Kruger to Cape Town

  • days: 23
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Flights Included

Types of travel:

Countries Visited:

  • South Africa
  • Kingdom of eSwatini

Description

Explore South Africa’s natural wonders on this in-depth journey. Spot wildlife in Greater Kruger National Park and enjoy spectacular views along the Panorama Route. Learn about the unique culture in eSwatini, see meerkats in their natural habitat and discover South Africa’s apartheid past on Robben Island.

Johannesburg & Jane Goodall

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Our adventure starts with a city tour of Johannesburg, where we'll explore Soweto and the former houses of Nelson Mandela & Mahatma Gandhi. No tour of Africa would be complete without a visit to our next destination, the sensational Greater Kruger National Park. This is Africa’s largest game reserve and a great place to see the ‘Big 5’ in their natural habitat. We travel along the stunning Panorama Route, with its scenic waterfalls. We also spend time at the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Sanctuary before spending a night in the Kingdom of eSwatini.

Safari & Wetlands adventure

We visit the Emdoneni wild cat rehabilitation centre and explore the stunning Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa, teeming with wildlife including the 'Big 5'. Next we visit the beautiful coastal city of Durban before heading to Sibuya Game Reserve where we enjoy game drives and explore one of Africa's greatest bird sanctuaries. Our touring continues along the famed Garden Route, one of the most beautiful routes in South Africa. Here we visit the famous Cango Caves, with their huge labyrinth of tunnels created from amazing limestone formations and enjoy a meerkat adventure!

The picturesque Western Cape

From the whale-watching capital of Hermanus, we make our way west to Stellenbosch. Famed for its scenic beauty, it’s a great place for wine tasting. Our touring ends in Cape Town, where we take a Cape Peninsula tour, enjoy a cable car ride up Table Mountain (weather permitting) and visit the famous Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Johannesburg

‘Welkom’ to Johannesburg! Meet your fellow travellers tonight for a welcome drink and a traditional African group dinner. [D]

Day 3. Johannesburg

We explore Soweto, the Apartheid Museum and the former houses of Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi today. [B,L]

Day 4. Johannesburg - Greater Kruger National Park

We depart for Greater Kruger National Park this morning, offering some of the best game viewing on the African continent. Sit back and enjoy the scenery until we arrive at the lodge in time for dinner. [B,D]

Day 5. Greater Kruger National Park

Our day is devoted to viewing the abundant wildlife found in this park during morning and afternoon game drives. Look out for the ‘Big 5’. [B,L,D]

Day 6. Greater Kruger National Park - Blyde River 

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This morning we'll visit Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, which focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable and endangered animals. This afternoon we'll travel to Blyde River along the Panorama Route, the most beautiful route in South
Africa. [B]

Day 7. Blyde River - eSwatini

 

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Special Experience: Visit the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary. Established in 2006, it cares for and rehabilitates chimpanzees rescued after being displaced from their natural habitat.

We'll then cross the border into the Kingdom of eSwatini, the southern hemisphere's smallest country. This afternoon we'll enjoy a trip to Ngwenya Glass Village. [B,D]

Day 8. eSwatini - KwaZulu-Natal

After breakfast we make our way to South Africa’s coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal. This afternoon we’ll visit the Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre, where injured or orphaned big cat species are rehabilitated with the intention of being released back into the wild. [B,L,D]

Day 9. KwaZulu-Natal

We travel to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa. Here we'll enjoy a morning game drive, searching for the 'Big 5'. This afternoon we’ll visit DumaZulu, a traditional Zulu village, and enjoy a cultural experience. [B,L,D]

Day 10. KwaZulu-Natal - St. Lucia

We'll participate in another game drive this morning before departing for the town of St. Lucia. 

 

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Special Experience: Discover St. Lucia Estuary by boat, looking out for elephants, crocodiles and hippos.  [B,L]

Day 11. St. Lucia - Durban

We’ll journey to the coastal town of Durban via the Valley of 1,000 Hills. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy at leisure before our group dinner tonight. [B,D]

Day 12. Durban - Sibuya Game Reserve

We fly to Port Elizabeth and travel to Kenton-on-Sea before boarding our boat to Sibuya Game Reserve. We’ll spend the next two nights enjoying this beautiful eco-lodge. [B,L,D]

Day 13. Sibuya Game Reserve

An early start today as we explore the reserve on morning and afternoon game safaris. [B,L,D]

Day 14. Sibuya Game Reserve - Knysna

We venture towards Knysna along the ‘Garden Route’. On the way we’ll stop at Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Bridge. After lunch at Plettenberg Bay, we'll enjoy a tour of the Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary and continue to Knysna. [B,L]

Day 15. Knysna

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Today we cruise across the lagoon in Featherbed Nature Reserve to Featherbed Island. We'll explore the island and enjoy lunch at the Featherbed Restaurant. [B,L,D]

Day 16. Knysna - Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world, so we stop at a farm to learn about the largest bird on earth! We’ll also explore the world-famous Cango Caves. [B,L]

Day 17. Oudtshoorn - Hermanus

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Special Experience: An early start for a meerkat adventure! Observe these inquisitive creatures in their natural habitat as they greet the morning sun.

We travel along famous Route 62, later arriving in breathtaking Hermanus, the world’s best spot for southern right whale-watching. [B]

Day 18. Hermanus - Stellenbosch

We head out in search of the southern right whale (during whale-watching season only: June-October) or spend time exploring the coastal town. Travelling along the wine route later, we visit Fairview Winery for cheese and wine tasting before arriving in Stellenbosch. [B]

Day 19. Stellenbosch

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Special Experience: Visit Val du Charron Wine and Olive Estate in Wellington for a “Theatre of Wines” tasting experience.

Today we explore the Winelands and sample some of their finest creations, then have some free time in Franschhoek. [B,L]

Day 20. Stellenbosch - Cape Town

Travel to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town today. Upon arrival, we'll start with a visit to Table Mountain (weather permitting), one of the most iconic landmarks in South Africa, before exploring the spectacular landscapes of the Cape Peninsula, including Boulders Beach and Cape Point. [B]

Day 21. Cape Town

We visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was infamously imprisoned (weather permitting). Tonight we’ll farewell South Africa at a group dinner. [B,D]

Day 22. Depart Cape Town

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 23. Arrive Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to South Africa. Taxes included
  • 1 Economy-class flight within South Africa
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding shared lodge open safari 4WD)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $290pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 13 nights in 3-4 star hotels
  • 5 nights in 4 star African lodges
  • 2 nights in an eco tent in Sibuya Game Reserve
  • 20 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based national guide and driver (based on a minimum of 8 passengers)
  • English-speaking locally based guides 

Entrance Fees & Permits

  • Entrance fees to all national parks and reserves

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing 

Discover the many sides of South Africa

  • Enjoy a traditional African themed welcome dinner.
  • Discover Johannesburg’s vibrant Soweto district and visit the former houses of Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Ghandi.
  • Visit the moving Apartheid Museum.
  • Savour an authentic South African meal within an eclectic township restaurant whilst in Soweto.
  • Head out on fantastic game drives in iconic Greater Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s largest national parks and home to the 'Big 5'.
  • Enjoy a visit to Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, that focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable and endangered animals.
  • Travel along the scenic Panorama Route and see the Three Rondavels View Point, Bourkes Luck Potholes and Gods Window.
  • Visit Jane Goodall's Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary. Established in 2006, it is home to chimps that have been misplaced from their habitats in Africa.
  • Spend the night in the kingdom of eSwatini, the southern hemisphere’s smallest country.
  • Visit the Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre, where injured or orphaned cat species are rehabilitated with the intention of being released back into the wild.
  • Enjoy a game drive in the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.
  • Observe a traditional cultural experience in a Zulu Village.
  • Spend the night at St. Lucia Estuary, nestled between the Indian Ocean and the UNESCO iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
  • Enjoy a boat trip within the St Lucia Estuary in search of elephants, crocodiles and hippos.
  • Drive through the breathtaking Valley of 1000 Hills en-route to Durban.
  • Spend 2 nights in an eco tent in Sibuya Game Reserve.
  • Discover a diverse range of wildlife in South Africa’s most unique safari destination, Sibuya Game Reserve, characterised by its vast, navigable river that attracts nearly 400 different species of birds.
  • Travel along the Garden Route and visit the Tsitsikamma Forest, well known for its indigenous forests and dramatic coastline, and the Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary along the way.
  • Stay in Knysna, the Garden Route’s premier eco-experience.
  • Explore Featherbed Private Nature Reserve.
  • Visit the Safari Ostrich Farm, learn all about the world’s largest bird and experience the farming process first hand.
  • Explore the Cango Caves and discover their incredible natural limestone formations.
  • Enjoy an early morning meerkat adventure! Observe these inquisitive creatures in their natural habitat as they greet the sun.
  • Witness the sights along the famous Garden Route and scenic Route 62, including Mossel Bay to visit the famous Post Office Tree and the Bartholomeus Diaz Museum.
  • Embark on a whale watching cruise in Hermanus during the winter months.
  • Drop in to Fairview Winery for a cheese and wine tasting.
  • Discover historical Stellenbosch and its row of preserved homes which date back to the early Dutch settler days.
  • Visit Val du Charron for a 'Theatre of Wine Tasting Experience' and lunch.
  • Wander through the charming main streets of Franschhoek.
  • Discover the second most populous city in South Africa, picturesque Cape Town, including majestic Table Mountain. 
  • Explore the dramatic landscapes of the Cape Peninsula, including Boulders Beach and Cape Point, the most south-westerly tip of the African continent.
  • Tour the museum of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was infamously imprisoned (weather permitting).
  • Dine at a traditional African restaurant and enjoy the Diembe Drumming!

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
Our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time, on any given day
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces without the use of any walking aid, on any given day
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Garden Court Sandton City Hotel, Johannesburg

Located in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs, the Garden Court Sandton City offers a central and convenient location with many top attractions within easy reach - from the best shopping malls to the most popular restaurants and entertainment options.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge (on request); safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Imbali Safari Lodge, Greater Kruger National Park

Sheltered in a riverine forest overlooking the seasonal Nwaswitsontso river, Imbali is built on the site of a 400-year-old African settlement and nestled discreetly amidst a canopy of impressive Jackalberry and Tamboti trees in the iconic Greater Kruger National Park. Here you'll observe and enjoy one of South Africa’s most renowned wildlife experiences. Guests are accommodated in spacious suites, subtly decorated in neutral colours with enchanting splashes of African tradition, from the ornate wall lamps to the comfortable textured pillows.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi (public areas); outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Blyde River Canyon, A Forever Resort, Blyde River

Blyde River Canyon, A Forever Resort provides beautiful panoramic views of the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world. Boasting a swimming pool with views of the gorge, guests can enjoy meals at the on-site restaurant and enjoy the many other facilities provided. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; restaurant/bar; safe deposit box; tennis court; outdoor furniture; sun terrace.  

Foresters Arms, Kingdom of eSwatini

The Foresters Arms is ideally situated for exploring all the attractions of the majestic Kingdom of Swaziland. The hotel is located on 90ha of beautiful eSwatini highlands, ranging from magnificent mountains and waterfalls in the west to the lush valleys of the middleveld and the low lying bushveld of the east. Dating back to the colonial times, the Foresters Arms is a place of great character and charm, offering a comfortable stay with excellent service.

Facilities: free wifi; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Emdoneni Lodge, Hluhluwe

Emdoneni Lodge is situated on a small game farm, nestled amongst sand forest vegetation, and is the ideal location from which to explore the wildlife and coastal reserves nearby. Nature lovers will appreciate the abundance of wildlife within the hotel's surrounds. The lodge offers elegantly decorated, intimate and comfortable accommodation complete with a pool, boma and sky deck.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

St. Lucia Eco Lodge & Conference Centre

St. Lucia Eco Lodge & Conference Centre is nestled in a tropical garden and provides stunning views of the Indian Ocean, Mapelane dune and the estuary mouth. For the eco-tourist St Lucia Ecolodge offers a unique combination of beach and bush.

Facilities: air-conditioning; safe deposit box; swimming pool; bar/restaurant outdoor furniture 

Protea Hotel Edward, Durban

Protea Hotel Edward nods back to a time of Victorian elegance.  The warm waters of the Indian Ocean are only 100m away and the promenade allows geusts to walk from uShaka Marine world to Suncoast Casino. Accommodation consists of graceful and stylish rooms featuring premium bedding.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Sibuya Forest Camp, Sibuya Game Reserve

Situated on the banks of the Kariega River, this eco-camp is tucked unobtrusively away amongst the vegetation and offers true luxury tented accommodation. Each tent measures around 40 square metres and is adjoined by a large en-suite bathroom. Wide decks offer excellent views of the river or forest. 

The Rex Hotel, Knysna

Knysna is a haven of beaches, forests, lakes and sea and The Rex Hotel is one of Knysna’s most elegant and sophisticated accommodation offerings. Located on the world-famous Garden Route, the property is a celebration of urban style and impeccable service. The Rose cafe restaurant is inviting with a menu to match the contemporary setting.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities

Hlangana Lodge, Oudtshoorn

Welcome to one of the finest small luxury establishments in South Africa, Hlangana Lodge, located just 1km from the Oudtshoorn town centre and within walking distance from well-known restaurants. This immaculately manicured property features lush gardens to relax in, a fitness centre and complimentary laundry service.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Misty Waves Boutique Hotel, Hermanus

This boutique hotel is situated in the best land-based whale-watching destination in the world – Hermanus, a charming coastal village in The Cape Whale Coast or Overstrand. The property features luxury sea-facing suites in the heart of town, just metres away from the famous cliff paths that are renowned for some of the best whale-watching in the world. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Protea Hotel by Marriott Dorpshuis & Spa, Stellenbosch

Surrounded by vineyards and mountains, Protea Hotel is an elegant Victorian Boutique hotel in the historic town of Stellenbosch. The hotel provides the hospitality of a traditional guesthouse with modern luxury. Each room is decorated with antique furniture. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; outdoor pool, safe deposit box; bar/restaurant; outdoor fireplace & furniture  

President Hotel, Cape Town

President Hotel provides panoramic views of Lion's Head Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. Located 6 kilometres from Cape Town's city centre, the hotel provides luxury service,  casual dining options and stunning outdoor pool. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; outdoor swimming pool; free wifi; bar/restaurant; safe deposit box

Weather

Weather

Johannesburg

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Autumn: March to May

Winter: June to August

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Currency

Currency

Rand

The official currency of South Africa is the Rand (ZAR; R).

  • 1 Rand = 100 cents
  • Notes are in denominations of R200, 100, 50, 20 and 10
  • Coins are in denominations of R5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 cents

Luggage Info

Luggage Information

Africa-Luggage

Because of the limited storage space in light aircraft and safari vehicles in Africa, please note the following luggage restrictions for this tour.

  • A soft bag is required

If you have any other questions about luggage requirements, please feel free to call one of our consultants on 1800 286 645 or email us.

Tour Extensions

These optional extras can be included in your tour.

Reviews for Kruger to Cape Town

This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 2 reviews.

Here's what others have had to say about this tour.

Kruger to Cape Town Saw Big Five plus well organised knowledgable guide small group 4
Highlights: Game drives, Lions feeding, Imbali Safari Lodge, St Lucia Estuary Hippo, Imfolozi Game Reserve Rhino's, Glamping in Sibuya, Apartheid Museum, Mandela House, Table Mountain, Cape of Good Hope, Meerkat, Ostrich Farm, Zulu Land, Cat Rehab Centre. Janice York - June 2017
Kruger to Cape Town Excellent holiday. 5
WOW. What an experience. Our tour guide was the perfect person to lead this trip. She has a wealth of knowledge and a great sense of humor so coped with us Aussies very well. The safaris in Kruger were fabulous. Managed to see all of the big 5. Even being shirt fronted by a big bull elephant was great. The eco tents and beehive huts were such and awesome experience. I travel on my own so was a bit worried about how I would fit in with everyone else, but I have made some wonderful friends from this trip. Most definitely the best overseas trip I have ever been on. I have travelled with Bunnik before and also with other tour companies but from now on it's Bunnik Tours or I stay home. Maureen Dean - March 2017

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Special Experiences!

  • Spend time at the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.
  • Discover St.Lucia Estuary by boat, looking our for elephants, crocodiles and hippos. 
  • Enjoy a meerkat adventure! We’ll get to see these amazing little creatures upclose in their natural habitat as they greet the morning sun.
  • Visit Val du Charron Wine and Olive Estate in Wellington for a 'Theatre of Wines' tasting experience. 

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 4 | Max: 12

Transportation

Coach, 4WD safari vehicle, boat, plane & cable car

Tips

Total cost includes – Tipping Made Easy, $290pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• 'Panorama Route' scenic drive • Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre’ • The 'Big 5' in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa • ‘Garden Route’ coastal scenic drive • Cosmopolitan Cape Town

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This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 2 reviews.