Cape Town and Kruger

Cape Town and Kruger

9 Days / 8 Nights

Price from$9,675

This family friendly journey is designed to ensure families see the best of Cape Town and enjoy a wonderful safari in the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Starting off in Cape Town, widely described as one of the world's most beautiful cities, you'll enjoy the city's picturesque Table Mountain and a combination of historical coastal charm and urbane sophistication. Then to the AndBeyond Ngala Private Game Reserve, home to all of the Big Five wildlife, but particularly known for its elephant, buffalo and rhino, as well as its packs of African wild dog. Leopard and cheetah are also often encountered.

Day 1 Cape Town On arrival at Cape Town International Airport you will be met by our local guide and transferred by private vehicle to your apartment. Enjoy four nights at the African Elite Waterfront Apartments in a 2 bedroom luxury apartment. Your stay includes breakfast packs each day. Set at Cape Town's renowned V&A Waterfront, innovative and stylish apartments are within easy walking distance of a plethora of restaurants, shops and entertainment venues. Attractions such as Table Mountain, the pristine beaches of the Cape and the area's famed wine growing region are only a short taxi ride away. Clean, well-kept apartments are serviced daily, and a laundry and dry cleaning service is provided. Tourist information facilities and a dedicated concierge are on hand. While apartments are fully set up for self-catering, guests who do not wish to cook can call on the services of a private chef or explore the many restaurant venues within easy reach.

Day 2 Cape Town (B) Cape Town is widely described as one of the world's most beautiful cities. Nestling in a natural bowl between the vast Atlantic Ocean and the city's picturesque Table Mountain, Cape Town is a combination of historical coastal charm and urbane sophistication. Some of its more famous landmarks include Table Mountain, Robben Island (where former president Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for decades), Cape Point, Chapman's Peak, Kirstenbosch Gardens, and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Unique architecture, a charming inner city vibe and lively nightlife, coupled with a fascinating mix of Cape Malay, African and other cultures, add to the city's unique, alluring appeal. Your guide will collect you for a private tour of Cape Town & Table Mountain tailored especially for families. Entrances for Table Mountain cable car and Robben Island ferry and tour are included. Explore the scenic city of Cape Town on a family adventure that begins with a ride on the revolving cable car up to the top of iconic Table Mountain. Marvel at spectacular views over the city and the entire Cape Peninsula as you stroll along its flat top or, if the weather is not favourable, explore the smaller peak known as Signal Hill. From here, travel to Company Gardens, set up in the 17th century as a fresh produce garden used to supply ships stopping in the harbour and now home to the SA Museum, Cultural History Museum, Houses of Parliament, National Gallery and St George's Cathedral. Next, witness one of Cape Town's oldest traditions as you head up to Signal Hill for the firing of the noonday gun. Taking place every day except Sundays, this involves the firing of the world's oldest cannons charged by gunpowder that are still in daily use. Originally intended to provide a time signal for ships anchored in the bay, this maritime tradition continues to this day.

On the way back to the Waterfront, visit the traditional Malay Quarter, situated in the predominantly Muslim Bo-Kaap. Admire the area's brightly coloured houses, which date back as far as the 17th century and get a glimpse into one of the Cape's many vibrant cultures. Robben Island Tickets have been included for your cultural adventure this afternoon. The ferry departs from the V&A Waterfront and includes a guided tour of the island upon arrival. Robben Island is most famous, or infamous, for having been the isolated prison of former South African President Nelson Mandela and many other black political dissidents. This is not necessarily a fun trip but it will be a moving, somber experience for some. Certainly gazing across the freezing, shark-infested waters of the bay, something of the despair of past inmate s will enter your consciousness, though the final impression is likely to be one of the triumphs of the human spirit. For nearly 400 years, Robben Island, 12 kilometres from Cape Town, was a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment. It was here that rulers sent those they regarded as political troublemakers, social outcasts and the unwanted of society. During the apartheid years Robben Island became internationally known for its institutional brutality. The duty of those who ran the Island and its prison was to isolate opponents of apartheid and to crush their morale. Some freedom fighters spent more than a quarter of a century in prison for their beliefs. Those imprisoned on the Island succeeded on a psychological and political level in turning a prison 'hell-hole' into a symbol of freedom and personal liberation. Robben Island came to symbolize, not only for South Africa and the African continent, but also for the entire world, the triumph of the human spirit over enormous hardship and adversity.

Upon return ferry it is steps to your hotel, or enjoy the vibe of the Waterfront area at night.

Day 3 Cape Town (B) Morning at leisure. Perhaps go for a long walk or enjoy the Oceans Aquarium at the Waterfront this morning. This afternoon your guide will collect you and transfer you to Bikes 'n Wine where you will embark on a Family bicycle tour of the Winelands (includes fully guided tour, bike & helmet rental, snack pack consisting of bottled water, chocolate & peanuts/raisins, all Wine/Brandy tastings en route with grape juice substitutions wherever possible for the children). This family friendly tour is designed to ensure that families of all ages and sizes are able to enjoy a fantastic day out in the beautiful Stellenbosch Winelands. With easy cycling and lots of activities to keep the kids occupied, parents are guaranteed some quiet time to appreciate the delicious wine tastings. Trained guides will ensure the children's safety both on and off the bikes, giving mum and dad enough peace of mind to enjoy the spectacular scenery. After your bike tour you will be collected and transferred back to your apartment in Cape Town.

Day 4 Cape Town (B,L) This morning you will be collected by your guide for a full-day tour, which takes in the scenic highlights of the Cape Peninsula, beginning with the secluded beaches of Clifton. The next stop is the spectacular coastal suburb of Hout Bay, a former fishing village with a long, sandy beach facing a bay framed by the mountains. Explore the shops and markets of Mariner's Wharf, a harbour-front emporium with a distinct maritime ambiance. Depending on whether the road is open, the tour will continue along the breath-taking Chapman's Peak Drive before heading to the Cape of Good Hope to explore the nature reserve, see the Diaz Cross and indulge in lunch at a local restaurant. From here you will travel to Simon's Town, famous for its naval military base, and then visit the charming penguin colony at Boulders Beach. The tour ends at the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, set against the eastern slopes of spectacular Table Mountain. Included entrances: Chapman's Peak, Cape Point reserve, Boulders Beach and Kirstenbosch Gardens and the Funicular at Cape Point.

Day 5 Cape Town> Kruger National Park (B,D) After breakfast and check-out, you will be collected and transferred to Cape Town Airport for your onward flights. Flight between Cape Town and Hoedspruit is included. On arrival, you will be met by the AndBeyond Ngala team who will transfer you with fellow guests to the Lodge (approx. 1 hour by road and game drive). Delight in four nights at AndBeyond Ngala Safari Lodge in a Family Cottage (2 bedrooms) with en suite bathroom. Your stay includes all meals, soft drinks, house wine, local brand spirits, local beer, teas and coffees, laundry and scheduled safari activities. Situated adjacent to the world-renowned Kruger National Park, the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve comprises 53 000 hectares of pristine wilderness that is home to a plethora of wildlife. Since its inception in 1962, the Timbavati Association has seen to the conservation of this exceptional habitat that now boasts over 40 mammal species "“ including the Big Five "” and 360 bird species. AndBeyond Ngala Private Game Reserve is home to all of the Big Five, but is particularly known for its elephant, buffalo and rhino, as well as its packs of African wild dog. Leopard and cheetah are also often encountered. The largest of all land mammals, the African elephant, is most often spotted leisurely browsing on the vegetation. Elephant are completely dependent on water and will travel considerable distances to a watering hole, making this the perfect place to watch out for them. Elephant, as well as buffalo, are often encountered in the reed beds around the Timbavati River. Nestled under a canopy of Mopane and Tamboti trees, the Ngala Safari Lodge features 20 classic thatched cottages and a luxurious Safari Suite. Each en suite cottage, with private veranda, exudes a romantic colonial ambience with nostalgic safari memorabilia throughout. The gracious Safari Suite offers guests a spacious sitting room, private swimming pool, and exclusive use of a safari vehicle. The Lodge's large sparkling swimming pool overlooks natural riverine woodland. Hearty breakfasts and delicious lunches are served in the dappled shade of an enormous weeping boerbean tree. Upon their return from exhilarating evening game drives, guests are welcomed by Ngala's warm, hospitable staff to a banquet in the elegant candlelit courtyard, or to an African feast around the blazing boma fire. The Lodge's thatched dining, bar and sitting areas are open to the warm breezes of the inviting African bushveld.

Day 6 - 8 Kruger National Park (B,L,D) Enjoy the lodge and scheduled safari activities. The kids will love the WILDchild programme with &Beyond. Designed especially for children visiting AndBeyond's lodges, WILDchild is filled with fun, interactive activities that offer opportunities to learn and discover new experiences and cultures. Each child will receive a WILDchild branded bag containing a logbook, crayons, pencils and a paw-print tattoo. There is a personalised welcome note for every child, with those under three getting an African-themed soft toy as well. At each of our African lodges, as young, sleepy heads take shelter in the comfort of their beds after a day full of thrills, they will find an assignment for the following day's expedition laid out on their pillow, ready to fill their dreams with anticipation. Each expedition is carefully selected according to the interests and ages of the children and will be carried out in the care of our friendly staff, from rangers and trackers to child minders and cooks. Enjoy the scheduled safaris and other activities offered by the camp including Big Five game viewing encounters on interpretive game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles led by expert rangers and Shangaan trackers. Ngala offers both off-road and night game drives affording excellent sightings and photographic opportunities. Discover a host of interesting nocturnal animals on exhilarating, spotlit night game drives, or explore Ngala's intriguing fauna and flora on interactive bush walks led by an experienced ranger or expert Shangaan tracker. Guided bush walks bring you face-to-face with wild Africa at its best, allowing fascinating insights into the landscape, animal tracks and a host of interesting birds, reptiles, insects and tiny mammals. AndBeyond is renowned for having some of the most highly trained, professional, passionate and knowledgeable rangers and trackers on the continent. They have a passion for people and wildlife, ensuring unbeatable interpretive safari experiences. The rangers at AndBeyond Ngala impart an incomparable wealth of knowledge, personally researched and experienced, about habitats, ecology, birds, trees, plants, small animals and insects. Many of the rangers and trackers belong to the surrounding communities and can share cultural information with guests. The camp also offers exceptional bird watching opportunities, stargazing and spectacular bush banqueting.

Day 9 Ngala > Hoedspruit > Johannesburg (B) You will be transferred with fellow guests to Hoedspruit Airport for your onward scheduled flights. Flight between Hoedspruit & Johannesburg is included

• 8 nights' accommodation • Meals as indicated • Sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary • Transfers and transport as per itinerary • Domestic flights Cape Town > Hoedspruit > Johannesburg • Local guides in Cape Town • Applicable National Park & Concession/Conservation fees • Safari activities as shown in the itinerary • Services of the professional lodge rangers, trackers guides and camp staff at safari lodges • Beverages - only if specified at certain lodges & camps • Laundry - only as specified at certain lodges & camps

Pricing (per person) $AUD

Type TWIN SINGLE

2017

Based on 4 people travelling (2 adults, 2 children) pricing

Adult

$9,675

Child

$2,310

Departs

Daily

Booking conditions

Please note that pricing for this tour is based on a party of two adults and two children (under 12 years of age) travelling together. Pricing varies according to the numbers and ages of the group, varies seasonally, and is subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations. Ask us for a quote on your specific requirements.

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

• International flights • Visas if required • Travel insurance (mandatory) • Optional activities • Tipping