Explore Cape Town & Kruger National Park -10 Days

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Explore Cape Town & Kruger National Park -10 Days

Main destination Africa · About Adventure
On a 10-day adventure in South Africa, discover why Cape Town is consistently named one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Then fly on to Johannesburg, gateway to some of the world's most renowned wildlife reserves. Scan the horizon of Kruger National Park for the "big five" and spend time in the wild with a conservationist from the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative. Experience Africa from the bottom up – while feeling as if you’re on top of the world.

Itinerary

Day 1 Cape Town

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Arrival Airport Transfer
Cape Town International Airport – Cape Town1h

You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel to start your adventure.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
1h18:00

Meet your Cape Town G Adventures representative at the hotel (at approx. 18:00) - please have a look at the information board in the hotel. Your rep will go through your tour details, help you with booking optional activities, and be your contact person for the next few days.

Accommodation

Inn on the Square (or similar)
Hotel

Day 2 Cape Town

Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden with an expert guide on a tour exclusively designed for our groups – the garden has been named one of the top gardens in the world by National Geographic Traveler magazine. Continue on to explore vibrant Cape Town and Cape Point, with a visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach.

Private Vehicle
Cape Town

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Guided Tour

Stop and smell the flowers on a tour specially designed for National Geographic travellers. Visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, led by an expert who will talk about the history of the gardens, its exhibits and a behind the scenes look at the mother beds. The garden is administered by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) who have received funding from National Geographic and the site has been named one of the Top 10 gardens in the world by National Geographic Traveler.

Guided Cape Town Orientation Tour and Excursion to Cape Point
Cape Town7h

Enjoy a guided orientation tour of vibrant Cape Town. Continue on to Cape Point to enjoy a stunning vista and visit the penguins at Boulders Beach.

Free Time
Cape Town Evening

Enjoy some free time to explore the city; opt to visit the Waterfront complex, which features an aquarium, several shops, and excellent restaurants.

Accommodation

Inn on the Square (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3 Cape Town

Enjoy a day of leisure and choose from a variety of optional activities, including Table Mountain or a Stellenbosch wine tour.

There is something for everyone in Cape Town. Visit Table Mountain, walk the V&A Waterfront or embark on a wine tour in and around Stellenbosch. For the adventurous, opt to go skydiving, abseiling, or, if you're really brave, cage diving for a close encounter with a great white shark. Wander through the city centre, which has some of the oldest buildings and gardens in South Africa. Check out the Cultural Historical Museum, Planetarium, and many other museums and theatres.

If you are interested in visiting Robben Island - you must book it directly with the museum on their website prior to travel: http://www.robben-island.org.za Due to high demand, it is common that this tour can be sold out over one month in advance.

Free Time
Cape Town Full Day

Enjoy a day of your leisure in this cosmopolitan and charming city.


Optional Activities - Day 3

Table Mountain Visit
Table Mountain1h-2h 240ZAR per person

Take the five-minute cable car trip to the top of Table Mountain, 1,085m (3,562ft) above Cape Town, and explore the summit. This is a great spot to sit and soak up the commanding 360-degree views of Cape Town, Table Bay, the peaks of surrounding mountains, and the rest of Table Mountain National Park. The visit up the mountain is weather dependent.

Please note that the cable car is closed every year for a 2 week period between July and August for annual maintenance.

Stellenbosch Wine Tour and Tasting
Cape Town5h-6h 800ZAR per person

Enjoy a full day excursion to the picturesque Stellenbosch area, visiting some of the famed wineries and vineyards. Taste some of the best of South Africa's wines. Cheers!

Shark Cage Diving
Cape Town

Apex Shark Expeditions specializes in photographic and cage-diving excursions to view great white sharks in False Bay, South Africa. They’re among the area’s foremost experts on these massive creatures and are passionate advocates for conservation and ethical diving practices. Opt to get up close with a great white on this once-in-a-lifetime activity.

Two Oceans Aquarium
Cape Town1h-2h 135ZAR per person

Stay dry while exploring the incredible diversity of marine life that dwells in and around the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

Table Mountain Hike
Table Mountain – Constantianek5h-6h 10km 450ZAR per person

Hike up one of the world's most recognisable mountains, Table Mountain. Standing at 1,087m (3,566 ft), there are stunning views from the summit down into Cape Town and the surrounding coastline. Along the way, there are some steep climbs along a hike of around 5 hours, but the views from the top make it all worthwhile. The hike passes several reservoirs, and goes above the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens before descending through forest to Constantia Nek.

Ascent: 700m (2,297 ft)
Descent: 700m (2,297 ft)

Accommodation

Inn on the Square (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 4 Johannesburg

Arrive at any time. Transfer to hotel. Enjoy a traditional South African braai (barbecue) welcome dinner.

If you are interested in spending more time in Johannesburg, it is recommended to book pre-accommodation to enjoy the sights of the city at your own leisure.

Arrival Airport Transfer
Oliver Reginald Tambo International – Johannesburg30m-45m

You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel to start your adventure.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

Malikana Guesthouse (or similar)
Guesthouse

Meals included:

Dinner

Day 5 Johannesburg/Kruger National Park

Enjoy a full day scenic drive along the famed Panorama Route with stops at Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes, and God's Window. Continue to our tented camp located just outside Kruger National Park and this evening enjoy a delicious South African dinner on the deck or in the boma.

Today is a very long driving day; however, we will make many stops along the way at sites along the Panorama Route.

Panorama Route Scenic Drive

Enjoy a scenic drive along the famed Panorama Route. You’ll see magnificent mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, and waterfalls. There will also be stops at Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes, and God's Window.

Private Vehicle
Johannesburg – Kruger National Park9h-10h500km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

Nkambeni Safari Camp (or similar)
Safari Lodge

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 6 Kruger National Park

Enjoy a morning wildlife safari drive through Kruger National Park in an open vehicle. Take in views of the abundant wildlife including elephants, lions and giraffe. Afterwards, opt to take an afternoon safari drive, wildlife bush walk, or relax on the deck with views of the watering hole - a popular spot for animals to visit.

At over 19,000 sq km (7,500 sq mi), South Africa’s Kruger National Park is one of the largest and most impressive animal reserves in the world. With 147 species, Kruger has more species of large mammals than any other park on the continent.

Safari vehicle
Kruger National Park3h

Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride.

Kruger National Park Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive - Half day
Kruger National Park3h-4h

Hop in a 4x4 safari vehicle and get yourself one step closer to the surrounding nature. Be ready to spot elephants, giraffes, hippos, lions, zebras, and many other species in this impressive South African NP.

Free Time
Kruger National Park Afternoon

Opt to take an optional afternoon safari drive or game walk.


Optional Activities - Day 6

Kruger Area Wildlife Walk
Kruger National Park2h30m-3h30m 1220ZAR per person

Embark on a bush walk in Kruger National Park with a local guide/ranger. Encounter the wildlife and enjoy an on the ground perspective of this amazing ecosystem.

Kruger National Park Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive - Half day
Kruger National Park3h-4h 1050ZAR per person

Hop in a 4x4 safari vehicle and get yourself one step closer to the surrounding nature. Be ready to spot elephants, giraffes, hippos, lions, zebras, and many other species in this impressive South African NP.

Accommodation

Nkambeni Safari Camp (or similar)
Safari Lodge

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7 Kruger National Park/Karongwe Private Game Reserve

Continue on to a private nature reserve in the Greater Kruger area. This afternoon, take in a lecture with a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Cheetah Metapopulation Project who will share information about their efforts to protect cheetahs and other carnivores. This National Geographic-sponsored project is part of the Big Cats Initiative. After, the researcher will join us on our evening game drive.

For the next two days, enjoy ranger-led morning and evening game drives in an open safari vehicle in Karongwe Nature Reserve. Search for buffaloes, elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinos – Africa's famed Big Five. With over 9,000 hectares (22,240 acres) of supreme African bushveld, Karongwe Private Game Reserve is home to many creatures, and our safari drives provide several opportunities for game viewing.

We use various accommodations within the reserve (the location is based on availability). During your time here, you will either stay in lodge rooms or very comfortable permanent tents (both of equal quality and with similar amenities).

Game drives are conducted with qualified game rangers and Shangaan trackers who will share their vast experience of the African bush.

On some occasions, if space is unavailable, we may need to change accommodations or even use a different private reserve. In such a case, be assured we will choose other lodges or comfort camps (of equal quality) within the Greater Kruger area.

Private Vehicle
Kruger National Park – Karongwe Private Game Reserve3h150km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Carnivore Conservation Experience

Meet with a researcher from the Endangered Wildlife Trust's Cheetah Metapopulation Project, a project managed by National Geographic grantee Vincent van der Merwe. A member of Vincent's team will give a talk about cheetahs in South Africa and the important research CMP is doing. We will also discuss conservation within parks and reserves in South Africa and National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative. You will then be accompanied by the researcher on a game drive to give you more insight into cheetahs and other carnivores.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 8 Karongwe Private Game Reserve

Enjoy early morning and afternoon safari drives with our local guides, searching for buffaloes, elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinos – Africa's famed Big Five. In our down time, relax at the camp, take a walk around the grounds or enjoy a cool drink on the deck.

Wake up before the sun (around 5am) and sip your morning coffee before heading out on a morning wildlife safari drive. Return to the lodge for brunch and some leisure time. Converse on the deck, walk the grounds and gardens, and enjoy high tea. Following tea, it's time for a late afternoon safari drive. After spotting tons of wildlife, it’s time to return to camp and freshen up before dinner.

Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive
Karongwe Private Game Reserve3h05:00

Jump into a safari 4x4 and keep your eyes open for fantastic wildlife encounters. Game drives are conducted with qualified game rangers and Shangaan trackers; both will share their vast experience of the African bush.

Free Time
Karongwe Private Game Reserve Afternoon

Relax and enjoy some down time between game drives.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 9 Karongwe Private Game Reserve/Johannesburg

After one last safari game drive, head back to the city. In the evening, enjoy dinner at our local guest house.

Karongwe Private Reserve Open Vehicle Wildlife Safari Drive
Karongwe Private Game Reserve3h05:00 Morning

Jump into a safari 4x4 and keep your eyes open for fantastic wildlife encounters. Game drives are conducted with qualified game rangers and Shangaan trackers; both will share their vast experience of the African bush.

Private Vehicle
Karongwe Private Game Reserve – Johannesburg7h500km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

Malikana Guesthouse (or similar)
Guesthouse

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 10 Johannesburg

Depart at any time.

Departure Day

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Map of the route for Explore Cape Town & Kruger National Park

What's Included

Arrival transfer. Orientation tour of Cape Town and Cape Point including Boulders Beach. Visit to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden with an expert guide. Traditional braai (barbecue) dinner. Panorama Route scenic drive. Kruger National Park wildlife safari drive in open vehicle. Private nature reserve wildlife safari drives in open vehicles. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor. Cancellantions Policy

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