The Cape and the Kruger are two regions which feature prominently on almost every traveller’s South African itinerary, and for good reason. Radically different, and located at opposite corners of the country, a visit to these two regions will brilliantly showcase the diversity that the country is well known for. The Cape is a truly remarkable piece of land. Hemmed in by the Atlantic Ocean to the south and west and an intricate system of Fold Mountains on the inland side, it is possibly as un-African it gets without leaving the continent. The winter rainfall regime, strong summer winds and unique topography have contributed to a high degree of endemism and a singularly unique floral kingdom, described originally by the Dutch settlers as Fynbos, or ‘Fine Bush’. While big terrestrial mammals were never common here, there are some endemics to be seen, such as the Cape Mountain Zebra and Bontebok, while marine animals such as Southern Right Whale and Great White Shark can also be seen. Moving up-country from the Cape, the next port-of-call is the Greater Kruger National Park, a protected area of 19 485 km² which is home to all of Africa’s iconic big game species, as well as myriad birds and other smaller creatures. Combining these two areas will create a rewarding and memorable South African wildlife experience, one which will probably make you want to come back to see the rest of the country.
10 – 20 September 2020 (10 nights / 11 days)
13 – 23 September 2021
Starts in Cape Town on the morning of the 10th September 2020 13th September 2021. Participants should ideally overnight in Cape Town the night before the tour starts. We are happy to arrange this accommodation. Alternatively participants need to arrive on early morning flights on the day the tour starts. Tour ends at Kruger / Mpumalanga International Airport on the 20th November 2020 / 23rd November 2021, in time for connecting flights to Johannesburg and evening transcontinental flights. Please check with us before booking any flights.
2020: ZAR 51 500 per person sharing, ZAR 10 670 single supplement
2021: ZAR 55 450 per person sharing, ZAR 10 670 single supplement
Price may be subject to change based on factors beyond our control.
• All breakfasts and dinners
• Ground transport
• Bottled water in vehicle whilst travelling
• Entrance fees
• Personalised checklists
• Specialist guide fees
• All airfares
• Travel and medical insurance
• All drinks
• Optional excursions where applicable
• Items of a personal nature
• This itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions at the time and other factors beyond our control.
• The species mentioned in the itinerary represent only some of the possible ones we may see on the tour, however, none of these can be guaranteed even though every effort will be made where possible to locate them. A full list of possibles appears on your checklist.
*See the Cape Peninsula, ”the fairest Cape of them all”.
*See Southern Right Whales.
*See African Penguins up close.
*Go on open-sided vehicle safaris in the Kruger National Park.
*Get close to animals such as Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra and many others.
*Experience some of the world’s best big cat viewing in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
*Experience night game drives.
*Relax in the special ambiance of a luxury private safari lodge.
Group size: maximum of 12 participants, 1 guide per 6 participants.
Areas Visited: Cape Peninsula, Hermanus, Kruger National Park and Sabi-Sand Game Reserve.
Expected weather conditions: the Cape’s weather is notoriously variable and September is within the winter rainfall period. Some rain can be expected, while fine and warm conditions are also expected. In the Kruger it should be dry and warm, but early morning drives in open vehicles can be cold, so adequate clothing such as a thick fleece and windbreaker are recommended.
Tour tempo: medium, optional mid-day breaks on non-travelling days (compulsory mid-day break on day 10, at the private lodge, due to their fixed routine).
Accommodation standards: medium plus: lodges and guest houses.
Mammal viewing: Southern Right Whales in season (late-August to December); antelope species such as the endemic Bontebok, Rock Hyrax and Chacma Baboon and other smaller species in the Cape. Superb mammal viewing in the Kruger region, including the Big Five.
Birding: great birding opportunities, highlights include African Penguin, Cape Sugarbird and Blue Crane, as well as a host of savanna bird species.
Other wildlife and attractions: Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsula, the scenic drive between Gordon’s Bay and Pringle Bay, fynbos vegetation and wild flowers, Kruger Park scenery and general natural history.
Add-ons: this tour can be combined with extensions to Victoria Falls or Namibia. Contact us for more information.
The birding and wildlife viewing was spectacular. And the knowledge that both guides shared with us made it that much more enjoyable.
Robert Burnett, USA, after Wildlife of the Cape & Kruger, 2018.