Overnight: The accommodation throughout this classic journey is of 3 to 4 star style and are chosen not only for their service and comfort level but also for their wonderful locations and experiences available. All rooms have private en suite facilities. The lodge in Swaziland has individual chalets with open sides (insect nets provided).
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 9 dinners are included. All of which are provided by the lodges at which we are staying. Due to travel arrangements or game viewing activities, some of the included lunches will be picnic lunches. Where meals are not included there will be an opportunity to buy a meal en route or at the restaurant in the evening.
Transport: For the majority of this safari you travel in our safari truck with 12 seats; or (on 30% of tours) Mercedes Sprinter bus with 12 forward facing seats and air conditioning. The game drives in Hluhluwe will be in the tour vehicle, with large sliding windows and for the game drives in the Kruger private reserve and Swaziland we use open sided 4WD vehicles with local guides.
Non participation: This is an adventure tour, and as such please expect to get involved. Where there are porters, they’ll help you, otherwise you’ll need to carry your own bag. Included meals are all lodge provided. If you have a particular interest, please let your safari leader know, and he/she will endeavor to make your journey more rewarding. Your holiday time is exclusively yours to enjoy your safari and get the most from your travel experience.
Day 1 – 2: KRUGER PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
Our safari gets underway early in the morning as we head northeast towards the Greater Kruger National Park and our tented lodge on a private game reserve. Our camp is on the banks of the Greater Letaba River.
Our days are spent either on foot where we get to explore the reserve on game walks or on open 4wd game drives that get us closer to the wildlife. Excellent opportunities for spotting elephant, buffalo and giraffe. An afternoon watching the animals come down to drink at the river will leave you with lasting memories and excellent photos.
Includes: 2x game drives and 2 x game walks
Overnight: Mtomeni Lodge - twin bed chalet en suite. There is no electricity, the camp operates on solar
power. WiFi not available
Distance/time: 530kms, ± 7 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing, breakfast & lunch
Day 3: MPUMALANGA
The panorama route runs south along the escarpment, an area of beautiful indigenous forests, plantations, waterfalls and canyons which offer spectacular views. We visit the potholes created by the confluence of two rivers of Bourke’s Luck potholes and enjoy the views from Gods Window and over the second largest canyon in Africa the Blyde River Canyon as well as short walks to explore some of the forests and waterfalls.
Includes: Entrance fees to Blyde River Canyon, Bourkes Luck Potholes, Mac Mac Falls & Gods Window
Overnight: Gecko Lodge – Twin en-suite rooms. Restaurant & pool. WiFi not available
Distance/time: 280kms, ± 4 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing, breakfast & lunch and any game drives
Day 4 – 5: SWAZILAND
The kingdom of Swaziland is nestled in the low veld, surrounded by South Africa and Mozambique. Protected by mountains in the east and northern parts it also has lush subtropical landscapes. Its cultural heritage is still evident in its ceremonies and traditional markets.
We cross the border in the northern part and head south to our private game reserve where we will spend the next two days. Exciting open vehicles game drives in search of rhino, buffalo and elephant, and excellent opportunities for game walks and bird watching. Our luxurious open fronted stone cottages comfort us as we fall asleep to the sounds of the African bush.
Includes: 2 x game walks and game drives
Overnight: Stone Camp Mkaya Game Reserve - mountain chalets en-suite facilities. WiFi not available, no electricity
Distance/time: 400kms, ± 6½ hours, excluding border formalities & stops for sightseeing etc
Day 6 – 8: ZULULAND
Our journey continues south as we leave Swaziland behind and enter South Africa. We head into the heart of Zululand to our lodge situated near Hluhluwe Game Reserve. Our days in Zululand will be filled with a full day game drive in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve in search of the big 5 an interesting cultural visit to a local Zulu village where we learn some of the history and culture of these proud people. A game walk gets us closer to the small game and our
local guides knowledge of tracks and signs will keep us enthralled.
Includes: Entrance fees to Isimangaliso Lake St Lucia & Hluhluwe Game Reserve, cultural village visit
Overnight: Falaza Lodge - twin tented room en suite. Swimming pool, bar & restaurant. Free WiFi in office & pool area
Distance/time: 250kms, ± 4 hours, excluding border formalities, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch and game drives in Hluhluwe Game Reserve
Optional Activities: Boat cruise, kayaking
Day 9: ZULULAND BATTLEFIELDS
We head east through the rolling hills of Zululand, towards the small town of Dundee and our next historical stop, the battlefields where the British, Zulus and the Boer commandos clashed. We visit the Talana museum, and and the
battlefields of Islandlwana and Roukes drift before we settle into our lodge. Our guides will entertain us with fascinating stories of war and survival at our dinner tonight.
Includes: Visit to Roukes Drift, and Islandwana battlefields, entrance to Tulana Museum
Overnight: Rorke’s Drift Lodge - twin share chalet with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. Free WiFi in reception
Distance/time: 350kms, ± 4.5 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch
Day 10 - 11: DRAKENSBERG MOUNTAINS
The world heritage site of the Drakensberg or “dragon mountains” rises up 3000m above the coastal plains forming the escarpment. A beautiful barrier of deep valleys, mountain streams and craggy peaks. We head towards the Cathedral Peak area where we spend two days on walks through the foothills, admiring the fauna and flora found in this area.
Includes: Entrance fees to sentinel peak mountain walk.
Overnight: KZNWildlife Didima – twin en-suite chalet. Restaurant & bar. WiFi not available
Distance/time: 290 kms, ± 4 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch
Day 12: JOHANNESBURG – TOUR ENDS
We take a short walk in the morning enjoying the fresh mountain air before we make our way back to Johannesburg. Relaxed and ready to rejoin life.
Distance/time: 360kms, ± 5 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch
Please note: we do a free drop off at Johannesburg airport on day 12 at 17:00pm so you can book your flight out for the last day of tour. The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only, and subject to local road conditions and photo stops! The accommodation specified above and in the itinerary, is a guide only and is subject to availability. Alternatives will be of a similar standard, and accommodation changes will be made without notice.