Wild South Africa - Nature's Bountiful Feast

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, luxurious tents and the vast African sky, enjoy international cuisine, refreshing South African wines, and sleep soundly in the middle of a breathtaking wild kingdom.

Degree of Difficulty - Two Paws

Slightly Active. May involve some walking and climbing.

Weather Reports - When To Go

No matter when one visits South Africa, it is a stunning country and one is sure to delight in its offerings. South Africa is affected by the waters surrounding the country, 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 mid-August through September. Marine enthusiasts should consider visiting between June and November when the Southern Right Whale congregates in the waters.

Days 1/2

NEW YORK/CAPE TOWN

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 on 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 sparkling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. VINEYARD HOTEL & SPA. (Meals Aloft)

 

Day 3

CAPE TOWN: CAPE PENINSULA/BOULDERS BEACH/KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDENS

Discover a cornucopia of culture, natural beauty, and history around every bend on your drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. At Cape Point, examine the exotic blossoms of rare proteas and catch sight of the endangered sago-belly frog. Keep an eye out for endemic Cape grysbok, Cape mountain zebra, and Cape fox. After lunch, get up close to the adorable African penguins at Boulders Beach. Cap off this delightful day of sights in the cultivated paradise of 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. (B,L)

 

Day 4

TABLE MOUNTAIN/WINE LANDS

Ascend Table Mountain in a cable car and share the magnificent views with chubby, scampering hyrax. A World Heritage Site, Table Mountain is alive with jewel-toned birds circling overhead and 1,470 plant species on the ground. Afterward, venture off on a scenic expedition to the winelands, situated below the spectacular Boland Mountains. Discover the internationally acclaimed vineyards of Stellenbosch, Paarl, and Franschhoek on the Western Cape, sure to delight your eyes and your palate. Visit the past at the estate of Boschendal with its brilliantly preserved architecture and antique 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. (B,L)

 

Day 5

CAPE TOWN: ROBBEN ISLAND/CAPE FLATS

Today you will visit one of the most symbolically significant and moving sights in South Africa. Robben Island was a place of banishment and exile during Apartheid. Some freedom fighters, including former President Nelson Mandela, spent more than a quarter of a century imprisoned here for their beliefs. As you tour the island and learn its history, it is hard to ignore the feeling of living history under your feet. 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 where you’ll meet your guide, who will be eager to share this community and its culture with you. VINEYARD HOTEL & SPA. (B,L)

 

Days 6/7

CAPE TOWN/SKUKUZA/KRUGER NATIONAL PARK - IDUBE

Leave Cape Town behind as you fly to Skukuza and to the Sabi Sand region. This area is 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 biodiverse wildlife populations in southern Africa. Spotting the “Big Five” is an easy task, especially alongside such a bountiful population of other mammals and birds. Look for impala, greater kudu, giraffe, baboon, nyala, and klipspringer. Lions are the only truly social members of the cat family, which makes viewing lion prides as they interact with one another a truly memorable experience. Open water channels and pools are favored by the mighty hippo, while reed beds are favored by languid buffalo and elephant. The riverine forest along the river is green all year round and is the preferred 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. (B,L,D Daily)

 

Days 8/9/10

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK/LUKIMBI

Today you transfer to Kruger National Park and the tranquil Lukimbi Safari Lodge. Safaris are conducted either on foot or in open-sided game-viewing vehicles and led by professional rangers and Shangaan trackers. This reserve is known for its great cats – lion, leopard, and cheetah, who often steal the spotlight from their wildlife neighbors.  Elephant, buffalo, black and white rhino, zebra, giraffe and a host of antelope also call this area home. 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. (B,L,D Daily)

 

Days 11/12

KRUGER/SKUKUZA/JOHANNESBURG/USA

Time for a last game run this morning before flying back to Johannesburg from Skukuza. Connect with your flight, arriving home the next day. (B, Meals Aloft)

 

POST EXTENSION TO JOHANNESBURG, VICTORIA FALLS

Spend a night in Johannesburg at the D’OREALE GRANDE HOTEL, conveniently located close to the airport in a complex of restaurants, shops, and beautiful gardens. Next day, another adventure awaits as you fly to Victoria Falls. Five separate cascades plunging more than 300 feet with a thunderous roar comprise this awesome spectacle, the world’s largest waterfall. Feel the mist on your face during a guided tour and enjoy a sundowner cruise along the Zambezi River. Visit a native village to experience their way of life and shop in the African marketplace for those last-minute souvenirs. Stay at the “Grande Dame” of the Falls, the VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL, where Edwardian splendor is recalled in period art and antique furniture, world-class service and fine dining. Your farewell dinner is at the Boma for a very unique African experience.

Prices starting at $6,995. For further booking, date, and pricing info please contact info@classicescapes.

Does not include international or domestic flights. Prices are based on 10 or more travelers, and are subject to change.