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Combine the serene beauty of historic and charming Franschhoek, a classic Cape Winelands town, with the game viewing drama of the Kruger National Park on this week-long study in contrasts.

Experience three nights in the famous Franschhoek Wine Valley as you sample the delights of South Africa's undisputed fine food and wine capital. Feast on delicious chocolates, cheeses and award-winning wines, visit a boutique wine estate, sit down at gourmet restaurants and visit the historical Franschhoek monument.

Then travel to one of the best wildlife destinations in South Africa - the Thornybush Game Reserve, a private reserve bordering the Kruger National Park. Head out on game drives and nature walks with expert guides in this legendary conservation area, seeking out the Big 5 and other classic African animals.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Combine fine cuisine with a Big 5 safari
  • Stay in the picturesque Franschhoek Valley
  • Delight in chocolate, wine & cheese tastings
  • Sit down at an award-winning restaurant
  • Stay at a private Kruger reserve
  • Go on day & night Big 5 game drives
  • Enjoy amazing bird watching

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Arriving in picturesque Franschhoek

Arrive in this beautiful Winelands town and head to Franschhoek Country House and Villas - a restored manor house and perfumery on the outskirts of Franschhoek.

Begin an amazing journey as you tour one of the best wine regions in the world. In the evening, sit down at one of the many award-winning restaurants in the area for dinner.

Days 2-3

Tasting the wines of the Western Cape

Spend the next two days exploring this charming and historical town as well as the stunning mountain valley region that surrounds it.

Take a tour of boutique wine estates, stop in the many art and jewellery shops, visit the Huguenot Chocolate Factory or chat to an expert cheese maker.

After a day of exploration, spend a few hours enjoying massages and beauty treatments at Franschhoek Country House's spa.

Day 4

Leaving Franschhoek for Kruger

Following a full breakfast, transfer to Thornybush Private Game Reserve (own expense) and the very exclusive Shumbalala Game Lodge.

If time permits, head out on an afternoon game drive into the reserve and begin your safari adventure. You'll enjoy a sundowner drink and will return to camp via a spotlit evening drive.

Days 5-6

Game viewing in the Kruger Area

Enjoy the next two days in one of the best game parks in South Africa as you embark on expertly led morning, afternoon and early evening game drives as well as guided nature walks.

This 14 000 hectare game reserve, which borders the famous Kruger National Park, is home to a diverse range of classic African mammals including the renowned Big 5, as well as an astonishing bird count of around 500 species. Leopard sightings, normally so infrequent in Africa, are common at Thornybush and you'll get great off-road photographic opportunities.

Return to the lodge in the evenings to enjoy a delicious meal, after which you can relax by the fire or on the lookout deck to spot the nocturnal animals that come to the local waterhole for a drink.

Day 7

Saying goodbye to Thornybush

Wake up early for one final game drive before saying goodbye to Thornybush as you continue your adventure or head home with wonderful memories.

Inclusions

  • 3 nights at Franschhoek Country House on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 nights at Shumbalala Game Lodge on a full board basis
  • Game activities at the Shumbalala Game Lodge

Exclusions

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

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 03 Jul 2014 - 02 Aug 2014 $2055
  • 03 Aug 2014 - 02 Sep 2014 $2055
  • 03 Sep 2014 - 03 Oct 2014 $2055
  • 04 Oct 2014 - 03 Nov 2014 $2660
  • 04 Nov 2014 - 04 Dec 2014 $2240
  • 05 Dec 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 $2240

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 luxury combination you can't resist! This holiday takes you to South Africa's culinary capital before heading on a thrilling Big five safari."

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