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Best of South Africa

Trip Length 11 days

From $6,995

  • Explore the wonders of South Africa on this in-depth, behind-the-scenes adventure—crafted exclusively by MTS!
  • Immerse yourself in the sights of Cape Town and take the aerial cableway to the top of Table Mountain for epic vistas and memorable hikes
  • Sample delicious wines as you cycle through the Cape Winelands and savor the finest local cuisine
  • See the incredible Big Five at the private game reserves of Timbavati and Sabi Sands, where you'll experience elegant camps within two dramatically different ecosystems

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. Enjoy epic vistas from the top of Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain and stroll the colorful cobbled streets of the lively Bo-Kaap neighborhood. Journey along the Cape Peninsula, home to African penguins and Cape Fur seals, and sample wines on a cycling tour through the beautiful Cape Winelands—with nights spent at the stunning, French Provencal-styled Franschhoek Country House. Next, experience an authentic African safari at the premier Timbavati Game Reserve where you’ll have the chance to spot the Big Five and over 350 bird species. Our adventure ends at Sabi Sands Game Reserve—a less-explored, luxury alternative to Kruger and the perfect place to encounter South Africa’s prolific wildlife. Relax at some of the country’s finest hotels and camps, and enjoy the expert leadership of MTS guides all the way!

Day 1: Arrive in Cape Town

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

Situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town's working harbor, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront has become one of South Africa's most visited destinations. Since 1988, the harbor is continually undergoing changes, with the redevelopment of land and the restoration of buildings surrounding the original Victoria & Alfred Basins, creating a mix of shopping and entertainment venues, intermingled with imaginative office locations, world-class hotels and luxury apartments in the residential marina. Aside from the shops, restaurants and bars, there is an historic side to the Waterfront, focused around the Clock Tower, which was the original Port Captain's Office in 1882 and part of a collection of well-preserved turn of the century buildings.

*Please note that should your arrival aircraft be directed to the apron and not the terminal, you will be transported to the terminal by bus. As you step off the bus, you will met by your greeter with a paging board.

  • Accommodation:One&Only Cape Town

Day 2: Explore the Cape Peninsula

Set off this morning on a guided Cape Point and Peninsula tour. Start at the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay and then cross over to Hout Bay, where you can join an optional short cruise to Seal Island to see the breeding colony of Cape Fur Seals. From here, drive to the Cape of Good Hope National Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, where you will board a funicular (cable car) for an excellent vantage point from which to observe the meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans as well as spectacular views over False Bay. Continue to the naval base at Simons Town and visit the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. After an exciting lunch and some intriguing conversation at A Boat House restaurant, head back to Cape Town, stopping along the way for a stroll at the world famous Kirstenbosch Gardens (time permitting).

Enjoy dinner tonight at one of Cape Town's trendy restaurants.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:One&Only Cape Town

Day 3: Table Mountain Hike & City Tour

Today, you'll be whisked to the top of Table Mountain by aerial cableway and enjoy a two-hour guided walk with incredible views along the way. The walk begins at the upper cable station and traverses the entire front table to Maclears Beacon—the highest point at 3,558 feet. The trail returns via a different route, providing a variety of vistas. (Please note that the route of the hike is dependent on the cable car being operational.)

Once you descend the mountain, you will be transferred to the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood to learn about the heritage of the Cape Malay people. Enjoy a drive through the cobbled streets of the Malay Quarter, as well as the city of Cape Town itself. Next, take a stroll through the tree-lined Company's Garden—a large public heritage park and botanical garden set in the heart of city. The park is home to a number of important buildings such as the South African Museum, which was established in 1852. From here you will continue to the Castle of Good Hope which is the oldest surviving building in South Africa, home to the famous William Fehr Collection of historic artworks.

Return to your hotel in the late afternoon to freshen up before dinner at one of Cape Town's best venues.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:One&Only Cape Town

Day 4: Experience the Legendary Winelands

Today we head to Stellenbosch, South Africa's second-oldest town, located in the legendary Winelands region. Join your culinary guide as she leads you through the historic heart of Stellenbosch, where you’ll have a chance to sample traditional Cape food (biltong, Bobotie, koeksisters and melktert) and wine—while meeting a host of colourful characters on the way! You’ll enjoy a heritage lunch platter at the oldest hotel in the country and visit the oldest shop in town (not open on Sundays). 

After lunch we head over the scenic Helshoogte Pass to Delaire Graff Estate, where we’ll enjoy a wine tasting at their state of the art tasting room. We then continue into the picturesque village of Franschhoek, with its café-lined streets to enjoy a tasting at the 300-year-old Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, before heading to our accommodation.

Enjoy dinner this evening at the award-winning Monneaux Restaurant, a Cape culinary classic. The restaurant serves an inspired contemporary take on Mediterranean classics influenced by local Cape Malay flavours which is skilfully blended into signature dishes and complimented by fresh seasonal produce sourced from the Winelands area.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Franschhoek Country House

Day 5: Cycle the Winelands

Set off this morning on a morning cycling tour through the beautiful Winelands. The relaxed, scenic ride, much of which is on farmland right in amongst the vineyards, will be interspersed with stops at two different wineries for tastings, and ending off with lunch at a country restaurant. This afternoon, we'll travel to Paarl at the foot of a cluster of remarkable granite domes where we'll enjoy two wine tastings at local estates, before heading back to Franschhoek for an evening at leisure.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Franschhoek Country House

Day 6: Fly to Timbavati Game Reserve

Transfer to the airport in Cape Town for your departing flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Johannesburg you will connect with your Federal Air shuttle flight to the Timbavati Airstrip.* Upon arrival you will be transferred by 4x4 vehicle to your safari accommodations spotting game en route. Check in upon arrival and relax before your first afternoon game drive followed by dinner.

Ngala Private Game Reserve is within the Timbavati Game Reserve and is home to all of the Big Five. It is well known for its elephants and buffalo herds, which are often encountered in the reed beds around the Timbavati River. Leopards, cheetah, rhinos and African wild dogs are also often spotted at Ngala. Although its numbers are not decreasing as steadily as before, the African wild dog is still highly endangered, with fewer than 3 000 remaining animals. Ngala is one of few reserves to offer regular opportunities to view this rare animal and its fascinating social structure.

The blue wildebeest, with their low hindquarter, handlebar horns, as well as their cantankerous nature live up to their reputation as the clowns of the bushveld, cavorting and engaging in head-butting contests. In contrast, the statuesque kudu enthrall with their spectacular spiral horns, as well as their prodigious grace and jumping ability. Striking zebra with their vibrant stripes and intriguing social system are a common sight among the bushveld savanna. The typical raised tails of warthog act as a signal device for groups, allowing each warthog to follow the one ahead of it.

*You must book the South African Airways #316 departing Cape Town at 8:50am to Johannesburg (arriving at 10:50am) directly to make your scheduled shuttle flight to the Timbavati Airstrip (Ngala Private Game Reserve). The September departure needs to book the following South African Airways #314 departing Cape Town at 7:30 AM to Johannesburg (arriving at 9:25 AM). Should a lodge hop be cancelled due to bad weather, Federal Air will provide a road transfer where possible and there will be no refund on the flight. Passenger baggage allowance is 20kg per person, hand baggage included to be carried in soft bags only. Please note that excess baggage will be charged for and will only be carried if weight and space permits. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Ngala Safari Lodge OR Motswari Private Game Reserve

Day 7: Spot Wildlife on Safari Game Drives

Enjoy the wild wonders of the South African bush on thrilling game drives in Ngala or Motswari Private Game Reserve.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Ngala Safari Lodge OR Motswari Private Game Reserve

Day 8: Drive to Sabi Sands Game Reserve

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. This is more or less a six hour scenic drive. Arrive at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge in time for “high tea” and an afternoon game drive.

The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is a 65,000 hectare reserve, pioneered by the landowners in the 1950s, when the internal fences were dropped and a shared environmental management program was put in place. Today, many of these families are now third and fourth generation land owners, their legacy being the successful conservation of the highest density of big game in South Africa.

Even though there is a 50km unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park, the game in the Sabi Sands reserve is well habituated resulting in unforgettable close encounters and prolific sightings, particularly of the elusive leopard. The Sabi and the Sand Rivers run through the reserve, which add further dimension to the bio-diversity of this area.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge OR MalaMala Main Camp

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.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge OR MalaMala Main Camp

Day 11: Fly to Johannesburg & Depart

After a final morning game drive and breakfast you will be transferred to the Sabi Sabi Airstrip for your departing Federal Air shuttle flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Johannesburg you will be transferred to the international terminal where you will connect with your international flight home. You have Shongololo Lounge passes for your convenience to await in comfort for your departing flight.

You can also expand your African adventure by adding a post-trip extension to awe-inspiring Victoria Falls! Call us for details.

  • Breakfast

Jun 17 - 27, 2018

Aug 28, 2018 - Sep 07, 2018

Sep 25, 2018 - Oct 05, 2018

pricing

2018 Best of South Africa Prices, per person

 

June, August and September Departure
$ 6,995 (6 members)

This pricing does not include the scheduled internal flights.  All 2018 trips will need to book flights from Cape Town to Hoedspruit SAA #1241 on day 6 and Skukuza Airport to Johannesburg SAA #8862 on day 11.

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Franschhoek Country House — Franschhoek

This stunning, French Provencal-styled boutique hotel is located a short walk from the town of Franschhoek. A country retreat that enjoyed a former life as a perfumery in the late 19th century, the hotel retains its historical charm in the original Manor House. Guets will appreciate uninterrupted views of the vineyards and mountains from the private deck of their luxurious room. Twelve opulent Villa Suites each feature a spacious lounge, a large balcony, a separate bedroom, dining area, fireplace, entertainment center and radiant floor heating. Known for its award-winning Monneaux Restaurant, Franschhoek Country House and Villas consistently receives praise for the chefs' creative interpretations of modern French/South African cuisine.

MalaMala Main Camp — MalaMala Game Reserve

The private, family-owned MalaMala Game Reserve is strategically located between Sabi Sands Game Reserve and Kruger National Park, and covers 13,200-hectares. The reserve's classic MalaMala Main Camp is designed for guests to enjoy the view of the surrounding bush and wildlife from the western banks of the Sand River. This oasis in the middle of the bushveld boasts 19 luxury thatched rooms and suites. Pathways wind their way around the perimeter of the camp to reveal the individual ochre units tucked into the greenery which flanks the river. The camp's elegant and spacious rooms and suites come complete with en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, minibars and tea and coffee facilities. The impressive lounge is filled with relics from safari days of old and the historic bar is conducive to sociable evenings. There is also an air-conditioned library with satellite TV, DVD player, and internet connectivity.

Look out onto the wildlife rich Sand River from the large wooden safari deck in the shade of a Jackalberry Tree or take a swim in the infinity pool. Other amenities include a small gym, boutique gift shop, and fully stocked wine cellar. Massages are also available request for an additional cost. MalaMala Main Camp offers early morning and afternoon game drives with only six guests per vehicle.

Motswari Private Game Reserve — Timbavati Game Reserve

Situated in the unspoiled Timbavati Game Reserve, Motswari Private Game Reserve is a warmly welcoming family-run lodge. Its 15 luxurious bungalows offer spacious, naturally furnished interiors and stunning bush views. Guests can socialise around a fireplace in comfortable central areas or sip cocktails whilst appreciating the views from the deck, or take respite from the summer heat with a dip in the pool. Delicious meals are served in the lodge, under starry skies in the bush, or in the traditional boma. Overall, this down-to-earth lodge provides a relaxed environment to enjoy a top game experience with professionally guided game drives and bush walks.

Ngala Safari Lodge — Timbavati Game Reserve

The magic and mystery of Africa come alive in the colonial ambiance of elegant Ngala Safari Lodge. The lodge’s 21 classic safari cottages overlook a private waterhole frequented by wildlife, and style and grace mingle faultlessly with the rugged natural beauty of the setting—as manicured lawns give way to dense mopane thickets and wild animals saunter down to drink at the waterhole. A timeless, unhurried atmosphere, combined with the quaint traditions of a bygone era, creates an aura of romance and nostalgia

One&Only Cape Town — Cape Town

In the heart of Cape Town's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, with stunning views of Table Mountain, this contemporary resort combines chic island design with African flair. With an emphasis on world class culinary experiences, the resort boasts two restaurants run by Michelin-starred chefs: Nobu serves refined Japanese cuisine and Reuben's serves sophisticated but simple bistro fare. Relax in the Vista lobby lounge and bar, which connects the two restaurants, and enjoy the impressive glass and steel tri-level Wine Loft. The hotel's 131 spacious rooms and suites have clean lines, dark African woods and contemporary artwork by local artisans, plus oversized baths, rain showers and dual marble vanities. Additional resort facilities include a spa, beauty, fitness and yoga center.

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. Other amenities include a a lounge, dining room and bar, wine cellar, two swimming pools, and a spa.

"The Best of South Africa exceeded my expectations. I loved, loved everything about this trip, from sightseeing in Cape Town, to wine tasting in Franschhoek, to fantastic safaris in Nagaland and Sabi Sabi! Can't wait to take my family someday!" Camille Baum   

"Best holiday my family has had in years. Something for everyone. No television, family quality time as well as laughter that never ended." Jencie Fagan

  • Explore the wonders of South Africa on this in-depth, behind-the-scenes adventure—crafted exclusively by MTS!
  • Immerse yourself in the sights of Cape Town and take the aerial cableway to the top of Table Mountain for epic vistas and memorable hikes
  • Sample delicious wines as you cycle through the Cape Winelands and savor the finest local cuisine
  • See the incredible Big Five at the private game reserves of Timbavati and Sabi Sands, where you'll experience elegant camps within two dramatically different ecosystems

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. Enjoy epic vistas from the top of Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain and stroll the colorful cobbled streets of the lively Bo-Kaap neighborhood. Journey along the Cape Peninsula, home to African penguins and Cape Fur seals, and sample wines on a cycling tour through the beautiful Cape Winelands—with nights spent at the stunning, French Provencal-styled Franschhoek Country House. Next, experience an authentic African safari at the premier Timbavati Game Reserve where you’ll have the chance to spot the Big Five and over 350 bird species. Our adventure ends at Sabi Sands Game Reserve—a less-explored, luxury alternative to Kruger and the perfect place to encounter South Africa’s prolific wildlife. Relax at some of the country’s finest hotels and camps, and enjoy the expert leadership of MTS guides all the way!

reviews

"The Best of South Africa exceeded my expectations. I loved, loved everything about this trip, from sightseeing in Cape Town, to wine tasting in Franschhoek, to fantastic safaris in Nagaland and Sabi Sabi! Can't wait to take my family someday!" Camille Baum   

"Best holiday my family has had in years. Something for everyone. No television, family quality time as well as laughter that never ended." Jencie Fagan

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Cape Town

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

Situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town's working harbor, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront has become one of South Africa's most visited destinations. Since 1988, the harbor is continually undergoing changes, with the redevelopment of land and the restoration of buildings surrounding the original Victoria & Alfred Basins, creating a mix of shopping and entertainment venues, intermingled with imaginative office locations, world-class hotels and luxury apartments in the residential marina. Aside from the shops, restaurants and bars, there is an historic side to the Waterfront, focused around the Clock Tower, which was the original Port Captain's Office in 1882 and part of a collection of well-preserved turn of the century buildings.

*Please note that should your arrival aircraft be directed to the apron and not the terminal, you will be transported to the terminal by bus. As you step off the bus, you will met by your greeter with a paging board.

  • Accommodation:One&Only Cape Town

Day 2: Explore the Cape Peninsula

Set off this morning on a guided Cape Point and Peninsula tour. Start at the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay and then cross over to Hout Bay, where you can join an optional short cruise to Seal Island to see the breeding colony of Cape Fur Seals. From here, drive to the Cape of Good Hope National Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, where you will board a funicular (cable car) for an excellent vantage point from which to observe the meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans as well as spectacular views over False Bay. Continue to the naval base at Simons Town and visit the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. After an exciting lunch and some intriguing conversation at A Boat House restaurant, head back to Cape Town, stopping along the way for a stroll at the world famous Kirstenbosch Gardens (time permitting).

Enjoy dinner tonight at one of Cape Town's trendy restaurants.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:One&Only Cape Town

Day 3: Table Mountain Hike & City Tour

Today, you'll be whisked to the top of Table Mountain by aerial cableway and enjoy a two-hour guided walk with incredible views along the way. The walk begins at the upper cable station and traverses the entire front table to Maclears Beacon—the highest point at 3,558 feet. The trail returns via a different route, providing a variety of vistas. (Please note that the route of the hike is dependent on the cable car being operational.)

Once you descend the mountain, you will be transferred to the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood to learn about the heritage of the Cape Malay people. Enjoy a drive through the cobbled streets of the Malay Quarter, as well as the city of Cape Town itself. Next, take a stroll through the tree-lined Company's Garden—a large public heritage park and botanical garden set in the heart of city. The park is home to a number of important buildings such as the South African Museum, which was established in 1852. From here you will continue to the Castle of Good Hope which is the oldest surviving building in South Africa, home to the famous William Fehr Collection of historic artworks.

Return to your hotel in the late afternoon to freshen up before dinner at one of Cape Town's best venues.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:One&Only Cape Town

Day 4: Experience the Legendary Winelands

Today we head to Stellenbosch, South Africa's second-oldest town, located in the legendary Winelands region. Join your culinary guide as she leads you through the historic heart of Stellenbosch, where you’ll have a chance to sample traditional Cape food (biltong, Bobotie, koeksisters and melktert) and wine—while meeting a host of colourful characters on the way! You’ll enjoy a heritage lunch platter at the oldest hotel in the country and visit the oldest shop in town (not open on Sundays). 

After lunch we head over the scenic Helshoogte Pass to Delaire Graff Estate, where we’ll enjoy a wine tasting at their state of the art tasting room. We then continue into the picturesque village of Franschhoek, with its café-lined streets to enjoy a tasting at the 300-year-old Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, before heading to our accommodation.

Enjoy dinner this evening at the award-winning Monneaux Restaurant, a Cape culinary classic. The restaurant serves an inspired contemporary take on Mediterranean classics influenced by local Cape Malay flavours which is skilfully blended into signature dishes and complimented by fresh seasonal produce sourced from the Winelands area.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Franschhoek Country House

Day 5: Cycle the Winelands

Set off this morning on a morning cycling tour through the beautiful Winelands. The relaxed, scenic ride, much of which is on farmland right in amongst the vineyards, will be interspersed with stops at two different wineries for tastings, and ending off with lunch at a country restaurant. This afternoon, we'll travel to Paarl at the foot of a cluster of remarkable granite domes where we'll enjoy two wine tastings at local estates, before heading back to Franschhoek for an evening at leisure.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Franschhoek Country House

Day 6: Fly to Timbavati Game Reserve

Transfer to the airport in Cape Town for your departing flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Johannesburg you will connect with your Federal Air shuttle flight to the Timbavati Airstrip.* Upon arrival you will be transferred by 4x4 vehicle to your safari accommodations spotting game en route. Check in upon arrival and relax before your first afternoon game drive followed by dinner.

Ngala Private Game Reserve is within the Timbavati Game Reserve and is home to all of the Big Five. It is well known for its elephants and buffalo herds, which are often encountered in the reed beds around the Timbavati River. Leopards, cheetah, rhinos and African wild dogs are also often spotted at Ngala. Although its numbers are not decreasing as steadily as before, the African wild dog is still highly endangered, with fewer than 3 000 remaining animals. Ngala is one of few reserves to offer regular opportunities to view this rare animal and its fascinating social structure.

The blue wildebeest, with their low hindquarter, handlebar horns, as well as their cantankerous nature live up to their reputation as the clowns of the bushveld, cavorting and engaging in head-butting contests. In contrast, the statuesque kudu enthrall with their spectacular spiral horns, as well as their prodigious grace and jumping ability. Striking zebra with their vibrant stripes and intriguing social system are a common sight among the bushveld savanna. The typical raised tails of warthog act as a signal device for groups, allowing each warthog to follow the one ahead of it.

*You must book the South African Airways #316 departing Cape Town at 8:50am to Johannesburg (arriving at 10:50am) directly to make your scheduled shuttle flight to the Timbavati Airstrip (Ngala Private Game Reserve). The September departure needs to book the following South African Airways #314 departing Cape Town at 7:30 AM to Johannesburg (arriving at 9:25 AM). Should a lodge hop be cancelled due to bad weather, Federal Air will provide a road transfer where possible and there will be no refund on the flight. Passenger baggage allowance is 20kg per person, hand baggage included to be carried in soft bags only. Please note that excess baggage will be charged for and will only be carried if weight and space permits. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Ngala Safari Lodge OR Motswari Private Game Reserve

Day 7: Spot Wildlife on Safari Game Drives

Enjoy the wild wonders of the South African bush on thrilling game drives in Ngala or Motswari Private Game Reserve.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Ngala Safari Lodge OR Motswari Private Game Reserve

Day 8: Drive to Sabi Sands Game Reserve

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. This is more or less a six hour scenic drive. Arrive at Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge in time for “high tea” and an afternoon game drive.

The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is a 65,000 hectare reserve, pioneered by the landowners in the 1950s, when the internal fences were dropped and a shared environmental management program was put in place. Today, many of these families are now third and fourth generation land owners, their legacy being the successful conservation of the highest density of big game in South Africa.

Even though there is a 50km unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park, the game in the Sabi Sands reserve is well habituated resulting in unforgettable close encounters and prolific sightings, particularly of the elusive leopard. The Sabi and the Sand Rivers run through the reserve, which add further dimension to the bio-diversity of this area.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge OR MalaMala Main Camp

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.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge OR MalaMala Main Camp

Day 11: Fly to Johannesburg & Depart

After a final morning game drive and breakfast you will be transferred to the Sabi Sabi Airstrip for your departing Federal Air shuttle flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Johannesburg you will be transferred to the international terminal where you will connect with your international flight home. You have Shongololo Lounge passes for your convenience to await in comfort for your departing flight.

You can also expand your African adventure by adding a post-trip extension to awe-inspiring Victoria Falls! Call us for details.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Franschhoek Country House — Franschhoek

This stunning, French Provencal-styled boutique hotel is located a short walk from the town of Franschhoek. A country retreat that enjoyed a former life as a perfumery in the late 19th century, the hotel retains its historical charm in the original Manor House. Guets will appreciate uninterrupted views of the vineyards and mountains from the private deck of their luxurious room. Twelve opulent Villa Suites each feature a spacious lounge, a large balcony, a separate bedroom, dining area, fireplace, entertainment center and radiant floor heating. Known for its award-winning Monneaux Restaurant, Franschhoek Country House and Villas consistently receives praise for the chefs' creative interpretations of modern French/South African cuisine.

MalaMala Main Camp — MalaMala Game Reserve

The private, family-owned MalaMala Game Reserve is strategically located between Sabi Sands Game Reserve and Kruger National Park, and covers 13,200-hectares. The reserve's classic MalaMala Main Camp is designed for guests to enjoy the view of the surrounding bush and wildlife from the western banks of the Sand River. This oasis in the middle of the bushveld boasts 19 luxury thatched rooms and suites. Pathways wind their way around the perimeter of the camp to reveal the individual ochre units tucked into the greenery which flanks the river. The camp's elegant and spacious rooms and suites come complete with en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, minibars and tea and coffee facilities. The impressive lounge is filled with relics from safari days of old and the historic bar is conducive to sociable evenings. There is also an air-conditioned library with satellite TV, DVD player, and internet connectivity.

Look out onto the wildlife rich Sand River from the large wooden safari deck in the shade of a Jackalberry Tree or take a swim in the infinity pool. Other amenities include a small gym, boutique gift shop, and fully stocked wine cellar. Massages are also available request for an additional cost. MalaMala Main Camp offers early morning and afternoon game drives with only six guests per vehicle.

Motswari Private Game Reserve — Timbavati Game Reserve

Situated in the unspoiled Timbavati Game Reserve, Motswari Private Game Reserve is a warmly welcoming family-run lodge. Its 15 luxurious bungalows offer spacious, naturally furnished interiors and stunning bush views. Guests can socialise around a fireplace in comfortable central areas or sip cocktails whilst appreciating the views from the deck, or take respite from the summer heat with a dip in the pool. Delicious meals are served in the lodge, under starry skies in the bush, or in the traditional boma. Overall, this down-to-earth lodge provides a relaxed environment to enjoy a top game experience with professionally guided game drives and bush walks.

Ngala Safari Lodge — Timbavati Game Reserve

The magic and mystery of Africa come alive in the colonial ambiance of elegant Ngala Safari Lodge. The lodge’s 21 classic safari cottages overlook a private waterhole frequented by wildlife, and style and grace mingle faultlessly with the rugged natural beauty of the setting—as manicured lawns give way to dense mopane thickets and wild animals saunter down to drink at the waterhole. A timeless, unhurried atmosphere, combined with the quaint traditions of a bygone era, creates an aura of romance and nostalgia

One&Only Cape Town — Cape Town

In the heart of Cape Town's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, with stunning views of Table Mountain, this contemporary resort combines chic island design with African flair. With an emphasis on world class culinary experiences, the resort boasts two restaurants run by Michelin-starred chefs: Nobu serves refined Japanese cuisine and Reuben's serves sophisticated but simple bistro fare. Relax in the Vista lobby lounge and bar, which connects the two restaurants, and enjoy the impressive glass and steel tri-level Wine Loft. The hotel's 131 spacious rooms and suites have clean lines, dark African woods and contemporary artwork by local artisans, plus oversized baths, rain showers and dual marble vanities. Additional resort facilities include a spa, beauty, fitness and yoga center.

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. Other amenities include a a lounge, dining room and bar, wine cellar, two swimming pools, and a spa.

Dates and Pricing

Jun 17 - 27, 2018

Aug 28, 2018 - Sep 07, 2018

Sep 25, 2018 - Oct 05, 2018

pricing

2018 Best of South Africa Prices, per person

 

June, August and September Departure
$ 6,995 (6 members)

This pricing does not include the scheduled internal flights.  All 2018 trips will need to book flights from Cape Town to Hoedspruit SAA #1241 on day 6 and Skukuza Airport to Johannesburg SAA #8862 on day 11.

Activity Level Easy to Moderate
Trip Length 11 days

From $6,995

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