Day 1 – Arrive in Cape Town
Welcome to Cape Town, South Africa! On arrival into Cape Town International Airport, you will be met once you make your way through the air bridge. Please look for the representative holding a sign with your name on it. The representative will assist you through immigration and with your luggage. You will be accompanied through customs into the arrivals hall to meet the local representative. You will then be assisted to meet your driver.
An English speaking driver will transfer you by private vehicle from Cape Town Airport to your Cape Town accommodation for check in.One&Only Cape Town
With its spectacular location in the Victoria; Alfred Waterfront and its stunning views of Table Mountain, the OneOnly resort is a destination unto itself. Discerning travelers and Capetonians alike are extended a warm welcome to dine on the celebrated cuisines of Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa, revel in the high-energy vibe of Vista Bar and sample rare and undiscovered vintages at the stunning Wine Loft. The sublime calm of the city's most expansive and sophisticated spa offers an indulgent escape while NEO boutique debuts an enviable collection of designer fashions, some available for the first time in South Africa. This luxury Cape Town resort is designed to celebrate the city's wine, art, design and spirit, balancing contemporary glamour with an authentic South African style. Come and discover the award-winning hallmarks of OneOnly Resorts around the world: a genuine hospitality, luxurious accommodations, lively energy, and the promise of unique and enriching experiences. Clean lines, dark African woods and contemporary artwork by local artisans accentuate the 131 spacious rooms and suites - the most in all of Cape Town. The generous interior spaces are adorned with fabrics and furnishings recalling the warm, muted tones of Africa's savannas with bright splashes of color paying tribute to the land's vibrant personality. Sumptuously appointed over-sized baths are complete with roomy rain shower, private toilet and dual marble vanity. All rooms and suites are indulged by a discreet yet attentive service. Located in the crescent shaped Marina Rise, 16 Marina Harbour Rooms (678 square feet) offer exceptional views from a large private balcony, of Cape Town's working waterfront harbour. Available with either a king-size or two queen-size beds, all bedrooms have an en suite bathroom with egg-shaped bath, rain shower, private water closet and dual marble vanities that are divided by wood screens with an African detail that create a separate, but open feel throughout the space.Starting Accommodation:
Day 2 – Cape Town City Half Day Experience
Today explore South Africa's oldest city, affectionately known as the Mother City. On this half day tour you will encounter unique cultures, architecture, historical sites and unforgettable scenery. You will be driven through the streets of the Cape Town city center, where historic and important buildings will be pointed out to you. Highlights include, the Bo Kaap or Cape Malay Quarter which has a rich cultural, religious and architectural heritage, and is a mixed and cosmopolitan neighborhood with strong links to Muslim traditions and culture. The Cape Malays were originally shipped into the Cape Colony as skilled artisan slaves. The Bo Kaap is also home to the oldest mosque in South Africa, the Auwal Mosque, established in 1798.
Table Mountain (Weather Permitting) offers spectacular views in all directions and gives a bird's eye view of the city. The upper cable car station is situated at 3,500 feet and the cable car floor rotates 360-degrees, enabling visitors to take in all of the breathtaking views. There are numerous pathways on top, viewing decks, souvenir shops, a self-service restaurant and coffee shop.
Company Gardens is the oldest in the country and was formally established in 1652 by Dutch settlers who sought to establish a victualing station to service and reprovision spice-trading sailing ships on the long sea route to the East. The Company Gardens in the middle of the CBD is also home to a beautiful rose garden, Japanese garden, fish pond and bird aviary. It is adjacent to numerous important landmarks, including the present-day Houses of Parliament, the Iziko SA Museum and Planetarium, the SA National Gallery and other historical buildings.
Castle of Good Hope, one of the oldest buildings in South Africa, it was built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company as a maritime replenishment station. It is a fort rather than a castle. The Castle Military Museum depicts Cape military history with one of the most impressive sword collections in the country. The William Fehr Collection of historical paintings and period furniture has a special relevance to the Cape. The Key Ceremony is performed during weekdays, followed by firing of the Signal Cannon. Horse and carriage rides are also available.
Green Market Square, one of Cape Town's oldest markets, is set on a cobbled square and still has an exciting buzz with some colorful and eccentric characters. You can pick up local art, crafts, fabrics and artifacts from almost every country on the African continent.Starting Accommodation:
Day 3 – Cape Point Full Day Experience
Today travel around the Cape Peninsula, named by early explorers as the 'Fairest Cape'. On your full day tour you will encounter beautiful beaches, remarkable scenery, the mythical meeting place of the two oceans and local wildlife. As this is a private experience your guide will discuss the various options available to include during your Cape Point tour.
The Mother City has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton are white and sandy offering spectacular views and sunsets. See first hand these beautiful beaches as you meander along the Atlantic seaboard. Hout Bay a vibrant harbor suburb of Cape Town. From here you will enjoy a boat trip to Seal Island which also offers beautiful views of Hout Bay. A return trip lasts approximately 40 minutes. Seal Island is a small island sanctuary for thousands of Cape Fur seals, as well as a variety of seabirds. Cape of Good Hope is one of the two world-renowned landmarks within the Table Mountain National Park, the other is Table Mountain. This part of the park is home to an array of fynbos, over 250 species of birds, buck, baboons, and Cape mountain zebra. False Bay has one of the Cape Peninsula’s most tranquil and picturesque stretches of coastline. Known for its scenic beauty, it encompasses small seaside villages along coastline. The most popular small towns include the historical naval village of Simon’s Town, Muizenberg - known for its epic waves, St James with its colorful huts, Kalk Bay for great seafood restaurants and Fish Hoek. Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town is home to the Jackass African penguin, now said to number over 3000, though the species as a whole is listed as endangered. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in the natural habitat.Starting Accommodation:
Day 4 – Cape Winelands Full Day Experience
The Cape Winelands are amongst the most scenic in the world. A visual feast of lush green valleys, rugged mountains, fine cuisine, and world-class wine producing estates make up the Cape Winelands. Its many historic wine estates, characterized by classic Cape Dutch-style buildings with distinctive gables and thatched roofs, and massive vineyards, date back centuries. Wine estates are bordered by: the Hottentots, Holland; the Franschhoek Mountains; and in the North, by the Wemmershoekberg. The most popular and well-known are Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. The Cape Winelands offers some of the finest wine tasting experiences. Wine Tastings can be planned according to your wine preferences at some of the premier estates in the Cape Winelands. As this is a private experience your guide will discuss the various options available to include during your winelands tour.
Paarl is one of the oldest towns in South Africa. It offers historical charm, culture, architectural heritage, wine and fruit farms with breathtaking scenery. Main Street Paarl is a colorful collection of beautifully restored buildings representing Cape Dutch, Edwardian, Victorian and even Art Deco styles. Vineyards still grow in between residential neighborhoods maintaining a country feel to a town virtually the size of a small city. It is here that the struggle to gain recognition for Afrikaans as a written language was also achieved. Places of interest include the Afrikaans language Monument; the oldest Dutch Reformed Church in the country; and a drive by The Groot Drankenstein Prison, the last place in which Nelson Mandela was incarcerated.
Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa, full of charming scenes and rich in history. Old oak trees line the streets and frame the most beautiful surviving examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian, and Victorian architecture in the Cape. The Stellenbosch Wine Route is the oldest in South Africa which was established in 1971. Dorp Street is a national monument and has one of the longest rows of old buildings surviving in any major town in southern Africa. It was once the wagon way to Cape Town and now the oldest residential street in South Africa. Places of interests include a Historical walk through old part of Stellenbosch, famous Oom Samie se winkel, and Stellenbosch Village Museum.
Franschhoek was founded by the French Huguenots over 350 years ago, and widely regarded as the culinary capital of South Africa. It lies against the backdrop of the majestic Franschhoek and Drakenstein mountains. It’s beautiful setting with many guesthouses, café lined streets, antique stores, art galleries, bakeries and the chocolatier demonstrate a truly French flair. Places of interest include the French Huguenot Museum, Vintage Motor Museum, and Chocolate Tasting at the boutique Chocolatier. Leeu Estates
The Franschhoek valley, with its Cape Dutch heritage and strong French influences, is renowned as one of the world's finest food and wine destinations. Leeu Estates encompasses an exclusive boutique hotel, winery and wellness spa set among vineyards, gardens and fynbos in the scenic Franschhoek valley, minutes away from the village of Franschhoek and just under a one-hour drive to Cape Town. You are invited to explore what this elegant and private hideaway has to offer. The individually styled bedrooms feature superbly comfortable beds with high-quality linen. They are fitted with sisal carpets and curtains and upholstery in natural linens, which contribute to the relaxed yet sophisticated feel. The luxury en-suite bathrooms have marble floors, double vanity tops, free-standing baths and/or generous showers, underfloor heating and heated towel rails. There are a variety of dining options available to guests from fine dining to the informal setting of a Microbrewery located in The Village.Starting Accommodation:
Leeu Estates (B)
Day 5 – Day at Leisure in Cape Winelands
The fertile green valleys of the Cape Winelands are surrounded by proud mountain ranges. It is the Mediterranean climate and winter rainfall of the south Western Cape that produces some of the best wines in the country. The rich, fertile soils along the Breede River and especially the areas of Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl, have become world famous for their whites, reds, sherries, ports and brandies. With a selection of over 200 cellars to choose from, wine enthusiasts are guaranteed to taste some of the finest wines in the world here. The area also abounds with olive farms, hand-crafted cheeses, Pinot Noir honey and even hand-blown glass. Experience the rich historical and cultural heritage while visiting quaint villages, vibrant townships, museums and galleries.Starting Accommodation:
Leeu Estates (B)
Day 6 – Travel to Kapama Private Game Reserve
Ahead of your flight you will be transferred by an English speaking driver from your Franschhoek Hotel to Cape Town Airport to connect with your departing flight. Transfer time is approximately 1 hour.
Please be in the hotel lobby 10 minutes prior to pick-up time to ensure adequate time to load luggage.
Upon arrival into Hoedspruit Airport, please collect your luggage and make your way into the arrivals hall. You will be met by a Jabulani representative and assisted to the vehicle. Transfer by road from the airport to Jabulani. Jabulani
Your stay includes daily activities, including The Elephant Experience, game drives in open safari vehicles; and guided bush walks, accompanied by experienced game rangers, all meals and snacks, a selection of local and premium beverages during your entire stay, daily laundry service, behind the scenes exclusive visit to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center, return road transfers between Jabulani and Eastgate Airport, wireless internet connectivity in main areas and suites.
Jabulani is a unique and soulful safari experience. Jabulani’s classic and elegant interiors seamlessly blend with the rugged African bushveld, providing a warmth and comfort that makes guests feel completely at home. The rich textures of organic elements create a harmonious and pleasing balance between ‘designer’ and ‘authentic’ – grass-pressed mud walls, stone floors and thatched roofs are but some of the natural features guests may expect to find. An open flow of light and air allow for a communion with the African bush without forsaking optimum comfort. Rich woods, crystal glasses and silver service somehow seamlessly blend into an experience of genuine hospitality and sensory indulgence. This standout among safari lodges in South Africa is built along the bank of a seasonal stream. An open-plan dining room and lounge merge with the wooden deck which lies in the shade of gigantic Leadwood trees, around which the main facility was constructed. An impressive suspension bridge connects the living areas with the suites, which lie scattered beyond the river bed. The sole objective of the team of professionally skilled and personable staff is to meet the needs of their valued guests. To indulge, spoil, pamper and entertain, but most importantly – to share with them the story and the experience of the elephants.
Tucked within the dense foliage along a dry river bed, each safari suite is an oasis of opulent serenity. Massive wooden sliding doors open to interiors which are a pure translation of style, comfort, elegance and an understated appreciation of the natural environment. Pure cotton sheets, massive stone tubs, an outdoor glass-enclosed shower, a fire-place with a separate lounge area, and a private plunge pool complement each of the rooms. Suites are also equipped with a mini-bar, safe, hairdryer and electric blankets. Comfort is ensured by the 24 hour temperature control. Expansive windows allow for uninterrupted sunshine and views of the surrounding bush. In the evenings, cozy lighting, a blazing fire and a welcoming bed draw to a perfect close another day in Africa. Meal times at Jabulani truly are a celebration of the senses. Perfectly sized portions are arranged in an art form of color, texture and balance. A fusion of tastes and ingredients thrill the palate. As course after course materialize from the magicians in the kitchen - culinary appreciation reaches altogether new heights. Only fresh ingredients are used in each of the dishes prepared. Home baked muffins and tea time treats, as well as sundowner snacks are created each day. Many would argue that no good meal is complete without a good bottle of fine South African wine. Jabulani has a good selection of both red and white wines proudly produced in the rich and unique wine-lands of the Cape.Starting Accommodation:
Jabulani Safari (B)
Day 7 – Activities At Jabulani
Spend the day enjoying the activities offered at Jabulani.
Jabulani is based on Kapama, a Big 5 Game Reserve near to Kruger National Park. The lush vegetation and varied habitats of this balanced ecosystem means that it is able to support dense populations of wild animals, offering world class game viewing opportunities. A true African Big five safari experience, visitors will enjoy herds of antelope, giraffe and zebra grazing and congregating at the many waterholes, their senses alert to the threat of a hunting predator in the area. Accompanied by qualified rangers head out in search of The Big 5, and the smaller - but no less significant - creatures that are part of an African Safari. Jabulani's rangers are consummate professionals. Highly experienced in guiding in the African bush, they are the perfect big five safari ambassadors while out in the bush. Guests can expect close contact personal encounters with animals in the wild - the stuff that movies are made of. Avid photographers, both amateur and professional, will never find their viewfinder empty and can expect to return home with incredible safari memories captured forever. Safaris may be arranged at any time of the day but in the summer months it is suggested to start your adventure in the early morning and late afternoon to avoid the midday heat. The intrepid walker will take pleasure in experiencing a guided walking safari. Heading into the bush with an armed ranger, guests can learn more about the many different facets of the bush. From tracking spoor - animal prints left in the ground, to touching and examining trees and plants, to sitting quietly and simply absorbing the many smells, sounds and sensations of Africa in its most primitive glory - this is a safari in its purest form.
Nothing quite tops the first introduction to the Jabulani elephants. Their sheer size and extraordinary presence is humbling. The Elephant Experience includes an introduction to the Jabulani herd and the grooms who have taken care of the elephants over the years. You will also have the opportunity to watch the elephants in their natural habitat during the day or at their stables early morning/ late afternoon and into the evening. One thing is certain - one cannot help but be changed forever after sharing an experience with the Jabulani elephants. Please note: As the nature of the Elephant Experience will be determined by the unpredictable free-ranging movement of the elephant herd, there will be a degree of flexibility in the itinerary. Jabulani guests may wish to visit the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center (HESC), about a 30 minute drive through the reserve in open safari vehicle. Founded by Lente Roode, the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center has established itself as one of the leading private research and breeding facilities for endangered species in the country.Starting Accommodation:
Jabulani Safari (B, L, D)
Day 8 – Travel to Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
Ahead of your flight you will be transferred from Jabulani to Hoedspruit Airport to connect with your departing flight.
Please be in the lodge lobby 10 minutes prior to pick-up time to ensure adequate time to load luggage.
Upon arrival into Hoedpsruit Airport, a local representative will assist you in checking-in and boarding your upcoming flight. Take off to Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve and continue the next stage of your journey. These shared flights are non-commercial and operated on lighter aircraft that can seat between four and thirty passengers at once. Sabi Sabi Earth LodgeStarting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 9 – Activities At Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
Spend the day enjoying the activities offered at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve.
Southern Africa captivates everyone who is lucky enough to experience its power and magic. The concept of ‘Safari’ conjures up images of adventure, dramatic landscapes and exciting wildlife. Sabi Sand Game Reserve is geographically integrated with the Kruger National Park and epitomizes Africa’s magic. With no fences between the reserve and the Kruger Park, big game abounds, moving freely through this unspoiled part of the ancient African continent. The Reserve is blessed with a great biodiversity of habitat and wildlife giving an excellent chance of close encounters with the ‘Big Five’ (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard), as well as wild dog and cheetah. With over 300 bird species, the reserve is a birdwatcher’s delight.
Safaris take place each morning and evening in open safari vehicles which drive through a wide variety of habitats, allowing visitors to view the vast interactions of the wild. After breakfast, you can go on a guided walking trail in the natural environment. The dedicated, highly trained and experienced Rangers lead you to discover miracles of nature you may never have dreamed existed. MORNING SAFARIS
An early morning call from the Ranger will wake you before first light, while the kitchen brews hot coffee or tea, and prepares cool fruit juices with a muffin, rusk or other freshly made delicacy. The bush is already alive, the air filled with birdsong as the rising sunlight dances off beads of dew on spiders’ webs. Nobody, not even the tracker who can read the bushveld like a book, knows what’s in store. He will watch the road for spoor, leaning forward intently to find any print left by a predator during its hunt in the dark. MORNING GUIDED BUSH WALK
Renowned for luxury experiences, Sabi Sabi isn’t all about phenomenal game drives and exceptional dining. Opportunities for education and adventure are definitely on the cards for those interested and energetic. On the morning environmental awareness walking safari you can be part of a small group that sets out on foot after breakfast. The walk is an opportunity to feel the pulse of Africa through the soles of your feet and experience the bushveld at close quarters. Sabi Sabi boasts approximately 350 different species of birds, a paradise for birdwatchers. Raptors are plentiful, including 11 species of owl, the seldom seen cuckoo hawk and rare bat hawk. There is an endless diversity of trees, shrubs and flowering plants, and whatever the time of year, no two walks are ever the same. EVENING SAFARIS
Evening falls and you prepare for the night safari. As the late afternoon draws, the inhabitants of the bush become restless, and the animals move out of the shade of the trees. The call of the crested francolin reverberates through the bushveld and birds increase the volume of their song. You will be aware of colors softening to the beautiful, gentle hues that vary with each season. New scents fill the air and as the sun dips behind the horizon your Ranger will choose a spot where you can stretch your legs and enjoy sundowners alongside the vehicle. Watch in awe as the sky turns to the sensational vibrant reds, golds and oranges typical of an African sunset. There is a lull as the animals sense the transition into a time of increased danger. It is during evening safaris that the nocturnal hunters start stirring, and their prey needs to be alert for survival through the night.Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 10 – Activities at Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve
During your safari you may be lucky enough to watch lions prepare for their evening hunt. Their long bodies stretch to ease muscles cramped from lying in the shade during the day. There are numerous nocturnal hunters and on your evening safari, with the help of a spotlight, a leopard’s eyes may reflect back from a nearby tree. Or you may be lucky enough to spot another smaller predator, a genet, African civet or African wild cat. One can come across scenes at night that become etched in memory: elephants moving heavily but silently in the moonlight; the incredible flying leaps of bushbabies from treetop to treetop, and the red shine from a lion’s eyes as it looks up from its kill. A Sabi Sabi evening safari will never be forgotten.Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 11 – Depart Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
Ahead of your flight you will be transferred by a Sabi Sabi representative from your Sabi Sabi Lodge to Skukuza Airport to connect with your departing flight.
Please be in the lodge lobby 10 minutes prior to pick-up time to ensure adequate time to load luggage.