4 nights Cape Town | 2 nights Franschhoek | 2 nights Blue Train | 1 night Pretoria | 4 nights Sabi Sand | 3 nights Victoria Falls
- Cape Town Accommodation & Touring
- Cape Town Adventure Activities
- Franschhoek Adventures & Wine Tours
- Pretoria City Touring
- Sabi Sand Game Reserve
- Big Five Game Drives
- Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi
- Victoria Falls Flight of Angels
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From the very start dealing with Kerry at Pembury tours have been a pleasant experience. My wife & I had desired to take a 3-week vacation/safari in Africa which is a substantial endeavor. We spoke with several travel companies but ultimately we felt most comfortable dealing with Kerry at Pembury . She listened to our needs and preferences (some which were unique) and put together an itinerary that matched our desires. All of the accommodations exceeded our expectations and in addition, the travel arrangements went without a flaw. We never had problems with transfers or flights. On the days we had tours there was always someone pleasant waiting for us. Our African vacation was an A+ in the combination of Kerrys skills and the beautiful countries we visited made for one of the best vacations we ever had.
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Tour Consultant's OverviewWhat a great holiday to plan! This was Michael and Karens first visit to Africa and they wanted the trip to be filled with adventure, activities and new experiences. After a few phone calls, together we can up with the perfect holiday for them. Being active clients, they had asked me to include a few activities for them. Cape Town & Franschhoek have some great outdoor activities and here, Michael and Karen enjoyed a mountain bike trip around Cape Point, Kayak trip at Boulders Beach, as bike ride through the Winelands. At the Victoria Falls, they enjoy a half day canoe trip, Livingstone Island Tour, Sunset Cruise and a magical flight over the amazing Victoria Falls. The request for their holiday, was a few days in the Cape, a safari, a luxury train trip and the Victoria Falls. With a few tweaks to their tour, working around available dates for The Blue Train, we put together a wonderful tour for them. Looking forward to planning their next trip!
Upon arrival at Cape Town Airport you will be met in the arrivals hall by our representative. He will hand over your travel packs and transfer you to the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, where you spend four nights.
Transfer time – Cape Town Airport to Hotel: ± 25 to 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 mustvisit 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.
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.
This morning is at leisure until your driver transfers you to the Cape Town Station. Here you board The Blue Train for your two night trip up to Pretoria.
Experiences on board The Blue Train include:
Snacks and drinks before departure from Cape Town.
High Tea in the late afternoon.
Formal Dinner in either first or second sitting, followed by post-dinner drinks, cognacs and cigars in the Club Car.
Breakfast and Lunch on board while train is travelling.
Weather permitting: Off-the-Train Excursion from the Kimberley Station - including a tour of the Railway Museum and on to the Kimberley Open Mine Museum with a view of The Big Hole.
Back on board; enjoy aperitifs before sitting for dinner.
Breakfast on board and disembarkation in Pretoria.
On arrival at the station in Pretoria, you will be met by your guide for a Half Day City Tour of Pretoria. After the tour, you are dropped off at your hotel, where you spend the night.
The City of Pretoria lies only 58 km (36 miles) north of Johannesburg and provides a complete contrast to the City of Gold. South Africa's administrative capital was founded in 1855 and named after the Voortrekker leader, Andries Pretorius. Often referred to as the "Jacaranda City", this nickname refers to the thousands of trees lining the streets, their purple blossoms heralding the approach of summer each October.
Recommended places to visit:
The Voortrekker Monument - a striking memorial built to honour the early pioneers.
Kruger House Museum and Church Square - where the statue of Paul Kruger looks down on the passers-by.
Union Buildings - which house the offices of the State President, Deputy President and Minister of Foreign Affairs. This also provides an impressive view over the city.
The evening is at leisure.
This morning you driver will collect you for your transfer to OR Tambo Airport for your flight to Nelspruit. Upon arrival in Nelspruit, you are met at the airport by your driver and 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 in the Sabi Sand.
Transfer time – Hotel to OR Tambo Airport: approx. 30 to 45 minutes
Flight time – Johannesburg to Nelspruit: approx. 1 hour
Transfer time – Nelspruit to Sabi Sand: approx. 2 hours
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 a leisurely breakfast you check out and bid farewell to this African wonderland. You are met at reception for your transfer to Nelspruit Airport where you board your flight to Livingstone airport. Upon arrival in Livingstone, you will be met by your driver from Wild Horizons and transferred to The Royal Livingstone Hotel, where you spend three nights.
Transfer time: Sabi Sand to Nelspruit Airport - approx. 2 hours
Flight time: Nelspruit to Livingstone - approx. 1½ hours
Transfer time: Livingstone Airport to The Royal Livingstone Hotel - approx. 30 minutes.
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 morning is at leisure. Your driver will meet you at reception for your transfer to the airport. You fly direct from Livingstone to OR Tambo Airport and connect with your flight home.
The Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel is spectacularly situated right on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean overlooking its own private marina and famous Robben Island. So close to the ocean is the Radisson that a guest has described it as “like a cruise liner without the motion”. This is a first class international hotel, combining high levels of luxury with friendly service and the warmth of true South Africa hospitality.
The hotel has 177 bright and elegantly designed bedrooms. The business-class bedrooms are extremely spacious and all have wonderful sea views and private balconies. The standard rooms have mountain views. Offering exceptional Cape Town dining, the in-house Tobago’s Restaurant boasts local and international cuisine. Tobago’s Bar and Terrace offers one of the best settings for sipping seaside cocktails. Enjoy Atlantic Ocean sunsets on the deck beside the rim flow swimming pool.
The Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel is ideally situated with the V&A Waterfront just a few minutes’ stroll away.
Mont Rochelle is a stunning 22-bedroom hotel and vineyard, just 2 km from the town of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands. Mont Rochelle is owned by Sir Richard Branson.
Each of the 16 bedrooms and 6 suites is individually decorated, creating a unique ambiance. En suite bathrooms, telephones, televisions, safes, under-floor heating, air-conditioning and in-room refreshment facilities are amongst the facilities of each room.
Most rooms offer spectacular views across the valleys and vines of Franschhoek. There are four Shiraz Rooms with king-size beds and all feature courtyard or valley views. The six Merlot Rooms are larger than the Shiraz Rooms and also boast king-size beds with valley views. The six Cabernet Rooms are located in the Vineyard Wing and all include a private terrace overlooking the valley. There are four spacious Pinotage Suites located in both the Manor House and Garden House, each of which features a separate lounge and fantastic views. Guests staying in the two largest rooms, the Cap Classique Suites, will enjoy a separate lounge area, a private terrace and their own plunge pool. Both suites are in the Vineyard Wing.
There are two restaurants at Mont Rochelle. The Country Kitchen joins up to the wine cellar and is an ideal place for a light lunch in the sunshine or a relaxed dinner. The main restaurant, Miko, is the setting for some fantastic gourmet meals. Start the evening off with a refreshing cocktail from the bar and find a comfy space on the terrace to watch the sun set. Facilities at the hotel include a gym, a spa offering a range of health and beauty treatments, a jacuzzi, a sauna, an outdoor swimming pool, mountain bikes and horse riding.
As time meandered from the 19th Century towards the dawn of the new era, a dream was born. A dream of harnessing steam technology to link Africa’s vast south to north, around the awe-inspiring mountain ranges that dot the continent, through the apparently arid desert landscapes, over untamed savannah grasslands teeming with wildlife. From the Cape all the way to Cairo... all of this on parallel lines of tempered steel. It is from this dream that The Blue Train was born. Cairo was never to be, but the dreamers persevered and The Blue Train now traverses South Africa and its breath-taking scenery in a manner that befits the mystique that has grown around it. Kings and presidents have indulged on this magnificent, moving five-star “hotel-on-wheels”. From love-struck honeymooners, to adulated celebrities. And even ordinary folk who romanticise about a life of spectacular luxury, a life that has seemed tantalizingly out of reach. Until now... Welcome aboard The Blue Train. Your unforgettable experience is about to begin…
Your De Luxe Suite will forever alter your definition of what style and class entail. From your elegant and relaxing lounge during the day, it transforms into a subtly-lit bedroom of indulgence during the night, bedecked with goose-down and 100 per cent percale-cotton bedding, from your individually-controlled air-conditioning system, under-floor heating, opulent marble and gold-fitted bathroom, its scented bath salts and plush monogrammed towels, to the electronic entertainment options on offer. The De Luxe coaches each have four suites that measure 4 by 2 metres. One of these contains a double bed and a ¾ size bath tub with handheld shower, while the others have twin beds with showers.
With an incredible 180 degree view of the city of Pretoria, the exceptional 131 on Herbert Baker Boutique Hotel stands primely positioned in the leafy suburb of Groenkloof. Bordering on the Groenkloof Nature Reserve, the private boutique hotel offers discerning visitors to Pretoria and Johannesburg an exclusive refuge from the bustle of the city.
Originally built as a private residence, 131 on Herbert Baker Boutique Hotel was exquisitely transformed to provide outstanding hotel luxury, catering perfectly to the refined tastes of its clientele. The meticulous attention to every detail, together with impeccable service and superb dining, creates a distinctive boutique experience that has quickly earned 131 on Herbert Baker an excellent reputation.
The hotel offers nine beautifully appointed guest suites and rooms, each with its own private balcony or patio/terrace. For guests who prefer to celebrate life in supreme style, the magnificent Presidential suite includes its own private lounge and dining area.
Guests are invited to relax, unwind and savour a delicious drink in the hotel lounge or on the lawn, with its magical sunset views. The hotel’s extensive drinks menu includes a remarkable wine list, to impress even the most selective connoisseurs. For culinary delights and a spectacular view of the city, the hotel’s exclusive Ristorante Grissini is open daily. A full English and continental breakfast is included in the daily rate, while lunch and dinner guests are treated to sumptuous gourmet creations. In-room dining is available to those who prefer to relax in the privacy of their own room, and al fresco breakfasts, lunches or dinners may also be enjoyed on your balcony or terrace.
Sir Richard Branson's Private Game Reserve is set in the heart of the Sabi Sand reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa.
Safari Lodge, known as 'Heaven on Earth', is located beneath a canopy of ancient trees on the edge of a dry riverbed. Guests will love the sense of adventure as they cross rope bridges between tree house style rooms, with local wildlife passing by. The eleven rooms include a Treehouse Suite overlooking the nearby Xikwenga Dam, and are split into Safari, Elephant and River Rooms, some of which have private plunge pools. The Treehouse Suite is located a 15 minute walk along a raised walkway from the main lodge.
When not occupied on a walking safari or twice daily game drive, take a dip in the swimming pools or indulge in a spa treatment. For the more active, there are tennis courts and gyms available. The team of chefs at Ulusaba have developed numerous pan-African dishes influenced by many African cultures, flavours and spices. Whether dining under the African sky, in the outdoor dining Boma, on a deck or in the dining room, Ulusaba’s menus and meals are exciting, social and inspirational. Try a few South African wines from the wine cellar and after dinner enjoy a spot of stargazing at the bush observatory.
The Royal Livingstone is a luxurious 5*plus Hotel situated on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls. The Royal Livingstone Hotel is carefully designed to be in harmony with the majestic landscape and brings a level of luxury and sophistication to the Victoria Falls. The Royal Livingstone is situated along the banks of the Zambezi River and is just a short walk from the entrance to the Falls. The Royal Livingstone Hotel consists of 17 colonial-style buildings, with large verandas. The main hotel incorporates the lounge, a restaurant and a bar. The interiors are designed to capture the opulence of a bygone era and inspired by the grand estate houses.
There are 173 spacious en-suite rooms. Each room has its own private balcony offering a spectacular view of the great Zambezi River and beyond. All guestrooms are luxuriously furnished, with crisp white linen and large comfortable beds to welcome and offer the perfect sanctuary to retire to, after a day spent exploring the mysteries and challenges of this remarkable retreat. Bathrooms feature spacious showers and Victorian style baths, with wildlife pencil sketches adorning the cool ivory-washed walls, reflecting the textures and moods of the Zambezi River.
The Royal Livingstone Dining Room is a fine dining à la carte restaurant. Light meals and a sumptuous High Tea are served in the Lounge. End the day with a cocktail on the Sundeck right on the edge of the Zambezi River. There is an in-house spa.
This afternoon your guide will meet you in reception at 14h00 for a comprehensive city orientation tour starting with a trip up Table Mountain by cable car. You and your guide can enjoy a short walk at the summit and admire the incredible scenery.
You will be taken on a city tour, which includes a visit to two or three of our famous museums, the Castle of Good Hope and the Malay / Muslim quarters. You will drive through the city center and go past the houses of parliament, and visit the company gardens.
Depart the city via the Atlantic Seaboard through the coastal suburbs of Clifton, Camps Bay & Hout Bay. (Optional stop at Maiden's Cove for photos/toilets). After Hout Bay, head over Chapmans Peak Drive through Noordhoek, Oceanview & Scarborough and on to the Cape of Good Hope. Stop for an hour at Cape Point while you visit the lighthouse via the famous funicular. Re-board your sidecar and head out the reserve to Boulders penguin colony via Smitswinkel and the False Bay coastal road. Spend 30 minutes with the penguins and then head out along the coast via Simon's Town, Fish Hoek to Kalk Bay. Enjoy a seafood lunch (optional) in Kalk Bay harbour. After lunch, head over the scenic Boyes Drive above Muizenberg, famous for its surfing waves, and on to the Constantia Winelands district. Choose a wine estate to experience some wine tasting before heading back to the city.
This morning your guide will collect you for your transfer to Simonstown for your Kayak Trip.
One of the most unique places in the world - a penguin colony in suburban Cape Town! And the best way to see it is from the water. You are met at the town jetty in Simon's Town for a short introduction to paddling technique and a safety briefing. You then paddle out past the civilian and Naval Harbour where you get a bonus close up view of our biggest naval vessels and out to Boulders Beach to see the penguins. On the way we will normally encounter a number of Cape Fur seals. If the time and tide is right we may stop on a beach for a swimming break, or else we swim from the kayaks and get a close up look at penguins on the rocks nearby. Our double kayaks are very stable and perfect for those with no paddling experience. This is a trip every able bodied individual can and should do.
After the Kayak Trip, your guide will meet you and from here you can enjoy a cycle trip around this area and near to Cape Point. Your guide will chat to you on the day about the various options.
After this trip, you are transferred back to your hotel and the evening is at leisure.
This morning you check out your hotel and your guide will meet you in reception for your Full Day Cheese, Wine and Chocolate Tour.
You depart from your hotel to the Winelands region for you to sample some of the Cape’s best gastronomic delights as well as stunning scenery and South Africa’s acclaimed hospitality.
First you will visit Fairview who produces a range of cheeses from Goats milk as well as Jersey cow milk, which have scooped up numerous awards at local and international competitions. You then move on to Tokara for some wine tasting. Last but not least you will visit Bilton. Rare in distinction and rare in character, Bilton uses fine dark Belgian chocolates to complement and accentuate the fine flavour of their wines. Areas could vary and subject to change.
Delicious premium cheese tasting
Chocolate tasting and wine pairing at a specialist vineyard
A relaxed lunch at one of many Winelands restaurants (for own account)
A scenic exploration through some picturesque wine regions of the Cape
There are many natural and historic heritage places in this area and the majestic scenery in the area is unparalleled so even if you don’t drink wine, the countryside and the history make it well worth the visit. Stellenbosch, with its tree lined streets are filled unique historical architecture and a variety of alfresco cafes that you can visit.
After the Wine tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Franschhoek.
This morning you will be collected from your hotel for a Full Day Bike and Wine Tour.
Mountain bike touring doesn’t have to be all about grinding your gears and eating dirt. Rather, go on a leisurely tour of the Winelands by bicycle, allowing you to explore the scenic back roads. Take in the views and indulge in a bit of wine-tasting – without worrying about drinking and driving.
This is a luxury mountain bike tour through the Franschhoek Winelands and a tour with a lot of flexibility. If you want to ride all day, go for it. If you want to take it easy and pedal leisurely in and around town stopping at each vineyard for a tasting as you go, that’s also just fine. And if you’re a real adventure junkie – no worries, we’ll take you to the single-track!
Spend a half-day discovering the city of Pretoria, the seat of South Africa's executive branch of government. Stroll among grand architecture and jacaranda tree-lined streets as you visit important sites such as the Paul Kruger House, the Voortrekker Monument, and the Union Buildings.
After meeting your guide at your hotel, head out on the short drive to Pretoria. This administrative city is known for its grand government buildings and thousands of jacaranda trees, which have given it the informal name of “Jacaranda City.” As your guide leads you around to key sites in South Africa's political history, trace the country's transition from Union to Republic to Democracy.
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. 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
You meet your driver in the reception area and transferred to the jetty. Guests are met by staff from the cruise boat at the 'Royal Landing' jetty on the Zambezi River for boarding. The African Queen meanders slowly upstream along the length of the Mosi-oaTunya National Park looking for game on the way. A number of animals and a host of bird species can be viewed from comfortable chairs on cool wooden decks. Excellent food is served on board and the bar is well stocked with spirits, good wines, beers and soft drinks. Lavishly decked out with every thought to the guest’s personal comfort, the African Queen is a three-decker river cruiser. After the cruise, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Your guide will meet you in reception this morning for your half day canoe tour. Probably the best way to appreciate the beauty, peace and wildlife of the Zambezi River above the Victoria Falls is to paddle slowly downstream in a canoe with some of the best wildlife guides in Africa. Watch the Pied Kingfisher hover and dive, listen to the haunting call of the fish eagle and the grunts of the hippo, see elephant, buffalo, and other animals come down to drink and explore the islands and waterways along the route. There is time to stop for something to drink and listen to tales of Livingstone's journey to the Victoria Falls.
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
Your guide will take you to the jetty for your Livingstone Island Tour. Dr. David Livingstone was paddled in a dugout canoe through swift rapids towards the roar and rising cloud of mist suspended above a cliff over which the whole of the Zambezi River plunged. The Makololo paddlers skillfully landed him on ‘Goat Island’ (now Livingstone Island) right on the lip of the chasm. A few steps through the small rainforest and, on the 16th November 1855, he gazed upon one of the most spectacular sights in the world – ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ (The Smoke that Thunders) which he named after his Queen as The Victoria Falls.
Livingstone Island is a 5-8 minutes boat ride from the Royal Livingstone Hotel and is located in the middle of the Zambezi River, touching the lip of the Victoria Falls, where the water thunders down the 103m drop. Access to this unique Island is seasonal and depends entirely on the water level in the Zambezi River. Swimming in Devils Pool is subject to water levels.
David Livingstone famously wrote on seeing the Victoria Falls for the first time in 1855 that “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”. Little did he know that 150 years later we could have exactly that opportunity. The best way to appreciate the true splendour of the Victoria Falls is to view them from the air. Our helicopters have specially designed ‘bubble shaped’ windows perfect for panoramic viewing and great photographic opportunities from all seats.
12/13 Minute Flight of Angels:
Experience the Flight of Angels with breathtaking views of the Victoria Falls, Batoka Gorge and the Zambezi. The helicopter takes off over the Zambezi River and onwards to the Victoria Falls, circles over the Falls and the islands and returns over the Mosi–oa–Tunya Zoological Park.