Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve
Days 1 - 4
The Sabi Sands
Perhaps the most famous Private Game Reserve in the Southern Hemisphere, this 66 000 hectare Private Game Reserve adjoins The Kruger National Park and has become globally recognised for the highest quality game viewing due to the incredible predator density. This game viewing coupled with the ultra luxury lodges which own private concessions within the reserve has guaranteed the fame of the Sabi Sands.
This world renowned game reserve is also one of the oldest. The Sabi Sands Reserve was initially founded as the “Sabie Game Reserve” in 1898. With over a century of conservation and wildlife management the reserve and its wildlife have blossomed. The Sabi Sands gets its name from the two rivers which provide its life blood throughout the year. The Sand River flows through the reserve from northwest to southeast corner while the Sabie River flows through the southern boundary of The Sabi Sands Reserve. It is this water which sustains a greater herbivore population and thus the accompanying predator density.
The Sabi Sands allows for easy access from both Johannesburg – a forty five minutes flight; and from Cape Town – a two and a half hour flight - into Kruger's own international airport or even directly into the newly revamped Skukuza airport, located within Kruger National Park itself.
Exceptional Game Viewing:
The fame of The Sabi Sand goes hand in hand with its exceptional leopard viewing. This is most likely the best location in the world to view leopards in not only frequency but most importantly astonishing quality. Due to the years of conservation the leopards do not view the game vehicles as a threat. Tracking and finding leopards is incredibly difficult but this art of tracking has been passed through generations by local “trackers”. In The Sabi Sand the rangers are permitted to go off road with the 4x4’s which allows for exciting off road expeditions when you find and follow these predators into the most perplexing places.
The Private Reserve means that all safari game drives will be expertly driven and lead by experienced rangers and trackers. This is essential if you are to get the most out of your safari experience. When on your African Safari your day will start at the crack of dawn when, bleary eyed, you head out in search of the ever elusive cats. The predators are more active during the early cooler mornings and late afternoons and as such these times provide the best opportunity for high quality game viewing. Your activities on drive are also not curtailed by day light and should you find a predator in the fading light, your ranger and tracker will begin a spot lit night drive as you follow your silent hunter on their night’s exploits.
Days 4 - 7
The southern area of South Africa’s most famous game reserve is separated from lush farmland by the Crocodile River, a popular spot for lazy crocs, playful hippos and thirsty animals. The game viewing area is known as the ‘Southern Circle’ and is renowned for its rhinos and lions, of which there are different prides with definitive hunting techniques and behaviours. Also found here, near the Hippo Pool, are ancient San rock paintings.
Days 7 - 11
Resting in the warm Indian Ocean just off the coast of Vilanculos in Mozambique, the Bazaruto Archipelago forms part of a protected marine park and consists of five idyllic islands: Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina and Bangue. These small, sandy and exquisitely beautiful islands feature some of Africa’s best beaches as well as a number of large dunes and freshwater lakes, providing an ideal nesting habitat for black-winged flamingos. Just offshore visitors can explore a kaleidoscope of colourful corals teeming with an array of exotic marine life including manta rays, whale sharks, dolphins, turtles and dugongs. The islands boast several private luxury lodges, many of which provide excellent opportunities for water-based activities including scuba diving, snorkelling, deep-sea fishing and sailing.
Days 11 - 14
Without question one of the world’s most spectacular cities, Cape Town sits on the southwestern edge of Africa and nestles beautifully between the two national heritage sites of the infamous Robben Island and the iconic “New 7 natural wonders of the world” member, Table Mountain.
Cape Town, which is three times the size of New York, set about remodelling and restyling itself post the end of apartheid in 1994. It is thus not surprising that it has begun to receive international acclaim and was voted the 2014, World Design Capital. Despite being South Africa’s oldest city, Cape Town has managed to retain its traditional charm whilst developing its cosmopolitan lifestyle. This combination ensures a wealth of experiences for tourists and locals a-like. Cape Town is undoubtedly a destination in itself but also the holidaymaker’s gateway to the African continent.
Cape Town city itself has a multitude of explorations. Arranged tours will allow you the opportunity to discover our friendly and relaxed city at your pace: cruise through the African craft markets, visit the colourful and vibrant Cape Malay suburb of Bo Kaap or boat across to the infamous Robben Island where our nation’s beloved father, Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for over two decades.
Perhaps in your own time you’d prefer to relax peacefully on tranquil beaches, stroll along the promenade, hike up “Lions Head” or visit The Houses of Parliament set picturesquely in the Company Gardens? Or for those looking for a bit more of a buzz and some retail therapy visit the shops, restaurants and lavish hotels of V&A Waterfront.
Cape Town is geared to its visitors with a number of hotel options available. Iconic Africa has an exclusive selection of elegant hotels, private villas and boutique hotels which will cater to your needs as honeymooners and families alike. Be it the luxurious Relais & Châteaux's Ellerman House or the boutique Cape Cadogan. Let us help you choose your perfectly suited hotels at our fantastic rates.
A world of endless experiences:
The beauty of Cape Town is not restricted to the city alone. Cape Town’s proximity to a number of incredible destinations makes short day trips to the likes of the Cape Winelands, Cape Point, Hermanus and the Garden Route an absolute must!
No matter your holiday desires Cape Town has something which will grab you. Honeymooners and romantics will fall further in love with the idyllic views and white sanded beaches, families can share a morning with curious penguins or throw in some laidback whale watching in Hermanus, for the more adventurous go cage diving with the Great White sharks off Gansbaai or even paraglide off the mountains surrounding Cape Town.
Gourmet lovers will be kept in awe by the multitude of mouth-watering restaurants which combine delightfully with the local wines at world beating prices! Whether it be visiting the spectacular, World Heritage botanical gardens of Kirstenbosch or wine tasting at the multitude of fabulous wine estates, Cape Town has it all and will leave you planning your next visit before you’ve even left!
Days 14 - 16
Cape Winelands - Franschhoek
A mere 40 minute drive from Cape Town, the Cape Winelands are without doubt one of the most beautiful regions in the world. Leave the coast line of Cape Town and wander towards the culinary capital of South Africa – Franschhoek. Cross rugged mountain passes and descend into century old vineyards framed by high arching mountains. Drive lightly down age-old cobbled driveways and gently make your way into the Cape Dutch style manor houses.
The Cape Winelands epitomises luxury and relaxation. Although the area is steeped in tradition it is also a vibrant hub for fine wining and dining. Whether you are looking to simply slow down and take in the countryside ambiance, or perhaps a cultural journey visiting galleries, historical monuments and time-honoured wine estates. The Cape Winelands has endless experiences on offer.
Although there are over 20 wine-growing regions within the Western Cape region, the term “Cape Winelands” is most often synonymous with the three most popular towns: Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl. Each quant town has its own undeniable character but maintain a common theme - being set amongst rolling vineyards and breath-taking views.
Take a stroll down the oak-lined lanes of the University town of Stellenbosch; visit the local art galleries and charming coffee shops, before heading through to experience the French heritage and delectable restaurants of Franschhoek.
Exclusively selected Accommodation:
In keeping with the indulgent nature of the area, Iconic Africa have selected three of our most luxurious and much-loved hotels, namely La Residence, Le Quartier Francais and Delaire Graff. Year on year these hotels grab international awards, La Residence most recently voted No 1 Hotel in the World – Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards.
A handful of the Cape Winelands highlights can be experienced on our day tours but with so much to on offer in the region and with wine-tasting being such an integral part of the Cape culture, an extended visit to the region is highly recommended.
A perfect retreat for all:
Opulent, yet down to earth, hotels make the Cape Winelands an ideal choice for those seeking a romantic break; however, the region also opens itself up to families. Family friendly accommodation and outdoor activities allow a perfect family retreat. Many wine estates offer large rolling lawns which deliver the ultimate setting for the entire family or your better half to enjoy a Winelands picnic! Savour the exquisite wines, food and cheeses in the picture-perfect Cape Winelands setting.
Days 16 - 18
Hermanus offers no shortage of entertainment – some passive and relaxing, some active and adventurous. The coastal sanctuary of Hermanus set on the magnificent cliffs of Walker Bay - where the southern right whales frolic has grown from a small seaside resort town to become possibly the best-known place for whale watching in the world. Today, this busy town is more than just a popular holiday destination and offers visitors all kinds of activities.
Hermanus offers charming cafés and clifftop walks along the bay where you can look for whales while the Fernhoek Nature Reserve is criss-crossed with exciting hiking trails through the fragrant fynbos – trails that will lift you to the top of the mountains. It is from the peaks that the whole splendour that is Walker Bay will reach your soul.