South Africa & Zimbabwe

Discover South Africa's cosmopolitan cities and rugged coast and go on safari in Zimbabwe.

Country Information

Zambia & Zimbabwe

South Africa

South Africa & Zimbabwe Enrichment Series

(Countries Visited)

Zambia & Zimbabwe

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South Africa


(Interest Type(s))

Sustainable Travel

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Safari Tours

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Adventure Travel

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Family Travel


(Tour Length)

13 Days


Tour Highlights

Starting at: $13,950
  • Enjoy a scenic ride around the cape in a 1930s-style motorcycle with sidecar
  • Explore Cape Town, Table Mountain, and the lovely Cape Peninsula
  • Tour South Africa’s noted Winelands and sample some of award-winning vintages
  • Go on safari in South Africa and Zimbabwe in search of the big five – lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant
  • Stay in classic safari lodges and luxurious hotels

Day 1:  Arrive Cape Town, South Africa
Welcome to South Africa.  You are met by a Big Five representative and transferred by road from Cape Town to your gracious hotel.  Cape Town is one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world.  Cradled by Table Mountain, it has immense charm and historical interest whilst it’s unique cultural blend; part African, part European and part Asian, makes for a cosmopolitan dining experience.  One & Only Cape Town - Marina Room (B)

Day 2:  Cape Town
Today you are in for a real treat – the day begins with a scenic ride around the Atlantic sea coast in a 1930s-style motorcycle sidecar!  Experience the beauty of the Cape in a classic vintage 750cc Sidecar, which is practically unchanged in style from the late 1930´s.  Your driver is an experienced driver/guide with one passenger riding behind the guide and one passenger in the sidecar.  There is even a roomy compartment for small bags/cameras.  Your guide will provide bike leathers (optional) and a helmet (mandatory).  You travel along the coast road through the chic suburbs of Clifton, Camps Bay and onto the picturesque fishing community of Hout Bay and then return to the hotel.  The rest of the morning is at leisure.  This afternoon, enjoy a tour of the city and Table Mountain.  You see the Castle of Good Hope, the original fort built in 1652 and recently painstakingly restored.  From there, you continue to the lovely flower market and the historic centre of Cape Town with its many 18th century buildings where you enjoy a stroll through the Company Gardens, past the Parliament buildings.  Then you ascend Table Mountain by cable car for panoramic views of the entire Cape Peninsula.  (The cable car tickets are on your own account as the ascent is weather dependent).  One & Only Cape Town - Marina Room (B)

Day 3:  Cape Peninsula
Today you enjoy a private tour to the Cape Peninsula.  Your first visit is to the Constantia Valley.  You begin the morning with some wine tasting at the world renowned Buitenverwachting Wine Estate.  You continue to a cheese maker for an insight into cheese making in South Africa, followed by an informal tasting of wonderful Cape cheeses.  Or, you can tour Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, where 4,000 of the 22,000 Southern African flowering plants are cultivated in a setting of mountain streams, pools and rolling lawns.  You next head over the mountain and down to Hout Bay where you enjoy a scenic drive along Chapmans Peak as it hugs the cliffside.  Savor lunch at the acclaimed restaurant of Bruce Robertson in the little village of Scarborough.  After lunch, continue south to reach Cape Point in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, said to be the meeting point of two oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian.  Sir Francis Drake once called it "the fairest Cape that we saw in the whole circumference of the Globe."  Return along the Indian Ocean coast, and stop to visit the unique penguin colony at Boulders Beach.  Meander through the historic naval base of Simonstown before being dropped off at your hotel in the late afternoon.  One & Only Cape Town - Marina Room (B)

Day 4:  Winelands
This morning set out to explore the Winelands on a full-day, private tour.  A combination of the favorable effects of the two major ocean currents meeting off the cape makes the climate in the Winelands perfect for the acres of vineyards.  The stunning backdrop of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, the tree-lined streets and the white gabled Cape Dutch homesteads all blend in tranquil harmony.  Your first visit takes you on a tour of the entire winemaking process.  Sample Cape wine and experience the rich historical and architectural traditions of the region.  You continue to Stellenbosch.  It is easy to see why Simon Van Der Stel decided to build a village in such a charming spot in 1679.  Walk up Dorp Street, one of the longest rows of old Cape Dutch buildings in South Africa.  Visit the Village Museum, a collection of preserved houses that show the lives of the early settlers through to the Victorian era.  Take a scenic drive over the majestic Helshoogte Pass to the charming village of Franschhoek for lunch and a little time for browsing in the galleries and shops.  The origins of this charming and beautifully situated village date back to 1688 when s group of French Huguenots fleeing religious persecution settled in the valley, which became known as French Corner or 'Franschhoek' in Afrikaans.  Here you check in to your charming hotel, which is known for its excellent cuisine.  Enjoy a five-course tasting menu at the Tasting Room, including wine pairing.  Le Quartier Francais - Grande Rooms (B,D)

Day 5:  Winelands / Cape Town / Sabi Sands Game Reserve
Today you are collected by your guide for a private transfer to Cape Town Airport for your flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA)where you are met by our representative and transferred by safari plane to your safari lodge.  Singita Ebony – Suite (B,L,D)

Day 6:  Sabi Sands Game Reserve
The 160,618 acre Sabi Sands Game Reserve has some of the best game sightings in the country, as it shares an open border with the Kruger National Park.  Animals move freely in and out of the park.  Due to a long history of sensitive game viewing, the animals are mostly relaxed allowing superb game spotting.  So diverse is its habitat and wildlife that you have an excellent chance of experiencing close encounters with the big five - elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard - as well as many species of antelope, spotted hyena and cape hunting dog, jackal, and a variety of smaller mammals.  You enjoy game drives in open-vehicles with an experienced ranger and a local Shangaan tracker, who work together to give you a deeper understanding of the wildlife and the natural cycles of the bush.  Drives are in the early morning and late afternoon when game is most likely to be active.  Tracking Africa's big game, the evening safari departs after afternoon tea. After enjoying the bush sunset, the evening holds a sense of anticipation as the rare and elusive nocturnal species begin to hunt.  The evening meal is often enjoyed in a 'boma' or even in the bush around an open fire, which many guests feel is a particularly evocative treat.  Morning walks are encouraged ensuring that the more fascinating aspects of the fauna and flora are not overlooked.  Game walks offer the ultimate, close-to-the-wild experience, and a chance to focus on the smaller bush inhabitants.  Singita Ebony – Suite (B,L,D)

Day 7:  Singita Ebony / Singita Sweni
You are transferred by charter flight from Singita Ebony to Singita Sweni.  Your lodge was influenced by the natural structures of dens, warrens and lairs found in the area.  Singita Sweni is in a beautiful shaded riverside setting, and has an intimate and authentic safari ambience Singita Flanking the Sweni River, this tranquil sanctuary is elevated on stilts with decks of timber.  The six secluded suites bring the textures and shades of the bush indoors.  Try the outdoor shower overlooking the river or – for a magical experience – ‘camp out’ under the stars on the day bed out on your viewing deck.  The main lodge boasts lounge and timber deck dining areas with views of the bush and Sweni river, a bar area, swimming pool and wine cellar.  The public areas all overlook the river with sounds of snorting hippos and birds ever present.  There's a sitting area with fireplace for the winter mornings and evenings and a dining room with moveable glass walls which can be left open, or closed in the evenings in the cooler winter months.  To the side is the secluded swimming pool and pool deck with glorious river views.  Singita Sweni – Suite (B,L,D)

Day 8:  Singita Sweni
Singita Sweni is located in a private 37,066 acre concession in the foothills of the Lebombo Mountains, which form the eastern edge of the Kruger National Park.  Sweni offers excellent game viewing with the emphasis placed on viewing large herds of plains game.  It is particularly known for its excellent lion sightings with two large prides in the concession.  Activities include game drives in 4 x 4 vehicles, bush walks with an armed ranger and game viewing on mountain bike.  Within walking distance of Singita Sweni is the Trading Post, with African craft boutiques, well-equipped gym and spa with treatment rooms, steam room and outdoor shower.  This area offers a perfect way to spend a couple of hours in between game activities.  The cuisine at Singita Sweni is exceptional and great emphasis is placed on choosing the finest wines.  Informal wine-tasting presentations are offered by Singita's resident sommelier on request.  Singita Sweni – Suite (B,L,D)

Day 9:  Singita / Johannesburg
After a final early morning game drive and breakfast, you are transferred to the airstrip for your charter flight to Johannesburg.  On arrival in Johannesburg, you will be met and provided a private transfer to your hotel with some sightseeing en route.  The route passes by the south side of the city, where a number of the huge mine dumps still stand as testimony to days gone by when this was a thriving gold mining town.  Travel into the suburb of Braamfontein, home to the University of the Witwatersrand, metropolitan center and Civic Theatre.  The Nelson Mandela Bridge takes you across a river of railway tracks into the Newton Cultural Precinct.  Here you will see new apartment buildings, recently completed as part of the plans to bring new life to the inner city.  You also see the Museum Africa, formerly Johannesburg's fresh produce market.  Continue through the heart of downtown to Fordsburg, where many of the city Indian residents have established businesses.  The Oriental Plaza is always bustling.  Pass the Hindu Crematorium built on land donated by Mahatma Gandhi.  On the crest of the ridge is Brixton Towers, one of Johannesburg's most visible landmarks.  Then, drop down into Auckland Park and Melville.  Here the buildings of the South African Broadcasting Corporation dominate the surrounding residential neighborhoods, quiet shady streets with some of the city's older homes, neighborhood restaurants and interesting shops.  You pass Westcliffe, Johannesburg Zoological Gardens, through Saxonwold to Houghton, passing by the Johannesburg residence of Nelson Mandela.  Rosebank is well known for its African Craft Market, sidewalk café's, restaurants and interlinked shopping malls.  Continue along Oxford Road with its many Jacaranda trees to the district of Sandton.  Your hotel was a private home that has been extended and transformed into possibly the only international boutique hotel with an ethnic African style.  Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villa & Spa - Egoli Suite (B)

Day 10:  Johannesburg / Singita Buffalo Ridge, Zimbabwe
You will be picked up by our representative who will transfer you to the airport for your flight to  Buffalo Springs Airport in Zimbabwe.  On arrival at Buffalo Springs, you are met by a representative of Singita Pamushana and driven to the lodge.  Singita Pamushana Lodge lies within the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in southeastern Zimbabwe.  Nestling beneath the trees, the lodge incorporates the natural environment, and the forest-like architecture enhances views of the pool, the gardens and the lake.  The lodge comprises six luxury suites and one villa, each offering incredible views over the dam.  Singita Pamushana Lodge – Villa (B,L,D)

Days 11 & 12:  Singita Buffalo Ridge
Over the next two days, savor game viewing on morning and evening game drives in the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, which is teeming with birds and wildlife, including rare, endangered species such as the roan and sable antelope, and black rhino.  It also offers over 100 ancient rock art sites dating back more than 2,000 years, some of which you can explore with a knowledgeable guide.  You can also try game fishing for tiger fish, bass or catfish, and tracking black rhino.  Singita Pamushana Lodge – Villa (B,L,D)   

Day 13:  Singita Buffalo Ridge / Johnannesburg / Depart
Today are returned by road to Buffalo Ridge Airport in time for your scheduled charter flight to Johannesberg to connect with your flight home.  (B)

Land price, per person, double occupancy:  Starting from $13950

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