Arrive Cape Town
You will be met on arrival at Cape Town airport and driven the half hour or so to your lovely boutique guesthouse, the Trevoyan, in the suburb of Tamboerskloof. This beautifully restored Victorian gem is right at the slopes of Table Mountain, land-marked by a majestic old oak tree. Take time to rest and relax after your flight. Staff are happy to recommend and book local restaurants, so you can be assured of a good meal this evening.
Your first full day in this exciting city. Your hotel is only a few minutes drive from the city's main attractions including Table Mountain and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. You can easily spend a day exploring the city sights and stopping for lunch at one of the many cafes. You could also take a boat trip out to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for so many years. When you've had your fill of sightseeing, head back to Tamboerskloof and tranquillity of your guesthouse for some quiet rest and relaxation.
Day 3 & 4
There is so much to do in and around the city, and you can explore at your leisure for the next two days. Choose from cultural activities such as museums, visits to different areas of the city (for example a township tour is fascinating) and chilling out on the sandy beaches at Camps Bay and Clifton. You might just want to take time out and sunbathe and swim in the pool at the guest house or wander around the local boutiques, restaurants and bars or even head out to the winelands and sample some of the Cape's finest wines.
This morning you'll be collected from the guesthouse for the transfer to the airport for the flight to Hoedspruit. From here you'll be driven to your home for the next two nights, Africa on Foot. This intimate rustic safari camp, Africa on Foot is in the Klaserie Private Game Reserve which lies west of the Greater Kruger National Park sharing open borders. An unfenced camp with sandy walkways and scattered shady trees, Africa on Foot takes a simple, more authentic approach to safari and as the name suggests the emphasis is on walking safaris.
This morning it's an early start as you embark on a walking safari with your guide. It's a great way to experience nature and the bush. Your guide will be with you every step of the way pointing out tracks and sharing his wealth of knowledge. There's nothing quite like seeing wild animals while on foot. On returning to camp you can tuck into a hearty breakfast that you will have earned. Then you have free time to relax in camp, and perhaps take a siesta before a late lunch is served. Then you will go out on a game drive to explore the further reaches of the reserve before finding a special spot for a sundowner. Lions, leopard, elephants and a variety of buck are all present on the reserve, see how many you can spot. You will return to camp in time to freshen up before dinner.
To Sabi Sands, Kruger
Today you will leave this stunning area and you'll be driven to your home for the next three nights, Notter's Bush Camp in the famous Sabi Sands Reserve. You'll have a spacious suite, with an indoor and a screened outdoor shower, and a private wooden deck facing the bush. Cool off with a swim in the pool and watch wildlife from the deck by the waterhole as you adapt to your new surroundings. Tonight, the chef will cook a tasty dinner which will be served on the deck, by the camp fire, or in the summerhouse.
Sabi Sands, Kruger
Part of Greater Kruger, the Sabi Sand Reserve is a 65,000-hectare reserve which shares a 50km unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park. The wildlife in the reserve is well-habituated to visitors so this means that you stand high chances of unforgettable close encounters and prolific sightings, particularly of the elusive leopard. Notten's offers a mix of game drives and guided walks, with activities taking place in the early morning and late afternoon, leaving the middle of the day free for you to unwind at the lodge.
Sabi Sands, Kruger
A second full day in Sabi Sands, and further opportunities to witness the wildlife of this area, which includes all of the Big 5. Led by an experienced ranger you'll be thrilled by each encounter and will learn about different aspects of the natural world. At the lodge you can enjoy conversations with fellow guests, sip a drink as you relax on the terrace and take a refreshing swim in the pool. You can also treat yourself to a deeply relaxing massage at the spa. The afternoon game drive will include sundowners in the bush, and you'll drive back to camp watching and listening out for nocturnal creatures.
To Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
After breakfast you'll be driven to Kruger Mpumalanga airport for the 90-minute flight to Livingstone in Zambia. You then cross the border to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe for the third stage of your holiday. You'll be driven to Ilala Lodge. This is the closest accommodation to the falls and the cascading waters can be heard from the gardens. Take things easy this afternoon, make friends with other guests and plan your activities for the next couple of days. Enjoy a three course meal in the Palm restaurant tonight. Breakfast, Dinner.
Ilala Lodge has a superb location, close to the falls. A guided tour of the falls is included in your stay. It is a truly awe-inspiring experience; the sight, the sound, the smell and the humbling feeling that this beautiful iconic site has been created by mother nature. There are lots of additional activities available that you can arrange and pay for locally, such as white water rafting and bungee jumping or cultural visits to a local village. It's sure to be a busy day and you'll be glad, at the end of the afternoon, to return to the peace and tranquillity of Ilala Lodge and the stunning gardens.
Today you can experience more of the sights of this lovely small town. There are craft markets, cafes and plenty of boutiques to wander around. You may decide to see the falls from a different angle and take a helicopter flight, known as 'Flight of the Angels'. Then this evening, included in your stay is a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, the perfect way to round off your holiday.
After breakfast it's time to pack your bags and head for home. You'll be transferred to Victoria Falls airport in time to check in for your flight.
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