10 Day Classic Cape & Safari

This 10 day itinerary takes you to the beautiful “Mother City” of Cape Town, regularly voted as one of the top destinations in the world and well known for it’s scenic beauty, Table Mountain, history and beautiful beaches , and ends with the highlight of a world-class safari in the famous Kruger National Park

Day 1:  Arrival in Cape Town 

On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met by our representative and handed over your travel pack. Enjoy a private transfer to your hotel, situated in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, or you will be assisted with the collection of your hire car, for those who prefer to explore Cape Town on a self-drive basis

Spend the balance of your day relaxing as the excitement mounts thinking about all you are about to enjoy and experience in this stunning city

Overnight:  The Cape Grace Hotel ( 5 star ) or the Victoria & Alfred Hotel ( 4 star ) – Bed & Breakfast 

Day 2 – 4:  Cape Town Sightseeing 

Spend the following three days exploring the top sights in Cape Town as guided sightseeing excursions or on a self-drive basis

Recommended sights not to miss :

Overnight:  The Cape Grace Hotel ( 5 star ) or the Victoria & Alfred Hotel ( 4 star ) – Bed & Breakfast 

Day 5:   Cape Winelands 

Breakfast, followed by check out.  Head towards the Winelands area of the Cape , with it’s rolling Vineyards and top class Wine Estates, where you will be spending the following two nights in the French Huguenot town of Franschhoek

10 Reasons to visit Franschhoek

  1. Franschhoek is the most beautiful wine valley in the world.
  2. It is the food and wine capital of the country.
  3. There are more award-winning restaurants concentrated here than anywhere else in the land.
  4. Franschhoek’s French heritage of more than 300 years is evident in the wine and food tradition. The magnificent Huguenot Museum and monument are worth a visit.
  5. There are 101 interesting things to do in this picturesque village.
  6. You can taste the wines of the valley more than 40 extraordinary wine cellars.
  7. Franschhoek is a town for all budgets.
  8. It is centrally located to enjoy the wonderful pleasures of the Western Cape – from the winelands to whale-watching to exploring the mother city.
  9. The culturally diverse people are friendly and welcoming.

The galleries and shops in the quaint main street provide hours of interesting browsing and shopping

Overnight:  Franschhoek Country House ( 5 star ) or Maison Chablis ( 4 star ) – Bed & Breakfast 

Day 6:  Explore the Winelands

Spend the day exploring the Wine Estates of the Winelands. The Winelands is not just about wine, but also scenic beauty, mouth watering food and steeped in history.

The excellent wines produced in this area are world-renowned You will be spoilt for choice between small, boutique wineries and the larger, more commercial wine estates. Taste the fruit of the vintner’s labour in the magnificent surrounds that are so characteristic of the Winelands, or join the winemaker on a tour of his cellar where the precious harvest is lovingly transformed into every wine lover’s delight.

Nestled between towering mountains in the beautiful Cape winelands lies the magnificent Franschhoek Valley. This is the food and wine heartland of the country, where splendid wines are grown and our top chefs create international cuisine. Here breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world class cuisine and the finest wines all combine to create lasting memories.

Spectacular vineyards cover these mountain slopes settled more than 300 years ago by the Huguenots, who brought with them their age-old French wine and food culture. This is a valley rich in history centered around a picturesque village of friendly, welcoming people.

Overnight:  Franschhoek Country House ( 5 star ) or Maison Chablis ( 4 star ) – Bed & Breakfast 

Day 7:    Cape Town  – Kruger National Park 

After check out and breakfast, either private transfer or self drive to Cape Town Airport

Depart on a scheduled domestic flight to Kruger Mpumulanga Airport

On arrival at the airport, you will be met by a lodge representative and whisked off to your private game lodge, situated in the game rich Sabi Sands area of the Kruger National Park, where you will spend 3 glorious nights on safari

The Sabi Sand is a private game reserve spans 65,000 hectares and is renowned for providing some of the best game viewing in Africa. While it is not technically part of the Kruger, the Sabi Sand shares a 50km long unfenced border with the national park, ensuring that animals can roam freely between the two reserves.

Big 5 Safari Highlights –

  • Unforgettable Big 5 game viewing
  • Interpretive game drives and exhilarating night drives
  • Superlative safari accommodation
  • Intimate exclusivity for guests preferring privacy
  • Year-round Big Five game viewing

Excellent sightings of Africa’s great predators – lion, cheetah and leopard

Enjoy a late afternoon Game Drive in an open land rover, with your ranger and tracker in search of the Big Five.  Your game drive will continue as night falls, with a sunset stop and sun downers as  you watch the landscape change to dusk and finally darkness  – with the opportunity to spot some of the night predators.

Return to your lodge after an exciting day to a hearty dinner, often held under the stars in the lodge boma

Overnight:  Silvan Safari Lodge ( 5 star )  or  Elephant Plains Game Lodge  ( 4 star ) – Fully inclusive of all meals, twice daily game activities, daily bush walk [ Local branded alcoholic drinks included at Silvan ]

Day 8 – 9 :  Exciting Safari

Morning safaris

An early morning call from the Ranger will wake you before first light, while the kitchen brews hot coffee or tea, and prepares cool fruit juices with a muffin, rusk or other freshly made delicacy. So begins the morning safari.

The bush is already alive, the air filled with birdsong as the rising sunlight dances off beads of dew on spiders’ webs. Nobody, not even the tracker who can read the bushveld like a book, knows what’s in store. He will watch the road for spoor, leaning forward intently to find any print left by a predator during its hunt in the dark. There may be hushed discussions in Shangaan between Ranger and Tracker, and brief radio interactions from one vehicle to another. Sharing information ensures that the occupants of each Land Rover have the best chance of a wide range of sightings during their drives – and also ensures control and responsible behaviour as the vehicles move in close to the animals.

Morning guided bush walk

Renowned for luxury experiences, Sabi Sabi isn’t all about phenomenal game drives and exceptional dining. Opportunities for education and adventure are definitely on the cards for those interested and energetic. On the morning safari walk you can be part of a small group that sets out on foot after breakfast. The walk is an opportunity to feel the pulse of Africa through the soles of your feet and experience the bushveld at close quarters.

Sabi Sabi boasts approximately 350 different species of birds, a paradise for birdwatchers. Raptors are plentiful, including 11 species of owl, the seldom seen cuckoo hawk and rare bat hawk. There is an endless diversity of trees, shrubs and flowering plants, and whatever the time of year, no two walks are ever the same.

Evening safaris

Evening falls and you prepare for the night safari. As the fierce heat of the day cools, the inhabitants of the bush become restless, and the animals move out of the shade of the trees. The call of the crested francolin reverberates through the bushveld and birds increase the volume of their song. You will be aware of colours softening to the beautiful, gentle hues that vary with each season. New scents fill the air and as the sun dips behind the horizon your Ranger will choose a spot where you can stretch your legs and enjoy sundowners alongside the vehicle. Watch in awe as the sky turns to the sensational vibrant reds, golds and oranges typical of an African sunset. There is a lull as the animals sense the transition into a time of increased danger. It is during evening safaris that the nocturnal hunters start stirring, and their prey needs to be alert for survival through the night.

During your safari you may be lucky enough to watch lions prepare for their evening hunt. Their long bodies stretch to ease muscles cramped from lying in the shade during the day; sinews are lengthened and claws sharpened against a tree; the vegetation is marked with scent, and the wind checked for smells; only then do they set off in a slow, loose-jointed, arrogant amble. There are numerous nocturnal hunters and on your evening safari, with the help of a spotlight, a leopard’s eyes may reflect back from a nearby tree. Or you may be lucky enough to spot another smaller predator, a genet, African civet or African wild cat. One can come across scenes at night that become etched in memory: elephants moving heavily but silently in the moonlight; the incredible flying leaps of bushbabies from treetop to treetop, and the red shine from a lion’s eyes as it looks up from its kill.

Overnight:  Silvan Safari Lodge ( 5 star )  or  Elephant Plains Game Lodge  ( 4 star ) – Fully inclusive of all meals, twice daily game activities, daily bush walk [ Local branded alcoholic drinks included at Silvan ]

Day 10: Your adventure ends 

Relish in your last early morning game drive and breakfast

Transfer to Kruger Mpumulanga Airport and departure on a scheduled flight back to Johannesburg

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Contact us for more information.

Our itineraries are “recommended itineraries” and may be booked as suggested. However, they also serve to inform you, as a possible first time traveller to Africa, an idea of what can be done. If you find that the recommended itineraries do not suit you entirely, we will tailor make a program to best meet your individual requirements.

Costs will vary depending on the standard of accommodation required, season of travel  or whether you prefer guided sightseeing or self -drive in Cape Town 

Costs will include : 

  • Meet and Greet at Cape Town Airport 
  • Private transfer and sightseeing excursions or vehicle hire 
  • 4 Nights in Cape Town on a Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 2 Nights in the Winelands on a Bed & Breakfast basis 
  • Return flights to and from the Kruger National Park
  • 3 Nights in the Kruger National Park fully inclusive of all meals, game activities and drinks [ if 5 star option is chosen ] 

Subject to availability at the time of confirmation

There are no set departure dates. Please inform  us of your preferred travel dates 

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