Luxurious pool at Dulini Lodge in South Africa. Photo courtesy: Dulini Lodge

Exclusive South African Safari for Couples

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Customizable Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited

South Africa

Places Visited

Thanda Private Game Reserve, Isimangaliso Wetland Park, Kruger National Park

Suggested Duration

12 Days

South Africa revels in its role as safari connoisseur, expertly blending unspoiled African bush with opulence and exclusivity. Experience the intimacy of a romantic safari tour to South Africa as you nestle into a luxury escape that cascades superlatives; the immersive natural spectacle is elevated in the most inimitable of styles. This isn't merely an African safari at its most compelling and elegant. It's an unforgettable hideaway for relaxation and romance in the heart of untamed Africa.

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Trip Highlights

  • Savor the safari exclusivity of Thanda Private Game Reserve, a multi-time winner of World's Leading Luxury Lodge and your base for the first four nights of this vacation
  • Garner a fresh perspective on safari immersion by spending three days in the beautiful Isimangaliso Wetlands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for lavish indigenous forests and boat safaris down game-filled rivers
  • Blend close-up safari encounters with idyllic beach as you settle onto the Indian Ocean's white sand that surrounds the lodge, a place where monkeys and hippos mingle with palm trees and deserted bliss
  • Complete the vacation with four days of iconic Big Five action in Kruger National Park, a remote private concession ensuring the exclusivity and romance is elevated even further
  • Helicopter rides and private flights connect the destinations, minimizing travel time and offering dazzling panoramas over the South African hinterland
  • Enjoy a full eleven days of meaningful and intimate safari; each destination provides a new perspective, every experience is tailored to you and your partner, and each camp or lodge harmoniously blends with the wild

Detailed Description

South Africa's wild hinterland teems with big mammals. The magnificent Big Five roam freely, joined on the plains by hippos, giraffe, and a conglomeration of antelopes. This is a landscape of safari dreams, a beautiful expanse of unspoiled nature ripe for private exploration. South Africa also leads the continent in providing exclusive luxury safari experiences. World-leading luxury lodges and camps leave you alone with nature; think elephants walking past as you lounge in heated plunge pools, spacious honeymoon suites with beautiful views over the plains, and opulent dining illuminated by candles. Close up encounters with famed big game are at the core of the experience, then the little luxury touches uncover a side to Africa that very few other visitors can indulge in. Exclusive and tender, yet undeniably wild and remote, this 12-day South Africa safari vacation is tailored for romantic or honeymooning couples looking for absolute privacy.

Start in Thanda Private Game Reserve, soaking up the beauty of a lodge that regularly takes home the gong as winner of World's Leading Luxury Lodge. For the first two days you sleep in the lodge and enjoy a myriad of intimate and meaningful safari encounters. Walk with elephants, admire the dazzling Big Five in their natural environment, and watch it all from your spacious veranda and suite. Then switch to the chic Jabula Tent, a true piece of solitude complete with swimming pool and lounge area. It goes without saying, that everything is situated to maximize the panoramas over the 14,000 hectare reserve.

Isimangaliso Wetland Park then provides a new angle: a stunning camp is tucked away in the forest, surrounded by monkey calls and wheeze-honks coming from the water. Once again, it's a destination for serenity and private moments in the heart of nature. Boat safaris explore hippo-covered rivers and vivid marine reefs, then they emerge in the ocean and transport you to dazzling sand banks virtually inaccessible to the world. Choose to relax. Choose to explore. Choose to savor the rare beauty of Isimangaliso at your own pace, and choose to indulge in this rarely explored part of the world. These rich safari experiences blend into Indian Ocean paradise. The Thonga Beach Lodge is just meters from white the sand, it looks like a postcard and the tranquil impressions of safari are further enhanced by iconic beach escapism.

South Africa's premier safari destination is Kruger National Park, a huge 20,000 square kilometers that's home to half the world's wild rhino population and a stunning superfluity of big cats. It's undeniably popular. Yet unfenced concessions ensure that exclusivity remains at the core of this vacation. Soak up the safari serenity of Kapama Karula, a private reserve bursting with all of Kruger's indelible big game. Expect to be sitting on the veranda and marveling at the full Big Five passing by. Like always, the safari itinerary is dictated by you and is completely exclusive. Game drives, walking safaris, dinners in the bush, everything exactly tailored to your needs. And like always, expect a solitude and exclusivity in South Africa's natural spectacle.

Starting Price

$12,475 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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