A deluxe South Africa safari takes you to the wildlife of the Thornybush Private Game Reserve and the Cape Winelands of Franschhoek for a 6-days Deluxe Kruger and Cape Winelands Package with bush and countryside adventures.
Your 6 day adventure in South Africa begins with a light aircraft flight from Johannesburg to Shumbalala Game Lodge in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve. The Big Five territory forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park and offers game viewing activities such as game drives and guided walking safaris.
Explore the lodge's facilities with a visit to the library or the swimming pool before indulging in some culinary delights at the afternoon high tea. Afterwards, venture out into the untamed bush alongside an experienced guide on a game drive that lasts into the evening. Stop in a remote spot to enjoy sundowners and snacks as the sun sets.
Freshen up at the lodge, before making your way down to a special setting for a culinary feast. Dinner is a five-course meal prepared by a professional chef and served in various settings depending on the occasion. Retire to your suite for an early night's rest in preparation for the upcoming days of adventure.
An early wakeup call and a cup of coffee or tea will signal the start of a new day and your morning game viewing activity. Your professional guide will take you out in a specialized safari vehicle for a game drive. Try your hand at tracking the Big Five as well as a large variety of other wildlife species, and enjoy a stop in the bush for coffee or tea and a light snack.
Upon return to the lodge, you will be served a delicious brunch before exploring the bush on foot during a guided walking safari. This is the opportune time to get a closer look at the fauna and flora of the wild, including a prolific list of birdlife, and photographic opportunities are endless.
Optional activities that can be enjoyed around the game reserve include elephant-back safaris, hot-air balloon safaris, horse riding, visits to conservation centres and a round of golf at Hans Merensky Golf Estate. Alternatively, enjoy a siesta or make use of the lodge's facilities before gathering for the afternoon high tea, which is followed by an afternoon /evening game drive. Return to a selection of pre-dinner drinks from the bar or the underground cellar.
Dinner is served in a variety of places - the dining room, alfresco around a campfire, on the game viewing deck, in the underground cellar or in your private suite. After dinner, spend some time outdoors around the campfire gazing into an endless canopy of stars.
On the fourth day of your safari, you will board a flight from the Thornybush Private Game Reserve to Johannesburg, and from there, to Cape Town International Airport. You will collect your car rental at the airport, and from there you will embark on a mini road trip to the Franschhoek valley in the Cape Winelands. You will stay at Franschhoek Country House & Villas.
Known as the food and wine capital of South Africa, this little town exudes tranquility and elegance. The lodge has two swimming pools, a spa that offers a variety of optional treatments, an award-winning Monneaux Restaurant and bar. Explore the many wine farms that make up the valley, and indulge in the culinary delights offered at the many restaurants.
Visit the wide variety of art galleries and boutiques in the town, or take an optional tour of the chocolate-making process at the chocolate factory. Other optional activities include visits to the Huguenot museum and other historical sites, or you can explore the wine farms on the tram or on horseback. Horse riding, mountain biking and hiking in the mountains is a great activity for those seeking adventure, while the nearby golf courses offer a more tranquil activity. Evenings can be spent enjoying the lodge's facilities or trying out the food and wine that this romantic town has to offer.
On the final day of your vacation in South Africa, you will enjoy breakfast before preparing for your departure. Return your car rental at the airport and board a flight to Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport from Cape Town International Airport, where you will embark on your onward travel arrangements.
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We travelled with Falcon Safaris in Zimbabwe and Botswana for 16 days. Falcon designed a wonderful trip with private guide to the most interesting sites in both countries. The organization of the whole trip was excellent, flights within the country, accommodation and activites. The guides were very knowledgable and told us a lot about the countries, their history, people, economy and much more. Wevisited the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, the Victoria Falls and a number of national parks in both countries.
Rhino tracking was a real adventure! We had tremendous further game drives and saw very many animals - we did the Big Five. We had much more activities than planned and enjoyed very much.We strongly recommend Falcon Safaris to everyone planning a trip to Southern Africa and East Africa.
Our Consultant Vimbai was very helpful and accommodating. We stayed at the Elephant hills hotel which was nothing short of amazing.Our activities included a helicopter flight, dinner cruise as well as a morning game drive. All the activities were absolutely amazing.
We worked with Gertrude to schedule and organize everything and she did an excellent job. I asked a lot of questions via e-mail and she answered everyone in a timely helpful manner. Our guide at Victoria Falls was also great. He met us at the airport, provided a thoughtful tour of the Falls and got us to our next guide in Botswana. Our lodgings at River View Lodge were just as described- very comfortable and excellent food. All the staff were so pleasant and helpful. If I had to do it again I would arrange a morning boat ride as well. We only did the sunset boat rides and they were the high point of our entire trip- we saw so many animals and our guide was very knowledgeable. Just a great experience. Our lodgings at Oddball's Enclave was rustic and we loved it. So great to disconnect from the world for a bit. Leo, our guide, was the best - got us out and about, saw fantastic wildlife and got back to camp safely each time. Doc manages the camp so well. This whole trip was planned and organized by Falcon Safaris and we could not have been happier.
Falcon safaris have given my the correct advice with excellent service. The only suggestion will be to work closer with the lodges to confirm bookings as soon as possible. We have booked and pay our deposit a year in advance. We have only receive our final convermation from Chobe Safari lodge a week before departure. I do realize its not within your controle but with limit alternatives and a group of 14 people it becomes an issue to find alternative accomodation if the booking was cancelled.
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