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The Travel + Leisure World's Best Safari
from $21,600 pp

  • Duration: 12 days
  • Countries: Zimbabwe, South Africa
The Travel + Leisure World's Best Safari
Featuring only "World's Best" List Hotels

We're fans of Travel+Leisure's annual Best in the World polls. (Admittedly, we're just a bit prejudiced, having been voted World's Best Safari Outfitter by T+L a record nine times.) So a few years ago we decided to honour Travel+Leisure and its readers by creating an all-star safari that sets down at some of Africa's best hotels, as consistently recognized by the magazine (and by our happy guests).

We begin with four nights in Cape Town's "knockout" One&Only, a resort of "outsize luxury" on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and a superb base for explorations in this most cosmopolitan of cities and its varied, magnificent environs. Then come Singita Lebombo or Singita Sweni Lodge-both much-admired, both located in Singita Kruger National Park-and, in the private Sabi Sand Game Reserve, adjacent to Kruger, Ebony or Boulders Lodge, two of the finest and most intelligently designed lodges on the continent. We end with a perennial favourite, the famed Royal Livingstone, where mist from nearby Victoria Falls freshens our day.

Safari Highlights
  • Four in-depth days in effervescent Cape Town, one-on-one meetings with local go-getters and experts, exhilarating visits to Table Mountain, the charmingly colorful Malay Quarter, inspirational Rosie’s Kitchen, and the city’s many other shopping, historical, and human highpoints.
  • Encounters with, and oenophilic wisdom from elite vintners in the gorgeous Cape Winelands.
  • Touchdown-to-takeoff service from expert guides and facilitators and 24-hour backup by our Concierge Service.
  • Wildlife excursions by 4-wheel drive vehicles and on foot in a wonderfully isolated part of famed Kruger National Park, based from the exquisite Singita Safari Lodges (also: extraordinary mountain biking and visit to inspiring Singita culinary school).
  • Two days of awe-striking views and rainforest trail walking at the world’s most stupendous waterfall, Victoria Falls.
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Itinerary DAY 1 En route

We set off today for Cape Town. It won’t take us long to realize why this city is amongst the most beloved in the world-its striking natural features and cosmopolitan wiles make it a remarkable gateway to our adventure.

DAYS 2 TO 5 Cape Town and its gorgeous environs

“The whole town,” Captain Cook wrote in 1771 about Cape Town, “may be consider’d as one great Inn fitted up for the recreation of all comers and goers.” The great voyager may as well have been writing this week: Cape Town is one of the world’s jazziest, most fascinatingly multicultural and downright beautiful cities, a magnet for discerning goers and comers from six continents.

We’ll have an electrically relaxed few days to explore the city, based from the incomparable One&Only, set on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, a civic centre of colourful activity, looking up at Table Mountain, which we will summit via the famed Aerial Cableway, a spectacular bit of engineering in service to an even more spectacular view.

We’ll spend a little heartlifting time helping out at Rosie’s Kitchen, which provides warm food and affectionate respect to Cape Town’s less fortunate. And we’ll wander out to the Cape Winelands for tastings and relaxed meals at places like the sublime Delaire Graff Estate. The Winelands charms us with brisk and picture-pretty little towns, a variety of refreshing activities, and lovely scenery reminiscent of Northern California’s Wine Country (except the craggy mountains that shoot up from its vineyards make Sonoma and Napa’s look rather modest in comparison). And we’ll head over to the Cape of Good Hope, around which much of the world’s history once turned, and which a dissimilar cohort of creatures—including penguins, zebras, and ostriches—happily call home.

DAYS 6 TO 9 South Africa’s showpiece Singita Kruger National Park

Singita’s concession in talismanic Kruger was granted in 2001 in recognition of its fervent and effective commitment to conservation, and its dedication to creating an absolutely minimal environmental footprint. Singita’s 33,000-acre concession is an isolated haven of untroubled wilderness where a unique and species-rich wildlife population thrives across four distinct ecological zones, all of which we’ll get to know and admire during our leisurely, wonderfully extended stay.

Singita Kruger’s two lodges, Singita Lebombo and Singita Sweni, were built to reflect its “touch the earth lightly” philosophy, which is entwined with every aspect of the lodges’ daily life. It is one reason these lodges are so respected and honoured—the other major reasons being their beauty and unobtrusive luxuriousness. In any case, Singita Kruger was recently voted by Travel+Leisure as the third-best hotel on planet Earth, an encomium that needs no expansion.

DAYS 10 & 11 Victoria Falls, earth’s most stupendous cataract

“Poor Niagara,” Eleanor Roosevelt supposedly said upon viewing Brazil and Argentina’s Iguazu Falls. Had she gazed on Victoria Falls—the greatest curtain of water on earth, 60 tumultuous feet higher than its South American rival—the famously articulate First Lady might have been struck speechless. Victoria Falls is a waterfall like no other, and during our stay at the legendary Royal Livingstone Hotel (another perennial T+L best) we’ll get to know the Falls, from early-morning, coffee-sipping views from our room’s veranda of the almost 1,000 feet of mist that rise from the watery cauldron to lazy afternoon sundowners near its dramatic precipice, contemplating what the greatest travel writer of all time, Richard Halliburton, called “a hurricane of bursting water . . . that seems to fall up, not down.”

DAYS 12 & 13 Homeward bound

We fly from Livingstone to Johannesburg, and on to a day room in the InterContinental at Johannesburg’s airport, and connect with our international flight home, arriving on Day 13.

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Start: June 1, 2018
End: September 30, 2018
Price: $21,600 pp
Days: 12 | Land Only

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End: December 14, 2018
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Days: 12 | Land Only

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Offer Terms & Conditions

1. Accommodations
First-class hotel accommodations based on twin-bedded rooms with private
bath or showers—the categories assigned to hotels reflect the opinion of
Micato Safaris.

2. Meals
Three meals daily per the itinerary, based on evening arrivals on Day 2.

3. Air Transportation
Your travel agent should arrange international flights or Micato can refer you to
its preferred purveyor of air tickets. Internal African flights on safari must be
purchased through Micato.

4. Luggage
Tour rates include the transport and handling of two pieces of luggage per per-
son per airline regulations. Guests are urged, however, to travel with only one
medium-size suitcase. On certain flights within Africa, strict luggage restrictions
apply; details are provided in tour documentation. Luggage and personal effects
are at owner's risk throughout the tour.

5. Taxes
The tour program includes hotel taxes as imposed by city and state govern-
ments, entrance fees to National Parks and Game Reserves, and airport taxes for
intra-country flights. International airport taxes are not included.

~ Please Note: If a minimum number of travellers is not reached, Micato
may provide local guides in each location in place of a Micato tour or
safari director. Extensions are locally guided. ~

Not Included in Quoted Tour Rates:
Cost of obtaining passports, visas, travel insurance, excess baggage charges,
items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, communication (calls, faxes,
emails, etc.), international airport departure tax (to be paid in U.S. dollars or
acceptable foreign currencies), and deviations from the tour.

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