10 Days
Heidi’s Kruger Safari, Mpumalanga Lowveld, Cape Town & Franschhoek Holiday Happiness

Tour Highlights

  • Balule Game Reserve
  • Kruger National Park
  • Big 5 Game Drives
  • Mpumalanga Lowveld
  • Panorama Route Tour
  • Cape Town
  • Cape Point Tour
  • Franschhoek & Winelands

Client Review

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

Beatrice & Christophe

Tour Consultant's Overview

Beatrice contacted Pembury Tours in October 2017.  Beatrice and her husband where wanting to do a Flora and fauna tour, they wanted beautiful landscapes and where not wanting to visit any cities.   I began to put some tour ideas together for Beatrice, some wonderful options where presented as South Africa offers a multitude of flora and fauna options.   Beatrice decided to book a tour that included Kruger National Park for 3 nights, 2 nights in the Mpumalanga Lowveld where Beatrice & Christophe enjoyed the beautiful sights of The Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window and various other sights along the Panorama Route.  Beatrice then checked into Franschhoek for a few nights, enjoying the wine country side and a night in Cape Town and enjoyed a Cape Point Tour.
Heidi Bedford
Day 1 Johannesburg to Balule Game Reserve

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

Day 1 to 4 Balule Game Reserve (3 Nights)

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.

Day 4 Balule to Mpumalanga Lowveld

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

Days 4 to 6 Mpumalanga Lowveld - Hazyview (2 Nights)

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

Day 6 Mpumalanga Lowveld to Franschhoek

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

Day 6 to 8 Franschhoek (2 Nights)

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.

Day 8 Franschhoek to Cape Town

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

Day 8 to 10 Cape Town (2 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. 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

Day 10 Cape Town & Departure

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

Balule Game Reserve: Naledi Bush Camp

Naledi is, and will always be, privately owned with the owners overseeing and indeed actively participating in the day to day operation of both Enkoveni Lodge and Bush Camp (their two camps). The Enkoveni Lodge is situated on the banks of the Olifants River; the Bush Camp is situated on a little hill, overlooking the plains, with a view towards the escarpment mountains forming part of South Africa's premier mountain range, the Drakensberg.

Naledi sleeps only eight and fourteen guests at each of their superbly appointed camps respectively. Bush Camp is built on a hillside overlooking a private plain, with a central waterhole that attracts a vast array of creatures, by day and by night. Watch families of elephants come down to bathe, lazy hippos surfacing for a yawn, a skittish herd of impala drinking nervously ... and listen for the cry of a fish eagle.

Each of the suites is equipped with the finest quality linen and towels, air-conditioning throughout and each suite has an en-suite bathroom; they also have fast internet facilities as well as viewing facilities for TV and video to enjoy at the main lodge. Both of their camps feature gorgeous swimming pools – perfect for a few hours of relaxing in between going out into the bush for walks and game drives. The Naledi pub is always open loaded with ice cold drinks from all four corners of the world – a wonderful spot to meet before dinner and swap stories until late into the night should you wish.

Mpumalanga Lowveld - Hazyview: Hippo Hollow

Situated on the banks for the Sabie River in Hazyview, this Lodge has an authentic "Out of Africa" feel about it.

At Hippo Hollow guests are accommodated in unique thatched Garden and River Chalets and Courtyard Hotel Rooms, which either overlook the beautiful gardens or the impressive Sabie River. All rooms and chalets have en-suite bathrooms and tea/coffee facilities and are furnished with touches of local wood for a traditional finish.

The in-house restaurant offers a variety of delicious dishes accompanied by a selection of South African wines. Indulging in the sight of kingfishers and other beautiful water birds or the grazing of the hippopotamus on the lawn against the backdrop of a beautiful African sunset.

The beautifully maintained gardens, with two swimming pools, is home to a wonderful variety of bird species, and the Sabie River attracts hippo, crocodiles, monkeys, waterbirds and even elephants from the Elephant Whispers sanctuary.

Franschhoek: Hotel LeÁrmitage

On the slopes of the Franschhoek Pass, amidst sweeping tracts of fynbos, lies the unique village-style hotel L’ermitage. Here you will find the stately four-star hotel and 36 charming villas, all of which promise guests a warm welcome and a wonderful stay.

The hotel is set on a wine farm and is surrounded by vineyards. Producing some of the finest Sauvignon Blanc in the area (sold exclusively on the estate), a stay at L’Ermitage provides a quintessential Winelands experience. You get the best of both worlds – accommodation on a wine farm, yet only 1 km from the heart of Franschhoek village.

With modern amenities, breath-taking views and sophisticated décor, L’Ermitage hotel is the epitome of tasteful decadence. French-inspired cobbled streets, fountains and exquisitely maintained gardens form the backdrop of one of the most picturesque settings in the Cape. Chateau suites and the 34 Villas are able to comfortably accommodate families, business professionals and couples alike. All suites and villas have a private balcony or terrace, air-conditioning, digital safe, satellite television, internet access, flat screen TV, DVD Player, Mini Bar / Bar Fridge, Tea/Coffee making facilities and hairdryer.

An essential part of the L’Ermitage experience is indulging in breakfast as the French do. Hearty and home cooked, it comes highly recommended by the locals of Franschhoek. For guests seeking a unique wellness experience there is the very special Skin & Body Sanctuary. It’s just the place to make sure that the peace of L’ermitage penetrates deep into the body, refreshing and cleansing in holistic treatments. There is an outdoor swimming pool set in the beautiful French-style gardens.

Cape Town: Winchester Mansions

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.

Included in price Balule Game Reserve: Daily Safari Programme at Naledi Bush Camp

World famous for its abundance of animal, bird and reptile life the Balule Game Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park, has over 30 mammal species, 220 different kinds of birds and a dazzling variety of reptiles, insects and plants. The area is typical wooded savannah, with marula, knob thorn and Leadwood trees predominant. As the annual rainfall is generally low, waterholes become focus points, especially in winter. Animals are largely territorial, so you are assured of excellent sightings during your safari activities. At Mohlabetsi your Game Ranger will take you on safari – both by day and night – tracking and following animals off-road, deep into the African bushveld.

The game drives are conducted in specially modified Landrovers, renowned for their comfort and reliability. As the vehicles are open, you are assured of excellent all-round visibility, as well as the excitement of meeting Africa’s Big Five close up. The rangers are well versed in ensuring that you have a thrilling and informative safari. The Bush takes on a different aspect when on foot. Your experienced ranger will take you walking if you so wish. Feel the exhilaration of stalking animals, finding new birds or learning the ways of the Baboon Spider and other creepy-crawlies! Between game drives you can relax at the pool or in the comfort of your room.

Included in price Mpumalanga Lowveld: Panorama Route

Winding its way through the craggy Drakensberg mountains of Mpumalanga and the north-eastern end of the Great Escarpment, the Panorama Route has some of the most dramatic landscape in the world. The Drakensberg Mountains divide the cooler Highveld to the west from the lower coastal plains to the east, creating splendid panoramic mountain scenery. The best views are to be had on a clear winter's day when the mist and clouds of summer are nowhere in sight. At the edge of the plateau the land falls away beneath your feet and the vast Lowveld plains spread out about a kilometre below.

The most spectacular stretch of the Panorama Route is the Blyde River Canyon, which is the 3rd largest canyon in the world. From many well-positioned vantage points one has a view of the 33 km long gorge, which starts at "Bourke's Luck Potholes" and ends at the "Three Rondawels". The Potholes are very impressive rock formations that were shaped millions of years ago by erosion. The bizarre swirl holes developed when the once rapid river carried masses of sand and debris. This scenic area is also steeped in early Southern African mining history, local characters and pioneers and the famous “Jock of the Bushveld” routes.

This guided tour visits the Victorian Town of Pilgrim’s Rest, the infamous Robber’s Grave, the splendid Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels, God’s Window, Wonder View, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Lisbon Waterfalls. Itinerary may be altered due to time constraints.

Lunch is enjoyed at Harries Original Pancake Restaurant, where savoury or sweet freshly prepared pancakes, fresh salads, local delicacies and other country fare are served.

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.

Suggested Franschhoek: Wine Tram

The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley – picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300 year history.

Passengers aboard the hop-on hop-off tour will experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as they journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram and open-air tram-bus stopping in at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. A combination of tram and tram-bus transports passengers around a loop of stops allowing them to hop-off at each stop and experience the activities on offer, be it wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch or simply a stroll through the vineyards and when they are ready, hop-on to continue the tour. The tour takes passengers right into the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, with a narration focusing on the history of Franschhoek and wine cultivation in the valley, complimentary wine tastings and unparalleled views of the valley and vineyards.

The Blue Line visits the following estates: Mont Rochelle, La Couronne, Holden Manz, La Bourgogne, La Bri, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence. The Red Line visits the following estates: Maison, Eikehof, Leopard's Leap, Dieu Donne, Chamonix, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence.

Departure Times: Tours depart every 15 minutes from 10:00am until 12:45pm daily.

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This itinerary started on 25 January 2018
When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: USD$ 2,952
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