Cape Town Garden Route Kruger Park Victoria Falls Expedition – 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
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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.
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.