Cape Town Kruger National Park Combo – 4 Nights in Cape Town | 3 Nights on Safari in the Timbavati Game Reserve in Greater Kruger National Park
Cassandra contacted us in August 2019. Her and a friend were travelling with their university to South Africa and wanted to add on a week holiday before the school trip. Their ideal trip was to combine Cape Town (with a visit to the Winelands, Boulder’s Beach in Simon’ s Town and Table Mountain) with an affordable safari closer to Johannesburg where their school visit was to be. I suggested Kruger National Park for their safari as it is just a one hour flight from Johannesburg with multiple flights to its 3 airports (in and near to Kruger) on a daily basis. The budget worked out perfectly and trip was a great success!
Upon arrival in Cape Town, you are met by your driver and transferred by road to your hotel in Camps Bay for your four night stay. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the beachfront.
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.
This morning after an early breakfast, you are transferred to Cape Town airport for your flight to Hoedspruit.
You are met at Hoedspruit Airport and are transferred by road to the Timbavati Game 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.
The Timbavati is brimming with various species of fowl and beast, including the sought-after Big Five, namely lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. The reserve also boasts over 40 other species of mammals. Creatures of every shape and size abound during the day, and by night visitors to the reserve are likely to see smaller, nocturnal mammals – such as porcupines, servals, civets and genets. Bird-lovers would struggle to replicate this calibre of bird watching anywhere else in the world, with the Timbavati featuring over 360 different species.
Today, we bid you farewell. You enjoy your final morning game drive and brunch before you are met by your driver and transferred by road to Johannesburg (you will go on a tour of the Panorama Route en route to Johannesburg with a drop off at your hotel).
Directly situated at the beach, with Table Mountain as a majestic backdrop, this luxurious 4-star hotel boasts panoramic views of Camps Bay and its surroundings. Only 10 minutes from Cape Town’s city centre, Primi Seacastle provides you with a deluxe home away from home. Kick off your shoes and relax at the poolside. A pre-arranged barbecue, followed by sundowners, is the ideal way to start your evening in style.
Simbavati River Lodge
Simbavati River Lodge is an intimate and friendly camp built on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River. Shaded by age-old Jackalberry and Leadwood trees, Simbavati is warm and welcoming, with a generous contemporary design.
Guest common areas offer a generously proportioned open-air lounge, bar, boma (outdoor dining area) and extensive decks with breathtaking views overlooking the Nhlaralumi River where regular wildlife sightings take place and guests can unwind. Accommodation is provided in luxury tented rooms or thatched chalets, all with en-suite bathrooms and private decks. The luxurious tented accommodation offers generous bush or water views from your own private viewing deck. Tents are spaced adequately far apart to ensure privacy, and they have all of the amenities to ensure a luxurious and comfortable stay.
The “red route” takes you through Green Point and past the famous soccer stadium to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (stopping at The Two Oceans Aquarium and the Clock Tower), to Cape Town Tourism centre in downtown Cape Town, to the Castle of Good Hope, the museums and galleries in the City Bowl area, up to the Cable Car station at Table Mountain, over Kloof Nek to Camps Bay and then back to your hotel
You set off along the Atlantic seaboard via glamorous Clifton to the quaint seaside village of Hout Bay. You 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. You then follow the coastline northwards via Simonstown, where you can visit the penguin colony of Boulders Beach. You can 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 you back to the city bowl in the late afternoon.
Spend time 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.
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 veranda. If you are feeling more active, you can go on a bush walk with your ranger. 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.
You drive to the Cape Winelands, with its backdrop of majestic mountain ranges and lush valleys. You can stop for wine tastings at various wineries along the way and you will have the chance to purchase some of the wines you have tasted. You can 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 you 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.
Cassandra & Anjori P, USA & India, 24th October 2021
I just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you again for planning our trip to South Africa. It was absolutely fantastic from start to finish and I will certainly be leaving a positive review for Pembury Tours on TripAdvisor. Anjori and I also greatly appreciated your help rearranging the transfer service in Kruger. Simbavati was amazing! Totally exceeded my expectations. We felt very lucky as well because when we told locals that we were going to Timbavati and staying at the Simbavati River Lodge, everyone reassured us that this was one of the best lodges. I hope to go back someday, and I will make sure to recommend to my friends and family in the meantime.