4 nights Cape Town | 1 night Franschhoek | 3 nights Sabi Sand | 1 night White River | 3 nights Victoria Falls
- Cape Town Accommodation
- Cape Point Touring
- Cape Winelands
- Wine Tasting
- Kruger National Park Safari
- Big Five Game Viewing
- Abundant Birdlife
- Victoria Falls Adventure
From the very beginning, I knew we would use Pembury to book our 2 week Sabi Sands Safari/Capetown/Winelands/Victoria Falls vacation. Tammy responded within 24 hours to any and all of my questions in great detail, and customized our trip based on our desires. From beginning to end, our visit went off without a hitch – including our various transfers between hotels and airports, meals, and air travel. The pacing was also perfect for my husband and me – we felt we had ample time to rest in between activities and never felt rushed. Tammy booked our safari at Idube in Sabi Sands Game Reserve – an experience that exceeded our expectations. By day 1, we had seen the big 5, and each subsequent game drive was thrilling. If you are seeking expert advice and individualized attention for a private safari vacation (and not have to worry about details), I would recommend Pembury in a heartbeat!
Tour Consultant's OverviewSarah contacted me in the beginning of the year to start the planning process for a trip they wanted to take in August. She had a pretty good idea of the areas she wanted to visit and I started off with an initial itinerary. I supplied quotes for both 4 & 5 star options to give her an idea of the price difference between the two. Sarah & Andrew opted for the 4 star hotels - which are very comfortable. We emailed a bit back and forth trying to figure out exactly how many days they wanted in the winelands as well as the specific tours and activities they wished to be included. Sarah wanted to be sure she had all the necessary information she needed before booking and I was more than happy to answer all of her questions. Sarah & Andrew had to put a hold on the planning for about a month as they were just too busy with work to make the necessary decisions. When I heard back from Sarah in February she had a few more changes and was then ready to book! They ended up with their perfect package and described it as a "trip of a lifetime".
Upon arrival at Cape Town airport this evening, you are met by our representative and are transferred to your hotel for a 4 night stay.
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.
Enjoy an early breakfast before you are collected and transferred to Franschhoek where you check into your guest house for the night. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax, explore the town of Franschhoek and the surrounding wine estates.
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 you are collected and transferred to Cape Town airport for your flight to Nelspruit. Upon arrival at Nelspruit airport, you are met and transferred to Idube Game Lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve for the next three nights. You have time to settle in and freshen up before setting off on your first game drive this afternoon.
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.
After your morning game drive and breakfast you check out and are collected. You leave the Sabi Sand Game Reserve behind and are transferred by road to White River, where you spend 1 night.
You have a very early pick up this morning as you are collected this morning and transferred to the Nelspruit Airport for your flight to Johanesburg. Upon arrival at Johannesburg airport you head straight to regional departures where you check in for your onward flight to Victoria Falls. Upon arrival at Victoria Falls airport you are collected and transferred to the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge on the Zimbabwean side of the Falls. You spend 3 nights here.
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.
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.
This morning is at leisure until you are collected and transferred to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight to Johannesburg, where you connect with your international flight home.
The Victoria & Alfred Hotel is situated in the heart of the trendy Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Built in 1904 as the North Quay Warehouse and converted in 1990 to a luxury hotel, this privately owned hotel is renowned for the highest international standards. This landmark hotel offers spectacular views of the working harbour and Table Mountain.
It's the detail that gives the V&A Hotel its elegance, intimacy, romance and reputation, the wooden staircase, the telescope, flowers and the service – friendly and efficient yet never intrusive. There are 94 spacious, air-conditioned, en-suite bedrooms spread over three floors.
All the creatively-styled rooms have spectacular views over Table Mountain, the harbour’s Alfred Basin or the Piazza. Relax alfresco on the quayside terrace and enjoy the unique atmosphere, watching buskers and entertainers go by. There is a Designer Spa and state-of- the-art gym facilities, as well as a pool area in a beautifully manicured garden, where you can escape from the buzz of the busy Waterfront. The V&A Hotel’s in-house restaurant, OYO Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, is arguably the finest dining location in the V&A Waterfront. In addition to OYO, there are also four sister restaurants conveniently located in close proximity to the hotel and lunch and dinner at the sister restaurants can be billed to your room at the V&A Hotel.
This tranquil Georgian-style boutique Bed & Breakfast in the heart of Franschhoek is rated “Upper four-star Luxury” by The Portfolio Collection.
This well-appointed, exclusive establishment is surrounded by majestic mountains and positioned within strolling distance of the quaint historic Franschhoek village centre, with its delightful street cafes, award-winning restaurants, museums and galleries and within easy reach of walking and horse trails. Maison Chablis is also an easy drive to many of the Cape’s celebrated wine estates, world-class golf courses and unspoiled beaches.
Maison Chablis is surrounded by ancient oak trees and a secluded garden featuring a pristine swimming pool. Each of the newly-renovated and beautifully decorated, seven contemporary bedrooms feature an en-suite bathroom, top of the range furniture and décor, luxury embroidered linen and individual DSTV. A sumptuous breakfast is served every morning in the sun-filled breakfast room.
Found in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Idube is right in the heart of South Africa’s premier wildlife conservation area – the Greater Kruger Park. The Big 5 and many more beautiful animals and more than 300 species of birds can be viewed up close from open Landrovers, or seen on guided walks. The thatched bar and entertainment areas are beautiful focal points where guests gather in between game drives. Warthog and nyala families play on the grass surrounding the chalets and lodge, and can be viewed from your private deck.
The four-star lodge offers 10 en-suite chalets hidden among shady trees, and two luxury suites, all with private viewing decks. The beds are artfully draped in mosquito nets, which add a feeling of African romance. All chalets have a private outdoor shower that will give you a truly African experience, and the rooms are air-conditioned. Another way to cool off is to have a float in the pool, refreshing drink in hand, as you watch the nearby game and birds.
Each meal at Idube is a special occasion - breakfast and lunch are enjoyed out on the open air dining deck, and dinner is celebrated in the lantern-lit boma or out at the bush venue. There, you will enjoy the quiet sounds of the bush - still very much alive with all of its inhabitants – until drums and singing fill the air as Idube celebrates the delicious food the way only Africa can. The meals are artful combinations of African flavours and the latest gourmet trends, and game meats are often on the menu.
Enjoy two game drives a day, where you can expect to see magnificent animals in their natural habitat and enjoy the one-of-a-kind beauty of the African bush as you stop for tea, coffee, or sundowners.
Surrounded by the lush forests of the Mpumalanga province, Oliver's is situated on the White River Country Estate overlooking the first green of the 18-hole championship White River Golf Course. The intimate comfort of the beautifully appointed rooms allows guests to experience the marriage between Austrian flair and subtle African influences. Nights are intimate and cosy in front of a blazing fireplace as the velvet darkness sets in.
At Oliver’s Restaurant award-winning cuisine is offered, with continental and Mediterranean dishes served with only the finest wines from the well-stocked wine cellar. Fun-dining with fondue and raclette may be enjoyed in the privacy and irresistible romantic ambience of our wine cellar. To rejuvenate the weary, one can relax at the poolside or be pampered at the in- house "Wellness and Beauty Clinic" which is operated by professional skin and beauty therapists, offering a variety of massages, face and body treatments using high quality products.
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge provides luxury 4-star accommodation. Set high on a natural plateau, the westward facing Victoria Falls Safari Lodge borders the Zambezi National Park & is just 4 km from the thundering Victoria Falls. Enjoy uninterrupted views of spectacular African sunsets and the on-site waterhole, frequented by buffalo, elephant, warthog, various antelope and an endless stream of colourful African birds.
This award-winning lodge has 72 en-suite bedrooms, all with private decks and views of the waterhole. Victoria Falls Safari Lodge has two restaurants. The award-winning MaKuwa-Kuwa is a split-level open-air à la carte restaurant with impeccable service, mouth-watering meals, a wide selection of fine South African wines and incredible views of the waterhole. The Boma is an outdoor fireside restaurant specialising in a superb selection of traditional Zimbabwean dishes and is renowned for its warthog fillet. Sample local delicacies such as Mopani worms and venison stews, as well as more conventional Western fare, and then enjoy an evening filled with entertainment from Amakwezi traditional dancers to a local story teller and a fortune teller, followed by a drumming extravaganza. The open-plan Buffalo Bar has its own game-viewing platform overlooking the waterhole. Each day at 1 pm the Buffalo Bar offers a free vulture feeding display. Meat is put out just below the decks of the bar and hotel and you can witness the incredible spectacle of hundreds of vultures and other birds of prey descending on this free picnic while you sit and enjoy your own lunch or drink. There is a swimming pool and sun deck.
A complimentary shuttle service transports guests to the Victoria Falls and town centre on an hourly basis throughout the day.
A cost effective and flexible way of seeing the city would be by taking the “hop-on-hop-off” bus. The “red route” takes you through Green Point and past the famous soccer stadium to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (stopping at The Two Oceans Aquarium and the Clock Tower), to Cape Town Tourism centre in downtown Cape Town, to the Castle of Good Hope, the museums and galleries in the City Bowl area, up to the Cable Car station at Table Mountain, over Kloof Nek to Camps Bay.
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.
Spend time today at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. You can take a ferry from the Waterfront across Table Bay to Robben Island. An ex-prisoner takes you on an extensive tour of the prison, which includes a visit to Nelson Mandela’s cell, the limestone quarry and the old leper colony. You could also visit the Waterfront’s Two Oceans Aquarium, which is highly recommended for the insight it gives into life in the two oceans off the southern tip of Africa – the cold Atlantic Ocean and the warm Indian Ocean. The V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s trendiest shopping precinct and is full of great restaurants and bars. If the weather was inclement on the first day, take the opportunity to go up Table Mountain today.
The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley – picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300 year history.
Passengers aboard the hop-on hop-off tour will experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as they journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram and open-air tram-bus stopping in at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. A combination of tram and tram-bus transports passengers around a loop of stops allowing them to hop-off at each stop and experience the activities on offer, be it wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch or simply a stroll through the vineyards and when they are ready, hop-on to continue the tour. The tour takes passengers right into the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, with a narration focusing on the history of Franschhoek and wine cultivation in the valley, complimentary wine tastings and unparalleled views of the valley and vineyards.
The Blue Line visits the following estates: Mont Rochelle, La Couronne, Holden Manz, La Bourgogne, La Bri, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence. The Red Line visits the following estates: Maison, Eikehof, Leopard's Leap, Dieu Donne, Chamonix, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence.
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.
As you approach the Falls and hear the water pounding and witness the vapour rising, you quickly understand why local tribesman called the Falls “Mosi-oa-Tunya” (the smoke that thunders) and why the explorer David Livingstone exclaimed that a scene “so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”. 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. Because the Victoria Falls fall into a chasm, rather than falling down an escarpment, it is possible to walk along the opposite side of the chasm, at the same height as the top of the Falls. From the unique walking trails the magnificence and glory of the Falls are head on and only about 60 metres (200 feet) away. The spray falls on the trails like soft rain, feeding the lush vegetation.
This morning you are collected from your lodge and transferred across the border to the Royal Livingstone on the Zambian side of the Falls. Your trip will depart from here. Dr David Livingstone was paddled in a dug-out 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 skilfully 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. All visits to the island are during the 'low water' season, which usually begins in mid-July and goes through to the end of January. High water visits are not possible as the island is continuously covered in the spray/downpour from the Victoria Falls.
The trip includes a short guided tour of the island, viewing the Victoria Falls and a light snack depending on the time of the visit.
Victoria Falls is the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa with more than 50 activities available. Here is our selection of the best:
Tiger Fishing which is a half day activity on the Zambezi River with the chance to catch one of the great freshwater game fish or why not take a slow canoe trip down the Zambezi River with some of the best wildlife guides in Africa. For those looking for a more exciting water experience the White Water Rafting trip is a firm favourite and is one of the best one day white water rafting trips in the world. There is also the opportunity to Bungi Jump off the 111 meter railway bridge into the Zambezi Gorge or, for those less interested in free falling, why not take a short helicopter flip to view the magnificence of the Falls from above.