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.
This was a trip of a lifetime. Everything was well planned and wonderful.
— Mary Ellen T., Oakland, CA
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.
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 Shumbalala Game Lodge in Thornybush Game Reserve. In the evenings, enjoy dinner in the open under the African sky.
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.