(Johannesburg, Sabi Sands, Kalahari, Cape Town)
The only thing more exquisite than the breathtaking sights of South Africa are the hand-selected adventures in which you’ll see them.
Enjoy an exclusive adventure to South Africa's most splendid sights complemented by luxurious accommodations in idyllic settings. Replete with cosmopolitan cities, ancient rock art, other-worldly deserts, gorgeous beaches and lovely vineyards, South Africa has emerged from its turbulent past to become a sparkling jewel on the vast continent. Whether it’s a sunset game drive through the honey-colored plains of the Savanna, a Kalahri bushwalk tracking black rhino, or paddling out to the African Penguin colony on Boulder’s Beach, your opulent journey promises to deliver spectacular moments.
Experience world-class game viewing as you track big cats from your private 4X4 vehicle in the Sabi Sands game reserve. Customize your thrills in the Kalahari: Walk to ancient archaeological sites that reveal rock carvings created by the Bushmen up to 380,000 years ago; track black-maned Kalahari lions, or get up close to the whimsical Meerkat colonies. Whether it’s a horseback safari across the Kalahari’s grassy plains and rolling dunes or a breathtaking private helicopter ride over Cape Town’s famous landmarks and magnificent coastline, you’ll discover the very essence of Africa in supreme luxury.
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Upon arrival into Johannesburg-South Africa, you will be met at the door of your aircraft with your name on a paging board. You will be assisted through immigration, baggage collection and customs.
You will receive the necessary documents for your trip which contains a detailed personalized itinerary, with pick up and drop off times.
A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer between the Airport and your hotel, or vice versa, today.
Enjoy your shuttle flight from Johannesburg to Sabi Sands. Travel time is approximately 2 hours.
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.
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 depending on availability.
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.
Travel today between Sabi Sands and Johannesburg. The travel time is approximately 1 hour and 5 minutes.
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.
Take your flight at 1:00pm from Johannesburg (JNB) to Tswalu today. The flight duration is approximately 1.5hrs. Fly in Pilates PC12, exclusive pressurised private aircraft.
Upon arrival into Tswalu you will meet up with the guides to go over all available activities and to customize your stay in the Kalahari. We believe that the day’s activities should be created around your individual desires. A personal consultation on arrival ensures that we understand exactly what you want to do.
Today enjoy time at leisure or head out on one of Tswalu's exceptional activities. For anyone with a particular passion, special talks can be arranged with the reserve’s ecologists. Photographers will find unending possibilities here at Tswalu, combining shots of unique wildlife with dazzling panoramas. Walks to ancient archaeological sites will reveal rock carvings created by the Bushmen up to 380,000 years ago, some of the oldest art on Earth. Enjoy a day or just a few hours on horseback where you can enjoy game viewing and sundowners. Children’s activities are also available for families on-site. Speak to the lodge about adding a Hot Air balloon ride or to sign up for soothing and revitalising treatments at the exclusive Sanctuary spa. Sometimes the most exhilarating activity is no activity at all. Here at Tswalu the pools or shaded salas beckon; watch in silence as the sun slips below an endless horizon.
Spend the morning bonding with the Meerkats before they go foraging for the day. Tswalu has exceptional Meerkat viewing with 2 colonies that have grown to trust people and allow close approach and observation.
Your guide will take through South Africa's largest private game reserve covering an area of over 100,000 hectares. Home to one third of South Africa's entire remaining desert black rhino population, Tswalu's successful conservation efforts have preserved the area's natural landscape with over 70 mammals and 230 species of birds. Spend the afternoon tracking the black-maned Kalahari lions, cheetah's or rare antelope such as roan, sable and tsessebe. The reserve is also home to fantastic Meerkat viewing with 2 colonies that have grown to trust people and allow close appproach and observation.
Allow us to pack a delicious picnic for you today as you set out on a bush walk with an expert guide. Bush walks offer the chance to get closer to the land, even to track desert black rhino on foot.
From horseback, the world of the Kalahari changes. On a horse safari in Africa, you become part of the landscape; its silence and vastness strike you all the more. Many of the animals react differently to your presence. No-one who experiences this kind of closeness with wildlife ever forgets it. Our African horseback safaris take place across grassy plains and rolling Kalahari dunes with spectacular views across the desert. The Korannaberg mountains, pink and mauve in the late afternoon sun, provide the backdrop. Horses meet the needs of absolute beginner to advanced equestrian alike. Both trail and English saddles are available. Every piece of necessary equipment is provided, in every imaginable size.
Take your flight from Tswalu to Cape Town (CPT) today. The flight duration is approximately 2hrs. Fly in Pilates PC12, exclusive pressurised private aircraft.
Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel.
Leave from the V&A Waterfront and fly 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. You then turn inland to fly over Sun Valley, before reaching the False Bay coastline and the fishing villages of Fish Hoek. From here you start routing back, passing Kalk Bay, Muizenberg, Tokai, the Constanita Winelands, Newlands Cricket & Rugby Stadiums, University of Cape Town, Grooteschuur Hospital and finally the Cape Town Docks where you start your descent for the Waterfront Helipads.
Depart this morning at 08:30 for the small naval village of Simonstown on the shores of False Bay. Here you meet your paddle – guide and set off from Simon's Town Waterfront, paddling past the civilian and Naval Harbour and out to Boulder's Beach, the only land based breeding site of the African Penguin. These character-filled little birds will swim alongside you and hunt for fish and entertain you with their antics on the beach. You stop on a secluded semi-private beach for refreshments, swimming and snorkelling (snorkels provided) before heading back to the harbour. There is a good chance of seeing Cape Fur Seals and during the whale season from August to October there is the possibility of seeing whales as well. The double kayaks used are very stable and perfect for those with no paddling experience. You continue from here to the Cape of Good Hope, where you can either walk to the top of the Peninsula or take a funicular for dramatic views over the Indian Ocean and across to False Bay. The reserve is home to the Cape Chacma Baboon and you will see these as well as Cape antelope such as bontebok. The drive continues from here passing little coastal towns and wide seascapes, to Noordhoek, one of the longest stretches of beach in South Africa, with pure white sand, where you stop at the small charming village for lunch. Your final leg brings you to the harbour village of Hout Bay, where you join a ferry to Seal Island, where hundreds of Cape Fur Seals congregate on small rocky outcrop and play around the boat.
Providing convenience, style and all the upscale facilities you'd expect from an award-winning hotel, the InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport Hotel offers travellers a truly memorable Johannesburg airport hotel. Here guests can enjoy a host of services and facilities, from an indoor pool and spa to the exquisite Quills African restaurant. The ideally location of the property provides guests with easy access to the sights of Gauteng including the various art galleries, museums, shops and game reserves nearby.
As the original Singita lodge, Ebony stands steadfast amongst enormous trees on the banks of the Sand River in the heart of South Africa’s ‘big cat country.’ It was included as one of Travel & Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels, as selected by their readers. A blend of European heritage and African boldness welcomes visitors with the down-to-earth warmth of a much-loved family home. Spacious interiors are styled with a varied mix of rich colors, inviting textures and layers, making Singita Ebony Lodge an idyllic retreat. The lodge comprises secluded suites, each of which are the epitome of elegant comfort, and two of which are perfectly suited to accommodate families. En-suite bathrooms, an indoor-outdoor shower, private heated plunge pools, and spacious game viewing decks complete the luxurious accommodation.
Tswalu Motse Kalahari takes its place as part of the Diamond Route which links together all the conservation initiatives of De Beers and the Oppenheimer family. The main property, the Motse, nestles at the foot of the Korannaberg mountains, facing westwards across the grasslands of the Kalahari. Motse means “village” in Tswana and our village consists of just eight spacious and secluded “legae” (another Tswana word, for “little house”) or suites.
Magical views sparkle from the windows of Cape Grace, situated on the waterfront of Cape Town. The hotel comprises of luxurious rooms of various sizes and styles to suit the needs of each guest. Some rooms are built like lofts, with rooftop access for breakfast. Others offer balconies or French doors with views to the yacht marina. Cuisine at the hotel is enjoyable, while others prefer to explore restaurants around Cape Town itself. A melange of influences has formed a grand palette of flavors for the city. Friendly staff and small pleasantries add a smile to guests' stay at Cape Grace. Stay healthy with visits to the hotel gym, or spend time lounging near the pool. Feed your soul with rejuvenating body treatments and calm the mind with top floor city views at the exclusive African-inspired spa. Savour cappuccinos by day and a large variety of exceptional whiskies and wines by night at this waterside venue. Experience award-winning South African cuisine, superb Cape wines and scenic marina and mountain views.
Shayna Maislin ,
April 21, 2014
"I would highly recommend the tour guide that we had in the Serengetti . He was extremely knowledgeable, very helpful and courteous. 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!"
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!"
Justin Yax ,
April 21, 2014
"Once again, a perfect trip. From Elizabeth's planning to Godfrey's guiding, we could not have asked for a more thorough and well planned safari. I can't wait to come back and do it again, this time with a Kilimanjaro climb added onto the trip!"
Nancy Frierson ,
April 21, 2014
"The entire trip was superb - all the transfers, the lodging and the food, the safari experience and the knowledgeable guides. The guide's ability to spot an animal and identify it at a great distance allowed us to see and photograph all the animals on our list and then some. The lodgings were even better than we had hoped and the staff could not possibly have been better. Our trip of a lifetime turned out to be just that."
Avi J.Moskovitz ,
February 03, 2014
"We finally returned from the most magical vacation in Morocco and we cannot thank Lily and Kensington Tours enough!! This trip was beyond amazing and we are so appreciative for everything done to make this trip happen last minute for us!
We had a spectacular tour guide that spoke 8 languages, Ismail, and the friendliest and warmest driver, Said, whom made the experience absolutely phenomenal! Not only did we learn and see, but we laughed, danced, ate like pigs, kissed camels and snakes, ran in the Sahara desert under the stars, and enjoyed life - the best gift of all!
Ebony Hoskins ,
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!"
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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