Meticulous planning, attention to detail and excellent service delivery, allows us to create something unforgettable.
Visit the scenically spectacular Cape Point, the African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach, Robben Island or the Winelands, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Table Mountain by cable car and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Enjoy a luxury safari experience in a private camp in the Kruger National Park.
|NO.||AREA||ACCOMMODATION – 4 STAR PROPERTY||ACCOMMODATION – 5 STAR HOTEL|
|1||Cape Town||Cape Milner or The Portswood Hotel||The Commodore Hotel or Dock House|
|2||Cape Town||Cape Milner or The Portswood Hotel||The Commodore Hotel or Dock House|
|3||Cape Town||Cape Milner or The Portswood Hotel||The Commodore Hotel or Dock House|
|4||Kruger Park||Umlani Bush Camp, Umkumbe or Kapama
(Greater Kruger Area)
|Sabi Bush, Selati or Little Bush Lodge|
|5||Kruger Park||Umlani Bush Camp, Umkumbe or Kapama
(Greater Kruger Area)
|Sabi Bush, Selati or Little Bush Lodge|
|6||Kruger Park||Umlani Bush Camp, Umkumbe or Kapama
(Greater Kruger Area)
|7||Kruger Park||Umlani Bush Camp, Umkumbe or Kapama
(Greater Kruger Area)
**Itinerary can be easily customized should clients have a preferred bush lodge they would like to use
DAY 1: CAPE TOWN (Cape Town Airport to Hotel, 30km)
You arrive at Cape Town airport and you are met by your guide who will transfer you to your overnight accommodation where you are able to check in from 14:00. Days activities will be dependent on your arrival time – the afternoon is at leisure to explore the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront or the guide is available to give you an introductory tour of Cape Town and to discuss options for the next few days touring should you have any special interests. Lunch and dinner are at your own expense with the guide facilitating the booking of and transport to meals.
DAY 2: CAPE TOWN (B) (Around Cape Town, 150km)
Breakfast in the restaurant and then your guide will collect you for a full day private tour of Cape Town including a visit to Robben Island, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and a trip up Table Mountain in the cable car. Lunch is at your own expense and taken en-route. Dinner is at your own expense and can be taken at the V&A Waterfront or at your hotel. The Robben Island excursion is a four-hour activity and if in lieu of this you could explore the Winelands area around Stellenbsoch with lunch taken at the Moyo Restaurant (if the weather is bad or you have more of an interest in wine estates) as another option for the day.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens:
Are world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Founded in 1913 the estate covers 528 hectares with 36 of them cultivated in only indigenous South African plants. A peaceful tranquil place to spend a few hours there is also an informative visitor’s centre, various retail outlets, a coffee shop and restaurants.
Table Mountain Cableway:
First opened in 1929 the Table Mountain Cableway has subsequently had three upgrades with the latest in 1997. To date upwards of 18 million passengers have been transported to the summit. The current cable car was imported from Switzerland and there are only 2 other such cable cars in the world, one in Titlis in the Swiss Alps in Switzerland, and one in Palm Springs in America. During the 5 to 10 minute journey, each way to the summit of Table Mountain at 1085 meters the cable car floor rotates giving everyone a 360-degree view of Cape Town and Table Bay. Once on top, there is over 2 km of pathways leading you to views over Cape Town, Table Bay, Robben Island, the Cape Flats and the Cape Peninsula. The dassie (or Rock Hyrax) is anatomically the closest living relative of the elephant and a close encounter with these furry creatures is almost guaranteed!
The Robben Island Tour includes:
- A return boat trip across Table Bay
- A visit to the infamous Maximum Security Prison
- Interaction with an ex-political prisoner
- A 45-minute bus ride with a guide providing commentary
- The opportunity to explore the Murray's Bay Harbour precinct attractions, such as the Muslim shrine, or kramat, and the Museum Shop
DAY 3: CAPE TOWN (B) (Around Cape Town, 220km)
Breakfast in the restaurant and then your guide will collect you at a pre-arranged time for a full day private tour exploring the Cape Peninsula. The tour starts with a drive along the coast, past Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandudno to Hout Bay. We then travel into the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. The coastline stretches for almost 40 kilometres of Southern Africa’s most dramatic scenery, including the famous promontory of the Cape of Good Hope where we stop and, weather permitting, there is the option to stretch the legs and walk to the lighthouse or to take the funicular railway. Lunch is en-route at your own expense and in the afternoon travel back into Cape Town with a stop at the Boulders Beach African Penguin colony. Dinner is taken at a restaurant at the hotel or the Waterfront for your own expense.
The Cape of Good Hope
So named by Portugal's King John II this area has captured the imagination of European sailors such as Dias who first named it the Cape of Storms in 1488 and later in 1580 Sir Francis Drake who called it the "The Fairest Cape in all the World". Rich in cultural and natural heritage this is one of the top tourist destinations in South Africa and includes the famous Cape Point. En-route to the Cape Point, and once in the reserve, look out for Eland, Red Hartebeest, Bontebok and Zebra. The Cape Point Lighthouse is accessible by foot or you can catch the Flying Dutchman funicular to the top from where there are spectacular views. For those who wish to grab a bite to eat or do some souvenir shopping the stunning Two Oceans Restaurant and the Tigers Eye Curio Shop are also on site.
DAY 4: GREATER KRUGER PARK (BD) (Internal Flights and Short Road Transfers, 100km)
An early start today and the guide will transfer you to Cape Town Airport in time to make an internal flight to Johannesburg and then onward to your luxury bush lodge in Mpumulanga. On arrival, you will be met by a lodge representative for a road transfer to your bush camp where you will spend the next two days on an all-inclusive basis.
DAY 5: GREATER KRUGER PARK (BLD) (Game Drives in the Reserve, 30km)
A full day exploring the bush and settling into African time. The lodge staff will brief you on arrival as to the daily program and generally, you will be able to do an early morning game drive followed by a late leisurely breakfast, leisure time around the lodge over lunch, a late afternoon/sunset game drive in the evening with a late dinner on your return.
DAY 6: GREATER KRUGER PARK (BLD) (Inter lodge transfer, varies depending on lodges used, 90km)
Enjoy a final early morning game activity followed by breakfast. You will be picked up by your driver and transferred to your next safari Lodge. On arrival, the lodge staff will once again brief you on their daily program and in the evening, there will be a game drive and a late dinner.
DAY 7: GREATER KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (BLD) (Game Drives in the Reserve, 30km)
Full day as per the lodge programme which will include a morning and afternoon game drive. If you are feeling energetic there are also options for guided bush walks during the day. Dinners are sumptuous affairs taken on the return from the evening game drive.
DAY 8: DEPART FOR JOHANNESBURG (B)
Breakfast in the lodge restaurant and then you bid a fond farewell to the bush. Transfer to either the lodge airstrip or Nelspruit Airport for your flight to Johannesburg.
Package prices will vary subject to accommodation and flight availability as well as the season of travel.
Highlights & Itinerary
Join this ten-day safari and experience the splendour of KwaZulu-Natal. Take in the Big Five, a tour to the Bushmen caves set in a World Heritage Site, and experience world-class hospitality in Umhlanga Rocks. The Oyster Box Hotel provides an option to stay in a sea facing room, and have spectacular Indian Ocean views coupled with the sound of the gentle waves whilst your sleep. The hotel has a variety of five-star spa treatments not to be missed.
|4||Durban, Umhlanga||The Oyster Box|
|5||Durban, Umhlanga||The Oyster Box|
|6||Durban, Umhlanga||The Oyster Box|
|7||Zululand, Pongola||Amakhosi Private Lodge|
|8||Zululand, Pongola||Amakhosi Private Lodge|
|9||Zululand, Pongola||Amakhosi Private Lodge|
Meals included are indicated with an X in the meal table below.
**B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
DAY 1: CATHEDRAL PEAK, DRAKENSBERG (D) (Estimated distance: 250 km / 3 hours)
An, imposing wall of rock that rises to 3000 m, creating untold inspiring views and hikes. Known to the Zulus as the Barrier of Spears and to the first European settlers as the Dragon's Mountains. The Ukhahlamba Drakensberg is 1 of 8 South Africa's UNESCO World Heritage sites, uniquely being on for both its significance as a natural resource and for the heritage of the San Paintings.
On arrival at King Shaka Airport, you will be met by your driver who will transfer you to Cathedral Peak Hotel for a 3-night stay.
Set in a World Heritage Site, this renowned 4-Star family hotel offers luxurious accommodation, superb cuisine and warm hospitality. A host of activities includes golf, horse riding, helicopter flips, quad and mountain bikes, and FREE daily guided walks with unrivaled access to the Drakensberg Mountains. Facilities include a cocktail bar with magnificent mountain views and Vitality Centre.
Overnight: Cathedral Peak Hotel
DAY 2 & 3: CATHEDRAL PEAK, DRAKENSBERG (B/D)
The package includes breakfast, dinner, morning and afternoon teas, bakes as well as daily guided walks.
There are easy to strenuous walks and hikes which can be done on your own or with a guide. Enjoy a round of golf in this magnificent setting – (own account).
A visit to the Bushman caves as well as the Didima Rock Art Museum is recommended.
Didima Rock Art Museum and Interpretive Centre provide fascinating insights into the art and culture of the San. There are numerous displays and an audio-visual presentation, the reconstructed rock shelter enables people to get an insight into San rock art without having to climb to inaccessible caves.
DAY 4: THE OYSTER BOX HOTEL, UMHLANGA (B) (Estimated distance: Cathedral Peak to The Oyster Box 260km / 3 hours)
Breakfast is included and taken at the hotel restaurant.
Your driver will pick you up at 11h00 and transfer you to Durban.
Check in at The Oyster Box Hotel in the afternoon.
Included in your stay is a welcome drink on arrival, breakfast each morning and access to the private Cinema, Fitness Centre and beautiful Clock Library. The hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle service, between the hours of 8:00am and 08:00pm, to The Gateway Theatre of Shopping.
The Spa at The Oyster Box has a wide range of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments, including massages, facials and our signature Hammam treatment.
DAY 5 & 6 – THE OYSTER BOX HOTEL, UMHLANGA (B)
Two full days of leisure which can be spent enjoying the hotel facilities as well as the beach and local shopping centres.
There are various types of rooms to choose from but a typical sea facing room has the following:
• Complimentary mineral water, tea and coffee making facilities
• Fresh fruit and flowers as well as a selection of magazines and books
• Individually controlled air-conditioning
• Ceiling fans
• Flat Screen Satellite TV with over 25 channels to choose from
• Movies on demand
• In-room CD/DVD players
• B | AFRICA natural in-room amenities, luxurious bathrobes and slipper
• Housekeeping service twice daily
• Iron and ironing board
• Soap and Pillow menus
• Two direct dial telephone lines with voice mail
• Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi
• Heated towel rails
• Well stocked mini bar
• In-room safe
• Beach gear - sun umbrellas, beach bags, balls, bats and suntan lotion (collect at reception)
DAY 7 – AMAKHOSI PRIVATE GAME LODGE, PONGOLA (B/L/D) (Durban to Amakhosi - 365 km +- 4.5-hours)
Your driver will pick you up after breakfast and transfer you to Amakhosi Private Game Reserve.
It is a 4.5-hour drive so an early start is recommended.
The lodge is situated on the banks of the Mkuze River in the Amakhosi Private Game Reserve.
The lodge accommodates 16 guests in 8 suites which overlook the river. The suites have a lounge, bedroom, and separate bathroom along with a large deck with hammock and outdoor furniture.
The main lodge facilities include a pool with loungers, library, dining room and bar.
DAY 8 & 9 – AMAKHOSI PRIVATE GAME LODGE, PONGOLA (B/L/D)
Your package includes all meals, bottled water in the rooms and 2 game activities per day.
The reserve is a blend of savannah, wetlands, and mountains and is home to the Big 5. Prolific cheetah as well as 15 species of antelope, and over 420 species of birds can be seen along with an interesting variety of frogs.
DAY 10 DEPART (B)
Your driver will transfer you from the lodge to either Johannesburg or Durban depending on your onward arrangements.
|Amakhosi to Johannesburg
Amakhosi to Durban
|480 km +- 5.5 hours
365 km +- 4.5 hours