Discover Southern Africa's utmost finery, from the apex of Table Mountain to a helicopter ride over foaming, rainbow-flocked Victoria Falls, from predator-packed Moremi Game Reserve to an exclusive tour of the Cape Winelands. Experience true South African hospitality and cuisine during a gourmet dinner in a private home. Enjoy a sundowner cruise through riverine forests.
Days 1-2: USA or Canada/Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Grace Upon arriving in sun-drenched Cape Town, a representative meets and transfers you to your luxurious waterfront hotel, located on a private quay. The city is set on a soaring, rocky peninsula punctuated by lush valleys; generations of weary seafarers have come to this idyllic Â“Tavern of the SeasÂ” for rest and replenishment.
Day 3: Cape Town
Cape Grace Travel by aerial cable car to Table MountainÂ’s plateau (weather permitting), where unsurpassed panoramic views of the sea and city await. Exclusively visit a local resident of the historic Bo-Kaap area to partake in traditional Cape Malay tea. Explore the Company Gardens, viewing notable buildings, including the Houses of Parliament, Tuinhuys, National Art Gallery and Library, and make your way to the Castle of Good Hope, a museum depicting the military history of the Cape. Later, attend an elegant, welcome dinner at a private family home.
Day 4: Cape Town/Cape Point/Franschhoek
Mont Rochelle Hotel & Mountain Vineyards The Cape of Good Hope is blessed with a rugged beauty and indigenous wildlife Â— from rarely seen bontebok to shrub-like Cape fynbos Â— all quite unlike that of the bush. Its nature reserve, populated by chacma baboon, converges in the south at Cape Point Â— a stunning pinnacle of rock. Climb the steps, or ride a funicular railway to the top. You also may view local seal and endangered African penguin. After lunch, continue to Franschhoek and your hotel.
Day 5: Franschhoek
Mont Rochelle Hotel & Mountain Vineyards Embark on a gourmet tour of the Winelands, sampling wines and Forest Hill cheeses at Anura Estate at the foothills of the Simonsberg mountain range. Continue through historic Stellenbosch to Waterford Wine Estate for a wine and chocolate tasting, followed by lunch at Terroir on the Kleine Zalze Estate. Proceed to Somerset West, where you experience a wine, olive and olive oil tasting at Morgenster Estate before returning to your hotel.
Day 6: Franschhoek/Johannesburg/Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
The Stanley & Livingstone After a flight to Zimbabwe, embark on a guided walking tour of Victoria Falls, one of the great natural wonders of the world.
Day 7: Victoria Falls/Chobe National Park, Botswana
Chobe Chilwero During a Flight of the Angels helicopter ride, rise above the fallsÂ’ cloud of mist for a birdÂ’s eye view. From this vantage point, see rainbows cast from the spray and the green Zambezi sweep over the cliff and plunge into wild, white foam. Continue overland to Chobe National Park, known for its large concentration of elephant, antelope, buffalo and predators. Settle in to your award-winning safari lodge.
Day 8: Chobe National Park
Chobe Chilwero Navigate ChobeÂ’s riverine forests and floodplains on game drives in open safari vehicles or via motorized boat. Set out on a sundowner cruise as the sun begins to sink.
Day 9: Chobe National Park/Moremi Game Reserve (Okavango Delta)
ChiefÂ’s Camp Fly to ChiefÂ’s Camp in the Moremi Game Reserve, the Â“predator capitalÂ” of Botswana, renowned for its plentiful populations of lion, cheetah, painted wild dog, spotted hyena and leopard.
Days 10-11: Moremi Game Reserve
Chief's Camp Explore this lush haven by open safari vehicle or water safari (seasonal), travelling at the gentle pace of a poled mokoro (dugout canoe). Watch for plentiful populations of elephant, buffalo, red lechwe, giraffe and impala as well as 400 species of bird.
Day 12: Moremi/Maun/Johannesburg
Westcliff Hotel Fly to Johannesburg, and spend the day at leisure. Join fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.
Day 13: Johannesburg/USA or Canada
Westcliff (dayroom) Visit Soweto, a historic town tied to apartheid. Stop at the Hector Peterson Museum and Vilakazi Street, home to Nobel Prize winners Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Return to the hotel to relax until your international flight.
Day 14: USA or Canada
Connect with your homebound flight.