This trip idea combines the best of South Africa's top two destinations - Cape Town and Kruger National Park. Spend four nights in Cape Town, often voted the most beautiful city in the world, followed by four nights on safari in the world-renowned Kruger National Park, home to a diversity of wildlife larger than anywhere else in Africa. The trip can be booked on a self-drive or fully-guided basis, as you prefer.

  • Four nights in Cape Town
  • Four nights on safari in Kruger
  • Fly between Cape Town and Kruger (flight not included in cost estimate)
  • Fully guided or self-drive option
  • Choice of accommodation options in Cape Town to suit your budget
  • A variety of activities and day tours can be added in Cape Town
  • All game drives in open safari vehicles in Kruger Park are included
  • Professional, English-speaking safari guide
  • Stay at two different camps and experience two different sides of Kruger
  • Overnight in comfortable, air-conditioned bungalows with small private bathroom
  • Option to upgrade to a luxury safari lodge instead

Map of 9-Day Cape Town and Kruger Park Safari

Day 1 to 4

Cape Town

Arrive in Cape Town, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel at Cape Town Waterfront. Accommodation is on Bed and Breakfast basis in luxury, air-conditioned suites within walking distance from the V&A Waterfront. Lunches and dinners can be enjoyed at the hotel or any of the choice restaurants in the immediate area at the Cape Town Waterfront. If you prefer a hotel on the Atlantic Seaboard, with views over the ocean, or a boutique hotel in central Cape Town, that can easily be arranged.

Panorama of the Western Cape with the Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Apostles, Cape Town

For those who prefer a self-drive option, you can collect your rental car at the airport and drive to the hotel, or you can take a taxi, and we can have your rental car delivered to your hotel.

Choose from any of the following optional extra activities and day tours in the Cape Town area (not included in the cost estimate below):

  • A visit to the top of Table Mountain (by cableway) for Africa's most famous and breathtaking views.
  • A hop-on, hop-off bus tour of the city and surrounding area on a red topless City Sightseeing Bus with interesting commentary of all the city's main attractions and landmarks.
  • Privately guided or scheduled group tour of the Cape Winelands, visiting some of the top wine estates in the country. Enjoy a cellar tour and wine tasting, and stroll through the historic towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, nestled between the mountains and famous for their beautiful scenery and world-class vineyards.
French couple standing with their guide in a vineyard in the Western Cape

Guided tour of a vineyard in the Cape Winelands

  • Privately guided or scheduled group tour of the Cape Peninsula, visiting Cape Point National Park, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The scenic day tour takes you past Hout Bay, where you can add a short boat trip to view a seal colony on a nearby island, Chapman's Peak Drive, which is cut into the mountain and winds its way along the coastline, Boulders Beach, with its resident penguin colony, and the scenic coastal towns of Simon's Town and Fish Hoek.
  • A visit to Robben Island by ferry to view the prison where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, now a museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • A guided tour of a local township and District Six, including a visit to a traditional healer.
  • A whale-watching day trip to Hermanus (seasonal).
  • Shark cage diving.
  • Hot air balloon flights.
  • A visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
  • And lots more ...

Please note that four nights in Cape Town gives you three full days, which is not enough time to do all the above activities. But the tour can be customised to suit your available time and budget.

Day 5 - 8

Kruger National Park

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Nelspruit, on the morning of Day 5. You will be met at the airport on arrival and transferred to Kruger National Park.

Dancing elephant Simon Vegter

Your wildlife safari begins the minute you enter the Kruger gates

(Image: Simon Vegter)

Game viewing begins as soon as we enter the gates. (On Day 5, flying to Nelspruit is the most convenient. But if the budget is tight, you can also fly to Johannesburg very early in the morning, or even the previous evening, which is cheaper than flying to Nelspruit).

On safari in the Kruger National Park, with daily open vehicle game drives. We would recommend one of two options for your Kruger Park safari. The most affordable option is to join one of our scheduled guided safaris, like the 5-Day Best of Kruger Safari, which the Budget Option cost estimate is based on, including all game drives, entrance fees, brunch and dinner daily.

Dueling giraffes Simon Vegter

Kruger giraffes

(Image: Simon Vegter)

Alternatively, budget-allowing, you could spend four nights at a private game lodge in the Greater Kruger National Park. At a private game lodge, all meals and game drives are included in the cost. See our Luxury Option and Deluxe Option cost estimates for rough price ranges.

Day 9

Today we enjoy a final early morning game drive and then make our way to the exit gate and back to Johannesburg International Airport or, if you prefer, to KMIA (Nelspruit) or Hoedspruit Airport.

Customise this trip idea

This is a trip idea —not a fixed itinerarywhich is very flexible.

  • You can change the number of days you spend in Cape Town and Kruger Park.
  • You can opt for a high-end, private safari lodge experience instead of joining our 5-Day Best of Kruger Safari for the second half of this trip.
  • On the Cape Town leg of this trip, you can choose accommodation to suit your taste and budget, from quirky B&Bs within walking distance of the V&A Waterfront to ocean-facing, five-star, luxury boutique hotel nestled at the base of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range.
  • The same goes for day tours and activities in and around Cape Town. You can pick the ones that suit your interests and price range.

Approximate cost

The final cost depends on the choice of accommodation. The estimated rates below exclude the flight from Cape Town to Nelspruit (or Johannesburg) on Day 5.

Contact us to get an up-to-date quote. We will provide a clear, transparent proposal outlining the full itinerary and detail all included and excluded items. With Wild Wings Safaris, there are no hidden fees or unexpected extras. Not even a credit card surcharge. And with us, you'll pay less than if you book everything directly.

Please remember our proposals do not cost you anything, and you are not obliged to book with us.

Period Price per person (pp)
January 1, 2024 - December 31, 2024 Budget Option
January 1, 2024 - December 31, 2024 Luxury Option
January 1, 2024 - December 31, 2024 Deluxe Option

This cost estimate is per person sharing and is intended as a guideline only.

The Budget Option is based on a mid-range hotel in Cape Town and a scheduled small group safari in Kruger Park with budget accommodation.

The Luxury Option is based on an upmarket hotel in Cape Town and a mid-range private game lodge in Greater Kruger.

The Deluxe Option is based on luxury 5-star properties throughout.

The final price will depend on your choice of accommodation, date of travel, and the number of people in your group. Hotels and safari lodges vary significantly in price. The flight on Day 5 is not included in this estimate.

All rates on our website are provided to give a price estimate only and should not be seen as a firm quote. Likewise, our currency converter will give you a rough idea of the price in another currency, but should not be seen as a firm quote. It is only intended as a guideline, based on the daily interbank exchange rate. The total price includes our tour arrangement and tour management fees, if applicable. Please contact us to receive an accurate, free quote with no obligation.

  • 4 nights' accommodation in Cape Town
  • Breakfast daily
  • Return airport transfers
  • Road transfer to Kruger National Park
  • 4 nights' accommodation in Kruger Park
  • Breakfast and dinners in Kruger
  • Kruger Park entrance fees
  • Daily conservation fees
  • All game drives on open safari vehicles with an expert safari guide
  • International flights and visas
  • The local flight between Cape Town and Kruger Park / Johannesburg
  • Activities and day tours in Cape Town
  • Lunches and dinners in Cape Town
  • Lunches in Kruger Park
  • Optional extras
  • Gratuities to guides
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