This premier vacation 8 Days Safari Winelands and Beach Holiday in South Africa takes you to the wildlife-rich Kruger Park, the culinary excellence of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands, and the untainted beach wilderness of Hermanus for a bush and beach combination.
A light aircraft flight will transfer you from Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport to the Thornybush Private Game Reserve, where a guide will meet you and take you on a short game drive to Royal Malewane.
Your stay in the Greater Kruger National Park will be in a luxury en-suite room with a private viewing deck and swimming pool. The spa offers optional wellness treatments and facilities at your service include a gym, heated lap pool, steam room, Jacuzzi and hot and cold African baths.
An afternoon game drive will be your first full game drive on your South Africa vacation. Sharing the greatness of the Kruger National Parks, the reserve offers exciting wildlife sightings. Enjoy a stop in a remote spot to watch the sunset with sipping on a sundowner before returning to the lodge for dinner. Dining in Thornybush is always an exciting experience. Whether it's a sophisticated indoor dinner, a romantic candlelit seating for two under the stars, or a festive evening in the traditional boma, dinner at this safari lodge is always a menu to look forward to.
An early wakeup call will signal the start of your day of adventure. After enjoying a cup of coffee or tea, get ready for your morning game drive. Alongside our trained guide, you might be lucky enough to spot the Big Five and an abundance of other wildlife species. The birdlife in the reserve provides endless hours of bird watching. Photographic opportunities are endless as game viewing excursions introduce you to endless vistas.
Return to the lodge for a full breakfast before venturing out into the bush on a guided walking safari. Alternatively, enjoy some free time to pursue your personal interests. Lounge on your private deck in full view of the untamed wilderness around you, select a book from the intimate library, or laze around the swimming pool with your choice of cocktail.
Afternoon visits to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre or the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre can be arranged, as well as other optional activities such as helicopter flights, hot-air balloon flights, canyon cruise, horse riding, and a round of golf.
A late afternoon game drive will introduce you to the hidden creatures of the bush - the nocturnal birds and mammals, as well as the sought-after predators. Return to the lodge for pre-dinner drinks and a delicious meal served in a pre-arranged bush spot or in the indoor dining room or outdoor boma enclosure. Retire to your suite for a peaceful night's rest before continuing your adventure the next morning.
Say goodbye to the bush in a flight from a bush airstrip to Johannesburg. At O.R. Tambo International Airport, you will board a flight to Cape Town International Airport. Your chauffeur will meet you upon arrival and drive you to the Cape Winelands for your stay at La Residence in Franschhoek.
Settle into spectacular views of the Franschhoek Valley from your private balcony, and explore the facilities at the hotel, including an infinity pool, award-winning restaurant, or an optional pampering spa session.
Your days in this Cape Winelands valley can be spent at your own leisure, absorbing the laid-back atmosphere and French influences that are synonymous to Franschhoek. Stroll along the French-inspired streets and marvel at the numerous art galleries, boutiques and museums.
The highlight of a visit to the town is, of course, the many restaurants and cafés. Known as South Africa's Food and Wine Capital, culinary satisfaction is guaranteed. The various wine farms in the valley offer unique experiences in food and wine pairings. Whether you choose to add chocolate or cheese samples to your wine, or simply enjoy them on their own, sampling South Africa's finest selection of wines is a must in Franschhoek.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing for your final destination on a chauffeur-driven half day tour. Enjoy a scenic drive on your way to Hermanus, where you will stay at Birkenhead House.
Renowned for its land-based whale watching, the coastal town offers a variety of outdoor activities. Spend your mornings exploring the town's many restaurants, markets art galleries and boutiques. Appreciate the outdoors by trying to spot whales from the cliff-tops or laze on the beach. Various hiking trails are available, offering breathtaking beach and mountain views.
The Fernkloof Nature Reserve has an impressive display of 1100 plant species and an abundance of bird species, making it a nature lover's dream. Don't forget your binoculars and camera to capture the unsurpassed beauty of Hermanus. Explore the waters on a range of optional water-based activities such as boat cruises to Dyer Island, sea kayaking excursions and the more extreme option of shark cage diving.
Notify the hotel once you're ready to be collected and a shuttle will return you to the comfort of the hotel, where you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool along with your favourite drink.Optional spa treatments are on offer, adding to the relaxed feel that Hermanus exudes.
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast before departing from the lodge in a chauffeur drive from Hermanus to Cape Town International Airport. There, 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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