Southern Africa Exclusive – $21,000 to $25,000 per person
Meet our local representative on arrival at OR Tambo International Airport
Scheduled flight Johannesburg – Cape Town (price not included)
Private transfer from Cape Town Airport to Ellerman House (± 45 minutes)
Stay at Ellerman House for 4 nights
The original home of Sir John Ellerman, this boutique hotel’s historic architecture and stunning seaside setting make it a favorite of discerning travelers in the Cape Town area. Amenities abound here: lounge around the large heated pool, with enchanting views of Bantry Bay and Robben Island. Savor delectable regional fare on the terrace, in the vibrant, colorful garden or in the exclusive restaurant. This superb venue is staffed by acclaimed international chefs who will prepare something from the a la carte menu or something just for you. While here, take advantage of the fully equipped gym and sauna, and indulge yourself at the Ellerman Spa. Each of the nine en suite rooms and two suites is individually decorated to create a unique and thoroughly luxurious atmosphere, and the private balconies offer humbling views of this superlative environment. When you’d like to venture off the grounds, enjoy an evening stroll on nearby Clifton Beach, or take the quick 10 minute drive to Cape Town’s famed Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. A Relais & Chateaux property, the Ellerman bears all the hallmarks of that esteemed company: a holistic experience featuring unobtrusive, unparalleled service. It is one of just 14 Relais & Chateaux properties to have received the organization’s Purple Shield distinction.
8:30am: Private Cape Town Cultural Heritage Walking Tour & Table Mountain
South Africa’s oldest city lends itself to walking, with some of the oldest landmarks in easy reach of the city center. This guided tour will take in such sights as St George’s Mall – a lively pedestrian area with coffee shops, buskers and curio vendors; the colorful market of Greenmarket Square, Grand Parade and City Hall – the city’s oldest square; the Old Customs House; the Slave Tree site; the Castle of Good Hope – which is the oldest occupied building in SA; the Company Gardens, St. George’s Cathedral and the South African Museum among others. You then have the option of a walk through Bo Kaap, The Cape Malay community neighborhood distinguished by the rainbow colored houses, or a visit to the Jewish Heritage Museum. More than just a look at some ‘old buildings’, this is a journey back in time to glimpse what life was like over the last few centuries in the Mother City. Also included is an excursion to Table Mountain, providing spectacular views over the city and Peninsula (weather dependent). The five-minute ascent to the top of Table Mountain via the Cableway offers a 360° view of Cape Town, the ocean and the neighboring peaks.
8:30am departure: Private Cape Peninsula Panorama Tour
Begin this full day tour of the Cape Peninsula with a visit to the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. From there you drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives. The Cape of Good Hope functioned as something of a beacon for sailors for many years and is still widely referred to as ‘The Cape’ by seafarers. The reserve is home to an array of fynbos, over 250 species of birds, buck, baboons and Cape mountain zebra. If you are feeling energetic enough, we highly recommend a walk from the Cape of Good Hope to Cape Point. From there you will board a funicular to get to the Lighthouse (at the top of the Peninsula) to witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, offering spectacular views over False Bay. As you leave the reserve, you head to Noordhoek for a delightful lunch at The Food Barn (for your own account). You then return via a drive along Chapman’s Peak Drive to Constantia Nek and onto the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens or Constantia Winery for a taste of history.
8:30am departure: Stellenbosch Town & Country Explorer
Spend the morning savoring traditional food and wine of the Cape as your culinary guide leads you through the historic heart of Stellenbosch. Try Biltong and Bobotie, Koeksisters and Melktert while meeting a host of colourful characters en-route! Between tasting stops, you’ll hear delightful stories about the historic places you visit as well. In the afternoon, jump onto an open Land Rover for a 2 hour trip through the 120ha Waterford Estate on the beautiful slopes of the Helderberg. Not only will you get the chance to taste award winning Estate wines in the vineyards of their origin, you will be expertly guided through all the aspects of what makes this area so bio diverse and viticulturally unique. Having experienced the terroir that makes the wines so special, you then return to the winery where you can take a tour of the cellar and wine making process.
Private transfer to Cape Town International Airport (± 45 minutes)
Singita means “a place of miracles” and this world-renowned collection of safari camps certainly lives up to the divine distinction. Inspired by the landscape and enhanced by world-class service, Boulders infuses these rugged environs with supreme luxury. It’s as if you’ve entered an over-the-top oasis in the heart of South African wilds: Senufo artifacts and smooth linen, raw wood and cascading water. Luxuriate in the serenity of your suite—featuring magnificent en suite bathrooms—and bask in the pure wildness of your surroundings on the sundecks. Sister camp Ebony’s graceful aesthetic includes timeworn colonial furniture and ethnic crafts, creating a classic atmosphere. Nestled in the shade of jackalberry trees on the bank of the Sand River, the 12 thatched suites at Singita Ebony are places of sublime luxury and quiet contemplation, featuring opulent touches like fireplaces and private heated pools. Famous for its cuisine (not to mention 35,000 bottles of superb South African wine), Singita’s chef creates dishes bursting with flavor. Of course, there is another reason for Singita’s standing as the world’s finest properties: the wildlife. Globally renowned for its diversity and concentration of big game, including the vaunted Big Five, the Sabi Sands Reserve features broad, open savannah interspersed with acacia thornveld, rocky outcrops and riverine forest. Herds of buffalo and elephant, large prides of lion, majestic leopard and antelope by the thousands make the 18,500 hectare Singita Private Game Reserve, at the heart of the Sabi Sands, one of the finest locations for viewing the Big Five anywhere in the world.
Scheduled flight Nelspruit – Livingstone (price not included)
Private transfer to The Royal Livingstone
Stay at The Royal Livingstone for 2 nights
Thrillingly perched on the edge of the Eastern Cataract of Victoria Falls, The Royal Livingstone is a five-star oasis of luxury ideally situated for admiring one of nature’s grandest spectacles. The hotel consists of colonial style buildings stretched along the Zambezi River, and each of the 173 en-suite rooms here features Victorian bathrooms with oversized showers, white linen, satellite television, air-conditioning, mini-bar and, of course, a private veranda from which to enjoy your singular surroundings. In the main area of the hotel, the thatch-roofed buildings offer an elegant lounge, restaurant and bar and, you can always go for a swim in the pool that hovers over the swirling waters of the Zambezi. Named after the intrepid explorer David Livingstone, it’s no wonder the hotel offers easy access to such a range of exhilarating activities: white-water rafting, river boarding, canoeing, elephant-back safaris, game drives and more. When you return, you can enjoy a brisk workout at the gym—which includes weight training and circuit training facilities as well as space for aerobic and karate sessions—and a treatment at the spa, or perhaps a round of golf at the on-site course.
Private transfer to Livingstone Airport (± 20 minutes)
Shared charter flight to Kasane Airport (± 20 minutes)
Shared charter flight to Zafara (± 1 hour)
Stay at Zafara Camp for 3 nights
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Twice daily scheduled activities included
Zarafa Camp, overlooks the Zibadianja Lagoon – the source of the world famous Savute Channel. The Camp evokes a sense of old-style safari with its four large, luxuriously appointed double or twin ‘marquis style’ tents. Hosting a maximum of eight guests, the emphasis at Zarafa Camp is on offering a personalised and private experience to guests – perfect for those who favour a more intimate experience or those who prefer the entire camp for their own, exclusive use. Each tent and veranda is spacious, positioned under cool and shady trees with breathtaking vistas of the Zibidianja Lagoon. A large bedroom, en-suite bathroom, featuring a copper bath and both indoor and outdoor showers, are standard. The main area at the Camp is furnished in the same ‘campaign’ style as the tents and evokes the traditional safari ambiance of the turn of the 20th century. Lounge and dining facilities may be enjoyed under canvas or on the full-length deck shaded by giant broad-leafed trees. Activities are flexible to suit guests’ particular interests and include morning, afternoon and night game drives with experienced professional guides in custom-built 4×4 Toyota Land Cruisers. Short guided nature walks from camp are encouraged, to introduce guests to some of Africa’s less prominent wildlife. All of the Chobe National Park wildlife is present around Zarafa Camp with a varied bird and mammal community. Abundant plains game can be found here including lechwe, kudu, buffalo, zebra and giraffe. It is also a predator-rich reserve including cheetah, wild dog, lion, and leopard. The massive herds of elephant are another highlight while a wide variety of birds – some 300 or more – can be seen.
On a remote island in the Okavango Delta sits Jao, a nine-tent escape in the heart of a peaceful private reserve. The plains and waterways here are brimming with a diverse range of fascinating species—including elephant, leopard, wildebeest, hippo, crocodile and a number of colorful bird species—which can be viewed on game drives as well as by boat or mokoro (a traditional dugout canoe). Yet guests need not even leave camp to see the reserve’s copious wildlife: views of the surrounding landscape are ideal from your private deck or the outdoor sala (which also works well for breezy midday siestas). Wildlife is just one of the reasons to love Jao. You can indulge massage treatments from the resident therapist, work out at the gym or visit the salon, relax in the two plunge pools or even head out on the placid waters of the Delta for some fishing. Throughout your stay, you will be ensconced in elegance: handcrafted en-suite tents, shaded under a canopy of trees and featuring exquisite details and superb views. There is also an outdoor boma where you can enjoy one of their excellent wines, breathing in the superb bouquet and the fresh air in this alluring wilderness.
Shared charter flight to Maun Airport (± 30 minutes)
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