South Africa has it all, and this itinerary connects all of its charms and colors. Big Five safari in the redolent wilderness, whale watching on pristine beaches, city sights framed by Table Mountain, and elegant tones of the Winelands. This 12-day Tinga Narina Safari Lodge itinerary provides a complete snapshot of South Africa, immersing you in the different paradigms and imbuing the captivating atmosphere of the country.
Kruger National Park - Exploring the Luxury of Tinga Narina
A rhino stands silently alongside the rutted trail. Zebras canter away into the distance, kicking up a mystical swirl of dust. An elephant stands above the vehicle, and it's impossible to miss the giraffes that roam along the horizon. Africa promises so many images of wilderness and wildlife; within an hour of landing, you're already amongst them. Your private transfer will meet you at Johannesburg International Airport and assist you to the domestic terminal for the short flight to Nelspruit. You're picked up by your safari guide and quickly enter into the world of Kruger National Park. This ecosystem is home to over half the world's rhinos and an abundant collection of the big cats. So you rarely have to wait long for the premier safari postcard-worthy picture.
Spend the afternoon driving through Kruger. Go slowly and pick up on the natural cues. Elephants lead you to a waterhole being used by hyenas. Kudu and springbok skip across the trail. Peer closely into the trees and something moves. Keep looking. Concentrate. And as the branch moves again, you spot a leopard. As sunset falls, you arrive at Tinga Narina Lodge, set within its own private concession. Great numbers of wild animals surround the lodge, keeping the safari going into the night. Settle into your luxury suite and you can still see the wildlife through the window. Elegant and imbued with old-world charm, Tinga Narina is both a journey into the wild and a celebration of traditional safari luxury. Consider reading some of our traveler reviews of African safaris to further refine and perfect your own African Safari itinerary.
Day 2 - 3
Kruger - Big Game Safari and the Magic of the Bush
Franschhoek - The Charms of the Cape Winelands
A Personalized Wine Tour
Hermanus - Relaxing Along an Untamed Coastline
Hermanus - Whale Watching Safari
Cape Town - Table Mountain and the Mother City
Day 9 - 10
Cape Town - Free Time to Explore Cape Town
Cape Town - Journeying to the Tip of Africa
Cape Town - Departure
- Start the adventure with three days of luxury safari in Africa in the Tinga Narina concession of Kruger National Park
- Enjoy all the safari angles with a mix of activities that safely encounters rhinos, big cats, elephants, and much more
- Relax amongst the enchanting landscapes of the Cape Winelands and sample the best grapes from world-renowned vineyards
- Spot whales breaching in the bay of Hermanus, with the great mammals often visible from the shore
- Spend four days discovering the charms of Cape Town, including Table Mountain and the sumptuous Waterfront area
- Journey to the southeastern tip of Africa, stopping to see fishing villages and waddling penguins en route
- Settle into a handpicked selection of South Africa's finest boutique accommodations
The Rainbow Nation delights in its diversity, effortlessly bringing together a myriad of faces and experiences. It's a country that can pull you in many directions and immerse you in a series of paradigms. The experiences are so different that it almost feels as if you're traveling in multiple countries. But the warm smiles and friendly greetings provide an assuring reminder that you're exploring South Africa. On this 12-day Tinga Narina Safari Lodge itinerary, you discover four unique destinations, each a snapshot of the Rainbow Nation and its kaleidoscopic tones. There's big five safari in world-famous Kruger National Park, elegant luxury in the Cape Winelands, whale watching from beautiful beaches, and four days in the iconic city of Cape Town. Each is unmistakably South African yet dappled with new cultures and experiences.
A big game safari introduces you to Africa. Hundreds of rhinos roam freely around the lodge, big cats hunt on the open savannah while large elephant herds rumble past the safari vehicle. Kruger is a place of phenomenal abundance and at many moments, you're not sure where to look. Staying at the Tinga Narina concession adds exclusivity and intimacy, along with the old-world luxury of safari lodges. Drive off road, walk through antelope-covered bushes, and watch a procession of life roam past your room. Three days ensures you're constantly finding a new angle and can seek out all the famous animals.
Then, you travel to Franschhoek, South Africa's oldest town, nestled in the Cape Winelands. Vineyards fill the panoramas, and you spend two days sampling the wine and fine dining of the region. A personalized wine tour unveils the area's hidden boutique farms while the town is filled with gourmet options. Heading to the coast, you relax in the quaint town of Hermanus. Whales raise their young in the bay, and they're easily seen from the coastline. Get even closer to the 15-meter giants with a whale watching safari. A private driver transfers you between destinations, but you can also elect a self-drive experience during this portion of your trip.
Eventually you've reached Cape Town and the dramatic postcard image of Table Mountain. Head straight up the mountain to get a feel for the city's design, with the suburbs nestled between the 3,000-feet peaks and glistening Atlantic Ocean waters. Two free days enables you to explore at leisure: Mandela's history on Robben Island, vivid street markets, sublime restaurants, and an atmosphere that's always inviting. The following day, you're guided to the very tip of Africa and Cape Point. Expect to see penguins, fishing villages, and countless panoramic views en route. As you traverse South Africa, you travel from its rhino-filled savannah to its serene southern tip, taking in all the tones that have created the Rainbow Nation. It's South Africa in a snapshot, but also South Africa at its immersive best.
$6,235 per person (excluding international flights)
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