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There’s a strong sense of legacy in Southern Africa, purely exemplified by its roaring wildlife, endless horizons and fascinating cultures. It’s a land that makes for Africa’s most intricately arranged symphony, ebbing and flowing with ridiculously epicurean appeal.
But we know you’re not after another bite-sized, run-of-the-mill holiday. So, how’s this: we begin in gorgeous Cape Town, journey north to the Kruger National Park for a mind-boggling Southern Africa safari, and finish on the banks of the Victoria Falls. Add in all the spectacular luxury you can possibly imagine, and you’ve got yourself a world-altering journey filled with volumes of meaning. This trip is every bit as big as it is beautiful.
Fall under Cape Town’s cosmopolitan spell
No city on Earth is as cosmopolitan, kaleidoscopic and darn-right cool as Cape Town. But beyond the multi-coloured mosaic of its glorious, suped-up facade, the city has managed to fortify itself onto travellers’ bucket-lists for a multitude of reasons. And although much has been said about the Mother City’s appeal, its true austral allure can only begin to kick in when you catch that life-altering glimpse of Table Mountain’s unmissable granite plateau for the first time.
An eclectic mix of intimate luxury and inspired design elevates Camissa House to an experiential masterpiece. With Table Mountain as its backdrop and the Cape Floral Kingdom as the design inspiration, Camissa House is the ultimate mountainside sanctuary and a destination all in itself.
Cape Town’s only resort offering sits in the heart of the V&A Waterfront, presenting the best of both worlds – close enough to all the attractions of the city, but still able to envelop you in a blissful bubble of privacy like only a resort hotel can.
Set in a jaw-dropping cliffside location, Ellerman House makes for Cape Town’s foremost exclusive hotel. Boasting pristine glamour via otherworldly views, this stately residence is also an ideal base from which to explore the city and its gorgeous surroundings.
Get lost in king-sized Kruger
The most accessible yet unspoilt wilderness in South Africa also happens to be the world’s greatest wildlife-watching destination. You can’t really overstate the case for it: a Southern Africa Safari would be incomplete without it. And wherever you choose to bide your time, expect an unparalleled experience.
Original, stylish, innovative and personal, Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge features an eclectic fusion of African chic and contemporary European design to create its very own gorgeous variety of unbridled luxury.
Africa’s Leading Luxury Lodge is centred around a celebration of unique and transformative experiences. Aptly titled ‘Nature’s Stage’, front-row views of the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve’s high density of wildlife in the continent’s most opulent setting is a bonafide guarantee.
The very first Londolozi Camp and over 90 years old, Londolozi Varty is hammocked by the thick bush surrounding it, overlooking the sand river. What also makes it special is the forward-thinking Healing House that offers a holistic relaxation and reconnection experience that goes above and beyond your traditional spa offering.
Disappear beneath the mist of the world’s largest sheet of falling water
The mighty Victoria Falls is worth it, time and time again. Whether it’s to laze in the appropriately named Devil’s Pool (take the walk out across the top of the falls to this natural infinity pool to see what we mean) or to get the blood pumping with all manner of adventure within sight and sound of the falls, known locally as ‘the smoke that thunders’. It’s a beautiful place, and undoubtedly one of the most awe-inspiring sights on the continent.
Royal Chundu is wedged on a private stretch of the Zambezi River, protected by two sets of rapids. Just upstream from Victoria Falls, this luxurious lodge is perfect for those who want to experience the buzz of the falls but prefer to stay in quiet seclusion – awaking to the sound of hippos chortling in the river and birds singing in the surrounding forest.
With a front lawn commanding magnificent views overlooking Victoria Falls (on the Zimbabwean side) and a history stretching back to 1904 with patrons including the British royal family, The Victoria Falls Hotel is intriguing enough as it is. To add to that, it’s a member of Leading Hotels of the World and has perfected the art of modern conveniences with traditional elegance.
Named after the much-loved companions of David Livingstone, and situated on the banks of the Zambezi, Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma Lodge’s tree-house-style accommodation is a veritable romantic haven, providing unrivalled exclusivity.
Let’s explore this Southern Africa Safari itinerary
This tour is considered a classic, encompassing the three bastions of Southern Africa. Whether it’s your first time in Africa or you’re coming back for more, this best-seller is bound to stoke a new concept of adventure for you.
That’s why we like to think of ourselves as dream-sculptors, shaping a travel narrative that goes above and beyond the journey of your dreams. So without further ado: let’s start tailor-making your journey.
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Daryll is Capetonian to his core. Following an internship in Mexico and a solo trek through the United States, he returned home with a renewed perspective and an uncanny skill for content marketing. Aside from his writing, he enjoys reading non-fiction and rewatching Quentin Tarantino films. When he is not hunched over a keyboard you can find him hiking along the mountainside, unpacking the science behind pop music or crafting the perfect cup of Earl Grey tea.
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