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Unforgettable

Southern Africa

Highlights

Experience the best of Southern Africa as you explore Cape Town, Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls and Botswana's Okavango Delta. This unforgettable journey features the best game-viewing areas in Southern Africa along with properties renowned for exceptional service start to finish.

Begin in Cape Town, also known as the 'Mother City.' Situated on South Africa’s southwest coast between the iconic Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, the city is a vibrant fusion of scenic landscapes and urban edge. There's lots to do in this bustling city, from the classic tours of Cape Peninsula and Table Mountain, to exploring the city’s world-class art galleries, boutiques, and mouth-watering restaurants. For a different way to explore Cape Town, freedive with expert Hanli Prinsloo on a unique marine safari. The elegant Cape Grace Hotel, which is centrally located on a private quay of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, is your home away from home. Be sure to find time to relax by the pool or pamper yourself with a massage in the Cape Grace’s luxurious wellness center. We suggest a full day excursion to Stellenbosch and/or Franschhoek to experience the picturesque vineyards of the Cape Winelands and a personalized wine tasting experience.

From the city to safari, continue in Kruger National Park for your first two nights in the bush at Singita Sweni. The lodge is superbly appointed and set on 33,000 acres of private concession along the banks of the Sweni River. The structure is designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding riverine forest. The suites are like treehouses perched among the foliage and connected by elevated wooden walkways. During your stay, wake up with the sunrise for daily game drives as wildlife is most active early in the morning. Rest up and refresh yourself during the midday heat (perhaps with a dip in the swimming pool), then return to the wild for your evening game drive with spotlight to experience Kruger’s nocturnal life. Bonus: This area is home to the ‘Big Five’ which makes it the perfect place place to begin your safari.

Continue to Singita Ebony Lodge in the nearby Sabi Sands Game Reserve, known as South Africa’s ‘big cat country.' If you feel like stretching your legs out of a safari vehicle, this is the place to take a guided safari walk, or get to know the area’s rich cultural heritage by visiting local communities.

Break from the bush in Livingstone, Zambia where you’ll overnight at the Royal Livingstone Hotel. Known for its colonial elegance, the Royal Livingstone also features a private entrance to the world-renowned Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Experience the beauty and magnitude of the Falls on a guided tour or take a dip in the infamous Devil’s Pool (water levels permitting). Later, if time allows, enjoy traditional high tea back at the hotel.

In the morning, head to Botswana for your final three nights at Vumbura Plains in the world-renowned Okavango Delta. The property itself is exquisite, but the wildlife viewing is exceptional. Bonus: You can enjoy both land- and water-based activities here. Spot wildlife in the Delta by boat or mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) and glide throughout the pristine waterways in search of the rare Sitatunga. Learn about the seasonal flooding of this unique ecosystem and the abundance of wildlife in the area. Game drives and bush walks offer more opportunities to spot antelope, buffalo and waterbuck, as well as elephant, giraffe, wild dog and several resident lion prides. In the evening, enjoy sundowners around the boma amid some of Africa’s greatest wilderness.

Summary

  • 4 Nights – The Cape Grace – Cape Town

  • 2 Nights – Singita Sweni – Kruger National Park

  • 2 Nights – Singita Ebony – Sabi Sands

  • 1 Night – Royal Livingstone – Livingstone

  • 3 Nights – Vumbura Plains – Okavango Delta

Price

Price per person based on two travelers starts at $17,100.

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