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Cape buffalo, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Cape Town and the Kruger National Park

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Duration

9 Days

Prices Start from

$3,810 ex. flights

Combining two of South Africa’s major highlights, the ‘Mother City’ Cape Town and world-renowned Kruger National Park, this holiday is the perfect introduction to the country.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa 1

Table Mountain

Ascend Table Mountain by cable car for stunning views of the city below.

Penguins, Cape Town, South Africa 2

Swim with Penguins

Avoid the crowds at Boulders Beach and swim with African penguins at the neighbouring swimming beach.

MOCAA Museum, Cape Town, South Africa 3

Modern Art

Appreciate modern African art at the renowned MOCAA museum.

Day game drive, Kruger National Park, South Africa 4

Game Drives

Discover the wildlife of the Sabi Sands on morning and afternoon game drives.

Why we like it

South Africa is a country of great diversity – often seen as its greatest attribute. But this holiday is perfect because of its simplicity. With just two centres, it focuses on the absolute best that the country has to offer. Cape Town is often regarded as Africa’s most engaging city, whilst the Sabi Sands has – arguably – the most reliable and diverse wildlife viewing on the continent.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Cape Town
  • Days 2-4
    Cape Town
  • Day 5
    Cape Town - Hoedspruit - Sabi Sands
  • Days 6-8
    Sabi Sands
  • Day 9
    Sabi Sands - Hoedspruit - Johannesburg
Bo Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa

Cultural Cape Town

Fly into Cape Town, a colourful city with a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere, trendy beaches and chic restaurants. With attractions like Table Mountain, the Cape Peninsula, Robben Island and the Winelands a hop and skip away, there is plenty to see and do.

Explore the city’s art galleries, visit the stylish Museum of Contemporary African Art and wander around the V&A Waterfront, making the most of this cultural capital. Browse the bustling Hout Bay Harbour Market, discover Greenmarket Square or take a culinary tour of the city’s quirky eateries.

View from Lion Peak, Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa

Active Cape Town

Cape Town’s iconic location – with mountains behind and the ocean in front – means that there are countless more active options, for those who want a more active experience. Options include sunrise hikes up Lion’s Head, paddleboarding across the harbour or taking a cycling tour of the city.

To the south of the city are the picturesque golden beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay. Here, take a kayak trip to Seal Island, visit the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach or swim with Cape fur seals.

 

Leopard, Sabi Sands, South Africa
Sabi Sands, South Africa

Sabi Sands Safari

The Sabi Sands is a private reserve that borders the Kruger National Park. Without fences in between, wildlife is free to move between the two areas. But the Sabi Sands, with its exclusive access and freedom to drive offroad, offers far more in-depth and unspoilt safari experience.

Stay in the heart of the action in the Sabi Sands, exploring on game drives and bush walks. Expert local guides and Shangaan trackers help bring the bush to life, tracking the amazing diversity of wildlife that thrives here.

The Sabi Sands is one of the best places in Africa to spot leopards – notoriously elusive. But also expect to encounter lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, numerous antelope species and countless birds.

Women and babies, uThando, Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa

Making a Difference: uThando

As part of Steppes’ Making a Difference initiative, we have selected a number of charitable projects that we support. We encourage you to include a visit to one of these as part of your holiday.

Based in Cape Town, uThando supports community projects across the city, with causes ranging from female empowerment to youth education. A tour of one of these projects is a fun, insightful experience that usually takes no more than a couple of hours and gives you the chance to meet the people benefiting from uThando’s work. A small donation is requested in exchange for your visit.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Four Rosmead £££££

  • South Africa
  • City

With wonderful views of Table Mountain, a convenient location within walking distance to vibrant Kloof Street, personal service and a stylish Cape contemporary style, Four Rosmead is a firm favourite. This classified national monument has been lovingly re-modelled into a luxurious boutique guesthouse. Accommodation consists of eight bespoke bedrooms ranging from luxury to a suite separate from the main house. Landscaped gardens, a pamper spa offering a variety of massage treatments and a patio overlooking a pool deck and herb garden all contribute to the sense of urban sanctuary, and this is a perfect base from which to explore the city.

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Chitwa Chitwa £££££

  • South Africa
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Chitwa Chitwa is a stylish, well-run camp offering lots of character, exceptional service and great game sightings in the prime Sabi Sands. Accommodation consists of six massive suites each with their own private plunge pool, and the Charlsy Suite which has two bedrooms connected by a lounge area and its own swimming pool.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From $3,810 Per person

When to travel

South Africa in January

A great time to visit around Cape Town and the Garden Route, as it is hot and dry. Further north in the Kruger, it is also hot, but there is a much greater chance of rainstorms.

South Africa in February

Peak season in the Cape continues, and it is often the hottest time. It is worth booking well in advance to get your preferred accommodation.

South Africa in March

It is an excellent time to visit all parts of the country, as the weather is still warm and the rain eases in the north. In the Kruger, it is lush and green after the rainy season.

South Africa in April

Visitor numbers drop, and lower temperatures make for ideal hiking conditions in the Drakensberg mountains. It is warm and dry across the country, making it a great time to explore multiple regions.

South Africa in May

A quieter time of year and a good time to visit, especially if you are not looking for balmy heat. The north and especially the Kruger enters its dry season, with cooler temperatures.

South Africa in June

Midwinter brings the rainiest time in the Cape, but it is still pleasantly mild in the day with the sun shining. The dry season in the north makes for excellent wildlife viewing as animals congregate around watering holes.

South Africa in July

Clear skies and crisp sunshine dominate in the north, as it is the driest month. It is low season so parks are generally quiet and it is easier to spot wildlife around the sparse waterholes.

South Africa in August

A fantastic time to see KwaZulu Natal as is one of the warmest places in the country at this time. In the Western Cape, it is starting to dry out in time for whale watching season.

South Africa in September

The West Coast springs into life as the flowers bloom and temperatures rise across the country. A chance to spot newborns and it is prime time for whale watching in the Cape.

South Africa in October

A great time to see both the north and south, as it is relatively dry everywhere. Flowers carpet the countryside as temperatures continue to rise.

South Africa in November

The start of the rainy season in the Kruger and the north, as temperatures heat up. Impressive thunderstorms become more regular in the afternoon. The last chance to see whales in the Cape, and a good time to see inland areas before they toast in the summer heat.

South Africa in December

Summer approaches and with it visitor numbers rise, especially in the south. If you want to travel around Christmas and New Year, you should book well in advance to secure the best spots.

Holiday Inspiration

Our experts have created and curated these tailor-made holiday ideas to get you started. Take the time to search through them and find something that is the spark for your unique adventure.

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