Tailor Made Itinerary

7 Days
Heidi’s Special Kruger, Cape Town & Johannesburg Tour

2 nights Sabi Sand | 3 nights Cape Town | 1 night Johannesburg

Tour Highlights

  • Cape Town
  • Table Mountain
  • Robben Island
  • Kruger National Park
  • BIG 5
  • Open Vehicle 4x4 Safari
  • Johannesburg
  • Apartheid & Soweto Tour

Client Review

My wife and I had been planning a trip to South Africa for several months but scheduling the trips and tours and finding the right accommodation was taking too much time. While surfing the web I came across Safari Bookings and saw that Pembury Tours offered customized tour itineraries for South Africa. Once I submitted a request for help in arranging our trip, Heidi from Pembury Tours contacted me within 24 hours. I gave her the dates that we had in mind and the places we wanted to visit. She took care of all the details. We could set aside only 7 days for the trip but she was able to come up with the perfect itinerary. We spent 3 days on Safari and stayed at the Narina Lodge which was excellent. We loved the lodge and the attentive service there was excellent. They made the game drives extremely pleasant and comfortable. And we saw the Big Five.


From Kruger National Park we went to Capetown. We loved Capetown. We stayed at the Table Bay Hotel on the Victoria and Albert Waterfront. The waterfront area was great for shopping and dining and simply loitering around enjoying the nightlife. But the hotel was disappointing. Taking a shower was challenging. The water was either too cold or scalding hot. Though most of the staff was attentive, the staff at the main desk were not helpful and rather condescending. They were more worried about the minibar in the room being under lock and key than making our stay more enjoyable. Our room had been paid in full by Pembury Tours in advance but the hotel charged us again, though they did ultimately refund the charge after Heidi called to complain. In Johannesburg we stayed at a very nice boutique hotel in an upscale area of town before catching our return flight to New York.


While in South Africa we did not have to worry about transportation or booking any tours because Heidi had arranged for private tours in and around Capetown and Johannesburg. She took care of all internal flights and hotel bookings well ahead of our arrival even though we gave her only 2-3 weeks notice. There was always someone waiting to pick us up at the airport to take us to our hotel or to drop us off at the airport in tine for our flights. and Heidi was always available on the phone. The guides who took us sight seeing were very knowledgeable and helpful, especially Graham who was extremely gracious, accompanying us in and around Capetown for 3 days. All in all this was one of our best vacations and we will have pleasant memories for years to come


Tour Consultant's Overview

On the 23rd May 2016, Mr Hussain sent through an enquiry on the Safari.bookings website.  Within 24 hours I had made contact with Mr Hussain.  He explained that he had 7 days available to travel and would like to experience South Africa's highlights.  I understood the time constraints he was under.  Mr Hussain was interested in spending a day in Johannesburg for the history and cultural experience of our beautiful country.  I sent through an itinerary that included 2 nights at Lion Sands Naringa Lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park, he then boarded a flight to Cape Town where he stayed for 3 Nights at the Table Bay Hotel which is situated right in the heart of the V&A Waterfront making everything easily accessible.  Whilst in Cape Town, Mr & Mrs Hussain enjoyed a Full day Cape Peninsula Tour and the following day a private City, Table Mountain & Robben Island Tour.  The last night was spent in Johannesburg at the beautiful The Residence Boutique Hotel and enjoyed a private Johannesburg, Soweto & Apartheid museum Tour.
Heidi Bedford
Day 1 Arrival in Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Upon your arrival in Johannesburg, you are met by our representative and taken through to the domestic terminal. You will board your flight to Skukuza. Upon arrival in Skukuza you are met by our representative and transferred by road to your Lodge in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. You have time to settle into your lodge before embarking on your afternoon game drive.

Day 1 to 3 Sabi Sand Game Reserve (2 nights)

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.

Day 3 Sabi Sand to Cape Town

After your morning game drive and breakfast, you check out of your lodge. You are met by our representative and transferred to Nelspruit Airport. You will check in for your flight to Cape Town. Upon Arrival in Cape Town you are met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Days 3 to 6 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 6 Cape Town to Johannesburg (1 night)

After breakfast you check out of your hotel. You have time to do some shopping this morning. You are met by our representative and transferred to the airport to connect with your flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Johannesburg you are met by our representative and transferred to your boutique hotel in Houghton, an upmarket suburb of Johannesburg.

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”

Day 7 Johannesburg & Departure

After breakfast you will check out of your hotel. You are met by our representative and taken on a seven hour tour of Johannesburg, Soweto & the apartheid museum. Upon completion of your tour you bid farewell to this African wonderland as you are transferred to the airport to connect with your international flight home.

Sabi Sand Game Reserve: Lion Sands Narina Lodge

Lion Sands Private Game Reserve is situated in the southern portion of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve with 10 kilometers of Sabie River frontage, where perennial water ensures a high concentration of game. Forming part of the greater Kruger National Park, the reserve has no fences and the wildlife is able to traverse freely between Lion Sands and the Kruger National Park. With 5000 hectares of wild bush in this private concession within the world-renowned Kruger National Park, you can go exploring off-road and follow the footsteps of the leopard, track down a herd of elephant or simply wait for them to come to you. Lion Sands is family owned & managed by the 4th generation More Family.

Lion Sands Narina Lodge is perched amongst a canopy of 100 year old trees overlooking the Sabie River. The style of the lodgeis that of a luxurious treehouse where the main areas link via raised wooden walkways to the nine private suites. If you are looking for a Lodge which has a closer connection to its landscape yet offers private luxury, then Narina is the lodge for you. Narina has nine private suites, making it a very personal experience. Each suite has floor to ceiling glass doors which open right back, bringing the bush right inside. Each suite also has a private deck and plunge pool. Dinners are served under the African stars.

Game drives take place in the morning or late afternoon, moving into the early evening, as this is when wildlife is most active due to the temperatures being the most moderate. The Reserve is completely untouched and home to such a variety of wildlife that every day presents new and exciting interactions in an environment where all levels of the ecosystem fight for their survival in an environment where generally the rule is eat or be eaten. The guides are expertly trained to not only provide you with an encyclopedia of information on all aspects of the ecology but are also well versed in being incredible hosts, passionate about making sure your highest expectations are met.

Cape Town: The Table Bay Hotel

The Table Bay is a 5-star Sun International hotel situated on Quay 6 of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, where it dramatically straddles the old breakwater wall. The Table Bay is a member of Leading Hotels of the World.

All of the 329 luxurious rooms have panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean or over the city to Table Mountain. The rooms are all air-conditioned and have luxurious walk-in cupboards, marble finishes and writing desks and each is equipped with a butler station and honour bar.

The Table Bay offers a choice of 3 in-house restaurants, one of which, the Atlantic Grill, is consistently one of Cape Town’s top restaurants. The Lounge offers a relaxed setting where families and friends can enjoy breakfast, lunch, high tea or dinner. Set behind a towering window, the Lounge overlooks the harbour and Table Mountain creating an ambience of absolute tranquility. The Pool Bar at the Table Bay Hotel is a stunning example of one of the magnificent Cape Town bars, offering the perfect environment to chill out in. Enjoy a drink or a light snack from the Pool Bar while you relax next to the heated mineral swimming pool and jacuzzi. There are few places more glamorous to sip an evening cocktail than on the terrace of “The Best Address in Cape Town”. There is a bespoke health spa providing holistic care for the skin and body that will leave you feeling refreshed and pampered. There is also a fully-equipped gymnasium.

The Table Bay joins the V&A Waterfront shopping precinct via a private pedestrian entrance direct from the hotel. There is also a complimentary hotel shuttle service.

Johannesburg: The Residence

The Residence is an extraordinary boutique hotel that is truly one of a kind. A warm, hospitable welcome awaits you at The Residence, located in the historic suburb of Houghton, which is also home to many famous residents including former president Nelson Mandela. The Residence exudes a charming air of quiet dignity, with an abundance of bougainvillea blossoms cascading down the terraced gardens. This is a blissful oasis where guests are treated with personalised service and are invited to make themselves at home. No effort has been spared in creating the most sublime surroundings to surpass your greatest expectations. Take a stroll through the manicured gardens and enjoy a game of tennis or swim a few lengths in the outdoor pools. Guests can work out in the fitness room.

The entrance hall leads through to the sumptuous lounge and sitting room with doors opening onto the long, spacious veranda offer a cool respite from the warm African sun. The air-conditioned suites are generously proportioned and designed for ultimate comfort and privacy, leading out to spacious balconies with tables, chairs and sun loungers shaded by large sun umbrellas. Here you can sit back and take in the views of the garden, tennis court and pool.

The Sky Bar on the top floor offers spectacular views over the surrounding suburbs and Johannesburg’s renowned urban forest towards the city skyline beyond. What better place to enjoy sundowners while taking in the spectacular African sunsets, or sipping stylish pre-dinner cocktails. The comfortable relaxation areas invite you to lounge away a few hours, interspersed with socialising in the Jacuzzi or cooling off with a refreshing dip in the swimming pools. Fine dining is offered throughout the day.

Included in price Sabi Sand Game Reserve: Daily Safari Programme at Lion Sands Narina Lodge

There is a reason why this area is known as one of the finest safari areas in Africa and this can be attributed to the fact that it has one of the highest densities of wildlife per square hectare and this, coupled with the fact that through sound environmental practices, the wildlife do not feel threatened by visitors, results in regular sightings of some Africa’s most elusive predators and big game, often only a few metres from your private Land Rover. whenever we go out either on foot or in open Land Rovers we are always surprised by things we have never seen before. The Reserve is completely untouched and is home to such a variety of wildlife – you will not find a more natural and vibrant wildlife experience than at Londolozi. The guides are expertly trained to not only provide you with an encyclopedia of information on all aspects of the ecology but are also incredible hosts, passionate about making sure your highest expectations are met.

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 deck. 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.

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.

Cape Town: Half Day 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. After which we 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.

Included in price Johannesburg: Journey to Freedom Tour

Many South Africans gave much; some gave all, to achieve a truly democratic South Africa. This tour shares some of the journey, pain and struggle of those heroes. Witness the places and then visit the diverse museums where these momentous, tumultuous years have been so well documented.

The day begins in Soweto at the Hector Pieterson Museum, where we start to unravel the cause of the devastating Soweto Riots, before travelling past Mandela House, where you have the option of visiting this small museum (own account). The next significant stop is the fascinating Regina Mundi Church, site of so many of the underground meetings of the then banned political parties. Standing there, you can feel the tension, picture the intensity, the strain on the faces of those unthinkably brave souls, committed at any cost to changing the way of life of a nation. Lunch is served in a local Soweto restaurant (own account), before visiting the legendary Apartheid Museum. This is an interactive voyage of discovery, one which takes you from the dark days of ‘whites only’ privilege, through to Nelson Mandela’s historic release. The Apartheid Museum is a multimedia experience, with documentary film snippets, texts, sound clips and live accounts, recapturing life in the dark days of South Africa.

It’s a fascinating tour, filled with tales of bravery and sadness, but ultimately it’s a story with the right ending.

This itinerary started on 7 August 2017
When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: USD$ 2,600
Remember, this is an actual itinerary, 100% tailor-made to meet this client's expectations. We can use this itinerary as a starting point for you.
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