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The Great Namibia and South Africa Adventure

Destination
South Africa: Cape Town, Sabi Sand, Johannesburg. Namibia: NamibRand Nature Reserve, Etosha National Park
Duration
15 Days
Door-to-door
Price
Starting from
$21,700

Brilliantly Choreographed Contrasts

This inspired journey brings us a quartet of heart-stirring African contrasts.

After an overnight in suburban Johannesburg, we begin in the brilliantly conceived chalets of Kwessi Dunes in solitudinous NamibRand Nature Reserve, exemplar of the country’s epic sceneries, followed by a three-night stay at the imaginative Onguma the Fort, surrounded by the peacefulness of Etosha National Park’s dry, archetypally vast landscapes, and free-ranging animals. Then we’re off to the iconic One&Only in forever zesty Cape Town and the gorgeous Cape Winelands, a dissimilar but no less bedazzling experience.

We finish in Sir Richard Branson’s Safari Lodge or his nearby Rock Lodge, tucked into his private Ulusaba Game Reserve, part of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, a varietal land of acacia-dotted savannahs, riverine forests, and rocky bluffs, graced with 150 mammal species, 470 avians, and 300 tree species, ranging from monumental baobabs to winsome ilala palms.

The Great Namibia.

I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy.Ernest HemingwayTrue at First Light

Highlights

  • Game drives, safari walks, and star-gazing from the observatory at Sir Richard Branson’s Ulusaba Game Reserve.
  • Intimate, comprehensive Cape Town touring: towering Table Mountain, spectacular, super-verdant Cape Peninsula (penguins aplenty!), Victorian-era towns, the festively multi-cultural Malay Quarter, a heartfully inspiring Micato-AmericaShare project, and more.
  • Expert guides and facilitators at every step of the way, plus our unique 24-hour Concierge Service.
  • The timeless immensity and marvelous desert-adapted animals of Namibia’s Etosha National Park experienced on game drives and on foot.

Camps & Lodges

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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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Kwessi Dunes

Sossusvlei, Namibia
Set in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, Kwessi Dunes features luxury cottages with cathedral-height thatched roofs, star-gazing rooms and fine cuisine that provides both deep relaxation and an enviable air of cool.
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Onguma The Fort

Etosha National Park, Namibia
The enchanting Onguma The Fort’s red walls and 11 luxury suites look out to the thorntree-dotted plains of Etosha, one Namibia’s most dramatic landscapes.
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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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Ulusaba

Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa
Sir Richard Branson, owner of the vast Ulusaba Game Reserve, doesn’t stint when it comes to luxury and full-tilt safari experience, as showcased in his three Ulusaba lodges.
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Itinerary

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Day 1 En route

Your adventure begins today as you enplane for Africa.

Day 2 Overnight in Johannesburg

Upon arrival in Johannesburg, we’ll be met and escorted to the airport’s InterContinental Hotel for an overnight stay. After a relaxing dinner, we’ll have a trip briefing.

Days 3 & 4 NamibRand Nature Reserve and the Great Sand Dunes

Namibia is renowned for its eloquent landscapes, and the NamibRand’s 772 square and private miles have been gently loquacious for many millenniums:

Wavy— often amazingly red— sand dunes and jagged mountains, ghost trees and racing antelopes, and a night sky so lucid that NamibRand was designated Africa’s first International Dark Sky Reserve. A place where time goes to take a long time out.

Our intimate camp, Kwessi Dunes—with only 12 air-conditioned chalets, each with a separate star-gazer room, few other NamibRand camps to ensure that our wanderings in the reserve are wonderfully solitary. We strike out with our Safari Director on morning and afternoon game drives and nature walks, stopping to hike up a delicately wind-patterned sandwave, investigate mysterious fairy circles, catch sight of desert-adapted bat-eared foxes, watch springbok, steenbok, and gloriously horned kudu as they go about their day (with antelopes and us on the lookout for the Reserve’s small but healthy population of big cats). And after a dip in Kwessi Dunes’ pool, or a quad bike zip on the dunes, an optional horseback jaunt or hot-air balloon flight, we dine in the camp’s view-rich lodge, looking forward to marveling at the “Milky Way arching the heavens,” as Elspeth Huxley wrote, “like a vast and incandescent plume of frozen smoke.”

Days 5 to 7 Etosha National Park’s natural grandeur

We fly due north across relentlessly gorgeous Namibia to Etosha National Park, another land of gigantic, gently overpowering solitude and vast views across flat, animal-thronged plains dotted with stalwart camel thorn trees. In respectful contrast to that uncompromising nature, our Onguma the Fort’s detached chalets offer lush, Moroccan-themed furnishings and a full range of modern amenities, not to mention a private deck from which to catch what just may be Southern Africa’s most theatrical sunsets.

Onguma is set in a private reserve next to 8,600-square mile Etosha National Park, home to 114 mammalian species, including a fine population of rare black rhinos. Our game outings take us to the life-giving water holes that attract elephants, lions, baboons, and heartbreakingly elegant antelopes, including tiny dik-diks. We revel in Etosha’s immense natural grandeur, knowing that a very different kind of natural and human-made magnificence awaits.

Days 8 to 10 Cape Town, and all that jazz

Cape Town has proudly vaulted to the top tier of the world’s favourite cities. It was recently ranked the world’s number one Place to Go in The New York Times’ annual list—it “takes your breath away,” says the Times. Cape Town’s cultural, artistic, and culinary life is perhaps Africa’s most bubbly, and our hotel, the sublime One&Only, right on the fizzy Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, is stage centre on one of the continent’s grandest shows.

The great city is graced with a theatrical setting in a natural amphitheatre giving way to Table Bay, ringed with Devil’s Peak, Signal Hill, Lion’s Head, and the monarchical, ever-enchanting Table Mountain, the viewful top of which we’ll reach via one of the planet’s most astonishing aerial cableways. We’ll give Cape Town a thorough and fascinated look and make the dramatic drive down the Cape Peninsula, travelling through the Cape Floristic Region, a unique bit of natural magic, home to more than 6,000 plants found nowhere else in the world, ending at the imposing and world-historic Cape of Good Hope. Along the way, we’ll pay our respects to the gaily tottering penguins at Boulders Beach, and enjoy lunch at the stylish Foodbarn Restaurant in Noordhoek. And on one of our Cape days, we’ll drop in for a visit to the Red Hill Community Centre and Library, one of Micato- AmericaShare’s South African projects.

Days 11 to 13 Thoughtful luxury at private Sabi Sand Reserve

“At Ulusaba, we have set out to create the most beautiful game reserve in Africa,” says Sir Richard Branson. There’s no doubt that Branson & Co. are giving Ulusaba their best effort, which—as you know—entails a lot of creative, sumptuous, high-spirited best.

We fly northeast from Cape Town to Ulusaba Private Game Reserve—in the vast Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to Kruger National Park—and immediately begin to savour our lodgings’ —either Sir Richard’s Rock Lodge or Safari Lodge— distinctive mix of down-home hospitality and thoughtful luxury. Our rooms are designed to give us an intimate feel for life in the bush (some are built tree-house style); we watch from our private veranda as animals stroll by on their way to the nearby watering hole, we swim in the lodge’s pool, dine al fresco (or restaurant-style, or in our room), and pay visits to Ulusaba’s well-populated animal troops and solo stars by 4-wheel drive vehicle or on guided walks.

Days 14 & 15 Back to Johannesburg and on to home

…for flights home.

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.
  • Highly credentialed Game Rangers and Trackers during your journey.
  • 24/7 Concierge Team poised to meet last minute, unexpected, and unusual requests.
  • Every last gratuity, even substantial ones to Game Rangers, Trackers, waiters, porters… and everyone else, from beginning to end of your safari.
  • Regional wine and beer at mealtimes, vehicles stocked with soft drinks and bottled water.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Dates & Rates

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2021 Dates

To and from Home | Every date is a guaranteed departure

Jan. 06 – Jan. 20 Apr. 14 – Apr. 28 July 28 – Aug. 11 Oct. 06 – Oct. 20
Jan. 13 – Jan. 27 May 05 – May 19 Aug. 11 – Aug, 25 Oct. 13 – Oct. 27
Feb. 03 – Feb. 17 May 19 – June 02 Aug. 18 – Sept. 01 Nov. 03 – Nov. 17
Feb. 17 – Mar. 03 June 02 – June 16 Aug, 25 – Sept. 08 Nov. 17 – Dec. 01
Mar. 03 – Mar. 17 June 16 – June 30 Sept. 01 – Sept. 15 Dec. 15 – Dec. 29
Mar. 17 – Mar. 31 June 30 – July 14 Sept. 15 – Sept. 29 Dec. 22 – Jan. 05
Mar. 31 – Apr. 14 July 14 – July 28 Sept. 29 – Oct. 13 Dec. 29 – Jan. 12

2022 Dates

To and from Home | Every date is a guaranteed departure

Jan. 05 – Jan. 19 Apr. 13 – Apr. 27 July 27 – Aug. 10 Oct. 05 – Oct. 19
Jan. 12 – Jan. 26 May 04 – May 18 Aug. 10 – Aug. 24 Oct. 12 – Oct. 26
Feb. 02 – Feb. 16 May 18 – June 01

Aug. 17 – Aug. 31 Nov. 02 – Nov. 16

Feb. 16 – Mar. 02 June 01 – June 15 Aug. 24 – Sep. 07 Nov. 16 – Nov. 30
Mar. 02 – Mar. 16 June 15 – June 29 Aug. 31 – Sep. 14 Dec. 14 – Dec. 28
Mar. 16 – Mar. 30 June 29 – July 13 Sep. 14 – Sep. 28

Dec. 21 – Jan. 04
Mar. 30 – Apr. 13 July 13 – July 27

Sep. 28 – Oct. 12 Dec. 28 – Jan. 11

2023 Dates

To and from Home | Every date is a guaranteed departure

Jan. 04 – Jan. 18 Apr. 12 – Apr. 26 July 26 – Aug. 09 Oct. 04 – Oct. 18
Jan. 11 – Jan. 25 May 03 – May 17 Aug. 09 – Aug. 23 Oct. 11 – Oct. 25
Feb. 01 – Feb. 15 May 17 – May 31

Aug. 16 – Aug. 30 Nov. 01 – Nov. 15

Feb. 15 – Mar. 01 May 31 – June 14 Aug. 23 – Sep. 06 Nov. 15 – Nov. 29
Mar. 01 – Mar. 15 June 14 – June 28 Aug. 30 – Sep. 13 Dec. 13 – Dec. 27
Mar. 15 – Mar. 29 June 28 – July 12 Sep. 13 – Sep. 27

Dec. 20 – Jan. 03
Mar. 29 – Apr. 12 July 12 – July 26

Sep. 27 – Oct. 11 Dec. 27 – Jan. 10

Price Per Person

Land arrangements, per person (2021)

  Dec 15 – 31 Balance of Year
Double Occupancy $19,950 $17,750
Single Supplement $4,350 $2,850
Internal Flights on Safari $1,950 $1,950

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Land arrangements, per person (2022)

  Dec 15 – Jan 10 Balance of Year
Double Occupancy $21,550 $19,350
Single Supplement $6,050 $2,950
Internal Flights on Safari $2,350 $2,350

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Internal Flights: Johannesburg/ Windhoek/ Kwessi Dunes/ Onguma/ Windhoek/ Cape Town/ Skukuza/ Ulusaba/ Skukuza/ Johannesburg.  Connections may apply.

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