Active Adventures |  Mkombe -  Big 5 Kruger and Cape Town

Johannesburg to Cape TownYou’ll track the steps of the Big 5 in the Greater Kruger with expert safari guides, and enjoy a mix of remote safari camps and luxury lodges on your journey across some of the most renowned private game reserves of South Africa.

  • Highlights

    Bike in the vineyards of Franschhoek

    Enjoy a touch of luxury at Klaserie & Notten's Lodge

    Enjoy sunrise and sunset walking safaris

    Experience a tented walking safari camp in Timbavati

    Experience the Big 5 in Sabi Sands

    Hike up to Table Mountain to enjoy the views

    Take a Cape Town City Tour

  • What's Included

    All accommodations
    All hotels, safari lodges and camps are included.

    All activities
    Walking Safari, game drives, and a bike ride through Franschhoek vineyards.

    All domestic transport
    Airport transfers
    All game driving
    All domestic flights

    All guiding services
    You’ll have an experienced guide with you for the entire duration, as well as specialist walking safari guides in select locations.

    All meals
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rest assured you'll be well fed and well hydrated.

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      • Start Date:14 Jun 21
      • Price:$12,799
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  • Itinerary


    Your trip leader will welcome you early-morning in the international arrivals hall of Oliver Tambo Airport in Johannesburg. The whole group will then fly to Skukuza Airport, where you’ll be greeted by your guide and head off for your first game drive to Notten’s Lodge, a beautiful, intimate safari lodge situated within one of South Africa’s finest natural sanctuaries: the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, Greater Kruger. Notten’s Lodge is a jewel within the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which means “the land of the rising sun” in the locally spoken language, Shangaan. This accommodation is an exclusive and privately owned safari lodge personally run by the Notten family; it’s well known for its excellent cuisine and wine collection, with afternoon high tea a favourite amongst guests!You’ll have the chance to enjoy game viewing along the way. Keep your eyes wide open (you’ll have plenty of time to recover from the jetlag in the afternoon!) as this reserve is home to many species, such as lions, African elephants, buffaloes, leopards, rhinoceros’, hippopotamus’, giraffes and much more.In the afternoon you can join another game drive, or if you’d prefer to just relax at the lodge, the open plan design, and the location within the natural habitat of so many animals, means you can literally watch animals come and go from a watering hole right out the front of camp - or relax by the pool. Spectacular!Notten’s Lodge (All meals)



    To make the most of your first day in the bush, you’ll get a wake-up call just before sunrise and enjoy a morning coffee, listening to the savannah awakening around you. You’ll jump in an open-top game viewing vehicle for an early morning game drive with an experienced safari guide, what a way to start the day!You’ll head back to the lodge for a hearty brunch or eat breakfast on the plains before enjoying some downtime. This is a great opportunity to treat yourself to a massage or relax by the swimming pool.In the afternoon, we’ll meet for high tea before gathering again for another game drive. This is a great time of day to take photos as the lighting is perfect. The predatory animals begin to stir from their heat-of-the-day slumber, and similarly, their prey become more alert as darkness falls. You’ll head back to camp just before dark and enjoy drinks and dinner. Under the cloak of nightfall we’ll enjoy the sounds of the African night whilst dining in the enchanting candlelit boma beneath a canopy of stars. Evenings are often rounded off with a few drinks around the fireplace, warming toes and swapping safari stories.If you wish, you’ll have the chance to head out on a night game-drive, on a vehicle equipped with powerful spotlights. This is often the best time to spot the elusive leopard, as well as the small nocturnal animals such as porcupines, honey badgers, bushbabys and civets to name a few. We’ll get a completely different perspective under the cover of darkness.Notten’s Lodge (All meals)



    After the morning game drive at Notten's Lodge, you’ll have more opportunitiy to view game on the way back to Skukuza Airport for your flight to Timbavati Private Game Reserve. This more remote private reserve is a 60,000 hectare game area and shares a fenceless border with the Kruger National Park. It is best known for the rare white lions that were discovered there in the 1970s.Your home for the next 3 days will be a camp erected under giant Jackalberry trees beside a dry riverbed, and completely removed upon departure, assuring minimum impact and therefore leaving no trace. There is no electricity, mobile phone signal or Wi-Fi, but we promise you’ll find a strong connection!You’ll meet your walking guide for the next couple of days. Get ready to embark on an immersive experience like no other. Every day, you’ll wake-up for a pre-sunrise coffee and snack, pack your gear and head out for a 3 to 4-hour walk accompanied by two armed guides, with the lead guide one of the best in South Africa.The distance and pace of the walk will depend on what animal activity is taking place in the area. The focus is on experiencing the African bush on foot and learning about big and small along the way. This is Big 5 terrain and when tracks of any of these are encountered, your guide might decide to track and find the animal. You’ll return to camp for a well-earned brunch late morning, followed by a few hours of free time you can use to read, get a ‘warm wash’, nap or swap stories. Get a late lunch before heading back out for another 2 to 3-hour walk. A crackling fire and a traditional dinner await you, before you can fall sound asleep under your dome tent.Lowveld Trails Tented Camp (All meals)Hiking Distance: Up to 15 kilometres (9 miles), 5-8 hours each day



    After a final walk and breakfast at the Trails Camp you’ll pack up and transfer to your next lodge an hour away, Klaserie Sands River Lodge, a luxurious and elegantly decorated accommodation sitting on the banks of the Ntsiri River. This unique family-run lodge offers magnificent game viewing in an open system to the Kruger National Park.The Klaserie Private Game Reserve is situated on the north-eastern edge of South Africa and is one of the largest privately-owned reserves in the country, comprising of 60,000 hectares of unspoilt bushveld. This scenic wilderness sanctuary is home to the renowned ‘Big 5’ including: African elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo, African wild dog, lion, leopard, and an abundance of antelopes.You’ll spend these two days enjoying morning and afternoon game drives, guided walking safaris and thrilling wildlife tracking excursions. The reserve is known for its incredible birdlife boasting over 500 species including the endangered Southern ground hornbill and the white-backed vulture. Afternoons can be spent relaxing in your suite, chilling by the pool or contemplating wildlife under the Jackalberry trees.Klaserie Sands River Lodge (All meals)Hiking Distance: Up to 15 kilometres (9 miles), 5-8 hours each day



    After a final game drive and breakfast at Klaserie, it will be time to say farewell to the savannah and transfer to Hoedspruit Airport for your flight to Cape Town. Your driver will await you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel, and the afternoon is yours to explore as you wish. Tomorrow starts with a tour of the city, so if you choose to just take it easy this afternoon in a cafe or at your hotel, before enjoying dinner at your leisure, tomorrow you’ll get to know South Africa’s legislative capital city (a little known fact is that South Africa actually has three capital cities, the other two being the administrative and judicial capital cities!)The Cape Milner Hotel, Cape Town (Breakfast)



    Today you’ll embark on a driving tour highlighting the dramatic history of Cape Town. You’ll visit the bustling streets of the city, old buildings and squares, and learn about the story of Dutch and British rule, slavery and apartheid, freedom and democracy. Highlights of the tour include the Greenmarket Square, Adderley Street and Flower Sellers, Grand Parade, City Hall and Castle of Hood Hope, the Story of District Six and Bo-Kaap (Malay Quarter), Slavery precinct (Slave Lodge, Slave Tree Site, Church Square), Company’s Garden (Parliament, Tuynhuys, St George’s Cathedral).You’ll enjoy a relaxed lunch by the waterfront, before heading for Table Mountain, which you’ll have the chance to ascend either by cable car or on a guided hike offering brilliant views over Cape Town to Camps Bay and the 12 Apostles. If you’re not out of breath by then you’ll have the option to continue to the highest point, before coming down by cable car, enjoying 360-degree views on the way.This day will conclude with a gourmet dinner at GOLD Restaurant. This 14 course set menu is a ‘taste safari’ that will transport you from Table Mountain to Timbuktu. The culinary experience is accompanied by unique interactive traditional entertainment.The Cape Milner Hotel, Cape Town (All meals)Hiking Distance: 2.5 kilometres (1.6 miles), 2-4 hoursElevation Gain: 800 metres (2625 feet)(Down via the cable car!)



    After breakfast you’ll hop on a 2-hour drive to Franschhoek, from where you’ll depart on a leisurely cycle tour. This picture-perfect town was founded by the French Huguenots in the late 1600’s and still retains its French charm in its café lined streets and small boutique atmosphere, with plenty of art galleries, cheese factories and wine estates. Surrounded by the dramatic Groot Drakenstein Mountains, it is home to internationally acclaimed wines from nearby estates such as La Motte, Moreson and Graham Beck. This cycling tour will have you exploring the scenic back roads of the winelands while indulging in a bit of wine tasting.After some refreshing time at the hotel pool, you’ll then head back to town for a last group dinner at Rueben’s, an exquisite glass-fronted eatery with a sophisticated dining offering. Franschhoek is a culinary capital in South Africa, boasting numerous award-winning restaurants. Reuben Riffel is one of these celebrity chefs, and you’ll discover why!Protea Hotel Franschhoek (All meals)Leisurely Cycle Tour: 2-3 hours



    Sadly, our last day is already here, and so following breakfast you will be transferred to Cape Town International Airport to say farewell to your travel companions and your beloved trip leader. You’ll go home with your mind full of amazing safari stories to tell, and probably hundreds of incredible pictures to share.(Breakfast)


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