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11-Day Safari + Cape Town Luxury

Bush Adventure + Bustling Cape Town

Embark on an unforgettable 11-day trip featuring the very best of South Africa. Experience six nights on safari in two private game reserves before embarking on an exploration of the bustling city of Cape Town. Photograph iconic animals and breathtaking scenery, taste your way through world-renowned restaurants and indulge yourself in luxury. This itinerary expertly balances exploration and relaxation for the trip of a lifetime.

Trip Highlights

Locations

  • 1 overnight in Johannesburg
  • 3 nights on safari in Timbavati Private Game Reserve
  • 3 nights on safari in Madikwe Private Game Reserve
  • 3 nights in a luxurious hotel in Cape Town

Activities

  • Enjoy exhilarating games drives as you look for ‘Africa’s Big 5’
  • Set out on a bush walk for intimate views of the animals
  • Explore Cape Town and its surrounds with a private guide

Day 1

Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa

Welcome to South Africa! Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you will be met by Travel Beyond representative who will assist with airport formalities and check-in at the Intercontinental Johannesburg Airport Hotel, where you will spend one night.

Intercontinental Johannesburg Airport Hotel Meals: N/A

Day 2

Johannesburg to Timbavati Private Game Reserve

This morning after breakfast, you will be met and escorted back to the Johannesburg Airport for your commercial flight to Hoedspruit. Upon arrival in Hoedspruit, you will be transferred to Kambaku River Sands where you will spend three nights, including all meals, shared game drives and shared bush walks.

This afternoon, meet your guide and other guests for a shared game activity. Dinner will be served at the lodge.

Kambaku River SandsMeals: Breakfast / Dinner

Days 3-4

Timbavati Private Game Reserve

On safari! Enjoy your morning and afternoon game activities.

The beauty of the Timbavati Game Reserve is unfenced and open, waiting to be discovered. Kambaku River Sands is a place of sanctuary for Africa’s Big 5 (leopard, lion, rhinoceros, elephant and buffalo) and more. Your guide will be one of the camp’s seasoned experts and will furnish you with all the information you need as you encounter indigenous wildlife thriving in their natural habitat.

Kambaku River Sands Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 5

Timbavati Private Game Reserve to Madikwe Private Game Reserve

This morning, you will be transferred to the Hoedspuit Airport for your commercial flight to the Johannesburg Airport. Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you will be transferred to the Federal Air Hangar for your shared light aircraft flight to Mateya Safari Lodge, where you will spend three nights including all meals and shared lodge activities. This afternoon, meet your guide and the other guests for a shared lodge activity.

Mateya Safari LodgeMeals: Breakfast / Dinner

Days 6-7

Madikwe Private Game Reserve

On safari! Enjoy your morning and afternoon game activities.

You may experience the thrill of encountering the Super 7: Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Wild Dog. In addition, the Madikwe Game Reserve boasts over 350 species of birds. Accompanied by experienced rangers and trackers, you can venture on game drives or track on guided walking safaris.

Mateya Safari Lodge Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 8

Madikwe Private Game Reserve to Cape Town

Today, you will be transferred to the Johannesburg Airport for your commercial flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival, you will be met for your private transfer to One&Only Cape Town where you will spend three nights, including breakfast daily. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.

One&Only Cape Town is in the vibrant heart of the city’s waterfront, surrounded by restaurants, shopping, art and entertainment. With lovely views of Table Mountain and within easy reach of spectacular beaches, national parks, and winelands, the hotel is the perfect Cape Town “home away from home.”

One&Only Cape Town Meals: Breakfast

Day 9

Cape Town

This morning after breakfast, you will be met for your full-day Cape Peninsula, including entrance fees for Chapman’s Peak, and Table Mountain Cableway tickets.

The first stop is Table Mountain’s Lower Cableway Station, for a five-min revolving cable car ride to the top. Standing 3,500ft above sea level, the top of Table Mountain affords bird’s-eye views of both the city and peninsula, as you explore its summit. Descend and depart the city along the Atlantic seaboard passing Sea Point, Bantry Bay and Clifton. Bakoven and Llandudno, with their ghostly shipwrecks, are also fantastic sights on the way to the fishing village of Hout Bay. From here, navigate the 114 curves of 600m/1,970ft high Chapman’s Peak Drive. Explore the Cape of Good Hope section of the Table Mountain National Park, home to fabulous birds and very special fauna, 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, we visit Boulders Beach to see the penguins, and then head home 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.

One&Only Cape TownMeals: Breakfast / Lunch

Day 10

Cape Town

This morning after breakfast, you will be met by your private guide who will be at your disposal for a full-day. Together, you will see the city highlights, including entrance fees for a Township Walking tour, District 6, and Cape Castle.

Explore the sights, rich culture and history of Cape Town as you stroll through Company Gardens and visit the South African Museum. Stroll through the city to Greenmarket Square, where you can browse the bustling market stalls for beautiful and unique African mementos. From there drive to the Castle, South Africa’s oldest building, with its formidable collection of Old Cape paintings. Take in the nearby Grand Parade, where Nelson Mandela addressed the nation on his release in 1990, and then move on to the District Six Museum, which showcases the colorful life of this legendary suburb and the forced relocation of its residents during the Apartheid era. We then visit the Iliso Care Society where we meet the staff and gain an insight into the lives they touch. Established in 2005 in Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats, Iliso began as a soup kitchen serving daily meals to hundreds of residents. The project has since expanded and offers a range of services to the local community including new skills development, an internet café, community empowerment workshop as well as providing safety and care for orphans, vulnerable children and the elderly. Return to your hotel via numerous other township districts and with a new perspective on South African township culture.

One&Only Cape TownMeals: Breakfast

Day 11

Depart South Africa

This morning after breakfast, you will be met for your transfer to the Cape Town Airport for your commercial flight home. Welcome Home!

Meals: Breakfast