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Archaeology Tour: Itinerary
DAY 1 – CAPE TOWN
On arrival at Cape Town airport you’ll be met and transferred to the Winchester Mansions overlooking the Atlantic ocean and Robben Island, with a tranquil inner courtyard and easy access to the vibrant Waterfront, where you can relax and unwind before gathering for a welcome drink followed by scene-setting dinner with select guests.
DAY 2 – CAPE TOWN / CAPE PENINSULA
Get your bearings by summiting Table Mountain by way of cable car, for an eagle’s eye view of the city and the Waterfront. Then travel south on Chapman’s Peak to Cape Point, driving along the Atlantic coastline’s ruggedly spectacular spine, to stand at the tip of the African continent and legendary meeting point of two oceans.
Celebrated for its astounding array of indigenous flora, wildlife and fascinating marine diversity, the National Park offers a rich cultural heritage stretching over millennia, with relics of significant prehistory.
Enjoy a lunch-with-a-view before returning via the naval bastion of Simon’s Town and picturesque fishing harbour of Kalk Bay.
The evening is open, with an array of dining choices on offer – and a shuttle service to the Waterfront at hand.
DAY 3 – CAPE TOWN / THE WINELANDS
The Winelands are a mere 50-minutes drive away. At the country’s premier wine estate stroll around spacious grounds and gracious manor house, before driving through Stellenbosch, a tree-lined university town in the heart of the Winelands, and enjoying lunch with a stupendous view over wine two regions.
In a fascinating museum on another estate, track 8,000 years of colonialism, slavery and apartheid to the dawn of democracy. Lastly wander around lush gardens based on a design by the Dutch East India Company in 1652 for their gardens that replenished passing ships with fresh food.
In the evening, enjoy a pan African banquet and award-winning wines.
DAY 4 – THE WEST COAST / LANGEBAAN
Leave Cape Town, heading for a unique destination which introduces you to the descendants of the first indigenous people of southern Africa.
Hear from San/Bushmen about their traditional skills, languages, customs and how they survived until the arrival of the colonisers.
Follow the magnificent Langebaan lagoon shoreline to where “Eve’s” footprints were left some 117,000 years ago.
Spend the night at The Farmhouse, a homestead overlooking the lagoon, a Ramsar site famous for its wetland birds, dining on traditional West Coast fare.
DAY 5 – THE CEDARBERG
Continue north, going back 5-million years to where the greatest diversity of fossils were left in one place, before passing landmark excavation sites that have revealed significant artefacts. Then, snake through the craggy Cedarberg mountains, to reach a luxury wilderness reserve in time for tea and the first of your open air game drives.
Bushmans Kloof is a treasure trove of more than 130 San/Bushmen rock art sites, a wildlife & environment award-winner and stylish refuge to boot.
DAY 6 – THE CEDARBERG
The day is yours, with morning guided rock art excursions and afternoon game drives, interspersed with a choice of outdoor activities to refresh the senses or simply to relax and savour the tranquillity. Local ingredients such as rooibos are showcased and gourmet dinners paired with wines from their acclaimed cellar.
DAY 7 – JOHANNESBURG
After your last morning game drive and reviving brunch, transfer to Cape Town airport for a 2-hour flight flight to “Joburg, the commercial capital, a city of contrasts and contradictions … whose mineral-rich underground deposits fuelled its 1880’s boom and bloom” – Wallpaper.
Welcoming staff at The Winston are on hand to whip up a delicious meal.
DAY 8 – JOHANNESBURG / THE CRADLE OF HUMANKIND
Begin your journey of discovery at the Origins Centre that uncovers where and when things began.
Then meet the hottest of palaeo-ontological properties whose recent finds helped unlock our understanding of the genus Homo, and see the crown jewels of the palaeo world, the Taung and Sediba skulls.
In The Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site of almost 200 square miles of rural landscape, interact with archaeologists during a guided visit around Drimolen, a fossil site discovered only in 1992 and already the third richest hominid site in southern Africa.
Celebrate your last night under African skies where 3.5 million years of human activity have taken place. Over a festive farewell you’ll be able to weave together strands in time while pondering the saying attributed to Pliny some 1,800 years ago: Out of Africa ~ Always Something New.
DAY 9 – JOHANNESBURG
Following a leisurely breakfast, head for a secret gem, a reserve on a ridge with spectacular views over the city’s skyline plus an Iron-age site, where you’ll enjoy a guided walk filled with interesting titbits through a number of different environments. After lunching in a bohemian suburb, you’ll be transferred to the airport – or transfers will be arranged to suit your home bound flight or onward safari.
Though carefully compiled, this Archaeology tour itinerary may vary slightly due to unpredictable weather, or in response to spontaneous opportunities that might arise.