This popular private Cape & Kruger private tour in South Africa is ideal for clients who don’t wish to drive themselves. It combines some of the best of the Cape (Cape Town & Hermanus in the Southern Cape) with some of the best of the Kruger area (Big Five game-viewing, the Drakensberg Escarpment & the Blyde River Canyon).

This Cape & Kruger private tour begins with some time in Cape Town. You have a private driver/guide available during your stay with one day at leisure. You then head to the Southern Coast near Hermanus for a a couple of nights. Enjoy the beaches, lagoons and whale-watching that this area is famous for. Next you fly up to the Kruger area for sightseeing in the Drakensberg Escarpment before enjoying three nights on safari in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve.

We have given prices per person here and there is also a very similar tour for families (Cape & Kruger Family Explorer which has slightly different accommodation and touring ideas)

Cape & Kruger Private Tour at a Glance:

4 nights The Portswood, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town – B&B
2 nights Lagoon Lodge, near Hermanus – Full Board & Selected Activities
2 nights Oliver’s Hotel, Blyde River Canyon area – B&B
3 nights Simbavati River Lodge, Timbavati Game Reserve – Full Board & Game Drives

See Day by Day
Day 1

Arrive in Cape Town, 4 nights The Portswood, B&B

On arrival in Cape Town you are met by your private guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax and settle in.

Cape Town is one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world and you have plenty of time to explore it. Cradled by Table Mountain, it has immense charm and historical interest. Its unique cultural blend makes for a cosmopolitan dining experience. Take the cable car or walk up Table Mountain, visit the colourful Malay quarter or meander through the wonderful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Browse through the vibrant Greenmarket Square, head out to Robben Island by boat or simply relax on the beach. When you want to range further, the Cape Peninsula offers one of the finest coastal drives in Africa to the Cape of Good Hope. Here you might see whales breeching just off the bay or quirky penguins on Boulder’s beach.

Accommodation: Portswood Hotel
Located in: Cape Town - South Africa - V&A Waterfront

Day 2

Full Day Private Guide available

Today you have a private driver/guide to show you some of the sights of the city. You are free to plan whatever touring you wish but we recommend taking a tour of the Cape Peninsula tour.

As well as meandering along the scenic coastal drive of Chapmans Peak, visiting the Cape of Good Hope National Park (with its funicular railway and lighthouse) and the penguins at Boulders Beach, you could include a boat cruise to see the seals at close hand. Tides permitting, you could even end the day with a swim among the penguins at Boulders Beach from the small secluded beach there.

Accommodation: Portswood Hotel
Located in: Cape Town - South Africa - V&A Waterfront

Day 3

Day at leisure

Today is at leisure for you to relax or enjoy some sight-seeing in and around the Waterfront. Perhaps head up Table Mountain by Cable Car, visit Robben Island or head out into the bay on a yacht cruise from the Waterfront…

Our detailed itinerary has plenty of ideas for things to do…

Accommodation: Portswood Hotel
Located in: Cape Town - South Africa - V&A Waterfront

Day 4

Full Day Private Guide

Today you have a private guide at your disposal for the whole day (entrances for your own account). Why not head out to the Winelands to explore? A combination of the favourable effects of the two major ocean currents meeting off the Cape makes the climate in the area perfect for the acres of vineyards. You can visit a couple of wine estates of your choice, take in one of the Cape Dutch homesteads such as Boscendal and explore the attractive towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.

Alternatively you can visit some of the city sights that you haven’t seen so far such as Kirstenbosch Gardens or some of the art galleries and museums of the city centre.

Accommodation: Portswood Hotel
Located in: Cape Town - South Africa - V&A Waterfront

Day 5

Full Day Private Guide for transfer to Hermanus, Full Board & selected activities

Today you leave Cape Town and travel onto the Southern Cape. The southern coast boasts some of the finest land-based whale-watching in the world between July and early December, when the Southern Right Whales come right into the bays to give birth. Enthralling sightings are a daily occurrence with spectacular breaches and whale song. En route to Mosaic Farm, you can enjoy sight-seeing in Hermanus and perhaps whale-watching in season (July to November). Alternatively you could stop en route in the Winelands to visit Vegelegen Wine Estate with its fine gardens, Cape Dutch homestead and start of the art wine cellar…

Lagoon Lodge on Mosaic Private Sanctuary is an enchanting lodge on the edge of Hermanus lagoon set in an ancient Milkwood grove. Its main lodge, Lagoon Lodge, has a spectacular setting with views overlooking a bird sanctuary and the beautiful Overberg Mountains. The five shady, spacious en-suite rooms are built with safari-style canvas under thatch on the lagoon’s edge. Each has an en suite bathroom with large oval bath tub and outdoor shower as well as a wooden deck overlooking Hermanus lagoon. Wooden boardwalks through the Milkwood grove take you to the main sitting area where sundowners and meals take place by the huge fireplace in winter or on the deck under the trees in summer. Here you can enjoy the magnificent sunset over the lagoon. Lagoon Lodge at Mosaic Farm has the feel of an African safari lodge with its glass fronted central building and use of natural materials.

Accommodation: Lagoon Lodge on Mosaic Private Sanctuary
Located in: Hermanus - Hermanus & Route 62 - South Africa

Day 6

At leisure to enjoy Mosaic Private Sanctuary activities

Mosaic Farm offers a range of activities including quad bike nature rides, 4×4 trips to deserted golden beaches, kayaking on the lagoon and walks.

Nature enthusiasts will discover the amazing Cape Floral Kingdom at Mosaic Farm with its magnificent fynbos, birds and insects. You can explore the 933ha reserve on foot, mountain bike, quad bike or kayak. Hop onto the open 4×4 vehicle for a sundowner excursion and discover fynbos, birds and deserted beaches in search of Southern Right Whales.

Note: If you have time, we strongly recommend a third night at Mosaic. Then you could take part in shark cage diving or whale-watching by boat. (These are both extra activities not included in the lodge price)

Accommodation: Lagoon Lodge on Mosaic Private Sanctuary
Located in: Hermanus - Hermanus & Route 62 - South Africa

Day 7

Flight to Kruger Airport, Road transfer to Olivers Hotel for 2 nights, B&B

This morning you are transferred back to Cape Town in time for the direct flight from Cape Town to Kruger International Airport (NOT included in this tour price). On arrival you are met by one of our guides and transferred to Olivers’s Hotel & Spa where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Oliver’s Hotel is a very pleasant four star hotel near White River and close to the Kruger National Park. The lodge is on the White River Country Estate and overlooks the first green of the 18 hole championship golf course. Oliver’s is especially well-known for its superb restaurant with fine wines from its well-stocked wine cellar.  Golf is also available at the White River Country Club.

Accommodation: Oliver’s Hotel & Restaurant
Located in: Blyde River Canyon - South Africa

Day 8

Panorama Tour of the Drakensberg Escarpment

You travel up into the Drakensberg Escarpment, a beautiful area of tumbling streams and waterfalls amongst indigenous woodland and forest plantations where you enjoy a scenic tour of the Blyde River Canyon visiting the Three Rondavels, Bourne’s Luck potholes and God’s Window.

There is also time to enjoy some optional activities such as some of the many soft adventure activities in the area. (These would be for your own account.) You can enjoy quad biking, ziplining or white water rafting in season.

Accommodation: Oliver’s Hotel & Restaurant
Located in: Blyde River Canyon - South Africa

Day 9 -11

On Safari in the Kruger, 3 nights Simbavati River Lodge, Full Board & Game Drives

Today you have a guide for the morning for optional as you transfer north to head into the bush for 3 nights on safari in the Greater Kruger Park. You stay at the game-rich Simbavati River Lodge.

Optional Touring en route

There is time to enjoy some additional activities en route such as the Elephant Whisphers interaction near Hazyview, the Cheetah Rehabitation cente or the Moholoholo Wildlife Centre. We also recommend the Roots of Rhythm cultural tour which is close to the Timbavati Game Reserve. Please discuss your preferences with us when making a booking.

Note: This is a Go-as-you-please tour so all entrances are for your own account.

Simbavati River Lodge has a stunning riverside setting in the heart of the Timbavati Private Game Reserve which has open borders to the Kruger on the east. Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino are all regularly sighted in the Timbavati, along with a host of smaller mammal species. Simbavati River Lodge offers an authentic African experience without sacrificing luxury, safety or comfort.

Your experienced game ranger is keen to share with you their extensive knowledge and love of the African bush. The day starts with an early morning game drive, followed by some time to relax, perhaps enjoying game-viewing from your deck or indulging in a spa treatment.

During the afternoon game drive you will stop for sundowners whilst watching the sun set over the awe-inspiring wilderness before enjoying a night drive. The day ends with dinner on the deck or around the boma campfire.

Accommodation: Simbavati River Lodge
Located in: Kruger Park - South Africa - Timbavati Reserve

Day 12

Road transfer to Hoedspruit Airport

This morning after a final early morning game drive, you are transferred to Hoedspruit Airport in time for your onward flight to Johannesburg (flight not included).

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Meals and accommodation as shown in text, Services of a private drive/guide in the Cape & Drakensberg Escarpment, Road transfers, Game drives on safari
International & domestic flights, visas, items of a personal nature, meals and entrances not specified
Health requirements:
Anti-malarial precautions essential
This tour can be booked on a self drive basis as well if you prefer a little more flexibility. This will reduce the price considerably. Finally if you have a little more time, we recommend an extra night at Mosaic Lagoon Lodge
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