4 nights Cape Town | 4 nights Sabi Sand | 1 night White River | 3 nights Victoria Falls | 2 nights Chobe | 1 night Johannesburg
I hope this finds you well! We have had an absolutely amazing time! Thank you so very much for making this trip of a lifetime a reality! We are so very grateful for you!
We look forward to returning to Africa soon!
Jan & Storm
Upon arrival at OR Tambo Airport, you will be met by our representative who will hand over your travel packs and also assist you through to the domestic check in for your flight to Cape Town. On arrival at Cape Town Airport, you will be met in the arrivals hall by your driver, who will transfer you to your hotel, where you spend four 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.
This morning you driver will collect you for your transfer to Cape Town Airport for your flight to Skukuza Airport.
You are met at the airport by the driver from Lion Sands and from here you are transferred by road to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park. You have time to settle in at your lodge before you set off on the afternoon game drive. After the afternoon game drive you return to the lodge for a hearty dinner.
Transfer time – Cape Town Hotel to Cape Town Airport: ± 35 minutes
Flight time – Cape Town to Skukuza: ± 2½ hours
Transfer time – Skukuza to your lodge: ± 1 hour
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.
Nowhere in South Africa will one find a wildlife experience quite like the one experienced within the Sabi Sand Reserve. Sharing a 50km (31.25 miles) unfenced border with the Kruger National Park, this immense (65 000 hectare/ 153 000 acre) and diverse tract of land is home to The Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant), and much much more. This area is also in the process of being further enlarged within the Peace Park concept with an expected integration and amalgamation with protected areas in Mozambique, and eventually Zimbabwe.
Two rivers supply the game reserve with a valuable water source. The Sand River flows through the reserve for 50km (31 miles) from north west to south east whilst the Sabie River flows on the southern boundary. The sustenance of these rivers ensures that this area enjoys one of the highest and most bio-diverse wildlife populations of any area in Africa. Over two hundred different species live in abundance, whilst the ever changing bird life provides even the most experienced ornithologist with rare finds. Such is the environment that the wildlife, save for the migratory birds, remain in their territories all year round.
After your morning game drive, you bid farewell to this African wonderland. You are met at reception and from here transferred to your hotel in White River. The afternoon is at leisure and you can enjoy a lovely dinner at the hotel restaurant.
The little town of White River – an important farming and tourism centre – was founded around 1890. The farming tradition of the people that settled in White River after the AngloBoer War, has remained practically the same to this day and still attracts many who wish to witness this culture first hand and learn more about a place such as this which is virtually untouched. Agriculture in this area relies largely on the production of tropical fruit, flowers and timber. It is one of the largest in the Mpumalanga province and is therefore extremely important to the economy of the Region.
Transfer time – Sabi Sand Game Reserve to White River: ± 2 to 2½ hours
This morning your driver will meet you for your transfer to Nelspruit Airport for your flight to Livingstone. On arrival you will be met by your driver and transferred across the border to Zimbabwe, where you spend three night at the Victoria Falls.
Transfer time: White River to Nelspruit Airport – ± 15 minutes
Flight time: Nelspruit to Livingstone – ± 1½ hours
Transfer time: Livingstone Airport across the border to your hotel: – ± 1 hour
The next two days are at leisure and you can explore the Victoria Falls and enjoy the serenity of the lodge and the surroundings.
The Victoria Falls is considered to be the largest waterfall in the world. See the mighty Zambezi River as it thunders over the 1700 metre wide Victoria Falls and plunges 100 metres into a narrow gorge below. The great columns of spray rising from the tumultuous falls can be seen from 80 kilometres away on a clear day. If you are lucky enough to be there at full moon, a “moonbow” can be seen in the spray instead of the usual daylight rainbow.
The Victoria Falls is located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and travellers can access the falls through either the town of Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side or from Livingstone in Zambia. The Falls’ local name, Mosi-Oa-Tunya – “the Smoke that Thunders” – more accurately defines the essence of the place: the rising, shining spray that can be seen 30km away. This vapour has the effect of adding moisture in the form of humidity to the air in the “splash zone”, so that a unique, small rainforest ecosystem clings to the edge of the Falls, providing a toehold for no less than 70 shrub and 150 herbaceous species, as well as trees such as pod and Natal mahogany, ebony, Cape and strangler fig and Transvaal red milkwood. There are two National Parks in the vicinity: the Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe and the Mosi-oa-Tunya Zoological Park in Zambia, which means that herds of big game such as elephant and buffalo, as well as smaller species and even predators such as lion persist in the area.
This morning your driver will meet you at reception for your transfer across the border to Botswana. You are transferred by road to Kasane and dropped off at your lodge, where you spend two nights. You check into your lodge and can relax before the afternoon activity. You return to your lodge and enjoy a sumptuous dinner, followed by some chilled time around the fire.
Transfer time: Victoria Falls across the border to Chobe – ± 1 to 2 hours
Chobe National Park on Botswana’s North West border is a pristine wilderness of open plains, baobab trees, ancient woodland, swamps and flood plains and is home to the greatest concentration of game in the entire southern African subcontinent. One of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, the Chobe River forms the Park’s northern boundary. The Chobe riverfront area is most famous for its large herds of elephants and buffalo, which come down to the river in huge herds to drink during the dry winter months. During this season, one may see hundreds of elephants at one time. Other species include waterbuck, lechwe, puku (this is the only part of Botswana where they can be seen), giraffe, kudu, roan and sable, impala, warthog, bushbuck, monkeys and baboons, along with the accompanying predators lion, leopard, hyena and jackal. Over 460 bird species have been recorded in the park, making it one of Africa’s premier venues for bird Safaris. A highlight of Chobe is taking a river cruise, which allows you to get up close with hippo, crocodile and a mind-boggling array of water birds. You also get really close to animals that come down to the river.
This morning you are taken on your last game drive in the Chobe National Park. You check out the lodge and will be transferred to Kasane Airport for you flight to Johannesburg. On arrival in Johannesburg, after clearing customs and immigration you move through to international departures for your flight home.