18 Nights exploring South Africa and Namibia, including Reserves, Cape Town, Desert and more
Arrive at Johannesburg International Airport, where you will clear customs and collect your luggage.
Our representative will meet you in the Arrivals Hall, holding a board with your names on it, and she will assist you with check in formalities for your flight to Hoedspruit Airport.
At Hoedspruit Airport, a representative of Pondoro Game Lodge will meet you, and transfer you to the Lodge, approximately 1 hour's drive away.
Pondoro Game Lodge lies on the banks of the Oliphant's River in Balule Private Game Reserve.
It is the ideal place to see leopards, rhinos, lions, elephants and Balule’s namesakes, magnificent herds of buffalo. Pondoro offers its visitors comfort, sophistication, elegance and a canvas on which to create a truly unforgettable African safari. This small, exclusive 16-bed game lodge fits the mould perfectly with 8 chalets spread out along the largest perennial river in Kruger National Park.
Pondoro’s attractive, comfortable and air-conditioned chalets, designed by a leading architect, are nestled amidst the cooling breeze of riverine vegetation, including pristine Jackalberry and Leadwood trees. You will stay in a Luxury Chalet.
Meals are an extraordinary culinary experience where traditional African cuisine fuses effortlessly with modern European trends. Select any of the fine wines from the award winning wine cellar to compliment the food. All meals are served on a wooden deck high up in the tree canopy overlooking the Oliphant's River.
Days 2 and 3
Situated in the exclusive Balule Private Game Reserve, Pondoro Game Lodge is the perfect setting for unforgettable game viewing. With Hippo and Crocodile sightings a certainty, you will also enjoy encounters with Lion, Leopard and Buffalo along with that of beloved African game such as Giraffe, Zebra and a wide variety of antelope. You are also likely to spot the lesser-known creatures such as the Caracal, Honey Badger, and Red Duiker, Sharpe's Grysbok, Bush Pig and the Klipspringer.
With over 450 species of birds identified in the valley of the Oliphant's, this is surely a birder's paradise.
A morning and evening safari every day in open safari cruisers in search of the Big 5 (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo) and other plains game are conducted by expert rangers and trackers and promise an unforgettable safari. The vehicles in the concession are limited and with only 2 allowed at a sighting, exclusivity is ensured.
During your stay, all meals, 2 game drives and a bush walk are included.
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Hoedspruit Airport by a representative of the Lodge, where you will check in for your flight to Cape Town International Airport.
Having collected your luggage, our representative will be waiting in the Arrivals Hall to transfer you to the Winelands town of Franschhoek, just over an hour's drive away.
The Last Word Franschhoek is an exclusive five-star historic residence in the heart of Franschhoek village, South Africa's gourmet capital. It's only a minute's walk from the many excellent, award-winning restaurants and numerous character-filled shops and galleries.
Beautifully restored in the Cape Huguenot tradition, this intimate Hotel creates an elegant, sophisticated interior with a handsome mixture of classic and contemporary furnishings
There are six luxurious rooms, four superior doubles which open onto private patio gardens and two suites, which have access to semi private pools. All have large en-suite bathrooms. You will be accommodated in a Superior Double room, with breakfast , beverages, premium spirits, wireless internet, tourism levy and 14% VAT included.
Days 5 and 6
Two full days to explore the Franschhoek Valley. Franschhoek is one of South Africa's most beautiful locations. Central to the Winelands, there are also museums, wonderful crafts, art and antique shops and galleries. The main streets are lined with coffee shops and restaurants.The Wine Tram will take you to local wine farms, where you may enjoy tastings and lunches.
After breakfast at the Last Word, your Guide will collect you from Franschhoek and he will drive you into Cape Town, and onward to the Cape Heritage Hotel, 1, 5 hours away.
At the Cape Heritage Hotel you will experience contemporary chic and historic graciousness. The Hotel is situated in Cape Town's fashionable Heritage Square, with direct access to the city's vibrant street life, business precinct, shopping and fine dining.
The Hotel has fifteen bedrooms and two suites, each individually decorated to enhance the history of the time. High beamed, teak ceilings, yellowwood floors, king sized beds, air-conditioning, satellite TV and international power points will all add to your comfort.
Guests may enjoy a delicious complimentary breakfast buffet in the breakfast room or beneath the famous grapevine in the historical courtyard, and each of the six fine restaurants in the square offer a unique dining experience on your doorstep. So each night you may visit a new restaurant in the Square at the back of the Hotel, just steps from your room!
Every room is temperature controlled, and contains a mini bar, satellite TV, international power points and free wireless internet access. The modern meets the master-crafted in rooms that feature high-beamed teak ceilings, 200-year-old Cape yellowwood floors and carefully preserved bespoke details. Throughout the hotel, sash windows reach up to high beamed teak ceilings and the original plaster work preserved to showcase the original workmanship.
Days 8, 9 and 10
Located a stone's throw from the Mother City's many diverse attractions, a full concierge service is on hand at all times to assist you with planning day trips and outings.
The Hop On /Hop Off Sightseeing Bus Tour has headquarters two blocks away (you can safely walk there), with tours taking you to all the places of interest in the Cape, including Table Mountain, the Constantia Winelands, the Waterfront, the City Centre, and all at your own pace. Bookings may be made on-line at this site: http://www.citysightseeing.co.za/capeTown.php
The hotel is within walking distance of many quaint shops, neighbourhood parks and eating spots.
The famous "Greenmarket Square" lies a short walk away. Greenmarket Square offers unbeatable value - a market where you can pick up local art, crafts, fabrics and artefacts from almost every country on the continent. Open-aired and a gathering place for many, bartering is the order of the day here. It is bordered by a selection of restaurants and cafés that provide ample opportunity to people-watch and enjoy local fare. The square was originally built in 1696, when the first burgher watch house was erected here, and was ingeniously known as ‘Burgher Watch Square’. The watch house was replaced by the old town house, built in 1761, which also functioned as the city’s City Hall for a while. Today it houses the Michaelis collection, through which you can browse - entrance is by donation. Many of the other houses on the square date back to the 1860’s and, whilst the square, declared a national monument in 1961, may originally have been for the wealthy and elite, today it is the stamping ground of people from all walks of life and a tribute to the vibrancy of Africa.
On one of the days, a Privately guided Cape Peninsula and Cape Point Trip will be included.
Probably the most scenic of all tours we conduct. Varying from Mountains, Seascapes, Wild life and of course the bragging rights so say you have been to the end of Africa.
The tour starts at 09.00 from your Hotel and follows the Atlantic shore line all the way through Camps Bay, Llandudno, Hout Bay, and (weather permitting) over Chapman’s Peak along the cliff hugging drive and on through Noordhoek and Scarborough to eventually arrive at the Cape Point National Park. Once in the National Park you will visit both the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point. It is at this point that the Atlantic and Indian Oceans are said to meet. In season (June to November) it is highly likely to spot the massive Southern Right Whales. After the visit to the point we follow the beautiful False Bay coastline to visit the Boulders Penguin Colony. Here thousands of African Penguins live and breed.
Collection at 09.00; Drop off at Approx. 18.00; Includes: Entrance fees to Cape Point and Boulders
Overnight at the Cape Heritage Hotel, breakfasts included.
Your Guide will collect you from the Cape Heritage Hotel and he will transfer you to Cape Town International Airport, in time to check in for your flight to Windhoek Airport in Namibia.
Having cleared customs and collected your luggage, our representative will meet you and transfer you to the Olive Grove Guest House.
The Olive Grove Guest House is an upmarket accommodation establishment situated close to the Windhoek city centre in a quiet, peaceful area. One of Olive Grove's main features is the large veranda in front of every room, with tables and chairs for 'al fresco' dining.
The friendly and efficient staff is always on hand to ensure that the visitors stay is a comfortable and enjoyable one. Residents of Olive Grove Guesthouse can enjoy dinner on the veranda and meals can be complemented with a hand-picked selection of South African wines.
Overnight at the Olive Grove Guest House in a Luxury room, on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. (Their dinner menu is highly acclaimed).
After breakfast, you will be collected from the Olive Grove, and returned to Windhoek Eros Airport in time to meet the pilot who will be chartering you to Sossusvlei.
Hoodia Desert Lodge is situated on the banks of the Tsauchab River, and is only 22kms from the Sesriem entrance to Sossusvlei, and is an ideal location to visit Sesriem Canyon, the magnificent dunes of Sossusvlei on to the Namib Naukluft Park.
Sossusvlei is a clay pan created by a river that flows through the Namib Desert every 5 to 10 years. It is famous for the spectacular high, red sand dunes which surround it, part of a major sand sea. The river does not reach the Atlantic Ocean, but drains away between the dunes of Sossusvlei. Vegetation, such as camelthorn trees, are watered by infrequent floods of the Tsauchab River, which slowly soak into the underlying clay. One local meaning of Sossus means 'place of no return' and the word vlei is an Afrikaans word for 'marsh.' Sossusvlei itself is in the small valley and is one of 4 clay pans in the area; the others being The Dead Vlei, Hidden Vlei and Nara Vlei.
Sundowners and night-caps can be enjoyed in the bar with its deck pool, a great spot to jump in and cool off from the hot, Namibian desert sun. Fine dining should be accompanied by fine South African wines, from their very own underground wine cellar, day or night.
Accommodation at the lodge consists of 12 single or double luxury tented bungalows. They are all equipped with a private open-air en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, tea/coffee station, in-room safe, shaded porch and stargazing platform.
An amazing sundowner drive is booked for this afternoon as the sun sets in this incredible setting.
Today you will enjoy an early morning rise for a light breakfast and then on to the beautiful Sossusvlei area where most of the day is spent enjoying the infamous red sand dunes and highlights, such as Dune 45, Elim Dune, Dead Vlei and Sesriem Canyon etc.
A picnic lunch in the dunes is included with the activity, and you will return to the lodge at around 16h00.
This morning, after breakfast, your journey will take you on a scenic flight over the dunes from Sossusvlei along the Skeleton Coast to Swakopmund to refuel before heading further north to Damaraland.
On arrival at Twyfelfontein Airstrip you will be transferred to Camp Kipwe. Damaraland is renowned for its geology, unusual rock formations, rock paintings, and rare desert-adapted flora and fauna.
The main area is raised and consists of 4 thatched domes; the reception area and curio shop, dining room, lounge and bar and guest toilets all with amazing views toward the Aba Huab Riverbed. An outside Boma area is also available for fire-cooked meals. The central sitting area is furnished with wood and cane chairs, a leather couch, chunks of wood used as small tables, tree trunk supports and woven lights hanging elegantly from the thatch roofs.
Activities at the Camp include nature drives in search of the desert adapted elephant, and a Twyfelfontein excursion to the rock engravings, Burnt Mountain, and the Organ Pipes.
The guided trip includes exploring the surrounding area in a 4x4 vehicle, in search of Namibia's remaining 600 desert dwelling elephant.
The Twyfelfontein excursions last for around 2 ½ hrs, starting in the afternoon.
Today you will be chartered to the eastern side of the Etosha National Park.
The Onguma Game Reserve borders the Etosha National Park and is situated next to the von Lindequist Gate which is the eastern entrance to the Park.
In the local Herero language, Onguma means, "the place you don't want to leave." With a stunning main building and seven tents providing private, exclusive accommodation, Onguma Tented Camp, certainly lives up to its name.
Like the bush where soft air blows against sharp thorns, Onguma Tented Camp is a study in contrasts. Textures such as stone, suede, linen and steel create a setting that is sleek and modern but also inherently of the earth. Inspired by a photograph of an Oryx on Etosha's Fisher's Pan, the interior echoes the colours of its natural surrounds. Grey, charcoal, black, white, and creams, together with a touch of muted or unexpectedly bright green, adds sophistication and earthiness to the atmosphere.
An atmosphere of elegant dining prevails, complimented by the daily activities taking place around the watering hole, approximately 60 metres away.
Your stay will be on a fully inclusive basis.
Day 17 and 18
The Onguma Reserve covers an area of 20 000ha and incorporates ecological substrata such as savannah, bushveld, omuramba and dry pan. Age-old and well-worn migration routes, once used by elephant and buffalo wander through Onguma's three dry riverbeds. Onguma Game Reserve has more than 34,000 hectares of protected land and wildlife.
Onguma also became part of an innovative custodianship project relating to the black rhino. Six black rhino were darted in Etosha National Park and relocated to the Reserve where they are protected and monitored.
More than 300 bird species can be viewed at Onguma. The reserve boasts the biggest breeding colony of white-backed vultures in Namibia. During the summer months Onguma becomes a bird-watchers paradise with thousands of species migrating to wetlands created by the seasonal rains and ephemeral river systems. This part of Namibia has been identified as one of the key bird watching sites in Southern Africa.
Activities included during your stay will be morning game drives into the Etosha National Park, night drives and sunset drives on the Onguma Estate. Relax overlooking the amazing waterhole in front of the lodge for some incredible game viewing opportunities.
Today you will be chartered back to Windhoek Airport in time to check in for your scheduled flight back to Johannesburg International Airport.
Included in this itinerary:
- Johannesburg International Airport meet and greet service
- Scheduled flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit Airport
- Road transfer from Hoedspruit Airport to Pondoro Game Lodge
- 3 Nights at Pondoro Game Lodge in an en-suite luxury chalet
- All meals, twice daily game drives, bush walk
- Road transfer from Pondoro Lodge to Hoedspruit Airport
- Scheduled flight from Hoedspruit to Cape Town International Airport
- Road transfer from Cape Town Airport to the Last Word Franschhoek
- 3 Nights at the Last Word Franschhoek in a Superior Double Room
- Breakfasts, beverages, premium spirits, wireless internet access, tourism levy and 14% VAT
- Road transfer from the Last Word Franschhoek to the Cape Heritage Hotel
- 4 Nights at the Cape Heritage Hotel in an en-suite Suite
- A full day privately guided Peninsula Tour
- Road transfer from the Cape Heritage Hotel to Cape Town International Airport
- Scheduled flight from Cape Town to Windhoek Airport
- Road transfer from Windhoek Airport to the Olive Grove Guesthouse
- 1 Night at the Olive Grove in an en-suite room
- Dinner and breakfast
- Return transfer to Windhoek Eros Airport
- Air charter from Windhoek Eros to Hoodia Desert Lodge
- 2 Nights at Hoodia Desert Lodge in an en-suite chalet
- All meals as indicated, a sundowner drive and a full days Sossusvlei excursion
- Charter flight from Sossusvlei to Damaraland
- 2 Nights at Camp Kipwe in an en-suite chalet
- All meals, A Twyfelfontein excursion and a Desert Elephant nature drive
- Air charter from Camp Kipwe to the Etosha National Park
- 3 Nights at Onguma Tented Camp in an en-suite Tent
- All meals and activities
- Air charter from Etosha to Windhoek Airport
- Scheduled flight from Windhoek to Johannesburg International Airport
- Travel and medical insurance
- Visa requirements
- Drinks at Pondoro Game Lodge
- Additional meals, drinks and activities whilst in Franschhoek
- Additional meals, drinks and activities whilst in Cape Town
- Drinks and laundry whilst in Namibia