Experience a true African adventure with this 10-day custom excursion! Your journey begins in the Eastern Cape, where the southern right whales begin making their appearance and the landscapes are simply breathtaking. From there, your voyage will guide you off the beaten path to the Kapama Private Game Reserve, bordering Kruger National Park in the Limpopo province. Track the wildlife in their natural habitat on fascinating game drives, and bush walks, for the ultimate safari and unique lodging experience before the final leg of your voyage spending time in magnificent Victoria Falls. You will leave Africa with the family memories of a lifetime and the photos to prove it!
Welcome to Cape Town! You will be met at the door of your aircraft with your name on a paging board and assisted through immigration, baggage collection, and customs (Immigration Fast Track Service is not available in Cape Town). You will then be shown to your awaiting vehicle and driven directly to your Hermanus hotel. Check-in and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.
*Please Note: Should your arrival aircraft be directed to the apron and not the terminal, you will be transported to the terminal by bus. As you step off the bus, your Meet and Greet will be waiting for you with the paging board. (This service is on a private basis.)
Beyond the Hottentots-Holland Mountains, to the East of Cape Town, lies Hermanus, an area of fruit and grain farms, verdant wine-growing valleys and a coastal Riviera known for its charming towns and whale viewing. Hermanus is rich in its heavenly scenery. With unparalleled natural beauty, modern infrastructure, upmarket shops and endless adventure options. For any intrepid tourist or appreciator of nature's wonders, Hermanus is the ideal location for an unforgettable experience.
Nestled within an ancient milkwood forest, Forest Lodge is found in the Grootbos Nature Reserve’s picturesque mountain and seascape region. Glittering in the sunlight, the lodge shows off sweeping views over a natural paradise and its luxurious accommodation is an invitation to soak up the tranquil atmosphere. Grootbos is an eco reserve, where highly professional, specialist guides, qualified botanists and scientists, are excited to share their passion for the region's plants, birds and small game, which inhabit this slice of heaven.
Your fully inclusive stay at the Grootbos Forest Lodge covers breakfast, a light lunch, 5 course dinner, welcome drink upon arrival, water, soft drinks, tea, coffee, minibar and fresh fruit served daily in your suite. The lodge also offers an irresistible variety of guided adventures. These excursions include horse back riding, guided walks & nature tours, coastal drives, cliff hikes, cave explorations and even seasonal land-based whale watching excursions (especially between June and December). With everything there is to choose from, Grootbos is guaranteed to keep you entertained, enthralled and engaged!
After a wonderful time in Hermanus, you will be picked up at your lodge and transferred to the airport. You will then take a flight from Cape Town Airport to Eastgate Airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the Kapama River Lodge. (This service is on a private basis.)
*Flight not included but can be arranged upon request.
Kapama Private Game Reserve occupies a vast area between the northern Drakensberg mountains and the Greater Kruger National Park, in the north-east of South Africa. It spans 13 000 hectares of the magnificent South African bushveld, teeming with wildlife, yet is ideally situated to receive fly-in guests of scheduled flights from the nearby Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit. Situated in Limpopo province, an area renowned for its wildlife and superb safari destinations, Kapama Private Game Reserve is home to all the big game of Africa, with over 40 mammal species and 350 bird species. This equates to huge natural diversity and includes the famed dangerous Big Five of lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Twice-daily game drives are conducted through the rolling savannah grasslands and riverine forests that make up this magnificent African reserve.
Located in the northeast region of the country, the Limpopo Province is named after the mighty Limpopo River, which borders Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique. The rocky terrain of mountains and outcrops here peak out over the grassy plains and Baobabs that stand against a backdrop of rich sunsets and arid stretches of scrublands. A vast diversity of wildlife is found in this area of reserves, which include Welgevonden, Marakele and of course, Kruger. The towns of Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa are important gateways into the Kruger National Park, while Tzaneen sustains the agricultural heart of this successful fruit-growing region. The majestic Waterberg Mountains are encompassed in the Waterberg Biosphere, one of the most scenic landscapes of the province. Taking these fascinating features into consideration, the opportunities for exciting action and exquisite photos here are simply endless.
Across all of Kapama’s lodges, two daily game drives are offered and are included in the tariff. Accompanied by a skilled ranger and tracker, guests can expect to encounter a diverse range of animal and bird species on game drives. Since this is a Big Five reserve, seeing lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo is possible over a two-day safari in Kapama Private Game Reserve.
Feel Africa underfoot on a guided bush walk with a highly trained game ranger. The experience offers an intimate encounter with nature and wildlife, and medicinal and other plants are identified en route. Rangers also teach walkers to track wildlife traditionally, using animal footprints and scat. Expert trackers can tell the gender of many animals just from their footprints.
Surrounded by stillness and sweeping bushveld, the Kapama Wellness Centre takes safari spa treatments to new heights. Considered one of the finest safari spas in Africa, the six sumptuous treatment rooms are arranged around a generous central lap pool that evokes a sense of calm.
While Dermalogica and Matisse products are used in the spa, five uniquely created African-inspired treatments are also on the menu to provide rejuvenation and complete relaxation. Soak up the signature four-hour Marula Miracle Moments - which includes a body wrap, facial, massage, and more - or opt for other enticingly named treatments such as the Kapama Pinotage Bliss, which uses vine-infused products, or the Marula Sensual Steam Treatment. Various treatments are also available to couples. The luxury safari spa treatment menu includes a full range of body and beauty treatments.
The Kapama Romantic Sleep-out offers a million-star overnight experience. Sleeping in the open air on the reserve, elevated high above the ground under the African night sky, is a uniquely romantic experience. A raised platform is evocatively furnished with an oversized bed arrayed in white linen and billowing mosquito netting. It’s completely safe while being surrounded by only wilderness and wildlife. The experience is guaranteed to take your breath away.
The elephant interaction offered by Kapama is a unique opportunity for guests to get extremely close to the world’s largest land animals. This activity offers visitors the chance to learn about African elephants, both wild and habituated, as they interact and feed these gentle giants. To see rare wildlife up close, take a late morning trip - after the game drive and breakfast - to the nearby Hoedspruit Centre for Endangered Species. Here cheetah, wild dog, serval, caracal, and various other species are rehabilitated and can be safely viewed from close range. Rare king cheetah can also be seen here.
Kapama Private Game Reserve is delighted to host world-class photographic training by a leading South African wildlife photographer - hands-on in the African bush. Kapama Private Game Reserve is offering this three-night photographic workshop package at its four diverse luxurious safari lodges. Hosted by professional wildlife photographer Albie Venter, the workshop is aimed at beginner and intermediate photographers. It also aims to bring together like-minded people who enjoy both nature and photography. During the workshop, you will learn everything from operating a camera to how to compose and spot evocative photographs. You will also be able to put your newly acquired knowledge into action and hone your skills during private game drives through the bush.
After breakfast, you will be picked up at your lodge in Kruger National Park and transferred to the Kruger Mpumalanga Airport. Upon arrival, you will transfer to your Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. (This service is on a private basis.)
The enchanting Victoria Falls features the largest sheet of falling water on earth. This mesmerizing spectacle is something that simply cannot be missed on an authentic discovery of Africa. The sheer mass of water cascading down the 100 meter drop across nearly 2 kilometers, generates a thunderous roar and a magnificent spray of water that can be seen for miles. This world renowned attraction promises to captivate you from your very first glimpse of the "smoke that thunders".
Relax and enjoy your free days in Victoria Falls! Victoria Falls is one of the greatest attractions in Africa and one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River, the fourth largest river in Africa, which is also defining the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. You might also want to take advantage of the various tours available around the area.
Although your adventure must come to an end today, you will be leaving with new friends, amazing experiences and memories to cherish for the rest of your life. Once you have checked out of your lodge in Victoria Falls, you will be met by your driver and transferred to the airport in good time to board your international departure flight.
We wish you safe and happy travels home! (This service is on a private basis.)
Grootbos Forest Lodge is an architectural masterpiece of sophisticated contemporary design. The property boasts 16 luxury suites nestled in a 1,500 year old milkwood forest, with glorious views of the Atlantic Ocean. The rather extravagant main lodge, houses glass walls that embrace and accentuate the ocean views. The lodge also features a restaurant, bar and gallery area. Wooden fireplaces and subtle lighting enhance the warm, romantic ambiance. Outside, you will find a deck and stylish infinity pool with stunning panoramic ocean views. This is an idyllic hideaway experience. A blend of aesthetic beauty and supreme comfort will not disappoint! So, come ready to awake in luxury to the blissful sights and sounds of bird song and waves crashing in your own backyard.
The largest of the Kapama Private Game Reserve camps, River Lodge’s wide, open spaces, and airy design are a constant reminder that you’re sleeping under the African sky. Besides the luxury five-star accommodation, River Lodge is more festive and social than our smaller, quieter camps, which is why young couples and groups of friends are often among our guests. Escape to a place away from time, and indulge in one of the most beautiful safari lodges near the Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Built of thatch and timber, the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge rises seven levels tall and offers the impression of a vast open-plan tree house. Surrounded by nature and wildlife, this property faces spectacular views of colorful sunsets and the vast woodland eco-region of the bushveld. In between activities, you can take advantage of the many relaxing facilities on site, including a two-tiered swimming pool and a private TV lounge. Enjoy meals at the award-winning MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant and try out the famous Buffalo Bar, which was included in Heinekens Great Bars of the World list. The lodge proudly provides first class hospitality and service, working towards exceeding your every experience.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.
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