This exclusive Ker & Downey itinerary embodies South Africa luxury travel at its very best. From cities and countryside railroads to beaches and the Big Five, experience the many worlds of South Africa over two weeks.
City, Country, Beach, and Bush – A South Africa Luxury Travel Getaway with Ker & Downey
Suggested journey at a glance: 14 days/13 nights in Johannesburg, Pretoria, KwaZulu-Natal, Phinda Private Game Reserve, and Mozambique.
This suggested South Africa luxury travel getaway is just one way to see the cities, country, beaches and bushes on your own customized Ker & Downey journey. As always, our designers are at their best when crafting a journey unique to you; so contact us to get started planning, and read on to see one example of what’s possible on a handcrafted trip.
South Africa luxury travel first begins in Johannesburg at one of the world’s leading boutique hotels. Indeed, this well-kept secret is a superb model of African elegance. Over two nights, it will serve as your home away from home as you explore the vibrant city of Johannesburg. Also take time to visit the Alexandria and Soweto townships.
Next, board the exquisite Rovos Rail for a 48-hour journey across South Africa by railroad, a perfect illustration of South Africa as a world in one country. This version of South Africa luxury travel traverses the grasslands of the gold rich Highveld. It then continues to the Nambiti Conservancy, a private malaria-free reserve home to the Big Five. Next, visit Ladysmith for a visit to one of the famous battlefields hosted by a world-class historian. Finally, make a stop at Ardmore Ceramics, a center celebrating the Zulu people and their unique cultural heritage.
You will eventually arrive at Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. Over four days, enjoy an eclectic mix of cultures, natural and unspoiled scenery, pristine beaches, and the splendid Indian Ocean. Indeed, the region’s abundant sea life and modern cities juxtapose against rural settlements. While here, explore Durban via vehicle and guided charter. Additionally, relax with the beachfront access, spa treatments, and fine cuisine at your luxury accommodations in Umhlanga.
Phinda Private Game Reserve
After soaking in the sun, it is time to experience the Big Five game of South Africa’s wilderness. The best place to do so is, of course, from the luxury confines of the Phinda Private Game Reserve. Spend four days enjoying twice daily game drives, as well as romantic dining venues in the heart of the African bush. Your accommodation is surrounded by 54,500 acres of Phinda’s prime conservation land. Seven distinct habitats shelter an abundance of wildlife, including Africa’s Big Five and more than 380 bird species.
Your final stop awaits across the border in Mozambique at a luxurious resort and the sheltered bay, chic private suites, and Mozambican hospitality found there. Spend the next three days relaxing on the Mozambique beaches and partaking in the many land and sea excursions available in the surrounding area. Explore beyond the pool to the private beach and PADI dive center, which offers classes and excursions in the beautiful open waters. On land, activities include horseback riding and visits to the nearby Maputo Special Reserve. Your journey comes to an end with a helicopter ride to Maputo, where you will transfer to you regional flight back to Johannesburg.
Book South Africa Luxury Travel with Ker & Downey
Ready to experience the diverse showcase of the cities, country, beaches and bushes of South Africa? Contact a Ker & Downey designer to customize your own South Africa luxury travel experience. Read more about the seasonality and pricing in Southern Africa at the Ker & Downey Difference.