The Nalah Grand Safari

Overview

22 Days

Travel Style: Beach & Safari, Romance & Honeymoon, Food & Wine

Destinations: South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique

“If there were one more thing I could do, it would be to go on safari once again” – Karen Blixen

We’re not sure why, but great journeys often involve great contrasts.  The Nalah Africa Grand Safari is a case in point.

You’ll spend the first three nights at the opulent Silo Hotel in Cape Town.  The Silo Hotel sets a new standard for luxury Cape Town hotel accommodation. A magical hotel towering above the V&A Waterfront surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa’s Mother City.  The Silo has been built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex occupying six floors above what will become the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). The Silo Hotel is a celebration of art, style, architecture and design. A tribute to timeless glamour and contemporary luxury.  You will visit Clifton and Camps Bay beaches, Cape Point (the most South-Westerly tip of the African Continent), Boulders (an African Penguin Colony in False Bay) and the largest Bay in Southern Africa, among other highlights.

Following your exclusive Cape Town experience, you will venture into Franschhoek – the food and wine heartland of the country, where splendid vineyards yield world-class, award-winning wines and our top chefs create locally-inspired cuisine to international standards. Here breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine and the finest wines all combine to create lasting memories. Guests will lodge at the ravishing La Residence in the heart of this beautiful town and embark on an unforgettable Winelands tour during the stay.

After the decadence and elegance of Franschhoek, you will spend three unforgettable nights at Londolozi Tree Camp. Situated in the game-rich Big 5 Sabi Sands Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger, Londolozi will leave you amazed.  Londolozi always strives to transcend and redefine the journey into the wilderness, and at Tree Camp, guests are given a direct encounter with that vision. Nestled in the leadwood tree canopy, this lodge is a sanctuary of elegance and simplicity. Tree Camp is a celebration of over 4 decades of our connection and kinship with the wild free reigning leopards that move through Londolozi.

The next leg of this tour will see you calling the majestic Royal Livingstone Hotel in Zambia ‘home’ for three nights. Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, The Royal Livingstone Hotel is named after the legendary explorer who named Zambia’s iconic waterfall in honour of his queen and is characterised by colonial luxury and majestic views.  Paying tribute to this glorious era, this hotel evokes Victorian elegance and colonial traditions in impeccable style, offering unforgettable adventures.

After an amazing three nights spent at the Royal Livingstone Hotel, you will commence your Nalah Africa Grand Safari at the exquisite and luxurious Selinda Explorers Camp situated in the heart of the Okavango Delta, Botswana, where you will spend the next three nights.  There’s an old saying that great things come in little packages… Selinda Explorers Camp is no exception! Small – catering for only 8 guests – but perfectly formed, its “wow” factor lies in the experience it offers, treading in the footsteps of Livingstone and Selous, both of whom wandered right through the area in which the camp is situated.

Next, you will board a short, chartered flight to the Relais and Chateaux-accredited Duba Plains Camp in the Delta that will charm you from the get-go. Duba Plains Camp is the place that the owners and National Geographic filmmakers, conservationists and explorers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert call home.  The renowned and totally brand new Relais and Chateaux accredited Duba Plains Camp sits in the heart of the Okavango Delta, the 77,000-hectare private reserve typical of the region’s unique landscape. It is a wildlife connoisseur’s getaway with literally thousands of animals in an almost endless pattern across the floodplains.

For the last leg of this once-in-a-lifetime safari, you will fly to the idyllic Benguerra Island Resort in Mozambique, where you will spend a magical 4 nights. Situated on the second largest island in the sunny Bazaruto Archipelago, the lodge offers pristine beaches and unspoiled coral reefs teeming with marine life. Looking out onto a sandy beach and set on a deep lagoon unaffected by the tides.  An exquisite piece of paradise in the middle of the Indian Ocean, &Beyond Benguerra Island is a luxury beach holiday destination where time stands still and legends come to life.

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Day 1 – 4: Silo Hotel, Cape Town

 

The Nalah Africa Grand Safari commence in Cape Town.  You will be transferred to the architectural master piece and luxurious The Silo Hotel where you will spend your first three nights in awe.

The Silo Hotel sets a new standard for luxury Cape Town hotel accommodation. A magical hotel towering above the V&A Waterfront surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa’s Mother City.

The Silo has been built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex occupying six floors above what will become the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). The Silo Hotel is a celebration of art, style, architecture and design. A tribute to timeless glamour and contemporary luxury.

The Silo Hotel has 28 rooms, including a spectacular one-bedroom penthouse. Each room has been individually designed and decorated by the stylish wand of Liz Biden. Colourful and eclectic pieces juxtapose the modern, industrial architecture.

The Silo Spa, located on the fourth floor of The Silo Hotel, has five treatment rooms, two of which can be made into a couple’s room. The Silo Spa is a tranquil space in which guests can relax and indulge in the latest therapies and spa techniques. There’s also a gym, sauna and a dedicated manicure and pedicure area. Enjoy signature treatments using top international products including Carol Joy, Ling and Black Pearl.

The Western Cape is one of South Africa’s most beautiful provinces. Cape Town is set in one of the most scenic locations in the world. With majestic Table Mountain as its backdrop, Cape Town’s natural diverse beauty, vibrant cultural life, its weather, great outdoor lifestyle and beautiful beaches make it one of the top international destinations in the world. The city attracts adventure seekers, nature lovers, the romantics and offers fun activities for the whole family.

Spend four days discovering beautiful Cape Town and the Cape region as well as two scheduled full-day tours of the Cape Peninsula and the Cape Winelands. A fascinating township and Robben island tour can be arranged at guest’s requests.

Meals:  Breakfast

 

Day 4 – 6: La Residence, Franschhoek

 

Today you will be transferred from The Silo Hotel to the charming La Residence in Franschhoek where you will spend the next two nights in luxury surrounded by breath taking scenery.

La Residence is situated in the Franschhoek Valley on a 30-acre estate filled with vines, fruit trees, flowers and herbs. It is a romantic and indulgent paradise whose magnificent interior is filled with rich fabrics, wonderful artwork and antique furniture.

Eleven individually-decorated suites enjoy vibrant colour schemes and spectacular views. Palatial en-suite bathrooms ooze glamour.

On hot days, the shimmering infinity pool beckons. Sip drinks under a shady umbrella, or relax with treatments in the Spa. The air-conditioned Gym caters for the more energetic!

Five minutes’ drive from the charming curio shops and galleries of Franschhoek village, the hotel provides complimentary transfers so guests can explore at their leisure. There are excellent village restaurants to try as well as a range of activities from horse-riding to chocolate-tasting.

A stone’s throw from La Residence, in a tranquil vineyard setting, five Vineyard Suites offer spacious accommodation in a variety of configurations for up to 20 guests, including children of all ages. There are stylish rooms for dining and relaxing and luxurious bedrooms with marble en-suite bathrooms. All have private terraces and gardens; four have their own pools. Complimentary drinks and snacks, wide screen televisions and DVD players create a homely feel.

Guests dine either in their suites or the central Terrace Room, beside a fire or the stunning double rim-flow pool. An open kitchen allows full interaction with the chef; the Sitting Room is cosy with bar and wide-screen television.

Meals:  Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 6 – 9: Londolozi Tree Camp, Sabi Sands Game Reserve

 

After breakfast you will fly to the amazingly beautiful Londolozi Tree Camp, where you will spend an unforgettable three nights.

Londolozi’s powerful combination of geography and wildlife creates the famous atmosphere that returning guests call the ‘Londolozi feeling’.

Londolozi is situated on the Sand River in the very heart of the Big 5 game-rich Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Wild animals move freely across this vast space, offering spectacular game viewing and a true wilderness experience.  Breeding herds of elephant and buffalo roam throughout Londolozi, while white rhino and lion concentrations are among the highest recorded on the African continent.

Londolozi always strives to transcend and redefine the journey into wilderness, and at Tree Camp, guests are given a direct encounter with that vision. Nestled in the leadwood tree canopy, this lodge is a sanctuary of elegance and simplicity. Tree Camp is a celebration of over 4 decades of our conections and kinship with the wild free raning leopards that move through Londolozi.

Guests spend lazy afternoons on the Tree Camp deck, champagne in hand, as elephants pass in the river below. By night, the camp glows with countless lanterns and rings with laughter and conversation.

This exclusive camp epitomises luxury and style in every detail. From the private swimming pools, all-weather dining and contemplation decks (salas) to the Ralph Lauren wallpaper and plaited leather beds, Tree Camp is simply a matchless showcase of African excellence.

Tree Camp does not accommodate children under the age of 16, unless guests book the camp exclusively.

Meals:  Full board

 

Day 9 – 12: The Royal Livingstone Hotel, Zambia

 

We know it’s hard to say goodbye to such an incredible haven of luxury and tranquillity, however today you will set off to one of the seven wonders of the world, the majestic Victoria Falls. The stunningly beautiful The Royal Livingstone Hotel is where you will be spending the next memorable three nights of your safari.    

On the banks of the Zambezi River, The Royal Livingstone Hotel is named after the legendary explorer who named Zambia’s iconic waterfall in honour of his queen. Paying tribute to this glorious era, this hotel evokes Victorian elegance and colonial traditions in impeccable style, and offers unforgettable adventures.

The Royal Livingstone Hotel comprises 173 spacious en-suite guestrooms, each with its own private veranda, stretched along the river bank. All luxury rooms and suites feature a private veranda with mighty Zambezi River views. The sights and sounds of river life can be soaked up as you laze in a hammock, enjoy a massage in a waterfront gazebo, or cool off in the pool. Sip refreshments in a lounge that displays the paintings of Sir David Livingstone. Partake in charming high tea rituals, and later sundowners on a deck overlooking Victoria Falls. Savour African and European fine dining, followed by nightcaps under the stars with undeniably the finest Livingstone hotel in the region.

Make the very most of their extraordinary destination with trips of a lifetime. The Big Five can be spotted on a river cruise or a 4×4 safari. The rapids of Batoka Gorge offer adrenalin pumping thrills. The Royal Livingstone Express steam locomotive invites you to travel in vintage style along one of Southern Africa’s most scenic railway passes. While as a guest of The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia, you enjoy the privilege of complimentary access to Victoria Falls via the hotel’s private entrance.

Meals:  Breakfast

 

Day 12 – 15: Selinda Explorers Camp, Okavango Delta – Botswana

 

After a short-chartered flight from Livingstone to Kasane, you will board a chartered flight to the breathtakingly beautiful Selinda Explorers Camp in the Okavango Delta.  This exquisite lodge will be home for the next three nights.

There’s an old saying that great things come in little packages… Selinda Explorers Camp is no exception! Small – catering for only 8 guests – but perfectly formed, its “wow” factor lies in the experience it offers, treading in the footsteps of Livingstone and Selous, both of whom wandered right through the area in which the camp is situated. It’s also in the grandeur of the expedition-style decor, with campaign furniture and vintage travelling trunks lending an authentic, transient atmosphere to the camp’s traditional canvas tents.

The camp is located on a remote stretch of the Selinda Spillway, close to the heart of the pristine 320,000-acre private Selinda Reserve.

Under a canopy of towering jackalberry and mangosteen trees, the four custom-designed tents embody the philosophy of exploration, sitting squarely on the earth, connecting guests directly with the pulse of the wild. They’re spacious and stay true to the classic age of safari, when the journey was more important than the destination.

Should the hopeless romantic in you prove to hard to resist, brass hipbaths could be portered to a nearby sandbank on the edge of the Selinda Spillway for a bath under stars – it doesn’t get more spectacular than that!

With the wildlife viewing activities mainly focused on guided walks and canoe trips followed by open vehicle game drives, this area is a wildlife hotspot which is home to huge herds of elephant and buffalo. It is here that lion, wild dog, sable and roan antelope are all spotted on a regular basis.

Meals:  Full board

 

Day 15 – 18: Duba Plains Camp, Okavango Delta – Botswana

 

A short-chartered flight will take you the Relais and Chateaux accredited Duba Plains Camp in the Delta.  You will spend the next three nights at this exquisite camp.  

This is the place that the owners, and National Geographic filmmakers, conservationists and explorers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, chose for their home base.

The renowned and totally brand new Relais and Chateaux accredited Duba Plains Camp sits in the heart of the Okavango Delta, the 77,000 hectare private reserve typical of the region’s unique landscape. Duba Plains Camp offers 5 bespoke tents, in addition to a separate 2 bedroom suite aptly named the Duba Plains Suite, all designed by Dereck Joubert to blend into the forest and to take advantage of the shapes and textures of the shade but also to evoke the old classic African safari style of the 1920’s. It is a wildlife connoisseur’s getaway with literally thousands of animals in an almost endless pattern across the flood plains.

All the rooms are raised on recycled railway sleeper decking and offer guests amazing views of the surrounding floodplain and the steady stream of wildlife parading past. Each tent has a lounge area, with place to write and do your photographic downloads, as well as the opportunity for private dining in your tent. Each guest tent offers a private verandah plus beautifully appointed en-suite facilities consisting of flush loo, double vanities and indoor and outdoor showers and luxurious baths. Guests will be able to enjoy their own private plunge pool and outdoor under cover sala/day rest area.

Guests staying at the Duba Plains Suite automatically enjoy the services of a private game drive vehicle with their own guide as well as a private butler and chef. The camp’s centre-point is the gathering place of all bush experiences – an extended deck into the swamp under the giant ebony trees.

Meals:  Full board

 

Day 18 – 22: &Beyond Benguerra Island Lodge, Mozambique

 

Today you will fly to paradise! You will travel to Maun by a chartered flight, from where you will fly to Vilanculos via Johannesburg.  This is followed by a short helicopter transfer to the idyllic Benguerra Island Resort, where you will spend a magical 4 nights.

An exquisite piece of paradise in the middle of the Indian Ocean, &Beyond Benguerra Island is a luxury beach holiday destination where time stands still and legends come to life.

Situated on the second largest island in the sunny Bazaruto Archipelago off the coast of Mozambique, the lodge is set in a protected marine conservation area and offers pristine beaches and unspoiled coral reefs teeming with marine life. Looking out onto a sandy beach and set on a deep lagoon unaffected by the tides, this exclusive beach getaway is ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Surrounded by premier diving sites, the lodge is the gateway to an underwater wonderland for divers, with a rich variety of tropical fish species complemented by Africa’s only population of the rare dugong. The deep Mozambique Channel, which runs alongside the island, is renowned for its game fish and Benguerra Island offers some of the world’s best catch-and-release deep sea fishing and fly-fishing opportunities.

Looking out onto the calm waters of a secluded bay, the lodge boasts soft, shimmering beach sands, as well as a deep channel that cuts straight out to sea, allowing for swimming right off the beach even at low tide and permitting direct boat access.

Colourfully ornamented, a traditional wooden dhow has found its final resting place on the beach, offering the ideal spot to indulge in an ice cold cocktail or a delicious meal of fresh, fragrant seafood. After days filled with discovery, weary muscles relax and recharge under the magical attentions of the masseuses in the massage sala.

Meals:  Full board

 

Day 22: Homeward bound

 

After a holiday of a lifetime, you will fly back home via Johannesburg.  Just in time to start planning your next African safari!

 

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