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A private family getaway in South Africa

Duration
15 Days / 14 Nights
Ideal Travel Month
October - March
Countries Visting
South Africa
Departure Location
Johannesburg
Tour Style
Private Guides / Family / Whale Watching / Food & Wine / Big 5
Physical Ratting
Destinations

Explore the country’s vibrant cities, from the colourful townships and exciting history of Johannesburg to the magnificent scenery and golden beaches of Cape Town.

Delve into the City of Gold on a Johannesburg City Tour with a specialist cultural guide which includes fascinating visits to Soweto, Apartheid Museum and to Liliesleaf Farm. Immerse yourself in a brilliant safari at Madikwe Game Reserve, and indulge in luxury at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, offering not only the Big Five but many rarer and less easily spotted species, such as the elusive cheetah and the scarce black rhino.

Appreciate the beauty of a quaint village boasting the title of gastronomic capital in Franschhoek, with superb culinary fare and splendid wines. Scan the horizons as you glide on the ocean in Hermanus and glimpse vibrant marine life, and if brave enough, come face-to-face with a shark. Revel in the magnificent playground of Cape Town, the ultimate family adventure destination, and a spectacular natural haven with unparalleled adventure, beauty, wine, and gastronomy. Arguably the best family holiday destination in South Africa, this exceptional country entices and lures you to create breathtaking family moments and magnificent experiences.

Highlights Of The Itinerary:

  • Visit some of the sites relating to South Africa’s turbulent history of apartheid in Johannesburg, including Lilies leaf Farm,Soweto and the Apartheid Museum.
  • Explore the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, which is home to the Big Five, as well as the endangered African wild dog.
  • Explore the beauty of South Africa’s Cape Province in the sidecar of a chauffeur-driven, vintage World War II motorbike.

Make The Most Of Your Adventure:

  • Get a taste of South African history with professional guideHoward Geach.
  • Indulge in a half-day beach outing to the vast, sandy coast line of Maputaland in between game drives at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve.
  • Explore the wonders of the Cape by helicopter.
  • Spend the day leisurely cycling through the beautiful Cape Winelands, stopping to sip on fine wines.

Specially Created For:

  • Families of many generations travelling together
  • Ultimate luxury travellers
Inclusions

What is Included

  • Accommodation as specified in the itinerary
  • Meals, drinks and laundry as specified
  • Private charter flights as specified in the itinerary
  • Private/Scheduled transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Private/Scheduled sightseeing and excursions as specified in the itinerary
  • Private game viewing activities as specified in the itinerary
  • National parks, concession and landing fees where applicable
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Domestic departure tax, fuel and safety levies from airports and airstrips
  • Welcome and assistance service at all airports
  • Administration fee

What is Excluded

  • Travel Insurance is not included.

Conditions

  • Itinerary based on a minimum of 6 guests (4 adults & 2 children); please contact us for a quote specific to your group’s configuration
  • Minimum nights stay may apply at some of the properties over certain dates
  • Costs of lunches & dinners not included in Johannesburg, Franschhoek and Cape Town (except for one lunch in Cape Town )
  • Whale Watching is seasonal (only available from June to December)
  • Validity periods are as specified above; should a booking fall over two rate periods the rate will change and we reserve the right to re-quote
  • The rates quoted are subject to change without warning if there are any increases in bed levies, park fees, fuel, sales tax or VAT, third-party services or any other circumstances beyond our control in South Africa
  • Rates are subject to change
  • &Beyond trading terms apply
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Daily itinerary

Day 1: Johannesburg


Upon arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, you will be met by a Menzies Aviation representative and assisted through customs and immigration. You will then be administered into the arrivals hall for your onward arrangements.

A Classic Perspective representative will collect you at O R Tambo International Airport and drive you to AtholPlace House & Villa. Sandton has undoubtedly become Johannesburg's heart - a major commercial, retail, and tourism destination with world-class shopping and lifestyle experiences.

Depending on your arrival time, you may meet your host for the next two days and set off to visit Liliesleaf Farm, the scene of the infamous Rivonia Raid, where you will enjoy an introductory talk on South Africa and its history.

Your host for the next two days is Howard Geach. For as long as he can remember, Howard has been captivated by Africa and its wild places. He also developed a keen interest in paleoanthropology, the study of fossil hominids, and is a specialist in early southern African history (AD 200 to 1860) and the unique geology of South Africa. In 2014, he became a Specialist Cultural Guide for Gauteng, including the Cradle of Humankind. He offers a range of adventures such as explorations of Johannesburg and Soweto, Cullinan Diamond Mine tours, and journeys that focus on the origins of African artwork and contemporary South African art. Recently, Howard became a guide and manager for Malapa, a joint venture between Professor Lee Berger (an award-winning researcher and paleoanthropologist) and Malapa Nature Reserve. He can offer private paleo safaris.

Enjoy your two-night stay at AtholPlace House & Villa in the Four Bedroom Villa on an Exclusive Use basis. Your visit includes breakfast, local soft drinks, water, juices, coffee, tea, local house wines, and local spirits, private chef, butler, host and housekeeping staff, laundry service, shining shoe service, WiFi, private garden, and private swimming pool.


Included Activities: Private guide: Howard Geach

Day 2: Johannesburg

After breakfast, Howard Geach will meet you in the foyer, and you will set off on a full-day Taste of South African History tour. Listen to Howard's fascinating explanation of South Africa, its people, and languages.

The tour is bespoke and can be adapted to focus on your particular interests with the following entrance fees included: Mandela House, Apartheid Museum, and Constitution Hill. Lunch will be for your account and, depending on the day of the week or selected public holidays, certain museums might be closed. A guided tour takes you into the heart of the sprawling township of Soweto, which produced three Nobel Peace Prize winners and where you will get acquainted with South Africa's struggle politics. Besides the Mandela Family Museum, which will be visited, other places of interest include the Hector Pieterson Memorial, commemorating the 1976 student uprising, and the Regina Mundi Church. The Apartheid Museum retraces the roots of apartheid right from the oppression of the black tribes in the Cape Colony of the 1800's, through the rise to power of Afrikaner Nationalism in 1948 to the democratic elections of 1994. Next, we visit Johannesburg, City of Gold - South Africa's leading financial center - with all its contrasts: From a building in the shape of a diamond and the gold mining company head offices to a muti shop for traditional healers, the Market Theatre Complex and the Nelson Mandela Bridge.

Constitution Hill is a living museum that tells the story of South Africa's journey to democracy. The site is a former prison and military fort that bears testament to South Africa's turbulent past and, today, is home to the country's Constitutional Court, which endorses all citizens' rights. Nelson Mandela. Mahatma Gandhi. Joe Slovo. Albertina Sisulu. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Fatima Meer all served time here, but the precinct also confined tens of thousands of ordinary people during its 100-year history.

After a day filled with attractions, your host will drive you back to your hotel, where you will have a chance to freshen up before meeting up with him once again for dinner (at an additional charge) at Wombles Steakhouse Restaurant. Since 1984 Wombles Steakhouse Restaurant has provided customers with man-size portions of beef and other culinary delights. Owners Duncan and Yvette Barker opened Wombles restaurant in Parktown North Johannesburg. Originally from Zimbabwe, then a short stay in Australia. A testimony to their success in Australia was winning the Gold Plate Restaurant Award, which is the highest honor a Restaurant can receive.

Day 3: Madikwe

A member from our Classic Perspective team will collect you at AtholPlace House & Villa and drive you to Lanseria Airport for your Vanilla Sky flight to Madikwe East Airstrip.

On arrival at the airstrip, you will be met by your ranger, who will drive you to the lodge in a game drive vehicle. A diverse combination of bushveld and semi-arid Kalahari scrub, the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve boasts the Big Five, as well as the endangered African wild dog.

Madikwe is famed for Operation Phoenix, the world’s largest game translocation exercise, successfully reintroducing more than 8 000 animals of 28 species, including lion, elephant, buffalo, and white rhino. It is also home to more than 350 bird species, several endemic to the Kalahari. The Madikwe region is rich in history, having seen the passage of the famed warrior Mzilikazi and explorers, traders, and missionaries that included Dr. David Livingstone and Sir Cornwallis Harris. Renowned South African writer Herman Charles Bosman celebrates the area in many of his books.

Delight in the experience during your two-night stay at Morukuru Lodge in the River House on an Exclusive Use basis. Your stay includes private and exclusive use of the houses, Wi-Fi (limited bandwidth), all meals, snacks, local soft drinks, water, juices, coffee, tea, local house wines & local spirits, private guide & tracker, private game drive vehicle, remote bush walks, sundowner drinks, picnics, road transfers within Madikwe Game Reserve, entrance fee or reserve gate fee and laundry service.

Included Activities: Game Drive

Day 4: Madikwe

Take advantage of your private vehicle and dedicated guide and tracker team to set the pace for your adventure. Pick and choose from the following to make up a perfect day at Madikwe Game Reserve.

Set out on game drives that explore the beautiful landscape and search for the exceptional wildlife that makes it their home, including all the Big Five members, as well as the rare African wild dog.

Enjoy a change of perspective as you set out on bush walks that explore the African landscapes' intricate details, from insects and plants to birds and small wildlife.

Try your hand at catch-and-release fishing in the river. Cool off with an afternoon spent water tubing at the nearby Molatedi Dam (seasonal activity). Indulge your taste buds in some local favorites with a cooking lesson from the villa's chef. Get a glimpse of authentic local life with a visit to the Molatedi village and school. Imbibe the sounds and scents of the African night as you spend a night in the lodge's secluded hide. Learn the rhythms of Africa as you participate in a drumming session beneath open African skies (available at an additional cost). It is a delight to the athletic displays and colorful traditional costumes of a group of local dancers (available at an additional cost).

Included Activities: Game Drive, Fishing Safaris, Bush Walks

Day 5: &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

After breakfast, you will be driven back to Madikwe Airstrip, where you will board a private charter flight to &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve.

On arrival at the airstrip, you will be warmly welcomed by your ranger, who will drive you to your home for the next three nights.

Set within easy reach of the Indian Ocean coastline and the famous iSimangaliso / Greater St Lucia Wetland Park in northern KwaZulu-Natal, &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve is known for its abundant wildlife, diversity of habitats, and wide range of safari activities. Thanks to its coastal rainfall pattern, the reserve enjoys a lush green environment that contains seven distinct ecosystems and is often referred to as Seven Worlds of Wonder. This fascinating variety of landscape and vegetation shelters an abundance of wildlife, including the Big Five and many rarer and less easily spotted species, such as the elusive cheetah and the scarce black rhino. With only a handful of lodges sharing an area of 23 000 hectares (56 800 acres) and expert rangers and trackers searching for prime wildlife sightings, guests are assured an exclusive game viewing experience. Adding to Phinda’s wildlife charms, the marine diversity of nearby Sodwana Bay on the coast is easily accessible, with scuba diving, swimming with whale sharks, and even turtle watching only some of the adventures available from Phinda.

Soak up the experience during your 3-night stay at andBeyond Phinda Homestead. Accommodation is in an exclusive, sole-use villa. The Zen-like abode boasts four spacious and luxurious suites, each with an ensuite bathroom with a separate w.c, twin hand basins, bath, indoor and alfresco showers. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits, beers, teas, coffees, refreshments on game drives, laundry, safari activities, a private vehicle, a 1-hour nature walk, emergency medical evacuation insurance, and transfers to and from the airstrip.

Included Activities: Game Drives

Day 6: &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

Private family safari: Designed for families with children who are wanting to experience the wonders of the African bush together, each safari is planned with the guide taking into account the children's ages, their interests, the family's preferences, and fun seasonal activities available.

Visit a Zulu community just outside andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve and interact with the friendly Zulu people. An expert andBeyond guide will escort you through the community and share exciting insight into the Zulu culture and its fascinating customs, beliefs, and traditions. You will be invited into a traditional homestead and given the rare opportunity to witness the daily routines and lifestyle of a rural Zulu family. Learn about the family structures, how the homes are built, why cattle are so highly revered and much more. Later, you will spend time with the highly respected local sangoma (witch doctor/traditional healer), who will explain the wonders of Zulu ancestry and their spiritual beliefs. The adventure ends with a quick stop at the Mbhedula Craft Market, where the beautiful handiwork of 43 Zulu crafters is showcased. It's a great place to find that perfect souvenir of your time spent with the Zulu people.

Included Activities: Private family safari, Zulu Village Tour

Day 7: &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

The vast sandy beaches of the Maputaland coastline provide a beautiful setting for this half-day beach outing. There is ample time for guests to soak up the sun, splash in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, relax with a good book, play beach games such as bat and ball, take leisurely walks along the shoreline, or snorkel alongside Jesser Point (a protected marine reserve) with its diverse and colorful marine life.

Optional (at an additional cost, subject to availability, and for adults over 16 only) Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with a rhino at andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve while assisting in the conservation of this rare species. This adventure allows guests to witness the capture and darting of a rhino and assist the veterinary team in notching the sleeping animals' ears for research and security monitoring. Ear notches, as well as microchips placed in the horn, enable researchers to correctly identify different rhino on the reserve. Groups of up to eight guests each (sharing the exact vehicle) can participate in the entire process, from locating and darting the rhino by helicopter to the never to be repeated opportunity to touch the anesthetized giant during the notching procedure. Guests will need to spend a minimum of three nights at Phinda.

Included activities: Maputaland Beach Adventure

Day 8: &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

After breakfast, you will be driven back to the airstrip, where you will board a private charter flight to Cape Town International Airport. A member of the &Beyond team will be waiting to welcome you and help you onboard a helicopter for the final leg of your flight to Franschhoek.

Take off from Cape Town International Airport, soar over the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and fly above Clifton and Camps Bay's famous beaches. Enjoy magnificent views of the Twelve Apostles and enjoy aerial views of the coastline from Llandudno to Hout Bay. Fly above renowned Chapman's Peak and admire the landmarks of Noordhoek, False Bay, and Cape Points before landing at La Clé des Montagnes.

This valley of Franschhoek, tightly hemmed in by mountains, was settled by a small band of French Huguenots who fled Europe in 1688 to avoid religious persecution. Although their original skills as wine-makers have been somewhat exaggerated, they did have in their midst the de Villiers and du Toit brothers, who taught them a thing or two about viniculture. The settlers soon developed impressive vineyards and homesteads, which to this day bear their original French names. With the impressive Huguenot Memorial, museum, and rose garden at its heart, the town of Franschhoek has just one main street, which is lined with antique shops, cafés, and restaurants.

Take pleasure in your 2-night stay at La Clé des Montagnes in the Colonial Villa on an exclusive-use basis (three Courtyards and one Garden Room - all ensuite). Your visit includes breakfast, welcome drinks, Wi-Fi and bicycles are available to guests (subject to availability), total private service of a host and dedicated housekeeper (daily laundry and housekeeping service), house drinks: wine, spirits, mixers, soft drinks, and bottled water; snack basket replenished daily, transfers within 5km of La Clé des Montagnes within the Franschhoek village and telephone calls (local).

Day 9: Franschhoek, Cape Winelands

You will be collected by a member from our andBeyond team who will drive you from La Clé des Montagnes to Stellenbosch. You can look forward to exploring one of the most beautiful and famous Wineland districts in the world.

This half-day guided bicycle tour starts at 9 am and ends at 2 pm, is rated easy-moderate with some gentle up and downhills. The trail meanders along a 20-kilometer, mainly off-road path through the heart of the valley. Enjoy panoramic vistas of the Winelands and indulge in a memorable wine and food experience. The tour is suited to couples, friends, and families seeking an authentic Winelands tour away from tour buses and crowds. Included are two wine tastings at award-winning estates, and a two-course pairing, gourmet lunch at Clos Malverne, one of the region's top restaurants, with sweeping views of the Devon Valley.

You will be collected by a member of our Classic Perspective team who will drive you from Stellenbosch to La Clé des Montagnes. You can look forward to exploring one of the most beautiful and famous Wineland districts in the world.

Included Activities: Half-day Stellenbosch - Devon Valley Meander cycle tour

Day 10: Franschhoek, Cape Winelands

You will be collected from La Clé des Montagnes and driven to Grootbos Private Nature Reserve (via the Hemel en Aarde Wine Valley).

Leave Cape Town heading towards the seaside towns of Strand and Gordon’s Bay, nestled below the slopes of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, with magnificent views across False Bay to Cape Point in the distance. Continue along the spectacular Marine Drive overlooking this rocky coast, past the white beaches of Koeël Bay and the villages of Rooiels, Pringle Bay, and Betty’s Bay. Drive over the Bot River to the charming town of Hermanus, pausing in the picturesque Hemel-en-Arde valley, whose cool, maritime climate favors the growing of pinot noir, sauvignon blanc, and chardonnay grapes, found at acclaimed wine estates like Bouchard Finlayson, Hamilton Russell, and Whalehaven. Hermanus is known for its abundant sightings of Southern right whales, which come in very close to shore to mate and calve from June to November. There are excellent vantage points from the cliff paths that run from one end of the town to the other.

Indulge during your 2-night stay at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in a Villa with an ensuite bathroom. Your visit includes welcome drink served upon arrival, breakfast buffet with full English breakfast menu, light lunches, 5-course dinners or South African Braai, all beverages including spirits, liqueurs and soft drinks, private guide for the duration of the stay with private vehicle, private chef for the duration of the stay (available for breakfasts, lunches and dinners), laundry and valet service, horse riding for non- and experienced riders (please note that the weight limit is 90kg/198lbs per person - children under the age of 12 are only allowed on pony rides unless accompanied by parents), guided walks including fynbos nature tours and Milkwood walks, nature, marine & coastal drives, including the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, De Kelders cliff walk, Klipgat Cave combined with seasonal land-based whale watching (whale watching especially during June - December), various maps of the reserve and the area for self-guided walks, transfers to/from all activities, day trip to Cape Agulhas, the most southern tip of Africa, Shopping Excursions to Hermanus and wine tasting at a wine estate.

Included activities: Hermanus Tour

Day 11: Hermanus, Cape Whale Coast

Depart on a Shark Cage Dive. This adventure is ideal for thrillseekers and nature enthusiasts alike. Guests can experience the excitement of being face to face with a shark inside the protection of a submerged cage. Your day begins early in the quaint coastal village of Gaansbaai, at the Great White House, where you can top up your energy levels, with a delicious breakfast, for the day's adventure. Safety is paramount guests will sit down to a brief introductory talk with a marine biologist before being fitted with life-jackets. Snacks, soft drinks, wet suits, and waterproof jackets are included.

Plus

June - December: Depart on a Whale Watching Trip. Whales won’t be the only things you’ll see on this unforgettable 2-hour adventure. Your boat will launch in the quaint harbor of Kleinbaai, in Gansbaai, and will make its way toward the Pearly Beach area, which is home to the Southern Right Whale. Afterward, you will venture towards renowned Dyer Island for excellent penguin and seabird viewing, and then to Geyser Rock to view the curious antics of Cape Fur Seals. Between these two islands lies the notorious shark alley, where you may be fortunate enough to view the spectacular great white shark.

OR (January and May): Depart on an Eco Marine Trip. This 1 to 2-hour journey takes you to Dyer Island and the adjacent coast. We frequently see Dolphins along the beach. At Dyer Island, we will look for exciting sea birds such as African Penguins, Terns, Cormorants, Petrels, and Oystercatchers. A narrow channel known as Shark Alley separates Dyer Island and Geyser Rock, home to a colony of 60 000 Cape Fur Seals. This is a world-renowned location for viewing and cage diving with Great White Sharks.

Please note: Between January and May, an Eco Marine Trip will be made instead of Whale Watching.

Included Activities: Shark Cage Dive, Marine Big 5 Tour - Southern Right Whale Season (Jun-Dec) OR Eco Marine Tour (Jan – Mar)

Day 12: Cape Town

You will be collected from Grootbos and driven to Hermanus. From here, you will travel to Cape Town in style as you are picked up in a chauffeur-driven vintage World War II motorcycle with a sidecar. Revel in magnificent views of the Cape as you are driven to your hotel at Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

Explore the sights during your 3-night stay at One&Only Cape Town in the One Above Penthouse Suite with en-suite bathrooms. Your stay includes breakfast, personalized in-room check-in, 24-hour butler service and guest host, 1-hour personal training session per guest, daily garment pressing service (one outfit per guest), Nespresso machine, tea and coffee facilities, daily water and fruits in room, use of the steam rooms and thermal pools at the spa, bottled water, access to the 200 m^2 fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi, Isola Poolside Cabana (to be booked in advance). Additional for families: age-appropriate welcome gifting, KidsOnly Club for 4-11 year old, 100% discount in all restaurants for children under 12, baby cot with child-size bedding, bathrobes, and welcome nappy amenities.

Included Activities: Overland transfer in a vintage World War II motorcycle with sidecar

Day 13: Cape Town

Guests are invited on a sensory journey through the social and political history of multi-cultural Cape Town, with its diverse influences and fascinating history. The tour begins with a ferry ride to Robben Island, best known as a jail for political prisoners, including former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela. Guests will tour the island accompanied by a former political inmate and will hear firsthand tales of its story of hope and hardship. Leaving the island, there is a brief stop to witness the historical gesture of Cape Town's noonday gun being fired before guests explore the legacy of apartheid at District Six, from where a vibrant and colorful community was forcibly removed and relocated onto the barren Cape Flats in the 1970s when many historical buildings were leveled to the ground OR Delving even further into Cape Town's history, the tour proceeds to the Slave Lodge, built to house the slaves of the Dutch East India Company in 1679. One of the city's oldest buildings has since seen varied use as a courthouse, government offices, and, finally, a museum. Guests move on to the Bo-Kaap, the oldest Malay settlement in South Africa, where brightly colored houses vie.

For space with mosques and shops. Lunch is in the Bo-kaap area. The afternoon offers an opportunity to walk off the delicious meal on a walking tour of Langa, the first township established in Cape Town during the apartheid era. Vibrant and lively, Langa entrances the senses with its bustling streets and taxi ranks, busy community projects, and thriving arts and crafts shops.*If travel to Robben Island is not possible due to the weather, the tour will start at the Slave Lodge instead.

Please note: Robben Island Museum will no longer accept tickets that do not reflect the ticket holder's full details (name & surname). Should the ticket not correspond to the proof of identification (passport or SA ID document), guests will sadly not be permitted to board the boat to the island.

Included Activities: Full-day Cultural Tour

Day 14: Cape Town

Head into the dunes to master the basics of sandboarding (or bum boarding for the tiny ones) and then set off on an off-road quad bike adventure (younger children can travel safely on the back of a parent’s bike). The trail twists and winds through sand and bush, offering climbs, descents, technical sections, and flat-out straights.

Included Activities: Half-Day Sandboarding, Quad Biking

Day 15: Departure

After breakfast, you will walk to the V&A Waterfront, where you will board a luxury yacht for a half-day cruise on the ocean waters. Cruise the beautiful Cape coastline, marveling at rich marine life and magnificent views of the shore, with its golden beaches and soaring mountains. Be spoiled by a whole crew and a dedicated stewardess serving a selection of snacks, as well as local wines and beers. You will then be taken back to Cape Town International Airport, where your adventure with us will end.

Included activities: Luxury yacht cruise

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Accommodation

Day 1-2: Atholplace House & Villa

The outstanding Atholplace House & Villa is hidden within an upmarket garden suburb in Johannesburg. AtholPlace House offers five Superior bedrooms and four Deluxe bedrooms. Here, guests are spoilt by attentive staff, tantalising menus and elegant accommodation. The individually-decorated suites each boast a lovely ensuite bathroom with a separate bath and shower, an inviting bed adorned with percale cotton linen and duck-down duvets, air conditioning, underfloor heating, satellite television, a personal bar and a private balcony. Situated next door to AtholPlace House, the four-bedroom AtholPlace Villa offers a contemporary, private and exclusive haven. All bedrooms feature large doors opening to a balcony overlooking the garden and pool. Each of the bedrooms feature ensuite open plan bathrooms with double vanity basins, hairdryer, luxurious bathrobes and slippers, toilet, shower and bath, air-conditioning, electronic safe and flat screen television. Enjoy a living room, dining room, veranda, private chef, butler, host and housekeeping staff.

Expertly prepared meals are served in the stylish dining room or al fresco in the garden. A cosy sitting room offers the perfect retreat after an eventful day, while the welcoming bar area offers complimentary sundowners and canapés every evening. A well-stocked library (complete with built-in fireplace), sparkling swimming pool and fully-equipped gym add to guest delight.

What we love about Atholplace Hotel & Villa

  • Unwind in the hotel’s swimming pool after a successful day of sightseeing or take advantage of the well-equipped gym.
  • Relish lunch in the beautiful garden.
  • Sip cocktails in the bar and lose yourself in a good book in front of a blazing fire in the library.


Day 1-2: Atholplace House & Villa

The outstanding Atholplace House & Villa is hidden within an upmarket garden suburb in Johannesburg. AtholPlace House offers five Superior bedrooms and four Deluxe bedrooms. Here, guests are spoilt by attentive staff, tantalising menus and elegant accommodation. The individually-decorated suites each boast a lovely ensuite bathroom with a separate bath and shower, an inviting bed adorned with percale cotton linen and duck-down duvets, air conditioning, underfloor heating, satellite television, a personal bar and a private balcony. Situated next door to AtholPlace House, the four-bedroom AtholPlace Villa offers a contemporary, private and exclusive haven. All bedrooms feature large doors opening to a balcony overlooking the garden and pool. Each of the bedrooms feature ensuite open plan bathrooms with double vanity basins, hairdryer, luxurious bathrobes and slippers, toilet, shower and bath, air-conditioning, electronic safe and flat screen television. Enjoy a living room, dining room, veranda, private chef, butler, host and housekeeping staff.

Expertly prepared meals are served in the stylish dining room or al fresco in the garden. A cosy sitting room offers the perfect retreat after an eventful day, while the welcoming bar area offers complimentary sundowners and canapés every evening. A well-stocked library (complete with built-in fireplace), sparkling swimming pool and fully-equipped gym add to guest delight.

What we love about Atholplace Hotel & Villa

  • Unwind in the hotel’s swimming pool after a successful day of sightseeing or take advantage of the well-equipped gym.
  • Relish lunch in the beautiful garden.
  • Sip cocktails in the bar and lose yourself in a good book in front of a blazing fire in the library.


Day 3-4: Morukuru River House

An exclusive safari villa set on the tranquil banks of the Marico River, Morukuru River House offers three double bedrooms, each featuring large tree-shaded private decks. The spacious bathrooms have deep tubs with bush views and indoor as well as outdoor showers. The separate family room can accommodate up to four small children and features a satellite TV, Playstation, computer and DVDs.

Combining European styling with handpicked African pieces, the house invites the outdoor in, with plenty of open air spaces for relaxation or outdoor dining. The house comes complete with a staff of seven, including a chef, butler, hostess, nanny, housekeeper and private safari guide and tracker team. Guests can enjoy a spa treatment in their private sala, explore their surroundings on game drives or walks and indulge in bird watching or fishing safaris.

What we love about Morukuru River House

  • Ask your host to arrange a romantic sleep-out beneath the stars in the Morukuru hide, which is located on the water’s edge and protected by an electrified fence.
  • Arrange to spend a day at the beautiful dam just outside the reserve and enjoy an afternoon on the water, including water skiing and other activities (dependant on water levels).
  • Staff serenade delighted guests with local welcome songs upon arrival


Day 5-7: Phinda Homestead


Phinda Private Game Reserve encompasses an impressive 28,555 hectares (70,560 acres) of protected wildlife land in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Showcasing one of the continent’s finest game viewing experiences, the reserve is home to Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), as well as 436 bird species.

Blending seamlessly into the natural surroundings, and designed like a contemporary bush farmhouse, Phinda Homestead is an elegant and homely sole-use villa, ideal for both families and small groups. Four private bedrooms and spacious bathrooms fuse harmoniously with the cool, expansive, and inviting guest spaces. An interactive kitchen brings the lodge’s private chef into the centre of the guest experience, while a fully equipped private gym and spa allow for relaxation between safaris. Game drive times, as well as meals, are tailored completely to the guests’ preference to create a fully personalised safari.

Choose from a range of exciting Phinda Adventures such as specialist walking and tracking safaris, a sleepout under the stars, an infrared Night Eye drive and other participative conservation experiences, such as rhino notching or pangolin tagging. Also on offer and within easy access of the reserve, are Zulu village tours, Africa Foundation community visits, a Maputaland exploration, Maputaland beach trip, night turtle drives (seasonal), scuba safaris, or an incredible ocean safari that offers you a host of marine life sightings. Specialist safaris can be arranged in advance and these focus on special interests such as birding, photographic, family and private safaris.

Day 8-9: La Cle Des Montagnes

Situated on a working wine estate, in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, La Clé Des Montagnes is a four minutes’ walk to the centre of the Fanschhoek village. Offering a range of beautiful accommodation options, La Clé Des Montagnes features La Clé Village and La Clé Lodge. La Clé Village features rooms and suites in the Manoir, Grange and Colonial Villas and the private villa, La Galerie. Uniquely themed and each boasting a sophisticated style, the villas are scenically positioned in the middle of picturesque vineyards and plum orchards. Handcrafted furniture, spectacular chandeliers and large fireplaces add to an atmosphere of ultimate comfort. Deep chairs and couches set on wide verandas make the most of the magnificent landscapes. Each villa boasts its own swimming pool, set in a tranquil garden with sweeping views over the surrounding mountains. For a personal retreat, La Galerie Villa is a gorgeous private two-bedroom fully-serviced villa, complete with an art collection, private garden and pool.

La Clé Lodge is a tranquil retreat immersed in colourful gardens, and Petite, Garden and Courtyard Rooms feature high ceilings and expansive open areas, adorned with carefully curated items. Jacques Erasmus of Hemelhuijs was the eye behind the interiors and perfectly blended contemporary beauty with classic elements in the lodge.  Rooms feature a bath and shower and personal bar, complimentary laundry services, and access to a nearby gym. The lodge can be booked per room or as a sole use villa with five ensuite bedrooms. La Clé Des Montagnes offers the opportunity to relish hearty home-style meals prepared by chefs who delight in arranging the perfect meals including private picnics in the grounds, delicious dinners in the dining room and simply scrumptious breakfast options. Engage with the chefs at the Chefs Table in the large country. Sink into absolute relaxation, play a spot of tennis, or hop on a bicycle and leisurely cycle through the picturesque surrounds. Meander through the sprawling garden, walk on vineyard trails and jump into a helicopter for breathtaking excursions over the winelands. Sip a Pimms and play Boules and Croquet, cool off in the dams shaded by willow trees, and just absorb the beauty of your surroundings.

What we love about La Cle Des Montagnes

  • For the ultimate indulgence, enjoy superb Chef’s Table evenings
  • Take a gentle stroll to the centre of Franschhoek and experience one of the award-winning restaurants, browse its trendy shops and bars or buy fresh produce from the Saturday morning markets.


Day 9-11: Grootbos Garden Lodge


Flanked by the spectacular cliffs of Walker Bay, is the beautiful Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Large, private cottages include spacious bedrooms, lovely ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning and secluded balconies from where guests can admire the breathtaking sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean. Guests can savour hearty breakfasts and lavish four-course dinners in the superb restaurant boasting sweeping views of the picturesque surroundings — the passionate chefs work their magic in transforming freshly-caught fish, succulent meats and organic produce into delectable culinary creations, perfectly complemented by award-winning Cape wines. At the end of the day, guests can head to the bar for refreshing cocktails, whilst drinking in the sweeping views from Walker Bay to Cape Point, or retreat to the cosy sitting room for a comfortable spot around the open fireplace on chilly evenings. Adventures include flower safaris, birding tours, horse riding, scenic flights, mountain biking, shark-cage diving, whale-watching tours, guided nature walks, and visits to the renowned Grootbos Nature Reserve, home to the largest private fynbos garden in the world.

What we love about Grootbos Garden Lodge

  • Join an experienced guide on a walk along a meandering path through the ancient Milkwood forest which surrounds the reserve, which is home to one thousand-year-old indigenous trees.
  • The incredibly spacious baths are perfect for enjoying relaxing soaks in soapy, fragrant waters.

Day 12-14: One&Only Cape Town

The celebrated One&Only Cape Town is located at the cosmopolitan Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. This beautiful hotel offers guests a thrilling base from which to explore the Mother City. The seven-storey Marina Rise boasts spectacular rooms and suites, while the Island Suites are tucked away on two lushly landscaped islands at the centre of the Waterfront. Oversized baths, air conditioning, satellite television and personal bars add to guest delight.

Guests are faced with a superb array of dining options.  Sample classic Japanese fare at master chef “Nobu” Matsuhisa’s eatery accompanied by the finest wines. Dine at Ochre, offering a contemporary interpretation of age-old South African recipes. Sip a selection of wines in the Wine Loft, a spectacular three-storey treasure trove housing 5,000 bottles of wine. Enjoy afternoon tea and live entertainment at the Vista Bar and Lounge, a delectable fresh summer menu at the poolside at Isola or a romantic private dinner framed by the majestic Table Mountain, a relaxed braai – the traditional South African Barbeque – with friends and family by the water, or an in-suite breakfast feast – delicious!

Activities and excursions are endless: From epic Table Mountain hikes and awe-inspiring adventures at sea, to enticing Winelands, delving into the rich melting pot of cultures and fascinating history, Cape Town offers an array of immersive, vibrant experience, never to be forgotten.

What we love about One&Only Cape Town

  • Spoil yourself with a One&Only signature treatment at the exclusive Spa Island, treatments are customised to your needs, and fitness sessions from pilates to paddle boarding are a definite must.
  • Let the kids play – the variety of KidsOnly activities available are by far the best amongst all the hotels in Cape Town.
  • Dive in the deep and lounge at the shimmering pool, taking in the rays-absolute bliss

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Tour Overview

Explore the country’s vibrant cities, from the colourful townships and exciting history of Johannesburg to the magnificent scenery and golden beaches of Cape Town.

Delve into the City of Gold on a Johannesburg City Tour with a specialist cultural guide which includes fascinating visits to Soweto, Apartheid Museum and to Liliesleaf Farm. Immerse yourself in a brilliant safari at Madikwe Game Reserve, and indulge in luxury at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, offering not only the Big Five but many rarer and less easily spotted species, such as the elusive cheetah and the scarce black rhino.

Appreciate the beauty of a quaint village boasting the title of gastronomic capital in Franschhoek, with superb culinary fare and splendid wines. Scan the horizons as you glide on the ocean in Hermanus and glimpse vibrant marine life, and if brave enough, come face-to-face with a shark. Revel in the magnificent playground of Cape Town, the ultimate family adventure destination, and a spectacular natural haven with unparalleled adventure, beauty, wine, and gastronomy. Arguably the best family holiday destination in South Africa, this exceptional country entices and lures you to create breathtaking family moments and magnificent experiences.

Highlights Of The Itinerary:

  • Visit some of the sites relating to South Africa’s turbulent history of apartheid in Johannesburg, including Lilies leaf Farm,Soweto and the Apartheid Museum.
  • Explore the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, which is home to the Big Five, as well as the endangered African wild dog.
  • Explore the beauty of South Africa’s Cape Province in the sidecar of a chauffeur-driven, vintage World War II motorbike.

Make The Most Of Your Adventure:

  • Get a taste of South African history with professional guideHoward Geach.
  • Indulge in a half-day beach outing to the vast, sandy coast line of Maputaland in between game drives at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve.
  • Explore the wonders of the Cape by helicopter.
  • Spend the day leisurely cycling through the beautiful Cape Winelands, stopping to sip on fine wines.

Specially Created For:

  • Families of many generations travelling together
  • Ultimate luxury travellers
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What is Included

  • Accommodation as specified in the itinerary
  • Meals, drinks and laundry as specified
  • Private charter flights as specified in the itinerary
  • Private/Scheduled transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Private/Scheduled sightseeing and excursions as specified in the itinerary
  • Private game viewing activities as specified in the itinerary
  • National parks, concession and landing fees where applicable
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Domestic departure tax, fuel and safety levies from airports and airstrips
  • Welcome and assistance service at all airports
  • Administration fee

What is Excluded

  • Travel Insurance is not included.

Conditions

  • Itinerary based on a minimum of 6 guests (4 adults & 2 children); please contact us for a quote specific to your group’s configuration
  • Minimum nights stay may apply at some of the properties over certain dates
  • Costs of lunches & dinners not included in Johannesburg, Franschhoek and Cape Town (except for one lunch in Cape Town )
  • Whale Watching is seasonal (only available from June to December)
  • Validity periods are as specified above; should a booking fall over two rate periods the rate will change and we reserve the right to re-quote
  • The rates quoted are subject to change without warning if there are any increases in bed levies, park fees, fuel, sales tax or VAT, third-party services or any other circumstances beyond our control in South Africa
  • Rates are subject to change
  • &Beyond trading terms apply

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Johannesburg


Upon arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, you will be met by a Menzies Aviation representative and assisted through customs and immigration. You will then be administered into the arrivals hall for your onward arrangements.

A Classic Perspective representative will collect you at O R Tambo International Airport and drive you to AtholPlace House & Villa. Sandton has undoubtedly become Johannesburg's heart - a major commercial, retail, and tourism destination with world-class shopping and lifestyle experiences.

Depending on your arrival time, you may meet your host for the next two days and set off to visit Liliesleaf Farm, the scene of the infamous Rivonia Raid, where you will enjoy an introductory talk on South Africa and its history.

Your host for the next two days is Howard Geach. For as long as he can remember, Howard has been captivated by Africa and its wild places. He also developed a keen interest in paleoanthropology, the study of fossil hominids, and is a specialist in early southern African history (AD 200 to 1860) and the unique geology of South Africa. In 2014, he became a Specialist Cultural Guide for Gauteng, including the Cradle of Humankind. He offers a range of adventures such as explorations of Johannesburg and Soweto, Cullinan Diamond Mine tours, and journeys that focus on the origins of African artwork and contemporary South African art. Recently, Howard became a guide and manager for Malapa, a joint venture between Professor Lee Berger (an award-winning researcher and paleoanthropologist) and Malapa Nature Reserve. He can offer private paleo safaris.

Enjoy your two-night stay at AtholPlace House & Villa in the Four Bedroom Villa on an Exclusive Use basis. Your visit includes breakfast, local soft drinks, water, juices, coffee, tea, local house wines, and local spirits, private chef, butler, host and housekeeping staff, laundry service, shining shoe service, WiFi, private garden, and private swimming pool.


Included Activities: Private guide: Howard Geach

Day 2: Johannesburg

After breakfast, Howard Geach will meet you in the foyer, and you will set off on a full-day Taste of South African History tour. Listen to Howard's fascinating explanation of South Africa, its people, and languages.

The tour is bespoke and can be adapted to focus on your particular interests with the following entrance fees included: Mandela House, Apartheid Museum, and Constitution Hill. Lunch will be for your account and, depending on the day of the week or selected public holidays, certain museums might be closed. A guided tour takes you into the heart of the sprawling township of Soweto, which produced three Nobel Peace Prize winners and where you will get acquainted with South Africa's struggle politics. Besides the Mandela Family Museum, which will be visited, other places of interest include the Hector Pieterson Memorial, commemorating the 1976 student uprising, and the Regina Mundi Church. The Apartheid Museum retraces the roots of apartheid right from the oppression of the black tribes in the Cape Colony of the 1800's, through the rise to power of Afrikaner Nationalism in 1948 to the democratic elections of 1994. Next, we visit Johannesburg, City of Gold - South Africa's leading financial center - with all its contrasts: From a building in the shape of a diamond and the gold mining company head offices to a muti shop for traditional healers, the Market Theatre Complex and the Nelson Mandela Bridge.

Constitution Hill is a living museum that tells the story of South Africa's journey to democracy. The site is a former prison and military fort that bears testament to South Africa's turbulent past and, today, is home to the country's Constitutional Court, which endorses all citizens' rights. Nelson Mandela. Mahatma Gandhi. Joe Slovo. Albertina Sisulu. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Fatima Meer all served time here, but the precinct also confined tens of thousands of ordinary people during its 100-year history.

After a day filled with attractions, your host will drive you back to your hotel, where you will have a chance to freshen up before meeting up with him once again for dinner (at an additional charge) at Wombles Steakhouse Restaurant. Since 1984 Wombles Steakhouse Restaurant has provided customers with man-size portions of beef and other culinary delights. Owners Duncan and Yvette Barker opened Wombles restaurant in Parktown North Johannesburg. Originally from Zimbabwe, then a short stay in Australia. A testimony to their success in Australia was winning the Gold Plate Restaurant Award, which is the highest honor a Restaurant can receive.

Day 3: Madikwe

A member from our Classic Perspective team will collect you at AtholPlace House & Villa and drive you to Lanseria Airport for your Vanilla Sky flight to Madikwe East Airstrip.

On arrival at the airstrip, you will be met by your ranger, who will drive you to the lodge in a game drive vehicle. A diverse combination of bushveld and semi-arid Kalahari scrub, the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve boasts the Big Five, as well as the endangered African wild dog.

Madikwe is famed for Operation Phoenix, the world’s largest game translocation exercise, successfully reintroducing more than 8 000 animals of 28 species, including lion, elephant, buffalo, and white rhino. It is also home to more than 350 bird species, several endemic to the Kalahari. The Madikwe region is rich in history, having seen the passage of the famed warrior Mzilikazi and explorers, traders, and missionaries that included Dr. David Livingstone and Sir Cornwallis Harris. Renowned South African writer Herman Charles Bosman celebrates the area in many of his books.

Delight in the experience during your two-night stay at Morukuru Lodge in the River House on an Exclusive Use basis. Your stay includes private and exclusive use of the houses, Wi-Fi (limited bandwidth), all meals, snacks, local soft drinks, water, juices, coffee, tea, local house wines & local spirits, private guide & tracker, private game drive vehicle, remote bush walks, sundowner drinks, picnics, road transfers within Madikwe Game Reserve, entrance fee or reserve gate fee and laundry service.

Included Activities: Game Drive

Day 4: Madikwe

Take advantage of your private vehicle and dedicated guide and tracker team to set the pace for your adventure. Pick and choose from the following to make up a perfect day at Madikwe Game Reserve.

Set out on game drives that explore the beautiful landscape and search for the exceptional wildlife that makes it their home, including all the Big Five members, as well as the rare African wild dog.

Enjoy a change of perspective as you set out on bush walks that explore the African landscapes' intricate details, from insects and plants to birds and small wildlife.

Try your hand at catch-and-release fishing in the river. Cool off with an afternoon spent water tubing at the nearby Molatedi Dam (seasonal activity). Indulge your taste buds in some local favorites with a cooking lesson from the villa's chef. Get a glimpse of authentic local life with a visit to the Molatedi village and school. Imbibe the sounds and scents of the African night as you spend a night in the lodge's secluded hide. Learn the rhythms of Africa as you participate in a drumming session beneath open African skies (available at an additional cost). It is a delight to the athletic displays and colorful traditional costumes of a group of local dancers (available at an additional cost).

Included Activities: Game Drive, Fishing Safaris, Bush Walks

Day 5: &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

After breakfast, you will be driven back to Madikwe Airstrip, where you will board a private charter flight to &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve.

On arrival at the airstrip, you will be warmly welcomed by your ranger, who will drive you to your home for the next three nights.

Set within easy reach of the Indian Ocean coastline and the famous iSimangaliso / Greater St Lucia Wetland Park in northern KwaZulu-Natal, &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve is known for its abundant wildlife, diversity of habitats, and wide range of safari activities. Thanks to its coastal rainfall pattern, the reserve enjoys a lush green environment that contains seven distinct ecosystems and is often referred to as Seven Worlds of Wonder. This fascinating variety of landscape and vegetation shelters an abundance of wildlife, including the Big Five and many rarer and less easily spotted species, such as the elusive cheetah and the scarce black rhino. With only a handful of lodges sharing an area of 23 000 hectares (56 800 acres) and expert rangers and trackers searching for prime wildlife sightings, guests are assured an exclusive game viewing experience. Adding to Phinda’s wildlife charms, the marine diversity of nearby Sodwana Bay on the coast is easily accessible, with scuba diving, swimming with whale sharks, and even turtle watching only some of the adventures available from Phinda.

Soak up the experience during your 3-night stay at andBeyond Phinda Homestead. Accommodation is in an exclusive, sole-use villa. The Zen-like abode boasts four spacious and luxurious suites, each with an ensuite bathroom with a separate w.c, twin hand basins, bath, indoor and alfresco showers. Your stay includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits, beers, teas, coffees, refreshments on game drives, laundry, safari activities, a private vehicle, a 1-hour nature walk, emergency medical evacuation insurance, and transfers to and from the airstrip.

Included Activities: Game Drives

Day 6: &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

Private family safari: Designed for families with children who are wanting to experience the wonders of the African bush together, each safari is planned with the guide taking into account the children's ages, their interests, the family's preferences, and fun seasonal activities available.

Visit a Zulu community just outside andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve and interact with the friendly Zulu people. An expert andBeyond guide will escort you through the community and share exciting insight into the Zulu culture and its fascinating customs, beliefs, and traditions. You will be invited into a traditional homestead and given the rare opportunity to witness the daily routines and lifestyle of a rural Zulu family. Learn about the family structures, how the homes are built, why cattle are so highly revered and much more. Later, you will spend time with the highly respected local sangoma (witch doctor/traditional healer), who will explain the wonders of Zulu ancestry and their spiritual beliefs. The adventure ends with a quick stop at the Mbhedula Craft Market, where the beautiful handiwork of 43 Zulu crafters is showcased. It's a great place to find that perfect souvenir of your time spent with the Zulu people.

Included Activities: Private family safari, Zulu Village Tour

Hotel Itinerary

Day 1-2: Atholplace House & Villa

The outstanding Atholplace House & Villa is hidden within an upmarket garden suburb in Johannesburg. AtholPlace House offers five Superior bedrooms and four Deluxe bedrooms. Here, guests are spoilt by attentive staff, tantalising menus and elegant accommodation. The individually-decorated suites each boast a lovely ensuite bathroom with a separate bath and shower, an inviting bed adorned with percale cotton linen and duck-down duvets, air conditioning, underfloor heating, satellite television, a personal bar and a private balcony. Situated next door to AtholPlace House, the four-bedroom AtholPlace Villa offers a contemporary, private and exclusive haven. All bedrooms feature large doors opening to a balcony overlooking the garden and pool. Each of the bedrooms feature ensuite open plan bathrooms with double vanity basins, hairdryer, luxurious bathrobes and slippers, toilet, shower and bath, air-conditioning, electronic safe and flat screen television. Enjoy a living room, dining room, veranda, private chef, butler, host and housekeeping staff.

Expertly prepared meals are served in the stylish dining room or al fresco in the garden. A cosy sitting room offers the perfect retreat after an eventful day, while the welcoming bar area offers complimentary sundowners and canapés every evening. A well-stocked library (complete with built-in fireplace), sparkling swimming pool and fully-equipped gym add to guest delight.

What we love about Atholplace Hotel & Villa

  • Unwind in the hotel’s swimming pool after a successful day of sightseeing or take advantage of the well-equipped gym.
  • Relish lunch in the beautiful garden.
  • Sip cocktails in the bar and lose yourself in a good book in front of a blazing fire in the library.


Day 3-4: Morukuru River House

An exclusive safari villa set on the tranquil banks of the Marico River, Morukuru River House offers three double bedrooms, each featuring large tree-shaded private decks. The spacious bathrooms have deep tubs with bush views and indoor as well as outdoor showers. The separate family room can accommodate up to four small children and features a satellite TV, Playstation, computer and DVDs.

Combining European styling with handpicked African pieces, the house invites the outdoor in, with plenty of open air spaces for relaxation or outdoor dining. The house comes complete with a staff of seven, including a chef, butler, hostess, nanny, housekeeper and private safari guide and tracker team. Guests can enjoy a spa treatment in their private sala, explore their surroundings on game drives or walks and indulge in bird watching or fishing safaris.

What we love about Morukuru River House

  • Ask your host to arrange a romantic sleep-out beneath the stars in the Morukuru hide, which is located on the water’s edge and protected by an electrified fence.
  • Arrange to spend a day at the beautiful dam just outside the reserve and enjoy an afternoon on the water, including water skiing and other activities (dependant on water levels).
  • Staff serenade delighted guests with local welcome songs upon arrival


Day 5-7: Phinda Homestead


Phinda Private Game Reserve encompasses an impressive 28,555 hectares (70,560 acres) of protected wildlife land in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Showcasing one of the continent’s finest game viewing experiences, the reserve is home to Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), as well as 436 bird species.

Blending seamlessly into the natural surroundings, and designed like a contemporary bush farmhouse, Phinda Homestead is an elegant and homely sole-use villa, ideal for both families and small groups. Four private bedrooms and spacious bathrooms fuse harmoniously with the cool, expansive, and inviting guest spaces. An interactive kitchen brings the lodge’s private chef into the centre of the guest experience, while a fully equipped private gym and spa allow for relaxation between safaris. Game drive times, as well as meals, are tailored completely to the guests’ preference to create a fully personalised safari.

Choose from a range of exciting Phinda Adventures such as specialist walking and tracking safaris, a sleepout under the stars, an infrared Night Eye drive and other participative conservation experiences, such as rhino notching or pangolin tagging. Also on offer and within easy access of the reserve, are Zulu village tours, Africa Foundation community visits, a Maputaland exploration, Maputaland beach trip, night turtle drives (seasonal), scuba safaris, or an incredible ocean safari that offers you a host of marine life sightings. Specialist safaris can be arranged in advance and these focus on special interests such as birding, photographic, family and private safaris.

Day 5-7: Phinda Homestead


Phinda Private Game Reserve encompasses an impressive 28,555 hectares (70,560 acres) of protected wildlife land in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Showcasing one of the continent’s finest game viewing experiences, the reserve is home to Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), as well as 436 bird species.

Blending seamlessly into the natural surroundings, and designed like a contemporary bush farmhouse, Phinda Homestead is an elegant and homely sole-use villa, ideal for both families and small groups. Four private bedrooms and spacious bathrooms fuse harmoniously with the cool, expansive, and inviting guest spaces. An interactive kitchen brings the lodge’s private chef into the centre of the guest experience, while a fully equipped private gym and spa allow for relaxation between safaris. Game drive times, as well as meals, are tailored completely to the guests’ preference to create a fully personalised safari.

Choose from a range of exciting Phinda Adventures such as specialist walking and tracking safaris, a sleepout under the stars, an infrared Night Eye drive and other participative conservation experiences, such as rhino notching or pangolin tagging. Also on offer and within easy access of the reserve, are Zulu village tours, Africa Foundation community visits, a Maputaland exploration, Maputaland beach trip, night turtle drives (seasonal), scuba safaris, or an incredible ocean safari that offers you a host of marine life sightings. Specialist safaris can be arranged in advance and these focus on special interests such as birding, photographic, family and private safaris.