Jewels of Southern Africa
DestinationSouth Africa: Cape Town, Sabi Sand , Johannesburg
Zambia: Victoria Falls
A Trove of Gleaming Gems
We honour many of Africa’s jewels on our safaris, and on this wonderfully eventful, under-two-week safari we present three especially radiant gems: sparkly Cape Town, gargantuan Victoria Falls, and the classically golden savannahs and lush forests of the private Sabi Sand Game Reserve, next to Kruger National Park. We begin with four nights in Cape Town’s knockout One&Only, a resort of outsize luxury on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and a superb base for explorations in this most cosmopolitan of cities and its varied, magnificent environs. Then comes a splendid four nights in the bush at beautifully designed Tengile River Lodge, on a serene bend in the private Sabi Sand Game Reserve’s Sand River. We end with a perennial favourite, the famed Royal Livingstone, where mist from nearby Victoria Falls freshens our day.
- Four in-depth days in effervescent Cape Town, one-on-one meetings with local go-getters and experts, exhilarating visits to Table Mountain, the charmingly colourful Malay Quarter, an inspirational Micato-AmericaShare project, and the city’s many other shopping, historical, and human highpoints.
- Encounters with, and oenophilic wisdom from elite vintners in the gorgeous Cape Winelands.
- Touchdown-to-takeoff service from expert guides and facilitators and 24-hour backup by our Concierge Service.
- Wildlife excursions by 4-wheel drive vehicles and on foot 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.
“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 spend a little heart-lifting time helping out at one of Micato-AmericaShare’s programmes for Cape Town’s less fortunate at Red Hill. And we’ll wander out to the Cape Winelands for tastings and relaxed meals at places like the sublime Delaire Graff and Waterford Wine Estates. The Winelands charms us with brisk and picture-pretty little towns, a variety of refreshing activities, and lovely scenery reminiscent of Northern California’s Wine Country (except the craggy mountains that shoot up from its vineyards make Sonoma and Napa’s look rather modest in comparison).
And we’ll head over to the Cape of Good Hope, around which much of the world’s history once turned, and which a dissimilar cohort of creatures—including penguins, zebras, and ostriches—happily call home.
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 four leisurely 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.
“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.”
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.
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Every date is a guaranteed departure
|Jan. 03 – Jan. 15||Apr. 25 – May 07||July 18 – July 30||Oct. 24 – Nov. 05|
|Jan. 10 – Jan. 22||May 09 – May 21||July 25 – Aug. 06||Nov. 14 – Nov. 26|
|Jan. 24 – Feb. 05||May 16 – May 28||Aug. 08 – Aug. 20||Nov. 28 – Dec. 10|
|Feb. 07 – Feb. 19||May 23 – June 04||Aug. 15 – Aug. 27||Dec. 19 – Dec. 31|
|Feb. 21 – Mar. 05||May 30 – June 11||Aug. 29 – Sept. 10||Dec. 26 – Jan. 07|
|Mar. 07 – Mar. 19||June 13 – June 25||Sept. 12 – Sept. 24|
|Mar. 21 – Apr. 02||June 27 – July 09||Sept. 26 – Oct. 08|
|Apr. 11 – Apr. 23||July 11 – July 23||Oct. 10 – Oct. 22|
Every date is a guaranteed departure
|Jan. 02 – Jan. 14||Apr. 10 – Apr. 22||July 10 – July 22||Sep. 25 – Oct. 07|
|Jan. 09 – Jan. 21||Apr. 24 – May 06||July 17 – July 29||Oct. 09 – Oct. 21|
|Jan. 23 – Feb. 04||May 08 – May 20||July 24 – Aug. 05||Oct. 23 – Nov. 04|
|Feb. 06 – Feb. 18||May 15 – May 27||Aug. 07 – Aug. 19||Nov. 13 – Nov. 25|
|Feb. 20 – Mar. 04||May 22 – June 03||Aug. 14 – Aug. 26||Nov. 27 – Dec. 09|
|Mar. 06 – Mar. 18||May 29 – June 10||Aug. 28 – Sep. 09||Dec. 18 – Dec. 30|
|Mar. 20 – Apr. 01||June 26 – July 08||Sep. 11 – Sep. 23||Dec. 25 – Jan-06|
Price Per Person
Land Arrangements, Per Person (2021)
|December 15-31||Balance of Year|
|Internal Flights on Safari*||$1,950||$1,950|
* (Cape Town / Kruger / Nelspruit / Livingstone / Johannesburg) Connections may apply.
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