Kruger, Cape Town & Falls
Days 1 Cape Town
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Explore vibrant Cape Town on your own for the next 2 days. 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 and will be your contact person for the next days. *Please note: if you have pre-booked theVictoria Falls Helicopter Ride and Rafting your CEO will inform you when you will do the activity throughout your tour, days are subject to change: Helicopter Ride (Days 11-12 - Livingstone). For more information on the Extra see the Optional Activities section.
Day 2-3 Cape Town (2B)
Explore vibrant Cape Town including the Castle of Good Hope and continue to Cape Point to visit the penguins at Boulders Beach. On Day 3, option to visit Robben Island, Table Mountain, or embark on a wine tour around Stellenbosch. Cape Town offers many different activities – something for everyone. Visit Robben Island, Table Mountain, explore Cape Point (Cape of Good Hope), embark on a wine tour in and around Stellenbosch (45min drive). Visit the old French Hugonote town of Franschoek and surroundings (1h drive). 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. Cape Town's name originated from the term 'Cape of Good Hope' when Bartholomew Diaz and other seafarers looked forward to the sight of Table Mountain, like an inn that promised hospitality and prosperity. The city is steeped in a rich history and is a cultural melting pot with its diverse and vibrant character being derived from Khoxisan and other African tribes from the North, and Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers. Cape Town is the third most populous city in South Africa, with over 3 million inhabitants, and is the provincial capital of the Western Cape. It is also the legislative capital of South Africa, where the National Parliament and many government offices are located. 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. For cultural exchange, you shouldn’t miss out a "Local Dinner” in a private home in an informal settlement. This authentic community experience provides guests the opportunity to get deep inside the heart of Cape Town. Choose from Cape Malay, Xhosa traditional or Cape Town fusion foods, and visit families in their private homes in townships and get insight into South African realities - be part of the family for an unforgettable night. Proceeds go into the community.
Day 4 Johannesburg (1B,1D)
Fly to Johannesburg and transfer to hotel. Meet your local CEO for a briefing and enjoy a traditional South African Braai (barbecue) welcome dinner tonight.
Days 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)
Embark on an afternoon game drive inside Kruger National Park in an open safari vehicle. Enjoy the abundance of wildlife then continue to our lodge conveniently located outside the park gates. This evening devour an African-style, dinner under the stars. Enjoy game driving inside Kruger National Park in our own vehicle. Search for more lion, elephant, rhino and many other animals in one of Africa’s most well-known wildlife areas on our transfer through Kruger National Park in our own vehicle, making our way south towards our camp Nkambeni. Enjoy an optional late afternoon game drive in an open vehicle where you will have a chance to search out some more incredible wildlife. 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 in own vehicle)
Days 7-8 Timbavati Private Nature Reserve (2B,1L,2D)
This morning, visit to a Planeterra-supported Children’s Day School located just outside Krugar National Park, then continue to Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, adjoining the Park. Enjoy morning and evening open vehicle safari game drives to search out Africa's famed Big Five. Downtime is spent at the luxury tented camp, enjoying high tea, leisure time at the pool or just relax with a drink on the sun deck admiring the stunning landscape. For the next two days enjoy morning and evening game drives in our open safari vehicle in Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, adjoining the Kruger National Park, searching for elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo - Africa's famed Big 5. Nocturnal animals, including the big cats are regular sightings at night. Keep an eye out for white lions which the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is known for, as it is one of very few places in the world which hosts those species. This is how your next two days will be: 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 or the lodge’s wooden deck overlooking the river, read a book or take an afternoon nap. 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. In 1993 the fences between the Kruger National Park and the Timbavati Reserve were removed to encourage natural species migration. Today the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve (TPNR) comprises 53,392 hectares of private land adjoining the Kruger National Park (KNP). Currently, there are over 40 mammal species in the Timbavati including the Big Five as well as 360 species of bird life. While relaxing and enjoying the breathtaking views from the lodge’s wooden deck overlooking the river, we listen to the sounds of Africa and search for shooting stars piercing through the night sky before we overnight in our luxury accommodation at the Simbavati River Lodge, meaning ‘lions that come down from the stars’. In the morning, visit Planeterra-supported, Hope Africa Children's Day School, close to the lodge in Shalati Village. G Adventures, Planeterra and the Shalati Lodge work closely with the school to provide not only funds for improvements and supplies, but also hands-on support with lesson plans and resource assistance. Many of the parents of the children that attend this school are staff at the lodge and rangers at the park -- the education centre allows for their children to have full-time access to early childhood education, while also being cared for so their parents can preform their livelihoods. You will have a quick stop at this school first thing in the morning to see the morning announcements/ songs of the students. The school has a principal and two full-time teachers who will discuss the work that is done at the school. While the students commence with their classes, you will have a chance to walk around the grounds with you CEO who will show you the school facilities. Planeterra and G Adventures recently built a new kitchen, toilets, and water tank for the school. Future plans include expanding a community garden and craft stall that will be run by the mother's of the children to each extra income for their families. Day 7 - 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 10-12 Livingstone (3B)
Fly to Livingston, Zambia and meet the local G representative then enjoy a guided tour of Victoria Falls. Day 11 and 12 are free with options to enjoy whitewater rafting, canoeing, safari activities or a flight over the falls. David Livingstone was born on March 19, 1813 in the village of Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. He first studied Greek, medicine, and theology at the University of Glasgow and while working in London, joined the London Missionary Society became a minister. He originally planned to gain access to China through his medical knowledge. The Opium Wars, which were raging at this stage with no signs of peace on the horizon, forced Livingstone to consider other options. From 1840 he worked in Bechuanaland (present-day Botswana), and in the period 1852–56, he explored the African interior, and was the first European to see the Mosi-oa-Tunya waterfall, which he renamed Victoria Falls after his monarch, Queen Victoria. The Victoria Falls waterfalls occur in a country that is perfectly flat. From its source on the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Zambezi River meanders for 1300 km across the wooded plateau of Zambia, eroding for itself a shallow valley on its mild descent to the site of the falls. The river eventually found a weak spot on the lower lip of the surface over which it passed, and forced a passage which was steadily deepened into an exit gorge. During the last half million years the river has scoured out eight of these cracks across its bed. The Victoria falls occur where the river is 1688m wide, presents the spectacle of an average maximum of 550 million liters of water a minute tumbling over the lip of the trench in five main falls, the Devil’s Cataract, Main falls, Horseshoe Falls, Rainbow falls and the Eastern Cataract. The highest of these is Rainbow falls, on an average 108 m high. A peak flood sees 750 million liters of water in one minute hurtling over the falls. The name Zambezi comes from the Tonka tribe, also meaning Great River, but the Sotho-speaking Kololo people of the upper reaches of the river gave it the well-known name of Mosi o a Thunya (smoke that rises). The Lozi people call it by the same name but translated it into smoke that sounds. The Ndebele call it aManza Thunqayo (the water that rises like smoke). The Namibian people call it Chinotimba (a noise-making place like the distant sound of digging). Estimate Travel Time: Flight Johannesburg - Livingstone (2hrs)
Day 13 Livingstone (1B)
Depart at any time.