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Visit a penguin hospital and explore the Cape fur seal colony on Duiker Island with the Springwatch presenter

Home to hundreds of species of mammals and birds, as well as more than 20,000 varieties of plants, South Africa is a wildlife-lover's paradise and you will get to see some of the most characterful animals on this incredible 11-day tour.

Joining you for the trip will be one of the hosts of the BBC's Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch, Michaela Strachan, who moved to South Africa 15 years ago. Michaela made a documentary on the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds to raise money and awareness for the cause. She'll be with you for a visit to the SANCCOB penguin hospital to meet some of nature's comedians. The presenter will also join you on an excursion to the Duiker Island seal colony and on a cable-car trip up the iconic Table Mountain.

Other wildlife experiences will include a visit to Stony Point to explore the huge African penguin colony there, a trip to the Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary and lunch at an ostrich farm.

Meet TV's Michaela Strachan
Known for her bubbly style, Michaela has lived in South Africa for the past 15 years and will share her knowledge of the local wildlife on some very special experiences. You'll have the chance to ask her questions during a private Q&A session and screening of her penguin hospital documentary before visiting it together.

Fantastic wine tasting
As well as its wildlife and rugby prowess, South Africa boasts some of the world's best wines. You'll stay on the Spier Wine Estate and have the chance to visit its tasting room, which is home to a Heath Nash chandelier made from more than 300 recycled wine bottles. At the Franschhoek Cellars, you'll enjoy a wine- and chocolate-tasting session.

Discover South Africa's wildlife
At Stony Point Nature Reserve, you will witness the sight and sounds of more than 2,000 pairs of African penguins, the largest breeding colony in the Western Cape. You'll see Cape fur seals and thousands of seabirds in their natural habitat on a boat cruise to Duiker Island and pay a visit to the stunning Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and an ostrich farm.

Explore Cape Town
You will spend five nights in the Cape Milner Hotel, which has magnificent views of the nearby Table Mountain. It's the perfect place from which to discover the delights of Cape Town and you'll have plenty of time to do so. You can also extend your stay to include a trip to Victoria Falls or to search for the Big Five on a safari.

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Michaela Strachan
Wildlife expert, Springwatch presenter

Former children's TV presenter, Michaela was a regular reporter on the BBC's Countryfile before moving to South Africa. She has since been part of the presenting team on Winterwatch, Autumnwatch and Springwatch.

Price includes

  • ​Economy class return flights to Cape Town

  • Visit to the SANCCOB penguin hospital, Table Mountain and Duiker Island with Michaela Strachan

  • Private Q&A session with Michaela Strachan

  • Helicopter tour over Cape Town

  • Enjoy wine tastings in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek

  • Tour Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

  • Visits to Stony Point penguin colony and Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary

  • Five nights in Cape Town, two at the Blue Gum Country Estate and two at the Spier Hotel


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  1. Day
    Fly to Cape Town
    Cape Town, South Africa
    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    Day at leisure in Cape Town
    Cape Town, South Africa

    Check into the Cape Milner hotel and enjoy a relaxing day at leisure followed by a welcome dinenr that night

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day
    Explore the Cape Peninsula
    Simon's Town, South Africa

    After breakfast, you will spend the day exploring the 30-mile long Cape Peninsula. You'll experience dramatic coastal drives, deserted beaches and quaint seaside villages before you reach the Cape of Good Hope. Have your camera at the ready for the Chapman's Peak Drive. You'll also visit the magnicent Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, take a ride on the Flying Dutchman funicular railway
    historic Robben Island or spend time exploring the city's many boutiques.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch
  4. Day
    Helicopter Ride and Penguin hospital with Michaela Strachan
    Cape Town, South Africa
    Meals - Breakfast
  5. Day
    Day at leisure
    Cape Town, South Africa
    Meals - Breakfast
  6. Day
    Table Mountain and Duiker Island seals with Michaela Strachan
    Duiker Island, South Africa

    You'll be joined again today by Michaela for a trip to the iconic Table Mountain. Home to more plant species than the entire British Isles, Table Mountain is rich in vivid flora.
    Ride a cable car to the top and take a nature walk. You'll enjoy lunch on the water's edge in Hout Bay, where Michaela lives, before a boat cruise to Duiker Island to see the thousands of Cape fur seals and sea birds in their natural habitat.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch
  7. Day
    Stony Point Nature Reserve
    Betty's Bay, South Africa
    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Day
    Hermanus Estuary
    Hermanus, South Africa

    After a free morning to enjoy the hotel's facilities, join an exclusive luxury cruise down the Klein river towards the Hermanus Estuary, a haven for wildlife.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  9. Day
    The winelands of Franshhoek
    Franschhoek, South Africa

    Today, travel to Franschhoek in the heart of South Africa's wine region, where you'll enjoy a guided tour of the Huguenot Memorial Museum and Huguenot Monument before you visit the Franschhoek Cellars for a wine and chocolate tasting session. Take the chance to browse the shops and galleries, before you continue to the Spier Wine Estate to check into the Spier Hotel.

    Meals - Breakfast
  10. Day
    Stellenbosch, South Africa

    This morning you will explore South Africa's oldest university town, including its Dutch Reformed Church, town hall and the famous Oom Samie se Winkel general trading store.
    Then it's back to the Spier Wine Estate for a wine tasting in the tasting room, home to a Heath Nash chandelier made from over 300 recycled wine bottles.
    Lunch today is a delicious picnic.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch
  11. Day
    Return home or extend your stay
    Cape Town, South Africa

    Enjoy a free morning before catching your overnight overnight home or travelling onwards to a safari or the Victoria Falls.

    Meals - Breakfast


Cape Milner

Cape Town, South Africa

A classy, contemporary hotel with the outdoor pool and gym and the amazing backdrop of Table Mountain - the perfect base in Cape Town

Blue Gum Country House

Stanford, South Africa

Private family-run guest farm, dating back to 1839

Named after the 140-year old Blue Gum tree that grows on the front lawn, the estate is both a working farm dating back to 1839 and a private, family-run guest house. Owners Anton and Tarryn de Kock strive to provide you with an experience that encapsulates those things we tend to gloss over in the rush of modern life - an opportunity to relax in comfortable, tranquil surrounds with good food, superb local wines, great views and plenty of fresh air.

The Spier Hotel

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Situated in the heart of the wine-growing region of Stellenbosch, this four-star room offers spacious and stylish rooms, an amazing art collection and lovely outdoor pool

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