Luxury Southern Africa Safari

Enjoy the best that the Rainbow Nation of South Africa has to offer – as well as being blown away by the astonishing Victoria Falls in this Luxury Southern Africa itinerary. Explore the contrasting cities of Cape Town (a true foodie capital, nestled beneath the iconic Table Mountain) and Johannesburg (for an edgier, more authentically African vibe).

Immerse yourself in nature along the Whale Coast as you wander through indigenous forests rich in birdlife and keep an eye out for migrating whales. For even closer wildlife encounters, venture into a private game reserve to enjoy a classic Big Five safari at Mala Mala, one of the best places in Africa to spot leopards.

Let South Africa’s food, wines, scenery and people delight you, from the thrill of being close to wildlife to the pleasures of world-class restaurants. You can then follow in the footsteps of David Livingstone and discover the “smoke that thunders” as the mighty Zambezi River tumbles almost 400ft over Victoria Falls.

 

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Day 1

Upon arrival into Cape Town, you will be met by a Luxury Trips representative as you disembark from the aircraft, assisted through Customs and Immigration, to collect your luggage and proceed to the exit. Here you will be metby  another Luxury Trips representative for your private road transfer to the Cape Grace Hotel where you will stay for one night. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure.

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Day 2

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel to embark on a Private Half Day Cape Point and Peninsula Tour en route to Grootbos Nature Reserve where you will stay for two nights.

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Day 3

This morning you will embark on one of the most adventure activities on our planet: Great White Shark Cage Diving. Guests have the choice to either enter the cage on the shark boat or view these magnificent creatures from the top deck of the boat.

This afternoon you will have the opportunity to participate in a Village Project tour. Visit the Green Futures project, a Horticulture and Life Skills College empowering local students with new skills. You will also visit the local township of Masakhane and the community of Blompark, home to many of our students, coaches and success stories.

Later this afternoon, you can enjoy an entrancing stroll through the Milkwood forest or a more revitalizing hike up our fynbos-clad mountains, as you begin to understand what makes Grootbos quite so special.

NOTE: activities are weather permitting

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Day 4

After breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel by a guide for your Private Full Day Winelands tour. Enjoy a leisurely exploration of historic towns, liquid delights, gastronomic wonders and home-grown hospitality. The tour includes the region’s major wine producing areas of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek, and there are chances aplenty en-route for tastings of world-renowned reds and whites.

Stop for a delicious lunch at one of the many classic, award-winning restaurants in the area.

Following your tour, you will be brought to the Cape Grace where you will stay for three nights.

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Day 5

After breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel and taken on a Private Full Day City, Table Mountain and Robben Island Tour.

You will depart from Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront by ferry for a 25-minute trip across Table Bay to Robben Island. Led by guides, some of whom were once inmates, the tour of this World Heritage Site, and South Africa’s most revered national monument, includes the Prison Block.

You will then return to the V&A waterfront for a trip along the picturesque Atlantic Seaboard and lunch at a local restaurant en route. You continue past sunny Camps Bay, over Kloof Nek to Table Mountain’s Lower Cableway Station.

You will return to the city via the old Cape Malay Quarter, for a walk through the Company Gardens, now home to the SA Museum, Houses of Parliament, National Gallery and St George’s Cathedral. From there you will be driven to the Castle, South Africa’s oldest building, with its large collection of Old Cape paintings. Take in the Grand Parade and lastly you will move on to the District Six Museum.

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Day 6

Enjoy your morning at leisure.

Later this afternoon, you will be collected from your hotel and taken on a Private Half Day Malay Cultural tour with cooking class.

Start at the Bo-Kaap Museum for a unique insight into the origins and history of the Cape Malay people. Across the street from the museum is the bustling spice wholesaler, where you will learn about the origins of the spices and how they are used in Cape Malay cuisine. Stroll along the cobbled streets of the Bo-Kaap and learn about the colorful nature and architecture of the locals, en route to a home to experience a truly warm Cape Malay welcome. Experience first-hand how to fold samoosas during a demonstration of the preparation of this traditional cuisine. Once you have mastered the art, sit down to enjoy the feast that you have created.

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Day 7

After breakfast you will be collected from your hotel for your flight to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

Upon arrival at Skukuza Airport, you are met by a Ranger from MalaMala and transferred to Rattray’s on Mala Mala, where you will stay for four nights.

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Day 8

Enjoy three full days of game viewing activities at Rattray’s On MalaMala.

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Day 9

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Day 10

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Day 11

After the morning activity and breakfast, at a time to be advised by camp management, you will be transferred to the Mala Mala Airstrip by camp vehicle for your charter flight to Kruger-Mpumalanga Airport. Here you will connect with the scheduled flight to Livingstone, Zambia.

Upon arrival in Livingstone, you will be met by a Luxury Trips representative who will assist you with your luggage and transfer you by road to Toka Leya Camp where you will stay for two nights.

This evening, enjoy an evening sunset cruise on the Zambezi river. There’s always an abundance of hippo and crocodile, as well as a few other surprises along the way.

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Day 12

After breakfast, enjoy a tour of both sides of the falls. A World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls straddles the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia and is the most expansive curtain of water in the world.

Next, you will tour the Sinde Village. Cultural visits to one of the nearby villages are respectful and insightful ways of learning about and interacting with the people and culture of this part of Zambia.

After your Sinde Village tour, you will have an opportunity to visit Elephant Café, a sanctuary where the elephant interaction is possible.

Later this afternoon you will be taken on a game drive with rhino tracking. Tracking rhino at Toka Leya is an exciting way of getting up close and personal with these endangered animals. Zambian Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) scouts monitor the rhino 24 hours a day and therefore the animals’ whereabouts are always known. Travel to the location by vehicle and then track the rhino on foot, accompanied by the scout.

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Day 13

This morning, enjoy a Toka Leya Back of House Tour, which enables guests to gain an understanding of the camp’s eco-friendly initiatives. Energy saving is explained as well as how waste water is reused in the camp nursery which was established to rehabilitate the area. The camp’s worm farm not only assists in the degradation of organic waste but is the perfect fertilizer for the indigenous trees in the nursery – which are then planted in areas where they once grew.

Afterwards, you will be transferred to the Livingstone Airport by a Luxury Trips representative for your scheduled flight to Johannesburg.

Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you will be met by a Luxury Trips representative and transferred to Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa where you will stay for one night.

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Day 14

After breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel for a Private Full Day Tour of Johannesburg with Robin Binckes. Enjoy the wonder of the history of Johannesburg and surrounding areas through the eyes of master story teller, winner of the inaugural Tour Guide of the Year Award “for his contribution towards tourism in Gauteng province,” specializes in the History of this country, and its people.

At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at the Johannesburg International Airport where you will be assisted with your luggage and check-in formalities taking with you the sights, sounds, and memories of an incredible African adventure!

Included

– Scheduled activities & tours (i.e. with other guests) as specified. Most safari camps and lodges include two game activities a day in their tariff (morning and afternoon);
– Luxury Trips’ local reps available 24/7 while travelling;
– Services of lodge guides and staff;
– Air/ground transfers as specified;
– Accommodation taxes, applicable tourism levies and all relevant Value Added Tax (VAT) or – Government Sales Tax (GST);
– Relevant park fees;
– All accommodation as specified;
– Excursions/activities as specified;
– Drinks – differs between camps/lodges;
– Laundry can be done at most camps/lodges and hotels. In some cases this is included in the tariff quoted.

Excluded

– Meals, drinks, laundry, entrance fees, porterage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified in the program;
– Any scheduled flights and related taxes;
– Cancellation, baggage and medical insurance;
– Staff gratuities;
– Any new government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control;
– Any items of a personal nature or anything not specifically stated as included;
– International airfare.