The splendour, majesty and mystery of Africa awaits
Your adventure starts with three nights at your African home, Parker Cottage in Cape Town. You then self-drive to Hermanus for two nights at The Roundhouse, before spending a brief overnight again at Parker Cottage on your way to Victoria Falls. You’ll enjoy the majesty of this natural wonder of the world for three nights, before overnighting in Johannesburg on your way to the final leg of the trip, Greater Kruger, staying at Arathusa in the Timbavati reserve for four nights and going on a full day tour of the Blyde River Canyon whilst you’re there.
On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you’ll be met by a friendly driver from Hannival’s Tours and taken to Parker Cottage, Cape Town.
Welcome home to Parker Cottage! Once the home of Cape Town’s first mayor, John Parker, this ten-room guesthouse is famous for being the most highly rated B&B in central Cape Town many years in a row. Pamela and Frederick, the owners, bought the business in 2017 and have been making it even more magical than before. Don’t miss their breakfasts, served either in the garden under the blossom of the orange tree or in the in the dining room in front of a roaring wood fire.
There is so much to do in Cape Town that you might need a little help deciding where to start! The staff at Parker Cottage have lots of ideas but of course we’re on hand to help you too with transport, tickets and reservations as you need them. Car Hire can be arranged if needed.
Let us know when you’re settled in and we’ll meet up for a coffee.
3 Carstens Street, Tamboerskloof
Tel +27 21 424 6445
Travel to Hermanus and check in at The Roundhouse, a three story high round building with thatched roof and distinct African-chic vibe. Sitting in the rooftop jacuzzi, you can enjoy some of the best ocean views for miles in style.
Should you be interested in going whale watching, we’d be happy to recommend Percy’s Tours, with whom we have a good relationship and can get you discounted prices.
Tel +27 82 466 4519
Head back to Parker Cottage for one night, so as to avoid a long drive early in the morning for your flight to Victoria Falls. You’ll be collected from Parker Cottage first thing in the morning by Chris Hannival, who will take you to the airport where you will catch your flight to Victoria Falls.
When you land at Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met by a representative of the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge from the flight.
3 Carstens Street, Tamboerskloof
Tel +27 21 424 6445
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
You’ll spend three nights at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge: this superb property which looks like an enormous tree house rising over the Zambezi National Park, just on the outskirts of the town offers the possibility to see game right from your bedroom balcony.
The Lodge has been rated by its own industry as the best lodge in the whole of Zimbabwe for nearly all of its twenty-year history. It’s easy to see why: not only are you close enough to hear the thunder of the falls, you’re also so close to the towns of Livingstone and Victoria Falls but at the same time, have vistas over the African plains where wild animals roam day and night. Match all this with luxurious rooms and a choice of two restaurants on site and you’ll have a hard time leaving.
Victoria Falls was so named by the British explorer Dr. Livingstone after his queen at the time: the traditional name, Mosi-oa-Tunya, is much more evocative, meaning ‘the smoke which thunders’. At the time of year you are travelling, the Zambezi is not in flood and as such, the volume of water cascading over the edge will not be as remarked as in flood season. However this will mean that the full height and breadth of the falls will be all the more remarkable, as in in flood, the mist rising from falls totally obscures its base.
A helicopter flight will be arranged and will transport you to the face of the falls over the Upper Gorges, followed by a short visit to the upper river. Finally the flight takes you over the Batoka Gorges and time permitting, you end with a flight over the nearby National Parks before proceeding back to the helipad.
Tel +263 213 284 3211
Leighwood Lodge has been a firm favourite of travellers to Johannesburg for many years: it’s the tranquillity right in the middle of one of Africa’s largest cities that really sets it apart, as well as the owners, Sam and Leigh who are the most gracious hosts one can imagine. Enjoy the lush rose gardens and the extra length beds!
You’ll be collected from O R Tambo Airport and taken straight to Leighwood Lodge, which is about a 45-minute drive. The area, Parktown North, has many excellent places to go out to eat in the evening: just ask Sam and Leigh for a booking. There may not be time on the day of your arrival to take the City Sightseeing Bus around Joburg, but Rosebank Mall is super close (less than 2km). It’s a very pleasant place to spend a bit of time before your flight to Hoedspruit, should you feel like it.
Tel +27 11 788 9311
Arathusa Game Reserve
Once your flight to Hoedspruit has landed, you'll be collected by a representative from Arathusa and driven to the reserve. You’ll may not arrive in time for lunch but you will be there for the afternoon/evening game drive.
Arathua is a private lodge with only 20 rooms, located in the northern section of the world-renowned Sabi Sand Reserve: it has direct access to a large watering hole where you cannot fail to see a wonderful collection of wildlife, especially the group of resident hippos who come to cool off in the heat. There’s a small spa here and an award-winning restaurant too.
On the first morning you are there, Blyde River Canyon Tours will collect you for a full day tour of the Canyon and surrounding parts of the Panorama Route (time permitting). You’ll be dropped off back at Arathusa around 17h00.
Enjoy two more days of game viewing before your flight back with enough splendid memories to last a lifetime.
Tel +27 11 678 0626