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Let yourself be engrossed by the beauty of the boundless land that is South Africa. Turn your dreams of seeing the majestic ‘Big 5’ into reality as you submerge into a luxury South African safari experience combining unrivalled Big Five game viewing and the best safari lodge, Ulusabu, in the privately owned game reserve of Sabi Sands. From sea to bush, from Cape Town to Sabi Sands, tap into the wild soul of Africa on this curated 10 days voyage.
Your adventure begins in the beautiful capital, Cape Town. Browse through its streets brimming with life and visit the town’s legendary icons such as Table Mountain, Castle of Good Hope, the Cape Winelands and all the splendours in between. Prepare to turn your dreams into reality with the best safari experience ...
Your adventure begins in the beautiful capital, Cape Town. Browse through its streets brimming with life and visit the town’s legendary icons such as Table Mountain, Castle of Good Hope, the Cape Winelands and all the splendours in between. Prepare to turn your dreams into reality with the best safari experience in Africa at the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. A journey offering a luxury South African safari experience combining unparalleled Big Five game viewing and more. Sabi Sands boasts the best place in the world to see the Big Five, feast your eyes with sights as you traverse over 13,500 hectares of the private reserve. Embark on thrilling game drives with your dedicated ranger and tracker and marvel at these beautiful creatures up close. Feel the excitement as you track hunting predators as they stalk their prey on guided exhilarating safari walks. Relish the stunning view of these magnificent creatures as they gather at the watering hole. Enjoy the many amenities of the luxury lodges in Sabi Sands and fully immerse yourself in the ultimate safari experience for four adventure packed days.
Our program offers two accommodation plans.
Standard Plan: 5 nights’ stay at the elegant Georgian-Victorian guesthouse, Cape Cadogan, with breakfast included. Tucked in the residential street of Gardens making an ideal city escape with Cape Town at your doorstep. You’ll stay 4 nights at Ulusaba Safari Lodge on a fully inclusive basis including two daily game drives and a daily walking safari for a memorable safari experience.
Luxury Plan: 5 nights’ stay at the award winning five-star boutique hotel, Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, with breakfast included. A balance of ocean and mountain escape embraced by the breathtaking Camps Bay and the majestic Table Mountain and Twelve Apostles Mountain Range. You’ll stay 4 nights at Lion Sands River Lodge famous for its record number of leopard spotting and perfectly set right on the banks of the Sabi River. Being entirely private, with only 6 guests to a game viewer, take privilege in a truly intimate safari experience along with two daily game drives, bush walks and other complimentary safari activities on a fully inclusive basis. Please contact us for a quote.
This luxury package includes 9 nights' accommodation in luxury hotels and safari lodges on a twin share basis. All meals and luggage transfers are covered during this trip as specified. All planned explorations will be in the company of a professional guide.
Expand your horizon, submerge into a different world and tune out the stress of everyday life. A 10-day escape for adventurers, lovers and families that combines the best of both relaxation and exploration into the soul of Africa.
Dates or itinerary don't fit?We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys to Red Centre. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.
This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points.
On your arrival at Cape Town, you will be met by our representative holding a name board with your name. You will then be transferred to the hotel, Cape Cadogan, your home for the next 5 nights.
The Cape Cadogan is a magnificent boutique hotel located on the thriving Kloof street of Cape Town. The resort is very well known for its luxurious, serene, and comfortable atmosphere exuding an immaculate sense of history as it is housed in a 19th-century national monument, blending the best parts of the past and present together. Make use of the hotel’s complimentary scheduled shuttle access to nearby icons including Long Street, Table Mountain, Clifton beach and bustling V&A waterfront.
Unwind in your stylishly well-appointed rooms. Take a walk around the garden and appreciate the décor, order a soothing drink from the lounge or go for a relaxing swim in the shimmering waters of the outdoor pool.
In the evening, be transferred to Gold Restaurant and enjoy the rhythm of African drumming before indulging into the local flavours that is Africa.
Luxury Plan: Alternatively, spend 5 nights at the award winning five-star boutique hotel, the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. Poised above the Atlantic Ocean of Camps Bay, it is flanked by the majestic Table Mountain a World Heritage Site, and the Twelve Apostles Mountain range. Where every room takes advantage of tis stunning scenery, enjoy ultimate luxury from a plush bar, white linen restaurant, holistic spa, private cinema, swimming pools, ornate rock pools to gardens that complete the scene.
Today, be captivated by Table Mountain (if the weather permits) and marvel at the panorama of the Mother City and Robben Island in the distance. Continue with a short walk through the Company Gardens, the oldest garden in South Africa and a heritage site. Enjoy the sights of this location, from squirrels and historic trees to aviaries and fishponds. As you walk along Wale Street, you will find the Arch for Arch monument, created to commemorate the life and work of Desmond Tutu. Step inside the Slave Lodge and learn the history of the unwilling immigrants and how they contributed to the richness and diversity of South African history.
You’ll journey to the historic Castle of Good Hope, the oldest building in South Africa. You can also choose to stop at Truth Café for a cuppa at this “steampunk” inspired coffee shop serving hand-roasted coffee.
A final stop see’s you exploring the pristine Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, acclaimed as one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world with over 7000 species of plants found from Southern Africa. Enjoy meandering along the tree canopy walkway giving sweeping views of the surrounding mountains, Garden and Cape Flats.
Spend the rest of the evening unwinding at your hotel.
Today, take your time, plan the day to explore the many different attractions in the thriving region. With a place so rich in culture and a long history, there are so many activities for you to choose to do and see. The hotel also offers a free area shuttle to attractions nearby; Long Street, Table Mountain, Clifton beach and V&A waterfront.
Visit Robben Island, a World Heritage site and museum. The historical landmark is known for having jailed political prisoners such as the former president African Nelson Mandela. The island acts as a symbol of their triumph over the suffering and injustice. Tour the island, visit the museum, and learn its rich history and importance.
Uncover the V&A Waterfront, one of Africa’s most visited destinations, located in the oldest working harbour in South Africa. There are various activities for you to indulge here. Go on helicopter rides, leisure boat cruises, and stand-up paddling. You can also visit the Zeitz MOCAA, battery park or spend an entire day shopping with over 500 retail stores in the area. A delightful place for anyone to enjoy.
For an ocean escape, saunter the beautiful long white sand beach at Camps Bay surrounded by exotic oceanfront restaurants and cafes. Feel the sand in between your toes, soak in the views of the ocean and let the cool ocean breeze stream along your face.
Or simply spend the entire day relaxing at Cape Cadogan with the many resources available to you. Enjoy some alone time with a rejuvenating spa session, go for a swim or enjoy the tranquility lazing on its garden patio with a book. The choices are endless.
Today, travel to the naval hamlet of Simon’s town which is located on the False Bay coast of the Cape Peninsula. Start with a splash on a thrilling sea kayaking adventure on a twin or single-seater fluid kayak in the company of an adept sea kayak guide. Set out to explore the waterways and secret coves hidden among pristine beaches and the natural habitat of the array of wildlife that calls this place home.
After a beach landing, return to Seaforth Beach to change into dry clothes and then continue to the world-renowned landmark, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. This place is home to an array of fynbos, over 250 species of birds, bucks, baboons, and Cape mountain zebras. Set off on one of the trails and enjoy the awe-inspiring views from Cape Point Lighthouse and travel to the most South-Western point of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope.
In the late afternoon, drive along the coastal route, Chapman’s Peak Drive, HoutBay, and the Atlantic Seaboard and be amazed once again by the natural splendours of Cape Town before arriving back to the hotel.
Today, you have two exploration options for the stunning Cape Winelands.
Option 1 - Franschhoek Wine Tram (Curated Wine Experience)
Be transferred to the breathtaking Cape Winelands where you'll embark on the Franschhoek double-decker railway tram. Enjoy a hop-on-hop-off experience curating and planning your own wine adventure. Choose where to eat, activities to partake and how long to spend in each winery.
Designed for true wine lovers and foodies, begin with a journey to a local wine estate where an expert wine guide weaves the facts, figures, and scientific aspects of winemaking into interesting stories about Franschhoek’s history of wine and culture. Voyage through 3 world renowned Franschhoek wine estates with a cellar tour before indulging in a specially prepared three-course lunch. Cap off the day savouring premium wine tastings and pairings before returning back to Cape Town where the evening is at leisure.
Option 2 - Stellenbosch Cycling Tour with E-bikes and lunch
Amuse your palates as you sip exotic wine, eat gourmet dishes and cycle your way into the Cape Winelands, where you will tour two wine cellars. You have a private transfer out to Stellenbosch where you start the cycling tour. Your interests will determine the exact route we pedal through.
Tonight, explore Cape Town’s nightlife with several excellent restaurants close to Cape Cadogan for a dinner of your choice.
Enjoy breakfast before transferring to Cape Town Airport. (Flight to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport at own expense).
Upon arrival, you will take a road transfer trip to the Ulusaba Safari Lodge in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. A lodge built along the banks of the dry Mabrak river bed, snuggled under a canopy of ancient trees. Rooms are linked with swing bridges known as ‘Heaven on Earth’ boasting views of majestic animals roaming the reserve or drinking at the waterhole, elevating your sense of adventure.
You'll stay at th spacious River Rooms, built tree-house style and perched on a hill. Enjoy your private balcony with snuggling seating areas giving awe inspiring views of the surrounding river bed and bush. Tonight, the evening meal is enjoyed in a boma, or even in the bush around an open fire, a very evocative experience.
Luxury Plan: Alternatively, spend 4 nights at Lion Sands River Lodge, famous for its record number of leopard spotting and perfectly set right on the banks of the Sabi River. Here, you do not need to leave the privacy of your room in search for wildlife. Being entirely private, with only 6 guests to a game viewer, take privilege in a truly intimate safari experience. The lodge’s setting is spacious with bright and open spaces, modern décor, wooden walkways that connect the main lodge with a spa, a gym, pool and outdoor dining areas. Add something truly special and spectacular to your stay with a sleep out under the stars at Lion Sand’s luxurious treehouses.
With a rich land encompassing thousands of acres, there are many activities to choose from. Everything from rejuvenating spa treatments and relaxing in the pool to exciting safari walks and game drives will be available to you.
The Ulusaba offers thrilling game drives in open Land Rovers twice a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, each lasting about three hours. With Sabi Sands sharing an open border with Kruger National Park, there are no shortage of majestic animal sightings including the famous ‘Big 5’ - the regal lion, the enormous elephant, the elusive leopard, the hefty rhinoceros, and the great buffalo. You will explore over 13,500 hectares of the private reserve with your expert Ranger and Tracker who will tailor the drive just for you. You can rent photographic equipment to capture rare moments on the trip.
Safari walks are a different thrilling experience. Just like with a game drive, you will go out with an expert ranger and tracker. The expert duo will guide you and point out various birds and animals, an excellent opportunity for you to spot smaller creatures you may have missed while on a game drive. Venture further afield with additional adventures offered at the lodge that will keep your adventurous spirit weld.
After long exploration hours. You can take a step back and choose to relax at the lodge with many luxury amenities available to you; pamper your muscles with a restorative session or spa treatment at the Safari Lodge Spa snuggled amongst the trees and away from the main lodge area. Laze with a soothing drink and relax at one of the two pools in the lodge surrounded by thriving nature.
For the eager oenophile, the resort has a delightful wine room overlooking the waterhole where various wildlife likes to gather. Spend your time tasting various samples of exquisite red and white wine with a fantastic view.
The lodge also has a Community Outreach Program, you can volunteer and tour the local villages, learn about the daily lives of the locals, experience the authentic Shagaan experience, give back to the community and help it thrive (at additional cost).
Enjoy one last bush breakfast amongst the open African plains and be left in awe and inspiration from your adventure. Bid adieu to your new friends and your expert guides. You will have a road transfer between your game lodge to Skukuza Airport for your onward journey.
NOTE: This itinerary is provided as an example only – prevailing conditions and local arrangements may cause variation.
Departure daily on request. The price is a guide. Please contact us for a quote. Please contact us for group bookings or private departures. Peak & festival season surcharge applies.
The departure point is Cape Town
- The finish point is Sabi Sands
- Major commercial flights provide convenient access to Cape Town
Cape Town’s Dry and Wet seasons are opposite to those in Kruger. Therefore, the best time for visiting Cape Town and surrounds is during the dry summer months of November to March. The daily temperatures average between 17°C (63°F) and 28°c (82°F), although it can reach as high as 40°C (104°F). Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate, which means that it gets its rainfall in the winter months Late April to early June has crisp and clear days, perfect for a hiking trip. The best time for a whale watching is from July to September when migratory whales arrive along the coastline.
Sabi Sands has two distinct seasons. The winter season runs from May to October. It’s the coolest and driest period – especially May through July – and the most comfortable time to go on safari. The risk of malaria, slight as it is, is at its lowest in winter. Early morning temperatures dip below freezing in mid-winter but days are mild and sunny. The summer season begins with the onset of heavier rain in November. Temperatures are hotter too, rising to a season average of 30°C/86°F. The May – October dry season is generally regarded as the best time for game viewing: the vegetation is thin and trampled which makes animals easier to see – especially since wildlife is often concentrated around waterholes and rivers. Waterhole game viewing is very rewarding in late winter
Onlyluxe Travel acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.Payment DetailAll pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A single supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by Onlyluxe Travel.A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 90 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 90 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to Onlyluxe Travel. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price.Single SupplementAll accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.General Cancellation Policies- Outside of 90 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee- Within 90 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited- No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption- We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurancePlease Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.LiabilityThe participant agrees to indemnify Onlyluxe Travel, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.Child PolicyPlease consult travel consultant on age limit.Changes to ItinerariesLocal conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. 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If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.Cancellation by The Tour OperatorThe walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.Force Majeure'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which Onlyluxe Travel or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure Onlyluxe Travel will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.EvacuationsIn rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.Travel InsuranceIn view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.