Brazilian Adventure

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Travel with Elsa to Manaus, Brazil, to uncover the mysteries of the Amazon named after the women warriors depicted in Greek mythology since the local tribeswomen acted as warriors as well. Find out why Manaus was called the ‘Paris of the Jungle’ in the late 1900’s and enjoy touring the colorful Opera house and perhaps attend a performance.

Board a cruise on the mighty Rio Negro, a trajectory of the Amazon to explore the basin. Listen to the sounds of the exotic animal and birdlife of the Amazon rainforest and try your hand at catching a toothy piranha!

Enjoy vibrant Rio de Janeiro and eat at Copacabana beach. Get ready to samba with the locals and enjoy a Brazilian churrascaria. Ascend Corcovado Hill on the ingenious cog railway to get a close view of the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer and ascend Sugar Loaf Mountain for wonderful views of the city.

 Elsa will take you on a jungle train ride or hike the area to take in stunning views of the hundreds of cascades of the Iguassu Falls on the border of Brazil and Argentina.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Cape Town

Upon your arrival into Cape Town, you will be welcomed at the door of your aircraft with your name on a paging board. Your greeter will assist you with all your needs, as well as, direct you through immigration, baggage collection, and customs. You will then be shown to your onward flight, or to your awaiting transfer vehicle. Should you be collecting a rental car, you will be taken to the vehicle rental collection office.

Upon arrival, you will receive all of the necessary documents for your trip which contains a detailed personalized itinerary with pick up and drop off times. Your document package includes (not limited too) a Kensington Tours branded envelope consisting of a summary itinerary, e-tickets, and a map.

A private transfer travelling between the airport and your hotel (or vice-versa) is provided.

Accommodation: Abbey Manor Guest HouseOverlooking Table Bay and the beautiful city of Cape Town, Abbey Manor is ideally situated on the slopes of Table Mountain. Its ideal location is only minutes away from downtown, the waterfront, the beaches, Camps Bay and the Cape Town International Conference Centre. Each room is individually furnished to offer a romantic and tranquil atmosphere, with breathtaking and dramatic views of either the city or the surrounding mountains. Built in 1905, using an arts-and-crafts style, Abbey Manor has been fully renovated to ensure the greatest level of comfort.  Guests can enjoy a gourmet breakfast in the comfortable dining area or on the verandah.  The pool offers a refreshing option following a day of exploration, and the various lounge areas provide a peaceful resting post to reflect and refocus.

Abbey Manor & Table Mountain
Abbey Manor & Table Mountain

Day 2: Cape Town

Today you will be met by your guide to begin a half day of exploration around Cape Town, known affectionately as the “Mother City.” During your tour, you will visit the Houses of Parliament and the Castle, which was constructed between 1666 and 1679 and is recognized as South Africa’s oldest building. Furthermore, your tour will take you to the Company Gardens and the lively Greenmarket Square that hosts an exciting daily market. Finally, you will visit Table Mountain which will offer spectacular views over the city and Peninsula (cable car fee is not included as it is weather dependent). On your descent, you will stop at the Bo Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community featuring elegant cobbled streets and brightly colored houses. From here you have the choice of being dropped off at the Waterfront to experience this vibrant location on your own, which consists of many shops, restaurants, and pubs – or at your hotel to end the tour.
*Table Mountain Cableway will be closed for annual maintenance from 25 July to 7 August.*

Accommodation: Abbey Manor Guest House

Cape Town
Cape Town

Day 3: Cape Town

Today you embark on a full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula. You will experience the breathtaking beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, before crossing over to Hout Bay. From here you drive to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most astonishing coastal drives, where you will board a funicular to the top of the Peninsula. Here you will witness the illustrative meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans with spectacular views over False Bay. Enjoy lunch near here (not included – own account) before proceeding to Simonstown, and the naval base.  A visit to the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach will provide a diverse wildlife viewing encounter. While en route back you will have the opportunity to stop at the world renowned Kirstenbosch Gardens before returning to your hotel.

Accommodation: Abbey Manor Guest House

Penguins
Penguins

Day 4: Cape Town – Hoedspruit – Kruger

A private transfer travelling between the airport and your hotel (or vice-versa) is provided.

Travel today between Cape Town and Hoedspruit via Johannesburg.

Luggage restrictions applicable to this flight: The general free allowance is 20Kg in Economy Class. 90cm x 72cm x 45cm (including handle, wheels and pockets) total dimensions 207cm.

Hand luggage: One bag allowed in addition to one slim-line laptop bag. No bag should exceed 56cm x 36cm x 23cm (total dimensions of 115 cm including handles and wheels) weighing not more than 7Kgs.

At no time may a bag be accepted heavier than 32kg, this must either be repacked or be shipped as Cargo.

Enjoy scenic views while aboard your private vehicle transfer from Hoedspruit Airport to Garonga in Kruger. The approximate travel time is 1.5 hours.

This afternoon you will meet up with other guests at the lodge and embark on your afternoon game drive. Sunrise and sunset are when the animals are most active. The Greater Kruger Area feature some of the largest Private Game Reserves in Africa.  Although in proximity to the Kruger National Park, game drives do not take place within the confines of the National Park grounds. Spanning across the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, the Greater Kruger Area covers nearly 2 million hectares of land. Today, you will be escorted out into the Private Game Reserves for a few hours before returning to the lodge to freshen up for dinner.

Accommodation: Garonga Safari CampGaronga Safari Camp is an exclusive 12-bed camp that lies among the 22,000 hectares of the greater Makalali Conservancy, situated just west of the Kruger National Park. This unassuming sanctuary promises an intimate wildlife encounter in an unhurried environment where you can unwind, sleep deeply, and be yourself. The accommodation reflects the surroundings of the bush’s textured earthy colors. Clean lines have been incorporated with fine linen to ensure pure comfort and a tempting place to lie and meditate for hours on end. Garonga’s holistic philosophy is to offer a safari for the soul, an unhurried and intimate wildlife encounter, a time to reflect and find inspiration in nature. You can try every activity offered, or you can simply do nothing at all, lazing in a hammock with a good book while watching the grazing impala.

Kruger
Kruger
Garonga Safari Camp
Garonga Safari Camp

Day 5: Kruger

Before first light, you will meet up with other guests at the lodge and begin your early morning game drive. Enjoy the tranquility of a stunning sunrise over the unspoiled bush. Many species are still active in the early morning before the heat of the day sets in. With any luck, you will spot some of the resident predators enjoying the spoils from their hunt the night before. You will be out in the Private Game Reserve for a few hours before returning to the lodge for breakfast.

After lunch, you will continue your day with an afternoon game drive in one of the Greater Kruger Area Private Game Reserves. The late afternoon hours are productive times for game viewing as the day begins to cool, ensuring further animal movement. Watch as a massive, lumbering hippo emerges from the water to snack on nearby grasses. Observe the predators begin their nightly hunt as grazers peacefully occupy the plains. You will be out on the reserve for a few hours before returning to the lodge to refresh before dinner.

Accommodation: Garonga Safari Camp

Hotels

Abbey Manor Guest House: Cape Town

Overlooking Table Bay and the beautiful city of Cape Town, Abbey Manor is ideally situated on the slopes of Table Mountain. Its ideal location is only minutes away from downtown, the waterfront, the beaches, Camps Bay and the Cape Town International Conference Centre. Each room is individually furnished to offer a romantic and tranquil atmosphere, with breathtaking and dramatic views of either the city or the surrounding mountains. Built in 1905, using an arts-and-crafts style, Abbey Manor has been fully renovated to ensure the greatest level of comfort.  Guests can enjoy a gourmet breakfast in the comfortable dining area or on the verandah.  The pool offers a refreshing option following a day of exploration, and the various lounge areas provide a peaceful resting post to reflect and refocus.

Abbey Manor & Table Mountain
Abbey Manor & Table Mountain

Garonga Safari Camp: Kruger

Garonga Safari Camp is an exclusive 12-bed camp that lies among the 22,000 hectares of the greater Makalali Conservancy, situated just west of the Kruger National Park. This unassuming sanctuary promises an intimate wildlife encounter in an unhurried environment where you can unwind, sleep deeply, and be yourself. The accommodation reflects the surroundings of the bush’s textured earthy colors. Clean lines have been incorporated with fine linen to ensure pure comfort and a tempting place to lie and meditate for hours on end. Garonga’s holistic philosophy is to offer a safari for the soul, an unhurried and intimate wildlife encounter, a time to reflect and find inspiration in nature. You can try every activity offered, or you can simply do nothing at all, lazing in a hammock with a good book while watching the grazing impala.

Garonga Safari Camp
Garonga Safari Camp
Garonga - inspired by nature
Garonga – inspired by nature

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