Privately Escorted Safari
with Specialist Ryan Hilton
Trip Details

Trip Dates

Oct 05, 2014 until Oct 17, 2014
13 Days / 12 Nights

Inclusions:  1 night Intercontinental O.R. Tambo; 3 nights Founders Camp at Londolozi; 4 nights Sweni Lodge at Singita Kruger National Park; 4 nights 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa; light aircraft transfers; breakfast daily in Johannesburg and Cape Town; all meals, local brand beverages + spirits at Londolozi; all meals and all beverages + spirits at Singita; all game viewing activities while on safari; escort of safari specialist Ryan Hilton with photographic collection of the trip.

Exclusions: International air, *internal scheduled flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town on 13 Oct, gratuities and items of a personal nature (telephone calls, spa services, optional tours, etc.).

*Recommended scheduled flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town: SA 347 departing JNB at 15h10 and arriving CPT at 17h20 

FAQ

  • What are the luggage requirements on safari?

Light aircraft which fly into the bush allow each passenger to check one (1) item of luggage to a maximum weight of 44 lbs. The luggage should preferably be soft sided, without wheels or frame, to allow for easier packing in the aircraft.  Please ask about options to store additional luggage at various locations in your itinerary.  Safari specialist Ryan Hilton offers tips for packing your safari bag on a video he posted to YouTube as well as the Septe/ber-October 2013 issue of Virtuoso Life magazine.

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Points of Interest

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Londolozi Game Reserve

Widely respected as South Africa's first eco-safari lodge, Londolozi treats guests to an authentic wild experience against the backdrop of a world-class Relais & Châteaux resort.  Breeding herds of elephant and buffalo roam throughout the Londolozi area, with high concentrations of white rhino and lion. But viewing Londolozi's famous wild, free ranging leopards is one of life’s truly treasured experiences.
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Singita Kruger National Park

Lebombo and Sweni have been built to integrate the ‘touch the earth lightly’ philosophy into every aspect of their daily operations. Situated on 33,000 acres, Singita’s concession is an isolated piece of pristine wilderness where a unique wildlife population thrives across four distinct ecological-zones. This area is especially well-known for the remarkable concentration of the ‘Big 5’ and four particularly formidable prides of lions.
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Cape Town

‘The Mother City’ is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city offering diversity like no other.  A colorful melting pot of cultures has created something for every palate in one of the world’s most popular and picturesque settings. World class dining, shopping, art, theaters, beaches, scenery, wildlife and nightlife come standard. In a city which could be considered a destination itself, hidden gems are found around every corner.
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Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach in Simons Town is home to a unique and endangered land-based colony of African Penguins. The beach itself ideal for families and children as immense boulders shelter the cove from currents, wind and large waves. The Penguin Colony is one of only a few in the world, and has become a famously popular site consisting of three pristine beaches, one penguin viewing area and three scenic boardwalks.
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Cape of Good Hope

"The Fairest Cape in all the World" as named by Sir Francis Drake, is one of the top tourist destinations in South Africa. Rich in cultural and natural heritage, the Cape of Good Hope is home to the Southwestern most point in Africa, various wildlife and unique flora and fauna. Also a haven for outdoor enthusiasts,  a wide variety of activities are on offer set against the spectacular backdrop of the mountains and coastline of the Cape Peninsula.

Traveler Reviews

 

 

Itinerary

  1. Oct 05, 2014 | Arrival Into Johannesburg

    Dine on your own at leisure and overnight Intercontinental Johannesburg

  2. Oct 06, 2014 | Transfer to Londolozi [B,L,D]

    Checkout and transfer to the airport for your light aircraft flight to Londolozi Game Reserve where you will spend the next 3 nights on a fully inclusive basis.

    After a brief orientation, you'll head out for afternoon game drive.

    Overnight at Londolozi Founders Camp

  3. Oct 07, 2014 | First Full Day on Safari [B,L,D]

    No two days are the same at Londolozi and every experience is tailor-made to suit individual preferences and expectations. However, there is a certain rhythm and pace to the experience that stirs a sense of homecoming on repeat visits and a pleasant sense of order for first time bushveld visitors.

    The daily schedule will be similar at both safari locations (Londolozi and Singita) which includes morning and evening game drives with time at leisure in the afternoon to spend as you prefer - a guided walk, yoga, spa treatment, quiet rest and observation on your own, etc.


    * 5:30 Rise and shine
     * 6:00 Dawn Patrol Game drive
     * ±10:00 Breakfast/Brunch
     * 11:00 Bush Walk
     * ±12:00 Yoga
     * 15:00 High Tea
     * 15:30 Sunset Game Drive
     * ±19:00 Dinner

    Dinner and overnight at Londolozi Founders Camp

  4. Oct 08, 2014 | On Safari at Londolozi Game Reserve [B, L, D]

    Speak with your guide about the range of activities offered in addition to the game drives: bush walk, visiting the cultural village, yoga and a full range of spa treatment and fitness.  For travelers with an interest in working out while on safari, the well-equipped fitness room overlooks an expansive swimming pool and contains weights, a rowing machine, treadmill and spinning bike.

    Dinner and overnight at Londolozi Founders Camp

  5. Oct 09, 2014 | Transfer to Kruger National Park [B, L, D]

    After morning game drive, transfer to the airstrip for onward light aircraft flight to the Singita KNP airstrip. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide for gamedrive road transfer to Singita Sweni Lodge where you will spend the next 4 nights on a fully inclusive basis.

    After a brief orientation, you'll head out for afternoon game drive.

    Overnight Singita Sweni Lodge

  6. Oct 10, 2014 | On Safari at Singita Kruger National Park [B, L, D]

    The daily rhythm of your safari activies will be similar to that of Londolozi with twice daily game drives and as well as a range of other optional activities. For the more active travelers, we recommend exploring the region on foot with a guided safari walk or mountain biking excursion.

    Overnight Singita Sweni Lodge

  7. Oct 11, 2014 | On Safari at Singita Kruger National Park [B, L, D]

    The daily rhythm of your safari activies will be similar to that of Londolozi with twice daily game drives and as well as a range of other optional activities. For the more active travelers, we recommend exploring the region on foot with a guided safari walk or mountain biking excursion.

    Overnight Singita Sweni Lodge

  8. Oct 12, 2014 | On Safari at Singita Kruger National Park [B, L, D]

    With your last full day on safari you may choose to stay in the field as much as possible, but be sure to speak with your guide about the range of activities offered in addition to the game drives: stargazing safaris, archery, visit the Singita School of Cooking, the Boutique & Gallery, the Premier Wine Boutique or make a visit to the Spa.


    Overnight Singita Sweni Lodge

  9. Oct 13, 2014 | Transfer to Cape Town [B, L]

    After morning gamedrive activities, you will be transferred to the airstrip for light aircraft flight back to Johannesburg and connecting flight to Cape Town *under own arrangements (see recommended flight below). Upon arrival you will be met and privately transferred to the hotel where you will spend the next 4 nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

    Evening at leisure.

    Overnight The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

    *Recommended scheduled flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town: SA 347 departing JNB at 15h10 and arriving CPT at 17h20 

  10. Oct 14, 2014 | Exploring the Western Cape [B, L]

    As we make our way through the Cape Peninsula, we'll stop to see a few of the area's most acclaimed highlights along the way.  We'll visit the Cape Point and see the Cape of Good Hope.  Spend some time at Boulder's Beach to see the famous colony of penguins and take time out for a delicious, authentic lunch at Chef Bruce Robertson's private Boat House. 

    Evening at leisure.

    Overnight The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa


     

  11. Oct 15, 2014 | Exploring the Western Cape [B]

    Today the group will have the option to break into individual parties as a private guide and vehicle will be on hand for a full day of touring at leisure to explore points based upon individual preferences.

    Evening at leisure.

    Overnight The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

  12. Oct 16, 2014 | At leisure [B]

    Day at leisure to explore areas and experiences that you may not have had the chance to incorporate in your busy days of pre-arranged private touring.

    A few recommendations: explore the hustle and bustle of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Alternatively, visit Camps Bay or Robben Island.  Have a custom piece designed at The Diamond Works or take a Great White Shark Cage Dive.

    A farewell dinner has been planned for this evening.

    Overnight The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

  13. Oct 17, 2014 | Departures [B]

    Checkout in coordination with your departing flight for private road transfer to Cape Town (CPT) Airport.

     

Accommodations

InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport Hotel

South Africa’s only upscale airport hotel provides a comfortable place to rejuvenate and continue onward with your journey.  Make use of the fitness center and spa to overcome fatigue from long flights.  Dine on inspired African cuisine with a great selection of wines and plentiful bradkfast buffet.  Enjoy unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi, quiet soundproofed rooms, quick check-in and a host of services designed to meet the needs of the modern traveler.  InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport hotel is a safe, easy walk from the international arrivals hall at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport.  Winner of the 2011 Best Airport Hotel in Africa Award by Skytrax World Airport Awards.

Londolozi Founders Camp

Founders Camp honors past guests and staff who have contributed to building Londolozi Game Reserve. It is their efforts which have distilled the legacy of the past 30 years into a common mission.

Enchanting, intimate and child-friendly, Founders Camp is ideally situated to provide an insider’s view of the secrets of river life. Seven idyllic chalets, repose in the shade of ancient ebony and matumi trees along the banks of the Sand River.

This is an African safari in the classic style, replete with black and cream ticking fabric and original mahogany beds. Deep leather couches, military chests, compass safari lamps and a riverside lounge sala, create a mood of easy luxury and laid back welcome for discerning families and travelers.

Singita Sweni Lodge

Resting lightly upon the ground within a 33,000 acre, private concession in the Kruger National Park, Singita Sweni Lodge is nestled beautifully amongst hundreds of trees at the edge of the Sweni River. In this tranquil, intimate hideaway, the decks of the lodge seem to hover in the branches, while inside, rich calming colours and textures echo the hues of the natural surroundings. With its proximity to the river, guests at Singita Sweni Lodge are treated to up-close sightings of the incredible number of animals and birds that wander down to drink or wallow in the river.

Singita Kruger National Park is found on the south eastern reaches of the Kruger National Park, on South Africa’s border with Mozambique. Situated on 33,000 acres, this exclusive concession is one of the most incredible territories in the park and is home to exquisite selections of flora and fauna in four different eco-zones. This is where you will find Singita Sweni Lodge.

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

Nestled between the unspoiled natural beauty of the majestic Twelve Apostles mountain range in the Table Mountain National Park, and the Atlantic Ocean, the award-winning Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is part of the family-run Red Carnation Hotel Collection.

Repeatedly voted as one of Cape Town’s best hotels, and a member of Leading Hotels of the World, this oasis offers 55 spaciously appointed guest rooms, 15 luxurious suites and Presidential Suite, each individually decorated; reflect a fresh, calming environment combining sophistication with simplicity, comfort and elegance.

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