Africa's Wildlife & The Zulu Kingdom

13

Days

For this tour you will need to book your international flights to arrive in Johannesburg and depart from Johannesburg

Your tour highlights:


  • Pretoria

  • Kruger National Park

  • Panorama Route

  • eSwatini (Swaziland)

  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park

  • Shakaland

  • Lesotho - Sani Pass

  • Giants Castle Game Reserve

Accommodation

destinations on route:


  • 1 Night - Johannesburg

  • 1 Night - Hazyview

  • 2 Nights - Kruger National Park

  • 2 Nights - Hluhluwe

  • 1 Night - Eshowe

  • 2 Nights - Underberg

  • 2 Nights - Giants Castle

Included:


  • Meet & Greet and assistance on arrival at airport

  • Travel Documents:

                       Working itinerary

                       Vouchers

                       Maps

                       Travel directions

  • Tourism levies, taxes, fees & service charges

  • 3 to 4 Star accommodations: 11 Nights

  • 14 Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches & 3 Dinners

  • Conservation fees as per itinerary

  • Vehicle Hire:

                       Contract Fees

                       Unlimited Milage

                       Maximum insurance cover

                       1 x Delivery fee

  • Guided Pretoria city tour

  • Traditional Zulu evening show

  • Lesotho - Sani Pass 4X4 tour

Day 1:


Depart for South Africa on an overnight flight to arrive the next morning. If this is not convenient or you can get a better deal, if you book an earlier flight, then please let us know and we will plan accordingly.


Day 2:


Morning arrival in South Africa. Our representative / guide will be at the airport to meet you and hand over your travel documents (vouchers). From here we depart on a short city tour of Pretoria one of South Africa’s 3 capital cities that was previously the capital of the Old Transvaal Republic. Pretoria is also known as the Jacaranda Capital as there are over 55 000 Jacaranda trees lining the streets. Even though these exotic trees originate from Argentina it is still a spectacular sight to behold when the purple flowers are in full bloom during the months of October and November. The city tour includes a stop at the Union Buildings, where there is a magnificent 9 meter tall bronze plated statue of Mr. Nelson Mandela, as it was here where his body lay in state for three days after his death on 5 December 2013. We then drive via the city centre to Church Square and Paul Kruger House, where this modest man lived whilst serving as President of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (South African Republic), also known as the Transvaal Republic. We then stop at the impressive and symbolic Voortrekker Monument with its inner walls lined with murals that depict the story of the “Voortrekkers” pioneers and their Great Trek. The monument is surrounded by beautiful indigenous gardens and nature reserve. You can also get a bite to eat at the monument café. Afternoon check-in at a charming lodge found on the East Rand. Dinner will be served at the lodge.


Accommodation:  Kempton Park - Johannesburg

Meals:  Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Guided Pretoria city tour


Day 3:


Your hired vehicle will be delivered to the lodge. After breakfast and the collection of your vehicle you travel east to the province of Mpumalanga meaning the “pulling of the sun” or “the land where the sun rises”, also known as “Paradise Country”. You can drive along the “Panorama Route” of the Transvaal Drakensberg Mountains with its breathtaking vistas. Here you can view the imposing Three Rondavels and admire the stunning scenery of the Blyde River Canyon which is one of the deepest in the world. You can also pay a visit to the spectacular Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window. Lunch can be had en-route and dinner will be served at the lodge’s restaurant. Overnight in the beautiful Sabie River Valley.


Accommodation:  Hazyview

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Day 4 & 5:


Depart for the world-renowned Kruger National Park, a national treasure which is known to be the most biodiverse park on earth with 140 mammals, 119 reptiles, 55 amphibians, last recorded 506 bird species and about 1980 plant species. Travel south through Kruger in search for the “Big 5” animals, as well as a host of other animals and wonderful creatures found within their natural habitats. There is no better place in Africa to get closer to nature than to stay within the boundaries of the Kruger National Park. We recommend you book on your arrival at the camp an open vehicle sunset safari for the following day. Dinners can be enjoyed at the camp restaurant or you could cook your own meals at your self-catering chalet. In the evenings, after dinner you could sit around your campfire under an African sky with stars so bright one feels you could reach out and touch them. Listen for any nocturnal visitors, as well the sounds and calls of the wild emanating from the African bush. Overnight in Kruger, undeniably Africa’s finest wildlife reserve.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Kruger National Park

Meals:  Breakfast (Day 4)


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Day 5 - Afternoon open vehicle sunset safari with a park ranger


Day 6 & 7:


Today you travel through eSwatini to Hluhluwe in Zululand. Lunch can be had en-route. eSwatini, previously Swaziland, is known as “The Switzerland of Africa” due to its picturesque beauty. This tiny landlocked country holds within it a contrasting array of ecosystems from towering mountains to low lying savannah plains and endless rain forests found nestled along the mountain and river ravines. Spend the next two days in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. This hilly reserve is the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa and it was once the hunting grounds of Zulu Kings. It has an abundance of wildlife and became famous amongst conservationist for its breeding and protection programs of both the Black & White Rhinos. The next morning is at leisure or you could opt to take an exciting game walk in “Big 5” country with experienced rangers armed with rifles and who have excellent knowledge of the fauna & flora found within the park. You’ll get to learn some fascinating facts about the African bush on this relaxed walk which takes place in the surrounding wilderness area adjacent to your lodge. We recommend you also book on your arrival at the camp an open vehicle sunset safari for the following day. Dinners can be enjoyed at the lodge restaurant or you could cook your own meals at your self-catering chalet. Overnight in the park.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Meals:  Breakfast (Day 7)


Recommended Optional Activities:


  • Day 7 - Morning - An exciting game walk in “Big 5” country

  • Day 7 - Afternoon open vehicle sunset safari with a park ranger


Day 8:


This morning you can take a cruise on the St Lucia estuary, a lake riddled with crocodiles and hippos found within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which is one of South Africa's six UNESCO world heritage sites. Depart after the cruise to Shakaland, a Zulu cultural village. Lunch will be served before you check-in to the hotel. This afternoon there is an included guided tour through the beehive hut and living museum village that was built for the production of the TV series Shaka Zulu; “The last great warrior”. This evening you will witness Zulu hospitality at its best with a traditional Zulu festival. The Zulu people are the largest ethnic group in South Africa and make up twenty percent of the country’s population. They are a proud nation of people who have a rich historical and cultural heritage. Dinner will be served at the hotel. Overnight in “The Heart of Zululand”.


Accommodation:  Eshowe

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Traditional Zulu Evening Show - Singing & Dancing


Day 9:


Depart for the Southern Drakensberg. En-route you could stop in the seaside town of Ballito where you will have some time to stroll on the beach and dip your feet in the warm, dark blue waters of the Indian Ocean. From here you drive to the historical city of Pietermaritzburg and the capital of the province of KwaZulu Natal (The place of the Zulu). Visit the “Church of the Vow” now a museum, a church that was built in His honour after a small party of “Voortrekkers”, under the command of Andries Pretorius, defeated Dingaan’s mighty Zulu army at “The Battle of Blood River” on the 16th December 1838. The last stop for the day would be the village of Howick and the Howick Falls. This impressive waterfall that lies on the Umgeni River has one of the highest single drops in South Africa at 111 meters (364 feet). After this visit you drive to the quaint village of Himeville, with its picturesque tree lined avenues. The village is nestled in a valley at the foothills of the Drakensberg Escarpment, a name given to the eastern region of the Great Escarpment that flows through southern Africa. Lunch can be enjoyed en-route and dinner at the hotel's restaurant.


Accommodation:  Underberg

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 10:


Today you can enjoy an interesting and exciting day out on a guided 4 x 4 trip up the Sani Pass to experience the country of Lesotho. This pass found in the Eastern Highlands of Lesotho is the only entry point into the country from KwaZulu Natal. The pass is also known as the “Roof of Africa”, as it is the highest road in Africa and one of the highest roads in the world. It was a rough mule trail in the early days, where traders brought wool and mohair on donkeys down the pass to Natal in exchange for blankets, clothing and maize meal. This tour to Lesotho includes a drive up Black Mountain to view the summit of Thabana Ntlenyana, which is the highest peak in southern Africa. You will also visit a Basotho village before ending the tour with a drink in the “Highest Pub in Africa”. The pub is situated on the edge of the escarpment at the summit of Sani Pass. From the pub's deck you’ll find, on a clear day, one of the most spectacular views in Africa. Return to your hotel in Underberg where you then have the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner this evening can be had at the hotel's restaurant.


Accommodation:  Underberg

Meals:  Breakfast & Lunch (Packed)


Included Activity:


  • Full day 4 X 4 Sani Pass / Lesotho tour


Day 11 & 12:


After breakfast you travel to Giants Castle Game Reserve and the scenic Central Drakensberg, also known as the “Barrier of Spears”. This region of the berg has some of the highest peaks in southern Africa, including South Africa’s highest mountain, Mafadi which rises to an elevation of 3450 meters (11 320 feet). The berg is also a place where the San (Bushmen) left their life stories in the form of paintings and drawings on the rock and in the caves scattered along the eastern slopes of the mountains. You have this afternoon and the next day at leisure during which time you could visit the Main Cave, a large sandstone cave that boasts one of the biggest and best preserved San rock art painted sites in southern Africa. Or, you could hike one or more of the numerous nature trails found within the park that vary in distance and difficulty. Overnight in the Drakensberg Mountains. All meals can be had at the lodge restaurant or you could cook your own meals at your self-catering chalet.


Accommodation:  Giants Castle

Meals:  Breakfast


Recommended Optional Activity:


  • Guided rock art tour of the Giants Castle Main Cave


Day 13:


After a leisurely morning you travel back to Johannesburg’s O R Tambo International Airport for you to catch your flight home. Drop-off your hired vehicle at the rental agency at the airport.


Accommodation:  None

Meals:  Breakfast