South Africa Safari – 18 Days (TA 18)

A comprehensive camping or accommodated South Africa tour.

Our South Africa safari offers spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, diverse cultures and first world facilities; topped with a stunningly mild climate.

These qualities, as well as our warm smiles, make it an adventure destination not to be missed. A country with over 3,000 kilometres of unspoiled coastline, boasting contrasting landscapes that vary from searing hot desert to snow-capped peaks, and diverse cultures, from the primitive Bushman to the most Western cities. We take in the highlights, but explore the hidden locations in the great outdoors too. Overnight stops are specially chosen for their unique and beautiful settings as well as their high standards of service. Join us on a truly in-depth tour of South Africa!

Kruger National Park Tour best leopard picture , leoperd photo, panthera pardus

Leopard approaching, in the Kruger National Park, South Africa
Tour Fare 2017
R 48 500 per person based on a group of 4 sharing                                                                                                                                     TripAdvisor

 

Day 1 – Cape Town to Oudtshoorn

We head inland from Cape Town to the Klein Karoo. Here we pay a visit to the famous Cango Caves. We also visit the Cango Ranch where you can be photographed with baby big cats! As an optional activity (if time permits) you can visit an Ostrich Farm (and enjoy the unique experience of riding an ostrich).
Accommodation: Guest House or B&B
Meals: B L
Day 2 – Knynsa
A short drive takes us to the beautiful coastal town of Knysna. Optional activities available. Dinner cruise on the Lagoon included.
Accommodation: Guest House or B&B
Meals: B D
Day 3 – Tsitsikamma National Park
We head to the coast and continue along the Garden Route to Tsitsikamma. After sightseeing in Knysna we enjoy lunch at the Elephant park, where you have the opportunity to feed and touch these majestic, yet gentle beasts. In the afternoon we visit either Monkeyland or Birds of Eden. We will be staying in seafront forest cabins (when available), truly spectacular! There are many activities here, including Canopy tours, boat rides and hiking.
Accommodation: Forest Cabin
Meals: BD
Day 4 – Addo & Schotia
We continue along the coast. After lunch we hand you over to the Schotia Private Reserve. Here you have a great opportunity to see lions, rhino, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra and many other animals, some not found in Addo.
Accommodation: Chalet, Bungalow
Meals: BD
Day 5 – Addo to Hogsback
On Day 5 of the journey we meander  inland into the mountainous Hogsback region, allegedly the inspiration for J R R Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The scenery is magnificent and there is lots of hiking to be done, ranging from gentle walks in the forest to more energetic hikes!
Accommodation: Private Cottage
Meals: B
Day 6 & 7 – Coffee Bay
We will spend the next 2 days on the Wild Coast, previously known as Transkei, which was a homeland during the apartheid era. It is an amazing expanse of villages in quite hilly areas, very interesting to see. There is a beach where we will be staying if you just want to chill for a few days. For the more active you can take surfing lessons, or visit a tribal village (genuine and unmissable experience) and much more.
Accommodation: Rondavels
Meals: Day 6: B D, Day 8: B
Day 8 – Durban / Umhlanga
We will spend the afternoon and evening exploring the sights and sounds of Durban and the surrounding areas.
Accommodation: Private Cottage / B&B
Meals: B
Day 9 – Zululand / Eshowe
A short drive through the mountains takes us into the heart of Zululand. We will stop at a famous battle site on the way. The late afternoon and evening are spent at Shakaland where you will be entertained by dancers and learn about various African cultures.
Accommodation: B&B in Eshowe area (Upgradeable to Protea Hotel)
Meals: B D
Day 10 & 11 – St Lucia
St Lucia Greater Wetland area is a world heritage site, and is fabulous. Here you have a great chance to see hippos, rhino and much more. A late afternoon boat ride on the estuary is included on one of the two days here. There is also a stunning, vast beach. The sea here is very warm and pleasant.
Accommodation: Guesthouse or B&B
Meals: B
Day 12 – Swaziland
The journey through Swaziland is a highlight on its own, it is stunning. We will stay in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, home to many tame animals. They have no predators here like lions etc, so the animals roam free and undisturbed. In the evening we will enjoy traditional Swazi dancing (available most nights).
Accommodation: Traditional Swazi Hut
Meals: B L
Day 13, 14 & 15 – Kruger National Park
We depart early to reach the gates of one of Africa’s greatest National Parks. The camps in the park all have excellent facilities. The tourist shop caters for all your basic needs, including camera accessories, snacks and gifts etc. There are lovely swimming pools to relax at during the heat of the day, when the majority of the animal life is resting in shady areas out of sight. These 3 days are spent inside the borders of the National Park, with experienced guides who are happy to share their wealth of knowledge on the wildlife of Africa.
The evenings are spent in a truly unforgettable fashion around a campfire, listening to the night sounds of wild Africa, as your hosts prepare traditional South African meals on the open fire. We will do at least 2 extended game drives a day, looking out for the Big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo), as well as a multitude of other animals. All game drives in Kruger National Park are experienced in our air-conditioned luxury minivan, and 1 night-drive in an open safari vehicle. Originally proclaimed as a National Park in 1898, the park today measures some 380km in length, and is approx. 60km wide. A varied geological substructure supports an intricately interwoven rich variety of vegetation, animal and bird life.
Accommodation: Self-catering Chalets
Meals: BD
Day 16 – Hoedspruit
After an early morning game drive we leave the park via the Orpen Gate. We then visit the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre.
Accommodation: Bungalows
Meals: B
Day 17 – Blyde River Canyon
We spend a full day exploring all the natural wonders of the surrounding area: God’s Window, Bourke’s Potholes, waterfalls and the spectacular Blyde River Canyon. There are optional activities for the adventurous including a gorge swing and zip line.
Accommodation: Bungalows
Meals: B
Day 18 – Johannesburg
We depart after breakfast and head for Pretoria. The drive from Pilgrims Rest to Pretoria is roughly 4hrs and after stopping en route we meander through the purple streets of Pretoria; passing the houses of Parliament and local monuments. Then onto Johannesburg where your guide will drop you off at your overnight accommodation.
Accommodation: B&B
Meals: B
Tour Fare 2017
R 48  500  per person based on a group of 4 sharing; all subject to availability
Mixture of camping and accommodation also avaiable, please enquire for rates.
This tour can be run in reverse.

 

Included
Transport, accommodation, meals as indicated on the itinerary, qualified guide, activities as described on the itinerary, all park entry fees, Cango Caves, Knysna Elephant Park,  Monkeyland or Birds of Eden, Cango Ranch (photos with the baby cheetahs not included) entrance to Bourke’s Potholes, Pilgrim’s Rest and other Blyde River Canyon activities, all transfers.
Excluded
Visas, optional activities, items of a personal nature, gratuities, personal travel insurance.


Food on Tour
All food on tour (with the exception of restaurant evenings), will be prepared by your guides.
Breakfast consists of fruit, a selection of cereals, toast and jams, yoghurts, cheese, cold meats and fruit juice, with tea and coffee readily available. Every other day we will prepare a cooked breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage or similar.
Lunch consists of sandwiches, cold meats and cheese, and a selection of salads.
Depending on the location at the time (and weather) dinner is usually prepared around the fire.
Typical menus include a “Braai” – chops, wors (tratitional South African sausage), baked potatoes, baked onions and a mixed salad, “Potjie” – Traditional South Africa stew cooked in a large iron pot over coals, oriental stir fry and butternut squash stuffed with vegetables and mozzarella cheese on the braai…
We do cater for vegetarians but please let us know in advance so that we can plan a suitable menu for you.
If you have any special food requirements or allergies then also let us know well in advance so we can make the necessary arrangements.
We pride ourselves on the quality of our food, and are constantly striving to create new exciting menu choices for you.

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