5 Star Safari in Southern Africa
Join us for a safari experience in Southern Africa’s Cape Town & Mozambique.
You will be met at the Johannesburg Airport by a member of the Southern Sky Adventures team. After taking care of any personal errands in the airport shops, you will escorted to the InterContinental Hotel for your overnight stay.
Following breakfast, you will walk back to the airport and take your South African Airways commercial flight to Port Elizabeth. There you will be met t the airport and transported to Kariega Wildlife Reserve located along the Indian Ocean.
Settlers Drift is a 5-star luxury tented lodge located in a remote and untouched part of the Kariega wilderness, offering a unique safari experience. The lodge offers 9 spacious tented suites (each 110m²) – each with an opulent bedroom and living area, full bathroom, indoor/outdoor shower, minibar and private viewing deck. Lodge facilities include a restaurant, bar, wine cellar, spacious decks, pool, boma, curio shop, library and spa treatments. Kariega is a 10,000 ha private game reserve offering a combination of close up Big 5 game viewing and an expansive variety of fauna, flora and bird life in a landscape spanning 5 ecosystems.
Game viewing at Kariega Game Reserve is always a delight with such a great diversity of species, set against a backdrop of pristine African bush and dramatic landscapes. Among others, some of the game to be spotted at Kariega includes lion, elephant, black and white rhino, hippo, buffalo, zebra, lynx, jackal, wildebeest and a wide range of antelope species, as well as over 200 bird species.
The Kariega Game Reserve safari experience is centered around twice daily game drives. Guests will be delighted with close up viewing of a diversity of wild African game including lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, zebra, a host of antelope species, and much more including a myriad of exquisite birdlife. Skilled and knowledgeable game rangers will spend time unraveling some of the secrets of the African bush, will see to any specific requests, and ensure that all your questions are answered.
Enjoy an early morning boat cruise on the Kariega River on board the 'Kariega Queen' viewing exquisite scenery and enchanting bird life including the Crowned, Martial and African Fish Eagles. Boat cruises are included in Kariega rates, and are available to Main Lodge, Homestead, and Ukhozi Lodge guests.
Try canoeing for a scenic exercise option, or opt for a leisurely paddle enjoying the sights and sounds of river life.
Kariega River offers great fishing. Ukhozi, Main and Homestead guests can enjoy canoeing/kayaking as well as early morning cruises on the 'Kariega Queen'.
Following your morning game drive you will be taken back to the Port Elizabeth Airport where you will connect with your South African Airways commercial flight to the Cape Town Airport. Your guide will then pick you up and drive you to Ellerman House.
In the late afternoon you can head up to Signal Hill to watch the sunset and then head over to Camps Bay to enjoy dinner at the beach.
Without a doubt it is Table Mountain that makes Cape Town the unique city it is. Rising up over 1000m above sea level, it is the icon that makes Cape Town instantly recognizable. It is a symbol, a playground, a spiritual retreat and a big draw card for tourists. So intertwined with the identity of Cape Town is Table Mountain that a visit to the city isn’t complete without having walked or taken the cable car to the top.
For lunch you can head over to Den Anker Restaurant found at the V & A Waterfront. Belgium is known for its variety of beers, gourmet meals and melt in your mouth chocolates, all of which can be found at Den Anker. Enjoy these cultural treats while looking out on the Atlantic Ocean meeting Cape Town at the Waterfront quay, either through the large windows or from an umbrella shaded spot outside. Try Den Anker’s specialty – their flavorful mussels served in a variety of ways – and select an award winning wine from their extensive wine list.
From the Waterfront there is easy access to the Robben Island Prison. This is where the ferry for Robben Island leaves from. The ticket office also has a little museum and a curio shop. This notorious prison is located on an island seven kilometres off the coast of Cape Town in Table Bay. It is where Africa’s political prisoners were kept during the colonial and Apartheid years of South Africa.
Today you might consider taking the full day trip out to Cape Point and back.
En route through the southern suburbs you can visit Boulders Beach. The Boulders Visitor Center is home to the famous colony of Jackass Penguins, so called for their hilarious braying call. This is a truly special experience and Table Mountain National Park staff are knowledgeable and offer guided tours. After you have fallen in love with the penguins head to the secluded Boulders Beach and take a swim in the comparatively warm waters of the False Bay.
The Cape Peninsula offers a spectacular combination of beaches and mountains, with wonderfully well preserved areas interspersed with quaint towns and harbors.
Cape Point is a spectacular sight, covered in endemic fynbos and home to breathtaking bays, beaches and rolling green hills and valleys, just 60km outside of Cape Town. Cape Point falls within the Cape Floral Region, a World Heritage Site. The Cape Floral Region is one of the richest areas for plants in the world – it is home to nearly 20% of Africa’s flora. Cape Point is open daily and is a must see.
Sitting comfortably above the south western most tip of the Cape Peninsula, The Two Oceans Restaurant is worth a visit. The specialty is seafood, but there are plenty of other choices for meat lovers and diners with other meals in mind. Sitting outside, patrons can enjoy views of the gorgeous Walker Bay. This setting creates a relaxed, holiday like atmosphere. The wine list is varied and wines are reasonably priced. Grab a partner and try the Two Oceans Seafood Platter for two.
The return drive from Cape Point can take you through the coastal villages of Scarborough, Kommetjie and Noordhoek before heading up onto Chapman's Peak.
Chapman’s Peak Drive winds it way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay. Situated on the Atlantic Coast, at the south western tip of South Africa, it is one of the most spectacular marine drives anywhere in the world. The 9km route, with its 114 curves, skirts the rocky coastline of Chapman's Peak. The drive offers stunning 180° views with many areas along the route where you can stop and take in the scenery or sit down for a relaxing picnic.
You can end the day by dining at the Chapman's Peak Hotel, well known for its excellent Portuguese calamari. Nestled at the foot of the picturesque Chapman's Peak Drive overlooking the beach lies, the Chapman's Peak restaurant. It is a local institution, renowned worldwide for the best Calamari in Cape Town, with a popular sun drenched terrace overlooking the bay and mountains. Calamari at the Chapman's Peak was voted as "one of top 20 things to do in Cape Town".
Today would be good day to head into the city center of Cape Town and see what is on offer.
Situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town's working harbor, the V&A Waterfront has become South Africa's most visited destination. Set against a backdrop of magnificent sea and mountain views, exciting shopping and entertainment venues are intermingled with imaginative office locations, worldclass hotels and luxury apartments. The Waterfront is the heart of the tourist industry in Cape Town.
In the heart of Cape Town’s business district, you’ll find Greenmarket Square. The square has quite a reputation, it has been a slave market, a fruit and vegetable market and, during the 1950s, a humble parking lot. These days it’s just the place to look for clothing, glassware, hand painted fabrics, footwear, music, sunglasses and curios from all over Cape Town and Africa.
Greenmarket Square is more than a flea market, not only will you find a wide range of goods to buy, there is also entertainment in the form of buskers, mime artists and jugglers, especially on Saturday mornings and other busy times. The market is a big success there are loads of coffee shops and restaurants in the vicinity, so take time out to sit at a sidewalk table and watch the world go by.
The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving building in South Africa. Built between 1666 and 1679, this pentagonal fortification replaced a small clay and timber fort built by Commander Jan van Riebeeck in 1652 upon establishing a maritime replenishment station art the Cape of Good Hope for the Dutch East India Company, better known as the VOC (Verenigde Oos-Indische Compagnie).
There are a number of beautiful beaches to visit in Cape Town.
A series of four idyllic beaches separated by massive granite boulders. Clifton is protected from the wind by the mountains and is the best place to be when the Cape's notorious South Easter is blowing.
Enjoy lunch overlooking Hout Bay harbor. The Lookout Deck in Hout Bay arguably boasts one of the best views in the Western Cape. Sitting on the spectacular wooden deck, suspended over the water, you can watch the bustling harbor, moving boats of all description, frolicking Cape fur seals, local fishermen weighing in their catch of the day, the rise and fall of the tides, and beyond the harbor stunning views of the serene Chapman's Peak mountain pass. The tranquil surroundings and divine view lend themselves to the relaxed, upmarket feel of the restaurant.
The restaurant is the ideal setting to enjoy sensational sundowners and cocktails whilst listening to local, live music on selected nights.
You will be picked up from the Ellerman House after eating breakfast and driven to the Cape Town Airport where you will route to the Vilanculos Airport in Mozambique via Johannesburg.
You will then take a 30 minute boat trip to Benguerra Island where you will then spend the next 4 nights on the beach at Azura Benguerra Island Lodge.
Azura Benguerra Island, the first eco friendly resort in Mozambique, was hand built by the local community and is operated in partnership with it. With just 20 villas, each sporting a personal infinity swimming pool, thatched roof and spectacular beach side location, Azura offers an enchanting seaside escape.
Just 20 villas are nestled along one of the last undiscovered stretches of beach in the world, with all the creature comforts you could wish for, sparkling private pools, Mozambican Butler hosts to look after your every need, fish and seafood fresh from the ocean, a fantastic range of activities and experiences, an African spa to relax in, all at a community based project where the local islanders benefit as much as you. Azura is paradise found.
Our hand built villas blend modern chic with all that is traditional in Mozambique. The creature comforts you would expect from a luxury boutique resort are there, set off by locally sourced wooden beams and traditional artwork beneath a thatched jekka roof. Each is just footsteps from the beach, yet designed with seclusion in mind. Nestled amidst indigenous gardens, we have created your own sanctuary. A haven of rest and relaxation, where you can feel at one with the environment.
A kaleidoscope of color greets you above and below the ocean. Magnificent reefs for diving and snorkeling, home to the turtles that nest on the island’s outer shores. Migrating whales, dolphins, and the elusive and protected dugong ply these waters, along with marlin, sailfish and tuna to tempt the sport fishermen.
On land, towering sand dunes give way to indigenous bush abundant with local flora and fauna, an interesting variety of bird life, as well as the odd crocodile or two at the lakes. The island’s local people make for fascinating cultural encounters, and the starry night sky is quite magnificent to behold.
The Azura team is here to welcome you, and go out of their way to make your stay special. Our core philosophy is that every day should be different, and we should wow you in some way during your stay with us. We are very proud of our guest book, which is full of comments from happy guests, many of whom return to stay with us time and again.
We have a young and enthusiastic team at Azura. In line with our community focus, we have trained our staff into their roles, supplemented by a management team with experience at some of Southern Africa’s top hotels.
The whole team at Azura makes looking after you their priority. The chefs will chat about your favorite foods, the water sports specialists will take you out exploring our amazing marine world, the community leader will show you village life, and the spa girls will help you relax, even more than you already are in this barefoot paradise.
After breakfast you will again take the 30 minute bot ride across to the mainland and then will be riven to the Vilanculos Airport for your connecting flight into the Johannesburg Airport. You will then fly back to the US on your international flight.