South Africa

Wildlife & Marine Luxury Adventure

Level

Easy

Duration

8 days

Route

Arrival Cape Town, Cape Town Sanbona Game Reserve, Kleinbaai, Departure Cape Town

Time to travel

Whale Season is considered June – December

This trips offers once in a lifetime experience combining Wildlife safari; whale /Marine big 5 adventure and Great White Shark Cage Diving!

Your trip starts with a visit to the famous Table Mountain witnessing the glorious view over the city; next a full  day Peninsula Tour will take you around the entire Cape peninsula and show you the wonders of Cape Town – from the pristine beaches, to the spectacular sight of Cape Point, where the oceans meet.  You will enjoy  exciting  game drives  at Sanbona  Game Reserve-  a home to an abundance of wildlife, including the Big Five.

Your next stop is Gansbaai – a spectacular destination offering a smorgasbord of activities, cultural treasures and breathtaking sceneries. You will experience luxury stay in Grootbos Private Nature Reserve. Nestled between mountain and sea, the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a five-star eco-paradise showcasing the incredible Flora and Marine life of the Southern Tip of Africa. Home of the “Marine Big 5” – whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins; and with unparalleled floral diversity, Grootbos offers you a one-of-a-kind luxury African experience.

You will embark on a thrilling Marine big 5 adventure and Great White Shark Cage Diving; you will enjoy incredible seabird sightings (albatross, petrels, skuas, etc) and witness breath-taking unspoiled scenery!

Facts:

Activities:  Wildlife game drive , Cultural sightseeing, Boat Based Whale Watching/Marine Big 5 Trip/Great White Shark Cage Diving

Our operation:

All Rahhalah’s ground handlers and guides are locally employed ensuring more authentic experience for travelers, as well as sensitivity to local customs and cultures.

Sustainability:

We run a low impact operation and we leave no traces behind, contributing to the efforts of protection of the local land, its people and culture.

All our local guides and staff are properly employed and adequately equipped. In addition we emphasize on making extensive use of local products and enhance maximum economic benefits to the local communities.

As you all know 1% of our revenue go back to a local cause and Rahhalah directly takes care of that. This is our pay back promise.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival Cape Town International airport

A warm welcome to Cape Town, South Africa!  Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met by our Representative and transferred to your hotel.  Depending on the time of arrival, visit Table Mountain.

Table Mountain:

A visit to Cape Town would be incomplete without a trip up the famous Table Mountain which reaches a height of 1085m at its highest point and had a broad flat surface allowing it to appear as a ‘table’ from certain angles, inspiring its name.  The glorious views over the Mother City starts the minute you step into the state of the art cableway (one of only three in the world). The floor of the 65 passenger cablecar rotates 360 degrees on the ascent/descent which takes 5-10 minutes to reach the summit/base travelling at a speed of up to 10m per second. Undeniably the best views over the Cape are to be taken in from this natural landmark mountain which allows all parts of Cape Town to be seen at once in all magnificence.  The mountain itself serves as a nature reserve home to many indigenous plants and animals. On the top there is selection of viewpoints over the peninsula and the paths suitable for all ranges of the explorer from the handicapped to the avid hiker, maps are available on site. There is a curio shop and full cafe for refreshments and meals on the top. The weather can change without notice so be sure to have sunscreen and hats as well as warm clothing and of course remember to take your camera.

Overnight: 5* African Pride 15 on Orange http://www.marriott.com/hotels/fact-sheet/travel/cptoh-african-pride-15-on-orange-hotel/

Included: airport transfer and Table Mountain visit

Day 02: Cape Point & Peninsula Tour ( B)

The full day Peninsula Tour will take you around the entire Cape peninsula and show you the wonders of Cape Town – from the pristine beaches, to the spectacular sight of Cape Point, where the oceans meet.

Clifton & Camps Bay

Situated along the Atlantic Seaboard, the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay have been awarded Blue Flag status, offering pristine white beaches and beautiful, clear waters that make these beaches highly popular with locals and visitors alike.

Hout Bay & Seal Island Boat Trip

The small fishing village of Hout Bay is often jokingly referred to as the ‘Republic of Hout Bay’ by Cape Town locals, and has the sense of being an entirely separate town. A beautiful beach, delicious fresh seafood, bustling markets and plenty of restaurants make this suburb a must-visit on any Cape tour. You will also have the option of going to admire the thousands of seals that inhabit the Seal Island at own cost.

Cape Point

Cape Point and the spectacular nature reserve that lies in this area is one of the most famous landmarks in Cape Town, and for good reason. Situated on the very tip of the peninsula, with the Indian Ocean on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, the area spans across landscapes such as rugged cliffs, lush fynbos and vast open spaces – no Cape Town tour is complete without a visit to Cape Point

Simon’s Town & Penguin Colony

Simon’s Town is the seat of the SA Navy, and has a charming coastal town atmosphere and a vibrant history. Here you can find a thriving harbor, a toy museum, navy museum and plenty of other sights – nearby is also Boulders Beach, which is one of the only places in the world that you can swim alongside penguins.

Muizenberg

Muizenberg is world-renowned surf spot, where people from all parts of society join in communion to enjoy the wonders of the ocean. Shark spotters keep a lookout for potential danger roaming in the bay.

Overnight: 5* African Pride 15 on Orange http://www.marriott.com/hotels/fact-sheet/travel/cptoh-african-pride-15-on-orange-hotel/

Included: Hout Bay, Chapmans Peak Drive, Cape Point Entrance, Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach, Muizenberg Beac

Day 03: Cape Town to Game Lodge ( D)

Nestled in the heart of the Little Karoo, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a three-hour drive from Cape Town, along Route 62. At the foot of the towering Warmwaterberg Mountains, Sanbona boasts sculpted Cape Fold Mountains, wide open Karoo plains, indigenous flora and fauna and rare examples of San rock art, some dating back more than 3, 500 years. Explore all this from your choice of 3 different luxury lodges. Whilst the free roaming Big 5 call Sanbona home, it’s the vastness of the landscape and the raw beauty of the boundless plains that make safaris at Sanbona unique. Explore the 54, 000 hectares of this malaria-free premier, private game reserve for an ultimate safari experience close to Cape Town.

Overnight: 5* Sanbona Game Reserve:Gondwana Family Lodge. http://www.sanbona.com/safari-lodge/gondwana-lodge

Included: Afternoon game drive, Dinner

Day 04: Sanbona Game drive ( B, L, D)

Along Route 62 in the Little Karoo, Western Cape, lies a piece of heaven known as Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Located in one of the most diverse regions of South Africa in terms of fauna and flora, your safari holiday is accentuated by the panoramic landscapes and towering cliffs. 

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is packed with opportunities to learn, love and explore nature around you, while residing in luxurious lodges.

Overnight: 5* Sanbona Game Reserve:Gondwana Family Lodge. http://www.sanbona.com/safari-lodge/gondwana-lodge

Included: 2  game drives, Full Board meals

Day 05: Game Lodge to Kleinbaai (B, D)

After morning game drive, you will travel from the Game Lodge to Kleinbaai for the Marine part of your programme.

Enroute you will stop along the way to have a quick look around in Hermanus. 

Kleinbaai is a settlement in Overberg District Municipality in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Kleinbaai is located on the Danger Point Peninsula, 6 km from Gansbaai. A gravel road connects Kleinbaai to the Danger Point Lighthouse. This area is also well known for its whale-watching site.

Arrival and check in at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve http://www.grootbos.com/en/home

Nestled between mountain and sea, the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a five-star eco-paradise showcasing the incredible Flora and Marine life of the Southern Tip of Africa. Home of the “Marine Big 5” – whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins; and with unparalleled floral diversity, Grootbos offers you a one-of-a-kind luxury African experience.

Included: Accommodation in freestanding suites/Welcome drink served upon arrival/Fresh fruit daily in suite/Breakfast buffet with full English breakfast menu/Light lunch/5-course dinner

Overnight

Day 06: Boat Based Whale Watching/Marine Big 5 Trip (B, L, D)

Breakfast in the morning and proceed to Boat Based Whale Watching/Marine Big 5 Trip with Dyer Island Cruises (no age restriction and all ages can do this activity).

Once you arrive at The Great White House, you will receive a brief introductory talk about the route, safety, and what to look out for. You will be fitted with comfortable life-jackets and waterproof jackets. Safety is of the outmost importance.

Trip lengths are between 2 and 2.5 hours, depending on sightings and weather conditions.  All cruises depart from Kleinbaai harbour near Gansbaai.  Found only in Gansbaai, Dyer Island is located 8 km from shore and is an access controlled Important Bird Area (IBA) for the conservation of its many resident bird species, including African penguins. Adjacent to Dyer Island is Geyser Rock, home to a 60,000 strong Cape fur seal colony. These seals are present all year round. We will take you into the channel of water between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock known as the world famous ‘Shark Alley’.  We will then take you to the whale hot-spots in the bay.  With over a decade of experience our guides not only know where to expect the best whale viewings, but the whales have also learned where to expect us! 

Afternoon you can enjoy some of the activities offered from Grootbos Private Nature Reserve as follow:

  • Horse riding for non- and experienced riders through the reserve (please note that the weight limit is 90kg/198lbs per person/ children under the age of 12 are only allowed on guided pony rides)
  • Guided Walks including fynbos nature tours and Milkwood walks
  • Nature, marine & coastal drives and walks including the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, De Kelders cliff walk, Klipgat Cave combined with seasonal land-based whale watching (whale watching especially during July – December)
  • Bird-watching; experience a great variety of bird species on the reserve
  • Various maps of the reserve and the area for self-guided walks

Note: (Spa Treatments, beach horse riding, scenic flights, quad biking, kayaking, wine tours,etc are subject to additional cost.)

Dinner and Overnight at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve http://www.grootbos.com/en/home

Included: Boat Based Whale Watching/Marine Big 5 Trip, Accommodation in freestanding suites/Welcome drink served upon arrival/Fresh fruit daily in suite/Breakfast buffet with full English breakfast menu/Light lunch/5-course dinner

Day 07: Great White Shark Cage Diving (B, L, D)

After Breakfast proceed to an exciting Great White Shark Cage Diving.

Our marine biologists and expert crew members will not only show you where these mysterious and misunderstood apex predators hunt and hide, but they will also explain to you how and where they feed, breed and breach.

Going Great White Shark Diving in South Africa and more specifically a trip on the Slashfin, is a combination of goosebump thrills, education and relaxation on a luxury boat in the company of experienced experts and researchers! They will show you how to distinguish between a male and female shark and how to identify a specific shark by its unique dorsal fin and scars. The 20 – 25 minute boat trip to where the activity is to take place, is by itself an exhilarating adventure.

Named after a legendary 3,3 m male shark with a very distinctive dorsal fin, the Slashfin is a unique, multi-million rand aluminium boat custom designed for speed, stability, safety and space and can comfortably accommodate 40 passengers and the crew at a time.

On any given day, we also usually see at least two or more members of the Marine Big Five – sharks, dolphins, whales, seals and penguins, as well as several bird species.

Afternoon you can enjoy some of the activities offered from Grootbos Private Nature Reserve as follow:

  • Horse riding for non- and experienced riders through the reserve (please note that the weight limit is 90kg/198lbs per person/ children under the age of 12 are only allowed on guided pony rides)
  • Guided Walks including fynbos nature tours and Milkwood walks.
  • Nature, marine & coastal drives and walks including the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, De Kelders cliff walk, Klipgat Cave combined with seasonal land-based whale watching (whale watching especially during July – December)
  • Bird-watching; experience a great variety of bird species on the reserve
  • Various maps of the reserve and the area for self-guided walks4

Note: Spa Treatments, beach horse riding, scenic flights, quad biking, kayaking, wine tours,etc are subject to additional cost.

Dinner and  Overnight at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve http://www.grootbos.com/en/home

Included: Great White Shark Cage Diving, Accommodation in freestanding suites/Welcome drink served upon arrival/Fresh fruit daily in suite/Breakfast buffet with full English breakfast menu/Light lunch/5-course dinner

Day 08: Departure ( B)

Breakfast and Scenic Road Trip back to Cape Town for your departure flight.

Included: Breakfast, transfer to the airport

  • This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement cost applies.
  • This cost is valid till for summer 2017
  • All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change.
  • All accommodation subject to change to similar one depending on availability.

7,450 USD

per person in a group of min 4 pax. Double occupancy

Trip Dates

upon request

This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement cost applies.

This cost is valid till for October  2017

All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change.

All accommodation subject to change to similar one depending on availability.

This includes

Services of a local, professional and experienced English-speaking Driver/Guide.

Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle (licensed and insured).

Accommodation as stated, subject to availability at the time of booking.( Double Occupancy)

Activities as described

Boat trips and  activities  in Kleinbaai

Meals as described

This excludes

Airfare

Visa and visa fees

Medical and travel insurance

High season hotel surcharge

Single supplement

Meals not described

Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)

Expenses of Personal nature: phone, fax, bar, alcohol, etc

Optional/ Additional activities

Tips and Gratuities

Important: The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions. In any case the guide has the RIGHT to change the program for the safety and convenience of the travelers.

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