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Not for the faint hearted, this is an itinerary designed to pack a great deal of audacious action adventure and will quench the thirst of any thrill-seeker

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  • All accommodation
  • Full Board at some of the hotels and lodges, B§B at others
  • All domestic flights
  • All private ground transfers
  • Some private tours and activities
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At a glance

A hair-raising trip for the intrepid traveller and the adrenaline-mad. We’ve selected some fearsome activities in an action-packed adventure that will see you hike Table Mountain, dive with sharks, bungee jump the Storms River, kayak the Cape, track Black Rhino and white water raft the Zambezi river.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-5

Cape Town

Meet and greet at Cape Town airport Meet and greet at Cape Town airport

On arrival at Cape Town, you will be met airside by a Jacada representative, as you enter the terminal building. You will be assisted through immigration, helped with baggage collection and assisted to your onward arrangements.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Cape Town airport to Cape Town hotel

Accommodation in Cape Town

Hike Table Mountain Hike Table Mountain

You will ascend Table Mountain by aerial cable car. The walk begins at the upper cable station and traverses the entire front table to Maclears Beacon – the highest point at 1087m. The walk returns via a different route providing a variety of vistas. On a clear day the views throughout are exquisite. The entire walk takes about two hours. Note: Routing of hike is dependent on the cable car being operational. If the cable car is not operational on the day, and depending on clients’ fitness levels, the walk would be adapted accordingly.

Visit the Bo-Kaap Visit the Bo-Kaap

Enjoy a walk through the Bo-Kaap, traditionally home to the Cape Malay community, with its brightly coloured houses and cobbled streets.

Company Gardens Company Gardens

Enjoy a stroll through the Company Gardens – a large public park and botanical garden set in the heart of Cape Town. It is the oldest garden in the country and has its origins in Jan van Riebeeck’s vegetable garden which he grew to feed the original colony as early as 1652.

South Africa Museum South Africa Museum

Established in 1852, the museum has been adding to its collections for over 200 years and offers a diverse range of exhibitions, and gives visitors a better understanding of the earth and its biological and cultural diversity - both past and present.

Castle of Good Hope Castle of Good Hope

Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a maritime replenishment station, the Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. From 1678 it was the centre of civilian, administrative and military life at the Cape, until the settlement grew and some functions and activities moved away from the Castle. Today the Castle is the seat of the military in the Cape, and houses the Castle Military Museum and Iziko Museums of Cape Town (William Fehr Collection).

Shark cage diving Shark cage diving

Your experience starts with a transfer to the little town of Klein Bay, close to Hermanus and Gansbaai. After a safety briefing, you board your shark-chaser, the Predator II, for the five-mile voyage to Dyer Island. The island, together with Geyser Rock nearby, is home to 40,000 Cape Fur Seals, the Great White Shark’s favourite prey, and the channel which runs between the two is known as Shark Alley. This is where you will anchor – using a specially mixed chum to attract the sharks and you will soon have the opportunity to see them feeding at the surface alongside the boat. The cage is then lowered and you will be able to witness these incredible hunters of the deep in your wetsuit, protected by galvanised steel mesh. All diving equipment is supplied and only snorkeling experience is required if you want to go down in the cage. A light lunch is served on the boat as well as refreshments and you will have the chance to see seals and whales in season as well as the sharks.

Sea kayaking and tour of the Cape of Good Hope Sea kayaking and tour of the Cape of Good Hope

Collected from your hotel by your guide and private vehicle, you will travel to the naval hamlet of Simon’s Town which is located on the False Bay coast of the Cape Peninsula. Embark on a sea kayaking experience from the Waterfront. Paddle past the civilian and Naval Harbour and out to Boulders Beach. After visiting the penguins you stop (time & tide permitting) on a lovely semi-private beach for refreshments, swimming and snorkelling (equipment provided). The double kayaks are very stable and perfect for those with no paddling experience. During the whale season from July to December, the Southern Right Whale frequents Cape Town’s shores, which allows you the possibility of seeing them in their natural habitat.

Before continuing your journey, enjoy lunch at a seaside restaurant. Then it’s off to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve – one of two world-renowned landmarks within the Table Mountain National Park (the other is Table Mountain). This part of the park is home to an array of fynbos, over 250 species of birds, buck, baboons and Cape mountain zebra. There are numerous picnic spots, paths on which one can set off on foot or mountain bike, and tidal pools on almost isolated beaches. Enjoy the breathtaking views from Cape Point Lighthouse and travel to the most South-Western point of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope. In the late afternoon, drive along the coastal route via Noordhoek, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Hout Bay and the Atlantic Seaboard back to your hotel in the city.

Simon's Town & Boulders Beach Simon's Town & Boulders Beach

We will visit Boulders Beach for a visit to see African Penguins in their natural habitat. Next drive through the historical naval village of Simonstown and over yet another spectacular mountain pass; Boyes Drive, where you will take in views of the quaint fishing harbour at Kalk Bay as well as the seaside villages of St James and Muizenberg.

Cape of Good Hope Cape of Good Hope

Explore the rocky coastline and unique Cape Fynbos vegetation which is home to unique bird-life such as African Black Oystercatchers and Cape Sugarbirds amongst others. Climb to the famous Cape Point Lighthouse to capture the magical vistas of False Bay, and stop at the south western most point of Africa - the fabled Cape of Good Hope.

Cape Point lighthouse Cape Point lighthouse

The Cape of Good Hope functioned as something of a beacon for sailors for years and is still widely referred to as ‘The Cape’ by seafarers. Enjoy the breathtaking views from Cape Point Lighthouse and travel to the most South-Western point of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope.

Hout Bay and Chapman Peak Drive Hout Bay and Chapman Peak Drive

Leaving the suburbs of Cape Town the road winds through Hout Bay and up over Chapmans peak for truly stunning views of the coastline. If we're lucky we may even see Southern Right Whales in the waters off-shore from June-November.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Cape Town airport

Flight

Flight from Cape Town to George airport

Days 5-8

The Garden Route

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn

 
Check in to Thorntree House hotel Check in to Thorntree House hotel

Check in to charming Thorntree House hotel, where you will be very comfortable and well placed for making the most of the area's adventurous activities to be had.

Full day caving and abseiling in Oudtshoorn Full day caving and abseiling in Oudtshoorn

Surrounded by the majestic mountains of the Swartberg, Outeniqua, Kammannassie and Gamkaberg ranges, each with their own fascinations, visitors to Oudtshoorn are spoilt for choice when it comes to getting a bit of excitement in nature.
You will find breathtaking waterfalls, rock pools to cool off in, cliffs to abseil down, limestone caves to crawl into, beautiful dams to paddle on and fantastic tracks for quad biking. You will hear the beautiful sounds of the fish eagle or the howl of a jackal.
You'll depart around 9am from your hotel and will head to the first activity which is caving at its extreme. Not for the faint-hearted, you will don headlamps and helmets as you scramble your way, all wet and dirty through the beautiful rock formations in the cave. You’ll break for lunch while you marvel at the majestic surrounds, before heading to the cliffs for your next activity which is abseiling down a 40m high cliff. Experience the exhilarating rush as your certified guide talks you through the descent. You'll return to your hotel in the late afternoon and the evening will be yours to relax and unwind after such a thrilling day.

Days exploring the Garden Route Days exploring the Garden Route

Spend your days exploring one of the Africa's most scenic stretches of coastline, taking in the splendid indigenous forests, bays, beaches, lagoons and charming towns along the way. This part of the Western Cape is also home to a staggering ten nature and marine reserves. Some clients prefer the independence of their own hire vehicle whilst staying here (which we can arrange), or we can organise for private guides and vehicles to take you to the sights.

Bungee jumping at Storms River Bungee jumping at Storms River

Today you will participate in one of the most electrifying experience that the Garden Route has to offer: bungee jumping over Storms River, the highest bungee bridge in the world.

You’ll be collected from your hotel and driven to the beautiful Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve where you’ll come face your fears at the world's highest bungee bridge which spans the Bloukrans River as it flows into the sea. The views are magnificent and the atmosphere electric as you make your way along the suspended walkway to the jump deck. Face Adrenalin operates the highest quality standards in the industry and has been operating since 1993 when they first opened in Victoria Falls.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to George Airport

Flight

Flight from George airport to Durban

Flight

Charter flight from Durban to Phinda Reserve

Days 8-12

Phinda Reserve

Accommodation in Phinda Reserve

Four days on safari and exploring the Phinda Private Game Reserve Four days on safari and exploring the Phinda Private Game Reserve

Arrival at the award winning Phinda Private Game Reserve : 22 000 hectares of pristine wilderness, situated in the lush Maputaland region of northern KwaZulu-Natal. This 'Big Five' reserve encompasses seven distinct habitats, including the rare dry sand forest, which is a preferred habitat of the leopard. The rocky hillside, wooded and floodplain landscape provides ever changing scenery and the chance to see the rarer species, such as the elusive cheetah or the scarce black rhino. Phinda has the highest concentration of privately owned Nyala antelope in the world and with only six remote lodges sharing the reserve, the game experience is personal and exclusive. The reserve offers one of Africa’s finest game viewing experiences and thrilling safari activities which include game drives, nature walks, riverboat cruises, canoe trips and White Rhino tracking.

Full day's excursion to the coast from Phinda Full day's excursion to the coast from Phinda

One of the best features of Phinda is being close to the stunning KwaZulu Natal coastline, a beautiful setting for a half-day beach outing. Soak up the sun, splash in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, relax with a good book, enjoy a picnice lunch, play beach games, take leisurely walks along the shoreline or snorkel alongside Jesser Point, a protected marine reserve.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Transfer from Phinda to Richard's Bay airport

Flight

Flight from Richard's Bay airport to Johannesburg

Days 12-13

Johannesburg

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Johannesburg airport to your hotel in the city

Accommodation in Johannesburg

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from hotel to Johannesburg airport

Flight

Flight from Johannesburg to Livingstone

Days 13-16

Livingstone and Victoria Falls

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Livingstone airport to your hotel or lodge.

Accommodation in Livingstone and Victoria Falls

Three days in Victoria Falls Three days in Victoria Falls

The mighty Victoria Falls rank as one of the most spectacular sites in all of Africa. As the mighty Zambezi river crashes over sheer cliffs onto the rocks below it sprays a cloud of water high into the air. Enjoy a variety of activities in this area (as well as the falls themselves). Speak to your travel designer to find out which suits the best for you.

Full day rafting on the Zambezi River Full day rafting on the Zambezi River

You will be collected from your hotel to begin a full day of adrenalin pumping white water rafting through 21 rapids. This excursion includes lunch in the gorge, in between rapids, and you will return to Livingstone at about 5pm. The rapids on the Zambezi River are officially defined as “Grade 5” by the British Canoe Union. Lower water levels are experienced from August to mid January and higher water levels are seen from mid January to the end of July. A thorough safety briefing takes place before the activity commences and you need to be reasonably fit for this activity in order to cope with the rigors of rafting, as well as the fairly steep walk into and out of the Batoka Gorge.

Half day tour to Livingstone Island and Devils Pool Half day tour to Livingstone Island and Devils Pool

Livingstone island was opened in 1992 to provide exclusive and unique picnics on the edge of the Victoria Falls. It is a protected area that is only allowed a maximum of 16 people on at any one time. The utmost care is taken to protect and preserve the natural habitat of the area. Also the excursion is seasonal and can only be done when the water level of the Zambezi river is low enough to allow safe access to Livingstone Island. This is from approximately early July to early March. What’s more if the water levels permit, you can take a swim in the Devils swimming pool which an amazing and thrilling experience on the very precipitous edge of the falls!

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Transfer from your lodge or hotel to Livingstone airport

Flight

Flight from Livingstone to Johannesburg

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