Itineraries

ITINERARIES

Creating tailor-made holidays to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda is quite simply what we do best. Designed for independent travellers or specialized groups our tailor-made itineraries are ideal for private escorted tours, self-drives, fly-in holidays, honeymoons, family holidays, safaris and much more.

Our private bespoke journeys offer complete flexibility when planning the holiday, and the itineraries shown below are designed to give you a flavour of what is possible. All itineraries can be tailored to suit your specific preferences and wishes.

We are a passionate and detail orientated team with a desire to share the secrets of Southern Africa with all those intrepid travellers wishing to explore. Our holidays offer better value than if you had contacted the suppliers directly and in addition we offer a 24 hour back up service while on holiday – ensuring complete peace of mind.

Our tailoring service won’t cost you a cent extra!

HONEYMOON

Southern Africa offers of the most special and romantic honeymoon destinations in the world. Choose between white beaches, mountain hideaways, picturesque wine estates, stylish boutique hotels, wild safaris or idyllic bush retreats for your unforgettable honeymoon.

Southern Africa is an all year round top holiday destination, so sunshine and blue skies can almost always be guaranteed. Whether you are looking for a well-priced self-drive honeymoon or a lavish fly-in experience, we guarantee personalized attention, hand-picked accommodation, value for money and those personal touches that make a honeymoon exceptional.  

African Tailored Tours strives to provide you with an unforgettable experience by offering unequal personalized service and attention to your first memories together as husband and wife.

Find some ideas and inspiration in our sample honeymoon itineraries below:

Cape Town, Garden Route and Kruger Park (14 days/13 nights)

Overview:

This well-loved itinerary is ideal for a honeymoon to South Africa. It is easy to explore independently, and the wide variety of attractions and activities, from beaches to museums and from wines to safaris, keeps it fresh and allows for special first experiences together. This region has a great number of truly special and uniquely romantic accommodations available – perfect for a honeymoon of a lifetime.

Day 1 – 4                                           Cape Town   

Spend the first four nights in Cape Town, with some time to settle in and visit the world famous attractions Cape Town has to offer. Clarendon Bay is a sophisticated and luxury guesthouse in Bantry Bay perched above the brilliant blue waters of the Atlantic offering a truly extraordinary experience. Your boutique guesthouse is the perfect base from which to unwind and explore this vibrant city.

Day 5 & 6                                          Stellenbosch

A short drive brings you to the lively university town of Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa. The scenic backdrop of the Groot Drakenstein Mountains and the mature oak trees that line the streets further enhances the architectural and historic attraction of the town.  Spend the day wine tasting or exploring the dramatic mountain scenery before retiring to your boutique guesthouse, River Manor, comprising of two historic houses and situated in the oak lined avenues, close to the heart of Stellenbosch.

Day 7                                                  Swellendam

Leaving the Winelands behind you make your way to the heart of the Overberg – the picturesque farming town of Swellendam. Your base, Schoone Oordt, is a much photographed Victorian landmark that presides on over 5000m2 of lush grounds and incorporating eight magnificently crafted, luxurious suites and a private romantic hide away. Spend some time relaxing in this beautiful surrounds or explore this historic town.

Day 8 – 10                                        Knysna
Continue your journey to the Garden Route, known for its spectacular variety and quality of scenery, vibrant holiday towns as well as peace and quiet. Phantom Forest is hidden away in a privately owned nature reserve on the outskirts of Knysna and boasts 14 eco-chic tree-suites, fine restaurants and a freshwater pool. The exclusively private, serenely indulgent tree-suites have been created in harmonious balance with nature. Experience the evocative sounds and scents of Africa at Phantom Forest.

Day 11 – 13                                      Kruger National Park

A morning flight will take you to Hoedspruit, one of the gateways to world famous Kruger National Park. Your lodge, Motswari, is set deep in the Timbavati private game reserve, a vast tract of 60,000 hectares of subtropical savanna situated on the unfenced western boundary of Kruger National Park. With a 30-year history as a safari lodge Motswari is one of the region’s oldest, and you can be assured of an authentic safari experience here – bush as far as the eye can see, great game viewing and simple luxuries that don’t intrude on your experience.

Day 14:  

After a final early morning game drive make your way to Hoedspruit airport where you board your onward flight.

Prices from: ZAR 36,200 per person sharing

Additional information:

Approximate travelling distance by car: 600 kms

Best time to visit:     Cape Town – October to April

Including:

Meet & Greet on arrival

11 days car hire, Cape Town, group C, VW Polo Classic or similar, classic plus insurance

4 nights Cape Town, Clarendon Bantry Bay, standard room, B&B

2 nights Stellenbosch, River Manor, superior room, B&B

1 night Swellendam, Schoone Oordt, standard suite, B&B

3 nights Knysna, Phantom Forest, Classic tree suite, B&B

Transfer from Hoedspruit airport to Motswari

3 nights Kruger National Park, Motswari Game Reserve luxury bungalow, Full board & activities

Note:

Prices based on two adults sharing travelling in July 2018.

The above excludes all flights and activities not specified.

The Kruger is a malaria area, please consult your GP or travel clinic for up to date medical advice.

 

Cape Town, Kruger Park and Mozambique (14 days/13 nights)

Overview:

Combine relaxation and sightseeing at the scenically beautiful Panorama route with big game safaris in 2 of Southern Africa’s premier private reserves in the Greater Kruger. End your honeymoon with a relaxing beach stay and this honeymoon is sure to leave a lasting impression. Many variations are available: upgrade the accommodation, include air transfers or opt to self-drive if time permits. This safari itinerary could be combined with a stay in Cape Town or with a visit to the spectacular Victoria Falls.

Day 1 – 3                                           Hazyview
On arrival at Nelspruit airport you collect your rental car and make your way to the secluded Highgrove house, where you have 2 days to relax, explore the many attractions of the nearby Panorama Route and enjoy the warm hospitality and spa treatments available at the lodge.

Day 4 & 5                                          Sabi Sands Game reserve
A road transfer now brings you to Arathusa Safari Lodge, situated within the world renowned Sabi Sand Private Reserve, adjacent to the unfenced Kruger National Park. Here you will be treated to an abundance of big game sightings from open 4×4 safari vehicles or if you brave enough on foot. Back at the lodge relax in your comfortable room tucked into the African bush or enjoy a treatment in the luxurious spa, overlooking a waterhole.

Day 6 & 7                                          Timbavati Game Reserve
Your safari continues with 2 more days of open vehicle game drives, night drives and bush walks. Tanda Tula luxury tented camp is located in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, known for its big cat sightings and its unspoilt and un-crowded wilderness. The magnificent, thatched East African style tents, with their spacious decks overlooking the dry river bed, are the epitome of luxury while the seclusion of the camp allows traversing on thousands of hectares of pristine African wilderness, ensuring that your game viewing experience is an exhilarating one.

Day 8                                                  Johannesburg
After a final early morning open vehicle game drive you bid farewell to the wildlife of Kruger on your transfer back to Nelspruit for your flight to Johannesburg. A warm and hospitable welcome awaits you at The Residence in the prestigious suburb of Houghton, the perfect location for an intimate and luxurious stay. Manicured gardens, plush sumptuous interiors and opulent suites are designed for ultimate comfort and privacy.

Day 9 – 14                                        Mozambique, Benguerra
This morning a flight will take you from Johannesburg to Mozambique. Upon arrival at Vilanculos, you will be met and transferred by light aircraft to Benguerra, the second largest island of the Bazaruto Archipelago. The idyllic setting of Benguerra Island complete with coconut lined beaches on the warm Indian Ocean is complemented by your luxurious accommodation. Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa is adorned with every modern luxury you can imagine and will arouse your senses in every way as you discover new heights of luxury and pleasure.

Spend your days enjoying the host of activities available, from ocean ski paddling to deep sea fishing and from scuba diving to romantic picnics on deserted beaches or simply relax by the pool or on the beach, enjoy the sumptuous meals of fresh fish and other local delicacies and soak in the island style ambiance and the immaculate service of the lodge.

Day 10
After a final morning in your island paradise you will be transferred by light aircraft back to Vilanculos in time for your onward flight.

Prices from: ZAR 48,100 per person sharing (South Africa)

Plus USD 4,990 per person sharing (Mozambique)

Additional information:

Approximate travelling distance by car: 60 kms

Best time to visit:

Kruger:

General – All year round

Game – June to October

Birding – November to March

Mozambique

April to October – Dry season and warm days

November to March – Rainy season and hot days

Including:

Meet & Greet on arrival

3 days car hire, Panorama Route, group C, VW Polo Classic or similar, classic plus insurance

3 nights Panorama Route, Highgrove house, standard luxury suite, Dinner, B&B

Transfer from Highgrove House to Arathusa

3 nights Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands, Arathusa Safari Lodge, standard room, Full board & activities

Transfer from Arathusa to Tanda Tula

3 nights Kruger National Park, Timbavati, Tanda Tula, luxury tent, Full board & activities

Transfer from Johannesburg airport to The Residence hotel

1 night Johannesburg, The Residence hotel, luxury room, B&B

Transfer from The Residence hotel to Johannesburg airport

Air transfer from Vilanculos airport to Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort

5 nights Mozambique, Anantara Bazaruto Island resort, beach chalet, Full board & non motorized watersports

Air transfer from Anatara Bazaruto Island Resort to Vilanculos Airport

Note:

Prices based on two adults sharing travelling in July 2018.

The above excludes all flights and activities not specified.

The Kruger is a malaria area, please consult your GP or travel clinic for up to date medical advice.

FAMILY HOLIDAYS

Southern Africa is very child-friendly and must surely rate among the most versatile and attractive family holiday destinations available.

South Africa has an amazing climate, white sandy beaches, friendly people, great food, fascinating cultures and animals. Adventurous activities for the family can include riding an ostrich, dancing with Zulus, going sand boarding, enjoying game viewing from an elephants back and learning about the varied and rich culture South Africa has on offer. It is a country that upholds family values and many resorts offer excellent facilities for children.

The highlight of every holiday must be seeing animals like lion, elephant and giraffe in their natural habitat and although some lodges do not accept young children on safari, we have hand selected some lodges that are only too happy to welcome you and your family on an unforgettable safari experience.

Take inspiration from the samples below or contact us to create your own family memories to last a lifetime:

Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route and Eastern Cape (14 days/13 nights)

Overview:
This well-loved itinerary is family friendly and a tried and tested favourite. Cape Town and the Garden Route offer a great variety of attractions for young and old and when combined with a malaria free safari in the Eastern Cape makes for an exciting and unforgettable holiday. Versatile and welcoming family accommodation ensures that this holiday is fun and memorable for the entire family.

Day 1 – 5                                           Cape Town
Spend the first five nights in Cape Town, with some time to settle in and visit the world famous attractions Cape Town has to offer: Table Mountain, Cape Point, the penguin colony at Boulders Beach, horse riding or the Aquarium. Enjoy the space, privacy and flexibility of apartment living, when overnighting at African Elite Properties – fully serviced child friendly apartments in the heart of the V&A Waterfront.

Day 6 & 7                                          Franschhoek
The Winelands is home to magnificent mountain scenery as well as some outstanding wine farms. Spend your days enjoying a laid back picnic under the trees, while the children play in the mountain stream, explore the area by mountain bike, visit Butterfly world or do a chocolate tasting at Franschhoek’s chocolatier. Your accommodation, Avondrood Guest House, is centrally located and within walking distance of a great number of shops and restaurants.

Day 8 – 11                                        Plettenberg Bay
A scenic drive east along the Garden Route brings you to another of South Africa’s premier holiday destinations, Plettenberg Bay. Activities include the Elephant Sanctuary, Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, dolphin and whale spotting boat cruises, canopy top tours or simply enjoy time on the beach. Laird’s Lodge welcomes children of all ages and organizes babysitting, special turn downs and lots more, making your stay here nothing short of magical.

Day 12 – 13                                      Addo Elephant National Park
River Bend in the malaria free Addo Elephant National Park is probably the ultimate family safari destination. Needs of adults and children alike are catered for without sacrificing the authentic safari experience in a ‘Big Five’ area known for spectacular elephant sightings.

Day 14
After a final early morning game drive drop your hired car off at nearby Port Elizabeth and board a flight home.

Prices from: ZAR 32,500 per adult sharing

Prices from: ZAR 18,100 per child under 12 sharing with adults

Additional information:

Approximate travelling distance by car: 850 kms

Best time to visit:

General – October to April

Whales – July to November

Including:

Meet & Greet on arrival

14 days car hire, group S, Mitsubishi SUV or similar, classic plus insurance

5 nights Cape Town, African Elite Properties, superior 2 bedroom apartment, room only

2 nights Franschhoek, Avondrood Guesthouse, deluxe family suite, B&B

4 nights Garden Route, Laird’s Lodge, deluxe rooms, B&B

2 nights Eastern Cape, Riverbend, full board & activities

Note

Price based on two adults sharing with two children under the age of twelve, travelling in July 2018

The above excludes all flights and activities not specified.

SAFARIS

With world renowned safari destinations that include the Kruger Park in South Africa, Chobe and Moremi in Botswana, Etosha in Namibia and the Luangwa Valley in Zambia, Southern Africa truly offers an unrivalled variety of safari options.  

Whether you are searching for a brief malaria free safari, or want to experience untamed Africa at its very wildest and rawest, we will be able to assist.

For inspiration and insight into which safari destination(s) will best suit your particular requirements we suggest you peruse our sample safari itineraries below.

Panorama Route and Kruger National Park (7 days/6 nights)

Overview:
The Kruger is undoubtedly South Africa’s premier safari destination.  This vast wilderness area boasts an unrivalled diversity of wildlife, and combining safaris in two different areas of the reserve helps keep the experience fresh and maximises your chances of seeing the widest variety of game.  A night or two in a tranquil country lodge along the neighbouring Panorama Route is a perfect complement to your Kruger safari.

Days 1 & 2                                        Hazyview
Drive from Nelspruit and continue to your base for the first two nights, Highgrove House. Spend some time relaxing at this beautiful country lodge or explore the Panorama Route, which counts the God’s Window viewpoint, the preserved 1873 gold mining village of Pilgrim’s Rest and Bourke’s Luck Potholes among its attractions.

Days 3 & 4                                        Sabi Sands Game Reserve
Make your way into the prestigious Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, a private concession within the greater Kruger.  Spend 2 days tracking big game from open vehicles and on foot, experience exhilarating night drives by spotlight and take in the sounds of the bush from your luxury accommodation at Arathusa Safari Lodge.

Days 5 & 6                                        Timbavati Game Reserve
Your second safari destination is Motswari, a lodge known for its welcoming hospitality and an authentic and down to earth safari experience.  Wonderfully situated in the Timbavati private game reserve, an area of the Kruger that boasts one of the highest lion densities in Africa unforgettable safari memories are all but guaranteed.

Day 7
After a final early morning game drive and breakfast you bid farewell to the wildlife of Kruger and make your way back to the airport for your onward flight.

Prices from: ZAR 25,300 per adult sharing

Additional information:

Approximate travelling distance by car: +/- 400 kms by car (from / to KMIA)

Best time to visit:

Kruger:

General – All year round

Game – June to October

Birding – November to March

Including:

7 days car hire, Group C, VW Polo Classic, or similar, classic plus insurance

2 nights Escarpment, Highgrove house, standard room, B&B

2 nights Northern Sabi Sands, Arathusa Safari Lodge, standard room, Full board & Activities

2 nights Timbavati, Motswari Game Lodge, bungalow, Full board & Activities

Note

Prices based on two adults sharing travelling in July 2018.

The above excludes all flights and activities not specified.

Euro equivalents are for guideline only and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.

The Kruger is a malaria area, please consult your GP or travel clinic for up to date medical advice.

Chobe, Savute, Okavango Delta (9 days/8 nights)

Overview:
Undoubtedly one of the continent’s premier game viewing and wilderness destinations, the Chobe National Park is world known for its river safaris and elephant concentrations.  Savute is that much drier and wilder and has become word renowned for its super prides of lion that hunt mega-pray, including elephants. Witness a true geographical phenomenon as the Okavango River empties itself into the sands of the Kalahari Desert creating a 10,000 square kilometre inland delta of narrow waterways, lagoons and lakes, bordered by one of the most spectacular and beautiful game reserves in Africa.

Days 1 & 2                                                    Chobe National Park
On arrival spend two days at Chobe Game lodge, the only permanent game lodge situated within the famous Chobe National Park. Chobe Game Lodge is Botswana’s premier venue for guests looking for a perfect base from which to explore the National Park and the Chobe River. This five-star Lodge has full eco-grading by Botswana Tourism Board.

Days 3 & 4                                                    Savute
An air transfer brings you to Savute Safari lodge. Stretching from the Linyanti River all the way to Savute Marsh, the winding waterways of the Savute Channel have pumped life into the western section of Chobe National Park for many thousands of generations. Savute boasts the second-largest summer Zebra migration in Africa; its timing is determined by the rains, but usually occurs between November and December and again between February and April. The migration is always followed by large numbers of predators – the Zebra migration is a must for visitors.

Days 5 & 6                                                    Okavango Delta
This morning your air transfer will take you to Xugana Island Lodge, widely recognised as the most spectacular permanent water site in the entire Okavango Delta, which itself is Africa’s largest and most awe-inspiring oasis. Xugana Island Lodge is situated on a private concession and takes full advantage of this magnificent site. An expansive deck and al fresco dining area overlooks the vast, pristine body of water that makes up the permanent Okavango Delta.

Days 7 & 8                                                    Xakanaxa lagoon
Another air transfer will take you to Camp Moremi, situated on the edge of the Xakanaxa Lagoon in an area well known for its spectacular game-viewing opportunities. Experienced guides will introduce you to a whole new world of wildlife; watch a Leopard stretched out lazily in the branches of a Mopane tree, herds of Elephant grazing under a canopy of green or a pride of Lions camouflaged in the long grass.

Day 9
After a final morning in the water wilderness that is the Camp Moremi board a final light aircraft for your transfer you to Maun where your safari ends.

Prices from: USD 4,780 per adult sharing

 

Additional information:

Lodges can be interchanged with the following lodges at no additional cost: Chobe Savanna Lodge, Camp Xakanaxa, Camp Okavango, Leroo La Tau

For an even more spectacular holiday add a 2 – 3 night stay at the Victoria Falls to this itinerary.

Best time to visit:
General:        May to October
Birding:         December to March

Including:
Accommodation, scheduled activities & laundry service

All meals, refreshments, local spirits & wines (excluding premium brands)

Emergency medical evacuation cover

National park fees, Airport Departure Tax and all government levies & taxes

All Scheduled charter flights per package

Note
Prices based on two adults sharing travelling between January and March 2018.

The above excludes all international flights and activities not specified.

Botswana is a malaria area, please consult your GP or travel clinic for up to date medical advice.

Madikwe add on (4 days/3 nights)

Overview:

Madikwe is an authentic and traditional, malaria free big game reserve, known for its spectacular game sightings, especially African wild dog. This Big 5 reserve is a prime safari destination with a choice of excellent accommodation venues. A stay at Madikwe is the ideal safari add on following a visit to Cape Town and Garden Route.

Days 1 – 3                                                     Madikwe
A 90 minute flight will take you from Johannesburg to Madikwe Game Reserve, where you will be met by your ranger for the next few days. An open Landrover game drive vehicle will then take you to the lodge, giving you a first opportunity to spot some animals.

Situated between two rolling hills, Madikwe Safari Lodge lies in the heart of the richly diverse and malaria-free 76 000-hectare Madikwe Game Reserve – one of South Africa’s biggest wildlife sanctuaries. It overlooks game-filled plains, with the majestic Marico River cutting a winding green swathe through the landscape.

Madikwe not only has the Big Five but also cheetah and wild dog. On your morning or afternoon game drives you can look forward to sightings of a variety of wildlife, including mountain reedbuck, oryx, sable, eland and zebra, and up to 350 species of birds. Game drives are in open game viewing vehicles led by trained rangers delivering a world class interpretative experience of the bush.

Days 4
After a final game drive and brunch you board your flight back to Johannesburg in time for your connection flight.

Prices from: ZAR 34,800 per adult sharing

 

Best time to visit:

General:        May to September

Including:
Return flights from Johannesburg to Madikwe

3 nights Madikwe Safari Lodge, double room, full board & 2 game drives daily

Note
Prices based on two adults sharing travelling between May to September 2018.

The above excludes all international flights and activities not specified.

Windhoek, Waterberg, Etosha, Damaraland, Skeleton Coast, Swakopmund, and Sossusvlei  (14 days/13 nights)

Overview:
Namibia truly is a unique holiday destination which never fails to enthral.  A photographer’s paradise, it is a land of contrasts with big game safaris, spectacular vistas and an exhilarating sense of space.  While highlights include game viewing in Etosha, sunsets in Damaraland and the infamous dunes of Sossusvlei, Namibia has far more to offer. 

Day 1                                                  Windhoek
Arrive at the Windhoek International Airport where you will be met and transferred to Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia.

The modern, upmarket guesthouse consists of 6 luxurious en-suite double rooms and a fully equipped boardroom. Guests can indulge in the contemporary flair and stylish surroundings of the Elegant Guesthouse. During your time here, your hosts will endeavor to make your stay as comfortable as possible and to provide you with personalised service and genuine hospitality.

Day 2                                                  Waterberg region
Enjoy breakfast after which you will be transferred to the car rental office in order to collect your rental vehicle.

Frans Indongo Lodge is situated in the heart of a 17.000 ha (170 km²) farm in the bush savannah, north-east of Otjiwarongo. The main complex is modelled on traditional Ovambo homesteads: palisades of tall pointed stakes embrace the lodge and convey a feeling of the warmth and security of home right in the middle of the African bush. The lush green garden is shaded by tall trees and sports an artificial brook. The gourmet kitchen whips up a variety of venison dishes served with farm-fresh vegetables and salads seasoned with aromatic ingredients from the herb garden.

Day 3 & 4                                          Etosha National Park

Continue to the eastern side of the Etosha National Park.

The Onguma Game Reserve borders onto Etosha National Park and is situated next to the von Lindequist gate which is the eastern entrance to the park. The Onguma reserve covers an area of 20 000ha and incorporates ecological substrata such as savannah, bushveld, omuramba and dry pan. Age-old and well-worn migration routes, once used by elephant and buffalo wander through Onguma’s three dry riverbeds. Onguma reserve boasts over thirty different animal species. Plains game roam freely and predators although not easy to spot are nevertheless common residents of the area. More than 300 bird species can be viewed at Onguma.

Day 5                                                  Etosha National Park
Spend another full day of game viewing inside the Etosha National Park.

Okaukuejo Camp is located 17 km from the southern entrance of the park, and famous for its flood-lit waterhole, where visitors can observe at close quarters a spectacle of wildlife congregating and interacting. Accommodation is provided to suit every need, in premier bush chalets overlooking the waterhole; bush chalets and double rooms; or family chalets. Other facilities include a restaurant, bar, shop, swimming pool, kiosk and camping facilities.

Day 6 & 7                                          Damaraland
Drive to the heart of Damaraland.

Between the Ugab and Huab Rivers in Southern Damaraland lies a vast and unspoiled wilderness. This area boasts magnificent desert scenery, fascinating geological formations, archaeological sites and a unique variety of desert fauna and flora. It’s also the Southernmost roaming ground for the rare black rhino and desert elephant. Mowani Mountain Camp is characterised by its thatched dome-shaped structures which echo the shape of the granite boulders amongst which they are built. Much care has been taken with the design of the public areas, creating the impression of a (very upmarket) African Village, with dome-like thatched structures that blend in with the imposing boulders which are scattered around the outcrops.

Day 8 & 9                                          Swakopmund
After breakfast, at leisure depart for the coastal town of Swakopmund. Swakopmund Guest House is situated in the town centre, a mere five-minute walk from the beach and main shopping area. The guesthouse has been completely revamped to offer 15 rooms and 1 family suite for guests wanting to indulge in a comfortable stay-over close to the ocean.

Optional activities that can be enjoyed in and around Swakopmund include quad biking, sand boarding, dolphin cruise, camel rides etc, or perhaps a visit to the museum, aquarium or the crystal gallery.

Day 10                                               Namib Desert
After a relaxed breakfast and the morning at leisure, drive to the Swakopmund airstrip, drop off your rental vehicle and commence on your light aircraft flight to the Sossusvlei environs. Transfer from the airstrip to the lodge, have a siesta and take part in a sundowner drive offered by the lodge.

The wide grassy valley in which the Desert Homestead Lodge is situated is sheltered by the Nubib, Tsaris and Naukluft Mountains with a view reaching the distant dunes of the Namib Desert in the west.

In this exquisite position, the lodge offers simple but stylish accommodation in thatched chalets which were designed with the fragile beauty of this remarkable environment in mind. The Desert Homestead will ensure you an unrivalled respite from the desert extremes. Tranquil surroundings, Alfresco dining, delectably fresh farm cuisine, refreshing dips in the pool, The final remnants of each day see nature at her most profound.

Day 11                                               Namibrand Nature Reserve
Early morning departure towards the towering dunes of Sossusvlei. Here you will be able to view and climb some of the highest dunes in the world, some of which measures up to 325 m from its base.

After some quality time in the Sossusvlei area, you will be transferred to the NamibRand Nature Reserve. This is a scenic drive and it will be mainly on public roads with open LandRovers. Experience this drive with the expanse of the Namib Desert passing by you, as in time.  Located on the very edge of a 250-meter high dune in the 185 000 hectare NamibRand Reserve, the Wolwedans Dune Camp sleeps 12 guests in a totally unspoilt setting. Guests stay in comfortable tents pitched on wooden platforms and there are furnished with standard beds, bedside tables and a suitcase rack.

Day 12 & 13                                     Namibrand Nature Reserve
Each morning, awake to enjoy coffee/tea on your private verandah, with an unequalled view of the beauty around you before a delicious breakfast in the early morning sunshine. Then board the LandRover and experience the unique NamibRand Nature Reserve landscape during a morning and afternoon excursion by Landrover through the dunes, endless grassy plains and along mystical mountain formations. You could encounter large and small desert animals, learn about their unique habits and explore the ancient hunting spots of the Bushmen.

Day 14
After breakfast you will be transferred down to the farmhouse to bid Wolwedans farewell and commence on your return light aircraft flight to the Windhoek Eros airport. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the Windhoek International Airport in order to be there in time for your outbound flight.

Prices from: ZAR 69,800 per adult sharing

 

Best time to visit:
General:        May to November

Including:
Accommodation and meals as per above brief outline

VAT, Tourism levy

Vehicle rental – 4×4 Jeep Wrangler or similar, radio, air conditioner, super cover and unlimited km for a duration of 8 days, one way drop off fee

Dune Hopper seats – Swakopmund / Sossusvlei & Wolwedans / Windhoek Eros

All scheduled activities at Wolwedans Dunes Camp, Sundowner drive & Sossusvlei excursion at Desert Homestead

Road transfer between Sossusvlei and Wolwedans, relevant airport and airstrip transfers for the fly-in section, excess luggage transfer from Swakopmund to Windhoek

Note
Prices based on two adults sharing travelling between April to June 2018.

The above excludes all international flights and activities not specified.

GENERAL INTEREST

South and southern Africa truly is a dream holiday destination. Spectacular scenery and natural attractions, glorious beaches, award winning wines, gourmet restaurants, world renowned safaris, whale watching, challenging golf courses, varied local cultures and traditions, a rich history and a plethora of different activities to take part in ensuring there is something for everyone.  Combine this with an idyllic climate, a world class infrastructure, accommodation options to suit everyone’s taste and a friendly and welcoming population and you can begin to understand why visitors rave about their Southern African holidays.

Many people visiting our shores wish to experience the diversity for which South Africa is best known.  For inspiration we suggest you peruse our sample General Interest Holiday itineraries below:

Drakensberg Mountains, Battlefields, Beach and Durban (14 days/13 nights)

Overview:
A holiday to South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal is truly an enriching and varied experience.  This region is especially popular for return visitors or for those who want a more traditionally African experience.  An idyllic climate, traditional Zulu culture, dramatic mountains, a colourful history, world renowned game reserves, unspoilt beaches, the St Lucia wetlands and intimate and welcoming lodge accommodation are just some of the many highlights you can expect.

Day 1 & 2                                          Drakensberg Mountains
Following your arrival at Durban airport you can make your way to one of the most dramatic regions of the Drakensberg Mountains. Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse is surrounded by crystal clear rivers, towering mountains and magnificent scenery, and offers stunning food, a legendary approach to décor and personal attention. The region offers trout fishing, horse riding, hiking, birding and swimming in the crystal clear mountain streams with rock pools and waterfalls.

Day 3 – 5                                           Battlefields
Head east into Zululand and to Fugitives’ Drift Lodge, situated on a hillside, in a small game reserve, with sweeping views over the battlefield of Isandlwana.  Unique battlefield tours will recount the famous battles of the Anglo-Zulu war of 1879. The peaceful countryside here hides many astounding stories of tragedy, courage and valour, which will be brought to life for you by one of the local field guides on your visits to the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift.

Day 6 – 8                                           Hluhluwe region
Continuing deeper into Zululand you come to Hluhluwe River lodge. The Hluhluwe region abounds with wildlife including the famous, ‘Big Five’ Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Reserve where the white rhino was all but rescued from extinction, as well as the St Lucia estuary. Idyllically situated overlooking the Hluhluwe River flood plain Hluhluwe River Lodge is the ideal base for visitors looking to explore the world-renowned game parks of northern Zululand.  Guided walking trails, bird watching excursions and guided open-vehicle game drives to the neighbouring Hluhluwe-Umfolozi game reserve, are on offer.

Day 9 – 11                                        Mabibi beach
Your journey will now take you to the beaches of northern Kwa Zulu Natal. Set on the pristine shores of the Maputaland coast, Thonga Beach Lodge is the ideal place to discover one of the last unspoilt and undeveloped wilderness beaches left on the African continent. Mabibi is a magical place of tranquil swimming bays and snorkelling reefs, coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. Its crystal clear, warm waters offer unparalleled snorkeling and
fantastic offshore scuba diving.

Day 12 – 14                                      Durban
End your holiday exploring the beaches, attractions and night life of Durban from Quarters Hotel, a stylish boutique hotel situated in an upmarket suburb called Morningside. Visit the Botanical Gardens, the markets or explore the many antique shops, decor shops and coffee shops in Florida Road.

Prices from: ZAR 44,050 per adult sharing

 

Additional information:
Approximate travelling distance by car: 1,200 kms

Best time to visit:    
April – October

Including:
Meet & Greet on arrival

14 days car hire, Cape Town, group C, VW Polo Classic or similar, classic plus insurance

2 nights Cleopatra’s Mountain Farmhouse, luxury room, D, B&B

3 nights Fugitive’s Drift Lodge, standard room, full board & 1 tour daily

3 nights Hluhluwe River Lodge, standard chalet, D, B&B

3 night Thonga Beach Lodge, ocean view room, full board and some activities

2 nights Quarters hotel, superior room, B&B

Note:
Prices based on two adults sharing travelling in July 2018.

The above excludes all flights and activities not specified.

Secrets of the Cape (14 days/13 nights)

Overview:
Never straying much further than 2 hours drive from Cape Town this ‘off the beaten track’ holiday itinerary includes many of the numerous attractions of the Western Cape.  It is ideally suited to return visitors, for those that dislike long drives and for those who like to get away from the crowds.

Day 1 – 4                                           Cape Town
Spend the first four nights in Cape Town, with some time to settle in and visit the world famous attractions Cape Town has to offer. Situated on the slopes of Table Mountain, Four Rosmead is within walking distance of the city and five minutes’ drive from the V&A Waterfront, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Clifton and Camps Bay beach. Built in 1903, this Cape contemporary classic is an ideal venue for self-indulgence or a base to explore Cape Town.

Day 5 – 7                                           Wellington area
Leaving Cape Town behind you make your way to the Wellington region. Enjoy authentic Cape hospitality at Bartholomeus Klip, a working wheat farm and private game reserve home to plains game and the endangered geometric tortoise.  Relaxation, nature walks, drives and cycles as well as a procession of delicious meals are the order of the day.

Day 8  & 9                                          Swellendam
Leaving Wellington behind you make your way to the heart of the Overberg – the picturesque farming town of Swellendam. Your base, Schoone Oordt, is a much photographed Victorian landmark that presides on over 5000m2 of lush grounds and incorporating eight magnificently crafted, luxurious suites and a private romantic hide away. Spend some time relaxing in this beautiful surrounds or explore this historic town.

Day 10 & 11                                     Hermanus
Continue towards the coast for the next two days. With its mild Mediterranean climate and safe, clean, sandy beaches, Hermanus is a very popular holiday destination all year round and remains essentially unspoiled in spite of all the sophisticated amenities it now has to offer. Sophisticated Harbour House Hotel enjoys the most prominent of positions in the heart of the Old Harbour area, flanked by the seaside and the bustling centre of this holiday town.

Day 12 & 13                                     Winelands
Travelling west you’ll get to the Winelands area, home to magnificent mountain scenery as well as some outstanding wine farms. However the region has a lot more to offer than just the wine farms and you could also spend time hiking and horse riding, trout fishing or enjoying a laid back picnic under the trees.  Your accommodation, Avondrood Guest House, is centrally located and within walking distance of a great number of shops and restaurants.

Day 14:
After a final early morning game drive drop your hired car off at Cape Town airport and board a flight home.

Prices from: ZAR 27,500 per adult sharing.

Additional information: Approximate travelling distance by car: 660 kms

Best time to visit:
Cape Town – October to April

Including:
Meet & Greet on arrival

14 days car hire, Cape Town, group C, VW Polo Classic or similar, classic plus insurance

4 nights Cape Town, Four Rosmead, standard room, B&B

3 nights Bartholomeus Klip, full board & activities

2 nights Swellendam, Schoone Oordt, standard suite, B&B

2 nights Hermanus, Harbour House hotel, luxury room, B&B

2 nights Franschhoek, Avondrood Guest house, superior room, B&B

Note:
Prices based on two adults sharing travelling in July 2018.

The above excludes all flights and activities not specified.

Cape Town, Garden Route and Kruger Park (14 days/13 nights)

Overview:
This well-loved itinerary is ideal for a holiday to South Africa. It is easy to explore independently, and offers a wide variety of attractions and activities, from beaches to museums, from wines to safaris and from forests to bushveld.

Day 1 – 4                                           Cape Town
Spend the first four nights in Cape Town, with some time to settle in and visit the world famous attractions Cape Town has to offer. Clarendon Bay is a sophisticated and luxury guesthouse in Bantry Bay perched above the brilliant blue waters of the Atlantic offering a truly extraordinary experience. Your boutique guesthouse is the perfect base from which to unwind and explore this vibrant city.

Day 5 & 6                                          Stellenbosch
A short drive brings you to the lively university town of Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa. The scenic backdrop of the Groot Drakenstein Mountains and the mature oak trees that line the streets further enhances the architectural and historic attraction of the town.  Spend the day wine tasting or exploring the dramatic mountain scenery before retiring to your boutique guesthouse, River Manor, comprising of two historic houses and situated in the oak lined avenues, close to the heart of Stellenbosch.

Day 7                                                  Swellendam
Leaving the Winelands behind you make your way to the heart of the Overberg – the picturesque farming town of Swellendam. Your base, Schoone Oordt, is a much photographed Victorian landmark that presides on over 5000m2 of lush grounds and incorporating eight magnificently crafted, luxurious suites and a private romantic hide away. Spend some time relaxing in this beautiful surrounds or explore this historic town.

Day 8 – 10                                        Knysna
Continue your journey to the Garden Route, known for its spectacular variety and quality of scenery, vibrant holiday towns as well as peace and quiet. Phantom Forest is hidden away in a privately owned nature reserve on the outskirts of Knysna and boasts 14 eco-chic tree-suites, fine restaurants and a freshwater pool. The exclusively private, serenely indulgent tree-suites have been created in harmonious balance with nature. Experience the evocative sounds and scents of Africa at Phantom Forest.

Day 11 – 13                                      Kruger National Park
A morning flight will take you to Hoedspruit, one of the gateways to world famous Kruger National Park. Your lodge, Motswari, is set deep in the Timbavati private game reserve, a vast tract of 60,000 hectares of subtropical savanna situated on the unfenced western boundary of Kruger National Park. With a 30-year history as a safari lodge Motswari is one of the region’s oldest, and you can be assured of an authentic safari experience here – bush as far as the eye can see, great game viewing and simple luxuries that don’t intrude on your experience. 

Day 14:  
After a final early morning game drive make your way to Hoedspruit airport where you board your onward flight.

Prices from: ZAR 36,200 per person sharing.

Additional information:
Approximate travelling distance by car: 600 kms

Best time to visit:
Cape Town – October to April

Including:
Meet & Greet on arrival

11 days car hire, Cape Town, group C, VW Polo Classic or similar, classic plus insurance

4 nights Cape Town, Clarendon Bantry Bay, standard room, B&B

2 nights Stellenbosch, River Manor, superior room, B&B

1 night Swellendam, Schoone Oordt, standard suite, B&B

3 nights Knysna, Phantom Forest, Classic tree suite, B&B

Transfer from Hoedspruit airport to Motswari

3 nights Kruger National Park, Motswari Game Reserve luxury bungalow, Full board & activities

Note:
Prices based on two adults sharing travelling in July 2018.

The above excludes all flights and activities not specified.

The Kruger is a malaria area, please consult your GP or travel clinic for up to date medical advice.