Explore South Africa

Highlights Of
South Africa

in partnership with

Conde Nast Traveler
Explore Africa Inc
South Africa Tourism

Introduction

Map of South Africa

Be inspired by South Africa’s unforgettable experiences that will recharge your body, expand your mind, and engage your every sense. From wildlife adventures, scenic vistas that take your breath away to urban cultural melting pots, it is a country of contrasts and diversity. South Africa has a spirit that will remain with you forever. The beat of its cities, its streets, the smiles of its people, and scenic open spaces that will let your spirit soar. It’s time to #MeetSouthAfrica with this curated itinerary from Condé Nast Traveler, Explore Inc., and South African Tourism.


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DAY 1

Johannesburg

Johannesburg is one of Africa’s largest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and a melting pot of culture with immense history, amazing food, and a myriad of activities. The old city is a multicultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, ethnic restaurants, taxi ranks, and ultra-modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries, and organized tours catering to historical and political interests. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and many restaurants are making waves in the growing foodie scene. The nearby township of Soweto is one of Johannesburg’s most important historical and cultural sites.

JOHANNESBURG / Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa (Grand Chateau Suite)

• Arrive in Johannesburg on your direct South African Airways flight #204 from New York-JFK.

• Upon your arrival, you have a VIP meet and greet and then are transferred by private vehicle to the Fairlawns Hotel.

• A dinner reservation has been arranged at Marble, one of Johannesburg’s top restaurants.

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa is an urban sanctuary located in the heart of Johannesburg, offering superb dining, an incredibly relaxing spa, and easy access to the experiences of Johannesburg. Originally a 10-acre family home, the property is a chic, modern escape from the hustle of city life.

DayOne
Johannesburg skyline at sunset
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DAY 2

JOHANNESBURG / Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa (Grand Chateau Suite)

• Breakfast is served at the hotel each morning.

• In the morning, you'll be met at your hotel by your private guide for a full-day tour of Soweto, a township of Johannesburg bordering the city’s mining belt. With your guide, you will visit some community projects to interact with locals and learn about their daily life and history.

• Visit the Apartheid Museum in the afternoon with your guide. This museum is an incredible demonstration of South Africa’s history, giving visitors a deeper insight into the country’s history, struggles, and culture.

• In the evening, a dinner reservation has been made at Grei, one of Johannesburg’s finest restaurants.

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People preparing local foods in Johannesburg
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DAY 3

PHINDA

Described as “Seven Worlds of Wonder,” Phinda Private Game Reserve encompasses an impressive 56,800 acres of prime Big Five wilderness in KwaZulu-Natal. This Reserve comprises seven distinct habitats–from dry sand forest to wetland systems and mountain ranges. Catch a glimpse of the shy suni antelope, track rhino in the bushveld, observe breeding herds of elephant in fever tree forests, try not to breathe as a cheetah teaches her cubs to hunt, and marvel at the gracious nyala.


PHINDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE / &Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge (Cottage)

• In the morning, you'll be picked up from the hotel lobby and transferred to the Johannesburg Airport.

• Depart Johannesburg on a South African Airways flight to Phinda Private Game Reserve.

• Arrive at the Phinda Private Game Reserve Airstrip, where you'll be greeted by your guide upon your arrival and transferred to camp.

• Settle into your suite before your afternoon safari activity.

Perched on a dramatic hilltop overlooking the lush Lebombo foothills, &Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge is a Big Five luxury safari destination offering stunning panoramic mountain views from each of its newly refurbished 23 suites. Steeped in Zulu heritage and surrounded by remarkable landscape and wildlife, the lodge boasts an array of safari activities and experiences, making your luxury safari stay one-of-a-kind.

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Zebras at the watering hole while a jaguar lays in the shade
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DAYS 4-6

PHINDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE / &Beyond Phinda Mountain Lodge (Cottage)

• Explore the vast private game reserve and become immersed in the wildlife and community that surrounds the lodge.

• Phinda Mountain Lodge offers a wide array of activities, including twice daily game drives, guided bush walks, spectacular birding, black rhino tracking by foot, Maputaland beach adventures, scuba/ocean safaris, and horseback riding in False Bay.

• Visit the Zulu Village where you have the opportunity to participate in some of &Beyond’s conservation efforts, meet some of the local community, and learn about their history, culture, and daily life.

• Between safari activities relax at the in-house spa, cooling off in your private plunge pool, clearing your mind on the yoga deck, or getting to know the staff and local cuisine in the new interactive kitchen.

• End each safari-filled day in the perfect destination to watch the sun set as you sip your favorite beverage.

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Rhinoceros roam the plains while on safari
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DAY 7

Cape Town

Cape Town, often known as the Mother City, encompasses it all, from jaw-dropping scenery, centuries-old architecture mixed with minimalist, modern design, and a lively buzz of activity on every corner. Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, this exceptionally scenic city is in a class of its own. With its bustling harbor, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.

CAPE TOWN / Victoria & Alfred Hotel (Piazza-Facing Room)

• Rise early for one final safari activity before breakfast. You'll then be transferred to the Airstrip to check into your flight.

• Depart Phinda Private Game Reserve Airstrip on a South African Airways flight to Cape Town.

• Arrive in Cape Town, where you'll be greeted by your private driver and transferred to Victoria & Alfred Hotel.

• Spend the afternoon exploring this beautiful city at your leisure.

• In the evening, a dinner reservation has been arranged at FYN, one of Cape Town’s newest restaurants. Take Uber, a taxi, or the hotel can arrange dinner transfers for you at an additional cost.

Victoria & Alfred Hotel is located in the heart of the V&A Waterfront and is close to many shops, restaurants, and bars. This elegant hotel occupies a converted historic warehouse and boasts 94 exquisitely designed contemporary rooms, most of which boast great views of the harbor and Table Mountain.

**Kensington Place Boutique Hotel is a quaint, luxury boutique hotel operated by an LGBTQ+ couple that caters to all lifestyles. Upon arrival discover its unique metro-Victorian vibe and prime location, set in a secluded neighborhood just minutes from the highlights and hidden gems of the city. With only eight suites, this hotel feels like your home away from home with the addition of warm staff and an array of luxury amenities. Each private terrace has remarkable views of the city and the surrounding mountains. Opulent gardens, fruit trees, flowers and a plunge pool surrounding the property and offer a retreat from the busy day of exploring. Kensington Place is truly an urban retreat dedicated to making your visit to Cape Town memorable.

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The waters of Cape Town sprarkle while penguines roam the beach
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DAY 8

CAPE TOWN / Victoria & Alfred Hotel (Piazza-Facing Room)

• During the day, you'll explore the Cape Peninsula, one of the world’s most beautiful places, with your private guide.


• The Cape Peninsula is a stretch of rocky mountains jutting southward into the sea. Here, you'll find myriad pristine beaches, sheltered bays and coves, quaint fishing harbors, and a rich array of rare indigenous flora. You can also visit Boulders Beach to see the African Penguins, Hout Bay, the Harbour Market at Hout Bay (Cape Town’s most vibrant market!) and the Cape Point Nature Reserve.


• In the evening discover the rich and delicious Cape Town food scene at one of the many world-renowned restaurants.

DayEight
The sun sets over the Cape Peninsula
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DAY 9

CAPE TOWN / Victoria & Alfred Hotel (Piazza-Facing Room)

• With your local guide spend the morning walking through Langa, Cape Town’s oldest township and the center of Xhosa culture. To get a sense of the history and culture meet with locals who are influential in making a difference in their community. Your guide will also teach you about the local art scene that you will encounter and how it reflects this unique community’s history and culture.

• Have lunch at Mzansi Restaurant in Langa, showcasing traditional Xhosa food with influences from around South Africa.

• In the afternoon your guide takes you through District 6 before you end the afternoon with a private visit to the Zeitz MOCAA Museum with a museum curator.

• A dinner reservation has been arranged in the evening at Luke Dale-Robert’s Salsify, one of Cape Town’s hottest new restaurants.

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Lions Head stands majestically at sunset
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DAY 10

Franschhoek

Franschhoek, one of the oldest towns in South Africa, is where the persecuted French Protestants, among them experienced winemakers, chose to settle when they sought refuge in South Africa in the late 1600s. Today, the French influence in Franschhoek Valley is still strong. It can be seen in the picturesque architecture of the small village, and tasted in the area’s wonderful cuisine and wines, the settlers’ greatest legacy.

FRANSCHHOEK / Franschhoek Country House & Villas (Luxury Room)

• After breakfast your private guide will collect you for a full-day tour in the gorgeous countryside and winelands of Franschhoek.


• South Africa’s winelands boast remarkable vistas set amongst steep mountain peaks, offering delicious wine, food, and an array of outdoor activities.

• Based on your wine preferences, you can visit a selection of vineyards for wine tastings, learning about the region's wine and history.

• Stop for lunch with a view at a one of the wineries above Franschhoek. In the afternoon you'll be transferred back to Franschhoek Country House to settle into your room.

• A dinner reservation has been made for you at Foliage Restaurant, where wild ingredients are the star of the show and the menu changes with the seasons.

Set in the heart of the quaint village of Franschhoek, Franschhoek Country House & Villas is a charming, exclusive boutique hotel offering a luxurious place to rest between adventures amongst the vineyard‐filled mountains. Complemented by the well‐known Monneaux Restaurant, Franschhoek Country House emphasizes the highlights of its region, offering easy access to world‐class vineyards, wine, and food.

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Grapevines line the hills of South Afica wine country
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DAY 11

FRANSCHHOEK / Franschhoek Country House & Villas (Luxury Room)

• Franschhoek is known as the Wine and Food Capital of South Africa. Spend your time hopping from winery to winery tasting some of Africa’s finest wine.

• Explore the cobblestoned main street lined with boutiques, galleries, and cafes. Franschhoek Valley offers stunning vistas, rewarding hikes, bike paths, horseback riding tours, and an additional array of adventurous to laid-back activities.
 
• Enjoy a day of leisure to explore independently. Customized private tours can be arranged at an additional cost.
 
• A dinner reservation has been arranged for the evening at Terroir in Stellenbosch. Located on the Kleine Zalze estate, this is one of the most sought-after gourmet destinations in the Cape Winelands.

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Sipping wine at sunset

DayTwelve - Departure

• Breakfast is served at your hotel in the morning. You are transferred to the Cape Town Airport to check into your commercial flight.

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Tswalu

The vast, magical Tswalu Kalahari Reserve is renowned for its incredible, diverse wildlife both unique and iconic. Built with organic materials, boasting nine suites, The Motse lodge is an extremely intimate and warm base to explore the Kalahari. Spend your time exploring the vast Kalahari on daily game drives, guided walking safaris, and horseback safaris with your private guide. Visit the San petroglyphs and spend time with one of the many researchers based in camp who study the Kalahari ecosystem and support the Tswalu conservation efforts. Spending time with habituated meerkats observing charismatic behavior is a highlight. Sleep out under the stars or take a scenic helicopter safari for a never-to-be-forgotten experience.

Tswalu
The accomodations at Tswalu provide a mix of organic and modern convenience
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Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Sabi Sands is South Africa's premier private game-viewing destination. It was here that the Southern African safari began and today this famous reserve offers exceptional game viewing and equally exceptional accommodations. Two perennial rivers, the Sabi and the Sand, flow through this Game Park, sustaining the diverse fauna and flora of the area. The success of leopard viewing within the Sabi Sands is legendary. Elephants, lion, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, and a vast variety of antelope and other species can be closely observed in their natural environment.

Sabi Sands Game Reserve
Elephants, Jaguars, and Zebras abound at Sabi Sands Reserve
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Cape Whale Coast

Encompassing the towns of Kleinmond, Hermanus, Stanford and Gansbaai, the Cape Whale Coast is an area of incredible natural beauty and diversity. This rugged stretch of South African coastline snakes along the Atlantic Ocean, with magnificent fynbos-blanketed mountains rising up from the interior. The spectacular scenery is made up of charming seaside villages, farms, rivers, coves and valleys, and during the right season, the region’s namesake–whales–can be seen cruising and wallowing in the coastal waters. Visitors can enjoy visiting the little villages dotting the area, bird watching, whale watching, wine tasting, paragliding, fat bike rides, river rafting, game viewing, mountain biking, and golfing.

Cape Whale Coast
The picturesque villages of the Cape Whale Coast

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Customized Itinerary Starting at $6,885.00 per person based on double occupancy.

Note: Price is subject to change based on dates of travel, room category booked, and number of guests traveling together. Single supplement applies.

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