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Day 1: - CAPE TOWN
Highlights: AFTERNOON ARRIVAL IN CAPE TOWN. CITY ORIENTATION TOUR AND TRANSFER TO YOUR ACCOMMODATION
• Afternoon arrival in Cape Town. Your guide meets you at Cape Town International Airport.
• Start your visit to Cape Town with a drive through city orientation tour with visit to Signal Hill and view of Table Mountain.
Overnight & Breakfast: Cape Town area – luxury accommodation for 4 nights.
Highlights: CAPE POINT in the CAPE OF GOOD HOPE NATURE RESERVE & AFRICAN PENGUINS
• A tour to Cape Point in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Table Mountain National Park. The Nature Reserve is recognized globally for its extraordinary land formations, rich and diverse fauna and unique flora. It is the south western tip of the African continent.
• Fauna includes mountain zebras, antelope, about 250 species of birds and several troops of baboons. Nowhere else in the world does an area of such spectacular beauty and rich biodiversity exist almost within a metropolitan area - the thriving and cosmopolitan City of Cape Town.
• Also included in this ecological tour is a visit to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, where there will be unsurpassed opportunities for photography and observation of the rare African Penguin. From mating to moulting, breeding to bathing, their daily lives are played out within a few meters of fascinated visitors.
Return to accommodation to relax before dinner.
Highlights: Day at leisure
• Enjoy the day exploring Hout Bay and enjoying a Christmas lunch with the family. Hout Bay Manor can assist to book a transfer to visit Cape Town’s beautiful beaches or to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
• This day is a day at leisure without a guide & vehicle.
• We would suggest booking lunch for this day – your hotelwill be able to assist with a special Christmas lunch – menu to follow closer to the time.
Highlights: Explore Stellenbosch and surrounds
"TRAVEL THROUGH THE SPECTACULAR MOUNTAIN SCENERY AND LUSH FERTILE VALLEYS OF THE CAPE. TASTE A MIXTURE OF FASCINATING HISTORY AND ALLOW YOURSELF TO INDULGE IN THE PLEASURES OF THE RENOWNED CAPE WINELANDS."
• Vergenoegd Duck Parade
This waddling workforce is essential to the farm’s pest-control, consuming a startling amount of snails and bugs on their daily patrols. The ducks are also a big part of why Vergenoegd proudly carries WWF biodiversity certification.
• Spier Estate - Eagle Encounters
Eagle Encounters receives rehabilitates birds of prey that have been injured, poisoned, abused or hand-reared. When they are fit, healthy and able to hunt and breed again they are released into the wild. Only hand-reared birds are kept for education purposes. There’s much more to the centre than just birds, though! Hang out with Sonic the porcupine and Drogon, the bearded dragon and marvel at the family of Cape dwarf chameleons.
• Historic Stellenbosch
Transfer to Cape Town Airport included
Day 5-7: Talamati (private bushveld lodge/central Kruger)
This private bushveld lodge is ideally situated in the central Kruger NP. Our drives and activities include several dams, open savanna and thorn thickets with some amazing riverbeds and pools to explore. Elephants, lion and buffalo are prolific in this area as well as the endangered cheetah.
Night time at Talamati plays host to unbelievable African wildlife sounds, and you are sure to see many animals at the waterhole by simply sitting in the game viewing hide for an hour or two. Bird watching is also prolific. A resident troop of baboons is always seen foraging around the camp in the evenings.
Accommodation is in two private en-suite two-bedroomed cottages that each sleep six people (fresh linen and towels included).
Day7-10 Mopani Camp (restcamp/north western Kruger)
The pervasive Mopani tree found in the Pioneer Dam area of Kruger National Park lends both its aesthetic and its name to this primary rest camp. Thatched buildings with rock faced walls blend seamlessly into the natural environment, materials used to construct these buildings including rough stone, wood and thatching-grass.
Huddled against and overlooking the banks of the dam, visitors can take advantage of the winter trend for park animals to move towards water sources as they migrate towards the dam's edge, providing excellent viewing opportunities.
The Tropic of Capricorn loop and the Nshawu pans areas allow for game viewing from open plains which host blue wildebeest, Burchell’s zebra, buffalo and the rarer tsessebe, as well as the smaller Black-Backed Jackal and caracal.
Bird watching is centred on the Pioneer Dam, where storks, egrets, kingfishers and African Fish Eagles are to be seen, with occasional appearances from white Collared (Red-winged) Pratincole, African Spoonbill, Black-winged Stilt and White-winged Tern.
Accommodation is in a large, luxury guesthouse in prime position with a view of the dam. Equipped with a kitchen and microwave oven, multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, limited channel DSTV television, and braai facilities, the sleeping cottages are loose standing and separate to the lounge/dining area. This guest house will be used for all mealtimes.
In both locations your guide and chef will host hospitality and mealtimes from their cottage and mealtimes from Mopani will be hosted from the guest house.
We always fit in an early morning game drive, and of course, a hearty breakfast before departure back to the airport.