Summary : An unprecedented nine times, Travel+Leisure magazine has awarded this tour operator "World's Best Tour Operator & Safari Outfitter." This particular safari encompasses the best of the best in an all-star safari that sets down at some of Africa's best hotels, as consistently recognized by the magazine and happy guests.
Begin with four nights in Cape Towns' "knockout" One&Only, a resort of "outsize luxury" on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and a superb base for explorations in this most cosmopolitan of cities and its varied, magnificent environs. Then come Singita Lebombo or Singita Sweni Lodge—both much-admired, both located in Singita Kruger National Park—and, in the private Sabi Sand Game Reserve, adjacent to Kruger, Ebony and boulders Lodge, two of the finest and most intelligently designed lodges on the continent. End with a perennial favorite, the famed Royal Livingstone, where mist from nearby Victoria Falls freshens the day.
Activities : Birding, Culture
$16,950 to $19,500
Set off today for Cape Town, recognized as one of the most beloved cities in the world for its striking natural features and cosmopolitan wiles, making it a truly remarkable place to start your adventure.
"The whole town" Captain Cook wrote in 1771 about Cape Town, "may be considered as one great inn fitted up for the recreation of all comers and goers." The great voyager may as well have been writing today: Cape Town is one of the world’s jazziest, most fascinatingly multicultural and downright beautiful cities, a magnet for discerning goers and comers from six continents.
Enjoy a relaxed few days to explore the city, based from the incomparable One&Only; set on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, a civic center of colorful activity, looking up at Table Mountain, which you will summit via the famed Aerial Cableway, a spectacular bit of engineering in service to an even more spectacular view.
Wander out to the Cape Winelands for tastings and relaxed meals at places like the sublime Delaire Graff Estate. The Winelands charm with brisk and picture-pretty small towns, a variety of refreshing activities, and lovely scenery reminiscent of Northern California’s Wine Country, though the craggy mountains that shoot up from its vineyards make Sonoma and Napa’s look rather modest in comparison. Head over to the Cape of Good Hope, around which much of the world’s history once turned, and which a dissimilar cohort of creatures—including penguins, zebras, and ostriches— happily call home.
One&Only Cape Town Resort
Singita’s concession in Kruger was granted in 2001 in recognition of its fervent and effective commitment to conservation and dedication to creating an absolutely minimal environmental footprint. Singita’s 33,000-acre concession is an isolated haven of pristine wilderness where a unique and species-rich wildlife population thrives across four distinct ecological zones, all of which you’ll get to know and admire during your stay.
Its two lodges, Singita Lebombo and Singita Sweni, were built to reflect Singita’s “touch the earth lightly” philosophy, which is entwined with every aspect of the lodges’ daily life. It is one reason these lodges are so respected and honored—in addition to their beauty and unobtrusive luxuriousness. Singita Kruger was recently voted by Travel+Leisure as the third-best hotel on planet Earth, praise that needs no explanation.
Singita Lebombo Lodge
Singita Sweni Lodge
A private, 45,000-acre game reserve, Sabi Sand adjoins Kruger National Park to the west, and, by common agreement, is one of South Africa’s most wildlife, and unsullied regions. Within the Sabi Sand is Singita Private Game Reserve, the oldest private game reserve in the country, owned and lovingly preserved since 1926 by the Bailes family.
Ebony Lodge, Singita’s first in the Sabi Sand, stands comfortably amongst enormous trees on the banks of the Sand River in the heart of South Africa’s big-cat country. Its thoughtful blending of European tradition and African boldness results, rather magically, in the down-to-earth warmth of a much-loved family home. And Boulders—like Ebony, a consistent high-ranker in T+L’s best lists—also set along the banks of the Sand River in Singita’s privately owned reserve within the Sabi Sand, is a brilliant architectural complement to the boulders on which it rests.
Singita Ebony Lodge
Singita Boulders Lodge
“Poor Niagara,” Eleanor Roosevelt supposedly said upon viewing Brazil and Argentina’s Iguazu Falls. Had she gazed on Victoria Falls—the greatest curtain of water on earth, 60 tumultuous feet higher than its South American rival—the famously articulate First Lady might have been struck speechless. Victoria Falls is a waterfall like no other, and during your stay at the legendary Royal Livingstone Hotel (another perennial T+L best), get to know the Falls, from early-morning, coffee-sipping views from your room’s veranda of the almost 1,000 feet of mist that rise from the watery cauldron to lazy afternoon sundowners near its dramatic precipice, contemplating what the greatest travel writer of all time, Richard Halliburton, called “a hurricane of bursting water . . . that seems to fall up, not down.”
Royal Livingstone Hotel
Fly from Livingstone to Johannesburg and connect with your international flight home, arriving on Day 13.
Itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Accommodations as outlined in the itinerary; all meals based on evening arrival on Day 2; porterage at hotels, camps and airports (strict luggage restrictions may apply); pre-tour documentation with extensive travel information; travel amenities including safari duffel bag, bush hat, luggage tags, flashlight and more; Africa welcome kit; services of expedition staff and field team; lunch or dinner at private home of hosts in Cape Town; complimentary bottled water and soft drinks (wine and beer may be included at select lodges); sundowner cocktails; bush walks with guides; all game park and entrance fees; hotel taxes; Flying Doctor’s emergency evacuation out select Southern African lodges; airport transfers; all gratuities.
International airfare; internal airfare; passport, visa, and/or travel insurance fees; excess baggage charges; items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, communication (calls, faxes, emails, etc.); international airport departure tax (to be paid in US dollars or acceptable foreign currencies); deviations from the tour.