This is a honeymoon-worthy blend of cosmopolitan city highlights, epic wildlife and unbelievably dreamy scenes on Mozambique’s beaches. Do it in style with game drives in the private Sabi Sands Game Reserve and an ultra-luxurious week in one of Africa’s most exclusive beach destinations.
Suggested route & duration
14 nights from Cape Town
• Cape Town 4 nights
• Sabi Sands 3 nights
• Mozambique (Bazaruto) 7 nights
About this independent tour
Why you’ll love this itinerary
• Stay in upscale accommodation in this classic combination
• Soak up the vibrancy of culture, food and wine in Cape Town
• Go on game drives in exclusive Sabi Sands, which borders Kruger National Park and has fewer crowds and impeccable service
• Escape to almost-deserted island beaches for ultimate relaxation and marine activities in Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago
• Upgrade to include transfers if you’d prefer to sit back and relax
Suggested itinerary details
Day 1: Cape Town
Arrive in Cape Town. Take in the stunning coastal views on a drive down the Cape Peninsula, visit the top of Table Mountain by cable car and eat your way around Cape Town’s great restaurants which are just minutes from your waterfront hotel. Stay 4 nights at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel.
Day 5: Sabi Sands
Fly into Skukuza Airport and drive to your lodge in Sabi Sands Game Reserve. At Lion Sands’ River Lodge, you’ll go on game drives in areas that share an unfenced border with Kruger National Park next door. Like all of the lodges at Lion Sands, River Lodge has glossy-magazine interiors and high-end boutique service. Stay 3 nights at River Lodge at Lion Sands Game Reserve.
Day 8: Mozambique
Fly to Vilanculos and take a speedboat transfer to your island hideaway. Anantara Bazaruto is the crowning piece on your grand escape. Snorkel in clear waters and look for seasonal guests like humpback whales and whale sharks or go horse riding on the sand dunes when the tide is out. Stay 7 nights at Anantara Bazaruto.
Walk on the wild side
Follow a guide on a bush walk and, if you’re lucky, wander by a towering giraffe
Up in the air
See Cape Town’s stunning coastline and flat-topped mountain from above on a helicopter ride
Sleeping under stars
Upgrade to a night in one of Lion Sands’ amazing treehouses for an unforgettable experience in the wild
Under the sea
Go diving and look out for Mozambique’s dugongs, turtles and the seasonal whale shark
Tailor your tour
Make it your own
We’ve crafted this itinerary based on our own experiences and our customers’ feedback. It’s fully flexible, so talk to us and we can create your perfect trip.
Where to stay
We’ve chosen places to stay that we think are worthy of this grand holiday, like Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, an iconic landmark hotel in Cape Town; Lion Sands' River Lodge, a sumptuous safari lodge in a prime wildlife viewing area; and Anantara Bazaruto, a sublime island retreat on Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago which you can get to by helicopter.
Let us know if there’s anything you’d want to include to make your holiday extra special. Book a night in one of Lion Sands’ grown-up treehouses surrounded by the sounds of the wild or take a helicopter ride for stunning aerial shots of Cape Town.
We think 4 nights is enough time to cover Cape Town’s sights followed by 3 nights to spot wildlife on game drives in Sabi Sands. Mozambique deserves at least a week to soak up the seclusion and can easily be extended for extra down time.
There are plenty of places worth weaving in to get more out of your holiday. Go for tastings and cellar tours in the Cape Winelands where there are impressive wine estates to stay at. And if you go between June and December, you’ll be just in time for whale watching in Hermanus.
Good to know
When to go
• Cape Town is great to visit year-round with warm summers (January to February), mild winters (June to August, when Cape Town gets its rain) and warm shoulder seasons that are usually less busy
• The dry season (May to October) is the best time for wildlife spotting in Sabi Sands/Kruger; pack layers as mornings and nights can get chilly
• Mozambique is lovely all year round, except for hurricane season (February to March). With little competition and picture-perfect beaches, the resorts of Mozambique can cost considerably more than other African beach resorts. For this, you'll get unparalleled exclusivity.