Luxury South Africa Safari & Mozambique Benguerra Island Tour

A 13 day trip to Mozambique & South Africa 
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Combining three iconic wonders, this bespoke itinerary showcases Southern Africa at its finest. It offers beautiful city, spectacular safari and beach paradise, with luxurious accommodation throughout. Start in stunning Cape Town, and spend four days enjoying a magnificent diversity of activities. Then immerse yourself in the unforgettable wildlife of Kruger National Park, before relaxing in the idyllic beach paradise of Benguerra Island, Mozambique's Bazaruto Archipelago. 

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Idyllic tropical beach with white sand, Mozambique.
Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

Cape Town, Cape Peninsula, Kruger National Park, Singita Lebombo, Sabi Sands, Bazaruto Archipelago, Benguerra Island

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Cape Town – Arrive in Cape Town and the Exclusive Cape Grace Hotel

Cape Town is one of the world's most beautiful cities. Dominating the landscape is imperious Table Mountain, a startling expanse of rock that rises almost vertically from the ocean. The city nestles into the mountain's shadow, clinging to the coastline and ensuring no visitor is ever very far from the beach. You'll be greeted at Cape Town International Airport and transferred to the serene and stylish Cape Grace, an exclusive hotel that is set on its own private quay in the center of Cape Town's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Enjoy wine tasting in the cellar, relax in the hotel's Hot Spa, and savor the diverse culinary influences on offer at the hotel's restaurant, one of the best in all of Cape Town. Then marvel at the views as each room offers breathtaking panoramas of either Table Mountain, the yacht basin, or the working harbor.

What's Included: airport transfer, accommodation 

Days 2 – 4: Cape Town – The Diverse Wonders of Cape Town

Few cities can rival Cape Town for its diversity of activities. In a single day, you can go from museums to beaches to wine tours and then local African markets. So where do you start? Table Mountain acts as the compass, always in view and guiding people towards the city. It's stunning from below, particularly when a waterfall of clouds slowly makes it descent over the ridge in the late afternoon. It's a challenging but rewarding two-hour hike to the top. A revolving glass cable car also makes the ascent, offering uninhibited views of the city below. From the summit, the whole of southwestern Africa unfurls. With your eyes, follow the Atlantic Ocean coast north, and there is little between Cape Town and Namibia. Follow the Table Mountain chain as it heads south to the Cape Peninsula, or gaze east to the Pacific Ocean and the southern coastline. 

Your stay at the Cape Grace includes luxury chauffeur transfers to anywhere within a 10km radius of the hotel between 7 am and 11 pm. So piecing together a Cape Town itinerary is easy and trouble free. How about an afternoon on Camps Bay Beach, the hangout for the city's rich and famous? Sunbathe and gaze at the ocean, then turn onto your front and admire the unobstructed view of Table Mountain. Muizenberg Beach is widely regarded as one of the best places in the world to learn surfing, while Kite Beach is a mecca for the world's best kite surfers. For neverending white sand, cross Table Bay to Blouberg, where a walk on the beach comes with the iconic mountain skyline view that is synonymous with Cape Town.

In the city, the harmonious mingling of cultures has created a fascinating diversity of experiences. Fine dining restaurants cover the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Choose from barbecued seafood, French delicacies, finely cut steaks, and South African specials, and then look out over the harbor with a glass of fine wine. Or head into the city center and try anything from Ethiopian to Italian, or restaurants with live Zulu bands.

Surrounding Cape Town, there are countless day trips, each offering a unique experience. Spend an afternoon touring the nearby Durbanville or Stellanbosch wine regions, and discover that the South African wine that gets exported around the world is just the tip of what's on offer. Sunbathe on Boulders Beach, then look across and see a huge colony of jackass penguins waddling along the sand. Dive with great white sharks in Gansbaai, or marvel at humpback whales from the Hermanus cliffs. Or perhaps take the Chapman's Peak road to the southwestern tip of Africa, marveling at deserted beaches, charming fishing villages, and rugged coastline. Every exhilarating day away from the city is countered by a tranquil evening at the Cape Grace Hotel.

In the city, there is an experience for every taste. Sample fresh farmer's produce at the atmospheric Old Biscuit Mill market, or shop for souvenirs from all over the continent at Greenmarket Square. Climb Lion's Head at sunset, Table Mountain's sister peak offering 360 º panoramas of ocean, city, and mountain. On everyone's itinerary should be Robben Island. Ex-prisoners give poignant tours, allowing people to experience the decrepit tiny cell where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his incarceration. District Six Museum offers a touching insight into apartheid while the colorful houses of the former slave quarter Bo-Kaap reveal an older city history. With four days in Cape Town, you'll have plenty of time to create an itinerary that combines many of these highlights.

What's Included: accommodation, transfer, tour, breakfast

Days 5 – 6: Kruger National Park – Spectacular Safari in a Remote Area of Kruger National Park

All across Africa, there are national parks and wildlife reserves full of wild animals. But none can compete with Kruger National Park for diversity and sheer size. Covering over 2 million hectares, a safari in Kruger allows people to experience and explore a variety of ecosystems. This isn't just about glimpsing a few wild animals. It's total submersion in a wilderness where the animal numbers are staggering. It starts from your Singita Lebombo Lodge room. Rhinos plod through the trees, zebra herds bound along the scorched savannah grass, while intrepid springbok come to the river to drink. Situated in a remote area of Kruger, the lodge has its own private concession, meaning that there are no tourist crowds or other safari trucks to interrupt your game viewing experience. 

You'll fly directly from Cape Town to this remote area in the Kruger National Park. Admire the continent's vast canvas from your timber and glass room, and watch the wandering game from the indoor and outdoor dining areas. Two game drives a day will take you closer. Lion prides cover Kruger. They lounge in the shade created by the safari truck and lurk by the riverbank at dusk, waiting for kudu or impala to get too close. Elephants rip up the woodland, great stretches of fallen trees indicating their proximity. Kruger is also home to over half the world's rhino population, and you'll have many close encounters with their spectacular frames.

At Singita Lebombo, you will also have the opportunity to walk into the wilderness with expert rangers and game trackers, getting to within meters of some of nature's most impressive animals. Buffalo return your stare, giraffes seem much bigger when your feet are on the ground, and bushbucks hide in the trees. Night safaris reveal a different side, nocturnal creatures dancing in the spotlight and leopards out on the prowl. Between the safari activities, enjoy the pool or savor the view from your elegant room.

What's Included: accommodation, transfer, domestic flight, safari, breakfast, lunch, dinner

Days 7 – 8: Kruger National Park – Another Side of Kruger to Explore

Kruger National Park is characterized by its diverse ecosystems and no two days here are the same. You'll board a micro flight and go from Singita Lebombo to Singita Boulders in the Sabi Sands. The animal action in this private unfenced game reserve is centered around the Sabi and Sands Rivers. In a parched landscape, these water sources make game viewing easy. Hippos casually bathe in the pools, emerging at dusk to munch on the grassy embankments. Buffalo and elephant are drawn to the reeds, large family herds mischievously interacting throughout the day. Impala and greater Kudu always keep a watchful eye for predators, as this landscape is prime hunting territory for leopards and lion prides. The phenomenal concentration of wild rhinos means that many people quickly lose count of how many they've seen. 

The luxurious Singita Boulders Lodge has floor-to-ceiling glass walls that ensure you've always got unobstructed views of the stunning landscape. Zebras pass in front of your eyes, while a rhino spotting can interrupt any afternoon lounging on the verandah. Each suite boasts a heated pool, en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower, fireplace and deck. The Singita Boulders Lodge is all about elegant immersion in the Kruger National Park. All safari activities are included, and you'll see the wildlife from many different angles.

Explore the savannah by safari truck, the daytime and nighttime bringing out a new cast of animals. This is prime big cat territory and lion sightings are common on every drive. Leopards and cheetahs hunt alone, and in the parched savannah, an authentic chase offers a thrilling experience. Rhinos don't have to worry about predators, and their monumental size can only by truly appreciated on a walking safari. Experienced and armed game trackers take you closer and keep you safe. In the riverine forest, bushbuck and greater bush baby offers a charming alternative to the Big Five's power, while impressive herds of antelope stick together as they feed on the grass. These four days in the Kruger will show you a raw and personal side to African wildlife that is often scarcely believable.

What's Included: accommodation, transfer, domestic flight, safari, breakfast, lunch, dinner

Days 9 – 12: Benguerra Island – Idyllic Beach Paradise in Mozambique's Bazaruto Archipelago

Mozambique's untouched Indian Ocean coastline continues for 1,500 miles, and many visitors remark that the whole country seems to be nothing but white sand and palm trees. The country's idyllic centerpiece is the Bazaruto Archipelago, a group of islands that form one of the most beautiful spots on the whole continent. The deserted white sand is so fine it squeaks underfoot, gentle azure waters entice and hypnotize, while sporadic sandbanks showcase postcard perfection. Beach paradise requires serenity, and on the Benguerra Island, you'll have all of the archipelago's wonders to yourself.

From Kruger, you'll fly to Johannesburg for a connecting flight to Vilanculos. From here, you'll transfer onto a private helicopter ride to the island. Savor the views as you fly above the archipelago, the simple contrast between turquoise and white taking the breath away. As Mozambique's first luxury eco-boutique retreat, the Azura Benguerra offers both privacy and elegance. You'll have a handcrafted beach villa with stunning views and immediate access to the sand and ocean. This is lavish beach living on an island with very few other people. Relax with the sounds of gentle waves, watch sea turtles scurry along the shore, and enjoy the open spaces of the island.

The Bazaruto Archipelago can easily lull people into hibernation, and it's possible to spend the whole four days doing little but relaxing and enjoying the beach. However, the archipelago has a raft of experiences that maximize its bounty. Go on a deep-sea fishing trip, or explore the sand dunes that stand deserted in the Indian Ocean. Traditional wooden dhows offer a romantic way to sail around the islands. Stop at hidden lagoons amidst the sandbanks or cruise through the water as a lingering sunset turns mainland Mozambique an array of colors. 

Beneath the water's surface, there is also a breathtaking marine world to explore. Snorkeling always brings a fascinating assortment of tropical fish. This Indian Ocean coastline is on a famed migration route for whale sharks and swimming with the ocean's largest fish is possible during parts of the year. Bazaruto also offers some of the best scuba diving in the world. Manta rays, turtles, eagle rays, and various shark species are the highlights on thrilling dives along the untouched coral reef. For something more relaxing, there is always lounging at your private beach villa, gazing onto the horizon, and watching a pod of dolphins slowly swim past.

What's Included: accommodation, transfer, breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 13: Johannesburg – Fond Farewell to Southern Africa

Savor this tropical paradise from the sky, as you return to Vilanculos Airport by private helicopter. You'll connect onto a flight to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. From here, your international departure awaits.

What's Included: airport transfer, breakfast

Price

Price 

Zicasso recommends the following guidelines for customized South Africa safari tour packages, excluding international flights:

  • 5-star: USD $600 - $1,000+ per person per day

The customized package will include hotels, airport transfers and other transportation within South Africa, guided tours or activities, unique experiences, trip planning, and 24X7 support during your trip.

Please inquire for a custom quote. The price is customized based on final hotel choices, travel dates, and other custom preferences.