Day 1 – Cape Town: Upon arrival at Cape Town International, you will be met and transferred to the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice. Overnight here.
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Cape Town is near Cape Town’s city center, a stone’s throw away from the vibrant nightlife, cafés, and restaurants. All the rooms are air-conditioned and have complimentary wireless internet access, telephones, LCD flat screen television, tea and coffee stations, international electrical points, and personal safes. Spend some time at the relaxation deck and calming Zen garden, beside the lap pool, or make use of the fitness center.
Day 2 – Cape Town/Table Mountain Guided Walk & City Tour: Have breakfast, then transfer to the lower cable car station at Table Mountain. Ascend by aerial cable car (included) for a spectacular guided walk along the top, traversing the entire front table to Maclears Beacon – the highest point at 3,566 ft. Return via a different route for a variety of vistas, the entire walk takes about 2 hours. Please note: the cableway is weather dependent and is usually closed for annual maintenance from end July to mid-August. Descend the mountain by cable car and enjoy a city tour, including the colorful Bo-Kaap district, Company Gardens, and more. Lunch & dinner are on your own account. Enjoy your evening at leisure. Overnight Protea Hotel Fire & Ice. (B)
Day 3 – Cape Town/Sea Kayaking & Cape Point Tour: After breakfast, drive to the naval hamlet of Simon’s Town, located on the False Bay coast of the Cape Peninsula, and enjoy a sea kayaking experience from the Waterfront. Paddle past the Naval Harbor and out to Boulders Beach, to visit the penguins. Stop on a semi-private beach for refreshments, swimming and snorkeling (equipment provided). From July to December, the Southern Right Whale frequents Cape Town’s shores. After lunch at a seaside restaurant (included), travel to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and onto the most south-western point of Africa – the Cape of Good Hope. In the late afternoon, drive along the coastal route and the Atlantic Seaboard back to your hotel. Overnight at Protea Hotel Fire & Ice. (B, L)
Day 4 – Cape Town/Winelands Cycling Tour: After breakfast, transfer to the Constantia Valley for your full day tour. You begin at the country’s oldest estate, often referred to as “the birthplace of South African wine,” with a private cellar tour and tasting by special arrangement. Cycle through the vineyards with panoramic views over the valley and False Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, stopping for a gourmet picnic lunch (or sit down lunch during winter). A number of renowned estates are included, with the chance to meet the sommelier and sample some of the best wines this country has produced. In the late afternoon, return to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. Overnight Protea Hotel Fire & Ice. (B, L)
Days 5 & 6 – Kruger National Park/Rhino Post Safari Lodge: After breakfast, transfer to Cape Town Airport for your flight to Skukuza Airport, located in Kruger National Park (flight priced separately). Upon landing, you will be transferred to Rhino Post Safari Lodge, situated on a 30,000-acre private concession in Kruger National Park and home of Rhino Walking Safaris. Your guides will share their wealth of “bush culture’’- the identification of animals, trees, grasses, insects, birds, the medicinal uses of plants, local folklore, and basic tracking and survival skills. You will enjoy two full days exploring the private concession and Kruger National Park on game drives. Meals and overnights at Rhino Post Safari Lodge. (B, L, D)
Rhino Post Safari Lodge has 8 luxury suites which are exquisitely decorated and include a spacious bedroom with impressive views of the riverbed from the bathroom, outdoor shower, and decked patio. The suites are set out in an open plan style with wooden floors, thatched roofs, canvas walls and glass doors, and windows.
Day 7 – Kruger National Park/Rhino Plains Camp: After breakfast and a morning game drive, transfer to Rhino Plains Camp, situated in the heart of the wilderness concession overlooking the spectacular Timbitene Plain & waterhole. In the afternoon, enjoy a walking safari in this Big Five area. All walking trails are enjoyed in the early morning and late afternoon to avoid the midday heat, with the average duration of the morning walk being between 3 and 4 hours. After your introductory walk, you will be served well-deserved sundowners and enjoy a short night game drive before returning to the camp for dinner. Meals and overnights at Rhino Plains Camp. (B, L, D, Dr)
Rhino Plains Camp offers four comfortably furnished African explorer-style tents, with en suite & hot running water and the African wilderness right on your doorstep. With a maximum of eight people only (no children under 12), guests are ensured a quality, pristine wilderness experience. For a totally unique experience, guests wanting something different will be able to walk to our Sleepouts – elevated wooden platforms twelve feet high where the night will be spent sleeping outdoors under the stars!
Day 8 – Kruger/Rhino Plains Camp – Platform Camp Out: Enjoy a morning game walk and return to camp for lunch. Later, you will enjoy a walking safari on your way to your platform camp out. This is the only place inside Kruger National Park offering this unusual accommodation. These are elevated wooden platforms about 15 feet above the ground. Guests leave Plains Camp in the late afternoon for a 1-1.5 hour walk led by our guides and arrive for sundowners on the platform that also overlooks a waterhole. The sleepout even has hot showers and flush toilets. While dinner is being prepared on an open fire, enjoy the sounds and senses of the wild at night, while being safely guarded by our observant guides. The rumble of the elephant passing by or the roars of the lion at the nearby waterhole may serenade you in this peaceful wilderness. (B, L, D, Dr)
Day 9 – Kruger/Rhino Plains Camp: Enjoy a light breakfast, then game walk back to Rhino Plains Camp for a hearty brunch. In the afternoon, enjoy another game walk. Meals and overnights at Rhino Plains Camp. (B, L, D, Dr)
Day 10 – Jo’burg/Depart: After an invigorating cup of fresh coffee or tea and muffins in the lounge, set off for an early morning walk. Upon returning to the lodge, enjoy a leisurely brunch and shower before packing up and being transferred to Skukuza Airport in time for your flight to Johannesburg (flight priced separately), where you will connect to your onward flight. (B)
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