Become intoxicated by the beauty of South Africa as you are immersed in its fascinating culture and beautiful scenery. Fall in love with the charming city of Cape Town, from the cliffs of Table Mountain to the brightly colored gardens of Kirstenbosch. Savor the scents and flavors of the Dutch inspired wine lands. Feel the surge of excitement as you search for the elusive leopard or while watching lion playing with their young in South Africa’s premier wildlife reserves. Under thatched roofs and the vast African sky, enjoy international cuisine, refreshing South African wines, and sleep soundly in the middle of a breathtaking wild kingdom.
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Your journey begins as you board your overnight flight to Cape Town, arriving the next evening. Your home for the next four nights has over 200 years of history within its walls and is situated in six acres of attractive landscaped parkland on the banks of the Liesbeeck River. Located in the lush leafy suburb of Newlands, the hotel is within easy walking distance of the up-market Cavendish Shopping Centre and is just 10 minutes away from the City Center and the popular Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. This beautiful establishment comprises the original home of Lady Anne Barnard and new bedrooms designed by highly acclaimed architects Jack Barnett and Revel Fox and is filled with works by leading South African artists. VINEYARD HOTEL & SPA.
Discover a cornucopia of culture, natural beauty and history around every bend on your drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve highlighted by quaint seaside towns, rugged shorelines and majestic rock formations. At Cape Point, see rare proteas, the endangered sago-belly frog, Cape grysbok, Cape mountain zebra, and Cape fox. After lunch, get up close to comical African penguins at Boulders Beach, and end your day at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a living display of South African flora, including a wild almond hedge planted in 1660 by Dutch settler Jan van Riebeeck. VINEYARD HOTEL & SPA.
Ascend Table Mountain in a cable car and share the magnificent views with scampering hyraxes. A World Heritage Site, Table Mountain is alive with birds and adorned with 1,470 plant species. Afterward, venture off on a scenic expedition to the wine lands region situated below the spectacular Boland Mountains and discover the internationally acclaimed vineyards of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek on the Western Cape. Visit the past at the estate of Boschendal with its brilliantly preserved Cape Dutch architecture and period furniture. All the wine estates you’ll visit in the region offer tastings and cellar tours and you’ll enjoy lunch in one of them. Return to Cape Town in the late afternoon where your evening is at leisure. VINEYARD HOTEL & SPA.
Visit one of the most symbolically significant and moving sights in South Africa, Robben Island, a place of banishment and exile during Apartheid. Some freedom fighters, including former President Nelson Mandela, spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for their beliefs. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, sampling typical African food and hospitality in an authentic setting. Then, head to the settlement of Khayelitsha (new home) on the Cape Flats and meet your guide, settlement to gain insight into the community and learn more about the area in which they live. VINEYARD HOTEL & SPA.
Leave Cape Town behind as you fly to Skukuza and to the Sabi Sand region, adjacent to Kruger National Park, and one of the most prolific spots in Africa for viewing wildlife. The game-rich, 139,000-acre Sabi Sand Game Reserve, formed in 1950, shares 31miles of unfenced boundary with Kruger National Park. The Sand and Sabi Rivers supply much-needed water in the dry season, thus creating an ecosystem with one of the highest and most bio diverse wildlife populations in southern Africa. Spotting the “Big Five” is an easy task as well as numerous other mammals and birds, including a diversity of summer migrants. Look for impala, greater kudu, giraffe, baboon, nyala and klipspringer. Lions are the only truly social members of the cat family, and sightings of lion prides are the order of the day here. Open water channels and pools are favored by hippos while reed beds are favored by buffalo and elephants. The riverine forest along the river is green all year round and is the haunt of leopards, greater bush babies (galago) and bushbuck. Your home, Idube Safari Lodge, blends perfectly into its surroundings and features ten stunning chalets each individually decorated with draped mosquito nets creating a touch of safari romance. IDUBE SAFARI LODGE.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily)
Today you transfer to Kruger National Park and your secluded, and tranquil lodge. Safaris are conducted either on foot or in open-sided gameviewing vehicles and led by professional rangers and Shangaan trackers. The reserve is home to the great cats – lion, leopard and cheetah, as well as elephant, buffalo, black and white rhino, zebra, giraffe and a host of antelope. Night drives may afford you a glimpse of elusive nocturnal animals such as the armadillo like pangolin and African wildcat. Animal tracking, bird watching and stargazing are other available activities. Your luxury lodge is comprised of 16 spacious suites that meander along the banks of the river Lwakahle and offers every creature comfort, and more! LUKIMBI SAFARI LODGE.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily)
Time for a last game run this morning before flying back to Johannesburg from Skukuza. Connect with your flight, arriving home the next day.
(Breakfast, Meals Aloft)
PRICING: Per person, based on double occupancy
Maximum group size: 20 travelers. Idube only has 10 chalets.
YOUR JOURNEY INCLUDES:
- Flights between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls on the post extension.
- Superior accommodations throughout at hotels and lodges as listed in the itinerary, or similar.
- Breakfasts daily, all meals while on safari and other meals as indicated in itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
- All transfers in Southern Africa in deluxe motor coaches.
- All wildlife viewing by 4×4 open-air vehicles.
- Specialist guide will accompany the group with 10 travelers.
- Complimentary bottled water in vehicles and during meals.
- All applicable hotel/lodge gratuities and taxes.
- All park entry fees.
- Complimentary baggage tags and passport wallet.
- Complimentary emergency evacuation insurance.
No matter when South Africa is visited, it is a stunning country and one is sure to delight in its offerings. South Africa is affected by the waters surrounding the country on three sides, and thus there’s variation in the weather pattern depending on what part of the country visited. In Cape Town, the winter months (June-August) are mild and changeable; this is also the time when most of the rainfall occurs in the Cape. Summer months (January-March) around Cape Town are generally dry. On the high veld, in the center of South Africa around Johannesburg, there are sharp differences of temperature between day and night and it can be quite cold during the winter months. During the summer months at Kruger (December-March,) there can be sporadic rainfall in the form of quick thunder showers, but wildlife viewing is superb no matter when visited. April through August represent the winter months in Southern Africa which in turn means very little rain in most of the country, except for the Cape. South Africa is incredible to visit, particularly the Cape, during the Spring, when the wildflowers are in bloom – generally midAugust through September. Marine enthusiasts should consider visiting between June and November when the Southern Right Whales congregate in the waters.
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