Visit South Africa during the dry season (May-September) -- the best time for a safari holiday, according to Lonely Planet -- with this offer from The Internet Traveller. For £1139 per person, the 10-night itinerary packs in Cape Town, the Winelands, the Garden Route and a stay on a private game reserve, all for £700 less than usual.
Here's what you get in full:
Depart on 8, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31 May; 7, 14, 21 June.
It's an extra £30 per person to depart on 26 June; 23, 26, 28, 30 August; 11 September; or an extra £60 per person to depart on 25, 27 September.
The trip starts in Cape Town at the Southern Sun Cape Sun in the centre of the city. The centrally located hotel has views of Table Mountain, Robben Island and Table Bay, plus facilities including an indoor pool, a gym, a New York-style lobby bar and a restaurant with live show cooking.
Next, head inland to Stellenbosch in the heart of the Cape Winelands. The area is a "heady mix of sleepy seaside towns where whales surface offshore, dusty expanses of wilderness and river and hill-heavy scenery", says The Times. The Devonvale Golf & Wine Estate is a working wine farm with a fine-dining restaurant overlooking the championship golf course.
You'll then drive along the Garden Route to a malaria-free game lodge where sightings of the Big Five (lion, rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo and leopard) are common, as well as zebra, wildebeest and springbok. Finish in Knysna, a little further along the Garden Route, where you'll find a forest, a nature reserve and a lagoon. There are three swimming pools at the Knysna Hollow Country Estate and the restaurant serves South African specialities such as Karoo lamb and venison alongside a selection of local wines.
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