Enjoy a majestic 8-day tour of Cape Town and Kruger Park Safari, two of South Africa’s top highlights. You will take in the beauty of the Cape Peninsula, Winelands and the city of Cape Town, followed by a great safari experience in the Kruger National Park, where the iconic African wildlife roam free.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a classic African safari at Kruger National Park
  • Relax at some of South Africa's best hotels and safari lodges
  • Explore Cape Town, Table Mountain, and Robben Island
  • Take a tour through the famous Cape Winelands

Brief itinerary

Day Activity Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Cape Town Winchester Mansions, Cape Town
Day 2 Cape Peninsula Tour Winchester Mansions, Cape Town
Day 3 Robben Island Tour & Table Mountain Tour Winchester Mansions, Cape Town
Day 4 Cape Winelands Tour Franschhoek Country House
Day 5 Arrival in Kruger National Park Lukimbi Safari Lodge
Day 6 Safari Tour Lukimbi Safari Lodge
Day 7 Safari Tour Lukimbi Safari Lodge
Day 8 Departure  

Map overview

Map overview of this trip
Map overview of the day-by-day for this itinerary

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Winchester Mansions, Cape Town

Winchester Mansions
Winchester Mansions (© Howard Spencer-Wilson)

On arrival at the Cape Town International Airport, you will be met by your driver-guide and be transferred to the Winchester Mansions at the Sea Point, facing the Atlantic Ocean and with the backdrop of the mountain, capturing the beauty of the area. Here you will spend three nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own.  Cape Town is blessed with a number of attractions. With its harbor, beaches, vineyards, diverse flora and fauna, and its mountainous surroundings, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit here.

Winchester Mansions is located on the Sea Point Promenade overlooking the Atlantic coastline. This hotel is the picture of elegance and luxury. Guests can unwind in style with spacious rooms and suites, all of which boast fabulous views of the sea, the mountains or the hotel’s beautiful courtyard, built in the style of an Italian piazza. The Winchester Mansions feature a heated pool, a sundeck, and a renowned onsite restaurant offering excellent South African cuisine with a classic European twist.

Day 2: Winchester Mansions, Cape Town

Cape Town
Cape Town

After breakfast, you will be taken on your full-day Cape Peninsula Tour, including a deluxe lunch and entry fees. The Cape Peninsula is a rocky peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean at the south-western extremity of the African continent. At the southern end of the peninsula are Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. On the northern end is Table Mountain, overlooking Cape Town.

The peninsula is 52 km. long, and offers a spectacular combination of beaches and mountains, with wonderful areas, towns, and harbors. Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town is ideal for families as immense boulders shelter the cove from currents and large waves. Enjoy the penguins, but don't touch or feed them as they will nip the odd finger or nose if feeling threatened.

The small fishing village of Hout Bay has a lovely family beach, including the World of Birds, a township tour to the vibrant Imizamo Yethu, arts and crafts, boat rides out to Seal Island and some great, casual restaurants where you can relax.

On the lower slopes of Table Mountain, the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens showcase the Cape’s rich flora. The unique ‘fynbos’ vegetation are all over and those who get an appetite while exploring the garden can visit the restaurant or tearoom. In summer, Sunday music concerts provide sunset entertainment and Kirstenbosch is rated the seventh best of its kind in the world!

Day 3: Winchester Mansions, Cape Town

This morning you will be taken on a half-day Robben Island Tour, followed by a great deluxe lunch and continue on your private guided half-day Cape Town City & Table Mountain Tour.

Table Mountain is one of Cape Town's most prominent tourist attractions. It forms part of National Park and sees many visitors using the cableway or one of the hiking paths to the top of the mountain. It is a flat-topped mountain with spectacular views of Cape Town City. A visit to Table Mountain is a must-do when you visit Cape Town.

Robben Island is South Africa's icon of struggle but also of hope and freedom. This is where Nelson Mandela spent was imprisoned. The island is now a World Heritage Site and has a museum that offers tours on a daily basis. The island is a quick ferry hop away and departs from the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. The tour on the island is led by a former political prisoner who was a prisoner on Robben Island.

Day 4: Franschhoek Country House & Villas, Franschhoek

Franschhoek Country House
Franschhoek Country House (© Howard Spencer-Wilson)

This morning you will enjoy your breakfast before checking out.  You will then be taken on your full-day Cape Winelands Tour, which includes a deluxe lunch. In the afternoon, you will check in at the Franschhoek Country House, spending one night on a bed and breakfast basis.

Situated in the Cape Winelands, Franschhoek is a wonderful retreat to the country and is also one of South Africa's oldest towns. The name Franschhoek means "French Corner" and was founded by a group of French Huguenots. Franschhoek offered a secluded hideout for these French Huguenots who were fleeing from Europe. The heritage of Franschhoek can be seen at the Huguenot Memorial Museum.

The area is fertile and offers many world-class wine estates and a wide range of wines as well restaurants. There are quaint shops and boutiques to be found in town and guests can enjoy the Cape Dutch architecture of the area that has been well preserved in order to keep the look and feel created by the original settlers. Franschhoek is close enough to Cape Town to allow for day trips as well as trips to other areas of the Winelands including Stellenbosch and Paarl.

The Franschhoek Country House is an exclusive boutique hotel and can be found on the outskirts of the Franschhoek town. This manor house is a former perfumery from the 1890’s that has been lovingly restored. There is a world class restaurant on site.

Franschhoek Country House also offers two pools, villa suites and 26 luxury rooms. Most of the luxury rooms have a patio or a private balcony with views of the mountains and vineyards. The villa suites offer luxurious accommodation with air-conditioning, two balconies, a fireplace and more luxury amenities.

Day 5: Lukimbi Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park

Lukimbi Safari Lodge
Lukimbi Safari Lodge (© Howard Spencer-Wilson)

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred back to the Cape Town International Airport where you will board your flight to the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.  On arrival in Johannesburg, you will connect with your flight to the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit.  

On arrival in Nelspruit, you will be met and transferred to the famous Kruger National Park, known for the Big Five and its beauty in bush and veld! Here you will spend the next three nights on a fully inclusive basis at the Lukimbi Safari Lodge. This will include all meals, teas, coffees & high tea, twice daily game viewing activities and safari walks.

The Kruger National Park offers a range of diverse ecosystems which correspond with a wide array of animals, birds and plant life. This is one of the world's biggest and most diverse game reserves, at more than 2 million hectares.  This will be your classic African safari adventure.

The Lukimbi Safari Lodge can be found in the southern part of the Kruger National Park. This luxury safari lodge offers Big Five game viewing inside the park where you can enjoy a wide range of habitats and wildlife.

Day 6 & 7: Lukimbi Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park

Safari Tour (© Howard Spencer-Wilson)

Today is spent on safari in the Kruger National Park. Explore one of South Africa's most famous and diverse safari destinations with exciting game viewing activities at your luxury lodge. Enjoy open vehicle safaris in the early morning and afternoon with a great safari walk in between, getting to know the tracks of the animals roaming in this place!

Day 8: Departure

You will be transferred after breakfast back to the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, where you will board your flight back to the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.  On arrival in Johannesburg, you will connect with your afternoon outbound flight back home.  

This morning marks the end of your tour in South Africa, but with this in mind, we can extend your journey to include Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and add another safari in Botswana. The options are wide open!

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8-day cape town & kruger park safari, South Africa - Nov 4 - Nov 8, 2017

Traveler: Maria Y. - Local specialist: Howard Spencer-Wilson

We had a tight budget and were exploring different options to see what best fit our interests and budget for our Cape Town & Kruger Park Safari. Howard was extremely patient and helpful with suitable recommendations. Overall, it was a generally fuss free and enjoyable process.