(Johannesburg, Sabi Sands, Kalahari, Cape Town)
A luxury bespoke safari to South Africa's top locations complemented by the finest accommodation. From Johannesburg, fly to the exclusive Sabi Sand Game Reserve to enjoy the best Big Five game viewing in the country. Located on the South West corner of the Kruger National Park, Sabi Sand is unarguably the most renowned game park in South Africa. Enjoy 3 nights stay at the top lodges in the country, with daily game viewing included. Then fly west to the exotic Kalahari. Tswalu Kalahari is South Africa’s largest private game reserve, covering an area of over 100,000 hectares. Owned by the Oppenheimer family, Tswalu takes conservation as its absolute priority; their vision is simply ‘to restore the Kalahari to itself’. No more than thirty guests at a time can discover the beauty of this landscape, its diverse wildlife, and the serenity of what may well be South Africa’s last great wilderness. Meerkat viewing is fantastic and they colonies that have grown to trust people and allow close approach and observation. From here you'll fly to Cape Town and have private guided tour of the top sights including the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape Point, Simon's Town and the African penguins at Boulders Beach. Nestled between Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean and famous for its beaches, this is a cosmopolitan city with superb cuisine and world class vineyards only an hour's drive away.
Upon arrival into South Africa you will be met inside the airport and escorted through Customs and Immigration avoiding any queues.
Upon arrival you will receive all of your necessary 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).
Airport transfer to/from your hotel with private vehicle
InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport is a safe, easy walk from the international arrivals hall at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport. The hotel is perfectly located for business travellers and just a 14-minute train ride from the Sandton CBD. Enjoy unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi, quiet soundproofed rooms, quick check-in and a host of services designed to meet the needs of the modern business traveller.
Checked luggage restricted to 20 kg per person in soft sided bags. Travel time is approximately 2 hours.
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.
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.’ 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 colours, and inviting textures and layers, making Singita Ebony Lodge an idyllic retreat. The lodge comprises just 12 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.
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. 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.
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.
Tswalu 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.
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 private 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.
Magical views sparkle from the windows of Cape Grace, situated on the waterfront of Cape Town. The hotel comprises 122 rooms, with a range of 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 have 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. The convenient location of Cape Grace promises short distances to all the key attractions in town.
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 we 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 we start our 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 we meet our 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. We 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. We 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 we stop at the small charming village for lunch. Our final leg brings us to the harbour village of Hout Bay, where we join a ferry to Seal Island, where hundreds of Cape Fur Seals congregate on small rocky outcrop and play around the boat.
Depart from Cape Town 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.
Stay in the know: Subscribe to our newsletter to have our hand-picked trips & specials delivered to you!
Please enter a destination