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South Africa Adventure

Designed for Secondhand Hounds

This nine-day adventure offers opportunities to experience cosmopolitan Cape Town, sample the renowned varietals from the Cape Winelands and view iconic African animals. Your safari experiences will likely take your breath away, but rest assured that your time in Cape Town and the Winelands will also wow you, with the rich culture and stunning scenery. By the end of your journey you will have experienced the true allure of incredible South Africa.

Trip Highlights


  • 3 nights in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town
  • 2 nights in South Africa’s Cape Winlands
  • 3 nights on Safari at Thorneybush Game Reserve


  • Private touring of the Cape Peninsula
  • Private touring and tastings in the Cape Winelands
  • Safari game drives to view and photograph wildlife
  • Visit an Anti-Poaching Dog Unit, known as Tango K9

Day 1

Arrive Cape Town, South Africa

Welcome to South Africa! Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met off the plane by a Travel Beyond representative who will assist you with airport formalities, including customs and immigration.

Following luggage collection, you will be escorted to meet your driver for your private transfer to The Silo Hotel. Accommodations will be reserved for three nights. Enjoy the remainder of your evening at leisure.

About The Silo Hotel: The Silo is an exclusive five-star hotel near Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront and surrounded by the natural wonders of South Africa’s “Mother City.” This magical hotel is a celebration of art, style, architecture and design. A tribute to timeless glamour and contemporary luxury offering the highest levels of personalized service synonymous with The Royal Portfolio brand.

The Silo Hotel has been built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex and occupies six floors above the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), a local treasure that houses Africa’s largest collection of contemporary African art.

The Silo Hotel Meals: N/A

Day 2

Cape Town

This morning you can enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel.

After, you will be met by your private guide for your full day Cape Peninsula Tour, including lunch and entrance fees. Your tour will take you around the the beautiful Cape Peninsula and introduce you to some of the area highlights, including the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape Funicular, Boulders Penguin Colony, Chapmans Peak Drive, Seal Island Cruise and lunch at a top restaurant.

TOUR DESCRIPTION: You will leave the city and travel along the rocky Atlantic seaboard, passing Sea Point, Bantry Bay and Clifton. Bakoven and Llandudno, with their ghostly shipwrecks, are also fantastic sights on the way to the fishing village of Hout Bay, where you will board a boat to visit the Cape Fur Seal colony on Duiker Island (weather permitting).

Next, you will navigate the 114 curves and nearly 2,000ft heights of Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the world’s most spectacular passes, on your way to explore the Cape of Good Hope. This section of the Table Mountain National Park is home to fabulous birds and distinctive fauna, including the Cape mountain zebra, bontebok and the charismatic Cape baboon. Climb (or ride the world’s first environmentally friendly funicular) to the famous Cape Point Lighthouse to capture the magical vistas of False Bay.

After an a la carte lunch at a coastal restaurant, you will visit Boulders Beach to see the African Penguin colony. Then head back through the naval village of Simonstown and over scenic Boyes Drive, taking in the views of the fishing harbor at Kalk Bay and the seaside havens of St James and Muizenberg. To round off your day, take a stroll through world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on the slopes of Table Mountain.

Following your tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

The Silo Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

Day 3

Cape Town

Enjoy your day at leisure, exploring Cape Town. The city is a delight for foodies, with many world famous restaurants calling Cape Town home. Travel Beyond would be happy to make restaurant recommendations and reservations on your behalf. Availability books up quickly so we encourage you to get in touch with us as soon as possible if you are interested in trying a specific restaurant.

In case you would like to do some shopping, we suggest the following:

The Watershed is a beautiful and vibrant space where over 150 tenants offer more than 365 brands to visitors. These include ceramics, textiles, furniture, fashion, and jewelry. Many of the traders sell unique products and arts and crafts. Exhibitions, live entertainment, and workshops are also hosted here. The Watershed is located at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront on Dock Road, next to the Two Oceans Aquarium and is open daily from 10am – 6pm.

The Oranjezicht City Farmers Market is located at Granger Bay at the V&A Waterfront. Managed by the people who started urban farms, OZCF (as it’s known amongst locals) is a cheerleader for community farming and artisanal culture in Cape Town. Boasting stunning sea views, the market is covered by tents and pergolas, ensuring shelter from the elements. There is a wonderful mix of food stalls selling cooked and raw dishes for all palates and preferences – from carnivores to chocoholics to vegans. There is also a lifestyle section, selling an array of carefully curated clothing, décor, ceramics, vintage items, pet accessories, houseplants, and farm-to-vase flowers. Open on Saturdays 8:15am – 2pm, Sundays 9am – 2pm, and Wednesdays 5pm – 9pm.

The Silo Hotel Meals: Breakfast

Day 4

Cape Town to Franschhoek

This morning after breakfast and checkout, you will depart The Silo and head out with a private guide for your Full Day Winelands Tour, including lunch and entrance fees for wine tastings, a cellar tour, and museums..

TOUR DESCRIPTION: Depart the city for the Cape Winelands in the nearby Boland Mountains for a leisurely exploration of historic towns, liquid delights, gastronomic wonders and home-grown hospitality. Wine estates visited will vary according to your preferences, but the tour generally includes the region’s major wine producing areas of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek, and there are chances aplenty en route for tastings of world-renowned reds and whites, as well as Cap Classiques—South Africa’s answer to Champagne.

Enjoy lunch at one of the many classic, award-winning restaurants in the area. Natural and historic heritage abounds in the region and your tour may take in sights like the Afrikaans Language Monument with its panoramic Boland views. Stellenbosch, South Africa’s second-oldest town, provides another glimpse of classic 17th century Cape style, with a chance to browse quaint Dorp Street and the many museums, galleries and shops of this lovely university town. Idyllic Franschhoek, nestled in a valley settled by French Huguenots in 1688, is a delight for both antique lovers and foodies alike.

Following your tour, you will be transferred to La Residence, your lovely Cape Winelands’ boutique hotel where you will stay for two nights.

About La Residence: La Residence is situated in the Franschhoek Valley on a 30-acre estate filled with vines, fruit trees, flowers and herbs. It is a romantic and indulgent paradise whose magnificent interior is filled with rich fabrics, wonderful artwork and antique furniture. Eleven individually-decorated suites enjoy vibrant color schemes and spectacular views. Palatial en-suite bathrooms ooze glamour.

Five minutes’ drive from the charming curio shops and galleries of Franschhoek village, the hotel provides complimentary transfers so you can explore at your leisure. There are excellent village restaurants to try as well as a range of activities from horse-riding to chocolate-tasting. Service is warm and personalized: an atmosphere of ease and relaxation pervades. Fresh produce from the garden and fine local wines create memorable dining experiences. This Winelands haven has all the ingredients for an inspiring and restorative stay.

La Residence Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

Day 5


Enjoy your day at leisure to explore the amenities of the hotel and the Cape Winelands area. Breakfast will be served at the hotel.

La Residence Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

Day 6

Franschoek to the Thornybush Game Reserve

Today you will be met by a Travel Beyond representative for your private transfer to the Cape Town Airport. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be assisted with check in for your commercial flight to Hoedspruit, South Africa.

On arrival in Hoedspruit, you will be met for your private transfer to Royal Malewane. Accommodations will be reserved for three nights. This afternoon, join your guide and other guests for a safari activity in a shared vehicle. Dinner will be served at the lodge.

About Malewane Lodge: Experience the timeless magic of Royal Malewane. Extraordinary game viewing, fine cuisine and award-winning spa treatments stir the heart and thrill the senses. Every meal is a celebration lingering long in the memory. Feast under the stars, enraptured by the power of the wild. The most qualified guiding team in Africa deliver an unrivalled wildlife experience providing fascinating insights into the complex ecosystems of the South African bushveld.

A Special Experience for Guests of Secondhand Hounds: During your stay, you are invited to visit Royal Malewane’s Anti-Poaching Dog Unit, also known as Tango K9. Tango K9 is at the forefront of curbing the detrimental effects of poaching in the Greater Kruger National Park. The remarkable capabilities of Tango K9, which consists of a team of passionate Rangers, Multi-Purpose dogs and dedicated Trailing dogs, far exceed what technology can yet deliver when it comes to the detection, apprehension, and tracking of poachers on the ground.

The dedicated trailing dogs are experts in trailing human scent and have the ability to “back track” allowing the Ranger’s to confirm a suspect’s activities on the reserve once apprehended. The Multi-purpose dogs are perfect all-rounders who specialize in handler protection, suspect apprehension and the detection of various forms of contraband in hard-to-find places. Tango K9’s counter poaching operations also include anti-poaching patrols, snare sweeps, preventative maintenance of the reserve boundaries and community education.

When you visit Tango K9, you will meet the Rangers and watch a demonstration put on by these INCREDIBLE working dogs (and handlers). Observing them in a training exercise allows you to see how this unique relationship is proving to be a force in the counter-poaching toolbox. It is an amazing display of communication and trust!

Malewane Lodge Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Day 7 & 8

Thornybush Game Reserve

On safari! Enjoy morning and afternoon safari activities in a shared vehicle. While on safari, all animal-viewing and transfers are with the lodge guides in vehicles that are shared with other guests. Private vehicles may be booked at an additional cost and are subject to availability.

All meals will be served at the lodge.

Malewane Lodge Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day Nine

Depart Africa

Today you will be transferred to the Hoedspruit Airport for your onward flights home.

N/A Meals: Breakfast

General Terms

Travel Beyond would like to thank The Royal Portfolio (The Silo Hotel, La Residence and Malewane Lodge) for their partnership in this trip benefitting Secondhand Hounds.


TRIP VALUE: This trip is for two travelers and has a value of $23,000. No parts of this trip can be redeemed for cash. Blackout dates and valid travel dates apply.

VALIDITY: Travel dates are based on availability upon booking and are valid for travel through September 8, 2024.

BLACK OUT DATES: Not available for travel during December 15, 2023 – February 28, 2024 and June 1, 2024 – August 31, 2024.

  • All land services, excursions, transfers and transport as noted on itinerary
  • Airport assistance on arrival
  • All accommodation as per program (based on double sharing room)
  • Services of lodge guides and staff
  • A conservation levy
  • All meals as specified in itinerary
  • Commercial international flights (and US domestic flights connecting to international airports)
  • Commercial flights within South Africa (Cape Town to Hoedspruit & Hoedspruit to Johannesburg)
  • Any air ticket or airport taxes
  • Any stop-over hotel nights required due to flight schedules
  • Medical evacuation insurance/Travel insurance (required)
  • Entrance fees, porterage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified above.
  • Any required COVID testing and related expenses
  • Required or suggested immunizations
  • Meals not specified on the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Passports, visas, or visa fees
  • Personal expenses and items of a personal nature, including spa treatments
  • Any new government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control
  • Other expenses that are not specified on the itinerary