Kruger & Cape Town Short Break by Plane

11 Days | Explore the wild plains of Kruger National Park and the cosmopolitan streets of rugged Cape Town

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NZD $4,553
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Enjoy an incredible African adventure on this journey from Kruger National Park to Cape Town. Feel the thrill of spotting one (or more) of Africa’s Big Five for the first time on a game drive safari, hear the trumpet of elephants across the plains and learn about the park’s unique ecosystem on a guided walk. Travel to bustling Joburg – a juxtaposing city of mansions and shantytowns – before travelling to the chic streets of Cape Town to learn about the city’s dramatic past. Immerse yourself in the culture, beauty and history of this astonishing region and sample a few glasses on regional wine along the way.

Trip overview

Map of Kruger & Cape Town Short Break By Plane including South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa
Short breaks, Wildlife
South Africa
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Min 6
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
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This trip generates 131.45 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Experience a private game reserve in an open top 4WD vehicle, the best way to safari in South Africa!
  • Try to spot the Big Five in Kruger National Park on two full day game drives, giving you the best chance to see as much wildlife as possible in their natural habitat.
  • Enjoy traditional South African cuisine while dining under the stars.
  • Take in the beauty of Cape Town's coast while driving along the Cape Peninsula via Cape Point Nature Reserve and the Cape of Good Hope.
  • Sample the best wines in the Winelands region with a full day touring the estates, sampling artisanal cheeses, chocolates and wines.

Is this trip right for you?
  • On Short Break Adventures, you maintain a good level of independence and freedom, with the added bonus of having the details sorted out for you. You’ll have lots of free time and you won’t be accompanied by a trip leader. This means that all included activities and tours will be run by different local Intrepid partners, and these may operate independently from each other. The included activities and transfers will operate on a join-in basis, which means that you could have your adventure all to yourself, or others may join you along the way. If you'd prefer to travel in a group with a dedicated leader, just get in touch with your booking agent and they will take you through some alternatives.
  • This itinerary starts in Johannesburg and includes 2 long travel days to and from Greater Kruger National Park.
  • Your lodge in the Greater Kruger Park ecosystem is about a 50 minute drive to Kruger National Park’s Orpen Gate. On this trip, you'll have Game Drives in both the Kruger National Park and neighbouring Private Game Reserves.
  • The transport to and from Kruger National Park will be in a 13-seater minivan. This is a shuttle service that departs daily. You may be sharing this shuttle ride with other travellers booked on different trips and itineraries to you.
  • As the early bird catches the worm, the early camper sights the animals. There will be many early starts either to make use of the better safari time or to beat the morning traffic on long travel days.
  • Regardless of where you stay, power cuts and breaks in hot water are sometimes unavoidable, as in any developing country. In particular, South Africa suffers from load-shedding: rolling blackouts that are engineered specifically to share out available power in the region.


Map of Kruger & Cape Town Short Break By Plane including South Africa



10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners


4x4 safari vehicle, Van, Plane


Hotel (6 nights), Lodge (4 nights)

  • Private Game Reserve - 4x4 Game Drive
  • Kruger National Park - Full Day 4X4 Game Drive
  • Kruger Lodge Reserve - Morning Nature Walk
  • Cape Town - Morning Historic Walking Tour
  • Cape Town - Afternoon Cape Peninsula Tour
  • Cape Winelands Tour- Stellenbosch, Franschoek and Paarl
Add on activities
  • Kruger National Park - Day trip - ZAR1950
  • Private Game Reserve - Big 5 game drive - ZAR1200
  • Panorama Route - Day trip - ZAR1550

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Important notes

1. This trip departs between 5.30am and 6:30am on Day 1 so it is essential that you overnight in Johannesburg the day before the tour.

2. You will be picked up between 5.30am and 6.30 am on Day 1 of this itinerary. Our preferred Joining Point Hotel is the Holiday Inn Rosebank and pick up time if 6.00 am. If you require a pick up from another Rosebank area hotel only, please advise your booking agent at least 14 days prior to departure. Our local operations team will advise the relevant Hotel reception of the exact pick up time 24 hours prior to pick up.

3. This trip is a combination of Intrepid's Short Break Adventures and you will not be accompanied by a tour leader. You will have local guides at the Lodge in Kruger and in Cape Town for your activities.

4. This is one of our Short Breaks and is slightly different to our group tours. There is no group leader but rather a local guide in Kruger and in Cape Town with the idea being that you maintain a level of independence during down time.

5. This trip includes an internal flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town on Day 6 and the flight will only be confirmed with full payment. Flights are non-refundable and non-changeable.

6. Please note this is a join in adventure and you will travel with a group of like minded Intrepid and non Intrepid passengers during transfers and game drives.

7. Flights will only be booked once full payment is received. At that time any changes or cancellations will incur fees. Flights are non-refundable and non-changeable. Maximum checked baggage is 20 kilos.

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3.7 out of 5 based on 3 reviews submitted.
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Christine · Traveled May 2023
Overall, recommend the destinations and activities (game drives, Canyon boat tour, Cape Town tours). But I'd recommend booking directly with hotels and tour guides and take out Intrepid - the non-responsive middleman. With 4 free days and 2 travel days on an 11-day trip, didn't get much value from using Intrepid vs. if I planned/booked things myself. Was extremely disappointed with lack of info, ie. which Kruger hotel we'd stay at, time of transports, Joburg to Cape Town flight info, etc. Didn't get a detailed itinerary with times until AFTER the trip started and I had made numerous requests. Game drives were great, but went to Satara rest stop three times in two days, would be nice to see a different area of Kruger Park. Day 4 Panorama route was not an option, but the Blyde Canyon boat tour was great! On Day 5 drive we did stop at Three Rondavels View Point. In Cape Town, had a 1-hour driving tour of the city, but not a 3-hour walking tour.
Review submitted 14 Jun 2023

Allison · Traveled October 2022
First time using Intrepid absolutely fantastic trip went without a hitch. I have Already recommended them to friends and family. Special mention to Tanya our safari lodge Manager, John our Ranger, and Khadija Kahn our excellent guide in Cape Town we learnt so much about South Africa as well as having a laugh it made our trip thank you
Review submitted 20 Nov 2022

Christina · Traveled July 2022
This was a great trip! Intrepid chose wonderful hotels and locations which made me feel really comfortable in each city. Our safari lodge & game drives with our guide, Harrison, were certainly the highlight - an amazing experience! For some reason, we didn't get to go on the 3 hour walking tour of Cape Town, which I would have enjoyed. Otherwise, a fun itinerary & great execution!
Review submitted 03 Aug 2022
Kruger & Cape Town Short Break by Plane
NZD $4,553