3 nights Balule Game Reserve | 2 nights Hazyview | 2 nights Franschhoek | 2 nights Cape Town
Our trip went very well.
The stay in Naledi, the safaris were outstanding.
The Elephant Sanctuary near Hippo Hollow pleased us very much it was impressive and very touching.
Franschhoek and Cape Town are charming and exciting places.
The transfers went very well. The guides and drivers were nice, punctual and very interesting.
Thank you for this perfect organization Heidi.
Sincere friendships Béatrice and Christophe
Today you are met by our representative at Johannesburg airport and assisted to the Domestic Terminal to check in for your flight to Skukuza. Upon arrival in Skukuza, you are met and transferred to your game lodge in the Balule Game Reserve – part of the Greater Kruger National Park. You have time to settle into your lodge before embarking on your afternoon game drive.
Flying time: Johannesburg to Skukuza – approx. 50 minutes
Transfer time: Skukuza to Balule Game Reserve – approx 3 hours
The Greater Kruger National Park consists of the National Park itself and the surrounding private reserves, such as the Sabi Sand, Timbavati, Thornybush, Klaserie and Balule.
There are no fences and the wildlife is able to cross freely throughout the Greater Kruger National Park. The safari experience in the private reserves is highly personalised because game drive vehicles have exclusive traversing rights in their area. These reserve are 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.
After your morning game drive, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your lodge in the Mpumalanga Lowveld. You can laze around the pool this afternoon or visit the Elephant Sanctuary adjacent to your lodge.
Transfer time: Balule Game Reserve lodge to Hazyview – approx. 2½ hours
Hazyview is a small farming town in the heart of the Mpumalanga Lowveld; South Africa and is renowned for its banana industry. Close to Kruger National Park, the town’s name is derived from the shimmering haze that occurs during the heat of summer
Included: Day 5 – Full day private Panorama Route Tour
This morning you are met and transferred to Nelspruit airport where you will catch your flight to Cape Town. Upon your arrival in Cape Town, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Franschhoek for your two night stay.
Transfer time: Lodge to Nelspruit airport – approx 45 minutes
Flight time: Nelspruit to Cape Town – approx. 2 hours
Transfer time: Cape Town airport to Franschhoek hotel – approx. 45 minutes
The village of Franschhoek is at the heart of the Franschhoek Wine Route and is surrounded by craggy mountains and verdant vineyards. Many of the 42 wine estates on the Franschhoek Wine Route offer informative guided wine-tastings to the public as well as cellar tours or tours of the vineyards. Some of them also make cheese, chocolate and olive oil and offer tastings of these products alongside their wines. Many of them have on-site restaurants offering food that ranges from gastronomical delights to picnic hampers to enjoy under the oak trees. There is a hop-on hop-off Wine Tram, which visits some of these estates. Franschhoek village, South Africa’s “French Corner”, has a distinct French feel and is undoubtedly South Africa’s gourmet capital, with several of South Africa’s Top Ten restaurants. It is also filled with quirky shops.
Today you are met and transferred by road to Cape Town. You check into your hotel for your two night stay.
Transfer time: Franschhoek hotel to Cape Town hotel – approx. 45 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.
Included: Day 9 – Full Day Cape Point Tour
Today you are met by our representative. You bid this African wonderland farewell as you are transferred to Cape Town International Airport for your international flight home.
Transfer time: Hotel to Cape Town International Airport – approx. 35 minutes