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Please click on map for description of each region! South Africa is a wild, rich emersion. At Kruger and other national parks, it’s the lions, leopards and gazelle who are at home-- you are the one kept at a safe distance. In the ocean off Cape Town, it’s Great White territory-- you are the one in the protective cage. It’s not your history at Robben Island-- you’re just there to stand in awe. South Africa is a plunge into the authentic and unforgettable. Unique African wildlife roaming free Amazing food and wine Raw, thrilling adventure South Africa is perfect for foodies, wildlife adventurers and culture seekers. Walk past the waiting list at world-class restaurants in the Winelands. Get up close to the Big 5 on safari then kick back in your luxury lodge. Trace Nelson Mandela’s path to freedom from its roots on an island prison or share a laugh and a beer with a Zulu elder. South Africa is a delicious, indelible experience. Down Under Endeavours handcrafts luxury vacations designed around your wants, needs, timeframe and budget. To get a taste of what’s possible, check out these sample itineraries. Have a look, see what catches your eye, then chat to the Down Under team to custom-create your itinerary. Occasionally, we offer traditional “package” vacations focused on a special event. But those are the exception, not the rule. The itinerary of your trip of your lifetime will be unique to you.
Experience the highlights of South Africa in a small group adventure. Watch for Africa's Big Five - buffalo, lion, elephant, leopard, and rhinoceros while visiting the 6 game parks in custom-built 4WDs with an expert guide and a game tracker. Please note, this tour has set departure dates.
This anniversary couple from Chicago wanted to explore three celebrated South African cities with their luxury holiday. They began with an excursion in Cape Town, where they enjoying the sun on white sandy beaches, shopped at the sophisticated V&A Waterfront and enjoyed some of the best views in the country when they ascended Table Mountain by cable car. Then they flew to Durban and enjoyed some rest and recreation at Umhlanga Rocks, the KwaZulu Natal holiday destination of choice for many locals, before they arrived in Johannesburg where they visited some of the best shopping malls, restaurants and attractions in Gauteng. Suggested Length: 12 Days
This very special Tanzania and Rwanda adventure was planned for a mother and daughter team from Houston who had survived a very difficult year. They wanted a once in a lifetime wildlife experience. They began their adventure with gorilla trekking in the amazing Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, where they got to view the gentle giants. From there, we sent them to Singita’s Grumeti game reserves, where they got to view one of the world’s most magnificent events, the Great Migration. After early mornings and late evenings viewing wildlife in Tanzania and Rwanda, we gave them a stretch at the beach in exotic Zanzibar, where they could indulge in local spices and beautiful waters. This was truly a once in a lifetime trip for them. Suggested Length: 13 Days
This vacation was planned for a family of four from Chicago, who wanted to go to Kenya, South Africa and Victoria Falls. They began their adventure with three days of game viewing in the famous Masai Mara before spending some time in the spectacular Victoria Falls partaking in a few adrenalin filled activities. Then for their Kenya, South Africa and Victoria Falls vacation, we sent them back to safari mode and headed to South Africa to experience three days of exploring the leopard-rich game park - Sabi Sands. They finished off their Best of Africa adventure in the Cape Town, the Mother City to discover all the cosmopolitan city had to offer. Suggested Length: 15 Days
This amazing Kenya and Tanzania vacation was planned for an anniversary couple who only wanted to focus on wildlife and the safari experience. So we started them with a memorable 2-day Masai Mara safari, where they experienced the excellent sightings that make this reserve such a popular destination. Then they made their way to Lake Manyara National Park for another two days. They continued their Kenya and Tanzania adventure at the Serengeti National Park for more impressive wildlife sightings. Their last stop was at the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, where they experienced game drives along the crater floor. Suggested Length: 9 Days
This romantic itinerary begins with a stay in Kenya's Shaba Reserve where you can enjoy some thrilling wildlife viewing. Spend a few days at the elegant and romantic Cottar's Camp in the Masai Mara, bordering the Serengeti, before making your way to the Lamu Archipelago for an idyllic stay in this tropical location.
This Kenya and Seychelles vacation was planned for a couple from Barrington (a suburb of Chicago). They wanted beach and safari, so we started their safari and beach holiday in Kenya at the Selenkay Conservancy and the elephant-rich Amboseli National Park, before they headed north to Lake Nakuru National Park. From there for their amazing Kenya and Seychelles vacation, they made their way to the world-renowned Masai Mara. They continued their holiday with some sun and sand in the idyllic archipelago of the Seychelles. They spent the last 6 days of their Kenya and Seychelles vacation soaking up the warm Seychellois sun, and cooling off in the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean. Suggested Length: 14 Days
This vacation was planned for a honeymoon couple that wanted some a bit different and they loved food and wine. So we created this South Africa honeymoon for them. This honeymoon is a blend of self-driving and small group touring which combined South Africa's wild outdoor landscapes, with exceptional cuisine. We started them with an African Safari. Singita Ebony Lodge is truly a luxury safari in South Africa. With only 12 luxurious suites, the all-inclusive experience was a gourmet event, paired with Land Rover safaris and experienced guides and trackers. Then they went on to Capetown for a Cape Malay Cooking Safari. The last stop on their South Africa honeymoon was at a wine country retreat, and where they explored the hidden gems at Stellenbosh and Franshhoek. Suggested Length: 11 Days
South Africa’s diverse history heritage and culture is as diverse as the cultures that make up the rainbow nation. Start in Cape Town with exploration of Robben Island, Cape Dutch influenced neighborhoods and dramatic mountain landscapes. Cape Town’s museums leave visible traces of the influence of traders from the early 1600’s. Head north to KwaZulu Natal and the Drakensberg mountains for a gourmet farmhouse retreat, wildlife and warm local hospitality. Encounter the history of the Battlefields, before heading to the Elephant coast for a taste of the beach lifestyle of the locals.
One married couple from New York was planning their dream trip. She wanted to ride an elephant on safari and he wanted to swim with the Great White Sharks. So here is the African safari we created for them. South Africa offers some of the best outdoors adventures in the world. We sent him to Seal Island to live out his dream and her to Kruger National Park for her elephant ride. We also sent them whitewater rafting on the Zambezi River at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. They also spent some time in Joburg seeing museums and enjoying local cuisine. Lastly we sent them on a boat cruise to see the giant baleen whales. This was the ultimate dream South Africa adventure trip for them. Suggested Length: 14 Days
This South Africa and Victoria Falls vacation was planned for a lucky young couple graduating from law school who wanted to experience the wonders of Cape Town, the wildlife of Kruger and thrills and spills in Victoria Falls on this classic African safari adventure. We started them with a few days in South Africa's Mother City, Cape Town, before heading up to the Manyeleti Private Game Reserve for exciting game-viewing. Next for their South Africa and Victoria Falls vacation they spent a night in Johannesburg before heading off to the 'Smoke That Thunders' to be captivated by the magnificent Victoria Falls. Suggested Length: 12 Days
Enjoy 12 wonderful days in South Africa starting on the Garden Route where you can enjoy playing on world-class golf-courses and enjoying the stunning scenery. From there head up country to a luxury game lodge located just outside the famous Kruger National Park, where you can enjoy excellent game-viewing as well as a round of golf at an exclusive golf club.
This amazing South Africa spa trip was planned for a high powered couple from Washington DC who were both attorneys. They were looking for a trip that was a bit different. We planned this indulgent South African and Mauritius adventure for them that took them from Cape Town, with her great beaches and attractions, to Simbavati Game Reserve on the border of the Kruger National Park for a thrilling Big 5 safari. From there their South Africa spa trip took to them to a luxury hotel situated in Turtle Bay on the North West coast of Mauritius, where they had eight days to indulge in the surroundings and were pampered at the fabulous spa. Suggested Length: 16 Days
This special South Africa and Seychelles luxury vacation was planned for a couple from New York who were celebrating a wedding anniversary and a cancer free anniversary. We started them exploring the vibrant city of Cape Town and then sent them to the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve on the border of the Kruger National Park, the ultimate in luxury safari and private game viewing opportunities. After 3 days on a South Africa safari, they traveled to their extraordinary island destination, Mahe in the Seychelles. They spent a week relaxing on the sandy white beaches and swimming in the warm Indian Ocean, and being pampered, before returning home they felt refreshed and rejuvenated. Suggested Length: 15 Days
This South Africa family vacation was planned for a family of four from Sacramento. It was a graduation gift for one of the kids. This luxury family vacation was seven days of fun in the sun, beaches, and wildlife while exploring the KwaZulu Natal region of South Africa. They swam in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and enjoyed a thrilling luxury safari in the Phinda Resource Game Reserve, while viewing the country’s famous big game animals. This South Africa family vacation was exciting and educational for all. Suggested length: 7 Days
Begin your South Africa vacation in Cape Town where you can take a thrilling cable car ride up Table Mountain, stroll along the V&A Waterfront, visit museums and dine in style at one of the many trendy restaurants and beachfront cafes. From here travel to the Cape Winelands with its rolling hills and endless vineyards for some excellent wine tasting of authentic South Africa wines. The last leg of your South Africa tour takes you on safari in the renowned Kruger National Park where the Big 5 and many other big and small game await you.
This vacation was created for a couple on a babymoon that wanted adventure in South Africa and Victoria Falls but didn’t want to eliminate the luxury. So we created this ultimate and truly luxurious rail expedition through South Africa to Zamibia. This vacation began in Cape Town. Then they traveled through the diverse South African landscape, and enjoyed a 2-night African safari in Kruger National Park. The Rovos Rail luxury train tour then carried them on to Zimbabwe. They spent a night at the Victoria Falls and then crossed over the mighty Zambezi River into Zambia. They descended into the Great Rift Valley and enjoyed spectacular scenery as the luxury train tour continues on to Dar es Salaam. Suggested Length: 14 Days