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The Connoisseur's Collection 2018

Botswana South Africa Zambia

14 days from $19,995 per person

* Prices are in US dollars, based on double occupancy.

4 Nights Cape Town 3 Nights Singita Sabi Sand 2 Nights Livingstone 3 Nights Okavango Delta 1 Night Johannesburg

The Connoisseur's Collection

From the World Heritage treasures of the “Fairest Cape” and Victoria Falls to the unmatched wildlife viewing in the Okavango Delta and the exclusive Singita Sabi Sand, this collection of adventures delivers the ultimate connoisseur’s safari experience.

 


Highlights

Explore the intriguing world of the Okavango Delta, the world's largest inland delta, as you explore by mokoro, motorboat and open safari vehicle.

Discover the heart of Zambia on a community walk through the villages, and meet the people who call the riverbanks around Royal Chundu home.

Experience personal butler service and exceptional guiding by Singita's accomplished game rangers - ensuring that you travel in style and comfort every step of the way.

Enjoy time outdoors with a romantic picnic, set on the banks of the Zambezi River, complete with Persian carpet and a relaxing hammock.

Accommodations

1. The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

South Africa, Cape Town

The award-winning Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is poised above the Atlantic Ocean, nestled against the majestic Twelve Apostles mountain range. The guest rooms are designed with thoughtful touches offering all the comforts of home and the latest state-of-the-art facilities. Amenities include individual air conditioning, entertainment centers with DVD, digital telephone system with voicemail, complimentary internet, bathrobes, hairdryers, slippers, electronic safe, tea/coffee making facilities, and 24-hour room service.  The Azure Restaurant serves indigenous and international cuisine, while the more relaxed Café Grill is an alfresco 24-hour café for bistro-style food. The Leopard Bar offers panoramic views of the ocean, and is a great place to enjoy "Tea by the Sea" or your favorite cocktail. Embracing the healing energies of earth, air and water, the Spa’s sublime treatment packages use the exclusive B|Africa range of professional spa products. Additional facilities include a private cinema, a heated infinity pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, a rock pool and heated Jacuzzi. There is also complimentary internet and Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and a 24-hour business center.

 

2. Singita Ebony Lodge

South Africa, Kruger Private Reserve

Singita Ebony stands amongst enormous trees on the banks of the Sand River in a privately owned game reserve in the Sabi Sand Reserve. Inspired by the romance of tented camps and explorers’ abodes, Ebony’s interiors are a contemporary interpretation of the classic safari lodge. Each of the air conditioned suites features an ensuite bathroom with indoor shower, outdoor shower, private living area, mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities, and game viewing deck with a private heated plunge pool. All suites have direct dial telephones. The main lodge has a swimming pool, spa and gym facilities, and a library with television. Wi-Fi is complimentary. The lounge and timber deck dining areas allow guests to admire the views of the Sand River.  The lodge also has a bar area and open-air boma, for dining under the stars. The world-class Singita Bush Spa ensures that guests are pampered with body treatments of their choice either in their rooms or in the Bush Spa. Activities include morning and afternoon game drives in open safari vehicles, guided bush walks, mountain bike rides, conducted by experienced rangers and trackers, community visits and stargazing.

3. Singita Boulders Lodge

South Africa, Kruger Private Reserve

Singita Boulders Lodge is set along the banks of the Sand River in Singita’s privately owned reserve within the Sabi Sand Reserve. The lodge is an inviting oasis, where organic interiors integrate with the raw African beauty outside. Each of the air conditioned suites features an ensuite bathroom with indoor shower, outdoor shower, private living area, mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities, and game viewing deck with a private heated plunge pool. All suites have direct dial telephones. The main lodge has a swimming pool, spa and gym facilities, and a library with television. Wi-Fi is complimentary. The lounge and timber deck are perfect spots to watch wildlife on the banks of the Sand River. The lodge also has an open boma (traditional outdoor enclosure) for dining under the stars. The world-class Singita Bush Spa offers a holistic and healing approach to treatments. Activities include morning and afternoon game drives in open safari vehicles, guided bush walks, mountain bike rides, conducted by experienced rangers and trackers, community visits and stargazing.

 

4. Royal Chundu River Lodge

Zambia, Livingstone

Royal Chundu is the perfect getaway. Scattered along the banks of the Zambezi River, the luxury suites at River Lodge radiate seclusion and tranquility. Interior furnishings echo the Zambezi hues and accentuate the surrounding natural beauty. Teak walkways connect the suites to the main lodge, which houses the library, restaurant, wine cellar, cocktail bar and an infinity pool for relaxing and cooling off during the afternoon. At Royal Chundu, dining is an integral part of your experience, and the chefs take pride in preparing dishes that mirror the rich heritage of the region and the hospitality of the Zambian people. Guests can choose to dine indoors in the restaurant, on the viewing deck, in the privacy of their suites or in the Chief’s boma, where dinner is cooked on open-flames and accompanied by Zambian drumming and traditional Makishi dancers. Royal Chundu only employs people from the surrounding villages of Mushekwa, and Muluka. During your stay, go on a tour of the local villages and get to know the incredible personalities that make up the Royal Chundu family.

5. Vumbura Plains Camp

Botswana, Okavango Delta

Vumbura Plains Camp is situated in a private concession in the extreme north of the Okavango Delta. The concession has a wide variety of habitats, diverse wildlife and an enormous traversing area of over 148,000 acres. Vumbura Plains comprises two separate seven-roomed satellite camps, each with its own uniquely-designed lounge and dining area tucked beneath a canopy of shady, indigenous trees. A star-gazing deck is set over the floodplain, a place to gaze upwards or simply enjoy the convivial campfire setting. Each luxurious room is raised off the ground, with indoor and outdoor shower, full ensuite bathroom and a sunken lounge with views of the floodplains. Each room also has a plunge pool and private deck. Vumbura Plains offers both land and water based game viewing activities. Morning and afternoon game drives are in open 4x4 Land Rovers. Night drives with spotlights allow you to find those nocturnal animals, while exploring the Okavango by traditional mokoro (dug-out canoe) reveals the fascinating smaller creatures of the Delta. Water-level dependent, boating is another idyllic form of water wildlife viewing.  

6. Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

South Africa, Johannesburg

The Fairlawns is a unique and exclusive sanctuary conveniently situated in the Sandton area.  The individually decorated suites, have an open plan lounge area, with contemporary bathroom layouts and fittings, including free standing baths, rain showers and double basins.  Each air-conditioned suite has satellite television, iPod docking station, telephone, personal refreshment bar and complimentary Wi-Fi.  Whether it’s sundowners on the terrace, afternoon tea, high tea or a light lunch, Fairlawns is the perfect place, far from the maddening crowd, yet a stone’s throw from everything. A fine dining international dinner menu is prepared fresh every day from local produce.  There is a well-stocked library, a large pool with gazebos where you can relax and enjoy the grounds. The world-class gym with complimentary steam and sauna facilities, not to mention the exquisite Balinese Spa Garden, are well worth a visit.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Cape Town, South Africa

Upon arriving in Cape Town, South Africa’s “Mother City,” you’ll be warmly welcomed and transferred to your luxurious hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The rest of the day is at your leisure to begin exploring one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

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Day 2. Cape Town

Meet your personal driver and guide for the next two days and embark on a day of discovering the pristine coastline and quaint towns of “The Fairest Cape.” Keep your binoculars ready to spot wildlife in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Continue along the coastline to Boulders Beach and linger among the penguins. (BL)

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

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Day 3. Cape Town

Leave behind the lively city and venture into the beautiful Franschhoek winelands, where spectacular vineyards cover the valley floor and mountain slopes. Discover wine farms and estates dating back 300 years to the French Huguenots, each with their own story to tell. Stroll through the picturesque little village, and enjoy lunch on a nearby wine farm surrounded by old oak trees. (BL)

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

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Day 4. Cape Town

Shop, explore or relax at your own leisure today. Don’t miss a ride on the cable car to the top of iconic Table Mountain for sweeping city and ocean views. Browse the bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and explore the colorful Malay Quarter. (B)

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

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Day 5. Cape Town / Singita Sabi Sand

Take flight for a thrilling safari to a private game reserve in the heart of Big Five country near Kruger National Park. After you settle in to your lodge, meet your expert ranger for your first game drive and begin tracking and learning about the distinct behaviors of the Big Five as well as the wealth of wildlife that awaits. (BLD)

Singita Ebony Lodge or Singita Boulders Lodge

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Day 6. Singita Sabi Sand

Rise early when the animals are most lively for this morning’s game drive. Be alert to capture panoramic shots of the abundance of wildlife across the reserve. Return to your camp for lunch and relax before setting out on an evening game drive. (BLD)

Singita Ebony Lodge or Singita Boulders Lodge

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Day 7. Singita Sabi Sand

Enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives. Perhaps join a bushwalk to learn about the plants used to make traditional medicines or visit a neighboring village to meet the people and learn more about their culture and way of life. (BLD)

Singita Ebony Lodge or Singita Boulders Lodge

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Day 8. Singita Sabi Sand / Livingstone, Zambia

Fly off to Livingstone and your luxury lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River. Radiating seclusion and tranquility, Royal Chundu is the perfect getaway. Cruise down one of Africa’s grandest rivers, and enjoy the beauty of the mighty Zambezi at sunset with a sundowner in hand. (BLD)

Royal Chundu River Lodge

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Day 9. Livingstone

There is no set pattern to your days at Royal Chundu. Learn more about the ways of Zambia on a community walk through the villages. Travel downstream in an inflatable canoe through the Zambezi’s channels, enjoy a picnic on the riverbank, or go on a guided walk through Katombora island. Tonight, recline on your deck overlooking the river and be swept away by the sights, sounds and magic of Africa. (BLD)

Royal Chundu River Lodge

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Day 10. Livingstone / Okavango Delta, Botswana

Incredible experiences await as you fly off to your next destination — the pristine wildlife oasis of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. You’ll be treated to the ultimate safari experience at your intimate camp, boasting plenty of game viewing and birding opportunities all year round. (BLD)

Vumbura Plains

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Day 11. Okavango Delta

As dawn breaks and the animals begin to stir, gather your camera and join your ranger to begin exploring the annually flooded grasslands surrounding your camp. Listen for the trumpeting of a large herd of elephants passing through or the lion’s roar as it guards its pride. After the day cools down, venture out again to look for endangered wild dogs lazing with their pack, and leopards, cheetah and African wildcat prowling the shadows. (BLD)

Vumbura Plains

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Day 12. Okavango Delta

Venture by motorboat or canoe and explore the Delta's secret channels and hidden lagoons. Bring your binoculars to zoom in on the exceptional bird life from the Pel’s fishing owl, to the chirping cisticola. Relax until your evening safari when your ranger will spotlight the nocturnal animals. After dinner, gather around the campfire to share your favorite adventures with your safari companions. (BLD)

Vumbura Plains

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Day 13. Okavango Delta / Johannesburg, South Africa

Wrap up your ultimate safari as you fly to Johannesburg via Maun. Enjoy the rest of the day as you please. (B)

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa

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Day 14. Johannesburg / Depart

Today is at leisure until the transfer to Johannesburg airport for your onward arrangements. (B)

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Pricing

Land Arrangements (Price per person)

Departure Dates Jan 11, 2018 - Mar 31, 2018
Share Twin/Double From $19,995
Single Room Supplement From $4,095
Departure Dates Apr 1, 2018 - Apr 30, 2018
Share Twin/Double From $21,395
Single Room Supplement From $4,395
Departure Dates May 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018
Share Twin/Double From $20,895
Single Room Supplement From $3,895
Departure Dates Jun 1, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018
Share Twin/Double From $24,695
Single Room Supplement From $5,395
Departure Dates Oct 1, 2018 - Oct 31, 2018
Share Twin/Double From $25,195
Single Room Supplement From $5,995
Departure Dates Nov 1, 2018 - Dec 19, 2018
Share Twin/Double From $20,495
Single Room Supplement From $4,495

**Surcharges Apply Jan 01-10, Dec 20-31.

Air Arrangements (Internal Airfare)

Cape Town - Kruger Park - Livingstone, Maun - Johannesburg

Economy Class per person from $1,180

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