9 Day “Big-5 Safari” and Cape Town Exploration from US$3,099.-pp

 

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.

Highlights

  • “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
  • Half day Cape of Good Hope Tour with penguins

 

Start Accommodation Destination Basis Room Type Duration
Day 1 Commodore Hotel Cape Town B&B 1x Standard Room 4 Nights
Day 5 Bateleur Safari Camp Timbavati Private Nature Reserve FB+ 1x Safari Unit 4 Nights

 

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
FB+: Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities Daily

 

Price

US$3,099.- per person, double 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, Half Day Cape of Good Hope Tour with penguin beach

Excluded

International flights to and from South Africa.  Additional optional activities and tours in Cape Town,
Note: Trip starts and ends in Johannesburg 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 & Breakfast

 

Day 2:           Commodore Hotel, Cape Town

 

Day Itinerary

Take a morning tour to the Cape of Good Hope with a visit to a wild penguin colony on the beach.  Explore the V&A Waterfront at your leisure in the afternoon.

 

Activities

Cape of Good Hope morning small group tour

This is an awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point. Magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, historic and picturesque coastal villages are to be seen along the way. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s most scenic areas and stretches from the city centre to Cape Point.

We travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, stopping at a Llandudno look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach. Optional: Seal Island boat trip (seasonal) (not incl. in cost). On through Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve, which has magnificent fynbos vegetation, birdlife, endemic antelope species and zebra, historic lighthouses and shipwrecks. Cape Point is perceived to be the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. It is also called the Cape of Good Hope and feared by sailors.

We go on 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 (included in cost) 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 an information centre.

We then begin our scenic journey back to Cape Town.

Optional, extra charge

Robben Island and City Tour
Walk To Freedom Tour Half Day, small group, Mon – Sat
Cape Coast and Whales in Aug to Nov
Cape City Tour

 

Robben Island and City Tour

Situated below Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, Cape Town offers a rich cultural and industrial heritage. Including all the `must-sees` of any Cape Town day tour, this option is a geographical and cultural extravaganza, showing you Cape Town, from its historical beginnings to the dazzling modern shopping malls of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

The tour commences with a ferry trip across the bay to Robben Island. (weather permitting). From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. Today it is a World Heritage Site and museum, a poignant reminder to the newly democratic South Africa and of the price paid for freedom. The excursion includes a return ferry to the island, a bus tour on the island and of the prison.

In the city itself enjoy a drive through Bo-Kaap to discover how the Malay slaves influenced the culture, food and aesthetics of this beautiful city and its people. Continue to Table Mountain where you shall reach the top by cable car (weather permitting; cable car fee not included). Enjoy the panoramic views over the city with Robben Island lying sleepily in Table Bay. Also get a bird’s eye view over the Atlantic Seaboard.

Return to the city bowl area to the Company Gardens. Enjoy a walk through the garden and a visit to the SA Museum. This is followed by a visit to the Castle of Good Hope. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a maritime replenishment station, the Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa.

The drive through the city centre would also take you past the Houses of Parliament, the Grand Parade and City Hall from where Nelson Mandela first addressed South Africans after his release in February 1990.
This is a full day tour from 8am to 5pm

Walk To Freedom Tour Half Day, small group, Mon – Sat

No easy road to freedom’ was a central theme in most of the Mass Democratic Movement’s campaigns, from the early days through to the late 1980s. Any understanding of present day conditions in South Africa is greatly enhanced by looking at past injustice, the legacy of the struggle and the promise of reconstruction and development initiatives under way at present. Freedom has not come easy. This tour offers a wealth of insight into South African history. It includes a brief educational introduction to Cape Town, one of the world’s most varied and sought-after cities.

The Bo-Kaap

A look at the picturesque ‘Malay Quarter’, a dynamic, living museum and home to the oldest mosque in the Southern Hemisphere. We discover the unique culture, lifestyle and personality of the Cape Muslim community and their contribution to South Africa’s development.

District Six

As a result of the Group Areas Act, 60 000 Capetonian families were forcibly removed from this once vibrant area between 1966 and 1982. The District Six issue remains crucial. We examine the now desolate area, Zonnebloem, which was District Six and visit the living museum which attempts to represent and recapture District Six in various ways – as a fine-spun tapestry of communal life torn apart but not forgotten.

Cape Coast and Whales in Aug to Nov

August to November is usually the best time to see the Southern Right Whale in our waters. Walker bay’s Hermanus is an ideal place for whale watching. These mammals, which often come as close as 50 meters from the shore, are given to displays of breaching, spyhopping and courtship rituals.

Cape City Tour, morning tour

Situated below Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, Cape Town offers a rich cultural and industrial heritage, grand splendour and an assurance of activity and excitement at the V&A Waterfront. Including all the ‘must-sees’ of any Cape Town day tour, this option is a geographical and cultural extravaganza, showing you Cape Town, from its historical beginnings to the dazzling modern shopping malls of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

The tour commences with a tour of Table Mountain (weather permitting; cable car fee not included). In the city itself, we visit the Company Gardens, the S. A. Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and the vibrant and arty flea market, Greenmarket Square. We take a trip through the picturesque Bo-Kaap.

Table Mountain (Cable Car fee not included in cost due to variable cost) By the late 1870’s, several of Cape Town’s more prominent citizens had suggested the introduction of a railway line to the top of Table Mountain. Plans to implement a proposed rack railway got under way but the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer war put a halt to these efforts. By 1912, with a strong desire to gain easy access to the top of Table Mountain, the Cape Town City Council commissioned an engineer to investigate the various options for public transport to the top. The new cableway was officially opened on 4 October 1997, the anniversary of the original launch, almost 70 years previously.

The Company Gardens The Company Gardens have been described as ‘an oasis of calm in the city rush’, and with the trees, the squirrels and lunch-hour love birds it’s easy to forget that you’re in the middle of one of Africa’s most important cities. Spots of interest include a sundial dating from 1787, a Saffron Pear Tree (believed to be South Africa’s oldest cultivated tree), a statue of Cecil John Rhodes, a rose garden and pools with brightly coloured fish. The South African National Gallery, the South African Museum and the Planetarium are also in close proximity.

 

Basis

Bed & 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 Wineland Tour – Half Day, small group

This delightful drive winds its way to the heart of the Cape Winelands, through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads.

Head off to the wine country via the N2 to the heart of South Africa’s wine industry, Stellenbosch; boasting great beauty and culture that is steeped in South African history. Walk down the canal-lined avenues, in the shade of giant oak trees and beautifully preserved historic buildings. With the sheer vastness of wine estates on offer, we are truly spoilt for choice when we enjoy our first wine tasting of the day at the Waterford Estate.

Travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek, historically dating back to the 17th century when the French Huguenots arrived. Billed as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, this charming town, in a most picturesque valley, retains a French Huguenot style.

We enjoy a wine tasting before returning to the bustle of city life after an enthralling day in the countryside, arriving back at the hotels at approximately 13:30 for morning departures and 17:30 for afternoon departures.

Basis

Bed & Breakfast

 

Day 4:           Commodore Hotel, Cape Town

 

Day Itinerary

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

Basis

Bed & Breakfast

 

Day 5:           Bateleur Safari Camp, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

 

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

Located in the Mpumalanga Province, north of the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve shares a fenceless border with the world-renowned Kruger National Park. This 60 000 hectare reserve is best known for its two very rare white lions that were discovered here in the 1970s. The name ‘Timbavati’ refers to these two unique creatures, it means ‘the place where something sacred came down to earth from the heavens’. It is home to a number of exclusive African-style bush lodges set amidst spectacular African savannah and abundant game including over 40 mammal species, 360 bird species and the famous Big Five. Visitors can enjoy a wide selection of activities including: daytime safaris, night game drives, guided bush walks, and 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 Nature Reserve, home to the “Big-5”.  Join your first safari this afternoon .

Overnight: Bateleur Safari Camp View iBrochure

The 3500-hectare Bateleur property is located in the heart of the world-renowned Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, an exceptional safari location. 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.

On this exclusive property lies  Bateleur Safari Camp, an 8-bed up-market Safari Camp. 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 traversing area extends over 10 000 hectares of the Timbavati Reserve.

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 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 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 sundowners 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 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.

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 and Activities

 

Day 8:           Bateleur Safari Camp, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

 

Activities

Game Drives
Bush Walks

 

 

Basis

Full Board and Activities

 

Day 9:           End of Itinerary

 

Day Itinerary

After your last safari this morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg.

 

Basis

Bed & Breakfast

 

 

 

Flight Information

Date Flight Airline Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time Class Ref
Scheduled OR Tambo International Airport [JNB] Cape Town International Airport [CPT]
Scheduled Cape Town International Airport [CPT] Greater Kruger Airstrip
Scheduled Greater Kruger Airstrip OR Tambo International Airport [JNB]

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