Trip Inspiration

10-Day Quintessential South Africa

Luxury Safari + Cape Town

Offering classic Big 5 wildlife, the Kalahari's meerkats and black-maned lions, private tours in Cape Town and the Cape Winelands, rich culture, stunning scenery and luxurious accommodations throughout, this 10-day trip exemplifies South Africa's allure.

Trip Highlights

Locations

  • 6 nights on safari in two unique private safari game reserves
  • 3 nights in the dazzling city of Cape Town

Activities

  • Safari game drives
  • Private Winelands tour and wine tasting
  • Private Peninsula tour
  • Private Robben Island tour
What does “Trip Inspiration” mean?

At Travel Beyond, we believe your trip should be designed just for you, not for the masses. Our travel consultants create a custom itinerary for each client, offering recommendations for places and experiences that best fit your style. The itinerary below was planned for a past client, but we’re sharing it for travel inspiration and as an example of what a trip to South Africa might look like. Let us know when we can design a trip just for you!

Day 1

Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa

Welcome to South Africa! Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you will be met by a Travel Beyond representative who will assist you to your hotel. Relax and enjoy the remainder of the evening at leisure!

Intercontinental Johannesburg Airport Hotel Meals: N/A

Day 2

Johannesburg to MalaMala Private Game Reserve

This morning after breakfast, you’ll return to the airport for your light aircraft flight to your safari destination. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a camp representative and transferred to Rattray’s on MalaMala. You’ll be escorted to your private Khala and enjoy lunch in camp, with stunning views of the seasonally-flowing Sand River.

This afternoon, meet your safari guide and the camp’s other guests for an evening game drive in a Land Rover. Track the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo), search for elusive cheetah, wild dog and hyena, and stop to enjoy a classic safari “sundowner,” or drinks in a scenic location as the sun sets.

Following your evening game drive, dinner will be served at camp.

Rattray’s on MalaMalaMeals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Days 3-4

MalaMala Private Game Reserve

On safari! Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives daily in a shared vehicle. All meals will be served at camp. While on safari, all game-viewing and transfers are with the camp guides in vehicles that are shared with other guests.

MalaMala Private Game Reserve is part of the greater Kruger National Park protected wilderness, which boasts the greatest diversity of wildlife on the entire continent of Africa. MalaMala’s 33,000 acres offer a diversity of habitats as well, from dense riverine forest to acacia-combretum bushveld, open grassland, rocky outcrops and more—each area harboring unique plant and animal species. MalaMala is also known as a fantastic location for Big 5 animal viewing.

Rattray’s on MalaMalaMeals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 5

MalaMala Private Game Reserve to Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

Today, after an early morning game drive and brunch, you will be transferred to the airstrip for your shared light aircraft flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you will board your shared light aircraft flight to Tswalu and then you will be transferred to your lodge, Tswalu Motse. This afternoon, join your guide for an evening game drive in a private vehicle. Dinner will be served at the lodge.

Tswalu MotseMeals: Breakfast / Dinner

Days 6-7

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

On safari! Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives daily in a private vehicle. The Tswalu Kalahari Reserve is the largest private game reserve in South Africa, covering almost a quarter of a million acres. A safari at Tswalu offers the chance to see uniquely adapted and rare wildlife like black-maned lions, playful meerkats, desert black rhino, cheetah, aardwolf and more. Keep an eye open for the ancient rock engravings of the San bushman, among the oldest art on earth.

Between game drives, consider booking a massage at Tswalu’s spa or relaxing at the lodge pool. All meals will be served at the lodge.

Tswalu MotseMeals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Meerkats in the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, courtesy Tswalu Kalahari

Meerkats, courtesy Tswalu Kalahari

Day 8

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve to Cape Town

This morning after your morning game activity, enjoy breakfast at the lodge. You will be transferred to the airstrip for your shared light aircraft flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival in Cape Town, you will be met by a representative for your private road transfer to the Cape Grace Hotel.

Enjoy the remainder of your evening at leisure. Walk along the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, bustling with trendy shops, restaurants and bars of every style. Or grab a drink at the Cape Grace’s Bascule Bar, with more than 400 kinds of whisky and small plates to accompany your drinks. Indulge on a fabulous dinner at one of many world-famous restaurants in Cape Town, like the award-winning Test Kitchen. Housed in the restored Old Biscuit Mill, Test Kitchen offers an incredible 9-course tasting menu with wine pairings that will dazzle any foodie’s taste buds. As the hottest restaurant in Cape Town, Test Kitchen’s reservations book up months in advance, so reservations should be made as soon as you can!

Cape Grace HotelMeals: Breakfast

Day 9

Cape Town – Private Winelands Tour and Wine Tasting

This morning after breakfast, you will be met in the lobby by your private guide for a full day Winelands Tour. Depart the city to the Winelands region in the nearby Boland Mountains for a leisurely exploration of historic Wine Route towns. Estates visited will vary according to client preferences, but the tour generally includes the region’s major wine producing areas with chances aplenty en route for tastings of high quality reds, whites and Cap Classiques (South African “Champagne”). Enjoy lunch at one of the many classic restaurants in the area. Natural and historic heritage abounds, and your tour may take in sights like the Afrikaans Language Monument, the historic estate of Boschendal and idyllic Franschhoek. Visit Stellenbosch, known for its 17-18th Century Cape style, to browse quaint Dorp Street, visit the museum or explore the many galleries and shops of this university town. Following your tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Enjoy your evening at leisure.

Cape Grace HotelMeals: Breakfast / Lunch

Cape Winelands Vineyard

A Vineyard in the Cape Winelands

Day 10

Hout Bay Sunset

(ABOVE) Hout Bay Sunset
(BELOW) A Penguin at Boulder’s Beach

Penguin at Boulder's Beach

Cape Town – Private Peninsula Tour

This morning after breakfast, you will embark on your private Peninsula Tour. Your guide will drive you along the Atlantic seaboard passing Sea Point, Bantry Bay and Clifton. The ghostly shipwrecks of Bakoven and Llandudno are fantastic sights on the way to the fishing village of Hout Bay, where you’ll board a boat to view the Cape Fur Seal colony on Duiker Island (weather permitting).

From here, navigate the 114 curves of 600m high Chapman’s Peak Drive. Next, explore the Cape of Good Hope section of Table Mountain National Park, home wildlife such as Cape mountain zebra, bontebok and the charismatic Cape baboon. Climb or ride the world’s first environmentally friendly funicular to the famous Cape Point Lighthouse to capture the magical vistas of False Bay.

After lunch, visit Boulders Beach to see the penguins, and then head back through the naval village of Simonstown and over scenic Boyes Drive, taking in the views of the fishing harbour at Kalk Bay and the seaside havens of St James and Muizenberg. To round off your day you can take a stroll through Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on the slopes of Table Mountain. Following your tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel to spend the evening at your leisure.

Cape Grace HotelMeals: Breakfast / Lunch

Day 11

Cape Town – Robben Island and District 6 Private Tour

Today after breakfast, you will embark on a private Robben Island and District 6 tour. Following your tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel, where you will have dayroom use and guaranteed late checkout. This evening, you will be met in the hotel lobby for your private road transfer to the Cape Town Airport in time for your departing flight home.

Overnight flightMeals: Breakfast