A showcase of beautiful wilderness, eclectic cultures, warm hospitality and rich heritage, this journey will take you from cosmopolitan Cape Town into the heart of Big Five territory.

Our prices start from

$ 12,545 LAND ONLY

12 Days • GUIDED • 25 Meals

Operated Tour

The Details

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Services of a Travel Concierge
  • All on-tour transportation and related fees, including on-tour flight
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • Airport transfers (Restrictions apply)
  • Airport transfers (Restrictions apply)
  • 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

Itinerary

Engaging Experiences These special places and experiences are considered tour highlights. Look for them in the daily itineraries.

Day 1 - Welcome To The Mother City

12 Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town

Dinner Included

Welcome to Cape Town, the crown jewel of the African continent, with its spectacular scenery, exotic cultures and delicious flavors. On arrival at Cape Town International, transfer to The 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa, nestled between Table Mountain and 12 Apostles mountain range, offering amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean. This evening join your traveling concierge and travel companions for a dazzling welcome dinner, hosted at the hotel's Azure restaurant. Enjoy expansive ocean views from the terrace as you experience fine dining of modern South African cuisine infused with international influences. Inspired by the ocean, the menu boasts an array of dishes prepared with seasonally organic ingredients.

Day 2 - Cape Peninsula And Lunch In Kalk Bay

12 Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town

Breakfast, Lunch Included

Embark on one of the world's most legendary drives, journeying from the hotel through the fishing village of Hout Bay. Winding along Chapman's Peak, continue past colorful Kalk Bay later in the afternoon, when we return to the other side of the Peninsula for lunch. Enjoy the majestic Cape Point Nature Reserve, one of the world's most pristine wildernesses. Stroll along the trails and keep an eye out for reebok, Cape Mountain zebra, bontebok and the elusive eland. Explore Boulders Beach and learn about the local residents, a colony of African penguins. You're invited to an exquisite lunch with wine at the Harbour House restaurant in Kalk Bay. Admire views overlooking False Bay and the Hottentots Mountain Range, as you dine as close to the water as possible. Take in beautiful views of the ocean and mountains, as you travel to your hotel overlooking the Atlantic. See the cosmopolitan suburbs of Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay before returning to your Hotel. Your traveling concierge is a treasure trove of local knowledge and will happily make dinner reservations on your behalf at recommended restaurants.

Day 3 - Majestic Table Mountain

12 Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Known for being one of Africa's most desirable and vibrant cities, Cape Town is yours to explore at leisure. Perhaps shop for trendy crafts at the award-winning Watershed, listen to indigenous music at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront or stroll along the popular Sea Point promenade. In the afternoon, meet your traveling concierge and travel to the base of Table Mountain, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Enjoy 360-degree views of the city from the famous cable car, before stepping off onto the summit just in time for a spectacular African Sunset, should weather permit. In the evening venture to a nearby restaurant for an opulent culinary journey, accented by daring décor and whispers of history.

Day 4 - Historic Cape Winelands

12 Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town

Breakfast, Lunch Included

World famous for crisp white and French-style red wines, the fertile wine valleys of the Cape are also a treasury of rustic beauty and sprawling estates shaded by giant oak trees. Travel into the heart of the winelands, starting in historic Paarl and Stellenbosch and on to the beautiful town of Franschhoek, founded in 1688 by French immigrants fleeing the Huguenot religious persecution in Europe. These very settlers produced the fine wines once sought after by Napoleon, Bismarck and royalty such as Edward VII, the Prince of Wales. Wander through the lovely gardens of the Vergelegen Estate, appreciate the Cape Dutch architecture of the manor house and enjoy a private wine tasting hosted by the estate's winemaker in a private cellar. Continue on to the Boschendal Wine Estate, one of the oldest farms in the country, for a delicious seasonal farm-to-table lunch served at The Werf Restaurant, located in the beautifully revamped cellar of The Manor House. Guided by the rhythm of the seasons, Chef Allistaire Lawrence creates a contemporary menu from the best available local and ethically sourced produce. Organic vegetables are harvested daily from the Werf Food Garden, which can be viewed from the restaurant balcony. Relax and enjoy a scenic drive, as you are chauffeured back to your hotel in a vintage car. With an evening at leisure, your traveling concierge is on hand to assist you with restaurant recommendations and reservations.

Day 5 - Amy Foundation And Robben Island

12 Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town

Breakfast, Lunch Included

South Africa has for centuries been a land of dreams and complexities, diversity and ideas, and intoxicating landscapes drawing travelers from afar. Step onboard a ferry and journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Robben Island, best known for its prison where Nelson Mandela and many other famous anti-apartheid activists were imprisoned. Join a local guide for an insightful tour of the former prison and meet an ex-political prisoner who will share personal anecdotes as you explore the island on a guided coach tour. Return to the mainland and join Christo Brand, a former prison guard at the Victor Verster prison, where Nelson Mandela spent the last 14 months of his 27-year-long imprisonment, for lunch at the Amy Foundation and hear fascinating stories about one of history's most heroic figures. You then visit the Amy Foundation, a non-profit organisation, and witness how the lives of vulnerable young people are being transformed through a variety of empowering programs. Visit an African township and school where you'll meet some of the inspiring beneficiaries. Enjoy the evening at your leisure, perhaps head to trendy Bree Street for dinner.

Day 6 - Luxury Safari Experience

Lion Sands Narina Lodge/Lion Sands Tinga Lodge, Kruger National Park

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Fly from Cape Town into the heart of the African bushveld, as you touch down at Skukuza Airport. At more than 2 million hectares, Kruger National Park is the same size as Belgium and one of the world's largest game reserves. Enjoy a short drive through Big Five territory to the luxurious Lion Sands Lodge, located on the banks of the Sabie River, where lunch will be served with wine. Settle into your chic suite and enjoy time at your leisure. Experience your first evening game drive, hosted by a professionally qualified ranger and tracker. Enjoy the drive on your private open-air safari vehicle, as you venture through the Lion Sands Game Reserve, which forms part of an ecosystem boasting the largest concentration of wild animal species in the Southern Hemisphere. Learn about the complexities of a termite colony or perhaps see a pride of lions roaming through the savanna, as your ranger shares fascinating insights into the lives of small and large creatures. Stop en route for a gin-and-tonic and snacks, served in the heart of the African bushveld. In the evening, gather round for a spectacular feast of slow-cooked meats, seasonal vegetables and sweet treats, before falling asleep to the distant calls of hyenas.

Day 7 - Looking For The Big Five

Lion Sands Narina Lodge/Lion Sands Tinga Lodge, Kruger National Park

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Arise with sunrise to a cup of freshly-brewed coffee and depart on your morning game drive. Marvel at your tracker's skills, as he analyses animal spoor and reads the bush, like a book, in search of the Big Five. Keep your eyes peeled for leopard, as you pass rocky outcrops, and listen for the sounds of elephants munching on mopani leaves. See crocodiles and hippopotamus at watering holes and look out for the many exotic bird species found in the area. Return to your lodge just in time for a spectacular breakfast spread overlooking the river. Savour lunch before enjoying the afternoon your way. You may choose to either relax over high tea, or join your ranger for a bush walk. Afterwards you will have some time at leisure, perhaps opting for a rejuvenating massage at the Africology Spa. Then prepare for your second game drive for the day. Early evening is the ideal time to spot members of the Big Five, including rhinoceros, buffalo and lion. Sit tight, as your ranger leads the way to unforgettable game sightings. Drink a toast to nature's bounties, as the sun dips beyond the savannah, returning to your lodge in time for yet another magnificent dinner, set by candlelight. The in-house chefs specialize in a variety of cuisines and are able to offer you everything from vegetarian to traditional fare.

Day 8 - We're Going On A Safari

Lion Sands Narina Lodge/Lion Sands Tinga Lodge, Kruger National Park

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Awake at sunrise, the best time to spot predators, for your morning game drive. Huddle under blankets, as you're driven through the fresh morning mist in search of wildlife. Perhaps stop along the Sabie River to enjoy a cup of coffee, while keeping an eye out for buck and giraffes. Upon returning to your lodge, savour breakfast, served on the deck, and enjoy some time at leisure. Perhaps shop at the curio shop, go on a birding walk or enjoy a siesta, before lunch and afternoon tea are served. Join your ranger and tracker for your final evening game drive and soak up the magic of the African bushveld illuminated by the sinking sun. Raise a glass in the evening to an outstanding adventure, as you savor your celebration dinner beneath a blanket of stars.

Day 9 - Onto Johannesburg

The Michelangelo

Breakfast Included

Appreciate the skill and in-depth knowledge of your ranger and tracker on your final morning game-drive. Perhaps appreciate the sight of a colourful bird or a warthog running across the road with its tail upright. After breakfast, you're driven to Skukuza Airport for your pre-purchased flight to Johannesburg. On arrival, meet your traveling concierge and transfer to your stunning inner-city hotel, the Michelangelo, known for being a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Perhaps enjoy a massage at the luxurious spa, venture into Sandton for a glitzy shopping experience or head into the multi-cultural old city with its traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra-modern skyscrapers.

Day 10 - Farewell South Africa And Onto Victoria Falls

The Stanley And Livingstone Hotel

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

Bid farewell to the City of Gold, as you transfer to the airport for your pre-purchased flight to Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Meet your local expert and wonder at the grandeur of the mighty falls, as you're driven to the Victoria Falls Hotel with its old-world charm and perfect views of the falls. Enjoy a light lunch served at the poolside terrace, before embarking on an iconic sunset cruise on the renowned Zambezi River, once navigated by British explorer David Livingstone. Keep an eye out for hippos and elephants! In the evening, a hearty African feast of game and vegetable pots is served at the legendary Boma Restaurant, followed by a showcase of traditional African drumming beneath the stars.

Day 11 - Majestic Victoria Falls

The Stanley And Livingston

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Get up close to the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls on a guided walk alongside a local expert. The sheer magnitude of the waterfalls, considered the largest in the world, will take your breath away. Feel the spray against your face, as you wonder at the roar of white water plummeting into the narrow ravine far below and learn about the area's rich history and folklore. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore or relax. Perhaps enjoy lunch at the hotel, shop for hand-crafted souvenirs at the village market or sign up for a memorable helicopter flight across the falls. In the evening, gather in the Livingstone Room at your hotel for a magical celebration dinner with your fellow travelers.

Day 12 - Farewell Victoria Falls

Breakfast Included

Enjoy a hearty breakfast and leisurely morning, before transferring to the airport where your journey comes to an end. Please do not book onward flights from Johannesburg before 7 p.m. if traveling from Victoria Falls. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.

2022 Tour Dates

February
15
:
$12,545
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April
12
:
$12,570
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June
20
:
$12,620
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July
18
:
$12,620
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August
11
:
$12,620
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October
17
:
$12,570
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November
14
:
$12,620
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December
2
:
$12,620
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Prices are subject to change. Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land, cruise and on-tour flights only, based on February 15, 2022 travel date.

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