South Africa in Absolute Style

Operated by: Lion World Travel

10 Days
Crouching lioness

Countries Visited

South Africa ...more South Africa

Locations Visited

Johannesburg, Cape Town, Thornybush Game Reserve ...more Johannesburg, Cape Town, Thornybush Game Reserve
  1. Day 1 Depart USA

    Depart on your international South African Airways flight from New York (JFK) or Washington D.C. (Dulles) to Cape Town, South Africa via Johannesburg. From the moment you board your South African Airways flight you will feel the warm and welcoming African hospitality in every detail of the world-class service you are about to experience.

  2. Day 2 Johannesburg - Cape Town

    On arrival at Johannesburg's Oliver Tambo International Airport's Central Terminal Building, collect your luggage and then clear Customs & Immigration. Re-check your bags for your domestic flight to Cape Town.

    In Cape Town you will be welcomed and transferred to the luxurious Table Bay Hotel, superbly situated in the heart of the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The Table Bay Hotel offers the ultimate in 5-star luxury accommodation in Cape Town and continues to set its own standards in international service, cuisine and luxury. The rooms are fully air-conditioned and all furnished with the amenities and services you would expect from a property of this standard including Wi-Fi access, universal plug adapter sockets and 24-hour room service. The hotel offers a number of restaurants and bars as well as an onsite Spa and a heated swimming pool.

    hotel Table Bay Hotel (Luxury Room)
  3. Day 3 Cape Town

    Today is at leisure to explore your surroundings at your own pace. To enhance your Cape Town experience, we recommend you take one of our optional sightseeing tours. Our experienced Africa Specialists would be happy to assist in planning and arranging sightseeing tours to suit your interests. 

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Table Bay Hotel (Luxury Room)
  4. Day 4 Cape Winelands

    After an early breakfast you will be met by your guide for today’s tour to the exquisite Franschhoek Valley in the beautiful mountains of the Cape Winelands.
    The first stop is at La Bourgogne Wine Farm which was among the first Huguenot farms proclaimed in 1694, where you will enjoy tasting Olive Oil, Olives and
    Fruit Preserves ending with a wine tasting and cellar tour.

    Lunch will be at Paulina’s Restaurant at Rickety Bridge Winery. Take a seat overlooking the Rickety Bridge vineyards. Sip a glass of crisp estate wine and enjoy a delicious lunch while drinking in the splendor of the magnificent setting and stunning views of the Franschhoek mountains.

    After lunch you will participate in an hour Wine Blending Experience. This interactive blending experience offers something to both wine novices and enthusiasts alike.
    The wine blending session will give you a chance to experience a crucial part of the wine making process, and you can leave with a bottle of wine to drink that day!

    You will then have some free time to explore the quaint little town of Franschhoek before returning to Cape Town.

    While staying at The Table Bay Hotel you will enjoy a dinner at the Camissa Brasserie. Camissa Brasserie is named after the Khoisan word for Cape Town, offering diners a relaxing and sensory experience while overlooking the harbour inside the scenic Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. All the innovative meals are made with the freshest and finest ingredients.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Table Bay Hotel (Luxury Room)
  5. Day 5 Cape Town (with optional Table Mountain and Cape Peninsula Tour)

    Enjoy a day at leisure in the captivating city of Cape Town or pre-book an optional Table Mountain and Cape Peninsula Tour exclusively for our Lion World Travel guests. On this tour, you will visit Table Mountain, the most iconic landmark of South Africa. Take a cable car ride before returning to your hotel.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Table Bay Hotel (Luxury Room)
  6. Day 6 Cape Town - Johannesburg - Hoedspruit

    Say goodbye to beautiful Cape Town as you transfer to Cape Town Airport for your scheduled flight to Johannesburg and on to Hoedspruit to begin your luxury safari experience.

    Upon arrival at Hoedspruit you will be met and transferred to your lodge. You will spend 3-nights at the luxurious Jackalberry Lodge including all meals and daily game drives. You will have a personally assigned staff member who caters to all of your needs.

    The 4-star Jackalberry Lodge, in Thornybush Game Reserve offers genuine African hospitality and understated luxury in this pristine location on the edge of the Kruger National Park, one of the world's premier "Big Five" game viewing areas. The luxury accommodation creates a restful ethnic ambience in harmony with nature. Attention to detail and true South African hospitality will leave you with a real sense of a safari in Africa. The comfortable chalet style rooms each have their own en-suite bathroom with separate bathtubs and showers, bathrobes, hair dryers, and slippers. All rooms include minibars, coffee/tea makers, safes, and phones. Each chalet is fully air-conditioned and has its own private patio from which one can enjoy the beautiful scenery.

    Your first game drive is scheduled for this afternoon. On arrival, have a quick freshen up then meet your ranger over afternoon tea before setting off in search of wildlife! Make sure your camera is charged, you never know what you will encounter!

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Jackalberry Safari Lodge (Chalet)
  7. Day 7 Thornybush Game Reserve

    Your day begins early for a game drive, but it will be worth it! It is amazing what your skilled ranger and tracker can pick up – from lions submerged in grass to chameleons in trees – often within a few yards of the vehicle. Since this is a Big Five reserve, seeing lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo is possible. This is also home to an abundance of wildlife including zebra, giraffe, antelope and wildebeest.

    Continue your game drive en route back to the lodge for a hearty breakfast that awaits you on your return. Return to the lodge for lunch and relaxation. Relax by the pool, enjoy the tranquility of the bush or take a siesta to make up for the early morning wake-up call.

     Later this afternoon set out for another unforgettable safari. This is the time to discover the nocturnal species and if you're lucky, watch  predators on the hunt.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Jackalberry Safari Lodge (Chalet)
  8. Day 8 Thornybush Game Reserve (continued)

    Your wilderness experience begins today with another early start. You are accompanied by your experienced game rangers, who will provide interesting information and anecdotes about the inhabitants of the bush. Each safari game drive is an opportunity to discover something new. While seeing big game is always exhilarating, there are many other smaller species that are just as captivating.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    hotel Jackalberry Safari Lodge (Chalet)
  9. Day 9 Depart Johnnesburg

    After an early morning game drive to track the animals that may have eluded you so far, return to the lodge for breakfast. Later you will be transferred to Hoedspruit Airport for your scheduled flight to Johannesburg. Bid farewell to the place that has given you unforgettable wildlife encounters in the African bush. 

    meals Breakfast
  10. Day 10 Arrive USA

    Arrive home with a lifetime of memories to share with your family and friends!

Price Includes

Included Dining

7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners 


Beautiful Cape Town
Big game on open-vehicle safari drives in Thornybush Game Reserve
Adorable African penguins on an optional Cape Peninsula tour


Beautiful scenery, delectable wines and olive oils on a Franschhoek tour
Magical moments on safaris led by expert rangers and trackers

Dates & Prices

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Optional Add-Ons

Please note the scheduled tour prices below have additional drop off and pick up points and will have other guests on board. The private tour pricing offers a vehicle and driver just for your use and allows more flexibility. Please note that the venues visited will have other guests, it is just the vehicle and driver that is on a private basis. Pricing for both is per person based on a minimum of two people.

Cape Town

Cape Town City Tour

Departs: Daily between 7:35 and 8:30 am. Returns: Approx. 12:30 pm.

This tour is designed to orientate and give you a full-color insight into the extraordinary magic of Cape Town. First enjoy a cable car ride to the summit of the legendary Table Mountain (weather permitting) for panoramic views, including the City and surrounding layout of this southernmost tip of Africa (tickets are for your own account). Next up is a visit to the country’s oldest colonial building, The Cape Castle and the Company Gardens. Then you’ll be driven past Parliament Buildings, City Hall which is where Nelson Mandela made his first public speech after his release from prison and the Slave Lodge. Next, it’s up the cobblestoned hills to the beautifully colorful homes of the Bo-Kaap in the Malay Quarter. The tour ends on a sparkling note, with a visit to a diamond works where you’ll watch a professional diamond cutter as he creates every girl’s dream stone. Perhaps you’ll be taking one home.
Pricing Nov 2018-Oct 2019: $50 per person or $190 per person for private tour

Walk to Freedom Tour

Departs: Daily between 8:00 and 8:45 am. Returns: Approx. 12:30 pm.

Experience the wonderful raw energy of Cape Town's Townships in one unforgettable morning. After a visit to District Six (closed on Sundays), where you will learn a little of the history of the townships, the tour continues on to the oldest township in Cape Town, Langa, and its people. Strolling through Langa Township, pop into a local market, an Arts & Crafts center and visit a traditional healer. Experience the warm hospitality at a local Bed & Breakfast as well as a day care center that provides local children with a safe haven and fun environment. Then from Langa you will visit two other townships, Khayelitsha and Gugulethu to get a more in-depth look at the vibrant communities. For those who have the time, we recommend you extend to a full day tour with a visit to Robben Island in the afternoon. Home of Nelson Mandela for so many years, it’s a highly charged and emotional moment when you visit the site of this suffering, and realize how far South Africa has come from those days.
Pricing Nov 2018-Oct 2019: $45 per person or $130 per person for private tour

Robben Island Tour

Board the Robben Island Ferry at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and take part in a half day Robben Island tour. For nearly 400 years, Robben Island was a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment for political " troublemakers" and social outcasts. During the apartheid years, Robben Island became internationally known for its institutional brutality. Some freedom fighters spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for their beliefs. Nelson Mandela was one of them. Those imprisoned on the Island succeeded on a psychological and political level in turning a prison 'hell-hole' into a symbol of freedom and personal liberation. Robben Island came to symbolize, not only for South Africa and the African continent but also for the entire world, the triumph of the human spirit over enormous hardship and adversity. You will be escorted around the island by an ex-political prisoner, and given insight into the past and how the human spirit triumphs.
Pricing Nov 2018-Oct 2019: $50

Feathers and Fins Tour

Departs: Mon, Wed, Fri between 12:45 and 1:45 pm. Returns: Approx. 5:30 pm.

This entertaining, family-friendly trip includes a visit to the Hout Bay World of Birds where adults and children can get up close and personal with nature, with over 400 different species to discover including birds, reptiles, mammals—don’t forget to visit the walk through monkey jungle! The tour continues with some of the finest beach views on the coastal drive to the Two Oceans Aquarium in the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, where a magical underwater world awaits. Learn about mysterious deep sea creatures, dangerous predators and see a real “happy feet” family. Touch pools and tidal walks are part of the fun while puppet shows and play areas are on offer for younger children. For older children, fascinating discoveries, interesting facts, and shark encounters await! Bring your family on this fun tour to see, touch, learn and play...who knows, they may even find Nemo!
Pricing Nov 2018-Oct 2019: $75 per person or $180 per person for private tour

Cape Malay Cooking Experience with Cass Abrahams

Subject to chef's availability. Today you will be picked up at 8:30 am for your Cape Malay Cooking with Cass Abrahams Tour. Cass is the foremost authority on the cuisine in the Cape and is a local celebrity. The tour starts with a chat and a coffee with your guide so that you have some background on the people of the Cape, the history of their cuisine and on Cass. Cass realized that for a variety of reasons the cuisine was dying out in the Cape and made it her mission to rescue the recipes. She interviewed the grandmothers in the community and dug in the archives and then wrote a cookbook that became highly sort after by many South Africans. Today you have the opportunity to enjoy a hands-on class with her in her home in the Southern Suburbs. You will cook three to four dishes and then relax over lunch. Please note that no alcohol is served in respect for Cass's Muslim faith.
Pricing: on request

Sea Kayaking

Departs: daily, subject to weather.

Please note the tour excludes transport to and from Simon's Town. Visit one of the most unique places in the world—a penguin colony in suburban Cape Town. And the best way to see it is from the water. Leave from Simon's Town Waterfront and paddle past the civilian and Naval Harbor and out to Boulder's Beach. After visiting the penguins, stop on a lovely semi-private beach for refreshments, swimming and snorkeling (snorkels and bottled drinking water are provided). Your double kayak is very stable and perfect even if you have no paddling experience. We can also arrange for you to go cycling, skydiving, sandboarding and abseiling among other activities—please let us know if you would like more information on these activities.
Pricing: on request

Sunset Beach and Dinner

Departs: Tue & Thu between 5:30 and 6:00 pm. Returns: Approx. 10:00 pm. Only operates Sep-May.

Join your host and head out of the city before sunset. Savor a chilled glass of sparkling wine while overlooking one of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches and taking in the sunset. You’ll be shown how to find the Southern Cross in the night sky (if the moon isn’t too bright!) before enjoying dinner at a sensational restaurant offering seafood and South African specialties. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, let us know and we can arrange a separate table. As you return to the hotel, you'll enjoy the city lights by night.
Pricing Nov 2018-Oct 2019: $88 per person or $200 per person for private tour

Sunset Champagne Cruise

Departs: daily subject to weather conditions—times vary according to sunset.

Board a sailboat that will follow the wind for this cruise and allow you to experience the sunset and the views of Cape Town at dusk from a different perspective! Typically in a SE Wind direction, you will head out of the harbor and sail across Table Bay towards Milnerton lighthouse, then return to the protection of Granger Bay in the lee of Table Mountain to watch the sunset, and then motor back to the Waterfront.
Pricing Nov 2018-Oct 2019: $34 or on request for private tour

Custom Day Tour

We can also tailor make tours to match your interests or simply arrange for you to have a vehicle and driver available with no plan in mind to take you wherever you feel like going. Cape Town has been chosen as the Design Capital for 2014, we can include Architecture, Art, local clothing designers. In addition to the beautiful Winelands, Cape Point and City tours, consider a family day out, to see seals, penguins, monkeys and butterflies; splash out on a hot shopping extravaganza; or indulge in a grand gourmet food and wine tour of golf or bicycle tours.

Both half and full day options exclude all entrances, parking fees, toll fees and any other costs which you would need to settle directly at the venues visited and in the case of parking, with the driver. Touring is done in an air-conditioned 7-seater vehicle with a tour guide.

Half Day Private Tours: Half day private trips depart daily on request and run from either 8:30 am to 12:30 pm or 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm and cover up to 93 miles.
Full Day Private Tours: The full day private vehicle and driver hire departs daily on request with a pickup time of 9:00 am, dropping off at 5:30 pm and covers up to 155 miles.

Pricing Nov 2018-Oct 2019: Custom Half-Day Tour (w/Private Driver): $250 per person; Custom Full-Day Tour (w/Private Driver): $410 per person

Tour Extensions


Experience a fabulous blend of luxury tented accommodations, game drives, river cruises and the impressive Victoria Falls.

This locally hosted post-itinerary extension is only available in conjunction with South Africa in Absolute Style and Tented Safari in Style.

Victoria Falls in Style is a 3-night package. Spend one night in Johannesburg and enjoy two nights in Victoria Falls staying in a stunning tented lodge on the Zambezi River where you will experience the wonder of the mighty Falls as well as a tranquil cruise on the Zambezi River and open-vehicle game drives in the Zambezi National Park.

2019: from $1,899 per person twin share
2020: from $1,999 per person twin share

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