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Luxurious South Africa & Victoria Falls

12 days from $10,465pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Cape Town
  • Skukuza
  • The Sabi Sand Wildtuin
  • Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport- Nelspruit
  • Johannesburg
  • Livingstone & The Victoria Falls
  • Enjoy views across Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain and tour Robben Island.

  • Explore the Cape Peninsula and go wine tasting in the Winelands on two private tours.

  • Spot the Big Five on a luxury safari in a private game reserve within the Kruger.

  • Admire one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, visiting Zambia’s Victoria Falls.

  • Learn about South Africa’s history on a private tour around Soweto and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.

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What our specialists say...

This luxury South Africa itinerary allows you to enjoy the country’s highlights in comfort, featuring private transfers, intimate guided experiences and plush accommodation throughout. In just two weeks you can take a cable car up Table Mountain and visit Robben Island for an insight into Cape Town’s chequered past, take in the beautifully wild coastline of the Cape Peninsula, sample some of the world’s finest wines on a private tour of the Winelands, and enjoy guided safari activities in the private Sabi Sand Wildtuin reserve in the Kruger. The trip also includes a visit to the incredible Victoria Falls in Zambia and a private tour of Soweto in Johannesburg.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Cape Town
  • Skukuza
  • The Sabi Sand Wildtuin
  • Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport- Nelspruit
  • Johannesburg
  • Livingstone & The Victoria Falls
  • Johannesburg

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Day 1 Cape Town

Cape Town

On arrival in Cape Town, you're met at the airport by an Audley representative and escorted by private vehicle (either a BMW, Mercedes or Land Rover) to your accommodation in the city - a journey of around 30 minutes depending on the traffic and where you're staying. The rest of the day is free for you to relax in your luxurious hotel or guesthouse, or you may wish to head out to explore. We suggest walking along the V&A Waterfront, which is lined with an excellent selection of shops, restaurants and cafes.

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Day 2 Cape Town

Cape Town

This morning, ascend Table Mountain on the cable car, which gradually rotates 360º on the way up to ensure views over the city and ocean from all angles. Once at the summit, you can enjoy refreshments in the restaurant and explore the various trails and viewpoints along the top of the mountain, looking out for the resident dassies (rock hyrax), which resemble large hamsters. This afternoon, board a ferry from the Waterfront to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent much of his imprisonment during the apartheid. Here a local guide and former inmate will show you around the old prison for an insight into what life was like here.

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Day 3 Cape Town

Cape Town

Today your private driver and guide takes you on a tour of the Cape Peninsula. Highlights include visiting the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens to admire the diverse range of local flora; seeing the jackass penguin colony at Boulders Bay; taking a funicular ride to the wild and windswept Cape Point; and spotting wildlife such as baboons, antelope and a variety of birdlife at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. There are plenty of opportunities to stop for photographs en route, and you pass through several pretty towns and villages where you can purchase lunch.

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Day 4 Cape Town

Cape Town

With your private guide and driver, explore the Winelands' three main towns, sampling wines as you go. Your first stop is Stellenbosch, around an hour from Cape Town. The second-oldest town in South Africa, you can admire its canals and Cape Dutch architecture. Here your wines are complemented by carefully selected desserts and chocolates. You're then driven over the scenic Helshoogte Pass to Franschhoek, renowned as South Africa's culinary capital. Sample wines at one of the estates here before moving on to Paarl, set at the foot of dramatic granite domes. Here you enjoy a final wine tasting before heading back to Cape Town, around two hours away.

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Day 5 The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

Cape Town , Skukuza , The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

You have a private transfer back to the airport for your two and a half hour flight to Kruger National Park. Arriving at Skukuza Airport, your private driver takes you into the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, a private reserve within the Kruger. The journey time varies depending on where you're staying, but could take up to an hour and a half. However, your safari begins as soon as you enter the reserve and you may spot game en route to your accommodation. You may have the chance to head out on another game drive before settling in this evening with sundowner drinks around the boma.

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Day 6 The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

Set out early for a morning game drive in an open vehicle with a tracker and a knowledgeable guide, who can help point out the wildlife and explain more about each species you encounter. The reserve is home to the Big Five, including a good population of leopard, as well as cheetah and wild dog. You return to your accommodation for a hearty breakfast before joining another game drive this afternoon. This continues into the early evening, giving you a chance to see some of the reserve's nocturnal species, such as chameleons and rhino, under the vehicle's spotlights.

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Day 7 The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

The Sabi Sand Wildtuin

Enjoy another full day on safari. Your guides are very experienced at tracking and know the best spots for seeing certain species, giving you the best chance of seeing the animals you're most interested in. Between the morning and afternoon game drives you can embark on a guided bush walk to see and learn more about the smaller creatures that live in the bush, including insects, reptiles and birds, as well as learning about the reserve's plant life and its role in the local ecosystem.

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Day 8 Livingstone & The Victoria Falls

The Sabi Sand Wildtuin , Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport- Nelspruit , Johannesburg , Livingstone & The Victoria Falls

Today you're collected from your accommodation and transferred by private vehicle to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, around an hour and a half to two hours away depending on where you're staying. You catch a flight to Livingstone in Zambia, via a connection in Johannesburg - a journey of just over four hours in total. On arrival, you're met by a private driver and transferred to your accommodation on the banks of the Zambezi River. You may wish to join a guided sunset cruise along the river this evening to see and learn about the local wildlife, including birds, hippo and crocodile.

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Day 9 Livingstone & The Victoria Falls

Livingstone & The Victoria Falls

You have a full day at Victoria Falls today. Gazing out over the expanse of water, you can hear its roar and feel the spray as it crashes over the rocks. The falls are within the Mosi O Tunya National Park, where you can go on game drives to see wildlife such as giraffe, zebra and impala, or simply follow one of the walking trails. Canoeing, fishing and white water rafting are also options. We also recommend taking a scenic helicopter or micro light flight for bird's-eye views over the falls.

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Day 10 Johannesburg

Livingstone & The Victoria Falls , Johannesburg

You're transferred by private vehicle back to the airport for your 1 hour 45 minute flight back to Johannesburg. On arrival, your private driver transfers you to your accommodation, which takes between half an hour and an hour depending on where you're staying and the traffic conditions. This afternoon, you can enjoy a half-day private tour of the Cradle of Humankind and Sterkfontien Cave, where some of the earliest humanoid fossils were discovered, including an almost complete Australopithecus skeleton dating back more than three million years. You're led deep into the caves as your guide tells you about the lives of our ancient ancestors.

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Day 11 Johannesburg

Johannesburg

This morning you have a private half-day tour of Soweto and the Apartheid Museum. The experience allows you to learn about South Africa's apartheid regime and the impacts it had across the country. Museum exhibits detail the apartheid's history, while a stroll through the Soweto district shows the contrast between poorer districts and the affluent northern suburbs of Sandton and Rosebank. You also visit Freedom Square and Nelson Mandela's former home. The afternoon is free for you to further explore the city and perhaps do some shopping, or you may wish to relax at your accommodation.

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Day 12 Return home

Johannesburg

Your private driver picks you up from your accommodation and takes you back to the airport in time for your onward flights.

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