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Cape Town & Kruger Safari

The absolute highlights of South Africa in one week. Three nights superb safari in the renowned Sabi Sands Reserve followed by four nights in cosmopolitan Cape Town with a private guided winelands and peninsula tour with our superb local foody guides.

Tailor-made 8 days

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional £1,200 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview

  • Big five safari experience in the Greater Kruger
  • Safari drives in open 4wd vehicles
  • Private guided tour of the Cape Winelands
  • Visit the penguins of Boulders Beach on your Peninsula Tour
The Greater Kruger area has excellent big five game viewing, with several excellent private game reserves. These Private Reserves border the Kruger with no fences and offer some fantastic game viewing and great value lodges. You will have two daily game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, one in the morning and the other in the late afternoon. Morning game drives end with a sumptuous bush breakfast after which you can opt to walk back to camp, or return by car. The guides are all highly knowledgeable and the food at the camp is wholesome and tasty.

From the wilds of Kruger, you then fly south to Cape Town. There is so much to do in Cape Town, we have balanced your itinerary here to include some free time and we have also included some guided activities with local experts. One of these is a private guided tour of the winelands with a local and very passionate foodie, who will take you to some hidden gems in Stellenbosch, Franschoek or Paal. The other guided activity is a visit of Cape Point and surrounds taking in the scenic Chapmans Peak Drive, penguins at Boulder Beach. In your free time in Cape Town, the options are endless; explore Robben Island, Hike Table Mountain or sit back and enjoy a bottle of local wine at the V & A waterfront.

There are several options to extend this itinerary. The area adjacent to South Africa's Kruger is the scenic and peaceful Mpumalanga region which has a variety of activities and spectacular places to visit from waterfalls, viewpoints and the world's third biggest canyon, Blyde River Canyon. This is a wonderful introduction to South Africa's diverse and beautiful scenery and the perfect environment to recover from your flight or to relax before returning home.

Shore based whale watching is possible from June to October in Hermanus which is only two hours from Cape Town. This can be done as a day trip or it is a lovely spot to spend a few nights enjoying the whales and visiting some of the southern-most wine farms of the area.

A regular flight from Kruger to Livingstone makes it possible to extend and visit the spectacular Victoria Falls. The Zambezi river offer a variety of adventure activities and sedate evening sundowner cruises along the river where you are likely to see hippo and crocodile.

Day-by-day

Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Safari
Day 2: Safari
Day 3: Safari
Day 4: Cape Town
Day 5: Cape Town
Day 6: Cape Town - Guided Winelands Tour
Day 7: Cape Town - Guided Peninsula Tour
Day 8: Depart

Full Itinerary
DAY 1: GREATER KRUGER
On arrival into Kruger Mpumalanga Airport you will be met and transferred by road to your safari lodge. You should arrive in time for lunch, time at leisure and gather late afternoon for your first afternoon game drive. Return to the lodge for dinner.
Meals Included: All meals included
Accommodation: Arathusa Safari Lodge
Transport: Road transfer to safari lodge (+/-2 ½ hours). Afternoon shared schedule guided game drive.

DAY 2: SAFARI
This Private Nature Reserve is adjacent to the Kruger National Park which offers excellent all-round big five game experience. There are no fences between this area and the Kruger, allowing for the free movement of wildlife. The open 4x4 vehicle with guide and tracker will take you out early morning and late afternoon in search of elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, kudu and if you are lucky the endangered wild-dog.
Meals Included: All meals included
Accommodation: Arathusa Safari Lodge
Transport: Morning and afternoon shared schedule guided game drive.

DAY 3: SAFARI
Early morning wake-up call and depart on guided game drive in open 4x4 vehicle with guide and tracker. Return to lodge for breakfast and guided bush walk. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the pool or relax in camp. Late afternoon high tea and depart on afternoon guided game drive before returning to lodge for dinner
Meals Included: All meals included
Accommodation: Arathusa Safari Lodge
Transport: Morning and afternoon shared schedule guided game drive.

DAY 4: CAPE TOWN
Road transfer to the Kruger Mpumalanga Airport for onward flight to Cape Town (Not included as part of your international flight ticket). On arrival collect your hire car and drive to your guest house in Cape Town.
Meals Included: Breakfast included
Accommodation: Welgelegen Guest House in a superior room
Transport: Road transfer to the Kruger Mpumalanga Airport (+/-3 hours). Transfer to guest house in Cape Town (+/-40 minutes)

DAY 5: CAPE TOWN
Private guided Cape Point tour via the penguins at Boulders beach and if time permits a stop at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Meals Included: Breakfast included
Accommodation: Welgelegen Guest House in a superior room

DAY 6: CAPE TOWN - GUIDED WINELANDS TOUR
Today will be spent visiting vineyards and artisanal producers in Stellenbosch, Franschoek or Paal with your guide, Pamela, a passionate foodie and local resident. You will get to taste some fine wines and delicious food in incredibly beautiful surroundings. Pamela knows the vineyards inside out and tailor-makes your day out based on your interests on particular wines and foods. Pam is driving so you can just sit back and enjoy yourself.
Meals Included: Breakfast included
Accommodation: Welgelegen Guest House in a superior room
Transport: Guided full day Cape Winelands, lunch payable directly.

DAY 7: CAPE TOWN - DAY AT LEISURE
Meals Included: Breakfast included
Accommodation: Welgelegen Guest House in a superior room

Day 8: Depart
Transfer to Cape Town Airport and check in for your onward journey.
Meals Included: Breakfast included

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Larger 13 room lodge
- Watering hole
- Infinity Pool
- Prime Sabi Sands Location

Welgelegen Guest House

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Stylish boutique hotel
- Unpretentious
- Plunge Pool
- Neighbourhood Location

Details

Price includes

Includes: transfers to/from the Mpumalanga and Cape Town Airport, safari activities, guided tours as mentioned in Cape Town and accommodation with meals as mentioned.

Excludes all international and domestic flights, airport taxes, additional activities and meals, visa fees, travel insurance and items of a personal nature.

When is best?

This holiday is at its absolute best in the winter months in South Africa. Wildlife viewing in the Kruger is best May - September when there is less foliage, making animal sightings easier. Mornings and evenings can be cold at that time of year, so come prepared with layers. In the Cape region, the best time to see whales is between June -October.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Really brilliant being met in the airport off the plane. It got the holiday off to the right start and driver really chatty and knowledgeable. Great transfers to and from the camps with drivers that were like guides - pointing out animals and full of interesting facts. All really friendly.

    4 Rosmead in Cape Town; We loved it here. Just the right side of plush and a lovely warm, friendly welcome. Breakfast were delicious. It was a real haven to come back to and even though it was small it didn’t feel intrusive. They were also really helpful with great places to eat.

    Tours in Cape Town; Our guide, Bevan, gave us an incredible insight into the history of South Africa whilst also being really knowledgeable on wild life and nature. No question was too hard and his answers honest. He had an intern with him from a township and this allowed us a different perspective. Bevan was brilliant with my daughter. The Cape Point trip was a full on day with lots packed in. Our highlight was the penguins but we also really enjoyed seeing Cape Point and getting our first taste of the wild life to come! Our stand out experience in Cape Town had to be the tour of Masiphumelele. We’re so pleased that we did this as it gave us an insight of the lives of so many people in SA. The visibility of such poverty was tough going at times and we learned much about the harsh realities of living in a township such as how dwellings regularly burn down, TB & HIV incidence but equally we saw the resilience, warmth and resourcefulness of the residents. We loved being shown around the nursery and the library and the chance to have a very different experience. Being in someone’s home for lunch was a real privilege. We got such a lovely welcome there and the food was really delicious. The tribal dance routine felt a little forced and I wasn’t convinced there was much pride in the display. I think being shown a little more of the craft workshop or the older people’s group might have worked better. Although I can see how this allowed us have a purpose to go into the unofficial part of the township. All in all a moving experience that will stay with us both for years to come.

    Getting around Cape Town; We quickly learnt from local people it’s not actually that safe walking around Cape Town except for in the Waterfront. Uber is the best way to travel - much safer and cheaper than the local cabs. The fares are ridiculously cheap.

    Food/Going Out; There are so many great places to eat in Cape Town. The indoor food market at the Waterfront is an absolute must. A huge variety of food that is great quality. Also a great place to hang out for a while as there is always bands playing. The Waterfront overall was a pleasant way to do a bit of shopping. We got some great township art there. We ate at the Cod Father in Camp Bay. It was night so we couldn’t benefit from the incredible views. The food was incredible and really fresh. Really warm service too. The Nelson Eye? was also gorgeous for meat eaters. A slightly retro steak house but with the best meat (nor for vegetarians!). We had great steak, ribs and a divine mint crisp local dessert. We also found a lovely place on Kloof Street called the Dark Horse (its sister restaurant the Black Sheep was closed). Really excellent small plates and great selection of wines.

    Moswari Game Reserve; This part of the holiday blew us away. The safari was spectacular. From our first game drive we saw and learnt so much about the incredible bush. We saw the Big Five within 24 hours (although we appreciate that must be unusual) but it wasn’t just that we saw them we saw them in amazingly dynamic situations - lion cubs suckling the lioness, rhino doing a strange greeting, a herd of 40 elephants at almost touching distance, a leopard eating its kill in a bush and then majestically descending. I could just go on. It wasn’t just these but also the wonderful giraffe sightings, all types of buck and antelope, a rainbow of different coloured birds. This was an unforgettable experience.

    Our guide and tracker, Weinond and Bricks, were perfect. Weinond was a lovely gentle and sensitive man with an encyclopaedic knowledge for wildlife and nature. Bricks was a skilled tracker and I am certain that without him we would not have seen half of what we did. You could feel their passion for the animals and they seemed to take as much joy from a spot as we did. Whilst driving Weinond filled us with information about life in the bush. This meant we learnt so much about the habits and habitats of the magnificent animals and birds we were seeing.

    The camp and rooms were top class. It was a small intimate camp with nicely spaced lodges for privacy. The view from our lodge was stunning. The room was large, beautifully furnished and with the best bathroom ever. If there was one thing that could be added it would be would be access to drinks in your room. Sometimes you want a beer or a nightcap without having to go all the way to the main camp.

    The food was luscious. There was something for everyone and it was all of a really high standard and cooked to perfection. It was definitely restaurant standard. My only complaint is how much weight I’ve put in because I couldn’t resist!

    The service throughout was warm, friendly and appropriate. Very professional.

    We stayed for a night in the Giraffes Nest. This was a special, magical experience. The setting was fabulous and ‘nest’ itself beautifully decorated. It was winter so it was a cold night but they gave you lots of blankets and a cosy robe to help with that. Once in the best you we’re in your own but with radio connection back to the camp. Whilst we only spotted 2 animals during the night it was a special experience sleeping under a blanket of stars. It was a bit overpriced I think for what it is and I think in the winter it should be possible might to stay a bit longer in the morning ( we were collected 6 am to join our drive group) as this might mean you would see animals in the light.

    Finally, I cannot recommend this camp enough to people. A truly spectacular holiday that we will never forget. I’ve definitely been bitten by the Africa bug!

    MissingDara d reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 02 July 2019

  • We had a wonderful time! Our transfers (besides a bit of a wait when we arrived) were smooth. The gentleman that drove us to and from the airport also drove us to our hike and he was very nice and helpful, clean car and very accommodating.
    Our tour guide on the first day, Mandy, was charming and insightful. It was a slow day in the markets but we appreciated the space and gave us a chance to hear all about the Souks. The gentlemen who was with her was a wealth of knowledge and both did a very nice job!
    Our hike was awesome and our guide was great- he even took us to a cool waterfall and took great care of us; lunch in the mountains was delicious!
    The hotel was so lovely and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food was great and the rooms very comfortable!
    I did a good amount of damage in the market (often accused of being Berber;) and truly hope to be back next Spring... maybe a girls trip or perhaps I’ll bring my kiddos!
    Thank you for organizing such a nice getaway for my husband and I; we will confidently recommend Tourdust to our friends!!

    MissingJennifer H reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 12 June 2019

  • We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.

    Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.

    Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.

    Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!

    One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.

    Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!

    MissingBrandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019

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