The Kruger and the Cape, two fabled icons of Africa, destinations that respond to the continent's travel reverie. One is wild and untamed, the inspiring home of all the four-legged greats. The other is colorful and vibrant, opening the senses with flavors and cultures. Blend the two on this 10-day itinerary, immersing yourself in the big five wilderness before absorbing the luxury of Cape Town and the Winelands. Landscapes compel, stories confound, and South Africa comes alive on this journey...
Johannesburg to Sabi Sands – Evocative Safari Welcomes
Into the wild, the plane touching down in the Sabi Sands as elephants watch on. Gaze towards the horizon and giraffe poke their heads above the trees. Transferring to the lodge, you spot springbok jumping around, their fearful antics suggesting that a predator is nearby. Turn a corner and the pride sits serenely, the yawn of a lioness indicating that now isn't the time for a hunt. Sabi Sands is a reserve that borders Kruger National Park, offering all the animals of its larger neighbor in a secluded area. It's an ideal safari starting point, filled with a diversity and abundance that can be seen on short game drives. The transfer to the lodge is just the start, a great myriad of four-legged mammals discovered before you've even checked in.
Relax and take lunch at the lodge, continuing the game viewing from a private verandah overlooking the Sand River. Then an afternoon game drive traverses the famed haven of Africa's big five. On the first day, there's often an anticipation of seeing the most famous. Sabi Sands excels on this point. A pair of rhino gracefully wanders past the vehicle, entertaining with their serene stares. Buffalos block the trail, rumbustious beasts that huff noisily. An elephant pride drifts across the landscape, the baby jumping around as it chases a warthog. Now a lion pride, chiefs of their realm, lounging just a couple of meters from the vehicle. Returning to the lodge, there's a flicker in the trees, a tail wiggling around. Look closer. It's a leopard, as content as could be, sleeping with one eye open. While a safari never guarantees you can see certain animals, Sabi Sands always has the abundance to satisfy.
Sabi Sands – The Big Five and So Much More
Sabi Sands – Game Drives and a Walking Safari
Kruger National Park – Crossing the Kruger
Kruger National Park – An Intimate Bush Immersion
Nelspruit to Cape Town – Relaxing Beneath Table Mountain
Cape Town – Exploring the Colors and History of the City
Stellenbosch – Sensual Tranquility in the Cape Winelands
Stellenbosch – More Tasting in the Picturesque Winelands
Stellenbosch to Cape Town – Departure
- Enjoy five days of evocative Kruger safari, mixing game drives and walks to see the landscape from different angles
- Discover that safari is about so much more than the big five, with dozens of inspiring species found in huge numbers; you'll see many of them from the balcony of your luxury Sabi Sands lodge
- Spend three days in the Sabi Sands, an abundant reserve that's famed for an astonishing collection of big cats and rhinos
- Cross the Kruger on a full-day game drive and marvel at the scale of this remarkable national park
- Enjoy two nights in a remote luxury bush camp beneath the Lebombo Mountains, immersed in the wilderness that Kruger provides
- Explore the colors and cultures of Cape Town, a vibrant city that's framed by Table Mountain and an unforgettable historical trail
- Complete the itinerary in the Cape Winelands, where a luxury Stellenbosch Lodge is the base for sensual wine tasting and Africa's finest culinary scene
$7,595 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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