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Wild Encounter at Sabi Sands Game Reserve

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PRIVATE TOUR - 10 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM $5083+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Get profiles of some historic South African figures and events
  • Become immersed in the culture of native South Africans
  • Take in the magnificent views along the coastal route
  • Experience multiple close encounters with a number of the “Big 5” game
  • Enjoy sundowner drinks during sunset on the savannah
  • Get informed on the wildlife by expertly trained guides
  • See the prison cell that held Nelson Mandela captive for so many years
  • Observe the wide array of avian life native to this area
  • See the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans at the Cape Point
  • Cap off this amazing trip with some star gazing, far away from the bright city lights
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Tour Overview

This trip includes two of the must-do experiences in South Africa – a visit to Cape Town and a wildlife safari. The first half of this trip includes a tour of the city, Table Mountain, the Cape Peninsula and the Cape Winelands. Then, switching gears, you’ll head east to Kruger National Park for a safari in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

In Cape Town, your days will be spent exploring the culture and history of the city and its surroundings. You will take a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, for its stunning views, long golden beaches, the jackass penguin colony and the Cape of Good Hope – Africa’s most southwestern point. Your final day in the Western Cape will be spent in the winelands, north of Cape Town, touring the many vineyards and wineries that are making South African wines some of the most popular in the world.

Following Cape Town, you will fly to Nelspruit, where you will be transferred to your lodge at Sabi Sands Game Reserve, adjacent to Kruger National Park. For the next several days, you will engage in daily game drives in one of the premier private reserves in the country.

Inclusions
Price Includes:
Round trip domestic airfare from Cape Town to Nelspruit, Hotel accommodation including continental or buffet breakfast, Meals where specified, Activities where specified, All transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling, Guided tours in English including all entrance fees

Notes:
* Big Five animals (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino) may be viewed all year round.
Exclusions

Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included in the quote (if airfare has been included in the quote)

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Pricing Details
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Double £$5083 £$5270 £$5321 N/A
Single £$6335 £$6746 £$7077 N/A

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International flight to Cape Town

Overnight international flight to Cape Town.

Overnight international flight to Cape Town.

Day
2

Exploring Cape Town

After check-in at the hotel, spend the rest of the day at leisure. Consider checking out a local restaurant or perusing the shops downtown. Cape Town is also rife with culture; there are many venues showcasing art as well as museums expounding upon the rich, pre-colonial natural history of the area.

After check-in at the hotel, spend the rest of the day at leisure. Consider checking out a local restaurant or perusing the shops downtown. Cape Town is also rife with culture; there are many venues showcasing art as well as museums expounding upon the rich, pre-colonial natural history of the area.

Day
3

Cultural immersion in Cape Town

Today become immersed in some of the city’s history and culture on a private city tour. Be on the lookout for seldom seen sights and seldom heard stories about the city’s former inhabitants; previous visitors; beautiful architectural heritage; social, cultural, religious and political history.
Complete the cultural experience by extending the morning Township Visit Tour to include a visit to Robben Island in the afternoon. Today, visit the Townships – a tour that offers an insight and interaction with different cultures, communities and individuals. Witness everyday life in a harsh environment which tells of the struggles, hopes and achievements. See why April 27th 1994 was such an important day in South Africa (first democratic elections). Start with a tour of District Six and see the oldest mosque in South Africa. District Six was once home to thousands of people of various cultures. Visit Langa, the oldest formal black township in Cape Town, and see the local market, an art & crafts centre, and visit a traditional healer. Experience the warm hospitality of a local B&B and visit a creche offering fun and a safe haven for the local children. Then, visit Bonteheuwel, Nyanga, Crossroads, Khayelitscha, and Gugulethu where the Gugulethu Seven Memorial and the Amy Biehl Memorial can all be seen. Board the Robben Island ferry and enjoy spectacular views of Cape Town and Table Mountain during the sailing journey across this historically rich. Upon arrival to the island, take a guided tour and see the prison cell that held Nelson Mandela captive for so many years. The return to the hotel is included.
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Day
4

Visit to Cape Point

The journey to Cape Point takes travelers along the scenic Atlantic seaboard coastal road. Pass the pristine beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay with their soft white sand and azure blue water. The formidable 12 Apostles Peaks rise above the road on one side, while sheer cliffs and incredible rock formations drop into the icy Atlantic Ocean on the other side. There is no doubt the coast of the Cape peninsula offers magnificent scenery with its great biodiversity. Arrive at the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay with its imposing Sentinel. Visit Seal Island (own account) or shop for souvenirs at the craft market at the harbor. The tour continues over Chapman's Peak which offers amazing photo opportunities, and onto the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. This area is home to magnificent 'fynbos', many different species of antelope and birds, the Cape Mountain Zebra, and mischievous baboons. These creatures entertain guests enjoying lunch at the restaurant, which has splendid views of False Bay. Take the funicular (own account) to the lighthouse to see the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans at the Cape Point. Visit Boulders Beach to see the Jackass penguins (own account), travel through the naval base of Simonstown and then venture inland to the last stop of the day at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. With the sun setting over the tall peaks of Table Mountain the last rays sparkle on the trees and flowers, and offer a fitting end to a day filled with all the Cape has to offer. ...read less

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Day
5

Tour of the Winelands

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Heading north to Paarl, the first stop this morning is at Anura Wine Estate for a cheese and wine tasting. Then the tour makes its way to Franschhoek, with a photo stop en route, at the Groot Drakenstein Prison where Nelson Mandela was released in Feb 1990. The village of Franschhoek nestled amongst the mountains, can easily be mistaken as being in Switzerland. After a short tour of the little town, a second wine tasting will take place in Franschhoek, followed by a lunch stop (optional – own account), and maybe a chance to try some of the fresh trout that Franschhoek is known for. After lunch the tour continues over the Hells Hoogte Mountain Pass to Stellenbosch. It is easy to understand why Simon van der Stel decided to settle a village amongst the mountains. The backdrop of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, the white gabled Cape Dutch homesteads and the oak lined streets and lanes all blend in to give this place a charm that will not be forgotten. Time permitting a third wine tasting will be included. Return to Cape Town with amazing photos and fond memories. ...read less

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Day
6

Cape Town – Sabi Sands Game Reserve

After the transfer arrives at the lodge, get acclimated to the new surroundings at Sabi Sands by embarking on one of the many excursion options offered. Bordering the Kruger National Park, with no fences dividing them, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is world renowned for excellent game viewing. At Elephant Plains Game Lodge be sure of game drives and bush walks will live up to the Africa’s reputation! Not only will there be excellent chance of close encounters with the Big 5, but maybe even be spoiled with the more elusive wild dog and cheetah sightings. As the lodge is situated on a dry riverbed, the surrounding habitat is favorable for leopards, as these creatures enjoy the riverine and denser bush areas. There are two game drives per day, during which an experienced game ranger and local Shangaan tracker would share their extensive knowledge and love of the African bush. Each drive lasts about three hours with an intermediate break. All food is prepared fresh using locally sourced ingredients by an expert culinary staff who channel indigenous inspirations with a modern fusion. ...read less

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7

Game viewing in Sabi Sands

A South African breakfast will be served in the dining area followed by a bush walk. Keen birdwatchers would also be mesmerized with over 300 bird species to choose from. Over time and due to a carefully planned habituation process, some of the animals have become habituated to the game drive vehicles. This enables guests to view the animals undisturbed, as they go about their daily routine. During the morning game drive, indulge in some coffee and homemade rusks and in the afternoon the ranger will find a suitable spot where stunning views can be enjoyed, whilst enjoying a sundowner drink. After sundowners the tracker will use the spotlight to find nocturnal animals, before returning to the lodge for dinner. Alternatively, simply relax at the Spa, beside the pool, in the library or around the lodge. ...read less

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8

Exploring Sabi Sands

A wake-up knock on the door. Tea, coffee and rusks will be served on the deck, followed by the game drive or bush walk. During bush walk there will be an opportunity to take a closer look at animal tracks, birds, different types of grasses and trees, as well as any smaller details of the bush that might be fascinating. This is also the ideal time for birdwatchers to get a closer look at their favorite bird species. The daily bush walk takes place after breakfast and is a leisurely walk of about an hour. Please take note that there is accompaniment included from either the ranger or tracker. Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and have protection from the sun. This will be followed by free time and late afternoon game drive. Each day will differ in the animals that may be near or ask the guide to search out animals which may have not been seen yet. Trackers watch the road for spoor and prints and communicate with other vehicles to find where the best viewing of the day may be. In the evening, animals come out of the shade. With enough luck, witness lions heading off on a hunt or elephants silhouetted before the vibrant colors of the sunset. ...read less

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9

Star gazing at Elephant Plains

On the last day at Elephant Plains, leave nothing on the property unexplored. If something that doesn't directly involve seeing the Big 5 is of interest, consider giving star gazing a try in place of the evening game drive. What better place for star gazing than in the middle of the bush, far away from the big city lights! The remoteness of this luxury game lodge makes Elephant Plains one of the astrophotography destinations in Africa. All rangers have completed a star gazing course through Cosmic Safari and use an 8 Inch Orion Intelli Telescope. View constellations such as The Southern Cross and The Scorpion and find out interesting facts about nebulas and clusters. ...read less

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Day
10

International flight home via Cape Town

After breakfast and morning activities, transfer to the airport for a connection to Cape Town and flight home or continue with an optional Yampu Tours add-on.

After breakfast and morning activities, transfer to the airport for a connection to Cape Town and flight home or continue with an optional Yampu Tours add-on.

Kruger National Park, Kruger Park, Limpopo, South Africa

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Places You'll See

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    Kruger National Park

    Get the real safari experience at the Kruger National Park, one of South Africa’s largest game reserves. The offers a chance to see some of the 500 plus species of wild birds, nearly 150 species of large mammals including all of the Big Five game animals, and over 100 species of reptiles including the black mamba. There’s even a 9-hole golf course.

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    Cape Town

    As Africa’s most popular tourist destination, Cape Town has much to offer. From its natural features such as Table Mountain, or Hout Bay with its views of the Atlantic Ocean, to its cultural attractions and several hundred shops, it has something for everyone. The Two Oceans aquarium is a popular destination, with its large viewing windows and seven exhibition galleries.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Cape Town : Inn on the Square

Cape Town : Protea Hotel Fire & Ice

Cape Town : Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge

Cape Town : SunSquare Cape Town

Kruger National Park : Tydon Safari Camp

Kruger National Park : Bateleur Bushveld Camp

Kruger National Park : Biyamiti Bushveld Camp

4 Star Properties

Cape Town : Protea Hotel Victoria Junction

Cape Town : Adderley Hotel (Waterfront)

Cape Town : The Vineyard (Newlands)

Cape Town : Victoria & Alfred Hotel

Kruger National Park : Arathusa Safari Lodge

Kruger National Park : Casterbridge Hollow

Kruger National Park : Rhino Post Safari Lodge

5 Star Properties

Cape Town : Cape Royale

Cape Town : Taj Cape Town

Cape Town : Cape Grace

Kruger National Park : Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

Kruger National Park : Bongani Mountain Lodge

Kruger National Park : Thornybush Game Lodge

Luxury Properties

Cape Town : Table Bay Hotel

Testimonials

Jerome S.

Traveled May, 2013

The trip you set up for me was flawless.

The trip you set up for me was flawless. The guide met all my expectations. He was helpful and protective. I did learn that in Africa, time is a relative thing. I soon learned that when James told me we were one half hour from anywhere, I could count on an hour. I saw every major animal, but one, including the Black Rino, one of the most endangers specie in the Crater. I took 900 pictures. I can tell you without a doubt, that your people can take care of a person my age and should promote that fact. I loved Nxabega. However, I was prevented from going to my tent for a rest when a family of Elephants started eating the trees between the lunch area and my tent. They were all first rate camps, but Sopa was exceptional. If you wish me to fill out anything, let me know. One funny story. I needed to go to the bathroom. James asked me to wait while he drove about a half a mile to high ground, so he could watch out for animals while I attended to the problem behind his 4×4. As we get to about fifty yards from the place we planned to stop; three lions walked over the hill and past our vehicle. You would be surprised how fast the urge to go disappears under these circumstances.

Ann & Ted

Traveled March, 2015

It was the trip of a lifetime

Ted and I would like to thank you and your staff for helping us plan our trip. It was the trip of a lifetime! South Africa is such a beautiful country and we very much enjoyed all of the activities you planned. The safari was wonderful, wine country beautiful and relaxing, and the Cape Town area vibrant and so very scenic. The hotels were all great, the tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly and adapted plans to our interests, and the car transfers were all very professional. Everything went off without a hitch, which is such an amazing thing since our vacation was nearly 2 weeks long.

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Peter C.

Traveled May, 2013

We all loved Cape Town and Franschoek

We’re on our last day at Kagga Kamma and I wanted to let you know that we are having a great time and everything is according to plan. We all loved Cape Town and Franschoek. While we were unsure about KK when we arrived, it has turned out to be a great experience. Just today we saw ostrich, eland, wildebeest, red hartebeest, zebra, botinbok, Springbok and cave paintings. Ted and i are taking the ATV’s this afternoon. It is a huge reserve here. The weather today is sunny and cool. Off to the airport in early morning to fly to Kruger. Hopefully the last leg of our trip will be as good as the first.

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