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The Exeter Safari Company Africa Founders Tour 2020 (Small Group)

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Itinerary Highlights

 What Makes this Adventure so Special?

 • Maximum of 20 Guests – Tour led by the Founder of the Exeter Safari         Company, Greg Tepper. 

 • All regional flights included. 

 • Luxury Victoria Falls experience. 

 • Private Zambezi champagne river cruise. 

 • Private High Tea experience at the renowned Victoria Falls Hotel. 

 • All-inclusive private safari experience at one of Africa’s most luxurious     Safari lodges. 

 • Private Wine Tasting experience led by one of South Africa’s top               sommeliers. 

 • Shark Cage Diving experience led by a Marine Conservation expert. 

 • Visit to the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden. 

 • Cable Car experience to the top of Table Mountain. 

 • Motorcycle side car experience along the Cape Town coastline.

 • Private tour of the Norval Foundation Gallery led by the Foundation           CEO. 

 • Private sunset Gin tasting experience on the rooftop of a top Cape Town     hotel. 

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Itinerary Details

Day 1

  • Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa (Monday, August 03, 2020)


    Today you will arrive into Johannesburg, South Africa where your 12 night Africa adventure begins (please note the cost of this flight is not included). Upon arrival into O.R Tambo International Airport you will be met by your driver and guide and transferred the short distance to the nearby Saxon Hotel Villas and Spa.

    Johannesburg is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. There are excellent museums, art galleries and fascinating tours of historical and political interest including the famous Apartheid Museum.

    Today however you will more than likely simply want to relax and enjoy the urban sanctuary that the Saxon provides as you get to know your fellow travelers. A welcome dinner tonight is included at the hotels award winning restaurant, Grei. Here head Chef Candice Philip will create a sumptuous meal that you will enjoy along with a pairing of some of the country’s best wines.

    Meals Included: Dinner

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    • Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa

Day 2


  • From Johannesburg to the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve (Tuesday, August 04, 2020)


    Rested and relaxed this morning you will check out of the Saxon Hotel and enjoy a short transfer back to O.R Tambo International Airport. Here you will board a flight to the smaller regional Skukuza Airport. From here you will be met by your driver and together make your way to the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa's premier private game viewing destination.

    It is in this region that the southern African safari began and today this famous game reserve offers exceptional game viewing and equally exceptional accommodations. Two perennial rivers, the Sabi and the Sand flow through this Game Reserve, sustaining the diverse fauna and flora of the area. The chances of finding the elusive leopard within the Sabi Sands is legendary!

    Your home for the next few days will be the Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, a property that repeatedly finds itself listed amongst the Top 100 hotels in the World. Located in the heart of the game-rich Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the world- renowned Kruger National Park, you will experience some of the best game viewing opportunities available anywhere in Africa.

    Arriving at Ivory Lodge around lunchtime you will be shown to your luxury chalets and given an orientation tour of this incredible property. The Manager of the lodge will explain a few precautions to take during your stay to ensure your safety and wellbeing as it is worth keeping in keep in mind despite your opulent surroundings you are in the middle of wild Africa! You will then enjoy a welcome lunch before having a few hours at leisure to relax and unpack. In the late afternoon you will enjoy a casual high tea in the main communal area of the lodge overlooking the wilderness before setting off on your first safari drive!

    During your stay at Lions Sands Ivory Lodge you will have the opportunity to join two safari drives everyday. One in the early morning and then another that leaves in the late afternoon and returns shortly after dark. Please note you are in no way obligated to join both of these drives everyday and if you would prefer to sleep in one morning and simply join the afternoon drive (or vice versa) you are of course welcome to do so. As the lodge is located in the middle of the game reserve you will enjoy fantastic game sightings from anywhere around the property including the communual areas or even right from your bedroom.

    Returning from the evening game drive you will enjoy a splendid African inspired meal prepared by the lodges talented team of Chefs. After dinner you are welcome to either relax around the communal firepit sipping your choice of beverage as you get to know your fellow travelers or retire to your room in preparation for the next day’s early start.

    Meals Included: Full Board (including local beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks)

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    • Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

Day 3

  • On Safari in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve (Wednesday, August 05, 2020)


    This morning you will wake up just as the sun is rising above the horizon and make your way to the main area of the lodge. Here you will enjoy a selection of coffee, tea, fruit and light pastries before hopping on board your safari vehicle and continuing your exploration of this enormous game reserve.

    Note that on both your morning and evening game drives your guide will find a nice area to stop for a half hour where you will enjoy some light refreshments and a chance to stretch your legs. Arriving back at the lodge mid-morning you will then enjoy a lavish brunch during which you can swap stories about that mornings game drive and decide on the plan for the remainder of the day.

    Please chat with your guide if you have any specific interests that you would like to explore while on Safari. These could include interests such as birding or perhaps ask about the possibility of scheduling a nature walk during which you can get up close and personal with the fauna and flora that surrounds your lodge.

    Meals Included: Full Board (including local beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks)

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    • Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

Day 4

  • On Safari in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve (Thursday, August 06, 2020)


    Today will be your last opportunity to check off any animals that have so far remained elusive. In addition to the other many animals you will undoubtedly see, the goal on any Safari is always to find the “Big Five”.

    Throughout much of the early 20th century, when hunting was still the main reason international visitors made their way to Africa, these five animals were considered the most dangerous animals to hunt and were therefore prized as trophies above all others. Fortunately, times have changed and now most guests who go on Safari want to admire and photograph these incredible animals rather than cause them any harm. The “Big Five” are the Elephant, the Rhinoceros, the Leopard, the Lion and the Cape Buffalo and all can be found on the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

    Traditionally, leopards can often be the most difficult animal to locate as their patterns allow them to blend into the bushveld at a moment’s notice. Often if you do find a leopard, they will be up a tree where they have either pulled their kill to keep it away from the prying jaws of the prowling hyenas, or simply resting safe in the knowledge they are out of reach of any larger predators.

    Meals Included: Full Board (including local beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks)

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    • Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

Day 5

  • From South Africa to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (Friday, August 07, 2020)


    This morning you will bid farewell to Lion Sands Ivory Lodge and make your way back to Skukuza Airport. Here you will board a short 30 minute flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport where you will change planes and make your way to Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (formally Livingstone International Airport). Having cleared customs you will meet your driver and enjoy an hour long transfer to your next destination, Matetsi Victoria Falls Lodge.

    While still many miles from Matetsi, you will see in the distance what looks like an enormous column of white smoke rising up from the ground. This phenomenon is the massive cloud of spray generated by the huge volume of rushing water passing over the falls and is the first experience most travelers have with the falls. This same phenomenon is responsible for the name the local population who settled this area hundreds of years ago gave to the falls, Mosi-oa-Tunya, or translated, The Smoke that Thunders.

    Arriving at Matetsi Victoria Falls, you will check in and settle into your new home for the next three nights. Matetsi is ideally located on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River and this first afternoon and evening you will spend at leisure soaking up your tranquil surroundings. Enjoy a gin and tonic on the deck overlooking the river as you watch herds of elephants and other animals wander down for a drink.

    Tonight you will enjoy a wonderful welcome dinner as you chat about your experiences so far and make plans for your time at Victoria Falls. While many activities are included over the next few days including safari drives, a sunset river cruise and high tea at the renowned Victoria Falls hotel there are a wide range of additional activities that would be payable locally. These include helicopter flights over the falls, white water rafting, horseback safaris or even one of the world’s highest bungee jumps!

    Meals Included: Full Board (including local beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks)

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    • Matetsi Victoria Falls

Day 6

  • Exploring Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (Saturday, August 08, 2020)


    This morning you will enjoy a sumptuous breakfast before setting off to visit the mighty nearby falls.

    August is a wonderful time to visit Victoria Falls as the water levels are not too high nor too low. After the dry season (November), much of the water dries up and certain parts of the falls cease to flow, however following the rainy season (February), the volume of water is so great that the entire area is shrouded in spray making it almost impossible to see anything at all!

    Today you will need to be prepared for a great deal of walking as the best way to experience the falls is on foot. Miles of winding paths and wooden stairs traverse the falls and lead to various viewing decks as no single vantage point allows you to see the falls in their entirety.

    Following a morning spent exploring this incredible area you will then break for a well deserved lunch, payable locally, at the charming Zambezi House. Lunch today will be a very casual affair as you try some local African dishes with the roar of the falls in the background.

    This afternoon you will then visit the historic Victoria Falls Hotel, a beautiful hotel with a truly iconic view over the falls. Built in 1904 this historic landmark captures the British Colonial era beautifully and will transport you back to a time when the British empire had a firm footing in Africa. Having walked the beautiful grounds and taken some great photographs you will then enjoy a traditional afternoon high tea that the hotel is so famous for.

    You will then end today with a truly magical experience, a private sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Keep an eye out for wildlife as you gently cruise down the river as it is this time of day when all the animals come down to drink. Cocktails, beer and wine will be served on board.

    Following your cruise you will return to Matetsi where you will enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail around the firepit before enjoying another incredible dinner experience. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner (including local beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks)

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    • Matetsi Victoria Falls

Day 7

  • Exploring Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (Sunday, August 09, 2020)


    Today will be a day at leisure during which you have various options to enjoy. Both a morning and evening Safari drive will take place and you are welcome to join either one or both. You could also simply spend the day in the large swimming pool watching the various wildlife come and go as they wander past your lodge.

    Alternatively, today would be a good day to sign up for one of the other activities that are available and payable locally. These include a helicopter flight over the falls, white water rafting, bungee jumping, fishing, horseback riding or meeting with a local community outreach project.

    Regardless of how you choose to spend today you will enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner before retiring to your chalet in preparation for tomorrow’s trip to Cape Town!

    Meals Included: Full Board (including local beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks)

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    • Matetsi Victoria Falls

Day 8

  • From Victoria Falls to the Cape Wine Region, South Africa (Monday, August 10, 2020)


    This morning you will say goodbye to Matetsi and make your way to the nearby Victoria Falls International Airport. Here you will meet your direct flight to Cape Town. Make sure to have your camera ready as there are usually some great views of the falls shortly after takeoff!

    Arriving into Cape Town you will clear customs and meet your local driver. Together you will set off for Franschhoek, one of the region’s most beautiful little towns and home to most of South Africa’s top wineries. This 1.5-hour drive will take you through some stunning scenery. Arriving into Franschhoek you will check in to La Residence, one of our favorite hotels in South Africa. Here you will have the remainder of your day at leisure.

    Franschhoek is known as the ‘Food and Wine Capital of South Africa’ and for good reason. Although the list varies year-to-year, up to 8 of South Africa’s ‘Top 100’ restaurants are based in Franschhoek! Despite its tiny size, the town boasts an incredible range of snug cafés and stylish restaurants with every style of food on offer. From traditional English pub food to classic bistro fare, superb wood-fired pizzas to sumptuous sushi, this gourmet dining town has it all.

    As befits the town’s Huguenot heritage, Franschhoek restaurants frequently feature French cuisine, alongside plenty of traditional and contemporary South African restaurants. Some of the country’s leading chefs create innumerable dishes using only the freshest produce from the valley, complimented by a host of delightful local wines.

    If you would like to explore the nearby high street where many of these restaurants are located you are welcome to do so. As well as wonderful restaurants you will also find a number of art galleries, pottery studios and wine bars. La Residence offers complimentary transfers to and from the high street and so if you wanted to find a great restaurant here and stay for dinner you would be welcome to do. Alternatively La Residence boasts a wonderful restaurant overseen by head chef Lennard Marais.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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    • La Residence

Day 9

  • Exploring the Cape Wine Region (Tuesday, August 11, 2020)


    This morning you will have the opportunity to choose between two different activities. The first option will be a trip to Gansbaai, a world hot spot for the great white shark. Here you will experience an incredible cage diving adventure on board a custom designed boat, Slashfin, named after one of the visiting sharks. An on-board marine biologist will educate you as you get up close and personal with this amazing apex predator in the famous Shark Alley. Please note you can also join the shark trip and simply remain on the deck of the boat. This still allows for magnificent views of the sharks while at the same timer remaining safe and dry. 

    For those opting out of this experience you will instead spend the morning exploring the Franschhoek Valley that is home to a number of wonderful wineries. You will be accompanied by a local expert wine guide who will explain why the Franschhoek Valley is so ideally suited to producing some of the world’s best wines.

    Both groups will then reunite for lunch at a wonderful local restaurant, payable locally, before continuing on with your exploration of this beautiful region. This afternoon’s touring will focus on the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. In addition to magnificent mountains and breathtaking views, the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley offers a wide range of award-winning wineries and wine cellars. While the area produces an array of excellent wines, it is most renowned for its pinot noir.

    You will then end your day of touring back at La Residence, where once again you will have your evening at leisure to further explore this quaint little town or simply relax by the pool and soak up the tranquil atmosphere. You are free tonight to enjoy dinner at any of the nearby award-winning restaurants or dine at the hotels wonderful restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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    • La Residence

Day 10

  • From the Wine Region to Cape Town (Wednesday, August 12, 2020)


    This morning you will check out of La Residence and enjoy a meandering tour through the Cape Winelands as you make your way to Cape Town. While this region is renowned for its crisp white and classic French-style red wines, fantastic cheeses and olives it also boasts a stunning wealth of natural rustic beauty. Today you will visit vast estates shaded from the harsh African sunshine by giant oak trees and towering mountains overlooking lush valleys.

    One particularly interesting town you will visit today is Stellenbosch. Originally founded by the Dutch settlers who arrived in South Africa in 1652 this unique town boasts some wonderful architecture that is known locally as Cape Dutch architecture. Stellenbosch is now home to Stellenbosch University, one of South Africa’s largest universities and so its street’s are an eclectic mix of bars, cafe's and wine shops.

    It is on the outskirts of Stellenbosch where you will find Delaire Graff Estate. This incredible estate is a mixture of art galleries, sculpture gardens, vineyard and restaurants. It is here where you will break for lunch, payable locally. If you are feeling particularly lavish the estate also hosts the Graff Diamond Boutique. Laurence Graff founded Graff Diamonds in 1960 and throughout its rich history the company has possibly handled more rare and notable diamonds than any other jeweler in the world. From design conception and sourcing each rough stone, to the cutting, polishing and final setting of each exquisite jewel, every step is realized in-house.

    Before arriving into Cape Town you will make one last stop at the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden. For the past several years this renowned South African sculptor has become increasingly aware of the significance of wilderness to the human psyche, and has been exploring the idea of co-existing internal and external untamed wild spaces. This led to his desire to deepen the animal-human interface in his work, and in early 2009 he began to explore the male figure for the first time in his career. Since then he has launched himself into a passionate exploration of both male and female figures: a dynamic integration of human, animal, and earth, held together by ideas of ancient animistic belief and myth. This new work represents the ongoing human struggle of everyday duality, suggesting that we embrace the tensions between animal and human nature and moreover, that there is a beauty to be found in wrestling with that integration.

    Late this afternoon you will arrive into Cape Town. Here you will check in to the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, one of Cape Towns most celebrated and storied hotels. This evening you may either venture out into Cape Town to enjoy one of the cities many top restaurants, or if you prefer, stay in at the Mount Nelson and dine at the Lord Nelson Restaurant. This historic oak panelled restaurant is run by one of South Africa’s top Chef’s Rudi Liebenberg and will provide a highly memorable dining experience.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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    • Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Day 11

  • Exploring Cape Town (Thursday, August 13, 2020)


    This morning you will set off for a full day Peninsula tour that will take you around the Cape peninsula and show you the wonders of Cape Town - from the pristine beaches, to the spectacular sight of Cape Point, where the oceans meet. However a trip up Table Mountain is quite rightly one of the first things a tourist wants to do when arriving in Cape Town and so this is where you will begin.

    Having taken the revolving cable car all the way to the top, over 3000ft above the city, you are rewarded with spectacular views. Here you can take your time and enjoy this unique environment, a multitude of walking trails criss cross the top of the mountain each leading to a view more stunning than the last.

    From Table Mountain, you will be met by a team of friendly motorcycle riders each piloting a classic motorcycle with a side car! Having jumped in you will travel along one of the most gorgeous stretches of coastal roads anywhere in the world. Chapmans Peak winds along the Atlantic Seaboard and offers breath taking views corner after corner. You will stop at various points along the way to take photographs and stretch your legs. Please note if anyone is not comfortable in the motorcycle side car your luxury van will be traveling as part of the group.

    Following a break for lunch, payable locally, you will then hop back into your van and move on to Cape Point where the spectacular nature reserve that lies in this area is one of the most famous landmarks in Cape Town, and for good reason. Situated on the very tip of the peninsula, with the Indian Ocean on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, the area spans across landscapes such as rugged cliffs, lush fynbos and vast open spaces.

    You will then enjoy a stunning drive back to Cape Town through various little coastal towns and villages. Once back in the city you have the evening at leisure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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    • Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Day 12

  • Exploring Cape Town (Friday, August 14, 2020)


    Today you will continue your exploration of Cape Town, beginning at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, widely regarded as one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world. Set against the Eastern slopes of Table Mountain these wonderful gardens boast a spectacular array of indigenous flora and your guide will provide you with interesting information about the various species you are admiring.

    You will then make your way to the Norval Foundation, a local center for art and cultural expression. The foundation is dedicated to the research and exhibition of 20th and 21st-century visual art from South Africa and beyond. Located in the Steenberg area of Cape Town, adjacent to Table Mountain National Park, the Norval Foundation combines the experience of art with an appreciation for nature. Here you will be met by the CEO of the foundation and given a guided tour of the main highlights of the collection.

    Another highlight at Norval is a wonderful Sculpture Garden that you will have the opportunity to walk through. You will then break for lunch, payable locally, at the Skotnes Restaurant, the culinary arm of the foundation. Overlooking the foundation’s serene wetland and Sculpture Garden, the Skotnes seamlessly integrates nature and architecture.

    The menu pays homage to classical South African cuisine, while updating its flavors and distilling its ingredients to their simplest possible presentation. All ingredients are sourced from local, small-batch suppliers, with the intention of supporting and uplifting local communities. At the helm of the Skotnes is Executive Chef Phil de Villiers.

    You will then end your day with a visit to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. The Museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, research, and exhibit cutting edge contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora. It is the first major museum in Africa dedicated to contemporary art. One of the most interesting aspects of this visit is the architecture of the museum itself. The museum is built around forty-two 33 meter high concrete tubes, each with a diameter of 5.5 meter, what was originally Cape Town’s main grain storage facility!

    You will then return to your hotel where you will have some time to relax and freshen up before enjoying a short transfer to your farewell dinner. Just as the sun is beginning to set over the Cape Town skyline you will make your way to the rooftop terrace of The Silo. Located in the heart of Cape Town’s waterfront district, this brand-new hotel is one of the city’s most impressive architectural designs. This evening you will watch the sunset from the roof of this marvelous building while at the same time enjoy a guided tasting of some of South Africa’s most unique gins. Although not traditionally known for its gin, South Africa has seen a number of distilleries pop up over the last few years and with the help of high quality ingredients and local infusions, South African Gins are quickly making a name for themselves on the international market.

    Following these sunset cocktails, you will make your way to the hotels private dining room. With walls of glass boasting unparalleled views out over Cape Town it is here you will enjoy a spectacular farewell dinner paired with some of the many incredible wines you would have sampled during your adventures over the last two weeks.

    Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

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    • Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Day 13

  • Depart South Africa (Saturday, August 15, 2020)


    This morning you will check out of your hotel and meet your transfer that will take you back to Cape Town International Airport. From here you will meet your onward flight home. Please note the cost of this international flight home is not included. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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Pricing for the Exeter Safari Company Founders Tour 2020:


Price per person based on two guests traveling together sharing one double occupancy room throughout: $21,075 per person.


Price per person based on one guest traveling occupying one double occupancy room throughout: $27,575 per person

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Please note this Tour is strictly limited to 20 guests.

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