Cape Town, Kruger National Park & Victoria Falls Holiday

This is a sample 10 night itinerary visiting Cape Town, the Winelands, Kruger for a safari and ending with the Victoria Falls. It places a strong emphasis on excellent game-viewing, cultural interest and scenic beauty.  It’s ideal for a first time visitor to Southern Africa and can be adapted in a variety of ways.

Accommodation at a glance:

4 nights Cape Town either at The Three Boutique Hotel / Table Bay Hotel (B&B). Variety of tours included.
3 nights on Safari in Sabi Sands Game Reserve at Elephant Plains / Ulusaba Safari Lodge or Kirkmans Kamp (Fully Inclusive)
1 night Olivers Hotel & Restaurant or Summerfields Rose Retreat (B&B). Scenic Panorama tour included.
2 nights at Victoria Falls at David Livingstone Safari Lodge or the Royal Livingstone (B&B)

The Premier and Luxury options vary in terms of the accommodation chosen and whether it is private or scheduled touring in Cape Town.

Tailor-made Variations

This is the genesis of many possible adaptions which we can make to suit you. We’ve given a tour outline at two different price points. You can change the accommodation chosen. Or change the tours in Cape Town and Victoria Falls or even add extra tours if you wish.

You can add on to the itinerary with 2-3 nights in Hwange National Park, or a night or 2 in Chobe. Or you can add a third night in Victoria Falls if you can get away for 11 nights…

See Day by Day
Day 1

4 nights Cape Town, B&B

Cape Town is one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world. Cradled by Table Mountain, it has immense charm and historical interest whilst its unique cultural blend; part African, part European and part Asian, 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, take a boat trip to Robben Island 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 breaching just off the bay or quirky African penguins on Boulder’s beach.

The Three Boutqiue Hotel (premier option) lies cradled beneath the majestic Table Mountain in the leafy Orangezicht area of Cape Town. A beautiful old Cape homestead has been converted into a stylish and well-priced boutique hotel in the trendy City Bowl, within easy walking distance of several restaurants and only 5 mins drive to the city centre.

The Three fills the gap between a too-homely guest lodge and an impersonal hotel; it’s exactly the right balance of stylish decor, 4-star facilities and friendly service. There are 15 modern rooms decorated in soft contemporary style in white and soft grey tones.

The Table Bay Hotel (luxury option) in the V&A Waterfront of Cape Town is an unashamedly luxurious hotel, from the deep sofas in the sitting rooms, and burnished mahogany in the cocktail bar to the marbled bathrooms. The 329 air-conditioned rooms overlook either Table Mountain or the Atlantic Ocean and Robben Island.

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

Accommodation: The Three Boutique Hotel
Located in: Cape Town - Cape Town City Bowl - South Africa

Day 2

Table Mountain & Cape Town morning city tour

This is a great orientation tour of Cape Town. Highlights of this half day tour include a visit up Table Mountain on the cableway, where the varying flora and fauna will be explained; exploring the Malay Quarter – a historic picturesque area of the city with original Malay buildings and narrow streets. You tour some of the historic sights of the city centre and stroll through the Company Gardens. Time permitting you will also see the Castle of Good Hope, built in 1652 and now painstakingly restored, and enjoy a photographic opportunities of Table Mountain from Table Bay. (Please Note: The cable car ticket is not included as the mountain visit is weather permitting.)

The afternoon is at leisure. We can arrange a number of optional tours or you can explore under your own steam.

Day 3

Full day Cape Peninsula tour

This is an awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point. The tour takes in magnificent beaches, views and picturesque villages on the way with a scenic coastal drive along Chapmans Peak; the Cape Point National Park; viewing the Penguins at Boulders Bay; Simonstown historical naval base and the magnificent Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

We collect you in the early morning and then travel along the spectacular Atlantic Seaboard through the chic suburbs of Clifton and Camps Bay and on to the scenic fishing village of Hout Bay. (An optional extra would be to take short 30 minute boat cruise to view the Seal colony on Duiker Island.) Next we enjoy a scenic drive along the famous Chapmans Peak drive – if open – as it hugs the cliffside with a 200m drop on one side and a 200m rise on the other. This is without a doubt one of the world’s most spectacular mountain passes.  You will also have a chance to watch Southern Right Whales frolicking just offshore from June to November.

You continue south to reach the Cape of Good Hope National Park. Explore the rocky coastline and unique Cape Fynbos vegetation which is home to unique birdlife such as African Black Oystercatchers and Cape Sugarbirds amongst others. You may be lucky to see wildlife such as the Cape mountain zebra, bontebok, ostrich and baboon. Climb up to the famous Cape Point Lighthouse (approx 20mins walk up and 15mins walk down) to capture the magical views over the bay.

Returning along the Indian Ocean you stop to visit the unique penguin colonies at Boulders beach, and meander through the historic naval base of Simonstown and over yet another spectacular mountain pass, Boyes Drive, where you will take in views of the quaint fishing harbour at Kalk Bay as well as the seaside villages of St James and Muizenberg.

You finish with Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens, which must surely be some of the finest gardens in Africa, nestling on the lower slopes of Table Mountain. Walk through the gardens where 4,000 of the 22,000 Southern African flowering plants are cultivated in a setting of mountain streams, pools and rolling lawns before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Day 4

Full day Cape Winelands tour

Today you enjoy a full day tour to the Cape Winelands for a leisurely exploration of the historic towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek as well as wine tasting at local wine estates. 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.

However we are flexible, so you can opt to change to a number of other tours if you prefer…

Alternative:  Uthando Half Day Projects Tour

Uthando is an NGO (Not For Profit organization) which channels money from the Tourism Industry into a variety of income generating projects within Cape Town. It also offers tailor made, unique and authentic cultural field trips, visiting these projects. Thus you can have a direct insight into the remarkable stories that make life in South Africa so interesting, dynamic and very importantly, inspiring. The tours are interactive, meeting the people at the various projects, learning about their work and way of life, firsthand. By booking a tour with Uthando, you are also automatically assisting the projects on a financial level as a substantial donation is given to the projects for each tour taken. The morning tours typically visit 3 or 4 different projects (of the 20 projects currently running).

Alternative: Full day Walk to Freedom scheduled tour

This tour offers a wealth of insight into South Africa’s history & past injustices, the legacy of the struggle and the promise of reconstruction & development initiatives under way at present. We first explore the unique culture & personality of the Cape Muslim community and their contribution to South Africa’s development. Visit District Six & the Living Museum. Travel to the Cape Flats & Townships. Stop at a local community-based empowerment project.

After lunch (for your own account), we board the Robben Island ferry and enjoy spectacular views of Cape Town and Table Mountain as you sail across the bay to this island which is so full of history. Once you reach Robben Island you will be given a guided tour and see the prison cell where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for so many years. On your return, you are transferred back to your hotel.

Day 5

Fly to Sabi Sands for 3 nights, Full Board & Game Activities

Today you are transferred back to Cape Town International Airport for your scheduled flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit or Kruger. On arrival you are transferred to your private game lodge.

A safari is nearly always an important part of a holiday in Southern Africa – words cannot describe the thrill of tracking a leopard on the hunt or observing a breeding herd of elephants at a waterhole. The Sabi Sands, the Timbavati and the Manyeleti private game reserves all share an open border with the Kruger so animals move freely.

The 65,000 ha Sabi Sands is considered to have some of the best Big Five game-viewing in the country with an open border with the Kruger so animals move freely in and out. Due to a long history of sensitive game-viewing, the animals are mostly relaxed allowing superb game-viewing, especially of leopard.

So diverse is its habitat and wildlife that you have an excellent chance of experiencing close encounters with the ‘Big 5’ – elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard – as well as many species of antelope, several dog-like species including spotted hyena and cape hunting dog, jackal, and a variety of smaller mammals.

Elephant Plains Lodge (premier option) offers a relaxing intimate safari experience with guests enjoying a true African Safari in the heart of Big Five country.

Ulusaba Safari Lodge (luxury option) is situated in the famous Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, a luxurious contemporary camp hidden in the bush under a canopy of trees and above a dry riverbed which is a magnet for animals. The main lodge has a soft contemporary feel with a large dining room and sitting room both with fireplaces and an open plan stylish bar overlooking the river and will appeal to the most discerning of tastes.

Accommodation: Ulusaba Safari Lodge
Located in: Kruger Park - Sabi Sand Game Reserve - South Africa

Day 8

Panorama Tour to the Drakensberg Escarpment for overnight, B&B

After a final early morning game drive, you enjoy a scenic transfer to your country lodge via some of the highlights of the Drakensberg Escarpment region. Depending on what time you get away from the lodge, you will usually visit the scenic Blyde River Canyon, stopping at God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Three Rondavels along the way. Time is allowed for shopping for crafts at the various craft vendors along the way.

Oliver’s Hotel & Restaurant is a very pleasant four star hotel between White River and Hazyview in the Drakensberg Escarpment area close to the Kruger National Park. The lodge is situated on the White River Country Estate and overlooks the first green of the 18 hole championship golf course. The Blyde River area is well-known for its temperate sub-tropical climate as well as its many scenic and adventurous activities.

The Luxury option is Summerfields Rose Retreat & Spa, a romantic option in a silvan valley close to Hazyview.

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

Accommodation: Summerfields Rose Retreat and Spa
Located in: Blyde River Canyon - Kruger Park - South Africa

Day 9

Fly to Victoria Falls for 2 nights, B&B

Today you have an early morning transfer to Kruger International Airport for your flight to Livingstone Airport. On arrival you are transferred to your hotel.

The Victoria Falls is a dramatic scenic contrast and a change of pace from the private game reserves. It is a sight not to be missed – the clouds of spray generated by this thunderous descent have resulted in a lush rain forest full of stunning wild flowers and the most spectacular views of the Falls are from the Zambian side of the gorge.

Various optional activities are on offer including canoeing and languorous sunset river cruises on the tranquil Upper Zambezi above the falls. To gain an overall impression of the Falls, the helicopter ‘Flight of Angels‘ is considered essential by some. For the more adventurous, micro light flights, bungee jumping and white water rafting are available. Game drives and horse riding are also offered in the Zambezi National Park to view elephant and buffalo and even the newly relocated rhino.

The magnificent Falls resort in Zambia is situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, close to the spectacular Eastern Cataract of the mighty Victoria Falls.

The Royal Livingstone Hotel (luxury option) is an elegant 5 star hotel in an unrivalled setting overlooking the Victoria Falls, within the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. So you have unlimited access to the Victoria Falls less than five minutes’ walk away – great for budding photographers who want to get that perfect shot of the Falls. A splendid wooden deck affords sweeping views of the falls, ideal for cocktails at sunset. The overwhelming ambience at the Royal Livingstone is of colonial elegance with shaded verandas, cool lounges and pervading sense of space.

The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa is our choice for the Premier Option, with its superb location right on the Zambezi River.

Accommodation: Anantara Royal Livingstone
Located in: Victoria Falls & Livingstone - Zambia

Accommodation: David Livingstone Safari Lodge
Located in: Victoria Falls & Livingstone - Zambia

Day 10

Morning tour of the Victoria Falls plus evening sundowner cruise

This morning you enjoy a guided walking tour of the Victoria Falls where you can enjoy the Falls from various viewing points. There’s a host of other activities which we can pre-book for you such as elephant back safaris, white water rafting, steam train dinner excursions to name but a few.

In the late afternoon, you enjoy a sunset cruise. The boat meanders slowly upstream along the length of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park looking for game on the way. A number of animals and a host of bird species can be viewed from comfortable chairs on cool wooden decks. Excellent hot and cold food is served on board and the bar is well stocked with spirits, good wines, beers and soft drinks. The African Queen is a 5-star boat, a triple deck 70ft catamaran furnished in Rhodesian teak, beech wood and brass.

Day 11

Morning at leisure. In the late morning. you are transferred back to the airport in time for your onward flight.

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Best time to go:
Year round but Victoria Falls are NOT at their best from October to early January. We recommend staying on the Zimbabwe side at that time of year.
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