(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.
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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 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 departing private flight from the Kruger Mpumalanga Airport to Londolozi Lodge which is located within the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve. Please note that luggage allowance is 20kgs / 44lbs per person and should be in soft bags 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 property is one of the original pioneering lodges of the ecotourism industry in South Africa and was the first game reserve in the world to be accorded Relais & Chateaux status, reinforcing its commitment to luxurious accommodation, fine cuisine and exceptional service.
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. This is the most private and exclusive setting of all the camps at Londolozi.
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.
Please note that the Private Granite Suites do not accommodate children under the age of 16, unless guests book the camp exclusively.
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 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 animal movement.
Travel today between Sabi Sands and Johannesburg. Travel time is approximately 1 hour and 5 minutes. Please note that baggage allowance is 20kg per person, (hand baggage included) and should be carried in soft bags only. Please note that excess baggage will be charged for and will only be carried if weight and space permits. 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.
VISA/PASSPORTVisitors to South Africa for tourism, short business meetings, or those in transit do not require visas for stays of up to 90 days. We recommend that the passports of all travelers to South Africa contain at least two completely blank (unstamped) visa pages each time entry is sought. These pages are in addition to the endorsement/amendment pages (as many as four) at the back of the passport. While South African statutes require only one completely blank visa page, this rule has been applied inconsistently by South African immigration officials. In addition, any trip to a neighboring country would necessitate another blank page upon return.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the embassy of South Africa for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are relatively wide spread and good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/south-africa.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Pretoria (administrative). Government: Republic. Gained independence from the UK in 1910. Language: The official languages are Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga. Religion: Most inhabitants profess Christianity. There are also Hindu, Muslim and Jewish communities, and traditional beliefs are still practiced widely, sometimes in conjunction with Christianity. Time: GMT + 2. Electricity: 220/240 volts AC; 250 volts AC (Pretoria), 50Hz. Three-pin round plugs are in use. Telephone: Country code +27. Area codes are used even if you are making a call in the same area. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Coverage extends to most of the country except in the very remote areas. Internet: Internet cafes are present around the country and wireless is available at airports and in upmarket hotels.
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