• Best of South Africa

    Explore the Rainbow Nation on foot, bicycle, and vehicle - our true flagship South Africa trip!

    Whether you love history, scenery, cuisine, wildlife, or all of the above, South Africa has it in abundance. On our exclusive tour you’ll delve deep into the many nuances of this intriguing country. Hike to the peak of Table Mountain, explore the cobbled streets of Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap district, and enjoy an unforgettable meal with renowned Chef Bruce Robertson. Commune with African penguins on the Cape Peninsula. Cycle and taste your way through the winelands. Spot cheetahs, rhinos, and other fauna on game drives through the bush. Relax at some of South Africa’s finest hotels. With expert guides accompanying you all the way, your only worry is choosing which highlight you like best.

    best times to go: Year round

    departures: 7 scheduled datesview departures

    pricing: from $6,795 see detailed pricing

    Southern Africa

    Easy to Moderate
Also great as a private trip. Call for details

Explore the Rainbow Nation on foot, bicycle, and vehicle - our true flagship South Africa trip!

Whether you love history, scenery, cuisine, wildlife, or all of the above, South Africa has it in abundance. On our exclusive tour you’ll delve deep into the many nuances of this intriguing country. Hike to the peak of Table Mountain, explore the cobbled streets of Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap district, and enjoy an unforgettable meal with renowned Chef Bruce Robertson. Commune with African penguins on the Cape Peninsula. Cycle and taste your way through the winelands. Spot cheetahs, rhinos, and other fauna on game drives through the bush. Relax at some of South Africa’s finest hotels. With expert guides accompanying you all the way, your only worry is choosing which highlight you like best.

Activities

Hiking, bicycling, game viewing by game drives & walking safaris, historical & cultural touring, culinary experiences

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore South Africa for an in-depth, behind the scenes perspective crafted exclusively by MTS
  • Immerse yourself: bike the wine country, hike Table Mountain, and savor cuisine in the home of South Africa’s best known chef
  • See the Big 5 and experience two dramatically different ecosystems (most tours only offer one), including Sabi Sands which has the world’s densest leopard population

Duration: 11 days Start Location: Cape Town End Location: Johannesburg

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Itinerary
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    Day 1 : Arrive Cape Town

    Welcome to Cape Town! You will be met at the door of your aircraft with your name on a paging board, and your documents will be handed over to you. You will be assisted through immigration, baggage collection and customs. You will then be shown to your awaiting transfer vehicle, and introduced to your guide.

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    Day 2 : Table Mountain Hike & City Tour

    Head to iconic Table Mountain where you’ll ascend by aerial cable car and begin a 2-hour hike to the mountain’s highest point and back, enjoying incredible vistas along the way. After lunch in the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood (formerly known as the Malay Quarter), take a private city tour of the Company Gardens, the South African Museum, and the Castle of Good Hope.

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    Day 3 : Cape Peninsula

    Set out on a private tour of Cape Point and the Peninsula which includes an African penguin colony and the famed Chapman’s Peak drive. Enjoy spectacular views of False Bay and a very special 5-course lunch with Chef Bruce Robertson, the most celebrated chef in South Africa.

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    Day 4 : Winelands

    Today it’s off to Stellenbosch, South Africa’s second oldest town, in the legendary Winelands region. On a guided culinary walk through town you’ll sample traditional Cape food and wine. After lunch, enjoy wine tastings at the Delaire Graafe and Grande Provence wine estates. Overnight at Franschhoek Country House.

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    Day 5 : Winelands

    This morning we explore the Winelands on a scenic cycling tour. This afternoon, enjoy wine tastings at two estates at the foot of a remarkable granite outcrop.

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    Day 6 : Fly to Thornybush Game Reserve

    Transfer to Cape Town airport and fly via Johannesburg to Timbavati. Set off for Thornybush Game Reserve, a premier game viewing area with a huge diversity of wildlife including cheetah and white rhino. Overnight at the luxurious Shumbalala Game Lodge.

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    Day 7 : Thornybush Game Reserve

    Partake in guided morning and afternoon game drives (and bush walks by request).

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    Day 8 : Drive to Sabi Sands via Panorama Route

    Depart for Sabi Sands Game Reserve, traveling via the scenic Panorama Route. The high escarpment offers stunning views of the Lowveld and features a host of natural wonders such as God’s Window and Lisbon Falls. Arrive at Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge in time for “high tea” and an afternoon game drive.

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    Days 9 - 10 : Sabi Sands Game Reserve

    Discover the prolific wildlife of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve on morning and afternoon game drives and mid-morning walks.

  • Day 11 : Fly to Johannesburg & Depart

    Fly from Sabi Sabi Airstrip to Johannesburg for your departing flight home.

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DATES: Best time to go: Year round Departures: Mar 6 - 16, 2015 Apr 1 - 11, 2015 May 1 - 11, 2015 Jun 21, 2015 - Jul 1, 2015 Jul 1 - 11, 2015 Aug 2 - 12, 2015 Sep 19 - 29, 2015

PRICING:

2015 Best of South Africa Prices, per person

March 6 & April 1 Departures

$ 7,395 (6-10members)
$ 2,000 single supplement

May 1 & June 21 Departures

$ 6,795 (6-10 members)
$ 1,800 single supplement

July 1 & September 19 Departures

$ 6,995 (6-10 members)
$ 1,900 single supplement

August 2 Departure

$ 7,195(6-10 members)
$ 1,950 single supplement
 

Rates quoted are per person, based on sharing double/twin accommodations.

If you prefer single accommodations, you must pay the single supplement Fee. If you’re traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we’ll try our best to find you a roommate. If that’s not possible, we will only charge you half of the single supplement.

This pricing does not include the scheduled internal flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg. You must book the South African Airways #316 departing Cape Town at 8:50 AM to Johannesburg (arriving at 10:50 AM) directly to make your scheduled shuttle flight to the Timbavati Airstrip. Upon confirmation, Mountain Travel Sobek will send you our preferred airfare consolidator's contact details to book this flight.

  • One&Only Cape Town
    Cape Town

    One & Only is in the heart of Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, with views of table Mountain, this contemporary urban resort embodies a chic island design with a strong African flair. With an emphasis on world class service and culinary experiences, the resort boasts two Michelin-starred chefs both opening their first venues in Africa. The legendary Nobu Matsuhisa has created the Nobu Restaurant and Reuben's at One&Only serves deceptively simple, wholesome bistro fare, with fresh flavours, generous portions in a sophisticated, but unfussy, brasserie style. The Vista lobby lounge and bar connects the two restaurants, there is an impressive glass and steel tri-level Wine Loft and the Isola Restaurant is on Villa Island, offering more relaxed poolside dining.

    The 131 spacious rooms and suites have clean lines, dark African woods and contemporary artwork by local artisans. The fabrics and furnishings reflect the warm tones of Africa's savannahs, with bright splashes of colour paying tribute to the land's vibrant personality. The rooms have oversized baths, rain showers and dual marble vanities.

    Other resort facilities include a Spa, Beauty, fitness and yoga centre. There are comprehensive programmes for children, they have their own youth fitness and teen spa centre, space for arts and crafts, a movie and video game lounge, a quiet reading area and a computer area with all the latest technology.

  • Franschhoek Country House
    Franschhoek

    Franschhoek Country House and Villas is a privately owned boutique hotel , situated just a few minutes walk from the town of Franschhoek. This country retreat used to be a perfumery dating back to 1890 and retains its historical charm in the original Manor House, which now offers 14 luxury rooms and suites, leading out onto private patios with uninterrupted views of the vineyards and mountains.

    In 2003, the 12 opulent Villa Suites were added. Each suite is 100sqm in size, with a spacious lounge, a large balcony, a separate bedroom, dining area, fireplace, entertainment centre and under floor heating, in an extravagant French Provencal style.

    Franschhoek Country House and Villas is known for its very own award winning Monneaux Restaurant, receiving consistent praise for innovative presentations of modern French/South African cuisine.

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    Thornybush Game Reserve

    Deep in the 14,000 hectare Thornybush Private Game Reserve, which lies just north of Sabi Sand and west of the Greater Kruger National Park, is the luxury Shumbalala Game Lodge.  Set in a dry shady savanna of mopane, acacia and umbrella thorns, Shumbalala lines the seasonal Monwana River.

    This intimate lodge offers four thatched suites and one presidential suite boasting an extra dining room and lounge. Carefully constructed to ensure maximum privacy, the suites are tastefully decorated with a distinct African flair. They include en-suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers and a picture window, air-conditioning, overhead fans, open fireplace, comfortable beds draped with mosquito nets and cotton percale linen, minibar, tea and coffee facilities and large glass sliding doors that open onto a private wooden deck with bush views. Paved walkways connect the suites to the communal guest areas which are thatched and open sided to make the most of the bush views. Here there is a comfortable lounge with a fireplace and dining room, viewing deck overlooking a waterhole, outside boma, small library with an internet station, WiFi enabled public areas, underground wine cellar, a swimming pool and curio shop.

    Activities at Shumbalala Lodge include guided morning and afternoon game drives and bush walks after breakfast on request. Guests at Shumbalala have access to the Amani Spa at Thornybush Main Lodge.

  • Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge
    Sabi Sands Game Reserve

    Located in the south western sector of the 65,000 hectare Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve is the private concession of Sabi Sabi, where Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge is located. Bordering the unfenced Kruger National Park, game roams freely between the reserves and the slightly elevated position of Bush Lodge provides uninterrupted bushveld views. 

    Using soft earthy tones and hints of African ethnic decoration the 25 thatched suites merge seamlessly with their surrounds. Suites include en-suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers, king beds draped with mosquito nets, air-conditioning and fans, lounge, private patio, minibars and tea and coffee facilities. With two open sided thatched viewing decks the main lodge area is the perfect place to relax, overlooking the waterhole. There is a lounge (including television), dining room and bar, wine cellar, a business and children’s centre, boma, two swimming pools and a Spa.

    Morning and afternoon game drives are conducted in open vehicles, as well as a midmorning environmental awareness walk. Community tours can be arranged from camp (additional charge).

Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.


  • Trevor Boulle

    Trevor has traveled quite extensively throughout South and southern Africa, including a year in Namibia and gaining invaluable first- hand knowledge of the African people and their cultures. Further afield, he has spent time in Australasia, Europe and the United States. Trevor worked as a tennis teaching professional in the United States for a number of years and was fortunate to use this time to travel and explore this vast country. In the last five years Trevor’s forte has been hiking / walking holidays. Programs are designed to highlight the most scenic parts of South Africa and to allow the guest to explore on foot. How best to satisfy Trevor’s personal passion for hiking and exploring than to lead groups on foot through game reserves, into the Drakensberg mountains, along the paths that British and Zulu soldiers walked so long ago, meandering through the streets of Cape Town {surely one of the world’s great cities}, boulder-hopping along Indian Ocean beaches, scrambling up Table Mountain and strolling through beautiful wine farming country. Trevor has found his niche in life then. From a young boy obsessed with history, exploration and the outdoors to a professional who has made a career from that which he loves. There is a clear yearning to learn more, not only about his continent, its history and its people but also to facilitate visitors hungry to share in the same experience. Aided by an ability to strike up a solid rapport with his guests and abetted by a wicked and slightly dry sense of humour, the professionalism and success of his programs is evident in the repeat visitors and long-lasting friendships struck up over the years.

  • Ananda van der Merwe

    Ananda obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and English; Post-Graduate Degree in Translation and completed courses in French and Dutch when she lived in Europe. Also while living in Europe, Ananda spent time backpacking and considers Prague the most beautiful and culturally rich destination which she has visited outside of South Africa. Whilemost of us would get frustrated and flustered at the thought of being lost in a foreign city, Ananda savoured the prospect as it provided great opportunities for meeting the locals and experience the various European cultures in authentic settings. During her four years in Europe, Ananda au-paired in Brussels and taught English to French speaking children. Upon return to South Africa, she moved to the Little Karoo where she secured a job conducting tours at a working ostrich show farm and then went on to manage a guest house in the same area. When she moved to Cape Town, she spent three years as an inbound tours consultant which she combined with guiding once she received her THETA accreditation and qualification. Ananda has been guiding for a total of 9 years now and has very little intention of retiring from this particular career in the very near future; however, she does dream of becoming an editor one day and harnesses her skills with a critical eye when reading the local newspapers. It is difficult for her to state any particular destination in South Africa as her favourite. Her patriotism is not nominal, but is borne out of her first-hand experiences in this beautiful country. There is not a corner of this country which she has not explored. Hard-pressed for an answer though, she lists the Elephant Coast of KwaZulu Natal as one of her favourite spots for its birding opportunities and its beautiful coastline. She then also quickly mentions the Kruger National Park, the Drakensberg Mountains and the Kalahari. Ananda’s thirst for knowledge was not quenched through her formal training and studies. She professes to be an information junky and often finds herself in a catatonic trance before her television set, absorbing facts, figures, dates, names and places thrown at her on the History, Discovery or National Geographic channels. This diet on electronic education is supplemented by research on history, culture, nature and anthropology. Currently, she is also broadening her skills in photography and would like to complete a field guiding and/or botany course. Though an avid learner, Ananda is not pretentious in her approach to working or dealing with people. Her sense of humour and gift for telling quirky, if not true, stories to visitors makes her popular with those she meets along the way, often forging friendships with guests which last long after they have returned home. She relies on her female intuition which has been fine-tuned over the years with her experience as a guide. She therefore has a good sense for people and can easily gauge what clients want or expect from their experience in South Africa. When asked how she would approach dealing with various personalities on tour, she flatly replies, “One has to go to their planet… find the constellation they are from.”

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Easy

Many activities are optional and involve fairly easy travel. Trips may include short hikes of two to three hours or optional walks at low elevations. Includes less demanding sea kayaking and river rafting trips with Class I-II rapids.

Moderate

More active trips involving hiking over moderate terrain, usually - but not always - with vehicle support and at elevations less than 10,000 feet, or trips with long hiking days, multiple sea kayaking days, wilderness camping, or other invigorating activity. On many trips, you can elect to skip a day's activity, depending on logistics. Includes more demanding sea kayaking trips and river rafting trips with Class III rapids.

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Mar 6 - 16, 2015 Apr 1 - 11, 2015 May 1 - 11, 2015 Jun 21, 2015 - Jul 1, 2015 Jul 1 - 11, 2015 Aug 2 - 12, 2015 Sep 19 - 29, 2015
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