Lions & Gardens & Wine with Ciscoe Morris

December 1-18, 2020

Pricing | Itinerary | Reserve

Join Ciscoe Morris for a tour of South Africa this December (right between Thanksgiving and Christmas) on a fifteen-night tour of Cape Town, the Garden Route, the Eastern Cape, and the Cape Winelands.

This tour, limited to just 14 participants, will depart on Tuesday, December 1 on Emirates Air for Dubai. We’ll spend two nights in Dubai to break up the long travel day and catch our breath. The return flight will arrive in Seattle a little after noon on December 18.

  • Two nights in Dubai
  • Two nights in Cape Town
  • Two nights in Hermanus
  • Three all-inclusive nights at Settlers Drift, a luxury Safari camp in Kariega Game Reserve (Eastern Cape)
  • Three nights in Franschhoek, in the heart of the Cape Winelands
  • Most meals, including
    • All Breakfasts
    • Ten Dinners
    • Four Lunches
  • Multiple game drive experiences at Settlers Drift
  • Cape Point Tour
  • Robben Island Tour
  • Table Mountain Cableway
  • Wine touring and tasting at numerous estates in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Hermanus
  • Services of local guides
  • Domestic Air flights as indicated

Gardens on this itinerary include:

  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Stellenberg Gardens
  • Babylonstoren Gardens
  • Karoo National Botanic Gardens
  • Harold Porter Botanical Garden
  • Rustenburg Gardens
  • Vergelegen Winery Gardens
  • The Cellars/Hohenhort Garden

What’s not included:

  • Some meals
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature


International Airfare is not included. The fare for this itinerary is currently priced at under $1300 on Emirates Airlines. Assistance is available for booking these flights.  

Tour cost is $8200 per person. The initial deposit required to confirm your reservation is $2500 per person. Balance is due June 1, 2020. There is a discount available of $250 per person for participants paying for the tour by check.

Because of the limited number of accommodations at the safari camp, we are unable to accommodate single accommodations. We’ll do everything possible to room single travelers with other singles.


We’re flying Emirates via Dubai on the following schedule. You can book this yourself or with Northwest Travel if you require assistance.

Flight Date From/To Departure Arrival
EK 230 01DEC SEA/DXB 4:05 PM 6:40 PM +1
EK 770 04DEC DXB/CPT 9:05 AM 4:45 PM
EK 771 17DEC CPT/DXB 6:45 PM 5:55 AM +1
EK 229 18DEC DXB/SEA 9:55 AM 12:35 PM

Coach fares are less than $1300 if you book soon. Business class on Emirates is a little over $5000.


Tuesday, December 1

4:00 PM        Depart Seattle late afternoon for Dubai

Madinate Jumeirah, Dubai

Wednesday, December 2

6:45 PM        Arrive Dubai. Transfer to our luxury hotel. Late dinner will be provided near the hotel. Overnight Dubai (D)

Thursday, December 3

9:00 AM        A full day of touring the old and new parts of the city, including the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa. This evening we’ll enjoy dinner while cruising on the waterfront and Dubai Creek. Overnight Dubai (BD)

Friday, December 4

7:00 AM        Depart the hotel for the short drive to Dubai Airport to continue our journey to South Africa. We arrive in Cape Town at 4:45 PM, and will travel to the oceanside town of Hermanus. Dinner will be provided upon arrival near the hotel. Overnight Hermanus (BD)

Saturday, December 5

9:00 AM        Depart the hotel this morning for a visit to the Stony Point Penguin Colony at Betty’s Bay. Next stop is the Harold Porter Botanical Garden located nearby. Break for lunch in Betty’s Bay.

Following lunch, we’ll visit the Hamilton Russell Winery, just a short drive away. Whale watching season along the coast runs from June to December. You’ll have free time in town this afternoon to relax, shop, or search for the Southern Right Whale just off the coast. Dinner is on your own this morning. Overnight Hermanus (B)

Dung Beetle (hope we find some)

Sunday, December 6

Depart Hermanus this morning on our way to two nights in Cape Town. En-route, we’ll enjoy the services of a local naturalist as we tour the Cape Point Nature Preserve. We’ll arrive at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in time for a late lunch before meeting our local guide for a tour of the garden. After our tour, we travel on to our central Cape Town Hotel. Dinner is on your own this evening. Overnight Cape Town. (B)

Monday, December 7

We depart the hotel a little before 9:00 AM this morning to catch the first ferry to Robben Island for a guided tour of the island and its 500-year history, most notably the site of Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment. We’ll break for lunch upon our return to the mainland, then arrange for our transportation to the Cable Car that ascends to the top of Table Mountain. The afternoon and early evening are free to explore the waterfront and downtown area. Overnight Cape Town (B)

Tuesday, December 8

We depart the hotel a little after 9:00 AM this morning, traveling the short distance to Cape Town Airport for a short flight to Port Elizabeth. We meet our transportation upon arrival, traveling about 90 minutes to Settlers Drift, in the heart of the Kariega Game Preserve. This evening we’ll take part in an evening game drive immediately following dinner. Overnight Settlers Drift (BD)

Wednesday, December 9

You are free to choose your activities today at the game reserve. Our group occupies the entire camp. Our accommodation includes 2 game drives, river cruise or walk per day in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner (local beverages, as well). Overnight Settlers Drift (BLD)

Thursday, December 10

If you took an afternoon game drive on Wednesday, I suggest you mix it up with a river cruise today. You can also canoe or fish in between dining at the camp. Overnight Settlers Drift (BLD)

Friday, December 11

Say goodbye to luxurious accommodations this morning as we leave the preserve for the coast of the Garden Route. We’ll meet our local guide in Port Elizabeth and drive to our home base on Plettenberg Bay for the next three nights. En-route today we’ll stop for lunch on the water at Jeffreys Bay, then an opportunity to walk the Storms River Suspension Bridge. We’ll arrive at our beach front hotel late afternoon to provide some free time before we travel into town for dinner. Overnight Plettenberg Bay (BD)

Saturday, December 12

Sightseeing today enjoying the majestic scenery of the Garden Route. We will spend the afternoon at the Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and the Birds of Eden Free flight Bird Sanctuary. Return to Robberg Beach late this afternoon for free time before dinner. Overnight Plettenberg Bay (BD)

Sunday, December 13

We drive along the coast today to Mossel Bay to tour the town and visit the Bartolomew Dias Explorers Museum. Returning, we’ll stop in Knysna for a sunset sightseeing cruise of the bay before returning to our beach front hotel.  Overnight Plettenberg Bay (B)

Monday, December 14

We’ll depart just after breakfast this morning for the short drive to George this morning and an hour-long flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival, we’ll travel to Franschhoek, a French-founded village in the hear of the Cape Winelands. On the way to the hotel, we’ll stop for a garden tour and wine tasting at the Rustenberg Wine Estate. Overnight Franschhoek (BD)

Sunset in Franschhoek

Tuesday, December 15

Depart the hotel shortly after breakfast for a tour of the gardens and wine tasting at the Vergelegen Winery. We’ll break for lunch on your own in Stellenbosch, then we’re off to a tasting at the fabulous Kanoncop Wine Estate to sample the wines. Our last stop of the day with a visit to the Old Nectar Gardens for a guided tour. Return to Franschhoek for free time in the village. (B)

Wednesday, December 16

A garden tour at Babylonstoren Gardens, followed by locally sourced lunch at Babel. Following lunch, we’ll drive to the high desert for a tour of Karoo National Botanical Gardens. On the way back to the hotel, we’ll find time to stop at one more wine estate for a sampling. Farewell dinner tonight near the hotel. Overnight Franschhoek (BLD)

Thursday, December 17

Depart the hotel shortly after breakfast this morning. We have a garden tour arranged at The Cellars/Hohenhort Hotel. From there we’ll enjoy a wine lunch at the nearby Groot Constantia Winery. A final garden visit at Stellenberg Garden before we arrive at Cape Town to check in for our evening flight home at 6:45 PM.

Our route takes us through Dubai on the return. Guests are welcome to stay over on their own to break up the flight time if they choose. Otherwise, we’ll arrive in Seattle on the 18th, just after noon.

Links to visited sites and communities on this tour…

Dubai Tourism
Dubai Old Town
Burj Khalifa
Harold Porter Botanic Gardens
Stony Point Penguins
Cape Point Drive
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Cape Town
Table Mountain
Robben Island
Settler’s Drift
Storms River Suspension Bridge
The Garden Route
Plettenberg Bay
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
Birds of Eden Avian Sanctuary
Mossel Bay
Groot Constantia
Stellenberg Gardens
Babylonstoren Garden
Rustenberg Wine Estate
Kanoncop Wine Estates
Karoo National Botanical Garden
Old Nectar Gardens
Vergelegen Wine Estate Gardens
The Cellars/Hohenhort Hotel
Emirates Airlines

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If you have any questions about this tour, please contact Brad Cilley at or by phone at 425 375 2676.

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