Ultimate South Africa

Kalahari Reserve, Cape Town & Winelands
9 nights private tour from $14,300 per person

Savour the finer things on this exclusive tour of South Africa’s most select properties. Traverse the vast wilds of the Kalahari with a private guide, seeking the famed black maned lions that rule this kingdom. Slip into sophistication in Cape Town, where culture and history blend with African spice for an intoxicating stay. We’ve peppered this truly elegant itinerary with handpicked experiences and inimitable stays, allowing you to immerse yourself seamlessly in the magic of the Rainbow Nation.

Ultimate South Africa
At a glance
  • With direct flights, private transfers and fast track service, step away from your cares for a faultless journey across the best of South Africa.

  • Set your own agenda at Tswalu, where every guest has an expert private guide and vehicle at their disposal. From watching the sun rise over the desert with meerkats to chasing wild dogs across the plains, you are in control.

  • Witness the history of South Africa as you tour Ellerman House’s unrivalled art collection with their in-house specialist guide.

  • Enjoy a picnic in the iconic gardens of Babylonstoren with fresh organic produce and fine wine

Journey highlights
  • With direct flights, private transfers and fast track service, step away from your cares for a faultless journey across the best of South Africa.

  • Set your own agenda at Tswalu, where every guest has an expert private guide and vehicle at their disposal. From watching the sun rise over the desert with meerkats to chasing wild dogs across the plains, you are in control.

  • Witness the history of South Africa as you tour Ellerman House’s unrivalled art collection with their in-house specialist guide.

  • Enjoy a picnic in the iconic gardens of Babylonstoren with fresh organic produce and fine wine

  • Ultimate itinerary:A harmonious blend of authenticity and superlative luxury, our Ultimate Journeys are designed for the discerning traveller, providing unparalleled insider access and exclusive luxury private experiences
Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

When to visit

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Tswalu Kalahari Reserve offers a wonderful temperate climate which can be visited all year round. The best game viewing is from May to the end September

South Africa is a year-round destination with Cape Town at it's best from September to April. The summers are generally warm and dry, while winters tend to be wet and cool, the rains brought on by fierce north westerly gales. Neither season experiences extremes of temperature, thanks to prevailing winds. Summer (Nov-Mar) is the hottest with temperatures 20-40°C. Mid season (Apr, May, Sep, Oct) temps between 10-30°C. Winter (from June- Aug) is the low season with temps 0-25°C. The whale migration takes place between late July and early November. Spring (September, October) days start getting hotter, evenings and mornings could still be crisp but not as cold. A very slim chance of rain.


Price Guide: (per person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

Departing Price from*
  • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
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November $16,500 $4,100 plan your trip
December $16,500 $4,100 plan your trip
January $16,500 $4,100 plan your trip
February $16,500 $4,100 plan your trip
March $15,400 $3,900 plan your trip
April $15,400 $3,900 plan your trip
May $14,300 $3,600 plan your trip
June $14,300 $3,600 plan your trip
July $14,300 $3,600 plan your trip
August $14,300 $3,600 plan your trip
September $15,400 $3,900 plan your trip
October $15,400 $3,900 plan your trip
November $16,500 $4,100 plan your trip
  • November
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $16,500
    Deposit from*
    $4,100
  • December
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $16,500
    Deposit from*
    $4,100
  • January
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $16,500
    Deposit from*
    $4,100
  • February
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $16,500
    Deposit from*
    $4,100
  • March
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $15,400
    Deposit from*
    $3,900
  • April
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $15,400
    Deposit from*
    $3,900
  • May
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $14,300
    Deposit from*
    $3,600
  • June
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $14,300
    Deposit from*
    $3,600
  • July
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $14,300
    Deposit from*
    $3,600
  • August
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $14,300
    Deposit from*
    $3,600
  • September
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $15,400
    Deposit from*
    $3,900
  • October
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $15,400
    Deposit from*
    $3,900
  • November
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $16,500
    Deposit from*
    $4,100
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Itinerary

Fly into Johannesburg
Day 1-4

The Kalahari

You’re met off the plane and whisked through OR Tambo by our VIP fast track service and over to Tswalu’s exclusive hangar in preparation for your charter flight to the Kalahari. Watch the landscape change and admire the stark beauty as you fly over South Africa’s arid Northern Cape. Exclusivity awaits from the moment you arrive, your private guide meeting you off the plane before you set off to unearth the treasures of the Kalahari wilderness. Expect the exceptional, where inspiration sparks from the very landscape; from the Michelin-starred chef who designs the menus to the lavish yet natural suites. Tswalu blends contemporary simplicity and elegance with a deep emphasis on conservation, boasting a meaningful safari like no other. 
The wind is your only accompaniment as you look out over the sweeping plains from your suite’s spacious deck. A love letter to the reserve, each aspect of Tswalu is alive with attention to detail. Relish in the freedom of having your own private guide, where you set the pace. Feel the thrill as you track cheetah across the savannah in the early morning light, the dust settling as you walk. Catch a glimpse of the rare and elusive pangolin as they forage in the darkness on a night drive. For those that crave adventure, gallop across the plains on horseback or soar above the desert on Tswalu’s private helicopter, spotting the iconic black maned lions from the skies. Fall into the infinite as you sleep out under the endless blazing stars at the Malori sleep-out deck. The limit at Tswalu is your imagination. 

Accommodation: Tswalu Kalahari Reserve ( 3 nights )
Day 4-7

Cape Town & the Western Cape

Leaving the desert behind, you fly directly to the Mother City on Tswalu’s charter plane, and on arrival are taken by private transfer to one of Cape Town’s most exclusive addresses. Watch as Table Mountain looms closer, defining the skyline all around, and the Atlantic Ocean glimmers beside you as you approach Ellerman House. Perched along the coastline of Cape Town’s most desirable neighbourhood, Bantry Bay, this boutique hotel sets the benchmark for refined luxury, where the concierge team cater to your every whim. Sample carefully curated wines at one of South Africa’s most celebrated cellars or simply sink into serenity as the warm breeze cools your skin, as you recline by the heated pool, the cerulean Atlantic waters in the distance. 
The haven of Ellerman House, with its exquisite style and service, can be hard to leave, but our handpicked experiences are sure to tempt. Explore the beauty of the Cape Peninsula on a bespoke and private tour where your interests lead the way. Perhaps the allure of Winelands calls, set off on a personally crafted excursion to taste the best of the Cape, stepping away from the ordinary. After a day’s exploration, it’s time to feast your senses at one of Cape Town’s sensational restaurants. Our experts will reserve you a table to experience the city’s exciting food scene. Watch the sun turn the mountains to gold from the terrace of Salsify, overlooking the almost intimidatingly beautiful Camps Bay, before indulging in an intoxicating fusion of the best locally sourced produce and the flair of the Test Kitchen’s celebrated chef. Whether you want to immerse yourself in history, walking in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela or relish in the lavish surrounds of Elleman House, Cape Town will delight from beginning to end.  

Accommodation: Ellerman House ( 3 nights )
Day 7-10

Paarl

From Cape Town you will be transferred to Babylonstoren, the perfect boutique farm hotel located within vineyards and orchards in the Drakenstein Valley, between Franschoek and Stellenbosh. From Babylonstoren wander through the farm’s extensive fruit orchards and vineyards or accompany the duck herd as they wander through the farm harvesting snails. Alternatively borrow a bike and cycle through the vineyards, around the dams and koppie.

Accommodation: Babylonstoren ( 3 nights )
Fly from Cape Town
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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When to visit

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Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve offers a wonderful temperate climate which can be visited all year round. The best game viewing is from May to the end September

South Africa is a year-round destination with Cape Town at it's best from September to April. The summers are generally warm and dry, while winters tend to be wet and cool, the rains brought on by fierce north westerly gales. Neither season experiences extremes of temperature, thanks to prevailing winds. Summer (Nov-Mar) is the hottest with temperatures 20-40°C. Mid season (Apr, May, Sep, Oct) temps between 10-30°C. Winter (from June- Aug) is the low season with temps 0-25°C. The whale migration takes place between late July and early November. Spring (September, October) days start getting hotter, evenings and mornings could still be crisp but not as cold. A very slim chance of rain.

Ultimate South Africa
Ultimate South Africa

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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Why Scott Dunn?

At Scott Dunn, we live and breathe travel. An insatiable appetite to discover the world runs through everything we do. We relish the planning and revel in the detail. We know it’s the smallest touches that make the biggest difference, and we stop at nothing to make every trip not only exceptional but totally unique.

  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
  • Your own dedicated Travel Specialist who will take care of every detail of your trip
  • We have a 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • We offer flexibility and financial protection to give you total peace of mind

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