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

ZAR 41 695,00

Per Person Sharing / Single Supplement Applies

Price excludes international flights

Your tour highlights:


  • Pretoria City Tour

  • Kruger National Park

  • Panorama Route

  • eSwatini (Swaziland)

  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park

  • Shakaland

  • Lesotho - Sani Pass 4 X 4 Tour

  • 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” on arrival at the airport

  • Tourism levies, taxes, fees & service charges

  • 3 to 4 Star accommodations: 11 Nights

  • 24 Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches & 11 Dinners

  • Porterage at airports & hotels

  • All local transfers & transport

  • Professional English-speaking guide

  • Conservation & entrance fees per itinerary

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:


Your guide will meet you upon your morning arrival in Johannesburg at O R Tambo International Airport. 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. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening with fellow travellers and your local accredited guide who will also be the tour manager.


Accommodation:  Kempton Park - Johannesburg

Meals:  Dinner



Day 3:


Today we 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”. We 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. We 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 to continue your search for the “Big 5” animals, as well as a host of other animals and wonderful creatures found within their natural habitats. Dinner on the first night will be served as a traditional “potjie” stew and the next night as a “braai” barbeque. Both meals will be prepared by your guide and cooked over an open fire, where after you can then relax with a drink around the campfire. There is no better place in Africa to get closer to nature than to stay within the boundaries of the Kruger National Park. Listen for any nocturnal visitors and even reminisce with your fellow travellers on all that you would have already seen on this safari. We are sure your guide would also be itching to tell you a couple of stories about the bygone days of Kruger when pioneers and outlaws explored, hunted and even settled in the harsh territory of the Eastern Transvaal. Overnight in Kruger, undeniably Africa’s finest wildlife reserve.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Kruger National Park

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Included Activity:


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



Day 6 & 7:


Today we 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. Included this afternoon is an open vehicle sunset safari with a park ranger. Dinners will be served at the lodge restaurant. Overnight in the park.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Included Activity:


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


Optional Activity:


  • An exciting game walk in “Big 5” country



Day 8:


This morning we 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 we’ll 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 we 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 will 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 we 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 will be served at the hotel's restaurant.


Accommodation:  Underberg

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner



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. We 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 will be served at the hotel's restaurant.


Accommodation:  Underberg

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch (Packed) & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Full day 4 X 4 Sani Pass / Lesotho tour



Day 11 & 12:


After breakfast we 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. Dinners are included with your stay.


Accommodation:  Giants Castle

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Optional Activity:


  • Guided rock art tour of the Giants Castle Main Cave



Day 13:


After a leisurely morning we travel to Johannesburg’s O R Tambo International Airport for you to catch your flight home.


Accommodation:  None

Meals:  Breakfast