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Summary : For eight consecutive years, Travel+Leisure magazine has awarded this tour operator "World's Best Tour Operator & Safari Outfitter." This particular safari encompasses the best of the best. And, each year, the itinerary changes according to which properties have been elected to the coveted list of hotel winners. And this year, the extraordinary alignment of the Cape Grace and Singita with Londolozi and the Royal Livingstone in Victoria Falls have created a truly superb "World's Best Safari." Not to mention the other highlights of the program for which Southern Africa is so appropriately renowned--erudite guides, stunning wildlife, the phenomenon of Victoria Falls, the sophistication of Cape Town, the divine wine lands and spectacular scenery at every turn.
Activities : Birding, Culture
$999,999,999 to $0
You set off today for Cape Town, which was once again ranked one of the top cities in the world. It won't take you long to realize why—its striking natural features and cosmopolitan wiles make it a truly remarkable place to start your adventure.
You will be whisked from the airport to the Cape Grace Hotel, ranked the No. 1 City Hotel in Africa /Middle East.
A full-day tour of the stunning Cape Peninsula includes the fabled Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point of Flying Dutchman fame and the surprising penguins of Boulders Beach. Back at the hotel, enjoy a dip in the heated infinity pool overlooking the ocean or the secluded rock pool overlooking the mountains before heading out for drinks and dinner. Tonight, you are welcomed to the home of Micato's Cape Town hosts, enjoying a delightful taste of local hospitality.
The civilized pleasures of wine tasting and estate touring await you in the winelands, where idyllic vineyards and manor houses nestle between misty mountains. At Delaire Estate, you'll enjoy lunch and raise a toast with exquisite vintages. Set high on a mountain pass and surrounded by lush, colorful gardens, the beauty of Delaire's outdoor setting is complimented by its impressive art collection indoors. You will also stroll through quaint colonial towns like Franschhoek.
Leave the city behind and wing your way to Londolozi, a perennial favorite on the World's Best List every year. Glorious days of fruitful game viewing and sublime comfort lie ahead. Stepping out on your private deck in the pale light of the early morning, scanning the plains with a cup of coffee in hand...yes, you will know you've arrived in the heart of old Africa.
Accommodations offer luxury, comfort and striking African style. Each room has a private swimming pool, and the living spaces are raised off the ground beneath an arching canopy of branches. A wealth of activities are available: learning the tricks of tracking animals, river fishing or joining a yoga session. Game drives are alternately fascinating, relaxing and dramatic in the company of rangers who regale you with bush lore, educate you on conservation and entertain with tall tales. Rangers are also your hosts in camp, joining you for cocktails, dinner and leisure time.
Over the years, the Singita properties have lodged themselves firmly in the top tier of the World's Best list and this year is no exception: Singita Sabi Sand holds the No. 2 spot in the world (nudged from its usual No. 1 spot by its sister lodge in Tanzania). Between game drives, you will spend your days in peaceful pursuits: at the pool, a walking safari, bird watching around camp or visiting the enormously interesting local village with its school and clinic. Or you could simply choose to enjoy the quiet of Africa from your secluded deck, mesmerized by the bubbling swarms of hippos in the river—complemented of course, by Singita's hidden treasure: the best bush wine cellar in Africa. Buried deep in the cool rock below a lodge is a stellar selection of over 12,000 premier bottles.
Fly into Johannesburg and find yourselves enchanted by the Saxon Boutique Hotel, holding the No. 5 City Hotel ranking in Africa and the Middle East. Sleek and sophisticated, the property embodies African modern, with ancient wood fertility gods in every size imaginable, exquisitely offsetting textured white walls and rich silk upholstery. A splendid place in which to unwind, or perhaps,
to launch a shopping expedition to Sandton's celebrated shopping centers.
One of the seven natural wonders of the world, no words can prepare the visitor for the scale and splendour of this mighty cascade. And here you contentedly establish yourself in the fabulous Royal Livingstone Hotel, which positively radiates romance and colonial glamour. Two days in Victoria Falls allows for ample opportunities to leisurely tour the Falls and its network of rainforest trails, dare yourself into the sky aboard the "Flight of Angels" or be hypnotized by a spectacular sunset on a cruise of the Zambezi. Quiet moments on the hotel's veranda with its breathtaking river views are always fine options as well.
The Travel+Leisure World's Best Safari draws to a reluctant close. Fly to Johannesburg and connect to your homebound flights tonight.
First-class hotel accommodations based on twin-bedded rooms with private bath or showers; three meals daily based on evening arrives on Day 2; transport and handling of two pieces of luggage per person per airline regulations (Guests are urged to travel with only one medium-sized suitcase. On certain flights within Africa, strict luggage restrictions apply; details are provided in tour documentation. Luggage and personal effects are at the owner's risk throughout the tour.); hotel taxes as imposed by city and state governments, entrance fees to National Parks and Game Reserves, and airport taxes for intra-country flights; internal airfare (Cape Town / Johannesburg / Sabi; Singita / Johannesburg / Victoria Falls / Johannesburg).
International airfare; cost of obtaining passports, visa, travel insurance; 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; gratuities to safari directors; tour leaders, drivers, rangers and trackers are at your discretion.
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Economy Class from $1,100
Business Class from $4,450