The Travel+Leisure World’s Best Safari

Featuring Only “World's Best” List Hotels​

13 Days door-to-door

We’re fans of Travel+Leisure’s annual Best in the World polls. (Admittedly, we’re just a bit prejudiced, having been voted World’s Best Safari Outfitter by T+L a record nine times.) So a few years ago we decided to honour Travel+Leisure and its readers by creating an all-star safari that sets down at some of Africa’s best hotels, as consistently recognized by the magazine (and by our happy guests).

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 come Singita Lebombo or Singita Sweni Lodge—both much-admired, both located in Singita Kruger National Park—and, two of the finest and most intelligently designed lodges on the continent. We end with a perennial favourite, the famed Royal Livingstone, where mist from nearby Victoria Falls freshens our day.

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Most memorable was the attention to detail, the personal service and thoughtful gifts from our hosts Felix and Jane Pinto. This is what wins awards as well as loyal clients. I can honestly say that this was the finest tour my husband and I have ever taken Hannah ReinmuthVirtuoso Travel Consultant

Safari 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 a wonderfully isolated part of famed Kruger National Park, based from the exquisite Singita Safari Lodges (also: extraordinary mountain biking and visit to inspiring Singita culinary school).
  • Two days of awe-striking views and rainforest trail walking at the world’s most stupendous waterfall, Victoria Falls.

CAMPS & LODGES

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.

Singita Private Game Reserve

Sabi Sand Game Reserve & Kruger National Park, South Africa
Everything about Singita—from the legendary service to the breathtakingly elegant furnishings to the rich and diverse game viewing—is well beyond the pale. It’s a must-visit property in South Africa.

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.

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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Itinerary

day 1 En Route
days 2 to 5 Cape Town and its gorgeous environs

“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 the city, based from the incomparable One&Only, set on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, a civic centre of colourful activity, 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 heartlifting time helping out at one of Micato-AmericaShare’s programmes for Cape Town’s less fortunate. And we’ll wander out to the Cape Winelands for tastings and relaxed meals at places like the sublime Delaire Graff Estate and Waterfod 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 South Africa’s showpiece Singita Kruger National Park

Singita’s concession in talismanic Kruger was granted in 2001 in recognition of its fervent and effective commitment to conservation, and its dedication to creating an absolutely minimal environmental footprint. Singita’s 33,000-acre concession is an isolated haven of untroubled wilderness where a unique and species-rich wildlife population thrives across four distinct ecological zones, all of which we’ll get to know and admire during our leisurely, wonderfully extended stay.

Singita Kruger’s two lodges, Singita Lebombo and Singita Sweni, were built to reflect its “touch the earth lightly” philosophy, which is entwined with every aspect of the lodges’ daily life. It is one reason these lodges are so respected and honoured—the other major reasons being their beauty and unobtrusive luxuriousness. In any case, Singita Kruger was recently voted by Travel+Leisure as the third-best hotel on planet Earth, an encomium that needs no expansion.

days 10 & 11 Victoria Falls, earth’s most stupendous cataract

“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 (another perennial T+L best) 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

We fly from the Falls 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.

Rates

Land Arrangements, Per Person (2019)

  December 15-31 Balance of Year
Double Occupancy $24,500 $21,500
Single Supplement $4,150 $2,500
Internal Flights $2,100 $2,100

Bring the Kids! Please contact us for child pricing.

Choose a Date

2018 Dates

To and from Home | Every date is a guaranteed departure

Dec. 23 – Jan. 04
Dec. 30 – Jan. 11

2019 Dates

To and from Home | Every date is a guaranteed departure

Jan. 06 – Jan. 18 May 12 – May 24 Aug. 18 – Aug. 30
Jan. 13 – Jan. 25 May 19 – May 31 Sep. 01 – Sep. 13
Jan. 27 – Feb. 08 May 26 – June 07 Sep. 15 – Sep. 27
Feb. 10 – Feb. 22 June 02 – June 14 Sep. 29 – Oct. 11
Feb. 24 – Mar. 08 June 16 – June 28 Oct. 13 – Oct. 25
Mar. 10 – Mar. 22 June 30 – July 12 Oct. 27 – Nov. 08
Mar. 24 – Apr. 05 July 14 – July 26 Nov. 17 – Nov. 29
Apr. 14 – Apr. 26 July 21 – Aug. 02

Nov. 22 – Dec. 04
Apr. 28 – May 10 July 28 – Aug. 09

Dec. 22 – Jan. 03
Aug. 11 – Aug. 23 Dec. 29 – Jan. 10

2020 Dates

To and from Home | Every date is a guaranteed departure

Jan. 05 – Jan. 17 May 17 – May 29 Aug. 30 – Sep. 11
Jan. 12 – Jan. 24 May 24 – June 05

Sep. 13 – Sep. 25
Jan. 26 – Feb. 07 May 31 – June 12 Sep. 27 – Oct. 09

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

What’s Included

  • 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 else 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.
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