Group Size: Maximum 12 passengers
Departs: Scheduled departures during the year
You will begin your journey with a visit to the Kruger National Park where you will have the opportunity to tick off viewing Africa’s ‘Big Five’ (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo). Experience the thrill of being on safari in one of Africa’s largest game reserves. A visit to the Panorama Route offer you a day of scenic delights. You will visit the highlights of Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels, God’s Window and Blyde River Canyon (the third largest canyon in the world). Cross the border into the landlocked kingdom of Swaziland and make your way to Bulembu and visit the town’s mining museum. Crossing back into South Africa visit the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, St Lucia Wetland Park and the colourful, spicy city of Durban. Durban is known for its African, Indian and colonial influences. Furthermore you will discover the highlands of Lesotho. You will end the tour with a visit to Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape, famed for the Elephants after which the park was named, recent expansion has seen Addo grow to become the third largest of South Africa’s National Parks.
Day 1 - Kruger National Park
Leaving the city of Johannesburg behind you will make your way east through the coalfields of Mpumalanga. Your journey today follows in the footsteps of the old trade routes to the Lowveld and the Kruger National Park. This afternoon there will be an opportunity to join an optional sundowner drive (at own expense), booking is essential and your guide can assist on departure this morning. (D)
Optional Activity: Sundowner drive (subject to availability).
Day 2 - Kruger National Park
Rising early this morning you will enter the Kruger National Park to enjoy a full day of game viewing in open 4X4 vehicles. The abundance of wildlife presents you with opportunities for excellent sightings as Kruger is home to the famed members of Africa’s ‘Big Five’. (BD)
The activity package offers the added excitement of experiencing the park from an open-sided 4X4 vehicle. This evening there is a second opportunity for the optional sundowner drive (at own expense).
Included Activity: Game drive in Nomad vehicle for those not participating in the 4X4 activity package item.
Activity Package: Kruger National Park 4X4 game drive.
Optional Activity: Sundowner drive (subject to availability).
Day 3 - Kruger National Park
While those who elect to do the optional morning walk (at own expense) will have an earlier start, you will set out a little later today and travel the short distance to the Panorama Route. Strung along the escarpment that divides the central plateau and low-lying bushveld of the Kruger, the sights of the Panorama route offers a day of scenic delights. You will visit the highlights of Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and God’s Window before returning to camp in the late afternoon. (BD)
Included Highlight: Panorama Route – Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window.
Optional Activity: Morning bush walk (subject to availability).
Day 4 - Bulembu
Start the day early with some traditional coffee and rusks before setting off through Kruger on your way to Swaziland. Exit the southern end of the park and travel the short distance to the Swaziland border. Your overnight accommodation is nestled at the foot of Mount Emlembe, Swaziland’s highest mountain and this afternoon you will visit the town’s mining museum and take a step back in history to 2001 when the mining company that had built and operated Bulembu for more than 60 years, closed its doors and walked away. (BLD)
Included Activity: Game drive as you exit Kruger National Park (in your Nomad vehicle) and a Bulembu museum visit.
Day 5 - St Lucia
Today you will exit Swaziland and return to South Africa, making your way to the town of St Lucia and continue south into the reaches of Zululand, once the realm of the mighty King Shaka who united the Zulu clans. This evening you will be treated to a cultural experience where you will learn more of the Zulu traditions and language. (BD)
Included Highlight: Zulu Cultural experience.
Day 6 - St Lucia
Early this morning you will set out for a game drive in the nearby Hluhulwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, one of the last strongholds of the endangered rhinoceros. (BD)
The reserve has played a critical role in the preservation of these endangered animals, both black and white rhinoceros occur in the park and many populations owe their ongoing existence to animals that have been raised here. While Rhinoceros are the most famous of the parks inhabitants, the park also provides a home to many other species, including the ‘Big Five’. Returning to your lodging for a siesta, freshen up for an afternoon boat cruise on St Lucia estuary (included in activity package).
Activity Package: Game drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park and St. Lucia boat cruise.
Day 7 - Durban
Durban has long been the favourite holiday destination for South Africans, the golden mile with its warm seas and safe swimming beaches attracts visitors throughout the year. This afternoon you will have time to spend on the beaches of the golden mile. Tonight you will enjoy a dinner out (at own expense) and an opportunity to sample the Indian influenced dishes that have become a hallmark of Durban cuisine. (B)
Optional Activity: Dinner.
Day 8 - Drakensberg
A lazy morning offers the chance for a final swim or stroll along the beach before you leave the coast behind, your destination is the mountains of the Drakensberg. Running the length of the Kwazulu-Natal province, the Ukuhlamba Drakensberg Park is a UNESCO recognised world heritage site. Whether you go by the Zulu name uKhahlamba, meaning ‘barrier of spears’, or the Afrikaans name Drakensberge, meaning ‘dragon mountains’, these towering mountains will be your backdrop for the next two nights. On your way you will make a stop at the scenic Howick Falls and a visit to the nearby site that marked the capture of South Africa’s most famous man. In 1962, police waved down a car on a lonely stretch of road, they arrested Nelson Mandela who would go on to serve 27 years in prison before eventually becoming the president of South Africa in 1994. (BD)
Included Highlight: Visit to the Mandela capture site and Howick Falls.
Day 9 - Drakensberg
Set out this morning for a day of hiking to explore the mountains of the Drakensberg, along the way you will have the opportunity to view examples of San rock art with a local guide. While everyone is encouraged to make the most of the day in the mountains, there are separate options depending on the activity level of the group. (BD)
Included Highlight: Full day hike with your guide in Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park.
Day 10 - Malealea
Your journey today begins with a mountain pass and an opportunity to visit a vulture restaurant where we hope to view these fascinating birds. Your route winds its way through the magnificent cliffs off the Golden Gate National Park before you enter Lesotho in the afternoon, pass the capital city of Maseru and continue the climb to the base high amongst the mountain peaks. (BD)
Included Highlight: Drive through Golden Gate and Vulture Centre visit.
Day 11 - Malealea
The clean air of the mountains accompanies you this morning as you explore the mountains on foot, your hike concludes with a village visit and the opportunity to gain insight into the community that calls these mountains home. The Basotho are famous for their traditional hats, blankets and their sturdy ponies. Basotho ponies are renowned for their surefootedness in the mountains and you have the opportunity of an optional pony trek (at own expense) this afternoon to experience this first-hand. (BD)
Included Highlight: Morning hike and Lesotho Village visit.
Optional Activity: Pony Trekking.
Day 12 - Graaff-Reinet
Returning to South Africa, descend the mountains and take aim across the Great Karoo. The semi-arid Karoo represents the heartland of rural South Africa and presents a stark contrast to the mountains we leave behind. Your overnight stop is set in the historic town of Graaff-Reinet, the fourth oldest town in the country. You will cross the mighty Orange (Gariep) River today as you journey through the vast countryside of the Karoo. This afternoon you will be joined by a local guide who will introduce you to the historical highlights of the town, ending with a sundowner excursion to the Valley of Desolation, this unique valley offers a panoramic view over the town and the wide open plains stretching out below. (BD)
Activity Package: Historical tour including the Valley of Desolation sundowner.
Day 13 - Greater Addo Elephant National Park area
Famed for the elephants after which the park was named, recent expansion has seen Addo grow to become the third largest of South Africa’s National Parks. The unique vegetation of Addo supports and this afternoon you will venture into the park in search of the animals for an afternoon game drive. (BLD)
Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in Addo National Park in the Nomad vehicle.
Day 14 - End of Kruger, Swaziland & Lesotho Tour
This morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to Port Elizabeth where your tour comes to an end on arrival at the Kings Beach Hotel. (B)
Dates and Pricing
- 24 Dec 18 $2,222 $2,491
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.