Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 84
OUR FAVORITE PLACES
Start with a safari; end with a little urban exploration.
What we love about South Africa: One day you're spotting a pride of lions from your Land Rover; the next, you're sipping
pinot noir in the Cape Winelands or slurping oysters on the Cape Town waterfront. "South Africa is an incredibly diverse
destination," says David Bragg, a Virtuoso advisor from Nashville. "Safari, coastline, city life - there's really
something to offer everyone here."
Embark on city strolls and game drives.
The dry season (April through October) is the best time
for a South African safari, and you'll want to plan for at
least ten days on the ground. Fly into Johannesburg,
Bragg recommends, to kick jet lag and explore the
city before heading to the 32-room Londolozi Private
Game Reserve for a week of game drives, photography
lessons, and voluntourism opportunities. Cap off your
trip with a few days in Cape Town: "I really like a mix of
city, culture, and safari when I visit South Africa," Bragg
says, "and this trip covers it all." Accommodations
from $1,056 per person, including a welcome amenity
and breakfast daily.
Switch up your safari style.
"A safari is different every time," Bragg says. "Your experience is really based on how the animals are acting in
that moment, so it's never the same twice." On a return
trip to South Africa, kick off your adventure with a twoday, Pretoria-to-Cape Town journey aboard The Blue
Train, which channels the glamorous, old-school days of
train travel in swanky sleeper cars and a wood-paneled
cigar lounge, before heading into Kruger National Park.
Later, extend your time on the continent by jetting off to
the beach - Bragg sends many travelers to Mozambique
post-safari for some secluded relaxation. Blue Train
cabins from $3,320.
From left: Herd-spotting in Londolozi Private
Game Reserve, the Cape Town coast, and a
happy-hour hangout aboard The Blue Train.
PRO TIP: "Pack light," advises Bragg. "Lodge transfer planes have strict weight guidelines; many lodges provide laundry
service anyway. If a safari is only part of your trip and you need more than one bag, we can arrange for extra luggage to
be stored at the airport."
V I RT U O S O L I F E
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