This South African journey brings you the best of Cape Town, followed by two incredibly intimate safari experiences in the remote northern reserves of South Africa. Begin by hiking the iconic Table Mountain or kayaking with penguins at Boulder’s Beach on the Western Cape. Then, step off the beaten 4×4 track and explore Marakele National Park and Madikwe Game Reserve, where the wildlife viewing is outstanding and the history behind the reserves compelling. If that gets your heart pumping, wait until you see the lodges…
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Welcome to South Africa! Upon arrival, a private car will bring you to the luxury hotel you'll call home for the next three nights.
Explore Franschhoek's charms on foot, admiring its galleries and designer boutiques. After an afternoon hike and wine tasting, revel in the old-world architecture in the university town of Stellenbosch.
Traverse Table Mountain's iconic flat-topped peak, learning about the unique flora known as fynbos that blankets the mountain. At the end of your epic hike, you'll be rewarded with lunch and a wine tasting in the Constantia Winelands.
Arrive at the Marataba Trails Lodge, located within the UNESCO-recognized Waterberg Biosphere Reserve. Spend the next three days at your leisure, embarking on guided safari walks, hikes and drives as you please.
The grounds at Marataba are stunning, so when you're not out hiking or tracking elephants, rhino and big cats, you can relax by the outdoor fireplace or cool off in the secluded natural pool.
Spend the morning exploring the incredible nearby hiking trails, then board the Miss Mara for an afternoon boat safari. This evening, enjoy views of the valley at sunset outside the lodge, perhaps with an ice-cold G&T.
Arrive at your next lodge in the Big Five Madikwe Game Reserve—one of South Africa's prime safari locations. Spend the next three days taking advantage of the lodge amenities and, of course, epic wildlife sightings.
Between morning and afternoon game drives, spend your day unwinding in the common lodge. Savour fabulous meals in the breezy dining area or al fresco under starry skies.
Enjoy your final game drive of the trip then cool off in your the picturesque rim-flow pool as you watch the animals roam free around the grounds!
Return to Grand Central Airport and make your way back to O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg for your evening departure home. Safe onward journey!Show All Days VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.