8 Days
Heidi’s Cape Town, Kapama Game Reserve & Sabi Sand Safari Spectacular

3 nights Cape Town | 2 nights Kapama | 2 nights Sabi Sand

Client Review

Our family booked a tour of South Africa with Pembury Tours. We worked with Heidi who was absolutely fantastic to work with! We planned the trip over several months and Heidi suggested an itinerary for us that was perfect! She adjusted it along the way depending on our preferences. She clearly knows the area and accommodations. There was never a time when I emailed her with a question that she didn’t get back to me right away. She couldn’t have been more helpful!

We started in Cape Town at the Lawhill Apartments which was a great place to see Cape Town from. It was within walking distance of the shops and restaurants in the Marina. Heidi arranged all of our tours, transfers and intra-Africa air. Her suggestions for tours in Cape Town were perfect. We really enjoyed the day of wine tasting and the peninsula tour. Both are not to be missed. Everything was absolutely seamless…..top notch transfers, tours and air. We stayed at 2 different safari lodges while in Sabi Sands. Kapama Karula was a stunning place….absolutely beautiful and the service was 5 star. We transferred to Sambambili Game lodge which was a small step below Kapama Karula in it’s luxury but still a terrific place to stay. All in all it was a terrific experience for us. We live in the US and it can be a little daunting to make decisions for a big trip like this through an agency that you aren’t familiar with. I had read all the reviews for Pembury and felt pretty confident it would all be ok and it was. They did a fantastic job! Thank you, Heidi!!!

Cindy K

Tour Consultant's Overview

Cindy contacted Pembury Tours directly on our website and I was delighted to assist her with her family holiday.  The initial dates were for December or January and after some chatting about weather and the different scenario's and options, Cindy and her family decided to travel in May.  The highlight of their holiday would be the safari's so I included two options in the Greater Kruger National Park.  We included a 2 night stay in the North of Kruger and then 2 nights in the South of Kruger.  They loved the diversity and lodges.
Heidi Bedford
Day 1 Arrival in Cape Town

Upon arrival in Cape Town you are met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for your 3 night stay in the V&A Waterfront area. This afternoon you are met and taken on a city tour.

Days 1 to 4 Cape Town (3 nights)

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.

Day 4 Cape Town to Kapama Private Game Reserve

After breakfast you check out of your hotel. You are transferred by road to Cape Town International Airport where you will board your flight to Hoedspruit. Upon arrival in Hoedspruit you are met by our representative and transferred to Kapama Private 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 4 to 6 Kapama Private Game Reserve (2 nights)

Kapama Private Game Reserve is an African Eden. Sweeping across 13 000 hectares of savannah and riverine forest, Kapama represents a piece of Africa as it used to be. With the mighty Drakensberg mountains in the distance and iconic Kruger National Park to the east, Kapama has distilled the finest wildlife safari offerings for the enjoyment of guests.

As part of the greater Kruger area, vast herds of buffalo, elephant and antelope are resident on Kapama, along with plentiful predators. The reserve is a slice of wilderness paradise far from the madding crowd; a place of renewal and reconnection with the natural world.

Day 6 Kapama Private Game Reserve to Sabi Sand Game Reserve

This morning after your game drive and breakfast you will check out of your lodge. You are met and transferred Southwards to Sabi Sand Game Reserve, forming part of the Greater Kruger Park. You have time to settle into your new lodge before embarking on your afternoon game drive.

Days 6 to 8 Sabi Sand Game Reserve (2 nights)

This morning after your game drive and breakfast you will check out of your lodge. You are met and transferred Southwards to Sabi Sand Game Reserve, forming part of the Greater Kruger Park. You have time to settle into your new lodge before embarking on your afternoon game drive.

Day 8 Sabi Sand & Departure

This morning after your morning game drive and breakfast your check out of your lodge. You bid this African Wonderland farewell as you are transferred by road to Nelspruit Airport.

Cape Town: 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.

Kapama Private Game Reserve: Kapama Karula

Set on the banks of the perennial Klaserie River is the reserve’s most secluded and prestigious lodge: Kapama Karula. Meaning ‘place of peace’ in the local language, Kapama Karula exudes calmness and depicts the pinnacle of luxury five-star safari accommodation. The meandering river running through the camp enhances the sense of tranquillity at this elegant and luxurious safari lodge.

Kapama Karula has twelve superior suites, each exquisitely decorated and with generous private space. These suites measure at least 90m² each, with an opulent en-suite bathroom featuring indoor and outdoor showers, his and hers basins, and a bath. Standard in each superior suite is a minibar stocked with a selection of fine wines and champagne, a Nespresso coffee machine, a lock-up safe, an international adaptor, a Wi-Fi connection and an iPod docking station. For guest comfort and convenience, each suite has a telephone, overhead fan and air conditioning, as well as a gas-heated fireplace for cool winter nights. The superior suites are wrapped by glass sliding doors, which enable seamless views over the Klaserie River. Each suite also has its own outside deck area, with a full-size heated swimming pool and sun loungers for relaxation.

Sabi Sand Game Reserve: Simbambili Game Lodge

Unparalleled Luxury in an un-spoilt Environment... Simbambili Lodge is situated among dense stands of knobthorn and jackalberry trees along the meandering Manyeleti River in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, part of the world-renowned Kruger National Park.

With its Morroccan-styled suites that have been sensitively designed to blend with the environment and carefully positioned to enhance privacy, this is a must for the romantic at heart. With the Lodge accommodating a maximum of 16 guests, public areas are carefully designed to resemble hospitality akin to a comfortable home with specially prepared meals and venues for entertaining and relaxation. Sophisticated yet simple, each of the 8 suites has spectacular views over an extensive savannah grassland that teems with wildlife. Each suite has an en-suite bathroom, its own private plunge pool and Sala overlooking the watering hole.

Meals are served on the deck under the Jackalberry trees or under the stars in the Boma. Simbambili has an in-house spa offering wellness and beauty treatments.

This exquisite Lodge is famed for its regular Leopard sightings and abundance of general game species as well as extraordinary bird life. The Sabi Sand is famous for its big five and has the highest concentration of leopard in the world. It offers cat lovers a chance to meet the stars of the Simbambili Leopard Project (an online journal of the life of three leopards Saseke (the beautiful one), Mafufenyane (the angry one) and Nyaleti (the star) - face to face in their natural habitat).

Simbambili is graded 5-star.

Included in price 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.

Included in price Cape Town: 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.

Included in price Cape Winelands: 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.

Included in price Kapama Private Game Reserve: Daily Safari Programme

Two daily game drives are offered and are included in the tariff. Accompanied by a skilled ranger and tracker, guests can expect to encounter a diverse range of animal and bird species on game drives. Since this is a Big Five reserve, seeing lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo is possible over a two-day safari in Kapama Private Game Reserve.

The day starts with an early wake-up call between. Tea, coffee and rusks are enjoyed together before heading out at first light. While seeing big game is always exhilarating, there are many other smaller species that are also captivating, and birding enthusiasts will be delighted at the approximately 350 species of birds recorded on the reserve. Halfway through the game drive, there’s a stop for hot drinks and snacks, before returning to the lodge at for a full breakfast. Throughout the day, it’s likely you will see wildlife around the lodge - nyala antelope and vervet monkeys are frequent visitors, though seeing some of the Big Five is also not uncommon.

In the late afternoon, everyone gathers for a decadent high tea, before heading out with your ranger and tracker for the afternoon game drive through the reserve. En route, you’ll stop for a sundowner drink and will have a chance to stretch your legs as you watch the sun set over the distant peaks of the Drakensberg mountains.
As darkness falls, the nocturnal animals of the bush come out. The skilled tracker will scan the landscape using a spotlight, which illuminates animals’ eyes. A variety of completely different species can be seen on the night drive back to the lodge. Arrival is at the lodge is usually around 7pm, allowing time to freshen up before enjoying a sumptuous dinner.

A thoroughly relaxing option while at Kapama is to experience an African spa treatment at the Kapama Wellness Centre. Built around an inviting lap pool, the treatment rooms beckon guests to relax and enjoy an African-style pampering. Facials as well as various beauty and body treatments are on the extensive spa menu, which also offers uniquely African-inspired treatments - including products infused with African marula oil. Kapama Wellness Centre also offers various treatments for couples.

Included in price Sabi Sand Game Reserve: Daily Safari Programme

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.

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This itinerary started on 21 May 2017
When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: USD$ 3,840
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