Celebrating the untrammeled luxury of South Africa, this 12-day tour exclusively features accommodation from Travel + Leisure's 2016 list of best hotels in the world. Taking you across the country, it evokes the eclectic beauty of the region, combining city and Winelands, private big-game safari and roaring Victoria Falls. Opulent accommodation provides the base while private tours offer flexible excursions and activities to discover the Southern Africa from your imagination.
Cape Town – Arriving at the Cape Grace
Yachts lull in the harbor, vertical masts juxtaposed with the horizontal colored lines of sunset over the water. Table Mountain rises imperiously behind you, a tablecloth of mist floating down its face. Surrounding you is the V & A Waterfront, the upmarket destination in the city for over 100 years. A pedestrianized area filled with fine dining restaurants, boutique markets, and memoirs to history. It's all within a few steps of the Cape Grace, but when an African sunset paints the horizon, it's difficult to leave your hotel balcony.
A regular in the list of world's best hotels, the Cape Grace is an ode to decadence, blurring any distinctions between old-world and modern styles. For four nights, you're in a one bedroom suite, featuring a spacious terrace overlooking the marina and a private lounge area for breakfast and other meals from the hotel's excellent restaurant. You'll be greeted at Cape Town International and transferred to the hotel, a 30-minute journey that passes beneath Table Mountain before dropping you at the waterside. There's so much to explore in this city; but for today, there's more than enough charm to discover at the Cape Grace and the surrounding V & A Waterfront.
Day 2 - 4
Cape Town – The Best of City, Winelands and Cape
Day 5 - 6
Kruger National Park – Exploring Big-Game Kruger from Singita Lebombo
Day 7 - 8
Sabi Sands – More Exclusive, Luxury Safari
Day 9 - 10
Victoria Falls – Africa's Legendary Falls from Legendary Royal Livingstone Hotel
Johannesburg – Africa's Leading Hotel
Johannesburg – Cradle of Humankind and Evening Departure
- Explore Southern Africa in the finest of styles, with an itinerary that exclusively features accommodations from Travel + Leisure's World's Best list of hotels
- Settle into the waterfront opulence of Cape Town at the Cape Grace and discover the old-world colonial grandeur of the Royal Livingstone Hotel
- Absorb the beauty of Cape Town with four privately guided days of wine tasting, waterfront brilliance, Table Mountain, and city exploration
- Hear the rumble of Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, from your balcony and discover the astonishing grandeur of the world's most plentiful waterfall
- Enjoy four days of luxurious big-game safari with stays at Singita Lebombo in the Kruger and Londolozi in the Sabi Sands
- Savor an exclusive safari experience and discover that there is far more than just the Big Five, with dozens of species roaming past your old-world explorer's verandah
- Complete the South Africa tour in the 2016 winner of Travel + Leisure's best hotel in Africa, the Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg
- Direct flights connect destinations and all excursions are private and flexible
Southern Africa's accommodations are quick to surprise and enchant visitors. Luxurious unfenced lodges are safely graced by wild white rhinos and roaming elephants. Expressive hotels stand glamorously on the edge of the land, or just upriver from the world's most powerful waterfall. Delightful enclaves offer untrammeled contemporary luxury, yet still exude a powerful immersion in the wildlife and wilderness that makes Southern Africa so special. On Travel + Leisure's 2016 list of the world's best hotels, it's South Africa that leads the way in the Africa and Middle East category. This South Africa tour celebrates only the best, an all-star 12 days offering five of the finest places to stay anywhere in the world.
There is no single blueprint for success as each hotel reflects the inspiring diversity of the country it graces. Waterfront opulence beneath Table Mountain is the appeal of the Cape Grace in Cape Town. Old-world safari exploration comes at Londolozi in the Sabi Sands, while Kruger's Singita Lebombo presents a very contemporary safari feel. The legendary Royal Livingstone Hotel is an ode to colonial grandeur while the continent's leading hotel, the Saxon, showcases how cutting-edge and African charm can seamlessly blend together.
The Cape Grace came second overall in Africa and is your base for the first four days in Cape Town, where city delights effortlessly blend with the drama of nature. Stand on the Table Mountain summit, savor exquisite fine dining restaurants, explore the Winelands, and journey down to the tip of Africa, passing penguins and springbok along the way. You'll have a private guide who will create a personalized itinerary dependent on your interests and mood.
Fly to Kruger National Park for four days of safari in one of Africa's most loved and inspiring destinations. Singita Lebombo is a newcomer, a contemporary lodge with swimming pools overlooking the elephants and private excursions into rhino-filled bush. Londolozi is all old-world charm, part of a large private reserve that excels in intimate big-game encounters. Stay for four days and the safari will be calm and relaxed, a mix of activities revealing far more than the Big Five.
You fly north to Victoria Falls, where royal colonial charms combine with the epic display of nature. For two days, you won't be able to escape the haunting and electrifying rumble of the falls; there are many options for getting the best view. Stop in Johannesburg, enjoying the Saxon and spending a morning discovering the World Heritage Cradle of Humankind site, where secrets to the history of humankind combine with the innovation of where we've reached. Throughout this 12-day South Africa, transfers and tours are private, with flights connecting destinations as you hop across the region.
$6,235 per person (excluding international flights)
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