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A glorious combination of iconic regions and classically styled properties for the ulitmate in adventure and luxury
Enjoy an elegant adventure to three of Africa’s most iconic areas; the glorious city of Cape Town, the game-rich reserves of the Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls – one of the most spectacular waterfalls anywhere in the world. With direct flights between each location, this trip is enjoyed with the minimum of fuss and allows for three very contrasting, yet wonderfully complementary African experiences.
Start off in Cape Town, South Africa’s most elegant city nestled between the bulk of Table Mountain and the swirling waters of the Atlantic Ocean. From your base in the upmarket suburb of Constantia you will be able to explore the surrounding wineries, head in to the city to soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere and head further afield to explore the amazing coastal region to the south. From Cape Town fly cross-country to the edge of the Kruger National Park for a safari in one of the country’s most fabled private reserves. Abundant sightings of wildlife both big and small can be enjoyed here, along with outstanding birding for those so inclined. Your lodge will be a haven of tranquillity in between safaris where you can relax in the sunshine, enjoy superb cuisine and outstanding personalised service. The final leg of your trip will see you fly to Livingstone on the Zambian side of the mighty Victoria Falls for your river adventures. Walk the Falls, explore the Zambezi River and relax in equal measure in one of Africa’s most stunning locations. This is the perfect place to round off such a trip and you will set off with incredible memories of your trip.
This is the perfect adventure if you are looking to tick off a number of “bucket list” destinations in the same trip and with the minimum of fuss. The flight timings allow you to maximise the time spent in each area and really get under the skin of each destination and enjoy everything that they have to offer.
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Day 1: Flying to Cape Town
This evening you will fly overnight on the direct British Airways flight from London Heathrow to Cape Town, arriving early tomorrow morning.
Day 2: Arrive in Cape Town
From the airport you will be transferred in to the elegant suburb of Constantia where you will be spending the next 4 nights at the lovely Cellars Hohenort. One of the Cape’s most historic estates, the Cellars offers a very traditional stay in Cape Dutch style buildings, surrounded by verdant gardens and amazing views to the back of Table Mountain. It is also home to one of the most revered restaurants in the country, The Greenhouse, which is reason enough to stay in itself as guests are all given priority access to the much sought-after tables.
Day 3: Vineyards, good food and relaxation
The surrounding Constantia Valley is renowned for having some of the oldest vineyards in the world and we will arrange a day out for you to explore some of them. Enjoy wine tastings with wine makers on sun drenched terraces, eat local cheeses and charcuterie, all with the stunning backdrop of the valley and surrounding mountains to accompany you. Return to the hotel in the latter part of the afternoon for some time to relax by the swimming pool and to reflect what will doubtless have been a memorable day in this stunning part of the Cape.
Day 4: Exploring Cape Town
Today will be at leisure for you to do as you please, but you will likely want to head in to Cape Town itself to enjoy its many incredible attractions. The Cableway will take you to the top of Table Mountain where you can enjoy panoramic views out over the city, whilst no trip here would be complete without a visit to Robben Island. The V&A Waterfront has some excellent restaurants for lunch as well as superb shopping and the nearby Company Gardens is the perfect place for a late afternoon stroll in the sunshine.
Day 5: The Cape Peninsula awaits
A rental car will be delivered this early morning to allow you to head down to the Cape Peninsula for one of the best days out the region has to offer. The stunning drive along the coast road to reach the Cape Point Nature Reserve will whet your appetite for the adventure ahead, before you visit Cape Point, the lighthouse and the Cape of Good Hope. There will also be the chance to visit the African penguins at Boulders Beach where there are some excellent lunch spots. From there pick your way back to the hotel – the rental car will be collected from the hotel staff this evening.
Day 6: On to the Sabi Sand
After breakfast you will be collected from the hotel and transferred back to the airport for the flight across the country to Kruger Mpumalanga airport, the gateway to the nearby game reserves. A short drive will take you to the wildlife paradise that is the Sabi Sand Wildtuin where you will be spending 3 nights at Dulini Leadwood, a stunning luxury lodge, renowned for its superb food and amazing guiding. Enjoy lunch and some time to relax before heading out for an afternoon game drive – a chance to start spotting Africa’s fabled Big 5.
Day 7: Big game in abundance
The safari programme at Leadwood offers the traditional combination of morning and afternoon game drives, allowing you between 4 and 5 hours in the bush at a time. The reserve is especially well-known for its big cat sightings so you guide will do their utmost to get you in position for incredible sightings. The vehicles have been especially adapted to allow photography equipment to be used to its maximum potential so keen photographers are especially well catered for here, but it really is a lodge and an experience for lovers of luxury in all forms.
Day 8: Relax and enjoy the lodge
Of course, it isn’t all go when you are out on safari – there is ample time for you to relax and revel in your surroundings and there are few better spots to do this than Dulini Leadwood. The spacious suites boast their own private plunge pools and sundecks, whilst the sparkling main swimming pool offers amazing views out over the bush and staff are always on hand to serve drinks when guests are relaxing there. The food is outstanding, accompanied by an amazing array of wines and guests can also enjoy a range of massage treatments in the privacy of their suite.
Day 9: On to Victoria Falls
Enjoy a final morning game drive and breakfast in the lodge before being collected and transferred by road back to Kruger Mpumalanga airport for the flight up to Livingstone. From this small airport on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls you will be transferred upstream to The River Club, a charming colonial-style property on the banks of the mighty Zambezi and the perfect place from which to explore the region for the next 3 nights. Spend the afternoon relaxing by the swimming pool before heading out for a sunset drinks cruise on the river.
Day 10: Exploring the region
There is so much to see and do in this area that your days will be full of exciting adventures. Of course, a visit to the Victoria Falls with a guide is a must-do and a great way to start your day, but you can also enjoy helicopter flights over the falls, cruises along the river, bungee jumps and gorge swings and visits to the David Livingstone Museum. You can also take a trip to a local village that the lodge supports, try your hand at fishing and they are also able to arrange a unique dining experience on a converted train called the Livingstone Express.
Day 11: Some time to relax
You will also have ample time to relax in between activities and enjoy the sumptuous surroundings of the lodge. The swimming pool is one of the most beautifully appointed in all of Africa, set on a bend of the Zambezi with views out across the river to Zimbabwe on the far bank. They also offer a range of massage treatments, have access to walking trails around the property and even a croquet lawn and billiards table. The food is outstanding here and the wine list rivals any on the continent to help make for a wonderful dining experience.
Day 12: Time to head home
After breakfast and some time to relax in the lodge you will be collected and transferred back to Livingstone airport in good time for the afternoon flight to Johannesburg where you will connect on to the overnight BA service to London Heathrow, arriving in the early hours of tomorrow morning.
Duration: 12 Days
Location: South Africa, Africa
This Classic Cape, Kruger and Vic Falls Experience costs from £9,095 per person and includes:
- International, domestic and regional flights
- All applicable transfers
- Private guided wine tour in Cape Town
- 1 days car rental in Cape Town
- 4 nights with Breakfast at Cellars Hohenort - Luxury Double Room
- 3 nights Fully Inclusive at Dulini Leadwood - Suite
- 3 nights Fully Inclusive at The River Club - River Suite
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