This safari starts with Kruger – Sabi Sands Game Reserve - Forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park.The Sabi Sand Reserve is a remarkable natural sanctuary known for its exceptionally high concentration of animal and bird life. Close contact encounters are guaranteed. You will then visit Timbavati Game Reserve where you will track the Big Five, as well as a rich variety of other game such as antelope, zebra, warthog, giraffe and hippo, in the company of an armed ranger and local Shangaan tracker. You will finish with Cape Town - Enjoy a variety excursions of choice.
What is included in the tour
SABI SANDS GAME RESERVE
- Meet & Greet at OR Tambo International Airport; Hand over travel documents and assist to onward flight to Hoedspruit
- Road transfer from Hoedspruit Airport (HDS) to Sabi Sands Game Reserve
- Sabi Sands Game Reserve Gate & Vehicle fees
- Sabi Sands Game Reserve Conservation Levy
- 2 nights in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve
- Elephant Plains Game Lodge in a Luxury Suite on an Full Board & Activities Basis (includes accommodation, three meals per day, tea & coffee, twice daily game drives, and a guided bush walk)
- Road transfer from Sabi Sands Game Reserve to your lodge in Timbavati Game Reserve
TIMBAVATI GAME RESERVE
- Timbavati Gate & Vehicle Entrance fees
- Timbavati Conservation Levy
- 2 nights in the Timbavati Game Reserve
- Simbavati Hilltop Lodge in a Luxury Tented Suite on an All-Inclusive Basis (includes accommodation, three meals per day, teas & coffees, selected spirits, house wines, local beers and soft drinks, and two game drives daily but excludes bar purchases)
- Road Transfer from your lodge in the Timbavati Game Reserve to Hoedspruit Airport (HDS)
- Meet & Greet at Cape Town International Airport and transfer to your hotel along the Sea point promenade
- 4 nights in Cape Town
- Winchester Mansions in a Junior Suite Sea Facing Room on a Bed & Breakfast Basis
- Full Day Scheduled Cape Peninsula Tour (includes return transfers and entrance fees for Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Point Nature Reserve and Boulders Beach but excludes lunch & items not mentioned)
- Transfer from your hotel to Cape Town International Airport
What is NOT included in the tour
- All flights (INTERNATIONAL & INTERNAL) – Can be arranged
- All meals not specified above
- Optional activities
- Personal items, tipping, personal refreshments and extras
Day 1 – Arrival in Kruger – Sabi Sands Game Reserve
Upon arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, you are met by our representative who will hand over your travel documents and assist you to your direct flight to Hoedspruit.
Upon arrival in Hoedspruit, you are met by your driver and transferred to your game lodge in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. There is time to settle into your lodge before departing on your first afternoon game drive in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve.
Flight time – Johannesburg to Hoedspruit: approx. 1 hour
Transfer time – Hoedspruit to Sabi Sands Game Reserve: approx. 2 hours
Days 1 to 3 - Sabi Sands Game Reserve (2 nights)
Forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Reserve has no fences and the wildlife is able to cross freely between the Sabi Sands and the rest of the Greater Kruger National Park. The safari experience in the Sabi Sand is highly personalised because game drive vehicles have exclusive traversing rights in their area. The Sabi Sand Reserve is a remarkable natural sanctuary known for its exceptionally high concentration of animal and bird life.
Close contact encounters are guaranteed as the animals are not threatened by the presence of vehicles thanks to sound conservation management policies. Safaris are led by experienced rangers coupled with local Shangaan trackers. With exceptional sightings of leopard (usually the most elusive of cats), lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo during game drives - visitors are never lacking in exciting photographic content.
Elephant Plains Game Lodge - http://www.elephantplains.co.za/
Included: Days 1 to 3 – Daily Safari Programme in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve at Elephant Plains Game Lodge
Day 3 - Sabi Sands Game Reserve to Timbavati Game Reserve
After your morning game drive and brunch, you are met by your driver and transferred northwards to your game lodge in the Timbavati Game Reserve, also part of Greater Kruger.
There is time to check in before you depart on your first afternoon game drive in the Timbavati Game Reserve.
Transfer time –Sabi Sands Game Reserve to Timbavati Game Reserve: approx. 3 hours
Days 3 to 5 - Timbavati Game Reserve (2 nights)
The Timbavati forms part of the 2 million hectare Greater Kruger National Park. It was the first private game reserve to be incorporated into the Kruger National Park and is part of one of Africa's most innovative conservation partnership agreements. The Timbavati is 14 700 hectares (36 300 acres) and shares an unfenced boundary with Kruger National Park.
Track the Big Five, as well as a rich variety of other game such as antelope, zebra, warthog, giraffe and hippo, in the company of an armed ranger and local Shangaan tracker. Bird viewing is spectacular, with over 360 recorded species including various eagles, vultures, kingfishers, woodpeckers, buzzards, herons, egrets, owls, weavers. The Timbavati is also home to the world-famous “White Lions of Timbavati”.
Simbavati Hilltop Lodge - https://www.simbavati.com/LODGES/HILLTOP-LODGE
Included: Days 3 to 5 - Daily Safari Programme in the Timbavati Game Reserve at Simbavati Hilltop Lodge
Day 5 - Timbavati Game Reserve to Cape Town
After your morning game drive and brunch, you bid farewell to this African wonderland. You are transferred by road to Hoedspruit Airport for your direct flight to Cape Town.
Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you are met by our representative and transferred to your hotel along the Seapoint Promenade for your 4 night stay.
Transfer time – Timbavati Game Reserve to Hoedspruit Airport: approx. 1 ½ hours Flight time – Hoedspruit to Cape Town: approx. 2 ½ hours
Transfer time – Cape Town International Airport to Cape Town hotel: approx. 40 minutes
Days 5 to 9 - Cape Town (4 nights)
Welcome to Cape Town, Mother City of Africa, and the Western Cape, an area which is regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in the world. The City is a rare cultural gem, resulting from the amalgamation of Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers, the local Bushman and Hottentot tribes and the Bantu tribes from the north.
The impressive presence of Table Mountain, flanked by the legendary Devil's Peak and historical Signal Hill, stands proudly above the city. Beautiful white sandy beaches along a peaceful coastline frame the Cape Peninsula, which is famed for its unique floral kingdom, bountiful rivers, vleis and dams and magnificent countryside. The surrounding area extends far into the winelands, green in summer and red-gold in autumn.
The Mother City boasts a multitude of entertainment, ranging from outdoor activities and adventures in the sun to a roaring night life under neon signs. The vast range of shopping opportunities includes haggling with shop holders at Greenmarket Square Flea Market, as well as breezing through sophisticated and stylish shopping malls. The huge variety of restaurants reflects the multicultural history of the Cape and caters for everyone's taste, from fast-food outlets and casual to the chic to the very elegant.
The city provides a setting for many scenic wonders, magnificent seascapes and panoramic vistas. The beautiful coastal areas of Camps Bay, Clifton, Llandudno, Bantry Bay, Hout Bay and Blouberg surround the breath-taking tranquillity of the winelands, Constantia, Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek.
Winchester Mansions - http://www.winchester.co.za/
Suggested: Day 5 – V&A Waterfront, Robben Island & Two Oceans Aquarium
Suggested: Day 6 – Half Day Scheduled Cape Town City Tour & Table Mountain (09h00 or 14h00)
Included: Day 7 – Full Day Scheduled Cape Peninsula Tour
Suggested: Day 8 – Full Day Scheduled Cape Winelands Tour
Suggested: any evening – Dinner at African Café
Day 9 - Cape Town & DEPARTURE
This morning is at leisure. Depending on your flight home, you are met at your hotel and transferred to Cape Town International Airport.
Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you make your way to the International Departures terminal and check in for your flight home.
Transfer time – Hotel to Cape Town International Airport: approx. 40 minutes