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The Brief

A couple wanted to take their two adult children to Africa on safari, while making time for sophisticated urban dining, drinking and cultural experiences en route.

South Africa ticked all the boxes, so we arranged stays in and around Cape Town before facilitating a visit to one of the country’s most impressive safari lodges.

The Journey

  • Cape Town

    Discreet and dramatically positioned on a clifftop that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town’s Ellerman House is an intimate, elegant and beautiful property. Filled with exceptional art and a lovely outdoor pool, it really does feel homely and we knew it would provide a peaceful, relaxing base for our family as they explored the city. Off property, they enjoyed meals at the city’s most in-demand restaurants (many have months-long waiting lists, but we secured priority reservations); enjoyed private tours of the city’s best art galleries; explored Robben Island; and enjoyed some breathtaking hikes.

  • Delaire Graff

    After the busyness of Cape Town, Stellenbosch’s Delaire Graff proved the perfect choice for some quiet time as a family before the trip’s pace picked up again on safari. The views of the surrounding vineyard-draped valleys, rolling hillsides and craggy mountains really are stop-you-in-your-tracks breathtaking, while the level of service, design and dining here is among the best to be found in all of Africa. Our family enjoyed a few blissful days of total indulgence here, exploring the region’s many wineries and relaxing over languid dinners back at the property.

  • Tswalu

    One of South Africa’s more discreet ultra-luxury safari lodges, Tswalu is especially invested in ensuring its guests enjoy unparalleled wildlife encounters. Every booking is allocated a private safari vehicle, guide and tracker to ensure each drive is delivered entirely to their preferences, and night drives are possible too. The landscape here thrums with oryx, wildebeest, meerkat and giraffes, and also serves as a habitat to Kalahari black-maned lions, cheetah, desert black rhinos and elusive pangolins.

    That diversity ensured there was plenty to see for all of our family, who were especially riveted by their night-time safari drives, and enjoyed more cultural and culinary activities as they got the chance to admire preserved rock art left by ancient nomadic communities and enjoyed Tswalu’s distinctive underground fine-dining offering.