Tailor Made Itinerary

15 Days
Anya’s Victoria Falls, Kruger Safari & Cape Town Family Vacation

2 nights Johannesburg | 3 nights Victoria Falls | 1 night Hazyview | 2 nights Sabi Sand | 2 nights Balule | 4 nights Cape Town

Tour Highlights

  • Johannesburg City Sights
  • Victoria Falls Adventure
  • Zambezi Sunset Cruises
  • Walking Safari
  • Big Five Safari
  • Cape Peninsula Tour
  • Table Mountain Fun
  • Family Vacation
  • Shark Cage Diving
  • Cape Winelands Luxury

Client Review

Anya was incredibly responsive and built a custom itinerary to suit all our needs and allowed us to see the best of South Africa, including a few days on the Cape, Victoria Falls and an amazing 4 day safari. Anya was very responsive to all our questions – she provided a very personal feel to the booking process, she was even proactive about providing updates between our booking and our departure date.

The safari itself was fantastic, we saw the Big 5 in the first two days, plus many more. Every stop brought some new adventure or encounter. And the accommodations were all exceptional.

We are on our way home. It was a magnificent trip. We had so much fun, and thanks to you and your firm, everything went smoothly. Overall a fantastic trip – We’d highly recommend Pembury for your trip in southern Africa.

Ilan G & Family

Tour Consultant's Overview

I first received an enquiry from Ilan G in August 2017. He was interested in traveling to Victoria Falls, Kruger & Cape Town with his wife, two daughters and a family friend. Upon receiving Ilan's initial enquiry, I put together two options for Ilan's potential tour which included a few nights in Chobe, Victoria Falls, Sabi Sands Game Reserve and Cape Town. I sent Ilan the two itinerary options for him to review with the rest of the family. Shortly after receiving the two options, Ilan's travel plans were put on hold. Hurricane Irma had hit the Miami & Florida areas. Ilan sent me email to advise they were busy evacuating. Throughout the Hurricane, I kept in contact with Ilan to find out if they were all okay. I suspected they would not be traveling to Southern Africa in January 2018 due to the damages Hurricane Irma caused. On the 25 October 2017, Ilan contacted me once more. Ilan and his family had minimal damage done to their house and they were ready to plan their family vacation to Southern Africa once more! I was extremely happy to hear that Ilan and his family were okay and they would still have the opportunity to experience and travel in our beautiful country! The dates for the vacation were very similar to Ilan's previous dates, the pressure was on! January was around the corner and I knew I had to secure the accommodation as quickly as possible. I managed to secure double and triple rooms in every destination. I put together a completely new Itinerary for Ilan and his family. The family reviewed the itinerary and they were all very excited Ilan and I communicated through Email, Skype and even through Whatsapp Video Calls. I had a great time putting together Ilan's vacation package. The entire tour was a present to his wife for her 50th Birthday. I had arranged special treats along the way for the family and for Ilan's wife. I am thankful Ilan and his family managed to experience Southern Africa and the beauty our country has to offer, not even a Hurricane could stop them! The family vacation was a success.  
Anya Visser
Day 1 Arrival in Johannesburg

Upon arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, you are met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in the Shopping hub, Sandton City. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Sandton Square.

Alternatively you can go on one of the suggested activities.

Days 1 to 3 Johannesburg (2 nights)

Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city and is the financial and commercial capital of Africa. It is in this fast-paced metropolis that the country’s radical political and social transformation is most evident - this is the “Rainbow Nation” at work. You may decide to go on a 3 hour go as you please tour. A driver will take you around Johannesburg city and any other places you wish to see.

Day 3 Johannesburg to Victoria Falls

This morning you are met by our representative and transferred to OR Tambo International Airport for your direct flight to Livingstone. You are met at Livingstone Airport upon arrival at and are transferred to your hotel for your 3 night stay.

Days 3 to 6 Victoria Falls (3 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.

At 1708 metres wide, Victoria Falls is the most expansive curtain of water in the world and drops more than 100 metres into the sheer Zambezi Gorge. Straddling the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, these Falls and the Zambezi River are the central points in an area of spectacular scenic beauty: from the Falls themselves to the broad, picturesque course of the Zambezi River upstream, the rainforest adjacent and the stark jagged gorge downstream, the power and timelessness of nature's forces are evident throughout.

The Falls’ local name, Mosi-Oa-Tunya - "the Smoke that Thunders" - more accurately defines the essence of the place: the rising, shining spray that can be seen 30km away. This vapour has the effect of adding moisture in the form of humidity to the air in the "splash zone", so that a unique, small rainforest ecosystem clings to the edge of the Falls, providing a toehold for no less than 70 shrub and 150 herbaceous species, as well as trees such as pod and Natal mahogany, ebony, Cape and strangler fig and Transvaal red milkwood. There are two National Parks in the vicinity: the Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe and the Mosi-oa-Tunya Zoological Park in Zambia, which means that herds of big game such as elephant and buffalo, as well as smaller species and even predators such as lion persist in the area.

Day 6 Victoria Falls to Hazyview (1 night)

This morning is at leisure to catch a last glimpse of the Falls, until you are picked up from the hotel and are transferred to Livingstone Airport to catch your direct flight to Nelspruit. You are met at Nelspruit Airport and are transferred to your country lodge in Hazyview for your one night stay.

Day 7 Hazyview to Sabi Sand Game Reserve

This morning you are transferred from Hazyview to your lodge in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park. You have time to settle in at your lodge before you set off on your first afternoon game drive in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

Days 7 to 9 Sabi Sand 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.

Day 9 Sabi Sands/ Game Reserve to Balule Game Reserve

This morning you enjoy your last morning Game Drive in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve and brunch before you are collected and transferred northwards to the Balule Game Reserve, also part of the greater Kruger. You have time to settle in at your next lodge before you set off on the afternoon game drive.

Days 9 to 11 Balule Game Reserve (2 nights)

Balule Private Game Reserve consists of 40 000 hectares of prime game reserve and forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. The Park is home not only to the much sought after Big Five, but also an incredible variety of other wildlife – antelope, big cats, wild dogs, giraffe and zebra. With the perennial Olifants River flowing through it, Balule is a prime game-viewing and bird-watching area and allows limited numbers of visitors, ensuring that you get the best possible game-viewing opportunities. The name "Balule" is the local Shangaan word for Buffalo.

Balule is located in the subtropical lowveld, an area with multiple eco-zones resulting in significant variety in the flora with over 336 documented tree species in the region. Baobab trees, fever trees, knobthorns, marula and mopane trees are predominant species in this wooded savannah.

The diverse flora accommodates a diverse array of fauna. More than 220 different kinds of birds inhabit the area including raptor species such as Kori bustard, Ground hornbill, Lappet-faced vulture, Pel's fishing owl, Martial eagle and Saddle-billed stork. There are over 30 species of mammals ranging from plains game such as zebra, wildebeest and giraffe to predators such as lions, leopards and cheetahs. The rivers and other watering holes are home to large herds of hippos and crocodiles, and in the long dry seasons these areas are heavily trafficked by wildlife

Day 11 Balule Game Reserve to Cape Town

This morning you bid farewell to this African wonderland. You are met and 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 are transferred to your hotel for a 4 night stay.

Days 11 to 15 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.

Day 15 Cape Town & Departure

This morning is at leisure until you are collected from your hotel and transferred to Cape Town International Airport for your direct flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, you make your way to the International Departure Terminal for your flight home.

Protea Hotel Balalaika

Established in 1949, the Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton is a privately owned Premier hotel, set in the heart of the trendy suburb of Sandton. This recently refurbished and stylish 330-bedroomed property has 2 private gardens and 2 swimming pools, lending a distinctive atmosphere of luxurious tranquillity to the hotel. Each of the rooms is tastefully furnished to portray the ultimate in comfort and style. There is an in-house restaurant, a coffee shop and a cigar bar.
The hotel comprises 330 bedrooms spread over two sections – the Balalaika and the Crown Court.
Each room is air-conditioned and tastefully furnished in a classic, comfortable style with its own en-suite bathroom. There are also 2-bedroomed Family Suite. The trendy shopping precinct of Nelson Mandela Square and Sandton City are situated metres from the hotel. There is a complimentary shuttle between the hotel and the Gautrain.

AVANI Victoria Falls Resort

The Avani Victoria Falls Resort located right on the edge of the Eastern Cataract of the falls and reflects the richness and diversity of the land's heritage. The architecture of the hotel was inspired by the timeless African tradition. Simple, rustic, and welcoming, its unique styling offers visitors the experience of truly being in the heart of Africa.
The 212 en-suite rooms have private balconies that allow the morning sun in and are tastefully decorated with an African flavour with mosaics and earthy coloured fabrics. The Victoria Falls National Park borders the front of the property and wild animals often graze on the hotel lawns, with the spray of the falls in the background. Facilities at the hotel include an in-house restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool. The hotel is within walking distance of the Falls.

Casterbridge Hollow Boutique Hotel

Casterbridge Hollow, Mpumalanga’s first “green hotel”, is a concept that has evolved with great charm, using the simplest and most basic materials. Colours are reminiscent of romantic hillside villages in Provence and Tuscany. Its contemporary style is enhanced by richly textured baskets, sleek furnishings and designer fabrics featuring proteas and ‘bokkies’ which give the hotel an original handprint and convey its South African roots. Accessories such as wire-work baskets, hand-crafted tiles and decorative light fittings were all made by local artisans.
Guests are spoilt for choice with the scrumptious breakfasts on offer at Magnolia Café. Upstairs at Magnolia Restaurant zesty cocktails and the lunch and dinner menu promises a unique dining experience!
Casterbridge Hollow Boutique Hotel, is a 15 minute drive from the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, and is a convenient base from which tourists can access Kruger National Park and the Panorama Route.

Elephant Plains Game Lodge

Situated in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, part of the 2.2 million hectare Greater Kruger National Park, Elephant Plains offers comfortable style and affordable luxury. The lodge overlooks a waterhole on the banks of the Manyeleti River and the pool deck guarantees excellent viewing of animals moving from the plains to drink. Elephant Plains is proud of the standard of its tasty international cuisine and South African specialities. Breakfast and lunch are enjoyed in the dining room or on the pool deck, overlooking the open area. Dinner is served around a log fire in the boma, whilst enjoying the mystical nocturnal sounds under the African sky. There are two swimming pools, and an African Spa.
Accommodation is provided in six luxury suites, five rondavels and one honeymoon suite. Decorated in warm, earthy tones, the natural design and architectural flow of the six glass-fronted luxury suites fall softly on the eye. These exclusive, open-plan suites each have a lounge, double bedroom, en-suite bathroom and a private viewing deck that offers spectacular views over the riverbed and open area. The five rondavels are set in the beautifully landscaped garden of the original family holiday camp and one can still feel the old bushveld charm upon entering. The five rondavels have been renovated and redecorated and have sundecks and en-suite bathrooms. The Manyeleti honeymoon suite provides honeymooners, or guests that are just romantic at heart, with elegance, privacy and a stunning view. This glass fronted suite has all the regular luxuries and also boasts a private splash pool and daybed, ideal for a mid-morning nap. All accommodation is air-conditioned.
Over many years strict conservation policies and successful habitat management have resulted in a rich diversity of fauna and flora. Here you will come face to face with Africa’s Big Five and may be lucky enough to encounter other rarer species such as the endangered wild dogs and cheetah.

Naledi Enkoveni Camp

Naledi is privately owned with the owners overseeing and indeed actively participating in the day to day operation of both Enkoveni and Bushcamp. The Enkoveni Lodge is situated on the river banks of the Olifants River. Enkoveni is built overlooking the mighty Olifants River, watch families of elephants who have come down to bathe, lazy hippos surfacing for a yawn, a skittish herd of impala drinking nervously and listen for the cry of a fish eagle.
This lodge has a lovely setting under giant fig trees on the edge of the Olifants River. Rolling lawns surround the large swimming pool and extend down to the water. Guests can enjoy personalised service from a dedicated team of staff. Most days in good weather, meals are served outdoors on the deck with atmospheric dinners around the camp fire in the boma.
Each suites is, equipped with the finest quality linen and towels, en-suite bathrooms and views of the river. Air-conditioning is available throughout the lodge. The camp features a gorgeous swimming pool which overlooks the Olifants River. The Naledi pub is always open loaded with ice cold drinks from all four corners of the world – a wonderful spot to meet before dinner and swap stories till late into the night if you like.

The Clarendon Fresnaye

The Clarendon Fresnaye, is situated in the idyllic suburb of Fresnaye. Cradled along the slopes of Lions Head, The Clarendon offers exhilarating views of the ocean. Steeped in history the Clarendon harbors and interesting past having once been owned by the governor of The Cape and also the Earl of Clarendon.
The décor is infused with traditional fabrics are designed to add the modern touch. The spacious rooms are appropriated with all amenities, as you would expect in a 5 Star hotel. The exquisitely decorated rooms either overlook the lush gardens, towering mountain or immaculate sea views. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, flat screen TV, fully stocked mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities and guest amenities.
Meals are served in an intimate dining room which overlooks the lush green gardens and swimming pool.

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.

Morning Rhino Walk

The sheer magnitude of these magnificent animals will leave you awestruck! Black Rhino are highly endangered and rare however, with the increased population of these animals on our Private Game Reserve combined with our skilled guiding and tracking experts, there is a strong likelihood of encountering these animals.
They offer an opportunity to enjoy the natural flora and fauna abundant on the reserve including close contact with the rich variety of wildlife and bird-life. Our safaris are accompanied by highly knowledgeable and experienced guides who will take you on a journey where you can encounter the ‘Big 5’, the ‘Small 5’ and have the chance to track the elusive Black Rhino – one of the rarest large animals in the world, in its natural habitat.

Sunset Boat Trip on the Lady Livingstone along the Zambezi River

Clients may have the opportunity to see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile, and elephant as well as enjoy the many different bird species. The Zambezi Sunset cruise is one of our most popular activities and includes finger snacks, beer, wine, local spirits and soft drinks. There are great photo opportunities against often-spectacular African sunsets.Flocks of birds skim the waterline as the sun sets behind the African skyline.

Chobe Daytrip from Victoria Falls

This full-day tour departs daily from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, to the Chobe National Park in
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. 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, arriving at approximately 18h30.

Adventure Activities at Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa with more than 50 activities available. Here is our selection of the best:

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.

Flight of Angels Helicopter Flip over the Falls - At ground level you can feel the enormous power of the Victoria Falls as tremendous volumes of water pound into the chasm below. But it is only when you take to the air that you can take in the whole panorama and enormity of this mighty spectacle.

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.

Daily Safari Programme in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve

The Sabi Sand Reserve is part of the largest conservation area in South Africa and it is the oldest of all the private reserves. It was formed in 1950 and comprises of many privately owned game lodges, covering an area of 65 000 hectares (153 000 acres) of savannah thornveld. It is now part of the Greater Kruger National Park and there are no fences between them, so the game moves freely through this enormous natural reserve. This is one of South Africa’s most treasured natural sanctuaries. The Sabi Sand Reserve enjoys good quality viewing of leopard (the most elusive of predators), as well as elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and a vast variety of antelope and other species. In fact, there are more than 330 tree species, 45 fish species, 30 amphibian species, 110 reptile species, 500 bird species and 145 mammal species, including the Big Five.
Upon arrival at your safari lodge 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, particularly the leopard for which this area is renowned. 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. 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.

Daily Safari Programme at 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 Naledi 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.

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 was inclement on the first day, take the opportunity to go up Table Mountain today.

Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour

You are collected from your hotel by a tour guide and 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 can 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. A leisurely drive through the leafy southern suburbs will bring us back to the city bowl in the late afternoon.

Morning Shark Cage Dive

You are collected from your hotel in Cape Town and taken to Simons Town for your shark cage diving experience. The best time for this activity is between the months of April to September when 4 to 5 sharks are usually encountered in a day. You will be immersed in the cage for about 15 – 20 minutes and will have a good chance to see a number of sharks. You might even have the opportunity at a second chance once everyone has had a turn.

Full Day Cape Winelands Tour

You are collected from your hotel this morning and are taken on a Full-day tour of the Cape Winelands, with its backdrop of majestic mountain ranges and lush valleys. We stop for wine tastings at a minimum of two wineries and you have the chance to purchase some of the wines you have tasted. We visit Stellenbosch, the “town of oaks” for a short guided tour of 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. After the tour you are dropped off at your hotel in the Cape Winelands.

This itinerary started on 3 January 2018
When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: USD$ 4,465
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