(Johannesburg, Hazyview, Kruger, Cape Town)
Imagine soaring over the mountains, walking and riding an elephant through the African bush, enjoying game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, and waddling with penguins – these are just a few of the things you’ll encounter on this once-in-a-lifetime trip through South Africa’s crown jewels.
You’ve always dreamed of experiencing an African safari, this is the adventure that will make that dream come true in the most breathtaking ways. Prepare for wilds so beautiful they'll leave you breathless. Fly over the mountains into Hazyview where you’ll have the chance to walk trunk-in-hand with elephants, then ride into the bush on elephant back safari. What better guide to the African bush than a fully-grown African elephant? Next, make your way through the panorama route, peer through God’s window, step on the edge of spectacular canyons stretching as far as the eye can see in the shimmering heat of Mpumalanga province. Take in the wild splendor of Kruger National Park where you’ll enjoy game drives where expert guides will track the Big 5 and more on morning and afternoon safaris. Rounding off the trip, soak in the cosmopolitan flair of Cape Town where you’ll explore the city, Table Mountain, the Cape and more on expert guided excursions.
Game drives are met by thundering herds of elephants, lions roaring with pride & Leopards as fast as the wind. Embark on a unique journey on the back of an elephant, encounter elusive nocturnal wildlife, waddle with penguins at Boulders Beach, experience Table Mountain, God’s Window & brightly colored communities. Featuring stylish hotels & safari camp, expert guides, drivers, internal flight & more, this trip is made for those seeking the best of South Africa.
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 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. 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.
Enjoy your direct flight from Johannesburg to Nelspruit Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport MQP.
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.
Private transfer from KMIA to Hazyview. This transfer will take approximately one hour.
Today head out for an experience like no other: an up close and personal encounter with African Elephants. Experience the thrill of being close to these magnificent creatures and witness their intelligence, their compassionate nature and sheer delight interacting with their human counterparts.
Guests are guided in small groups on foot through The Elephant Sanctuary. Guides will provide in-depth information and insight into African elephants. You will be introduced to the elephants in the forest area, and here you will be able to touch and interact with the elephants. Walk trunk-in-hand with the elephants. The interaction with the elephant offers you the opportunity to touch the elephant, exchange trunk greetings and offer tasty treats. Experienced Elephant Handlers share their in-depth knowledge of fascinating elephant behaviour. After the interaction, saddle-up and set off into the African bush on the back of the elephant. Enjoy a different perspective while embarking on a journey that was once a privilege reserved only for kings!
NOTE: Remember to wear flat walking shoes, sun hats and bring your camera.
For those with limited time, this tour offers guests the opportunity to experience the highlights of the Panorama Route including Graskop, God’s Window, Lisbon Falls and the Blyde River Canyon. No lunch included. 8:00am - 12:00
Enjoy a private transfer to Kruger National Park today. Depending on the location of your lodge and game viewing, this transfer could be from 1-3 hours in length.
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.
After lunch you may wish to stay at camp and siesta instead of continuing on with the game viewing drive into the afternoon. Although the heat minimises animal movement it is always worth going on a game viewing drive after lunch. Sometimes it's nice to park up at a waterhole and wait patiently to see what animals come to drink. You never know what you might see! Late afternoon is another productive time for game viewing as the day starts to cool down ensuring further animal movement.
One of the more productive times to enjoy game viewing is first thing in the morning before the heat of the day kicks in. After a few hours of early morning game viewing, you will head back to your lodge for breakfast.
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 leopard in particular are a lot higher at night and with a bit of luck you might even encounter the predators such as lion and leopard 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.
Enjoy your private vehicle transfer from Kruger to your lodge in Hoedspruit. The time on the road can vary depending on the location of the lodge, from 30 min to 2 hours.
Today you'll fly to Cape Town via Johannesburg.
Enjoy a private transfer between the airport and your hotel.
Today you will be met by your guide and coach for a shared tour of the Cape Town, known affectionately as the Mother City. Your tour will take in the Houses of Parliament, the Castle of Good Hope (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. You will 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 at the end of the tour.
*Table Mountain Cable Car will be closed from 27 July until 10 August for annual maintenance.
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.
Today you'll join a small group (max of 12) to 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, where you may choose to join an optional boat cruise to Seal Island. 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 to witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans as well as have 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.
*Tour runs with a minimum of 2pp and a max of 12pp.
Situated in Kempton Park, in the province of Gauteng, Peermont Metcourt Suites Emperor's Palace is the perfect stop for access to the airport. The hotel features 80 spacious suites with contemporary furnishings. All the usual technology is available in the rooms with Wi-Fi connectivity available in public areas. Breakfast is served in the stylish Primavera restaurant. Guests also have access to the casino, dining, entertainment, convention and relaxation facilities of the Emperors Palace resort.
Rissington is the perfect balance of friendly, unobtrusive and personal service - everything you need and a little more than you expected. The Inn offers an award-winning friendly welcome and affordable, unpretentious accommodation in a bush setting just outside Hazyview, the heart of the Lowveld. Stylish but relaxed and informal, the inn is an ideal base from which to explore the Panorama Route and all that Mpumalanga has to offer and a perfect stopover on the way to the game reserves. One kilometre through indigenous bush on a gravel road off the R40, just South of Hazyview. 10 minutes from the Kruger National Park and close to all the attractions of the Great Escarpment and Panorama Route. Rissington’s congenial, easy-going hosts ensure cheerful, attentive hospitality allowing guests total freedom to unwind and enjoy the peace of the bush, lie by the sunny pool or walk down the valley with its spectacular birds and game sightings.
nThambo Tree Camp is an eco-friendly camp that provides a true personal safari experience. The camp has five chalets that sleeps two people, which creates an intimate and personal safari experience. There is an outdoor lounge and dining area covered by a thatch, that offers guests beautiful views of the plains and a small waterhole in front of camp. There is also a boma area with camp fire, perfect for warming you up with your coffee before the morning walk, or for enjoying evening drinks around the fire. In addition guests will experience a traditional South African braaivleis cooked over the open fire. nThambo Tree Camp is located in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, which shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park which in turn enhances the overall wildlife experience.
Breathtaking location and personalized service are what best describe the stylish Ambassador Hotel. The Hotel is centrally located in Bantry Bay on the Atlantic coastline, surrounded by areas such as the Waterfront, Clifton and Camps Bay, and within close proximity to the V & A Waterfront, Table Mountain, Camps Bay, Cape Point and the botanical gardens of Kirstenbosch. The Ambassador is a luxury hotel with superb dining facilities, and is a perfect destination for vacation or business travel. This hotel features luxurious rooms and suite, with some rooms that showcase the Atlantic Ocean. There is one restaurant and a cafe and bar, along with many on-site recreational facilities.
Sachi Gowda ,
December 15, 2014
"We are extremely happy with your service from beginning to end and we had very a memorable trip."
Ronald Jones ,
December 12, 2014
"I cannot express how fabulous our trip was!! I know it was made that way thanks to ALL the kind, knowledgable, and helpful people that you all placed in our path. Many went above and beyond to make our experience even more positive. From drivers, to guides, to hotel staff---we met some wonderful people that we can now call friends. Thank you Christine and Kensington tours for this once in a lifetime African adventure!"
December 15, 2014
"Christine, our family trip was ALL we wanted it to be. The hotel accommodations in the cities were GREAT. We needed to make some room assignment adjustments but that's to be expected with a large family with children and same names.
I don't know where/how ya'll got those guides but...KEEP'EM! In both Cape Town and Joberg the guys knew their cities and environs excellently. Their English was very good...so good in fact that several got the sarcasm and even joked some. I do apologize if we over-tipped. I relied on each family to tip their own driver but, I wasn't sure of their "sense of what was right" so I followed up with something for each.
Simbavati was "PERFECT". As much as Glenda and I really liked Ngala, I do not think they could have handled a family as well...UNLESS, they had accommodations we did not see.
Please rest assured when ever I plan to travel on a multi-dimensional trip in the future, for sure with a group, or maybe just Glenda and I, I'll be calling Kensington... Christine and Donna specifically. And most definitely, anytime I can recommend a travel professional, your company and you two will be mentioned by name!
Thank you again Christine...you presented us the exact trip we dreamed about for our family and your folks on the ground made it happen! I sincerely hope you, Donna and everyone else involved have a most Blessed Christmas and a wonderful, successful New Year!"
Bruce Lundstrom ,
December 15, 2014
"Morocco has a lot to offer. Food, historic sites, craftsmen (rugs, jewelry, ceramics, furniture, etc.), natural beauty, roads and infrastructure, and a reasonably safe environment. Both Guide (Abdel) and Driver were excellent. Service-oriented, timely and easy going. Abdel was not afraid to speak his mind, offer suggestions and give us feedback on ideas. We enjoyed their company."
December 09, 2014
"A truly wonderful trip......first class accommodations and service in each venue....the guides were knowledgable and went out of their way to insure that we could see and understand Africa. Capetown is a fascinating city, Sabi Sands an extraordinary private game preserve, and Zimbabwe with Victoria Falls and the Victoria Falls Hotel a once in a lifetime experience. For those who want to visit Africa we enthusiastically recommend Kensington Tours. And Jolene Plant stayed with us in every step during the planning of our trip and itinerary. We saw as much of Africa as much as anyone can during our two weeks vacation."
Belinda Skelton ,
December 12, 2014
"This was one of the most amazing trips that I have ever had. The custom tours and activities exceeded my expectations. I was traveling alone but felt safe and in good hands. The process of booking the trip with Lily Baffour was so easy and personal, especially with the constant communications from her up to my departure. Thank you Kensington Tours for an awesome experience. I will definitely use you for my next adventure!"
December 12, 2014
"Our week-long tour in Morocco went without a hitch in the company of a great driver and knowledgeable guide who were always prompt, courteous, helpful, and very nice. Kensington Tours' picks for our overnight accommodations were excellent, as well as the excursions planned for us. We're grateful to our conscientious agent, Lily, who went out of her way to make us feel welcome in Morocco. We feel confident that we are in very capable hands whenever we travel with Kensington Tours. "
December 12, 2014
"Our trip was a perfect 10 - exceeding all expectations! Starting with Christine Willner's attentiveness to our wish list and balancing it to our budget, every leg and element of our journey took place without so much as a hiccup. We were blown away by the quality of our tours, accommodations and guides. Thank you for giving us a great experience and wonderful memories!"
Rebecca Warren ,
August 02, 2014
"My 26 year old daughter recently traveled alone to Madagascar using Kensington tours. I was a little concerned about her safety and wanted to make sure that she would be well taken care of. Kensington was great from start to finish. Our travel agent, Marc Sisson, put together the tour in very short order with very little notice, had no problem doing it for just one person, and gave me a sense of security that my daughter would be well cared for. She did the Anjajavy 5 Day Beach extension. The tour guide who picked her up at the airport in the capitol city was outstanding -- very knowledgeable and helpful. The Anjajavy hotel was extraordinary. Her pictures are breathtakingly beautiful. She kayaked, swam in the ocean and saw lemurs feeding. She got to practice her French with the outstanding hotel manager and otherwise was able to just relax and unwind. She described the experience as "visiting Eden." I highly recommend Kensington. I contacted a number of tour/travel agencies and none of them compared to Kensington. "
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!"
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