Rhino Safari & Conservation Experience in South Africa
Experience a rhino safari like no other. Spend 6 days exploring the best of South Africa before tracking & notching rhinos for conservation.
May – Sep
$7,560 – $8,794
About this trip
Unpack the Rainbow Nation’s best-kept secrets as you trace the most celebrated spots from Cape Town, through the winelands, and up into a secluded corner of the Kruger National Park. While exceptional experiences and world class views are the common threads that will tie these different destinations together, you will find it is no mystery South Africa has been dubbed, “the world in one country”.
Defined by three distinctive experiences, this LuxVenture® captures the true essence of South Africa: wild yet sophisticated, and underpinned by unmistakable diversity. This is the best of South Africa.
Your day-to-day- breakdown of this trip
Day one – three
Arrive in Cape Town
Experience South African hospitality as you arrive in Cape Town. You’ll be met by a private driver who will escort you on the short drive into the city to check-in to your shelter for the next three nights.
Standing in the shadow of Table Mountain is a small boutique hotel that does things just a little bit differently. Equal parts old school elegant and new age contemporary, Cape Cadogan is undeniably stylish and quintessentially Cape Town. Situated on one of the city’s trendiest strips, Kloof Street, you will waste no time starting to feel like a local.
You have been strategically placed for adventure. Stretch your legs by hiking nearby Lion’s Head for unbelievable views of the city, explore the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and check-out the Mother City’s many quirky eateries, markets, and cafes. During your time in Cape Town, you will have the opportunity to take a deep dive into the many facets of culture in the Western Cape. The scenery won’t disappoint, either.
Where you’ll stay: Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel
Situated on one of the city’s trendiest strips, Kloof Street, Cape Cadogan is undeniably stylish and quintessentially Cape Town. The boutique hotel boasts only 15 rooms, each individually-decorated and allows for easy access to Cape Town’s most sought-after sites.
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Day four – five
Winelands transfer to Franschhoek
Winemaking in South Africa dates back to the 1600s. While South African wines have been gaining international attention, one of South Africa’s best kept secrets are the wine farms themselves. Cape Dutch architecture is well-suited to the winelands’ sculpted panoramic mountains and lush valleys. Chenin Blanc, Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon are popular varietals in the Western Cape, and the best way to get involved, is to start tasting.
You will spend the next two nights of your journey at Babylonstoren, a historic Cape Dutch style farm that was established in 1692 and which has been meticulously kempt ever since.
A leader in sustainable agricultural practices, the farm’s prolific 15-sectioned garden bears an astonishing array of fruit, vegetables, flowers, and indigenous plants, not to mention the occasional chicken and duck. A Cape favorite for lunch, Babylonstoren’s alfresco eating areas and stocked shop and bakery just couldn’t be better.
Balance out some relaxation with venturing out on further explorations of the nature reserves and other exceptional wineries in the area.
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Day six – nine
Transfer to Kruger National Park
Saying cheers to the winelands will only sting until you find yourself in the wild expanse of Kruger National Park. Located in South Africa’s northeastern sprawl, Kruger National Park is nothing short of immense. The Big 5 game reserve covers over 19,000 square Kilometres and plays host to a diverse evolution of landscapes.
You’ll spend the next three nights in the coveted Timbavati Game Reserve. This private oasis is situated on Kruger’s western flank, offering a secluded experience with significantly lower vehicle density than the rest of the park. Less people means more animals. Combine these odds with exceptional guides and your chances of witnessing that once-in-a-lifetime leopard skyrocket.
Timbavati Game Reserve and Ngala Tented Camp combine to offer you the ultimate opportunity to leave your legacy in South Africa. You will be afforded the private opportunity to engage in high-profile conservation efforts. The most exciting of these is Rhino notching. Join a group of researchers and veterinarians as you work to track, locate, dart and tag rhinos for scientific and tracking purposes. It’s one thing to visit a country, it’s another to take part in the mission to rehabilitate and rebuild it’s wildlife. This is your chance.
Spend your evenings at Ngala Tented Camp, the pinnacle of luxury, off-the-grid. Few other locations can boast the creature comforts of this lodge in an area as completely and utterly away from it all.
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Few people can leave South Africa without a yearning to come back, and this trip is sure to leave you wanting more. As you head back to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg for your homeward bound departure, take a moment to recount all you’ve experienced.