Day 1 - Arrive Cape Town, South Africa
Arrive in Cape Town, a breathtaking harbor city where old
and new converge in history, architecture, cultural pursuits
and the essence of its people. Warmed by the African
sun, the city is dominated by the towering, flat-topped
Table Mountain, set on a peninsula of rocky heights and
lush valleys. An A&K representative transfers you to your
Day 2 - Cape Town
Wind your way through the scenic, shrub-dotted landscape
to Table Mountain; ascend to its sky-high plateau by cable car for dazzling views of city and sea. Next, venture to old
Cape Town, with views of notable buildings, including
Groote Kerk (South Africa’s oldest church) and City Hall
on the Grand Parade, Cape Town’s largest square. Continue
past the pentagonal Castle of Good Hope. Built by the Dutch
East India Company as a maritime refreshment station, it
later became the center of military life in the cape. When
available, stop for an artisan visit at Streetwires, where
locals come together to craft unique, handmade wire-andbead
art that is now successfully exported to more than
15 countries worldwide. After lunch, visit Kirstenbosch
National Botanical Gardens alongside a private local guide.
Set on the southeastern slopes of Table Mountain, this living
repository is the only major botanical garden in the world
entirely devoted to the flora of its own country. Kirstenbosch
features 4,700 species growing on over 1,200 acres of
expertly landscaped gardens. At tonight’s welcome dinner,
relax as a culinary expert guides you through a progressive,
Day 3 - Cape Town
Discover Cape Point, the mountainous and scenic
promontory at the southwestern tip of the continent. Journey
past the “bikini beaches” at the base of the towering Twelve
Apostles Mountain Range, along bucolic Hout Bay with its
bustling fishing harbor and over the famous Chapman’s Peak
Drive. Explore the stunning Cape Peninsula and Cape of
Good Hope Nature Reserve, home to rare bonteboks, chacma
baboons and several endemic plant species not found
elsewhere. Ride the “Flying Dutchman” funicular to the
great pinnacle at blustery Cape Point, which presides over
treacherous reefs and sandy beaches. At Boulders Beach, visit its colony of endangered African penguins; accustomed
to humans, they provide endless photo opportunities.
Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure, enjoying your
hotel, exploring the city’s harbor front and boutique shops,
or dining in one of Cape Town’s world-class restaurants.
Day 4 - Greater Kruger Area
Fly to a privately owned, wildlife-rich game reserve
bordering Kruger National Park that offers the very finest
game-viewing safari experience. This afternoon, once you are settled into your elegant accommodations, Ride Like a
Local in search of the Big Five — elephants, lions, rhinos,
Cape buffalo and leopards — and other wildlife. To enhance
your game-viewing experience, each game drive is led by
two safari professionals: a driver-guide, trained to safely
maneuver you up close to South Africa’s iconic wild residents
as well as brief you on any given species’ characteristics, and
a tracker, an expert at identifying animals, who follows their
signs and predicts where they are likely to be found.
Day 6 - Greater Kruger Area
Begin two days of immersion in your private game reserve,
embarking on game drives in open safari vehicles for optimal
viewing and exploring on early morning game walks with
your ranger. This region of Africa is noted for its high density
of wildlife, which often appear just steps in front of you.
As you explore, learn about the flora and fauna as well as
basic tracking skills. In between safari activities, participate
in an A&K Chef ’s Table culinary experience, preparing a
traditional South African dish. At dusk, stop for a Scenic
Sundowner, and then search for nocturnal animals. Return
to your lodge for dinner.
Day 7 - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Today, fly to Livingstone, Zambia, and then transfer to
your hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Your afternoon is at
leisure. Tonight, before dinner, enjoy hearing from a special
guest speaker who shares tales of celebrated explorer David
Livingstone — an A&K-exclusive experience.
Day 8 - Victoria Falls
Cruise the Zambezi, viewing hippos and elephants on shore.
Afterward, enjoy one of these Design
Your Day activities:
Visit a Rural Village to interact with residents, and savor an
introduction to Zimbabwean cuisine at a local restaurant.
Privately Tour the Ndau Collection Studio to meet the
artisans who design their opulent jewelry.
Privately Bike the Area, cycling the town of Victoria Falls
and stopping at scenic viewpoints along the way.
Return to the hotel for some time at leisure. Late this
afternoon, set out on a guided walking tour of breathtaking
Victoria Falls, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders,
and explore the surrounding rainforest. See rainbows and
clouds of spray as the mile-wide Upper Zambezi plummets
into the Lower Zambezi. Gather tonight for a farewell dinner.
Day 9 - Depart Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly to Johannesburg, where you enjoy access to the Premier
Lounge before boarding your flight home.