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13 Days Luxury Safari in South Africa

  • Monarch Hotel, 167 Oxford Road, Johannesburg, South Africa

Kruger National Park Safari South Africa

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.

Highlights

  • Guided game drives
  • Transportation in a safari vehicle
  • Car hire on the tenth to the last day of safari
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals and drinks
  • Airport transfers
  • Park fees
  • 12 activity days
  • English
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Monarch hotel

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

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.

Idube Game Lodge

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.

Sabi Sabi Selati camp

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

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

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.

Day 1

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.

Day 2 to 3

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.

Day 4 to 5

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.

Day 6 to 7

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.

Day 8 to 9

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.

Day 10 to 12

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.

Day 13

You will drive yourself to Cape Town International Airport (CPT), where you will drop off your hire car and fly out.

Kruger National Park

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.

Sabi Sands Game Reserve

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.

  • Enjoy the game drives
  • See the stunning views
  • Relax at your accommodation
  • Capture photos of the wildlife and scenery
  • Meet and interact with the locals
  • Swim in your accommodation's pools
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • All taxes and VAT
  • Car hire
  • Daily meals and drinks
  • Drop off at Cape Town International Airport (CPT)
  • Ground transportation
  • Guided game drives
  • Park fees
  • Pick up at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
  • Professional driver and guide services
  • Airfare
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and / or park fees
  • Gratuities and tips
  • Souvenirs
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees

Arrival by airplane

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).

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Suzie from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "We had a great experience with East Cape Tours, Karen was so friendly & helpful getting it all organised. We would recommend them to others & use them again if we are back in SA"

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  • Review by Virginia from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "An amazing experience with really helpful staff. When we got caught up in unexpected traffic our driver went above and beyond to ensure we made our flight. We were so grateful. We hope to come to SA again and will definitely use you guys."

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  • Review by Jacque from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Hey Lyn. We returned from our fabulous Southern Africa trip and want to thank you for your help in arranging our stay at the African Rock and And Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge. African Rock was so very welcoming and the perfect place to begin our visit to Africa. We loved the people and our dinner was one of the best we had in all of Africa. Ngala was amazing! We saw it all and loved the people there as well."

    "Again thank you and the Wares and the Bells will call on you again. Enjoying the news letter."

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  • Review by John from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "Hi Lyn , thanks for helping us out -very happy with East Cape Tours. Pumba fantastic and Andre seems almost part of the family."

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  • Review by Wendy from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Hi Chelse- just a note to tell you what a fabulous time we had at Pumba. Thanks so much for your help! PS- one more thing… Do you know the type of coffee makers they have in the chalets? I think it made a great cup of coffee and would like to get one for my home."

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  • Review by Natasha from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Hi Lynn"

    "Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond! We had such an amazing time – I’ve been recommending South Africa and East Cape Tours to everyone I know! Your recommendations were spot on and everything went really well. Everyone we met and interacted with was entirely gracious, friendly and helpful and our hosts gave us great recommendations for restaurants and things to do, particularly Sharon at Redbourne Hilldrop. We couldn’t be happier with our once-in-a-lifetime safari vacation and we’re already dreaming about visiting beautiful SA again in the future."

    "The only change I would have made is to our reservation at Woodall. The properly was lovely as was the service, however the dinner was a fixed menu and very expensive in comparison to elsewhere (for a nice meal but not the best we had given price). The transfers to/from Addo were also very expensive and not divulged to us ahead of time by the hotel so it was a surprise come checkout time (I think we paid close to R800 for a round-trip to Addo which was only a 15 minute drive). Unfortunately because we had already returned the car we didn’t have another option for transportation and were not able to go to another restaurant so we felt a bit stranded. Something you may want to consider for future guests you book into the hotel."

    "That being said the rest of our trip was very reasonable given the fantastic quality in food, atmosphere and service we experienced and we couldn’t have asked for a better trip overall. I tagged East Cape in some Instagram photos and I hear they may be used in your next newsletter! Thanks again for all of your help."

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  • Review by Joan from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I wanted to send you a note to thank you and your team so much for making our trip the East Cape in October so completely magical. After having taken that incredible trip with our Aussie friends in 2015, was expecting that our shorter trip booked “last minute” would not have the same level of “adventure” or expansiveness. It ended up being a wonderful trip and completely exceeded expectations. Wanted to give you my thoughts on the itinerary and the lodges we visited."

    "We started at Pumba, then moved to Kichaka and ended up at Addo reserve at Camp Figtree. All of these lodges were wonderful. Great accommodations, excellent food, friendly staff and lots of animals. If I was scheduling this again, I would have done Addo first. While we were able to see quite a few elephants and they had a great water hole, after the other two camps, the game viewing was less exciting. It would have made a perfect first camp! Camp Figtree was really a treat, loved being up in the mountains and the lodge was really interesting, having a few less amenities because of its location gave it a charm and feeling of days gone by! Good for a couple of nights though a longer stay may not have been as good as you are really fairly isolated up there!"

    "Pumba was a wonderful camp, I believe we were originally scheduled to be the Water Lodge but were changed last minute to the Bush Lodge. I thought the Bush Lodge was great but if I was staying again I would request the Water Lodge. One of the things I missed from our last safari was the ability to sit around the campfire at night or early in the morning and the water lodge had the nice fire pit which I think made it a little more social! We did go over there one afternoon for the spa which was wonderful. The monkeys were just little devils at the Bush Lodge!! But very fun to watch! The animals were very good at Pumba. We had some great experiences with the lions (the white ones were beautiful) and we were able to get very close to these three Cheetah brothers as they walked down the road, feasted on a kill etc. The landscape there was really interesting as well with hills and plains and there was lots to see."

    "Kichaka was next and I think both Adrianne and I felt it was absolutely our favorite experience of the three. Loved the cabins, feeling like we were in the tree tops, the main lodge was very inviting right on the water hole. Great good. Best food for trying local game (they had Ostrich Wellington!). What we liked the best were the game drives. Our ranger took us out literally for 3/12 to 4 hours twice a day. There weren’t quite as many animals as Pumba and the terrain was different but we were able to go off road whenever it made sense so we could actually get close to things. Saw some amazing things. It felt more like we were tracking animals, looking at prints and doing more seeking out versus just driving on a path and seeing what was there to see."

    "All three were fabulous in their own way! Really appreciate the great service from your team and so nice to be picked up and taken from one destination to another and to the airport. Took all of that anxiety of transportation away and let us just enjoy the adventure!"

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  • Review by Wendy from New Zealand
    10 out of 10

    "We had a fantastic trip. I really would like to thank you for all your wonderful help along the way. It was invaluable and nothing was too much trouble. This resulted in a wonderful self-drive trip through South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe before heading onto Botswana. With your help we were well prepared and had an amazing experience. I really appreciated your prompt response to all my questions and the numerous changes we made along the way. Once again thank you so much. We would definitely seek out your help again and have no hesitation to recommend you to anyone."

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  • Review by Helen from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "Everything went smoothly with our complicated booking when we were dealing sith Karen Engelbrecht, who was amazingly helpful. She even returned one of my calls while she was out of the office on Family leave. The only problem occurred when the travel vouchers were issued as they were incorrect. This problem was resolved by my phoning the office in PE and having the correct vouchers issued. I would be happy to deal with East Cape Tours again."

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  • Review by Cris and Erik from Denmark
    10 out of 10

    "We won’t hesitate to give 5 stars to East Cape Tours, you’ve certainly earned them. We arranged our own tour from Denmark to Cape Town, before we contacted East Cape Tours for a short safari. You responded quickly, and make quick adjustments to our special wishes. Everything was taken care of; flights, airport shuttles, accomodation; and I learned that you could have handled the whole tour from Denmark and back; but I’ll remember that for later! It’s no problem being the family’s tour guide, with you as supporters!"

    "If (when) we visit South Africa again, you will certainly hear from us!"

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  • Review by Troy and Kashaan
    10 out of 10

    "I just wanted to write to you to say thank you to your team for the most amazing three-week holiday that was organized for us. Firstly, Helga created a perfect itinerary. Everything went smoothly, every small detail was organized and waiting for us, each accommodation destination was unique and the service and standard could not be faulted. We would never have been able to pick such amazing accommodation and experiences ourselves. It didn’t stop there, though. Once we arrived in South Africa, Shannon made contact with us to advise us she was our new contact. We had a few questions and bits and pieces that we needed assistance with along the way and nothing was ever a hassle. She was prompt and sorted everything for us. It gave us such peace of mind to have that local support while we were in the country. The whole trip was a highlight but if we had to pick our two favorites it would be Cape Town and our stunning accommodation in De Waterkant Village and our stay at Pumba Water Lodge. My husband, two kids (seven and 12) and I have returned home with a smile on our face and the best experience of such a beautiful country and it would not have been possible without the foundation that was laid by East Cape Tours. We still have so much to see and explore the stunning country of South Africa. We will be back and we will be booking with East Cape Tours!"

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  • Review by John
    10 out of 10

    "I just wanted to thank you for arranging our trip to Amakhala. We had a great time. The lodge and the rooms were excellent, the food was good without being exceptional and the game ranger, Christi was learning her trade and actually we thought not up to standard."

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  • Review by Tony
    10 out of 10

    "I want to thank you both for this unforgettable vacation. The stay in luxury apartments, Cape Town, was amazing. excellent place and location. as for the other hotels on our way to the reserve, each one of them has, it’s own charm and yet all of them had great service, welcoming staff and tasty food. But the best was for last with Pumba game reserve. We had the best days of our lives, good mood, and good food. My family and I, we appreciate everything you did for us to make our vacation in South Africa unforgettable. I would definitely go back and for sure recommend you to everyone I know who wants to visit your beautiful country. Just one more thing, concerning the white shark dive, it didn’t happen due to bad weather and I was wondering how the refund will be done."

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  • Review by Wayne
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for all your help everything turned out perfect. Ebrahim was super I’d highly recommend him to anyone traveling to Cape Town. Ismail was also excellent. We met Robert More at The More Quarters one morning he was extremely nice thought he might be at Lion Sands when we were there but left us a special message because he left the day we arrived and a book signed by him his great grandfather wrote.The staff at More Quarters were so friendly we loved our room and the hotel itself. Mont Rochelle is probably the most beautiful place we have ever been. Loved Franschhoek, The vineyards, and wineries were magnificent. Could have spent more time there. The Lion Sands River Lodge was absolutely beautiful the staff was great and we had the best range in Neil and tracker Albert. Made friends with two couples we did our safaris with. Trip of a lifetime all we can do is pray we can go back some day. If we know anyone who is interested we will definitely refer you. Thank you again."

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  • Review by Caroline
    10 out of 10

    "We have just returned from our travels in Africa. Shamwari was brilliant! Beautiful place and we were fortunate to have Jessica as our ranger and her knowledge of animals, birds, plants and the environment was amazing! We have had quite a few very good rangers take us on game drives on this trip and our previous trips, but Jessica stands out as the best! The highlight of our two months in Africa was Christmas day at Shamwari where we were able to experience a private escorted walk around the outside of the enclosures of the Born Free lions and lionesses, leopards, and cheetahs! As a Born Free Foundation supporter for many years it was the perfect Christmas present on the best Christmas day ever!"

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  • Review by Ash
    10 out of 10

    "I just returned from our South Africa and would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful recommendation and stay at Kapama Karula. We all had a fantastic stay and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. Will certainly refer your services to anyone who is considering visiting South Africa."

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