From Cape to Delta
Cape Town, Sabi Sabi, & Okavango Delta
A 13 Day Adventure
One of Africa’s many magics takes place where nature at its most vivid and eloquent meets one of humanity’s highest arts: soothing, beautiful, joyfully expressive luxury. We tend to think of the two as unrelated, but they aren’t, as From Cape to Delta so enjoyably proves. We look up to gorgeous Table Mountain from the exquisite One&Only Cape Town, and wander in lovely little towns and vineyards backdropped by regal mountains in the Winelands. And we’re inspired by untroubled, unfiltered nature in the storied Okavango Delta while we laze productively at Selinda, one of Africa’s finest luxury-encounters-wilderness camps.
Day 1 En route
Days 2 to 5 Jazzy Cape Town and its gorgeous environs
Our days in Cape Town will be eventful, another reason to savour our hotel, the Travel+Leisure multi-award-winning One&Only Cape Town on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Other reasons: One&Only’s renowned spa—to which you’re invited as Micato’s guest; its extraordinarily attractive interior design; its dedication to graceful hospitality; and the One&Only’s location on the highspirited waterfront, complete with bang-up views of Table Bay, Devil’s Peak, Signal Hill, Lion’s Head, and of course Table Mountain, which may be, as David Livingstone saw it in 1841, draped “with its beautiful table cloth of fleecy clouds.”
On our first day we’ll pay a visit to Rosie’s Kitchen in Khayelitsha Township for a close look (and, if we’d like, the loan of our helping hands) as Rosie helps feed—as she has for the last couple of decades—the township’s destitute kids and elders. We’ll meet Golden, a beloved artisan who enlists kids to collect discarded tin cans, from which he creates stunning, keepsake “flowers.” And, of course, we’ll take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, which, we’re told, is six times older than the Himalaya and so strikingly flat because it was overlaid long ago by an ice sheet (that the iconic peak is gorgeous and fascinating we don’t have to be told).
We’ll dine tonight in the home of Micato’s Capetonian friends and hosts, great purveyors of welcome and lore. We’ll take a full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula, including a trip on the Flying Dutchman Funicular to the tip of dramatic Cape Point, where we’ll look out at the great waters of the Atlantic tussling with the equally insistent waters of the Indian Ocean. We’ll visit Cape penguins in their daily rounds, ramble in Victorian-flavoured Simon’s Town, and at dinner tonight we’ll be treated to thrilling South African interactive drumming, which must be seen and heard to be believed, and which will make true, bedazzled believers of us. And we’ll revel in a full day ramble in the Cape Winelands, visiting wineries like third-generation Fairview and the four generation Kanonkop Wine Estate, visiting shiny little Dutch-heritage towns like Stellenbosch and Franschhoek and lazily lunching at the toweringly regarded Delaire Graff Estate restaurant.
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Days 6 & 7 Sabi Sabi Private Game ReserveA morning flight takes us to our two nights at Bush Lodge, flagship of the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, a gleaming African gem. Bush Lodge’s thatched, air-conditioned, magnificently appointed suites— fanciers of African art, take note—look out at the serene bushveld and a nearby water hole, popular with the reserve’s non-human residents, which include the Big Five and forty or fifty other notable species (not to mention 350 bird species).
Sabi Sabi is linked to nearby Kruger National Park by a well-trod game corridor; a fence separating the two was removed some years ago, enriching gene pools and honouring the wandering spirit of African wildlife. As a consequence, game viewing in Sabi Sabi is superb, and our enthusiastically guided game drives are some of Southern Africa’s most rewarding.
Day 8Overnight in Joburg’s leafy suburbs
After a morning game drive, we’ll fly by charter aircraft to Johannesburg, arriving in the early afternoon. Our stored bags await us in the Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, a halcyon retreat where Nelson Mandela finished writing his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.
Days 9 to 11 The miraculous waterworld of the Okavango Delta
It’s hard to be more enthusiastic about the “vast, mesmerizing oasis” of the Okavango Delta. Suffice to say—until you experience it—that the Delta is in the topmost rank of world wonders (and more sweetly accommodating than most). We fly from Joburg to Maun, Botswana and then into the Delta for three nights based from Selinda Camp, the very model of everything a lovely, smartly designed, nature-graced Southern, or East, or Anywhere in Africa luxury safari camp should be. As one visitor wrote, “Every place you visit after Selinda will seem a disappointment.” And thus we end From Cape to Delta on a pure and thrilling high note: exploring the incredibly lush Delta by watercraft, 4-wheel drive vehicles, and on walks with Selinda’s cadre of enthusiast-guides, relaxing and recreating in the small (18-guest), superbly designed camp, enjoying its pool, grand views, and exceptionally great food.
Days 12 & 13Back to Johannesburg for homeward flights
After a last foray into the Delta and a brunch at Selinda, we fl by charter to Maun, and on to a day room in the InterContinental at Johannesburg’s airport, where we’ll rest and refresh before flying home.
“I think I could turn and live with animals….I stand and look at them long and long….Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.”
Leaves of Grass
Cape Town, South Africa
The One&Only Resort is, quite simply, one of the most luxurious addresses on the exclusive Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Here, dedicated butlers discreetly attend to our every need. Epicures savour the legendary cuisine of Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa and the 6,000 vintages at the Wine Loft. Accommodations are a fetching fusion of modern glamour and classic South African style.
Sabi Sand, South Africa
The Sabi Sabi Game Reserve’s Bush Lodge is a polished but homey African jewel. Its air-conditioned, magniﬁcently appointed thatched-roof suites—decorated with ﬁne original African art—offer unendingly interesting views of the bush and a popular water hole including the Big Five.
Saxon Hotel & Spa
Johannesburg, South Africa
This boutique hotel, which was once a manse, is located in Johannesburg’s tree-lined suburb of Sandhurts. It reflects African design through its use of tribal textiles, natural textures and hardwoods. The property is well known for the expansive pool, gardens and koi pond.
The camp is situated on the banks of the eastern Selinda Spillway in northern Botswana’s 320,000-acre Selinda Reserve. The camp has been thoughtfully designed with the elements in mind. The large raised decks afford you the opportunity to view the endless floodplains and accompanying wildlife.
Selinda Reserve, Botswana
Johannesburg, South Africa
This award winning hotel, located at the O.R. Tambo Airport, offers luxury and style including state-of-the-art facilities such as soundproofed rooms, spa and the Quills African restaurant.
Dates & RatesLand Arrangements, per person
Departs Thursday, returns Tuesday
Land Arrangements, per person (2017)
Nov. – Dec. 10
To and from Home | Every date is a guaranteed departure
Jun. 29 – Jul. 11
Jul. 13 – Jul. 25
Jul. 27 – Aug. 08
Aug. 10 – Aug. 22
Aug. 24 – Sep. 05
Aug. 31 – Sep. 12
Sep. 14 – Sep. 26
Sep. 28 – Oct. 10
Oct. 12 – Oct. 24
Nov. 02 – Nov. 14
Nov. 16 – Nov. 28
Dec. 14 – Dec. 26
Dec. 28 – Jan. 09
To and from Home | New rates and dates may apply
Jan. 11 – Jan. 23
Feb. 01 – Feb. 13
Feb. 15 – Feb. 27
Mar. 01 – Mar. 13
Mar. 15 – Mar. 27
Mar. 29 – Apr. 10
May 03 – May 15
May 17 – May 29
May 31 – Jun. 12
Jun. 14 – Jun. 26
Jun. 28 – Jul. 10
Jul. 12 – Jul. 24
Aug. 09 – Aug. 21
Aug. 16 – Aug. 28
Aug. 23 – Sep. 04
Aug. 30 – Sep. 11
Sep. 13 – Sep. 25
Sep. 27 – Oct. 09
Oct. 11 – Oct. 23
Nov. 01 – Nov. 13
Nov. 15 – Nov. 27
Dec. 13 – Dec. 25
Dec. 20 – Jan. 01
Dec. 27 – Jan. 08
Make it Private
From Cape to Delta can be transformed into a fully private trip for a family or a group of friends. You’ll have your own Tour Director and your pick of departure dates. Contact our experts or your travel advisor to find out how to make this tour a private journey.
Options & Extensions
While you’re in the area, you might be interested in these fine extensions. Our travel specialists can work them into your itinerary.
An angel's eye view of a heavenly landscape
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An Opportunity to Change a Life
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A Rare and Breathtaking Experience
The soft mists prevail here as they did when Dian Fossey wrote her legendary book Gorillas in the Mist. And the creatures that drew Dr. Fossey are the same ones which beckon to us: rare and endangered Mountain Gorillas.
Cosmopolitan and captivating
A beautiful mix of natural and man-made pleasures, Cape Town is Africa’s treasure for good reason. This perfect post-safari sojourn yields a winning blend of top city sights, sophisticated dining, luscious winelands, and more.
Exploring the Isles of Spices
Zanzibar. It’s perfumed air caresses travellers with scents of the spices that have grown in abundance throughout the island since time began. Exotic and enchanting, this Indian Ocean isle allures travellers with a personality and pace all its own—just a short hop from mainland Tanzania, but a world away. The name alone conjures a romantic daydream. Meandering streets are lined with whitewashed houses and reminders of Swahili influence; the air is redolent of the spices grown here for centuries. From the lush Jozani Forest to bustling Stone Town, Zanzibar is an island paradise ripe for exploration.