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  • Private helicopter tour over Cape Town.
  • Discover the wonders of the Kalahari desert with a private guide.
  • Private wine tasting tour in Stellenbosch.
  • Morning and evening game drives & guided bush walks.
  • Accommodation at some of the world's best safari lodges.
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Safari through the wilds of Sabi Sands and the Kalahari desert in search of majestic black-maned lions, zebras & giraffes; taste your way through some of the most beautiful vineyards in the world; and enjoy an unforgettable helicopter ride over Cape Town.

Get a panoramic view of the breathtaking Mother City from atop soaring Table Mountain and enjoy a private helicopter ride over the Cape Peninsula. Visit the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach and browse the chic design boutiques lining Cape Town's trendiest streets. Journey by private car to the magnificent Franschhoek Valley. This is the food and wine heartland of the country, where splendid wines are grown and top chefs create world-class cuisine. Tour sun drenched vineyards dotted with gabled Cape Dutch homesteads and dine al fresco amid breathtaking mountain scenery. Safari by car, foot, or horseback through South Africa's most prestigious game reserve and spot the incredible Big Five game animals in their natural habitat. Witness leopards resting in trees and herds of elephants roaming the expanses of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve while staying at the African safari lodge of your dreams. Travel to the ultra-private Tswalu Kalahari to enjoy unique desert wildlife encounters, world-class cuisine and lavish accommodation. This grassland paradise is generally considered the best place in the world to observe wild cheetahs, protected rhinos and black maned Kalahari lions. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • VIP Meet & Greet - Assistant(4)
    • Document Package - Documents
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • Tour - Private - Helicopter Tour - 30 Min Two Oceans - Private Chopper(3)
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day City & Table Mountain - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • Tour - Private - Cape Point and Peninsula - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Cape Town to Franschhoek
    Cape Town to Franschhoek
    • Cape Town - Franschhoek [via the Winelands] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Franschhoek
    Franschhoek
    • Tour - Private - Wine & Other Delights (Chocolate, Cheese & Olives) - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Franschhoek to Cape Town to Nelspruit (KMIA) to Sabi Sands
    Franschhoek to Cape Town to Nelspruit (KMIA) to Sabi Sands
    • Franschhoek - Cape Town [1hr] - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Cape Town - Nelspruit (KMIA) [Direct (1.5 hrs)] - Scheduled Flight
    • Nelspruit (KMIA) - Sabi Sands [Direct] - Fed Air Charter Flight
    • Afternoon Game Drive
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Sabi Sands
    Sabi Sands
    • Morning Game Drive
    • Afternoon Game Drive 1
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 Sabi Sands
    Sabi Sands
    • Morning Game Drive 1
    • Afternoon Game Drive 2
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9 Sabi Sands to Johannesburg to Kalahari
    Sabi Sands to Johannesburg to Kalahari
    • Sabi Sands - Johannesburg [Direct (1hr)] - Charter Flight
    • Johannesburg - Kalahari [Charter - Tswalu Airstrip] - Charter Flight
    • Tswalu Arrival Day
    • Tswalu Optional Activities
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, All Inclusive
  • Day 10 Kalahari
    Kalahari
    • Tswalu Meerkat Encounter
    • Shared - Tswalu Game Drive
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, All Inclusive
  • Day 11 Kalahari
    Kalahari
    • Bush Walk
    • Shared - Tswalu Game Drive
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, All Inclusive
  • Day 12 Kalahari
    Kalahari
    • Kalahari - Cape Town [Charter - Tswalu Airstrip] - Charter Flight
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Day 1: Cape Town

Upon your arrival into Cape Town, you will be welcomed at the door of your aircraft with your name on a paging board. Your greeter will assist you with all your needs, as well as, direct you 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 taken to the vehicle rental collection office.

Upon arrival, you will receive all of the necessary documents for your trip which contains a detailed personalized itinerary with pick up and drop off times. Your document package includes (not limited too) a Kensington Tours branded envelope consisting of a summary itinerary, e-tickets, and a map.

A private transfer travelling between the airport and your hotel (or vice-versa) is provided.

Accommodation: Ellerman House

Ellerman House enjoys the finest views of the Atlantic, just 10 minutes away from the V&A Waterfront, in Bantry Bay. With individually designed bedrooms, a large Villa and relaxing 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 offers luxurious rooms and 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.  Ellerman House overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and Robben Island from a commanding position above Cape Town’s Bantry Bay. Created for the enjoyment of the finer things in life, this gracious Cape Edwardian mansion with shaded verandahs and tiered gardens, has beautifully appointed interiors and one of the finest private art collections in South Africa. It is world renowned for exceptional hospitality in true Relais & Chateaux style.

Ellerman House
Ellerman House

Day 2: Cape Town

Leave from the V&A Waterfront and the famous four beaches of Clifton, the white sands of Camps Bay and the ‘Republic of Hout Bay’ you will then soar over Fish Hoek, the coastline of Muizenberg as well as the Constantia Winelands before you head back to Cape Town.

Today you will be met by your guide to begin a half day of exploration around Cape Town, known affectionately as the "Mother City." During your tour, you will visit the Houses of Parliament and the Castle, which was constructed between 1666 and 1679 and is recognized as South Africa’s oldest building. Furthermore, your tour will take you to the Company Gardens and the lively Greenmarket Square that hosts an exciting daily market. Finally, you will visit Table Mountain which will offer spectacular views over the city and Peninsula (cable car fee is not included as it is weather dependent). On your descent, you will stop at the Bo Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community featuring elegant cobbled streets and brightly colored houses. From here you have the choice of being dropped off at the Waterfront to experience this vibrant location on your own, which consists of many shops, restaurants, and pubs - or at your hotel to end the tour.


*Table Mountain Cableway will be closed for annual maintenance from 25 July to 7 August.*

Accommodation: Ellerman House
Aerial View of Cape Town
Aerial View of Cape Town
Cape Town
Cape Town

Day 3: Cape Town

Today you embark on a full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula. You will experience the breathtaking beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, before crossing over to Hout Bay. From here you drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most astonishing coastal drives, where you will board a funicular to the top of the Peninsula. Here you will witness the illustrative meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans with spectacular views over False Bay. Enjoy lunch near here (not included – own account) before proceeding to Simonstown, and the naval base.  A visit to the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach will provide a diverse wildlife viewing encounter. While en route back you will have the opportunity to stop at the world renowned Kirstenbosch Gardens before returning to your hotel. 

Accommodation: Ellerman House
Penguins
Penguins

Day 4: Cape Town - Franschhoek

Prepare for what is considered by many as one of the most scenic and picturesque drives in Africa.  This delightful drive begins as you depart the chic cityscape of Cape Town, winding through the heart of the Cape Winelands and onward around the superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch style homesteads. 

You'll head off to the epically beautiful wine country via the popular N2 roadway to the epicenter of South Africa's wine industry in Stellenbosch, world renowned for its rich wine culture, beautifully rugged mountain backdrops and ever-changing colorful vineyards.  Enjoy a walk through the canal-lined avenues, shaded by ancient oak trees which surround the historical structures and buildings.  The sheer number of wine estates in the Stellenbosch area makes for some great wine tasting experience, as you’re sure to understand during your first of many wine tastings today.  You'll then travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek.  This dainty town dates back to the 17th century and was founded by the French Huguenots who settled here.  Also billed as the "Gourmet Capital of South Africa", to this day this charming location still boasts its French inspiration through its cuisine, culture, and architecture.  Here you'll also enjoy some further wine tasting before heading to your hotel.  Please note that not all wine tastings are included, additional tastings will require payment on-site.

Accommodation: La Residence

Located in the beautiful Franschhoek valley, where the exquisite vineyards and mountains form a picture perfect backdrop, La Residence provides a haven of luxurious accommodation, fine dining and an all-round sensory indulgence. The majestic mountains that surround the idyllic Franschhoek Valley provide enchanting views in every direction, setting La Residence into a class of its own.  This property lies at the heart of a private 30-acre working farm, complete with vineyards, plum orchards, a dam, and fragrant manicured gardens. Space is in abundance with panoramic views from every suite. Large bedrooms and bathrooms open onto generous sunny balconies and verandahs, which offer the perfect place to relax, admire the view, and marvel at the synthesis of beauty and tranquility.

Franschhoek
Franschhoek
La Residence
La Residence

Day 5: Franschhoek

This tailor-made tour by your resident wine expert is designed for the visitor who would like to experience and taste some of the other delectable delights that are on offer in the winelands area in addition to some of the fantastic wines. The tour is geared not only for the tasting but for the educational value, as well as learning about each product that you are introduced to. Your day can include Paarl, with its imposing Afrikaans Language Monument and of course the Franschhoek Valley, including exceptional estates such as Haute Cabriere, Moreson, La Motte and Grande Provence. From cheese tasting, to chocolate, biltong and olives tastings, this day is yours to tailor and craft as you choose. Enjoy lunch at one of the top restaurants or estates (lunch to be settled directly but wine tastings included) and you will return to your hotel late this afternoon.

Accommodation: La Residence
Wine Tastings
Wine Tastings

Day 6: Franschhoek - Cape Town - Nelspruit (KMIA) - Sabi Sands

Private transfer between Franschhoek and Cape Town 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: The general free allowance is 20Kg in Economy Class. 90cm x 72cm x 45cm (including handle, wheels and pockets) total dimensions 207cm.

Hand luggage: One bag allowed in addition to one slimline laptop bag. No bag should exceed 56cm x 36cm x 23cm (total dimensions of 115 cm including handles and wheels) weighing not more than 8Kgs.

At no time may a bag be accepted heavier than 32kg, this must either be repacked or be shipped as Cargo.

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 restrictions applicable to this flight: The general free allowance is 20Kg in Economy Class. 90cm x 72cm x 45cm (including handle, wheels and pockets) total dimensions 207cm.

Hand luggage: One bag allowed in addition to one slimline laptop bag. No bag should exceed 56cm x 36cm x 23cm (total dimensions of 115 cm including handles and wheels) weighing not more than 7Kgs.

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 other guests at the lodge and embark on your afternoon game drive. At 65,000 hectares the expansive Sabi Sands is one of the best in South Africa for viewing the ‘Big 5’. Sharing an unfenced border with the National Park, all of the animals in the Greater Kruger Area roam freely through the private reserves. You'll be out in the sanctuary for a few hours before returning to the lodge to freshen up for dinner.

Accommodation: Singita Boulders Lodge

Singita Boulders Lodge is set along the banks of the Sand River in Singita’s privately owned area within the Sabi Sand Reserve. The lodge, included as one of Travel & Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels as selected by their readers, is a celebration of the tranquility, space, and light which flows throughout this incredibly vast area. Inspired by the geometry of the boulders on which it rests, Boulders Lodge is an inviting oasis where organic interiors integrate seamlessly with the raw African beauty outside.  Singita Boulders Lodge is perfectly at home in its pristine setting and whether through walls of glass, or open-air areas, the surrounding landscape and animals can be seen and enjoyed from every angle, making for a truly immersive safari experience.

Sabi Sands
Sabi Sands
Singita Boulders Lodge
Singita Boulders Lodge

Day 7: Sabi Sands

Before first light, you will meet up with other guests at the lodge and begin your early morning game drive. Sunrise and sunset are when the animals are most active. Many herds of elephants roam the expanses of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. While being very social creatures and the largest living mammal, there is nothing quite like seeing a herd of up to a hundred individuals out on the plains. You'll be out in the reserve for a few hours before returning to the lodge for breakfast.

This afternoon you will embark after lunch on a game drive in an open 4x4 vehicle. This game viewing outing will be escorted by an experienced ranger who will share some extensive knowledge of the reserve. A tracker sits in front and follows the animals, often off the road to secure sightings that are up close and personal. As the sun sets, you might spot some of the nocturnal animals as they awaken for their nighttime feeding. You'll be out in the reserve for a few hours before returning to the lodge to freshen up for dinner.

Accommodation: Singita Boulders Lodge
Lion Love
Lion Love
Male Lion
Male Lion

Day 8: Sabi Sands

Before the sun rises, you will meet up with other guests at the lodge to head out for another exciting game drive. Sabi Sands is the oldest, private game reserves in South Africa. Named for the Sand and Sabie rivers that run through the reserve, it is home to many endangered species such as the Wild Dog, the Honey Badger, the Ground Hornbill and the Oxpecker. You will be out in the reserve for a few hours before returning to the lodge for breakfast.

Following lunch, you will venture back into the bush for another exciting game drive. Late afternoon is another fruitful time for wildlife viewing as the day begins to cool. Both the rare Black (hook-lipped) and White (square-lipped) rhinos wander the reserve. If you are lucky enough, you may spot a ‘crash’ of rhinos grazing as the sun dips below the horizon. After a few hours, you will return to the lodge to refresh before dinner.

Accommodation: Singita Boulders Lodge
Leopard Spots...
Leopard Spots...
Rhino viewing
Rhino viewing

Day 9: Sabi Sands - Johannesburg - Kalahari

Travel today between Sabi Sands and Johannesburg. The travel time is approximately 1 hour.

Luggage restrictions applicable to this flight: The general free allowance is 20Kg in Economy Class. 90cm x 72cm x 45cm (including handle, wheels and pockets) total dimensions 207cm.

Hand luggage: One bag allowed in addition to one slimline laptop bag. No bag should exceed 56cm x 36cm x 23cm (total dimensions of 115 cm including handles and wheels) weighing not more than 7Kgs.

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.

Luggage restrictions applicable to this flight: The general free allowance is 20Kg in Economy Class. 90cm x 72cm x 45cm (including handle, wheels and pockets) total dimensions 207cm.

Hand luggage: One bag allowed in addition to one slimline laptop bag. No bag should exceed 56cm x 36cm x 23cm (total dimensions of 115 cm including handles and wheels) weighing not more than 7Kgs.

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. Activities include: game drives, walking or horseback safaris, chat with Tswalu's specialist ecologists about your animal interests, meerkat encounters, or head off on a San bushman walk to paintings etched up to 380,000 years ago, some of the oldest art on Earth.

For those seeking adventure and romance, Tswalu Kalahari’s newly launched sleepout deck, The Malori (meaning ‘dreamer’ in Tswana), offers guests the unique experience of a safari sleepout on a magnificent 100,000ha five star private game reserve. Imagine sleeping in a luxury king-size bed on a raised deck in the middle of a game reserve, surrounded by the calls of nocturnal animals, with nothing between you and the brilliant stars of the Kalahari night sky…

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 revitalizing 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.

The male Kalahari lion with its black mane is a huge and gorgeous animal, recently described by the UK’s Daily Telegraph as being “worth 10 of any other”. This magical footage shows one of Tswalu’s adult males together with another creature on whom this eco-system depends - the termite. Video: http://vimeo.com/8095805

Accommodation: Tswalu Kalahari

Tswalu Kalahari is South Africa’s largest private game reserve, covering an area of over 100,000 hectares. With only two properties on this massive reserve, 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. 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 nine spacious and secluded “legae” (another Tswana word, for “little house”) or suites. The second property, the Tarkuni Villa, is set amidst two rolling mountain ranges. For those seeking a world apart, stay in Tarkuni; the Oppenheimer family’s own personal home here at Tswalu and the ultimate private sanctuary.  This property was named one of National Geographic’s Most Unique Lodges in the World.


Tswalu Motse
Tswalu Motse

Day 10: Kalahari

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. Here is a video of a meerkat encounter at Tswalu: http://vimeo.com/11072573

Tswalu is MALARIA FREE and has superlative game and offers sightings of some of South Africa’s rarest and most extraordinary wildlife with over 70 species of mammal and 230 species of birds (including endangered raptors). Other sightings may include the elusive aardvark, aardwolf, pangolin and porcupine

 

A Tswalu Kalahari Safari experience is very different. Tswalu offers unrivaled privacy in a vast, pristine wilderness. We have a maximum of six vehicles in over 100,000 hectares. As Nicky Oppenheimer says, “If you see another Land Rover, complain!”

Expert Field Guides have been specially trained in Kalahari wildlife and each contributes personally to the constant programme of research and conservation on our reserve. Game drives at Tswalu Kalahari will be completely tailored to your own interests. As well as discovering many rare and endangered species for the first time, every guest leaves with a deep appreciation of the beauty of this entire eco-system.

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.      

Accommodation: Tswalu Kalahari
Meerkat Greeting
Meerkat Greeting
Cheetah Stalking Their Prey
Cheetah Stalking Their Prey

Day 11: Kalahari

Bush walks are encouraged at Tswalu. We want people to get even closer to the land. To touch the unique vegetation (and learn about some plants’ extraordinary properties). To inspect nests and burrows. To examine the smallest insect. A morning can begin by walking to a meerkat colony and watching these engaging mammals warm themselves in the sunshine before they scamper off to forage. Night walks are now also possible, offering the chance of exceptional sightings such as aardvark, aardwolf, porcupine or brown hyena at even closer range.

A Tswalu Kalahari Safari experience is very different. Tswalu offers unrivaled privacy in a vast, pristine wilderness. We have a maximum of six vehicles in over 100,000 hectares. As Nicky Oppenheimer says, “If you see another Land Rover, complain!”

Expert Field Guides have been specially trained in Kalahari wildlife and each contributes personally to the constant programme of research and conservation on our reserve. Game drives at Tswalu Kalahari will be completely tailored to your own interests. As well as discovering many rare and endangered species for the first time, every guest leaves with a deep appreciation of the beauty of this entire eco-system.

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.      

Accommodation: Tswalu Kalahari
Walking Safari
Walking Safari

Day 12: Kalahari

Take your flight from Tswalu to Cape Town (CPT) today. The flight duration is approximately 2hrs. Fly in Pilates PC12, exclusive pressurised private aircraft.

Luggage restrictions applicable to this flight: The general free allowance is 20Kg in Economy Class. 90cm x 72cm x 45cm (including handle, wheels and pockets) total dimensions 207cm.

Hand luggage: One bag allowed in addition to one slimline laptop bag. No bag should exceed 56cm x 36cm x 23cm (total dimensions of 115 cm including handles and wheels) weighing not more than 7Kgs.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Ellerman House: Cape Town

Ellerman House enjoys the finest views of the Atlantic, just 10 minutes away from the V&A Waterfront, in Bantry Bay. With individually designed bedrooms, a large Villa and relaxing 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 offers luxurious rooms and 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.  Ellerman House overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and Robben Island from a commanding position above Cape Town’s Bantry Bay. Created for the enjoyment of the finer things in life, this gracious Cape Edwardian mansion with shaded verandahs and tiered gardens, has beautifully appointed interiors and one of the finest private art collections in South Africa. It is world renowned for exceptional hospitality in true Relais & Chateaux style.

Ellerman House
Ellerman House
Terrace
Terrace

La Residence: Franschhoek

Located in the beautiful Franschhoek valley, where the exquisite vineyards and mountains form a picture perfect backdrop, La Residence provides a haven of luxurious accommodation, fine dining and an all-round sensory indulgence. The majestic mountains that surround the idyllic Franschhoek Valley provide enchanting views in every direction, setting La Residence into a class of its own.  This property lies at the heart of a private 30-acre working farm, complete with vineyards, plum orchards, a dam, and fragrant manicured gardens. Space is in abundance with panoramic views from every suite. Large bedrooms and bathrooms open onto generous sunny balconies and verandahs, which offer the perfect place to relax, admire the view, and marvel at the synthesis of beauty and tranquility.

La Residence
La Residence
La Residence Sceanic View
La Residence Sceanic View

Singita Boulders Lodge: Sabi Sands

Singita Boulders Lodge is set along the banks of the Sand River in Singita’s privately owned area within the Sabi Sand Reserve. The lodge, included as one of Travel & Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels as selected by their readers, is a celebration of the tranquility, space, and light which flows throughout this incredibly vast area. Inspired by the geometry of the boulders on which it rests, Boulders Lodge is an inviting oasis where organic interiors integrate seamlessly with the raw African beauty outside.  Singita Boulders Lodge is perfectly at home in its pristine setting and whether through walls of glass, or open-air areas, the surrounding landscape and animals can be seen and enjoyed from every angle, making for a truly immersive safari experience.

Singita Boulders Lodge
Singita Boulders Lodge
Personal Plunge Pool and Bath
Personal Plunge Pool and Bath

Tswalu Kalahari: Kalahari

Tswalu Kalahari is South Africa’s largest private game reserve, covering an area of over 100,000 hectares. With only two properties on this massive reserve, 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. 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 nine spacious and secluded “legae” (another Tswana word, for “little house”) or suites. The second property, the Tarkuni Villa, is set amidst two rolling mountain ranges. For those seeking a world apart, stay in Tarkuni; the Oppenheimer family’s own personal home here at Tswalu and the ultimate private sanctuary.  This property was named one of National Geographic’s Most Unique Lodges in the World.

Tswalu Motse
Tswalu Motse
Tswalu Motse - Pool
Tswalu Motse - Pool
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Katie M. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Our Kensington Tour to Tanzania was excellent. All of our accommodations were top-notch, our flights were fantastic, and every single detail was taken care of. We were extremely impressed with how welcoming and knowledgeable our guides were.

  • Neal F. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Best trip ever. Sarah was a delight to work with and answered all of our questions and concerns professionally and courteously. It was a trip of a lifetime and everything was fantastic. Thank u Sarah and thank you Kensington

  • Rachel F. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Kensington Tours gave us a wonderful trip with the best guide and accommodations. They helped us book flights to avoid long drives and answered all of our questions going above and beyond. Thank you for all your help giving my family and I a trip of a lifetime! We cannot wait to go back to Africa and do it again using Kensington!

  • Jeffrey L. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    We wanted the full safari experience and Kensington was able to deliver it. We had the perfect mix of tents and lodges and honestly can say we saw about everything we could have in our time there. Our Kensington guide Elijah was very knowledgeable and friendly. He was basically a member of the family by the end of the trip. The entire trip was planned out perfectly. Thanks to Kensington and we hope to travel with them again in the future.

  • Sarah M. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    We had such a tremendous trip! We covered a lot of geography, plants and animals - both aquatic and land based. Every guide we had was knowledgeable and very personable. When Grootbos and then Madikwe found out it was my husband's birthday - our guide at Grootbos "Nita" arranged a private party for him (and us) and our chef and butler at Little Madikwe, Violet and Patience, baked cupcakes and got a small group together to sing happy birthday - in English and Afrikaans! We could never have seen so much on our own. The knowledge we gained about South African people, places, animals and history made this our trip of a lifetime! Thank you!

  • Sasha T. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    We had the most amazing time on our trip. Very grateful to Kensington for organizing all the pick ups and details so we didn't have to think or worry - we could just enjoy ourselves. Will absolutely recommend this trip to family and friends and hope to use Kensington again in the future for our next adventure. Thanks so much!

  • Kristin C. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    From the minute we landed, everything was taken care of. Every driver and guide we had were very friendly and efficient. The highlight of our trip was our stay at Kapama Southern Camp, everything about this place was amazing. We were all sad to leave and would love to return there in the future. Would highly recommend booking as many people there as possible.

  • Eric W. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Madagascar is a very poor country with spotty infrastructure. We used Kensington for their knowledge of the area and their resources and we are very pleased. Our driver for the trip was very professional and knowledgeable of the area and the guide that we used for the rainforest walks was equally knowledgeable and professional. Bari, our guide, had a passion for the area and wanted to make sure we were able to get the best picture of each sighting. Franco, our driver, had a passion for his country and the sights and he was a definite asset on our trip.

  • Tom B. — August 10, 2016 — Africa

    Guides were incredibly well-informed and taught my wife and I about the environment, animals, and culture. Our tour would have just been commonplace, without them.

  • Mary R. — July 20, 2016 — Africa

    Going with Kensington Tours was a great decision. The transfers between resorts was handled very professionally and extremely smooth. I will plan my next trip to South Africa with Kensington. Money well spent!

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