Cape Town & Kruger Encompassed
Day 1 Cape Town
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Meet our Cape Town CEO at the hotel (on Day 1 at approx. 6:00PM - please have a look at the information board in the hotel), he/she will go through your trip details and will help you with booking optional activities on Day 3 and will be your contact person for the next days.
Day 2-3 Cape Town (2B)
Meet your CEO after breakfast (approx 8:00am) in reception and enjoy a full-day of activities. First explore Cape Town on an orientation of the city, drive past Company Gardens, parliament buildings, city hall, Malay Quarter /Bo Kaap and Green Market Square. Include entrance fee to Castle of Good Hope. In the afternoon tour Cape point. Explore Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and see the penguins at Boulder Beach. View the Company's Garden, City Hall, Malay quarter and Green market square en route. On Day 3, you will have the whole day to enjoy optional activities on your own. Your CEO will meet you in the morning to help you book any activities and to make sure you are well taken care of for the rest of the day. Opt to visit Robben Island, Table Mountain, or embark on a wine tour around Stellenbosch. For the not so faint hearted there is numerous adrenaline activities in the surrounding areas, from skydiving to abseiling to cage diving and having a close encounter with the great white sharks. Or wonder through the city centre with some of the oldest buildings and gardens in South Africa (Botanical Gardens and Parliament Gardens). Do not miss the wonderful Cultural Historical Museum, Planetarium and numerous other small museums and theatres. For shopping, dining and entertainment the V&A Waterfront is a hotspot for foreigners and locals alike. Still a working harbour, the Waterfront is an example of creative architecture and restoration and has become South Africa's most visited tourist attraction. The Waterfront offers over 250 shops from designer boutiques to craft stalls, a host of restaurants and coffee shops and plenty of other activities.
Day 4 Johannesburg (1B,1D)
You will say goodbye to your Cape Town CEO and fly to Johannesburg and transfer from O.R. Tambo International Airport to the Guest House. Meet your local CEO for a briefing and enjoy a traditional South African Braai (barbecue) welcome dinner tonight.
Day 5 Panorama Route/Graskop (1B)
Enjoy a scenic drive along the famed Panorama Route with stops at Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes and God's Window. Explore world famous sites like Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes and God's Window along the Panorama Route. Look out the window to view a wonderful landscape complete with mountains, panoramic passes, valleys and waterfalls. Enroute, we visit Dullstroom, one of the foremost fly fishing areas in South Africa, the Mac Mac Falls and Pilgrims Rest. Pilgrim's Rest is situated on the magnificent Panorama Route on the eastern Escarpment region of the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. The area is richly imbued with a diversity of natural, cultural and historic gems. The uniqueness of this historic village is vividly evident in its museums and historic sites. It offers the visitor a fascinating window into the past and captures the spirit of a bygone era and its people in their quest for gold. The entire town of Pilgrim's Rest was declared a National Monument in 1986 as a living memory of the early gold rush days in South Africa during the late 1800s / early 1900s. En route we stop by to view the 65 m high Mac Mac Falls in the Mac Mac River which is a declared as a National Monument. This waterfall was originally a single stream, but gold miners blasted it with dynamite to divert the river in an attempt to work the rich gold-bearing reef over which it plunges. Approximate Distance: 420 km Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (including stops for site-seeing)
Day 6 Kruger National Park area (1B,1D)
After breakfast continue to our lodge overlooking the beautiful Sabie River Valley. Conveniently located outside the park gates, this afternoon embark on a game drive inside Kruger National Park in an open safari vehicle taking in the abundance of wildlife. This evening, enjoy a South African braai dinner on the deck under the stars listening to the calls of the wild. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares is unrivaled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies. Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 types of trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Man's interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries - from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela - is very evident in the Kruger National Park. These treasures represent the cultures, persons and events that played a role in the history of the Kruger National Park and are conserved along with the park's natural assets. Approximate Distance: 250 km Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrs (including lunch stop and game viewing)
Days 7-8 Karongwe Private Nature Reserve (2B,1L,2D)
This morning, visit to a Planeterra-supported Children’s Day School and Shalati Village, located just outside Krugar National Park. Continue to a private nature reserve, in the Greater Kruger area and stay in a luxury safari lodge. Enjoy morning and evening open vehicle safari game drives searching out Africa's famed Big Five. In your down time, take high-tea at the lodge and relax at the sundeck and pool. Enjoy a sundowner while the sun sets over the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains. On Day 4 - Included visit to a Planeterra-supported Children’s Day School just outside Krugar National Park. Planeterra is currently supporting accessible early childhood education in South Africa through Hope Africa Children’s Day School. This school provides education for over 80 children under the age of 5 who attend the pre-school. The school also provides two meals a day for each student. Planeterra is currently fundraising for renovations that the school is in critical need of – a washrooms facility and kitchen that can accommodate the entire school. A past G Adventures’ traveller who had visited the school also helped raise much needed funds to have a water line, borehole and tank installed for the school and community to have access to water. For the next two days enjoy morning and evening game drives in our open safari vehicle in Karongwe Nature Reserve searching for elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo - Africa's famed Big 5. Traversing over the 9000 hectares of supreme African bushveld, Shiduli Private Game Lodge is home to a wealth of creatures and open vehicle game drives are perfect for game viewing. Game drives are conducted with qualified game rangers and Shangaan trackers – who will share their vast experience of the African Bush. Example of your Day 5:: Early morning wake up call (around 5am), coffee/tea & rusks on the deck before the morning open vehicle game drive (approx 3 hours) starts. Return to the Lodge for brunch followed by some leisure time. Enjoy the pool, walk around the grounds and gardens, or just relax. Around 14:30pm enjoy High Tea (light lunch and cakes) before you hop on your late afternoon/ evening open safari vehicle game drive. Return, freshen up and meet for pre-dinner drinks and enjoy dinner. Day 4 - Approximate Distance: 150 km Estimated Travel Time: 3 hrs (including stops)
Day 9 Johannesburg (1B,1D)
After one last safari drive, head back to the city. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with a local Afrikaans family. Johannesburg, also known as eGoli, is the most populous city in South Africa. The city is affectionately known as "Jo'burg", "Jozi" and "JHB" by South Africans. Johannesburg is the site of a large-scale gold and diamond trade due to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills. Johannesburg is also served by Johannesburg International Airport, the largest and busiest airport in Africa and a gateway for international air travel to and from the rest of southern Africa. Approximate Distance: 500 km Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs
Day 10 Johannesburg (1B)
Depart at any time.