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9-Day Deluxe Safari to Cape Town and Sabi Sabi Game Reserve

Visit scenic Cape Town and then go on safari to one of the top private reserves in the Sabi Sand, bordering Kruger National Park. Highlights of your visit to the ”mother city,” include Table Mountain, the Cape of Good Hope, the Winelands and the beaches of Clifton. You will also have a chance to see iconic wildlife species at Sabi Sabi, including The Big 5: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino and much more.

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Day 1 – Cape Town: Upon arrival in Cape Town, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure. Overnight at the Victoria & Alfred Hotel.

Victoria & Alfred Hotel is in the heart of Cape Town’s popular Waterfront, offering 94 large, comfortably furnished, air-conditioned, en-suite double bedrooms each with a fully stocked bar fridge, television, radio, and hairdryer. Built in 1904 as the North Quay Warehouse and converted in 1990 to a luxury hotel, it is named in honor of the Queen of England and her son.

Day 2 – Cape Town/City & Table Mountain Tour: After breakfast, enjoy a private half-day City & Table Mountain Tour. Your tour of the “mother city” will take in the Houses of Parliament, the Castle (built between 1666 and 1679, this is South Africa’s oldest building), the lively Greenmarket Square with its daily market, the Company Gardens, and of course Table Mountain, which will give you spectacular views over the city and the Cape Peninsula. (Note: cable car ticket not included, as it is weather dependent and usually closed for maintenance from end July to mid-August). Later, make a stop at Bo-Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly colored houses. Return to your hotel for the remainder of your day at leisure. (B)

Day 3 – Cape Town/Peninsula Tour: This tour of the Cape Peninsula starts with the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, before crossing over to Hout Bay, where you may choose to join an optional boat cruise to Seal Island. Continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, where a funicular takes you to the top of the peninsula to witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and enjoy spectacular views over False Bay. Stop for lunch in the area (on your own account), before continuing to the naval base of Simonstown, followed by a visit to the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. On the return trip, enjoy a stop at the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Gardens before arriving at your hotel late this afternoon. Enjoy your evening at leisure. (B)

Day 4 – Cape Town/Winelands Tour: After breakfast, enjoy a full day Winelands Tour, which is designed according to your interests. Your specialist guide will discuss your touring options, including any or all of the three main wine-growing centers: Paarl with its mountain setting and Afrikaans Language Monument; Franschhoek, the culinary capital of South Africa, with its beautiful setting, French flair and charming cafe-lined streets; and Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, with canal-lined avenues and magnificent examples of Cape Dutch architecture. Wine tastings are included at premier estates and a stop will be made for lunch in a memorable location (on your own account). Return to your hotel late this afternoon and enjoy the evening at leisure. (B)

Day 5 – Sabi Sabi Game Reserve: After breakfast, transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your flight to Skukuza Airport (flight not included). Upon arrival, transfer to Sabi Sabi Game Reserve for lunch, followed by an afternoon shared safari activity. Sabi Sabi is a fantastic place for seeing lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino – the most sought after and dangerous of the world’s big game. Dinner and overnight at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge. (B, L, D)

For decades, Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge has been a flagship lodge, famed for its warmth, vibrancy, and legendary hospitality. A favorite amongst travelers in search of luxury accommodation, Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge is a luxurious safari escape set in the heart of the Sabi Sabi bushveld overlooking a waterhole and an African plain. Bush Lodge’s charm is evident from the outset. Here you will savor uncompromising high standards of service, efficiency, and personalized attention. Each of the 25 spacious, air-conditioned thatched suites is beautifully appointed, featuring exquisite ethnic décor in keeping with the bushveld environment. The en-suite bathrooms feature al-fresco as well as glass-fronted indoor showers, affording wonderful views of the bushveld.

Days 6, 7, & 8 – Sabi Sabi Game Reserve: Enjoy three full days of shared safari activities in Sabi Sabi Game Reserve. Activities include morning and afternoon game drives and nature walks (available on request). Meals and overnights at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 9 – Sabi Sabi Game Reserve/Johannesburg: After your last early morning activity, you will be transferred to the local airstrip for your flight to Jo’burg (flight included). Upon arrival in Jo’burg, connect to your onward flights. (B)


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Quick Facts

Perfect for:

  • Perfect for Big 5/Wildlife Sightings
  • Perfect for Families
  • Duration 9 days
  • Departures Anytime
  • Accommodations Deluxe hotel & safari lodge
  • Fitness Rating Easy
  • Activities Game drives, nature walks, cultural visits, city tours
  • Safari Type Big 5/Wildlife
  • Style Deluxe
  • Land-Only Price* $5,000 - $9,999
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*All pricing per person based on double occupancy. Pricing varies based on travel dates, call for a customized quotation matching your travel needs. Changes to itinerary and pricing may apply. Price includes all accommodations, meals, some drinks, transfers, vehicles, park fees, guides and activities as indicated, and a $25 donation to a worthy African charity. Price excludes international flights, visas, tips, inoculations, travel insurance, and anything not specified above. We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover & AMEX. No refunds—see Terms and Conditions for details.

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