Trybula Group Safari

Leopard at Londolozi / Courtesy of Londolozi

June 23-July 4, 2025 | $10-15,000

This is my updated draft itinerary for South Africa. While it doesn’t have Giraffe Manor, I think you will have a better shot at more wildlife in a shorter period of time without having to move around as much.

June 22: Depart Chicago

Depart on your flight to Africa. Ethiopian has a direct flight to Addis Ababa from Chicago, but you can also fly directly to South Africa from Newark, DC, and Atlanta.

June 23: Arrive in South Africa

Arrive in Johannesburg – late in the day unless you are flying on Ethiopian Airlines. If so, check into an airport hotel.

June 24-27: On Safari

Take a morning flight to the safari area on the border of Kruger National Park. Your guide will meet you at the airport, and you will spend the next four nights in one of the most wildlife-rich places on the planet. Booking a private reserve ensures there will be fewer crowds than inside the park. I have a few lodges I like here:

  • Londolozi: This is one of the premier luxury lodges in South Africa, located in a large private concession. It has a great spa and emphasizes a connection to nature. The price for their entry-level camp is $2,680 per night for two x 4 nights = $10,720 + taxes/fees
  • Jabulani: A solid luxury safari option, but the highlight here is their elephant rehabilitation program, which lets you interact with elephants over cocktails. They have a pay three stay four offer which makes four nights around $6,933.
  • Dulini: This camp is comparable to Londolozi, which is on a smaller concession, but the entry-level rooms are pretty stylish. If both couples are on their honeymoon, you can get 25% off, which makes this option stand out. It’s $2878 per night for two x 4 nights = $11,512 + taxes/fees x 25% off honeymoon offer = $8,634.
  • Tanda Tula: This is a recently updated camp in a great location in a private reserve near Kruger. It’s a little more modern than the others, and they also have a honeymoon offer. It’s $3,108 per night for two x 4 nights = $12,432 = taxes/fees x 25% off honeymoon offer = $9,324

Let me know if any of these camps are appealing. The only one I’m able to check availability on is Jabulani. However, we can find something comparable if one ends up being booked.

June 28-June 31: Beach Getaway

I would end your four nights on safari with a few nights on the beach unless you want to visit the Cape Winelands or try to book a rhino tagging experience at Kwandwe. For the beach, you could stay in South Africa for a more wildlife-rich experience or fly to Mauritius to stay at a more traditional beach resort.

South Africa’s Wild Coast: Gwe Gwe Beach Lodge

Zebra at Gwe Gwe Beach Lodge
Zebra at Gwe Gwe Beach Lodge / Courtesy of Natural Selection Travel

Gwe Gwe Beach Lodge is a unique and remote lodge on South Africa’s “Wild Coast,” which is south of Durban. This protected reserve has zebras and antelope near beaches with waterfalls flowing into the ocean. There are also plentiful whales and dolphins that you can see from land or on boat tours. June is winter in South Africa, but water and air temperatures will still be in the mid-70s. Prices are around $600 per person per night because this is peak sardine run season, which means there will be a ton of marine wildlife.

Mauritius: LUX Le Morne

Mauritius is a more traditional blue-water beach getaway with palm-lined beaches and no demands beyond relaxing on the beach with a cocktail. It will be a bit warmer than South Africa, likely in the high 70s. I really like Lux Le Morne, which starts at around $400/nt, but they haven’t opened up availability for your dates online to check.

July 1: Departure

Fly back to Johannesburg for your trip back to the States.

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