wildlife; gameviewing; south africa; safari
South Africa Private Journey route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $4795  
Length: 10 days
Arrive: Cape Town, South Africa
Depart: Johannesburg, South Africa
Lodging: 3 nights hotel, 6 nights exclusive safari camps
Meals: All meals except 3 dinners
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Natural History, Cultural Adventures


  • Cape Town’s charming waterfront, choice of full day private guided tours including wine tasting and shark diving
  • Up-close sightings of lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and leopard in the wild
  • Enjoy candle-lit dinners under the African sky
  • Expert ranger-trackers, off-road safari exploration, optional game walks

This was a trip of a lifetime. Everything was well planned and wonderful.Mary Ellen T.—Oakland, CA

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Discover the beauty and diversity of South Africa, often called “a world in one country.” Begin in glorious Cape Town, a delightful base for exploring the Cape’s striking landscapes all the way to the Cape of Good Hope, then experience the wildlife wonders of South Africa at two exclusive private game reserves for the ultimate in big-game viewing and a chance to encounter lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and cheetah at close range in a mosaic of spectacular habitats.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Cape Town

In this romantic city on the spine of the mountainous Cape Peninsula, options include exploring Table Mountain, the Cape of Good Hope, Robben Island, wine tasting in the famed Winelands, and more.

Days 4-6
Timbavati Private Game Reserve

Adjoining famed Kruger National Park, Timbavati Private Game Reserve is 230 square miles of pristine African bush. Explore by 4WD with your tracker-guide in the wooded savannas of Timbavati, where you can expect to see lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and other wildlife, and the birdwatching is amazing. Because you are on private land, not in a national park, enjoy off-road safaris and night drives. Overnights are at charming Umlani Bush Camp, with its  thatched chalets and wilderness seclusion, or upgrade to the Shumbulala Game Lodge in Thornybush Game Reserve. In the evenings, enjoy dinner in the open under the African sky.

Days 7-10
Thornybush Private Game Reserve, Londolozi Private Game Reserve, or Mala Mala Game Reserve

Thornybush and Londolozi private game reserves are among South Africa’s great tracts of untamed gamelands adjacent to world-famous Kruger National Park. The Big Five roam freely here, and on early morning and late afternoon game drives, you can see colorful birds, graceful antelope, giraffe, comical warthogs, zebras, and sightings of leopard, rhino, lion, elephant, buffalo, cheetah, blue wildebeest, the elusive wild dog. Overnights at Thornybush's Chapungu Tented Camp, offering secluded tented rooms overlooking a granite pool set among magnificent trees, or upgrade to Varty Camp in Londolozi or Mala Mala Main Camp in Mala Mala Game Reserve. Depart via Johannesburg on Day 10.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 2, easy to moderate, according to our trip rating system. It is a luxury camping and lodge safari with game viewing by 4WD vehicle and can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health. On safari, there are long driving days over rough roads and rugged dirt tracks. Guided bush walks are available and they take place at a moderate pace.

This is an excellent trip for children and families. The recommended minimum age is 8. Triple rooms (subject to availability) can be requested.

Explanation of Trip Levels


When to go

January to December

For our Private Journey trips, you choose your own group and your preferred dates—there are no set departure dates. Private Journeys are available to groups as few as two people or as large as you like. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2016
$4795 per person, double occupancy
Single supplement: $990
Internal airfare: $890 (subject to change) Capetown/Hoedspruit/Johannesburg

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
more on pricing

Extension Costs
Cape Winelands Extension
   from: $995
Johannesburg Extension
   from: $1095
Okavango Delta Safari Extension
   from: $2090

Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: 20% of trip cost
90 days prior to departure: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Minimum fee: 20% of trip cost
61-90 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
60 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Accommodations as noted, based on double occupancy
  • Choice of two full-day guided excursions in Cape Town on Days 2-3
  • All meals except 3 dinners
  • Land and internal air transportation as noted
  • Park entrance fees
  • Airport transfers as noted
  • Services of safari guides and camp staff

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, meals not specified (BLD) in this itinerary, any activities described as optional, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to staff, additional hotel nights made necessary by airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages as noted, laundry, etc.).

Hotels in Cape Town

Days 1 to 3 (3 nights), Cape Town, South Africa

In Cape Town, we stay at one of the following properties, based on availability and choice of accommodation:

Camps in Timbavati

Days 4 to 6 (3 nights), Timbavati, South Africa

In Timbavati, we stay at one of the following properties based on availability and choice of accommodation:

Camps in Greater Kruger National Park

Days 7 to 9 (3 nights), Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa

In the Greater Kruger National Park, we stay at one of the following camps, based on availability and choice of accommodation:

Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:


elephant botswana okavango delta

Okavango Delta Safari Extension

Explore One of the Most Incredible Wilderness Wetlands in the World

Safaris, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History
4 days  -  Level 2

South Africa

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Cape Winelands Extension

Explore South Africa’s Celebrated Wine Country

Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1

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Johannesburg Extension

Cradle of Humankind, Soweto & the Apartheid Museum

Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1