3 nights Cape Town | 3 nights Knysna | 1 night Port Elizabeth | 2 nights Timabavati | 3 nights Sabi Sand | 1 night Hazyview | 3 nights Victoria Falls
- Cape Town
- Cape Winelands
- Boulders Beach
- Cape Point
- Knysna Lagoon
- Knysna Featherbed
- Port Elizabeth
- Timbavati Game Reserve
- Sabi Sand Game Reserve
- Big 5
- Open 4x4 safari vehicle
- Mpumlanga Lowveld
- Victoria Falls
- Chobe Day Trip
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Planning and booking the tour with Heidi was very professional and went very smoothly. We are in the US and Heidi often answered her phone and e-mail after hours in SA. We were able to book the exact itinerary we wanted including both of the safari camps we had previously chosen as our top choices. The prices were very good. The Pembury Tours offerings are excellent and Heidi went above and beyond the call of duty in taking care of us. I highly recommend Pembury Tours and cannot recommend Heidi highly enough.
Tour Consultant's OverviewBrian called into the office to inquire about a tour for their African dream holiday. After a few slight changes to the proposed itinerary, Brian & Sally decided on their final tour itinerary. Unfortunately due to personal reasons Brian & Sally were not able to travel, their planned itinerary was too good to not share with other potential travelers. We look forward to welcoming Brian & Sally to Africa in the near future.
Upon your arrival in Cape Town, you are met by our representative and transferred by road to your hotel in Cape Town where you check in for your three night stay. You have time to settle into your hotel before enjoying your afternoon city tour.
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.
There is a suggested early rise this morning. You check out of your hotel. Our representative will meet you and transfer you to Cape Town Airport where you will pick up your rental car. You begin your drive along the scenic Garden Route passing by some historic and beautiful towns. You make your way to Kynsna. There is time to settle in at your hotel. This evening you can enjoy a sundowner cruise on the Knysna Lagoon.
Knysna is the perfect base for exploring the Garden Route. Set on the shores of the beautiful Knysna lagoon and surrounded by the Knysna Forest, which form part of the Garden Route National Park, Knysna is blessed with great scenic beauty. This quaint seaside town is brimming with quirky arty-crafty shops and markets. Find yourself in foodie-heaven – with superb fine dining restaurants, legendary Knysna oysters and bustling wholefood markets.
This morning you head eastwards along the Garden Route, which follows the Indian Ocean coastline and is bordered inland by soaring mountain ranges and indigenous forests. You will pass you will pass through Tsistikamma, Here you have the opportunity to visit or take a hike through the Tsitikamma Forest. You check into your hotel on the Port Elizabeth beach front.
This morning you will have an early rise. You check out of your hotel in Port Elizabeth and make your way to the airport where you will drop off your rental car. You check in for your flight to Hoedspruit via Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Hoedspruit you are met and transferred to your lodge in the Timbavati Game Reserve, forming part of the greater Kruger National Park. You have time to settle in before embarking on your afternoon game drive.
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”.
This morning after your morning game drive, you are met by our representative and transferred southwards to Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park. You have time to settle into your new game lodge before embarking on your afternoon game drive.
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.
After your morning game drive and breakfast you are met and transferred to your country house in the Mpumalanga Lowveld where you spend one night. You can enjoy lazing around the pool and taking in the beautiful scenery.
There is a leisurely start to your morning. After breakfast you are met and transferred to Nelspruit Airport where you will connect to your flight to Livingstone. Upon arrival in Victoria Falls you are met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
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.
You have time this morning to catch a glimpse of the falls. After breakfast you check out of your hotel. You bid this African wonderland good bye as you are transferred to Livingstone Airport where you will connect with your flight to Johannesburg.
Winchester Mansions Hotel is an iconic Cape Dutch building and is the leading sea front hotel on Sea Point’s Promenade facing the Atlantic Ocean. It is two minutes’ drive from the trendy Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and is unique amongst Cape Town hotels for its spectacular seaside location.
This charming and gracious hotel offers its guests grace, style and contemporary flair. It is a multiple winner of the “Best Luxury Hotel” category at the annual AA Travel Guide Awards and is a winner in the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice 2013 Awards, making the list of the Top 25 hotels in South Africa.
The rooms are spacious and elegant and most have either sea or mountain views. There are 51 classic or contemporary rooms and 25 suites, including one presidential suite.
Sip sundowners on the terrace whilst viewing the spectacular ocean sunsets and enjoy signature dishes from Harvey’s Restaurant. The Winchester’s beautiful colonnaded Courtyard, built in the style of an Italian piazza, is a tranquil oasis. Encircled by palm trees and water fountains, it makes a perfect setting for a romantic dinner under the stars. You can relax around the decked heated swimming pool and there is an in-house spa offering health and beauty treatments. There is a complimentary shuttle service between the hotel and the V&A Waterfront.
Children of all ages are welcome at the Winchester Mansions. A large variety of amenities and services are available to ensure a delightful stay for little guests.
Belvidere Manor is situated overlooking the Knysna Lagoon and is the perfect base from which to explore the Garden Route. This historic country hotel offers private accommodation in charming cottages, each with its own comfortable lounge and a wide verandah with views of the lagoon or the garden. The cottages are all fully serviced and individually decorated, and there is a choice
between 1, 2 and 3-bedroomed cottages. There is an outdoor pool in the huge manicured gardens. Breakfast is served on the terrace of the main Manor House. Enjoy a sundowner drink prior to savouring a gourmet dinner in the in-house Caroline’s Bistro or a pub meal in the Bell Tavern, recently voted the Garden Route’s best pub restaurant.
The Beach Hotel is an iconic Art Deco 4-star hotel right on the beachfront, overlooking the sun-drenched sands of Port Elizabeth's famous Hobie Beach, making it an ideal family hotel.There is a choice of 3 fantastic restaurants for a variety of meals - from buffet-style to à la carte, light meals and snacks, to decadent cakes for a sumptuous High Tea.
The Verandah, with its ocean views, stylish dècor and enticing menu, is a great place for lunch. The Crest Restaurant has a tantalising seafood and carvery buffet every evening. Ginger Restaurant offers fine dining, cool and airy elegance and excellent service. There is an elegant bar, guest lounge area and an outdoor swimming pool.
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 and accommodation for guests in luxury tented rooms or thatched chalets, all with en-suite bathrooms and private decks.
Guest common areas offer a generously proportioned open-air lounge, bar, boma (outdoor dining area) and extensive decks with breathtaking views. There is time to settle in and then high tea is served before you depart on your first game drive, returning to the Lodge after dark for a sumptuous safari cuisine dinner. Dinner is a festive event which is alternatively served around the campfire in the open-air boma or in the thatched dining area. Dinner consists of a blend of African and Western cuisine with exciting tastes for the more adventurous as well as various conventional options.
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 enjoy an afternoon siesta in your room.
Arathusa Safari Lodge is a jewel within the heart of the Sabi Sand Reserve. The camp is an intimate one, completely open-plan and designed to harmoniously blend with the adjacent waterhole and African bush. The lodge flanks the bank of a large waterhole (approximately 250m x 150m) allowing for a 180 degree view of the water.
An infinity swimming pool overlooks the waterhole and is the perfect spot for wildlife viewing on a smoldering African summer’s afternoon. Massive herds of buffalo, antelope and elephant families gather at the waterhole and there is also a resident herd of hippos. 13 thatched suites are within the camp's perimeter. Each has a bathroom en-suite (with bath and separate indoor and outdoor showers), and a verandah. Meal times at Arathusa are a sociable affair. Guests are treated to sumptuous dishes, fresh produce and home baked confectionary.
In addition to the morning and evening game drives, unique walking safaris are offered daily giving guest the opportunity of discovering the hidden treasures of the region. Arathusa prides itself on its leopard viewing. As leopards are territorial, their regular appearances in the area allow their movements to be plotted. Many of the animals become familiar and are easily recognized by the rangers. Large herds of buffalo numbering in excess of 300 are often encountered. Elephants are also seen in large numbers. There are various lion prides in the area, as well as a few nomadic males. General “lowveld” game are abundant in this section of the Sabi Sand Reserve, including giraffe, zebra, warthog, impala and more. Between game drives, lazy hours can be spent in the sparkling pool or having a massage at the Nature Spa.
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 Avani Victoria Falls 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.
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.
Table Mountain forms a natural amphitheatre around the city which is what make it unique and dramatic! You will discover why Cape Town is continually voted one of the top destinations in the world! Your first stop is to the Table Mountain cable station where we can ride the cable car to the summit (own account and weather permitting). The views are spectacular, and your guide will point out all the most important places.
Your tour continues over the mountain to the snowy white beaches of Clifton and Sea Point. The sharp cliffs plunge vertically into the ocean and magnificent mansions cling to the rock and seem to hang precariously over the edge.
You drive past Greenmarket Square with its vibrant flea market and souvenir stands, and take a refreshing stroll through the Company Gardens in the shade of 160 year old trees. The gardens are surrounded by old slave quarters, the Houses of Parliament and St Georges Cathedral, with its interesting history.
You drive past the Castle and Slave Lodge, and the beautiful City Hall, and then you're off to Bo Kaap, Cape Town’s Malay quarter with its quaint and picturesque houses and mosques. Your tour culminates on a high with the firing of the noon gun up on Signal Hill (excludes Sundays and Public Holidays) and you can see the Cape Town Stadium from here, where some of the games were played during the FIFA Soccer World Cup 2010. You’ll be dazzled by the sparkle of diamonds before you return you to your hotel.
This morning you could use your complimentary Featherbed Company boat trip voucher and take a trip on the John Benn Ferry on the Knysna Lagoon. The John Benn will take you out to the Heads, two large sandstone cliffs guarding the narrow mouth to the lagoon. Spend the afternoon exploring the shops and markets.
You can also visit Mitchell’s microbrewery for a beer tasting experience or the Knysna Oyster Company for oysters.
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.
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.
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.
We suggest you take a ferry on the Knysna Lagoon, which will take you out to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. A 4x4 trailer takes you up to the top of the Western Head, one of the large sandstone cliffs guarding the narrow mouth to the lagoon. From here the views out to sea and back inland over the lagoon are spectacular.
You can either take an optional, 2.2 kilometre guided walk down hill, passing through Milkwood forests onto the steep sandstone cliffs, into ancient Khoi Khoi sea caves and along a scenic coastal path fringed with aromatic fynbos. Your guide will inform you on the ecology, fauna, flora, bird and marine life in the reserve. On the coastal walk back, you can often spot the resident Black African Oyster Catcher, one of the rarest coastal birds in South Africa. Featherbed Nature Reserve is home to a breeding program of the rare Blue Duiker - one of the smallest antelope species in the world - the beautiful Knysna Loerie and the endangered Knysna Sea Horse. If you do not fancy the walk, you can ride the trailer down again. Enjoy lunch under the milkwood trees on the edge of the lagoon before returning to Knysna.
Enjoy an action-packed day full of the best animal-based adventure activities the Garden Route has to offer. Have an early breakfast and then start the day off with an exhilarating stroll through indigenous forest and Cape fynbos. Thereafter you work up an appetite as you wander through the world's largest free-flight aviary at Birds of Eden, which incorporates the indigenous forest with waterfalls and elevated walkways.
Previously caged birds from every corner of the globe live here in free flight. You can then enjoy a light lunch under the vines at Bramon Wine Estate. Bramon is the only wine estate this far east of the Western Cape and has pioneered a superior Sauvignon Blanc champagne-method sparkling wine. The day ends at the Crags Elephant Sanctuary, where you interact, touch, feed and walk trunk-in-hand with magnificent elephants. You participate in their bedding down during the brushdown programme.
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. Guests are met by staff from the cruise boat and taken to the ‘Royal Landing’ jetty on the Zambezi River for boarding.
A number of animals and a host of bird species can be viewed from comfortable chairs on cool wooden decks. Excellent food is served on board and the bar is well stocked with spirits, good wines, beers and soft drinks. You will return to your hotel around 19h00.
The Timbavati Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger and lies nestled between the Kruger National Park on the east, the Klaserie and Umbabat Private Nature Reserves in the north and the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve in the west. As there are no fences between Kruger National Park and the Timbavati, the reserve enjoys a wide variety of game, including the big five.
Game viewing is exceptional, with an abundance of elephant, buffalo, kudu, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, impala, waterbuck and warthog, together with their attendant predators: lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena.
Simbavati River & Hilltop Lodge offer game drives in the early morning and evening when animals are most active. Game drives are conducted by experienced field guides and Shangaan trackers in open 4X4 vehicles, with excellent photographic opportunities. You traverse over 12,000 hectares of the big-5 game country, with lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo as well as other species such as kudu, zebra, warthog, giraffe and monkey. Nocturnal animals, including the big cats, are regularly sighted on night drives. Bird viewing is spectacular, with over 360 recorded species including various eagles, vultures, kingfishers, woodpeckers, buzzards, herons, egrets, owls, weavers. The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is one of the few places in the world where you have the opportunity to see the unique white lion in their natural environment. The resident lion prides of Timbavati carry the recessive gene "chinchillia' that is responsible for this unusual anomaly. Two white lions were born into resident prides near Simbavati, and guests have a great chance of seeing these cubs while visiting Simbavati.