Iconic Africa’s Top 10 tours for 2020

There are so many different holiday-makers, from couples seeking a luxury escape, families that need different ages catered for and solo travellers seeking adventure. And… so many variables to consider – connecting flights, accommodation, activities and so on and so on! Taking time to plan your vacation shouldn’t feel like more effort so Iconic Africa has done all the hard work for you and put together some fantastic tours that have the perfect itinerary waiting. We have chosen our top ten tours for 2020 right here: 

 

JOHN’S GREAT VALUE GOLF & WINE SAFARI

Iconic Africa Director, John Holley’s two passions in life are golf and the bush. Most of his childhood was spent doing one or the other and many memories made while either teeing off at sunrise or toasting to the sunset with an ice-cold beer at a waterhole.  On that note – another great love of his is wine so a combo of golf, bush and wine… really is (in his mind) heaven! John has put together this incredible Golf & Wine Safari from all of his favourite destinations just for you. Get up close and personal with the magnificent Big Five; tee off on some of South Africa’s most impressive golf courses; discover gourmet restaurants and taste the finest wines that the Cape Winelands has to offer. Click here for full interactive itinerary.

Value Golf And Wine Tour South Africa 2A

LUXURY LONDOLOZI AFRICAN ADVENTURE

Iconic Africa has crafted the perfect mix of the ultimate in African luxury destinations to bring you the Luxury Londolozi African Adventure.  You’ll begin your trip in the Cape of South Africa at the Cape Grace – in the heart of the world’s most beautiful city and then visit La Residence perched on the slopes of the Franschhoek Valley on the world’s most beautiful wine-lands. From there you will travel to the magnificent Londolozi Founders Camp in the exquisite Sabi Sands and then on to  Zambia where you will experience the majesty of Victoria Falls from The Royal Livingstone and lastly to Jao Camp in the midst the wilderness wonderland of the Okavango Delta. Click here for full interactive itinerary.

SAFARI AND ISLAND RETREAT

Southern Africa offers some of the most spectacular coastlines the world over. Iconic Africa has picked boutique luxury on the shores of the raw wild Atlantic and floating in the tropical serenity of the Indian Ocean. Cape Cadogan nestled on the northern slopes of Table Mountain, offers relaxed, family-owned style and luxury – a perfect base from which to explore the awesome beaches, gastronomy and viticulture of the Cape. Azura Benguerra, in the cobalt warm waters of the Indian Ocean, offers a new level of fresh sophistication, seclusion and serenity on pristine beaches and unspoilt reefs. In between these, Londolozi Private Granite Suites offer you discerning and opulent hospitality combined with the world’s best leopard viewing. Click here for full interactive itinerary

AFRICA’S CAPE OF DESIRE

Africa’s Cape of Desire, as its name suggests, is a grand tour of this inspirational region at the base of the African continent. From cosmopolitan Cape Town – with its trendy bars and restaurants, world heritage sites, pristine beaches, sense of history and natural beauty – to the Winelands of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek – the undisputed culinary capital of South Africa and where South Africa’s world-famous wines are conjured from the Cape terroir – to the coastal sanctuary of Hermanus set on the magnificent cliffs of Walker Bay – world-renowned for its frolicking southern right whales and, for the more adventurous, a place to dive with Great White Sharks; The Cape of Desire offers you the most sumptuous luxury and astonishing natural wonder that only the tip of Africa has to offer. Click here for full interactive itinerary

AFRICA’S FAMILY GETAWAY

Africa’s Family Getaway is the ultimate luxury bespoke family holiday. It is full of excitement, adventure and fun while maintaining an indulgent level of sumptuous luxury. It is also completely safe for young children. The One&Only Cape Town is perfectly placed and appointed to accommodate your family in luxury while being an excellent launch pad to the delights of the Cape. Lelapa is malaria-free and by far the premier luxury safari camp for families with a quite exceptional children’s programme amidst the gorgeous wilderness and opulent accommodation. Likewise, Tongabezi is specially equipped and staffed to delight the modern family with adventure and fun in complete safety and extravagance. Click here for full interactive itinerary

THE ROYAL ROMANCE

Africa is the continent of safari, wilderness and adventurous escapades but infused into all of this is an unmistakable and ancient romance. Iconic Africa’s Royal Romance combines the beauty, wilderness, adventure and pioneering excitement of Africa with four destinations that define supreme luxury permeated with complete privacy and opulent romance. Ellerman House is the definition of modern sophisticated living on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the marvels of Cape Town all around. La Residence is the jewel of Franschoek – abject indulgence suspended in an impossibly beautiful valley of vineyards. Royal Malewane is impeccably tasteful grandeur surrounded by the majesty of the African wilderness. Royal Chundu is the ancient mystery and magic of the Zambezi in luxurious island seclusion. Click here for full interactive itinerary

LUXURY VIC FALLS & BOTSWANA

In the Luxury Vic Falls & Botswana Safari, Iconic Africa has created the ultimate safari for those wishing to explore Victoria Falls, one of the original natural wonders of the world, and Botswana’s unbelievable wildlife areas. The Elephant Camp –has breath-taking views of the Victoria Falls’ spray and the spectacular gorges which separate Zimbabwe and Zambia. It is a luxury, intimate lodge under canvas within easy reach of Victoria Falls and all its attractions and activities, yet secluded in its own private game reserve. Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge is situated in Chobe National Park which boasts the largest remaining population of the iconic African elephant. Botswana’s only fully serviced safari spa offers sweet repose in the heat of the midday. Selinda Camp is found in the Selinda Reserve of northern Botswana along the eastern banks of the Selinda Spillway, near the confluence of the Linyanti, Savute and Kwando Rivers. At the peak of the dry season, this concession boasts elephants by the thousands and regular sightings of the Selinda pack of African wild dogs.  Click here for full interactive itinerary

Selinda Explorers Camp

AFRICA’S LUXURY SAFARI CLASSIC

In Africa’s Luxury Safari Classic, Iconic Africa handpicks the quintessential essence of luxury southern Africa – the boutique opulence, the Out of Africa safari experience and the adventure of legend. The Cape Grace – in the heart of the world’s most beautiful city – is bountiful comfort while the city has natural beauty, gastronomic delight and heart-wrenching history in abundance. Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is a sumptuous safari in the world-famous Kruger National Park. The Royal Livingstone Hotel, on the banks of the mighty Zambezi, in the spray of the Victoria Falls is a luxurious launching pad for the natural spectacles and adventures of the falls.   Click here for full interactive itinerary

LUXURY EAST AFRICAN ADVENTURE

This tour as its name suggest is a grand tour of East Africa. From the colonial opulence of Hemingways Nairobi to the breathtaking views and exceptional service at Angama Mara, to the ultimate safari at Singita Faru Faru, to the pearly whites sands of andBeyond’s Mnemba Island Lodge in Zanzibar. Only the very best in East African hospitality, classic safari experiences, sumptuous luxury and unbelievable wildlife encounters await you.

JOHN’S PREMIER WINE & GOLF TOURS

Iconic Africa Director, John Holley’s three passions in life are golf, the bush and wine – 3 of life’s finest treats! He’s been lucky enough to spend much of his life dedicated to these 3 passions and exploring all that South Africa has to offer – which fortunately for him – is a great deal! He’s hand-picked his favourite destination and put them together for you here in his ultimate golf and wine safari. Explore the historical panorama route, the sensational Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve in the Kruger National Park, the Mother City, the coastal town of Hermanus and the rolling hills in Franschhoek and George.  These will no doubt be some of the best 15 days of your life – and full of wine, wildlife and golf they will be! Click here for full interactive itinerary.

Premier Golf and Safari Tour Fancourt

The Lions are coming to SA in 2021!

Iconic Africa is very excited at the recent announcement made by the British and Irish Lions who are planning a 2021 South African tour. This is very thrilling news for sports fanatics out there as the British and Irish Lions are set to play in front of the largest-ever crowd for a Lions Test in the professional era on their eight-match tour of South Africa in July/August 2021. It’s rugby’s ultimate adventure, the greatest tour of all. Every four years the very best players from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales unite as one to undertake a truly remarkable journey. 

If you plan on being one of the 88,000 fans at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg or plan on making it to the second Test at the Cape Town Stadium where the first Lions Test will happen since 1997 – why not throw in a once-in-a-lifetime safari into the mix and make your South African trip even more memorable! 

We have put together three very special tours for you to choose from that include the spectacular Cape Town, romantic town of Franschhoek and Phinda Private Game Reserve. Join Iconic Africa on this phenomenal tour where we can customize the perfect itinerary for you to see this beautiful country and watch two of the greatest rugby teams compete! Iconic Africa creates exclusive safari and holiday experiences. Our gorgeous destinations are hand-picked and we offer personalized and boutique experiences.

BRITISH LIONS TOUR – GOLD

16 Nights – Johannesburg, andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal Battlefields, Cape Town and Franschhoek (23 July – 6 August 2021). 

Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It 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.

Accommodation:  The Michelangelo Hotel

Described as ‘Seven Worlds of Wonder’, &Beyond Phinda encompasses an impressive 28 555 hectares (70 560 acres) of prime Big Five wilderness in KwaZulu-Natal. This Reserve comprises seven distinct habitats – from dry sand forest to wetland systems and mountain ranges.

Accommodation: andBeyond Phinda Rock Lodge or andBeyond Phinda Vlei Lodge, andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

KwaZulu Natal, also known as KZN, is steeped in history and littered with battlefields from the struggles of the Zulu Civil Wars, to their clashes with the Boers and the British. This picturesque area features sweeping views of rolling hills scattered with rugged rock formations.

Accommodation: Fugitives’ Drift Lodge, KwaZulu Natal Battlefields

Without question one of the world’s most spectacular cities, Cape Town sits on the southwestern edge of Africa and nestles beautifully between the two national heritage sites of the infamous Robben Island and the iconic “New 7 natural wonders of the world” member, Table Mountain. Cape Town, which is three times the size of New York, set about remodelling and restyling itself post the end of apartheid in 1994. It is thus not surprising that it has begun to receive international acclaim and was voted 2014, World Design Capital.

Accommodation: Clarendon Bantry Bay, Cape Town

A mere 40-minute drive from Cape Town, the Cape Winelands are without doubt one of the most beautiful regions in the world. Leave the coastline of Cape Town and wander towards the culinary capital of South Africa – Franschhoek. 

Accommodation: Leeu Estates, Franschhoek 

Return to The Michelangelo Hotel for 2 nights. 

 

BRITISH LIONS TOUR – BRONZE

16 Nights – Johannesburg, andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal Battlefields, Cape Town and Franschhoek (23 July – 6 August 2021). 

 

DAVINCI Hotel & Suites Nelson Mandela Square, Johannesburg

andBeyond Phinda Mountain or Forest Lodge, andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve 

Fugitives’ Drift Guest House, KwaZulu Natal Battlefields

Clarendon Fresnaye, Cape Town

Leeu House, Franschhoek

DAVINCI Hotel & Suites Nelson Mandela Square, Johannesburg

BRITISH LIONS TOUR – BUSH & BEACH 

16 Nights – Johannesburg, andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, Umhlanga, Cape Town and Franschhoek (23 July – 6 August 2021). 

 

DAVINCI Hotel & Suites Nelson Mandela Square, Johannesburg

andBeyond Phinda Mountain or Forest Lodge, andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve 

The Oyster Box, Umhlanga

Clarendon Fresnaye, Cape Town

Leeu House, Franschhoek

DAVINCI Hotel & Suites Nelson Mandela Square, Johannesburg

Includes:

  •  Transfer from OR Tambo Airport to your hotel
  •  2 nights accommodation in Johannesburg 
  •  Transfer to OR Tambo Airport
  •  Scheduled flight to Phinda via Nelspruit
  •  3 nights accommodation at Phinda Private Game Reserve 
  •  Transfer to Fugitives Drift Lodge/The Oyster Box
  •  2 nights at Fugitives Lodge/The Oyster Box
  •  Tours to Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana. (Not included in the Bush & Beach Tour)
  •  Transfer to King Shaka International Airport/ Durban
  •  Scheduled flight Durban – Cape Town
  •  Transfer to Bantry Bay Hotel/Clarendon Fresnaye Hotel 
  •  5 nights accommodation Bantry Bay Hotel/Clarendon Fresnaye Hotel 
  •  Transfer to Leeu Estate
  •  2 nights accommodation at Leeu Estate (B&B)
  •  Transfer to Cape Town International Airport
  •  Scheduled flight to OR Tambo Airport
  •  Transfer to hotel
  •  2 nights accommodation in Johannesburg
  •  Transfer to OR Tambo International Airport

Excludes:

  • Meals, drinks and laundry not specified in the itinerary or as outlined in the Includes
  • Premium brand drinks, champagne, cognacs, cellar wines, cigars and cigarettes
  • Gratuities and any items of a personal nature
  • Sightseeing and excursions not specified in the itinerary
  • Flights and transfers not specified in the itinerary
  • National parks and concession fees not specified in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees (please be sure to check if visas are required)
  • International flights
  • Rugby tickets for all matches

 

Take this time to relax and take in the scenery, cuisine and wildlife before the real performance starts as the Lions return to Johannesburg to face the newly-crowned Rugby World Cup champions in the final Test.