This 7-day wildlife tour starts in the bustling city of Cape Town, where you'll enjoy strolling its busy harbor and discovering its natural beauty along the Cape Peninsula and Kalk Bay. Visit the penguin colonies on Boulders Beach, go whale watching near Hermanus, and drive the scenic Chapman Peak at sunset. Then catch your flight to Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve where you sleep in luxury while enjoying daily safaris and bushwalks, tracking the continent's famous Big Five wildlife.

Highlights

  • Enjoy Cape Town's busy harbor and tour Cape Peninsula
  • View the penguin colonies and go whale watching near Hermanus
  • Sleep and dine under the stars in a luxury safari camp
  • Search for the Big Five wildlife in Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cape Town - Enjoy the city Cape Town
Day 2 Enjoy a tour of Cape Peninsula - Visit the penguins at Boulders Beach Cape Town
Day 3 Go whale watching near Hermanus and Walker Bay Cape Town
Day 4 Fly to Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve - Relax at your luxury camp Sabi Sands Game Reserve
Day 5 Enjoy guided safaris and relax at camp Sabi Sands Game Reserve
Day 6 View wildlife on safaris and bush walks - Dine under the stars at camp Sabi Sands Game Reserve
Day 7 Depart Johannesburg  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Cape Town - Enjoy the city

Aerial View of Cape Town
Aerial View of Cape Town

Welcome to Cape Town!

Upon arriving at Cape Town International Airport, your private driver will transfer you to your accommodation at the Cape Grace Hotel. Situated on a private quay between Cape Town’s bustling V&A Waterfront and the tranquil yacht marina, the hotel is an excellent place to experience the natural beauty and vibrant energy of the city. After settling into your room, feel free to rest at the hotel, enjoying the mountain and sea views or relaxing at the spa. Although you'll explore Cape Town over the next couple of days, you can also spend your first afternoon discovering the city.

Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans, and sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the sapphire waters of Table Bay, the city of Cape Town is bustling with activity. You can enjoy its buzzy harbor, stroll along its beaches, or escape into nature and hike in the surrounding mountainous, filled with diverse flora and fauna. If you prefer to stay within your neighborhood, there's plenty to do at the V&A Waterfront, including shopping, exploring the marina, visiting a museum, and riding the Ferris wheel.

In the late afternoon, you can return to your hotel to enjoy personalized experiences, such as sumptuous tasting menus for dinner, rare whiskey pairings, and indulgent Afternoon Teas.

Day 2: Explore the Cape Peninsula - Visit the penguins at Boulders Beach

The Penguins of Boulders Beach
The Penguins of Boulders Beach

After breakfast at your hotel, you'll explore Cape Town's most scenic area, the Cape Peninsula. Extending into the Atlantic, the rugged Cape Peninsula marks the southwesternmost point of the African continent. It features white-sand beaches met by craggy mountains, as well as little coastal towns. Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope can be found along the southern end of the peninsula, while the northern tip is crowned by the world-famous Table Mountain which towers over the city.

To start, you'll head to Kalk Bay to experience the fishing culture, mingle with the resident seals, and try your luck fishing over the harbor wall with the help of friendly, local fishermen. Next, you'll make your way to Simon’s Town and Boulders Beach where you'll find the rogue penguin colony. Weather permitting, you can opt for an active experience, such as snorkeling in rock pools, paddling a stand-up-paddleboard, or kayaking. All activities will give you a unique perspective of the penguins.

You'll keep driving south to Cape Point, where you'll enjoy time exploring beaches and shipwrecks. Stop here for a gourmet picnic lunch set in a secluded spot. As you continue to explore the peninsula, keep your eyes open for the Cape Five, which include ostrich, baboons, mountain zebra, bontebok, and tortoise.

End the afternoon with a visit to the local Noordhoek Farm Village where you can all enjoy artisanal ice cream, then make your way back to Cape Town along one of the area's most scenic drives, Chapman's Peak at sunset. You'll make one final stop in Hout Bay, which was originally a small fishing village and now a popular suburb of the city. Enjoy your evening exploring the shops, art galleries, restaurants, and cafes. 

Day 3: Go whale watching near Hermanus and Walker Bay

Whale Watching Near Hermanus
Whale Watching Near Hermanus

Today's adventure takes you along the Garden Route and on a whale-watching cruise in the Overberg area near the small town of Hermanus. Situated 86 miles (140 km) from Cape Town and built between the shores and cliffs of Walker Bay, Hermanus has grown from a small seaside resort town to possibly the best-known place for whale watching in the world. This town is also famed for its natural beauty, with long stretches of beaches. Here, you'll spend the day tracking the Marine Big Five (southern right whale, shark, dolphin, seal, and penguin).

You'll start with a drive through mountain vistas, following Sir Lowry's Pass through Elgin Valley, ending on the coast where you'll enjoy a seasonal whale-watching cruise. Keep an eye out for these graceful mammals that frequent Cape Town's coastlines, particularly from June to November.

After your boat trip, you'll venture to the small villages of Overberg, perched on the cliffs above the bay. From this vantage point, you'll have a bird's-eye view of the whales, possibly seeing some calves. Make your way to the base of the cliffs to explore the underground caves. The crashing waves have carved a series of caves, featuring an array of stalactites and stalagmites, as well as ocean-filled rock pools. Enjoy an optional swim, if you'd like.

For lunch, you'll stop in the Overberg village of Stanford, then continue to Stony Point Nature Reserve in Betty’s Bay. This area is home to a breeding colony of seabirds and penguins. You'll return to Cape Town via a scenic coastal route with incredible ocean views at sunset.

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Day 4: Fly to Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve - Relax at your luxury camp

Views of the Sabi River
Views of the Sabi River

In the morning, you'll trade the coastal views of Cape Town for the inland wildlife of Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. After an early breakfast, you'll transfer to Cape Town International Airport where you'll catch your flight to O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Upon arrival, you'll have time to relax before catching your connecting charter flight to Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. Your hosts will meet you on the airstrip and transfer you to Londolozi Pioneer Camp for your all-inclusive stay.

Set within the shade of 500-year-old ebony trees, Pioneer Camp’s three interconnected luxury suites and generous bush homestead make this the most secluded and flexible of the Londolozi camps. You'll enjoy private suites with river views, as well as a lounge, an interactive kitchen, a lookout deck, and a full-length lap pool.

Enjoy your afternoon and evening relaxing at the property. Tomorrow you'll start your safari experience in Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, a private game-viewing destination set adjacent to Kruger National Park. As the first-ever private nature reserve established in South Africa, its landscape features 160,000 acres (65,000 hectares) of savannah-covered land interspersed with watering holes, dry river beds, woodlands, and the perennial Sabi and Sand rivers. You'll enjoy exceptional game-viewing opportunities with frequent sightings of the renowned Big Five, as well as cheetah, zebra, giraffe, and a variety of antelope.

Day 5: Enjoy guided safaris and relax at camp

Zebras Crossing the River
Zebras Crossing the River

Enjoy the luxury of your camp, as you relax on the breakfast balcony watching the park come to life. Today you'll start your safari experience in Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. To best view the wildlife in the park, which includes the continent's famed Big Five, as well as several species of big cats, zebra, giraffe, and antelope, you'll enjoy morning and evening safari.

The park's vast property includes savannah-covered land, which gives you excellent opportunities to view wildlife in its natural habitat. You'll also visit watering holes, dry river beds, Lowveld woodlands, and the banks of the Sabi and Sand rivers. You can also enjoy guided bush walks for more chances to see the Big Five.

In between safaris and in the evenings, you'll have time to relax and enjoy the amenities at Londolozi Pioneer Camp, as well as dine underneath the stars.

Day 6: View wildlife on safaris and bush walks - Dine under the stars at camp

Chetah in the Savanna
Cheetah in the Savanna

Enjoy another relaxing day at camp. Track the Big Five with expert guides on morning and evening safaris, as well as bush walks. For your final evening in South Africa, enjoy dinner at the camp's viewing deck, complemented with wine and a star-filled sky.

Day 7: Depart Johannesburg

Early-morning Safari Drive
Early-morning Safari Drive

It's time to say goodbye to South Africa. After one last early-morning safari and breakfast, you'll transfer back to the airstrip where you'll board your charter flight back to Johannesburg.

Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you'll catch your connecting flight home or onto your next destination.