1 night Johannesburg | 2 nights Victoria Falls | 1 night Johannesburg | 3 nights Sabi Sand | 1 night Franschhoek | 4 nights Cape Town
- Victoria Falls Accommodation
- Adventure Activities
- Sabi Sand Game Reserve
- Big Five Game Viewing
- Cape Winelands
- Wine Tram Experience
- Cape Town Luxury
- Cape Town City & Sights Tour
I emailed Tammy June of 2018 planning for a group of family & friends to go to South Africa.
Tammy was so efficient I bet we have over hundreds of emails back & forth to customized the 13 day itinerary.
She planned all our air and land transfers (always on time) she suggested the accommodations (according to my budget) We just came back from an amazing experience of Victoria falls, safari at sabi sands, winelands at Franschhoek and Cape town. Tammy was ALWAYS available when the group have some questions and need help.
Our next African adventure will surely contact Tammy again!
Tour Consultant's OverviewEvelyn had seen one of my itineraries on the website and was interested in something very similar for a group of friends who were planning to travel together. We worked together to make a few changes and to ensure it fell within the budget. The trip we put together was so attractive that the original six travellers turned into twelve. They had a fun filled time in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Upon arrival at Johannesburg airport you are met in the arrivals hall by a representative from Pembury Tours. Your travel documents will be handed over to you before you are transferred to your accommodation in Johannesburg. You have the day to relax and recuperate after your international flight. You might like to take a trip to the nearby Sandton City if you have the energy.
Transfer time – Johannesburg Airport to Johannesburg hotel: ± 45 minute
This morning you are collected from your hotel and transferred back to the Johannesburg Airport for your flight to Victoria Falls airport. Upon arrival at Victoria Falls airport, you are transferred to your hotel for a two-night stay.
Transfer time – Johannesburg hotel to Johannesburg airport: ± 45 minutes
Flight time – Johannesburg to Victoria Falls: ± 1 hour 40 minutes
Transfer time – Victoria Falls Airport to your accommodation at the falls: ± 35 minutes to 1 hour
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 transferred to Victoria Falls airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival at Johannesburg airport you are collected and transferred back to your hotel in Johannesburg for the night. Enjoy dinner at one of the fantastic restaurants in the area.
Transfer time – Johannesburg Airport to Johannesburg hotel: ± 45 minute
This morning you are collected and transferred to the Johannesburg airport for your flight to Hoedspruit. Upon arrival at Hoedspruit airport you are collected and transferred to your game lodge in the Sabi Sand Reserve.
Transfer time – Johannesburg Hotel to Johannesburg Airport: ± 45 minutes
Flight time – Johannesburg to Hoedspruit: ± 1 hour
Transfer time –Hoedspruit to Sabi Sand Reserve: ± 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.
After your morning game drive, you are transferred by road back to Hoedspruit Airport where you check in for your flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival at Cape Town airport you are collected and transferred to your guest house in Franschhoek for the night.
Transfer time – Cape Town airport to Franschhoek hotel: ± 1 hour
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.
You have a wine tram trip booked this morning. You head to the starting point where you embark on your trip. Lunch is booked at Babel restaurant at the Babylonstoren wine estate and afterwards you will be collected by your driver/guide. Your driver guide will transfer to you Cape Town where you check into your apartments at the V&A Waterfront.
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 are collected from your hotel and transferred back to the Cape Town airport for your flight home.
The Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton is a home away from home ideally located in the financial epicenter and commercial hub of Sandton, a mere 3 minutes away from the Sandton Gautrain Station. The Gautrain takes just 15 minutes to get to O.R. Tambo International Airport.
The Balalaika is just 200 meters from Sandton City Shopping Centre, Sandton Convention Centre and Nelson Mandela square. The Hotel has 330-bedrooms spread over two sections - the Balalaika and the Crown Court - each room is air-conditioned and tastefully furnished in a classic, comfortable style with its own en suite bathroom featuring a separate shower.
Both sections of the Hotel have a pool that is set in lush landscaped gardens, where guests can relax and unwind and enjoy a sundowner on either the terrace or at the pool bar. The Hotel is also within walking distance of the Sandton City Shopping Centre, Nelson Mandela Square and the Sandton Convention Centre.
The Kingdom at Victoria Falls is situated within the Victoria Falls National Park, a World Heritage Site, and is the closest hotel to the Victoria Falls. It is a modern-day tribute to ancient Africa. The architecture of the 4-star Kingdom Hotel resembles that of the city of Munhumutapa, capital of an ancient civilisation in Zimbabwe.
The hotel has a variety of restaurants (Whitewaters, Thundercloud Spur, the Burger Place, the Sweet Hut and Panarottis pizzeria), bars (Rapids Pool Bar, Quartermains Bar, Wild Thing Action bar, the Pit), a casino with slot machines, Black Jack and American Roulette. There are four swimming pools, an Internet café, a spa and beauty parlour, hair salon, a supervised children’s play area, curio shops and 24-hour room service.
Built around a man-made lake, the 294 rooms are beautifully decorated in deep browns and beiges, with natural wood furnishings. The Kingdom at Victoria Falls offers a wide range of room types to select including twin rooms, double rooms, family rooms and suites. The air-conditioned bedrooms have tilled floors and bathrooms have both a shower and bath.
Situated in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, part of the 2.2 million hectare Greater Kruger National Park, Elephant Plains offers comfortable style and affordable luxury. The lodge overlooks a waterhole on the banks of the Manyeleti River and the pool deck guarantees excellent viewing of animals moving from the plains to drink. Elephant Plains is proud of the standard of its tasty international cuisine and South African specialities. Breakfast and lunch are enjoyed in the dining room or on the pool deck, overlooking the open area. Dinner is served around a log fire in the boma, whilst enjoying the mystical nocturnal sounds under the African sky. There are two swimming pools, and an African Spa.
Accommodation is provided in six luxury suites, five rondavels and one honeymoon suite. Decorated in warm, earthy tones, the natural design and architectural flow of the six glass-fronted luxury suites fall softly on the eye. These exclusive, open-plan suites each have a lounge, double bedroom, en-suite bathroom and a private viewing deck that offers spectacular views over the riverbed and open area. The five rondavels are set in the beautifully landscaped garden of the original family holiday camp and one can still feel the old bushveld charm upon entering. The five rondavels have been renovated and redecorated and have sundecks and en-suite bathrooms. The Manyeleti honeymoon suite provides honeymooners, or guests that are just romantic at heart, with elegance, privacy and a stunning view. This glass fronted suite has all the regular luxuries and also boasts a private splash pool and daybed, ideal for a mid-morning nap. All accommodation is air-conditioned.
Over many years strict conservation policies and successful habitat management have resulted in a rich diversity of fauna and flora. Here you will come face to face with Africa’s Big Five and may be lucky enough to encounter other rarer species such as the endangered wild dogs and cheetah. Elephant Plains is graded 4-star.
Ashbourne House has eight beautifully decorated suites, a luxurious sitting room and breakfast area, which echo the luxury and flare of the guesthouse’s colonial heritage. Each suite is fitted with air-conditioning, a ceiling-mounted fan, fridge with minibar, tea and coffee tray, free wifi, television, a safe, hairdryer and heated towel rails in the luxury marble shower rooms, as well as private-use patio set. But no two rooms are the same. They have each been individually decorated and positioned to take full advantage of the patios and balconies with views onto the, shaded courtyard garden, mountains or a quiet, residential village street.
These luxury apartments are situated in the heart of the Cape Town Marina and a short walk from the V&A Waterfront. The modern and up-market self-catering apartments, with free on-site parking, are designed to offer guests sheer comfort and luxury. Guests can enjoy great views of the marina and canal from outside balconies and patios.
Modern and trendy décor will make the most discerning of guests feel right at home. While each apartment has its own appeal, they all offer a spacious living area for entertaining guests or simply taking some time out before and after a busy day of exploring and discovering.
The apartments have fully equipped kitchens and are serviced daily. Guests are invited to use the outdoor pool and gymnasium. Guests are also welcome to make use of the spa facilities and restaurants at the One & Only hotel.
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.
Follow in the footsteps of David Livingstone and travel up the Zambezi River above the Falls. There are several companies offering boat trips on the Zambezi River. Especially recommended is an evening sundowner boat cruise or a dinner cruise. As afternoon fades into twilight, animals come down to the river to drink as you go by.
Victoria Falls is the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa with more than 50 activities available. Here is our selection of the best:
Spend a half day on the Zambezi River fishing for one of the great freshwater game fish - The Tigerfish. These powerful, swift predators are truly thrilling to catch.
Paddle slowly down the Zambezi River in a canoe with some of the best wildlife guides in Africa and enjoy the beauty, peace and wildlife of this unique place. Explore islands and waterways and learn about the birds and animals you come across along the route.
Flight of Angels Helicopter Flip over the Falls:
At ground level you can feel the enormous power of the Victoria Falls as tremendous volumes of water pound into the chasm below. But it is only when you take to the air that you can take in the whole panorama and enormity of this mighty spectacle.
Bungi jump off the 111 metre high railway bridge into the Zambezi gorge, stopping just metres from the rushing water of the Zambezi River. This is a wild jump! There are two bungi options: A single jump on your own or a tandem jump with a partner.
White Water Rafting:
White Water Rafting on the Zambezi River is acclaimed as the best one day white water rafting trip available in the world. There are different options for rafting depending on the time of year and the level of water in the river.
Jet Boat Extreme:
Speedboats powered by huge jet engines shoot down the rapids below the Victoria Falls at 100 km an hour. Enjoy a thrilling half hour spent “flying” over the water.
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.
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.
Housed in the old cow shed, Babel Restaurant is a wonderful mix of Cape Dutch architecture and contemporary glass walls that makes for a simple yet edgy environment in which to try tasty yet often unconventional combinations. Babel has a farm-to-fork philosophy which means they like to serve food that is seasonal and that reflects their “pick, clean and serve” approach.
Visit the Greenhouse
At the rear of the garden, tucked away between the oak trees, the Greenhouse offers guests a wonderful refreshment station after their walk through the garden. All their food is served picnic-style in wooden crates with the preserves, jams and salads served in weck jars, while fresh bread from our wood-fired oven come wrapped in the iconic blue-and-white Babylonstoren paper.
By day, the bakery supplies their farm shop and restaurants with freshly baked breads but by night, this space is transformed into a true celebration of La Dolce Vita! For dinners in the Bakery, we serve our food family style – guests dish up for themselves from wooden boards placed on their table while sipping on wine and enjoying the lively atmosphere.
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 your 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.