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Jewels of Southern Africa

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South Africa: Cape Town, Phinda Private Reserve, Sabi Sand, Johannesburg
Zambia: Victoria Falls
13 Days
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A Trove of Gleaming Gems

We honour many especially radiant gems on this wonderfully eventful, under-two-week safari: sparkly Cape Town and its Winelands, Phinda Private Game Reserve’s marvelously varied ecosystems, the classically golden savannahs and lush forests of the private Sabi Sand Game Reserve, and gargantuan Victoria Falls. We begin with three nights in Cape Town’s knockout One&Only, with festive excursions into the nearby Winelands. Then comes a splendid couple of days in Phinda’s seven distinct and beautiful habitats, and on to artfully designed Tengile River Lodge, on a serene bend in the private Sabi Sand Game Reserve’s Sand River, a private enclave next to Kruger National Park.  We end with a thrilling watery roar at Victoria Falls and the famed Royal Livingstone, where mist from the nearby colossus Victoria Falls freshens our day.

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  • In-depth days in effervescent Cape Town, exhilarating visits to Table Mountain, the charmingly colourful Malay Quarter, an inspirational visit to Micato-AmericaShare’s Red Hill Library and Community Centre, and the city’s many other shopping, historical, and human highpoints.
  • Encounters with, and oenophilic wisdom from elite vintners in the gorgeous Cape Winelands.
  • Meeting up with the Big Five, more or less of course, in the Phinda Private Game Reserve’s marvelously varied septet of habitats, including Africa’s last sand forest.
  • Touchdown to takeoff services of your Micato Safari Director, and 24-hour access to our one-of-a-kind Concierge Service.
  • Wildlife excursions in the wonderfully isolated Sabi Sands private game reserve adjoining Kruger National Park, in 4-wheel drive vehicles and on expertly guided, deeply informative walking safaris.
  • Two days of awe-striking views and rainforest trail walking at the world’s most stupendous waterfall, Victoria Falls.


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Day 1 En route
Days 2 to 4 Cape Town and its magnificent vicinities

“The whole town,” Captain Cook wrote in 1771 about Cape Town, “may be consider’d as one great Inn fitted up for the recreation of all comers and goers.” The great voyager may as well have been writing this week: Cape Town is one of the world’s jazziest, most fascinatingly multicultural and downright beautiful cities, a magnet for discerning goers and comers from six continents. We’ll have an electrically relaxed few days to explore this dynamic, cosmopolitan city, based from the incomparable One&Only, set on the bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, looking up at Table Mountain, which we will summit via the famed Aerial Cableway, a spectacular bit of engineering in service to an even more spectacular view. We’ll drive down the grand and wild Cape Peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope, around which much of the world’s history once turned. And we’ll motor into the Cape Winelands for tasting and leisurely lunch-taking, and view imbibing in one of the most salubrious spots in a region rich with human and natural splendour.

Days 5 & 6 Phinda Private Game Reserve

We fly northeast across South Africa’s gargantuan geographies to the private Phinda Reserve’s seven distinct habitats— woodlands, grasslands, wetlands, rolling hills, rivers, seasonal marshes and pans, and a hauntingly beautiful sand forest— Africa’s last sand forest— all home to a superb wildlife medley (which includes the Big Five and 436 bird species).

We’ll settle, depending on the season, into one of two outstanding camps at Phinda Private Game Reserve: either the Phinda Forest Lodge, set in that marvelous sand forest, with “glass bubble” suites that bring us into cozy contact with the sweetly enveloping sand forest, or the Phinda Mountain, set on a hilltop with wraparound views of the verdurous Lebombo foothills.

Each lodge features beguiling infinity pools, festive outdoor dining under South Africa’s intense but friendly stars, birdsong and the twittering of bush babies, and deep tranquility as we rest up from our game driving forays into Phinda’s remarkable microregions.

Days 7 to 9 Resplendent and private Sabi Sand Reserve

The very private, very beautiful Sabi Sand Game Reserve is one of our favourite African places. Adjacent to Kruger National Park, the 240 square-mile Sabi Sand is home to all of Kruger’s famously rich roster of animals, who wander freely between Sabi Sand and the much more humanly thronged national park. Much is rightfully made— by us and by just about every Africa-lover— of the Big Five superstars, who are all here in their charismatic glory. But Sabi Sand’s 140 or so other animal species are equally fascinating: cheetahs, relentlessly crafty hyenas, giraffes, Op Art zebras, and ebullient Cape wild dogs, to mention just a few.

Our domicile for three nights is the Tengile River Lodge, set in a riverside forest, soothingly intimate (with only nine, thoughtfully luxurious suites, each with a private plunge pool), conveniently modern (and solar-powered), a lovely place from which to explore a surpassingly lovely corner of Africa.

Days 10 & 11 Victoria Falls, gargantuan and thrilling

“Poor Niagara,” Eleanor Roosevelt supposedly said upon viewing Brazil and Argentina’s Iguazu Falls. Had she gazed on Victoria Falls—the greatest curtain of water on earth, 60 tumultuous feet higher than its South American rival—the famously articulate First Lady might have been struck speechless. Victoria Falls is a waterfall like no other, and during our stay at the legendary Royal Livingstone Hotel we’ll get to know the Falls, helicoptering over them on the famed Flight of Angels, savouring early-morning, coffee-sipping views from our room’s veranda of the almost 1,000 feet of mist that rise from the watery cauldron to lazy afternoon sundowners near its dramatic precipice, contemplating what the greatest travel writer of all time, Richard Halliburton, called “a hurricane of bursting water. . . that seems to fall up, not down.”

Days 12 & 13 Homeward bound from Johannesburg

We fly from Livingstone to Johannesburg, and on to a day room in the InterContinental at Johannesburg’s airport, and connect with our international flight home, arriving on Day 13.

Camps & Lodges

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One&Only Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa
Set on Cape Town’s buzzing Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the One&Only combines great and soothing luxury with grand views, gourmet cuisine, and old-fashioned service.
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Phinda Private Reserve

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Phinda’s luxurious Forest and Mountain lodges are deep in the impressively game-rich protected land of KwaZulu-Natal, a magnificent tapestry of dappled woodland, grassland, wetland, and dense forest. A treat for all your senses.
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Tengile River Lodge

Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa
Tengile River Lodge is a small, thoughtfully luxurious lodge set in a lush forest on a quiet bend in the Sand River in the private Sabi Sand Reserve.
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Royal Livingstone Hotel

Livingstone, Zambia
Victoria Falls–Mosi-o-Tunya, The Smoke that Thunders–plummets 360 feet into the deep gorge below, sending out spray and dancing rainbows, inspirationally visible from your home at the Royal Livingstone.
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InterContinental Hotel Johannesburg

Johannesburg, South Africa
The InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport Hotel is our go-to address for Joburg’s swiftest and comfiest comings and goings.
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What's Included

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  • A highly-credentialed Micato Safari Director throughout your journey.
  • Luxury accommodations and all meals.
  • Regional wine and beer at mealtimes, vehicles stocked with soft drinks and bottled water
  • A variety of activities, individualized for you at every safari location.
  • Every last gratuity, even substantial ones to Safari Directors, Game Rangers, Trackers, waiters, porters… and everyone else, from beginning to end of your safari.
  • Daily valet laundry service. You can pack less and even return home with a bag of clean clothes… now that’s luxury!
  • Free Wi-Fi wherever it exists on safari, including camps and lodges.
  • All airport transfers, game park, national park, and conservancy fees.
  • Sublime safari swag! Bush hats, specially designed Micato Safaris duffels, luggage tags, document wallets, flashlights, and more…
  • For every guest on safari, Micato sends an African child to school.

Dates & Rates

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2024 Dates

Door-to-Door from Home | Departs Sunday, returns Friday

Every date is a guaranteed departure

Jan. 07 – Jan. 19 Apr. 28 – May. 10 July 21 – Aug. 02 Oct. 27 – Nov. 08
Jan. 14 – Jan. 26 May 12 – May. 24 July 28 – Aug. 09 Nov. 17 – Nov. 29
Jan. 28 – Feb. 09 May 19 – May. 31 Aug. 11 – Aug. 23 Dec. 01 – Dec. 13
Feb. 11 – Feb. 23 May 26 – June 7 Aug. 18 – Aug. 30 Dec. 22 – Jan. 03
Feb. 25 – Mar. 08 June 02 – June 14 Sept. 01 – Sept. 13 Dec. 29 – Jan. 10
Mar. 10 – Mar. 22 June 16 – June 28 Sept. 15 – Sept. 27
Mar. 24 – Apr. 05 June 30 – July 12 Sept. 29 – Oct. 11
Apr. 14 – Apr. 26 July 14 – July 26 Oct. 13 – Oct. 25

2025 Dates

Door-to-Door from Home | Departs Sunday, returns Friday

Every date is a guaranteed departure

Jan. 05 – Jan. 17 Apr. 27 – May. 09 July 20 – Aug. 01 Oct. 26 – Nov. 07
Jan. 12 – Jan. 24 May 11 – May. 23 July 27 – Aug. 08 Nov. 16 – Nov. 28
Jan. 26 – Feb. 07 May 18 – May. 30 Aug. 10 – Aug. 22 Nov. 30 – Dec. 12
Feb. 09 – Feb. 21 May 25 – June 06 Aug. 17 – Aug. 29 Dec. 21 – Jan. 02
Feb. 23 – Mar. 07 June 01 – June 13 Aug. 31 – Sept. 12 Dec. 28 – Jan. 09
Mar. 09 – Mar. 21 June 15 – June 27 Sept. 14 – Sept. 26
Mar. 23 – Apr. 04 June 29 – July 11 Sept. 28 – Oct. 10
Apr. 13 – Apr. 25 July 13 – July 25 Oct. 12 – Oct. 24

Land Arrangements, Per Person (2024)

December 15-31 Balance of Year
Double Occupancy $30,550 $28,550
Single Supplement $9,950 $7,450
Internal Flights on Safari* $2,750 $2,750

* ​ (Cape Town / Nelspruit / Phinda / Skukuza / Nelspruit / Livingstone / Johannesburg) Connections may apply.

Please contact us for 2025 rates.

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