Wild South Africa
Based on the expeditionary nature of our trips, there may be ongoing enhancements to this itinerary.
Below please find the day-by-day itinerary for this expedition. Unless otherwise noted, daily excursion options are included in the cost of the trip. We do our best to adhere to the scheduled itinerary, but in the spirit of our expeditionary style of travel we may deviate slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.
Depart USAAugust 26
Board your independent overnight flight to South Africa.
Cape Town, South AfricaAugust 27
Arrive in Cape Town and transfer to the boutique hotel, Cape Cadogan. Gather this evening for a welcome dinner.
Cape TownAugust 28
The second-most populous city in South Africa, Cape Town is the provincial capital of the Western Cape as well as the country’s legislative capital. Enjoy breakfast and set out for a full day tour around the Cape Peninsula. Drive along the wild and scenic Atlantic coastline on Chapman’s Peak Drive to the Cape Point Nature Reserve. Visit the famous lighthouse at Cape Point and enjoy stunning views during lunch at a local restaurant. Stroll along the boardwalk and visit the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Return to Cape Town and soak in the striking, 360-degree views on a cableway ride to the summit of Table Mountain, a sheer precipice rising some 3,500 feet and slicing across the skyline for almost two straight miles. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, with overnight at Cape Cadogan.
Cape Town / Bushmans KloofAugust 29
Drive past the varied habitats of West Coast National Park and the Postberg Reserve’s vast flower fields on your way to Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve. Called “one of the world’s largest open-air art galleries,” Bushmans Kloof sits on a sweeping expanse of veld just below the Cederberg Mountains where more than 125 sites of Bushman rock art—dating back some 10,000 years—were found. Check in to Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat, your base for the next three nights. After settling in and having afternoon tea, enjoy an evening game drive before dinner.
Bushmans KloofAugust 30 — August 31
Spend two full days discovering Bushmans Kloof’s rich plant and animal life. The reserve is home to a wide array of species, including 150 rare birds and one of the largest private herds of threatened Cape Mountain zebra. Explore during numerous guided walks and nature safaris; join an evening drive to stargaze and watch for nocturnal creatures such as the elusive bat-eared fox, aardwolf, and African wildcat. Visit one of the rock art sites to view prehistoric drawings that depict African wildlife and human figures.
Bushmans Kloof / GrootbosSeptember 1
No visit to the Western Cape would be complete without a visit to the famous Cape Winelands, make a stop at a lovely wine estate for a private wine tasting. Continue to Grootbos Forest Lodge, nestled between mountain and sea, your picturesque home for the next three nights.
GrootbosSeptember 2 — September 3
The southern tip of Africa is home to the ocean’s “Big Five,” whales, sharks, dolphins, seals, and penguins; and nearby Walker Bay offers some of the best land-based whale viewing in the world. Board local boats to search for pods of southern right whale and other species, while the truly adventurous can arrange an optional expedition to go cage diving with great white sharks. Back on land, head out on foot or by horseback along Grootbos’s excellent trails, go bird watching, or take a 4X4 safari to discover some of the reserve’s more than 750 flower species.
Please note, the optional shark diving activity is not included in the cost of your expedition. The cost for this optional activity is USD $125 per person. You do not need to book this activity in advance and may do so upon arrival in South Africa.
Grootbos / Tswalu Game ReserveSeptember 4
After breakfast, depart on your charter flight to Tswalu Game Reserve, South Africa’s largest private game reserve set in the “green Kalahari” region. Check in to the the Motse Lodge, dramatically set at the foot of the Korannaberg Mountains your base for three nights. Embark on an afternoon game drive before dinner at the lodge.
Tswalu Game ReserveSeptember 5 — September 6
Explore some of Tswalu Kalahari’s nearly 250,000 acres in one of the world’s last true wilderness areas. While Bushmen have roamed the Kalahari for nearly 20,000 years, the desert’s harsh environment has saved it from further human development. The Korannaberg range provides shelter for the reserve and its particularly rich biodiversity. More in-depth inspection reveals vast savannahs and a host of habitats that provide sanctuary for traditional safari game, as well as rare species including black-maned lions, roan antelopes, and desert black rhinos. In addition to traditional drives, you can ride by horseback among the wildlife, track game on a bush walk, under the desert’s vast canopy of stars.
Hoedspruit / Timbavati Game ReserveSeptember 7
After an early morning game drive, depart on our charter flight to Hoedspruit. Drive to the Timbavati Game Reserve, located within the Greater Kruger National Park. Upon arrival, check in to Tanda Tula Safari Camp, your base for three nights.
Timbavati Game ReserveSeptember 8 — September 9
Today explore the largest and oldest of South Africa’s national parks—recognized as one of the premier wildlife experiences in all of Africa, hosting some 360 species of birds and 40 mammal species including the Big Five. Search for large breeding herds of buffalo and elephant, rare wild dogs and ever-elusive white lions. Explore acacia woodlands and open savanna on guided safari walks and game drives.
Timbavati Game Reserve / Hoedspruit / JohannesburgSeptember 10
After a morning game drive and brunch, transfer to Hoedspruit airport and board your independent flight to Johannesburg to connect with homeward flights.
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