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The Exeter Safari Company Africa Founders Tour 2021 (Small Group)South Africa, Zimbabwe

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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Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa (Thursday, August 12, 2021)

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

Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa
Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa

The Saxon has a story to tell. Originally a private home and host to many honored guests, the art within the home portrays lives lived with guests and friends spending time together. Elegant. Luxurious. Unforgettable. Merging the finest culinary experiences, the ultimate in luxurious accommodation and the Award-winning Spa, the Saxon will take you on an unforgettable journey. This is truly the place you can call home. Let the Saxon treat you to personalized, discreet service and unparalleled South African hospitality. The Saxon is a quiet retreat from the outside world that offers panoramic views over the indigenous gardens towards the city skyline beyond. Each of their rooms is fully equipped with a business area comprising complimentary use of a laptop with a secured wireless Internet connection as well as an iPod docking station, HD LCD screen television, full Digital Satellite bouquet and Blu-ray DVD player, together with state-of-the-art surround-sound music system, including all radio stations, full gaming interface and digital movie library.

Day 2

From Johannesburg to the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve (Friday, August 13, 2021)

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

Lion Sands is a place that enriches one’s soul and promises life-changing moments and opportunities that will leave you with memories of unforgettable experiences. The family that runs the lodge considers themselves one of the most fortunate in the world to have the privilege of being the custodians of one of Africa’s truly unspoiled wilderness areas. In the heart of the game-rich Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the world-renowned Kruger National Park, they have created an iconic destination, which is as close to perfection as any place in Africa can take you. At Lion Sands, you have the opportunity to view spectacular wildlife whilst preserving the balance of the bushveld, and the privilege of being in the company of people with an insatiable enthusiasm both for the bush and for the people who come out to visit. The international award-winning Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is ultra-luxurious, yet simple and uncluttered. Neither word nor photograph can capture the sense of the pure beauty which is breathed in when opening the carved wooden doors leading into the luxurious chalets. Lion Sands Ivory Lodge was awarded the third best hotel in the world by Tatler Magazine in 2006 and has been included in their “101 Best Hotels in the World” 2006 & 2007 listings. Ivory Lodge is also a proud member of Virtuoso, the largest exclusive by invitation only travel network group in the world.

Day 3

On Safari in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve (Saturday, August 14, 2021)

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)

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

Lion Sands is a place that enriches one’s soul and promises life-changing moments and opportunities that will leave you with memories of unforgettable experiences. The family that runs the lodge considers themselves one of the most fortunate in the world to have the privilege of being the custodians of one of Africa’s truly unspoiled wilderness areas. In the heart of the game-rich Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the world-renowned Kruger National Park, they have created an iconic destination, which is as close to perfection as any place in Africa can take you. At Lion Sands, you have the opportunity to view spectacular wildlife whilst preserving the balance of the bushveld, and the privilege of being in the company of people with an insatiable enthusiasm both for the bush and for the people who come out to visit. The international award-winning Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is ultra-luxurious, yet simple and uncluttered. Neither word nor photograph can capture the sense of the pure beauty which is breathed in when opening the carved wooden doors leading into the luxurious chalets. Lion Sands Ivory Lodge was awarded the third best hotel in the world by Tatler Magazine in 2006 and has been included in their “101 Best Hotels in the World” 2006 & 2007 listings. Ivory Lodge is also a proud member of Virtuoso, the largest exclusive by invitation only travel network group in the world.

Day 4

On Safari in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve (Sunday, August 15, 2021)

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)

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

Lion Sands is a place that enriches one’s soul and promises life-changing moments and opportunities that will leave you with memories of unforgettable experiences. The family that runs the lodge considers themselves one of the most fortunate in the world to have the privilege of being the custodians of one of Africa’s truly unspoiled wilderness areas. In the heart of the game-rich Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the world-renowned Kruger National Park, they have created an iconic destination, which is as close to perfection as any place in Africa can take you. At Lion Sands, you have the opportunity to view spectacular wildlife whilst preserving the balance of the bushveld, and the privilege of being in the company of people with an insatiable enthusiasm both for the bush and for the people who come out to visit. The international award-winning Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is ultra-luxurious, yet simple and uncluttered. Neither word nor photograph can capture the sense of the pure beauty which is breathed in when opening the carved wooden doors leading into the luxurious chalets. Lion Sands Ivory Lodge was awarded the third best hotel in the world by Tatler Magazine in 2006 and has been included in their “101 Best Hotels in the World” 2006 & 2007 listings. Ivory Lodge is also a proud member of Virtuoso, the largest exclusive by invitation only travel network group in the world.

Day 5

From South Africa to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (Monday, August 16, 2021)

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)

Matetsi Victoria Falls
Matetsi Victoria Falls

Perfectly in tune with Matetsi Private Game Reserve’s pristine habitats, the exclusive andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge offers a safari oasis that combines an exceptional wildlife experience and 15km of private Zambezi River frontage with easy access to the majestic Victoria Falls. The lodge pays homage to the wonderfully rich cultural heritage of Zimbabwe by showcasing a vibrant theme of wood and copper, the “red gold” of the country’s historical mining industry. Splashes of bright blue remind guests of the rushing waters of the Zambezi River. Here, guests have the opportunity to take advantage of an extensive Safari Shop, fitness center, and massage room. A 25 meter long, rim-flow swimming pool stretches along the riverbank, while an exclusive wine cellar boasts eye-level views of the Zambezi River.

Day 6

Exploring Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (Tuesday, August 17, 2021)

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)

Matetsi Victoria Falls
Matetsi Victoria Falls

Perfectly in tune with Matetsi Private Game Reserve’s pristine habitats, the exclusive andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge offers a safari oasis that combines an exceptional wildlife experience and 15km of private Zambezi River frontage with easy access to the majestic Victoria Falls. The lodge pays homage to the wonderfully rich cultural heritage of Zimbabwe by showcasing a vibrant theme of wood and copper, the “red gold” of the country’s historical mining industry. Splashes of bright blue remind guests of the rushing waters of the Zambezi River. Here, guests have the opportunity to take advantage of an extensive Safari Shop, fitness center, and massage room. A 25 meter long, rim-flow swimming pool stretches along the riverbank, while an exclusive wine cellar boasts eye-level views of the Zambezi River.

Day 7

Exploring Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (Wednesday, August 18, 2021)

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)

Matetsi Victoria Falls
Matetsi Victoria Falls

Perfectly in tune with Matetsi Private Game Reserve’s pristine habitats, the exclusive andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge offers a safari oasis that combines an exceptional wildlife experience and 15km of private Zambezi River frontage with easy access to the majestic Victoria Falls. The lodge pays homage to the wonderfully rich cultural heritage of Zimbabwe by showcasing a vibrant theme of wood and copper, the “red gold” of the country’s historical mining industry. Splashes of bright blue remind guests of the rushing waters of the Zambezi River. Here, guests have the opportunity to take advantage of an extensive Safari Shop, fitness center, and massage room. A 25 meter long, rim-flow swimming pool stretches along the riverbank, while an exclusive wine cellar boasts eye-level views of the Zambezi River.

Day 8

From Victoria Falls to the Cape Wine Region, South Africa (Thursday, August 19, 2021)

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

La Residence
La Residence

La Residence is a romantic, indulgent paradise whose interior is filled with wonderful artwork and magnificent furniture. Eleven glamorous suites are decorated in vibrant colors. Guests can enjoy the pool, spa, gym, library and wireless internet. Warm, personalized service creates an atmosphere of relaxation, whilst garden produce is used to create memorable meals. Complimentary village transfers allow leisurely exploration while activities available locally range from wine-tasting to golf. This is the perfect Winelands haven.

Day 9

Exploring the Cape Wine Region (Friday, August 20, 2021)

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

La Residence
La Residence

La Residence is a romantic, indulgent paradise whose interior is filled with wonderful artwork and magnificent furniture. Eleven glamorous suites are decorated in vibrant colors. Guests can enjoy the pool, spa, gym, library and wireless internet. Warm, personalized service creates an atmosphere of relaxation, whilst garden produce is used to create memorable meals. Complimentary village transfers allow leisurely exploration while activities available locally range from wine-tasting to golf. This is the perfect Winelands haven.

Day 10

From the Wine Region to Cape Town (Saturday, August 21, 2021)

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

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

The Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is a timeless and authentic resort hotel located in the heart of Cape Town. With a unique legacy of service excellence based on authentic Cape hospitality, the hotel remains a destination of choice. The hotel’s convenient location makes it easy for guests to explore the city center and its surroundings, including some of South Africa’s best beaches. The garden estate setting is an urban sanctuary, complete with two heated swimming pools, rolling lawns, a palm lined avenue and secluded Rose gardens.

Day 11

Exploring Cape Town (Sunday, August 22, 2021)

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

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

The Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is a timeless and authentic resort hotel located in the heart of Cape Town. With a unique legacy of service excellence based on authentic Cape hospitality, the hotel remains a destination of choice. The hotel’s convenient location makes it easy for guests to explore the city center and its surroundings, including some of South Africa’s best beaches. The garden estate setting is an urban sanctuary, complete with two heated swimming pools, rolling lawns, a palm lined avenue and secluded Rose gardens.

Day 12

Exploring Cape Town (Monday, August 23, 2021)

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

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

The Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is a timeless and authentic resort hotel located in the heart of Cape Town. With a unique legacy of service excellence based on authentic Cape hospitality, the hotel remains a destination of choice. The hotel’s convenient location makes it easy for guests to explore the city center and its surroundings, including some of South Africa’s best beaches. The garden estate setting is an urban sanctuary, complete with two heated swimming pools, rolling lawns, a palm lined avenue and secluded Rose gardens.

Day 13

Depart South Africa (Tuesday, August 24, 2021)

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 2021:


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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    Have A Question?

    Why go through a company such as the Exeter Safari Company?

    An African safari is, for many people, a once in a lifetime trip and for that reason you will want to be sure the arrangements are flawless. A safari incorporates many different elements including airport arrival and departure services, transfers, light aircraft flights, the routing to remote lodges and the most knowledgeable local guides. Coordinating all these different services, often throughout multiple countries, languages and currencies can be daunting.

    By going through an experienced safari company which has a wealth of local knowledge, local connections and years of experience in the region you can be sure you will be receiving the highest possible level of service before, during and after your travels. At the Exeter Safari Company we work with only the best guides, highest quality lodges at every price point, and the most reliable transportation providers in Africa. Our extensive experience and connections throughout the continent will ensure your trip goes off without a hitch.

    In addition, you will enjoy the peace of mind knowing that you have access to 24/7 support both before your departure and during your time in Africa.

    What should I wear on safari?

    When deciding what clothing to pack for a safari trip your main priority is going to be comfort, coverage, durability and ease of packing. Keep in mind safaris often include light aircraft flights on to which normal hard sided suitcases are not allowed. You will therefore want to pack your clothing and other items into a soft sided duffel style travel bag (no larger than 24 inches long and 15 inches wide) that can be easily stored along with other travelers’ bags in the small luggage compartments on board. Note there is also a strict 15KG (33lbs) weight limit for your luggage.

    Regardless of the time of year you are traveling, or the expected temperatures, you will want to be prepared for some cooler occasions. In order to find animals while they are at their most active, safari drives generally take place in the early morning and late afternoon/early evening. You will therefore often be out and about during the cooler parts of the day and this combined with sitting in the back of an open sided safari vehicle means it can get chilly - even in the middle of Summer. Accordingly, you will want to bring one or two light jackets, preferably that can be layered, so when it does start warming up you are able to shed layers and maintain a comfortable temperature.

    It is also important where possible to wear long-sleeve shirts and pants to help with both sun and insect protection (fleece is great as insects can’t bite through it). Mosquitoes, Tsetse flies and other small flying insects can be bothersome during certain parts of your safari and preparing for them ahead of time will make your trip that much more pleasant. You will want to avoid bringing dark blue and black clothing as this color is known to attract certain flying insects such as Tsetse flies. You may also want leave behind your favorite white clothing as they can quickly become dirty from the dust in the air and climbing in and out of the safari vehicle. Last you will want to keep in mind you are trying to remain inconspicuous while on safari and so bright colors and loud prints should be avoided. Instead opt for more neutral tones in greens and browns that will help you blend into your surroundings.

    When it comes to footwear you will again want to choose an option that covers as much of your bare skin as possible, think hiking boots or closed shoes with long socks rather than flip-flops or sandals. You will also be climbing in and out of vehicles and walking on uneven terrain that could have sharp rocks or thorns and so you will want footwear that is relatively durable. Your safari may include bush walks and so you will want to wear sturdy hiking boots on these occasions. Around the lodge area you will be able to wear more casual and lightweight footwear including flip flops or sandals, assuming you have bug-spray to stop any pesky mosquitoes that may be in the area. While in your rooms you will normally have mosquito nets over the bed area however you may still want to bring some full-length pajamas to ensure you have less skin exposed to any mosquitoes that did manage to sneak in.

    When is the best time to travel to Africa?

    The short answer is anytime! While there are better and worse times to be on safari throughout the various regions of Africa because the continent is so large and so diverse whenever you are looking to travel there will be a destination that is right for you.

    Traditionally, the best time to go on safari is during the dry season that broadly runs from June through October, however this season does vary significantly depending where in Africa you are considering. During the dry season the vegetation is much less dense and because the grass is shorter it is much easier to track and locate wildlife. Additionally, when there is less rainfall there are fewer available water sources for wildlife to gather around. This results in the animals tending to congregate around the same lakes, pans and rivers which again makes for great game viewing (and leads to some interesting herbivore/predator encounters!).

    Often during the wet season, also called the green season, when water sources are abundant, the wildlife tends to spread out over an enormous area. Many camps and lodges close during this time of year, often December through February as the dirt tracks that surround the lodges become impassable.

    Another aspect to consider, especially if visiting East Africa, is the great migration. Please visit our page that explores this topic at length as it will give you a good idea as to where the migration is located at any particular time of year.

    What About Yellow Fever?

    Yellow Fever is a disease found in many parts of sub-tropical Africa transmitted into humans through Mosquito bites. As it can be quite a serious illness it is essential you receive a yellow fever vaccination before embarking on a trip to an effected country.

    The main safari destinations where Yellow Fever vaccinations are required are Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda and Rwanda. Other countries such as South Africa and Botswana require you to arrive with a yellow fever vaccination even if you have only transited through or visited a country where yellow fever exists within the past 6 months (keep in mind many of the countries on this list are in South America).

    Check with your Exeter Safari Company expert for the specific requirements regarding the destinations included in your program. It is important to note the Yellow Fever vaccine requires 10 days before it becomes effective and so don’t leave it to the last minute!

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