A luxury South African getaway with Ker & Downey combines the best of Cape Town with a night of relaxation in Hermanus. It’s a quick trip to deeper Africa, South Africa that packs a lot of punch with the same exclusive luxury you expect from Ker & Downey.
Springtime in Cape Town is ideal for a luxury South African getaway. The city is alive with fresh and vibrant color and while temperatures are slowly on the rise, highs still hover in the mid-60’s and mid-70’s. On Table Mountain, thousands of of plants are in full-bloom, creating a wash of color – a beautiful reason to head to the outdoors. In the spring, there’s no reason to wonder why the iconic city is widely considered one of the most beautiful in the world.
On our luxury South African getaway, you’ll explore Cape Town and the surrounding area over six days of unabashed luxury with stays at the One & Only Cape Town, just steps away from the V&A Waterfront, and the charming Birkenhead House in Hermanus.
While in Cape Town, you’ll take one of the most scenic drives in the world, traveling along the Coast Road to Clifton, Camps Bay, and upwards to Chapman’s Peak 1,970 feet above the ocean, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve. You’ll want to have your binoculars and camera handy. June to November is migration season for the Southern Right whales and it’s not uncommon to see them along the coastline where they come to mate and give birth. Penguins, dolphins, and seals all call the bay home year-round as well. In the reserve, you’ll see an incredible array of flora and fauna of the region.
You will also spend a day exploring the sights and sounds of the city with a tour of Cape Town’s “must-see” places including the Company Gardens, S.A. Museum, Castle of Good Hope, and Greenmarket Square.
Your luxury South African getaway also includes a jaunt to the Winelands, a region world-famous for their crisp white and classic French-style red wines. You’ll visit several world-renowned wineries in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Paarl for cellar tours and tastings set against a backdrop of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, white gabled homesteads, and oak-lined streets.
Before heading home, you’ll retreat to the charming Birkenhead House in Hermanus, just an hour and a half outside of Cape Town. It’s a whale watcher’s paradise perched high on the cliffs overlooking Walker Bay where the southern right whales come to breed and give birth each year. Birkenhead House is a haven for those wishing to slow down, but if you find you want to stretch your legs, a winding trail along the coast will take you into town. It’s the perfect end to your luxury South African getaway.
Quick Trip to South Africa
Timed for a pre-holiday seasonal escape, and perfectly portioned and priced, our Jaunts Around the World are a collection of last minute getaways to some of our favorite destinations. You’ll experience the same Ker & Downey standards in a truncated time frame, giving you the chance to whet your appetite for travel and discover a destination to which we’re sure you’ll want to return. Take a break before the holiday chaos and jaunt to South Africa or another a cherished corner of our world.