Day 1 – Arrive Cape Town: Upon arrival in Cape Town, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure as you begin your South Africa luxury safari. Overnight at Ellerman House. (B, Dr)
Experience the very best that South Africa has to offer when visiting Ellerman House. Surround yourself with national treasures, exceptional flavors, uninterrupted views and a refined atmosphere with sincere hospitality. With only 13 bedrooms and 2 private contemporary villas, Ellerman House excel at offering guests an intuitive and understated level of service. From the kitchen comes exceptional cuisine that reflects the best of local and seasonal flavors with superior provenance. The Ellerman House Wine Gallery, a spectacular cellar for a 9500-bottle wine collection, offers an interactive, experiential journey into the world of wine.
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 peninsula (Note: cable car is weather dependent and usually closed for maintenance from end of 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. Overnight at Ellerman House. (B, Dr)
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. Overnight at Ellerman House. (B, Dr)
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. Overnight at Ellerman House. (B, Dr)
Day 5 – Singita’s Private Concession In Kruger National Park: After breakfast, transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. Upon arrival, connect on your lodge hop with Federal Air to Satara Airstrip, where you will be met and transferred to your lodge, located on Singita’s private concession in Kruger National Park. Arrive for a late lunch, followed by an afternoon shared safari activity. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa, perfect for a South Africa luxury safari. Dinner and overnight at Singita Boulders Lodge. (B, L, D, Dr)
Singita Boulders Lodge offers twelve suites, all with their own en-suite bathroom and shower, outside shower, private heated swimming pool, double-sided fireplace, mini bar and fridge, room mini safe, air-conditioning, overhead fans, private lounge, direct dial telephones and game-viewing deck. Inspiring the name Boulders was an enormous boulder that sat right in the middle of the place where the wine cellar was to be built. A simple decision was made to build the cellar around the boulder!
Enjoy wrap-around views from most parts of the natural stone lodge, and the lookout deck offers the perfect spot from which to observe wildlife drawn to the Sand River. The quiet pond alongside the thatched lounge area allows the light and the landscape inside to the wide open spaces, where straw baskets, neutral shades and textured fabrics complement wooden furniture.
Days 6, 7 & 8 – Singita’s Private Concession in Kruger National Park: Enjoy three full days of shared safari activities in Singita’s private concession in Kruger National Park in search of the Big 5 and other wildlife. Activities include morning and afternoon game drives, guided safari walks (available on request), mountain biking and archery. Meals and overnights at Singita Boulders Camp. (B, L, D, Dr)
Day 9 – Singita’s Private Concession in Kruger National Park/Tswalu Kalahari Private Wildlife Reserve: After your last early morning activity, you will be transferred to Satara Airstrip for your scheduled charter flight to O.R. Tambo International Airport. Then board your private charter flight to Tswalu Airstrip, where you will be met and transferred to your lodge, located on South Africa’s biggest wildlife reserve. Dinner and overnight at Tswalu The Motse. (B, L, D, Dr)
The Motse is a secluded ‘village’ of nine “legae” (the Tswana word for ‘dwellings’) including three family legae, accessed from the main building along wooden walkways which wind through the quiver trees and camel thorns. They are situated to ensure that each one is private and secluded and built using natural materials from the area. Each thatched legae has an open viewing deck and starbed which look across the savannah to a waterhole which attracts a variety of wildlife.
The luxury accommodations meet the highest standards of aesthetics and design but is, at the same time, unpretentious with a focus on simplicity and comfort. Interiors are cool and spacious with king-size beds swathed in romantic mosquito nets and orientated to maximize the views through sliding glass doors. Each room has a fireplace and a separate dressing area with ample closet space. The bathrooms have been created with private gardens, luxurious bathtubs and both indoor and outdoor showers.
Days 10, 11 & 12 Tswalu Kalahari Private Wildlife Reserve: Enjoy three full days of shared safari activities in Tswalu’s private wildlife reserve. With your own dedicated guide and vehicle, you can experience Tswalu exactly the way you want to. There are no fixed schedules or time limits at special sightings – during your stay, the dunes and grasslands are yours to explore the way you want to. Tswalu has 240 kinds of bird and 80 mammal species, including Hartmann’s mountain zebra, wild dog, black maned lion, pangolin and aardvark. Spend your days on game drives, walking safaris and nature walks, viewing the habituated meerkats, horse riding, bird watching, viewing some of the oldest bushman rock engravings in Africa and visiting the community clinic and pre-school. Meals and overnights at Tswalu The Motse. (B, L, D, Dr)
Day 13 – Jo’burg/Depart: After your last early morning activity, you will be transferred to Tswalu Airstrip for your scheduled charter flight to O.R. Tambo International Airport. Upon arrival in Johannesburg, connect to your onward flights. (B)
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