South Africa Private Journey

Beautiful Cape Town and a Classic Wildlife Safari


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

Days 1-3
Cape Town

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

Commodore Hotel
Cape Town, South Africa
Days 1 to 3 (3 nights)
The Victoria and Alfred Hotel (Optional Upgrade)
Cape Town, South Africa
Days 1 to 3 (3 nights)
Cape Grace Hotel (Optional Upgrade)
Cape Town, South Africa
Days 1 to 3 (3 nights)
Days 4-6
Thornybush Private Game Reserve

Adjoining famed Kruger National Park, Thornybush Private Game Reserve is an unfenced area of over 40 square miles of pristine African bush. Explore by 4WD with your tracker-guide in the wooded savannas, 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 Thorybush Game Lodge, with its waterhole favored by elephants, buffalo, and other wildlife, or Shumbalala Game Lodge on the banks of the Monwana river. In the evenings, enjoy dinner in the open under the African sky.

Shumbalala Game Lodge
Thornybush Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Days 4 to 6 (3 nights)
Thornybush Game Lodge
Thornybush Nature Reserve, South Africa
Days 4 to 6 (3 nights)
Days 7-10
Timbavati Private Game Reserve, Londolozi Private Game Reserve, or Mala Mala Game Reserve

Timbavati, Londolozi, and Mala Mala 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 Kambaku Safari Lodge, offering lovely thatched suites with private verandas, or upgrade to Varty Camp in Londolozi or Mala Mala Main Camp in Mala Mala Game Reserve. Depart via Johannesburg on Day 10.

Kambaku Safari Lodge
Timbavati Private Game Reserve, Greater Kruger Park, South Africa
Days 7 to 9 (3 nights)
Kambaku River Sands (Optional Upgrade)
Timbavati Game Reserve, South Africa
Days 7 to 9 (3 nights)
Londolozi (Optional Upgrade)
Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa
Days 7 to 9 (3 nights)
Mala Mala Game Reserve (Optional Upgrade)
Mala Mala Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Days 7 to 9 (3 nights)



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


Length: 10 days
Cost From: $7995  
Arrive: Cape Town, South Africa
Depart: Johannesburg, South Africa
Lodging: 3 nights hotel, 6 nights exclusive safari camps
Meals: All meals except 3 dinners as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Wildlife and Natural History, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Natural History, Cultural Adventures