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This safari starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town. It includes overnight stays at fantastic accommodation facilities within the Greater Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands Game Reserve, and in Johannesburg, Franschhoek, and Cape Town. Accommodation ranges from bed-and-breakfasts to fully inclusive, and includes hotels, safari lodges, and guest houses. East Cape Tours are your professional partners dedicated to making holidays special and unique.
The Monarch Hotel is a sophisticated, lavishly styled hotel ocated in Rosebank, a prestigious suburb of Johannesburg. It reflects an affluent ambiance of old world elegance with refined period-like interiors enriched with classical and contemporary furnishings complimented by an extensive art collection of established and emerging South African artists.
A prominent heritage landmark on Oxford road, the Monarch hotel is a glamorous yet eclectic setting of wrought iron entrances, rich fabrics, muted marble, brass banisters, paneled walls, and ceilings perfectly balanced by bespoke contemporary finishes, providing the ultimate discreet ‘urban’ sanctuary for business travelers and tourists alike. You will be staying here on the first night of the safari.
Motswari Private Game Reserve is a small-scale and family-run luxury resort in the remote and beautiful Timbavati Nature Reserve. You will be staying here on the second and third night of the safari.
Within Motswari Private Game Reserve, you’ll be in the perfect place to spot the superstars of African wildlife in their natural habitat, and the Big five - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo - are in abundance. Game drives and walking safaris will put you safely in touch with all the wonders of the veld. You’ll have a great choice of treks and drives, accompanied by expert guides and trackers, as well as pre-safari talks and even camp-outs in the reserve.
There’s a pool and Wi-Fi hotspot at the lodge, and delicious meals are served here, around the boma fire, or out in the bush. There are just 15 luxuriously furnished bungalows at Motswari, each one with air conditioning but none with unnecessary high-tech trappings like TV. You’ll also be able to spend a night in a comfortable tented camp or even at Giraffe’s Nest, a spectacular water’s-edge tree house.
Also contained within the reserve is Motswari Geiger’s Camp, which is perched on a ridge with panoramic views of Big five terrain. This luxury safari camp fuses tasteful elegance with historic and rustic charm.
At Idube Game Lodge, you can relax on a private deck and take in the scenery, or cool off in the lovely swimming pool while watching the animals roam the area.This game reserve boasts a large number of the Big five animals that local and international tourists alike simply love to meet.
From an open Landrover, guests get a really close and impressive sighting of these famous animals and have the chance of a marvelous and exciting bush experience. The highly-skilled trackers and rangers will keep you safe while finding the best places to view the animals. They also take guests on guided walks.
The lodge features ten stunning chalets that have everything a guest could require, including lovely outdoor showers and air-conditioning, but if you need anything else, this friendly family-owned establishment will go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable. Special attention is paid to each guest.
The indigenous gardens are meticulous, while the thatched bar, lounge, and entertainment rooms are the ideal gathering areas. Idube Game Reserve is a magnificent venue for weddings, small conferences, or any other special event, and honeymooners will not find a better place to celebrate their new beginning. You will be staying here on the fourth and fifth night of the safari.
The name of this lodge is in honor of the Selati Railway Line that was once used to transport gold from the interior to Delagoa Bay in Mozambique. This railway line crossed the Sabi Sand Reserve in the 1870’s, and although it is not used today, the old railway bed is still present nearby the Selati camp.
The legendary history of the area is the inspiration behind the camp’s magnificent décor that makes use of original steam engine artefacts, as well as authentic shunter’s lamps that light the way to the guest suites. Each of the luxury suites are uniquely adorned with stunning memorabilia and collector’s pieces. This creates a very different experience to any of the other safari lodges in the area.
The eight exquisite suites of the Selati camp are fondly named after past railway stations, and are romantic, thatched, and Colonial-style rooms that are perfectly located under the majestic Acacia trees that grow alongside the Msthulu River. The camp is also positioned on an animal migration path that is well traveled by game throughout the year. Sipping sundowners while watching the animals pass or drink at the watering hole is a magnificent opportunity.
At Selati, guests experience nights that are softly illuminated by lamps and lanterns, decadent meals under the stars at the boma or in the intimate ‘Farmhouse Kitchen’, sparking swimming pools, and gorgeous game-viewing decks. Guests have a choice of several romantically-styled suites, including the ultra-luxurious Lourenco Marques and ivory presidential suites. You will be staying here on the sixth and seventh night of the safari.
Avondrood guesthouse is nestled amidst the breath-taking mountains and vineyards of the Cape Winelands and conveniently located within walking distance of the village center of Franschhoek, South Africa’s renowned gourmet capital. The beautiful Victorian building dates back to the 1870 and is now a local heritage site.
Avondrood Guesthouse was recently refurnished in 2011 with a contemporary elegant style. Accentuating the building and surrounding lush gardens, this guest house has so much to offer. With a stunning cozy lounge and bar, private patio, and vast garden, Avondrood gives a tranquil yet welcoming feel to the property. You will be staying here on the eighth and ninth night of the safari.
The Blue House is ideally situated in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town. Close to the heart of the City Bowl and its bustling attractions. It offers economy, standard, and superior rooms. They pride themselves on offering excellent personal service with all the luxuries and attention to detail. There's an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi access is available.
Each room here will provide you with a TV, air-conditioning, and a seating area. Private bathroom also comes with a shower. Extras include satellite channels. At the guesthouse, you will find a garden and a terrace. You will be staying here on the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth night of the safari.
Fly in and arrive at O.R Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. You will receive a transfer from the airport to your accommodation at Monarch Hotel, where you will spend one night.
Monarch Hotel is a luxury five-star hotel situated in the prestigious suburb of Rosebank. The hotel offers accommodation in 12 rooms and suites - five royal suites with a guest room, six luxury rooms with an open-plan layout, and one presidential suite with private entrance and facilities. Facilities at Monarch Hotel include two lounges, a cigar lounge, a non-smoking lobby lounge, and a dining room.
You will proceed from Monarch Hotel to O.R Tambo International Airport where you will board a scheduled flight and fly out to East Gate Airport (HDS) in Hoedspruit. Upon arrival, you will receive a transfer to your accommodation at Motswari Private Game Reserve, where you will spend two nights.
Motswari Private Game Reserve is an exclusive lodge offering accommodation in five spacious en-suite bedrooms. Facilities at the lodge include a communal lounge area, swimming pool, and wrap-around patio.
You will receive a transfer from Motswari to your accommodation at Idube Private Game Reserve where you will spend two nights. Idube Private Game Reserve is a safari lodge offering accommodation in ten comfortable chalets, set amongst green lawns and shady trees. Idube provides excellent game viewing activities and offers facilities including a bar area, lounging deck, swimming pool, underground hide, and gymnasium.
You will transfer from Idube to your accommodation at Sabi Sabi Selati Camp, where you will spend two nights. Sabi Sabi Selati Camp provides the perfect accommodation for guests looking for a romantic, luxury safari experience. Selati Camp is furnished with a historic railway theme - based on its history as an old railway line - and colonial charm, and is meticulously created as an authentic home in the bush.
You will transfer from Sabi Sabi Selati Campt to Nelspruit Airport (KMI), where you will board a scheduled flight. You will fly out and arrive at Cape Town International Airport (CPT), where you be transferred to your accommodation at Avondrood guest house. Here, you will spend two nights.
Avondrood is a charming, well-maintained, Victorian Cape-Dutch style house built in 1870. The guest house has been tastefully renovated with added modern-day comforts, whilst retaining many features of the original building. Accommodation consists of six large rooms, each with a distinctive décor and luxurious comforts. The premises are surrounded by a large, secluded garden with private swimming pool and Jacuzzi.
You will proceed from Avondrood to your accommodation at The Blue House, where you will pick up your hire car and spend three nights. The Blue House is a gracious homestead nestled on the slopes of Lions Head and Signal Hill and situated in the popular Tamboerskloof suburb.
The guest house offers accommodation in economy, standard, and superior rooms, each individually styled and furnished. The Blue House prides themselves on providing excellent personal service with all the luxuries and attention to detail.
You will drive yourself to Cape Town International Airport (CPT), where you will drop off your hire car and fly out.
Kruger National Park is one of the largest and most famous wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and is often referred to as the top holiday destination in South Africa. Filled with phenomenal animals, including the Big five, and consisting of an amazing six different ecosystems, the Kruger National Park is the perfect location in which to experience wild Africa at its very best.
The park’s wide variety of fascinating wildlife comprises of both large and small animals. The largest, and one of the Big five, is the African Elephant, with the males standing tall at approximately 3.6 meters and weighing up to 5,400 kilograms. Besides elephants, the park is the ideal habitat for lions, leopards, buffalo, rhino, hyena, wild dog, jackal, giraffe, cheetah, wildebeest, zebra, bushpig, and baboons.
All the Kruger Park lodges offer exciting game drives during the day and night that allow guests to really get a close look at these amazing African animals. Guests always go home with fantastic photographs and memories that will last a lifetime. Smaller animals and the abundance of bird life are also fascinating, and are seen on guided bush walks.
Other less-threatening animals include the honey badger, rock dassie, vervet monkey, thick-tailed bushbaby, cape hare, and tree squirrel. Plenty of buck are present as well. Kruger is one of the premier game-watching destinations in the world. Approximately 145 mammal species occur in the park. It is possible to see all the classical African big game, including elephant, black and white rhino, hippopotamus, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, warthog, and many antelope species.
The Sabi Sands Game Reserve has become famous for its magnificent leopard sightings. This gorgeous wild cat can be incredibly difficult to find, but at Sabi Sands you are likely to get the unique opportunity of tracking one in the midst of a hunt. In an open 4 x 4 vehicle, you will be able to follow this magnificent creature and see how it survives in the wild.
Sabi Sands is a superb Big five territory and has a huge variety of other mammals, reptiles, and winged beauties as well. You will certainly have ample opportunity for stunning photographs to take home. The reserve covers a vast area of wilderness, approximately 65,000 hectares, and is located within the region of the Kruger National Park. There are no fences between Kruger and Sabi Sands, which means that the animals are free to wander between the two game reserves.
You will be provided with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the second to the ninth day of the safari, while daily breakfast will be provided for you on the first, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth day of the safari. Your meals on the last day of the safari are at your own expense.
Please book your flight to arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. East Cape Tours will pick you up from O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) and drop you off at Cape Town International Airport (CPT).