South Africa - Cape, Kruger & Winelands

10 days from $7,490 per person*
  • Chocolate, cheese, and wine discovery excursion in Franschhoek.
  • Enjoy safari game drives tracking the wildlife of Sabi Sands.
  • Visit the African Penguins of Boulders Beach with expert guide.
  • Private guided tour of Cape Town, including the alluring Table Mountain.
  • Expert selection of hotels, and VIP arrival assistance in Johannesburg.
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This luxury bespoke safari weaves together South Africa's top experiences in world-renowned Sabi Sands Game Reserve, chic Cape Town and the stunning winelands.

Experience thrilling sunrise and sunset game drives in Sabi Sands as you track lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard. Located on the South west corner of Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands is unarguably the most renowned game park in South Africa. Enjoy a private guided tour of Cape Town, the Mother City, voted one of the world's most picturesque cities. Your private guide will take you to windy Cape Point, the fine vineyards of Stellenbosch, and the dizzying heights of Table Mountain. Sample tantalizing local chocolate, cheese, and wine in the culinary capital of Franschhoek.

In the evenings, relax in luxury accommodations that offer sumptuous surroundings and warm hospitality. This African adventure will make every one of your senses smile.

Kensington Tours offers local support in each region you visit, another reason we deliver unbeatable value. 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.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Johannesburg
    Johannesburg
    • Meet & Greet & Assist - VIP service(4)
    • Document Package - Documents
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Johannesburg to Sabi Sands
    Johannesburg to Sabi Sands
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Johannesburg - Sabi Sands [Charter] - Charter Shuttle Flight
    • Afternoon Game Drive
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 Sabi Sands
    Sabi Sands
    • Morning Game Drive
    • Afternoon Game Drive 1
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Sabi Sands
    Sabi Sands
    • Morning Walking Safari
    • Night Drives
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Sabi Sands to Nelspruit (KMIA) to Cape Town
    Sabi Sands to Nelspruit (KMIA) to Cape Town
    • Sabi Sands - Nelspruit (KMIA) [Charter] - Odie Air Charter Shuttle Flight
    • Nelspruit (KMIA) - Cape Town [Direct (2hrs)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day City & Table Mountain - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Cape Town
    Cape Town
    • Tour - Private - Cape Point and Peninsula - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Cape Town to Franschhoek
    Cape Town to Franschhoek
    • Cape Town - Franschhoek [via the Winelands] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(2)
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Franschhoek
    Franschhoek
    • Tour - Private - Wine & Other Delights (Chocolate, Cheese & Olives) - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • At Leisure
    Breakfast
  • Day 10 Franschhoek
    Franschhoek
    • Franschhoek - Cape Town [1hr] - Vehicle/Driver(3)
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Johannesburg

Upon arrival into Johannesburg, South Africa, 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.

Upon arrival you will receive all of your necessary documents for your trip which contains a detailed personalized itinerary with pick up and drop of times. This includes a Kensington Tours branded envelope with summary itinerary, e-tickets and map.

A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer between the Airport and your hotel, or vice versa, today.

Accommodation: The Residence

The Residence is located in the historic suburb of Houghton, which is also home to many famous residents including former President Nelson Mandela. The Residence exudes a charming air of quiet dignity, with an abundance of bougainvillea blossoms cascading down the terraced gardens.  On arrival at The Residence, you are greeted warmly and graciously before being shown around the guest areas on the ground floor. There is an immediate awareness of the sophisticated splendor of the interior and an all-pervading atmosphere of total tranquility. The entrance hall leads through to the sumptuous lounge and sitting room with plush furnishings inviting carefree relaxation for all seasons. A cozy log fire is lit in the fireplace on chilly days, while doors opening onto the long, spacious veranda offer a cool respite from the warm African sun. Guests are welcome to take a stroll through the manicured gardens and enjoy a game of tennis or swim a few lengths in the large outdoor pool. Arrangements can also be made for guests to work out at a nearby gymnasium or play a round of golf on the Houghton Golf Course.

Johannesburg
Johannesburg
The Residence
The Residence

Day 2: Johannesburg - Sabi Sands

A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer between the Airport and your hotel, or vice versa, today.

Enjoy your shuttle flight from Johannesburg to Sabi Sands. Travel time is approximately 2 hours.

Luggage restrictions applicable to this flight: The general free allowance is 20Kg in Economy Class. 90cm x 72cm x 45cm (including handle, wheels and pockets) total dimensions 207cm.

Hand luggage: One bag allowed in addition to one slimline laptop bag. No bag should exceed 56cm x 36cm x 23cm (total dimensions of 115 cm including handles and wheels) weighing not more than 7Kgs.

This afternoon you'll meet up with other guests at the lodge and embark on your afternoon game drive. At 65,000 hectares the expansive Sabi Sands is one of the best in South Africa for viewing the ‘Big 5’. Sharing an unfenced border with Kruger National Park, all of the animals roam freely through the reserves. You'll be out in the reserve for a few hours before returning back to the lodge to freshen up for dinner.

Accommodation: Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

Earth Lodge, included as one of Travel & Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels as selected by their readers, is a sanctuary symbolizing a new era in luxury South African safari lodges. Sculpted into a slope of the earth, almost invisible in the landscape, the lodge uses texture, light, and space to present a lodge like no other. On arrival, a hidden corridor leads you on a journey to a unique and unforgettable experience. The unexpected entrance opens to a panorama of uninterrupted bushveld. As in nature, everything at Earth Lodge exists in harmony and you are immediately aware of a sense of calm and restoring spirit. Home to 13 ultra-luxurious suites, the lodge breaks with traditional bush lodge style to create a masterpiece of artistry and innovation. Taking its cue from the surrounding environment, it has been described as the most environmentally sensitive lodge in Africa.  This property was named one of National Geographic’s Most Unique Lodges in the World.

Sabi Sands
Sabi Sands
Deck
Deck

Day 3: Sabi Sands

Before first light, you'll meet up with other guests at the lodge and embark on your early morning game drive. Sunrise and sunset are when the animals are most active. Many herds of elephants roam the expanses of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. While being very social creatures and the largest living mammal, there is nothing quite like seeing a herd of up to a hundred individuals out on the plains. You'll be out in the reserve for a few hours before returning back to the lodge for breakfast.

This afternoon you’ll embark after lunch on a game drive in an open 4x4 vehicle. You’ll be accompanied by an experienced ranger who will share their extensive knowledge of the reserve. A tracker sits in front and follows the animals, often off road to secure sightings that are up close and personal. As the sun sets, you might spot some of the nocturnal animals as they awaken for their nighttime feeding. You'll be out in the reserve for a few hours before returning back to the lodge to freshen up for dinner.

Accommodation: Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge
Morning Game Drive
Morning Game Drive
Early Evening Game Drive
Early Evening Game Drive

Day 4: Sabi Sands

After breakfast, there is an opportunity to go on a guided walk in the bush with an armed ranger. This usually focuses on the tracks, insects, birds and the smaller animals. Alternatively, you can relax at the Lodge overlooking a water hole where a variety of animals visit during the day.

The night drives allow you the opportunity to see the nocturnal animals not encountered during the day. You'll share the drives with other guests from the lodge. The night drives are part of the afternoon game drive as dusk falls. Your chances of seeing leopards in particular are a lot higher at night and with a bit of luck you might even encounter the predators such as lions and leopards hunting. During the night drives, your tracker uses a powerful spotlight to search for nocturnal animals. Expect to see a wide variety of animals not normally seen during the day, including leopards, hyenas, aardvarks, bat-eared fox, porcupines, bush babies, bushbucks, mongoose, genet cats and nocturnal birds like owls and nightjars.

Accommodation: Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge
Colorful Lilac Breasted Roller Bird
Colorful Lilac Breasted Roller Bird
Night Drives
Night Drives

Day 5: Sabi Sands - Nelspruit (KMIA) - Cape Town

Fly today between your lodge in Sabi Sands and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.

Luggage restrictions applicable to this flight: The general free allowance is 20Kg in Economy Class. 90cm x 72cm x 45cm (including handle, wheels and pockets) total dimensions 207cm.

Hand luggage: One bag allowed in addition to one slimline laptop bag. No bag should exceed 56cm x 36cm x 23cm (total dimensions of 115 cm including handles and wheels) weighing not more than 7Kgs.

Note: Should a lodge hop be cancelled due to bad weather, the air carrier will provide a road transfer where possible and there will be no refund on the flight.

Take your flight from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport to Cape Town today. The flight duration is approximately 2 hours.

Luggage restrictions applicable to this flight: The general free allowance is 20Kg in Economy Class. 90cm x 72cm x 45cm (including handle, wheels and pockets) total dimensions 207cm.

Hand luggage: One bag allowed in addition to one slimline laptop bag. No bag should exceed 56cm x 36cm x 23cm (total dimensions of 115 cm including handles and wheels) weighing not more than 7Kgs.

Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel.

Accommodation: Cape Grace

Magical views sparkle from the windows of Cape Grace, situated on the waterfront of Cape Town. The hotel comprises of luxurious rooms of various sizes and styles to suit the needs of each guest. Some rooms are built like lofts, with rooftop access for breakfast. Others offer balconies or French doors with views to the yacht marina. Cuisine at the hotel is enjoyable, while others prefer to explore restaurants around Cape Town itself. A melange of influences has formed a grand palette of flavors for the city. Friendly staff and small pleasantries add a smile to guests' stay at Cape Grace. Stay healthy with visits to the hotel gym, or spend time lounging near the pool. Feed your soul with rejuvenating body treatments and calm the mind with top floor city views at the exclusive African-inspired spa. Savor cappuccinos by day and a large variety of exceptional whiskies and wines by night at this waterside venue.  Experience award-winning South African cuisine, superb Cape wines and scenic marina and mountain views.

Cape Town
Cape Town
Cape Grace
Cape Grace

Day 6: Cape Town

Today you will be met by your guide for an exploration of Cape Town, known affectionately as the Mother City. On your tour you 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. From here you have the choice of being dropped off at the Waterfront to experience this vibrant location at your own pace, with its many shops, restaurants and pubs - or at your hotel to end the tour.


*Table Mountain Cableway will be closed for annual maintenance on 25 July to 7 August.

Accommodation: Cape Grace
Cape Town
Cape Town

Day 7: Cape Town

Today you embark on a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. You take in the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, before crossing over to Hout Bay. From here you drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, where you will board a funicular to the top of the Peninsula. Here you will witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans with spectacular views over False Bay. You enjoy lunch near here (not included – own account) before continuing to Simonstown, the naval base, and visiting the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. En route back you stop at the world renowned Kirstenbosch Gardens before returning back to your hotel.

Accommodation: Cape Grace
Penguins
Penguins

Day 8: Cape Town - Franschhoek

Prepare for what is considered by many as one of the most scenic and picturesque drives in Africa.  This delightful drive begins as you depart the chic cityscape of Cape Town, winding through the heart of the Cape Winelands and onward around the superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch style homesteads. 

You'll head off to the epically beautiful wine country via the popular N2 roadway to the epicenter of South Africa's wine industry in Stellenbosch, world renowned for its rich wine culture, beautifully rugged mountain backdrops and ever-changing colorful vineyards.  Enjoy a walk through the canal-lined avenues, shaded by ancient oak trees which surround the historical structures and buildings.  The sheer number of wine estates in the Stellenbosch area makes for some great wine tasting experience, as you’re sure to understand during your first of many wine tastings today.  You'll then travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek.  This dainty town dates back to the 17th century and was founded by the French Huguenots who settled here.  Also billed as the "Gourmet Capital of South Africa", to this day this charming location still boasts its French inspiration through its cuisine, culture, and architecture.  Here you'll also enjoy some further wine tasting before heading to your hotel.  Please note that not all wine tastings are included, additional tastings will require payment on-site.

Accommodation: Mont Rochelle

Offering some of the finest views in Franschhoek, Mont Rochelle Hotel is situated high on the Klein Dassenberg Mountain just outside this gorgeous town. Overlooking the picturesque Franschhoek Valley and surrounded by estate vineyards and mountains, Mont Rochelle offers breathtaking views from every angle. At Mont Rochelle the 22 exquisite rooms and plush suites span across three wings of the hotel, lending itself to a private manor house atmosphere.

Franschhoek
Franschhoek
Mont Rochelle
Mont Rochelle

Day 9: Franschhoek

This tailor-made tour by your resident wine expert is designed for the visitor who would like to experience and taste some of the other delectable delights that are on offer in the winelands area in addition to some of the fantastic wines. The tour is geared not only for the tasting but for the educational value, as well as learning about each product that you are introduced to. Your day can include Paarl, with its imposing Afrikaans Language Monument and of course the Franschhoek Valley, including exceptional estates such as Haute Cabriere, Moreson, La Motte and Grande Provence. From cheese tasting, to chocolate, biltong and olives tastings, this day is yours to tailor and craft as you choose. Enjoy lunch at one of the top restaurants or estates (lunch to be settled directly but wine tastings included) and you will return to your hotel late this afternoon.

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Mont Rochelle
Wine Tastings
Wine Tastings

Day 10: Franschhoek

Private transfer between Franschhoek and Cape Town Airport.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

The Residence: Johannesburg

The Residence is located in the historic suburb of Houghton, which is also home to many famous residents including former President Nelson Mandela. The Residence exudes a charming air of quiet dignity, with an abundance of bougainvillea blossoms cascading down the terraced gardens.  On arrival at The Residence, you are greeted warmly and graciously before being shown around the guest areas on the ground floor. There is an immediate awareness of the sophisticated splendor of the interior and an all-pervading atmosphere of total tranquility. The entrance hall leads through to the sumptuous lounge and sitting room with plush furnishings inviting carefree relaxation for all seasons. A cozy log fire is lit in the fireplace on chilly days, while doors opening onto the long, spacious veranda offer a cool respite from the warm African sun. Guests are welcome to take a stroll through the manicured gardens and enjoy a game of tennis or swim a few lengths in the large outdoor pool. Arrangements can also be made for guests to work out at a nearby gymnasium or play a round of golf on the Houghton Golf Course.

The Residence
The Residence
Suite
Suite

Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge: Sabi Sands

Earth Lodge, included as one of Travel & Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels as selected by their readers, is a sanctuary symbolizing a new era in luxury South African safari lodges. Sculpted into a slope of the earth, almost invisible in the landscape, the lodge uses texture, light, and space to present a lodge like no other. On arrival, a hidden corridor leads you on a journey to a unique and unforgettable experience. The unexpected entrance opens to a panorama of uninterrupted bushveld. As in nature, everything at Earth Lodge exists in harmony and you are immediately aware of a sense of calm and restoring spirit. Home to 13 ultra-luxurious suites, the lodge breaks with traditional bush lodge style to create a masterpiece of artistry and innovation. Taking its cue from the surrounding environment, it has been described as the most environmentally sensitive lodge in Africa.  This property was named one of National Geographic’s Most Unique Lodges in the World.

Deck
Deck
Spa
Spa

Cape Grace: Cape Town

Magical views sparkle from the windows of Cape Grace, situated on the waterfront of Cape Town. The hotel comprises of luxurious rooms of various sizes and styles to suit the needs of each guest. Some rooms are built like lofts, with rooftop access for breakfast. Others offer balconies or French doors with views to the yacht marina. Cuisine at the hotel is enjoyable, while others prefer to explore restaurants around Cape Town itself. A melange of influences has formed a grand palette of flavors for the city. Friendly staff and small pleasantries add a smile to guests' stay at Cape Grace. Stay healthy with visits to the hotel gym, or spend time lounging near the pool. Feed your soul with rejuvenating body treatments and calm the mind with top floor city views at the exclusive African-inspired spa. Savor cappuccinos by day and a large variety of exceptional whiskies and wines by night at this waterside venue.  Experience award-winning South African cuisine, superb Cape wines and scenic marina and mountain views.

Cape Grace
Cape Grace
Bascule Bar and Lounge
Bascule Bar and Lounge

Mont Rochelle: Franschhoek

Offering some of the finest views in Franschhoek, Mont Rochelle Hotel is situated high on the Klein Dassenberg Mountain just outside this gorgeous town. Overlooking the picturesque Franschhoek Valley and surrounded by estate vineyards and mountains, Mont Rochelle offers breathtaking views from every angle. At Mont Rochelle the 22 exquisite rooms and plush suites span across three wings of the hotel, lending itself to a private manor house atmosphere.

Mont Rochelle
Mont Rochelle
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Mary R. — July 20, 2016 — Africa

    Going with Kensington Tours was a great decision. The transfers between resorts was handled very professionally and extremely smooth. I will plan my next trip to South Africa with Kensington. Money well spent!

  • Julie C. — July 20, 2016 — Africa

    I cannot stress enough how perfectly everybody and everything came together to provide us with a world class vacation!! Start to finish, so much more than we expected or anticipated!! We will definitely be contacting again to book another trip!

  • Susan B. — July 15, 2016 — Africa

    The Elewana was wonderful - awesome staff & guides, gorgeous setting! All flights and drives were on time & we had no problems at all.

  • Ulises C. — July 15, 2016 — Africa

    Our Africa trip was epic! The real test of such an eight country adventure is the logistics at transfer points. FLAWLESS. Thank you to Andrew Drummond and Kensington for guiding us.

  • Jose M. — July 15, 2016 — Africa

    Great service from the planning to the selection of options. Roudayna Hanna helped us to design one of the best trips of our life. The tour guides, Tracy in Cape Town and Mathias in Namibia, were excellent and customer-oriented.

  • Cathy C. — July 15, 2016 — Africa

    Special thanks to Augustine, our guide. He was beyond our expectations. I recommend that Kensington provides guides with a balloon ride over the Serengeti as a bonus. Thank you to everyone involved in my safari trip; I felt safe and well cared for and will recommend KT to all my friends and family.

  • Douglas H. — July 15, 2016 — Africa

    Excellent / easy family trip on very short notice. The team was awesome.

  • Philip M. — July 15, 2016 — Africa

    Our guide and driver made this a fantastic trip. We highly recommend them.

  • Alicia H. — June 30, 2016 — Africa

    Riad Salam! I cannot say enough good things about our accommodation in Fes! We loved our room with its stunning Moroccan tile work and brass chandeliers and we marveled at the gorgeous interior courtyard while enjoying breakfast each morning and relaxing by the pool each evening. Our guide in Fes, Omar, was magnificent. He knew everyone and negotiated zealously for us with each vendor. Our cooking class at Maison Bleu with Chef Zohar was very fun! We loved following Zohor around the souks, collecting ingredients and she was an excellent teacher in the kitchen. In Marrakech, we had the best time at Kasbah du Toubkal. Our guide was incredibly patient and let us lounge in the mountain sun and air for hours!

  • Patrick P. — June 30, 2016 — Africa

    Charlie, our guide, was absolutely the best! We had my wife's mom (74) and dad (75) along, and he helped them thru the rain forest and every obstacle that we encountered. Barry, our guide in the rain forest, spotted so many lemurs and chameleons, and he also helped Charlie with mom and dad. Both were a wealth of information about the animals and the island. We all really enjoyed Lemur Island, where the lemurs would hop on your shoulders. I was amazed how poor the people of Madagascar were, and how poor the roads were; but Charlie navigated thru Tana and the road to the rain forest like a pro. The hotel and lodge we stayed at were first rate, and the service from the staff was excellent! Thanks to all connected to Kensington Tours for putting together such a wonderful trip!

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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