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
Wind your way through the scenic, shrub-dotted landscape to Table Mountain; ascend to its sky-high plateau by cable car (weather permitting) 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 at Streetwires for an artisan visit, where locals come together to craft unique, handmade wire and bead art, now successfully exported to over 15 countries worldwide. After lunch, explore Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden alongside a private local guide.
Cape Town | Spectacular Cape Point Views
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 Mountains, 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 bontebok, 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, sandy beaches and, from July to November, breathtaking views of southern right whales. At Boulders Beach, visit its colony of endangered African penguins; accustomed to humans, they provide endless photo opportunities. Spend the remainder of your day at leisure, enjoying your hotel, exploring the city’s harborfront and boutique shops, or dining in one of Cape Town’s world-class restaurants.
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 a select number of 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 | Finding the 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, Cape 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, Zimbabwe | "The Smoke that Thunders"
Today, fly to Livingstone, Zambia, and then transfer to your hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The luxurious Victoria Falls River Lodge, set on the mighty Zambezi River, is so near to the falls that you can see their rising mist. This afternoon, take high tea and enjoy a game drive in Zambezi National Park before returning to your lodge for dinner.
Victoria Falls | Design Your Day
This morning, cruise the Zambezi, viewing hippos and elephants at the shore. Afterward, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities:
Visit a Rural Village for an interactive experience that provides insight into the traditional ways of the Zimbabwean people.
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 viewpoints along the Zambezi.
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.
Depart Johannesburg, South Africa
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.
Complimentary Safari Duffel
Guests on this journey receive a custom-crafted A&K safari duffel. Learn more