• South Africa: Cape Town & Sabi Sands

    South Africa—Short & Sweet!

    Perfect for those who are short on time and want to experience the two highlights of any trip to South Africa—Cape Town, and the Sabi Sands Game Reserve—this journey exposes you to the best of each destination at a comfortable pace while keeping the itienrary under 7 nights. There's no better introduction to the magic of South Africa!

    best times to go: Year round

    departures: 2 scheduled datesview departures

    pricing: from $4,990 see detailed pricing

    Southern Africa

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

South Africa—Short & Sweet!

This all-new adventure combines South Africa's most well-known areas in a short and exciting way. Enjoy active experiences, such as a trek up to the highest point of Table Mountain and a guided walking safari through the bushveld as well as exciting cultural experiences and culinary treats. In Cape Town, you will enjoy a private five-course gourmet lunch at the private home of Chef Bruce Robinson, and you will wine and dine on some of the best cuisine and vintages in prime leopard viewing country in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. In addition to daily morning and afternoon game drives, you will savor the South African sunset while enjoying a drink or two—affectionally known as "sundowners"—before your night game drive back to your accommodations. Throughout the journey you'll enjoy the services of a phenomenal MTS guide, who will make the country come to life!
 

Activities

3 days of active, cultural, and culinary experiences in Cape Town and 4 days of safari activities in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ascend to the highest point of Table Mountain on a scenic guided hike
  • Savor a five-course gourmet meal paired with wine cooked by celebrity chef Bruce Robinson at his private home
  • Immerse yourself in prime Big Five game-viewing country in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, including the elusive leopard
  • Set off on foot in the South African bushveld on a guided walking safari
  • Enjoy the company of an excellent licensed guide who will accompany you throughout your trip

Duration: 7 days Start Location: Cape Town End Location: Johannesburg

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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

    After breakfast you will enjoy a hike up to the highest point of Table Mountain, which awards your efforts with beautiful natural scenery and splendin panoramic views of the city, Table Bay, and Robben Island. Once you finish your hike you will return to the city where you will enjoy a comprehensive tour of Cape Town's highlights.

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    Day 3 : Cape Peninsula, Gourmet Lunch & Constantia Winelands

    Drive the scenic coastline South of Cape Town driving through Clifton & Camps Bay, Hout Bay, and iconic Chapmans Peak Drive. Enjoy the stunning views of the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point before visiting the penguin colony at Boulders Beach. After a five-course gourmet meal prepared by celebrity chef Bruce Robinson in his personal home, you will continue to the Constantia wine country before returning to your hotel.

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    Day 4 : Fly to Sabi Sands

    Today you will fly with your guide to your private game reserve in the southern Sabi Sands. This is one of the most leopard-dense locations in Africa. You will check into your safari accommodations and enjoy lunch before proceeding on your afternoon game drive. After enjoying sundowner drinks and taking in the beaufiful South African sunset you will return to camp spotting the amazing nocturnal wildlife that make the Sabi Sands so incredible.

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    Days 5 - 6 : Sabi Sands

    These days you will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives with your dedicated ranger. In between game drives, you can enjoy either a guided bush walk or relax and enjoy the amenities of your safari accommodations.

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    Day 7 : Depart Johannesburg

    After a final game activity you will fly to Johannesburg where you will connect with your international flight home.

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DATES: Best time to go: Year round Departures: Jul 2 - 8, 2014 Nov 9 - 15, 2014

PRICING:

2014 Prices

$4,990 (6-12 members)
$190 internal air
$800 single supplement

Rates quoted are per person, based on sharing double 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.

  • Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Hotel
    Cape Town, South Africa

    The Victoria & Alfred Hotel is located in the historic North Quay warehouse with excellent views of Table Mountain, Table Bay and the working harbor.  The hotel has 94 large, comfortably furnished, air-conditioned, en suite rooms each with a mini-bar, television, radio and hair dryer.  The Waterfront area offers many interesting shops and boutiques, plus a cinema, a theatre, numerous restaurants and cafes, bistros and bars, historic buildings and a maritime museum.

  • Sabi Sabi Selati Camp
    Sabi Sands Game Reserve

    Sabi Sabi Selati Camp is situated on the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, which borders the unfenced western edge of the Kruger National Park. The main building of this exclusive camp exudes a Colonial 'Out of Africa' style. The elongated lounge is under thatch with totally open sides and the odd chunky tree trunk features as a support. There is also a cozy indoor lounge and bar area. Dining options vary between the 'Farmhouse Kitchen' style dining rooms, the outdoor dining deck and the traditional African boma. Relax beside the pool, which overlooks the Msuthlu Riverbed and enjoy the tranquility of the camp, particularly by night as the sounds of the wild enhance the gentle flicker of oil lamps. Spot Africa's Big Five on open vehicles, with your  highly-qualified MTS ranger and Shangaan tracker and round off the days with dazzling star gazing. Your stay at Sabi Sabi Selati Camp includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner (daily), selected house beverages, game drives in open Land Rover safari vehicles, and environmental awareness walking safaris.

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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Jul 2 - 8, 2014 Nov 9 - 15, 2014
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