Tailor Made Itinerary

14 Days
Heidi’s Magical Madagascar with Cape Town City and Quintessential Kruger Safari

4 nights Cape Town | 2 nights Timbavati | 2 nights Sabi Sand | 1 night Johannesburg | 4 nights Nosy Be Island; Madagascar

Tour Highlights

  • Cape Town Luxury Accommodation
  • Cape Point & Table Mountain
  • Cape Winelands Tour
  • Cape Town City Touring
  • Shark Cage Diving
  • Timbavati Game Reserve
  • Sabi Sand Game Reserve
  • Big Five Game Viewing
  • Abundant Birdlife
  • Nosy Be Island Madagascar
  • Beach Activities & Adventures
  • Island Living

Client Review

Heidi from Pembury Tours was friendly, professional, patient and superb throughout. We began planning a year ahead of our trip and Heidi with Pembury tours was truly exceptional. She helped us plan what we wanted to see (and even things we didn’t even know we wanted to see). She helped flex the trip to fit our plans as well as our budget. The trip went off without a hitch and it was our smoothest international trip ever. The transports were on time and we felt pampered on the whole trip. We also felt safe from start to finish. Midway into our trip, Heidi even sent me a PDF with our South African Airways boarding passes, so I could print them off at the hotel which really made the airport experience much less stressful. We have traveled extensively all over the world both on our own and with tour groups and Heidi and Pembury Tours was outstanding (the best). We can recommend them without reservations.

Kyle H & Family

Tour Consultant's Overview

Kyle and his family were looking at travelling to Africa and contacted Pembury Tours in Oct 2018. Kyle and his family were looking for a holiday that combined some safari, some beach time and shark cage diving. The H family were not keen on any seeing to many cities but rather wildlife and natural wonders.   Kyle and I were in contact every day discussing his family holiday and send through some ideas and tour itineraries. After a few options, Kyle and his family booked their holiday to South Africa and Madagascar.
Heidi Bedford
Day1 Arrival in Cape Town

Upon arrival at Cape Town airport from flight at you are met by our representative and are transferred to your hotel in the V&A Waterfront for a four night stay.

Transfer time – Cape Town airport to Cape Town hotel: approx 35 minutes

Day 1 to 5 Cape Town (4 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.

Day 5 Cape Town to Timbavati Game Reserve via Hoedspruit

This morning you are met and transferred from your hotel to Cape Town Airport where you will board for a flight to Hoedspruit. Upon arrival at Hoedspruit Airport you are met and transferred to your safari lodge in the Timbavati Game Reserve. You arrive in time to settle into your lodge before embarking on your afternoon game drive.

Transfer time: Cape Town hotels to Cape Town Airport – approx 35 minutes

Flight time: Cape Town to Hoedspruit – approx 2¾ hours

Transfer time: Hoedspruit Airport to lodge – approx 1 hour

Day 5 to 7 Timbavati Game Reserve (2 nights)

The Timbavati forms part of the 2 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 KruFger 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”.

Day 7 Timbavati Game Reserve to Sabi Sand Game Reserve

After your morning game drive and breakfast you check out of your lodge. You are met and transferred Southwards to your lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, 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 to Sabi Sand Lodge –approx 2 hours

Day 7 to 9 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.

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.

Day 9 Sabi Sand Game Reserve to Johannesburg (1 night)

After your morning game drive and breakfast you check out of your lodge. You are met and transferred to Nelspruit Airport where you board a flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Johannesburg you are met and transferred to your hotel. You check in for your overnight stay.

Transfer time: Sabi Sand to Nelspruit Airport –approx 2 hours

Flying time: Nelspruit to Johannesburg – approx. 1 hour

Transfer time: Johannesburg Airport to hotel – approx. 45 minutes

Day 10 Johannesburg to Nosy Be Island; Madagascar

This morning after breakfast you check out of your hotel, you are met and transferred to Johannesburg Airport where you will board a flight to Madagascar. Upon arrival in Nosy-be you are met and transferred to by road to your resort where you check in for your four night stay.

Transfer time: Johannesburg hotel to Johannesburg Airport – approx. 45 minutes

Flying time: Johannesburg to Nosy-be – approx. 3½ hours

Transfer time: Nosy-be Airport to lodge – approx. 30 minutes

Day 10 to 14 Madagascar: Nosy Be Island (4 nights)

Nosy means island in Malagasy and Be means big so Nosy Be is “the Big Island” and most well known for its almost perfect tropical climate and golden beaches. Ideally suited for families, honeymooners and anyone wanting to experience a laid back beach holiday. Discover ylang ylang plantations, pristine coral reefs, colourful markets, crater lakes, private islands, a lemur sanctuary as well as a host of excellent hotels and charming restaurants to suit everyone. Nosy Be offers some of the best beaches along Madagascar’s 200 km coastline.

The capital Hellville is the largest town on Nosy Be and is home to a bustling harbour as well as historical relics dating back to the 1800’s. If just lying on a beach is not for you then hire a taxi or motorbikes and discover a myriad of different activities such as : The Sacred Tree , Lokobe Reserve, Ambanoro Ruins, Nosy Komba, the emerald green crater lakes to name just a few. For divers and snorkellers you are will be spoilt for choice with pristine reefs and uncluttered dive sites.

Cape Town: Cape Royale

This luxury 5-star hotel is located in central Green Point, just a 10-minute walk from Cape Town Stadium and the V&A Waterfront. It offers bright rooms with free capped Wi-Fi, a rooftop pool and gym. The Cape Royale features spacious suites with a Juliet balcony and includes a well-equipped kitchen, large living and entertainment areas. All rooms have a flat-screen satellite TV, a CD and DVD Player.

Guests of the luxury Cape Royale have a choice between several dining options including Café Royale, which serves seasonal, fresh food and baked goods in a stylish French café ambiance or on the outdoor patio. There are also views of Cape Town Harbour and Table Mountain, as well as a modern gym featuring state-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment.

Cape Royale's concierge can offer suggestions on local activities. Guests can make use of the scheduled complimentary shuttle service within a 5 km radius of the hotel. The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) is 2 km away. Green Point is a great choice for travellers interested in beaches, restaurants and wine.

Timbavati Game Reserve: Simbavati River Lodge

Simbavati River Lodge is an intimate and friendly camp built on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River. Shaded by age-old Jackalberry and Leadwood trees, Simbavati is warm and welcoming, with a generous contemporary design.

Guest common areas offer a generously proportioned open-air lounge, bar, boma (outdoor dining area) and extensive decks with breathtaking views overlooking the Nhlaralumi River where regular wildlife sightings take place and guests can unwind. Accommodation is provided in luxury tented rooms or thatched chalets, all with en-suite bathrooms and private decks. The luxurious tented accommodation offers generous bush or water views from your own private viewing deck. Tents are spaced adequately far apart to ensure privacy, and they have all of the amenities to ensure a luxurious and comfortable stay.

Simbavati River Lodge is a child-friendly safari camp with three family chalets available, each with two separate bedrooms sharing one bathroom. One of the family chalets can accommodate five people, whilst the other two family chalets can accommodate four persons. There is a children’s activity room with a selection of toys/board games. Children will receive an activity booklet and coloured pencils on arrival. Children under the age of 13 will be taken to look at tracks and signs in the bush by a tracker. Board games and books available in the lounge area.

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.

Sabi Sand Game Reserve: Elephant Plains

Situated in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, part of the 2.2 million hectare Greater Kruger National Park, Elephant Plains offers comfortable style and affordable luxury. The lodge overlooks a waterhole on the banks of the Manyeleti River and the pool deck guarantees excellent viewing of animals moving from the plains to drink. Elephant Plains is proud of the standard of its tasty international cuisine and South African specialities. Breakfast and lunch are enjoyed in the dining room or on the pool deck, overlooking the open area. Dinner is served around a log fire in the boma, whilst enjoying the mystical nocturnal sounds under the African sky. There are two swimming pools, and an African Spa.

Accommodation is provided in six luxury suites, five rondavels and one honeymoon suite. Decorated in warm, earthy tones, the natural design and architectural flow of the six glass-fronted luxury suites fall softly on the eye. These exclusive, open-plan suites each have a lounge, double bedroom, en-suite bathroom and a private viewing deck that offers spectacular views over the riverbed and open area. The five rondavels are set in the beautifully landscaped garden of the original family holiday camp and one can still feel the old bushveld charm upon entering. The five rondavels have been renovated and redecorated and have sundecks and en-suite bathrooms. The Manyeleti honeymoon suite provides honeymooners, or guests that are just romantic at heart, with elegance, privacy and a stunning view. This glass fronted suite has all the regular luxuries and also boasts a private splash pool and daybed, ideal for a mid-morning nap. All accommodation is air-conditioned.

Over many years strict conservation policies and successful habitat management have resulted in a rich diversity of fauna and flora. Here you will come face to face with Africa’s Big Five and may be lucky enough to encounter other rarer species such as the endangered wild dogs and cheetah.

Johannesburg: Sandton Balalaika Hotel

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.

Madagascar; Nosy Be Island: Tsara Kombea

Situated in Madagascar on the island of Nosy Komba, the finest island in the Nosy Be archipelago and also known as “Lemur Island”, the 4-star Tsara Komba Luxury Ecolodge hotel proposes luxury holidays and honeymoons in an outstanding, invigorating natural environment with no shortage of excitement and exhilaration, where Africa meets the Indian Ocean.

Tsara Komba Luxury Beach & Forest Lodge is the 1er Eco Lodge of the Red Island to be member of the very exclusive National Geographic Unique Lodges Of The World Collection, a collection of outstanding properties, all chosen for the excellence of their hospitality, and their commitment in favour of sustainable development.

The Tsara Komba Lodge is a 4-star luxury hotel with a rare and authentic charm, in perfect keeping with Nature and with the area’s outstanding biodiversity. It combines a stylish and exclusive atmosphere, an excellent Slow Food cuisine, tailored services and excursions, in an atmosphere dominated by a commitment to comfortable luxury and ecology. Experience the gentle caress of the wind, the birdsongs and the sound of the waves lapping around this former volcano today covered by an abundant forest, bordered by a sapphire blue sea with excellent golden sandy beaches. The preservation of this sublime environment and the community-minded activities being pursued here to encourage harmonious sustainable development for the benefit of the local population are just two of the ethical aspects of this marvellous Eco-paradise.

Included in price Cape Town: Full Day 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.

Included in price Cape Town: Shark Cage Diving

You are collected from your hotel in Cape Town and are driven to Gansbaai. After breakfast at Marine Dynanmics reception, you will be given a safety briefing on cage safety procedures before you don your life jackets and climb on board the boat. The boat makes its way around Dyer Island and Geyser Rock, which boasts a large Cape Fur Seal colony. It takes about 20 minutes to reach the channel between the islands. They then throw anchor, chum and wait. It normally takes about an hour of chumming and baiting before the first Great White hones in on the bait with deadly accuracy. When the first sharks arrive, the cage is lowered into the water and you climb in (4 people at a time) to view these magnificent creatures in their own environment. You can stand on the floor of the cage and so you do not have to actually “swim”. You are guaranteed to see at least 4-5 sharks on your dive. They have seen up to 12 sharks on a single dive before!

Included in price Cape Town: Half Day City Tour & Table Mountain

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.

Cape Winelands: Full Day Tour

While South Africa's fertile valleys are world-famous for their crisp white and classic French-style red wines, the area is also a treasury of rustic beauty, sprawling estates shaded by giant oak trees and towering mountains overlooking lush valleys. On this full day tour you visit and explore the country's principal wine routes of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, and look forward to a day filled with fine wines, great food and spectacular scenery.

Head to Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa and the historic heart of the country's wine region. In 1679, Dutch East India Company governor, Simon van der Stel, recognised the fertility of this long valley on the banks of the Eerste River, as perfect for vineyards. The rest is history, which has been carefully cultivated in this town. A gracious blend of 18th-century Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian buildings is evident on Dorp Street, where massive oaks still shade original water furrows.

Move on to the village of Franschhoek which was founded in 1688 by French immigrants fleeing the Huguenot religious persecution in Europe. A memorial in the town commemorates the arrival of these early settlers who helped develop the wines sought after by Napoleon, Bismarck and royalty such as Edward VII, the Prince of Wales. You will enjoy wine tasting at some fantastic wine estates on the way – the exact routing may change on the day.

Included in price Timbavati Game Reserve: Daily Safari Programme at Simbavati River Lodge

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.

Included in price Sabi Sand Game Reserve: Daily Safari Programme at Elephant Plains

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.

Suggested Madagascar; Nosy Be Island: Activities

There is much to do on the Nosy Be archipelago, and Tsara Komba is central to all of it. It is one of the only properties that offer an enriching forest experience as well as activities on the water. Navigate Nosy Komba by foot or boat—there are no roads. Walkthrough the tropical forest and discover a multitude of endemic species, from frolicking macaco lemurs to fragrant flowers. Find seclusion on a boat trip, visiting uninhabited islands and traditional fishing villages, and slipping through thick mangroves. Go snorkelling and diving in sapphire waters rich in marine life, and follow local guides to secret fishing spots. Explore fragrant plantations and experience authentic Malagasy life in the nearby village of Ampangorina, or simply play castaway on the golden sands that spread below the lodge.

This itinerary started on 21 June 2019
When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: USD$ 5,260
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