CAPE TOWN AND KRUGER – African Travel Safari
South Africa is a popular African wildlife safari destination, offering exceptional game viewing, scenic routes, magnificent beaches and a vibrant, cosmopolitan city experience.
Your African Travel Safari Starts in Cape Town
Iconic Table Mountain is a guaranteed breathtaking view from your luxury accommodation, be it in a contemporary hotel in the city centre, an art-themed boutique suite overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, or a historic Manor in the Constantia vineyards on the eastern slopes of the mountain.
Cape Town has a wealth of diversity in its attractions and experiences and caters to everyone from food and wine aficionados to adventure seekers or history and culture enthusiasts.
With a wine industry that is over 350 years old and multicultural cuisine with influences from France, Holland, Indonesia and Malaysia, Cape Town offers a deluxe epicurean experience for those with a discerning palate.
Nature surrounds the city, with the mountains and beaches rarely more than a fifteen minute drive from wherever you stay. Abseil off the top of Table Mountain, enjoy a gourmet picnic at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, visit the comical penguin colony at Boulders Beach or kayak with dolphins and seals in the bay.
Top Five Cape Town Experiences
- Take a scenic helicopter flight over the Cape Peninsula
- Experience the Marine Big Five on an ocean safari
- Charter a luxury yacht for a champagne and oysters sunset cruise
- Float over the beautiful Cape Winelands at sunrise in a hot air balloon
- Go food foraging with a Chef for all the ingredients for your three-course meal
The Kruger National Park
Depart from Cape Town and fly to the Kruger National Park for the wildlife experience of your African Tour. A wide variety of private game lodges within the Greater Kruger National Park offer an exclusive, luxurious safari experience. Daily game drives and bush walks led by expert guides provide exceptional wildlife viewing, excellent cuisine and warm hospitality.
A Big Five Safari
The African Big Five are the lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Game drives are generally offered twice a day, with a duration of around three hours per drive. The morning drives usually start just before sunrise, when the wildlife is most active. An experienced ranger will receive reports of the latest sightings, maximising the chance of seeing all Big Five species during your stay. Morning drives include a stop in the bush for coffee and snacks, concluding with a hearty breakfast at the lodge. Afternoon drives commence about three hours before sunset when the air has cooled and the animals are active after sleeping for most of the day. These drives include a stop off for sundowners and snacks and are followed by a five-course dining experience back at the lodge.
Staying in a luxury lodge in the heart of the bush offers a total immersion into nature and is remarkably relaxing. Most lodges overlook waterholes and are equipped with viewing decks where you can sit and watch the passing parade of warthogs, giraffe, elephant and various antelope stopping by for a drink.
High tea, afternoon drinks, swimming in the pool or relaxing with a book in the lounge are ways to while away the hours between game drives. Most lodges have mini gyms on site if a fitness workout is part of your daily regime, and deluxe spas offer pampering treatments and massages to take your relaxation to another level.
Top Five Kruger National Park Experiences
- Hear the mighty roar of a lion in the still of the night
- Observe the thrill of a predator chasing its prey
- See a herd of elephants and their young up close
- Become one with the bush on a guided walking safari
- Watch a giraffe adopt its comical stance to drink from a river or waterhole