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Sample 4: The Royal Safari

Day 1

Arrive at Cape Town International Airport under your own arrangements. You will be met and transferred by private vehicle to The One & Only Cape Town.

Days 1-5

Spend four nights at The One and Only Cape Town in a 1-bedroom suite (including full breakfast, WiFi, access to the 1,000 sq. ft fitness center, use of the sauna, steam room, and thermal pools at the spa, and bottled water and fruit in the room).

Day 2

Today you will be collected from your hotel for a half day private tour of the City of Cape Town, with entrance fees included.

The tour begins with a drive through the city via the Bo-Kaap, or Cape Malay Quarter (so named for those peoples exiled to the Cape from the Dutch colonies).

Leave the vehicle for an historical meander through the Company Gardens, the original fresh produce garden for visiting ships and locals from the mid 17th Century and today, home to the South Africa Museum, Cultural History Museum, Houses of Parliament, National Gallery and St George’s Cathedral. Stroll through the city to Greenmarket Square, with its bustling market stalls.

You will then be driven to Cape Town's Castle, the oldest building in South Africa with its collection of antique Cape paintings and take in the Grand Parade where Nelson Mandela addressed the nation upon his release in 1990.

Move on to the District Six Museum to view a moving collection of stories, pictures and memorabilia highlighting the colorful life of this suburb, which now stands empty due to the destruction of homes and forced removal of residents at the height of the Apartheid era.
 
At the end of the tour, you will be returned to your hotel.

Day 3

This morning you will be collected from your hotel for a full day private tour of the Cape Peninsula and table Mountain, with lunch and entrance fees included.

The tour begins with a scenic drive along the Atlantic Seaboard coast passing the seaside suburbs of Sea Point, Bantry Bay and Clifton. You will stop along the way to enjoy magnificent views of the Twelve Apostles along the Atlantic coast side of Table Mountain, and the beach of Camps Bay. Continue to Hout Bay, a charming little village and fishing harbour, where you will board a boat for an excursion to see the mass of Cape Fur Seals on Duiker Island (weather dependent).

Departing Hout Bay, the drive continues along one of the finest scenic coastal drives the in world. Between June and November there is the chance that guests may sight whales along the coastline. These are mainly Southern Right Whales that come into South African waters to mate and calve.

The tour continues on to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve where your guide will drive off the main road to the untouched area of Olifants Bay. There is a herd of endemic Bontebok living on this side of the reserve and you may see them on the beach and in the surrounding "fynbos", South Africa's magnificent indigenous floral vegetation. Interesting bird species include the African Black Oystercatchers and Avocets as well as endemics such as the Cape Sugarbird and Protea Canary, as well as various Sunbirds. Guests may enjoy a picnic lunch here (otherwise at one of the restaurants along the coast).

The tour then continues to the tip of the Cape Peninsula, from where you can walk to the lighthouse at Cape Point. From this vantage point, you will enjoy spectacular views of False Bay and the tumultuous meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. You then proceed to the Cape of Good Hope, the most southwestern point of the African continent.

Leaving the reserve, you proceed along the False Bay coastline to Boulders Beach, home to the only penguins found on the continent of Africa, the African Jackass Penguin. You continue on through historic Simonstown, South African naval headquarters, and return to Cape Town over Boyes drive with views of the fishing village of Kalk Bay and the seaside towns of St James and Muizenberg.

At some point during the day, you will be transferred to a cable car, which will take you up Table Mountain. From the top of the mountain, you will enjoy spectacular views over the city of Cape Town, Table Bay, and the Cape Peninsula. If weather prevents the cable car from operating, your guide will take drive you up Signal Hill, from where you will also enjoy breath-taking views..

Day 4

This morning you will be collected from your hotel for a full day private tour of the Cape Winelands, with lunch and entrance fees included.

You will be collected at your hotel by a driver and registered guide, for a full day exploration of the Winelands region, nestled below the spectacular Boland Mountains about 50 minutes drive from Cape Town. The tour will focus on the Cape's "wine route" towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. Guests will taste the "fruits of the vines" and enjoy the charm and hospitality of this unique area.

Wine estates visited on the tour vary and are selected after discussing personal preferences. Examples of those visited are Uitkyk, Warwick, Moreson, Mont Rochelle for fine red and white wines and Glen Carlou or Fairview for wine and cheese tastings.

Lunch may take the form of a picnic, weather permitting, or can be enjoyed at one of the many restaurants in the area.

For nature lovers a visit to the Paarl Bird Sanctuary can be included, as well as a visit to the Afrikaans Language Monument, with its indigenous gardens and sweeping views across the Boland Mountains.

The tour will take you to the historic estate of Boschendal, boasting some of the most beautifully preserved Cape Dutch buildings and period furniture in the Cape. This estate offers insight into how the early Cape settlers lived.

Another stop will be Franschhoek, a small town nestled in the "Valley of the Huguenots," where the French first settled in 1688. There, one can visit the Huguenot Memorial and Museum. You will have a chance to stroll through this charming country town with its lovely antique shops and gardens.

Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, will also be visited. Highlights are a drive down Dorp Street, with its beautiful Cape Dutch houses, and a visit to the museum, which highlights the different architectural styles in the Cape from the 17th century. There are also many shops and galleries to explore. At the end of the day, you will be returned to your hotel.

Day 5

This morning you will be collected from the One & Only and transferred by private vehicle to Cape Town International Airport. Check in for your scheduled flight to Kruger Airport. You will be met and transferred by light charter aircraft to Singita Lebombo Lodge.

Days 5-8

Spend three nights at Singita Lebombo Lodge in a Suite, on a fully inclusive basis (including accommodation, all meals and teas; all game activities; services of a professional guide and tracker; laundry; all local spirits, beers and soft drinks, as well as selected wines; and the mini bar).

Day 8

Today you will be collected from Singita Lebombo and transferred by light charter aircraft to Kruger Airport. Check in for your scheduled flight to Livingstone. You will be met on arrival and transferred by vehicle to The Victoria Falls Hotel (your transfer driver will assist with border formalities from Zambia into Zimbabwe).

Days 8-9

Spend one night at the Victoria Falls Hotel in a Stables Signature Wing Room, including breakfast, private check in, personal assistant service, one evening cocktail voucher on Stanley’s Terrace, pre-dinner drink service with canapés served in your room, specialized turn down service nightly, complimentary limited mini-bar including: 4 local beers, 2 bottles of mineral water, 2 soft drinks, 2 fruit juices & 2 chocolates. Complimentary Wi-Fi, and spa voucher for neck or back massage.  

Day 9

Today you will be collected and transferred by vehicle to Victoria Falls Airport. You will be met and transferred by light charter aircraft to Kasane, from where you will continue on to Abu Camp.

Days 9-12

Spend three nights at Abu Camp in a Tented Room, on a fully inclusive basis (including accommodation in luxury custom-built tents, each with own bathroom en-suite; all activities - elephant safaris, game drives, night drives, guided walks, mekoro safaris (seasonal); all meals, snacks, teas and coffees, soft and alcoholic drinks; the services of trained staff, guides and professional elephant handlers; and daily laundry service).  

Day 12

Today you will be collected from Abu Camp and transferred by light charter aircraft to  Maun Airport. Check in for your scheduled flight to Johannesburg. From this point you will depart under your own arrangements.

Rough Cost - 2019

From around $19,7665 to around $23,135 per person sharing.

Rate Includes

Accommodation as specified, Meals as specified, Ground transportation and excursions as noted, Park and entrance fees for lodges/camps inside national parks, Intra-Africa flights as specified, All government and airline taxes.

Rate Excludes

International flights to and from southern Africa; Drinks (unless otherwise specified), Items of a personal nature, Gratuities, Laundry (unless otherwise specified), Meals other than specified, Excursions other than specified, Flights other than specified, Medical, cancellation and baggage insurance, Visa fees and departure taxes (where applicable).

** PLEASE NOTE: These rates are given as guidelines, and will differ depending on factors such as the time of the year that guests travel, the number of guests travelling, and the class of airline seats available. All rates are subject to change at the discretion of the properties/operators, and due to currency fluctuations, unforeseen increases in fuel prices, increased airline prices, or any future government imposed taxes.

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