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Private homes & lodges allow the focus to be on you. It’s the ultimate way to travel as a group or family, allowing you more freedom and flexibility and removes the worry of other guests. Personal service, discreet staff and your own schedule means everything is tailored just for you. Our 13-night trip offers the best of the best accommodation in Cape Town, Hermanus, the Greater Kruger and Mozambique, with architectural and interior design as the focal point of these handpicked accommodation choices.

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Your adventure starts here

Days

1-3

Days 1-3

Mother city’s natural wonder

Cape Town, South Africa

Scenically beautiful, Cape Town is a compelling mix of trendy modern and old-world elegance. Glamorous hotels, world-class dining and stunning vistas merge seamlessly with dynamic student suburbs and vibrant nightlife. Malay and African heritage is evident in the cuisine, traditions and entertainment while the architecture reveals a strong Dutch, German and English flavour and style. Contemporary art is proudly displayed in a variety of galleries and modern boutique hotels, and wine bars and brandy tasting lounges will appeal to the fashionable set. For the well-heeled the finest in opera, ballet, drama and music can be appreciated in style.

Explore the Cape Peninsula with an experienced guide, visiting the working fishing harbour of Kalk Bay, with its bohemian arts and crafts shops, quirky boutiques, and antiques stores. Head to the richly historic Simon’s Town, a naval town with museums and monuments to bring insight into the colourful past and the shark diving industry. We go in search of our own splinter colony of rogue penguins, away from the crowded boardwalks, on a beach known only to locals. Next its on to the Cape Peninsula for a gentle hike to explore the reserve’s secluded beaches and unique wildlife. Our return to Cape Town is via Noordhoek Farm Village a food artisan hub of the Peninsula OR alternatively, pop into a gorgeous Constantia wine estate, a well-known wine-producing area, one of the oldest in the southern hemisphere. Time permitting, we may stop for a sundowner at a local brewery, vineyard, beach or scenic look-out.

We spend a day visiting the Winelands, with a stop in the fascinating town of Stellenbosch, browsing through appealing shops and museums, and sipping coffee in one of the tempting street-side cafes. We awaken our senses with a wine tasting experience at an iconic property. Soak up the scenery of this wonderful region, admire a contemporary art collection, see the highest-growing vines and take in breath-taking vistas from an elevated vantage point. After lunch, we discover the town of Franschhoek, established by the French Huguenots in 1688, where historic charm blends with a contemporary ambiance. The town boasts a host of boutiques, gourmet restaurants and galleries. We continue to some family-owned, off-the-beaten-track estates for a more intimate, boutique wine tasting experience, before returning to Cape Town.

Scintilla’s special experience
Scintilla’s special experience

Experience the very best of Cape Town with our Cape Peninsula Explore and Winelands Explore tours.

3 Nights

Moondance Cape Town

  • ​Architecturally designed, multi-level villa with panoramic seascapes
  • 4 en-suite bedrooms luxuriously finished, boasting striking Fresnaye vistas
  • Distinctive features, unrivalled functionality & dramatic touches
  • Olive grove, koi pond, elevator, under-pool bar, steam room, cinema
Transfers
Transfers

Cape Town Airport to Bantry Bay: Private Transfer

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Days

4-6

Days 4-6

Welcome to the Overberg

Hermanus, South Africa

Beyond the Hottentots-Holland Mountains, to the East of Cape Town, lies the Overberg, an area of fruit and grain farms, verdant wine-growing valleys and a coastal Riviera known for its charming towns and whale viewing. Swathes of colourful Cape Fynbos flowers, rocky shores and richly green vineyards are all part of the Overberg’s essence.

During the calving season, Hermanus is arguably the best destination to view the Southern Right Humpback Whales. From June to December these migratory animals make their presence known in Walker Bay, with pods of up to 50 creatures frolicking close to land. Hermanus’ resident Whale Crier sounds his kelp horn alerting the town to the proximity of these magnificent sea beasts.

Recently established, The Hemel en Aarde wine route extends back from Hermanus. This successful wine-growing region boasts highly-acclaimed Pinot Noirs cultivated from its vineyards and wine estates. Translated as “Heaven on Earth” the valley lives up to its name, a feast for all the senses. Overberg highlights include Cape Agulhas, the southern-most tip of Africa and meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, as well as the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve.

Scintilla’s special experience
Scintilla’s special experience

Explore the area with your dedicated nature guide exploring fynbos and beaches by mountain bike, kayak and boat.

3 Nights

Perivoli Lagoon House

  • Perched on the edge of the Klein River Lagoon outside Stanford, 2.5hrs from Cape Town
  • Sleeps 8 in four individually designed suites with lagoon or mountain views
  • Contemporary eco villa with a modern design and an appreciation for nature
  • Tailored activities including guided fynbos walks and beach excursions
  • Perfect for a family or group of friends seeking sophisticated style & seclusion on an exclusive use basis
Transfers
Transfers

Bantry Bay to Hermanus: Private Transfer

Perivoli Lagoon House
Whale Head
Days

7-9

Days 7-9

Welcome to the Greater Kruger National Park

Northern Sabi Sands, South Africa

As you bump along the park roads, the sun warm upon your face and air dry in the back of your throat, your senses are on high alert. This is the real Africa, cut away from the hectic pace of life, home to Africa’s Big 5. The Kruger is alive, from the nervously twitching herd of impala after a night of predator action, to the wild dog cavorting like domestic pets alongside the road. Marvel as a herd of elephant simply appear from out the bush, then silently vanish back into the landscape.

With over 2 million hectares of pristine wilderness, the Kruger’s biodiversity sustains numerous species of game and birds. The dry north consists of Baobab trees, scrubland and rocky outcroppings which can be seen for miles and animals tend to gather around water sources. As you come south, the park gets busier, animal numbers increase and the backdrop changes to grassland and acacia woodlands.

The Sabi Sands is a 65,000-hectare private reserve adjacent and open to the Kruger, known as one of the few places that you can see the Big 5 in one day. It has a diverse habitat with the Sand and Sabi Rivers running through it, a huge range of wildlife, and a reputation for big cat sightings. Head out for an early morning game drive, in open vehicles, stopping for a refreshing coffee break and a chance to listen to the sounds of the bush and admire the landscape. After some down-time and a siesta back at camp, set off again in the late afternoon when the bush comes alive. Swaying to the movement of an open vehicle while wrapped warmly against the night chills, is an unforgettable experience. The call of a Nightjar darting overhead and the flash of eyes reflected from the bushes brings an entirely different twist to your safari and as you drop your head back and look up – the starry night skies go on forever.

3 Nights

Cheetah Plains

  • Innovative eco-luxe safari experience in Sabi Sand
  • 3 exclusive-use designer bush houses: 4 suites per house
  • Minimalist décor, floor-to-ceiling glass & stylish spaces with handpicked artwork
  • A hideaway offering the ultimate in safari luxury
  • Phenomenal meals & fire-side boma dining
  • Proto-type electric safari-vehicles, heated pool & in-room spa treatments
Transfers
Transfers

Hermanus to Cape Town Airport: Private Transfer

Flights
Flights

Flight from Cape Town to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport (excluded)

Kruger Mpumalanga Airport to Northern Sabi Sands. Return shuttle flights.

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Days

10-14

Days 10-14

Idyllic beaches and experiences

Vilanculos, Mozambique

The growing, coastal town of Vilanculos (now Vilankulo) is located in the Vilanculos District of Mozambique’s Imhambane province, a third of the way up the country’s 2600km coastline. In addition to being a gateway to the five islands which form the Bazaruto Archipelago, Vilanculos is a place of charming people, colourful markets and vibrant cafés and bars.

Exotic, sun-baked beaches stretch on forever, the pristine landscape a superb horse-riding destination’s “swimming” the horses is a memorable experience for riders of all levels. Turquoise oceans mirror heated azure skies and flow over a rugged shoreline. A gentle, eco-canoe trail through crystal waters and water lilies invites an appreciation of the aquatic animals and bird life which animate the region. Inland leads through coconut plantations and typical rural fishing villages, where signs of development are starting to make themselves visible.

Mozambique is a sun destination, with a colourful history and a laid-back beach holiday vibe. Explored by da Gama from 1498, and colonised by the Portuguese thereafter, its heritage includes Arab slavers, a productive trade in gold, ivory and commodities and a devastating civil war before it became a democracy and a member of the commonwealth.

Scintilla’s special experience
Scintilla’s special experience

Explore the azure waters of the Bazaruto Archipelago from above, with an exhilarating helicopter flight.

4 Nights

Santorini

  • Stunning seaside Greek-villa style property, 20 minutes from Vilanculos
  • 5 suites & 1 two-bedroom Chapel Villa provide an elegant ambiance & light, fresh accommodation
  • Unparalleled views of sea & pristine shores from its elevated position
  • Beautiful spaces to relax: lush coastal vegetation provides a sense of privacy
  • Excellent dining: private chef, interactive kitchen, bar & wine cellar
  • Fun Vilanculos town & a wide variety of activities
Transfers
Transfers
Southern Sabi Sands to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport: Private Transfer
Flights
Flights

Flight from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport to Vilanculos Airport (excluded)

Transfers
Transfers

Vilanculos Airport to Santorini Lodge: Shared Transfer

Transfers
Transfers

Santorini Lodge to Vilanculos Airport: Shared Transfer

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Your Adventure Ends

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  • VIP meet and greet on arrival
  • 13 Nights accommodation with selected meals
  • 2 Full days of Scintilla Escapes private touring with your expert guide
  • Activities in-house
  • Private road transfers where applicable
  • Return light aircraft flights from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport to Cheetah Plains
From $12,045 per person (based on 8 people sharing)

Trip Summary

Days 1-3
Mother city’s natural wonder

Cape Town, South Africa

Scenically beautiful, Cape Town is a compelling mix of trendy modern and old-world elegance.

Days 4-6
Welcome to the Overberg

Hermanus, South Africa

During the calving season, Hermanus is arguably the best destination to view the Southern Right Humpback Whales.

Days 7-9
Track the Big 5

Northern Sabi Sands, South Africa

The Sabi Sands offers an exclusive game experience with the flexibility of night drives and off-road 4 x 4 safaris.

Days 10-14
Clear waters and perfect beaches

Vilanculos, Mozambique

Vilanculos is a place of charming people, colourful markets and vibrant cafés and bars.

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Guest Testimonials

Discover why our guests select Scintilla for their travel to Southern Africa.

Hi Cuan.  Just wanted you to know we have had an amazing time in Namibia!  What an experience!  Yesterday we stopped off at a bar in a very remote village after tracking elephants and had beers and danced with the locals which was fantastic.  Between the orphanage, stops in many villages, the kids we’ve gotten to meet, the Himba village and of course all the animals it has just been incredible.  You organized quite a trip for us!  And now, Botswana!!!

The Soloman Family, USA

My week in Namibia was sensational and went seamlessly. From the welcoming pickup from the airport to the beautiful accommodations and fascinating road-trip across much of the country, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Of particular note, the food at Hoodia Desert Lodge was impeccable and the al fresco lunch prepared by the guide after the visit to Deadvlei and Sossusvlei was simply magical. The sundowners at both Hoodia and Onduli Ridge were top-notch, each offering breathtaking views and fabulous Namibian gin cocktails and bites. What made the entire journey so easily enjoyable was the daily itineraries and maps presented to me upon arrival and the overall organization and attention to detail. My solo sojourn was truly flawless, and I will recommend it widely!

Sarah Scott, ZA

Cuan, everything going to plan so far with stunning weather and excellent service and amazing wildlife in Etosha!! Thanks again for your professionalism. Everything has been magical, and we have definitely brought some luck with us being the first group to find the elephants only after 10 minutes of looking !! Really appreciate your help, and I will be recommending you to our friends back home.

Tom Last, AU

Our guide Charlene was out of this world. She was charming, intelligent, and fun and she showed us the best of Cape Town while also educating us on the journey Cape Town has taken from Apartheid through today. We were fascinated, engaged, and overjoyed to spend our final days in Africa with her. She is truly outstanding.

Paul & Wendy, UK

The trip was FANTASTIC, and our guide Marcus was absolutely superb! We took all of his recommendations for our last free day in the city and can’t thank him enough for the stellar suggestions.

Thomas & Mary Louise, Canada

Please convey my thanks to the Cape Town guiding teams! Without a doubt our most memorable moment of the trip was our visit to the Cape Peninsula with our guide, Chizzy. A major positive, thrilling time. The penguins, picnic and swim at the reservoir, continual birthday celebrations for Jack’s 18th Birthday were all home runs.

Suzanne, Jack & Family, USA

The most important thing for me to tell you is that we had a fabulous time with James exploring the Peninsula of Cape Town! Along with our visit to the Zeitz Museum, our day with James was a highlight of the time we spent in South Africa. He was friendly and open about discussing his experiences growing up with apartheid which I really appreciated. I enjoyed the towns we visited, the restaurant where we had lunch, our visit with the penguins, and our hike out to the shipwreck. Thank you!!

Emma & Lori, USA

Well, we finished up Cape Town this evening, heading to safari tomorrow. We loved the country tour and winery tour, absolutely amazing. Also, our guide for both days, was one of the best we have ever had. We couldn’t imagine a better time and she couldn’t be more flexible. Thank you for setting up this first part of the vacation and setting us up with the tours.

Cory & Heather, USA

It was great! Everything worked out perfectly! We absolutely loved the Sidecar experience – wow, was that fun! We loved our guide in Cape Town, Josh, he was the BEST! He was so fun. We took him for dinners and played golf with him! We just thought Cape Town was fantastic. Wine Country was great. Fantastic.

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On Saturday, we met our guide, Charlene, who was OUTSTANDING. We had missed the Zeitz Museum, and she was happy to let us rearrange our schedule so that we could tour it as well as taking me to a beautiful craft market to buy gifts.  On arriving in the wine country, we enjoyed an amazing lunch at La Motte.  With Charlene's background in wines, she was able to recommend the best wineries to visit on the winetram, as well as several good restaurants in the area.

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Cape Town was so scenic and beautiful.  Had an interesting visit around town and to the houses of parliament with a very accommodating guide James.  James made that whole experience everything it was and deserves a lot of credit. What a great place to visit!  What phenomenal food!  What masters of hospitality they all are in Africa!

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