Luxury Safari and Waterfalls
Explore the very best of South African safari on this compact and outstanding trip to Sabi Sands, the Kruger and ending with the magnificent Victoria Falls
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Stay in luxury hotels and safari lodges throughout
- Meet and greet airport service
- Completely private tour of Victoria Falls
- Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
This trip highlights the very best of South Africa within a short space of time and with outstanding comfort and superb wildlife encounters throughout.
Begin with two nights within the world-famous Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, a rich wilderness renowned for its frequent sightings of leopards, the Big Five and some of the finest lodges in all of Africa.
Next it’s onto the adjoining Kruger National Park to explore a contrasting terrain and game experience alongside superlative luxury for two more nights of safari.
Example Trip Itinerary
Arrive in Johannesburg
Light aircraft flight from Johannesburg to Sabi Sands
Accommodation in Sabi Sands
- 32 rooms across five different Lodges
- Private swimming pools
The Londolozi reserve has always been independent and family-run with a strong conservation ethic and commitment to both ecotourism and local community involvement. That’s not to mention a long-standing relationship with its resident leopards, possibly providing the best viewing of these beautiful yet elusive creatures anywhere in Africa. Located on the banks of the Sand River in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Londolozi enjoys an enviable position on the edge of the Kruger National Park, with six million acres of bush teaming with the Big Five and the highest concentrations of elephant, buffalo, white rhino, and lion on the African continent: this is safari at its best. It’s hard to find anything to fault with the lodges (especially having just been awarded Relais & Chateaux status), what with their refined natural elegance, personalised service and sense of history. There are five different lodges to choose from with varying degrees of luxury and privacy although it has to be said that the standards remain exceedingly high throughout – Tree Camp, Founders Camp, Granite Suites, Pioneer Camp and Varty Camp. The activities offered at the Londolozi reserve are broad and bespoke to every guest, and we highly urge you to try the sleep-outs and fishing.
- 12 suites
- Swimming pool
- Safari shop
Harry Kirkman’s original 1920s homestead has been beautifully restored and now comprises 12 suites that look out over the bushveld. Perched on a ridge above the Sands River, guests can enjoy unspoiled views as they relax at this atmospheric and charming lodge. Kirkman’s offers the perfect balance of old and new with all the amemities you would expect from a luxury lodge alongside plenty of touches that hark back to days gone by. Each suite comes with a private verandah from which to relax with a glass of wine or afternoon tea while soaking up the unique atmosphere of the African bush. Curl up in front of the roaring fire in the sitting room, relax with a book in the library then sink into your claw-foot bathtub after a day of game drives. When you need to cool off, take refuge from the sun with a dip in the outdoor pool. Nestled in the world-renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kirkman’s Kamp shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park, and enjoys an abundantly rich local concentration of fauna, including the Big Five. It is a particularly good spot to base your safari activities if you want to spot the most elusive of cats, the leopard. Strict vehicle limits at sightings ensure the exclusivity of your game viewing experience.
- Luxurious all-suite accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, teas, coffees.
- All drinks, including premium wines, spirits and liqueurs (excluding champagnes).
- Curio Shop
- Swimming Pool (heated)
Singita offer one of the most prestigious and exclusive safaris in Africa, with their lodges and services consistently (and deservedly) receiving top travel accolades. Singita in the Sabi Sands is where it all started with their most established operation here with Boulders, Ebony and Castleton Lodges. Service is excellent with both of the two lodges offering a top level of guiding and a fully luxurious experience in the bush. Game viewing is excellent and well coordinated so that you have a great chance of seeing all of the Big Five. Modern comforts are not foregone, indeed guests may be tempted to stay in the lodgings all day. Besides the excellent comfort and service, Singita is particularly famed for its excellent cuisine and wine, with a fantastic cellar on site, which is most definitely worth a visit during your stay. All in all, this is a world-class safari which is hard to beat.
- Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge
- Little Bush Camp
- Earth Lodge
- Selati Camp
The Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve is renowned for its abundant concentration of wildlife, especially when it comes to the Big Five. Located within the 65,000-hectare Sabi Sands Reserve to the south west of the Kruger National Park, Sabi Sabi’s game drives and bushveld excursions enjoy a high incidence for viewing a vast range of creatures from the Big Five to 350 species of bird. One of the fundamental features of its accommodation collection is that there’s usually something for everyone, and Sabi Sabi’s set of four award-winning and uniquely luxurious lodges – Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge, Little Bush Camp, Earth Lodge and Selati Camp – will indeed suit most. And the concept, when it came to designing each of the individual lodges, arose from over a century of safari experiences and style so that each pleasantly reflects a specific time or atmosphere in this history.
- Six suites each with plunge pool
- Safari shop
Spread under a leafy canopy of ebony trees, six spacious stone cottages grace the banks of the Mabrak River in the western part of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. As one of only twelve guests at Dulini Lodge, one feels instantly at home in this quiet retreat. The beautifully appointed suites boast generous plunge pools, shady decks and classic interiors that celebrate the signature style of the Reserve. From the privacy of your own plunge pools, you can enjoy watching game explore the dry riverbed just a few metres away. Your sitting area is an elegant space filled with big welcoming sofas and interesting African sculptures. Dine under the ancient jackalberry tree where skilled chefs serve delicious Pan African meals, or steal away for a romantic candlelit dinner in the well-stocked wine cellar.
- Six luxury suites with plunge pools
- Tw family suites
- Chitwa House - two rooms, entirely private
Originally a private retreat of the Brink family, Chitwa Chitwa was transformed by Charl into an oasis of conservation and harmony. With an extremely strong approach to conservation and land management, this beautiful lodge offers you a fabulous experience while visiting the Sabi Sands. As a family owned and run lodge, you will receive excellent service as well as comfort when staying here. With just eight luxury suites each stylishly decorated and spacious, this lodge is a nice and intimate experience for family and honeymooner alike. The Chitwa House is a private villa with just two beautifully appointed en-suite rooms with private decks and out-door showers. It has a massively spacious common room and benefits from private meals, driver, guides and chef. Magic.
- Eight Suites with plunge pools
- Curio Shop
- Health Spa
Simbambili Lodge is situated among dense stands of knobthorn and jackalberry trees along the meandering Manyeleti River in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, part of the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Sophisticated yet simple, each suite has spectacular views whether from the unique en-suite bathrooms, outside salas or individual private plunge pools. You are encouraged to enjoy the extraordinary and unique wildlife of Africa, it is your choice whether to linger at a close encounter with lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo or to be amazed by the extensive array of birds and insects, or simply relax in the Amani Spa. Your ranger and tracker team will astound you with their ability to track big five game, whether on safari, on foot or from an open vehicle safari. The amazing safari experience is complimented by elegant cuisine, a selection of fine wines and by the warmth of true African hospitality.
- River Lodge
- Ivory Lodge
There’s a real family history tied to the Lion Sands Game Reserve having been by owned and managed by four generations of the More family since 1933. Exclusive only to guests of Lion Sands River Lodge and Ivory Lodge, game drives are very personal and lead by an expert duo of a tracker and guide who will treat you to close encounters with Africa’s most coveted animal species. Walking safaris let you experience a completely different, more intimate perspective of the bush. The Lion Sands Reserve guiding team is superbly trained and contains one of the world’s four qualified Master Trackers. As well as encounters with lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant more, you can also spend an incredible night under a blanket of stars atop one of the reserve’s stunning tree houses, enjoy unforgettable dining experiences in the bush or perhaps even take a scenic helicopter flight over Blyde River Canyon. Two further luxury lodges sit within a private concession of the Kruger National Park adjoining the reserve, Lion Sands Narina Lodge and Tinga Lodge.
Widely regarded as Africa’s premier game reserve, Sabi Sands is world renowned for the abundance of game (particularly leopard), and is the best place to see all of the ‘big five’ in South Africa.
This is one of the best places in Africa to get up close and personal with Africa’s most famous predators. Sabi Sand’s private reserve of over 60,000 hectares shares an unfenced boundary with the enormous Kruger Park, allowing an authentic game-rich experience where animals roam free.
Charter flight from Sabi Sands to Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park
Accommodation in The Kruger National Park
- Spa and Gym
- Vast Curio Shop
- 15,000 hectares of Private Concession
Singita Kruger stands out as the most luxurious concession actually set within the Kruger National Park. As a private concession, guests have exclusive access off road throughout the concession. The landscape of this area is a mixture of dramatic ridges and wide open plains, punctuated with rivers and forest. Singita’s properties take full advantage of the terrain, with Lebombo sitting on a bluff granting fantastic views across the park, whilst Sweni sits above the banks of a hippo-rich river. Service and comfort is world-class and is the very best inside the national park. The lodges both sit in the same area (around ten minutes’ walk from each other) and share a spa and a curio shop that has to be seen to be believed. As with all Singita properties the food and wine is a particular highlight. The Singita concession is particularly famed for its ‘mountain pride’ of Lions, which can number more than twenty. If lucky, guests can have the privilege of seeing these enormous groups of Lion. Game drives are conducted with a guide and spotter, and short game walks are also possible.
- Twenty thatched, freestanding chalets
- One further luxurious large safari suite with private pool
- Main Lodge:
- Main lounge
- Swimming Pool
- Private pool and vehicle for the Family Suite
Ngala was the first private reserve to be incorporated into the Kruger National Park and its established reputation and impeccable service is immediately sensed. In terms of wildlife, this 14,700-hectare reserve is similar to what the Kruger possesses (Big Five) but Ngala benefits from good concentrations of lion, frequent leopard spottings and wide open terrain preferred by the wild dog. Ngala Safari Lodge’s 20 thatched and spaced out chalets provide a good standard of privacy and are styled to be comfortably classic giving them a real home-like quality. Children of all ages are welcome here which, along with the set out, activities tailored for kids and warm service of the staff, makes Ngala a lodge well-matched for families. The chalets are well-equipped for both hot and cold weather with en-suite bathrooms and pleasant verandas, and the main lodge has a particularly inviting lounge done up in all the tradition of a hunting lodge sitting room. Dining is either in the romantic outdoor boma or lantern-lit in the walled courtyard. There is one further luxuriously appointed and spacious family suite here at Ngala which has 2 ensuite bedrooms, sitting room, private swimming pool, and a private vehicle should you be a couple or family looking for that extra slice of exclusivity.
- Six Luxury Suites
- One Presidential Suite
- Two-bedroom suite
- Private plunge pools
Tintswalo Safari Lodge is located in the Manyeleti Private Game Reserve within the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The reserve borders the Kruger National Park to the eastern side, the Timbavati Reserve on the northern side and the Sabi Sand Reserve on the southern side – each of these areas renowned in their own right for excellent-quality safari and wildlife experiences. The Tintswalo suites are authentically decorated to reflect the pioneering times of the nineteenth century African explorers. The air-conditioned suites are situated along the banks of the seasonal Nwaswitsontso River. Providing supreme comfort, privacy and an opportunity for effortless birding, as well as the chance to view a large variety of big game from the privacy of each unit. The indoor/outdoor shower leads off from the spacious bathroom which opens out onto the deck. Luxuriate in your private plunge pool or just relax on a lounger under the African sun. The Presidential Suite accommodates four guests, either as part of the main lodge or privately, and comes complete with its own private safari guide, vehicle, butler and chef. There is also a two-bedroom suite with a private plunge pool. The spa has internationally trained therapists, ready to ensure removal of the last vestiges of city stress from body and mind. It specialises in hands-on treatment for both men and women utilizing Elemis and Africology Products to stimulate all the senses. The lodge has a small but exclusive library of rare books as well as a wine cellar from which wine can be chosen to enjoy with alfresco dining on the lodge deck, in the exquisite setting of the formal dining area, in the wine cellar or even under the stars in the African bush.
- Seven luxury suites
- Main lodge with bar, lounge and pool
- Spa and gym
Intimate, responsible and modern, Makanyi Lodge is a recent addition to Timbavati, a private game reserve flanking the unfenced western edge of the Kruger National Park renowned for its game viewing and white lion prides. Set amidst the bush overlooking the surrounding wilderness, Makanyi’s seven luxury suites have huge beds, a sitting area with its own fireplace, a beautiful bathroom with a spacious shower and separate bathtub, a private deck and an outdoor shower. Two of the suites are special pool suites, located furthest from the main lodge and featuring four-poster beds and their own private plunge pool. The Main Lodge enjoys stunning views of the dam, a draw for all manner of wildlife. Sun loungers around the pool are perfect for sunbathing, reading or dozing, whilst the cosy loft serves as a quiet reading area or lounge to enjoy TV or a movie. In the main area there are sofas by the roaring fireplace and a supremely well stocked bar. Dining can be a private affair or enjoyed in the lodge’s outdoor boma and dining room. Explore the reserve on expertly guided game drives and bush walks – tracking rhino on foot is an unbeatable thrill and true privilege. Star gazing here is also sublime, the fishing is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, and a professional wildlife photographer can be arranged to spend the day with you sharing knowledge how to take the best pictures in this most amazing of settings. The area surrounding Makanyi also offers a wealth attractions such as a wildlife rehabilitation centre, cultural tours, hot air ballooning, helicopter safaris and more.
- Nine suites, each with their own plunge pool
- Main lodge with bar, wine cellar and library
Strewn along the bank of the Sabie River, Narina Lodge is part of the family-run Lion Sands Reserve, sitting within a private concession of the Kruger bordering the Sabi Sands. Designed with a genuine African flair, with no compromise on luxury, each of the large thatched suites sits high on stilts for those impressive river views. Take in the breath-taking vistas of hippos lazing in the river whilst you soak in your secluded plunge pool, free-standing bath tub or as you relax on your private viewing deck. Then, get even closer to the resident wildlife on safari drives and bush walks alongside your expert ranger, before retreating to the main lodge to swap safari stories with fellow guests. The game found here is truly outstanding, from frequent lion and leopard sightings to a healthy population of the endangered black rhino – your safari activities are sure to impress.
- 12 luxury tents
- Field Camp accommodates eight guests in four private tents for an exclusive walking safari experience
- Swimming pool
- Bird hide
Located on the banks of the Nharalumi riverbed in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve adjoining the Kruger National Park, this lovely camp has just twelve luxury tents. Surrounded by lush riverine bush overlooking the riverbed, a fantastic African wildlife experience awaits you here. Each tent is beautifully furnished with a traditional Victorian bathtub, romantic outdoor shower and private deck complete with comfortable loungers. Overlooking the riverbed, lie about like a lion here as you take in the peaceful African bush when you’re not out on exciting game activities. What’s more, the camp’s infinity pool boasts vistas of a large wildlife-filled watering hole, promising plenty of Big Five viewing.
Lying in the north-eastern region of South Africa and at a size of about four million hectares, the main Kruger National Park is open to all. However, we use only lodges in Private Concessions and Reserves bordering the park so that you can enjoy an exclusive, real safari experience and have the best possible game viewing. As well as the game drives, there will be other activities available depending on the lodge you choose.
Transfer to Nelspruit (Kruger) Airport
Flight from Nelspruit to Livingstone
Livingstone and Victoria Falls
Private transfer from Livingstone airport to lodge or hotel
Accommodation in Livingstone and Victoria Falls
- 10 suites, sleeps 20 in total
- Dining area and lounge
- Bar and wine cellar
- Kid's Club
Set on a quiet, secluded spot some distance up the Zambezi river, the Royal Chundu River Lodge oozes sophistication and grace. Overlooking the unspoiled expanse of the Zambezi River and the Zimbabwean savanna of the Matetsi Private Game Reserve, it’s a place to come and relax by the river, watching for the wildlife that pass by. The lodge is a Relais & Châteaux property, only one of two in Zambia. The other is The River Lodge’s sister property, The Island Lodge. Composed of 10 luxurious suites sleeping 20 people in total, River Lodge is the main hub at Royal Chundu and the larger of the two lodges. Each magnificent and spacious river-front suite features thatched roofs and opens on to a private deck for uninterrupted river views. Suites come with double showers and king-size beds. For evening meals, enjoy the unique African experience of the dining outside at the beautiful boma. There’s also a dining room for intimate indoor occasions. Excellent spa facilities will help you unwind while activities are a mix of river-based relaxation and Falls-based adventure.
- Four villas
- Dining area and lounge
- Restaurant and bar
You’ll find the Island Lodge in prime position on the exclusive Katombora Island, protected by the Katombora rapids. A Relais & Châteaux property, and sister to the River Lodge, the Island Lodge offers guests a tranquil, luxurious, and exclusive getaway. The lodge divides itself between four, spacious and magnificent villas, providing guests with the utmost privacy during their stay. Each villa sleeps between four to six people and features private decks and spacious rooms, surrounded by the island’s unique baobabs and two thousand year old Jackalberry trees. Visit the intimate boma area for outdoor evening meals or the dining room for indoor occasions. There’s also an infinity pool, spa facilities, and two lounges for you to enjoy during your stay.
- Swimming pool
- 6 Houses
- 5 River Cottages
- Sindabezi Island :
- 4 Chalets
- 1 Honeymoon Chalet
- Variety of wooden decks
- The Lookout (multi-level relaxation area)
This is one of our favourites, combining spacious luxury with bags of personality and character. The lodge is set on the banks of the Zambezi in a secluded spot upstream from the falls. The main lodge has four open fronted houses, one enclosed house with private plunge pool and an enclosed family house with an exclusive garden and private pool, as well as five enclosed riverfront cottages. Sindabezi Island features four open fronted chalets and one open fronted honeymoon chalet. The houses, cottages and chalets are enormous and each decorated individually. All enjoy views of the river. Care has been taken to make this one of the most romantic places to stay in the area, with many little touches and hidden away spots to relax in. The lodge makes the most of its location away from the falls, providing a haven to relax in (many prefer a longer stay here). Staff are excellent, with a friendly and welcoming team for whom nothing is too much trouble.
- 173 rooms and suites
- Bar and Lounge area
- Riverside deck
- Massage rooms
Set just a short walk away from the falls themselves on the banks of the Zambezi, one can admire the coil of steam and spray rising from the falls on the horizon. The 173 rooms and suites are set in well manicured gardens along the banks of the river. This is one of just a few hotels from which the falls can be accessed on foot, making it ideal for those who want to be as close as possible. The hotel has been built in a colonial style, harking back to the days of it’s namesake, with grand dining and lounge areas as well as a large outdoor pool and riverside deck.
The mighty Victoria falls rank as one of the most spectacular sites in all of Africa. As the mighty Zambezi river crashes over sheer cliffs onto the rocks below it sprays a cloud of water high into the air. Enjoy a variety of activities in this area.
Witness the incredible waters of Victoria Falls from both the Zimbabwean and Zambian side. A knowledgeable guide will take you on an unforgettable experience of the falls, otherwise known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning the smoke that thunders. You'll not only get wonderful views of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World but also learn a great deal of interesting facts about the geology, wildlife and history of Africa’s most famous landmark.
Take a scenic helicopter flight over the falls, allowing you to take in the incredible panoramic views of the largest sheet of falling water in the world.
Transfer from your lodge or hotel to Livingstone airport
Flight from Livingstone to Johannesburg
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