4 nights Cape Town | 2 nights Timbavati | 2 nights Sabi Sand | 1 night Hazyview | 2 nights Johannesburg
- Cape Town Luxury Suite
- Comprehensive Cape Town
- Cape Winelands Tasting Tour
- Big Five Game Viewing
- Timbavati Game Reserve
- Ultimate Elephant Encounter
- Sabi Sand Game Reserve
- Johannesburg & Soweto Tour
What more can I say but thank you, thank you, thank you…….we had the most memorable trip to South Africa with our friends from Texas. This trip would not have been possible had it not been for Heidi Bedford who worked tirelessly at putting together an incredible itinerary for us. Heidi was always quick to respond to any questions or concerns and was contactable at the drop of a hat during our visit to South Africa, always having our best interest at heart. The welcome bags and comprehensive itineraries were phenomenal with loads of additional information on the areas and sites we would be visiting or attractions we would be seeing, these made for good keep sakes. Our friends from Houston Texas were in awe of all the beauty this country has and absolutely loved being on Safari. From the beauty of Cape Town to the untouched nature of the wild and seeing the big 5 and so much more, was wonderful. We were spoilt with all the awesome sightings of theses incredible animals in their natural habitat. The whole trip was planned to perfection with just the right amount of everything. All the tour guides did a fantastic job and everyone was impressed with their knowledge and friendliness and their efforts to go above and beyond to make our experience a lasting one.
Thanks for everything you did to make this possible Heidi
Tour Consultant's OverviewVanessa, a born South African was wanting to return home for a holiday with her friends from the United States. Vanessa with her husband and 10 friends were looking at travelling through South Africa. After Vanessa’s first email I had a clear idea of what the group was wanting to see on their holiday to SA. It was such fun and pleasure putting together a tour for Vanessa, a combination of tours, safari in Kruger and family visits in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Vanessa and her friends and family decided on a tour that included Cape Town, Kruger National Park, Hazyview & Johannesburg.
Upon arrival in Cape Town you are met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for your four night stay.
Transfer time: Cape Town Airport to Cape Town Hotel – approx. 35 minutes
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.
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 Timbavati Game Reserve, forming part of the Greater Kruger Park. You have time to settle into your lodge before embarking on your afternoon game drive.
Transfer time: Hotel to Cape Town Airport – approx. 35 minutes
Flight time: Cape Town to Hoedspruit – approx. 2¾ hours
Transfer time: Hoedspruit to Timbavati: approx. 1½ hours
The Timbavati forms part of the two 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 and breakfast you check out of your lodge. You are met and transferred Southwards to Sabi Sand Game Reserve, also forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park. You have time to settle into your new lodge before embarking on your afternoon game drive.
Transfer time – Timbavati Game Reserve to Sabi Sand: approx. 2½ hours
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.
This morning after your game drive and breakfast your check out of your lodge. You are met and transferred to your lodge in Hazyview where you check in for your one stay. This afternoon you enjoy your encounter with the elephants at the elephant sanctuary.
Transfer time: Sabi Lodge to Hazyview lodge – approx. 1½ hours
This morning after breakfast you check out of your lodge. You bid this African Wonderland farewell as you are transferred by road to Nelspruit Airport where you will board a flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Johannesburg you are met and transferred to your hotel in the heart of Sandton, an upmarket suburb in Johannesburg. You check in for your two night stay.
Transfer time: Hazyview lodge to Nelspruit Airport – approx. 45 minutes
Flying time: Nelspruit to Johannesburg – approx. 1 hour
Transfer time: Johannesburg Airport to hotel – approx. 45 minutes
Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city and is the financial and commercial capital of Africa. It is in this fast-paced metropolis that the country’s radical political and social transformation is most evident – this is the “Rainbow Nation” at work.
This morning after breakfast you check out of your hotel. If you have an evening flight there is time this morning to do some last minute shopping or laze around the pool before being met and transferred to Johannesburg Airport where you will board your International flight home.
Transfer time: Hotel to Johannesburg Airport – approx. 45 minutes
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 all of them have either sea or mountain views. There are 51 classic or contemporary loft style 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.
Enjoy magnificent views of the bush, the Nhlaralumi River and the distant foothills of the Drakensberg Mountain Range from the vantage point of the beautiful small koppie on which the lodge is situated.
Accommodation is pure African safari, and comprises of eight individual pavilion-style luxury tents, arranged to create a unique village feel. Each suite comprises two individual tents – one for the main bedroom, and a separate bathroom, which is linked by a passage that can be opened up on one side – allowing for an indoor or private outdoor shower experience. Privacy is guaranteed thanks to the careful placement of the tented-suites, ensuring a tranquil and intimate stay. The main lodge has a game-viewing deck overlooking the river and there is an infinity pool, with panoramic views of the bushveld and Drakensberg Mountains. A covered pool lounge provides shaded outdoor relaxation. Dinner of African-inspired cuisine is served on the deck, or – weather permitting – around the fire in the open-air boma.
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.
Situated in unquestionably one of the best game viewing areas in the Africa, Inyati Game Lodge offers you the ultimate experience combining wildlife and comfort. The Sabi Sand Reserve is home to the 'Big Five' (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo), as well as cheetah, wild dog and hundreds of other species of animals, birds and plants indigenous to the area.
View Africa’s most impressive wildlife on morning and afternoon/evening game drives in open 4-wheel drive safari vehicles with expert guides and Shangaan trackers. Game drives traverse an area of 10 000 hectares (24 700 acres) and strict vehicle limits at sighting ensure the exclusivity of your game viewing experience.
Inyati has 3 family chalets, 4 standard chalets and 4 executive chalets. The chalets are all air-conditioned with an en-suite bathroom.
Inyati’s superbly positioned guest sitting and dining areas overlook the perennial Sand River, which provides a plentiful supply of water especially during the dry winter months. Other facilities include the Warthog Hollow bar, a swimming pool, air-conditioned gym and walk-in wine cellar. The traditional boma is used at night, (weather permitting) and is a truly memorable way to experience a safari evening under the African night sky.
Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel, set in beautiful grounds, in a colonial-style Lifestyle Centre – Perry’s Bridge Trading Post. Just minutes from Kruger National Park and close to the Panorama Route, a dramatically scenic region home to highlights such as Blyde River Canyon, Pilgrim’s Rest, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes, makes this a convenient base from which to explore South Africa’s Kruger Lowveld region. Perry’s Bridge Hollow is a delightful stop-over or holiday destination with something of interest to suit every kind of traveller, both young and old.
The 34 spacious rooms all feature air-conditioners, fans, satellite television, an indoor and outdoor shower, tea and coffee-making facilities, and a mini fridge. The shady private patios are the perfect spot to relax with a good book and enjoy the Lowveld vistas.
Each room has been custom furnished by Hans van der Merwe and immediately creates a sense of “relaxed sophistication”.
Established in 1949, the Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton is a privately owned Premier hotel, set in the heart of the trendy suburb of Sandton. This recently refurbished and stylish 330-bedroomed property has 2 private gardens and 2 swimming pools, lending a distinctive atmosphere of luxurious tranquility to the hotel. Each of the rooms is tastefully furnished to portray the ultimate in comfort and style. There is an in-house restaurant, a coffee shop and a cigar bar.
The hotel comprises 330 bedrooms spread over two sections – the Balalaika and the Crown Court.
Each room is air-conditioned and tastefully furnished in a classic, comfortable style with its own en-suite bathroom. There are also 2-bedroomed Family Suite
The trendy shopping precinct of Nelson Mandela Square and Sandton City are situated metres from the hotel. There is a complimentary shuttle between the hotel and the Gautrain.
We depart from the hotel and make our way to the Clock Tower (Nelson Mandela Gateway) to board a ferry to the Island. The three and a half hour tour includes a return trip across Table Bay (30 minute ferry ride) a visit to the Maximum Security Prison, interaction with an ex-political prisoner and a 45 minute bus tour with a guide providing commentary. Explore the attractions on the island, such as the museum shop, the Muslim shrine or kramat.
You are then met and transferred to Table Mountain.
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 short trip to the Ostrich farm is included. A leisurely drive through the leafy southern suburbs will bring us back to the city bowl in the late afternoon.
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.
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.
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.
On arrival your hosts, the elephants extend a warm welcome! Experience the pleasure of interacting with these amazing creatures and learn about their important role as wildlife ambassadors for the African Elephant. Set off into the African bush for a midday elephant ramble with great photographic opportunities of the elephant in the bush and interacting with their Handlers.
The privilege of dining with these large mammals will become a reality, as a light picnic is spread out before you, as you, weather permitting, watch the elephant cavorting in the dam, and enjoying their mud bath.
Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and your delicious meal in a peaceful setting, while the elephants whisper their secrets to the breeze in the trees around you.
Two of our most popular tours, WJSO Johannesburg & Soweto orientation and WASO Apartheid Museum & Soweto, are combined to give visitors one full day to experience South Africa's commercial and financial capital - Johannesburg - the City of Gold, known amongst locals as Egoli, Jozi or Jo'burg.
This tour provides a great opportunity to take a closer look at South Africa's turbulent past, by combining a drive through Soweto with a visit to the Apartheid Museum, regarded as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the story of apartheid. The Museum opened its doors in 2001 and here visitors can embark on a historical voyage of discovery, a personal exploration of the past that examines apartheid right up to the first democratic elections held in 1994. The tour of the museum lasts approximately two hours.