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12 Nights Cape Town, Big Five Kruger Family safari and Mozambique Island Adventure

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Going on holiday as a family is one of the best ways to create a lasting sense of common identity and shared family heritage among the members. This is the opportunity to create memories that we share with those we love the most and that last a lifetime; a safari and a beach adventure are the perfect experiences to celebrate the strongest bond in the purest environment – nature. This family adventure is designed to suit everyone’s interests and offers families the opportunity to discover the wonders of the African wilderness – together. is filled with fun, interactive activities that offer opportunities to learn and discover new experiences and cultures.

This family journey starts with four Nights in Cape Town, affectionally known as the “Mother City”, an ideal South African Holiday destination that has a host of top tourist attractions to enjoy. Explore the rainbow nation in its full spectrum: beautiful Cape Dutch homesteads – traditional dancers with painted faces performing in the streets- the smell of spicy Malay cooking – Table Mountain, either by cable car or manually climbing up routes of varying degrees of difficulty – the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and many more.

After five magnificent days in Cape Town, fly to the world-renowned Kruger National Park offering outstanding game viewing in a spectacular wilderness setting. Enjoy 4 days of adventure with morning and afternoon game drives, bush walks, and a wide range of native animals and birds including the Big 5, antelope, cheetah, and African wild dogs. An expert ranger will be your guide to this incredible wilderness.

After four days of Kruger safari bliss, the next leg of your journey takes you to Mozambique for a paradise beach stay at Dugong Lodge to enjoy both water and land activities.

Summary of your Trip
  • 4 Nights The Clarendon Fresnaye (Cape Town) | South Africa
  • 4 Nights Notten’s Bush Camp (Sabi Sands Game Reserve-Kruger National Park) | South Africa
  • 4 Nights Dugong Beach Lodge (Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife) | Mozambique
Price Includes
  • Domestic & Regional Flights
  • Car rental in Cape Town
  • Accommodation, meals and drinks as specified
  • All Road transfers From/To Airports & Airstrips as detailed in the itinerary
  • All scheduled safari activities & beach activities offered by the lodges
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees
  • Laundry and service charge
Price Excludes
  • International Flights
  • Entry visas
  • Gratuities
  • Premium brands drinks
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not included as scheduled at lodges
  • Spa treatments
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Cape Town

Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met by our Representative and assisted with collecting your car rental and driving to The Clarendon Fresnaye conveniently situated on the Atlantic Seaboard and close to attractions and interesting dining options.
Cradled along the slopes of Lions Head, in the idyllic suburb of Fresnaye, The Clarendon Fresnaye is a family-run boutique hotel considered the ideal family accommodation in Cape Town with its rich green lawns and sparkling swimming pools, set in a tranquil paradise against the backdrop of a mass of pink bougainvillea.
The rest of the day is at leisure to unwind.

Room Type: 2-bedroom Family Suite
Meal Basis: Bed and Breakfast

Day 2 - 4Explore Cape Town

The next 3 days are dedicated to exploring Cape Town considered one of Africa’s best destinations. Perched between the ocean and the mountain, with a national park as its heart, there is nowhere like Cape Town, a city with a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years.

There is so much to see and do in Cape Town. Below are suggestions of day tours and activities that can partake in during your stay.
1. Cape Town City Tour and Table Mountain. Visit the top of Table Mountain by cableway, for the most spectacular views in Africa.
2. Full-day Cape Peninsula Tour where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. This is a scenic drive along the Cape Peninsula with opportunities to see seals at Hout Bay, penguins at Boulders Beach, baboons at Cape Point, and of course the spectacular coastline and scenery of the peninsula.
3. Cape Winelands Full Day tour to explore one of the most beautiful and famous Winelands districts in the world and discover top-class wines, and locally produced cheeses. Have a wine tasting at different wine estates
4. A visit to Robben Island by ferry, to view the prison where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, which is now a museum.
5. A guided tour of a local township and District Six, including a visit to a traditional healer.
6. Whale watching day trip to Hermanus (seasonal)
7. Shark Cage Diving
8. Hot Air Balloon flights
9. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
10. Guided township tour and cultural experience
11. Shopping, fine dining and entertainment at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, South Africa’s most visited destination.
And lots more…

Room Type: 2-bedroom Family Suite
Meal Basis: Bed and Breakfast

Day 5From the City to the Bush

After days of discovering all that cosmopolitan Cape Town has to offer, this morning, drop off your hire car at Cape Town Airport and board your flight to Skukuza Airport in Mpumalanga. On arrival, you will be met and transferred together with fellow guests to Notten’s Bush Camp for the Ultimate bush experience. With only 9 Suites, Notten’s Bush Camp is a small gem situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve within the Greater Kruger National Park, known for having one of the richest game populations in the country, the chances of seeing the Big Five: lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino are excellent. Guests are almost guaranteed sightings of the Big Five and the reserve is famous for incredible leopard sightings.

Family run, the lodge prides itself on generous hospitality that keeps guests returning year after year. Established in 1985 when the family decided to open their home to visitors seeking an authentic safari experience, this Camp is now managed by the fourth generation since its inception. Over the years, Notten’s team has refined the experience and kept abreast of many of the developments in this keenly competitive industry. At the same time, they have resisted specific changes to retain a genuine spirit of safari, allowing for a more significant communion between man and Nature.

On arrival at the lodge, enjoy Welcome drinks while completing the check-in procedures. Afterwards, settle for lunch, and then it is time for a little siesta to unwind before your first safari adventure.
Around 15h30, gather for a decadent high tea during which you will be introduced to your ranger who will share great pointers on how to spot the wild animals in the bush. After your briefing, Board on the lodge 4 x 4 Open Landcruiser before setting off on your first safari drive in the park. The absence of windows and the elevated vantage position allow for excellent photographic opportunities. You will have an amazing chance not only to view the game but also to listen to and smell the African bush and its denizens.
While on Game Drive, you will stop for Sundowners at a magnificent location and toast the splendour of Africa as you watch the sunset. As darkness falls, nocturnal animals of the bush get excited as they celebrate “their dawn “and come out. Your skilled tracker will scan the landscape using a spotlight, which illuminates animals’ eyes. A variety of completely different species can be seen on the night drive back to the lodge. Return to the lodge is usually around 7 pm, allowing time to freshen up before enjoying dinner around a campfire with the sounds of the crackling fire and night noises discussing the afternoon highlights with your ranger and planning the next morning game drive.

Room Type: 2-bedroom Family Suite
Meal Basis: Fully Inclusive (All meals, safaris activities, drinks)

Day 6 - 8On the Safari

At Nottens a typical day begins at about 5h30 with a wake-up call and guests gather either on the wooden deck of the Camp to watch the sunrise or in the “Boma”, under the Marula trees, where tea and coffee together with muffins and rusks are served. Monkeys peer from the branches and watch one’s every move with intent and curiosity. After tea, the guests are taken on an early morning wildlife safari game drive in the open Land Rovers with a ranger and Shangaan tracker.
The game drive traverses the bush on Notten’s land, following the spoor and scent of nocturnal animals and avoiding trees which have been trampled by elephants, but sticking predominantly to the dirt roads that make their way through the bush. Returning from the morning game drive, guests are treated to a hearty “bush feast” on the deck.

In between Game drives, guests are welcome to take part in walking safaris which will provide them with an opportunity to experience the beauty and fascination of Africa’s flora and fauna. Alternatively, you can laze by the pool or indulge in a spa treatment.
While adults are enjoying quality time indulging in body massages and other spa treatments at the lodge, the children will be busy soaking up the sun by the pool or busy with the chef in the kitchen learning how to make their favourite pizza and more. Lunch is served in the dining area around 14h00.

16h00: A high tea is served on the open plan deck before leaving for another game drive. Enjoy this tea whilst watching zebra on the open plain, an elephant taking a “bath” in the waterhole, or a troop of baboons just being their normal selves! High tea consists of Gilly’s selection of tea, coffee, and iced teas. Notten’s famous bread, Notten’s nutty wheat, spinach and feta, or a delicious cheese and sundried tomato accompanied with cheeses, figs and preserved ginger. A variety of meats and pickles. Satisfied, guests leave the tea table and board the Land Rover for the sunset game drive/evening drive. Driving through the bush at night in search of nocturnal predators, eyes are captured by the tracker’s spotlight as he scans the bush. A leopard, a herd of impala, a wary hyena … the element of surprise is always there. Every sound and every movement captures one’s attention. The bush at night has a life of its own.
Back again at the lodge after an exhilarating afternoon of unforgettable bush life. Get ready for dinner and time to share tales around the campfire and make new friends. After another evening under the African stars, enjoy your last night in the wild.

Room Type: 2-bedroom Family Suite
Meal Basis: Fully Inclusive (All meals, safaris activities, drinks)

Day 9From the Bush to the Beach

Wake up to the hissing of hundreds of crickets preparing for a warm bush day, and enjoy tea or coffee together with muffins, and rusks … before setting off on your last morning game drive, one last opportunity to experience the magic that only the African Bush can offer!
After a hearty breakfast followed by check-out procedures, it is now time to bid Farwell to the bush before being transferred by road to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport to connect with your regional flight to Vilanculos Airport in Mozambique.

On arrival there, you will be met by the lodge’s team for a combined road and boat transfer to Dugong Beach Lodge located on 30 000 hectares of pristine Marine and Wildlife territory, in the Vilanculos Coastal & Wildlife.
The lodge offers accommodation in 14 luxuriously appointed sea-facing, air-conditioned chalets with direct access to the beach via individual pathways. These have been tastefully decorated to reflect the style and ambience of a true island getaway but with first-class luxury finishes and amenities.
Two of the chalets have a private plunge pool whilst all of the chalets have a private deck furnished with day beds for relaxation with panoramic ocean views. Romantic private dinners with majestic views of the star-studded skies can also be enjoyed under the secluded canopy.
On arrival at the lodge, enjoy Welcome drinks while completing the check-in procedures.
Then settle in your family accommodation with sweeping views of the pristine waters of this region.

Room Type: Luxury Family Chalet
Meal Basis: Fully Inclusive (All meals, activities, drinks)

Day 10 - 12Explore Dugong

Based in the Bazaruto Archipelago with a marine sanctuary on one side and a wildlife conservation area on the other, the Dugong Beach Lodge offers a wide variety of activities -both water and bush – for the intrepid explorer or active sportsperson. Young and old will never be bored during their stay at Dugong Lodge. Below is a list of activities to do while on the Island, some of them are included in the packages, and others are at an extra cost.

On-site activities
Sundowner Dhow Cruise: After your drink requirements have been taken, the boat departs at 16h30 from the lodge and follows the channel south to Marape fishing village. Along the way, you will see nature unfold and watch the sunset. The boat can accommodate up to eight guests.

Beach Walks: With the lodge situated in a 30,000-hectare sanctuary, feel free to discover the magnificent area. Please contact management on your departure and we will provide you with a radio for communication and a map to guide you on your venture.
Snorkelling: It is recommended that you snorkel in front of the lodge around the jetty during incoming tide or even better, at high tide. You will find the gear that should fit your requirements on the deck to experience Dugong’s “fish tank”.

Kayaking: Take a small boat and paddle away. This activity allows you to venture after dolphins or head south to drift between the mangroves and enjoy the silence. For the more active, a long paddle north along the coast to Pelican Bay can be enjoyed.

Massage Treatments: Various massage options are offered to help you relax. A list of treatments is available at reception and needs to be booked 24 hours in advance.

Nature Drive in the Sanctuary
The wildlife in the sanctuary includes Livingstone’s Eland, Blue Wildebeest, Plains Zebra, Giraffe, Nyala, Red Duiker, Steenbok and Grey Duiker. The large flocks of Flamingos and Pelicans are a sight to behold, and all of these animals live in harmony in this conservation paradise

Day trips from Dugong
Island Excursions: The boat can be hired for island excursions. You will be provided with an experienced skipper who knows the tricky channels and destinations.

Deep Sea Fishing: A half-hour trip will take you to the fishing grounds in the deep blue, where there is an excellent chance of landing the fish of your dreams. Try your angling hand at many different species of game fish including Wahoo, Darado, Yellow Fin Tuna, King and Queen Mackerel as well as billfish (Sailfish and Black Marlin). The boat can accommodate up to four anglers.

Diving: If you would like to see the bottom of the ocean and experience the marine life up close and personal, this activity is for you. If you are lucky you might be able to get up close to the nearly extinct “Atlantic Dugong” (which resembles a sea lion). A diving license is required to partake in this activity as well as 24 hours prior notice.
Visit to local Fishing Village: Experience a true Mozambique Fishing Village and see the variety of fish caught by the local fishermen

In addition to the above activities, there are:
Horse riding, Swimming with horses, Full Day Deep Sea Fishing, Bangwe Island Excursion, and lots more.

Room Type: Luxury Family Chalet
Meal Basis: Fully Inclusive (All meals, activities, drinks)

Day 13Going Home

Because all good things always come to an end, your epic 9-Nights Bush and Beach family journey in South Africa and Mozambique comes to an end today.
After one last swim in the Indian Ocean followed by a leisurely breakfast, depending on your flight departure time, you will be transferred back to Vilanclulos Airport in time for your flight to Johannesburg for an onward flight back home.

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