8 Day Cape Town & Malaria-Free Eastern Cape Safari

 3 nights Cape Town | 2 nights Lalibela Game Reserve | 2 nights Kariega Game Reserve

Tour Highlights

  • Cape Town Luxury Accommodation
  • Cape Town City Touring
  • Eastern Cape Hospitality
  • Malaria Free Safari
  • Lalibela Game Reserve
  • Kariega Game Reserve
  • Big Five Game Viewing
  • Beautiful Birdlife
Day 1 Arrival in Cape Town

Upon arrival in Cape Town, you are met by our driver and transferred by road to your hotel at the V&A Waterfront for your four night stay. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the Waterfront shops and attractions.

Transfer time: Cape Town International Airport to hotel: approx. 35 minutes

Day 1 to 4 Cape Town | 3 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.

Day 4 Cape Town to Lalibela Game Reserve

This morning after breakfast, you are transferred to Cape Town Airport for your flight to Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape Safari Country. Upon arrival at Port Elizabeth Airport, you are met and transferred by road to your game lodge about an hour inland from the city for your three night stay.

Upon arrival at Lalibela Game Reserve you are transferred from reception to your lodge, where you are given a welcome drink and your safari experience will be explained to you by your lodge host. There will be time to settle in before lunch followed by your first game drive.

Transfer time: Hotel to Cape Town International Airport: approx. 35 minutes

Flight time: Cape Town to Port Elizabeth: approx. 1 hour

Transfer time: Port Elizabeth Airport to Lalibela Game Reserve: approx. 1 hour

Day 4 to 6 Lalibela Game Reserve | 2 nights

Lalibela Game Reserve is a 10,500 hectare malaria-free Big Five game reserve in the heart of Eastern Cape game country. Lalibela brings you the charm of authentic Africa and is a perfect blend of the formal and informal. Lalibela has Four lodges and a private manor, all offering décor that is infused with the essence of Africa, as well as warm and friendly service, exciting safari cuisine and unforgettable game viewing.

Day 6 Lalibela Game Reserve to Kariega Game Reserve

This morning after your game drive and a delicious breakfast you will be transferred by road to another premier Eastern Cape property; Kariega Game Reserve.

Upon arrival at Kariega Game Reserve you are transferred from reception to your lodge, where you are given a welcome drink and your safari experience will be explained to you by your lodge host. There will be time to settle in before lunch followed by your first game drive.

Transfer time: Lalibela Game Reserve to Kariega Game Reserve: Approx. 45 minutes

Day 6 to 8 Kariega Game Reserve | 2 nights

Kariega Game Reserve is a family-owned and operated Big 5 private safari reserve located in South Africa's Eastern Cape. The reserve is situated along the Garden Route, making it the perfect South African safari destination to compliment a Cape Town visit and a trip along the country’s beautiful coast.This malaria-free game lodge incorporates 10,000 hectares of pristine African wilderness, as well as two abundant rivers - the Kariega and the Bushmans rivers. The reserve offers five safari lodges to suit all needs. Experience close up game viewing of the Big 5 - lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard - as well as multitudes of other South African wildlife from the comfort of an open game drive vehicle.

Day 8 Departure

Today, we bid you farewell. You enjoy your last game drive at Kariega Game Reserve before you are transferred to reception, where you will be met and transferred by road back to Port Elizabeth for your flight to either Cape Town or Johannesburg.

Transfer time: Lalibela Game Reserve to Port Elizabeth Airport: approx. 1 hour

South Africa | Cape Town | Winchester Mansions

Winchester Mansions Hotel is an iconic Cape Dutch building and is the leading sea front hotel on Sea Point’s Promenade facing the Atlantic Ocean. It is two minutes’ drive from the trendy Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and is unique amongst Cape Town hotels for its spectacular seaside location. This charming and gracious hotel offers its guests grace, style and contemporary flair. It is a multiple winner of the “Best Luxury Hotel” category at the annual AA Travel Guide Awards. The rooms are spacious and elegant and all of them have either sea or mountain views. There are 51 classic or contemporary loft style rooms and 25 suites, including one presidential suite.

Sip sundowners on the terrace whilst viewing the spectacular ocean sunsets and enjoy signature dishes from Harvey’s Restaurant. The Winchester’s beautiful colonnaded Courtyard, built in the style of an Italian piazza, is a tranquil oasis. Encircled by palm trees and water fountains, it makes a perfect setting for a romantic dinner under the stars. You can relax around the decked heated swimming pool and there is an in-house spa offering health and beauty treatments.

South Africa | Lalibela Game Reserve | Mark’s Camp

Mark’s Camp is a family-friendly lodge – it has 8 stone & thatch chalets, decorated in a relaxed Pan-African style, and it can accommodate up to 18 adults and 8 children. Each comfortably furnished chalet has an en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning and ceiling-fans for those warm summer nights. All of the chalets open up onto your own private viewing deck.

There are 3 room types at Mark’s Camp: 4 Standard chalets that sleep 2 adults; 3 Family chalets that sleep 2 adults and 2 children under 12; 1 Family suite that has 2 en-suite rooms as well as a lounge area – the suite can sleep up to 6 guests One of the appealing features of Mark’s Camp is the abundance of birdlife which can be viewed from the rooms, pool deck (Mark’s Camp has two swimming pools) or central lounge area.

Blessed with a large waterhole in front of the lodge, it is not uncommon for guests to see antelope, giraffe, elephant and predators coming to the waterhole! Mark’s Camp has an outdoor dining “boma” for fireside dinners and open-air brunches, as well as a gracious indoor dining area.

The overnight rate at Mark’s Camp includes accommodation, 2 game drives (evening & morning), all meals and all drinks at Mark’s Camp and on game drives.

South Africa | Kariega Game Reserve | River Lodge

Kariega Game Reserve is a family-owned and operated Big 5 private safari reserve located in South Africa's Eastern Cape. The reserve is situated along the Garden Route, making it the perfect South African safari destination to compliment a Cape Town visit and a trip along the country’s beautiful coast.

This malaria-free game lodge incorporates 10,000 hectares of pristine African wilderness, as well as two abundant rivers - the Kariega and the Bushmans rivers. The reserve offers five safari lodges to suit all needs. Experience close up game viewing of the Big 5 - lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard - as well as multitudes of other South African wildlife from the comfort of an open game drive vehicle.

River Lodge is one-of-a-kind. 10 spacious, air conditioned and tastefully appointed suites offer the most discerning of guests luxurious peace and tranquility. Inside the lodge guests can find a quiet spot in one of the lounges, page through a book in the library, relax at the pool or take in the view from the magnificent deck which overhangs the Bushmans River.

Unique features include excellent river fishing and canoeing. Nestled on the banks of the Bushmans River, this thatched lodge is unique in that it connects a Big 5 game reserve to the sea. Our optional daily boat cruises ferry our guests through the quaint village of Kenton-on-Sea to its picturesque and user-friendly beaches.

Included in price Cape Town | Half Day Cape Town City & Table Mountain Tour

Explore one of the world’s most beautiful cities. You will visit the historic Castle, District Six and the Bo-Kaap Malay Quarter with its narrow cobbled streets and colourful mosques. During your city tour, you view the Houses of Parliament, the City Hall and the Slave Lodge and will enjoy a walk through the Company Gardens. Weather Permitting: Enjoy the scenic cable car ride up Table Mountain, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Included in price Cape Town | Full Day Scheduled Cape Peninsula Tour

You are taken on a drive along the Atlantic seaboard via glamorous Clifton to the quaint seaside village of Hout Bay. We continue via the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive to Cape Point. Looking at this dramatic promontory jutting into the sea gives one an idea why early sailors nicknamed it the Cape of Storms. We then follow the coastline northwards via Simonstown, where you will visit the penguin colony of Boulders Beach. We also visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, which is dedicated to the extraordinary variety of plants found in the Cape Floral Kingdom.

Included in price Cape Town | V&A Waterfront, Robben Island & Two Oceans Aquarium

Spend time today at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. You can take a ferry from the Waterfront across Table Bay to Robben Island. An ex-prisoner takes you on an extensive tour of the prison, which includes a visit to Nelson Mandela’s cell, the limestone quarry and the old leper colony. You could also visit the Waterfront’s Two Oceans Aquarium, which is highly recommended for the insight it gives into life in the two oceans off the southern tip of Africa – the cold Atlantic Ocean and the warm Indian Ocean. The V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s trendiest shopping precinct and is full of great restaurants and bars.

Included in price Lalibela Game Reserve | Daily Safari Programme at Mark’s Camp

Lalibela is home to the Big 5. There are no public roads running through the game reserve and all of the animals, including the predators, are free-roaming throughout the reserve. Game drives in an open vehicle with an experienced game ranger bring you face to face with a multitude of game species, ranging from mighty elephant, lion, rhino and buffalo to tiny blue duiker and rock hyrax. Lalibela is also home to cheetah, hyena, hippo, giraffe, zebra, warthog and numerous species of antelope, such as eland, kudu, bushbuck and wildebeest. On thrilling night drives under the vast African sky, you search for elusive bat-eared fox, aardvark, black-backed jackal, aardwolf and the curious spring hare.

Upon arrival at Lalibela Game Reserve you are transferred from reception to your lodge, where you are given a welcome drink and your safari experience will be explained to you by your lodge host. There will be time to settle in before afternoon High Tea followed by your first game drive. Game drives take place in the early morning and evening to ensure game viewing when animals are most active. Night game drives provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the predators. You return to your lodge in time for a sumptuous safari cuisine dinner.

The next day after a light snack you are taken on a morning game drive. You return to the lodge for a grand brunch. Then there is time to relax around the sunny pool, do some bird-watching from the observation deck or read a book in the peace of your room’s private verandah. After High Tea you set off on another evening game drive, returning again in time for dinner. On your day of departure, you will do a morning game drive and will leave the lodge after brunch.

Included in price Kariega Game Reserve | Daily Safari Programme at River Lodge

Experience the ultimate in luxury safari holidays at the beautiful 10,000 hectare Kariega Private Game Reserve in malaria-free Eastern Cape, South Africa. Prepare to be captivated by close-up viewing of the Big 5 - lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard as well as a multitude of other African wild game and bird species.

At Kariega, everything revolves around our twice-daily safari drives - the close-up encounters with African wildlife are the centre of guests' unforgettable safari holiday. Our experienced game rangers will drive you out on safari every morning and afternoon/evening in open game-drive vehicles, traversing the valleys, grassy plains and African bushveld to bring you close to the Big 5 and other game roaming freely in their natural habitat. If you are fortunate, you may witness the lion hunting or feeding, or even the
Kariega Game Reserve is the perfect setting for exciting safari holidays, with abundant game and spectacular viewing. Apart from lion and elephant, the game reserve is home to the other three members of the Big 5 - rhino, buffalo and leopard. Other species abound such as hippo, hyena, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, eland, kudu, waterbuck and a variety of other antelope, as well as a myriad of bird species including the nesting crowned eagle, martial and fish eagles.

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