Cape Town Private Tour & Luxury South Africa Safari

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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!

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! As a contrast to bustling Cape Town, a six-night safari combination of Singita’s Ebony and Lebombo Lodges offers unique wildlife drives and experiences in South Africa’s largely untouched and wild areas of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park.  The 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. Locally based, Singita offers the highest of luxury standards and devotion to preservation and conservation of the land and animals as well as important community outreach. Singita’s private concessions and superbly knowledgeable guides make for a perfect, high-touch, South African family safari.

Best Travel Time: Spring Summer Fall

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Bonfire at Singita Ebony Lodge

Sample Itinerary

11 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.

Table Mountain aerial
Aerial view of coastal Cape Town, South Africa
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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

African penguin walk
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

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 Le Quartier Français Hotel

Panoramic view of a winery in South Africa
Stellenbosch, South Africa
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Day 5

Fly Cape Town/Johannesburg + Fly (via shared light aircraft) Johannesburg/Sabi Sand Game 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 Ebony Lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

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

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Suite deck with a view at Singita Ebony Lodge
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Day 6 – 7

Wildlife at Singita Ebony Lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Singita Ebony offers daily wildlife drives with guide and drives in open 4×4 vehicles. 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 Sand 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 Ebony Lodge

South Africa – Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Leopard getting a drink, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa
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Day 8

Fly (via shared light aircraft) Sabi Sand Game Reserve/Kruger National Park
Following breakfast and (time permitting) one last morning wildlife drive, you will be transferred by light aircraft to Singita Lebombo Lodge in Kruger National Park.

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

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Suite deck with a view at Singita Lebombo Lodge
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Day 9 – 10

Wildlife at Singita Lebombo Lodge in Kruger National Park
Located in the southeastern reaches of Kruger National Park, on South Africa’s border with Mozambique, Singita Lebombo lodged is situated on 33,000 acres of their personal concession. Here, the isolated piece of pristine wilderness offers the chance to view the unique wildlife populations across four distinct ecological-zones. This area is especially well-known for the “Big 5” (lion, leopard, rhinos, elephant, and Cape buffalo), in particular, the prides of mountain lions. Daily game drives with Land Rovers, evening drives with spotlights for nocturnal animals, and evening walking safaris (for guests over 16 years old) are all available here, as well as remarkable stargazing activities. A treat here is visiting the Singita Community Culinary School to learn about the impact of this project while cooking traditional dishes with practicing Singita chefs. On safari, you will likely see leopard, lion, large herds of buffalo, elephant, Sharpe’s Grysbok, hyena, hippos, nyala, cheetah, wild dogs, and many species of bird.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodations: Singita Lebombo Lodge
Buffalo herd at sunset in Kruger National Park South Africa
Buffalo herd at sunset, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Day 11

Fly (via shared light aircraft) Kruger National Park/Johannesburg + Fly Johannesburg/Cape Town/Home

Following breakfast and (time permitting) one last morning wildlife drive, you will be transferred by light aircraft to Johannesburg, where you will connect to Cape Town and onward home.

Meals: Breakfast

Lion Family, South Africa
Lioness and her cubs, Kruger National Park, South Africa

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!).

Our friends in Cape Town really love this place. Le Quartier will give you a quiet, luxurious contrast to the hustle and bustle of Cape Town. With only seventeen total rooms (all suites) and located in Franschhoek, the gourmet capital of South Africa, we have no doubt you will enjoy your stay here. This is a bucolic, beautiful setting. Golf courses and other sporting facilities are close by and the area has an abundance of vineyards, wine cellars, galleries, and country shops — not to mention exquisite forests and valleys. The hotel will gladly pack a superb picnic basket should you wish to make a day of exploring the area.

Le Quartier Français Hotel

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Our friends in Cape Town really love this place. Le Quartier will give you a quiet, luxurious contrast to the hustle and bustle of Cape Town. With only seventeen total rooms (all suites) and located in Franschhoek, the gourmet capital of South Africa, we have no doubt you will enjoy your stay here. This is a bucolic, beautiful setting. Golf courses and other sporting facilities are close by and the area has an abundance of vineyards, wine cellars, galleries, and country shops — not to mention exquisite forests and valleys. The hotel will gladly pack a superb picnic basket should you wish to make a day of exploring the area.

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 12 tented suites, each with its own 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 and the enormous trees encasing the camp. Amenities here include and lain lodge swimming pool, spa and fitness center, great food, and a fantastic wine selection. Please note, WiFi 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 of all ages are welcome at Ebony!

Singita Ebony 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 12 tented suites, each with its own 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 and the enormous trees encasing the camp. Amenities here include and lain lodge swimming pool, spa and fitness center, great food, and a fantastic wine selection. Please note, WiFi 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 of all ages are welcome at Ebony!

Located in the Kruger National Park and bordering Mozambique, Singita Lebombo Lodge is a beautiful combination of contemporary and sculptural African design surrounded by the untamed nature of the Kruger National Park. With 13 one-bedroom suites, two two-bedroom suites, and one four-bedroom villa, each suite features an elevated viewing deck set on the rocky ledges overlooking the N’wanetsi River and the rolling Lebombo hills as a backdrop. The entire lodge and surrounding euphorbia trees encourage a calm and meditative state and Singita’s exclusive concession is richly diverse and teeming with wildlife. Other highlights here include a library, roof terrace, wine studio, a spa and fitness center, a lap pool, and an interactive kitchen. WiFi is available, though spotty, and there is a television in the main lodge. Please note, children of all ages are welcome at Lebombo!

Singita Lebombo Lodge

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Located in the Kruger National Park and bordering Mozambique, Singita Lebombo Lodge is a beautiful combination of contemporary and sculptural African design surrounded by the untamed nature of the Kruger National Park. With 13 one-bedroom suites, two two-bedroom suites, and one four-bedroom villa, each suite features an elevated viewing deck set on the rocky ledges overlooking the N’wanetsi River and the rolling Lebombo hills as a backdrop. The entire lodge and surrounding euphorbia trees encourage a calm and meditative state and Singita’s exclusive concession is richly diverse and teeming with wildlife. Other highlights here include a library, roof terrace, wine studio, a spa and fitness center, a lap pool, and an interactive kitchen. WiFi is available, though spotty, and there is a television in the main lodge. Please note, children of all ages are welcome at Lebombo!

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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

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