South African Wine and Safari – Cape Town to Kruger National Park

ITINERARY
DAY 1  CAPE TOWN
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Arrival Airport Transfer Cape Town International Airport – Cape Town
You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel to start your adventure.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting 1 h 18:00
Meet your representative at the hotel (at approx. 18:00) – please have a look at the information board in the hotel. Your rep will go through your tour details, help you with booking optional activities, and be your contact person for the next few days.
Accommodation
Inn on the Square (or similar)Hotel

DAY 2 CAPE TOWN
Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden with an expert guide on a tour exclusively designed for our groups – the garden has been named one of the top gardens in the world by National Geographic Traveler magazine. Continue on to explore vibrant Cape Town and Cape Point, with a visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach.

Private Vehicle Cape Town
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Guided Tour
Stop and smell the flowers on a tour specially designed for National Geographic travellers. Visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, led by an expert who will talk about the history of the gardens, its exhibits and a behind the scenes look at the mother beds. The garden is administered by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) who have received funding from National Geographic and the site has been named one of the Top 10 gardens in the world by National Geographic Traveler.
Guided Cape Town Orientation Tour and Excursion to Cape Point Cape Town4h
Enjoy a guided orientation tour of vibrant Cape Town. Continue on to Cape Point to enjoy a stunning vista and visit the penguins at Boulders Beach.
Free Time Cape Town
Enjoy some free time to explore the city; opt to visit the Waterfront complex, which features an aquarium, several shops, and excellent restaurants.
Accommodation
Inn on the Square (or similar)Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 3 CAPE TOWN
Enjoy a day of leisure and choose from a variety of optional activities, including Table Mountain or a Stellenbosch wine tour.

There is something for everyone in Cape Town. Visit Table Mountain, walk the V&A Waterfront or embark on a wine tour in and around Stellenbosch. For the adventurous, opt to go skydiving, abseiling, or, if you’re really brave, cage diving for a close encounter with a great white shark. Wander through the city centre, which has some of the oldest buildings and gardens in South Africa. Check out the Cultural Historical Museum, Planetarium, and many other museums and theatres.

If you are interested in visiting Robben Island – you must book it directly with the museum on their website prior to travel: http://www.robben-island.org.za Due to high demand, it is common that this tour can be sold out over one month in advance.

Free Time Cape Town Full Day
Enjoy a day of your leisure in this cosmopolitan and charming city.
Accommodation
Inn on the Square (or similar)Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 4 CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG
Fly to Johannesburg and transfer to the hotel. Meet your CEO and enjoy a traditional South African “braai” (barbecue) welcome dinner in the evening.

Safari Club SA (or similar)Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 5 JOHANNESBURG/KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy a scenic drive along the famed Panorama Route with stops at Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and God’s Window. Continue to our tented camp located just outside Kruger National Park.

Today is a long driving day; however, we will make many stops along the way at sites along the Panorama Route.

Panorama Route Scenic Drive
Enjoy a scenic drive along the famed Panorama Route. You’ll see magnificent mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, and waterfalls. There will also be stops at Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and God’s Window.
Private Vehicle Johannesburg – Kruger National Park 7h-8h30m 500km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation
Nkambeni Safari Camp (or similar)Safari Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 6 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
Opt to take a morning game drive or bush walk, or relax on the deck with views of the watering hole, a popular spot for game to visit. This afternoon, take an included game drive inside Kruger National Park in an open safari vehicle. Take in views of the abundant wildlife from your seat. Return to the camp and enjoy a delicious South African dinner on the deck or in the boma.

At over 19,000 sq km (7,500 sq mi), South Africa’s Kruger National Park is one of the largest and most impressive animal reserves in the world. With 147 species, Kruger has more species of large mammals than any other park on the continent.

Free Time Kruger National Park Afternoon
Opt to take an optional morning safari drive or game walk.
Kruger National Park Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive Kruger National Park4h-7h Afternoon
Hop in a 4×4 safari vehicle and get yourself one step closer to the surrounding nature. Be ready to spot elephants, giraffes, hippos, lions, zebras, and many other species in this impressive South African NP.
Safari vehicle Kruger National Park 3h
Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride.
Accommodation
Nkambeni Safari Camp (or similar)Safari Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 7KRUGER NATIONAL PARK/KARONGWE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
Continue on to a private nature reserve in the Greater Kruger area to enjoy open vehicle game drives while searching for Africa’s famed Big Five.

For the next two days, enjoy ranger-led morning and evening game drives in an open safari vehicle in Karongwe Nature Reserve. Search for buffaloes, elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinos – Africa’s famed Big Five. With over 9,000 hectares (22,240 acres) of supreme African bushveld, Karongwe Private Game Reserve is home to many creatures, and our safari drives provide several opportunities for game viewing.

We use various accommodations within the reserve (the location is based on availability). During your time here, you will either stay in lodge rooms or very comfortable permanent tents (both of equal quality and with similar amenities).

Game drives are conducted with qualified game rangers and Shangaan trackers who will share their vast experience of the African bush.

On some occasions, if space is unavailable, we may need to change accommodations or even use a different private reserve. In such a case, be assured we will choose other lodges or comfort camps (of equal quality) within the Greater Kruger area.

Private Vehicle Kruger National Park – Karongwe Private Game Reserve3h150km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive Karongwe Private Game Reserve3h Afternoon
Jump into a safari 4×4 and keep your eyes open for fantastic wildlife encounters. Game drives are conducted with qualified game rangers and Shangaan trackers; both will share their vast experience of the African bush.
Accommodation
Karongwe River Lodge (or similar)Safari Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 8 KARONGWE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
Take part in an early morning game drive and then enjoy brunch and free time at the lodge. In the afternoon, meet with a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Carnivore Conservation Programme, a project headed by National Geographic grantee Kelly Marnewick. A member of Kelly’s team will teach us about their ongoing research and join us on our evening game drive.

Wake up before the sun (around 5am) and sip your morning coffee before heading out on a morning game drive. Return to the lodge following the game drive for brunch and some leisure time. Converse on the deck, walk the grounds and gardens, and enjoy high tea. Following tea, it’s time for the late afternoon game drive. After spotting tons of wildlife, it’s time to return to camp and freshen up before dinner.

Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive Karongwe Private Game Reserve 3h 5:00
Jump into a safari 4×4 and keep your eyes open for fantastic wildlife encounters. Game drives are conducted with qualified game rangers and Shangaan trackers; both will share their vast experience of the African bush.
Free Time Karongwe Private Game Reserve Afternoon
Relax and enjoy some down time between game drives.
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Endangered Wildlife Conservation Talk and Drive
Meet with a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Carnivore Conservation Programme, a project headed by National Geographic grantee Kelly Marnewick. A member of Kelly’s team, will give a talk about carnivores in South Africa and the important research CCP is doing. We will also discuss conservation within parks and reserves in South Africa and National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative. You will then be accompanied by the researcher on a game drive to give you more insight into cheetahs and other carnivores.
Accommodation
Karongwe River Lodge (or similar)Safari Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
DAY 9 KARONGWE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE/JOHANNESBURG
After one last safari game drive, head back to the city. In the evening, enjoy dinner at our local guest house.

Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive Karongwe Private Game Reserve3h05:00 Morning
Jump into a safari 4×4 and keep your eyes open for fantastic wildlife encounters. Game drives are conducted with qualified game rangers and Shangaan trackers; both will share their vast experience of the African bush.
Private Vehicle Karongwe Private Game Reserve – Johannesburg7h500km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation
Safari Club SA (or similar)Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner
DAY 10 JOHANNESBURG
Depart at any time.
Not ready to leave? I can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Meals included: Breakfast