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This 12-day luxury adventure combines the best of Cape Town and the Cape Winelands before jetting you off to a private Big 5 reserve outside Kruger - it's a self-drive holiday so you have the advantages of flexibility and independence.

Start your journey in Africa's favourite city of Cape Town where you'll have four days to explore the many attractions of this vibrant, cosmopolitan city at your own pace. Carry on to the Cape Winelands where you'll stay in charming Franschhoek, enjoying delicious meals and exquisite local wines in the town well known as South Africa's gourmet capital.

From here you'll fly to Mpumalanga Province and self-drive your way to the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve for an authentic Big 5 safari in one of Africa's premier game viewing destinations.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Experience a classic Cape & Kruger combination
  • Enjoy self-drive independence & flexibility
  • Cruise along the stunning Cape Peninsula
  • Wind your way through the Cape Winelands
  • Enjoy world-class dining in Franschhoek
  • Taste exquisite local wines & cheeses
  • Self-drive the scenic Panorama Route
  • Search for the Big 5 in Sabi Sands 

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Say hello to Cape Town

Arrive in Cape Town International Airport where you'll collect your rental car and make your way into Cape Town - known by locals as South Africa's 'Mother City'.

Check in at 2Inn1 Kensington, a luxury Victorian guesthouse set on the lower slopes of Table Mountain in the fashionable city neighbourhood of Oranjezicht. Relax, unpack and get ready to explore - you're close to the city centre, have a car to use and staff will be happy to make suggestions and point you in the right direction.

Days 2-4

Explore and indulge in the Mother City

The next three full days are yours to discover Cape Town at your own pace. Take a trip around the dramatic Cape Peninsula and visit Cape Point after a stop at Boulders Beach to see the penguin colony. You could also wander around dazzling flowerbeds at the superb Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens or head up Table Mountain by cable car for enormous ocean, city and mountain views.

A short drive to the V&A Waterfront will reward you with excellent shopping and scenic lunches overlooking the harbour. Sunny afternoons can be spent on the city beaches of Camps Bay or Clifton, cooling down in the afternoon with a refreshing cocktail at one of the upmarket bars to watch the sun set over the ocean.

Action and adventure is also easy to find in Cape Town: go kite surfing at Blouberg Beach, try shark-cage diving at Gansbaai or hike up and abseil down the side of Table Mountain.

Spend your Cape Town evenings enjoying a meal at one of the city's top restaurants, accompanied of course by fine South African wines.

Days 5-6

Discover the Winelands

Leave Cape Town behind today as you take a slow drive into the beautiful Cape Winelands, an area well-known for its world-class wines, stunning scenery, superb cheeses and quaint rural towns.

Franschhoek, the town of the French Huguenots settlers, is your destination and once you've arrived in town, make your way to Auberge Clermont, a stylish country guesthouse overlooking vineyards.

Spend some time wandering the streets of this compact little town, tasting fantastic wines and browsing the boutique shops and art galleries. Be sure to visit some of the many nearby wine estates or take a scenic drive to Paarl and Stellenbosch, the other two main towns of the Winelands.

Franschhoek has a well-deserved reputation as the gourmet capital of South Africa so you can expect to find superb food in the evenings - ask staff at the guesthouse for their restaurant recommendations and help with bookings.

Days 7-8

Relax in White River

Say goodbye to wine country as you drive back to Cape Town International Airport where you'll drop off your rental car and catch your flight to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport.

Here you'll receive your second rental car and then it's time to make your way through scenic countryside to Casterbridge Hollow, a stylish boutique hotel situated on a private estate just outside the quiet town of White River.

Its close proximity to art galleries, boutique stores, coffee shops and restaurants makes Casterbridge Hollow the perfect base from which to relax and stock up before your safari. You've also got a full day to venture out and cruise along the dramatically scenic Panorama Route, or you could simply laze around beside the hotel's swimming pool.

Day 9

Arrive at Notten's Bush Camp

Today your tour will take a somewhat more adventurous turn as you make your way into the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, a Big 5 private conservation area on the unfenced border of the Kruger National Park.

Arrive at Notten's Bush Camp, a luxury safari lodge situated in a remote part of the reserve. Settle in and embark on your first afternoon game drive in an open-air vehicle before returning to camp via a spotlit night drive for a delicious meal under the stars.

Days 10-11

Search for the Big Five in Sabi

You have two full days to enjoy some of South Africa's best game viewing: get up at the break of dawn and set out on early morning drives as this is when animals are at their most active. Enjoy a steaming cup of coffee while you search for the Big 5 and other classic African animals; you'll return to camp for a hearty mid-morning brunch. This area delivers consistently good Big 5 sightings and there is excellent bird watching too.

As many animals are inactive during the heat of the day, you're advised do the same: catch up on some sleep or relax beside the pool, all the while admiring the views from your private deck. It'll soon be time to sit down for afternoon tea before heading out on another game drive in the late afternoon.

Enjoy a chilled sundowner drink at sunset and return to camp after dark: these night drives can be hugely rewarding as they offer the best chances of seeing Africa's elusive but fascinating nocturnal animals.

Day 12

Reach the end of the adventure

Enjoy one last early morning game drive and then it's time to say goodbye to Kruger as you drive your rental car back to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport where you'll catch your flight to Johannesburg and your onward travel arrangements.

Inclusions

  • 4 nights at 2inn1 Kensington on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 nights at Auberge Clermont on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 nights at Casterbridge Hollow Boutique Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 nights at Notten's Bush Camp on a fully inclusive basis
  • 6 day car rental in Johannesburg
  • 7 days car rental in Cape Town
  • Flight from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport to OR Tambo International Airport
  • Flight from Cape Town International Airport to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Apr 2014 - 28 Apr 2014 $2545
  • 27 May 2014 - 23 Jun 2014 $2320
  • 24 Jun 2014 - 21 Jul 2014 $2320
  • 22 Jul 2014 - 18 Aug 2014 $2320
  • 19 Aug 2014 - 15 Sep 2014 $2320
  • 16 Sep 2014 - 13 Oct 2014 $2480
  • 14 Oct 2014 - 10 Nov 2014 $2620

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Carlien Parsons

Carlien Parsons

Product Manager

"A fantastic holiday that takes you to the best destinations around South Africa . This is perfect for a first-timer to Africa!"

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