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Wildlife of the Cape and Kruger - 11 Days

Wildlife of the Cape and Kruger

A 10 night /11-day wildlife journey focused on mammals and general wildlife through the Western Cape and Greater Kruger, visiting the Cape Peninsula, Hermanus, Kruger National Park and Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

Day 1
Days 1 to 3 - The Cape Peninsula

After arriving at Cape Town International we’ll drive onto the Cape Peninsula, a large rocky piece of land thrusting out into the ocean to form the south-western tip of the African continent, separating False Bay from the Atlantic Ocean (contrary to popular belief the Indian and Atlantic Oceans do not meet here). En route we’ll stop at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens on the slopes of Table Mountain, where we will spend the afternoon looking at the birds and flowers (this is a superb venue for photography) and enjoying the fantastic scenery. The following day we will have an opportunity to visit the famous African Penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach and will then explore Cape Point before returning to our guest house. Other attractions we’ll fit in include Table Mountain and Chapman’s Peak drive, one of South Africa’s most scenic road routes.

Day 2
Days 4 & 5 - Hermanus

Moving on from the Peninsula, we’ll drive around the edge of False Bay to look for Cape Rockjumper near Hangklip on the eastern point, with the drive via the small seaside village of Rooi Els being a highlight in itself, with the clear Atlantic Ocean crashing against the rocks below us on the right and the steep slopes of the Kogelberg range rising up steeply on our left, while the Cape Peninsula may be clearly visible across False Bay if the weather is good. We’ll stop off at the Stony Point Penguin colony, which is larger in area than the Boulder’s Beach colony and usually less crowded in terms of tourists, and the Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens. We’ll then continue on to Hermanus, one of the world’s best land-based whale watching destinations. Southern Right Whales should be common off-shore, while an additional attraction is the Great White Shark viewing nearby, with an optional shark trip on our full morning here.

Day 3
Day 6 - Kruger National Park

After breakfast we’ll drive back to Cape Town International Airport for our flight to Kruger / Mpumalanga International Airport near the town of White River before boarding the vehicles and entering the Kruger National Park. We’ll make our way to our first camp, viewing our fist Big Game on the way, where we should have time to settle in before dinner.

Day 4
Days 7 & 8 - Kruger National Park

For the next two full days we’ll spend our time exploring the park and looking for exciting mammal species such as Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Leopard, Buffalo, Cheetah and Wild Dog, and in the process encountering plenty of the common species such as Zebra, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Impala, Hippo, Warthog and others, as well as a huge number and variety of bird species, from the Ostrich, the world’s largest bird, to the stunningly beautiful Lilac-breasted Roller. Time out in the field will be balanced by rest periods in the heat of the day, while optional extra activities include night drives to look for nocturnal birds and animals.

Day 5
Days 9 & 10 - Sabi Sand Game Reserve

After a last morning drive and breakfast we’ll pack and depart for the adjacent Sabi Sand Game Reserve, a 160 000 acre private conservancy which is open to and contiguous with the Kruger National Park. This means that animals are free to roam throughout the area, making for authentic game viewing. Here we’ll have morning and afternoon game drives in open safari vehicles, where the focus will be on encounters with some of Africa’s big cat species. Game walks are an additional activity, while fine dining and accommodation will augment the experience to create what will arguably be the highlight of this wonderful wildlife tour.

Day 6
Day 11 - Departure

After a last morning drive and breakfast, we’ll depart for Kruger / Mpumalanga International Airport for flights back to Johannesburg.

A great overall South African wildlife tour! It covers the Western Cape and the Kruger, two of South Africa’s prime tourist destinations. See everything from Southern Right Whales to Southern White Rhino. The ‘safari’ component include the Kruger National Park and Sabi Sand Game Reserve for the best game viewing experience.

What is included?

  • Accommodation
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Ground transport
  • Bottled water in vehicle whilst travelling
  • Entrance fees
  • Personalised checklists
  • Specialist guide fees

What is not included?

  • All airfares
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Lunches
  • All drinks
  • Optional excursions where applicable
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
Wildlife Reviews
5 stars
- based on 2  reviews
  1. Wildlife of the Cape & Kruger
    Paul Tsui18 Sep 2016







    This was a Lawson's set departure and it was my first time to visit Africa. The standard of accommodation, food and service provided by Lawson's was out of my expectation. And most important of all, this tour gave me an unforgettable wildlife experience; in particular we had good time at Sabi Sands to stay close to lions & leopards. Besides, Lawson's also helped me a lot to plan for my tour extension to Victoria Falls.
  2. Lawson\'s Birding Wildlife and Custom Safaris
    Diane Hart and Graham Bate16 Sep 2016







    What we love about Lawson's in coming from Adelaide Sth Australia is their organisation, administration, communication and "nothing is too much trouble" attitude.Their guides are great, knowledgeable and flexible. It'sa great combination.

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10/09/2020 - 20/09/2020 available ZAR 51,500
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11 Days

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ZAR45,300 / per person
This tour is operated by: Lawson’s Birding, Wildlife and Custom Safaris

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Tour Facts

  • Kruger
  • Set Departure Tour
  • Set Departure
  • Mammals
  • Maximum of 12 participants, 6 participants per vehicle.
  • No age restrictions but not suited to young children
  • Moderate
  • Cape Town International
  • Kruger / Mpumalanga Airport, Nelspruit