- Victoria Falls
- Kruger Safari
- Cape Town
- Shark-Cage Diving
The Perfect Honeymoon! First off, Laurette provided us with exception service and catered a set tour to our liking, adding a few days and helping us secure more private hotels as this was our honeymoon. From the moment we landed in Zambia to the minute we left Cape Town, everything was perfect. Transfers were on time, hotels and locations exceeded our expectations, and the activities that were booked were incredible. We met many couples and didn't hear from them of one other thing we would have rather done than what was already booked with Laurette.
I started communicating with Laurette about a year and a half before the trip and she ensured that she stayed in communication, provided us documentation timely, and let us know promptly if she needed anything from us. This trip would not have gone as smoothly without her expertise.
I will be recommending all of my friends and family travel to South Africa and use Pembury for their bookings.
Tour Consultant's Overview
Sean contacted me in February 2016 having already researched quite a few tours on other sites. As this was his Honeymoon, he was looking for more private/secluded accommodation and intimate settings away from the maddening crowds so to speak. But in saying that, he was not adverse to meeting up with other guests particularly whilst on safari and share their experiences. He explained that his Fiancé would like some time to just "chill" and relax whereas he was definitely up for more adventure type activities.
He specifically wanted to do shark-cage diving whilst in Cape Town plus a trip up Table Mountain and weather permitting, a ferry trip across to Robben Island. We corresponded on a regular basis over the next 18 months and and it was a pleasure working with him as he was very open and responsive to suggestions regarding activities in both Victoria Falls and Cape Town. To satisfy his adventurous nature, we put together a tour that included an Elephant Back Safari, a romantic and relaxing sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River (for his Fiancé) and a full-day trip to the Chobe National Park. Then when in Cape Town, it was agreed that they would enjoy a half-day City Tour (including a ride up Table Mountain in the cable car), a full-day Cape Peninsula Tour, a shark-cage diving tour plus a full-day Cape Winelands tour. He agreed that these tours would enable them to see the best that Cape Town had on offer and would cover basically everything on their wish list. As a Tour Consultant, it was wonderful corresponding with such an agreeable and organised client and I was thrilled when I received really great feed-back on their return. Hopefully their Honeymoon will be remembered forever.
Day 1: Arrival in Victoria Falls
Upon arrival in Johannesburg , you remain in transit and connect with your flight to Victoria Falls.. Upon arrival at Livingstone Airport, you are met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for a 3 night stay.
Days: 1 to 4 Victoria Falls (3 nights)
Besides being one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls is the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa with more than 50 activities available. At 1708 metres wide, Victoria Falls is the most expansive curtain of water in the world and drops more than 100 metres into the sheer Zambezi Gorge.
Straddling the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, these Falls and the Zambezi River are the central points in an area of spectacular scenic beauty: from the Falls themselves to the broad, picturesque course of the Zambezi River upstream, the rainforest adjacent and the stark jagged gorge downstream, the power and timelessness of nature's forces are evident throughout.
The Falls’ local name, Mosi-Oa-Tunya - "the Smoke that Thunders" - more accurately defines the essence of the place: the rising, shining spray that can be seen 30km away. This vapour has the effect of adding moisture in the form of humidity to the air in the "splash zone", so that a unique, small rainforest ecosystem clings to the edge of the Falls, providing a toehold for no less than 70 shrub and 150 herbaceous species, as well as trees such as pod and Natal mahogany, ebony, Cape and strangler fig and Transvaal red milkwood. There are two National Parks in the vicinity: the Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe and the Mosi-oa-Tunya Zoological Park in Zambia, which means that herds of big game such as elephant and buffalo, as well as smaller species and even predators such as lion persist in the area.
Day 4: Victoria Falls to Hazyview (1 night)
This morning is at leisure to catch a last glimpse of the Falls, until you are picked up from the hotel and are transferred to Livingstone Airport to catch your direct flight to Nelspruit . Upon arrival in Nelspruit, you are met by our representative, handed your travel package and transferred to your country lodge in Hazyview.
Day 5: Hazyview to Sabi Sand Reserve
This morning you are transferred at 10h00 from Hazyview to your lodge in the Sabi Sand Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park. You have time to settle in at your lodge before you set off on the afternoon game drive.
Days 5 to 7: Sabi Sand Reserve (2 nights)
Forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Reserve has no fences and the wildlife is able to cross freely between the Sabi Sands and the rest of the Greater Kruger National Park. The safari experience in the Sabi Sand is highly personalised because game drive vehicles have exclusive traversing rights in their area. The Sabi Sand Reserve is a remarkable natural sanctuary known for its exceptionally high concentration of animal and bird life.
Close contact encounters are guaranteed as the animals are not threatened by the presence of vehicles thanks to sound conservation management policies. Safaris are led by experienced rangers coupled with local Shangaan trackers. With exceptional sightings of leopard (usually the most elusive of cats), lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo during game drives - visitors are never lacking in exciting photographic content.
Day 7: Sabi Sand to Timbavati
After your morning game drive, you are collected from your lodge at 10h00 and are transferred by road northwards to the Timbavati Reserve, also part of the Greater Kruger National Park. There is time to settle in at your new lodge before setting off on the afternoon game drive.
Days 7 to 9: Timbavati (2 nights)
The Timbavati forms part of the 2 million hectare Greater Kruger National Park. It was the first private game reserve to be incorporated into the Kruger National Park and is part of one of Africa's most innovative conservation partnership agreements. The Timbavati is 14 700 hectares (36 300 acres) and shares an unfenced boundary with Kruger National Park.
Track the Big Five, as well as a rich variety of other game such as antelope, zebra, warthog, giraffe and hippo, in the company of an armed ranger and local Shangaan tracker. Bird viewing is spectacular, with over 360 recorded species including various eagles, vultures, kingfishers, woodpeckers, buzzards, herons, egrets, owls, weavers. The Timbavati is also home to the world-famous “White Lions of Timbavati”.
Day 9: Timbavati to Cape Town
After your morning game drive, you bid farewell to this African wonderland. You are transferred by your lodge at 11h00 to Hoedspruit Airport for your direct flight to Cape Town. Upon arrival at Cape Town airport you are met by our representative and are transferred to your hotel for a 5 night stay.
Days 9 to 14: Cape Town (5 nights)
Explore the Mother City and the Fairest Cape – from the oldest buildings in South Africa to trendy waterfront shopping; from majestic Table Mountain to sun drenched beaches; and from dramatic seascapes to verdant vineyards. Cape Town regularly tops many lists of world must-visit destinations and Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain has recently been voted one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Cosmopolitan and fashionable, the relaxed atmosphere and pavement café culture give Cape Town a Southern European feel – but with a distinctive African twist.
Day 14: Cape Town to Winelands (1 night)
You are picked up from your hotel by a tour guide at 09h00 and taken on a tour of the Cape Winelands, with its backdrop of majestic mountain ranges, lush valleys and verdant vineyards. After a full day of exploring the various Wine Routes and enjoying wine tastings along the way, you are dropped off at your accommodation in Franschhoek.
The village of Franschhoek is at the heart of the Franschhoek Wine Route and is surrounded by craggy mountains and verdant vineyards. Many of the 42 wine estates on the Franschhoek Wine Route offer informative guided wine-tastings to the public as well as cellar tours or tours of the vineyards.
Some of them also make cheese, chocolate and olive oil and offer tastings of these products alongside their wines. Many of them have on-site restaurants offering food that ranges from gastronomical delights to picnic hampers to enjoy under the oak trees. There is a hop-on hop- off Wine Tram, which visits some of these estates. Franschhoek village, South Africa’s “French Corner”, has a distinct French feel and is undoubtedly South Africa’s gourmet capital, with several of South Africa’s Top Ten restaurants. It is also filled with quirky shops.
Day 15: Departure
Today is at leisure to explore the village of Franschhoek. You could go on the Wine Tram and visit some local wine estates. You are collected from your Franschhoek hotel and transferred to Cape Town airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Johannesburg you will make your way to International Departures where you will catch your international flight home.
Notten's Bush Camp
Notten’s Bush Camp, an exclusive and private safari lodge personally run by the Notten family. This beautiful, intimate safari lodge is situated within one of South Africa's finest natural sanctuaries the Sabi Sand Reserve and Greater Kruger National Park. It is a destination that will truly touch your heart and soul. Notten’s has 8 private suites, each elegantly styled, spacious and cooled by ceiling fans.
A magical atmosphere is created with the purposeful absence of electric lighting; the ambient candlelight and lanterns capturing an enchanting spirit of romance. Each suite has a private game viewing deck.
With splendid panoramic views, this private game lodge is the perfect place for peace and relaxation while watching animals meander past. Meals are a social event and guests gather in the enclosed boma around a log fire under a canopy of stars in winter or in the open plan summerhouse lit up with candlelight during summer. Meals are eaten together around one communal table, with the company of the Notten’s and their Notten’s Bush Camp team. This creates a wonderful atmosphere and an opportunity for the guests to share stories and conversation with other interesting people from South Africa and around the world.
The Sabi Sand Game Reserve is a remarkable natural sanctuary known for its exceptionally high concentration of animal and bird life. Safaris are led by experienced rangers in open-top land rovers, offering an adventurous discovery of the region's prolific wildlife, including Big 5 game viewing. Unique walking safaris are offered daily giving guest the opportunity of discovering the hidden treasures of the region. This can be followed by lazy hours spent in the sparkling pool or having a massage at the Nature Spa.
Winchester Mansions is situated at the famous Sea Point Promenade facing the Atlantic coastline, only minutes from the V&A Waterfront to which guests are offered a complimentary shuttle service.
The original Cape Dutch architecture combined with personalized hospitality and professional service form the hotel’s unique classic elegance signature. Business and leisure travelers can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere that is set against the backdrop of the mountain and overlooking the swell of the Atlantic.
Experience a dash of flair as the contemporary elegance of Winchester Mansions provides the perfect setting of a romantic courtyard, stylish restaurant and luxury rooms with spectacular sea or mountain views.
Bistro by day and restaurant by night, Harveys at Winchester Mansions offers guests South African cuisine with a European twist. The Winchester’s beautiful colonnaded Courtyard, built in the style of an Italian piazza, is a tranquil oasis from the pace of city life. Encircled by palm trees and water fountains, it makes a perfect setting for a romantic dinner under the stars.
Lifestyle offerings exclusive to Winchester Mansions are the Sunday Jazz Brunches, monthly Grapes Gourmet and Gallery evenings and holistic treatments at the Ginkgo Health and Wellness Spa form part of the well-rounded services.
The hotel offers tailor-made conference packages for up to 100 delegates, boasting four elegant and stylish conference rooms with the latest technology and professional service. A variety of conferences, banquets, presentations, cocktail parties, product launches, weddings as well as lunch and dinner parties are thus hosted.
Children of all ages are welcome at the Winchester Mansions. A large variety of amenities and services are available to ensure a delightful stay for little guests.
Staying at Winchester Mansions is not just accommodation; it is part of your journey!
Simbavati River Lodge
Simbavati River Lodge is an intimate and friendly camp built on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River. Shaded by age-old Jackalberry and Leadwood trees, Simbavati is warm and welcoming, with a generous contemporary design and accommodation for guests in luxury tented rooms or thatched chalets, all with en-suite bathrooms and private decks.
Guest common areas offer a generously proportioned open-air lounge, bar, boma (outdoor dining area) and extensive decks with breathtaking views. There is time to settle in and then high tea is served before you depart on your first game drive, returning to the Lodge after dark for a sumptuous safari cuisine dinner. Dinner is a festive event which is alternatively served around the campfire in the open-air boma or in the thatched dining area. Dinner consists of a blend of African and Western cuisine with exciting tastes for the more adventurous as well as various conventional options.
Early morning and evening game drives are conducted by experienced rangers and Shangaan trackers in open 4x4 vehicles, offering excellent photographic opportunities. The Timbavati is also home to the world-famous “White Lions of Timbavati”. White cubs have been born into the resident prides on Simbavati and there is an excellent chance of spotting these “ghost lions” during game drives. Between game drives you have time to unwind. The lounge area is the perfect place to relax on a comfortable couch with a book, or enjoy an afternoon siesta in your room.
La Fontaine Guest House
La Fontaine is a 4-star guesthouse in the heart of Franschhoek village. This gracious, centrally-situated home is set in a small garden with spectacular mountain views. La Fontaine is spread across two heritage properties, full of period charm.
There are 14 spacious double bedrooms en suite – five en-suite double rooms upstairs and one en-suite double room downstairs in the main house, three garden suites, set in the peaceful garden with pool and courtyard surroundings, two family-friendly garden suites, and three Luxury rooms in Campbell House, our adjoining late 19th century home.
Most rooms have beautiful mountain views. Children are welcome at La Fontaine. Ground level rooms are wheelchair accessible.
Generous buffet breakfasts are served indoors in the dining or under the vine-covered pergola. There is a family-size swimming pool and off-street parking. Free Wifi access is available in all the rooms. The central location allows easy walking distance to restaurants, shops and galleries.
Ilala Lodge offers distinguished yet affordable accommodation in a gracious and secluded ambiance. The decor evokes a bygone era of adventure and the quest of discovery in Africa. This hotel is ideally situated and is the closest to the Victoria Falls as well as the town centre. The Victoria Falls National Park borders the front of property and wild animals often graze on the hotel lawns with the spray of the falls in the background.
Ilala Lodge offers 56 rooms and suites. The rooms are all spacious with railway sleeper teak furnishings and patio doors leading onto either open lawn or a balcony where you are afforded a view of the spray of the falls from the upper level rooms. All standard rooms at Ilala Lodge have got 2 x ¾ beds, an ensuite bathroom, air-conditioning and an overhead fan. The deluxe suites have a king-size bed and have room for a child’s bed.
The in-house Palm Restaurant is recognised as one of the finest at the Falls.
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Cape Point (Full Day)
Your journey to Cape Point takes you along the scenic Atlantic seaboard coastal road. You pass the pristine beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay with their soft white sand and azure blue water. The formidable 12 Apostles Peaks rise above the road on one side, while shear cliffs and incredible rock formations drop into the icy Atlantic Ocean on the other side.
There is no doubt the coast of the Cape peninsula offers magnificent scenery with its great biodiversity. You arrive at the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay with its imposing Sentinel.
Visit Seal Island (own account) or shop for souvenirs at the craft market at the harbor.
Your tour continues over Chapman’s Peak which offers amazing photo opportunities, and onto the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. This area is home to magnificent ‘fynbos’, many different species of buck and birds, the Cape Mountain Zebra, and mischievous baboons. These creatures entertain guests enjoying lunch at the restaurant which has splendid views of False Bay. Take the funicular (own account) to the lighthouse to see the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans at the Cape Point.
A photo stop at the Cape of Good Hope is a ‘must’, and your guide will do his best to assist in capturing that special moment for you.
You visit Boulders Beach to see the Jackass penguins (own account) before arriving at the naval base of Simonstown, and then venture inland to your last stop of the day at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
With the sun setting over the tall peaks of Table Mountain the last rays sparkle on the trees and flowers, and offer fitting end to a day filled with all the Cape has to offer.
Cape Town - City Tour (Half Day)
Table Mountain forms a natural amphitheatre around the city which is what make it unique and dramatic! You will discover why Cape Town is continually voted one of the top destinations in the world! Your first stop is to the Table Mountain cable station where we can ride the cable car to the summit (own account and weather permitting). The views are spectacular, and your guide will point out all the most important places.
Your tour continues over the mountain to the snowy white beaches of Clifton and Sea Point. The sharp cliffs plunge vertically into the ocean and magnificent mansions cling to the rock and seem to hang precariously over the edge.
You drive past Greenmarket Square with its vibrant flea market and souvenir stands, and take a refreshing stroll through the Company Gardens in the shade of 160 year old trees. The gardens are surrounded by old slave quarters, the Houses of Parliament and St Georges Cathedral, with its interesting history.
You drive past the Castle and Slave Lodge, and the beautiful City Hall, and then you're off to Bo Kaap, Cape Town’s Malay quarter with its quaint and picturesque houses and mosques. Your tour culminates on a high with the firing of the noon gun up on Signal Hill (excludes Sundays and Public Holidays) and you can see the Cape Town Stadium from here, where some of the games were played during the FIFA Soccer World Cup 2010. You’ll be dazzled by the sparkle of diamonds before you return you to your hotel.
View the Falls
As you approach the Falls and hear the water pounding and witness the vapour rising, you quickly understand why local tribesman called the Falls “Mosi-oa-Tunya” (the smoke that thunders) and why the explorer David Livingstone exclaimed that a scene “so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”.
The great columns of spray rising from the tumultuous falls can be seen from 80 kilometres away on a clear day. If you are lucky enough to be there at full moon, a "moonbow" can be seen in the spray instead of the usual daylight rainbow.
Because the Victoria Falls fall into a chasm, rather than falling down an escarpment, it is possible to walk along the opposite side of the chasm, at the same height as the top of the Falls. From the unique walking trails the magnificence and glory of the Falls are head on and only about 60 metres (200 feet) away. The spray falls on the trails like soft rain, feeding the lush vegetation.
Adventure Activities at the Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls is the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa with more than 50 activities available. Here is our selection of the best: Bungi Jumping - Bungi jump off the 111 metre high railway bridge into the Zambezi gorge, stopping just metres from the rushing water of the Zambezi River. This is a wild jump! There are two bungi options: A single jump on your own or a tandem jump with a partner.
White Water Rafting - White Water Rafting on the Zambezi River is acclaimed as the best one day white water rafting trip available in the world. There are different options for rafting depending on the time of year and the level of water in the river.
Jet Boat Extreme - Speedboats powered by huge jet engines shoot down the rapids below the Victoria Falls at 100 km an hour. Enjoy a thrilling half hour spent “flying” over the water.
Tiger fishing - Spend a half day on the Zambezi River fishing for one of the great freshwater game fish - The Tigerfish. These powerful, swift predators are truly thrilling to catch.
Canoeing - Paddle slowly down the Zambezi River in a canoe with some of the best wildlife guides in Africa and enjoy the beauty, peace and wildlife of this unique place. Explore islands and waterways and learn about the birds and animals you come across along the route.
Daily Safari Programme - Timbavati
The Timbavati is brimming with various species of fowl and beast, including the sought-after Big Five, namely lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. The reserve also boasts over 40 other species of mammals. Creatures of every shape and size abound during the day, and by night visitors to the reserve are likely to see smaller, nocturnal mammals - such as porcupines, servals, civets and genets.
Bird-lovers would struggle to replicate this calibre of bird watching anywhere else in the world, with the Timbavati featuring over 360 different species. Upon arrival at your safari lodge you are given a welcome drink and your safari experience will be explained to you by your lodge host. There will be time to settle in before afternoon High Tea followed by your first game drive. Game drives take place in the early morning and evening to ensure game viewing when animals are most active.
Night game drives provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the predators, particularly the leopard for which this area is renowned. You return to your lodge in time for a sumptuous safari cuisine dinner. The next day after a light snack you are taken on a morning game drive. You return to the lodge for a grand brunch. There is time to relax around the sunny pool, do some bird-watching from the observation deck or read a book in the peace of your room’s private verandah.
After High Tea you set off on another evening game drive, returning again in time for dinner. On your day of departure, you will do a morning game drive and will leave the lodge after brunch.
Franschhoek Wine Tram
The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley – picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300 year history.
Passengers aboard the hop-on hop-off tour will experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as they journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram and open-air tram-bus stopping in at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. A combination of tram and tram-bus transports passengers around a loop of stops allowing them to hop-off at each stop and experience the activities on offer, be it wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch or simply a stroll through the vineyards and when they are ready, hop-on to continue the tour. The tour takes passengers right into the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, with a narration focusing on the history of Franschhoek and wine cultivation in the valley, complimentary wine tastings and unparalleled views of the valley and vineyards.
The Blue Line visits the following estates: Mont Rochelle, La Couronne, Holden Manz, La Bourgogne, La Bri, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence. The Red Line visits the following estates: Maison, Eikehof, Leopard's Leap, Dieu Donne, Chamonix, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence.
Departure Times: Tours depart every 15 minutes from 10:00am until 12:45pm daily
Full Day Cape Winelands Tour
You are collected from your hotel this morning by a tour guide. You depart Cape Town and are driven to the Cape Winelands, with its backdrop of majestic mountain ranges, lush valleys and verdant vineyards. We stop for wine tastings at wineries and estates along the way and you will have the chance to purchase some of the wines you have tasted. We visit Stellenbosch, the “town of oaksand South Africa’s second oldest town.
A scenic drive over the Helshoogte Pass (Hell’s Heights) takes us to the Franschhoek Valley. French Huguenots settled in the Franschhoek Valley in the late seventeenth century, seeking refuge from religious persecution in Europe and bringing with them precious root-stock to establish the wine-growing industry in South Africa. By the time of Napoleon, wine produced by Constantia, a vineyard near Cape Town, was considered by Europeans to be one of the greatest wines in the world. Anti-apartheid sanctions hit the wine industry hard, but since independence in 1994, access to international markets has unleashed a burst of new energy and new investment, and South African wines are once again winning awards across the world.
Daily safari programme at Notten's Bush Camp
The Sabi Sand Reserve is part of the largest conservation area in South Africa and it is the oldest of all the private reserves. It was formed in 1950 and comprises of many privately owned game lodges, covering an area of 65 000 hectares (153 000 acres) of savannah thornveld. It is now part of the Greater Kruger National Park and there are no fences between them, so the game moves freely through this enormous natural reserve. This is one of South Africa’s most treasured natural sanctuaries.
Notten’s forms part of the southern section of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Its neighbours are Mala Mala on its eastern boundary and Sabi Sabi on its western boundary. Notten’s shares traversing with Sabi Sabi and has over 15000 acres of pristine land for game viewing. The Sabi Sand Reserve enjoys good quality viewing of leopard (the most elusive of predators), as well as elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and a vast variety of antelope and other species. In fact, there are more than 330 tree species, 45 fish species, 30 amphibian species, 110 reptile species, 500 bird species and 145 mammal species, including the Big Five
A typical day at Notten’s begins at dawn with an early morning wake-up call. Guests gather either on the wooden deck to watch the sun rise or in the “boma”, under the Marula trees, where tea and coffee are served. After tea the guests are taken on an early morning game drive in an open Land Rover with an experienced game ranger and Shangaan tracker. On returning from the morning game drive, guests are treated to a hearty “bush feast” on the deck. After breakfast, a walk with a game ranger is an option for those wanting a closer encounter with the bush, while the day is still cool. The less energetic relax around the pool, have a deeply relaxing massage at the Notten’s Nature Spa or simply enjoy the solitude and tranquility. A high tea is served on the open plan deck before leaving for the evening game drive. As the sun sets it’s time for “sundowners” in the veld (meaning “bush” in Afrikaans). 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, a ‘bush baby’ in a tree …. the element of surprise always there. On returning to Notten’s Bush Camp, a delicious dinner is served in the boma around a log fire, under a canopy of stars in winter, and in the summerhouse or dining room in the summer.
Boat trip on the Zambezi River / Wild Horizons
Follow in the footsteps of David Livingstone and travel up the Zambezi River above the Falls. Especially recommended is an evening sundowner boat cruise. As afternoon fades into twilight, animals come down to the river to drink as you go by.