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Jewels of Southern Africa

Destination
South Africa: Cape Town, Sabi Sand , Johannesburg
Zambia: Victoria Falls
Duration
13 Days
Door-to-door
Price
Starting from
$22,800

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.

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Highlights

  • 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.

Itinerary

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Day 1 En route
Days 2 to 5 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 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.

Days 6 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 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.

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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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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  • Luxury accommodations and all meals, including a private home dinner and cocktails in Cape Town with Pinto family friends.
  • Regional wine and beer at mealtimes, vehicles stocked with soft drinks and bottled water
  • Every last gratuity, even substantial ones to 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 safari sold, Micato sends an African child to school.

Dates & Rates

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2020 Dates

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

Every date is a guaranteed departure

Jan. 12 – Jan. 24 Apr. 26 – May 08 July 12 – July 24 Sept. 27 – Oct. 09
Jan. 26 – Feb. 07 May 10 – May 22 July 19 – July 31 Oct. 11 – Oct. 23
Feb. 09 – Feb. 21 May 17 – May 29 July 26 – Aug. 07 Oct. 25 – Nov. 06
Feb. 23 – Mar. 06 May 24 – June 05 Aug. 09 – Aug. 21 Nov. 15 – Nov. 27
Mar. 08 – Mar. 20 May 31 – June 12 Aug. 16 – Aug. 28 Nov. 22 – Dec. 04
Mar. 22 – Apr. 03 June 14 – June 26 Aug. 30 – Sept. 11 Dec. 20 – Jan. 01
Apr. 12 – Apr. 24 June 28 – July 10 Sept. 13 – Sept. 25 Dec. 27 – Jan. 08

2021 Dates

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

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

Price Per Person

Land Arrangements, Per Person (2020)

  December 15-31 Balance of Year
Double Occupancy $20,950 $19,650
Single Supplement $5,950 $4,950
Internal Flights on Safari* $1,850 $1,850

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

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