South Africa, Safari and Wildlife Add-on, March 5-9, 2017

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • 4 nights
  • Safari drives, cheeta walk
  • Stunning animal life
  • River bird cruise
  • Price 1090 euro

An Extraordinary Nature and Wildlife Experience

— After the wine tour we can offer you an extraordinary four day tour to malaria-free private game reserves in the Eastern Cape, an hour’s flight time from Cape Town.
You will get the chance to see all of the Big Five: elephant, lion, rhinoceros, buffalo and leopard (not guaranteed, of course, it is wild animals, but very likely). You will even get to know “the Big Seven” at the only game reserve that can boast them.
The tour also includes a one-hour walk with two cheetahs out in the African bush, a boat ride up the Kariega River with its amazing bird-life, a special elephant safari and a unique (and endangered) Bacchus dung beetle.

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Safari and Wildlife Extension for the South Africa Wine Tour

This program is an exclusive post trip add-on extension option for the Wine Tour to South Africa February 24 – March 6, 2017.

Tour photos from a safari

Are you curious to know how it looks on the safari and what you will see? We have put together a page with photography from the safari. All pictures come from a stay at one of the game reserves:

Photos from a safari: Safari at a game reserve in South Africa in pictures.

More on the game reserves and the safari

This tour gives you a unique insight into the animal kingdom, nature and wildlife of South Africa. The program includes visit on several different game reserves, each with its own speciality. At one of them you will even have the opportunity to go for a walk together with cheetahs (hunting leopards) in the African bush. In total you will visit four different wildlife reserves.

Read more details on the game reserves and the safari excursions here.

Facing the leopard

Facing the leopard, copyright BKWine Photography

Program — South Africa, Safari and Wildlife Add-on

Preliminary program. There may be minor changes to the itinerary.

For more details, contact BKWine.

Day 1, Sunday, March 5 – Port Elizabeth

At the end of the wine tour, you will transfer to Cape Town International airport for your flight to Port Elizabeth (contact BKWine for flight information). When you arrive in Port Elizabeth you will be met by our local representative and escorted to the waiting touring vehicle.

Beware of the animals, and the electric fence

Beware of the animals, and the electric fence, copyright BKWine Photography

You will then have a Port Elizabeth city tour, which includes visits to the Donkin Reserve, The Horse Memorial, the Campanile and the Summer Strand region.

You will then have a city tour, which includes visits to the Donkin Reserve, The Horse Memorial, the Campanile and the Summer Strand region. The tour will take you around to the main sites of the city.

The tour ends at your hotel that is one of Port Elizabeth’s finest family hotels, situated on Port Elizabeth’s magnificent beachfront, directly opposite Hobie Beach and next to the famous Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex.

After checking into your hotel you will have some time to relax and enjoy the sun and the sea. You have the evening at your leisure to explore the Boardwalk and scout restaurants for dinner.

Meals included: breakfast

Overnight: Port Elizabeth

Elephant lunch time

Elephant lunch time, copyright BKWine Photography

Day 2, Monday, March 6 – Cheeta walk, African Predators, Safari Game Drive, Big 7

After an early start from the hotel in Port Elizabeth this will be a day filled with extraordinary wildlife experiences that will get you close to some of the most fabulous African animals.

A blue Wildebeest

A blue Wildebeest, copyright BKWine Photography

Cheeta walk, African predators

You will have an early checkout this morning (packed breakfast) and depart for the Daniell Cheetah Project located near Kirkwood. You will experience a one-hour walk with two harness-trained cheetahs out in the African bush. Thereafter your guide will take you on the predator tour to learn more about some of the other African predators.

600 elephants, buffalo, black rhino, antelope, lion…

You then depart for the Addo Elephant National Park for lunch that will be followed by a two hour safari game drive in open 4×4 safari vehicles. Established in 1931, in order to provide a sanctuary for the eleven remaining elephants in the area, the park is now home to more than 600 elephants, 400 Cape buffalo, over 48 endangered black rhino as well as a variety of antelope species. Transvaal lion and spotted hyena have also recently been re-introduced to the area.

The extraordinary – and endangered – Bacchus dung beetle, and maybe whale and shark

The largest remaining population of the flightless dung beetle (Circellium bacchus) is located within the park. Cars are obliged to stop on the road to let the beetle pass. The park can exclusively claim to be the only national park in the world to conserve the “Big 7” – the Big 5 as well as the southern right whale and great white shark off the Algoa Bay coast. (It is not whale and shark season so sightings are unlikely, so we will not make a sea excursion.)

After your game drive you will make your way to your overnight accommodation.

Meals included: packed breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight: in the Addo region

A cheeta resting in the evening sun

A cheeta resting in the evening sun, copyright BKWine Photography

Day 3, Tuesday, March 7 – Wildlife Preservation Project, Game Drive

There are tremendous efforts made in South Africa to preserve the wildlife, both fauna and flora, and to return it to a sustainable state. You will see some exceptional examples today.

A Blue Wildebeest staring back

A Blue Wildebeest staring back, copyright BKWine Photography

After breakfast and checkout you make your way from the Addo region to the Amakhala Game Reserve. Amakhala is a unique conservation initiative that allows animals to be re-introduced to the area where they once roamed freely, and so making a contribution to the conservation of our natural heritage.

The land was used to ranch sheep and cattle up to the turn of the century. The challenge has been to re-establish the original flora and fauna species to the area and to return the land to nature.

Upon arrival you have a brief orientation of the game reserve before heading out for a three hour safari on this stunning game reserve. After the game drive you will enjoy a delicious two course lunch at their restaurant, before heading to the Port Alfred for your overnight accommodation.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight: Port Alfred

A blesbuck antelope on the watch

A blesbuck antelope on the watch, copyright BKWine Photography

Day 4, Wednesday, March 8 – River Boat Exploration, Unique Bird Wildlife, Big 5

This (again) exceptional day will also start early and take you to a very different kind of game reserve, including an amazing river boat exploration.

One of the safari lodges are by a small lake

One of the safari lodges are by a small lake, copyright BKWine Photography

You’re in for a treat today. You begin your day with a boat ride up the Kariega River from Kenton on Sea to the Sibuya Game Reserve. Sibuya, one of South Africa’s most unique Safari destinations, has more navigable river than any other game reserve in South Africa. Consequently as a birding destination it is hard to beat: there are nearly 400 different species.

This breathtakingly beautiful game reserve is sanctuary to an abundance of diverse wildlife from elephants to otters, and almost everything in between, including the Big Five.

Upon arrival at Sibuya Game Reserve you will head out for a three hour safari game drive in open 4×4 vehicles before enjoying a delicious lunch served on the banks of the river. After lunch you will transfer back to Port Alfred by boat and your touring vehicle.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Overnight: Port Alfred

A white rhino - rhinoceros

A white rhino – rhinoceros, copyright BKWine Photography

Day 5, Thursday, March 9 – Return to Cape Town and then home

All good things must come to an end. After breakfast and checking out you will be transferred to Port Elizabeth for your flight to Cape Town and connect with your flight home.

Meals: breakfast.

The program may be subject to minor modifications.

In the jeep heading for more wildlife

In the jeep heading for more wildlife, copyright BKWine Photography

Fact sheet — Safari and Wildlife Add-on to Wine tour to South Africa

Dates: March 5–9, 2017

Price per person: 1090 euro

Single room supplement: 285 euro

Included in the price:

  • Transfer to Cape Town Airport
  • Accommodation (bed & breakfast) as specified in the itinerary
    • Port Elizabeth: The Beach Hotel
    • Addo Region: Zuurberg Mountain Inn
    • Port Alfred: De Pond Hotel (2 nights)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary:
    • 3 group lunches (Zuurberg Mountain Inn, Amakhala Game Reserve, Sibuya Game Reserve)
    • 2 group dinners (Zuurberg Mountain Inn, De Pond Hotel)
  • The services of a South African English-speaking tourist guide throughout the tour
  • All safari game drives and conservation fees at national parks, as described:
    • Daniell Cheetah Project cheetah walk
    • Addo Elephant National Park
    • Amakhala Game Reserve game drive
    • Sibuya Game Reserve game drive and river cruise
  • Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle throughout the tour, between the venues
  • Return transfer to Port Elizabeth airport
  • Porterage at airports and hotels

Not included:

  • Expenses of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, drinks – including bottled water, etc)
  • Gratuities for drivers and guides.
    • Recommended for both your South African guide and driver: 3 GBP or 3 USD or 3 Euro, or ZAR equivalent, per person per day, to both driver and guide.
    • Recommended for site guides / game rangers: 2 GBP or 2 USD or 2 Euro, or the ZAR equivalent, per person, per visit.
  • Anything not specified above, or given as optional
  • Personal travel and accident insurance
  • Domestic or international flights associated with the tour

Please note

Guide and tour management: The safari and wildlife extension is managed and guided by a local South African guide.

Flight Cape Town-Port Elizabeth: The recommended flight between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth is not included in the price. (Approximate price for a return ticket: 175-240 USD at time of writing.)

Indemnity Forms: At certain visits you may be required to sign “indemnity forms”, a requirement for visits to some of the animal reserves.

Minimum number: For the safari extension to be valid with the above prices a minimum of 4 participants in total is required. Please check back with BKWine.

Book This Trip

You will find full information on how to book this trip in the booking section of the South Africa Wine Tour program.

A giraffe looking down on us

A giraffe looking down on us, copyright BKWine Photography

The road into the wilderness and a Blue Wildebeest

The road into the wilderness and a Blue Wildebeest, copyright BKWine Photography

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