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South Africa Private Journey route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $4495  
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
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Highlights

  • Cape Town’s charming waterfront, Cape of Good Hope, Robben Island
  • Up-close sightings of lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and leopard in the wild
  • Candle-lit dinners under the African sky
  • Expert ranger-trackers, off-road safari exploration, optional game walks

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.

References

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.

Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

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. Our Deluxe Option features the Cape Grace Hotel in Cape Town, plus Tanda Tula in Timbavati Private Game Reserve and Varty Camp in Londolozi Private Game Reserve. Our First Class Option features the Commodore Hotel in Cape Town, plus Umlani Bush Camp in Timbavati Private Game Reserve and Chapunga Tented Camp in Thornybush Private Game Reserve.

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 / Umlani Bush Camp

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. In the evenings, enjoy dinner in the open under the African sky.

Days 7-10
Thornybush Private Game Reserve / Chapungu Tented Camp

Thornybush Private Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s great tracts of untamed gamelands adjacent to world-famous Kruger National Park and covering a vast amount of wild African bushveld. 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.  Chapungu Tented Camp offers secluded tented rooms overlooking a granite pool set amongst magnificent trees.   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.

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 2014

First Class Option

$4495 per person, double occupancy
Internal airfare: $770 (subject to change)
High Season Surcharge (Sep-Apr): $125

Deluxe Option

$7395 per person, double occupancy
Internal airfare: $475 (subject to change)
High Season Surcharge (Sep-Apr): $225 per person

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Trip Cost Includes:

First Class Option

  • Three nights at the Commodore Hotel in Cape Town, three nights at Umlani Bush Camp in Timbavati Private Game Reserve, and three nights at Chapungu Tented Camp in Thornybush Private Game Reserve, 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

Deluxe Option

  • Three nights at the Cape Grace Hotel in Cape Town, three nights at Tanda Tula in Timbavati Private Game Reserve, and three nights at Varty Camp in Londolozi Private Game Reserve, 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:

First Class Option

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.).

Deluxe Option

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.).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Commodore Hotel

Commodore Hotel (First Class Option)

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

The Commodore Hotel has an unbeatable location just a short walk from the shops and restaurants along the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The ...
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Cape Grace Hotel

Cape Grace Hotel (Deluxe Option)

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

The Cape Grace has understated elegance and a unique location on its own private quay on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Not surprisingly, it ...
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Umlani Bush Camp

Umlani Bush Camp (First Class Option)

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

 With eight traditional round African-style reed-and-thatch chalets, Umlani offers wilderness and seclusion. The chalets are fitted with beds ...
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Tanda Tula Camp

Tanda Tula Camp (Deluxe Option)

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

This luxurious tented camp set among stately trees has 12 thatched East Africa-style tents with private Victorian style baths, outdoor showers, and ...
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Chapungu Tented Camp

Chapungu Tented Camp (First Class Option)

Days 7 to 9 (3 nights), Thornybush, South Africa

Chapungu, a small, intimate camp, offers a delightful old-world colonial atmosphere and an excellent wildlife experience, with many sightings of the ...
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Londolozi Varty Camp

Londolozi Varty Camp (Deluxe Option)

Days 7 to 9 (3 nights), Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

Londolozi, meaning “protector of all living things” in Zulu, was the first game reserve in the world to be accorded Relais & ...
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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:

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Okavango Delta Safari Extension

Explore One of the Most Incredible Wilderness Wetlands in the World

Walking, Safaris, 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: Cradle of Humankind, Soweto and the Apartheid Museum Extension

Cradle of Humankind, Soweto & the Apartheid Museum

Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1