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Melanie’s Captivating Cape Town, Savuti, Chobe, Victoria Falls and Kruger Honeymoon

Melanie’s Captivating Cape Town, Savuti, Chobe, Victoria Falls and Kruger Honeymoon

17 Days

Kruger Honeymoon – 5 nights Cape Town | 2 nights Savuti | 2 nights Chobe | 2 nights Victoria Falls | 2 nights White River | 3 nights Sabi Sand

Overview

Melanie from Pembury Tours was absolutely amazing in all of her assistance and planning of this trip. We really wanted a special honeymoon in Southern Africa and that is exactly what we got! We loved our time in Cape Town and thoroughly enjoyed the winelands to say the least. Our safaris in Botswana were breathtaking and far exceeded our expectations; from there we moved to Victoria Falls and Mpumalanga which was an awesome time of rest between our safaris. We ended this dream honeymoon back on safari in the Sabi Sands and our private accommodation was perfectly chosen for us. Thank you for all of your hard work Mel, we really had a wonderful time!

Welcome to Cape Town. On arrival, you are met by our representative who will hand over your documents and transfer you by road to your hotel in Cape Town.

Transfer time: Cape Town airport to your guest house in Seapoint – approx. 35 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 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 catch a last glimpse of the mountain before you are collected from your hotel and transferred to Cape Town airport for your regional flight to Maun.

On arrival in Maun, you are met by a representative and assisted to your shuttle flight to an airstrip near your lodge. Here you are met by your lodge ranger and transferred to your lodge in the Savuti for your two night stay.

Transfer time: Villa Rosa to Cape Town Airport – approx. 35 minutes

Flight time: Cape Town to Maun – approx. 2 hours and 30 minutes

Shuttle flight time: Maun to Savute – approx. 45 minutes

The Savute area forms part of the southern section of the Chobe National Park on Botswana’s North West border and links up to the Okavango Delta & Moremi Game Reserve.

This pristine wilderness of open plains, baobab trees, ancient woodland, swamps and flood plains, is home to the greatest concentration of game in the entire southern African subcontinent.

It is also has one of the largest zebra migrations, which is determined by the rains, but usually between November and December and again between February and April when the zebras move from the rivers in the north to the lush grasslands in the south.

The Savute Channel has a fascinating history of flooding and drying up independently of good rainy seasons and flood levels elsewhere – a mystery that has intrigued geologists and other researchers for many years. It is generally believed that tectonic activity deep below the Kalahari’s sand bed is responsible. Others argue that its flow is primarily dependent upon the rainfall in the Angolan highlands which feeds the Okavango and Chobe River basins and the channel.

In 2008, the Savute Channel, having been dry for many years, once more became a deep, clear waterway harbouring Hippo and other aquatic life with a large variety of waterbirds. Wildlife, from plains game to predators, has had to adapt to a new source of water and all the opportunities and menaces it has brought with it. How long will it be before the water dries up again? Judging from historical records it could be more than a hundred years or less than ten.

The dead Camelthorn trees on the Savute Marsh have become one of the most prominent features of the landscape – skeletons of trees drowned in the flood-waters at least 40 years ago. The shallow basin of the Mababe Depression is now the waterless bed of an ancient lake and the marsh itself is grassland that is home to large numbers of animals. The western edge of Savute is formed by the Magwikhwe sand ridge, which is approximately 100 km long and 20 m high. This is the ancient shoreline of a super-lake that once covered most of Northern Botswana. It is hard to imagine that this harsh, dry landscape was once submerged under an enormous inland sea. Another part of the Savute is characterised by the Gubatsa Hills, which were formed millions of years ago during volcanic movement. These hills rise to a height of about 90 meters out of an otherwise completely flat landscape.

Birdlife is also amazing, with Secretary Birds and Kori Bustards often seen around the Savute Marsh. Summer migrants and water birds include Abdim’s Storks, Carmine Bee-eaters, Fish Eagles. Red-billed Queleas, which gather in their thousands, are a spectacular sight as they wheel and turn in unison.

This morning you are transferred to the airstrip near your lodge, for your light aircraft transfer to Kasane Airport. On arrival at Kasane, you will be met by a lodge representative and transferred by road to your lodge in Chobe.

Flight time: Savute airstrip to Kasane airport – approx. 45 minutes

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.

After breakfast, you will be transferred by road to Kasane Airport. Your driver will meet you and transfer you through to your hotel in the Victoria Falls.

Transfer time: Kasane to Victoria Falls – approx. 1½ hours (excluding time at the border)

Besides being one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls is the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa with more than 50 activities available.

At 1708 metres wide, Victoria Falls is the most expansive curtain of water in the world and drops more than 100 metres into the sheer Zambezi Gorge. Straddling the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, these Falls and the Zambezi River are the central points in an area of spectacular scenic beauty: from the Falls themselves to the broad, picturesque course of the Zambezi River upstream, the rainforest adjacent and the stark jagged gorge downstream, the power and timelessness of nature’s forces are evident throughout.

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 is at leisure until you are collected by a driver for your transfer to Livingstone airport for your flight to Nelspruit airport. On arrival in Nelspruit, you are met by a driver who will transfer you to your guest house for a two night stay.

Transfer time: Ilala Lodge to Livingstone airport: approx. 20 minutes

Flight time: Livingstone to Nelspruit approx. 1 hour and 40 minutes

Transfer time: Nelspruit airport to Nutgrove Manor: approx. 30 minutes

White River is a small holiday and farming town in Mpumalanga, renowned for its production of tropical fruit, vegetables, flowers and wood. It is the perfect place to spend a relaxing night either before or after a visit to the Kruger.

This morning is at leisure and you are collected from the guest house at 10h00 by your driver and transferred to your lodge in the Kruger for your 3 night stay.

Transfer time: White River to lodge in the Sabi Sands – approx. 2 hours

The unique Kruger National Park and the world-renowned private game reserves that border it together make the Greater Kruger area one of the largest wildlife conservancies in the world.

The Kruger National Park was established in 1898 and is the oldest National Park in Africa. The 2-million hectare Park provides sanctuary to 147 mammal species, including the Big Five, as well as over 500 bird species. The Kruger National Park has more than its fair share of the Big Five, with an estimated 1,500 lion, 12,000 elephant, 2,500 buffalo, 1,000 leopards and 5,000 rhino. Cheetah, wild dog, spotted hyena, hippopotamus, giraffe, zebra, warthog and many antelope species are also regularly seen on game drives.

Boundary fences have been dropped between Kruger and its neighbouring private game reserves, such as Sabi Sands, Timbavati, Klaserie, Balule and Manyaleti, meaning that the animals are free-roaming over an area the size of Switzerland, resulting in an immense gene pool. Kruger is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.

This morning, after your morning game drive and brunch, you are collected from your lodge and transferred to Nelspruit airport for your flight to Johannesburg.

On arrival in Johannesburg at, you make your way to your hotel for your overnight stay.

Transfer time: Inyati Game Lodge to Nelspruit airport: approx. 2 hours

Flight time: Nelspruit to Johannesburg: approx. 50 minutes

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Cost Per Person Sharing

When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: $5998

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