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World's Greatest Dream Trips: South Africa

Adriaan Louw

South Africa

“To experience South Africa’s natural beauty and the wine, and a safari.” —Charlotte Livingston Piotrowski, via Facebook

T+L A-List advisor Tamsyn Fricker (13 days from $13,685 per person) recommends the following journey:

Days 1–2: Arrive at stylish Birkenhead House, in Hermanus, on the southern coast. From June to November, keep an eye out for southern right whales, visible from the pool deck.

Days 3–4: Head to Richard Branson’s new wine country estate, Mont Rochelle Hotel & Mountain Vineyard, in Franschhoek. You can ride horses in the valley and dine at chef Chris Erasmus’s new spot, Foliage.

Days 5–7: Your Cape Town stay includes a white-on-white suite at the Cape View Clifton, hiking Lion’s Head mountain, and the vibrant art scene in Woodstock.

Days 8–10: The revamped 12-suite Singita Boulders Lodge is breathing new life into the game-rich Sabi Sand Reserve. A dining pavilion hovers over a river where hippos and elephants gather.

Days 11–13: At the 250,000-acre Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, a favorite of Bono, you’ll track the black rhino, hear the majestic Kalahari lion roar, and, if you’re lucky, see an elusive armadillo-like pangolin.


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