Lion prides basking on the scorched African savannah, great white sharks leaping from the waves with a seal carcass, white rhinos marching past your lodge verandah. South Africa is the home of nature's giants, both on land and in the ocean. On this 7-night South Africa tour, you see all seven of the most revered African animals, including exquisite leopards, rumbustious elephant herds, boisterous buffalo, and 50-ton southern right whales.
Cape Town – Sunset at the Waterfront
Land in Cape Town and its most famous monument is easily found, Table Mountain rising majestically above a city of colorful houses and a relaxed coastal ambiance. Nothing is rushed here, the towering mountain a reminder that the passage of time can't be interrupted or cheated. You'll be greeted at the airport, and it's a 30-minute private transfer to the V & A Waterfront, the city's premier coastal address. Your five-star hotel stands over the harbor, offering prime views of the ocean sunset as well as angles towards the rugged mountain. Within a five-minute walk, you can find boutique craft markets, exceptional seafood restaurants, unusual public artwork and the welcoming atmosphere that the city is renowned for. It's all in a large fully-pedestrianized space that provides a charming welcome to the country.
Cape Town – Table Mountain and the Vineyards of Constantia
Gansbaai to Hermanus – Great White Shark Cage Diving
Hermanus – Intimate Encounters with Southern Right Whales
Cape Town to Sabi Sands – A Game Drive on the African Savannah
Day 6 - 7
Sabi Sands – Thrilling Big Five Safari in the Kruger Area
Sabi Sands to Johannesburg – Departure
- Come face to face with great white sharks on a cage diving experience in Gansbaai, then watch from the boat as the ocean's greatest predator jumps clear from the water
- Watch whales breaching from your hotel balcony in Hermanus, then take a boat or kayak trip to get closer to their immense 50-ton frames
- Go on safari in an ecosystem that contains over half the world's wild rhinos and constantly bump into the graceful horned giants
- A 3-day safari in the Sabi Sands is all about the predators, and the experience isn't just about spotting lions and leopards, it's about seeing them in the thrill of the hunt
- Large elephant and buffalo herds complete the big seven experience, their thunderous footsteps reverberating across the savannah
- Explore the beauty of Cape Town on your first two days in South Africa, which include the summit of Table Mountain and the sensual vineyards of Constantia
South Africa is the land of nature's giants. Elephants move in large herds, their trumpeted calls resonating beyond the horizon. Buffalos march, rumbling footsteps echoing far across the savannah. Great white sharks leap clear of frothy ocean waters, often with a seal carcass hanging limply from razored teeth. In a calm bay, a little further around the coast, female southern right whales nurture their calves. The 50 to 60-ton males follow the scent of the hormones, filling the bay with further charms. Back on the savannah, and the predators rule their kingdom, lion prides who bask beneath trees and leopards who drape their spots across the acacia branches. Then there are also rhinos, over half the world's wild and endangered population residing in the savannah where you'll be going on safari. It's not just the big five. There are seven giants to intimately discover.
South Africa's dramatic landscapes provide the starting point to this tour, the vertical Table Mountain Chain casting a shadow across two different oceans. Spend the first two days in Cape Town and the mountain is almost always in view, including when you sip wine from the sensual vineyards of its hidden back slopes. Follow the waves two hours east, stopping in Gansbaai for a boat trip to Shark Alley. Great whites soar from the water then disappear into the depths, only to return and circle as they intercept seals out hunting for fish. From the safety of a half-submerged cage, you admire their haunting beauty, sometimes from barely one or two meters away. Continue 30 minutes further to Walker Bay and migratory southern right whales can be spotted from your hotel balcony. Next, you'll enjoy thrilling close-ups, choosing either a boat or kayak tour across the bay. Weighing over 50 tons, these are some of the largest mammals alive, and they're in frisky mood as the mating and calving seasons coincide.
Then it's onto the savannah, a flight taking you from Cape Town to the Sabi Sands and an airstrip that's surrounded by the drama of the wild. On the transfer to the lodge, there will be a series of encounters, Africa's big game roaming freely in a huge unfenced habitat. The land-based big five are here, and they're found in abundance; Sabi Sands isn't a place to glimpse the revered animals, it's where you're fully immersed in the rhythm of the savannah, from elephants wandering past at dinner time to lionesses and buffaloes clashing at sunrise.
Three days of safari means the experience isn't rushed, and you can explore in a variety of ways. Walking safaris bring intimate moments with the smaller animals while nighttime drives find the predators on the move. This is wild Africa, and you don't need to search for the big five; sometimes you're sitting on the verandah, and a herd of elephants or a small rhino family will wander past before your eyes. From the Sabi Sands, there are direct flights to Johannesburg, where you connect with your international flight, after seeing the big seven in just seven nights.
$3,195 per person (excluding international flights)
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