Classic South Africa Safari: Luxury and Diversity with Ease
South Africa is as grand as it is diverse, with an awesome range of experiences on offer such as sophisticated cities, luxurious big five safaris, stunning landscapes, endless activities, superb hospitality, and world-class restaurants and bars serving some of Africa’s best food and wine. The best of South Africa can be combined into a seamless 10-day trip incorporating the jet-set thrills of Cape Town, the tranquility of Cape Winelands, and a luxury big five safari in one of the private game reserves adjoining Kruger National Park. The country is safe, exciting, beautiful and easily navigated, making South Africa a superb luxury safari destination for families and travelers of all ages, and all types.
WHAT WE LOVE
- Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve: Home to some of the most luxurious lodges on the continent, Sabi Sands offers outstanding Big Five game viewing, and is South Africa's premier luxury safari destination.
- Leatherback and Loggerhead Turtles: Witness these highly endangered—and highly entertaining—creatures as they make their way up South Africa's beautiful beaches to lay their eggs after dark.
- Whale Sharks: Snorkel or dive with these gentle giants under the watchful eye of an accomplished skipper and certified dive master.
- Great White Sharks: Don a snorkel and cage dive or hop on a boat and watch these amazing hunters fully propel their bodies out of the ocean while chasing seals.
- Rhino Microchipping: Become part of the solution when you spend the day with a renowned anti-poaching team and microchip one of nature’s most impressive creatures.
- Give the Gift of Solar Lights: Visit a remote village and give the gift of light to familes without access to electricity, allowing children the chance to study and adults the chance to work long after the sun has set.
- Complete the South Africa Circuit: End your South Africa safari with a jet-set weekend in Cape Town, and a relaxing visit to the stunning Cape Winelands.
REST & REJUVENATE
- Singita Boulders: The ultimate in luxury, perfect for couples and families. Located within the Sabi Sand Reserve, Singita Boulders is a stylish, tranquil haven, where you are bound to see a variety of wildlife including leopard, lion, rhino, buffalo, elephant, hyena, hippopotamus, cheetah and the endangered wild dog.
- Lion Sands Ivory Lodge: A touch of romance overlooking the Sabie River, Lion Sands’ six private villas are stylishly appointed, and offer supreme wildlife viewing—along with game drives, bush walks, bird watching, hippo tours, astronomy classes and luxury wellness treatments. For the perfect romantic evening, enjoy a candlelight picnic and spend a night under the stars in Chalkey’s Tree-house, nestled in the branches of a majestic 500 year-old leadwood tree.
- Royal Malewane: An intensely personal and spiritual experience, this private reserve within the Kruger National Park offers visitors an unparalleled opportunity to experience African wildlife at its best. Royal Malewane is focused on relaxation and rejuvenation above all else, and the resort’s Water Bush Spa inspires a sense of calm, while guests can enjoy a variety of treatments at the hands of internationally qualified therapists. Royal Malewane also offers the only fully kosher safari in Africa, and dining often takes place under a sky awash with brilliant stars, accompanied by the magical night sounds of the African bush.
- &Beyond Phinda Forest Lodge: A truly extraordinary experience, the glass-enclossed suites at Phinda Forest Lodge are situated in the heart of a rare sand forest, one of the most unique and mysterious ecosystems on the planet. Witness dwarf forest antelope as they dart among and below your private suite, and relax in the comfort of stylish neutral decor that distracts little from the secretive natural beauty of the surrounding forest. Activities at Forest Lodge include twice-daily game drives, bush walks and river cruises, and additional adventures can also be arranged to accommodate guests' special requests - including a turtle nesting experience where you can drive along the deserted coastline in search of fresh turtle tracks and watch as the females lay their eggs. Note that turtle nesting season is from November to February.
WHAT TO KNOW
- June through October is normally the best time for game viewing across South Africa, though there are parks on the eastern cape that are excellent year round.
- Most lodges are accessible by commercial or charter flights, either to regional airports or private air strips.
- Lodges can also be reached safely overland in private, air conditioned vehicles, on comfortable roads, with most journeys averaging six to seven hours.
- All individuals travelling with children under the age of 18 will need to produce a birth certificate when entering South Africa.
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