Cape Town, Safari & Coast
Explore the lovely and exciting city of Cape Town, South Africa, world-renown as one of the most beautiful cities on earth, as well as an amazing destination for the variety of sights and activities it offers – restaurants, culture, outdoor activities, and fantastic nearby excursions – the tasty and scenic Wine Country, beaches, charming towns, the Cape Peninsula, etc. Then it’s time for your African Safari! Visit two game reserves, the Timbavati and Sabi Sands, where Big 5 sightings are common, and where you will get all the amazing photos you could wish for of African wildlife. Finally, head to paradise – the pristine beaches and turquoise waters of Mozambique, for sea, sand, sun, and serenity.
Location(s): Cape Town, South Africa
After arriving in Cape Town you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you will spend 4 lovely nights in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Cape Town is an exceptionally scenic city, lying under the slopes of iconic and majestic Table Mountain, at the juncture of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. This cosmopolitan, modern city is world-renown for its magnificent landscape, as well as rich cultures, vibrant nightlife, award-winning restaurants, bustling harbor, great shopping, sunny beaches, and a wide variety of spectacular attractions nearby, including world-class Winelands, the Garden Route, with charming and picturesque coastal towns, and wildlife parks/reserves, home to penguins, fur seals, whales and many other species. Cape Town has something for everyone, captivating the hearts of all who visit.
Timbavati Private Game Reserve
In the morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park, where many of the “Big Five” – Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant and Buffalo – can be seen, and is also home to many other species including giraffe, wildebeest, impala, baboon, cheetah, leopard, and the occasional rare white lion. As a private reserve, the general public and day trippers are not allowed, and there are no self-drives. Safaris have trained guides/rangers, and can take you off-road – for a more authentic safari and close encounters with wildlife. Rise before the sun and head out into the bush, then relax during the heat of the day, just as the animals do. Take another game drive at dusk, when the lighting is perfect for photos, then dine under the starry African star-filled sky.
From the Timbavati, you will travel by road to the Sabi Sands, arguably South Africa’s best safari destination, a private game reserve adjacent to Kruger, with exclusive use by those staying at one of the many lovely lodges and camps. Sabi offers extraordinarily close encounters with wildlife, as well as a rich diversity of species, including the ‘Big Five’, with particularly amazing sightings of the elusive leopard, as well as about 145 other species of mammal, including lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, hyena, hippo, impala, jackal, rhino, waterbuck, wildebeest, wild dog and zebra- to name just a few, 500+ bird species, 30+ amphibian species, and 110+ reptile species. Accompanied by some of the most knowledgeable guides and rangers in the country, game drives are permitted off-road, allowing you to follow those elusive leopards, and other wildlife, into the African bush.
You’ll be flying from the bush to beach, arriving in Vilanculos, Mozambique, and then hopping on a boat to the Bazaruto Archipelago, located in in the warm, turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, and part of a protected marine park, which lies offshore –a kaleidoscope of colorful corals and exotic marine life, including manta rays, whale sharks, dolphins, and turtles. These small, pristine, and exquisitely beautiful private islands have some of Africa’s best beaches, fulfilling all of your paradise dreams. You can completely lose yourself in the islands’ peace and quiet, exclusive luxury accommodations, pure natural beauty, and slow-paced island life. Take long walks, on the beach of course, read a book with a cool drink in hand by the pool, and get pampered in the spa. If you want to be a bit more active, there is scuba diving, snorkelling, deep-sea fishing, water skiing, and wake boarding. At the end of the sun-filled day, catch the wind in your sails at sunset, aboard a traditional dhow boat.
Depart Mozambique for International Flight Home
Today you will fly back from Vilanculos to connect with your flights home, or to continue your African Adventure.