The Ultimate Villa Tour

16 Day Tour I Cape Town, Kalahari, Kruger National Park, Mafia Island
From ZAR 420 833 per 12 pax sharing
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Itinerary overview
Experience the ultimate villa vacation in Africa. Hosting up to 12 people, this 16-day journey boasts complete exclusivity and privacy while indulging in the continent’s most celebrated destinations. You’ll experience the glamour of Cape Town, the open expanse of the Kalahari, the Big Five luxury of Kruger National Park and the bliss of Mafia Island.
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1 - 5 Days

Cape Town

21 Nettleton

Located between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit.

5 - 8 Days

Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve

Tswalu Tarkuni

Tswalu is a vast, magical land of infinite possibility, with sweeping vistas and a liberating sense of space. The green Kalahari is nature at its most diverse and surprising, and to spend time here is to be touched by exuberant, soulful beauty. Considered important for thousands of years, we’re now striving to conserve this breathtaking landscape for future generations.

 

Tswalu lets you reconnect with the richness of the earth. It offers an escape to a place that’s governed by the ancient rhythms of the seasons, rather than the clock and the calendar. It offers a vision of hope that brings together conservation, research and unrivalled safari experience. Everything we do is centred around our creed: To leave our world better than how we found it.

Why we recommend

· Tswalu is South Africa’s largest private game reserve
· There are only two camps with a maximum of 28 guests, ultimate privacy and exclusivity
· Tarkuni is a 5-bedroom homestead which offers a natural home from home with understated elegance and a sense of luxury
· Tswalu is unquestionably one of the best places in southern Africa to see cheetahs in the wild

8 - 11 Days

Thornybush Game Reserve

Africa House at Royal Malewane

Thornybush Game Reserve lies just five hours’ drive from Johannesburg, near South Africa’s northeastern border in the beautiful Limpopo Province. Boasting over 12 000 hectares of pristine wilderness, this stunning protected area is characterised by open savannah, woodlands, and shrublands. The park is home to an array of African wildlife, including all of the mighty ‘Big Five’ (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and Cape buffalo) as well as giraffe, mongoose, zebra, the rare and endangered pangolin, and many more. Thornybush is also inhabited by 507 bird species, and specialised bird-focused walks and drives are on offer. Visitors can look forward to guided day or night safaris, luxurious spa treatments, and delicious local cuisine in a breathtaking setting. This destination is also known for its excellent photographic opportunities.

Why we recommend

· Exclusive-use villa at Royal Malewane that sleeps up to 12 guests in six beautifully designed en-suite bedrooms
· Private chef and housekeeping team, dedicated game ranger, tracker and private game drive vehicle
· Royal Malewane has the most experienced and qualified guiding team in Africa
· Located in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve where Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Black Rhino, Africa’s Big 5, are regularly sighted

11 - 16 Days

Mafia Island

Thanda Island

Mafia Island forms part of the famous Tanzanian Spice Islands which are set in the Indian Ocean. The island features mangrove thickets, coastal moorlands and lowland forest. The archipelago’s coral reefs, sandbars, lagoons and beaches form part of the Mafia Island Marine Park – Tanzania’s first national marine park. This spectacular, unspoilt area offers visitors rich, colourful reefs with over 50 hard and soft corals and over 460 species of fish and a variety of diverse marine life, making this area excellent for diving boasting numerous world-class dive sites. Visitors can spot whale sharks and sea turtles in the clear waters, view hippos wallowing in the reed-lined lakes of the interior and discover the many rustic fishing villages and farming communities scattered around the island.

Why we recommend

· One of the world’s most exclusive island getaways
· Situated in your own marine reserve, you can swim with the gentlest giant of the ocean, the whale shark, and watch sea turtles nesting
· Thanda partners with the Tanzanian Marine Parks on a range of marine conservation and education programs in the region
· The island is surrounded by coral reefs, which protect the Island from massive waves and heavy seas

End of your journey

Cape Town

21 Nettleton

1 - 5 Days

Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve

Tswalu Tarkuni

5 - 8 Days

Thornybush Game Reserve

Africa House at Royal Malewane

8 - 11 Days

Mafia Island

Thanda Island

11 - 16 Days

We can’t wait to create timeless memories for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Cooler Autumn, Winter and Spring months are best here. Summer months are bearable however even though daytime temperatures at Tswalu are known to soar between November and March. It is also important to note that the main rainy season in Tanzania (Thanda Private island) starts in March and ends in May and so it may be best to avoid those months unless you plan to include a different destination such as Mozambique, Mauritius or Seychelles.
South Africa and Tanzania are included here. Visas are required for entry into Tanzania for most nationalities and can be purchased upon arrival into the country. Visas can also be purchased online via an e-visa portal before arrival into Tanzania. For South Africa, you can check entry requirements here: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/types-of-visas
Good advice for Travel in Tanzania is to make sure that you have US Currency in small denominations (and issue after 2010) for all purchases. Credit card payments are accepted as well for payments at hotels / lodges although it is better to have USD for tipping and for purchases from markets and shops. Many vendors do not accept American Express so it would be better to travel with either Visa or Mastercard. In South Africa, you will only be able to pay in local currency, the South African Rand or by credit card.
Not that easily customisable except to extend or reduce stays in each of the destinations. Tswalu has no alternative although the rest of the tour can be customised by changing properties if required. Additionally, Thanda Private Island in Tanzania can be exchanged for Mozambique, Seychelles or Mauritius as an alternative beach destination.
Generally safari stays are booked further in advance than your average city or beach destination and so we recommend 6 – 8 months minimum. In addition, many of the properties we recommend are small and exclusive with limited availability.
Payment is required in advance and can be made by credit card or bank transfer. A deposit is required to secure your bookings and the balance is due by 60 days prior to travel.
All transportation and accommodation suppliers within the itinerary have implemented strict and extensive COVID-19 protocols for the safety of both guests and staff alike. Additionally, cancellation terms and conditions are more flexible in the event that a booking needs to be canceled due to a covid-related reason.
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Penthouse at 21 Nettleton

Presedential Penthouse

80m² / 2 Adults

Steinway Suite

80m² / 2 Adults

Steinway Suite

80m² / 2 Adults
Penthouse at 21 Nettleton

Presedential Penthouse

80m² / 2 Adults

Steinway Suite

80m² / 2 Adults

Steinway Suite

80m² / 2 Adults