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Perfect for adventurous couples and fun-seeking families who like to explore at their own pace, this exciting journey takes in three of South Africa’s best-known destinations. You will begin in Cape Town where the use of a rental car gives you the freedom to explore the aspects of the city that intrigue you most, whether it is a scenic drive to Cape Point, a trip to the beautiful Winelands or a day trip to see southern right whales in season (from about August).

No Southern African holiday is complete without a Big 5 safari experience, which you will enjoy in the world-famous Kruger National Park. This massive conservation area is known for excellent Big 5 sightings and your guides will try their utmost to seek out the lions, leopards and elephants that call this remarkable place home.

Your final destination is Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Here, your lodge is located within walking distance from the Falls, and the time is yours to enjoy all that the adventure capital of Africa has to offer! Try your hand at white-water rafting, bridge swinging, sunset cruises on the river and marvelling at the largest sheet on falling water on earth.

Your tour starts at Cape Town International Airport and ends at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, and all flights and transfers between these destinations are taken care of. Accommodation is comfortable throughout, with excellent service throughout. 

Itinerary Highlights

  • Excellent value-for-money
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Self-drive adventure in Cape Town
  • Track the Big 5 in a private Kruger reserve
  • See Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-5

Explore Cape Town at your own pace

Your self-drive exploration of Cape Town begins after touching down at Cape Town International Airport where you collect your rental car. Driving into the city, you will head to Gardens, a leafy neighbourhood at the foot of Table Mountain, where you will be spending four nights at Welgelegen Guest House on a bed-and-breakfast basis. This comfortable boutique hotel is centrally located within easy distance of restaurants, boutiques and art galleries. Its Victorian-era architecture offers insight into the country’s history, while modern, Afro-chic interiors hint at South Africa’s diverse cultural heritage.

From your convenient base, you are able to easily explore all that the Mother City has to offer, and all in your own time. Camps Bay, Clifton’s series of sandy beaches and the ever-popular V&A Waterfront are within a short drive away. Other adventures that are well worth having include spending a day out in the Cape Winelands, driving along the Cape Peninsula to its dramatic point, or discovering the Cape floral kingdom at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. In the evenings, return to your tranquil base for a peaceful night, or get ready for dinner in the city – just a hop-and-skip from your doorstep.  

Days 5-8

Safari in the famous Kruger National Park

Bid farewell to Cape Town and take a final drive to the airport for your flight to Hoedspruit – your gateway to Kruger National Park. From Hoedspruit, a shared transfer takes you to Kapama Private Game Reserve where you will spend three nights in a traditional tented suite at Kapama Buffalo Camp on a fully-inclusive basis. Here you can track the Big 5 on open 4x4 vehicles and have close encounters with habituated elephants.

There are just 10 tented suites in the entire camp so you will enjoy attentive service. Your suite overlooks the riverbed, is fully serviced and is equipped with a king-sized bed, large deck and an en suite bathroom with a bathtub and shower. Other facilities at the lodge include a state-of-the-art spa, a gym and a lap pool. Optional extra activities to enjoy include hot-air ballooning and spending a night under the twinkling sky in a romantic starbed. 

Day 8-9

A night in the City of Gold

Return to Hoeadspruit via shared transfer for your flight to OR Tambo International Airport. Landing in Johannesburg, a hotel shuttle service will take you D’Oreale Grande, located not far from the airport at the famous Emperors Palace – Johannesburg’s premier gaming, entertainment and hotel centre. Here you can catch a live show, pamper yourself at the spa, try your luck at the gaming tables, or simply enjoy dinner and a movie. 

Day 9-12

Witness the wonder of Victoria Falls

In the morning, you’ll be transferred to OR Tambo International Airport for a scheduled flight to Victoria Falls Airport in Zimbabwe. After touchdown, you will be met and transferred to Ilala Lodge, which is located just minutes from the mesmerising Victoria Falls. From Ilala you can clearly see the Fall’s spray billow above the horizon, and on foot you are just minutes from the entrance to this incredible natural phenomenon.

Ilala Lodge is a comfortable and charming safari-style lodge that has a lovely open restaurant and beautiful lawns. The national park borders the front of the property, so wildlife is often spotted grazing close by. Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River have a lot to offer: enjoy boat cruises, microlighting, bungee jumping, white water rafting, helicopter rides and more. 

On your final day, transfer from Ilala to the Victoria Falls Airport, for a return flight to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg for your onward travel arrangements. 

Inclusions

  • 4 nights at Welgelegen Guest House on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 nights at Kapama Buffalo Camp on a full board basis
  • 3 nights at Ilala Lodge on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 5 days car rental in Cape Town
  • Flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit
  • Flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg
  • Return flight from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls
  • Return transfer from Hoedspruit Airport to Kapama Private Game Reserve
  • Return transfer from Victoria Falls Airport to Ilala Lodge
  • 1 night at D'Oreale Grande at Emperor's Palace on a bed and breakfast basis

Exclusions

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

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 11 Jul 2017 - 23 Aug 2017 $3490
  • 24 Aug 2017 - 06 Oct 2017 $3490
  • 07 Oct 2017 - 19 Nov 2017 $3600

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.

Lorna Symons

Lorna Symons

Africa Safari Expert

"This itinerary offers a fantastic trio of highlights in Africa; Cape Town, Kruger safari and Victoria Falls. All of the accommodation is of a comfortable four star standard and is perfectly suited for this well priced vacation."

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