10 Days “Big-5” Safari, Cape Town with Elephant Interaction and Shangaan Dance from US$3,797pp

Enjoy an exciting safari in the “Big-5 Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino” Timbavati Private Game Reserve, one of South Africa’s undoubtedly best areas to see wild life. Explore vibrant and colorful Cape Town where you stay at your luxury hotel within walking distance of the V&A Waterfront, Cape Towns most prominent tourist enclave. Interact with elephants and watch Shangaan Dance over Traditional Meal.

•“Big-5” Safari in South Africa’s best area – The Greater Kruger Park

•Stay in authentic safari tent in small lodge

•Customized vehicle, walking and night safaris

•Bush-craft and survival skills session

•V&A Waterfront location hotel

•Half Day Wine Tasting Tour

•Full day Cape Peninsula Tour with penguins

•Interact and Walk with Elephants

•Shangaan Cultural Dance and Traditional Meal

AccommodationDestinationBasisRoom TypeDuration
Commodore HotelCape TownB&B1x Standard Room4 Nights
Bateleur Safari CampTimbavati Private Nature ReserveFB+1x Safari Units4 Nights
Hippo Hollow Country EstateHazyviewB&B1x Garden Chalet1 Night

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
FB+: Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Price

US$4,110.- August, September 2022

from US$4,156.- May, June July 2023

from US$4,534.- August, September 2023

Price per person, sharing occupancy

Included

Accommodation as per package, Full board on safari, bed and breakfast at Cape Town hotel. 2 game activities daily on safari, intra Africa flights as per package, all transfers, Safari National Park Fees, Half day wine tasting tour, Full Day Cape of Good Hope Tour with penguin beach, Elephant Walk and Interaction, Shangaan Dance and Meal

Excluded

International flights to and from South Africa.  Additional optional activities and tours in Cape Town, 
Note: Trip starts and ends in Cape Town and can be started any day.

Day 1:            Commodore Hotel, Cape Town           

South Africa

This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the ‘Rainbow Nation’, South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of cultures. Discover the gourmet restaurants, impressive art scene, vibrant nightlife and beautiful beaches of Cape Town; enjoy a local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browse the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sample some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotting the Cape Winelands. Some historical attractions to explore include the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world-famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.

Cape Town

Cape Town is a city like no other – a vibrant melting pot alive with creativity, colors, sounds and tastes. Take in a view from above by riding the cable car to Table Mountain or check out the tiny cell Nelson Mandela was kept in on Robben Island. Visit the V&A Waterfront near your hotel, a place for shopping or just hanging out to watch the world go by. Breathtaking natural scenery, long standing cultural heritage and world-class wine production estates characterize an area known as the Wine Lands where you will can taste the wines of the region. Drive through gorgeous scenery and hamlets on the way to Cape Point, the Cape of Good Hope, a rocky coastline seafarers have respected and feared for hundreds of years. Please check your itinerary for inclusions.

Day Itinerary

Arrive in Johannesburg and fly onto Cape Town where our representative will be expecting you and take you to your hotel. Spend the evening at your leisure – you might like to walk to the V&A Waterfront, the top destination for tourist entertainment and restaurants.

Overnight: Commodore Hotel           View iBrochure

Overlooking the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront with views of Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Harbour and the Atlantic Ocean is the Commodore, Legacy’s flagship hotel in Cape Town. Stylish living, quality service and a tranquil setting have ensured that our guests return year after year, be it as businessmen or tourists excited to experience all that is the Mother City.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 2:            Commodore Hotel, Cape Town           

Day Itinerary

Activities

Cape Point and Peninsula, full day, small group tour

This awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point encompasses magnificent beaches, breath-taking views, and picturesque coastal villages. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s most scenic areas and stretches from the City centre to Cape Point.

Travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach. Continue via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breath-taking coastal drives, to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point which is perceived to be the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Goon to historic Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. Boulders Penguin Colony is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat and there is also a new information centre. A lunch stop is made nearby (lunch to own account). The tour ends with drop-off at your hotel. Lunch excluded

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 3:            Commodore Hotel, Cape Town           

Day Itinerary

Explore the area on your own or choose from the many optional outings in the morning. Take a wine tasting tour in the scenic wine valley this afternoon.

Activities

Cape Winelands, Half day small group tour

Optional

Walk To Freedom, small group half day tour
Robben Island

Cape Winelands, Half day small group tour

Stellenbosch holds the honour of being the most well-known town in South Africa. History, culture, natural beauty, sport, education and wine has made the name ‘Stellenbosch’ resonate around the globe as one of South Africa’s premier tourist, business and education attractions, however, wine has made -and continues to make -Stellenbosch famous.

Head off to the historic heart of South Africa’s wine industry.Enjoy some time in the bustling town of Stellenbosch where solid, white-plastered buildings arose and the streets were planted with oak trees, giving it the name Eikestad (Town of Oaks), which is still used to describe the town today. Walk down the canal-lined avenues, in the shade of those now giant oak trees and its beautifully preserved historic buildings. Stop in at one of the world-renowned estates for a wine tasting and tune into the soul of the region’s wine lands. Return to your hotel after an enthralling day in the countryside.
Includes 2 wine tastings. Morning or afternoon tour. Morning tour arrives back at hotel between 1 and 1.45pm.

Walk To Freedom, small group half day tour

The day commences with a look at the picturesque “Bo-Kaap” –an historic area that became home to many Muslims and freed slaves after the abolition of slavery. Discover the unique culture, lifestyle and personality during a walk through the area.Continue to Zonnebloem, originally District Six, and visit the living museum (closed on Sundays). Established in December 1994, it incorporates memories of District Six and the forced removals. With the struggle for the land now taking a different form, the museum supports the process of ‘reinventing’ District Six for the present. Depart the city area and head tothe Cape Flats, where a stop will be made in Langa Township’s Gugu S’Thebe Arts & Cultural Centre. Housed in a brightly coloured building, the centreis dedicated to the empowerment of the people of Langa and improving their socio-economic situation. Explore the local arts and crafts on display in the various studios, metal and pottery workshops, as well as the retail facility. Embark on a walking tour with a local registered guide providing the opportunity to be exposed to the community and lifestyle of Langa. The tour will end with drop-off at your hotel in the early afternoon. Duration 4.5 hours. Morning tour only.

Robben Island

An icon of struggle, freedom and hope made famous by Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment here.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 4:            Commodore Hotel, Cape Town           

Day Itinerary

Choose from the optional tours or advise us on your specific interests so we may organize activity for you.

Optional

Cape Town City Tour with Table Mountain and Cruise, Full day group tour

Offering a comprehensive tour of the Mother City, from her historical beginnings to visiting iconic landmarks and activities which make Cape Town such an extravaganza for the senses, this tour is not to be missed. Experience the inner-city vibe created by the many cultures which call this city home and be inspired by her beauty from its highest and shoreline viewpoints.

Start the day with a visit to Table Mountain (weather permitting). Enjoy panoramic views over the Mother City and Robben Island in the distance lying sleepily in Table Bay harbour. In the heart of the city enjoy for a short walk through the Company Gardens. From squirrels to a variety of plant life, it’s just a happy place to soak up some ‘Cape Town vibes’ and enjoy the aviaries and fishponds. On the Wale Street end of the garden you will find a monument which was created to commemorate the life and work of Desmond Tutu –lovingly referred to by South Africans as “The Arch” and a tribute to the values of the South African Constitution. Arch for Arch was installed beside historic St. George’s Cathedral aka “People’s Cathedral” for its role in the resistance against apartheid. Step inside the Slave Lodge which explores the history of these unwilling immigrants and how they have contributed to the richness and diversity of South African history. Continue the tour with a visit to the Castle of Good Hope –the oldest building in South Africa. The Castle acted as local headquarters for the South African Army in the Western Cape, and today houses the Castle Military Museum and ceremonial facilities for the traditional Cape Regiments. Alternatively, make a stop at Truth Café for a ‘cuppa’ at this ‘steampunk inspired’ artisan coffee shop serving hand-roasted coffees in a vintage cast-iron drum (meal for own account). Continue on a drive via colourful Bo-Kaap and De Waterkant to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Embark on an afternoon cruise and enjoy the views of Cape Town from her magnificent Atlantic Seaboard shoreline. Spend some leisure time at the bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront before returning to your hotel in the early evening. Excludes lunch. Duration 9 hours.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 5:            Bateleur Safari Camp, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve           

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

Located in the Mpumalanga Province, the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve shares a fenceless border with the world-renowned Kruger National Park. This magnificent 60 000 hectare reserve is best known for its two very rare white lions discovered here in the 1970s, which gave this destination its name. Meaning ‘the place where something sacred came down to earth from the heavens’, the park lives up to the hype with its enthralling African savannah, abundant wildlife, and friendly people. Visitors have the opportunity to see 40 mammal species, 360 bird species and the famous Big Five (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo). Enjoy a wide array of activities including daytime safaris, guided night game drives, bush walks, and excellent bird watching.

Day Itinerary

Transfer to the airport and fly onto Greater Kruger National Park where you will be met and transferred to the safari lodge in Timbavati Private Game Reserve, home to the “Big-5”.  Join your first safari this afternoon .

Overnight: Bateleur Safari Camp      View iBrochure

Bateleur Safari Camp is a 16-bed up-market Luxury Safari Camp located on an exclusive 3500 hectare property is located in the heart of the world-renowned Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. Prime location of the property and exclusivity during guided activities provide wildlife and birdlife sightings amongst the very best available commercially in the Greater Kruger Park. Accommodation, guided activities, bushcraft, and incredible included and optional extras exceed expectations

This prime wilderness area boasts the Big Five, a large diversity of antelope species, the entire range of smaller predators, over 500 bird species, and a tremendous diversity of reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates.

Bateleur’s safari area extends over 10 000 hectares of the Timbavati Reserve.All artificial barriers between the Timbavati and the adjacent Kruger National Park have been removed and the Bateleur property itself shares unfenced borders with Kruger.

Safari Units

Accommodating up to 16 people, the camp offers very spaciously, comfortable safari units with a unique design. Each unit has a thatched A-frame roof with supporting gum-pole structure and covered patio; canvas sides with large windows offering fixed mosquito screens and roll-down flaps; double wooden front doors with fixed mosquito screens and roll-down flaps for the top half; a large en-suite bathroom.

The safari units vary in size, each sleeping 2-4 persons in comfort with spacious beds, quality linen, mosquito nets, bedside tables, solar powered bedside lamps, wardrobes, adequate storage facilities, and a solar powered fan for the hot weather. Plug points are provided for charging camera batteries. Each spacious en-suite bathroom has flush-toilet, basin, and a hot-water shower. Some units have an interior bathtub and a private outdoor shower. Quality towels are provided.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 6:            Bateleur Safari Camp, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve           

Day Itinerary

Rise early and take a vehicle or walking safari in the morning. Spend lunchtime relaxing by the pool before taking another safari this afternoon. Arrive back in camp after dark to have a chance to observe nighttime predators. Be sure to take a look at the night sky, an experience unlike any you have possibly had before.

Activities

Game Drives
Bush Walks

Game Drives

Traditional morning and evening guided game drives are conducted in open safari vehicles, affording the opportunity to get closer to the animals for photographic purposes – please note that in order to preserve the environment we only deviate from the designated reserve roads for predator sightings and when sensitive soils are not affected. During the guided game drives you can view the magnificent creatures up close from the comfort of the open safari vehicles, using spotlights after sun downers to search for the nocturnal animals.

Bush Walks

The early morning guided bush walks are led by qualified and armed rangers. Every walk is a book on its own, with the emphasis on information relating to all the wonders of nature, big and small. During the guided walks you are out there with the African wildlife, sharing their paths and waterholes, the daily dramas of their lives, sharing their space. The minimum age for walking activities is 12 and, although there is no maximum age, an average fitness level is required especially in the hotter summer months (October to April).

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 7:            Bateleur Safari Camp, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve           

Day Itinerary

In addition to your safaris, take advantage of the bush-craft and survival skills session.

Activities

Bushcraft and Survival Skills

Bushcraft and Survival Skills

During your stay at Bateleur Safari Camp, weather permitting, you will be treated to practical information and instruction relating to bushcraft and survival skills. During the guided bush walks you will come to appreciate basic tracking & navigation skills. And back at camp the operational team will give you a bush survival skill demonstration, which includes lighting fires, making ropes & water containers, and set snares, all using items that you find in the bush. This is not widely offered by other game lodges and it never fails to exceed guests’ expectations.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 8:            Bateleur Safari Camp, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve           

Activities

Game Drives
Bush Walks

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 9:            Hippo Hollow Country Estate, Hazyview      

Hazyview

Surrounded by subtropical fruit orchards, Hazyview is a small farming town and a gateway to the southern part of the Kruger National Park and the Panorama Escarpment. The town and its spectacularly scenic surroundings serve as a popular adventure capital with a remarkable array of exhilarating outdoor activities on offer to suit all ages, tastes and fitness levels. These include, among others: mountain biking, quad biking, ziplining, tubing, abseiling, and river rafting. Whether you are eager to hike the Panorama Route with its breathtaking views and impressive waterfalls, visit the Shangana Cultural Village, or horse ride along the banks of the magnificent Sabie River, Hazyview has something for just about everyone.

Day Itinerary

After your morning safari take a drive south through villages and the scenic countryside.  Interact and walk with elephants followed by a cultural performance with traditional Shangaan cuisine this evening. Feel the drumbeat of Africa.

Activities

Elephant Interaction and Walk with elephant
Shangaan River Club

Elephant Interaction and Walk with elephant

For a memorable hour, guests have the chance to interact with these enormous creatures – handing out pellets and touching the varying textures of their trunk, skin and feet. The interaction is followed by a relaxing stroll through the bush with the elephant. 1 hour 30 minute activity.

Shangaan River Club

The Shangaan River Club welcomes you to the festivities under the thatched Boma where traditional South African and Shangaan cuisine form a feast in the true sense of the word.

Enjoy an enchanting evening blended with history and entertainment under the African night sky.

An African banquet with an impressive selection of Shangaan and South African mouth-watering dishes served from traditional cast-iron pots completes your enlightening and entertaining Shangaan experience.

Overnight: Hippo Hollow Country Estate     View iBrochure

Hippo Hollow Country Estate is situated outside Hazyview on the Sabie River between the Drakensberg Mountains to the west and the low-lying bushveld to the west. It is the ideal destination from which to access the reserves of the Lowveld and the sights of Mpumalanga.

Hippo Hollows is only ten minutes from the Kruger National Park and the panoramic route which includes Pilgrim’s Rest, Graskop, Bourkes Luck Potholes, God’s Window, the Blyde River Canyon, and the many fantastic waterfalls of the escarpment is close by.  Hippo Hollow Country Estate provides the ideal breakaway from the rigorous of city life. The hotel has an ‘Out of Africa ‘ feel about it, and leaves you feeling totally relaxed and refreshed.

Garden Chalet

The Garden Chalets are stand alone units that can accommodate 2 people and have a private patio overlooking the lush gardens, a double shower, ceiling fan & heater.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 10:         End of Itinerary     

Day Itinerary

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cape Town and back home.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Transport

Flight Information

DateFlightAirlineDeparture AirportTimeArrival AirportTimeClassRef
 Scheduled Cape Town International Airport [CPT] Greater Kruger Airport   
 Scheduled Greater Kruger Airport Cape Town International Airport [CPT]   

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