Exceptional Diversity Defines This Town & Country Safari to the Bushveld, Desert and Coast
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Day 1: Johannesburg, South Africa
Arrive in Johannesburg, where you are greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Cosmopolitan Johannesburg is the jumping-off point for most South African safaris. The city of 3.6 million is a vibrant mélange of colors and cultures. Food and music are central to life
in "Joburg," and its clubs and pubs are an integral part of the social fabric.
Days 2–4: Sabi Sand Reserve
Fly north to famed Sabi Sand today, one of the world’s most extraordinary wildlife locales. This private 150,000-acre reserve shares a border with Kruger National Park and is named for
the two rivers that flow through it. Renowned for its excellent Big Five viewing—elephant, rhino, Cape buffalo, lion and abundant leopard, which were once favorite hunting targets—Sabi Sand has led the way in bringing them back. Enjoy twice-daily wildlife drives, which often linger into the twilight hours, accompanied by sundowner cocktails.
Days 5–8: Southern Kalahari
Today you fly via Johannesburg to the southern reaches of the Kalahari. Situated in South Africa’s Northern Cape province, this region is often called the “green Kalahari” for its ability to support a broad diversity of plants and wildlife. This semi-arid grassland is home to rare resident species such as Kalahari black-maned lions, roan and sable antelope, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, a solid population of desert-adapted black rhino, cheetah, gemsbok, aardvark, aardwolf, and many other intriguing mammals. Friendly meerkats are a highlight. Early-morning, late-afternoon and nighttime wildlife drives are a standa
rd offer, while interpretive nature walks and horseback riding provide additional options.
Days 9–11: Cape Town
Fly directly to Cape Town today, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Located at the southern tip of the African continent where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet, Cape Town and the Western Cape are strikingly beautiful. Lying at the foot of Table Mountain, this city of 3 million is a charismatic blend of cultures, renowned for its scenic setting, creative cuisine and world-class local wines. Outside the city, enjoy a private, full-day Cape Peninsula tour showcasing the marine wildlife that is often overlooked in this area. See African penguins, Cape fur seals and seasonal Southern right whales and great white sharks (typically present from June to September). You may also observe ostrich, bontebok, baboon and Cape mountain zebra within the nature reserve.
Day 12: Cape Town / Depart
Bid farewell to South Africa today as you are transferred to the airport for your departing flight.
Physical Rating: Easy