Safari, Cape Town and the beaches of Mozambique in ultimate luxury!
Days 1 / 2 / 3 ~ Kruger National Park ~ Singita Lebombo
Upon your arrival in Johannesburg, you will be met by your Extraordinary Journeys representative, given your travel documents and directed to your flight to the Singita airstrip. A private transfer will drive you to the elegant Singita Sweni to begin your safari in Kruger National Park.
Game viewing at Kruger National Park has been described as a 'spine-tingling experience'. In addition to the Big Five (lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino), Kruger is home to a huge number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Within Kruger, Singita's private concession is exclusive to Singita Lebombo Lodge guests. Rangers who have walked on foot through the area say it has the largest concentration of game they have seen in Kruger.
Within Kruger, Singita's private concession is exclusive to Singita guests. Travelers into this remote wilderness have been overwhelmed by the scale, and the silence. Rangers who have walked on foot through the area say it has the largest concentration of game they have seen in Kruger. Sweni Lodge was influenced by the structures of dens, warrens and lairs found in the area. Flanking the Sweni River, this tranquil sanctuary is elevated on stilts with decks of timber. Even when you’re indoors, you’ll have the sensation of being close to the river and trees.
The six secluded suites, with tactile furnishings, have been carefully created to bring in the textures and shades of the bush. Designed with open-plan living in mind, your suite flows from the bathroom area, through to the lounge and into the bedroom – yet if you wish, each area may be sealed off by curtains. Try the outdoor shower overlooking the river or – for a magical experience – ‘camp out’ under the stars on the day bed out on your viewing deck.
Overnights at SINGITA SWENI LODGE. Includes: All meals, teas/coffees, 2 safaris a day and walking safaris, all drinks including premium wines, spirits and liqueurs, return transfers from the Singita airstrip to the lodges
Days 4 / 5~ Sabi Sand ~ Singita Boulders
Hop aboard a short shuttle flight this morning to the exclusive Sabi Sand Game Reserve to continue your safari at the luxurious Singita Boulders.
The Sabi Sands Game Reserve is internationally recognized for its far-sighted and progressive management of land, wildlife rehabilitation and productive community involvement. Within the Sabi Sands Reserve is the Singita Private Game Reserve which occupies 45,000 acres on the western border of Kruger National Park.
The Kruger area is the best game-viewing area in South Africa, and during your stay here you are bound to see everything from lion, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, and leopard. Singita Boulders Lodge sits on the banks of the wildlife-rich Sand River in the Sabi Sands Reserve. This elegant and luxurious lodge has just twelve suites with floor to ceiling glass walls that allow you to get up close and personal with the landscape and animals.
Overnights at SINGITA BOULDERS LODGE. Includes: All meals, coffee/teas, all drinks including premium wines & liquors, return transfers from the Satara airstrip to the lodges, twice-daily safaris and walking safaris.
Days 6 / 7 ~ Cape Town ~ Kensington Place
This morning you will fly from Kruger Mpumulanga Airport to Cape Town, South Africa’s most beautiful city. Drive to Kensington Place and settle into before setting off to explore Cape Town.
Nestled between Table Mountain and Table Bay, Cape Town has thrived from its founding as a Dutch settlement in 1652 as a supply station for ships of the Dutch East India Company. Cape Town is a sophisticated city with lots to see and do. Work up an appetite for Cape Town’s world class restaurants with a tour of Robbin Island (where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison), a drive to the Cape of Good Hope or a ride up Table Mountain in a cable car.
While in Cape Town you will stay at Kensington Palace a tranquil hideaway in Higgovale, one of the city’s most prestigious residential areas. Set into the slopes of Table Mountain this sophisticated property sets the benchmark for small, intimate boutique hotels. We highly recommend this as a destination for guests who want seclusion and privacy while not compromising on luxury and service. A wooden deck outside extends around a pool just big enough to cool off in, and is surrounded by muted curtains and wicker lounge chairs with oversized cushions.
Overnights at KENSINGTON PLACE. Includes: Breakfast, tea and coffee in room, wireless internet, splash pool complimentary gym facilities.
Days 8 / 9 ~Winelands ~ Babylonstoren
Depart Cape Town this morning for the iconic South African Winelands where you’ll stay among centuries old Cape Dutch farms while relishing the bucolic hillsides from Babylonstoren.
Most of South Africa’s world-famous wines are produced in the Cape Winelands, a beautiful region only an hour from Cape Town known for fertile soil, historic towns and impressive mountains. Discover the internationally acclaimed vineyards of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. A stop at the historic estate of Boschendal will introduce you to some of the most brilliantly preserved Cape Dutch buildings in the Cape and its collection of priceless period furniture.
At Franschhoek, discover lovely antique shops and gardens, nestled in the "Valley of the Huguenots" where the French first settled in 1688. Explore the university town of Stellenbosch, the oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town, undoubtedly the most scenic and historically-preserved town in Southern Africa. Oak-lined streets next to water furrows compliment the many fine examples of elegant Cape Dutch, Victorian and Georgian architecture – all part of this unique "Town of Oaks". Many wine estates you’ll visit in the region offer tastings and cellar tours.
Fourteen cottages strung out along the garden and vineyards offer the functional simplicity of farm structures and blend beautifully with the Winelands landscape. The interior rooms are pleasantly cool in the summer and heated by open hearths in the winter. The Babylonstoren garden is the heart of the farm. The garden supplies delicious fresh fruits and vegetables year-round for Babylonstoren’s remarkable restaurant and helps guests ease into the simple daily rhythm of life on a farm. Guests staying at this exclusive farm hotel enjoy access to the entire farm, plus facilities like a spa and gym.
Overnight BABYLONSTOREN. Includes: Breakfast, laundry and garden tour.
Days 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14~ Mozambique ~ Azura Quililea
Return you to the Cape Town airport for your flight to Pemba (via Johannesburg) where you will take a scenic helicopter flight to Quirimba Island and a boat transfer to Quililea Private Island.
Quilalea Island is one of the Southernmost islands in the pristine Quirimbas Archipelago, 30 nautical miles North of Pemba. It has one of the only safe deepwater moorings in the area, where the Portuguese and Arab traders traditionally found sanctuary for their dhows. Along with its sister island Sencar, it is one of the few properties in the entire Archipelago to lie within a fully protected marine reserve, ensuring an abundance of marine life. The island is approximately 86 acres in size and apart from Azura at Quilalea staff and guests, it is completely uninhabited.
With the Indian Ocean at your doorstep, many of the activities and experiences at Quililea are focused around it. The protected reefs in the Quirimbas Archipelago offer some of the most spectacular snorkelling and diving in the world. Snorkelling is accessible off the beaches and around most of the island, the sea patrolled by huge potato bass and schools of hunting jacks, and a spectacular house reef for diving is just a short fin kick away from the main beach.
You can saltwater fish or big game fish, watch the sunset as you sail on our dhow, picnic in splendid isolation, or cruise to other deserted beaches. Gaze at the dolphins, often spotted from our boats, or track down humpback whales on their seasonal migration past our shores.
All of the villas have a unique energy control system whereby guests can take control of their own eco-footprint. All mod cons are there if desired, including mini bar and air-conditioning, or guests can throw their villa open to being air-cooled by the natural breezes.
Overnights at AZURA QUILILEA. Includes: All meals and local beverages, butler service, all non-motorized sports, laundry
Day 15 ~ Johannesburg ~ Depart
Bid farewell to Africa today; depart Pemba for your flight to Johannesburg where you will connect with your international departure
The price for this adventure starts at $12,000 per person sharing (excluding international flights)
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