(Cape Town, Sabi Sands)
As your private helicopter gently lifts you towards the heavens, the mountains, deep gorges, waterfalls and lush valleys of the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve are laid out before you.
After a truly stunning flight, the helicopter will deposit you at the aptly-named God’s Window where you’ll feast on a gourmet lunch by a panoramic backdrop of the bushveld below. Back on the ground, a customized photographic safari vehicle is your chariot for an early-morning game drive in search of white rhinos, leopards, giraffes, baboons and lions. In Cape Town, you’ll board a private helicopter once again for a scenic journey over the city bowl and over the white sands of Camps Bay, the iconic Twelve Apostles, Seal Island and False Bay where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. You’ll also discover the taste sensations of South Africa’s acclaimed winelands and explore sleepy fishing villages and private beaches.
No expense is spared on this genuinely opulent tour. From luxury yachts and helicopter flights to chauffeur-driven excursions, exclusive cellar and art tours, and signature spa treatments, you’ll discover the wild heart of Africa in supreme luxury. You’ll taste South Africa’s finest wines at their source, stay in the country’s best hotels and most luxurious safari camps, while award-winning chefs create culinary masterpieces for you that will satisfy and delight.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
Upon arrival into Cape Town, you will be met at the door of the plane and escorted through Customs and Immigration, avoiding any queues.
Enjoy a private luxury signature transfer between Cape Town's airport and your accommodation.
Upon arrival you will receive all of your neccessary documents for your trip which contains a detailed personalized itinerary, maps, restaurant suggestions, Top Tips for exploring each city or region and a 24 hour concierge service (for restaurant reservations, spa treatments, child minders, day tours etc).
This afternoon you will be whisked away to the Spa for your Ellerman House signature spa treatment. This is done in the couple’s treatment room and includes a 3 in 1 treatment with full body scrub, a body wrap, facial massage and back and neck massage (120 min).
Before dinner this evening, you'll get to enjoy a private tour of Ellerman's extensive art collection. A recent addition is the opening of the magnificent Ellerman Contemporary gallery which provides one with a glimpse of the outstanding talents of contemporary South African artists which complement those of the Masters in Ellerman House.
Enjoy a private dinner this evening in your suite while enjoying the spectacular sunset and views of the Atlantic Seaboard.
Ellerman House enjoys the finest views of the Atlantic, just 10 minutes away from the V&A Waterfront, in Bantry Bay. With only 11 bedrooms, a Villa and spa, this intimate and romantic boutique hotel epitomizes the best in South African hospitality coupled with an art & wine collection which will leave you breathless. Ellerman House has nine luxurious rooms and two spacious suites with adjoining lounges, while Ellerman Villa offers a self-contained home of exceptional exclusivity and unrivalled privacy. The on property Spa invites pure indulgence, with sea views and ultra-modern facilities.
Today you will be collected in your luxury vehicle for a brief orientation of the city before heading to Cape Town's V&A Waterfront. You will board your helicopter for a spectacular flight over the city bowl, the new Green Point Stadium, the famous four beaches of Clifton, the white sands of Camps Bay and the majestic Twelve Apostles. Continue over the rugged beauty of Llandudno, the ‘Republic of Hout Bay’ and see a magnificent view of Seal Island, Chapman’s Peak and the lagoon-laced stretches of the pristine 6km-long Noordhoek beach. Take in the views as you turn inland to fly over Sun Valley, before reaching the False Bay coastline and the fishing villages of Fish Hoek. From here, you'll start routing back, passing Kalk Bay, Muizenberg, Tokai, the Constanita Winelands, Newlands Cricket & Rugby Stadiums, University of Cape Town and Grooteschuur Hospital before heading out to the Winelands. You will land in spectacular fashion at Delaire-Graaf estate where you will get to enjoy a private cellar tour while sipping on some award winning wines. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at the restaurant overlooking the stunning vineyards and mountains towards Stellenbosch before heading back to Cape Town by road, stopping off at one of the Cape's oldest wine estates, Muratie for a final wine tasting.
You will be collected this morning from your accommodation in your luxury vehicle and will be brought to the waterfront in Capetown. Beneath the surface of the vibrant Victoria and Alfred Waterfront lie stories of bravery, slavery, tragedy and triumph. These stories have meant different things to different people; from the indigenous Khoi, Dutch settlers, British colonists, the enslaved and imprisoned, to free South Africans. Join your expert guide on a private 2 hour historical tour which is an entertaining way to get your bearings around the V&A Waterfront and will allow you to pick up some fascinating information about the role and development of the harbour since early Dutch times through the Victorian era and into modern day South Africa.
After your museum tour, you'll get to board luxury superyacht, the Princess Emma. This luxury 85ft motor yacht is yours for the next 5 hours while you cruise from Cape Town to Simon's Town enjoying a selection of delicious canapes and award winning local wines served by your hostess. During the Winter months you will very likely view whales and Great White sharks in the False Bay waters.
Enjoy a gourmet dinner menu paired with award winning local wines at Luke Dale-Robert's The Test Kitchen this evening. Bon appetit!
Today you will enjoy a leisurely exploration of the Cape Peninsula by luxury vehicle complete with a gourmet picnic on a private beach and a visit of Kirstenbosch world renowned gardens.
On the drive from Cape Town you can view the beaches of Camps Bay and Llandudno before heading to Hout Bay.
Scarborough is the last settlement before the Cape of Good Hope and is surrounded by nature reserves, with the Cape Peninsula National Park to the south and Baskloof Nature Reserve rising on the steep Fynbos inclines behind. Situated at the mouth of the Schusters River, this sleepy, eclectic village provides the perfect setting for a private beach picnic - provided by the talented and inspiring chef, Bruce Robertson.
Fully sated, take in the continuing views enroute to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, where you will board a funicular to get to the top of the Peninsula to witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and enjoy spectacular views over False Bay.
Then head back towards Cape Town and stop at the world renowned Kirstenbosch Gardens where you'll enjoy a private tour of these spectacular gardens, nestled against the Eastern slopes of the iconic Table Mountain.
Enjoy a private luxury transfer between the hotel and Cape Town's airport.
Take a flight from Cape Town to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport today. The flight duration is approximately 1.5 hrs.
Take a charter hop flight from the Kruger Mpumalanga Airport, directly to the airstrip of your lodge within the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve. Please note that the luggage allowance is strictly enforced and it allows one free piece of checked luggage and one small carry on item.Please see below details for checked in bags: Maximum size : 25 cm x 30 cm x 62 cm (10’ x 12’ x 24’) / Maximum weight : 20 kg (44 lbs). This must be in a soft bag only. Should a lodge hop be cancelled due to bad weather, a road transfer will be arranged where possible and there will be no refund on the flight.
This afternoon you'll meet up with others at the lodge and embark on your afternoon game drive. Sunrise and sunset are when the animals are most active. You'll be out in the reserve for a few hours before returning back to the lodge to freshen up for dinner. A private vehicle can be booked at an additional cost dependant on availability.
Your stay at Londolozi includes the use of a specially equipped photographic safari vehicle. The photographic safari features a custom fitted Land Rover with ergonomically designed, reclining Audi seats that are set low at the back of the vehicle, making every camera angle possible in pursuit of creating exceptional images. Equipment for personal guest use includes a stills and video camera, night vision goggles, individual scorpion torches, an e-reference book (loaded with over six reference books including birds, trees, mammals & stars), a star laser pointer for an informed understanding of the African skies and “sound safari” equipment designed to amplify the sounds of the African bush.
Londolozi Private Granite Suites is located in the game rich Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park and is a lush safari getaway for those who want to be pampered in the wild. There are five different accommodation choices within the Londolozi camp which cater to differening client needs and budget and the Private Granite Suites are the crème de la crème of the Londolozi portfolio. The main area of Londolozi Private Granite Suites is adorned with large portraits of wildlife and the outdoor viewing deck overlooks the most picturesque part of the Sand River. The texture and colouring of the camp is remarkable with the rough granite rock offset by clever use of delicate beaded lights, and an array of silvers, greys and charcoals. The 3 suites are expansive and very secluded, offering incomparable one-on-one service. This camp is also bookable on an exclusive use basis. Each suite has large doors and bay windows opening directly onto the viewing deck and private heated pool overlooking the river. They are decorated in a minimalistic style, using bold, inspiring materials and the bathrooms all feature some form of granite theme as well as outdoor showers which create a seamless integration between inside and out.
Make use of all of the equipment at your fingertips for your safari today in the specially equipped photographic safari vehicle.
Before first light you'll meet up with others at the lodge and embark on your early morning game drive. Sunrise and sunset are when the animals are most active. You'll be out in the reserve for a few hours before returning back to the lodge for breakfast. A private vehicle can be booked at an additional cost depending on availability.
Embark after lunch on a 4 hour game drive with other travellers. These drives normally carry 6 to 8 passengers and are in open Land Rover type vehicles. The driver is an experienced guide who will make the drive more interesting. A tracker sits in front and follows the animals, often off road to secure sightings which are often really close and clear. As the sun sets, you just might spot some of the nocturnal animals as they awake for their night time feeding.
Early this morning at the crack of dawn after morning coffee, head out for another exciting game drive for about four hours. Possible wildlife which may be seen on your safari may include lion, elephant, buffalo, white rhino, leopard, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala, kudu, waterbuck, grey duiker, warthog, vervet monkey, chacma baboon, slender mongoose, tree squirrel - which are all fairly common.
Today after your game drive you will be collected by helicopter for your private exhilarating flight that swoops over mountains and gorges, waterfalls and and lush valleys. Your 2 hour flight will take you to God's Window which offers panoramic views of the bushveld below, and on to the dramatic rock formations of the 1000 m deep Blyde River Canyon (the 3rd deepest canyon in the world).
You will have a bird's eye view of the Three Rondavels, before landing at a special site where you can enjoy a delicious picnic lunch accompanied by South African sparkling wine, after which you'll be returned to the lodge by helicopter.
After lunch you may wish to stay at camp and siesta instead of continuing on with the game viewing drive into the afternoon. Although the heat minimises bird and animal movement it is always worth going on a game viewing drive after lunch. Sometimes it's nice to park up at a waterhole and wait patiently to see what animals come to drink. You never know what you might see! Late afternoon is another productive time for game viewing as the day starts to cool down ensuring further wildlife movement.
Travel today between Sabi Sands and Johannesburg. Travel time is approximately 1 hour and 5 minutes. You are permitted one (1) standard piece of hand baggage (max 5 kg) and one piece of standard checked—in hold baggage to be soft sided bags ONLY at a maximum of 20kg. Should a lodge hop be cancelled due to bad weather, a road transfer will be arranged where possible and there will be no refund on the flight.
Depart from Johannesburg international airport - End of itinerary.
November 08, 2012
"I am a world traveller and this was one of my Top 3 vacations ever! Kensington Tours did a great job with EVERY little detail, from the planning to being met and catered to every step of the way. Our favorite lodges were Tau Pan in the Kalahari, Botswana & Moon Mountain in Sossusvlei, Namibia. We especially loved the Batswana people and all the animals we saw at Camp Moremi on the Okavanga River. The highlight of our trip was actually our stay in Swakopmund when we stayed on the South Atlantic & went for an exciting boat ride to see all the sealife up close and personal (like a seal coming onboard the boat!), a rollar coaster dune ride in a 4 X 4!! the balloon ride over the red sand dunes over Namibia and several champagne brunches in the middle of the desert. Also, will never forget all the sundowmer game drives which ended with our favorite cocktail, watching the sunset with wildlife close at hand!
Unforgettable. Thanks Ivona for planning it all!"
October 26, 2012
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Re: Steven Weru Kinyua, Kenya tour guide
We recently returned from a wonderful 8 day tour of Kenya with Steven, he is an exceptional individual. But one example: As we returned to the Samburu lodge from our first game drive, Steven pointed out a young, sick-looking lion in the shade of a tree. We observed it momentarily and soon returned to the lodge for dinner.
The next day Steven mentioned he had reported the weak young lion to the local Samburu ranger. Steven explained that due to the arrival of a new alpha male in his pride the young lion had likely been chased out before he was able to hunt for himself. He further explained that the young lion would be welcome back in a week or two, if he were alive. I pursued the full story w/Steven. The ranger Steven had reported the weak lion to had been unresponsive, indicating he would do nothing. Steven, unsatisfied w/that response told the ranger to report it to the Head Park Ranger, or he would. The Head Ranger agreed with Steven's analysis of the situation; bought 10 kilos of meat for the young lion; and directed his staff to feed it appropriately.
Steven understood the workings of that lion pride, and has an exceptional knowledge of all the wild animals of Kenya. Furthermore he has a passion for their well-being. He would not accept a lazy, disinterested response from the local ranger. During our trip in Kenya I had occasion to speak to groups of secondary school students. I related Steven's actions as an excellent example of a Kenyan's knowledge, passion and commitment.
One day Steven pointed out a cheetah. We saw the cheetah w/a young impala in its mouth. After the cheetah had choked the young impala, Steven explained the mother cheetah was calling her cubs --it was thrilling to see the 3 cubs come tearing across the plain creating a mini-dust storm in their wake. The mother gave the kill to her cubs. Steven explained they had to learn to open it up. Shortly she sent them off the kill, twenty paces or so, then froze, looking westerly. A lion, smelling the kill Steven explained, was moving off to the north about a 1000 yards away. Intent on the lion the mother cheetah remained frozen in place (as we're the cubs, mimicking their mother). After the lion passed the mother called the cubs back to the kill. Not 15 minutes later the lion came back, followed by yapping jackels, this time moving off to the east of the cheetahs. As soon as the lion appeared, the mother cheetah repeated her previous actions, sending off the cubs and freezing over the kill, intently watching the lion. Steven explained that the jackels were distracting the lion from the kill, knowing if the lion found the kill, nothing would be left for them. Again the lion passed off to the southeast, never able to find the cheetah kill.
This summary highlights events that played out over a 90 minute period. In that time several tourist rovers and vans came, took pictures of the cheetahs, and left. None of those tourists had a complete explanation of the scene that was playing out before us. Game-viewing w/Steven is a rich experience, a clear cut above the average.
In our time w/Steven we had lengthy conversations about the pluses and minuses of grass-burning, the challenges of maintaining wildlife corridors, park encroachment by locals, roadway underpasses for big game, etc. in addition we discussed ukabila and other political challenges facing Kenya. Steven Kinyua is an exceptional Kenyan guide. He has a wonderful sense of humor, and made our Kenya safari a wonderful learning experience we will cherish for years.
Mark Masterson, Ed.D."
October 18, 2013
"I am so happy that I used Kensington Tours to help with my dream trip to Cape Town South Africa. I was looking for a well respected tour company that planned private guided tours that was not going to cause me my leg, lol. I begin searching companies by reputation and value. I narrowed it down to Kensington Tours because of the quality and value. I felt taken care of prior to my departure due to the detailed itinerary.
From the time of got off the plane to the time I headed back to the states, I was in excellent hands. The service was EXCELLENT! I will definitely use Kensington again. Certainly, a trip of a lifetime!"
October 29, 2013
"My husband and I have just returned from the trip of a lifetime in Egypt. The sites were amazing and overwhelming. Everything was as promised. We had the most amazing pyramid view and Nile view from our hotels. Our itinerary included the most magnificent sites and we were accompanied by the most informative and friendly people. I highly recommend visiting Egypt. It is totally safe. Thank you to everyone at Kensington for this experience. It was so beyond our expectations!"
October 31, 2013
"From our greeter, who whisked us through customs in Johannesburg, to all our excellent drivers, guides and associates in Lions Sands, Cape Town and the wine country, everyone was highly professional, well dressed, well mannered, and well informed. Overall our tour worked like a superbly designed, technically perfect Swiss watch. An experience for the ages. Bravo!"
October 29, 2013
"This was a trip of a life time for me and I was never disappointed. Sylvia listen to me and give me exactly what I wanted in the way of a photo Safari as well as full tour of Cape Town and the wine country. I never had to wait one minute for a guide or any of the transportation provided. The people I dealt with along the way could not have been more courteous and friendly. I just cannot say enough about my experience with Kensington Tours, it was fabulous! "
Hanne Jones ,
October 24, 2013
"I have travelled all my life. I've combed much of Europe, from The arctic north in Norway to the streets of Seville in Spain, the beaches of Cannes and Nice in France and the medieval heart of Bologna in Italy. I've been on two African safaris (one tented, one not), both "luxurious." I've been on more than a dozen jaunts to India, some guided, others not. Over the years I have discovered that I had rather be lost and disoriented in a foreign country than submit once again to the unbending schedule of a guided tour. Hence I had given up tours of any kind, until Molly Kelly, an American Express travel agent, suggested I might want simply to list the places my friends and I wished to see in Morocco then let Kensington Tours make accessing them in an orderly way not only possible but thoroughly enjoyable as well. And this Kensington Tours did. They pulled our disparate destinations together and designed a far, far better route than we could ever have done on our own. They satisfied all our requests and threw in delicious additions, areas of interest we had never considered or even heard of. Our accommodations were well within our means and wonderful. Our guide and driver, not to mention our Mercedes SUV, could not have pleased us more. In other words, thanks to Molly and her recommending Kensington Tours, we had a sensational holiday. "
Anthoula Korina ,
September 05, 2013
"Africa had always been a myth in mind since I was child that was up until a week ago. I just returned from an epic safari adventure! Kenya, Tanzania and the Maasai are sorely missed.
Words cannot fully express the magic of this ever-flowing journey. It was awe-inspiring, breathtaking, free and powerful. My mind keeps playing tricks on me; thinking rather hoping that I'm going to see a giraffe cross a busy NYC street :)
The memories will resonate for a lifetime. To boot, I went on this trip solo; female traveler. Not sure any of it would have been possible w/out Kensington Tours!!! Thank you..."
July 12, 2013
"I had a wonderful trip visiting the mountain gorillas in Uganda. We were able to get really close to the gorillas and watched their interactions with each other. The local people are so gracious and made every minute a delight. The accomodations were great. I loved waking up in the morning to the sounds of the forest. The added luxury of a massage was a great way to end the trip!"
July 26, 2013
"Our family of 6 traveled to Morocco for a 9 day Imperial cities discovery, I was absolutely amazing. Our guide Lahcen Zaaim was the best guide we have EVER had and we have traveled to many countries. There was not one subject that he was not knowledgeable about. He made the trip sooooo memorable. He was so flexible and when he picked us up in the mornings to head out, he was talking nonstop to tell us soo much about everything we were seeing. There was soooo much to see in Morocco and he made sure we saw it all.. He truly has a gift in the touring business, you feel as if your leaving your best friend when the trip is over. When we got to the airport in casablanca, he spotted us before we saw him and of course, we asked him, how did you recognize us? He even went as far as to get the King of Moroccos artist to meet us at our riad the night before we left to return home late to do our names in moroccan arabic to frame, They were beautiful, He showed us a picture of the Kings Face he had done for the Palace! Lily Baffour from Kensington planned our trip and she was amazing, planning everything as she thought we would like based on what I told her. She did an Outstanding job and literally sent our Iteniaries by next day air in a beautifully done spiral bound personally book for each family that was going on the trip, SOOOOOO IMPRESSED and she even got the guide we requested!!!! I cant say enough about this trip and Kensington, we will definitely use again!!! We experienced a VERY different culture in going to Morocco and thats what we wanted, a Very different exotic trip and thats what we got!!!! Again our accomodations we Top Notch, staying in the TRuly authenic Riads, they were SOOOOO Luxurious, Plan on taking another suitcase or buying one there because you will buy more things to bring home than any other trip because of all the Handicrafts there, especially in Fes!!!
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