Safari Tours South Africa

OVERVIEW

In just 11 days this tour will take you to the World’s Favorite City (Trip Advisor). Cape Town and it’s surrounds have so much to offer, truly a must on anybody’s list, my home town! You then fly to Johannesburg to start your 4 day Safari of the iconic Kruger NP, renowned for it’s incredible diversity and home to the big 5. Blyde Canyon The famous Chobe in Botswana, home to the worlds largest elephant population. Victoria Falls, the worlds greatest waterfall situated on the mighty Zambezi river.

Tour Summary

  • You’ll go to Botswana Botswana, South Africa South Africa & Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
  • You’ll visit Kruger NP, Blyde River Canyon (Panorama Route), Cape Town (City), Winelands (Highlight), Cape of Good Hope (Cape Peninsula), Johannesburg (City), Victoria Falls & Chobe NP
  • This tour starts and ends in Johannesburg – Getting there

Activities & Transportation

  •   Activities: game drives, evening/night game drives & boat trip
  • Game drives: open-sided 4×4 vehicle & minivan
  • Getting around: minivan
  • A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included
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DAY BY DAY

Day 1

Kruger National Park

We depart from Johannesburg between 06h00 – 07h00. Our route takes us through the the Highveld, down the escarpment and through the scenic Lowveld. We stop for lunch and reach the Kruger National Park and Pretoriuskop Rest Camp in the afternoon.

After settling in, you go on your first game drive which is a San Parks sunset drive. A sunset drive affords you the opportunity to see nocturnal animals that are more active at night and the rangers are allowed to return after the normal gate closing times. Note that these drives take place in one of the Kruger Park’s vehicles with a ranger. This is not a private game drive and there may be other guests on this drive. (Children under 6 years of age are not permitted on open vehicle drives.)

Dinner is a three course meal, served at our private camp within Pretoriuskop. Wine is served with dinner but guests are welcome to bring along additional / alternative drinks which can be purchased at the shop.

Main Destination:
      •  Kruger National Park (South Africa)
Accommodation:

      •  Pretoriuskop Rest Camp

  • Mid-range bungalow located inside Kruger NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • Dinner (Breakfast & lunch not included)
  • Beer and wine (Other drinks not included)

Day 2

Kruger National Park

The bush veld always enjoys an early start and so do you. After all, safaris are all about getting up early, and getting out there and seeing animals! After your wake-up call (this time varies depending on the seasons and park gate opening times), you’ll get to warm up with a cup of tea or coffee, and snacks. Then, it’s time for the morning safari (it takes approximately 3-4 hours). Lucky for you, your guide will have an intimate knowledge of the park … this contributes a great deal towards memorable sightings! But you know what they say – the more time you spend on a safari, the better your chances of seeing the animals!
On your return to camp, brunch will be ready.
We then set off on the afternoon game drive. Remember, all our game drives are conducted in specially-adapted, 4×4 open game drive vehicles to allow you the best possible vantage point. After dinner there is the option of doing a night game drive, spot a leopard perhaps!
(Breakfast & Dinner included).

Main Destination:
      •  Kruger National Park (South Africa)
Accommodation:

      •  Pretoriuskop Rest Camp

  • Mid-range bungalow located inside Kruger NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 3

Blyde River Canyon

A full day in the Park OR a full day visit to the Blyde River Canyon. The worlds 3 largest and largest green canyon (vegetated).
Please refer to day 4 to see what is included!
The bushveld always enjoys an early start and so do you. After all, safaris are all about getting up early, and getting out there and seeing animals! After your wake-up call, you’ll get to warm up with a cup of tea or coffee, and snacks. Then, it’s time for the morning safari (it takes approximately 3-4 hours). Lucky for you, your guide will have an intimate knowledge of the park … this contributes a great deal towards memorable sightings!
On your return to camp, brunch will be ready.
We then set off on the afternoon game drive. Remember, all our game drives are conducted in specially-adapted, 4×4 open game drive vehicles to allow you the best possible vantage point. After dinner there is the option of doing a night game drive, spot a leopard perhaps!
(Breakfast & Dinner included).

Main Destination:
        Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve (Panorama Route, South Africa)
Accommodation:

        Pretoriuskop Rest Camp

  • Mid-range bungalow located inside Kruger NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 4

Kruger to Johannesburg

Did You Know
The Panorama Route (optional/but included and well worth it). As if our itinerary isn’t awesome enough, we also offer an excursion to visit the attractions along the Panorama Route. You’ll get to see renowned attractions like Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels, Lisbon Falls and God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the glass elevator near the town of Graskop. We stop in Graskop for lunch (own expense). This excursion is available free of charge, and replaces your game drives for that day. (Note that this excursion is not available on the first or last day of your safari due to time constraints.)

The last day
As the golden sun rises over our final day in the Kruger National Park, we have one last chance to find the animals that have eluded us thus far. Then, after breakfast, we return to Johannesburg. The drive back takes 5 hours. You will be dropped off at OR Tambo International for your onward journey to Cape Town. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.

Main Destination:
      •  Cape Town (South Africa)
Accommodation:

      •  Bergzicht Guest House

  • Mid-range guest house located in or near Cape Town
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 5

The Cape Winelands, Stellenbosch and Franschoek

We drive to Stellenbosch, a fertile area where oak trees, wheat and vines quickly replaced the giraffes, elephants, Hottentot and Khoisan peoples and is known for its beautiful varied architecture, renowned wines and university where the language of instruction is still mainly Afrikaans.(

We visit a museum, historical shop and partake in a cellar tour before travelling over the beautiful Hels Hoogte Pass to Franschoek.
Lunch and a visit to the Huguenot Museum.

At an exceptional boutique wine farm we taste the local vintage including a pinotage, South Africa’s own unique cultivar. In Paarl, we stop in front of Mandela’s statue at the entrance to the prison from which he was liberated in 1990.
In the late afternoon, we head to the west coast to Blouberg where we enjoy a “postcard” view of Table Mountain, Robben Island and Table Bay. Weather permitting, we take the cable car (optional) to the mountain summit and watch the sun set.
We end the day with dinner at the “V & A Waterfront”.

Main Destination:
      •  Winelands (South Africa)
Accommodation:
      •  Bergzicht Guest House
  • Mid-range guest house located in or near Cape Town
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 6

The Cape of Good Hope and Peninsula

This region is a World Heritage site for its floral diversity. We follow the West coast with a stop at Maiden’s Cove to enjoy a magnificent view of the Twelve Apostles and Camps Bay. We will continue along to Hout Bay, a charming little town where we enjoy a cruise to Duiker Island, home to the world’s largest fur seal colony. The scenic Chapman’s Pass offers breathtaking scenery. Next we will be visiting the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve which is where the cold Atlantic meet the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. This famous landmark was named by the early Portuguese mariners. Journeying down to the False Bay coast we lunch at the historical naval port of Simon’s Town. After lunch we visit Boulder’s beach, home to Africa’s largest penguin colony. We finish our day with a visit to Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest Cape Dutch manor house.

Tonight an authentic African dinner of many culinary dishes from across the continent, accompanied by dance, music and theater. (included).

Main Destination:
      •  Cape of Good Hope (Cape Peninsula, South Africa)
Accommodation:

      •  Bergzicht Guest House

  • Mid-range guest house located in or near Cape Town
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

Day 7

Cape Town & Surrounds

Our day starts with a visit of Cape Town’s historical places, parks, Dutch East Indian Garden, Castle, South African Museum, Malay quarter, District 6 and Green market square. Before noon we take the opportunity to visit the noon gun in action on the slopes of Signal Hill. It is the world’s oldest canon still in action.

We visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, the only botanical garden situated in a world heritage site which has more endemic plant species than any other in the world. You also have the option of visiting Robben Island (half day) and/or Table Mountain.

In the evening, you fly to Johannesburg for your connecting flight to Victoria Falls the following day.

Main Destination:
      •  Johannesburg (South Africa)
Accommodation:

      •  Blue Mango Lodge

  • Mid-range guest house located in or near Cape Town
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 8

Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

Departure for Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

Upon arrival we will be taken to your lodge situated near the falls, time to relax and enjoy lunch while observing wildlife, before departing on your late afternoon sunset cruise of the mighty Zambezi river. (included)

In the evening, you relax at the hotel restaurant with a wrap around deck metres away from the Zambezi River and enjoy
the magnificent views.

Main Destination:
       •  Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Accommodation:

      •  A’Zambezi River Lodge

  • Mid-range lodge located in or near Victoria Falls
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 9

Chobe National Park (Botswana)

Early this morning you cross the border into Botswana and continue to Chobe National Park. (1hour transfer)

You spend the day on a 4×4 safari with a professional ranger in one of Africa’s iconic parks. The park is world famous for its huge herd of elephants, buffalo, wild dog and big cats unmatched anywhere else in the world. In the afternoon, you partake in a river cruise or a boating safari and experience nature at its best – the river, the animals and the sunset!
Here you’ll get up close and personal with hippo, crocodile and a mind-boggling array of water birds. You can see massive herds of Elephant and Buffalo as they converge along the waterfront.

In the late afternoon you return to Victoria falls.

Main Destination:
      •  Chobe National Park (Botswana)
Accommodation:

      •  A’Zambezi River Lodge

  • Mid-range lodge located in or near Victoria Falls
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 10

Victoria Falls & optional activities

Included is a guided tour of the falls. Get ready for an amazing experience with nature!
Important: Wear a waterproof jacket and protection
Here awaits an unforgettable view of one of the most spectacular sites in the world located on the Zambezi River, between the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe known as Mosi-oa-Tunya “the smoke that thunders” ( in Shona ) – It is an UNESCO World Heritage site.
The rest of the day is free to visit the town and its local craft market, cruise on the Zambezi River, or enjoy a helicopter flight over the falls, known as “the flight of angels”.

NB: Many optional activities are available, we will send you our list, and happy to do the bookings at our preferred rates at no extra fee to you.

Main Destination:
      •  Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Accommodation:

      •  A’Zambezi River Lodge

  • Mid-range lodge located in or near Victoria Falls
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast & dinner (Lunch not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 11

Johannesburg

After breakfast, time permitting you have the opportunity to do a last activity. Thereafter you are transferred to Victoria Falls airport for your onward journey to Johannesburg and finally your home destination.

Main Destination:
      •  Johannesburg Airport (South Africa)
Accommodation:
      •  No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included