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Bush & beach, Pinotage to predators – South Africa

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Safari experiences that you will not find with any other travel company. We know Africa best and will get you to the right place & time to enjoy the greatest shows on Earth!

Be prepared to be swept off your feet with wall-to-wall wildlife action in Greater Kruger and the Kruger National Park and a full-day road trip taking in the stunning scenery and cultural delights of the Lowveld.

After this immersion into South Africa’s famous bushveld, our mother city Cape Town - a mere 2-hour flight away - will romance you with her abundance of hip restaurants, sandy white beaches, outdoor activities, historic wine estates and iconic landmarks.

From bush to beach and Pinotage to predators, this 12-day safari showcases the best that South Africa has to offer.

Enjoy this iconic bush & beach safari – with exceptional Greater Kruger Big 5 game viewing and vibey, sophisticated Cape Town and the nearby winelands

Overview

Length: 12 days / 11 nights
Group Size: To suit you
Location: Greater Kruger, Cape Town & Winelands - South Africa
Departure Dates: To suit you

Highlights:

  • Morning and evening big 5 game drives and walks in the Kruger National Park

  • Full-day Panorama Tour

  • Explore Cape Town, The Cape Peninsula, Cape Point and the Winelands independently

from ZAR 85,745 per person sharing (12 days)

Prices and dates

Lodges visited: Rhino Post Safari Lodge + Khaya Ndlovu Manor House + Senalala Safari Lodge + The Victoria & Alfred Hotel + La Fontaine Boutique Hotel

2024 RATES

1-5 January

Per person sharing

ZAR 95,695

Per solo traveller

ZAR 139,675

6-31 January, March

Per person sharing

ZAR 93,445

Per solo traveller

ZAR 135,175

1-6 February

Per person sharing

ZAR 87,995

Per solo traveller

ZAR 129,665

7-29 February

Per person sharing

ZAR 85,745

Per solo traveller

ZAR 125,165

April

Per person sharing

ZAR 92,090

Per solo traveller

ZAR 132,460

May-June

Per person sharing

ZAR 90,100

Per solo traveller

ZAR 128,760

July-August

Per person sharing

ZAR 91,960

Per solo traveller

ZAR 131,175

September

Per person sharing

ZAR 93,515

Per solo traveller

ZAR 134,280

October

Per person sharing

ZAR 95,305

Per solo traveller

ZAR 137,590

1-14 November, 16-24 December

Per person sharing

ZAR 96,185

Per solo traveller

ZAR 139,335

15 November-15 December

Per person sharing

ZAR 87,865

Per solo traveller

ZAR 128,515

25-31 December

Per person sharing

ZAR 98,435

Per solo traveller

ZAR 143,835

Please enquire about our FAMILY-FRIENDLY AND GROUP SAFARIS.

Price includes:
Flights from Hoedspruit to Cape Town, all accommodations, all airport meet-and-greet and transfers, daily activities as specified in the itinerary, all meals at Rhino Post and Senalala, dinner and breakfast at Khaya Ndlovu, and breakfast at The Victoria & Alfred and La Fontaine Boutique Hotel, complimentary beverage on late afternoon/evening game drive at Rhino Post, beverages at Senalala, gym use at Senalala, conservation levies, dinner at the Gold Restaurant, lunch on the wine tour, 24-hour office support.

Price excludes:
International flights, flights to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, airport departure tax (if required), visas or entry permits into South Africa, excess weight charges, telephone calls, travel, cancellation and medical insurance (essential on all safaris), optional safari extension and any activities not specified in the itinerary, transfers to Cape Town city centre and the Gold Restaurant, gate fee into Klaserie Nature Reserve (R230 per vehicle to be paid directly at gate), all charges of a personal nature, any other charges not indicated in the inclusions, tips and gratuities, laundry, beverages at Rhino Post (except the complimentary drink as above), and Khaya Ndlovu, lunch of the panorama tour, all drinks, lunches, and dinners while in Cape Town and Franschhoek (unless specified).

Itinerary

You will be met at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) in Nelspruit by an Africa Geographic representative and transferred by vehicle to Rhino Post Safari Lodge, in the Kruger National Park. You will arrive at Rhino Post in time to settle in and head out for an evening game drive.

From the moment you arrive in this Big 5 paradise you will be overwhelmed by the raw energy of the Kruger bushveld. Your day will be taken up by morning and evening game drives, in search of the incredible variety of species that thrive in Kruger and the daily drama as the wildlife battles it out for survival in this raw, primal ecosystem.

Expect to see not only the Big 5 (elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffaloes) but also plenty more – from plum-coloured starlings flashing iridescence, to massive regal martial eagles and busy banded mongooses. Get close to the ground to watch dung beetles roll their prizes away, and learn from your guide and tracker as they interpret alarm calls and other bush signals to make your safari a thoroughly absorbing experience.

Between game drives you can choose to go for a bush walk, or simply relax at the lodge pool, or catch up on some sleep in your room. Meals are scrumptious, and the chef is likely to surprise you with a variety of delectable offerings. Expect cakes and pastries for mid-afternoon tea, and don’t forget to save space for the snacks and drinks on the game drives and early morning coffee with rusks.

Days two and three will follow pretty much the same ‘routine’ of an early morning wake-up and coffee with a light snack before heading out on game drive. You will return to your lodge mid-morning for a huge breakfast cook-up. Lunch (optional of course) is usually served a few hours later, and tea with cake just before you depart on your later afternoon game drive, which will include a stop for sundowner drinks and snacks. You will return in the evening for drinks around the crackling fire, followed by dinner and bed. You are free to skip meals and game drives, and to request a bush walk.

Make the most of your last morning in the Kruger National Park, with a short morning game drive followed by breakfast and check-out. An Africa Geographic representative will collect you from the lodge, for a full day slow-paced road trip that ends at the bushveld town of Hoedspruit – gateway to the Greater Kruger private reserve of Klaserie. This spectacular route follows the Drakensberg mountain range escarpment, which looms over the Lowveld below. Your route will take you through the towns of Hazyview, Sabie and Graskop and you will enjoy spectacular views of the iconic landmarks of God’s Window, Wonderview, the famous Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondawels and the Blyde River Canyon – with splashing waterfalls and views that go on forever. You will enjoy a scrumptious lunch en-route (for own account) and arrive in Hoedspruit late afternoon or early evening to check in to Khaya Ndlovu Manor House. After freshening up you could enjoy drinks on the deck overlooking a waterhole, followed by dinner and bed.

There are many early-morning activities in and around Hoedspruit (including hot air ballooning, microlight flights and visits to nearby landmarks), or you may choose to enjoy a bushwalk or game drive in the private Khaya Ndlovu game reserve. After that a leisurely breakfast and stroll around the magnificent sub-tropical gardens at Khaya Ndlovu will set up your day. You will then be collected by an Africa Geographic representative and transferred to Senalala Safari Lodge, which is about an hour’s game drive from Hoedspruit, in Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. Klaserie is about 100 km north of Rhino Post Safari Lodge (as the crow flies), and experiences lower rainfall, resulting in a different game drive experience.

You will arrive at Senalala in time to enjoy another wholesome lunch, relax and head out for an evening game drive.

Your days at Senalala will follow pretty much the same daily ‘routine’ as they did at Rhino Post – plenty of fantastic wildlife encounters, scrumptious meals and plenty of time to relax in-between activities.

Your last game drive in the Greater Kruger will be a relaxed affair, with plenty of time for breakfast afterwards and to pack and check out. An Africa Geographic representative will collect you in the late morning for your early afternoon flight to Cape Town from Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport, a 40-minute drive from your lodge.

On arrival at Cape Town International Airport you will be met by an Africa Geographic representative, who will transfer you to the The Victoria & Alfred Hotel in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront – the drive will take about 45 minutes, depending on traffic flow. After settling in you, enjoy your own time strolling around the nearby V&A Waterfront and dine at any of the many restaurants.

After a leisurely breakfast at your hotel you will be picked up by an Africa Geographic representative for a private full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula, in a luxury sedan. The tour will include visits to the trendy Clifton and Camps Bay beaches, Hout Bay Harbour (with an optional boat trip to Seal Island), Chapmans Peak and Cape Point (lunch for own account) where you may see baboon, rhebok, Cape mountain zebra, rare bontebok, ostrich and eland. You will continue on to Boulders Beach for the famous African (jackass) penguins, the navel and harbour town of Simon’s Town and the quaint seaside village of Kalk Bay with its art shops, restaurants and souvenir shops. You will then be dropped off at your hotel, and have the rest of the day to stroll around the V&A Waterfront and dine at any of the many restaurants.

After another leisurely breakfast at your hotel you will have the entire day to explore the vibrant, cosmopolitan Mother City. A brief stroll from your hotel will find you immersed in the shops and restaurants of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

All other destinations mentioned below are easily accessed via taxi / Uber, and convenient online bookings will secure your place (where applicable).

Nestled between a rugged mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s also one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Africa. This multicultural city enjoys a superb natural setting, pristine beaches, sophisticated infrastructure and a mild, Mediterranean climate. And there is no shortage of world-class trendy restaurants and a vibrant nightlife for all tastes. It’s no wonder that Cape Town is the crown jewel of the country.

A few city and peninsula headline acts include Table Mountain (cable car to the top is weather permitting) and Lion’s Head; the most iconic landmark in South Africa, the magnificent Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, , Castle of Good Hope, Bo-Kaap, the Noon-day Gun, Greenmarket Square and the famous Robben Island (ferry is weather-permitting); where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were imprisoned during the apartheid years. For those with an interest in history and culture, we offer tours to visit the District Six Museum and Slave Lodge to explore how the Dutch and British colonised Cape Town, and a walking tour of Langa township.

For the active traveller, the Cape Town peninsula is a treasure trove of hiking and mountain biking trails, kayaking and wind-surfing spots – in fact just about every physical outdoor pursuit is catered for within a relatively short radius of the city.

After a full day exploring Cape Town a shuttle can be arranged from the hotel (paid directly) to Gold Restaurant for a fun evening that kick starts with a Djembe drumming session and a 14-dish feast from various African countries. After dinner and loads of fun you can catch the shuttle back to your hotel for a good night’s sleep.

After breakfast at your hotel you will be picked up by an Africa Geographic representative for a private full-day tour of the Cape Winelands, with historic vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture. Your slow safari will meander through Stellenbosch, where your first stop will be a cellar tour and wine & chocolate paring. The chocolate is artisanal and Fair Trade accredited. After more beautiful scenery of rolling vineyards and historic homesteads, your second stop will be a boutique Stellenbosch wine estate for an intimate cheese & wine paring with the wine maker.  From there your tour heads over the pass to Franschhoek where you will learn about the influence of the French Huguenots on the local wine industry. In this, the cuisine capital of South Africa, you will enjoy lunch on an award-winning wine estate and stroll down the main road of this quaint town with its restaurants and gift shops. Your last stop on this gastronomic celebration is a wine estate at the foot of the craggy Franschhoek Mountains, for another session of world class wine tasting. You will then be dropped off at La Fontaine Boutique Hotel, which is a brief stroll from the Franschhoek main road shops and restaurants.

Today you will enjoy a leisurely breakfast at La Fontaine, before an Africa Geographic representative arrives to transfer you to Cape Town International Airport for your onward travel plans. End of services.

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