Days 1-4: Explore Cape Town
On your arrival at Cape Town International Airport you are transferred to More Quarters Apartments – your chic Mother City home on cosmopolitan Kloof Street. This self-catering apartment is located in a historic building with bohemian interiors and contemporary innovation. The perfect base from which to discover Africa’s most adored city, your trendy lock-up-and-go single-bedroom apartment makes you feel like a local. World-class restaurants, sidewalk cafés, boutique shops and art galleries lie right on your doorstep while major attractions such as Camps Bay, Clifton’s beaches and the V&A Waterfront are just a short drive away.
After breakfast on your second day, you are collected for a full-day Cape Point and Peninsula tour. Discover the fetching natural beauty of Table Mountain National Park while gaining insight into its fascinating history involving early explorers and its role as a supply station for seafarers between Europe and India. After breakfast on day three, you are once again collected for a full-day Walk to Freedom Tour. This fascinating excursion provides interesting insights into South Africa’s history, the struggle against apartheid struggle and the birth of democracy. Destinations include the District Six Museum, the Cape Flats and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated before becoming South Africa’s first black president.
Days 5-7: Head to Kruger
This morning you are transferred back to Cape Town International Airport where you board a flight to Johannesburg. From OR Tambo International Airport, you take a light airplane to Ngala Tented Camp where you are fetched at the airstrip by your ranger and driven in a 4x4 to your safari home within Ngala Private Game Reserve. Your raised suite at this exclusive tented camp neatly blends into the foliage on the banks of the seasonal Timbavati River, where crocodiles and hippos cavort both day and night.
On 4x4 game drives, as well as spot-lit night drives and walking safaris, expert ranger-and-tracker teams bring guests into close contact with the Big 5 as well as cheetah and wild dog. The reserve supports several large lion prides, giving the camp its name which means ‘lion’ in the local Shangaan language. Between thrilling excursions on foot and 4x4 into the untamed wilderness, relax on the viewing deck with commanding vistas over the grasslands and Timbavati riverbed. The azure swimming pool invites swimming as well as daytime relaxation around the water, and lunch can be enjoyed in a number of scenic locations. Indulge in some ‘me-time’ in the seclusion of the massage sala, which allows you to enjoy your treatment while immersed in the captivating wilderness.
Head out with your Shangaan tracker on a specially organised safari that focuses on the age-old art of tracking spoor. Let your senses go wild as you bathe under the outside shower on your suite’s private verandah. The campfire is where stories of the day’s animal sightings are shared, which are a precursor to your romantic lantern-lit dinner for two in the dry riverbed accompanied by fine wine and the sounds of nocturnal Africa. Before bed, soak in your en suite bathroom’s oversized tub with bubbles to your chin and read an ancient African tale left on your pillow about how the leopard got its spots.
Day 8: Stay in the lowveld
After breakfast this morning you are driven to Oliver's Restaurant & Lodge, an idyllic spot with a country-club atmosphere in White River. Golfing enthusiasts can perect their swing at either the Leopard Creek or White River 18-hole courses, while others might be tempted by the squash or tennis courts.
Days 9-13: Benguerra Bliss
This morning you board a direct flight to Vilanculos in Mozambique. From here you board a light aircraft and take a scenic transfer to Benguerra Island Lodge. Your tastefully designed villa is an island dream epitomised by white-sand beaches, turquoise waters and postcard-perfect sunsets. Snorkelling and diving are on offer, but if you wish to do nothing but sunbathe on the beach, do so with a private butler always on hand to refill your drink.
Put your feet up on the shaded deck and watch as dhows criss-cross the ocean, patiently fishing for their dinner. Walk knee-deep into the turquoise shallows of the warm sea or slip into your private plunge pool. The island’s forests teem with exotic birdlife and on the shores of the freshwater lakes you might come across sun-thirsty crocodiles and girdled lizards. Enjoy a romantic picnic lunch in the middle of the sand dunes, or take a siesta on your villa’s private verandah as a pre-dinner indulgence. Paddling offshore in a sea kayak, you could be circled by a pod of playful dolphins and horse riding along the beach you watch the fiery sun dip beneath the horizon. Lavish seafood dinners are served on the beach under star-studded skies and best followed by a nightcap at the bar before retiring to your airy villa for the night.
Day 14: Farewell to Africa
This morning you take the short flight back to Vilanculos for your transfer back to OR Tambo International Airport from where you connect with your onwards flight home.
Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.