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Best of South Africa

Itinerary
Overview
Countries Visited:
South Africa
Length of Trip:
11 days

itinerary
highlights

  • Cape Town - Vibrant, Cosmopolitan, Fun City
  • Ellerman House - Ocean Front Luxurious Grand Hotel
  • Superb Restaurants & Fine Wines of Cape Winelands
  • Rovos Rail - Luxury Travel from a Bygone Era - Cape Town to Pretoria
  • Superb Service
  • Sabi Sands Exclusive Big 5 Game Viewing

Safari Itinerary Summary

Days 1 to 3

This 10 night Tour begins in Cape Town, staying at Ellerman House dramatically poised on the slopes of Table Mountain in Bantry Bay. After exploring the Mother City’s popular tourist attractions escape to the Cape Winelands for its stunning scenery and epicurean delights. Then climb aboard Rovos Rail to Pretoria to recapture the romantic atmosphere of a bygone era before heading off on safari in the exclusive Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve where the Big 5 await.

On arrival into Cape Town you will receive a VIP Meet & Greet and Private Road Transfer to the luxurious grand hotel known as Ellerman House. Enjoy 3 nights on the Atlantic Coast in an Ocean View Room with breakfast.


Cape Town is a city on everyone's must-see list. As well as being a vibrant hub with world rated restaurants, hip bars, design-savvy shopping and art galleries, it is also a good base for exploration of the region, particularly the Cape Point and Table Mountain. Ellerman House also features a renowned contemporary Art Gallery, while the spa, gym, pool and beautiful gardens allow guests to relax and be pampered in style.

Day 4

Leaving Cape Town behind you will be transferred to Cape Winelands to take in the magnificent mountain scenery and vineyards.
Stay for 1 night at Leeu House, your luxury accommodation in Franschhoek, in one of the most beautiful wine valleys and only one hour from Cape Town.

Franschhoek is lined with a cosmopolitan mix of trendy street cafés, art galleries, shops and superb restaurants that will delight the senses. The Franschhoek Wine Route has some of the best wine estates in the country where you can spend the afternoon sipping on fine wines and snacking on platters.


Day 5

Depart Franschhoek with private transfer to Cape Town Station and relax in the pre-departure lounge in preparation to step on board the 'Pride of Africa' that is Rovos Rail.

Notice the impeccable attention to detail as you step aboard the wood-panelled coaches, which combine the opulence of pre-war travel with subtle modern innovations. The trains travel slower than usual, taking time to make interesting stops for walks, game drives and tours.

Socialise in the observation car as the train winds through the scenic areas of Touws River, De Doorns and Worcester through four tunnels of the Hex River Pass. The train makes a stop in the historic village of Matjiesfontein. Enjoy excellent company and cuisine before retiring to your luxury accommodation for the night.

Days 6 & 7

On the second day the train will make an interesting stop in Kimberley, allowing plenty of time for you to visit the 'Big Hole' and the Diamond Museum. Dinner is served as the train continues its journey through Bloemhof, Leeudoringstad and Klerksdorp.

On your third day aboard, the train forges on at a relaxing pace, passing through Krugersdorp, Johannesburg and Germiston, arriving at Centurion where the Rovos Rail locomotive takes over and steams the train into Capital Park, Pretoria at around 12 noon.

You will receive a Private Transfer from Pretoria Station to your Luxury Hotel, in the leafy Johannesburg suburb of Rosebank - 54 on Bath to spend one night in a Deluxe Room with breakfast.

Day 8

You will be collected for your Private Road Transfer to Johannesburg International Airport to catch a flight into the Kruger for the start of your Safari!

Spend 3 Nights in a Thatched Suite at Sabi Sabi Selati Camp, fully inclusive of all meals and game viewing activities

Step back in time at the Sabi Sabi Selati Camp in the South West corner of the Sabi Sand Private Reserve. The camp's historic railway theme and old-world colonial charm makes this a truly romantic location.

This afternoon into evening enjoy your first game drive and enjoy sundowners in the bush before discovering the nocturnal species of this prolific wildlife area.

Days 9 & 10

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve is an unspoilt part of Africa, ecologically and geographically integrated with the adjacent Kruger National Park. It is situated within one of the oldest and largest proclaimed private reserves in Africa – the world renowned Sabi Sand Wildtuin.

Guests have an excellent chance of close encounters with the Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino – as well as cheetah, wild dog and all species indigenous to the area. Here one will experience Africa’s ever-changing landscapes and rhythms; from the clear light of dawn and the pastel haze of late afternoon, to the fiery sunsets and sudden onset of night. Against this backdrop, the abundant animals and extraordinary variety of birds exist in their unfenced natural environment, as they have done for centuries. Exciting morning and evening open vehicle safaris, as well as environmental awareness walking safaris, are led by experienced rangers and trackers.

Day 11

Bid a fond farewell to Selati Camp as you depart to catch your flight to Johannesburg Airport and connect with your homeward flight.

This itinerary includes the following Camps:

Ellerman House

Ellerman House in Cape Town and Winelands

Ellerman House is a luxurious five star getaway in the exclusive suburb of Bantry Bay, on Cape Town’s Atlantic seaboard. ...Read More

Ellerman House is a luxurious five star getaway in the exclusive suburb of Bantry Bay, on Cape Town’s Atlantic seaboard. Dramatically poised on the slopes of Table Mountain, Ellerman House holds a commanding position with breathtaking, expansive Atlantic Ocean views and the utmost privacy.

Ellerman House is an indulgent space for the discerning traveler. With 11 sumptuous, generously proportioned rooms and suites dedicated to comfort, Ellerman House overflows with timeless elegance, rich textures, fine linens and flawless finishes. Rooms and suites include large marble en-suite bathrooms, under floor heating, air conditioning, satellite flat screen televisions, wireless internet and original South African art.  All but two rooms have magnificent Atlantic Ocean views, and suites contain an additional lounge and dining area. Ellerman Villa offers a three or five bedroom self-contained home of exceptional exclusivity and privacy. Located in the gardens of Ellerman House, a private butler and chef complete this retreat.

With unbelievable focus on personal attention, Ellerman House has a small and dedicated team of chefs creating daily menus for lunch and dinner. A 9,000 bottle, professionally maintained wine cellar represents the very best wines from world renowned South African estates. The Ellerman House Art Collection dates back to the 1800’s, and the Contemporary Gallery showcases the outstanding talents of contemporary South African artists. The Ellerman Spa includes internationally qualified therapists; there is a fully equipped gym, sauna and a heated outdoor swimming pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Leeu House

Leeu House in Cape Town and Winelands

Leeu House is a sophisticated country guesthouse offering luxury accommodation and attentive service in an attractive setting ...Read More

Leeu House is a sophisticated country guesthouse offering luxury accommodation and attentive service in an attractive setting along Franschhoek’s main street.

Contemporary artwork, neutral colours and tasteful décor merge beautifully with the building’s Cape Dutch heritage.  Twelve well-appointed rooms, are individually styled, feature modern conveniences and are geared for comfort and relaxation.

The house and grounds are a showcase of artwork, including garden sculptures of iconic figures (Gandhi & Mandela). Culinary breakfasts are created using the freshest organic produce and served in the conservatory, or al fresco on the terrace. Guests may make use of the gym, spa and scenic nature trails at sister hotel, Leeu Estates, or cool off in the pool during summer months. After a day exploring all the Wineland’s has on offer, unwind on manicured lawns and shaded terraces or sip fine wines around a blazing fire as the day draws to a close.

Rovos Rail

Rovos Rail in Cape Town and Winelands

Capturing the romance of a bygone era, Rovos Rail immerses travellers in colonial indulgence, while the beauty of Southern Africa ...Read More

Capturing the romance of a bygone era, Rovos Rail immerses travellers in colonial indulgence, while the beauty of Southern Africa unfolds before their eyes.

The meticulously restored “Pride of Africa” trains can accommodate up to 72 guests in 36 superbly appointed Suites. Period decor and tasteful finishes offer en-suite luxury, and the spacious Royal Suites boast a Victorian bath from which to watch the world go by. Attentive butler service and modern conveniences (personal safes, air-conditioning and a bar and fridge) ensure guests are comfortable at all times.

Excellent cuisine is paired with fine wines and beautifully presented in the signature dining car – the atmosphere of grandeur and tradition suitably complemented by the transitory landscape. The train’s sedate pace allows stops for professionally operated walks, game drives and tours. Routing destinations include Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, Victoria Falls, Namibia and Dar es Salaam, with a focus on scenery, golfing, animals and history, depending on the route chosen.

54 On Bath

54 On Bath in Madikwe and The North

54 on Bath is located in the leafy Johannesburg northern suburb of Rosebank - a contemporary hotel with impressive amenities and ...Read More

54 on Bath is located in the leafy Johannesburg northern suburb of Rosebank – a contemporary hotel with impressive amenities and easy access to upmarket shopping facilities.

75 spacious rooms and suites enjoy stunning views over the city skyline and the manicured gardens below. Décor is tasteful and fresh with sleek lines, bold touches and attentive detail – perfectly created for the discerning leisure or business traveller.

During summer months, stretch out in a sun lounger soaking up the African sun and cool off in the pool. Perhaps work out in the nearby fitness centre to get the blood flowing, and let the day draw to a close as you sip cocktails in the champagne bar. Creatively presented meals are served in the hotel restaurant.

Attractions nearby this Rosebank hotel include Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City, Melrose Arch, as well as the Gautrain rapid rail system and Sandton Convention Centre. Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport is also easily accessible from the hotel.

Sabi Sabi Selati Camp

Sabi Sabi Selati Camp in Kruger and Sabi Sands

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve is an unspoilt part of Africa, ecologically and geographically integrated with the adjacent Kruger ...Read More

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve is an unspoilt part of Africa, ecologically and geographically integrated with the adjacent Kruger National Park. It is situated within one of the oldest and largest proclaimed private reserves in Africa – the world renowned Sabi Sand Wildtuin.

Born of history, inspired by the legends of hidden bullion and fearless hunters, the exquisite eight suite Selati Camp is a tangible reminder of the grand steam train era when the first railway lines snaked through the Mpumalanga bushveld carrying gold to Mozambique.  Each of the suites, romantically named after long-gone railway stations, is intimate and comfortable. “Vintage” styling, en-suite bathrooms, and cleverly concealed air-conditioning and electricity maintain the historical theme.

Nights at Selati are illuminated by the gentle glow of authentic shunter’s lamps and lanterns. Recently refurbished, the new lounge and bar area is filled with reminders of times gone by and this intimate haven opens up to the outdoor boma, where superb meals are enjoyed under the star-studded African sky or in the intimate “Farmhouse Kitchen”.  Armchairs around the sparkling pool or on the covered wooden viewing decks are a perfect perch from which to watch game drinking at the nearby waterhole.

This premier itinerary includes the following Camps:

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