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). The tour also includes a boat ride up the Kariega River with its amazing bird-life. You will stay two nights in an extraordinary game lodge bungalow with views overt the wilderness and two nights in a luxury hotel just a few steps away from the Indian Ocean.
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 23 – March 5, 2018.
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.
You can also see lots of pictures and videos from the previous safari tour wine tour trip on this Facebook page. It’s a good place to get a feeling for the kind of experiences you will have on the safari days.
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 to two different game reserves, each with its own speciality.
Read more details on some of the South African game reserves and the safari excursions here. The two that we will visit on this tour are the magnificen Kariega Game Reserve and the unique, isolated by the river, Sibuya Game Reserve.
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 4 – Departure to Port Elizabeth, afternoon safari at Kariega Game Reserve
At the end of the wine tour, you will transfer to Cape Town International airport for your morning flight to Port Elizabeth (contact BKWine for recommended flights!). When you arrive in Port Elizabeth you will be met by our local representative and escorted to the waiting touring vehicle. We have about 1 ½ hour transfer to four-star Kariega Game Reserve.
Eastern Cape has many private game reserves and these make tremendous efforts to preserve the wildlife and to return it to a sustainable state. The land was used to ranch sheep and cattle until the early 1900s. The challenge has been to reinstate the original plant and animal species in the area and “restore” all this to its natural state. The game reserves also make important contributions to the efforts to prevent the illegal trade in ivory and rhinoceros horn.
Once you arrive at Kariega Game Reserve you will have lunch and after check-in you will have some time to relax in your private bungalow. You will stay here for two nights. The small luxury villas are all equipped with a living room and large terraces where you can enjoy the view of the African landscape.
Later on in the afternoon it is the time for your first safari game drive! You head out in open 4×4 vehicles.
The game reserve is bordered by the dramatic Kariega and Bushmans river valleys. On the safari drives you will explore many different habitats highlighting different ecosystems. And you will, of course, see a variety of animals. In addition to lions and elephants, giraffes and zebras there are, within the reserve, rhinos, buffaloes, leopards, hippopotamus, all kinds of antelopes and many bird species.
After the safari you will return for dinner which will be served at camp. Don’t forget to tune your ear to the night sounds of the African bush.
Day 2, Monday, March 5 – Kariega Game Reserve, morning and evening safari
On a safari, the animals set the rhythm. Their active time is mostly in the morning and late afternoon. So that is when we try to catch them from our Jeeps (only with the camera, of course!).
So today we begin early, at around 06.00, with a cup of coffee and a snack before departing on your morning safari. Early at dawn is when the animals are starting their day and are most active, so we will be sure to see some exciting wildlife.
You will most certainly be hungry when you get back and a lovely breakfast/brunch will be waiting for you. You then have time to relax by the pool or on the terrace. Or you can go out on a bush walk (with guide) or do some canoeing. Afternoon tea will be served.
At 4 pm it is time to head out into the bush for your evening game drive. Our guides / rangers play a significant part in the safari experience. Besides skilfully driving the safari vehicles they also have a lot of interesting things to tell you about the animals and the nature around us. in fact, they are highly trained wildlife experts.
Around sunset you return to camp and shortly after that dinner will be served.
Day 3, Tuesday, March 6 – Kariega Game Reserve, more safari, and Port Alfred
We start the day again with an at-dawn safari and then we will make our way out to the coast. Two nights at a luxury hotel, and more safari, awaits you.
Like yesterday, you begin your day with an early morning coffee / tea and snack before heading out on your final Kariega safari game drive. What animals have we not yet seen? Time to find them now!
After breakfast and check out you head down to Port Alfred and the Royal St Andrews Hotel for the next two nights.
When we arrive in Port Alfred you will first make a stop at The Little Brewery on the River to try some of their local craft beer (life is not only wine, but also food and beer!). Lunch will be had right next door, at The Wharf Street Brew Pub, serving with traditional pub food with a South African accent. Le chef is a celebrity in the neighbourhood.
After check in at Royal Saint Andrews Hotel the remainder of the afternoon and the evening will be at your leisure. The hotel is not even a 10 minute walk from the beach and we highly recommend to go down there. This is the Indian Ocean so the water is much warmer than in the Western Cape. So do not forget your bathing suit. If you dare venture out into the quite impressive waves. The sea is beautiful but with lots of waves.
The evening is at your leisure.
Day 4, Wednesday, March 7 – 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.
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. You can only reach the reserve by boat. It 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.
This will be your last evening as a group, and therefore a farewell dinner will be had at the Thistle Restaurant, the gourmet restaurant at the Royal St Andrews hotel.
Day 5, Thursday, March 8 – Return to Cape Town or Johannesburg 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 or to Johannesburg (please check with us for recommended flights, it’s a long transfer to the airport) and connect with your flight home.
The program may be subject to minor modifications.
Fact sheet — Safari and Wildlife Add-on to Wine tour to South Africa
Dates: March 4–8, 2018
Price per person: 1900 euro
Single room supplement: 510 euro
Included in the price:
- Transfer to Cape Town Airport (last day of wine tour)
- Accommodation (bed & breakfast) as specified in the itinerary
- Kariega Game Reserve (2 nights)
- Port Alfred: 4-star Royal Saint Andrews Hotel (2 nights)
- Meals as specified in the itinerary:
- 4 lunches, including wine
- 3 dinners, one of which at The Thistle gourmet restaurant, including wine
- 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 in the program:
- Kariega Game Reserve
- Sibuya Game Reserve
- Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle throughout the tour, between the venues
- Return transfer to Port Elizabeth airport
- Porterage at airports and hotels
- Gratuities for safari rangers
- Domestic flights associated with the tour to and from Port Elizabeth (from/to Cape Town or Johannesburg)
- 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.
- Anything not specified above, or given as optional
- Personal travel and accident insurance
- Domestic or international flights associated with the tour
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.) Note: when travelling back home it might be a better option to fly from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg, depending on your final destination.
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 10 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.