Depart the United States on South African Airways for a non-stop flight to Cape Town. Next morning, begin your tour of Cape Town at Table Mountain where you will enjoy a panoramic view of this spectacular seaport city. Thereafter, tour the coastline, lunch at a specialty restaurant and visit the shoreline where the “fairy penguins” return from the cold waters with food for their young. A morning drive across beautiful hillsides takes you to the elegant winery estates for a lunch and wine tasting extravaganza. Return to the city where you are the invited guests for dinner and cocktails at a private residence.
Enjoy the unforgettable pleasure of boarding the renowned Blue Train for your overnight passage to Pretoria. A mid-morning arrival allows time for a view of the city and a visit to the Voortrekker Monument, which depicts the struggle of the early pioneers in their efforts to find a new homeland. Excitement mounts as your morning flight wings you to the outskirts of the Kruger National Park and your accommodation at Mala Mala, a safari camp that over the years has won innumerable prestigious travel awards. Your luxurious custom tour safari adventure begins in continued search of the “Big Five” – (lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard). Each new animal sighting, each topographical wonder, help make this safari the adventure of a lifetime.
Rise early and allow your senses thrill to the heartbeat that is Africa. It is at this time of day that safari activity is at its highest peak. Seldom does the early riser go unrewarded. Your expert guide will teach you some of the methods of tracking game – a lion’s print in the sand, a cheetah’s spoor aside the road, the agitation of deer and bird life, each one an integral component in the daily search for the more elusive of the species. Your safari by the Kruger National Park now complete, it is time to leave Mala Mala for Botswana.
A morning flight takes you to Maun where you will board your charter aircraft for the onward flight to the Okavango Delta at Shindi, a tranquil paradise amidst the 7,000 square miles of wilderness in the delta. Let the thrill of safari take hold as you ford over streams, cross the colorful marshlands and veld, finding high adventure in a setting where safari members are limited to a mere 16 guests. The animals in these environs are not accustomed to hordes of travelers, thus the sightings are more active and the entire safari experience more genuine.
Wing your way to Kanana Camp, another region within the delta. This luxurious tented camp astounds all visitors with the fine amenities made available for one’s comfort. At sunset, indulge ice-cold cocktails, fine hot showers, superb cuisine and a comfortable night’s rest. A morning sun adds brilliance to the many photo opportunities and the dramatic topography that surrounds you. Each safari offers its own rewards, no two alike, and the simple joy of traversing the pathways make each experience a worthwhile adventure.
South Africa offers many delights. Cape Town, situated on the southern-most tip of Africa, is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, providing five-star luxury accommodations, views of Table mountain, and access to elegant wine estates, picturesque villages and acts as your gateway to the numerous luxury safari camps in the Northeast corridor.
The well-maintained Garden Route winds from the Witsands whale-birthing haven, along white-sand beaches, through geological red sandstone formations, and old-growth forests. Enjoy blue skies, mountain vistas, ostrich antics, and local hospitality.
The safari adventurer has numerous opportunities to get close to local wildlife in an intimate way not possible in the crowded, tourist-packed, parks of the Serengeti. The Kruger National Park limits the number of people that can enter at one time, ensuring that each of the guests in the privately owned luxury camps has a unique opportunity to view the African animals in their native environment. Because the park’s inhabitants are not exposed to large numbers of tourists, each encounter is more authentic and exciting than those in more populated areas.
In Botswana, the Okavango River drains inland to form the Okavango Delta, one of the largest inland deltas in the world. It is a 6000-square-mile labyrinth of lagoons, channels, and islands that is called “the river that never reaches the sea.” It houses a profusion of wildlife: hippopotamuses, elephants, water buffalo, impala, kudu, and more. The papyrus stands along its borders are home to more than three-hundred-and-fifty species of birds. The government grants private concessions inside Okavango, including exclusive safari camps. These safaris restrict the number of guests to as few as twelve, which permits outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities in a natural, unspoiled environment.
At First Cabin, our well-experienced, professional guides lead you to South Africa’s hidden treasures as well as a new appreciation of local culture and traditions. Travel in confidence, knowing we’ve smoothed your way. Since 1989, First Cabin has provided the finest in luxury tours. Both group and custom tours are available.