Your journey at a glance
Enjoy intimate encounters with the famous Big Five in the renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve, famous for its exceptional sightings of the magnificent leopard. Get to know the steady rhythm of the African bush before moving on to beautiful Cape Town. Relax on the city’s golden beaches, discover mementoes of its colourful past and immerse yourself in its vibrant culture or choose to visit the scenic Cape Winelands, where you can sample some of the world’s best wines
What to expect …
Transfer to Federal Air hanger Day 1
On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport you will be warmly welcomed by a member of the &Beyond team, who will accompany you to the Federal Air hanger, where you will board a light aircraft flight to Sabi Sand Airstrip/Skukuza Airport.
Flight to Skukuza Day 1
Board light aircraft for your flight to Sabi Sand Airstrip/Skukuza Airport. A vehicle will be waiting at the Airstrip and will take you to &Beyond Kirkman’s Kamp.
Overnight in Sabi Sands Day 1 - 5
The Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which borders the Kruger National Park, is made up of a number of private game lodges, each one differing in atmosphere, and a visit to the area guarantees a never-to-be-forgotten experience of the African bush. With no fences between the farms (or, for that matter, between them and the Kruger Park), animals wander across vast stretches of grazing land as they did years and years ago. With one of the richest game populations in the country, the chances of seeing the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino) are excellent. The reserve is also home to a host of other animals – but be warned: chances are that one visit to the area will probably lead to many more!
Spend four nights at &Beyond Kirkman’s Kamp in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Explore the bush on twice-daily game drives that venture out in search of the Big Five, as well as a host of other fascinating creatures. The Sabi Sand is particularly well known for sightings of the normally elusive leopard, so make sure to keep an eye out for this graceful and elegant cat. The early morning game drives leaves shortly after dawn, with the mysteries of the bush lying open before you. Your experienced ranger and tracker team will discuss what you hope to see prior to the drive and will do their best to find all your favourite animals for you.
See spots in the Sabi Sand Day 2
Set out in an open 4×4 safari vehicle in the company of a ranger and tracker team, who will attempt to track your favourite animals. The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is well known for its leopard sightings and you may well spot one of these elusive cats resting after a successful night hunt. These usually shy and elusive cats have become accustomed to vehicles in the Sabi Sand and, unlike many other areas, where leopards are rarely glimpsed in daylight hours, sightings of these magnificent animals are not uncommon on day drives.
Pedal your way through the African bush Day 3
If you’re more comfortable on two wheels than four or even if you’re just looking for a more adventurous way to explore the rugged landscape of the Sabi Sand or Kruger National Park, the ideal answer is a mountain biking trail through the nature reserve. Available on Singita Boulders, Singita Ebony Lodge, Singita Lebombo or Singita Sweni Lodge; the bike rides set off just after breakfast, taking advantage of the cooler morning hours. This is true off-road wildlife viewing at its best.
Look the future in the face Day 4
There’s no better way to get a glimpse into real African life than by visiting one of its rural communities. A trip to one of the villages surrounding the Sabi Sand Game Reserve provides a glimpse into the challenges, hopes and dreams of this local community in a way that not only educates but also inspires.
&Beyond believes in making a meaningful difference to the communities that surround our game reserves and, with the help of generous donations from our guests, we have partnered with Africa Foundation on a number of projects in the surrounding areas. Visit some of these community-led initiatives to get a glimpse of the challenges and triumphs encountered by the local people.
Transfer to Skukuza Day 5
After breakfast, you will be transferred by road to either Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport or Skukuza Airport.
Flight to Cape Town Day 5
Board a scheduled SA Airlink flight to Cape Town International Airport. A member of the &Beyond team will be waiting for you at Cape Town International Airport and you will be transferred by road to The Queen Victoria Hotel in Cape Town.
Overnight in Cape Town Day 5 - 8
With Table Mountain, one of the most spiritual places on earth, at its heart and two oceans at its feet, the city of Cape Town, strategically situated at the south-western tip of Africa, has been famed for centuries as the Tavern of the Seas. Vibrant, cosmopolitan and an eclectic mix of old and new, this laid-back city is as much at home with its 17th century castle (whose cannons have never been fired in anger) as it is with its sleek skyscrapers and trendy malls. Home to South Africa’s first mosque, the country’s oldest wine farm, a 350-year-old garden and timelessly beautiful beaches, it’s no surprise the legendary Flying Dutchman and his spectral ship have spent eternity sailing the city’s shores.
Enjoy four nights at The Queen Victoria Hotel in Cape Town. Spend the next few days enjoying the extraordinary beauty of this scenic town and its surroundings with your choice of exciting activities:
- Indulge in a full day in the spectacular Cape Winelands, beginning with your first wine tasting on the way to Franschhoek, home to award-winning wine estates and known as South Africa’s gourmet capital. Drive past the Groot Drakenstein Prison, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated before his release and where he took his first steps as a free man. Visit the village of Franschhoek and see the Huguenot monument. Enjoy wine tasting in and around Franschhoek before stopping in the village for lunch. Continue your journey through the panoramic landscapes of the Helshoogte Mountain Pass, stopping for a third wine tasting in the area, time permitting. Your adventure ends with a leisurely stroll along the oak-lined streets of the university town of Stellenbosch, well known for its traditional Cape Dutch architecture.
- Back in Cape Town, take a cable car to the top of iconic Table Mountain and marvel at the magnificent views from its flat top. Browse vibrant Greenmarket Square, one of the city’s oldest markets, and walk through Company Garden, established by Dutch settlers in 1652. Visit the traditional Malay Quarter, with it brightly coloured houses, and indulge in a glimpse into one of the city’s vibrant cultures.
- Set out on a ferry ride to Robben Island, best known as the site of a jailhouse for political prisoners, including former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela. Your tour of the island is guided by a former political inmate, which means you will hear first-hand tales of its story of hope and hardship.
- Drive through the lovely scenery of the Cape Peninsula to beautiful Hout Bay
Encounter a giant of the deep Day 6
The full day adventure begins at the quaint coastal village of Gaansbaai, in the Overberg district, off the coast of the Western Cape, two hours away from Cape Town. Savour the clean simplicity of the Great White House, where a decadent breakfast awaits divers, before heading off for a spine-tingling, adrenalin-filled, action-packed day. As safety is paramount, divers are given a brief introductory talk by a dedicated marine biologist, outlining welfare protocols, possible encounter scenarios, the general behaviour required from divers and expected behaviour from great whites. Next, head off to be fitted with a custom life-jacket, wet suit and waterproof jacket, which fully equip you for the journey ahead.
Sail out to the notorious Shark Alley, home to the largest population of great white sharks found in the world. The alley is a narrow channel of water that runs between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock, boasting well over 50 000 Cape fur seals that entice the great whites to scan the depths and the surface in eager anticipation of easy prey. This adventure is ideal for thrill-seekers, shark aficionados and nature enthusiasts. For those who wish to remain on board, the great whites remain in clear view from the viewing deck, barely under the surface of the foamy sapphire water, often drumming their large noses against the boat’s exterior and even breaching during the summer season. The snout of the great white is its greatest feature, covered in sensory cells that can detect odours and blood from kilometres away. Divers are lowered into the water in large, secure steel cages, barely a metre (three feet) under the water. Look deep into the black eyes of the apex predator that reigns over the Western Cape coast, fully aware that its presence demands the utmost respect and reverence. Marvel at the heart-pounding experience of being face-to-face with a mighty great white shark, protected only by the steel rungs of a submerged cage.
Climb to the top of Table Mountain Day 7
Table Mountain offers a variety of hikes to suit every level of expertise. Platteklip Gorge offers the quickest way up, whereas the India Venster hike follows a less strenuous route up the face of the mountain, underneath the cable cars. The Lions Head hike, alongside Table Mountain, offers a steep climb with the assistance of chains or a more relaxed one without. No matter the route taken, every hike promises breathtaking bird’s-eye views over the city and coast. Be sure to stop and admire the unusual array of flora, some of which can be found nowhere else on earth. Choose to descend on foot, in cable cars or extend your venture up to Maclears Beacon, the highest point on the mountain.
Set out on a ferry ride to Robben Island Day 8
Set out on a ferry ride to Robben Island, best known as the site of a jailhouse for political prisoners, including former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela. Your tour of the island is guided by a former political inmate, which means you will hear first-hand tales of its story of hope and hardship.
Transfer to Cape Town Airport Day 9
After breakfast you will be transferred by road back to Cape Town International Airport, where your adventure with us will end