Days 1 - 5
Without question one of the world’s most spectacular cities, Cape Town sits on the southwestern edge of Africa and nestles beautifully between the two national heritage sites of the infamous Robben Island and the iconic “New 7 natural wonders of the world” member, Table Mountain.
Cape Town, which is three times the size of New York, set about remodelling and restyling itself post the end of apartheid in 1994. It is thus not surprising that it has begun to receive international acclaim and was voted the 2014, World Design Capital. Despite being South Africa’s oldest city, Cape Town has managed to retain its traditional charm whilst developing its cosmopolitan lifestyle. This combination ensures a wealth of experiences for tourists and locals a-like. Cape Town is undoubtedly a destination in itself but also the holidaymaker’s gateway to the African continent.
Cape Town city itself has a multitude of explorations. Arranged tours will allow you the opportunity to discover our friendly and relaxed city at your pace: cruise through the African craft markets, visit the colourful and vibrant Cape Malay suburb of Bo Kaap or boat across to the infamous Robben Island where our nation’s beloved father, Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for over two decades.
Perhaps in your own time you’d prefer to relax peacefully on tranquil beaches, stroll along the promenade, hike up “Lions Head” or visit The Houses of Parliament set picturesquely in the Company Gardens? Or for those looking for a bit more of a buzz and some retail therapy visit the shops, restaurants and lavish hotels of V&A Waterfront.
Cape Town is geared to its visitors with a number of hotel options available. Iconic Africa has an exclusive selection of elegant hotels, private villas and boutique hotels which will cater to your needs as honeymooners and families alike. Be it the luxurious Relais & Châteaux's Ellerman House or the boutique Cape Cadogan. Let us help you choose your perfectly suited hotels at our fantastic rates.
A world of endless experiences:
The beauty of Cape Town is not restricted to the city alone. Cape Town’s proximity to a number of incredible destinations makes short day trips to the likes of the Cape Winelands, Cape Point, Hermanus and the Garden Route an absolute must!
No matter your holiday desires Cape Town has something which will grab you. Honeymooners and romantics will fall further in love with the idyllic views and white sanded beaches, families can share a morning with curious penguins or throw in some laidback whale watching in Hermanus, for the more adventurous go cage diving with the Great White sharks off Gansbaai or even paraglide off the mountains surrounding Cape Town.
Gourmet lovers will be kept in awe by the multitude of mouth-watering restaurants which combine delightfully with the local wines at world beating prices! Whether it be visiting the spectacular, World Heritage botanical gardens of Kirstenbosch or wine tasting at the multitude of fabulous wine estates, Cape Town has it all and will leave you planning your next visit before you’ve even left!
Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve
Days 5 - 8
The Sabi Sands
Perhaps the most famous Private Game Reserve in the Southern Hemisphere, this 66 000 hectare Private Game Reserve adjoins The Kruger National Park and has become globally recognised for the highest quality game viewing due to the incredible predator density. This game viewing coupled with the ultra luxury lodges which own private concessions within the reserve has guaranteed the fame of the Sabi Sands.
This world renowned game reserve is also one of the oldest. The Sabi Sands Reserve was initially founded as the “Sabie Game Reserve” in 1898. With over a century of conservation and wildlife management the reserve and its wildlife have blossomed. The Sabi Sands gets its name from the two rivers which provide its life blood throughout the year. The Sand River flows through the reserve from northwest to southeast corner while the Sabie River flows through the southern boundary of The Sabi Sands Reserve. It is this water which sustains a greater herbivore population and thus the accompanying predator density.
The Sabi Sands allows for easy access from both Johannesburg – a forty five minutes flight; and from Cape Town – a two and a half hour flight - into Kruger's own international airport or even directly into the newly revamped Skukuza airport, located within Kruger National Park itself.
Exceptional Game Viewing:
The fame of The Sabi Sand goes hand in hand with its exceptional leopard viewing. This is most likely the best location in the world to view leopards in not only frequency but most importantly astonishing quality. Due to the years of conservation the leopards do not view the game vehicles as a threat. Tracking and finding leopards is incredibly difficult but this art of tracking has been passed through generations by local “trackers”. In The Sabi Sand the rangers are permitted to go off road with the 4x4’s which allows for exciting off road expeditions when you find and follow these predators into the most perplexing places.
The Private Reserve means that all safari game drives will be expertly driven and lead by experienced rangers and trackers. This is essential if you are to get the most out of your safari experience. When on your African Safari your day will start at the crack of dawn when, bleary eyed, you head out in search of the ever elusive cats. The predators are more active during the early cooler mornings and late afternoons and as such these times provide the best opportunity for high quality game viewing. Your activities on drive are also not curtailed by day light and should you find a predator in the fading light, your ranger and tracker will begin a spot lit night drive as you follow your silent hunter on their night’s exploits.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Days 8 - 12
Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi River at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two-thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or microlights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay.