South Africa Cape & Safari
South Africa dazzles with diversity. This is where the great African savannah meets luxury and comfort. It’s where Table Mountain and wild penguins meet fine dining and world-renowned vineyards. You’ll find beaches, city, culture, history and everything in between. And South Africa makes every visitor feel at home.
This South Africa experience is designed for couples who seek to explore the country’s diversity. It’s a mix of lazy days exploring the Cape and an adventurous Kruger safari. You’ll find some of Africa’s most exclusive travel moments here and as with all experiences on Kated this is just a starting point.
Day 1 - Cape Town
Sunset Cruise on Table Bay
Sail the waters of Table Bay, with the shores of Robben Island to one side and the celebrated vistas of Table Mountain on the other.Clink glasses as the sun sets in a profusion of golds, oranges, and reds. Delight in the onboard food platters. Lay out beneath one of the world’s most celebrated backdrops. Enjoy the privacy of this luxury charter aboard the iQ catamaran. Manned by professional sailors, it’s reserved for your exclusive use in the waters beyond Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.
Day 2 - Relaxing in Cape Town
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel High Tea
Music drifts across the lounge from where the pianist sits playing. The crystal chandeliers glint in the sunlight from the hotel’s terraced gardens. Freshly-prepared sandwiches, pastries and cakes tempt from their highly-polished serving tables.Owned by Belmond, the luxury hotel brand that operates the Venice-Simplon Orient Express, Cape Town’s Mount Nelson Hotel leaves nothing to chance. Tiered cake stands boast South African delicacies, while the dedicated tea sommelier can guide you through the 40 different blends available.
Table Mountain Picnic
Cape Town’s majestic mountain backdrop is the top of many a South Africa bucket list. The cable car is easy to arrange yourself, as is the standard slog up Platteklip Gorge. Neither of these are how locals usually visit Table Mountain.Hundreds of trails crisscross the mountain and most are not signposted. Local mountain guides can take you to places of adrenalin and serenity, dependent on how you want to experience Table Mountain.Like a sunset picnic hidden from the world, halfway up the mountain’s steep face, in a place unknown to Instagram. With Table Mountain there’s so much to experience if you know where and how.
Day 3 - Penguins & Cape Point
Sea Kayaking Tour on False Bay
The gentle splash of water on fibreglass, fresh sea air, one-off vistas, and the tranquil solitude of False Bay.This is just the beginning of a sea kayaking tour that will see you paddling along the Cape Peninsula’s coast southward past secluded coves, rocky outcrops, and even southern right whales. You will come face to face with mainland Africa’s only penguins, yet free of the crowds of Boulders Beach.In between, you will be guided towards specially-chosen beachside locations for refreshment, and bring the day to an end with the spectacular journey back to Cape Town along Chapman Peak Drive.
Cape Point Helicopter Tour
While anyone can ride the cable car to its summit, few get the chance to see the flat top of Table Mountain and the surrounding national park from the air.Taking off in the shadow of the mountain from a helipad close to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, you will sweep south along the wild coastline taking in historic fishing villages, vineyards, and secluded coves around Hout Bay to Cape Point, the most south-westerly point in Africa.Following a sumptuous lunch overlooking False Bay, a further breathtaking helicopter ride over Chapman Peak Drive awaits on route back to Cape Town.
Day 4 - Cape Winelands
Pinotage Masterclass by Pieter de Waal
With the expertise that comes with nine generations of harvesting, none other than owner Pieter de Waal will guide you through the tasting notes of South Africa’s only indigenous grape variety.Centred on a Cape Dutch homestead dating to 1791, the neatly-pruned rows of vines at De Waal’s winery lie in Stellenbosch’s attractive Kloof Valley.Your time in the dedicated tasting room will culminate with the chance to sample De Waal’s magnum opus Top of the Hill vintages, produced from the oldest pinotage vineyard block in the world.
Stellenbosch Foodie Walk
There are few better – or tastier – ways to obtain an authentic insight into a culture then through its cuisine.Escorted by a local expert, you will stroll the attractive tree-lined avenues of Stellenbosch’s Cape Dutch architecture. Between stories that reveal the history of South Africa’s second-oldest town, you will drop into bakeries and vintners, sampling the very best traditional snacks and locally-produced wines.Your tour then ends with a lunch comprising a platter of South African dishes, from meaty boerewors sausage to tangy local cheeses.
Day 5 - The Safari Begins in Londolozi
Londolozi Game Drive
Enter the domain of the legendary leopards of Londolozi. Track their footprints on private game drives through one of South Africa’s original private reserves. Seek out their rest trees on the banks of the Sand River. Join in the constant scientific research that surrounds each of the reserve’s named individuals.Londolozi is more than a private reserve within the Greater Kruger region. It boasts more than 40 years as a leopard hotspot and almost 100 years as a safari destination. Your visit will contribute to the continued conservation of these beautiful animals. And there are few places on the continent to safely get as close.
Londolozi Private Granite Safari Suites
The trickle of gently flowing water. The seclusion of its riverbank location. A river bar and sunken cocktail lounge. A privileged position metres from where herds of elephant follow ancient migration routes across the Sand River.Here, the exterior is as important as the interior. Large picture windows and folding doors look out from the contemporary furnishings. The deck boasts a private heated swimming pool and outdoor bath – all exclusively yours for the length of your stay. And the wildlife roaming past can baffle your imagination.
Day 6 - Stunning South Africa Safari
Londolozi Photography Safari
Traverse the grasslands of this private game reserve within Greater Kruger National Park beside a highly experienced wildlife photographer.You’ll plan a bespoke photo safari with a dedicated ranger and tracker team, so you can pursue your personal wildlife photography interests. This includes expert tuition on how to capture the reserve’s famed big cats.Then make use of the Londolozi Photography Studio to process, edit, and even print your latest masterpieces.
Balloon Flight Over Blyde River Canyon
Drift silently over the South African veld with just a balloon pilot for company, as the sun rises over another magnificent day in Africa. The expansive panoramas of the Blyde River Canyon’s staggered series of verdant yet precipitous cliffs meld into the grasslands of Kruger National Park, against a backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains.Glimpse giraffe feeding in the early morning light, vervet monkeys crashing from tree to tree, and hippos taking full advantage of what the early Dutch settlers to the region named the ‘happy river’.
Day 7 - Crossing the Kruger
Kruger Adventure Game Drive
Cross the unfenced boundary into one of the continent’s foremost safari destinations – Kruger National Park. Take advantage of your private game drive to do what you want when you want.Follow in the footsteps of the Big Five. Scan the trees for leopard. Watch as elephants cool off at a water hole. Admire the sheer bulk of a mature male buffalo. Join lions for a snooze in the shade. Feel the smile cross your face as a rhino silently treks across the plains.Kruger’s vast 7000 square mile area and its diverse array of habitats should be more than enough to tempt you away from Sabi Sands.
Singita Lebombo, Kruger Safari Lodge
Sleep out under the stars on elevated wooden viewing platforms specifically designed for the purpose. Gaze down onto the N’wanetsi River from your individual contemporary glass-walled suite – one of just 15.Swim in the outdoor pool within earshot of Kruger’s multitude of game species. Admire views across this 33,000-acre private concession. Then, fully relaxed, join the professional team of guides for a personalised game drive through the epitome of African safari experiences.
Day 8 - More Private Safari
Singita Game Drive
A front row seat to all the action in the 33,000-acre private concession within the remoter reaches of Greater Kruger National Park. The solitude that comes with being the only safari vehicle for miles around. The knowledge that regular sightings include hippo, cheetah, and sable, alongside the Big Five.Singita’s relative isolation is to its advantage. The concession’s resident animal populations feel safe and relaxed, allowing you to edge even closer in the high-spec Land Rovers limited to just six guests at any one time.
Singita Kruger Game Walk
Feel the thrill of walking in lion country. Track the movements of the park’s resident species through the bend in a blade of grass or a partial imprint in the dust. Explore the plant life, and discover why the Greater Kruger region became an ecological wonderland.Yes it’s safe. The guides and trackers grew up in this wilderness, alongside such animals. So they’ll keep you away from big cats and create close ups with the ungulates and smaller species.