14 Days
Heidi’s Victoria Falls, Kruger Park & Cape Town Tour

Tour Highlights

  • Cape Town
  • Table Moutain
  • Cape Point
  • Kruger National Park
  • Panorama Route
  • Hazyview
  • Sabi Sand Game Reserve
  • Timbavati Game Reserve
  • Big 5
  • Open 4x4 Safari Vehicle

Client Review

Pembury tours, what a great name in the industry. Well it was kind of a last minute decision to visit South Africa in Aug 2016. One fine morning in the month of June 2016 my son came to me and said, "let us go to Cape Town for our summer vacation Dad". Not knowing what I was about to face, I went to work on the web instantly. I picked places to visit and sent out requests to few agencies with dates in August. I kept getting rejections from several agencies due to non-availability because of the start of peak season as those game drive lodges get booked year in advance. Needless to say I was getting a little depressed and worried as to not be able to fulfill my son’s request.  On a particular morning, sipping my cup of coffee, I opened my computer expecting more rejections. As I was sifting through my emails, I came across this particular email, signed Heidi Bedford, Travel Consultant, Pembury Tours with a PDF attachment. With certain amount of reluctance and anxiety, I double clicked on that PDF file. It immediately blossomed into a colorful itinerary with meticulous construction of our entire trip with exact dates, hotels, guided tours, local transfers with photos etc. I was in a pleasant shock and felt a mountain being lifted off my shoulder instantly. After certain minor adjustments, I confirmed my trip with payment.

When I informed my parents in India about our trip, they too got interested and expressed their wish to join us on the tour! Of course, I called Heidi to delegate this new challenge. Heidi didn’t seem to be bothered, took my parents names, anticipated dates, etc., and told me that she would get back to me in a couple of days. As promised, I got another email with a whole new colorful itinerary for my parents coordinating theirs with ours. Every time I called them, Anya always answered the phone on the first ring. What a treat!

To make things more challenging, my Dad’s luggage did not arrive at Johannesburg from India. We were at Victoria Falls and not knowing what to do, I informed Heidi regarding the situation. Of course she replied with her pleasant South African slang, "no worries and cheers". Next afternoon, we joined with our parents at Nelspruit as per our itinerary and proceeded to Bohm’s Zeederberg Country Lodge for the night stay. The owner and her son were extremely kind and helpful. The dining experience with a private butler was mind-blowing. That night, Pambury’s team went out of their way to surprise my son of his 18th birthday with a great tasting chocolate birthday cake and a card signed by the entire team.

As promised my Dad’s luggage was delivered on the following day that put a smile on his face. Our entire trip was very well organized. Everyone was very kind and accommodative and everyplace we stayed provided us great hospitality. Transfers were very smooth and timely. We could see the passion and dedication on our tour guides and drivers. The most experienced safari drivers and the trackers made our game drive safe and unforgettable. Campfire dinner under the starts of southern hemisphere and the Milky Way was a special treat.

As we know, "People make the country and employees make the company". We experienced both at first hand. Our South Africa trip was made memorable not simply what the great land had offered, but most importantly people at Pembury Tours and their associates made our trip very special. I recommend Pembury tours to everyone in full confidence with great pleasure.

 

Jay K

Tour Consultant's Overview

Jay and his delightful personality contacted me in June 2016 requesting a quote for travelling in August.  I went ahead and contacted several lodges and hotels and put together a tailor-made itinerary.  Jay had mentioned they would be celebrating his sons 18th birthday while on holiday so this was a very special trip. We secured two lodges in Kruger one in Sabi Sand and one in Timbavati, offering the ultimate safari experience.  Jay and I were in constant contact and after a few emails and adjustments he chose his final itinerary.  Not long afterwards Jay contacted me and told me that he had shared his itinerary with his parents and they become very excited and interested in joining them on their tour.  I managed to find availability together for most of the journey.  The was one night they were at a different lodge, however Simbavati was able to accommodate them together at the same lodge upon arrival.  Putting this itinerary together for Jay and his family was fun and filled with many laughs along the way.  A great family!  
Heidi Bedford
Day 1 Arrival In Johannesburg

Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you are met by our representative who will take you through to the domestic terminal. You will connect to your flight to Livingstone airport. You are met at Livingstone Airport and transferred to your hotel.

Day 1 to 4 Victoria Falls

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 4 Victoria Falls to Hazyview

This morning you are met and transferred to Livingstone Airport where you will board a flight to Nelspruit. Upon arrival in Nelspruit you are met and transferred to your lodge in Hazyview where you check in for your 1 night stay.

Day 5 Panorama Route Tour en route to Sabi Sand Game Reserve

This morning you will rise early and enjoy your breakfast, you will be met by our representative at 08H00. You will be taken on The Panorama Route Tour en route to Sabi Sand Game Reserve. After your tour you are transferred to your lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park. You have time to settle into your lodge before embarking on your afternoon game drive.

Day 5 to 7 Sabi Sand Game Reserve

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.

You will head out on dawn and late afternoon game drives in the company of dedicated and highly knowledgeable rangers and trackers. The fact that the Sabi Sand is a private Kruger reserve means that guests can enjoy activities not normally permitted in the Kruger Park itself. Your ranger will go off road for close-up views of special sightings and once darkness falls, you'll be treated to thrilling spot-lit night drives in search of rare nocturnal creatures and big cats on the move. Guided nature walks complete the spectrum of safari activities.

Day 7 Sabi Sand to Timbavati Game Reserve

After your morning game drive, you are collected from your lodge and are transferred by road northwards to the Timbavati Reserve, also part of the Greater Kruger National Park. There is time to settle in at your new lodge before setting off on the afternoon game drive.

Day 7 to 9 Timbavati

The Timbavati forms part of the 2 million hectare Greater Kruger National Park. It was the first private game reserve to be incorporated into the Kruger National Park and is part of one of Africa's most innovative conservation partnership agreements. The Timbavati is 14 700 hectares (36 300 acres) and shares an unfenced boundary with Kruger National Park. Track the Big Five, as well as a rich variety of other game such as antelope, zebra, warthog, giraffe and hippo, in the company of an armed ranger and local Shangaan tracker. Bird viewing is spectacular, with over 360 recorded species including various eagles, vultures, kingfishers, woodpeckers, buzzards, herons, egrets, owls, weavers. The Timbavati is also home to the world-famous “White Lions of Timbavati”.

Day 9 Timbavati to Cape Town

After your morning game drive, you bid farewell to this African wonderland. You are transferred by road to Hoedspruit Airport for your direct flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival at Cape Town airport, you are met by our representative and are transferred to your hotel for a 4 night stay.

After your morning game drive, you bid farewell to this African wonderland. You are transferred by road to Hoedspruit Airport for your direct flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival at Cape Town airport, you are met by our representative and are transferred to your hotel for a 4 night stay.

Day 9 to 14 Cape Town

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.

Day 14 Cape Town & Departure

This morning you enjoy your breakfast and check out of your hotel. You bid farewell to this African wonderland. You are met by our representative and transferred to the airport to connect to your international flight home.

Avani Victoria Falls

The Avani Vic Falls resort is a superior 3-star hotel 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. You have free entrance into the Falls.

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.

Cheetah Plains

Cheetah Plains Private Reserve lies adjacent to the Kruger National Park, in the northwest corner of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Cheetah Plains offers an authentic safari experience: with breath-taking panoramas, plentiful wildlife, comfortable safari-style accommodation, service with a smile and delicious South African home style dining. Expert game ranges accompanied by local Shangaan trackers conduct exciting game drives every morning and evening throughout the 8500 ha concession.

Cheetah Plains is an unpretentious, intimate lodge, with just eight chalets and a family cottage, which ensures an exclusive Safari experience. The main lodge is a common area where guests are invited to put their feet up, browse the internet to get in touch with family and friends, have a cocktail or cup of coffee, and simply relax while surrounded by the sights and sounds of the African bushveld. The swimming pool is just a footstep or two away, and it's hard to resist the invitation to take a dip and cool down. From the main lodge, there are views over the dam or towards a wetland where animals and birds come to drink.

The eight traditionally-thatched chalets & bush cottage blend into beautiful indigenous gardens, which in turn are surrounded by pristine African bushveld. Each chalet has either a double bed or two single beds, an en-suite shower, air-conditioning, mosquito net, and a verandah overlooking the gardens and the wild African bush. The Bush cottage has two bedrooms, comfortable lounge/kitchenette, a shower & bath with seperate toilet, mosquito nets, air conditioning as well as a verandah overlooking the surrounding bushveld.

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.

Simbavati River Lodge is a child-friendly safari camp with three family chalets available, each with two separate bedrooms sharing one bathroom. One of the family chalets can accommodate five people, whilst the other two family chalets can accommodate four persons. There is a children’s activity room with a selection of toys/board games. Children will receive an activity booklet and coloured pencils on arrival. Children under the age of 13 will be taken to look at tracks and signs in the bush by a tracker. Board games and books available in the lounge area.

Early morning and evening game drives are conducted by experienced rangers and Shangaan trackers in open 4x4 vehicles, offering excellent photographic opportunities. The Timbavati is also home to the world-famous “White Lions of Timbavati”. White cubs have been born into the resident prides on Simbavati and there is an excellent chance of spotting these “ghost lions” during game drives. Between game drives you have time to unwind. The lounge area is the perfect place to relax on a comfortable couch with a book, or you can enjoy an afternoon siesta in your room.

Lawhill Luxury Apartments

Lawhill offers fantastic self-catering holiday accommodation in Cape Town on the V & A Waterfront that is simply ideal for those who want to relax in style in Cape Town.

Each and every luxury apartment at Lawhill is designed for comfort. All the apartments have their own balcony with comfortable outdoor furniture from which to enjoy the views of the marina, the canal and the One & Only Hotel.

All luxury apartments offer fantastic features for your holiday accommodation including satellite television, under floor heating, air conditioning and wireless internet access.

There is excellent security offered on a 24 hour basis and your vehicle will be safe and secure in the underground parking area.

The dedicated reception desk concierge and staff members will ensure that you are provided with information on things to do in Cape Town and are assisted with booking taxis or restaurants. The communal pool and gymnasium are made available for the enjoyment of all guests.

When staying on the V & A Waterfront Marina you can easily walk to local shopping malls, restaurants, pubs and other attractions and activities. You can even pop over to the One & Only Hotel which has a spa offering some relaxing treatments. All luxury apartments are serviced, which means you don’t have to worry about cleaning and maintenance.

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.

Sunset Boat Trip on the Zambezi River

Follow in the footsteps of David Livingstone and travel up the Zambezi River above the Falls. There are several companies offering boat trips on the Zambezi River. Especially recommended is an evening sundowner boat cruise or a dinner cruise. As afternoon fades into twilight, animals come down to the river to drink as you go by.

Chobe day trip from Victoria Falls

This full-day tour departs daily from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 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. 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.

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

Sightseeing on the Panorama Route

Winding its way through the craggy Drakensberg mountains of Mpumalanga and the north-eastern end of the Great Escarpment, the Panorama Route has some of the most dramatic landscape in the world. The best views are to be had on a clear winter's day when the mist and clouds of summer are nowhere in sight. At the edge of the plateau the land falls away beneath your feet and the vast Lowveld plains spread out about a kilometre below.

The most spectacular stretch of the Panorama Route is the Blyde River Canyon, which is the 3rd largest canyon in the world. From many well-positioned vantage points one has a view of the 33 km long gorge, which starts at "Bourke's Luck Potholes" and ends at the "Three Rondawels". The Potholes are very impressive rock formations that were shaped millions of years ago by erosion. The bizarre swirl holes developed when the once rapid river carried masses of sand and debris. Along this route you can stop at sites such as Berlin Falls, God’s Window, Pinnacle Point, Lisbon Falls, Mac Mac Falls and Sabie Falls.

Daily Safari Programme in the Sabi Sand

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 in the Timbavati

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.

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.

Cape Point 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.

Cape Town City Tour

A tour guide takes you on a city tour of one of the world’s most beautiful cities. You will visit the historic Castle and the Bo-Kaap Malay Quarter with its narrow cobbled streets and colourful mosques. You will also visit District Six, site of forced removals during the Apartheid era. You view the Houses of Parliament, the City Hall and the Slave Lodge and will enjoy a walk through the Company Gardens. Weather-permitting, you will ride the cable car up Table Mountain to enjoy the view over Cape Town and across Table Bay to Robben Island. If the weather is inclement, you will be taken on a scenic drive up Signal Hill.

African Heritage Tour & Robben Island

We depart after picking you up from your hotel for a visit to the Townships. You and your African guide will journey through Langa and Khayelitsha into the heart of our rainbow nation.

You will start your journey with a visit to District 6 Museum where you will be introduced to the horror of Apartheid’s forced removals. From here you continue out along the N2 where you will visit Khayelitsha – the largest township in Cape Town. You will also visit a school and several uplifting social and economic projects, along with a traditional healer in Langa.

This tour will leave you filled with wonder and awe at the resilience, friendliness and humour of the township dweller.

You will 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

Cape Winelands Tour

You are collected from the 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.

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This itinerary started on 14 August 2016
When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: USD$ 3,210
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