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A glorious 12-day southern African experience, covering Cape Town, Oudtshoorn, Kynsya, Sun City, Johannesburg and 2 nights safari in the Hoedspruit area.
Safari Option of lodges in the Hoedspruit area:
The second is the Elandela Private Game Reserve. This exquisite private property is situated adjacent to Kruger National Park, nestled in the wildlife rich banks of the Klaserie River, inside the huge Elandela Private Game Reserve with spectacular sunset views of the nearby Blyde River Canyon and Drakensberg Mountains. This owner managed, exclusive, luxury game lodge, is world renowned for personalised service, warmth and friendly staff. The stylish lounge and well stocked bar overlooks the inviting swimming pool. Savour a sun downer on a deck chair while watching the Hippos playing in the dam below and enjoy magnificent buffet meals and award winning wines in the romantic, candle lit formal dining room or in the open air boma lit by lanterns, fire light and overhead stars. Highlight this spectacular African Photo Safari with an encounter with the famed white lion pride. Designed with privacy and comfort in mind, the absolutely meticulously decorated and furnished 20 suites are perfectly situated to immerse guests in the theatre of African sights and sounds.
Lastly we have Kapama Private Game Reserve Southern Camp. This lodge offers five-star luxury accommodation, warm hospitality and friendly service in a tranquil setting that will be savoured by even the most discerning nature lover. All 15 suites at Southern Camp have full en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, minibars and tea and coffee stations are standard in all suites. Private patios offer the opportunity to enjoy relaxing sundowners. The 10 Luxury Suites have their own private lap pool, inside and outside showers, large minibar, espresso machines and a romantic fireplace open to the bath and bedroom. 3 of the Luxury Suites have been designed with families in mind with a second connecting bedroom for the children with its own bath, shower, double vanity and outside patio. An ideal place to relax with a good book or soak up the surrounding scenery, the lounge and pool deck are excellent vantage spots from which to game view too. Meals are enjoyed in either the tastefully decorated dining room or in the traditional outdoor boma.
Across all of Kapama’s lodges, two daily game drives are offered and are included in the tariff. Accompanied by a skilled ranger and tracker, guests can expect to encounter a diverse range of animal and bird species on game drives. Since this is a Big Five reserve, seeing lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo is possible over a two-day safari in Kapama Private Game Reserve. The day starts with an early wake-up call between 5am and 5:30am. Tea, coffee and rusks are enjoyed together before heading out at first light. While seeing big game is always exhilarating, there are many other smaller species that are also captivating, and birding enthusiasts will be delighted at the approximately 350 species of birds recorded on the reserve. Halfway through the game drive, there’s a stop for hot drinks and snacks, before returning to the lodge at around 9am for a full breakfast. Throughout the day, it’s likely you will see wildlife around the lodge - nyala antelope and vervet monkeys are frequent visitors, though seeing some of the Big Five is also not uncommon.
Day 1: Cape Town
On your arrival, a warm and friendly welcome awaits you! Our expert Guest Service Officer is ready to assist and guide you through the airport to your waiting vehicle that will be transporting you to your Cape Town accommodation. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Day 2: Cape Town Tour
Cruise along Millionaire's Paradise from Clifton to Camps Bay and on to Llandudno before an up-close-and-personal Seal Island cruise. Wind along Chapman's Peak Drive with lunch (own account) at Cape of Good Hope Section of the Table Mountain National Park before meandering back along the coast, visiting Simon's Town and the penguin colony at Boulder's Beach. End at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Summer or in Winter, Groot Constantia for a wine tasting and cellar tour.
Day 3: Cape Town Tour
You don’t need to break a sweat; sipping wine on a historic farm in Constantia or enjoying a picnic at an outdoor concert in Kirstenbosch, Botanical Gardens are equally memorable ways to commune with Cape Town’s great outdoors. Wrenching yourself away from the magnetic mountain and all the delights of the Cape Peninsula is a challenge, but within an hour you can exchange urban landscapes for the charming towns, villages and bucolic estates of Winelands destinations such as Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.
Day 4: Cape Town – Oudtshoorn
After breakfast, check and transfer to Oudtshoorn. It is known as the ‘Feather Capital of the World’ thanks to its huge ostrich industry. Arrive and in the afternoon enjoy a tour of the Wildlife Ranch where you will visit a crocodile Park where you have opportunity to take pictures with the Cheetah. Check into hotel and spend rest of evening in the comfort of your hotel.
Day 5: Oudtshoorn – Knysna
After breakfast leave for a tour of the Cango Caves - In Oudtshoorn you go underground to marvel at the icy formations in the Cango Caves, regarded as one of South Africa’s most spectacular natural wonders Later enjoy a tour of the Ostrich Farm before your transfer to Knysna.
Arrive in Knysna, later you will go on a cruise on the vast Knysna Lagoon. Enjoy an amazing view of the imposing sandstone ‘Heads’ which guard the sea entrance to Knysna’s huge tidal lagoon, and the forests, marshes and pristine beaches surrounding it. Evening, you check into the hotel.
Day 6: Knysna – Sun City
After breakfast transfer to George airport to board a flight to Johannesburg. On arrival you are met by our representative for a transfer to Sun City. The Sun City complex is surrounded by two championship golf courses, numerous swimming pools and a huge manmade lake offering various water sports.
Day 7: Sun City
The day is at leisure where you can have non-stop fun at the Valley of the Waves, exciting entertainment options, concerts, sporting events and much more.
Day 8: Sun City - Johannesburg
After breakfast, depart for Johannesburg. On arrival you leave for a Gold Reef City tour. Visit Gold Reef City, a reconstruction of Johannesburg during the Gold Rush era, and experience the Victorian fun fair, brewery, pubs, restaurants and performances of gumboot dancing routines, devised decades ago by migrant mine workers. Then watch molten gold being poured or take a trip down an old mine shaft.
Day 9 – 10: Johannesburg – Mpumalanga
This morning after a delightful breakfast we depart Johannesburg and head to Mpumalanga for your two night safari experience.
Your experience will vary depending on which option you have chosen but accommodation for your safari adventure will range between these three lodges (please refer to the description section).
Day 11: Mpumalanga - Johannesburg
After breakfast and your last game activity we head back to Johannesburg from the closest airport where you will be spending your last night at Emperors Palace. Once you arrive at O.R Tambo International Airport you will take the complimentary scheduled shuttle to Emperors Palace where you will be shown to your chosen hotel.
Day 12: Departure
This morning after a delightful breakfast you will be transferred back to O.R Tambo International Airport to prepare for your onward journey home.