With daily scheduled flights, private air charters and helicopter transfers departing O.R. Tambo International Airport for the Sabi Sabi airstrip, basing yourself in South Africa’s largest city is a strategic stopover prior to the 500-kilometre journey to your safari adventure.
For staying, Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa Johannesburg, part of luxury hotel group Leading Hotels of the World, is on 10 acres of landscaped gardens in the affluent Sandhurst district and is where Nelson Mandela completed his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. With 53 guest rooms and suites, the property is well suited as a relaxing spot for luxury travellers to recover from jet lag before embarking on their safari.
The 967-square-metre Executive Luxury Villa has seven executive bedrooms, each with a king size bed and private en suite and 24-hour butler and chef services are available to all suites. Prices start from ZAR4,440 (approximately A$401) per night.