What To Expect
Boundless Journeys' trips are designed for energetic and flexible individuals who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. South Africa: Ultimate Cape Town & Kruger Safari is rated 1+, easy with moderate options, on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the most strenuous). Our primary activities require little aerobic fitness, but some agility for getting in and out of vehicles, and walking and light hiking through uneven terrain. This trip can be enjoyed by anyone who is in reasonably good health.
We may have opportunities for optional nature walks on occasion, but this is determined by wildlife activity and country regulations. NOTE: These optional walks are at your own risk, and can take you close to potentially dangerous wild animals.
Cape Town, South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa
Traveling To and From
Most Convenient Airport for Arrival:
Cape Town International Airport, Cape Town, South Africa (airport code CPT).
Most Convenient Airport for Departure:
O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa (airport code JNB).
Meeting Time and Place:
Your guide will meet you on Day 1 of the trip, in the reception area of the Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel at 6 p.m. We will have a short orientation meeting prior to walking to dinner at a nearby restaurant.
Departure Time and Place:
The tour will end at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg in time for your departing flight on Day 9. As we will be in Johannesburg the evening prior, the departure time can be flexible.
The Safari Experience
The primary activity while in the private reserve is game driving. The wildlife is typically most active early in the morning and late in the afternoon (these times also provide the best light for photography), and therefore we plan our activities accordingly. Typically, we awake early in the morning for a light breakfast before heading out on a morning drive as the sun rises. We proceed slowly, and even when animals are not present, the landscape and sounds of the bush are entrancing. We spend a few hours exploring and observing animals at watering holes or on the move from one region to another. As we come upon groups of animals, we allow plenty of time to simply observe and also take photographs. The safari guides are experienced naturalists and will add greatly to your understanding of the animals. We keep a respectful distance -- although the same cannot always be said about the animals, and it is not unusual to come nose-to-vehicle with baboons, zebras, giraffe, big cats, and elephants. Some days, it may be possible to explore the area on foot in the company of our guide and a ranger.
By mid-morning, we usually return to camp where we have a few hours of down time, enjoying the amenities of the lodge, resting, birdwatching, taking photos, or perhaps reading about the region you are visiting.
In the afternoon, we gather for hors d'oeuvres and drinks before heading out for the afternoon activity. "Sundowners" -- a light snack and cocktails in the bush -- are an African safari tradition, and a great way to enjoy unforgettable African sunsets. We then make our way back to camp, sometimes driving with a spotlight to look for nocturnal animals.
In the evenings, dinner is usually enjoyed with the rest of the guests in camp and may vary from seated meals ordered from the daily menu to dining in the camp boma (a traditional protected outdoor dining area).
Winter in South Africa is generally May-September, and mornings and evenings in the Johannesburg/Kruger area can be chilly, occasionally even dropping below freezing. Days are normally sunny and pleasant with occasional cold snaps and almost no rain. Cape Town can experience sunny (but generally cool) weather during this period, with occasional rains.
You may obtain other regional weather information at www.weatherbase.com.
When to Go
The high season for safaris in South Africa is during the dry season in the lowveld, where Kruger and the adjacent private reserves are located. The dry season typically goes from May-September, when little or no rain falls. By traveling during this time, you will enjoy the very best wildlife the bush has to offer. This is also a nice time to visit Cape Town as sporadic showers leave waterfalls cascading down the slopes of Table Mountain and there are fewer visitors about than during the summer months of December-March when many locals take their holiday.
Today's South African cuisine is the result of a blend of influences from nearly every part of the world. Traditional African dishes have evolved along with Indian and European cooking to create a vibrant variety of tastes for the inquisitive traveler. Beef, pork, and chicken are the basis of most main dishes, with occasional opportunities to try indigenous meats like farm-raised springbok (a game meat similar to venison). Seafood may also be available, especially along the coast. From dinner at an award-winning restaurant in Cape Town to festive meals in the lodge boma, great
cuisine is an essential part of the experience when traveling in South Africa.
Vegetarians and other dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice, though choices tend to be more limited.