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Experience two of South Africa's best private game reserves and explore vibrant, beautiful Cape Town on this comprehensive 15-day safari. Begin with four nights in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, bordering the famous Kruger National Park and home to amazing Big 5 game viewing.

Then, after two nights in utter luxury at The Saxon in Johannesburg, it is on to the edge of the great Kahalari Desert and the stunning red dunes and golden grasslands of Tswalu Private Game Reserve. Explore this astonishing landscape for four nights and enjoy an unforgettable evening on the Malori sleep-out deck, one of the region's best starbeds.

To end off your South African sojourn, fly south to Cape Town and take in all this city has to offer, from Table Mountain and the Constantia Winelands to the V&A Waterfront and a range of excellent city beaches. Your accommodation will be at the immaculate Cape Grace, which is within easy distance of the city centre, top galleries and fine restaurants.

This luxurious itinerary is sure to appeal to travellers looking for a glamorous experience, complete with spa treatments, fine dining and award-winning wines.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Stay at a collection of best African lodges
  • A fantastic honeymoon or celebration holiday full of pampering
  • Search for the Big 5 in Sabi Sands
  • Discover the unique Kalahari & spend a night out under the stars at the Molori sleepout
  • Enjoy spa treatments & massages
  • Go on nature walks with experts
  • Explore vibrant Cape Town
  • Visit the endangered African penguin colony at Boulders Beach

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-5

Search for the Big 5 Sabi Sands

Your safari begins as you catch a flight from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and fly directly into the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, bordering the world-renowned Kruger National Park.

On arrival at the airstrip you will be met and transferred to Exeter River Lodge, a luxurious safari lodge situated underneath a canopy of ebony trees and enjoying superb views of the Sand River. It is serious Big 5 country and you spend the following four nights here.

Settle in, relax and unwind before setting out on you first exciting spot-lit evening game drive through the teeming Sabi Sands – perhaps you will be lucky enough to see nocturnal creatures like leopards, porcupines or even a pride of lions getting ready to hunt.

For the next few days you can explore your surroundings on a range of fantastic game-viewing activities. Whether you go on guided walking safaris or thrilling early morning and late afternoon game drives, you get some of the best game viewing in Africa.

The Sabi Sands is well-known in particular for its excellent Big 5 game viewing and has recorded some of the best leopard sightings in the Greater Kruger area, making this a definite tour highlight.

In the evenings you can enjoy delicious African-inspired meals around the boma fire, swap wildlife stories with other guests and sip on a glass of exquisite South African wine under the stars.

Days 5-7

Check into The Saxon

This morning you leave the Sabi Sands behind and fly back to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg where you will be transferred to the luxurious Saxon Hotel.

The Saxon is situated in the extremely plush enclave of Sandton, location to some of the largest and wealthiest homes in South Africa. Former president Nelson Mandela completed the edits on his famous autobiography Long Walk to Freedom at this almost-perfect hotel.

 

Once you have settled into your very spacious suite, indulge yourself with a pampering treatment at the in-house spa – which is one of the best in Joburg - or sip on a cocktail next to one of the swimming pools or at the koi pond. Dinner is an exceptional affair, either in the very stylish Qunu restaurant or upstairs at five hundred, which has been featured on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list. 

On Day 6, you will discover even more about this vibrant and energising metropolis on a privately guided tour to the city centre, where you will tour the cultural hub of Newtown (home to Museum Africa, the renowned Market Theatre and plenty of bright street art) as well as discover downtown Art Deco gems in the mining district and perhaps even enjoy the view from the top of the Carlton Tower, the tallest building on the continent.

Days 7-11

Welcome to the Kalahari

Today you leave the City of Gold behind and fly directly into Tswalu Game Reserve, an expansive private wilderness on the edge of the vast Kalahari. You will check into The Motse, a true oasis in a land of white-blond grasses, rust-red sand and thorn trees. 

Spend your days enjoying morning, afternoon and evening game drives, not to mention guided walks across the Kalahari's incredible red dunes and trips to view original Khoisan rock engravings. Tswalu is also home to some of Africa's most unique and unusual species including pangolin, aardvark and sable antelope.

When you are not being mesmerised by the landscape, you can also relax with a range of treatments in the Sanctuary Spa or merely laze around the pool, drink in hand. One night here is a true treat: you and your partner sleep out in the open under the stars at the Malori Sleep-out Deck, a safe and private retreat where nothing comes between you and nature.

Days 11-14

Fly off to Cape Town

The last leg of your South African holiday sees you leaving the Kalahari behind today as you catch a chartered flight from the Tswalu airstrip and head south to Cape Town International Airport. Here you are met by a private transfer to the exclusive Cape Grace, situated in the V&A Waterfront. The Cape Grace offers nothing short of excellent luxury and elegance and is known for its superb service, fine dining, and opulent but unstuffy accommodation and atmosphere.

Cape Town is perhaps the most beautiful city in Africa and is famous for its many exciting attractions and scenic destinations. Ride to the top of Table Mountain in the cable car, visit the scenic Cape Winelands, take a boat trip out to Robben Island or go picnicking in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. In summer, the beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton are a must, while a leisurely trip out to iconic Cape Point offers a lovely coastal drive – be sure to stop to see the endangered African penguins at Boulders Beach.


For those who love shopping, the V&A Waterfront offers a host of fabulous retail options, while local markets like Greenmarket Square are popular for authentic African mementos.

In the evenings you can stroll around the bustling streets and dine one of the many top restaurants in the city, enjoy sundowners on a boat cruise from the Waterfront or watch the sunset from a buzzing cocktail bar in Camps Bay.

Day 15

Say goodbye to South Africa

This morning you will be met by your private transfer and will head back to Cape Town International Airport where your flight home awaits.

Inclusions

  • 4 Nights at Exeter River Lodge on fully inclusive basis
  • 4 Nights at Motse Lodge at Tswalu on fully inclusive basis
  • 4 Nights at the Cape Grace on bed and breakfast basis
  • Return flight from OR Tambo International Airport to Sabi Sands
  • Flight from Johannesburg to Motse Lodge
  • Flight from Motse Lodge to Cape Town
  • Return transfer from Cape Town International Airport to Cape Grace
  • 2 Nights at The Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa on bed and breakfast basis
  • Malori Star-bed Sleep Out experience

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Jan 2016 - 29 Feb 2016 $7630
  • 01 Mar 2016 - 30 Apr 2016 $7700
  • 01 May 2016 - 30 Jun 2016 $7565
  • 01 Jul 2016 - 31 Aug 2016 $7565
  • 01 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016 $7630
  • 01 Nov 2016 - 31 Dec 2016 $7700

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

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Carlien Parsons

Carlien Parsons

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"A magnificent fly-in Sabi Sands & Kalahari safari combined with a stay at Cape Town's best - Cape Grace. If you are looking for a glamorous holiday, this is perfect!"

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