With countless landscapes, terrains, climates and ecosystems, a South Africa Safari offers up a myriad of fascinating attractions in a single country. Home to incredible natural attractions, from the iconic Table Mountain, to the remote Kalahari Desert, mighty Drakensberg mountain range, diverse iSimangaliso Wetland Park and of course the world renowned Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s largest game reserves famous for an enormous diversity of wildlife. What’s sure is that this country is one of the most inspiring and remarkable in the world – a South Africa Safari offers something for everyone.
World class hotel located in the exclusive Bantry Bay, perched on the slopes of Lion’s Head with incredible views over the city and South Atlantic Ocean.
An icon of South African hospitality and exclusive property with just 11 rooms + 2 suites + 2 three-bedroom villas. Guests will have private access to two lounges, a library, dining room, three dining terraces, spa, fitness centre, heated swimming pool and terraced lawn, brandy lounge, wine and art galleries and champagne cellar.
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Standout: The terraced lawn and pool provide the most incredible views across Cape Town with World Heritage site Table Mountain National Park as a commanding backdrop.
A peaceful stay with a rich historical feel awaits at the original Victorian Cape-Dutch home of Avondrood, combining French Huguenot culture with the amenities you expect to find at any top luxury hotel.
Take a short stroll into the village of Franschhoek to explore the restaurants, shops and historical buildings or grab some rest in the private and scenic tranquil gardens surrounding a large pool, heated jacuzzi and outdoor breakfast veranda. In the winter cozy up in the main house on the spacious lounge next to the grand fireplace with your favorite cocktail.
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Standout: Each of the 8 lavish suites were created and designed individually, boasting their own themes and unique character.
A historic lodge and once the original home of Harry Kirkman, this 1920s South African homestead has been stunningly restored to house 18 suites that overlook the bushveld and unspoiled landscape of the Sand River.
Set on a Big Five game reserve sharing unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park, this is one of the most cherished lodges in the iconic Sabi Sand area and perfect for all traveler types.
Private verandas are attached to each suite and the marriage of both modern comforts and iconic items from bygone years create an original and authentic South Africa Safari experience and atmosphere hard to beat.
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Standout: This area is famed for incredible Leopard sightings with both day and night game drives available to guests.
Splendours Of Southern Africa
Spend 7 nights exploring the highlights of South Africa on this escape, which includes time spent in the beautiful Mother City (Cape Town) and it’s neighbouring winelands. Sip away on world renowned wine and follow this up with a quintessential African safari experience in the bush viewing wild game.
When you arrive at Cape Town International Airport, you will be collected and taken to the Silo Hotel, based within walking distance of V&A shopping mall. The Silo Hotel sets a new standard for luxury in Cape Town. It is a magical hotel towering above the V&A Waterfront and is surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa’s Mother City.
Move now from the waterfront to the picturesque winelands in Franschhoek, where you will spend 2 nights at the luxurious La Residence on a Bed & Breakfast basis. La Residence is surrounded by vineyards and plum orchards, with a spectacular mountain backdrop. Breathtaking views of the undulating countryside and an atmosphere of complete tranquility are on hand. Step into the Great Hall and be transported to a world of exquisite beauty, opulence and grandeur.
After Franschhoek, travel back to Cape Town Airport for a short commercial flight to Johannesburg. From here, you will take a short charter flight to the wild and remote Kirkman’s Camp for the last 3 nights of your trip. This will be on a Fully Inclusive basis. Kirkman’s Camp is famed for its shared, unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park. It traverses 10 500 hectares (26 000 acres). Your days here will be filled with game drives, walking safari and bush walks in a relaxed and social family atmosphere. This is an area famed for leopard sightings. On your final day, after checking out from Kirkman’s Camp, you will be flown back to Johannesburg Airport for your onward journey.
from $5545 per person for 7 nights and 8 days
Lavish Safari Meets Mountainous Magic
Escape on 11 nights of South Africa Safari magic. Start at the colonial-style Ngala Lodge, moving on to the wildlife abundant Phinda Forest Lodge, and then explore the coast at Plettenberg Bay, and finish up with ultimate luxury at Ellerman House in the Mother City.
A timeless, unhurried atmosphere, combined with the quaint traditions of a bygone era, creates an aura of romance and nostalgia at Ngala Safari Lodge. This old-world haven in the midst of the African bush charms with its colonial antiques, silver cutlery and crystal glassware. Here, 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.
Phinda Private Game Reserve is known for its abundant wildlife, diversity of habitats and wide range of safari activities. Thanks to its coastal rainfall pattern, Phinda Private Game Reserve enjoys a lush green environment that contains seven distinct ecosystems. Phinda is often referred to as ‘Seven Worlds of Wonder.’ Daytime meals on the open air dining deck bring about their own distractions, as monkeys frolic in the branches and an ever-changing assortment of wildlife grazes on the open plain in the distance. In the evenings, when warm firelight welcomes you to the traditional African boma, wide-eyed bush babies watch inquisitively from the dense foliage above as you in indulge in a mouth-watering, lantern-lit feast beneath a canvas of stars.
Following your luxurious safari experience at Phinda, you will take a short flight to Plettenberg Bay. Here you will be collected and driven to Tsala Treetop Lodge for the next 2 nights on a Bed & Breakfast basis. The views here are breathtaking, whether from the exotic dining room, intimate glassed-in lounge, or large open decks, high above the forest floor. Tsala is a magical place, encircled by lush forests extending across rolling valleys, towards the distant hills. Spend your days unwinding in your own private elevated hideaway, or explore the nearby coastal towns. Whether you wish to stay in or explore the ancient enchanting forest, or head out and explore South Africa’s celebrated Garden Route, your experience at Tsala will be pure magic.
Check out from Tsala and take another short flight to Cape Town for the final leg of your South African adventure. You’ll be collected and taken to Ellerman House, which is located in Bantry Bay. This is a small, privately owned boutique hotel offering spectacular Atlantic Ocean views all set against the dramatic backdrop of Lion’s Head. You will spend the final 3 nights here on a bed and breakfast basis. In the town, explore art exhibitions, go wine tasting, test out the delightful local cuisine and experience fantastic service. At Ellerman House, the tranquil spa is available for all your beauty and relaxation needs. The final day brings you to the end of this journey, and a transfer back to Cape Town International Airport for your onward travels.
from $7740 per person for 11 nights and 12 days