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Signature Adventure Experience ~ Tour A (10 Days) DTB001

Kruger National Park| Panorama Route| Tshukudu Game Reserve| Franschhoek| Western Cape| Mpumalanga Highlands| South Africa| Africa| Kruger Private Reserves| Cape Town
  • Overview
  • Accommodation
  • Itinerary
  • Terms and Conditions

Overview

Introduction

This 10-day Signature Adventure Experience Tour showcases the best of the Bushveld and Western Cape regions. First, step back in time to an ancient land of extinct volcanoes, thickly forested ravines and rocky outcrops. See the art left behind by the first inhabitants of this, the largest volcanic complex of its kind in the world. So large that it holds the world’s third largest canyon and the world’s largest green canyon. In the shadow of Thabayadiotso, ‘the Proud Mountain’, come face-to-face, with some of the 7000 animals, roaming the Songimvelo Reserve. Then nestled between the Blyde River Valley and Kruger National Park, is a the Tshukudu Private Game Reserve that shares an unfenced border with Kruger and is home to some of the most endangered wildlife in Africa and the Big 5 - lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. Concluding the tour, you will explore the rich diversity of the beautiful Mother City of Cape Town as well as the world-famous Cape Winelands. Included are 29 excursions; 27 meals and the gratuities; a dedicated, friendly and knowledgeable driver and local guide; guided game drives in open 9-seat off-road vehicles. This tour commences every Monday throughout the year.

The Adventure Experience Tour Series is just that – adventure, exactly as it should be experienced. Decades in the making, this experience will delight your senses and excite your soul with the destination’s vibrance, its flavour, its people, its culture and history, as well as its unique flora and fauna. When you think of adventure, this experience is what you will remember for a lifetime.

Accommodation

2 Nights Humala River Lodge

Room: Humala River Lodge Rooms
Humala River Lodge is situated within the greater Songimvelo Game Reserve – a 49 000ha paradise in the malaria-free Mpumalanga province bordering Swaziland. Here you’ll find yourself off-the-grid. It’...

3 Nights Tshukudu Game Lodge

Room: Superior Room
Tshukudu Private Game Reserve borders the world renowned Kruger National Park and combines home comforts with the exciting Big 5 safari experience. Tshukudu covers 3800ha of prime Bushveld and is ...

4 Nights Belle Maroc Blouberg

Room: SUPERIOR ROOM
The new Belle Maroc Boutique Hotel in Blouberg is the quintessential experience for lovers of small luxury hotels. Simply meaning 'Beautiful Morocco', and standing against the magnificent backdrop ...

Itinerary

+ Day 1

Your tour representative will meet you upon your arrival at Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport and take you to Humala River Lodge deep within the Songimvelo Game Reserve. ‘Songimvelo’ means ‘we are conserving nature’ in the siSwati language. This park forms part of the nearly 170 000-hectare Songimvelo-Malolotja Transfrontier Conservation Area straddling the northern border of Swaziland and the south eastern border of South Africa’s Mpumalanga province. It’s a World Heritage Site as it has the best-preserved volcanic and sedimentary rock formations in the world which date back well over 3 billion years and are decorated with some of the world’s oldest Rock Art. Afternoon tea will set you up nicely for your first sunset game drive to experience first-hand the twilight beauty of the African bush and her wild creatures. Then it’s back to the lodge for dinner accompanied by the unparalleled orchestra and chorus of the wild African night, making your first night in the bush unforgettable.
Overnight:  Humala River Lodge or similar

Activities and Services

Recommended

+ Day 2

Rising before dawn is a necessity if you want to see wildlife as they are most active in the cool early mornings or late afternoons. Strong coffee and one of South Africa’s iconic snacks, homemade rusks, will be served to see you through your game drive to brunch. Game drives are the best way to experience the reserves spectacular scenery and extraordinary wildlife. And each game drive is unique and unpredictable. After brunch you will have the afternoon to laze around, go swimming or enjoy a guided bush hike to see the bushmen paintings. Afternoon tea and then a sunset game drive is topped off with sundowners under the Southern night sky awash with stars; glimmering constellations not seen in the Northern Hemisphere. Back at the lodge, you will be treated to a mesmerising Swazi Dance Performance before a delicious dinner.
Overnight:  Humala River Lodge or similar 

Activities and Services

Recommended

+ Day 3

After an early wake up call with coffee, you depart the lodge with a packed breakfast to visit the only chimpanzee sanctuary in South Africa. The chimpanzee, considered to be the closest relative to humans, is endangered and may be extinct within the next 10 - 20 years if current trends cannot be reversed. Lunch is in Graskop and from there you head out to enjoy following the Panorama Route on your way to the Greater Kruger National Park. You will find yourself staring out of God’s Window at the canyons that seemingly stretch forever and the waterfalls, and indigenous forest nearly 3000 feet below. The beauty continues at Lisbon Waterfalls, named after the Portuguese who, in the late 1800s, panned for gold in the area, as it plunges over 300 feet into the ravine. And at at Bourke’s Luck Potholes, view the intricate network of large, otherworldly potholes, tunnels and whirling pools. These bizarre shapes in the sandstone were formed over millennia at the mouth of the canyon by the raging Blyde and Treur Rivers swirling and crashing together. Visible on the other side of the northern edges of the Drakensberg mountains and shaped like traditional African huts are the iconic Three Rondavels, once known as the Chief and His Wives. From there, the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world and largest green covered canyon in the world opens out before you. And now! Welcome to the Tshukudu Private Game Reserve which will be your home for the next four days. Nestled between the Blyde River Valley and the Kruger National Park with whom Tshukudu shares an unfenced border. Freshen up and relax before dinner and a good night's rest.
Overnight: Tshukudu Game Lodge or similar

Activities and Services

+ Day 4

Tshukudu Private Game Reserve is home to some of the most endangered wildlife in Africa - lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. Other, but equally fascinating wildlife, such as the shy, spiral-horned nyala, and the not-so-shy vervet monkeys are only 2 of the myriad of species that live in the environs of Tshukudu Private Game Reserve. It’s a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, not to mention twitchers. Apart from the four-legged creatures, there are 477 species of birds in the Greater Kruger area, from Little Grebes to Goliath Herons, Pink-backed Pelicans to Lappet Faced Vultures, as well sparrow hawks, falcons and quail. After your sunrise game drive and brunch, you will have the rest of the afternoon to yourself. Your first sunset game drive is the perfect introduction to life, sophisticated and wild, at Tshukudu. You will have plenty of time once you return to the Lodge to freshen up before dinner.
Overnight: Tshukudu Game Lodge or similar

Activities and Services

Recommended

+ Day 5

It has been said that even an hour in paradise is a rewarding experience and this can also be said to be true of Africa's greatest wildlife sanctuary, the Kruger National Park. An hour is rewarding, but a whole day is a life-changing experience. For an authentic safari experience, our full-day Kruger safari will give you an unbelievable overview of this iconic destination. Game viewing from open safari vehicles in Kruger has to be one of the ultimate safari experiences in Africa and being able to do this in a day is ideal for those with limited time available. If the weather permits, dinner back at the Lodge will be in the outdoor boma, around the fire, under the star-filled African sky.
Overnight: Tshukudu Game Lodge or similar

Activities and Services

+ Day 6

Your final morning at Tshukudu Game Lodge provides you an opportunity for one more wild encounter in your last sunrise game drive. Savour the moment with coffee and muffins as the animals and birds welcome the new day. After brunch, a short transfer to catch your flight to Cape Town means you will enjoy lunch en route. Upon arriving in the Mother City, you will be whisked out along the shores of Table Bay to your hotel in the seaside resort town of Bloubergstrand. Belle Maroc Blouberg is set on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and offers magnificent views across the bay of Table Mountain. That evening, enjoy the lazy sunset over the ocean while having a scrumptious dinner then later take a leisurely stroll along the beach - a great way to mark your arrival in South Africa's Mother City and the start of your new adventure.
Overnight:  Belle Maroc Blouberg or similar

Activities and Services

+ Day 7

Today's full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula begins with a drive of never-ending breath-taking scenery along part of the Atlantic Seaboard which stretches from the V&A Waterfront to Hout Bay, your first stop today. Here, you can explore the largest bird park in Africa - World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park. From Hout Bay, a quaint village with a fishing harbour, a 40-minute cruise charter takes you past the famous Maori Bay Wreck, to the protected home of thousands of wild Cape Fur Seals - Duiker Island Seal Colony. After lunch in Hout Bay Harbour, you journey beyond Simon's Town to Boulders Beach, including a photo-stop at Chapman's Peak. The highlight at Boulders Beach is the colony of vulnerable African Penguins in their natural habitat. Then, take in the countryside en-route to the southern point of the Cape Peninsula. Here three promontories tower over 200 metres above the sea - Cape of Good Hope, Cape Maclear and Cape Point. The Cape Point Funicular Railway takes you to the old lighthouse and panoramic views at the summit of Cape Point. You will be returned to your hotel for the night where you will have dinner.
Overnight: Belle Maroc Blouberg or similar

Activities and Services

+ Day 8

After an à la carte breakfast at Belle Maroc, your Adventure begins at the Shimansky Diamond Experience. Discover a diamond’s journey from the Earth’s core to sparkling gem. From the depths of the Earth to the depths of the Ocean, your next stop is the Two Oceans Aquarium. Meet the creatures which inhabit both the Indian and Atlantic Oceans which meet at the southernmost tip of Africa. After lunch at the V&A Waterfront, you rise above the city in a rotating cable car to the top of Cape Town’s most iconic natural landmark – Table Mountain. At 3563 feet above sea-level, it’s one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Settled within the Cape Floral Kingdom, one of only 6 Floral Kingdoms in the world, and the most diverse, Table Mountain is a place of myth, legend, and spectacular views! The Hop-On-Hop-Off bus which will take you to Table Mountain and back again hosts the rest of your day’s adventure and will allow you to experience all that cosmopolitan Cape Town has to offer. Dinner that evening will be at GOLD Restaurant, complete with a djembe drum performance and a 14-dish tasting menu. Each dish is based on African culinary traditions and storytelling.
Overnight:  Belle Maroc Blouberg or similar

Activities and Services

+ Day 9

What better way to start your day after a scrumptious breakfast than by heading into the Winelands surrounded by the breathtaking views of the Stellenbosch Hills. The relaxed atmosphere sets you up for a delicious day of food, cheese, and wine, all produced on the centuries-old vineyards of the region. Here is where you will find some of South Africa’s finest wines and beautiful architecture. Nestled among the green and fruitful vines are stunning examples of the area’s Cape Dutch homes. If you like cheese, then you’ll find the cheese tasting opportunities a delight as the region produces a vast range of both cow and goat milk cheeses. Following trails of flowers and wildlife winding their way through the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve overlooking the Franschhoek Valley will help you build up your appetite once more as they lead to another foodie delight for dinner in a wine estate setting.
Overnight:  Belle Maroc Blouberg or similar

Activities and Services

+ Day 10

Depending on your schedule, enjoy a healthy and filling breakfast at the hotel or at the Cape Town International Airport before flying home or onward to another adventure on your vacation.

Activities and Services

Terms and Conditions

CHILDREN:  Adult rate charged for children 12 years and up
Ages 4 to 15 – must share with adult
Pricing for children quoted at time of request

CHILDREN AT TSHUKUDU:  Adult rate charged for children 4 years and up
Unable to accommodate children under 4 years old
Only one bed can be added to room and only to the chalets and not the tents
Children must be at least 12 years old to go on game drives
Can accommodate children 4 to 12 years old on game drives if a separate vehicle is available

SENIORS:
No age limit; must be able to walk and step up into vehicle

Includes

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 29 excursions, includes 7 game drives with experienced guides - 3 sunrise, 3 sunset, plus 1 full day in Kruger National Park
  • 27 meals and the gratuities - 6 breakfasts, 2 breakfasts on-the-go, 1 brunch, 6 lunches, 2 afternoon tea luncheons, 1 lunch en route, 9 dinners
    Restaurants listed may be changed to similar or better venues due to availability
  • Non-specialty coffee & tea is complimentary but only at accommodation and at included meals
  • Bottled water provided daily in your room
  • Guided game drives in an open 9-seat off-road vehicle
  • Local one-way flight from Hoedspruit to Cape Town inclusive of taxes
  • Standard transfers from and to airports, accommodations and activities as outlined in detailed itinerary
  • Transport in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle and bottled water provided daily in your vehicle
  • Dedicated, friendly and knowledgeable driver and local guide

Excludes

Unless otherwise specified

  • All flights, related costs and taxes (international and local)
  • All meals and beverages (bottled water, coffee, tea, soda, specialty beverages and alcohol)
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Porterage and tipping
  • Trip insurance and items of a personal nature
  • Cost of spa treatments