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Affordable South Africa – Cape Town & Wildlife Safari

Visiting the two most popular areas in South Africa, our Affordable South Africa – Cape Town & Wildlife Safari delivers both a cosmopolitan city experience in Cape Town and an exciting wildlife adventure in a private luxury game reserve.

Tour Length: 8 days

Land cost from $1895 per person

Affordable South Africa - Cape Town & Wildlife SafariWelcome to the ‘fairest Cape in the World’ as your Affordable South Africa – Cape Town & Wildlife Safari begins. Colonial monuments co-exist with delightful modernity in the glorious city of Cape Town. Basking in a Mediterranean climate for most of the year, veteran travelers insist this setting tops even the trendiest resort in the south of France. Certainly… the wines are just as delicious!

Relax and enjoy a full day sightseeing package, which offers a choice of  Cape Town’s iconic ‘hop-on-hop-off’ sightseeing bus, Two Oceans Aquarium, harbor cruise, District Six Museum, Ostrich Farm tour, Castle of Good Hope and much much more!

Affordable South Africa - Cape Town & WIldlife SafariSouth Africa’s finest wildlife refuge: The Greater Kruger National Park is your safari paradise for 4 exciting days.

Nothing compares to the thrill of seeing your first lion on the hunt. Be prepared for non-stop action as you search for wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives. Open safari vehicles, expertly maneuvered by professional game rangers, allow for close-up encounters and superb photographic opportunities. During the quiet midday, an optional guided walking safari places you ‘nose to nose’ with the small denizens of the bush.

Designed for those who appreciate comfort and the true feeling of being in a bygone era, the luxury tented suites at Chisomo Safari Camp are atop raised wooden decks set under the shade of towering jackelberry and knob thorn trees.  Morning and afternoon game drives and optional guided nature walks are all on offer at this wonderful wildlife paradise! Just remember to leave some time to book a treatment in their Thera Naka Spa.

Tempted to see a bit more with our Affordable South Africa – Cape Town & Wildlife Safari? Think about adding Victoria Falls, Botswana or even an exciting Great White Shark Cage Diving adventure!

Tour Itinerary

Day 1-4 Cape Town (4 nights)
Enjoy 3 glorious days exploring the city and environs. The iVENTURE CARD offers a huge smorgasbord of free activities plus dozens of discounts at top restaurants and wineries. The choice is yours; non-stop activity or a leisurely exploration of the city with interludes of fine dining and wine tasting.

Day 5-7 Greater Kruger Park Private Reserve (3 nights)
Wing to Kruger Park airport and on to wildlife heaven! Daily game drives allow for close-up encounters with elephant, lions, giraffe, zebra, hippo and hyena to name a few. Open safari vehicles plunge into the bush in pursuit leopard on the hunt. Don’t miss the midday walking safari!.

Day 8 Depart Johannesburg
“Farewell” to Africa. Wing back to Johannesburg and depart.

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Cape Town & Kruger Game Park

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With optional extensions to Entabeni Game Conservancy or Victoria Falls

February 17 – 26, 2018

Visit the twoCape Town and Kruger Park Safari most popular areas in South Africa, Cape Town and Kruger Game Park.  The Mervis Diamond Importers ESPN Redskins Radio South Africa Safari delivers both the cosmopolitan city experience of Cape Town and exciting wildlife adventure including private game reserves and a walking safari.  This itinerary also offers several optional excursions and two amazing optional extensions to Victoria Falls, staying at Elephant Hills Resort, or game viewing throughout the ancient and beautiful hills of the Entabeni Game Conservancy, to further enhance your South African experience.

4 Nights at Cape Town’s SOUTHERN SUN WATERFRONT.  With breathtaking views of Table Mountain, located at the waterfront, this modern, chic, and spaciously comfortable hotel offers everything you would expect from a full service hotel.  Wonderful sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean assist in making the Southern Sun Waterfront a preferred business and holiday destination. Modern, chic and spaciously comfortable, the hotel’s rooms offer guests a rejuvenating, fully serviced escape from the bustling energy of Cape Town, with décor that is tasteful and classy with an edge.  Each guest room offers wireless internet access and a host of channels available on satellite.  A mere 15 minutes’ drive from Cape Town International Airport, a 5 minute walk from the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) and within walking distance to the V&A Waterfront, the hotel’s superb location offers guests easy access to the sights and sounds of Cape Town.

3 Nights at KAPAMA RIVER LODGE. Style, elegance and excitement in one of South Africa’s most prolific wildlife sanctuaries.  Kapama River Lodge is so named because it lies in a curve of the Kapama River, which is usually dry but floods from time to time and can be reached from the steps of the lodge swimming pool. A small permanent water source lies just beyond Kapama River Lodge’s perimeter fence, attracting animals like antelopes, elephant and buffalo. Watch this truly African spectacle from the warm blue water of the big rim flow swimming pool or relax in the shade of an umbrella on loungers around the pool.

• 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners, including a special boma feast in the Bush at Kapama Private Game Reserve.

• Airport transfers with private vehicle and driver, including a private ‘Meet and Greet’ service on arrival into South Africa.

• Scheduled city tour of Cape Town, featuring a scenic cable car ride up Table Mountain.

• Full day excursion to Cape Point including a visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach.

• Opportunity to enjoy a game of golf at one of Cape Town’s many famous courses (cost not included).

• Full day excursion to the gorgeous Winelands, with a winery tour and wine tasting.

• Thrilling morning and afternoon game drives at Kapama Game Reserve, in specially designed open safari vehicles.

• Opportunities for walking safaris and night game drives.

Welcome to the ‘fairest Cape in the World’. Colonial monuments co-exist with delightful modernity in the glorious city of Cape Town. Basking in a Mediterranean climate for most of the year, veteran travelers insist this setting tops even the trendiest resort in the south of France. Certainly… the wines are just as delicious! Relax and enjoy guided sightseeing: a cable car to the top of Table Mountain, a tour of the delightful city, a full day excursion along the full length of the Cape Peninsula including a visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach, and a full day excursion to the Cape Winelands with a winery tour and wine tasting.

Cape Town & Kruger Park Safari South Africa MapSouth Africa’s finest wildlife refuge, Kruger National Park, your safari paradise for 5 exciting days. Nothing compares to the thrill of seeing your first lion on the hunt. Be prepared for non-stop action as you search for the Big Five on morning and afternoon game drives at private game reserves. Open safari vehicles, expertly maneuvered by professional game rangers, allow for close-up encounters and superb photographic opportunities. During the quiet midday, a guided walking safari places you ‘nose to nose’ with the small denizens of the bush.

Optional Extensions

VICTORIA FALLS 2 Night extension to famed Victoria Falls and ELEPHANT HILLS RESORT.  The hotel is situated on a small hill overlooking the Zambezi River, upstream from the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. It has one the best golf courses in Zimbabwe and some amazing wildlife. Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River and a guided tour of the mighty Falls is also included.  Read more…

Land rate $955  per person sharing
Supplement for single accommodation $255

ENTABENI GAME CONSERVANCY 2 Night safari / golf extension to ENTABENI GAME CONSERVANCY. Game viewing throughout these ancient and beautiful hills, or play the world-renowned LEGEND GOLF COURSE with its the famous and unforgettable 19th hole, the world’s longest par 3.  Read more…

Land rate $1,550 per person sharing
Supplement for single accommodation $485

LAND RATE FOR 7 NIGHTS IN SOUTH AFRICA: $3650 per person sharing
Supplement for single accommodation: $1195

AIRFARE: Round trip Economy Air aboard South African Airways direct from Washington DC from $1786, including taxes, fuel and the internal fares within South Africa; subject to change.

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Cape & Safari

Cape Town and Kruger National Park

From the ‘fairest Cape in the World’ to South Africa’s finest wildlife refuge, our Cape & Safari itinerary takes you to Cape Town and Kruger National Park on an unforgettable journey through South Africa.

Tour Length: 10 days

Land  from $6,095 per person

Cape Town | Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park

Cape Town and Kruger National Park, Cape Town aerial viewWelcome to the ‘fairest Cape in the World’. Colonial monuments co-exist with delightful modernity in the glorious city of Cape Town. Basking in a Mediterranean climate for most of the year, veteran travelers insist Cape Town’s setting tops even the trendiest resort in the south of France; certainly the wines are just as delicious!

Relax and enjoy guided sightseeing: a cable car to the top of Table Mountain, a tour of the delightful city and an excursion along the full length of the Cape Peninsula on our Cape & Safari itinerary.

Cape Town and Kruger National Park Cape & Safari mapOur Cape & Safari Cape Town and Kruger National Park itinerary then continues on to South Africa’s finest wildlife refuge, Kruger National Park. Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve is your safari paradise for 5 exciting days.

Nothing compares to the thrill of seeing your first lion on the hunt. Be prepared for non-stop action as you search for the Big Five on morning and afternoon game drives. Open safari vehicles, expertly maneuvered by professional game rangers, allow for close-up encounters and superb photographic opportunities. During the quiet midday, a guided walking safari places you ‘nose to nose’ with the smaller denizens of the bush.

Cape & Safari – Cape Town and Kruger National Park Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA
Relax on an overnight flight to South Africa as your journey to Cape Town and Kruger National Park begins.

Day 2-4 Cape Town (3 nights)
Two glorious days exploring the Cape Town and environs. Ride a cable car up to Table Mountain and tour the colorful Malay Quarter. Pose on the very edge of the continent on a Cape Point tour and meet penguins, seals and playful baboons.

Day 5-8 Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve (4 nights)

Cape & Safari Cape Town and Kruger National Park Chitwa ChitwaWing to Kruger Park… wildlife heaven! Daily game drives allow for close-up encounters with elephant, lions, giraffe, buffalo, zebra, hippo, hyena… to name a few. Open safari vehicles plunge into the bush in pursuit of leopard on the hunt. Don’t miss the midday walking safari!.

Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge is an exquisite balance between unbridled luxury and environmental harmony. Each of the six individually decorated suites open onto its own private deck with private plunge pool, overlooking the nearby lake.

Day 9 Depart Johannesburg
“Farewell” to Africa. Wing back to Johannesburg and depart.

Day 10 Arrive USA
Welcome home with memories and photos of Cape Town and Kruger National Park to last a lifetime!

Tempted to see a bit more? Think about adding Victoria Falls, Chobe Botswana or even an exciting extension to Kenya or Tanzania.

A Taste of South Africa

Cape Town and Greater Kruger Park

Come along on A Taste of South Africa through Cape Town and Greater Kruger Park! Spend four nights in cosmopolitan Cape Town, voted one of the top destinations in the world, with the opportunity for self-exploration or optional full and half day tours. Continue on an exciting three day wildlife adventure at a private luxury Big 5 game reserve with the style and elegance you’d expect of a first rate safari destination.

Tour Length: 9 days

Land from $2,395 per person sharing.

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Cape Town and Greater Kruger Park Cape Town waterfrontSituated in the shadow of Table Mountain and  surrounded by pristine white beaches is Cape Town; home to a rich cultural and historical heritage, vibrant restaurants and nightlife.

Cape Town affords the visitor a multitude of activities, from extreme sports to leisurely scenic cruises and world-class shopping.

Choose from a variety of optional activities, at additional cost,  during your stay in the Cape.

How far do you have to travel to find peace and quiet and connect with the simple life? When it’s time to get back to the things that really matter – such as the tranquility of nature, exciting culture and fascinating history, come along on A Taste of South Africa to Cape Town and Greater Kruger Park.

Tempted to see a bit more with our A Taste of South Africa?  Think about adding Victoria Falls, Botswana or even an exciting Great White Shark Cage Diving adventure!

A Taste of South Africa Itinerary – Cape Town and Greater Kruger Park

Day 1 Depart USA
Embark on your overnight journey to South Africa; Cape Town and Greater Kruger Park await you.

Day 2-5 Cape Town (4 nights)
Enjoy four nights in this wonderful world class mecca for food, history and adventure enthusiasts.  Relax and take advantage of the local amenities at your centrally located, vibrant, chic hotel. Add to your Cape Town experience by selecting from our optional full and half day tours (at additional cost).

Day 6 & 7 Greater Kruger Park Private Reserve (2 nights)
Cape Town and Greater Kruger Park wild dogsWing to Kruger Park airport and transfer to your private reserve. Daily game drives allow for close-up encounters with elephants, leopards, rhinos, cheetahs and hippos.

Look for a pack of wild dogs, the second rarest African carnivore species, with only an estimated 2000 remaining specimens. Birdwatchers can also look forward to ample sightings of the several hundred bird species typical to the low veld.

Day 8 Depart Johannesburg
After a final morning game drive, wing back to Johannesburg in time to connect with your home-bound international flight.

Day 9 Arrive USA
Welcome Home with memories of your visit to Cape Town and Greater Kruger Park!

A Taste of South Africa offers the following optional Cape Town tours:
Half Day Cape Town City & Table Mountain Tour
Full Day Cape Point Tour
Full Day Cape Winelands Tour
Note: All optional tours are at additional cost.

Beauty and the Beasts South Africa Safari

Cape Town, Winelands, North & South Kruger Park

Visit Cape Town, Winelands, North & South Kruger Park on our Beauty and the Beasts South Africa Safari: Wildlife, Winelands and Waterfront. An extended exploration of Southern Africa, including the romance of Cape Town, the wine tastings in Stellenbosch, the astonishing array of flora and fauna of the Moditlo Private Game Reserve along the Nbesi River and in the shadows of the Malelane Mountain range in the Mthethomusha Game Reserve, with an option to extend your trip to the rushing waters of Victoria Falls.

Tour Length: 11 days

From $4,495 per person

Cape Town, Winelands, North & South Kruger Park penguin close-upOur first glimpse of South Africa’s grandeur starts in Cape Town; Four nights at the colorful and bustling waterfront. A full schedule of sightseeing in the city and environs showcases the incomparable beauty of the area. An overnight in the Winelands allows you sample award-winning vintages and stroll through the quaint village of Franschhoek.

Then it is off on safari – winging to South Africa’s prime game viewing regions. Moditlo Private Game Reserve is your first lodge, located near the border of famed Kruger Park. Morning and afternoon game drives, in open safari vehicles, reveal an astonishing wealth of wildlife: lions, giraffe, leopard, hippo, rhino and elephant – to name just a few.

Your second lodge is located to the south, within the stunning rock-strewn Malelane Mountain range. In addition to the daily game drives available, Bongani Mountain Lodge boasts access to San Bushmen rock art – the greatest concentration of ancient rock art found anywhere on earth!

Beauty and the Beasts  Tour Itinerary

Cape Town, Winelands, North & South Kruger Park Beauty & The Beasts safari mapDay 1-4. Cape Town (4 nights)
On arrival at Cape Town Airport, you will be met by your Great Safaris Guide who will assist you to the vehicle for your private transfer to your elegant waterfront hotel.

One of the world’s most picturesque tourist destinations and most beautiful cities in the world, Cape Town is situated amidst majestic mountains and is surrounded by pristine white beaches. Often called the ‘cosmopolitan hub of Africa’, Cape Town is home to a rich cultural and historical heritage, vibrant restaurants and nightlife and a multitude of activities, from extreme sports to leisurely scenic cruises and world-class shopping.

Enjoy a morning tour of the city center, Table Mountain, the Malay Quarter and the Cape Castle. A full day excursion of the Cape Peninsula, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Hout Bay and Simonstown is also included.

Day 5 Stellenbosch Cape Winelands (1 night)
South Africa’s prime wine-growing region, founded in 1679, Stellenbosch is the oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town. Nestled between towering mountains in the beautiful Cape winelands, it is the food and wine heartland of the country. Learn the history of the “French Quarter” and enjoy a wine tasting Museum visit.

Explore Stellenbosch for a vineyard tour and tasting at Spier, undoubtedly the most unique development in the wine world, and Eagle Encounters, a bird of prey rehabilitation, education, conservation and ecotourism center.

Day 6-8 Moditlo River Lodge (Greater Kruger Park) (3 nights)
Wing from Cape Town to Kruger Park. With over 65 square miles to roam, all animals of the great African wilderness can be seen on the Blue Mountain Conservancy, from lions to elephants, hyenas to rhinos, not to mention giraffes, zebra, wildebeest, warthog, impala, kudu, eland and nyala. The Conservancy’s landmark is the magnificent silhouette of the Drakensberg mountains – spectacular, especially at sunset, occasionally accompanied by packs of wild dogs, one of the rarest and most exciting sightings of what is perhaps the most effective predator of the savanna. Almost 400 species of birds inhabit the reserve alone, including the highly endangered ground hornbill.

Depart this afternoon for the first game drive in an open 4×4 safari vehicle. Enjoy sundowners in the bush, as you witness the multi-hued African sunset.

Day 9-10 Mthetomusha Game Reserve (Greater Kruger Park) (2 nights)
After your early morning game drive followed by breakfast at the lodge, depart for an overland drive to the Mthethomusha Game Reserve.

The Bongani Mountain Lodge is beautifully located in the shadows of the Malelane Mountain range in 20,000 acres of the Mthetomusha Game Reserve, on the south western border of the Kruger National Park. Its altitude allows guests the unique opportunity to experience the Big Five. Walk the ancient paths once used by the San Bushman people of over 250 San rock art sites estimated to be 1,500 years old. This San bushman art site is, to date, the greatest concentration of rock art per square yard on earth.

Experienced rangers and Swazi trackers lead interpretive game-drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles.

Day 11  Kruger / Johannesburg / Departure
After a final game drive followed by breakfast, transfer to Kruger MQP Airport for your departure flight to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, where you will connect to your outward flight and bid “farewell” to Africa.

OPTIONAL Excursion to the Victoria Falls and Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi – 4 days.

LAND RATE: $975 per person  Supplement for Single: $295

  • Day 11 Johannesburg Airport City Lodge at the OR Tambo Airport Hotel
  • Day 12 Fly to Victoria Falls for two nights at the Ilala Lodge with breakfasts.
  • Day 13 Guided sightseeing tour of the Falls & afternoon Zambezi River cruise.
  • Day 14 Return to Johannesburg by air and depart

Cape & Kruger – Cape Town and Kruger Park Safari

Cape Town, North & South Kruger Park

Visiting Cape Town, North & South Kruger Park, the two most popular areas in South Africa, our Cape Town & Kruger Park Safari delivers both a cosmopolitan city experience and an exciting wildlife adventure including private game reserves and a walking safari.

Tour Length: 8 days

From $3,495  per person

Visiting the twoCape Town and Kruger Park Safari most popular areas in South Africa, our Cape Town & Kruger Park Safari delivers both a cosmopolitan city experience and an exciting wildlife adventure including private game reserves and a walking safari.

Begin your Cape Town & Kruger Park Safari experience in trendy, cosmopolitan Cape Town, with sightseeing attractions galore, then on to Kruger Park, South Africa’s finest wildlife refuge, and thrill to exciting game viewing.

Welcome to the ‘fairest Cape in the World’. Colonial monuments co-exist with delightful modernity in the glorious city of Cape Town. Basking in a Mediterranean climate for most of the year, veteran travelers insist this setting tops even the trendiest resort in the south of France. Certainly… the wines are just as delicious! Relax and enjoy guided sightseeing: a cable car to the top of Table Mountain, a tour of the delightful city and an excursion along the full length of the Cape Peninsula. As a special treat: enjoy dinner in the home of a Capetonian family when traveling at the Classic, Luxe or Premier level.

Cape Town & Kruger Park Safari South Africa MapSouth Africa’s finest wildlife refuge, Kruger National Park, your safari paradise for 5 exciting days. Nothing compares to the thrill of seeing your first lion on the hunt. Be prepared for non-stop action as you search for the Big Five on morning and afternoon game drives at private game reserves. Open safari vehicles, expertly maneuvered by professional game rangers, allow for close-up encounters and superb photographic opportunities. During the quiet midday, a guided walking safari places you ‘nose to nose’ with the small denizens of the bush.

Designed for those who are serious about the wildlife, this program visits two different game lodges within Kruger, in two distinct eco-zones. Mix up the menu, meet your new game ranger and say ‘hello’ to a whole new batch of fellow safari enthusiasts.

Tempted to see a bit more? Think about adding Victoria Falls, Chobe Botswana or even an exciting extension to Kenya or Tanzania.

Cape Town and Kruger Park Safari Itinerary

Day 1-3 Cape Town (3 nights)

Two glorious days exploring the city and environs. Ride a cable car up to Table Mountain and tour the colorful Malay Quarter. Pose on the very edge of the continent on a Cape Point tour. Meet penguins, seals and playful baboons. As a special treat for Premier Level: a Home Host dinner with a Capetonian family!

Day 4-5 North Kruger Park Private Reserve (2 nights)

Wing to Kruger Park… wildlife heaven! Daily game drives at private game reserves allow for close-up encounters with elephant, lions, giraffe, buffalo, zebra, hippo, and hyena, to name a few.

Sabi Sabi Private Game Lodges. Selati, Bush Lodge, Little Bush Lodge, Earth Lodge

Day 6-7 South Kruger Park Private Reserve (2 nights)

Cape Town & Kruger Park Safari private game rexervesA new part of Kruger, a new lodge and a new venue to double your game viewing opportunities! Open safari vehicles plunge into the bush in pursuit leopard on the hunt. Don’t miss the midday walking safari for a true bush experience!

Day 8 Depart Johannesburg
“Farewell” to Africa. Wing back to Johannesburg and depart.