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9-Day Deluxe Safari to Cape Town and Kapama Game Reserve

Experience the urban splendor and natural wonders that make Cape Town one of the most iconic cities in the world. Then, go on safari to Kapama Private Game Reserve bordering Kruger National Park. In short, it’s the best of South Africa in nine days. This safari blends the best of culture, history and luxury from the ”mother city,” including Table Mountain, the Cape of Good Hope, the Winelands and the beaches of Clifton. Guests also have a chance to see iconic wildlife species at Kapama, including The Big 5: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino, as well as enjoy elephant interactions in camp.

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Day 1 – Cape Town: Upon arrival in Cape Town, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure. Overnight at the Mount Nelson Hotel.

Mount Nelson Hotel is an iconic resort that has been welcoming guests for nearly 120 years. Their location is outstanding, with dramatic Table Mountain just behind and the city’s pulsating attractions just beyond the stone-columned gates. There are 198 luxurious, individually-designed rooms and suites to choose from, all offering different moods and views. Families will feel at home in the spacious, light-filled suites or interconnecting rooms. An array of activities keeps all ages entertained, from heated pools and a children’s club to painting classes, tennis coaching and yoga. Babysitting services are also available.

Day 2 – Cape Town/City & Table Mountain Tour: After breakfast, enjoy a private half-day City & Table Mountain Tour. Your tour of the “mother city” will take in the Houses of Parliament, the Castle (built between 1666 and 1679, this is South Africa’s oldest building), the 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 the peninsula. (Note: cable car ticket not included, as it is weather dependent and usually closed for maintenance from end July to mid-August). Later, make a stop at Bo-Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly colored houses. Return to your hotel for the remainder of your day at leisure. Overnight at the Mount Nelson Hotel.

Day 3 – Cape Town/Peninsula Tour: This tour of the Cape Peninsula starts with 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. Continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, where a funicular takes you to the top of the Peninsula to witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and enjoy spectacular views over False Bay. Stop for lunch in the area (on your own account), before continuing to the naval base of Simonstown, followed by a visit to the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. On the return trip, enjoy a stop at the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Gardens before arriving at your hotel late this afternoon. Enjoy your evening at leisure. Overnight at the Mount Nelson Hotel.

Day 4 – Cape Town/Winelands Tour: After breakfast, enjoy a full-day Winelands Tour, which is designed according to your interests. Your specialist guide will discuss your touring options, including any or all of the three main wine-growing centers: Paarl with its mountain setting and Afrikaans Language Monument; Franschhoek, the culinary capital of South Africa, with its beautiful setting, French flair, and charming cafe-lined streets; and Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, with canal-lined avenues and magnificent examples of Cape Dutch architecture. Wine tastings are included at premier estates and a stop will be made for lunch in a memorable location (on your own account). Return to your hotel late this afternoon and enjoy the evening at leisure. Overnight at the Mount Nelson Hotel.

Day 5 – Kapama Private Game Reserve: After breakfast, transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your flight to Hoedspruit Airport. Upon arrival, transfer to Kapama Private Game Reserve for lunch, followed by an afternoon shared safari activity. Kapama Private Game Reserve is located in the Greater Kruger Park area and is home to over 40 mammal species, 350 bird species and the Big Five. It is the biggest, single owned reserve in the lowveld safari region of South Africa and a wonderful eco-tourism destination. Dinner and overnight at Camp Jabulani. (B, L, D)

Camp Jabulani is a family-owned and managed private deluxe safari lodge with Relais & Chateaux accreditation. The camp is comprised of just six suites, with a maximum capacity of 12 guests in camp at a time. Each spacious and elegant suite is luxuriously furnished and features a private deck, a plunge pool, air conditioning, hot beverage facilities, mini bar and butler service. Additionally, there is one private two-roomed villa suited for families or clients looking for an exclusive experience. Camp Jabulani’s owners also founded the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Guests can enjoy the herd of trained elephants the Centre rescued by interacting with the elephants and observing as they swim and play near camp. 

Days 6, 7, & 8 – Kapama Private Game Reserve: Enjoy three full days of shared safari activities in Kapama Private Game Reserve. Activities include morning and afternoon game drives, a visit to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, elephant interactions, spa treatments and hot air balloon safaris over the reserve (some at an additional cost). Meals and overnights at Camp Jabulani.

Day 9 – Kapama/Johannesburg: After your last early morning activity, you will be transferred to the local airstrip for your flight to Johannesburg (flight included). Upon arrival in Jo’burg, connect to your onward flights.

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Quick Facts

Perfect for:

  • Perfect for Big 5/Wildlife Sightings
  • Perfect for Cultural Visits
  • Perfect for Historical Sightseeing
  • Duration 9 days
  • Departures Anytime
  • Accommodations Deluxe hotel & safari camp
  • Fitness Rating Easy
  • Activities Game drives, elephant experiences, city tours
  • Safari Type Big 5/Wildlife
  • Style Deluxe
  • Land-Only Price* $$

*Pricing is per person and an estimate. Contact a Journey Specialist for a customized quote.
$ = Call for Pricing | $$ = $5,000 – $9,999 | $$$ = $10,000 – $20,000 | $$$$ = >$20,000

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