Safari Sandwich & Island Unwind

Eastern Cape, Cape Winelands, Timbavati & Benguerra Island

We call this our "slam-dunk", offering fantastic diversity, easy access and available all year round. Flexible for either (1) couples or (2) families. Start and end in Johannesburg.

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HIGHLIGHTS

- Explore one of South Africa’s largest privately owned Big 5 reserves and its wide variety of wildlife
- Enjoy the best the Cape Winelands has to offer at either Delaire Graff or La Clé des Montagnes
- Marine safaris & island picnics

SEASON

JANUARY - MARCH: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
South Africa has many climates! The Mediterranean Western Cape, the sub-tropical and arid Eastern Cape and the sub-tropical Kruger region. All have hot summers (December - March). This is peak season for the Winelands and it is also a good time to be on safari in the Eastern Cape. The Kruger will be slightly wetter but game viewing is still very good. It is Green Season in Mozambique, the most humid time of the year with temperatures often above 35°C. Days are hot and sunny with tropical rain bursts in the late afternoon or overnight. Turtle hatchlings appear along the beaches from late January to March.
Tanda Tula Field Camp opens 1 March

APRIL - JUNE: A GOOD TIME TO GO
South African temperatures start to drop which makes for a very comfortable time to travel. The rains begin in April in the Cape whilst the days dry out in the Kruger. The Eastern Cape with its arid climate can be very cold in the early mornings and evenings but the days are sensational. In Mozambique the rain subsides in April with May and June being lovely months to be on the beach. The whales start appearing along the coastline around this time and it is also a great time for diving.
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is closed 01 - 30 June

JULY - SEPTEMBER: THE PERFECT TIME TO VISIT
In-between seasons for South Africa, very similar to the April-June period. September is one of the nicest times to travel in South Africa as all regions are generally lovely, days not too hot and evenings not too cold. This is one of the very best times to visit Mozambique with lovely warm days, cooler evenings and very little rain. Excellent scuba diving and a good chance of seeing humpback whales along the coastline.

OCTOBER - DECEMBER: SUMMER DAYS
Another lovely period to travel as the Western Cape is fresh and green after the winter rains and the days are lovely and warm. The Kruger region starts off dry and hot with the summer rains bringing welcome relief from November. The Eastern Cape has had some rains and the temperatures start to climb making for comfortable days and evenings. Mozambican days are at their hottest and quite dry in October. It starts becoming humid in November, and the weather is a bit unpredictable as December draws near and it transitions into the rainy season. It's a fabulous time to do absolutely nothing on the pristine beaches of Benguerra Island, and go seeking for nesting turtles during the balmy evenings.
Tanda Tula Field Camp closes 31 October

ITINERARY DETAIL

MOVE: Arrive Johannesburg ORT International Airport. Multiple daily flights to Port Elizabeth Airport (excluded in this package). Fly from Port Elizabeth Airport to Kwandwe's private airstrip. Road transfer available if preferred (excluded in this package).

STAY: (1) 3 nights Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge for couples OR (2) Kwandwe Melton Manor for families

PLAY: Explore the diversity of the largest private Big 5 game viewing area in the Eastern Cape. Take part in numerous activities, on foot or by vehicle, which are led by specialist guides and enjoy a 'magic moment' at your sundowner stop.

MOVE: Fly from Kwandwe's private airstrip to Port Elizabeth Airport. Multiple daily flights to Cape Town International Airport (excluded in this package). Private road transfer to the Cape Winelands.

STAY: (1) 3 nights Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa for couples OR (2) La Clé des Montagnes for families 

PLAY: (1) Appreciate local beauty - breathtaking mountain and vineyard views, curated gardens and an impressive collection of African art. Take time to relax in utter luxury, familiarise yourself with Delaire Graff wines during a hosted wine tasting and spend time exploring the historic town of Stellenbosch.

(2) Live like a local on a working wine estate, a short walk from the café mood and shops of Franschhoek. Enjoy the convenience of a concierge service to tailor-make your day to day experiences, and spend time exploring the village on foot or by bicycle while unlocking the Secrets of Franschhoek (rates may apply).

MOVE: Private road transfer to Cape Town International Airport. Daily flights to Hoedspruit (excluded in this package). Road transfer to Tanda Tula.

STAY: (1) 3 nights Tanda Tula Safari Camp for couples OR (2) Tanda Tula Field Camp for families

PLAY: (1) Experience an East African style tented camp, away from the crowds of the Kruger, in the low impact Timbavati. Create memorable wildlife experiences on foot or by vehicle and enjoy the iconic bush breakfast as the sounds of nature surround you.

(2) Enjoy the uniqueness of this mobile-style exclusive tented camp which allows you to return to basics and connect with your natural surroundings. Customize your walking experience with highly-specialized guides and immerse yourself in the beauty of being ‘off the grid’.

MOVE: 4x4 safari to Rockfig airstrip in the Timbavati. Fly to Nelspruit Airport with Federal Air. Fly from Nelspruit to Vilanculos (Tu, Th, Fr and Su) with Airlink (excluded in this package). Helicopter charter from Vilanculos Airport to Benguerra Island.

STAY: (1) 5 nights Azura Benguerra Beach Villa for couples OR (2) Azura Benguerra Villa Amizade for families

PLAY: Fantastic beach escape where you can relax in your private plunge pool or spend the day kayaking, paddle boarding and enjoying numerous beach and water activities offered by your butler host. Immerse yourself in the Mozambican way and explore different parts of the island with a visit to the local school. End the day on a sunset dhow cruise with wonderful views of Benguerra Island. 

MOVE: Helicopter from Benguerra Island to Vilanculos Airport. Fly from Vilanculos Airport to Johannesburg ORT International Airport (Tu, Th, Fr and Su) with Airlink (excluded in this package). Depart ex Johannesburg on international flight.

AVAILABILITY
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Azura Benguerra

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