Ultimate South Africa

Kalahari Reserve, Cape Town & Winelands
9 nights private tour from GBP £10,600 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

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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.

Itinerary

Fly into Johannesburg
Day 1-4

The Kalahari, South Africa

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 Loapi ( 3 nights )
Day 4-7

Bantry Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

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, The Winelands, South Africa

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 020 3468 1971 to start planning your holiday.

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

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  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
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June 2024 GBP £10,600 GBP £1,600 plan your trip
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September 2024 GBP £11,000 GBP £1,600 plan your trip
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November 2024 GBP £11,400 GBP £1,700 plan your trip
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March 2025 GBP £11,000 GBP £1,600 plan your trip
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    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £10,600
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    GBP £1,600
  • July 2024
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    • 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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £10,600
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    GBP £1,600
  • August 2024
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    • 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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £10,600
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,600
  • September 2024
    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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £11,000
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,600
  • October 2024
    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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £11,000
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,600
  • November 2024
    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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £11,400
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,700
  • December 2024
    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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £11,400
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,700
  • January 2025
    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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £11,400
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,700
  • February 2025
    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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £11,400
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,700
  • March 2025
    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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £11,000
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,600
  • April 2025
    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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £11,000
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,600
  • May 2025
    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 holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    GBP £10,600
    Deposit from*
    GBP £1,600
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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.

Ultimate South Africa
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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 020 3468 1971 to start planning your holiday.

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