Experience exciting thrills and restful moments in true seclusion when you travel to South Africa with Ker & Downey. Set off to see the Splendors of the Cape on Ker & Downey’s South African luxury travel adventure, named one of the Top 50 Tours of a Lifetime by National Geographic Traveler magazine. This unbelievable 15-day tour offers unique experiences not found anywhere else on the planet – the very definition of experiential travel.
A highlight of our amazing South African journey is the exclusive Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Hidden amidst fynbos and milkwood trees on Walker Bay, Grootbos blends breathtaking excursions with opulent accommodations. Situated near the village of Gansbaai, the lodge’s location enjoys an excellent vantage point for viewing the Southern Right whale. In season, Ker & Downey guests will see the whales up close aboard the Whale Whisperer, a specialized sightseeing boat setting out from Grootbos to Dyer Island. Incredible photographic opportunities can be had of humpbacks, Bryde’s whales, African penguins and colonies of over 60,000 cape fur seals. Each trip is led by experienced marine guides who will share both their biological knowledge of these species and the efforts of Grootbos to advocate for the welfare of these Cape denizens. One of the most popular marine encounters to be had is cage diving with Great White sharks. Skilled guides will assist thrill-seeking guests as they climb into the cages attached to the boat to get into the same water with the amazing sharks. Those who prefer to stay dry can still spot sharks from above the water on one of the boats viewing decks, quite ideal for photography.
Beyond all the fantastic adventures on the water, what attracts visitors to Grootbos is the spectacular level of luxury service. Two eco-lodges, Garden and Forest, and a recently-built private villa, all feature open fireplaces, airy bedrooms with down duvets on oversized beds, and gracious wooden decks with spectacular views of Walker Bay. Take a stroll through the fynbos gardens or a sunset horseback ride along the grounds for a relaxed holiday in the beautiful surrounds.
Whether an encounter with a shark is on your travel agenda, or you simply want to experience all the food, wine and wildlife South Africa has to offer, Splendors of the Cape will surely satisfy your craving for travel! Contact us to begin planning your luxury journey.