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Cape & Kruger Walking Safari

This two week tailor-made holiday is a wonderful way to explore South Africa for those who enjoy walking and wilderness. Experiencing Africa's wilderness is always a highlight of safari, and doing so on foot is a unique, visceral once in a lifetime experience.

Tailor-made Classic 10 days

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

Flights are typically an additional $1,112 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview


  • 4 nights boutique guesthouse in Cape Town

  • Private guided Table Mountain Hike & Winelands tour

  • 2 days traditional safari at Rhino Post Camp in the Greater Kruger

  • 3 days walking safari at Rhino Plains Camp in the Greater Kruger

To be on foot, sharing the bush only with wildlife puts you at the very heart of the wilderness experience. The wildlife responds differently, you see such more detail and the sightings when they do come are uniquely rewarding. This experience gives you the opportunity to explore 12,000 hectares of pristine bushveld in the only wilderness concession in the Kruger National Park.

We suggest starting in Cape Town, a wonderful place to begin your experience of South Africa. Sat between the Southern Ocean and Table Mountain, Cape Town is a great City to eat, drink and explore. We include a private guided hike of Table Mountain and a private guided winelands tour with our fabulous local guides. In Cape Town, we usually recommend staying in Welgelegen, a small boutique guesthouse in a buzzing neighbourhood of Cape Town.

From Cape Town, you will fly to Kruger with two nights at Rhino Post Camp, a traditional safari camp with morning and afternoon game drives. We combine the walking safari with more traditional game drives as the exposure to wildlife is so different on foot to in the vehicle. The concession shares a 15km unfenced boundary with the famous Mala Mala and Sabi Sand reserve with an abundance of wildlife moving freely between the two reserves. The area has a reputation as an excellent game viewing area with good chances of seeing the Big Five. Rhino Post Safari Lodge is an elegant 16 bed lodge set on the banks of the Mutlumuvi riverbed with swimming pool and traditional safari atmosphere.

From Rhino Post, transfer to Plains Camp which is the base for walking. When it comes to safari guiding, walking guides are at the top of the tree, and as you walk your guide will explain bush culture, the identification of animals, trees, grasses, insects, birds and the medicinal uses of plants, local folklore and basic tracking and survival skills. Walks tend to last 3-4 hours and take place in the early morning and late afternoon to avoid the heat of the day. Plains Camp is a simple, but very comfortable 4 tent camp with a perfect location for explorations by foot. There is the opportunity to sleep out one night under the stars in the elevated sleep-outs on a round walk from Plains Camp (the sleep-outs are dependent on weather and other guests’ wishes).

This is a tailor-made holiday and can be customised. Those with more time available may wish to consider combining with a stay in the winelands, Hermanus (during whale watching season) and a road trip along the Garden Route.

Day-by-day

DAY 1: ARRIVE CAPE TOWN
On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. Afternoon at leisure to perhaps head up Table Mountain if it is a clear day or explore the V&A Waterfront
Meals Included: n/a
Accommodation: Welgelegen Guest House
Transport: Airport Transfer

DAY 2: CAPE TOWN
This morning is an early start for your Table Mountain Hike. There is no better place to get a sense of Cape Town than from the top of Table Mountain amidst the lush Fynbos, indigenous to the region. Most tourists venture no more than 5 minutes from the Cableway, however we recommend getting away from the crowds on a guided walk. For those wanting something gentle, there is a 2 hour circular walk which involves taking the cable car up the mountain and hiking on the plateau to Maclears Beacon, the highest point on Table Mountain. The trail passes stunning viewpoints and marsh and Fynbos bush. For the more adventurous, we will arrange a more challenging trek climbing the Mountain via Skeleton Gorge or from the Twelve Apostles which will take about 6 hours. With both options, you will take the Cableway down afterwards.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Welgelegen Guest House
Transport: Private full day tour

DAY 3: CAPE TOWN
Full day guided Cape Winelands Tour. Visit vineyards and artisanal producers in the company of your guide, a passionate foodie and local resident. You can get stuck into some fine wines and great food in incredibly beautiful surroundings.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Welgelegen Guest House
Transport: Private full day tour

DAY 4: CAPE TOWN
Day at leisure to perhaps take the Robben Island ferry from the V&A Waterfront
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Welgelegen Guest House

DAY 5: RHINO WALKING
Transfer to Cape Town Airport for flight to Kruger. On arrival you will be met and transferred by road to the lodge. Afternoon game activity available should you arrive in time. Dinner at the lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, dinner and and AM scheduled shared game activity
Accommodation: Rhino Post Camp
Transport: Airport Transfer

DAY 6: RHINO WALKING
Your day on safari generally starts with an early morning rise for the departure of your game drive, during your drive you will stop for drinks and snacks. You then return to the lodge for a hearty full English breakfast and then enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. A light lunch is served. Late afternoon meet for game drive, again stopping en route for refreshments.
Meals Included: All meals and scheduled shared game activities
Accommodation: Rhino Post Camp

DAY 7: RHINO WALKING
Morning game drive and depart after breakfast to Plains camp. Please note there are particular check in days for Plains Camp which are a Tuesday for a 2/3 night stay or Friday or Sunday for a 2 night stay.
Relax in camp and enjoy views of the waterhole. Gather late afternoon for high tea and guided walk. Walks are limited to 8 persons accompanied by two armed rangers. After an introductory talk, the walk will be between 3-4 hours depending on the fitness and interests of the group. Guides will share not only their interest in animal, plant and insect identification but will also cover medicinal use of plants, local folklore and basic tracking and survival skills.
Meals Included: All meals and scheduled shared game activities
Accommodation: Plains Camp

DAY 8: RHINO WALKING
Early rise for morning guided walk, returning to camp to relax until late afternoon when you will meet again for the second guided walk of the day.
There is an option for a sleep out under the stars, depending on weather, participation of other guests and availability. This is literally an elevated 4 metre high platform with a pop up tent on top for the evening
Meals Included: All meals and scheduled shared game activities
Accommodation: Plains Camp

DAY 9: RHINO WALKING
On walking safari
Meals Included: All meals and scheduled shared game activities
Accommodation: Plains Camp

DAY 10: DEPART
Time permitting, breakfast and safari activity. Road transfer to the Kruger Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast and AM scheduled shared game activity
Accommodation: n/a
Transport: Airport Transfer

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.

Welgelegen Guest House

Cape Town & Garden Route

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

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

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Big Five
- Private Reserve
- Authentic Safari feel

Plains Camp

Greater Kruger

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Big Five
- Speciality walking safaris
- Traditional atmosphere

Details

Getting there

There are daily flights from the UK to Cape Town & Johannesburg. London currently has three airlines offering direct flights into Johannesburg with good onward connections. There are also a number of options available from regional airports. Please get in touch for a flight inclusive quote including International flights and the internal domestic flights from Cape Town to the Kruger and then to Johannesburg.

When is best?

The Kruger offers good year round safari. High season is October to March (South African summer), but the best wildlife viewing is in the South African winter (May to end of October) as the vegetation is less dense.

Safety

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth office check www.gov.uk/travelaware

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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  • Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.

    MissingLaura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018

  • We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!

    Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:

    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

    I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.

    The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.

    The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.

    We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.

    The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.

    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

    MissingGwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

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Alternative Itineraries

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

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Tailor-made 8 days

Adults from $2,675 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $1,570 per person economy class from London

Explore Cape Town, relax on the beautiful Garden Route Coast and enjoy world class safari in Sabi Sands in the Greater Kruger.

Tailor-made Luxury 12 days

Adults from $2,864 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $1,282 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,993 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,282 per person economy class from London

Experience Cape Town, Kruger and Victoria Falls in this spectacular once in a lifetime tailor-made itinerary.

Tailor-made Luxury 11 days

Adults from $3,650 pp plus flights

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

Flights are typically an additional $1,675 per person economy class from London

Families from $2,813 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,675 per person economy class from London

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