferred to your hotel in Sandton.
GARDEN ROUTE + PORT ELIZABETH TEST
11 to 21 Jan 2020
* 12 nights accommodation
* Daily Breakfast
* Sightseeing as detailed
* 2 lunches while touring
* Domestic flight PE to Johannesburg
* Match ticket (5 days) for the 3rd Test
* Airport & cricket transfers
* Celebrity Cricket Host
* Welcome drinks & canapes
* Test match dinner & cricket forum
* Tour merchandise
* Experienced local escort
2 NIGHT SAFARI EXPERIENCE
21-22 Jan 2020
* Transfers to/from Lalibela
* 2 nights accommodation
* 2 game drives per day
* Full Board
International airfare to/from South Africa
Any meal or item not mentioned in the itinerary or specified in the Tour Inclusions
Items of a personal nature (telephone, internet, laundry, mini-bar etc)
Passport and/or visa costs
Travel insurance (see link below)
If you would like a flight inclusive holiday price, we will quote the best available airfares at the time of booking/quoting.
Add Victoria Falls
A vibrant 5 star hotel boasting panoramic views of Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront and Table Bay. Located in the capital's cultural centre, at the waterfront's entrance near bustling Long Street. The hotel offers a selection of elegant restaurants and bars including Louis B's, boasting an outdoor terrace; and Thirty7, a modern brasserie with open kitchen with Asian and French influences. There is a swimming pool, luxury spa and the hotel offers regular shuttle transfers to the V&A Waterfront. You will be staying in exclusive club rooms on the 14th-18th floors, which offer stunning panoramic views over Cape Town. Your access to the Westin Executive Club Lounge provides you with the following benefits; Complimentary Wi-Fi; Buffet breakfast 06h30-11h00; All day snacks; Lunch - light snacks; Afternoon tea; Evening canapé hour; hot & cold snacks with limited bar service (17h30-19h30) & Complimentary coffee / teas / water throughout the day.
The Knysna Hollow hotel is beautifully set on a secluded old country estate near Knysna's famous lagoon. Set amongst timeless oaks and pecan trees, the gracious old manor house forms the focal point of the lodge. Built in a bygone era, it is finished with pressed ceilings, yellowwood floors and indigenous furniture. A contemporary country retreat offering stylish accommodation in luxury garden suites with authentic dining in the casual restaurant on the premises. Situated in the middle of the iconic Garden Route National Park of the Southern Cape Coast, Knysna is the ideal base from which to explore the myriad of attractions the region has to offer.
Located in the Eastern Cape, The Boardwalk Hotel offers a luxurious retreat with a spa, gym and 24-hour room service. The beachfront property boasts indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and air-conditioned rooms overlooking the Indian Ocean. Each room enjoys plenty of natural light from its floor-to-ceiling windows. Some rooms feature a balcony offering ocean views. A flat-screen TV is standard across all rooms. Guests can unwind with a soothing massage, play mini golf or relax in the sauna. The Boardwalk Hotel is only a short walk away from the beach and close to the centre of Port Elizabeth. The hotel has a restaurant and a bar on site. In-room breakfast is possible upon request. Alternative dining options can be found in many restaurants nearby.
Lalibela Game Reserve
Lentaba, the "lodge on the hillside", sleeps 16 people in eight secluded thatched chalets, placed where magnificent indigenous gardens merge into the surrounding bush. Each en-suite unit has a private observation deck to make the most of the views over the valley bushveld. Each chalet has air-conditioning as well as a ceiling fan. The main lodge is decorated in a traditional safari style and boasts a large lounge, viewing deck and a sunny swimming pool where you can spend a lazy afternoon. The outdoor dining "boma" has a commanding view of a waterhole which is spotlit after dark for night game viewing. There is also a stylish indoor dining area. Brunch is served al fresco on the main viewing deck.
Mark’s Camp sleeps up to 20 guests in four individual chalets and four family chalets. It is a family friendly lodge welcoming children of all ages. Mark’s Camp has an outdoor dining “boma” for fireside dinners and open-air brunches, as well as a gracious indoor dining area.
How to book
When you have chosen the holiday you wish to book please call our sales team on 01737 244398 to check the availability of the tour.
To confirm your booking we need to collect a deposit payment equivalent to 30% of the total holiday price. This will increase if flights are added to your booking and where the full cost of the flight may be required at the time of booking. Our preferred method of payment is by bank transfer, quoting your invoice number (TSTXXXX) on all payments. Credit and debit cards are also accepted.
Your final balance payment will be due 90 days prior to departure. The person signing the booking form will be treated as doing so on behalf of, and with the consent of, all the persons for whom the booking is made and is responsible for ensuring due payment of all monies. Please ensure you return your signed booking form, together with a copy of the photograph page of all passports.