Cape Town & Contrasting Luxury Safaris: South Africa & Botswana

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Why You Should Go

We consider Cape Town to be the most picturesque city in all of Africa, due to its ability to combine astonishing physical beauty and an eclectic 21st-century urban lifestyle. In addition to being one of the globe’s great “foodie” cities, Cape Town provides an interesting mix of Victorian, Georgian, and Cape Dutch architecture. The many scenic hiking and wildlife opportunities here include Table Mountain, Lion’s Head Peak, Robben Island, the penguins at Boulder Beach, and a Franschhoek Winelands full-day excursion!

As a contrast to bustling Cape Town, an eight-night safari combination of Singita’s Boulders Lodge and Sanctuary Chief’s Camp offer unique wildlife drives and experiences. We are particularly happy to partner with South Africa-based luxury safari provider, Singita, reflecting the history and culture of the native population. In terms of high-touch adventure travel, we consider Singita to the South African version of South America-based Explora lodge with the amenities of an AMAN property! Located on the Sabi Sand Wildlife Reserve, this largely untouched area’s combination of bush, river, and tree-covered lands offers the opportunity to see several different species of animals, in particular, the high concentration of big cats. Our family favorite, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp in the Okavango Delta of Botswana, is among the most important wildlife areas in Africa; including the “Big Five” (lions, elephants, cape buffalo, rhinos, and leopards), and outstanding bird watching.

Best Travel Time: Spring Summer Fall

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Leopards, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

Sample Itinerary

13 Days

Each private luxury tour is custom to the wishes of each client. This itinerary is a sample. Our Sister Company, TRAVNET, may provide assistance with mileage points conversion. Do not hesitate to call Randy to create your custom tour.

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Day 1

Fly to Cape Town
Through our sister company, premium air provider TRAVNET, we may assist with your international airfare, as well as with mileage points conversion.

Twelve Apostles mountain in Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
Twelve Apostles Mountain in Camps Bay, Cape Town
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Day 2

Arrive Cape Town
Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be welcomed to Cape Town by our local representative and privately transferred to the Cape Grace Hotel.

Accommodations: Cape Grace Hotel or Ellerman House

Colony of african penguins on rocky beach in South Africa
Jackass penguins at Boulder's Beach, Cape Town, South Africa
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Day 3

Full-Day Cape Point Private Tour
Following breakfast at Cape Grace, you will be met by your local guide and driver for a full-day tour of Cape Point, located on the south-western tip of the African continent. Notwithstanding our many world travels, we feel Cape Point offers some of the most spectacular ocean and mountain scenery in the world. Traveling through the Cape of Good Hope Reserve you may see zebras, elands, bonteboks, and jackass penguins. As you travel back to Cape Town via Simon’s Town, you may opt to stop at the National Botanic Garden, recently voted one of the top ten gardens in the world (by curators of Kew Gardens in London!).

For families, we recommend local township biking tours through Khayelitsha or Masiphumelele, or a day of hiking at Lion’s Head.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodations: Cape Grace Hotel or Ellerman House

Boomslang Tree canopy walkway. Cape Town, South Africa.
Boomslang Tree canopy walkway in Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa
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Day 4

Full-Day Franschhoek Winelands Excursion
Today, you will have a full-day of discretionary use of your private local guide and driver to explore the Winelands region. Among our favorite stops are Vergelegen Estate and its historic manor house; the picturesque historic town of Stellenbosch; Aura Estates, home of hand-crafted, award-winning Forest Hill cheeses; and Le Quartier Français, a quiet and exclusive boutique hotel, winery, and wellness spa! Please note, if interested, an overnight stay at Le Quartier Français Hotel can be arranged this evening.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodations: Cape Grace Hotel or Ellerman House or Le Quartier Français Hotel

Wine farm in Franschhoek, Western Cape South Africa – Image of La Motte wine estate with young grape vines, roses and lavender plants
Stellenbosch, South Africa
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Day 5

Fly Cape Town/Johannesburg + Fly (via shared light aircraft) Johannesburg/Sabi Sand Wildlife Reserve
Following breakfast at Cape Grace, you will be privately transferred to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Johannesburg,  you will be assisted to your onward light aircraft flight to Singita Boulders Lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Singita Boulders Lodge

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Suite pool deck with a view at Singita Boulders Lodge
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Day 6 – 8

Wildlife at Singita Boulders Lodge in the Sabi Sand Wildlife Reserve
Singita Boulders offers daily wildlife drives with a guide. In the evenings, your guide will provide a spotlight to reveal the elusive nocturnal animals. For more adventurous guests, you may choose to participate in one of the lodge’s walking safaris (must be 16 or older). The Sabi Sands Game Reserve is renowned for being the “big cat” capital of South Africa and preserves the largest leopard population in the country. Here, you are also likely to see lion, rhino, large herds of buffalo, elephant, warthogs, zebra, hyena, hippos, nyala, cheetah, wild dogs, and a variety of bird species.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Singita Boulders Lodge

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Our favorite Singita Boulders Lodge guide and tracker duo, Kirsten & Rebel!
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Day 9

Fly Sabi Sand Wildlife Reserve/Johannesburg/Maun/Chief’s Camp
Following breakfast and (time permitting) one last morning wildlife drive, you will be transferred by light aircraft to Johannesburg where you will board your flight to Maun and then Chief’s Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

Africa; Botswana; Okavango Delta; Sanctuary Chief’s Camp
Sanctuary Chief's Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana
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Day 9 – 10

Morning & Afternoon Wildlife Drives
Expert guides will share their extensive wildlife knowledge while providing you with the awe-inspiring opportunity to view roaming lions, antelope, zebras, buffalo, and wild dogs. You will even get to enjoy a scenic helicopter ride over the Moremi Game Reserve.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Sanctuary Chief’s Camp
Africa; Botswana; Okavango Delta; Sanctuary Chief’s Camp
Lion cubs, Okavango Delta, Botswana
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Day 11

Fly Chief’s Camp/Maun/Cape Town/Home
Following breakfast and (time permitting) one last morning wildlife drive at Chief’s Camp, you will be transferred by light aircraft to Maun, where you will connect to Johannesburg and onward home.

Meals: Breakfast

Africa; Botswana; Okavango Delta; Sanctuary Chief’s Camp
Chief's Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Hotels

This 120-room luxury property has been our favorite hotel in Cape Town for quite some time, with much positive client feedback. Cape Grace is located on a private yacht basin on the city’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The rooms here are particularly large and each room is decorated with Cape Dutch antiques and man-made fabrics. We particularly enjoyed the library with its warm, open fireplace, nice 45-foot outdoor pool, and a very lovely spa (with panoramic views!).

Cape Grace Hotel

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This 120-room luxury property has been our favorite hotel in Cape Town for quite some time, with much positive client feedback. Cape Grace is located on a private yacht basin on the city’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The rooms here are particularly large and each room is decorated with Cape Dutch antiques and man-made fabrics. We particularly enjoyed the library with its warm, open fireplace, nice 45-foot outdoor pool, and a very lovely spa (with panoramic views!).

This is our new favorite luxury city property in all of Africa! With stunning views overlooking affluent Bantry Bay (20-minute drive to Cape Town waterfront), Ellerman was once the home of a shipping magnate and later transformed into a magnificent 13 room/suite hotel. We particularly like the 3-5 bedroom private villas. Ideal for families, these villas come with a private pool, chef, and wine tastings. Outstanding dining, spa facilities, gym, heated freshwater pool are among the property’s 5-star amenities. Ellerman’s setting and unique accommodations remind us of the iconic Hotel du Cap in Antibes, France, not bad company!

Ellerman House

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This is our new favorite luxury city property in all of Africa! With stunning views overlooking affluent Bantry Bay (20-minute drive to Cape Town waterfront), Ellerman was once the home of a shipping magnate and later transformed into a magnificent 13 room/suite hotel. We particularly like the 3-5 bedroom private villas. Ideal for families, these villas come with a private pool, chef, and wine tastings. Outstanding dining, spa facilities, gym, heated freshwater pool are among the property’s 5-star amenities. Ellerman’s setting and unique accommodations remind us of the iconic Hotel du Cap in Antibes, France, not bad company!

In 1925, Luke Bailes’ grandfather purchased a piece of land in what would later become the Sabi Sand Reserve in South Africa. In 1993, Luke (the founder of Singita) opened the Singita Ebony Lodge, transforming the 30,000 acres of land from a hunting concession to an exclusive conservation reserve. Since then, Singita (meaning “Place of Miracles”) has opened 15 lodges across five regions of Africa, each one devoted to the conservation and protection of the land and animals; the enrichment and betterment of the local communities; and, of course, superb guides, wildlife encounters, and luxurious amenities. Consisting of eight one-bedroom River Suites, two one-bedroom Bush Suites, and two two-bedroom Family Suites, Singita Boulders Lodge is located on the boulders-strewn banks of the Sand River. Each suite features an en suite bathroom, private sitting room, and a wildlife-viewing deck with a private plunge pool. You will find very few walls here, having been replaced with canvas and glass for an immersive safari experience with maximized views of the Sand River. The décor blends rustic, handmade furnishings made from fossilized tree stumps, slabs of solid stone, wrought iron, and leather balanced with the soft sheep-skin rugs, natural flax bed linen, and cotton towels. Amenities here include a main lodge swimming pool, spa, and fitness center; great food; and a fantastic wine selection from the lodge’s Premier Wine Boutique. Please note, Wi-Fi is available, but spotty, and though the suites do not have televisions, there is one in the library at the main lodge. Please note, children above the age of 10 are welcome at Boulders!

Singita Boulders Lodge

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In 1925, Luke Bailes’ grandfather purchased a piece of land in what would later become the Sabi Sand Reserve in South Africa. In 1993, Luke (the founder of Singita) opened the Singita Ebony Lodge, transforming the 30,000 acres of land from a hunting concession to an exclusive conservation reserve. Since then, Singita (meaning “Place of Miracles”) has opened 15 lodges across five regions of Africa, each one devoted to the conservation and protection of the land and animals; the enrichment and betterment of the local communities; and, of course, superb guides, wildlife encounters, and luxurious amenities. Consisting of eight one-bedroom River Suites, two one-bedroom Bush Suites, and two two-bedroom Family Suites, Singita Boulders Lodge is located on the boulders-strewn banks of the Sand River. Each suite features an en suite bathroom, private sitting room, and a wildlife-viewing deck with a private plunge pool. You will find very few walls here, having been replaced with canvas and glass for an immersive safari experience with maximized views of the Sand River. The décor blends rustic, handmade furnishings made from fossilized tree stumps, slabs of solid stone, wrought iron, and leather balanced with the soft sheep-skin rugs, natural flax bed linen, and cotton towels. Amenities here include a main lodge swimming pool, spa, and fitness center; great food; and a fantastic wine selection from the lodge’s Premier Wine Boutique. Please note, Wi-Fi is available, but spotty, and though the suites do not have televisions, there is one in the library at the main lodge. Please note, children above the age of 10 are welcome at Boulders!

Chief’s Camp is yet another example of the many luxury safari camps to choose from in the predator-rich Okavango Delta. Set in the Moremi Game Reserve, Chief’s Camp is made up of 101,500 sq. feet of luxury bush pavilions and one suite, all with private decks with plunge pools, as well as indoor and outdoor showers (using the outdoor showers in this remote, pristine environment is truly exhilarating!) We particularly like the pavilion’s polished teakwood floors, insect-proof netted windows and colorful batik fabrics. Other amenities include a new spa treatment room, a small pool, and a picturesque dining area/observation deck. Based on the Chief’s location overlooking a large lagoon on the northwest tip of Chief’s Island, many mokoro (canoe/boat) game excursions are a continuing fun activity in the summer! Chief’s extraordinary location and wildlife-rich Moremi Island allows for game-viewing to include all of the “Big 5” (African lions, elephants, Cape buffalo, and rhino) hence, our choice as a prime family safari site. Chief’s renovation includes 10 luxury bush pavilions (in effect like small cottages), all with private terrace plunge pools, 462 sq. feet!

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp

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Chief’s Camp is yet another example of the many luxury safari camps to choose from in the predator-rich Okavango Delta. Set in the Moremi Game Reserve, Chief’s Camp is made up of 101,500 sq. feet of luxury bush pavilions and one suite, all with private decks with plunge pools, as well as indoor and outdoor showers (using the outdoor showers in this remote, pristine environment is truly exhilarating!) We particularly like the pavilion’s polished teakwood floors, insect-proof netted windows and colorful batik fabrics. Other amenities include a new spa treatment room, a small pool, and a picturesque dining area/observation deck. Based on the Chief’s location overlooking a large lagoon on the northwest tip of Chief’s Island, many mokoro (canoe/boat) game excursions are a continuing fun activity in the summer! Chief’s extraordinary location and wildlife-rich Moremi Island allows for game-viewing to include all of the “Big 5” (African lions, elephants, Cape buffalo, and rhino) hence, our choice as a prime family safari site. Chief’s renovation includes 10 luxury bush pavilions (in effect like small cottages), all with private terrace plunge pools, 462 sq. feet!

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Location

Overview

South Africa
Temperature
Highs: Low 80’s
Lows: Low 60’s
Area
1.22 Million SQ KM
470,693 SQ MILES
Capital
Pretoria (Administrative), Cape Town (Legislative) & Bloemfontein (Judicial)
Population
50.7 Million
Language
English, Afrikaans, Sesotho, Setswana, Xhosa & Zulu
Currency
Rand
Botswana
Temperature
Highs: Low 90’s
Lows: Mid 60’s
Area
581,730 SQ KM
224,607 SQ MILES
Capital
Gaborone
Population
2.3 Million
Language
English & Setswana
Currency
Pula

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