AN AFRICAN SAFARI
Day 1 - Arrival in Cape Town
Day 2 - Cape Town
Depart for Table Mountain and a 6-minute ascent by cable car to the summit, which offers sweeping views over the peninsula and Table Bay. We will take a short-guided walk on the summit while our guide shows us various landmarks and points of interest. On a clear day, the distinctive shape of Table Mountain can be seen from up to 200 km’s out to sea.
Today we enjoy a full day tour of Cape Point. We travel along the Atlantic seaboard, passing the Twelve Apostles. Continue through Camps Bay, on past Oudekraal toward Hout Bay to visit this picturesque fishing harbour and then on towards Constantia Nek and down toward the Eastern side of the peninsula.
Following the Ou Kaapse Weg we wind our way to the old Silvermine, which offers sweeping views over the False Bay coast and back onto the Atlantic side of the Peninsula to reach our destination - The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Seven species of Antelope are to be found here, including the Eland, Bontebok and Mountain Zebra. We head back towards Cape Town via the lovely town of Simonstown, an important naval base for the British for 150 years. We’ll visit the Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach and continue on through the lovely suburb of Constantia and past the Cecilia State Forest to the world famous 100 year old Kirstenbosch Gardens that boast 6000 species of flora.
Our full day winelands tour includes a private cellar tour and tasting of Muratie Estate wine. From Muratie visit Stellenbosch for the historical sightseeing and a stop at ‘Oom Samie se Winkel’ (which means Uncle Samie’s shop) with its huge selection of African/South African goods. – the store is an icon in the country and belongs to one of the daughters of the owners of Muratie. South Africa is the world’s 8th largest wine producer and has about 100,000 ha under vine concentrated in the Western Cape.
We will travel to Robben Island via ferry. From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. Today it is a World Heritage Site and museum, a poignant reminder to the newly democratic South Africa of the price paid for freedom.
Last afternoon in Cape Town is free.
Day 6 - Johannesburg
We will fly to Johannesburg for transfer by air to Eagle Island Camp in the Okavango. Our time in Botswana will be spent viewing game in the incomparable wilderness and surrounding areas of the Okavango Delta. Over 1100 species exist in the varied ecosystems that comprise the Delta.
Day 7 - Eagle Island Camp
Accommodation at Eagle Island Camp is everything you would expect of a luxury safari experience. All tents are housed on raised wooden platforms, offering great views, and shaded by a traditional African thatch roof. The large private decks are furnished with easy chairs and a hammock, ideal for viewing wildlife.
Day 8 - Khwai River Lodge, Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Khwai is world renowned for its large concentrations of big mammals, especially buffalo, hippo and elephant. It is not unusual to see many different types of wildlife from the comfort of your own private deck. The exceptional location of Khwai makes it a regular host to elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dogs. Birdlife can be viewed in abundance with exceptional sightings of wildfowl and raptors near the lodge. Activities at the camp include morning and afternoon game drives in open Land Cruisers, walking safari, as well as after-dark spotlight game drives.
A cultural visit to the Khwai Village has been included as well as a guided safari walk along the Khwai River.
Day 9 - Kwai River/Johanesburg
After a morning activity, transfer by light aircraft to Maun, Botswana and on to Johannesburg
Day 10 - Singita Boulders, Sabi Sands Reserve, Kruger National Park
Boulders Lodge has one of the most beautiful locations in the Sabi Sand Reserve and embraces nature at every turn. Known for its prolific wildlife, Singita Private Game Reserve lies in the heart of the world-renowned Sabi Sand Reserve in South Africa. The region features broad, open savannahs interspersed with acacia thornveld, rocky outcrops and riverine forest. This diverse habitat boasts an incredible array of wildlife, including the big five. Herds of buffalo and elephant, large prides of lion, majestic leopards and numerous antelope species call the Sabi Sand Reserve home. From the luxury of Singita’s exquisite lodges, guests can enjoy superb game viewing, either from the back of a game drive vehicle, on a walking safari or from the balcony of a private suite.
Day 11 - From Singita Airstrip to Johannesburg
Visit Soweto, the cradle of South African democracy, followed by a tour of the SOHO style neighborhood with its contemporary art galleries and the city center where several artists have established their studios.
Day 13 - Return to New York