Best of the Best: Africa + Antarctica!

A 14 day trip to Africa, Antarctica, Seychelles & South Africa
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This is the ultimate trip of a lifetime for those who want the best of the best in Southern Africa with a side trip to Antarctica! Filled with unique, special experiences, the trip also features the very best available accommodations.

Experience an African safari with the finest trained rangers. Enjoy a champagne picnic on a stunning secluded canyon via helicopter. See the stunning Cape Peninsula via helicopter; dine at the residence of South Africa’s president. Learn from South Africa's foremost wine experts and renowned artists. Transfer by private jet to Antarctica and explore this unique continent while staying in a luxurious camp. End with complete relaxation at a private paradise island!

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Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

Cape Town, Winelands, Antarctica, Greater Kruger Park - Royal Malewane, Seychelles - North Island.

Departure Dates 

This is a custom trip - departure dates are flexible.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Cape Town

Transfer: Cape Town Airport – Ellerman House
Dinner Recommendation: Ellerman House

Cape Town: The Mother City is South Africa's oldest city and, without doubt, one of the most beautiful in the world. She is nestled against the 3,000 ft Table Mountain, which is juxtaposed by the sweep of the Atlantic Ocean and its beautiful beaches. Cape Town has a relaxed atmosphere and a characteristic Southern European feel. It offers visitors a host of adventure and outdoor leisure activities as well as all the amenities of a world-class coastal city.

Ellerman House: Ellerman House occupies a commanding position above Cape Town's Bantry Bay from where the royal Atlantic Ocean sparkles away to the north and west under sun drenched skies. Ellerman House is world-renowned for exceptional hospitality and cuisine in true Relais & Chateaux style, delivered against the backdrop of a dramatic natural setting and a magnificent collection of fine art and sculpture.

Day 2: Cape Town

Cape Peninsula Tour via Helicopter: Take to the skies and explore the breathtaking wonders of the Cape Peninsula from your spectacular vantage point. Enjoy privately prepared lunch at the Boat House with chef Bruce Robertson.

Lunch at the Boat House with Chef Bruce Robertson: A World of Food, Warmth and Laughter
The eclectic village of Scarborough provides the perfect spot for talented and aspirant chef, Bruce Robertson, to reflect his playful attitude and eclectic experimentation, in the launch of his latest dining concept: The Boat House. A charming Cape Cod-style beach house, celebrates the ‘Art of Table d’hote’, an opportunity to dine with this leading South African culinary creative. The Boat House is a peaceful retreat, immersed in natural beauty and infused with an unusual sense of remoteness, bordered by the sea and rugged, rocky hillsides.

Table Mountain: Table Mountain is one of the oldest mountains on earth, six times older than the Himalayas and five times older than the Rockies. Its story began 800 million years ago. Enjoy the 360-degree views as you travel up on the cableway’s revolving floor, explore 2 miles of trails around the table top and absorb the unrivalled panorama in all directions. On a clear day even the Stellenbosch Mountains can be seen from atop this historic mountain.

Dinner at the Presidential Residence: Groote Schuur, the Rondebosch residence of South Africa's president
The House that Cecil John Rhodes built is the Groote Schuur manor house and it is situated on the prestigious and exclusive governmental estate Groote Schuur in Rondebosch in Cape Town. As the official residence of our country’s president, Groote Schuur is the most prestigious home on South African soil. The famous home that Sir Herbert Baker designed for Cecil John Rhodes on the slopes of Devil's Peak is truly a royal residence.

Day 3: Cape Town

Robben Island Tour: A private charter will depart from the V&A Waterfront and transport you across Table Bay to Robben Island, where your site guide will meet you. Tours are lead by ex-Robben island inmates, offering visitors in sight and first hand perspectives of life in prison during apartheid South Africa.

Enjoy a delicious lunch onboard Inala (private boat charter) whilst cruising to the picturesque Camps Bay. Return to the V&A Waterfront following your private cruise.

Artist Paul du Toit: Enjoy a personal visit with one of South Africa’s top artists - Paul du Toit at his private studio. Paul is a South African artist who has carved a unique niche in the international arena. Beyond being able to access and be exhibited globally, du Toit has simultaneously continued to create a very personal form of art that has not adjusted itself to the demands of a commercial art market.

Du Toit's art is his own; a linear, phantasmic world that he has created from his mind and experiences. Among the many awards he has received is a medal from the city of Florence in the Biennale Internationale Dell'arte Contemporanea and was nominated for the Daimler Chrysler Sculpture Award of 2002. He was recently invited to work with former president Nelson Mandela and international musicians on the 46664 campaign. He also created the famous bronze sculptor of Mandela’s hand, owned today by Sol Kerzner.

Dinner Recommendation: Private home of Nikki Booth. Enjoy dinner this evening at Ottimo Cibo. Prior to dinner you will be thoroughly entertained by local circus artists from Zip Zap.

Nikki Booth owns and runs her own unique private restaurant, Ottimo Cibo from her home in the Kirstenbosch area in Cape Town. Set beneath the back of Table Mountain, her home and garden provide a unique venue for informal and totally relaxed culinary indulgence, based on her passion for food.

Her concept is the result of many years of careful but natural pursuit of what has become her special craft; seemingly effortless entertaining in her own environment, but which bears all the hallmarks of her understated good taste and attachment to the uncontrived. Nikki’s earliest food influences were from her mother and grandmother – both accomplished home cooks.

Day 4: Winelands

Transfer: Ellerman House – La Residence via Helicopter
Accommodation: Includes breakfast
Dinner Recommendation: La Residence

Winelands: No visit to the Mother City is complete without taking the time to explore at least one of the three major wine routes. The Cape Winelands are a scenically enchanting region of dramatic mountains and fertile valleys, dotted with vineyards, orchards and classic Cape Dutch homesteads where gastronomic delights accompany the splendid wines. See the delightful combination of small historic towns, beautiful scenery and renowned wine estates from the sky as you transfer from Cape Town to Franschhoek.

There are literally hundreds of wine estates to choose from, each offering the chance to sample its unique varietals and blends in a picture-perfect setting. A short 30min drive, through some of the most spectacular scenery in South Africa, brings you to the French corner of the Cape, Franschhoek, which lies in one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world. This traditionally French town is the food and wine capital of the country and one would be hard pressed to dispute the claim. Eight of the top 100 restaurants in the country are found in Franschhoek, there are more than 30 wine cellars and over 28 restaurants for you to choose your gastronomic experience from, in the town center itself.

La Residence: La Residence is a Tuscan-influenced Cape Dutch Farmhouse with more than a hint of Louis XV. The product of a union between an interior designer and an art historian, this small hotel is a wickedly garish montage of exposed roof beams, Tuscan arches and loggias, dazzling period pieces and Victorian art deco. If the opulent glam-rock house doesn’t bowl you over, the setting might: on the edge of a private dam in the Franschhoek valley, surrounded by lines of vineyards and mountains.

Accommodation at La Residence is nothing short of regal. The 11 suites are so big you could fly a glider in them; the four-posters are lost in the center and the bathrooms dwarf mid-sized hotel rooms. The double-volume living area is a rich contrast to the simple beauty framed by each picture window.

Waterford Wine and Chocolate pairing: Just as in winemaking, it is not about a single season, harvest or vintage - it's about continuity, longevity and perpetuation; building for the future and the generations to come. The Chocolate and Wine tasting is a unique flavor experience. Kevin Arnold and Chocolatier Richard von Geusau have created a series of dark and milk chocolates that, when paired with our Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Natural Sweet wines give you totally unique taste sensation. The Vintage Reserve tasting features a selection of Reserve Wines chosen by Senior Winemaker Kevin Arnold.

Vintage car experience and private tour with the Rupert family: The museum's collection exceeds 300 vehicles - ranging from a 1898 Beeston motor tricycle to a 2003 Ferrari Enzo supercar - and more than 80 exhibits will be on view at any one time. Meet the Rupert family and allow them to take you on a private tour of their wine yards and racehorse breeding facilities.

Day 5: Winelands with Richard Hilton, Specialist Wine Maker & Guide

In the morning you will be met by our wine expert Richard Hilton. Richard has access to many Behind the Scenes vineyards where the public cannot access. He has picked grapes, trodden grapes, worked in cellars, bottling lines, the cooperage, pruned vines, and started to eat, drink and sleep wine for the start of the rest of his life. Sit back, relax and be taken through a wine time machine from 1652 to present day… all whilst sipping away…

Dylan Lewis is widely recognized as one of the world´s foremost sculptors of the animal form, and has exhibited extensively both in South Africa and internationally. For twelve years Lewis focused on animal forms, particularly the large wildcat predators of Africa, before turning his attention to the human figure. Recently he became one of only a handful of living artists to have a solo auction at the prestigious international auction house Christie´s of London, putting the artist very firmly on the global art world´s center stage.

Day 6: Antarctica – South Pole

Transfer: La Residence - Cape Town Airport
Private Charter: Cape Town – Antarctica
Accommodation: Includes all meals, beverages & activities

An experience that is as luxurious as it is adventurous – into the interior of Antarctica. Your flight will depart from Cape Town International airport, witness the most spectacular sights as you pass the Antarctic Circle and into the land of the midnight sun. There are hundreds of icebergs beneath you, some iridescent blue from compacted ice. The choice of plane varies according to the weather and logistics. We use an Illuyshin-IL76, Falcon 900LX or Gulfstream.

The plane lands on a specially prepared ice runway and our pilots are some of the best in the business. It’s a thrilling flight and the perfect introduction to such a bizarre and secluded continent.

After a five-hour flight from Cape Town to Antarctica, you will be taken to the newly refurbished camp. From there, we have an array of sights and experiences for you to enjoy as each day our expert guides take you on a new adventure.

Whichaway Camp: is furnished in the old world opulence of African safaris. It is run along strict environmental guidelines to minimize any impact and powered by solar panels. The main living area comprises of three large, dome tents. These are unique – fusing traditional materials with cutting-edge technology – and inside, house a dining room, library, kitchen and communications area.

Jenna Viney, is one of the very best chefs in Cape Town, preparing delicious, fresh food three times a day. There is seafood and barbequed steaks, full English breakfasts and light lunches. Come the evening time, we take things easy and relax over a glass of red wine.

Days 7 & 8: Antarctica

The philosophy here is simple – do as much or as little as you like. It’s your adventure. Each day, our field guides will suggest a number of excursions and activities for you to choose from. They can be easy and relaxing, or adrenalin charged… it’s entirely up to you.

We go on gentle treks to the nearby oasis and explore ice caves and tunnels. Continuing further, you reach the massive ice disturbances on the coast and trekking across them is like being on another planet. There are Adelie penguins that nest on an island near our camp. The penguins themselves walk nearly 90km to get there from the open water!

From relaxed picnics to visits to one of the local science bases – it’s all about doing what you want to do.

For those wanting more excitement, our expert guides will teach you the skills of a polar explorer. There is technical rock climbing on the nearby Nunatak Mountain, mighty abseils and kite-skiing. Whether you are Bear Grylls wanting to summit-unclimbed peaks, or you are there just to experience Antarctica’s majestic scenery, our job is to ensure you are warm, safe and doing whatever it is you want to do.

Day 9: Greater Kruger

Flight: Antarctica - Cape Town
Private Charter: Cape Town - Hoedspruit
Helicopter flight: Hoedspruit airport - Royal Malewane
Accommodation: Includes all meals, local beverages & game drives

Greater Kruger: The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the very best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 7,722m2 (20,000km2) is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.

Royal Malewane: Luxury meets the wild in the heart of Africa’s finest bushveld where Royal Malewane's expert guides and trackers, amongst the very best in Africa, ensure intimate game experiences and close sightings of the big five. Sumptuous dining is a signatory feature, as the lodge is the first to boast a Chaine des Rotisseurs Blazon for cuisine.

Boasting unparalleled views, the Royal Malewane Suites are the pinnacle of refinement and opulence. Luxurious appointments provide a neo-classical refuge in the untamed bush. Six Suites each accommodate two guests, wooden decks, rim-flow pool and thatched gazebos. Palatial, air-conditioned bedrooms and sitting rooms feature a fireplace and canopied king-size bed, accompanied by an extravagant bathroom with a window-side Victorian bath, and indoor and outdoor showers. Elevated walkways link the suites to the main camp. Only the wildlife witnesses’ guests relaxing in these private, ultra-luxurious suites.

Day 10: Greater Kruger

Blyde River Helicopter & Champagne picnic: A helicopter is one of the most spectacular ways to view the northern Drakensburg. On this tour, you will be picked up from Royal Malewane and fly to the Blyde River Canyon to see views of Three Rondawels & the Blydepoort Dam. The helicopter then passes over the Berlin & Lisbon falls en route to a secluded picnic spot next to the Pinnacle. A picnic lunch and champagne is served with breathtaking views as far as the Kruger National Park. After lunch, the helicopter flies past God’s Window, Wonder View, Panorama Falls and over the town of Graskop back to the lodge.

Day 11: Greater Kruger

Bush Walk: There is a world of difference between experiencing a safari on foot, to viewing the animals from atop an open vehicle. On a bush walk you will be engaging in the African wildlife’s natural environment, sharing their paths and waterholes, the daily dramas of their lives and more importantly, sharing their space. Your highly qualified rangers will share their wealth of bush knowledge with you by following animal tracks, identification of animals, trees, grasses, insects and birds to the medicinal uses of plants, folklore and basic survival skills.

Feel the tingle of your own senses and hear the beating of your heart as you venture into the bush and have an opportunity to face some of the mysteries of nature, an experience not easily forgotten.

Bush dinner: Enjoy an exotic bush dinner where you will be driven to a surprise location lit by only paraffin lamps and a big open campfire, this dining experience makes for one of the most unforgettable memories of a visit to Africa.

Day 11: Seychelles

Helicopter flight: Royal Malewane - Hoedspruit Airport via helicopter
Private Charter: Hoedspruit Airport - Mahe, Seychelles
Helicopter Transfer: Mahe, Seychelles - North Island via helicopter
Accommodation: Includes all meals, local beverages & selected activities

Seychelles: Whether you feel the need to simply relax after you have had a few weeks of Southern African exploration or you're looking for that all-out Robinson Crusoe adventure, the Seychelles will appease. 1502 was the first recorded European encounter with the 115 islands that make up this Indian Ocean archipelago. Since then the West's love affair with the Seychelles has only grown. Despite its popularity, dozens of pristine and uncrowded beaches still await the fortunate visitor as do a rich variety of cultural experiences, wildlife, architecture, art and tasty local cuisine.

North Island: This is absolute paradise. Pure and simple. Your very own island getaway, surrounded by azure waters and inhabited by a rich diversity of local wildlife. Only 11 handcrafted guest villas occupy this island. Comfort and luxury are paramount and each villa is a sanctuary unto itself with its own lounge area, sala, pool and deck where guests can enjoy custom-made private meals. There are no menus on North Island, you are your own chef and may indulge in what ever your heart desires at any time of the day. Lounge, bar, library and dining areas flow onto the soft white sands that, in turn, dip into the warm Indian Ocean. You may never leave.

Day 12, 13 & 14: Seychelles

North Island Activities: The activities on offer at North Island are designed to give guests the opportunity to enjoy the Island and its magic, either under guidance from one of the staff, or alone. This gives guests the freedom to move around the Island at their own pace, either on foot, on North Island mountain bikes or by Island Buggies. These activities will have a minimal impact on the environment whilst providing the enjoyment of entertainment and exercise.

Scuba diving: Seychelles forms part of the world's longest coral reef system and has some of the world's best scuba diving sites. Numerous dive sites have been identified around North Island and its nearest neighbor Silhouette Island.

North Island Sunset Bar: A walk along Grande Anse Beach as the sunsets is an experience not to be missed - especially as the Sunset Bar lies at the end of the walk. This simple, rustic bar is located just above the high water mark on the northern end of Grande Anse. Drinks and light snacks can be served for those wanting to enjoy this beach.

The spa: is located in inspiring surroundings, overlooking turquoise waters and dramatic cliffs. North Island's spa provides a unique treatment menu specially derived from island ingredients.

Day 15: Departure day

Helicopter flight: North Island - Mahe
International Flight: End of an ultimate adventure!

Price

Price 

This adventure will cost about USD $128,000 per person sharing based on a private group of 8 people.