Arrive Cape Town, South Africa
Arrive in sophisticated Cape Town, where you are met by your A&K representative and transferred to your hotel. The One&Only Cape Town is an oasis of elegance amid the vibrant playground of one of the world’s most charming cities. With stunning views of Table Mountain and Signal Hill, the chic island design and contemporary African flair of this urban resort finds a natural home in the heart of Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
Cape Town | Mountain in the Sea
Spend the morning exploring Cape Town. Enjoy a drive through Tamboerskloof (“Drummers’ Ravine”) to Table Mountain where, weather permitting, you ascend to the top by cable car. Continue through the streets of old Cape Town and view notable buildings that include Groote Kerk (the oldest church in southern Africa), City Hall and the Grand Parade. Take an easy walk through the tranquil, lush Company Gardens, where you discover the Houses of Parliament and National Art Gallery. Later, explore the Castle of Good Hope, the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. Return to your hotel to enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.
Cape Town | Spectacular Views from Cape Point
Spend a full day discovering mountainous Cape Point at the edge of the continent. Journey past the “bikini beaches” before the towering Twelve Apostles Mountains, cruising over famous Chapman’s Peak Drive. Explore the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, with its rare endemic plant species and animals that include the Bontebok and Cape mountain zebra. At Cape Peninsula, ride the “Flying Dutchman” funicular to the great pinnacle at Cape Point, which presides over treacherous reefs, sandy beaches and numerous shipwrecks below. From July to November, you may also see Southern right whales. En route to lunch, discover the endangered African penguins that thrive in the shelter of Boulders Beach.
Lion Sands Kruger National Park | A Private Reserve
Fly from Cape Town to Skukuza Airport, where you are transferred a short distance to Lion Sands Kruger National Park. Settle into your luxurious suite overlooking the Sabie River. Refresh with a dip in your private, deck-side plunge pool before taking in the surrounding landscape. Lion Sands is one of only seven private concessions in Kruger National Park. This 12,500- acre landscape is home to the highest concentration of black rhinos in South Africa, and the only private reserve with access to both the Sabie and Sand rivers, enhancing the diversity of game viewing.
Lion Sands Kruger National Park | “Big Five”
Spend the next two days viewing game in the reserve. Your daily schedule is determined by the habits of the animals you have come to see, including Africa’s “Big Five” (elephants, lions, rhinos, buffalo and leopards). Embark on game drives in open Land Rovers and take extraordinary game walks with your ranger early in the morning, when local wildlife viewing is at its best.
Victoria Falls | The Smoke that Thunders
Today, fly to Livingstone, Zambia, and then transfer to your hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The luxurious Victoria Falls Safari Club features 20 rooms and overlooks a private watering hole. This afternoon, take high tea and enjoy a historical tour of the grounds at The Victoria Falls Hotel. Established in 1904, it was the first hotel built in the area. The remainder of your evening is at leisure.
Victoria Falls | Zambezi River Cruise
Take a guided walking tour of spectacular Victoria Falls and explore the surrounding rainforest. See the cloud of spray where the mile-wide Upper Zambezi falls 300 feet into the Lower Zambezi; this same mist can be seen from miles away. Later, take a leisurely sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River, looking for the hippos, elephants and buffalo that have come to drink at the water’s edge.
Fly to Johannesburg where you connect with your international flight. Upon arrival in Johannesburg, enjoy access to the Premier Lounge, compliments of A&K, before boarding your homebound flight.