South Africa: Cape Town & Lion Sands

This terrific South Africa itinerary offers 4 nights on safari in an award-winning private game reserve bordering Kruger National Park and 4 nights in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Day 1/ 2/ 3/ 4 ~ Cape Town ~ Cape Grace

Upon arrival in Cape Town, your driver will be waiting for you at the airport to transfer you to Cape Grace, where you will stay four nights.

The morning finds you in Cape Town, South Africa’s “Mother City.” This provincial capital is a sophisticated city with lots to see and do. You’ll be in the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront area where buildings of Cape Dutch and Victorian-era architecture have been restored as shops, restaurants, museums and pubs and water traffic of the docks passes nearby. The Aquarium is within easy walking distance from your hotel, and well worth a visit. The area has a large plaza with numerous fine shops. Cape Town, which faces north across Table Bay, has thrived from its birth, first as a Dutch settlement in 1652 when Jan van Ribeeck established it as a supply station for ships of the Dutch East India Company, and later, under the British as a port supplying ships with food and fresh water from the perennial mountain streams.

Proudly situated in the iconic center of Cape Town's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, on its very own private quay, the Cape Grace is just three minutes from the city centre and within easy reach of Cape Town's art galleries, museums, Botanical Gardens, wine farms and beaches.

The hotel’s 121 newly redecorated rooms offer a haven of tranquility and stylish refinement. All rooms have breathtaking views of Table Mountain, the new international yacht basin or the working harbor. The hotel prides itself on providing unobtrusive and efficient service from a staff that genuinely delights in making guests feel at home. Each evening there is a wine tasting in the cellar, and whiskey from all around the world is available at Bascule Whiskey Bar. To enhance your stay to the maximum the hotel provides transfers to city center and local beaches any time during the day, access & transfer to nearby Health Club, as well access to the hotel’s Hot Spa - steam room, sauna, rain & body shower and mineral spa bath, internet access in the Communication Center and a nightly ‘History & Wine’ presentation tour.

The hotel’s Signal Restaurant draws on influences from the many cultures and nations that have called upon this region during its history, namely French Huguenots, British settlers as well as Dutch and Asian traders. The menu will connect you with local farmer's offerings and the very best combinations of the Cape's heritage and present tastes.

Overnight at the Cape Grace. Includes: concierge services, WiFi access and I-pod docking stations in rooms, private guest lounge, spa access, daily newspaper, swimming pool, luxury transfers within 6 mile radius, wine tasting.

Day 4/ 5/ 6/7 ~ Lion Sands ~ Ivory Lodge

Upon arrival in the Sabi Sands Private Reserve adjoining Kruger National Park, your guide will be waiting to take you the short drive into your lodge.

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is located within the international award winning Lion Sands Private Game Reserve, in the finest territory of the world famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The Reserve stretches for miles along the perennial Sabie River which forms its natural boundary with the Kruger National Park. Where there is water there is life, coolness, sanctuary from the heat of the African sun, a place where the wildlife travel great distances to quench their thirsts, rejuvenation and so much more. This is the natural wonder which can be experienced at Lion Sands.

The land, owned and managed by the More family for four generations, was opened to guests in 2001. Their passion is to preserve this pristine “bushveld” (wilderness area), while allowing access for guests to observe some of Africa’s greatest mammals in their natural habitat and ensure that the benefits are shared with local communities.

The lodge is made up of six generously sized private villas, each with their own sitting areas, heated pool and spacious bath, complete with an outdoor shower. The natural, safari color scheme blends modern and classic elements to create a new Afro-Euro chic style. You will enjoy beautiful views of the Sabie River from the oversized windows in your villa or from your private viewing terrace. The local wildlife will be your only neighbors.

Overnights at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge. Includes: accommodation, two game drives per day in open Land Rovers, all meals, game drive refreshments, teas/coffees.

Day 8 ~ Depart ~ Johannesburg

Today you will have a private transfer to the airstrip in time for your flight to Johannesburg. From here you will bid farewell to Africa as your connect with your international flight home.

The price for this adventure is approximately $6500 per person (excluding international flights). It is an incredible deal because you are getting a free night at both properties!

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