1 night Johannesburg | 3 nights Sabi Sand | 1 night White River | 3 nights Victoria Falls Zambia | 2 nights Chobe | 4 nights Cape Town | 3 nights Franschhoek
The trip was fabulous!
Upon arrival at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, you will be met by our representative and assisted through to your airport hotel for your one night stay. The hotel is within walking distance of the arrival hall.
This morning you will walk through to departures for your domestic flight to Nelspruit. On arrival at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA), you will be met and transferred by road to your lodge in the Sabi Sand Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park. You have time to settle in at your lodge before you set off on the afternoon game drive.
Flight time: Johannesburg to Nelspruit – approx 50 minutes Transfer time: Nelspruit to Sabi Sand Reserve – approx 2 hours
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.
After your morning game drive, you are transferred by road to your lodge in White River in the Mpumalanga Lowveld. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax in the gardens of your lodge.
Transfer time – Sabi Sand Reserve to White River: Approx. 2 hours
This morning you are transferred to Nelspruit Airport for your flight to Livingstone on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. Upon arrival at Livingstone, you are transferred to your hotel.
Transfer time – White River to Nelspruit Airport (KMIA): approx 20 minutes
Flight time – Nelspruit to Victoria Falls: approx 2½ hours
Transfer time – Livingstone Airport to Victoria Falls hotels: 20 minutes
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.
This morning, after a leisurely breakfast, you will check out of your hotel and you will be transferred by road to Kasane, Botswana where you will meet up with your Botswana guide who will transfer you by road to your lodge in the Chobe Game Reserve.
Transfer time: Victoria Falls to Kasane – approx 1½ hours
Transfer time: Kasane to Lodge – approx 50 minutes
Chobe National Park on Botswana’s north west border is a pristine wilderness of open plains, baobab trees, ancient woodland, swamps and flood plains and is home to the greatest concentration of game in the entire southern African subcontinent. One of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, the Chobe River forms the Park’s northern boundary. The Chobe riverfront area is most famous for its large herds of elephants and buffalo, which come down to the river in huge herds to drink during the dry winter months. During this season, one may see hundreds of elephants at one time. Other species include waterbuck, lechwe, puku (this is the only part of Botswana where they can be seen), giraffe, kudu, roan and sable, impala, warthog, bushbuck, monkeys and baboons, along with the accompanying predators lion, leopard, hyena and jackal. Over 460 bird species have been recorded in the park, making it one of Africa’s premier venues for bird Safaris. A highlight of Chobe is taking a river cruise, which allows you to get up close with hippo, crocodile and a mind-boggling array of water birds. You also get really close to animals that come down to the river.
This morning after your morning game drive and brunch, you will be transferred through to Kasane Airport for your flight to Cape Town (via Maun or Johannesburg)
Transfer time: Lodge to Kasane Airport – approx 1 hour
Flight time: Kasane to Maun – approx 1 hour
Flight time: Maun to Cape Town – approx 2 hours 35 minutes
Transfer time: Cape Town airport to Cape Town hotel – approx 35 minutes
Explore the Mother City and the Fairest Cape – from the oldest buildings in South Africa to trendy waterfront shopping; from majestic Table Mountain to sun drenched beaches; and from dramatic seascapes to verdant vineyards. Cape Town regularly tops many lists of world must-visit destinations and Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain has recently been voted one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Cosmopolitan and fashionable, the relaxed atmosphere and pavement café culture give Cape Town a Southern European feel – but with a distinctive African twist.
You are picked up from your hotel by a tour guide and taken on a tour of the Cape Winelands, with its backdrop of majestic mountain ranges, lush valleys and verdant vineyards. After a full day of exploring the various Wine Routes and enjoying wine tastings along the way, you are dropped off at your accommodation in Franschhoek.
The village of Franschhoek is at the heart of the Franschhoek Wine Route and is surrounded by craggy mountains and verdant vineyards. Many of the 42 wine estates on the Franschhoek Wine Route offer informative guided wine-tastings to the public as well as cellar tours or tours of the vineyards. Some of them also make cheese, chocolate and olive oil and offer tastings of these products alongside their wines. Many of them have on-site restaurants offering food that ranges from gastronomical delights to picnic hampers to enjoy under the oak trees. There is a hop-on hopoff Wine Tram, which visits some of these estates. Franschhoek village, South Africa’s “French Corner”, has a distinct French feel and is undoubtedly South Africa’s gourmet capital, with several of South Africa’s Top Ten restaurants. It is also filled with quirky shops.
Today is at leisure in Franschhoek until you are collected from your hotel and transferred to Cape Town airport for your international flight home.