5 Night South African Safari

Rhino on a South Africa Safari

A traditional South African Safari is on many peoples ultimate wish list.

Idube Game Reserve and Lukimbi Safari Lodge offer a fantastic 5 night safari experience.

Idube Game Reserve is located in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, adjoining the world famous Kruger National Park. This reserve is internationally recognised for its efforts in conservation, especially in its endeavours to save the Rhino. It offers amazing game viewing opportunities being home to the Big Five. Enjoy guided bush walks, safaris in open air 4 x 4 vehicles with a ranger and tracker and endless relaxation in world class facilities.

Lukimbi Safari Lodge is located in the Southern Part of the Kruger National Park and is a perfect complement to Idube Game Reserve.  Kruger National Park offers exceptional Big Five game viewing and is home to a multitude of other animals and bird life, all which are able to freely roam through this natural habitat. The southern part of Kruger is well renowned for its leopard sightings.

Why not enjoy a 5 night Safari combining 2 Nights at Idube Game Reserve in a Safari Chalet & 3 Nights Lukimbi Safari Lodge in a Classic Suite.

Contact African Sands for more information on this 5 Night South African Safari.

 

Cape Town to Cape Town, 5 Day Garden Route & Klein Karoo tour

Dusty Klein Karoo roads South Africa

The Western Cape is one of South Africa’s most diverse regions. From Cosmopolitan Cape Town, to the arid starkness of the Klein Karoo, the rugged splendour of Wilderness, and the world renowned beauty of the Garden Route… this tour will leave you dazzled by some of the country’s most scenic sights!

Start in Cape Town and travel inland, via Route 62, towards Oudtshoorn. Route 62 meanders through vineyards, mountain vistas and the semi-arid Klein Karoo. Stop for lunch in Barrydale, at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains. Afterwards, discover Calitzdorp, South Africa’s port wine capital. Enjoy a wine tasting. Oudtshoorn, dubbed ‘the ostrich capital of the world’, boasts over 400 ostrich farms and several, so-called, Feather Mansions. Board a tractor for a guided tour of a working ostrich farm. Relax and delight in the friendly Klein Karoo hospitality. Enjoy dinner in town. Overnight at Hlangana Country Lodge or similar – Dinner and breakfast

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before departing for Knysna. Visit the Cango Caves, a 20-million-year-old national treasure in the foothills of the Swartberg mountain. Continue over the Outeniqua mountains to the Garden Route. Enjoy sweeping views from Dolphin Point and the Map of Africa (weather permitting), before arriving into Knysna. In Knysna, board a boat and enjoy a sunset Knysna oyster tour. This informative cruise introduces foodies to local wines and the culinary delights of a wild Knysna oyster. Dinner is served at a Knysna Estuary Restaurant. Overnight at Protea Hotel by Marriott Knysna Quays or similar – Dinner and breakfast

After breakfast head for the historical harbour town of Mossel Bay. Visit the Dias Museum Complex and several different museums, including the Shell and Maritime Museums as well as the iconic Post Office Tree. Relax and enjoy lunch at The Point. Continue westwards to a private game reserve offering the opportunity to see the ‘Big 5’ and other game. Board an open safari vehicle for an afternoon game drive. Delight in an outdoor dining experience (weather permitting). Overnight at Garden Route Game Lodge or similar – Dinner, breakfast and 2 game viewing excursions

Enjoy an early morning game drive before breakfast. The reserve is home to elephant, lion, buffalo, white rhino, giraffe, cheetah and a variety of antelope species. Departs for Arniston, a small coastal village in the Overberg region on the Cape south coast. Lunch is enjoyed en route. Dinner is served at the hotel. Overnight at The Arniston Hotel or similar – Dinner and breakfast

Have a leisurely breakfast before departing for Cape Agulhas, the southern-most tip of Africa and where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic. The Cape of Storms is notorious for its many wrecks. Visit a South African national monument – the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse and Museum. Continue on to Hermanus, renowned for its whale watching. In season (July to November) the southern right whale returns to these waters to calve. Lunch is enjoyed en route. Continues to meander along False Bay’s coast before arriving in the late afternoon into Cape Town.

This is tour is a private guided tour, but can be operated as a self-drive tour too.

Contact African Sands to plan your Cape Town to Cape Town, 5 Day Garden Route & Klein Karoo holiday.

 

8 Day Luxury Safari in the Kruger National Park

Hippos in Sabi Sand Reserve

Going on a safari is probably an item on many people bucket list. And who can blame them?  A safari is a truly incredible experience, which allows you to relax with spectacular nature surrounding you and offers an incredible opportunity for you to get up close with the Big Five.

It is a time to lock the mobile phone away, forget about the WIFI, your job and all the city stresses. Just relax…. Breathe deeply….. and enjoy the peace and tranquillity!

African sands has a fantastic 8 night luxury safari in the Kruger National Park that allows you to explore the 3 distinctly different sides to the Greater Kruger National Park.

Starting up North in the Makuleke Concession, spend three nights at The Outpost, overlooking the Luvuvhu River Vally, Pafuri enjoying spectacular views of this vast remote wilderness areas

Then move onto Kings Camp Private Game Reserve, situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. Enjoy two nights of splendour in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve while revelling in the warmth of gracious hospitality from a bygone era at the ultra-luxurious Kings Camp. Live the true African Safari game viewing experience in refined luxury a leopard on the hunt, lions roaring at twilight, hippo wallowing, or a crocodile basking on a sandy beach; each viewing will enthral.

From Kings Camp, you will be whisked off to the world famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve where you can relax and soak up the tranquillity of the African bush for three wonderful nights at Leopard Hills Private Game Lodge. This exclusive lodge is built on a hill overlooking a natural waterhole with spectacular game viewing from the deck of your private suite… explore the endless fascination of Africa’s wildlife in open, state-of-the-art game viewing vehicles, indulge in pampering treatments and savour spectacular sunsets. En-route to Leopard Hills from Kings Camp, you will be transferred to Elephant Whispers where you will be enthralled by a two hour Ultimate Elephant Experience. Interact, ride and indulge in a champagne picnic surrounded by these gentle giants.

Finally, it will be time to make your way back to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport for your return flight to Johannesburg.

This is an incredible safari experience that is fully inclusive: Accommodation, All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and Drinks (local brands) as well as scheduled activities – such as game drives and bush walks.

Prices from ZAR 81,800.00 per person sharing 

Contact African Sands for further information on this 8 Day Luxury Kruger Park Safari 

 

Cape Malay Cooking Safari

Cape Malay Cooking Safari

For me, travelling is all about discovering the local culture. Learning about the history, the people and events that have affected or influenced the culture of that society.

It is fascinating, and makes visiting new destinations that much more interesting.

The fastest way to learn a new culture, is to learn about their foods.

In Cape Town, there is a REAL interactive experience in the Cape Malay quarter, one of the countries oldest established communities. This community dates back to the early settler days, when captives were brought to the shores in the 1600’s to work on the farms.

Start your day with a Walking Tour of this historic, Heritage Protected area, visit to a Community Empowerment Project, the popular local Spice (Masala) shop and the Bo-Kaap Museum.

Then it is time to visit your hostess – a local resident, for an exciting encounter with her religious, cultural and indeed culinary background – in her own home! You will participate in preparing and cooking samoosas, Rooti (flat bread) and chicken or veg curry-in the kitchen around her table. Once the lunch is prepared, you get to sit back, relax and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

It is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the local culture

Contact African Sands to learn more about a holiday to Cape Town & the Cape Malay

Beach & Bush Holiday in South Africa

South Africa is a great place to visit for a relaxing holiday!

Why not try and combine a “Beach & Bush” holiday to enjoy a truly relaxing vacation.

When people think of South Africa, they generally think of Cape Town and the Kruger National Park. They tend to forget about South Africa’s sub tropical gem… KwaZulu Natal.

We feel that this is the perfect destination to offer a wonderfully relaxing “Beach and Bush” experience. With so much to do and explore, you will never be bored!

The Natal North Coast has a wealth of activities to enjoy, from simply relaxing on white sandy beaches and soaking up the golden sun rays to being as actives as you want with golf, micro lighting and fishing top of the list!

Highlights in the area include:

  • Enjoy a boat ride along the coast and get close up to the bottle-nose dolphins
  • Enjoy a microlight ride for the adventurous with breathtaking views
  • Visit the only organisation of its kind in the world – The Natal Sharks Board. Observe a shark dissection, see an audio-visual presentation and learn about the sensory biology of sharks and their role as top predators in the marine food chain. For the more adventurous, join the inspection crew for their eary morning tour of the nets off the beaches in Durban.
  • Explore the Hluhluwe Imfolozi National Park and spot the Big Five on a game drive!
  • Visit the Greater St Lucia Wetlands area and Spot hippos, crocodiles and fish eagles as you cruise the lake at this World Heritage Site
  • Visit one of the many Zulu cultural villages offering an unforgettable insight into traditional customs, ancient lore and legend and the sangoma (witchdoctor). Be entertained by the tribal dancing and learn about the beer ceremony.
  • At uShaka Sea World you come face-to-face with the ocean’s most amazing creatures.
  • Croc Valley Nature Reserve – Get back to nature as you meander through the coastal swamp forest

Then continue onto an exciting Bush experience.

The KwaZulu Natal north coast has a wealth of game viewing opportunities and fantastic scenery to explore with lots of history and culture around. The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National park is one of the oldest game reserves in South Africa and is home to the “Big Five” including the elusive White Rhino.

The Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park or the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park as it is now called is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its immense beauty and incredible natural wildlife biospheres.

Activities in the area include

  • Lake St Lucia – boat trips, water activities
  • Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve – day trips and game excursions
  • Outdoor activities – hiking, walking, kayaking, horse riding and quad biking
  • Cheetah and Serval project – see big cats close up and learn about the conservation efforts to protect these beautiful animals
  • Visit a Zulu Cultural Village and learn more about these fascinating people and their history

See “wild” Africa at its best and come home feeling truly rejuvenated – what a great holiday!

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