Cape Town is historically, culturally and visually, the most diverse, breathtakingly scenic and vibrant city you’ll have had the pleasure of visiting…and it’s here where your journey begins. Known fondly as the Mother City, Cape Town has everything for the curious traveler who enjoys the good life in all its colours and guises. From exquisite wine farms in magnificent green settings, to a long and captivating history and architecture, there’ll be little doubt in your mind why it’s voted one of the world’s finest cities to visit.
Take a cable car to the summit of the legendary Table Mountain, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, (weather permitting) with views of the City and surrounding layout of this southernmost tip of Africa. We drive to Camps Bay, an affluent ocean side suburb of Cape Town, boasting a magnificent white sandy beach and once the hunting ground of Lord Charles Somerset. Wind your way along through Clifton, an exclusive residential area, home to some of the most expensive real estate in South Africa before meandering through Sea Point, the first ‘commuter suburb’ of Cape Town and now a recognized Orthodox Jewish community. En route we’ll see the sweeping silhouette of the Cape Town Stadium before passing down Adderley Street considered the main street of the central business district. The City Hall located on the Grand Parade is next up. Nelson Mandela made his first public speech after his release from the balcony of Cape Town City Hall. Drive past the Castle of Good Hope, a Provisional Heritage Site.
The Castle of Good Hope was originally built as a maritime replenishment station and is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa! We’re passing Charly’s Bakery, home of Charly’s Cake Angels, stars of the Food Network Show before hearing a brief history of District Six en-route to a visit at the Company Gardens. The public section of the garden is enjoyed for its sheer floral beauty as well as its historical setting. It’s bordered by numerous landmarks including the Slave Lodge, present day Houses of Parliament and St George’s Cathedral, the seat of the Anglican church in South Africa. We hear about Greenmarket Square, the location for the well that was once the town’s main water supply during summer months when streams from Table Mountain dried up, before a visit to the Noon Gun where we witness the historic time signal and learn more about the history of the Bo-Kaap and its people as we move up the cobblestoned hills to the Malay Quarter, and marvel at the ice-cream colours of the quaint Bo-Kaap homes. Our final stop. A jewellery showroom where we meet a master diamond cutter and witness the process of cutting and polishing a diamond. You may even witness the rare opportunity of pouring of a gold bar!
Today it’s time for a wild taste of the African bush. We board our flight from O.R Tambo International Airport to the Sabi Sabi Airstrip where the lodge representatives will be awaiting your arrival in order to transfer you through to the lodge. The Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve is situated in the world-renowned 65 000 hectare Sabi Sand Wildtuin in the south-western section of legendary Kruger National Park. It’s an acclaimed wildlife paradise, where you’ll observe at safe, yet excitingly close quarters the age-old natural relationship between predator and prey.
The reserve is home to the Big Five (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo), as well as cheetah, the endangered wild dog and hundreds of other species of animals, birds and plants indigenous to the area. For the next two days, prepare yourself for thrilling interaction with Africa’s wildlife on every game drive – rest assured, highly trained and experienced rangers and trackers will do whatever it takes to make sure your safari experience ranks among the best in the world.
From this wild sanctuary of wonderful luxury- and it is that for sure – we depart here on day seven for Livingstone in Zambia, where thrilling and often unexpected adventure activities await. Watch in awe from any of the vantage points on numerous paths toward the magnificent Victoria Falls, as 650 million litres of water from the Zambezi River crash into the chasm below. It’s mesmerizing. Once you have arrived at Livingstone International Airport and transferred to your hotel, spend the rest of the morning at leisure before we venture forth on wildlife encounters from aboard jet-propelled boats on a sunset river safari.
Any visit to Southern Africa would not be complete without a stay in Livingstone to view the majestic Victoria Falls and experience the thrilling activities that go with it. The Falls are commonly described as one of The Seven Natural Wonders of the World and Zambia boasts some of the most spectacular views. To discover how the Falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them, it is well worth taking a guided tour. These tours are extremely informative and end with a visit to the local art and crafts centre. Tours may be conducted from the Zambian side or Zimbabwean side or a combination of both sides. This afternoon enjoy a visit to the Mukuni Village & Maramba Market before returning to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.
This morning after a sumptuous breakfast you will be collected from your hotel and transferred back to Livingstone International Airport to prepare for your onward journey home.
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