Enjoy the sophistication of Cape Town before heading for dramatic African scenery, and then one of the best safari destinations in Africa - the world famous Kruger National Park and the adjoining private game reserves. From National Parks Restcamps, intimate tented safari camps and small game lodges, to the latest in style & luxury. The private safari lodges and game reserves in and around Kruger National Park will satisfy the needs of the safari connoisseur!
On arrival into Cape Town International Airport you will be met and transferred to your first hotel / guesthouse for your 6-night stay.
Described by Sir Francis Drake in 1580 as ‘the fairest cape in all the world’, the ‘Mother City’ of Cape Town is one of the world’s top tourist destinations. The oldest city in the country, nestled in the shadow of Table Mountain, Cape Town is a vibrant and colourful city.
With plenty to offer the traveller you should never get bored. Table Mountain is the iconic backdrop of Cape Town rising over 1000m above sea level - it can be seen from all over the city. Taking the revolving cable car up to the top is a must or if you’re feeling adventurous there are several hiking routes to the summit.
The Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront is a prime attraction in the city, a working harbour and tourist attraction offering world class shopping, a huge variety of restaurants, cafes & bars and the Two Oceans Aquarium. The ferry trip to Robben Island, the site of Nelson Mandela’s incarceration for much of his 27 years in prison, leaves from here.
The park-like botanical gardens at Kirstenbosch, Cape Town’s beaches and the city centre with its outdoor street markets, boutique shops & stylish restaurants are all added attractions.
Just a 45-minute drive from Cape Town and you’re in the scenic mountains and valleys of the Winelands. Experience the historical and cultural heritage of the region while visiting quaint villages and vibrant townships, outdoor museums and galleries, open-air theatres and outdoor art and craft exhibitions.
For the more adventurous visitor there are activities such as canoeing, 4x4 trails, horse-riding, hiking, mountain biking, rock pool swimming, abseiling and kloofing.
YOUR ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS...
GLEN AVON LODGE
Set in the scenic garden suburb of Constantia, 30 minutes from the city centre, Glen Avon Lodge has wonderful gardens and an 11-metre heated swimming pool.
The iconic Winchester Mansions on the Atlantic seafront in Cape Town, is not far from the V&A Waterfront or the city centre.
THE BAY HOTEL & SPA
The Bay Hotel is situated in the heart of trendy Camps Bay beach, opposite one of the best beaches in Cape Town. Step out of the hotel and enjoy the many bars, cafés and restaurants in this vibrant area.
TWELVE APOSTLES HOTEL & SPA
This 5-star boutique hotel is 15 minutes from the city centre and the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, via their complimentary car transfer service – quicker still if you use the helipad.
ABSEIL FROM TABLE MOUNTAIN
This is the world’s highest commercial abseil, at 112m, but with the illusion of a 1000m descent, just step off the edge of Table Mountain.
DIVE WITH GREAT WHITE SHARKS
You really will get up close & personal with one of the most feared (and misunderstood) predators on the planet, the Great White Shark.
CAPE TOWN CITY INFORMATION
The Mother City of Cape Town is truly one of contrast. The ancient natural world meets a thriving modern capital in Table Mountains Shadow.
This morning you will be transferred back to Cape Town airport for your 3 hour flight across this vast country to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport. Collect your rental car and using the directions provided head for Rissington Inn in Hazyview, your home for the next 3 nights. Rissington Inn is the perfect base from which to explore the attractions of the lowveld, the Panorama Route and Blyde River Canyon. This is a very interesting and scenic area of the country and Rissington Inn are experts in assisting their guests on planning their days out.
The Panorama route in Mpumalanga is well known for its cultural heritage as well as its dramatic scenery. Scenic landmarks with evocative names like God's Window, Wonder View, the Pinnacle, Bourke's Luck Potholes and the Three Rondawels beckon. Thread your way along the cliff tops 800m above the Blyde River Canyon, and at God's Window, be sure to walk in the thick, indigenous mist forest that's often among the clouds. Being in such close proximity to the Kruger National Park and its surrounding private reserves, this is a great itinerary to combine the self-drive scenic splendours with world-renowned game viewing.
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IDLE & WILD GUEST HOUSE & COTTAGES
At Idle & Wild you can listen to the fish eagles calling as you unwind in secluded and spacious African thatched rondavels and cottages.
Rissington Inn offers affordable, award-winning accommodation in a bush setting just outside Hazyview, the heart of the Lowveld.
KHAYA NDLOVU MANOR HOUSE
Khaya Ndlovu is Sepedi for ‘Home of the Elephant’ and here in the 15 000 hectare Blue Canyon Conservancy near Hoedspruit in Limpopo Province.
The world renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Kruger National Park is unrivalled in its diversity and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies. A normal day on safari is an early morning game drive, breakfast or brunch, maybe a mid-morning walk, followed by lunch and then a siesta or just time relaxing around camp.Then back into the bush after tea, for an afternoon drive and (depending on your choice of lodge) a night drive. And finally dinner, possibly al fresco or in the boma. And then do it all again!
Stretching 350km along the Mozambique border, Kruger National Park claims a diversity of animal, plant & bird species greater than any other park in Africa - 336 types of trees, 49 fish species, 34 amphibian species, 114 reptile species, 507 bird species and 147 mammal species. It's easy to see why Kruger National Park is the flagship National Park and safari destination in South Africa. In general most of the park consists of grass and bush covered plains, better known in South Africa as savanna or bushveld (hence, ‘the bush’).
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MOHLABETSI SAFARI LODGE
Mohlabetsi is set in the large Balule Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger Park, and the unfenced eastern boundary allows animals the freedom to roam.
JOCK SAFARI LODGE
Jock Safari Lodge is situated on a 6 000 hectare private concession within the game-rich southern section of Kruger National Park.
In the world-famous Sabi Sand Reserve Chitwa Chitwa offers a safari experience in a stunning setting, adjoining the Kruger National Park.
Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve borders the unfenced western edge of the Kruger National Park, and is part of the renowned Sabi Sand Reserve.
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK HOLIDAYS & SAFARIS
Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks along with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld Kruger National Park is nearly 2 million hectares in size (21 000 sq km), which is roughly the size of Wales!
Return your vehicle to the closest airport in time for your overnight flight, via Johannesburg, to the UK.
Map of Hoedspruit Airport rental car drop off area.
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|London Heathrow > Cape Town International||± 12hrs|
|Cape Town International > Kruger Airport||± 3hrs|
|Hoedspruit Airport > OR Tambo International||± 2hrs|
|OR Tambo International > London Heathrow||± 11hrs|
|Cape Town Hotel > Cape Town Airport & vv||± 30mins|
|Kruger Airport > Rissington Inn||± 1hr|
|Rissington Inn > Kruger National Park||± 3hrs|
|Kruger National Park > Hoedspruit Airport||± 2hrs|
|Note: These times are estimates and are dependant on flights and accommodation selections.|
One of the best, and easiest combinations available in South Africa.
Cape Town is simply one of the coolest cities in the world. And don't let anyone tell you that Kruger National Park is not a 'real' safari - if they do, they simply don't know what they are talking about! This self drive itinerary covers some of the best scenery and activities of The Cape and Garden Route. You will get to experience first-hand the magnificent scenery and landscapes South Africa has to offer.
From the vibrant city life to the laid back country villages - you will capture the essence of these beautiful areas. A trip to South Africa is never quite complete without experiences the thrill of a “Big 5” safari. The luxury game lodges in the Eastern Cape will enthral - you can indulge in 5-star luxury while taking in the sights and sounds of the sensational wildlife the region has to offer.
So if you are up to an experience of a lifetime, and want to get acquainted with this corner of Africa, this tour is for you!
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