November 6: Arrive Johannesburg


You will arrive in Johannesburg and be met at the door of your aircraft to be assisted through customs and immigration. With the formalities out of the way, continue on to be met by one of your host and take your private shuttle to our first hotel. Johannesburg stems from gold and diamond mining, dating back to the 1800’s, and the city’s local name, Egoli, means The City of Gold. Today Johannesburg is the powerhouse of Africa and home to the continents busiest airport. After you’ve settled in, head to the hotels trendy patio bar for an evening cocktail meet and greet with your fellow travelers and hosts before enjoying a welcome dinner with traditional African food in The Residence private dinning hall.


Johannesburg


The Residence

Overnight at The Residence. Dinner included.

November 7, 8, 9 & 10: Kapama Private Reserve, Greater Kruger


This morning we will rise early for breakfast and then meet our transfer back to the airport to meet the scheduled flight to Hoedspruit, one of the gateways to the famous Greater Kruger Park. Our guides and safari vehicles will be waiting to meet us and whisk us off to our first safari camp. Kapama Game Reserve. Kapama's 13,000 hectares has all the big game of Africa with 42 mammal species and approximately 350 bird species. This equates to huge natural diversity and includes the famed 'Big 5' - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Our game drives will traverse through the rolling savannah grasslands and riverine forests that make up the reserve. This afternoon we’ll meet for high tea before setting out on our first thrilling game drive! One day we have the unique opportunity to meet and interact with a herd of rescued elephants!


We’ll receive a wakeup call (usually between 5 AM and 5.30 AM) and gather for tea or coffee and rusks before heading out at first light to try and track the big cats that may still be around after their night of hunting. There are also many other species to be seen, large and small, as well as fascinating plants and colorful birds. We will stop halfway through the morning game drive for hot drinks, light breakfast snacks and to stretch our legs. The Land Cruiser will take us back to camp around 9 AM for a wonderful breakfast; the perfect time to share our first safari sightings! Take the rest of the morning and early afternoon to enjoy the pool, make a spa appointment or simply sit back on your private balcony and relax while keeping an eye out for the wildlife like nyala antelope and vervet monkeys that can be seen around camp.


Get some African soil under your feet with the option of joining a guide and tracker for a bush walk after breakfast. Explore the environment with your ranger, learn about curative properties of plants and identify animals from their footprints and dung. Large game is avoided when on foot but animals can often be seen from a safe distance. Please note that this will be done under ranger discretion.


At about 3:30 pm we will convene for high tea and snacks, before departing with the same ranger/tracker team for the day's second African bush safari. The vehicles will stop just before sunset to let us stretch our legs. The guide or tracker will mix you the perfect sundowner drink to enjoy while we watch the last bit of light drop past the horizon; a safari tradition not to be missed! As darkness descends it's time to return to the safety of the vehicle and let the tracker scan the landscape with a spotlight picking out the glinting eyes of nocturnal animals. Return to the lodge around 7 pm, where there is time to freshen up before dinner.


Kapama Game Reserve


Kapama Buffalo Camp

Four nights at Kapama Buffalo Camp and Elephant Interaction. All meals and local drinks included.

November 11, 12, 13 & 14: Cape Town


After breakfast and perhaps one last activity, we will bid farewell to the bush and load up for our transfer to the Skukuza Airport to meet the direct scheduled flight to Cape Town. Here we will be picked up and transferred to our boutique hotel. Dinner tonight will be at one of the many great restaurants along the bustling Kloof Street, just a few steps from our front doors.


The old and established suburbs of Gardens, Oranjezicht and Tamboerskloof merge into each other as they line the foothills of Table Mountain and Signal Hill. The area enjoys convenient proximity to the city, the Table Mountain Cableway, as well as the beaches. The narrow little streets are lined by original Cape buildings, many of which have been beautifully restored, some now housing museums and art galleries, as well as lively sidewalk cafés and highly acclaimed restaurants. Now known for its trendy and modern vibe, this area is is wonderful to explore on foot, encompassing the historic parliament buildings, the Company Gardens and the unique boutiques of Kloof Street.


Cape Town


More Quarters

Four nights at More Quarters. Breakfast and Cape group welcome dinner included.

Monday, November 12: Cape Highlights


This morning we wake for an early breakfast and then meet our private guide and set out to explore some of the highlights of the Cape. Start by taking in the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, before crossing over to Hout Bay, where you may choose to join an optional boat cruise to Seal Island or spend a bit of time shopping the curio stands at the wharf. We’ll then continue on to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, where we will board a funicular to the top of the Peninsula to witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and enjoy spectacular views over False Bay. We’ll stop for lunch in this area before heading to Simonstown, the naval base, and then visit the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach.

Then it’s onward to Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, with canal lined avenues, and magnificent examples of Cape Dutch architecture. Here we’ll enjoy a wine tasting session and a cellar tour, before returning to the city late this afternoon.


Tuesday, November 13: Table Mountain, Green Market Square, Bo-Kaap, Winelands


Today is a day to take it easy and relax with shuttles to optional activities in the morning and a free afternoon. Our guide will pick us up at 7.45 AM and drop us off at iconic Table Mountain for the first cable car up at 8 AM. We have ample time to wander the trails at the top of the mountain and take in the spectacular views before our shuttle returns at 10.30 AM. The next stop is Greenmarket Square, where you can wander through the stall of wooden carvings, street art and textiles and do some shopping. Green Market is a great spot to pick up souvenirs! For those who want to skip the market, our guide will take you back to More Quarters after dropping off the rest of the group. The final transfer from Green Market Square back to More Quarters will be at noon.

You are welcome to spend as much time as you like on the mountain or the square and simply take a taxi back to More Quarters. This afternoon is a great time to visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for many years, or explore the busy shops and/or The Two Oceans aquarium at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront or head out to the Cape Town’s famous beaches. Lunch and dinner are on your own and we are happy to make suggestions and reservations and organize taxi rides if needed.


Thursday, November 14: Choose Your Own Adventure


Today you may decide to set out on your own or take part in one of the myriad of fantastic ways to explore with a guide. Shannon is ready to brave the waters with anyone interested in shark diving and Julia would love to spend a full day in the Winelands enjoying the amazing scenery and of course wonderful wines of Stellenbosch.

Here are some fun ideas and we recommend booking these in advance so please let us know what you would like to do! Tonight we will reconvene for a farewell dinner.
• Shark Diving
• Horseback riding or 4x4 quad biking
• Arts & Culture exploring the Company Gardens, Muizenberg, Kalk Bay galleries and Casa Labia
• Visit the brand new Heart Museum at Groote Schuur Hospital, home of the world's first heart transplant by Dr Christiaan Barnard
• Township Tours: we partner with uThando, a charity
• Photographic tour of the Peninsula
• Shop Till You Drop with a private stylist who has the inside scoop on local shops and designers
• Sea Kayaking with the penguins at Boulders Beach
• Cycling: The Cape is a beautiful place to bike and there are tours for cycling along the seaside, in the Winelands, at the Cape of Good Hope or an evening tour for see the city at night.
• Guided hike up Table Mountain
• Helicopter flips over the city, Table Mountain and the ocean
• Whale watching excursion to Hermanus, “The Whale Watching Capital of the World”


Friday, November 15: Depart or Begin Extension


Today we sadly bid farewell after breakfast and are transferred the airport to meet the departing flights home or on to Mozambique for those continuing onto the beach extension.


Rates - 2016
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
November 1-13; If booked before November 1, 2015 $6,800.00 $1,610.00
Beach Extension, November 13-18; If booked before November 1, 2015 $1,950.00 Please call
November 1-13; If booked on or after November 1, 2015 $7,200.00 $1,610.00
Beach Extension, November 13-18; If booked on or after November 1, 2015 $2,150.00 Please call
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