ULTIMATE AFRICA SAFARIS
Best of South Africa
Visit: The Cape Grace Hotel in Cape Town, Bushman's Kloof, Tswalu Desert Lodge, and Singita Boulders at Sabi Sands Game Reserve
Highlights: all inclusive, transfers by air (1 scheduled flight excluded), day and night wildlife viewing from open sided 4x4 vehicles, professionally guided walks, excellent birding, optional village visit, penguins, private Cape Town city tour, private Cape Peninsula tour including lunch, optional Cape Winelands tour.
This twelve day Platinum Level tour of South Africa is truly memorable. From your luxury room at the world renowned Cape Grace Hotel at the historic Victoria and Alfred Waterfront explore cosmopolitan Cape Town on private Table Mountain and Cape Peninsula tours including a visit to the Jackass penguin colony at Boulder's Beach. From Cape Town travel to Bushman's Kloof and enjoy an exclusive and relaxing retreat. Continue to Tswalu Desert Lodge in the Kalahari - the largest privately owned game reserve in South Africa. Your safari ends at Singita Boulders, situated in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve adjoining Kruger National Park. Singita was voted the world's best hotel by Conde Naste in 2001. Here guests will enjoy day and night wildlife viewing drives and professionally guided walks.
Full itinerary and trip details below:
DAYS 1, 2, 3 CAPE TOWN Upon arrival at the Cape Town International Airport you will be met and transferred to the Cape Grace Hotel. Situated on the West Quay of Cape Town's Victoria and Alfred Waterfront overlooking the new international yacht basin, with the incomparable splendor of Table Mountain as a backdrop, the Cape Grace occupies the prime scenic position in the Cape. This elegant hotel with architecture reflecting the strong French historical influence on the Cape, is the perfect base for both business and leisure travelers. Every one of the 92 bedrooms and 12 suites is luxuriously appointed, with lounge areas, walk in dressing rooms, bathrooms with separate showers and double vanities, so as to cater for the privacy and individuality of the guests. All rooms have French doors opening to the exquisite views of Table Mountain or the working harbor. There is also a swimming pool. Voted the world's best hotel in 2000 with the highest score ever! While in Cape Town you will enjoy a private full day Cape Peninsula tour including lunch (adventurous guests may wish to sea kayak to Boulder's Beach to view the Jackass penguin colony as part of the full day peninsula tour - please inquire about the additional cost) and a private half day Table Mountain / city tour. A private tour of the Cape Winelands including lunch may be arranged at extra cost. CAPE TOWN, Cape Grace Hotel, bed and breakfast in a luxury room
DAYS 4, 5 CLANWILLIAM After breakfast on day 4 you will be transferred by road (private) to Bushman's Kloof. Bushman's Kloof is an ecological oasis situated between the rugged foothills of the Cederberg mountains and the plains of the Great Karoo. Early morning rock art tours provide the visitor with an insight into an ancient culture that has been lost forever. Botanical walks, river and bush trails, mountain hikes and bird watching are also available. Sunset wildlife viewing drives in open landrovers are one of the highlights of the day. The lodges all have designer en suite bathrooms and private terraces with magnificent views over rolling lawns, the river and on to dramatic rock formations. All rooms have direct dial telephones, underfloor heating, ceiling fans, minibar fridges and temperature control units. Bushman's Kloof is renowned for its cuisine prepared by cordon bleu chefs. It has also been declared a South African Natural Heritage Site. CLANWILLIAM, Bushman's Kloof, all inclusive
DAYS 6, 7, 8 KALAHARI On day 6 you will be transferred by road (private) to the Cape Town Airport in time to board your scheduled flight (not included) to Johannesburg (Alternatively you may wish to travel from Cape Town to Pretoria aboard the Blue Train or Rovos Rail - please contact our office for a costing). Upon arrival you will transfer to your scheduled flight (included) to Tswalu. A member of Relais & Chateaux, Tswalu Game Reserve is situated near Kuruman in north-western South Africa, with the fascinating landscape of the Kalahari desert and the spectacular Korannaberg mountains as a backdrop. At 900 square kilometers Tswalu is one of the largest privately owned private game reserves in Africa (the largest in South Africa). It has the added advantage of being malaria free. Up to 22 guests can be accommodated in cosseted luxury in 9 individual, air-conditioned lodges with antique colonial furniture, tribal artifacts, telephone, open fire, bathroom with inside and outside showers, and private sundeck with uninterrupted views across the spectacular Kalahari plains. Mingle with friends in the central lodge which houses the main lounge and dining areas and gives access to the verandah, year-round heated swimming pool and the boma - an exciting alfresco dining area where a log fire crackles beneath a billion stars. Tswalu offers a real desert experience with breathtaking landscapes and sunsets in this historic home of the bushman. Tswalu is committed to restoring and maintaining this unique desert habitat which includes unique desert species such as desert black rhino, gemsbok, springbok as well as other species including sable, roan, eland, kudu, lion, white rhino, king cheetah, giraffe, Cape buffalo, and leopard. The birdlife is also rich and varied with over 250 different species sighted; from the secretarybird and Kori bustard, the largest flying bird in the world, to huge migrations of sandgrouse and one of the largest colonies of sociable weavers. There are also many different raptor species. Activities include day and night wildlife viewing drives in open sided Land Rovers, tracking the desert black rhino with experienced guides and trackers, walking trails that give guests an insight into the local vegetation, bush medicines, cosmetics and hunting skills of the San People, sundowners on the crest of a lantern lit dune watching the spectacular Kalahari sunset, bird watching, and mountain dining at Koranna Lookout. Horse riding is also possible. In addition the Kalahari region is regarded as the finest area in Africa for star gazing and Tswalu has a high powered telescope for guests' use. At Tswalu tranquility and privacy are the watchwords. KALAHARI, Tswalu, all inclusive
DAYS 9, 10, 11 SABI SANDS / KRUGER On day 9 you will depart aboard your scheduled flight (included) to Johannesburg. Upon arrival you will transfer to your scheduled flight (included) to Singita Boulders. Singita, meaning "the Miracle" in the local Shangaan language, is set in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. The contemporary Boulder's Lodge is the last word in first world comfort. In fact Singita has just been voted the world's best hotel by Conde Naste magazine! Situated downstream from Singita Ebony on the Sand River, Boulders accommodates guests in nine exclusive air-conditioned double suites with bathroom and private indoor or open air showers, a double sided fireplace, exclusive living area, private horizon plunge pool and outdoor leisure deck overlooking the river. The rooms are much lighter and more open feeling than the colonial styled rooms of Singita Ebony. In the main area towering lofty grandeur blends with traditional earthy colors, tones and tapestries to offer private comfort and world class luxury - a fantastic, light, open contemporary design high thatched roofs, flowing pools with fish and lilies, enormous rock chimneys and a view across the Sand River into wild Africa. Expect superb food accompanied by the best wines. The wine cellar contains over 12,000 of South Africa's rarest and finest wines! Enjoy a gentle workout in the discreet modern fitness center, then relax in a steambath. Your personal health consultant will arrange a massage on your private deck or in the health spa. There is also a main pool area. Activities include day and night wildlife viewing drives, professionally guided walks, a visit to a local village, and simply relaxing with aromatherapy and a full body massage on your private deck! SABI SANDS / KRUGER, Singita Boulders, all inclusive
DAY 12 END OF SAFARI The safari ends midday and includes a scheduled flight to Johannesburg.
Trip name: Best of South Africa
Type of safari: Platinum Collection - Highest quality all inclusive lodge and tented camp safari with air transfers which departs upon request on any dates. NOTE: If you are interested in private light aircraft flights and / or wildlife activities please inquire about the extra cost of doing so. This is not a group safari and accommodations, activities, and total number of days can be altered to suit your needs.
Trip length: 12 days
Trip cost: US $7,995 per person January through October 2004. US $1,700 single supplement. Price excludes international airfare, includes internal flights.
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When to travel: Wildlife viewing is best during the period April through October each year. The Cape beaches are at their best December through February. Whale watching is at its best during July through October each year.
Departures: This safari departs upon request for one or more travelers. This is not a group safari and accommodations, activities, and total number of days can be altered to suit your needs.
Accommodations: The accommodations on this trip are all first class and very comfortable. All of the rooms have proper beds with mattresses and duvets, en suite toilets, basins and showers with hot and cold running water. Other amenities include mosquito netting, lamps, purified water in carafes, insect repellent, flashlights, wardrobes, and ethnic furnishings.
Guides: You will enjoy some of Africas most remote wilderness areas in the company of Africas top professional and learner guides. While on city tours you will be accompanied by Satour registered guides.
Luggage: As small aircraft are used for some of the transfers between lodges and camps baggage is strictly limited to 12 kilograms (26 pounds) packed in one soft sided bag per person. Suitcases will not be permitted.
Trip price includes: all airport meet and greets and transfers to and from lodges, hotels and airports by road and air (excepting scheduled flight Cape Town - Johannesburg), all inclusive stays at Bushman's Kloof, Tswalu and at Singita, three nights at the Cape Grace in a luxury room on a bed and breakfast basis, all guided wildlife viewing activities (in open vehicles and on foot), Park's fees, private full day Cape Peninsula tour including lunch, private half day Cape Town Table Mountain / city tour.
Trip price excludes (unless stated): international airfare, internal flights unless stated, airport taxes, entry visas, and all items of a personal nature i.e. extra activities in Cape Town, trip insurance, tips and gratuities, most drinks, and telephone calls.
Visas: American passport holders traveling as tourists DO NOT require an entry visa for South Africa.
Reservations: Phone toll free 1 800 461 0682 within the United States and speak with one of our safari consultants or send us an email including the trip name, your full name, the number of people traveling, and proposed travel dates.
Questions: If you would like to ask any questions send us an email or phone toll free within the United States on 1 800 461 0682 and speak with one of our safari consultants.
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