We designed this Best of South African Luxury: Relaxation and Adventure vacation for a high-powered couple from New York City. They wanted to see the highlights of South Africa and receive the VIP treatment throughout their trip, so we arranged this luxury vacation to some of the most exclusive, beautiful, and unique hotels in South Africa.
Their Best of South African Luxury: Relaxation and Adventure vacation began in Cape Town. They stayed at The Silo Hotel, which has set a new standard for Cape Town hotels since it opened in 2017. The Silo was included on Condé Nast Traveller’s Gold List in its first year of business. This exclusive hotel features breathtaking panoramic views; an ideal location in the heart of everything, yet away from crowds; and an exquisite collection of contemporary African art.
Next, they visited the Cape Winelands. Just an hour outside of Cape Town, the picturesque Franschhoek Valley was a perfect place to relax after their time in the city. Then they visited Hermanus for whale watching and Great White Shark cage diving.
Then it was time for their Big 5 wildlife safari! They traveled to the northeast side of the country to spend 3 nights at Royal Malewane safari lodge, located on a private game reserve bordering Kruger National Park. Royal Malewane offers a 5-star experience all around. The game viewing is unparalleled, and expert safari guides bring nature to life. You can even rent professional cameras and lenses to capture the perfect wildlife photos! Back at the lodge, they enjoyed exceptional service from the friendly lodge staff, and they loved their luxurious suite with their own private deck.
Their Best of South African Luxury: Relaxation and Adventure vacation was a dream from beginning to end. Our clients couldn’t decide which part of the trip was their favorite, and they promised to return to South Africa in a few years to do it all again!
Welcome to South Africa! Fly into Cape Town, where you will receive a meet and greet at the airport and a private transfer to your hotel. Your home for the next 3 nights is The Silo Hotel, the hottest hotel in Africa. This stunning architectural work was converted from a 100-year-old grain silo into Cape Town’s most luxurious hotel.
Art lovers will be in heaven at The Silo: The hotel sits on top of the Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, and boasts an impressive collection of contemporary African art in its individually decorated rooms. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer fabulous 360° views of Cape Town. Head up to the rooftop bar this evening to watch the sunset with cocktail in hand.
The Silo Hotel
Day 2 – 3
The next 2 days are yours to spend at leisure in Cape Town. Your hotel is perfectly located in the heart of the V&A Waterfront, with easy and safe walking access to all the top attractions. Hike up Table Mountain; visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned; discover food, art, and culture in the fashionable Woodstock neighborhood; or relax on one of Cape Town’s beautiful beaches.
The Silo Hotel
Day 4 – 5
Today, leave the city and head into the idyllic Cape Winelands. Enjoy a private transfer to your luxurious hotel in Franschhoek Valley. With the stunning mountains in the background and breathtaking natural scenery, La Residence is a haven of tranquillity and exquisite opulence. Sample delicious cuisine matched with local wines at the fabulous on-site restaurant. The picturesque town of Franschhoek is a mere 15-minute walk away.
Day 6 – 7
It’s on to your next stop, Hermanus! Enjoy a private transfer to Birkenhead House, an incredible boutique luxury hotel. With its exhilarating clifftop position overlooking the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay, Birkenhead House provides luxury accommodation for those seeking an extraordinary coastal experience. Watch surfers carving through the waves and, for several months each year, witness Southern Right and Humpback Whales breaching just meters from the shore. For those seeking adventure, Hermanus is the perfect base for cage diving with Great White Sharks!
What’s a South Africa vacation without a Big 5 wildlife safari? Today, take a private transfer to Cape Town, where you’ll catch a flight and road transfer to Thornybush Private Game Reserve (part of the Greater Kruger National Park). Your home for the next 3 nights is Royal Malewane safari lodge, one of the most exclusive and luxurious lodges in South Africa. The safari experience here is unparalleled!
Day 9 – 10
Spend the next 2 days on safari and experience the thrill of seeing African wildlife in the wild. Royal Malewane boasts incredible game viewing; be prepared to see elephants, lions, antelopes, giraffes, wild dogs, and much more! In between game drives and walking safaris, you can relax in your spacious suite—which features a private deck, day beds, a plunge pool, and a well-stocked mini bar—or unwind at the spa.
Today, your South African adventure comes to an end. Make your way to Hoedspruit airport, where you’ll connect to Johannesburg and onward back home.