Trip Inspiration

10-Day Quintessential South Africa

Luxury Safari + Cape Town

This ten-day adventure offers opportunities to view everything from classic 'Big Five' wildlife to the Kalahari's meerkats and black-maned lions. Your safari experiences will likely take your breath away, but rest assured that your time in the Cape Town area will also wow you, with its rich culture and stunning scenery. By the end of your journey you will have experienced the true allure of incredible South Africa.

Trip Highlights

Locations

  • 6 nights on safari in two private game reserves
  • 3 nights in dazzling Cape Town

Activities

  • Safari game drives, including opportunities to see the Big Five!
  • Private touring in Cape Town and the beautiful Cape Peninsula
  • 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 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 Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

This morning you’ll return to the airport for your light aircraft flight to Singita Boulders, your home for the next three nights. All meals are included and will be served at camp.

This afternoon you will set out on your first safari! Track the ‘Big Five’ (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo) and search for elusive cheetah, wild dog and hyena.

Singita BouldersMeals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Days 3-4

 

Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

On safari! Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives daily in a shared vehicle. All meals will be served at camp.

Singita Sabi Sand is a privately owned reserve in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Spanning more than 45,000 acres, Singita Sabi Sand is renowned for high concentrations of big game and frequent leopard sightings. Enjoy your days at this magical location!

Singita BouldersMeals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 5

Sabi Sand 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. Accommodations will be reserved for three nights, including all meals.

This afternoon, join your guide for an evening game drive in a private vehicle.

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.

Tswalu MotseMeals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Meerkats in the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, 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

This morning after breakfast, you will be met for your 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 your interests and 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!

Following your tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Enjoy your evening at leisure.

Cape Grace HotelMeals: Breakfast / Lunch

Cape Winelands Vineyard

Day 10

Hout Bay Sunset

 

Penguin at Boulder's Beach

Cape Town

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.

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 harbor 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

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 use of a day room before this evening’s transfer to the Cape Town Airport and your departing flight home.

Overnight flightMeals: Breakfast