13 Days
Kerry’s Timbavati & Sabi Sand Safari with Cape Town, Victoria Falls & Chobe National Park

2 nights Timbavati | 2 nights Sabi Sand | 5 nights Cape Town | 1 night Victoria Falls | 2 nights Chobe

Tour Highlights

  • Africa's Big 5
  • Chobe National Park
  • Victoria Falls
  • Shark Cage Diving
  • Table Mountain Hike
  • Game Drives
  • Elephants
  • River Safari in Chobe

Client Review

First of all we want to thank Kerry from Pembury tours for planning an absolutely perfect holiday. During our two week visit to Africa we went to 3 different Safari lodges, Victoria Falls and Cape Town. Time was spent in South Africa, Zambia and Botswana.

We would highly recommend Kerry and Pembury Tours as the entire trip went very smoothly and she was easy to get in contact with via email while we were away in order to make some changes to the itinerary due to weather. We provided her with a general idea of what we wanted to see and see did the rest. Once we arrived we were met at the Airport and provided with a binded book of our itinerary and it was very detailed with the what, where and when of each day’s activity.

We did get to the see the Big 5 and the ugly 5. Having done the 3 different Safari lodges they did all offer something different and they all were great. The Simbavati lodge we felt had the best accommodations and the best service from the staff. These were also the only drives we were able to see Rhino’s. The Inyati lodge we felt had a large property which to explore. It did not feel at all repetitive each day because we were always going to a different part of the reserve. This was the only reserve that we were able to spot a Cheetah and the wild dogs. The Elephant Lodge and Choble were amazing by the size of the herds of Elephant and Buffalo that we came across. What we enjoyed about the Elephant Lodge was we did an all day drive. This allowed us to get deep into Chobe and felt as if we were out on our own and did not see many other vehicles during this time. Every lodge was fantastic.

Victoria Falls certainly was flowing. We did get soaking wet but our guide did provide us with rain jackets before walking up. Seeing the rainbow coming up for the falls was certainly a sight to see.

Shark Cage diving was an experience. When we were out there 5 sharks came up to the boat. The sharks were quick so you only had a few seconds to catch a glimpse of them before they swam off. The huge swells in the water added to the challenge of catching a glimpse.

Thank you for all your help planning out our holiday!

Dina & Thomas

Tour Consultant's Overview

Working with Dina was great, as she was open to suggestions for their holiday. With a few ideas in mind, she sent through an enquiry asking about various areas in South Africa. Together we worked on their holiday plans, with a few date changes, as they originally wanted to come in February, but work commitments made June a better option for travel. In the end, Dina and Thomas had a great tour which included 3 safaris at different game reserves - Timbavati, Sabi Sand and Chobe National Park. Also included was a few nights in Cape Town and Victoria Falls. It was great working with Dina and Thomas as they were adventurous and fun, enjoying shark cage diving and a hike up Table Mountain.
Kerry Ririe
Day 1 Arrival in Timbavati Game Reserve via Johannesburg

After a leisurely breakfast, you check out and make your way to the domestic departures area and check in for your flight to Hoedspruit. You are met at the Hoedspruit airport by your driver and transferred by road to the Timbavati Game Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park. You have time to settle in at your lodge before High Tea and the afternoon game drive. You return to the lodge for a hearty dinner and drinks. You spend two nights at Simbavati River Lodge

Day 1 to 3 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 Kruger 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 3 Timbavati Game Reserve to Sabi Sand Game Reserve

You enjoy an early morning game drive at the lodge, followed by breakfast. After check out, your driver will meet you at the lodge for your transfer to the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park and spend two nights at Inyati Game Lodge. You have time to settle in at your lodge before you set off on the afternoon game drive.

Day 3 to 5 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.

Day 5 Sabi Sand Game Reserve to Cape Town

After your morning game drive, you bid farewell to this African wonderland. You are met at reception and transferred to Nelspruit Airport for your direct flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival at Cape Town airport, you are met by your driver and transferred to your hotel in Cape Town, where you spend five nights at the Winchester Mansions.

Day 5 to 10 Cape Town (5 nights)

You have two tours booked over these four days in Cape Town - Shark Cage Diving & Table Mountain Hike, with a free day to discover the wonderful city of Cape Town. 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 10 Cape Town to Victoria Falls (1 night)

This morning is a very early start and your driver will collect you from your hotel. From here you are transferred to the Cape Town Airport for you flight to Johannesburg and then onto Livingstone, Zambia. On arrival in Livingstone, you will be met by your driver from Wild Horizons and transferred to The David Livingstone Safari Lodge, where you spend the night. This afternoon you visit the famous Victoria Falls with your guide for a tour.

Day 11 Victoria Falls to Chobe

The morning is at leisure and your driver will collect you at the lodge for your transfer across the border to Botswana. You are transferred to the Kazangula border post and then have a short ferry trip across the Zambezi river to Botswana. You are dropped off at your lodge, where you spend two nights at Elephant Valley Lodge. This afternoon you enjoy a safari activity.

Day 11 to 13 Chobe National Park (2 nights)

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.

Day 13 Chobe National Park and Departure

This morning you enjoy breakfast at the lodge before departing for your morning game activity. From here you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. You have a few hours at the airport before your flight home in the evening.

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.

Inyati Safari Lodge

Situated in unquestionably one of the best game viewing areas in the Africa, Inyati Game Lodge offers you the ultimate experience combining wildlife and comfort. The Sabi Sand Reserve is home to the 'Big Five' (elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo), as well as cheetah, wild dog and hundreds of other species of animals, birds and plants indigenous to the area.

View Africa’s most impressive wildlife on morning and afternoon/evening game drives in open 4-wheel drive safari vehicles with expert guides and Shangaan trackers. Game drives traverse an area of 10 000 hectares (24 700 acres) and strict vehicle limits at sighting ensure the exclusivity of your game viewing experience.

Inyati has 3 family chalets, 4 standard chalets and 4 executive chalets. The chalets are all air-conditioned with an en-suite bathroom.

Inyati’s superbly positioned guest sitting and dining areas overlook the perennial Sand River, which provides a plentiful supply of water especially during the dry winter months. Other facilities include the Warthog Hollow bar, a swimming pool, air-conditioned gym and walk-in wine cellar. The traditional boma is used at night, (weather permitting) and is a truly memorable way to experience a safari evening under the African night sky.

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.

The David Livingstone Safari Lodge

Created to blend perfectly into the lush surrounds of the Zambezi River bank, The David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa offers superior 4-star comfort only 5 kms from the Victoria Falls, one of the most impressive natural wonders of the world.
The hotel boasts the impressive claim of having all river facing accommodation, so each guest can enjoy the view that once captivated David Livingstone, the intrepid explorer and missionary who was the first European to witness the Falls. Accommodation at the David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa consists of 77 rooms, all en-suite, of which 5 are suites, 3 rooms inter-lead and are ideal for families and 2 rooms accommodate the disabled comfortably. In the Main Lodge, the deck area downstairs on the river and around the pool is a relaxed and casual meeting place, where guests are encouraged to sit back and watch the magnificent African sunset while sipping cocktails and nibbling on local a Livingstone restaurants offerings. The in-house Kalai Restaurant promises contemporary meals in a traditional Livingstone restaurant setting. Offerings range from succulent and traditional delicacies and mouth-watering afro-arabian fusion dishes. The style of cuisine offered here is fresh flavoured, aromatic and healthy where guests are presented with an exciting interactive buffet by friendly and attentive chefs. Other facilities at the hotel include a Nature Centre with resident Guide, a Health and Beauty Spa and a swimming pool.

Centrally located, the David Livingstone Lodge is within easy reach of all the major activities with which the Victoria Falls area has become synonymous. These range from the ever popular white river rafting to elephant safaris and flights of angels in helicopters or microlights of the Victoria Falls. The hotel has its own beautiful boat, the Lady Livingstone which is moored alongside the hotel. Each day the Lady Livingstone departs for the quintessential Livingstone activity - the sundowner cruise.

Elephant Valley Lodge

Elephant Valley Lodge lies between the Chobe National Park in Botswana and the equally impressive Matetsi wildlife conservancy within the Kasane Forest Reserve. The lodge lies beneath a forest of sturdy knob thorn trees and overlooks an extremely productive water hole. It is within these tree tops that the largest colony of white back vultures occurs. Open-air guest areas, an outdoor dining Boma, a secluded hide and a refreshing swimming pool provide plenty of opportunities for relaxation. There are 20 “Meru”’ style luxury safari tents situated around the gardens or along the edge of the valley. Your tent also ensures that you are able to hear the multitude of night sounds as you drift away with vivid memories of the experiences of your day on safari. The tents have twin beds, an en-suite bathroom and a private, shady deck.

The Chobe region is home to the largest population of wild elephant in the world. Their sometimes daily passage takes them from Zimbabwe through Chobe and across the river into Namibia before returning. Elephant Valley Lodge lies along one of these routes. The camp perimeter is fenced to keep the elephant from moving through the camp. Instead, now they move around the camp boundary, along their well worn paths to and from the Chobe River.

Activities include daily safaris open landrover safaris and boat cruises into the Chobe National Park.

Daily Safari Programme at Timbavati

The Timbavati Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger and lies nestled between the Kruger National Park on the east, the Klaserie and Umbabat Private Nature Reserves in the north and the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve in the west. As there are no fences between Kruger National Park and the Timbavati, the reserve enjoys a wide variety of game, including the big five. Game viewing is exceptional, with an abundance of elephant, buffalo, kudu, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, impala, waterbuck and warthog, together with their attendant predators: lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena.

Simbavati River Lodge offers game drives in the early morning and evening when animals are most active. Game drives are conducted by experienced field guides and Shangaan trackers in open 4X4 vehicles, with excellent photographic opportunities. You traverse over 12,000 hectares of the big-5 game country, with lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo as well as other species such as kudu, zebra, warthog, giraffe and monkey. Nocturnal animals, including the big cats, are regularly sighted on night drives. Bird viewing is spectacular, with over 360 recorded species including various eagles, vultures, kingfishers, woodpeckers, buzzards, herons, egrets, owls, weavers. The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is one of the few places in the world where you have the opportunity to see the unique white lion in their natural environment. The resident lion prides of Timbavati carry the recessive gene "chinchillia' that is responsible for this unusual anomaly. Two white lions were born into resident prides near Simbavati, and guests have a great chance of seeing these cubs while visiting Simbavati.

Daily Safari Programme in the Sabi Sand

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.

Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai

The morning your driver will meet you in reception at the time confirmed the night before and from here transfer you to Gansbaai for your Shark Cage Dive. African Shark Eco Charters will confirm the time the day before. You return to the hotel in the afternoon.

Going Great White Shark Diving in South Africa is a combination of goosebump thrills, education and relaxation on a luxury boat in the company of experienced experts and researchers! They will show you how to distinguish between a male and female shark and how to identify a specific shark by its unique dorsal fin and scars. The 20 - 30 minute boat trip to where the activity is to take place, is by itself an exhilarating adventure.

On any given day, you usually see at least two or more members of the Marine Big Five - sharks, dolphins, whales, seals and penguins, as well as several bird species.

What to bring: Rain/wind jacket, Sun block and Hat, Beanie and scarf, your swimming costume, Camera (we sell disposable underwater camera’s), take sea sick tablets and we recommend not to over indulge in alcohol the night before as you will be horribly sea sick.

After your tour, you are transferred back to your hotel and have the evening at leisure.

A brief itinerary:

• Light pre-trip meal and beverages on arrival
• Safety briefing and demonstration before boarding the vessel
• Boat ride to the dive site where we will anchor for cage diving and onboard viewing
• All necessary equipment will be available and handed to each person – wetsuits, dive hoodies and booties, masks
• Onboard beverages and snacks (such as crisps) are available while enjoyed onboard viewing
• Post-trip meal and beverages before departure.

Table Mountain Hike

This morning is an early start and your guide will collect you at 07h00 (sharp) and from here you make your way to the start of the hike.

India Venster
Arguably the best half-day route to the summit, this sensational route leads up an impressive part of the mountain, offering superb city and sea views. Involves scrambling and exposure to heights (narrow ledges – nothing extreme) about 15% of the way, therefore ideal for, but not restricted to the more adventurous. Dramatic topography and varied hiking.

After the hike, you have time to explore the top of Table Mountain before taking the cable car down.

Two Oceans Aquarium

The southern tip of the African continent is the meeting place of two mighty and bountiful oceans, the warm Indian and the cold Atlantic. The Two Oceans Aquarium on the V&A Waterfront showcases the incredible diversity of marine life found in these two oceans. The Aquarium is one of the top tourist attractions in Cape Town and over 3000 living sea animals, including sharks, fishes, seals, turtles and penguins can be seen in this spectacular underwater nature reserve. A semi-tunnel which hugs the perimeter of the predator tank affords close-up views of the inhabitants as they glide past overhead. It is also possible to do a shark cage dive in the shark tank.

Topless Bus City Tour

The Red City Tour is the flagship tour in Cape Town. It provides the easiest and most convenient way to visit the Table Mountain Cableway and it offers a great introduction to Cape Town’s City Bowl, as well as Camps Bay and the Atlantic Seaboard.

Best way to visit Cape Town City and is a circular route with buses run regularly
11 bus stops, hop on and hop off as you like
Total tour duration (with no hop-offs): approx. 90 minutes

Victoria Falls Tour

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.

Daily Safari Programme in Chobe

At Elephant Valley Lodge you enjoy a morning cruise along the Chobe River, which allows you to get up close with hippo, crocodile and a mind-boggling array of water birds. You also get really close to any animals that come down to the river, especially elephants and buffalo.

In the afternoon you enjoy a game drive in a 10-seater open vehicle in both the Chobe National Park and the Kasane Forest Reserve. In addition to elephant and buffalo, species that might be seen on game drives include waterbuck, lechwe, puku, giraffe, kudu, roan and sable, impala, warthog, bushbuck, monkeys and baboons, along with the accompanying predators lion, leopard, hyena and jackal. It is during the late afternoon that game becomes most active. During the game drive a stop is made for sundowner drinks along the river to capture the sunset on camera.

This itinerary started on 25 June 2018
When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: USD$ 4,590
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