Cape Town Garden Route and Kruger Group Tour South Africa
“Remember the quality of your Safari has EVERYTHING to do with the quality of the guide who leads your experience…”
14 Day Highlights of South Africa Cape Town to Kruger Group Tour (Fully Guided)
South Africa Highlights Cape Town to Kruger Tour Inclusions:
Transportation: Tours and Transfers in air-conditioned luxury vehicles, Safaris in custom-built Open Vehicles
Professionally Escorted: Discover Cape Town, the Stellenbosch Winelands, Outdshoorn's ostriches meerkats and Cango Caves, the Outeniqua Mountain Pass, the Garden Route towns of George and Knysna, Tsitsikamma and Addo Elephant National Parks, the spendour of the Mpumalanga Highlands, the wildlife of the Greater Kruger National Park, and the historical buildings of Pretoria with a professional Tourist Guide
Accommodation: Rooms with private/sharing facilities on twin share basis; All accommodation is of 3 star (min) standard
Dining Inclusions: MINIMAL (Most meals for own account)
Plus: All entrance fees, National Park conservation fees, recommended excursions EXCLUDED
Day 0: ARRIVAL CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Arrive at Cape Town International Airport. Group will be met upon arrival by a representative of Kruger South Safaris South Africa. Transfer from Cape Town International Airport to your overnight accommodation is included. Arrive at the hotel, check-in and relax after your flight. PLEASE NOTE COACH ONLY AVAILABLE FOR THE TRANSFER FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE HOTEL.
INCLUDED: (Complimentary): A shot of Amarula Liqueur and proudly South African chocolate such as a ‘Bar One’.
OPTIONAL: (Weather permitting): Table Mountain Arial Cableway (For guests own account)
Table Mountain is the most iconic landmark in South Africa. The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is a cable car transportation system offering visitors a five-minute ride to the top.
Day 1: FULL DAY IN CAPE TOWN
Optional Activities: (For guests own account)
Day 2: CAPE TOWN
Full day Cape Point and Cape Peninsula Tour. ALL ENTRANCE FEES FOR GUEST OWN ACCOUNT.
Highlights: Scenic drive along the Atlantic Seaboard, Hout Bay Seal Colony Cruise, Chapmans Peak Scenic Drive, Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point & The Flying Dutchman Funicular, Boulders Beach African Penguin Colony in Simons Town
Day 3: STELLENBOSCH
Explore the Cape Winelands. The most popular towns to visit are Stellenbosch and Franschhoek – the Winelands charmers. Surrounded by picturesque valleys and mountains, both towns offer a variety of scenic wine routes and tourist attractions. ALL ENTRANCE FEES FOR GUEST OWN ACCOUNT.
Highlights: Stellenbosch walking tour, Cellar Tour (seasonal), Franschhoek Huguenot Monument, Wine Tasting
Day 4: OUDTSHOORN
Breakfast is included this morning at your overnight accommodation. We follow the picturesque Route 62 through the Klein Karoo to Oudtshoorn the Ostrich Capital of South Africa, or as it is known locally, 'Groot Voël Paradys', which is Afrikaans for 'Big Bird Paradise'. In the afternoon we visit an Ostrich Farm for a guided Tour (Entrance fee for guests own account). During the tour, you will learn more about these remarkable birds and their fascinating nature. Your guide will explain every aspect of ostrich farming, from breeding to rearing. Dinner is included this evening at your overnight accommodation. There’s nothing more South African than a “braai” which is this country’s version of a barbecue to be enjoyed by family and friends in the sunny outdoors. The word “braai” is an integral part of any local’s lexicon and is an important cultural event for any visitor to South Africa.
Day 5: PLETTENBERG BAY
Collect your breakfast packs from reception and depart to Buffelsdrift Game lodge for your Meerkat safari. You will need to be at Buffelsdrift at 05:00 and the vehicle departs at 05:30 for the Meerkat Safari. The duration is +- 2-3 hours (included). After the Meerkat Safari we visit one of South Africa’s most beautiful hidden treasures, the Cango Caves, only accessible as part of a tour group. The standard Tour includes the spectacular Van Zyl’s Chamber named after an explorer who apparently came across the caves in the 1770’s. (Entrance fee for guests own account). Together the chambers and tunnels of the Cango Caves extend over 4km, placing them among the largest caves in the world. After your visit at the Cango Caves you will visit the Cango Ostrich Farm (included). Scenic drive over the Outeniqua Pass through the Garden Route towns of George and Knysna. In Knysna, we visit the famous Knysna Waterfront and The Knysna Heads, a pair of sandstone cliffs that separate the Knysna Lagoon from the sea beyond.
*Enjoy the local communities’ arts, crafts and theatre while enjoying Tribal culture and Xhosa history. The tour includes a visit to the local spaza shop (small supermarket) and shebeen (tavern that sells alcohol).
Day 6: PLETTENBERG BAY
Spend some of the day at leisure in Plettenberg Bay to enjoy optional activities.
* Plettenberg Bay, affectionately and commonly known as "Plett" by South Africans, is one of the favourite playgrounds of the nation, it is also known and loved by the World's rich and famous. Plett has 11 stunning beaches, measuring a total of more than 14kms in length Plett boasts four beaches which are ranked as "Blue Flag", which means they have been graded and are amongst some of the best beaches in the World!
In the afternoon at 12:00 you will enjoy a Qolweni Township Tour (included).
Day 7: ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK
This morning we visit Tsitsikamma National Park (e/fees for guests own account) where guests can hike a part of the suspension bridge and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the ocean. The remainder of the day is set aside to get to this evening’s destination. Please note this is a long driving day.
Day 8: PORT ELIZABETH
We visit Addo Elephant NP (e/fees for guests own account) a major conservation success story and home to more than 600 elephants. Addo is also home to Southern Africa's largest antelope, the eland; and to the rare flightless dung beetle.
Lunch stop (cost for guests own account) at Kannas Kombuis en-route to Port Elizabeth. Afternoon at leisure to visit Kings Beach and the McArthur Swimming Baths.
Day 9: MPUMALANGA HIGHLANDS
Early morning Domestic Flight from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg (cost of flight NOT INCLUDED, own arrangement to be made), to arrive O.R Tambo International Airport around 10h00/10h30). Please take note of the Domestic Flight luggage allowance of 20kg’s max (as opposed to 23kg’s allowed on International Flights). Group will be met and collected at Johannesburg airport and drive through the scenic Mpumalanga Province towards the Kruger National Park. The evenings’ destination is Misty Mountain Lodge situated on the Long Tom Pass with an inviting pool and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Afternoon at leisure to laze around the infinity pool or set off on a self-guided nature walk on one of the well-marked and maintained trails on the property. Dinner for own account (A la carte).
Day 10: PANORAMA ROUTE MPUMALANGA
Breakfast is included this morning at your overnight accommodation. We depart after breakfast and enjoy the beautiful sights on the Panorama Route. Sights visited on the Panorama Route: Three Rondavels (Blyde River Canyon), Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window. (All entrance fee for own account)
Dinner is included this evening at your overnight accommodation.
Day 11: MANYELETI GAME RESERVE
Breakfast is included this morning at your overnight accommodation. Morning open vehicle game drive is included in Manyeleti Game Reserve. ONLY the game drive is included. Manyeleti Game Reserve Conservation fee is EXCLUDED and for guests own account. Manyeleti Game Reserve. Manyeleti means “Place of the stars” in the local language. It truly is a unique safari destination well off the beaten path. It is situated on the eastern side of Kruger NP, perched between the Sabi Sands and Timbavati. As such, you can be sure to only experience the best game viewing possible. As there are no fences between the national park and the private game reserves, wildlife can roam freely
Optional Activities: (for guests own account)
NOTE: No other place to have dinner except at your overnight accommodation.
Day 12: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
Early morning departure for a Full Day Kruger National Park Open Vehicle Safari. ONLY the Safari is included. (Kruger National Park Daily Conservation fees are EXCLUDED and for guests own account). The world-famous Kruger National Park Kruger is one of the premier game-watching destinations in the world. Approximately 145 mammal species occur in the park. It is possible to see all the classical African big game, including elephant, black and white rhino, hippopotamus, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, warthog and many antelope species. Large carnivores include lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and spotted hyena. Return to Camp late afternoon to freshen up before dinner…under the stars!!!
Day 13: DINOKENG GAME RESERVE (PRETORIA)
Depart early this morning from our overnight accommodation and head towards Pretoria. Orientation Pretoria City Tour is included. We start at the Union Buildings. (No entrance fee to visit the Union Building). The Union Buildings form the official seat of the South African Government and houses the offices of the President of South Africa. The imposing buildings are in Pretoria, atop Meintjieskop at the northern end of Arcadia, close to historic Church Square and the Voortrekker Monument. Our next stop will be Church Square (no entrance fee to visit Church Square), with beautiful buildings from the late 19th century. Afterwards, we make our way to the Paul Kruger House Museum (entrance fees for own account) Kruger House is the historical Pretoria residence of the Boer leader and President of the South African Republic, Paul Kruger. It was built in 1884 by architect Tom Claridge and builder Charles Clark. Our last stop will be at the Voortrekker Monument (entrance fees for own account). It is a unique Monument which commemorates the Pioneer history of Southern Africa and the history of the Afrikaner and is situated in a beautiful setting. Guests will enjoy a Braai Boma "farewell" dinner tonight (included).
Day 14: DAY OF DEPARTURE
Check out and departure after breakfast. En-route to the airport (time permitting) visit some of the sights in and around Pretoria that there might not have been time for the day before. Tour ends at O. R Tambo International Airport in time for departure fligth(s).
Notes: Minimum 10 and Maximum 20 passengers (Average group size is 16) per Tour.
Additional information: All International and Domestic Flights featured in the Itinerary EXCLUDED, own arrangements to be made
Cancellation policy: Please note that the deposit (25%) is non-refundable. Cancellation 60 days prior to arrival date and/or commencement of Safari/Tour/Activity - deposit plus 25% of total bill; 14 to 29 days - deposit plus 50% of total bill; 0 to 13 days - 100% of total bill.
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Chacma baboons are numerous in the Kruger National Park and live in huge troops numbering up to 200 animals (typically between 30-40). Troops consist of a family group of males, females and their young. Young baboons depend on their mothers for transportation, initially the little “pink foots” cling to the underside of the mother. At around 3 months of age they start riding “jockey style” on mommy’s back (leaning against the tail for support) as seen in this footage...
There are approximately 10000 Giraffes in the Kruger National Park. They are gregarious and live in nonterritorial loose groups of up to 20 at a time, a behaviour that apparently allows for increased vigilance against predators. They have excellent eyesight, and when one giraffe notices approaching danger it will keep staring until the others look in that direction too. Giraffes live up to 26 years in the wild and slightly longer in captivity.