South Africa's Natural Wonders

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South Africa's Natural Wonders



Tour Description:

Take in breathtaking views of Cape Town, then journey to the marine and wildlife kingdoms of Shamwari Game Reserve and Grootbos Nature Reserve.  How Your Trip Matters This safari is perfect for friends, family or couples who want to stay at extraordinary places doing amazing work to protect South Africa’s natural wonders. From a donation made to wildlife conservation at Shamwari to a visit to a nature reserve tucked away in a biodiverse hot spot, your travels will help protect Africa’s flora and fauna. Highlights Explore the wildlife rich Shamwari Game Reserve, one of the largest private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa, and home to the coveted Big Five. Discover the breathtaking scenery of the Cape of Good Hope and see the amusing antics of the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Experience an eco boat cruise, in search of South Africa's Marine Big Five: southern right whales, great white sharks, bottlenose dolphins, Cape fur seals and African penguins. Enjoy a variety of nature-based guided adventures, 4x4 flower safaris, horse riding and quad biking through forests and valleys.   MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences are conscious travel experiences chosen with great care based on the positive social or environmental impact they have both on their communities, and on those who experience them: our guests. You can identify these experiences across our trips by locating the MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience seal.

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Dates & Pricing

Tuesday 01 Nov 22 — Wednesday 14 Dec 22Starting at $10,595 Get a Quote


ITINERARY

Victoria Falls, Zambia - The Royal Livingstone Hotel
Day 1. Arrive Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Cape Town, South Africa’s ‘Mother City’. and your ideal city sanctuary for your active holiday. One&Only Cape Town 1

Victoria Falls, Zambia - The Royal Livingstone Hotel
Day 2. Cape Town Spend the day exploring the stunning Cape Peninsula. Your private guide will share the natural wonders along the coast from the penguin colonies to the wonders found at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. (B) One&Only Cape Town 2

Victoria Falls, Zambia - The Royal Livingstone Hotel
Day 3. Cape Town Relish a leisurely day in Cape Town. Stroll through the Malay Quarter or visit the top of Table Mountain. Chat with One&Only's Back to Nature Guide for inspiring ideas for where to trek or explore in the city. (B) One&Only Cape Town 3

Victoria Falls, Zambia - The Royal Livingstone Hotel
Day 4. Cape Town / Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a luxury eco reserve, renowned for its natural beauty. Accompanied by specialist guides, go on 4x4 flower safari drives, horse riding, bird watching, cave tours, beach visits, and walking trails. (BLD) Grootbos Garden Lodge 4

Victoria Falls, Zambia - The Royal Livingstone Hotel
Day 5. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve The reserve is positioned on the doorstep of a marine paradise, and today you will head out for close encounters with Africa’s Marine Big 5. Spend the morning watching whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins as they feed, frolic and play. From June to December, the magnificent Southern Right Whales can be spotted. The whales migrate every year from the icy Antarctic to the warm, sheltered bays to mate, calve and raise their young and seeing them in their natural habitat is a sight that will leave you spellbound. (BLD) Marine safari takes place on a purpose-built eco-friendly tour vessel. Enjoy a trip led by experienced marine biologists and guides. Witness thousands of Cape Fur Seals basking in the sun, try and spot some fearsome Great White Sharks or delight as bottlenose dolphins surf right by the boat. Grootbos Garden Lodge 5

Victoria Falls, Zambia - The Royal Livingstone Hotel
Day 6. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Relax and enjoy the views and comforts of the carbon-negative eco-lodge. Admire the views from your suite or take a dip in the temperature-controlled pool while nature-gazing, Families can take advantage of the forest-inspired kid's playroom and programs. Spend some time marveling the Florilegium, Africa’s first collection of botanical illustrations by local and international artists. (BLD) Take some time to participate in the Living the Futures Tour. Grootbos is committed to transforming communities and you'll learn about some of the unique projects and ways the lodge is creating sustainable livelihoods for the people who call this unique area home. Grootbos Garden Lodge 6

Victoria Falls, Zambia - The Royal Livingstone Hotel
Day 7. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve / Shamwari Game Reserve Fly to Shamwari Game Reserve, a secluded wildlife haven in the Eastern Cape. Meet your ranger and set out for your first game drive. Keep your eyes peeled for the graceful leopard, the powerful rhino, elephant, lion, buffalo and a multitude of other wildlife. (BLD) Long Lee Manor 7

Victoria Falls, Zambia - The Royal Livingstone Hotel
Day 8. Shamwari Game Reserve Wake up with the chattering birds and get ready to explore this extremely diverse reserve with valleys, clifftop views, and bush plains filled with an abundance of big game, birds and standout rhino and elephant experience. (BLD) Long Lee Manor 8

Victoria Falls, Zambia - The Royal Livingstone Hotel
Day 9. Shamwari Game Reserve Staying at Shamwari means you are participating in and experiencing an immensely successful conservation project, which returned the land to the rich biodiversity for which the region was once renowned. Between game drives and bush walks, visit one of centers to see how Shamwari continues to conserve a vanishing way of life. (BLD) Join a wildlife caretaker to learn about conservation efforts. The Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary highlights the circumstances of wild cats confined in impoverished, captive environments throughout the world and their journey to the sanctuary where they can live in the wild. The Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre helps to rehabilitate and care for sick, injured, abandoned or orphaned animals under the care of a professional veterinary team, for release back into the wild. Long Lee Manor 9

Victoria Falls, Zambia - The Royal Livingstone Hotel
Day 10. Shamwari Game Reserve / Depart Take in one last morning game drive before traveling to Port Elizabeth for your flight to Johannesburg and your onward arrangements. (B) 10