9 Days Cape town and Greater Kruger National Park Safari from US$2,948.-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 observe wild life. Visit 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. Visit the scenic Cape of Good Hope followed by a wild penguin colony. Spend an afternoon tasting wines in the famous South African vineyards. This breathtaking journey combines the Big-5 of Africa with scenery and culture to never be forgotten.

Accommodation style: Luxury in Cape Town,  Authentic comfort on safari

Accommodation Destination Nights Basis Room Type
Commodore Hotel Cape Town 4 B&B 1x Double Room
Shindzela Tented Safari Camp Kruger 4 FB+ 1x Double Safari Tent

Key
B&B: Bed and breakfast
FB+: Dinner, bed, breakfast, lunch and activities daily

PRICE

US$2,976.- April through September 2019

US$2,948.- October to mid December 2019

per person, double occupancy

Included:  

Accommodations per package, Full board on safari, bed and breakfast at Cape Town hotel. 2 game activities daily on safari, All South African domestic flights and transfers, Safari National Park Fees, Included are half day wine tasting tour and Cape of Good Hope with visit to penguin colony.

Excluded:   International flight to South Africa, optional activities.

BEST TIME TO GO – Year round is good.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Safari in one of South Africa’s foremost “Big-5” game reserves
  • Authentic safari style tent experience in small camp
  • Opportunity for sleep-out in hide for adventurous souls
  • Walk from your Cape Town Hotel to lively V&A Waterfront
  • Tour of Cape of Good Hope with penguin colony
  • Wine Tasting in the Wine Lands

ITINERARY MAP

Use the route map below to explore the destinations & accommodation on this tour

 

FULL DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1:           Commodore Hotel, Cape Town

South Africa 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 African, Asian and European cultures. Spend your days: discovering the gourmet restaurants, impressive art and nightlife scenes and fine beaches of Cape Town; enjoying a typical local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browsing the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sampling some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotted around the picturesque Cape Winelands. Due to its rich and turbulent history there are plenty of historical attractions to explore including the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, South Africa’s attraction lies in 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 at Johannesburg airport and continue your flight to Cape Town where our representative will meet your for your transfer to your V&A Waterfront Hotel. Rest of day at leisure. You might choose to stroll over to the V&A Waterfront.

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.

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 2:           Commodore Hotel, Cape Town

Day Itinerary

This morning take a tour to the scenic Cape of Good Hope followed by a visit to a wild penguin colony. Afternoon at leisure or choose from the optional tours listed.

Activities

Cape of Good Hope  morning 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 tours – extra charge

Robben Island and City Tour
Table Mountain Hiking
Sea kayaking and Cape Point Tour
Seakayak with Penguins
Private Wine Tasting in the Wine Lands Full Day Tour
Wine Tasting in the Winelands – small group full day tour
Great White Shark Cage Dive
Walk To Freedom Tour Half Day
Cape Arts and Culture
Sand Boarding and Quad Biking
Cape of Good Hope Cycling Tour
Cape Coast and Whales in Aug to Nov
Wine Country on Horse Back or Quad Bike
Horseback safari near Cape Town – full day
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.

Table Mountain Hiking

Table Mountain has hundreds of walking and hiking options.  As with hiking anywhere in the world hiking here has its dangers, so be prepared and tell someone where you are going.  If you tick the Walk/Hike option under Activities – Outdoor some of the options available will populate the map.  If you click Show Route on the selected hike’s popup box, the route will be displayed on the Map.

Sea kayaking and Cape Point Tour

There is no better way to experience the False Bay coastline other than a morning sea  kayaking experience. The latter part of the day sees you visiting the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point, then on via Chapman’s Peak Drive to Hout Bay and ending at your hotel in the late afternoon.

Seakayak with Penguins

One of the most unique places in the world – a penguin colony in suburban Cape Town! And the best way to see it is from the water.The kayak trip leaves from Simon’s Town Waterfront and we paddle past the Naval Harbour and out to Boulder’s Beach to see the penguins. If the time and tide is right we may stop on a beach for a swimming break and will generally be able to get a close up look at penguins on the rocks nearby.

Private Wine Tasting in the Wine Lands Full Day Tour

This tour will be tailored to meet the requirements of our guests. We will find out which regions our guests would like to see, which style of wine they most enjoy and then structure a tour accordingly. This means an exclusive and personalized tour, where we will personally take you through the Cellars and Wines.

The Tour will be conducted by a Certified Tour Guide with certificates in wine from the Cape Wine Academy.

Wine Tasting in the Winelands – small group full day tour

Visit three premier wine regions, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl where you will savour enchanting scenery with delectable wines. Walk around historical Stellenbosch, visit a wine cellar. Enjoy some wine tasting on a wine estate in Paarl. Taste wine at a Franschhoek vineyard, stroll around the historical village with its galleries, shops and restaurant and find out about the importance of the Huguenot’s while viewing their memorial. A drive of scenic Helshoogte Pass will bring you back into Cape Town.

Great White Shark Cage Dive

Ride early for a day trip to Gaans Baai’s Shark Alley, considered the Great White Capital in the World, to give yourself the experience of a life-time, a cage encounter  with one of the foremost predators in the world, the Great White Shark. Divers and non-divers alike can join in this adventure since no breathing equipment is used, you just hold your breath. You may also watch them from the top deck of the boat which, if circumstances allow, will carry on to Dyer Island to see the seals the sharks are in the vicinity for. Return to Cape Town along scenicly dramatic costal road. Breakfast and/or snack are offered on the vessel.
Please note that the drive along the coast to Gaans Baai and boat trip is a wonderful experience even if you choose not to partake in the actual cage dive. You will be able to view the sharks from the top deck of the vessel.

Walk To Freedom Tour Half Day

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 Arts and Culture

Explore the aesthetic production of South Africa, Africa and further afield whilst learning about the history and culture of art in the Cape. The programme boasts awe-inspiring scenery along the Cape Peninsula. Magnificent beaches, breath taking views and picturesque coastal villages are to be seen along the way.

Sand Boarding and Quad Biking

This fun filled full day adventure takes you through the basics of sand boarding to cruising down the dunes at high speeds that will get your adrenaline flowing! This is followed by a high powered guided sand dune quad bike experience where you can speed up, down and along the face of the dunes!
Morning transfer to the Atlantis sand dune. You will then receive a safety briefing. After your sand boarding experience, break for lunch (packed) before the quad biking begins.

Cape of Good Hope Cycling Tour

For the energetic traveler who appreciates nature, this tour offers an alternative to simply watching the scenic splendour of the Cape Peninsula pass you by, allowing you time to cycle a section of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.

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.

Wine Country on Horse Back or Quad Bike

Visit the heart of the Cape Winelands in a special way. Travel through superb scenery and explore the history of this region whilst enjoying special activities such as horse-riding or quadbiking and visit hand-picked estates such as Rhebokskloof, Haute Cabriere and Blaauwklippen.
Note: Operated on a PRIVATE basis only. Wine estate visits can be changed based on clients’ specific tastes. Full Day Tour

Horseback safari near Cape Town – full day

Visit a game reserve for a full day outing of riding on horseback. You may slow walk across the plains or canter at full throttle. No experience is necessary for the horseback safari day tour. Included are a welcome drink, buffet breakfast, horseback safari, visit to Rescue and Conservation Center, buffet lunch. Full day tour.

Cape City 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.

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 3:           Commodore Hotel, Cape Town

Day Itinerary

Join a half day wine tasting tour to South Africa’s wine lands, includes the tasting.

Activities

Wine Tasting Tour in the Winelands Half Day

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 scenic 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.

Included

Bed & Breakfast, wine tasting

Day 4:           Commodore Hotel, Cape Town

Day Itinerary

Explore Cape Town and surrounding areas on your own or choose from the listed optional tours.

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 5:           Shindzela Tented Safari Camp, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

Timbavati Private Game Reserve shares a common, unfenced border with Kruger Park and encompasses many exclusive private lodges. The region is best known for the ‘white lions of Timbavati’, two unusually pale lion cubs discovered here in the 1970s, their colour due to a rare recessive gene.
The Timbavati is a “Big Five” Game Reserve: Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant and Buffalo roam freely as do many more species of predators and antelopes. Over 40 mammal species and 350 bird species have been identified within the area. This, together with the abundant variety of flora, the tranquillity and the natural beauty of the land, ensures an adventure to be remembered. It said to have the densest giraffe population in the world.

Day Itinerary

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the Greater Kruger National Park area for your safari. Meet our representative at the airport for your transfer to the safari lodge. Join your first safari in customized open safari vehicle this afternoon.

Overnight: Shindzela Tented Safari Camp          View iBrochure

We know that an African safari is a very special experience – we invite you to join us for a journey of discovery on a wildlife safari. Shindzela is a small wilderness camp, and hosts a maximum of 16 guests. We focus on game drives in open 4×4 vehicles (day & night drives), and walking safaris.

Our walking safaris and game drives place an emphasis on understanding the wild environment, and tracking and viewing animals in their natural surroundings. We are able to drive off road in search of African predators and Big Five animals.

Situated in the Timbavati Nature Reserve, and part of the Greater Kruger National Park, Our tented accommodation consist of 8 canvas tents set on wooden decks with a little porch, each with their own en-suite bathroom (shower, hand basin, flush toilet). Each tent has got a mosquito net over the bed, and canvas flaps for windows also lined with mosquito nets.

Our camp runs on Solar powered lights in each tent and dining room area, and your hot/cold shower is regulated by our gas geysers. Shindzela Tented Safari Camp offers a back to basics, affordable Kruger safari holiday, without compromising on important safari experiences; the thrill of viewing African wildlife, marveling at a beautiful sunset, or relaxing around the camp fire with a drink.

  

Activities

Game Drives at Shindzela

Shindzela offers morning and afternoon/evening game drives of about 3-3.5 hours.  Shindzela conducts their safaris in 4×4 Landrover vehicles (seating 8 guests per vehicle max) and guests are taken out by professional qualified field guides & trackers.  Prior to each safari activity guests are given a thorough safety briefing before embarking on their safari adventure.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 6, 7 and 8:           Shindzela Tented Safari Camp, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

Day Itinerary

Search the African savanna for the “Big-5” lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino during your morning and afternoon safaris.

Activities

Walking Trails at Shindzela
Game Drives at Shindzela

Walking Trails at Shindzela

Shindzela offers walking trails of about 2.5-3 hours in the morning instead of doing a game drive.  Each walking trail is lead by a qualified lead and back up trails guide.  The walking safaris are mainly focused on nature as a whole, focusing on fauna and flora as well as animal tracks, insects, bird life and the occasional encounter with one of the Big five. No children under the age of 16 years are allowed on these trails.

Game Drives at Shindzela

Shindzela offers morning and afternoon/evening game drives of about 3-3.5 hours.  Shindzela conducts their safaris in 4×4 Landrover vehicles (seating 8 guests per vehicle max) and guests are taken out by professional qualified field guides & trackers.  Prior to each safari activity guests are given a thorough safety briefing before embarking on their safari adventure.

Included

Full Board and Activities

Day 9:           Departure

Day Itinerary

This morning, enjoy your last safari prior transferring to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg and onto USA.

Flight Inclusions:

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

Note: Tour starts and ends in Johannesburg. This is individual tour and can be adjusted to your liking and start any day. Minimum two guests. Terms and Conditions apply. All reservations/quotes are subject to our Terms and Conditions as per our website: https://www.adventuretoafrica.com/Terms-and-conditions/ All participants required to sign liability release form. Accommodation subject to availability.

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