(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 your aircraft with your name on a paging board, and your documents will be handed over to you. You will be assisted through immigration, baggage collection and customs. You will then be shown to your onward flight, or to your awaiting transfer vehicle. Should you be collecting a rental car, you will be shown to the vehicle rental collection office.
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. It is 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.
Luggage restrictions applicable to this flight: Hand luggage: One piece not exceeding 8kg (18lb) and maximum dimension of 56cm (L) 36cm (W) 23cm (H). Checked luggage: One piece not exceeding 23 kg (50 lb) and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches).
Take a charter hop flight from the Kruger Mpumalanga Airport, directly to the airstrip of your lodge within the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve.
Luggage restriction applicable to this flight: 20kg (44lb) per person, for both carry-on and checked luggage. Your checked luggage needs to be soft-sided - no wheels / no spine, a duffel bag is recommended. A small purse/backpack, is recommended as a carry-on, to keep your camera, passport, hat, sunblock or other items you need within easy reach.
Note: Should a lodge hop be cancelled due to bad weather, The air carrier will provide a road transfer 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.
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.
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."
Irene Saurwein ,
April 21, 2014
"I thought that both Raymond and Mike were outstanding guides. Our trip was wonderful. The only point I want to make that the food at the Farm House was not very good. Pretty disappointed. Our stay at the Serena in both locations was great. Overall great trip that we will never forget."
Francis Quinn ,
April 21, 2014
"The Mbugani Camps were nice but the beer was warm and they don't have ice. The owner was a great guy. Enjoyed Mara West. The staff and food were great. The second evening the loud mouth owner conducted a business meeting on the front porch disrupting a peaceful cocktail hour. It was totally inappropriate since he was very loud and discussed his business dealings with Kensington with others. They also need an ice machine. They ran out every night. Albert is probably the best guide I have ever had. Very knowlegeable. Mike was great too. Fabulous trip. You guys did a great job. We had a wonderful time."
Shayna Maislin ,
April 21, 2014
"Our party of 4 believe that we were given incorrect information regarding the type of suitcase that we should purchase for this trip. We were advised to buy a suitcase that was soft sided and no wheels. We arrived in Africa to see many others going on Safari with suitcases that had wheels. It was difficult for us to manouever our bags. I would highly recommend the tour guide that we had in the Serengetti . He was extremely knowledgeable, very helpful and courteous. We learned a great deal from Wasari . Our tour guide in the Mara was just ok . It would have been great to have the tour guide that we had in Serengeti for the complete trip. We understood that he could have crossed over from Tanzania into Kenya to get us . There was one flight within the country that we felt we may have been better off driving. We all believed that our Sales consultant could have spent more time with us on the phone going over the itinerary and guiding us through some of the decisions that we were making. For example Lake Manyara was not really necessary and perhaps we could have used that extra day in Zanzibar . These are some of the decisions that we felt our consultant could have assisted us with . We all agree that Kensington has first class staff working for them in Africa. All the camps that we stayed at were absolutely beautiful except perhaps for the one in Lake Manyara. All in all it was a spectacular trip!"
Jeanne Tarvin ,
April 21, 2014
"The tour was absolutely fabulous. It all started with the planning. Kathryn graciously accommodated our tight schedule and multiple needs, including a mid-trip change in plans. The tour guides and drivers were all great and extremely knowledgeable. The accommodations and meals were fantastic. I was apprehensive about going to China not knowing the language but it worked out great!"
Frank Manna ,
April 21, 2014
"Our guided transfers were exceptionally accommodating even though our flights were considerably delayed. The Annavillanas Jungle Lodge was spectacular for location, accommodations and food. The Rio Carnival experience was unique and unforgettable and our seats were wonderful. Loved the location of our hotel in Rio.......right on the street of Copacabana Beach.......fantastic. The only negative during our entire trip was the routing of the airline flights. Was there no way to avoid the flight from Rio to Manaus and then Manaus to Rio for our flight home. We seem to have travelled 2000 miles to the same starting location. Next time I would appreciate a more thorough exploration of all possible routes that would be more expedient and less strenuous for the travelers. I realize that there are limitations but I rely on Kensington to assist me in making the best decision for my wife and me."
Michael Melvin Marsh ,
April 21, 2014
"The trip was very special and i credit Sunita Singh for helping to make it such. We worked on the itinerary for three months and she was very helpful, knowledgeable and present."
Lucy Gilkes ,
April 21, 2014
"The whole trip was wonderful but the guides were what made it for us. They were knowledgeable and thoughtful a pleasure to spend time with."
Janine Chey ,
April 21, 2014
"Our trip to Masai Mara via Kensington ran very smoothly. We stayed at the Mara West Lodge. Beautiful location atop a ridge overlooking the Masai Mara plains. Our luxury tents were quite comfortable and the staff/service at the lodge were great. Meals were very nice especially the daily soups. Our guide, Steve, was also great...so knowledgeable and eager to show us many interesting things. He planned our daily game drives and took us on a nature hike one afternoon. He clearly knows and understands this ecosystem. He has an amazing eye, finding animals in fields of tall grasses. Our entire family had an amazing time, trip of a lifetime...would love to go back!"
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