Private Expedition: South Africa

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From the dramatic southern coast to the undulating lowveld where iconic creatures roam, South Africa dazzles with diversity. Take in the Cape Town cityscape from atop Table Mountain and march with penguins along Boulders Beach. Further down the coast, where the mighty Atlantic and Indian Oceans collide, hike along a coast of gnarled milkwood forests, exotic w...
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Trip type
Private Guided
Lodging level
Luxury - 5 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Full schedule


    • Spot diverse aquatic wildlife, from friendly whales to penguins, in the rich waters off Africa’s southernmost shores.
    • Track lions and other nocturnal animals preparing for their nighttime hunt on an evening safari through Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve.
    • Step just beyond the threshold of your room at Grootbos Garden Lodge—a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World—into the unusual flowering fynbos of the Cape Floristic Region.
    • Ascend Table Mountain, venture out to Robben Island, and explore the eclectic neighborhoods and gardens of Cape Town.

What's this trip about?

    From the dramatic southern coast to the undulating lowveld where iconic creatures roam, South Africa dazzles with diversity. Take in the Cape Town cityscape from atop Table Mountain and march with penguins along Boulders Beach. Further down the coast, where the mighty Atlantic and Indian Oceans collide, hike along a coast of gnarled milkwood forests, exotic wildflowers, and ancient limestone cave dwellings. Then head out on safari to witness an astonishing array of species—from the mighty elephant to the delicate white-crested helmet-shrike—in their natural habitat.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIntimate group - 12 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityCape Town
End CityJohannesburg

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Education / Learning
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Safari


  • Africa
  • South Africa


  • Kruger National Park


  • Adventure & Adrenaline
  • Bird watching
  • Game drive
  • Hiking
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Horseback riding & Equestrian
  • Nature
  • Safari
  • Wildlife viewing

Trip includes

    • Accommodations
    • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
    • Educational materials
    • Pre-departure information
    • Entrance fees, excursions, and sightseeing noted as included in the itinerary
    • Ground transportation during the expedition
    • Transfers
    • Services of guides and any other staff
    • Taxes, baggage handling, and service charges

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Travel Map

Day 1: Arrive Cape Town, South Africa

Accommodation: Cape Grace Hotel

Arrive in Cape Town and transfer to your hotel, located on the Victoria Alfred Waterfront. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, strolling the lively docks or dining on a harbor-front patio.

Day 2: Cape Peninsula

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Cape Grace Hotel

The day starts with a guided trip along one of the most scenic roads in the world. Chapman’s Peak Drive is carved into coastal mountains, offering sweeping views of shimmering Atlantic waters. Our f...

Day 3: Cape Town

Meals:  Breakfast

Accommodation: Cape Grace Hotel

Ferry across Table Bay to Robben Island, the prison where Nelson Mandela was held for 18 years, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Return to the mainland and ride the cable car to the summit of Table Mount...

Day 4: Grootbos Reserve

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Grootbos Garden Lodge

Today’s trip along the South African coastline takes you to the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Nestled in the nooks of an ancient milkwood forest with expansive views of the ocean, Gr...

Day 5: Grootbos Reserve

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Grootbos Garden Lodge

Enjoy a full day to discover the diverse natural wonders of this pristine corner of Africa. Ride horseback along one of the many scenic trails winding through Grootbos Reserve and take ...

Day 6: Grootbos Reserve

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Grootbos Garden Lodge

Embark on a morning bird-watching expedition with a naturalist, spotting weavers at their dangling nests and other exotic and brightly colored species that call the reserve home. Or set...

Day 7: Grootbos Reserve/Cape Town/Sabi Sabi Reserve

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

Fly from Cape Town to Skukuza, the airstrip for world-renowned Kruger National Park. Transfer to the stunning Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge set within Sabi S...

Days 8 & 9: Sabi Sabi Reserve

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

Rise with the sun to join experienced rangers on two full days of game drives in search of wildebeests, giraffes, zebras, and jackals engaged in their morning routines. If you choose, y...

Day 10: Sabi Sabi Reserve/Johannesburg/Depart

Meals: Breakfast

Venture out on one last safari before flying to Johannesburg and connecting to your international flight home.

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Price From $7,995
Price per day$800
Last Updated: 5/15/2023

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    • Activities noted as optional in the itinerary
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    • Baggage/accident/cancellation insurance
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    • The “B, L, D” notations apply to the period during the National Geographic Private Expedition portion of the itinerary only and do not include any meals on flights to/from the Private Expedition.
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9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 6 Dinners

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