Cape Town and the Big 5

Cape Town & the Big 5 Safari

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Combining two destinations in South Africa provides for an introduction to a fascinating country, and whets the appetite for safari in Southern Africa.

Our Cape Town Safari experience brings together the fabulous cosmopolitan atmosphere of Cape Town, together with one of the best destinations for safari in South Africa. Motswari provides a wealth of opportunity to see wildlife - the 'Big 5' are regularly sighted around our safari destinations with Elephant, Lion, Leopard and Buffalo plentiful, and the Rhino often sighted. South Africa is something of a haven for wildlife and Safari is a great way to get out into the bush to experience a fantastic revival in animal life.

Welcome to Cape Town

The old and established suburbs of Gardens, Oranjezicht and Tamboerskloof merge into each other as they line the foothills of Table Mountain and Signal Hill.  The area enjoys convenient proximity to the city, the Table mountain Cableway, as well as the beaches.  The narrow little streets are lined by original Cape buildings, many of which have been beautifully restored, some now housing museums and art galleries, as well as lively sidewalk cafés and highly acclaimed restaurants.

Now known for its trendy and modern vibe, this region is often visited on foot, encompassing the historic Parliament Buildings, the Company Gardens and the cafés, culture and boutiques of Kloof Street.

Welcome to the your South Africa Safari destination: Timbavati Private Game Reserve

Our destination for this South Africa Safari is the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, 53000 hectares of private land, adjoining the Kruger National Park.  Since 1962, the Timbavati Association has been dedicated to conservation and this "Big Five" reserve is now characterised by strong lion, leopard and cheetah populations, as well as large herds of buffalo, wild dogs and elephants together with Rhino.

Timbavati is the birth place of the famous white lions, only known to occur in this region. In 2006 a resident pride gave birth to two white cubs for the first time in many years.

Sample itinerary

Your suggested itinerary:

Day 1: Fly to Cape Town, transfer to Abbey Manor

On arrival after your flight from London, private transfers await to whisk you to Abbey Manor to start you time in Cape Town.

Day 2 & Day 3: At leisure or choose from a range of optional excursions

Either kick back and soak up the atmosphere, hop on the cableway to Table Mountain or just visit the cafés and galleries within walking distance of Abbey Manor.

Alternatively, choose from a range of planned/guided experiences, at additional cost, such as whale watching, wine tours, visit Robben Island, Soweto tour, Cable Mountain hiking tour.

Day 4 - Private transfer to Cape Town Airport, flight to Hoedspruit, transfer to Motswari to start your South African safari

After your internal flight, its time to relax and take in your surroundings. Subject to flight times you may have the opportunity to enjoy your first game drive today.

Day 5 & Day 6 - enjoy the safari activities available at Motswari

Day 7 - Private transfers to Hoedspruit Airport, internal flight, international flight home.

After a private transfer to Hoedspruit you will fly to either Cape Town or Johannesburg where you will switch to your international flight home.

What's included in your package

We offer this break as an outline package to which guests are able to add experiences and 'day trips', for the Cape Town section of the package.

The outline package includes:

  • Flights (from London Heathrow)
  • Private transfer - Airport / Abbey Manor
  • 3 nights' accommodation (bed & breakfast) at Abbey Manor
  • Private transfer - Abbey Manor / Airport
  • Internal flight Cape Town / Hoedspruit
  • Private transfer - Hoedspruit / Motswari
  • 3 nights' accommodation (full board) at Motswari
  • Game drives as described
  • Private transfer - Motswari / Hoedspruit
  • Internal flight Hoedspruit to either Cape Town or Johannesburg

Price, per person: from £2400

Prices based on two people sharing a double room.


Abbey Manor Guest House

3 nights in a Luxury Room, bed & breakfast

Abbey Manor Guest House is situated high up on the slopes of Table Mountain in the leafy residential suburb of Oranjezicht in Cape Town.

The guest house, with its sweeping views of Table Mountain, the city bowl and Table Bay, has historical status and was built in 1905. It has been lovingly restored and is now considered to be one of the grand dames of Cape Town.

A luxury guest house with a French Boudoir feel, the nine individually decorated rooms (5 Grande Rooms, 4 Luxury Rooms) are all en-suite and feature percale linen, air conditioning, a selection of satellite TV channels, mini-bar, tea/coffee facilities and free Wi-Fi access.

The guest areas include a lounge leading out to a secluded patio, heated swimming pool with loungers & umbrellas, and a novel spa bath on the upper balcony with scenic mountain views.

Abbey Manor is en-route to the Table Mountain Cableway and the tourist hotspots of the V & A Waterfront, Camps Bay and the Clifton beaches are a 15 minute drive away.  There are plenty of lively sidewalk cafés, eateries and galleries within walking distance of the guest house.

Motswari Private Game Reserve

3 nights in a suite, fully inclusive of food, drinks and safari activities

Lying deep in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, which is situated north of the Sabi Sand and shares unfenced borders with the Greater Kruger National Park, is Motswari Private Game Reserve.  With a warm atmosphere, Motswari is family owned and operated, and surrounded by thick bushveld.

Motswari offers 15 luxury-appointed bungalows with naturally-furnished interiors that reflect the wonders outside.  The bungalows are spacious, en-suite and air conditioned and all look onto bushveld vistas.

Geiger's Camp is a few kilometres from the main lodge and offers exclusive use accommodation for those looking for an even more intimate experience.

Providing a serene and relaxing environment, the main camp facilities include a lounge, library (with internet facilities) and art gallery. There are two licensed bars; indoor dining or (dependent upon the season) boma or bush dining; a swimming pool and a curio shop.

Activities at Motswari include traditional safari experiences including daily morning and afternoon game drives with a ranger and tracker. Bush walks are offered mid-morning (in lieu of game drive) and overnight bush hiking and camping sleep-outs can be arranged for groups of 4 (must be booked in advance, subject to additional charge).

Enjoy your safari experience at Motswari which includes all meals, local brand drinks (excluding bottled water and energy drinks), 2 daily game drives (with refreshments) and option of guided daily safari walk.

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A rare white lion relaxing
Poolside at Abbey Manor Guest House, Cape Town
Bedroom at Abbey Manor Guest House, Cape Town
No point going any further south!
Luxury bush camp at Motswari
Bedroom at Motswari Private Game Reserve
Enjoy the sights of the South African bush