Peter Vukelic takes us inside his intimate and exhilarating South African safari, sharing highlights from this once-in-a-lifetime journey.
Cruising the Cape
The very best way to experience the Cape Peninsula is on a full-day guided tour. Peter suggests taking a luxury SUV to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point, which is said to be the romantic meeting place of the mighty Atlantic and Indian oceans.
Must Do: Catch a glimpse of an African Penguin colony, formerly known as the jackass Penguin, at Boulders Beach and visit the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Experience classical Japanese cuisine with Peruvian influences at Nobu inside the One&Only Cape Town. This six-star retreat features 91 luxury rooms and overlooks a marina and Table Mountain.
Wines in the Wild
Africa’s wine region, known as Stellenbosch, is an hour outside of Cape Town and home to amazing wineries and upstart restaurants. Sample award-winning wines, from Chardonnay to a smooth Syrah, at Lanzerac Wine Estate.
Must Do: Take a 1,000-foot ride up the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway for panoramic views of Cape Town. Visit Delaire Graff Estate, the jewel of the Cape winelands, for a luxurious experience in wine, art and unparalleled South African hospitality.
Peter’s journey culminated with five days at Thornybush Serondella Game Lodge. The intimate lodge, restricted to only eight guests, sits on 12,000 acres of pristine wilderness adjacent to Kruger National Park, which is home to the Big Five (the African lion, the African leopard, the African elephant, the Cape buffalo, and the rhino) and a wide array of other wildlife. Each day included early morning and late-afternoon game drives with an experienced ranger and tracker team to explore the diverse landscape and catch a glimpse of its inhabitants.
Must Do: Get lost in a good book while relaxing poolside, pamper yourself in the luxury spa and enjoy a three-course, candle-lit dinner on Serondella’s lush outdoor patio while the sun sets over the savannah and the stars begin to twinkle overhead.