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Explore Cape Town & Kruger National Park

Discover for yourself why Cape Town is consistently named one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Then fly on to Johannesburg to explore some highly-celebrated game reserves. Scan the horizon of Kruger National Park for the Big Five and spend time in the wild with a conservationist from the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative. Get to the bottom of Africa and you might just start dreaming up ways to avoid returning home.


Duration: 10 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Wildlife Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Moderate% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 155198
Starts: Cape Town, South Africa Finishes: Johannesburg, South Africa
You will visit
  • Cape Town
  • Johannesburg

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Cape Town

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Transport:
Arrival Airport Transfer (1.00 hour(s))

02

Day 2: Cape Town (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Guided Tour
Guided Cape Town Orientation Tour and Excursion to Cape Point

Transport:
Private Vehicle

03

Day 3: Cape Town (1B)

There is something for everyone in Cape Town. Visit Robben Island, Table Mountain, 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.

Additional Notes:
Your local G Adventures rep will be happy to help you arrange your activities.

04

Day 4: Cape Town/Johannesburg (1B, 1D)

Fly to Johannesburg and transfer to the hotel. Meet your CEO and enjoy a traditional South African “braai” (barbecue) welcome dinner in the evening.

Transport:
Plane (2.00 hour(s))

05

Day 5: Johannesburg/Kruger National Park (1B)

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.

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

Included Activities:
Panorama Route Scenic Drive

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.50 hours, 500km)

06

Day 6: Kruger National Park (1B, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Kruger National Park Open Vehicle Game Drive

Transport:
Safari vehicle (3.00 hour(s))

07

Day 7: Kruger National Park/Karongwe Private Game Reserve (1B, 1D)

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).

Additional Notes:
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.

Included Activities:
Hope Africa Children's Day School
Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Game Drive

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 150km)

08

Day 8: Karongwe Private Game Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Additional Notes:
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.

Included Activities:
Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Game Drive
Endangered Wildlife Conservation talk and Game Drive

09

Day 9: Karongwe Private Game Reserve/Johannesburg (1B, 1D)

After one last safari game drive, head back to the city. In the evening, enjoy dinner at our local guest house.

Included Activities:
Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Game Drive

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 500km)

10

Day 10: Johannesburg (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer
    • Orientation tour of Cape Town and Cape Point including Boulders Beach
    • Visit to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden with an expert guide
    • Traditional braai (barbecue) dinner
    • Panorama Route scenic drive
    • Kruger National Park entrance fee with game drive in open vehicle
    • Visit a local village and G Adventures-supported school
    • Private nature reserve entrance fee with game drives in open vehicles
    • Lecture and game drive with a researcher and expert on carnivores
    • Internal flights
    • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Comfort hotel (3 nts), guest house (2 nts), comfortable safari camps (4 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
    Transport
    • Private van, plane, air-conditioned touring vehicle, open safari vehicle, walking
    Group Leader
    • G representative in Cape Town, Chief Experience Officer (CEO)/driver for Kruger portion, local guides/rangers
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Tour Highlights:
  • Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
  • Scan the horizon of Kruger National Park for the Big Five
  • Meet researchers from the Endangered Wildlife Trust's Carnivore Conservation Programme