Everyone has a wish list and we believe that this superb 10 night itinerary will give you the opportunity to tick off many of your 'must do's' whilst also enjoying plenty of other experiences that you hadn't even considered.
On arrival at the airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you can refresh and relax for a while before heading out to the sights of this, one of our favourite cities in the world. You may want to take it easy after your long flight but there are plenty of gentle activities to keep you entertained such as a stroll along the V&A Waterfront where you will find a variety of shops and restaurants as well as street entertainers. We have given you four nights to allow you time to truly take in all that this vibrant city has to offer.
One of the activities we love is a trip to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was famously imprisoned for 18 years – we would recommend pre-booking this trip as it is extremely popular and sells out quickly. The iconic Table Mountain sits proudly and calls to you to visit its’ summit. This can be done either by hiking up it or by the much less strenuous aerial cableway. Keep in mind that this is weather permitting so best to check with your hotel before heading over there. If wine is your thing you are in for a real treat as the stunning vineyards of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are less than an hour’s drive. There is no need to drive yourself as there are plenty of tours that you can book onto so that you can fully appreciate the superb range of wine that is on offer here.
For getting around there is a fantastic hop on-hop off double decker open top bus which circles the city all day long. With 26 designated stops from the centre of Cape Town right down to Boulders Beach where you can visit the colony of over 3000 delightful African penguins, this is a fantastic way to enjoy the city.
There are some stunning hotels in Cape Town but we think you will love the beautiful boutique hotel Cape Cadogan for your three nights here.
Kruger National Park
A short 2-hour flight and you are right in the heart of the infamous Kruger National Park. From the minute you step off of your flight you are immersed in the wildlife around you and your safari adventure officially begins. Due to its size, there are animals in abundance so we recommend you have your camera batteries fully charged. Keep your eyes peeled for lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalos and the elusive leopards as well as hundreds of other mammals who have made this place their home. For bird lovers you will be excited to know that you will have the chance of spotting diverse species such as vultures, eagles and storks. Game drives in the Kruger normally take place early morning and early evening. You will never forget your first experience of rising early with the sounds of the wild as the nighttime animals make way for the daytime animals. Coffee, Tea and little cakes and croissants are ready for you before you step onto your open 4x4 vehicle and head off with anticipation of what you will come across on your drive. Once back at camp you will be greeted by a sumptuous breakfast and then time is your own to relax and take in your wonderous surroundings from the comfort of your private deck. Evening game drives introduce you to a whole different species of animals and one of our favourite experiences is when you stop at a vantage point, step out of your vehicle and sip on a cool beer or a gin and tonic as you watch the spectacle that is the African sunset.
For your three nights here, we recommend the Thornybush Game Lodge right on the edge of the Kruger National Park but on its’ own private reserve allowing off road travel so that you can get up close and personal with the best photographic opportunities you could wish for. After your Kruger adventure you will make your way to Victoria Falls with a quick overnight stay in Johannesburg. The Peermont is conveniently located at the airport and has great access to shops, casinos and restaurants.
The famous waterfall that starts as the Zambezi river and plummets over a cliff hundreds of feet into the gorge below is otherwise known as ‘The Smoke That Thunders’. What makes these falls unique is the fact that they span two countries, those of Zimbabwe and Zambia. Viewing the falls is an amazing experience from both sides for most of the year but during the dry season, between September and January the falls flow rate is lower on the Zambian side so to enjoy this truly breathtaking experience we recommend you stay on the Zimbabwean side during this time. Indeed 75% of the falls can be seen from this side and there are 16 viewpoints along a pathway cut into rainforest which allows you to appreciate the falls from many different angles.
As well as the falls there is a fantastic photo opportunity next to the statue of Dr. Livingstone, famous for discovering this phenomenon. As well as the not to be missed visit to the falls, there are plenty of other activities to keep you busy during your three nights here. The town itself is a joy to walk around with its’ vibrant cafes and cute little curio shops all very close together. And if you haven’t had your fill of animals, the surrounding Zambezi national park is home to white rhinos and elephants as well as giraffes and other wildlife. You can even do a day trip into Chobe National Park in Botswana.
For the adrenaline junkies among you a visit to the Lookout Café will give you the chance to experience activities such as a canopy tour, gorge swing and zip line as well as the flying fox and white-water rafting. You might even want to take part in a bungee jump from the iconic Victoria Falls bridge. One of the things we love doing most is a sunset boat trip on the Zambezi river where you will spot hippo and crocodiles while sipping on a delicious glass of wine whilst watching another African sunset.
What better way is there for you to end your African adventure than a three night stay at the colonial Victoria Falls Hotel, the grandest and oldest luxury hotel in Zimbabwe. We have enjoyed many a traditional high tea from Stanley’s terrace with the sun setting over the Victoria Falls bridge and the distant roar of the waterfall. Truly magical!
This safari can be tailored in any way to meet your personal needs including length of trip, accommodation and experiences included, with or without international flights. Contact one of our safari designers now to discuss your safari ideas.
- International flights
- Domestic flights and private transfers
- Driver/guide for safari experiences
- 10 nights accommodation as detailed above
- All National Park fees and entrance fees for activities detailed
- Two game drives per day
Prices start from £3160pp/€3600pp/$4250pp