(Cape Town, Timbavati Game Reserve)
As a special thank you to Kensington Tours repeat clients we are offering your 5th night free, along with a complimentary dinner at Dash.
Elephants, lions, leopards, zebras and cheetahs are just some of the animals you’ll spy on private sunrise and sunset safaris of the Kruger National Park as you came face-to-fang with the wild heart of South Africa. You’ll also take in breath-taking views of cosmopolitan Cape Town from your vantage point high on Table Mountain; explore the cobbled streets and brightly colored houses of the traditional Cape Malay community at Bo Kaap; witness the magic of the place where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet at False Bay; frolic with the African penguins at their breeding colony at Boulders Beach; and soak in the traditional Cape Dutch culture of Stellenbosch in South Africa’s celebrated wine country.
Accommodation at stylish city hotels in the heart of Cape Town’s vibrant entertainment district and in traditional safari lodges on the edge of Kruger National Park will introduce you the best face of the city and the savannah. When it comes time to discover South Africa’s wild heart, safari guides will take you closer to the action than you ever imagined possible.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
Upon arrival into Cape Town, you will be met at the door of your aircraft with your name on a paging board. You will be assisted through immigration, baggage collection and customs. You will then be shown to your onward flight, or to your awaiting transfer vehicle. Should you be collecting a rental car, you will be shown to the vehicle rental collection office.
Upon arrival you will receive all of your neccessary documents for your trip which contains a detailed personalized itinerary with pick up and drop of times.
Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel.
Today you will be met by your guide for an exploration of Cape Town, known affectionately as the Mother City. Your tour will take in the Houses of Parliament, the Castle (built between 1666 and 1679, this is South Africa’s oldest building), lively Greenmarket Square with its daily market, the Company Gardens and of course Table Mountain which will give you spectacular views over the city and Peninsula (cable car fee is not included as it is weather dependent). On your descent, you stop at the Bo Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses.
Table Mountain Cableway will be closed for annual maintenance on Monday 28 July 14 to Sunday 10 August 14.
Sign up for optional activities (not included in tour price); diving to see Great White sharks, whale watching, visit to Robben Island to see Mandela's prison, visit to local townships, walking tours, visit winelands, cycling, cultural tours and more.
Repeat Kensington clients receive an R500 dining voucher to be used at Dash restaurant. After a long day of sightseeing allow us to indulge you in a leisurely dinner, or relax alfresco on the quayside Terrace and enjoy the unique setting and atmosphere with majestic Table Mountain in the background.
Travel today between Cape Town and Hoedspruit via Johanneburg.
Luggage restrictions applicable to this flight: Hand luggage: One piece not exceeding 8kg (18lb) and maximum dimension of 56cm (L) 36cm (W) 23cm (H). Checked luggage: One piece not exceeding 23 kg (50 lb) and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches).
Enjoy your private transfer between Hoedspruit and Timbavati. The approximate travel time is 2 hours.
This afternoon you'll meet up with others at the lodge and embark on your afternoon game drive. Sunrise and sunset are when the animals are most active. You'll be out in the reserve for a few hours before returning back to the lodge to freshen up for dinner. A private vehicle can be booked at an additional cost dependant on availability.
This afternoon you'll meet up with others at the lodge and embark on your afternoon game drive. When the White Lions of the Timbavati were discovered in the mid-1970s, they became the subject of much interest and debate. There have been various “spiritual” powers attributed to the White lions and many people were and still are of
the opinion that the lions are a different species. The truth is that this is a natural phenomenon that occurs due
to “leucism”. The white coats possessed by the “White Lions of the Timbavati” were not the product of “albinism” (a relatively common condition resulting from a failure to develop pigment), but from another condition called “leucism”, in which the pelt is white but eyes and skin are pigmented. This rare event (also termed a “chinchilla mutation”) is thought to represent an evolutionary stage in the progressive loss of pigmentation.
Both parents carry the recessive “white gene”; and the offspring inherit the recessive gene of each parent. If a cub receives a dominant “tawny” gene from either parent, its pelt will
be tawny. Thus a litter may be comprised of both tawny and white cubs. Every so often we are treated to glimpses of these incredible animals in Timbavati.
Before first light you'll meet up with others at the lodge and embark on your early morning game drive. Sunrise and sunset are when the animals are most active. You'll be out in the reserve for a few hours before returning back to the lodge for breakfast. A private vehicle can be booked at an additional cost depending on availability.
This afternoon you'll meet up with others at the lodge and embark on your afternoon game drive or stay out later, past dusk to view some of the local nocturnal species. Creatures of every shape and size abound during the day, and by night visitors to the reserve are likely to see smaller, nocturnal mammals - such as porcupines, servals, civets and genets. As dusk falls the hunting begins...
Enjoy your private transfer from Timbavati to Hoedspruit. The approximate travel time is 2 hours.
Take your flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg today. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.
Luxury and sophistication dominate in the suites and luxury rooms at the Queen Victoria Hotel, each of which is individually designed and curated. With a consistent ambience of glamorous repose, most of the suites provide panoramic views of either Table Mountain or Cape Town Harbour. The exquisite Queen Victoria Hotel is located within a precinct of heritage buildings along Portswood Road in Cape Town which is a main artery leading to and from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The Queen Victoria Hotel gives guests a sense of being within the Waterfront’s vicinity but removed from the frenetic pace of it. Situated next door is the Dock House Boutique Hotel & Spa, guests at the Queen Victoria Hotel have effortless admission to the finest of the Newmark Hotels, Reserves & Lodges portfolio including the Urban Beauty Spa and pool at Dock House Boutique Hotel, breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Victoria & Alfred Hotel’s fine-dining OYO Restaurant & Cocktail Bar. All of these offerings are set in the most idyllic locations within the Waterfront, and are on offer to guests of the Queen Victoria Hotel in an attempt to enhance their experience of ultimate luxury.
Set deep in the Timbavati, Motswari Private Game Reserve promises rich game viewing as the boundary with Kruger is open. In operation for more than 30 years and an original, traditional game lodge, Motswari offers bush as far as the eye can see and simple luxuries that don’t intrude on your experience. Nature is unaffected by man’s need to shape his environment yet our family-owned reserve prides itself on the conservation values, exquisite cuisine, award-winning wines and luxurious accommodation. With 150 square kilometres of wide horizons and untamed wilderness, Motswari is an unforgettable experience.
Shayna Maislin ,
April 21, 2014
"I would highly recommend the tour guide that we had in the Serengetti . He was extremely knowledgeable, very helpful and courteous. We all agree that Kensington has first class staff working for them in Africa. All the camps that we stayed at were absolutely beautiful except perhaps for the one in Lake Manyara. All in all it was a spectacular trip!"
Janine Chey ,
April 21, 2014
"Our trip to Masai Mara via Kensington ran very smoothly. We stayed at the Mara West Lodge. Beautiful location atop a ridge overlooking the Masai Mara plains. Our luxury tents were quite comfortable and the staff/service at the lodge were great. Meals were very nice especially the daily soups. Our guide, Steve, was also great...so knowledgeable and eager to show us many interesting things. He planned our daily game drives and took us on a nature hike one afternoon. He clearly knows and understands this ecosystem. He has an amazing eye, finding animals in fields of tall grasses. Our entire family had an amazing time, trip of a lifetime...would love to go back!"
Justin Yax ,
April 21, 2014
"Once again, a perfect trip. From Elizabeth's planning to Godfrey's guiding, we could not have asked for a more thorough and well planned safari. I can't wait to come back and do it again, this time with a Kilimanjaro climb added onto the trip!"
Nancy Frierson ,
April 21, 2014
"The entire trip was superb - all the transfers, the lodging and the food, the safari experience and the knowledgeable guides. The guide's ability to spot an animal and identify it at a great distance allowed us to see and photograph all the animals on our list and then some. The lodgings were even better than we had hoped and the staff could not possibly have been better. Our trip of a lifetime turned out to be just that."
Avi J.Moskovitz ,
February 03, 2014
"We finally returned from the most magical vacation in Morocco and we cannot thank Lily and Kensington Tours enough!! This trip was beyond amazing and we are so appreciative for everything done to make this trip happen last minute for us!
We had a spectacular tour guide that spoke 8 languages, Ismail, and the friendliest and warmest driver, Said, whom made the experience absolutely phenomenal! Not only did we learn and see, but we laughed, danced, ate like pigs, kissed camels and snakes, ran in the Sahara desert under the stars, and enjoyed life - the best gift of all!
Ebony Hoskins ,
October 18, 2013
"I am so happy that I used Kensington Tours to help with my dream trip to Cape Town South Africa. I was looking for a well respected tour company that planned private guided tours that was not going to cause me my leg, lol. I begin searching companies by reputation and value. I narrowed it down to Kensington Tours because of the quality and value. I felt taken care of prior to my departure due to the detailed itinerary.
From the time of got off the plane to the time I headed back to the states, I was in excellent hands. The service was EXCELLENT! I will definitely use Kensington again. Certainly, a trip of a lifetime!"
Hanne Jones ,
October 24, 2013
"I have travelled all my life. I've combed much of Europe, from The arctic north in Norway to the streets of Seville in Spain, the beaches of Cannes and Nice in France and the medieval heart of Bologna in Italy. I've been on two African safaris (one tented, one not), both "luxurious." I've been on more than a dozen jaunts to India, some guided, others not. Over the years I have discovered that I had rather be lost and disoriented in a foreign country than submit once again to the unbending schedule of a guided tour. Hence I had given up tours of any kind, until Molly Kelly, an American Express travel agent, suggested I might want simply to list the places my friends and I wished to see in Morocco then let Kensington Tours make accessing them in an orderly way not only possible but thoroughly enjoyable as well. And this Kensington Tours did. They pulled our disparate destinations together and designed a far, far better route than we could ever have done on our own. They satisfied all our requests and threw in delicious additions, areas of interest we had never considered or even heard of. Our accommodations were well within our means and wonderful. Our guide and driver, not to mention our Mercedes SUV, could not have pleased us more. In other words, thanks to Molly and her recommending Kensington Tours, we had a sensational holiday. "
Anthoula Korina ,
September 05, 2013
"Africa had always been a myth in mind since I was child that was up until a week ago. I just returned from an epic safari adventure! Kenya, Tanzania and the Maasai are sorely missed.
Words cannot fully express the magic of this ever-flowing journey. It was awe-inspiring, breathtaking, free and powerful. My mind keeps playing tricks on me; thinking rather hoping that I'm going to see a giraffe cross a busy NYC street :)
The memories will resonate for a lifetime. To boot, I went on this trip solo; female traveler. Not sure any of it would have been possible w/out Kensington Tours!!! Thank you..."
July 12, 2013
"I had a wonderful trip visiting the mountain gorillas in Uganda. We were able to get really close to the gorillas and watched their interactions with each other. The local people are so gracious and made every minute a delight. The accomodations were great. I loved waking up in the morning to the sounds of the forest. The added luxury of a massage was a great way to end the trip!"
July 26, 2013
"Our family of 6 traveled to Morocco for a 9 day Imperial cities discovery, I was absolutely amazing. Our guide Lahcen Zaaim was the best guide we have EVER had and we have traveled to many countries. There was not one subject that he was not knowledgeable about. He made the trip sooooo memorable. He was so flexible and when he picked us up in the mornings to head out, he was talking nonstop to tell us soo much about everything we were seeing. There was soooo much to see in Morocco and he made sure we saw it all.. He truly has a gift in the touring business, you feel as if your leaving your best friend when the trip is over. When we got to the airport in casablanca, he spotted us before we saw him and of course, we asked him, how did you recognize us? He even went as far as to get the King of Moroccos artist to meet us at our riad the night before we left to return home late to do our names in moroccan arabic to frame, They were beautiful, He showed us a picture of the Kings Face he had done for the Palace! Lily Baffour from Kensington planned our trip and she was amazing, planning everything as she thought we would like based on what I told her. She did an Outstanding job and literally sent our Iteniaries by next day air in a beautifully done spiral bound personally book for each family that was going on the trip, SOOOOOO IMPRESSED and she even got the guide we requested!!!! I cant say enough about this trip and Kensington, we will definitely use again!!! We experienced a VERY different culture in going to Morocco and thats what we wanted, a Very different exotic trip and thats what we got!!!! Again our accomodations we Top Notch, staying in the TRuly authenic Riads, they were SOOOOO Luxurious, Plan on taking another suitcase or buying one there because you will buy more things to bring home than any other trip because of all the Handicrafts there, especially in Fes!!!
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