Southern Africa by TCS Private Jet

Best Time to Travel: Southern Africa is a year-round destination. The best safari and game watching months are during the dry season from June through October. The graceful antelope are a highlight of Kruger National Park and can be best viewed during the months of July through September when vegetation is sparse. Botswana offers year-round wildlife viewing. It is easier to spot big game animals like elephants, lions, and wildebeest during the dry season of May to October. A lack of rainfall causes animals to gather around watering holes and rivers. However, the wet season of November to April brings the arrival of newborn animals such as antelope and warthogs. The lush new grass growth of the wet season attracts wildlife. Because of this, it’s possible to see predator-prey interactions during these months. In Cape Town, migratory whales arrive along the coastline from July to September. And finally, the Cape Winelands offer world-class food and wine experiences best enjoyed in late June to August.

13 Day Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa

Welcome to South Africa!

Upon arrival, our representative will meet and greet you as you disembark the aircraft and assist with expediting you through customs and immigration. After collecting your luggage, transfer by private car to your hotel.

Dinner tonight is at one of the best Chinese restaurants in Johannesburg or Pigalle, an international restaurant in Nelson Mandela Square.

Saxon Hotel Villas And Spa

1 night

The award-winning Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa is situated in a gated residential community set on 10 acres of land. This all-suite hotel was home to Nelson Mandela as he wrote his biography, A Long Walk to Freedom. The hotel is set within lush indigenous gardens, comprising individual suites tastefully decorated with natural woods, silks, and sustainable weaves. Enjoy one of Johannesburg's top restaurants, Qunu or a traditional afternoon tea in the Piano Lounge.

The Saxon Spa offers a variety of Signature Treatments as well as complimentary use of the Hydro facilities to all in house guests.

Overnight: Saxon Hotel (Luxury Suite)

Meals Included: Dinner

 

Day 2

Johannesburg to Kruger National Park

Today, transfer to the airport for your private flight to Kruger National Park.

Kruger National Park

After arriving at Singita Boulders, embark on a late afternoon/evening game drive when the animals are most active. Singita’s professional guides and trackers provide the perfect opportunity to get up close to Africa’s incredible animals, and evening drives reveal the elusive magic of nocturnal Africa. You are likely to spot a great variety of wildlife, including species such as leopard, lion, rhino, large herds of buffalo, elephant, reedbuck, hyena, hippopotamus, nyala, cheetah, wild dogs, and many types of birds.

Singita Boulders Lodge, Kruger National Park

2 nights

Singita Boulders Lodge is situated on the boulder-strewn banks of the Sand River. The lodge provides the perfect base to enjoy the rich wildlife and birdlife, for which Sabi Sands is so well known for. The inspiration behind the lodge was the geometry of the ancient and weathered boulders and the natural curve of the river bed. These two elements are central to the lodge layout and create a relaxing ambiance for guests in which to unwind and connect to the environment. Each of the 12 suites has an en-suite bedroom, private sitting room and game viewing deck with a private plunge pool overlooking the untouched wilderness, creating the perfect sanctuary for guests during their stay.

Overnight: Singita Boulders (River Suite)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 3

Kruger National Park

During your full day at camp, you will have daily game drives in the early morning and in the late afternoon/evening when the animals are most active.

Overnight: Singita Boulders (River Suite)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 4

Kruger National Park to Victoria Falls

This morning, transfer to the airstrip to depart Singita Boulders for Victoria Falls. Upon arrival, meet your speaking guide and transfer to your hotel.

Scenic Helicopter Flight—Victoria Falls

This afternoon, enjoy a birds-eye view of the Victoria Falls. You will be collected from your hotel 30 minutes prior to your flight departure time and will be given a safety talk on arrival at the Heli-pad. The 13-minute Flight Of Angels includes a flight over the majestic Victoria Falls and offers spectacular photographic opportunities to capture the full breadth of Victoria Falls, the islands and neighboring rain forests. It's absolutely amazing to witness how spray blasts out of the chasm as the full volume of the Zambezi crashes down 354ft.

Victoria Falls Sunset Cruise

At 4 pm, embark on a sunset cruise along the magnificent Zambezi River. Cruise along the banks of the river, just as David Livingstone did, and view the spectacular scenery that is nature’s own sanctuary, and home to hippos, singing birds and snapping crocodiles. Enjoy the hospitality of your guide and captain as you relax and enjoy the delicious snacks and chilled refreshments. Enjoy the myths and legends as your guide shares stories of the local tribes. Observe the aquatic birdlife and other resident or migratory species. You may be fortunate enough to witness the great African elephant swimming from island to island, grazing or dusting themselves on the riverbanks. The Zambezi sunset is a highlight of the trip and captivates your magical experience on the Zambezi River. Return to the hotel for dinner at your leisure.

The Victoria Falls Hotel

2 nights

The Victoria Falls Hotel is one of the world’s classic five-star hotels and commands a prime location overlooking Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The Edwardian-style hotel, built in 1904, was splendidly redecorated in 2013 to combine its traditional majesty with modern sophistication.

Overnight: Victoria Falls Hotel (Batoka Suite)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 5

Victoria Falls

This morning following breakfast, depart on your private tour of Victoria Falls with your Chinese-speaking guide. The Victoria Falls now in its 150 millionth fantastic year - reaches its zenith in May each year. It's a truly awe-inspiring experience the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is nature's supreme masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality and nothing prepares you for your first sight. Afterward, visit the large craft market where you can shop for locally made goods.

Walking with Lions

After exploring Victoria Falls, you have the unique opportunity to walk with lions. After a safety briefing, you’re ready to meet the lion cubs for their bushwalk. At all times you’ll be accompanied by our experienced guides, handlers and scouts, allowing you the freedom to watch the lions play, hunt and enjoy their natural habitat. When the lions rest as they sometimes like to there may be time for a photo opportunity.

Overnight: Victoria Falls Hotel (Batoka Suite)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 6

Victoria Falls to Kasane, Botswana

Transfer to the airport this morning for your flight to Kasane, Botswana. Upon arrival, meet your guide and transfer to your lodge.

Chobe Game Reserve and River Cruise

Late this afternoon enjoy a private river cruise for sunset, to get up close to the many diverse animals that call this region home.

Chobe Game Lodge

2 nights

Chobe Game Lodge is the only lodge located inside the world-renowned Chobe National Park, set on the banks of the Chobe River, it is the ideal place from which to explore the very best of one of Botswana’s most iconic regions. It is an elegant lodge comprising 40 spacious guest rooms and four luxurious suites. Following the banks of the river, the 250 meters of elevated boardwalk and viewing deck offers seemingly endless panoramic views over the Chobe River. Find your favorite spot along the platform and settle down to watch the ever-changing wildlife parade across the river, on the islands and the surrounding floodplains.

Overnight: Chobe Game Lodge (Suite)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 7

Chobe National Park

Today is a full day in Chobe National Park to enjoy morning and afternoon game drives when the animals are most active. There are also several lodge activities that you can participate in between game drives.

Overnight: Chobe Game Lodge (Suite)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 8

Kasane to Stellenbosch, South Africa

This morning enjoy one last game drive, followed by a transfer to Kasane for your onward private jet flight to Cape Town. On arrival in Cape Town, you will be driven to Stellenbosch.

Delaire Graff Lodges And Spa, Stellenbosch

2 nights

Perched on the slopes of the magnificent Stellenbosch mountains and surrounded by sweeping views across the estate's vineyards, this prime location provides a sense of escape and privacy.

Each sumptuously decorated lodge, with their own private decks and heated plunge pools, invite complete relaxation. The style blends indigenous influences and contemporary design, complemented by a number of works by South African artists. Experience heartfelt hospitality and enjoy exceptional cuisine paired with hand-crafted estate wines. Enjoy evening canapes whilst watching the sunset over Table Mountain, pamper yourself with one of the spa's exclusive treatments or sit back and enjoy a movie in the lodge's private cinema. Time spent here is all about relaxing and indulging.

Wine Tasting at Sundown

After checking in, take some time to relax and watch the sunset while enjoying a wine tasting of some of the best wines South Africa has to offer.

Overnight: Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa (Deluxe Lodge)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 9

Wine Tasting in Stellenbosch

Today explore the wine region of Stellenbosch and sample some of the varieties of wine grown here. You also have the chance to view some of the art installations in this area.

Overnight: Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa (Deluxe Lodge)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 10

Shark Diving

This morning, join your private guide and head for the ocean where you have the opportunity to come face to face with one of the ocean's most feared predators from the safety of a shark diving cage. Afterward, you will transfer to Cape Town by a private helicopter. Upon arrival, meet your private driver and transfer to your hotel.

One&Only Cape Town

3 nights

Offering views of Table Mountain, this upmarket hotel on the bustling V&A Waterfront is a 9-minute walk from Cape Town Diamond Museum. The classy rooms feature private balconies and free Wi-Fi, as well as iPod docks, 42-inch flat-screen TVs and Nespresso machines. There are an acclaimed Japanese restaurant, a modern bistro, and a stylish lobby bar. Other amenities include an outdoor infinity pool, a posh spa, a fitness center, and a kids' activity program.

Overnight: One&Only Cape Town (Marina Table Mountain Room)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 11

Cape Town

Cape Town is steeped in history, culture and scenic wonders, and offers an abundance of things to see and do. This morning, enjoy a privately guided city tour of Cape Town followed by a visit to Table Mountain. You will ascend to the top by the revolving cable car. Here, you will see wildflowers, daisies, silver trees, and marvel at a birds-eye view of the city and its beaches. On a clear day, it is even possible to see Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.

In the afternoon, descend the mountain and visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, wander down a shady pathway into the bowels of the valley. Climb up into the Garden’s higher reaches, and you will tread trails that could call you on towards the breathtaking Skeleton Gorge ravine, Rhodes Memorial, and Constantia Nek.

Overnight: One&Only Cape Town (Marina Table Mountain Room)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 12

Cape Point Excursion

After an early breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide in the hotel lobby to begin today's adventure beginning at the towering headland known as Cape Point. Magnificent beaches, breath-taking views, historic and picturesque coastal villages are to be seen along the way. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s most scenic areas and stretches from the city center to Cape Point. Board your private helicopter for a ride along the Atlantic Coast to Cape Point where you land to see penguins and enjoy lunch at Harbour House. After lunch, begin the scenic drive back to Cape Town.

Overnight: One&Only Cape Town (Marina Table Mountain Room)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 13

Cape Town & Depart

This morning after breakfast, take some time to shop for small curios and keepsakes to take home with you to remember your time in Africa. After a late check out from your hotel, privately transfer to the airport for your flight home or onward to your next destination.

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

JOURNEY PRICE: Please contact us for more information (Private Intra-Tour Helicopter and charter flights included)

The price of your journey will change based on travel dates and availability. Additions to the length of your itinerary will incur additional costs. Holiday supplements may apply.

START: Johannesburg, South Africa

END: Cape Town, South Africa

TRIP LENGTH: 13 Days

Starts Any Day

NOTE: The Daily Itinerary is subject to change depending upon local conditions and/or operational changes or improvements. The specific times and order of inclusions within each destination may also be altered to best accommodate unscheduled closures, special events, weather, traffic, etc.

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