11 Days
Anya’s Budget Friendly Cape Town, Kruger Safari & Victoria Falls Adventure

Tour Highlights

  • Cape Town
  • Sunrise Table Mountain Hike
  • Cape Peninsula
  • Cape Winelands
  • Balule Game Reserve
  • 4x4 Game Drives
  • Panorama Route
  • Victoria Falls
  • Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River

Client Review

Perfect trip! Beyond expectations and on budget! So glad that I found Pembury Tours on Safari Bookings. Planning a trip to South Africa was a bit overwhelming until I contacted Pembury. They responded to my inquiry in minutes, and it was on a weekend evening! I was paired with Anya Visser from Pembury who worked with me (over both Skype and email!) over a couple of weeks to schedule the perfect trip for two friends celebrating a 30th birthday. I realized my time frame was a bit short since I started planning this trip just two months prior to departure, but Anya handled it beautifully. She was careful to stay within our moderate budget and made sure to still include all of our "must-see" activities in Capetown, Greater Kruger, and Victoria Falls.

From the moment we arrived at our first stop in Capetown, I knew this trip was going to be an incredible experience. All of the partner companies that Pembury scheduled us with were top notch. We were able to do a private tour to the Cape Peninsula, private Winelands tour, and a hike up Table Mountain. Though my friend and I are both well-seasoned travelers, it was so nice to be so well taken care of on this trip. Every pickup and dropoff was already arranged. The only thing we had to schedule on our own was dinner (for which Anya also provided great recommendations!) For the Kruger portion of our trip, we were booked at Naledi Bush Lodge. I have to say, this was the highlight of our trip! Everything about that place was outstanding. Following our stay in Kruger area, Anya recommended the Panorama route to get us closer to the airport. The scenery was breathtaking. What could have been a dull day in the car for several hours turned out to be an incredible tour through the Drakensberg Mountains.

Our final stop was Victoria Falls. Our hotel (The Kingdom) was incredibly convenient to the Falls, and once again, everything worked out perfectly. Our trip was capped off with a boat cruise of the Zambezi River with a surprise upgrade! I cannot thank Anya and Pembury Tours enough for a great vacation! I will most definitely contact Pembury again for future trips in Southern Africa!

Suzanne M & Zsu Zsu C

Tour Consultant's Overview

Suzanne  made an enquiry in February 2017 with interest in our Cape Town, Kruger and Victoria Falls tour for herself and one of her close friends.Suzanne and Zsu Zsu provided me with a list of activities they were interested in as well as a preferred budget for their 11 Day Cape Town, Kruger and Victoria Falls Tour. With all the information at hand which Suzanne and Zsu Zsu provided, I put together a proposed Itinerary and Quote for them to review. The Itinerary included 4 nights in Cape Town at Headsouth Lodge, 3 nights at Naledi Bush Camp in the Balule Game Reserve and 2 nights at The Kingdom Hotel in Victoria Falls. Suzanne & Zsu Zsu expressed their interest in a Table Mountain Hike, A visits to Cape Point Nature Reserve and to see the Penguins at Boulders Beach. I included these activities as well as a few others in their Itinerary. The trip was worked around the celebration for Zsu Zsu's 30th Birthday, although Zsu Zsu knew nothing about the celebration dinner I planned for her while on safari at Naledi Bush Camp. The trip was booked and the two ladies were ready to set off on their adventure to Southern Africa!
Anya Visser
Day 1 Arrival in Cape Town

Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, Suzanne will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for your 4 night stay. The rest of the day is at leisure until Zsu Zsu arrives. Upon arrival at Cape Town Airport, Zsu Zsu will be met by our representative and are transferred to your hotel for a 4 night stay. You meet up with Suzanne and perhaps enjoy a lovely meal along the Sea point Promenade.

Days 1 to 5 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.

Day 5 Cape Town to Balule Game Reserve

This morning you are transferred to Cape Town Airport for your flight to Hoedspruit. Upon arrival in Hoedspruit , you are met and transferred to your game lodge in the Balule Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger area. There is time to settle in before you depart on your first game drive.

Days 5 to 8 Balule Game Reserve (3 Nights)

Forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park, the Balule Nature Reserve has no fences and the wildlife is able to cross freely between Balule and the rest of the Greater Kruger National Park. The safari experience in Balule Nature Reserve is highly personalised because game drive vehicles have exclusive traversing rights in their area. Balule 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 great 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.

Day 8 Balule Game Reserve to Mpumalanga Lowveld (1 Night)

After your morning game drive, you bid farewell to this African wonderland. You are transferred by road to your hotel in the Mpumalanga Lowveld. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax in the gardens of your Hotel.

Day 9 Mpumalanga Lowveld to Victoria Falls

This morning you are transferred to Nelspruit Airport for your flight to Victoria Falls. Upon arrival at Livingstone Airport, you are transferred to your hotel for your 2 night stay. There is time this afternoon to view the Falls.

Days 9 to 11 Victoria Falls (2 Nights)

Besides being one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls is the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa with more than 50 activities available. The Victoria Falls is considered to be the largest waterfall in the world. See the mighty Zambezi River as it thunders over the 1700 metre wide Victoria Falls and plunges 100 metres into a narrow gorge below.
The great columns of spray rising from the tumultuous falls can be seen from 80 kilometres away on a clear day. If you are lucky enough to be there at full moon, a "moonbow" can be seen in the spray instead of the usual daylight rainbow.

Day 11 Victoria Falls & Departure

Today is at leisure, you can take a last glimpse of the falls until you are collected and transferred to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight to Johannesburg, where you connect with your international flights home.

Head South Lodge

Head South Lodge Boutique Hotel in Green Point, Cape Town has the sophisticated and contemporary look and feel associated with boutique hotels in Cape Town. Accommodation with elements of art deco and the original retro interior still exist after the redecoration and the more recent 2009 additions.

All 22 rooms in this stylish boutique hotel are “luxury double” rooms, with en-suite showers or baths. All rooms have a TV with 6 channels, including satellite and an adult movie channel. Tea and coffee facilities are available at all times. All rooms are non-smoking and most are air-conditioned. Head South Lodge boutique hotel also offers free internet access via a wireless facility.

They are on bus and taxi routes, and a safe 15-minute walk from the V&A Waterfront. Cape Town CBD is only a two-minute drive away and Table Mountain an eight-minute drive. Cape Town International Airport is 15 minutes from Head South. The famous Sea Point Promenade walk is on our doorstep and some of our best restaurants are also within a five-minute walking distance.

All in All, this is a hotel perfectly situated, great service and a memorable stay!

Naledi Bush Camp

Naledi is privately owned with the owners overseeing and indeed actively participating in the day to day operation of both Enkoveni and Bushcamp. Both lodges provide reliable cellphone coverage plus free Wi-Fi, and all suites include an en suite bathroom, full air-conditioning, plentiful bottled water (at no additional charge), insect netting, a mini-bar refrigerator, tea and coffee making facilities, a hairdryer, and Naledi’s own range of complimentary bathroom products.

Each suite, however, has its own individual character and decor, and each lodge too is unique.

Naledi Bush Lodge set in the terrain that epitomizes the Greater Kruger National Park. From this lodge’s high viewing deck, you’ll gaze across rugged bush veld to an elephant-enticing waterhole, and onward to the rose-gold foothills of the Transvaal Drakensberg (part of Southern Africa’s largest mountain range).

The Bush Lodge experience is also multi-sensory, encompassing the subtle fragrances of the bushveld, the sensation of dappled African sunlight on one’s skin, and moments of deep silence punctuated only by bird calls.

Bush Lodge offers just three suites, each located for optimal privacy. The Leadwood Suite, named after one of the most majestic bushveld trees offers a Two Bedroom Suite with its own private plunge pool. The Paperbark Suite, which was named after the Paperbark Acacia tree overlooks the bushveld and can accommodation two people. The third and final suite is named after the wild tree that bears the most Delicious fruit, the Marula Suite. The Marula Suite can accommodate up to three people.

Naledi’s cuisine is crafted by dedicated professional chefs who regard every dish as a showpiece for their talents, and take personal pride in announcing their multi-course creations to the assembled diners. They have no routine menus; the dishes range widely across European and African culinary styles, with a frequent fusion of both continents. Ingredients are sourced fresh from local markets, and our salads in particular are noted for their verve and variety.

Bohm’s Zeederberg Country House

Böhm’s Zeederberg is a small owner-run Country House situated in the picturesque Sabie River Valley of the Mpumalanga Drakensberg, South Africa. The 4-star Country House is situated on a hilltop close to the Kruger National Park.

10 Individually decorated Chalets are located in the garden around the swimming pool, with majestic views over the Sabie River Valley from private verandas. The Garden Chalets can accommodate 2 guests, the Family Garden Chalets can accommodate 2 adults & 1 child (one extra bed is available in the open plan lounge for a child), the Family Garden Suites can accommodate 2 adults & 2 (with two extra beds available for children in the lounge), and the romantic Honeymoon Chalet is located in a private corner of the garden. All the chalets are air-conditioned and have en-suite bathrooms.

The swimming pool is situated in a 2 hectare lush subtropical garden; filled with beautiful indigenous tree which have been labelled for your easy identification. The garden is a bird watcher’s paradise, with two different kinds of Turaco nesting in the huge Wild Fig trees, to name a few of the abundant birds found at Böhm’s. The 60 hectare indigenous bush farm is alive with varied wildlife: small buck including Duiker and Bushbuck, Blue Vervet Monkeys and Bushbabies, many small mammals like Mongoose and Bats, and a myriad of indigenous birds.

Enjoy a sun-downer on the terrace in the summer or a sherry in front of the roaring log fire in the lounge in the winter. The dining room serves home cooked dinners prepared by Mrs Böhm, with the accent on German, French and African Fusion Country cooking combined with fresh herbs & salads from the garden.

The Kingdom at Victoria Falls

The Kingdom at Victoria Falls is situated within the Victoria Falls National Park, a World Heritage Site, and is within walking distance to the Victoria Falls. It is a modern-day tribute to ancient Africa. The architecture of the 4-star Kingdom Hotel resembles that of the city of Munhumutapa, capital of an ancient civilisation in Zimbabwe.

The hotel has a variety of restaurants , bars and three swimming pools .

Built around a man-made lake, the 294 rooms are beautifully decorated in deep browns and beiges, with natural wood furnishings. The Kingdom at Victoria Falls offers a wide range of room types to select including twin rooms, double rooms, family rooms and suites. The air-conditioned bedrooms have tilled floors and bathrooms have both a shower and bath.
Each suite, however, has its own individual character and decor, and each lodge too is unique.

Naledi Bush Lodge set in the terrain that epitomizes the Greater Kruger National Park. From this lodge’s high viewing deck, you’ll gaze across rugged bush veld to an elephant-enticing waterhole, and onward to the rose-gold foothills of the Transvaal Drakensberg (part of Southern Africa’s largest mountain range).

The Bush Lodge experience is also multi-sensory, encompassing the subtle fragrances of the bushveld, the sensation of dappled African sunlight on one’s skin, and moments of deep silence punctuated only by bird calls.

Bush Lodge offers just three suites, each located for optimal privacy. The Leadwood Suite, named after one of the most majestic bushveld trees offers a Two Bedroom Suite with its own private plunge pool. The Paperbark Suite, which was named after the Paperbark Acacia tree overlooks the bushveld and can accommodation two people. The third and final suite is named after the wild tree that bears the most Delicious fruit, the Marula Suite. The Marula Suite can accommodate up to three people.

The Kingdom at Victoria Falls is situated within the Victoria Falls National Park, a World Heritage Site, and is within walking distance to the Victoria Falls. It is a modern-day tribute to ancient Africa. The architecture of the 4-star Kingdom Hotel resembles that of the city of Munhumutapa, capital of an ancient civilisation in Zimbabwe.

The hotel has a variety of restaurants , bars and three swimming pools .

Built around a man-made lake, the 294 rooms are beautifully decorated in deep browns and beiges, with natural wood furnishings. The Kingdom at Victoria Falls offers a wide range of room types to select including twin rooms, double rooms, family rooms and suites. The air-conditioned bedrooms have tilled floors and bathrooms have both a shower and bath.

Cape Point (Full Day)

Your journey to Cape Point takes you along the scenic Atlantic seaboard coastal road. You pass the pristine beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay with their soft white sand and azure blue water. The formidable 12 Apostles Peaks rise above the road on one side, while shear cliffs and incredible rock formations drop into the icy Atlantic Ocean on the other side.

There is no doubt the coast of the Cape peninsula offers magnificent scenery with its great biodiversity. You arrive at the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay with its imposing Sentinel.

Visit Seal Island (own account) or shop for souvenirs at the craft market at the harbor.

Your tour continues over Chapman’s Peak which offers amazing photo opportunities, and onto the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. This area is home to magnificent ‘fynbos’, many different species of buck and birds, the Cape Mountain Zebra, and mischievous baboons. These creatures entertain guests enjoying lunch at the restaurant which has splendid views of False Bay. Take the funicular (own account) to the lighthouse to see the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans at the Cape Point.

A photo stop at the Cape of Good Hope is a ‘must’, and your guide will do his best to assist in capturing that special moment for you.

You visit Boulders Beach to see the Jackass penguins (own account) before arriving at the naval base of Simonstown, and then venture inland to your last stop of the day at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

With the sun setting over the tall peaks of Table Mountain the last rays sparkle on the trees and flowers, and offer fitting end to a day filled with all the Cape has to offer.

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. If the weather is inclement on the first day, take the opportunity to go up Table Mountain.

View the Falls

As you approach the Falls and hear the water pounding and witness the vapour rising, you quickly understand why local tribesman called the Falls “Mosi-oa-Tunya” (the smoke that thunders) and why the explorer David Livingstone exclaimed that a scene “so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”.

The great columns of spray rising from the tumultuous falls can be seen from 80 kilometres away on a clear day. If you are lucky enough to be there at full moon, a "moonbow" can be seen in the spray instead of the usual daylight rainbow.

Because the Victoria Falls fall into a chasm, rather than falling down an escarpment, it is possible to walk along the opposite side of the chasm, at the same height as the top of the Falls. From the unique walking trails the magnificence and glory of the Falls are head on and only about 60 metres (200 feet) away. The spray falls on the trails like soft rain, feeding the lush vegetation.

Adventure Activities at the Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa with more than 50 activities available. Here is our selection of the best: Bungi Jumping - Bungi jump off the 111 metre high railway bridge into the Zambezi gorge, stopping just metres from the rushing water of the Zambezi River. This is a wild jump! There are two bungi options: A single jump on your own or a tandem jump with a partner.

White Water Rafting - White Water Rafting on the Zambezi River is acclaimed as the best one day white water rafting trip available in the world. There are different options for rafting depending on the time of year and the level of water in the river.

Jet Boat Extreme - Speedboats powered by huge jet engines shoot down the rapids below the Victoria Falls at 100 km an hour. Enjoy a thrilling half hour spent “flying” over the water.

Tiger fishing - Spend a half day on the Zambezi River fishing for one of the great freshwater game fish - The Tigerfish. These powerful, swift predators are truly thrilling to catch.

Canoeing - Paddle slowly down the Zambezi River in a canoe with some of the best wildlife guides in Africa and enjoy the beauty, peace and wildlife of this unique place. Explore islands and waterways and learn about the birds and animals you come across along the route.

Table Mountain Hike

You are collected from your hotel by a tour guide and taken on a quite strenuous 3-hour hike up the front of Table Mountain, above the city centre. The hike follows the most popular of all routes up the mountain and follows a well-constructed path up an imposing ravine on the north face, featuring dramatic rock-formations in its upper reaches.

The route does not require any climbing – walking and scrambling only. Once at the top, it is very flat with great views over the city and peninsula. You descend the mountain via the cable car and the tour guide will drop you off at the hotel.

Full Day Cape Winelands Tour

You are collected from your hotel this morning by a tour guide. You depart Cape Town and are driven to the Cape Winelands, with its backdrop of majestic mountain ranges, lush valleys and verdant vineyards. We stop for wine tastings at wineries and estates along the way and you will have the chance to purchase some of the wines you have tasted. We visit Stellenbosch, the “town of oaksand South Africa’s second oldest town.

A scenic drive over the Helshoogte Pass (Hell’s Heights) takes us to the Franschhoek Valley. French Huguenots settled in the Franschhoek Valley in the late seventeenth century, seeking refuge from religious persecution in Europe and bringing with them precious root-stock to establish the wine-growing industry in South Africa. By the time of Napoleon, wine produced by Constantia, a vineyard near Cape Town, was considered by Europeans to be one of the greatest wines in the world. Anti-apartheid sanctions hit the wine industry hard, but since independence in 1994, access to international markets has unleashed a burst of new energy and new investment, and South African wines are once again winning awards across the world.

Daily Safari Programme in Balule Game Reserve

World famous for its abundance of animal, bird and reptile life the Balule Game Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park, has over 30 mammal species, 220 different kinds of birds and a dazzling variety of reptiles, insects and plants. The area is typical wooded savannah, with marula, knob thorn and Leadwood trees predominant.

As the annual rainfall is generally low, waterholes become focus points, especially in winter. Animals are largely territorial, so you are assured of excellent sightings during your safari activities. At your lodge, your Game Ranger will take you on safari – both by day and night – tracking and following animals off-road, deep into the African bushveld.

The game drives are conducted in specially modified Land rovers, renowned for their comfort and reliability. As the vehicles are open, you are assured of excellent all-round visibility, as well as the excitement of meeting Africa’s Big Five close up. The rangers are well versed in ensuring that you have a thrilling and informative safari. The Bush takes on a different aspect when on foot. Your experienced ranger will take you walking if you so wish. Feel the exhilaration of stalking animals, finding new birds or learning the ways of the Baboon Spider and other creepy-crawlies! Between game drives you can relax at the pool or in the comfort of your room.

Chobe Daytrip

This half-day tour departs daily from Victoria Falls to the Chobe National Park in Botswana. You are collected from your hotel between 07h10 and 07h30 and are transferred to the Kazungula border where your Botswana Guide will meet you. From here you proceed straight to the River where you will spend the morning game viewing along the Chobe River. Tea, coffee & biscuits are provided.

The morning cruise ends at around 12h30 and you are then taken to a hotel on the riverbank for lunch. After lunch, you board safari vehicles for an afternoon game drive in the Chobe National Park where you will have the opportunity to enjoy an abundance of wildlife.

Chobe game drives are the number one activity to experience while visiting Kasane and the Chobe National Park. Chobe Game Drives are offered in custom built 4×4 safari vehicles. These vehicles have open sides which offers exceptional views for the guests. All game drives are conducted by qualified guides all registered with the Botswana guiding council. The local experience and knowledge offer a great insight to animals and their behaviour.

After your game drive, you are taken back to the Kazungula Border where you will be met by your Zimbabwean Guide for your return transfer to Victoria Falls.

Please note: the order of the activities are subject to change without prior notice.

Guided Panorama Route Tour

The Panorama Route in Mpumalanga has breathtaking vistas around every mountain corner, waterfalls plunging down faces of sheer rock, memories of the gold rush and an endless river canyon.One breathtaking view after another – that's South Africa's famous Panorama Route, where you'll experience mountains, sky, forests and the truly impressive Blyde River Canyon, one of the world's largest canyons.

Scenic landmarks with evocative names like God's Window, Wonder View, the Pinnacle, Bourke's Luck Potholes and the Three Rondawels beckon. The Blyde River Canyon's lush subtropical foliage makes it the world's largest 'green canyon’, thread your way along the cliff tops 800m above the Blyde River Canyon, and at God's Window, be sure to walk in the thick, indigenous mist forest that's often among the clouds.

There are several beautiful waterfalls on the Panorama Route; The Lisbon Falls is 94 metres (308 ft) high. The Berlin Falls is on the Sabine River and falls 80 metres (260 ft), pouring into a circular basin flanked by red cliffs. The falls have the shape of a candle, with the first short drop forming the wick, and the remaining, broader drop being the candle body. The Mac Mac Falls are 70 meters (229 ft) and is situated near the site where payable quantities of gold were first found in 1873. The diggings became known as Mac-Mac because of large number of Scottish diggers at the camp.

The gold rush town of Pilgrim's Rest gives you the chance to relive the 1873 gold rush in surroundings of unparalleled beauty. You can even try your hand at panning for gold.

Boat trip on the Zambezi River / Wild Horizons

Follow in the footsteps of David Livingstone and travel up the Zambezi River above the Falls. Especially recommended is an evening sundowner boat cruise. As afternoon fades into twilight, animals come down to the river to drink as you go by.

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This itinerary started on 9 April 2017
When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: USD$ 2,340
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