Adventure, luxury and great whites in South Africa
Tthere’s nothing quite like staring down an endangered black rhino at close range. Except perhaps staring down a pride of African lions at even closer range. At night.For those who were still unfazed, a dip in the frigid waters of the Atlantic alongside a great white shark did the trick and got the adrenaline coursing.
We kicked off the trip atop Cape Town’s Table Mountain with a toast to the convergence of culture and adventure that awaited our group in the heart of Southern Africa. From the cosmopolitan vibes of Cape Town to the storied vineyards of Stellenbosch, guests got--quite literally--a luxurious taste of this incredible region.
We traveled by private helicopter to the tiny hamlet of Gansbaai, where guests had the chance to dive with great white sharks. A private jet then took us to Singita’s stunning Pamushana Lodge, located on the 130,000-acre Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in Zimbabwe. There, guests enjoyed private plunge pools and the service of personal butlers and were treated to daily high tea and exotic bush dinners. An entire team of dedicated guides and trackers were always on hand to take guests into the bush to search out the famed Big Five, either by boat, on foot or in a specially designed game vehicle. Before too long, we had seen black rhinos, cheetahs, lions, elephants, giraffes and more types of antelopes than you can imagine, all in one of the most stunning and grandly appointed game lodges in Zimbabwe.
As the trip drew to a close we set off for one final adventure: A close encounter with the history and culture of Johannesburg at the Saxon Hotel, where Nelson Mandela edited his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. Here, guests relaxed, enjoyed a last tasting of the region’s famous wines and reflected on the incredible experience.
"This trip was beyond anything that we could have ever imagined. That Great White encounter was a once-in-a-lifetime experience!"