Take an early evening flight from London Heathrow and wake up the next morning in Johannesburg.
From Johannesburg’s international airport you’ll take a short flight to Mpumalanga, where you’ll be met and taken to Dulini at Sabi Sands Game Reserve. The reserve shares an unfenced border with the world-renowned Kruger National Park – one of the most game-rich parks in the whole of Africa.
From the comfort and safety of purpose-built game vehicles you’ll have close up views – and take marvellous photographs – of the big game; including elephants, buffalo, hippos, rhino, lions, cheetah and crocodiles. The Sabi Sands region is also rated as one of the best places on Earth to observe leopards in their natural habitat. Not to mention fantastic bird watching, with over 450 different species spotted within the region.
Activities at Dulini include twice daily game drives and bush walks led by highly trained rangers and Shangaan trackers. As well as wildlife, your expert guide will let you in on the secrets of the bush, such as the medicinal uses of certain plants and shrubs. Thanks to the vehicle limits in place at animal sightings, you can be sure of an exclusive game viewing experience. Then, after a day’s adventure, retreat to the comfort of your lodge with its plunge pools and canopy of ebony trees.
Stay: Three nights in a double room at Dulini Lodge, Sabi Sands
You now exchange the wildlife of South Africa for the dramatic scenery and serenity of its Winelands. You will board an afternoon flight to Cape Town, from where you will enjoy a scenic drive to Franschhoek in the heart of the wine country. The jewel of the Western Cape, this is a picture-perfect region of working vineyards, graceful Cape Dutch estates, art galleries and world-class cuisine. In the charming town of Franschhoek you will be surrounded by famous name wine estates and be delighted by the gastronomic delights of the resident chefs.
Stay: Two nights in a deluxe room at Leeu House
On day eight you will say goodbye to the Winelands and be driven to Cape Town, where you will be staying in a stylish boutique hotel in a tranquil suburb. In Cape Town, glamorous hotels, world-class dining and astounding vistas merge seamlessly with dynamic suburbs and vibrant nightlife. Malay and African heritage is evident in the cuisine, traditions and entertainment while the architecture reveals a strong Dutch, German and English flavour and style.
Take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain to access panoramic views over the city and harbour. For history enthusiasts, add in a visit to the Cultural History Museum and the old prison cells at Robben Island. The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, one of the most picturesque spots in the city, is always worth a visit, whilst the V & A waterfront allures with its entertainment and shopping opportunities.
Stay: Three nights in a luxury room at Manna Bay
After packing in wonderful wildlife, dramatic scenery and fine wines, your trip concludes on the idyllic island of Mauritius. Defined by its white-sanded beaches, azure Indian Ocean waters and swaying palm trees, this is one of the finest places to end a holiday in South Africa. You will be staying at The Oberoi, an uber-luxurious resort located on the shores of Turtle Bay – a marine park with a vibrant coral reef.
From your hotel, you will have access to a string of combed, sparkling beaches and views of sensational sunsets at the close of each day. For the active-type, The Oberoi offers a wide range of activities such as windsurfing, water skiing, sailing, scuba diving and even deep-sea fishing.
Stay: Five nights in a luxury pavilion at The Oberoi
Mauritius – London
Today you will be transferred back to the airport in time to catch your flight to London Gatwick. You will arrive in the morning the following day.
It simply does not get any better- VC, India, 2013