4 nights Cape Town | 2 nights Timbavati | 2 nights Sabi Sand | 1 night Hazyview | 2 nights Johannesburg
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
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