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SOUTH AFRICAN DREAM 10 DAY SAFARI

Is this the safari for you?

A package that has it all; from exceptional South African wine, food and spa treatments ~ for those who need it ~ to some of of the world’s most requested bucklist wildlife experiences ~ sighting whales, seals, lions, elephants, giraffes and much more. Luxurious, yet eco-conscious accommodations and conservation orientated destinations allow for a completely thrilling and beneficial visit to South Africa. This is a great safari package to learn and appreciate nature.

Highlights of this safari

✓  Phenomenal food and wine, all dietary/food choices are also available

✓  Spectacular land & marine wildlife in outstanding areas

✓  Luxury eco-conscious accommodation that gives back to local people

✓  Photo-frenzy opportunities

✓  Environmentally aware, sustainable and conservation orientated

Package Price

from R98,995 per person sharing, based on travel in 2021.

Single supplements may apply dependant on season of travel. Speak to our team for your personalised quotation.

Quick Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive into Cape Town International Airport and be privately transferred by road through stunning countryside to your first experience within South Africa’s wine region. Luue Estates for 2 nights.

Day 2: Experience all that this fine hotel has to offer, from tailored wine tastings, to gourmet food and surrounding beautiful to fill your eyes.

Day 3: We arrange a private driver to transfer you (approx 2 hr) to the coastal region of Gansbaai, famed for its whale and shark viewing. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve for 3 nights.

Day 4: An early morning short transfer to the small town of Gansbaai for Whale Watching. Afternoon at leisure or choose another activity on the reserve.

Day 5: Enjoy one of many activities on Grootbos, such as Forest walks, Fynbos flower guided drives and coastal adventures.

Day 6: This isn’t even the end. Your private driver will transfer you back to Cape Town airport for a scheduled flight to Johannesburg and onward to your big-5 safari experience. Kings Camp for 4 nights.

Day 7-9: Enjoy daily guided game drives with your professional guide, uncover the delights of South African hospitality and spectacular wildlife.

Day 10: It may be your day of departure, but not before one last game drive and once last look at Africa. Following your morning game drive and final breakfast at the lodge, you fly back to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Int Airport for your scheduled flight home. It’s been a blast and thank you from our team for booking with Captured In Africa.

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The Accommodations

LEEU ESTATES, FRANSHHOEK, 2 NIGHTS

Leeu Estates, an exclusive five-star boutique hotel property with 17 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, takes central position on 68 hectares of vineyards, landscaped gardens and fynbos (indigenous vegetation) in the Franschhoek valley. Located between the mountainside and river, just minutes away from the village of Franschhoek, it is the ideal setting for an elegant and sophisticated private hideaway, offering superb comfort, fine dining and platinum service. At the centre of this working wine farm is the meticulously refurbished 19th-century Manor House with its six rooms and suites.

SPA: Set among the vineyards, Leeu Spa is a wellness sanctuary that offers authentic massages and holistic treatments by expert therapists. These tailor-made treatments were inspired by Africa’s rich heritage and traditional rituals. Premium organic products from the innovative Esse and TheraNaka™ ranges are utilized in the treatments. OPI nail polish and nail care products are used too.

 

Activities

WINE STUDIO: The Wine Studio on Leeu Estates offers a truly immersive wine experience. The tasting room is run by the Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines team, whose knowledgeable tasting room staff will guide guests in the finer nuances of these premium handcrafted wines. There are three tutored tasting options to choose from (booking advised): Signature (one complimentary tasting per Leeu Collection guest per stay), Single Terroir and Leeu Passant.

DINING: Multiple award-winning chef Darren Badenhorst has added to his portfolio by piloting Le chêne in the Manor House, situated at the Five-star Premium Leeu Estates. Badenhorst, already well-known as chef-patron of Le coin Français in the heart of the Franschhoek valley, steers an accomplished culinary team to serve French-inspired dishes made from local produce, honouring Franschhoek’s history with both the name and concept of this unique dining experience.

CLASSIC ROOM: An average size of 42m²/452ft², these rooms are situated in The Manor House and Max House, and offer various views, from the manicured gardens to the farm dam, orchards, vineyards, dramatic mountain backdrops and the village of Franschhoek. The rooms feature king-size beds (one can be converted into twin beds), a writing desk area, a sitting area and generous wardrobe space.

 

GROOTBOS PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE, GANSBAAI, 3 NIGHTS

With breathtaking panoramic views of mountain and sea, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a luxurious pristine paradise showcasing the splendour of the Cape Floral Kingdom and the incredible marine life of the southern tip of Africa.

Nestled in an ancient Milkwood forest surrounded by rolling hills of fynbos and majestic mountains, the accommodation and lodges at Grootbos offer a complete immersion into the pristine natural surroundings within the gentle embrace of comfort and luxury.

The Forest Lodge is a masterpiece of sophisticated and contemporary design, reflecting the breathtaking natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. The clean lines, high ceilings and large windows frame and accentuate the incredible sweeping views across the rolling hills of fynbos and the whale sanctuary of Walker Bay beyond. On a clear day, it’s possible to see all the way to Cape Point! Orientated towards the setting sun, every evening offers another grand spectacle of light and colour.

The 16 freestanding luxury suites are accessed via an enchanted cobbled pathway beneath the ancient forest canopy. Each of the freestanding suites are stylishly furnished with luxurious canopy beds, spacious en suite bathrooms, separate lounges with cosy fireplaces and private wooden decks with spectacular panoramic views.

Activities

WHALE WATCHING (JULY-OCTOBER): Captured In Africa use Dyer Island Cruises for our whale watching excursions from Grootbos. An eco-tourism and conservation driven marine company dedicated to providing exceptional ocean experiences. The area surrounding Dyer Island and Shark Alley is the world famous home of the Marine Big 5. Depending on the time of year, you have the chance to see whales, dolphins, cape fur seals, african penguins and great white sharks (responsible shark diving is also available – please enquire for this), potentially in a single trip. An absolute must-see destination for wildlife photographers.

*Every one of our guests gets taken on a free visit to the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary following their whale watching tour.

Other activities at Gootbos include 4×4 Botanical drive tour, horse riding, walks and hikes, fat-bikes tour, guided bee-hive tour, bird watching, visit Grootbos’s farm where locally produced foods are used at the lodge (whilst benefiting the local community) and coastal walks to the beach and local caves.

For families, Grootbos’s family orientated Garden Lodge is a superb option. Speak with our team to tailor your itinerary.

For those wanting exclusivity, private villas are available. Our team will be happy to send you a specialised quotation.

 

KINGS CAMP, TIMBAVATI PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE, 4 NIGHTS

Situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kings Camp faces an open savanna plain with a waterhole, which is frequented by a wide variety of wildlife both day and night.

As part of the greater Kruger National Park, which covers an area of 2.2 million hectares, this Timbavati safari lodge is a wildlife haven boasting a diversity of animal life including the Big 5 (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo). With 100 km² of bush to traverse, you have plenty of space to explore the endless variety of Africa’s wildlife in an open Land Rover or on foot.

At the Main Camp a thatched viewing lounge overlooks an active waterhole and the informal open plan lounge and bar and coffee lounge are all ideal places where you can simply relax and soak up the tranquility of the African bush at this Timbavati safari lodge. Our dining options include fine dining in our elegant dining room, laid-back lunches on the patio overlooking an active waterhole, vastly-popular traditional boma dinners, breakfasts in the bush and private dinners on the verandah of your suite.

Activities

Look forward to twice daily game drives in custom-designed safari vehicles, night drives with a spotlight in search of nocturnal creatures, guided bush walks and specialised bird watching safaris with expert guides. The Timbavati is especially well known for its frequent elephant sightings, as well as leopard and rare African wild dog. It is also home to over 350 bird species, making it a must-see destination for keen bird watchers.

Spa Treatments: Tucked away in a discreet setting, surrounded by mopane trees is the Timbavati spa at Kings Camp. A paradise of peace and tranquility reflective of the natural surroundings, the spa offers a range of indulgent skin and body treatments to enjoy on safari.

 

SAFARI FOR CHANGE

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve’s own Grootbos Foundation was set up in 2003 as a non-profit organisation that would work to conserve the critically endangered fynbos, while also focusing on the training and skills development of the surrounding communities. All of their projects are replicable and scalable, with many generating their own income or becoming partially self-sustaining. From beekeeping to animal husbandry, recycling candles to coaching soccer, computer training to clearing alien vegetation, each programme has been carefully considered to build a brighter future for the people who live here, as well as the environment. Guests staying at Grootbos directly benefit these wonderful initiatives.

The Timbavati Conservation Fund is used for the management of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. The management of a large wildlife area, 54 300 hectares in size, is costly and needs numerous vehicles and staff to function on a daily basis.

The reserve has a dedicated ecological division that oversees the monitoring of ecological processes and animal populations. One such monitoring event is the annual aerial game survey, where all large animals are counted to record animal population growth and numbers. Annual veld condition assessment, and elephant impact monitoring surveys are also conducted. Part of the ecological maintenance is an ongoing erosion reclamation programme, where all human-induced erosion is actively mitigated.

The Timbavati Conservation Fund has a dedicated anti-poaching team, which is responsible for all area integrity related actions. Due to the size and shape of the reserve, many kilometres and hours are spent patrolling the boundaries and internal areas of the reserve on a daily basis. Being a declared protected area in South Africa, the Timbavati has many legislative requirements that have to be met, which increases the administrative load.

In addition to the massive task of maintaining the reserve, the Timbavati conservation fee, paid by guests visiting the lodges, also finances an important community outreach project – The Timbavati Foundation.

Your safari adheres to Captured In Africa’s Responsible Tourism Policy

Your safari includes (based on two people sharing)

  • Leeu Estates: luxury accommodation in classic room (other rooms available, subject to availability), breakfast
  • Grootbos Private Nature Reserve: luxury accommodation at Forest Lodge in one-bedroom suite. Welcome drink served upon arrival. Water, soft drinks, tea and coffee, minibar. Fresh fruit daily in suite. Breakfast buffet with full English breakfast menu. Light lunch. 5-course dinner. Horse riding for non- and experienced riders through the reserve (please note that the weight limit is 90kg/198lbs per person/ children under the age of 12 are only allowed on guided pony rides). Guided Walks including fynbos nature tours and Milkwood walks. Nature, marine & coastal drives and walks including the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, De Kelders cliff walk, Klipgat Cave combined with seasonal land-based whale watching (whale watching especially during July – December). Bird-watching; experience a great variety of bird species on the reserve. Various maps of the reserve and the area for self-guided walks. Transfers to/from all activities
  • Kings Camp: luxury accommodation in luxury suite with private plunge pool. Three meals daily. Tea & Coffee. All beverages excluding premium brands, wines from our wine cellar and champagne. Two game drives per day. Optional walking safaris.
  • Grootbos Private Nature Reserve Conservation Contribution
  • Timbavati Conservation Levy
  • All ground transportation between airports, accommodations and activities
  • South African Airlines flight Cape Town – Johannesburg (one way)
  • Federal Airlines flights, Johannesburg – Timbavati – Johannesburg
  • Whale watching tour

Booking terms & conditions apply. All prices in South Africa Zar (Rand).

Your safari starts in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg, travellers are advised to arrange international flights accordingly. Alternatively our team are happy to arrange additional local flights, excursions and overnight hotels for your arrival and/or departure days.

ENQUIRE / BOOK – PLAN YOUR DREAM VACATION TODAY

Email: info@capturedinafrica.co.za or use the contact form

 

COVID-19 POLICY: Should your booking be negatively impacted as a result of the current Covid-19 outbreak continuing into late 2020 and 2021, then Captured In Africa will allow ONE free of charge CHANGE to any date within 12 months of your original travel date.
Please stay safe.

 

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