- Comprehensive Cape Town
- Cape Winelands Tour & Tasting
- Cape Town Eats Walking Tour
- Londolozi Tree Camp
- Big Five Game Viewing
- Nairobi Boutique Accommodation
- David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
- Giraffe Interaction
We are still basking in the afterglow of a truly wonderful trip and we can’t thank you enough for all of your help! As promised, here is some detailed feedback on our experiences:
The Cape Grace hotel was an extraordinary place to stay during our time in Cape Town! The staff there make the service very personal, always remembering your name and all of your preferences at cocktail and meal times. There was nothing they wouldn’t help us with and they made the service seem effortless.
It is impossible to overstate what a profoundly beautiful experience we had at Londolozi Tree Camp. The accommodations are spacious, airy, and exquisite. The staff provide service in the most personal way, to the highest standards, and yet make it look effortless. From the moment you arrive, they remember your name, your preferences, and they make you feel like the most important visitor they have.
Hotel One Forty Eight is truly a hidden gem in Nairobi! The buildings and grounds are beautiful! From the moment we arrived, Ruth Wairuri made us feel like family. The level of service equalled that of Londolozi and the food was similarly fresh, unfussy, and deeply satisfying. Our visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was MAGICAL! Fostering one of the babies is not expensive and it entitles you to the opportunity to see them come in for their last bottle and we put to bed.
We had low expectations of the giraffe preserve, and it surpassed them by far! The guides there (Roy was our guide) are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about what they do. We ate lunch art Boho one day, a very small eatery at the end of a bumpy road in a residential area not far from the hotel, and it was superb! We ate lunch another day at Talisman, which was very upscale and a lovely experience. Delicious food served by dignified waiters on a patio in the shade of trees.
Our experiences with Kenya Air were all excellent. The service they provided was far better than that of any American airline, including comparisons to other flights we’ve taken in first class. They were professional, pleasant, and exceedingly solicitous.
Thank you again for your help in planning our once-in-a-lifetime trip!
Tour Consultant's OverviewLaurie and Bill wanted to comprehensively explore Cape Town and as a result we planned a seven night stay for them at the incredible Cape Grace hotel which became their base for exploring the Fairest Cape. Included in their itinerary was extensive city and South African landmark tours, two full days enjoying the Cape Winelands and a gastronomic experience enjoying signature South African foods on the Cape Town Eats walking tour. From Cape Town they moved on to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve for the safari portion of their tour. They stayed in the Londolozi Tree Camp and enjoyed a number of game drives and spectacular wildlife sightings. The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is renowned for good game veiwing and their safari experience did not disappoint. They then moved on to Nairobi in Kenya where they were deeply moved by interactions at the world renowned David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust where orphaned elephants are given a second chance at life with loving handlers taking care of them around the clock. They also visited the Giraffe Centre where they were able to interact with elegant giraffes during feeding times. All in all they had a very varied and memorable time in Africa and it was a pleasure working with them and then receiving their feedback which just confirmed this.
Upon arrival at Cape Town airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for a seven night stay.
Transfer time – Cape Town airport to Cape Town hotel: approx 35 minutes
Explore the Mother City and the Fairest Cape – from the oldest buildings in South Africa to trendy waterfront shopping; from majestic Table Mountain to sun drenched beaches; and from dramatic seascapes to verdant vineyards. Cape Town regularly tops many lists of world must-visit destinations and Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain has recently been voted one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Cosmopolitan and fashionable, the relaxed atmosphere and pavement café culture give Cape Town a Southern European feel – but with a distinctive African twist.
Activities included in your tailor made tour include: A private Cape Winelands tour and wine tasting, a private Cape Point tour, a private Cape Town city tour with a Table Mountain experience, the unique Cape Town Eats walking tour and a special Constantia winelands tour; all of which showcase the best the Fairest Cape has to offer.
This morning after and early breakfast, you will be picked up and transferred to Cape Town International Airport for your flight to Londolozi Game Reserve. Upon arrival at the Londolozi Airstrip, you are met and transferred to your lodge.
Transfer time – Hotel to Cape Town airport: approx 30 minutes
Flight time – Cape Town to Nelspruit: approx 2½ hours
Flight time – Nelspruit to Sabi Sand accommodation: approx 30 minutes
Forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Reserve has no fences and the wildlife is able to cross freely between the Sabi Sands and the rest of the Greater Kruger National Park. The safari experience in the Sabi Sand is highly personalised because game drive vehicles have exclusive traversing rights in their area. The Sabi Sand Reserve is a remarkable natural sanctuary known for its exceptionally high concentration of animal and bird life. Close contact encounters are guaranteed as the animals are not threatened by the presence of vehicles thanks to sound conservation management policies. Safaris are led by experienced rangers coupled with local Shangaan trackers. With exceptional sightings of leopard (usually the most elusive of cats), lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo during game drives - visitors are never lacking in exciting photographic content.
After a light breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip and flown by light aircraft to OR Tambo International Airport to meet up with your flight to Nairobi. On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi, Kenya you will be met by your driver from One Forty Eight and transferred through to your boutique hotel for a three night stay.
Flight time – Londolozi to OR Tambo: Approx. 1 hour, 10 minutes
Flight time – Johannesburg to Nairobi: Approx. 4 hours, 5 minutes
Transfer time – Jomo Kenyatta Airport to Hotel: Approx 40 minutes
Known as the safari capital of Africa, Nairobi is an energetic, modern city that serves as a fascinating introduction to both wildlife and nightlife. It is the largest and fastest growing city in Kenya. Music clubs pulse with life, shops and markets bustle and a mélange of restaurants will tempt your palate in this former Masai watering hole. The compact city centre is safe to walk in and taxis make other areas accessible.
Spend today at leisure - have another visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust or to the Giraffe Sanctuary. In the early evening, you will be transferred by road to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your international flight home.
Situated on its own quay in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the Cape Grace offers spectacular views of the yacht marina or Table Mountain from each of its rooms. This privately-owned 5 star hotel has earned a reputation for service excellence and has been voted “Best Hotel in the Africa and the Middle East” almost every year since 2005 by Conde Naste Traveler magazine.
Bedrooms and suites reflect the beauty, charm and understated elegance for which Cape Grace is famous by bringing Cape Town’s past into the present using local artisans and talented designers. Many of the rooms boast glorious views of the iconic Table Mountain, Signal Hill and the international yacht marina. The rooms offer warmth and elegant style with personalised details such as an intimate reading area.
The Cape Grace’s in-house restaurant, Signal, offers creative Cape cuisine that's fresh and inventive. On the water's edge of the yacht marina, the Cape Grace’s whisky, wine & cocktail bar, Bascule, is the perfect setting to take in the sights and sounds of the busy Waterfront surrounds. There are over 500 whiskies from around the world and an impressive selection of the finest Cape wines on offer, by day or by night. There is an outdoor heated pool surrounded by terraced gardens. Afternoon Tea is served daily in the stylishly comfortable Library, with a choice of loose-leaf teas combined with a mouthwatering menu. The Spa at Cape Grace invites guests to indulge in a number of pampering treatments designed to relax and rejuvenate. There is complimentary WiFi and internet access throughout the hotel.
The root of the word Londolozi is the Zulu word for protect and means “protector of all living things” – an ambitious conservation ethic that Londolozi embraces in its sensitivity to the natural world. The reserve is internationally recognised for its far-sighted and progressive management of land and wildlife rehabilitation as well as productive community involvement.
World renowned as one of Africa’s finest game lodges, Londolozi was the first game reserve in the world to be accorded Relais & Châteaux status, reinforcing its commitment to luxurious accommodation, fine cuisine and exceptional service.
Tree Camp embodies the very essence of Londolozi’s continuous striving to transcend and redefine the journey to the wilderness. This is a place of connoisseurship, leopards, orchids, lanterns and lead wood trees. Guests spend lazy afternoons on their decks, champagne in hand as they survey the ancient landscape. Elegance and simplicity are the hallmarks of the Tree Camp sanctuaries. In every detail and feature, from the private swimming pools and contemplation decks (salas) to the Ralph Lauren wallpaper and chocolate plaited leather beds, this exclusive camp provides a matchless showcase of African excellence.
Located in the peaceful suburb of Langata, bordering the Giraffe Sanctuary, this beautiful little gem with just 8 rooms will provide the safari traveller with an ideal location to rest and relax in tranquil surroundings.
The location itself is completely unique with warthog, parrots, peacocks and monkeys freely coming and going through the garden. Often lions and hyenas can be heard from the proximity of the incredible Nairobi National Park - the only major city in the world to share spaces with wildlife.
An incredible private home forms the foundation of the hotel, original artwork is featured throughout - making this hotel a living gallery. The 5 brand new suites are converted from the onsite artist's studio, the hotel itself spares no modern convenience - delicious food and wine, beautifully appointed rooms, first class service, in room televisions and wifi, boutique designer shops on site, as well as access to amazing restaurants, museums and wildlife on our very doorstep.
You are collected from your hotel this morning and are taken on a Full-day tour of the Cape Winelands, with its backdrop of majestic mountain ranges and lush valleys. We stop for wine tastings at a minimum of two wineries and you have the chance to purchase some of the wines you have tasted. We visit Stellenbosch, the “town of oaks” for a short guided tour of South Africa’s second oldest town. A scenic drive over the Helshoogte Pass (Hell’s Heights) takes us to the Franschhoek Valley. French Huguenots settled in the Franschhoek Valley in the late seventeenth century, seeking refuge from religious persecution in Europe and bringing with them precious root-stock to establish the wine-growing industry in South Africa. After the tour you are dropped off at your hotel in the Cape Winelands.
You are collected from your hotel by a tour guide and taken on a drive along the Atlantic seaboard via glamorous Clifton to the quaint seaside village of Hout Bay. We continue via the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive to Cape Point. Looking at this dramatic promontory jutting into the sea gives one an idea why early sailors nicknamed it the Cape of Storms. We then follow the coastline northwards via Simonstown, where you can visit the penguin colony of Boulders Beach. We also visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, which is dedicated to the extraordinary variety of plants found in the Cape Floral Kingdom. A leisurely drive through the leafy southern suburbs will bring us back to the city bowl in the late afternoon.
Spend time today at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. You can take a ferry from the Waterfront across Table Bay to Robben Island. An ex-prisoner takes you on an extensive tour of the prison, which includes a visit to Nelson Mandela’s cell, the limestone quarry and the old leper colony. You could also visit the Waterfront’s Two Oceans Aquarium, which is highly recommended for the insight it gives into life in the two oceans off the southern tip of Africa – the cold Atlantic Ocean and the warm Indian Ocean. The V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s trendiest shopping precinct and is full of great restaurants and bars. If the weather was inclement on the first day, take the opportunity to go up Table Mountain today.
A tour guide takes you on a city tour of one of the world’s most beautiful cities. You will visit the historic Castle and the Bo-Kaap Malay Quarter with its narrow cobbled streets and colourful mosques. You will also visit District Six, site of forced removals during the Apartheid era. You view the Houses of Parliament, the City Hall and the Slave Lodge and will enjoy a walk through the Company Gardens. Weather-permitting, you will ride the cable car up Table Mountain to enjoy the view over Cape Town and across Table Bay to Robben Island. If the weather is inclement, you will be taken on a scenic drive up Signal Hill.
This tour explores Cape Town from all sides. It aims to climb under the skin of the city so that by the end of the day you understand the pulse of our city. We explore it from all sides - the history, the people, their cultures, their cuisines, as well as contemporary Cape Town and its artisanal trends. Cape Town is a city that has been metamorphosing at a rapid rate over the last ten years - it feels like a butterfly that is emerging from a city that was once a run-down area that was purely a business district into a city where we now live and play. Today we walk the city flat, we explore and taste the city. Be sure to eat a very light breakfast or no breakfast and to wear comfortable shoes.
Enjoy some of the world’s finest wines amongst the luscious established vineyards in the historic Constantia Valley. As a private tour, you get to choose 3 of the following estates for wine tastings and one cellar tour: Eagles Nest, Constantia Glen, High Constantia, Constantia Uitsig, Buitenverwachting, Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia, Steenberg
Lunch at a restaurant of your choice, at your own expense.
The Sabi Sand Reserve is part of the largest conservation area in South Africa and it is the oldest of all the private reserves. It was formed in 1950 and comprises of many privately owned game lodges, covering an area of 65 000 hectares (153 000 acres) of savannah thornveld. It is now part of the Greater Kruger National Park and there are no fences between them, so the game moves freely through this enormous natural reserve. This is one of South Africa’s most treasured natural sanctuaries. The Sabi Sand Reserve enjoys good quality viewing of leopard (the most elusive of predators), as well as elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and a vast variety of antelope and other species. In fact, there are more than 330 tree species, 45 fish species, 30 amphibian species, 110 reptile species, 500 bird species and 145 mammal species, including the Big Five.
Upon arrival at your safari lodge you are given a welcome drink and your safari experience will be explained to you by your lodge host. There will be time to settle in before afternoon High Tea followed by your first game drive. Game drives take place in the early morning and evening to ensure game viewing when animals are most active. Night game drives provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the predators, particularly the leopard for which this area is renowned. You return to your lodge in time for a sumptuous safari cuisine dinner. The next day after a light snack you are taken on a morning game drive. You return to the lodge for a grand brunch. There is time to relax around the sunny pool, do some bird-watching from the observation deck or read a book in the peace of your room’s private verandah. After High Tea you set off on another evening game drive, returning again in time for dinner. On your day of departure, you will do a morning game drive and will leave the lodge after brunch.
Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.
Founded in 1977 by Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick D.B.E, in honour of the memory of her late husband, famous naturalist and founding Warden of Tsavo East National Park, David Leslie William Sheldrick MBE, the DSWT claims a rich and deeply rooted family history in wildlife and conservation.
The DSWT has remained true to its principles and ideals, remaining a sustainable and flexible organisation. Guided by experienced and dedicated Trustees and assisted by an Advisory Committee of proactive naturalists with a lifetime of wildlife and environmental experience, the Trust takes effective action and achieves long-lasting results.
Giraffe Centre is 30 Min drive away from Nairobi City. This is a very unique place to see, feed, handle and even kiss the tallest animal species; giraffe. Kenya is home to 3 subspecies of giraffes: Reticulated, Maasai and Rothschild. This centre is home to the Rothschild's.
The centre has been ostensibly set up as a breeding centre for the endangered Rothschild giraffe, but now operates conservation/education programs for Kenyan school children.
There is an elevated feeding platform where visitors meet the resident giraffes face to face. Hand feeding giraffes is an education in itself. You will see, close at hand, how they use their long, prehensile tongues to remove leaves from prickly acacia branches.
Take a stroll, or hike on the 1.5-kilometre nature trail and see how many species of bird you can spot – the record in one stroll is 60! Watch out for smaller animals such as dikdik and squirrel. The trail goes down to the snaking Gogo River. If you want to see its source, the Ngong Hills, go up to the View Point. The view is breathtaking.A n alternate route back to the centre will pass you by the Warthog Den. Be careful that one doesn’t come springing after you from the deep black holes!
Wind down your visit with refreshments, people and giraffe watching and some mingling here.