Africa is the last continent to host wildlife in all its majesty, in its natural environment. This in itself is enough reason to visit the continent at least once in a lifetime; to experience places untouched in their primeval glory.
From the Big Five to the smallest animals, taking time out in the bush to view these magnificent creatures is a trip all on its own.
The tour begins in Johannesburg and takes 28 days to travel slowly through the wilder parts of South Africa. You will visit various wilderness areas that each offer unique experiences with a chance to view many of the fauna that these different experiences offer, finally ending in the the city of Cape Town
from €4099 per person
2017 rates (14% VAT inclusive)
Arrive in Johannesburg (flight for own expense), be welcomed and taken to your hotel.
On the tour starting day, take breakfast at your hotel and we will have a pre-tour briefing before we set off; the plan, signing of indemnity forms, checking baggage etc.
Leaving Johannesburg, drive down into the lowveld and onwards to the world-famous Kruger National Park, a game drive én route to camp, checking in, settling into accommodation (safari tents/bungalows). We have a fixed dinner time, and instructions for the next day.
Spending 5 nights in the Kruger Park, travelling slowly south by game drive as we explore the varied landscapes of this incredible national park. For the most part, each day will consist of morning and evening drives included in the trip. You will also have the option to go on night drives and game walks (at your own expense as we don't have the permission to conduct these ourselves), a great activity and highly recommended!
(Opportunity to see the Big Five, various antelope species, and incredible birdlife. Kruger Park has remained a relatively untouched wilderness where the full majesty of wildlife in South Africa can be experienced)
Leaving KNP, we travel down into the neighbouring country Swaziland, known for its natural beauty, friendly people, and large swathes of sugar cane plantations.
We stay two nights at Hlane Game Reserve, an initiative supported by the King, and containing different landscapes to Kruger, with a more rustic feel to it.
(Further opportunity to see the Big Five and antelope species)
Leaving Swaziland, we travel south into another of the premier wildlife destinations, Mkhuze Game Reserve. In the heart of rural Zululand, spend two nights at Mkhuze doing game drives, bird hides, and a camp.
(Elephant, Rhino, various antelope species, and special sightings of Bush Babies and a variety of different birdlife can be hoped for)
From Mkhuze, we travel further south into Zululand to visit one of Africa's oldest Game Resesrves, Hluhluwe/iMfolozi Game Reserve. Her we spend three nights on a wilderness trail in the wilderness area of iMfolozi, where 30 000ha of pristine wilderness area can be explored on foot, with two local, armed guides. This is undoubtedly one of the best wilderness experiences one can have, searching for the Big 5 and other fascinating aspects of the wilderness, before setting up camp under the stars. We carry light packs with our essentials, and the guides take care of cooking and camp chores. The only participation is to spend one hour in the night tending to the fire on watch, a fantastic experience in itself. One of primeval significance.
Heading back inland, we travel to the world-famous Drakensberg mountains for a different scenic experience. Spending two nights at the foot of the hills, we take hiking trips, that require a medium level of walking fitness, up into the mountains to spot species unique to this area (vultures, duiker, klipspringer) and visit thousand-year old Bushmen paintings. We are ideally placed centrally in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park to visit a variety of optional activities around, such as trout fishing, 4x4 trips onto the summit, horse-riding trips and more.
From the Drakensberg, we travel around Lesotho through the Golden Gate National Park, as a scenic drive on our way into the Karoo area. Mountain Zebra, Eland, Black Wildebeest are several unique species that can be spotted.
Leaving Golden Gate and the mountains, we travel inland through the grasslands of the Free State and into the beginnings of the vast Karoo.
Two nights at Mountain Zebra National Park begin the journey into the Karoo. A very ancient and different landscape, game is very different (Eland, Gemsbok, Buffalo, Caracal, Ostrich) and the night skies are something to behold. The silence of the place will take your breath away.
Two nights at Karoo National Park. Driving trails along the mountains hopefully spotting bat-eared foxes, Cape Foxes, Kudu. In addition the Karoo holds an incredible history of fossils over millions of years, showing a part of the ancestory that gave rise to our modern wildlife.
We move further off the beaten track, spending three nights at Gamkakloof. Incredible scenic drives and passes, plenty of baboon, arid game, set on a large dam for activities. Many photo opportunities and a chance to witness how vast South Africa really is and how much of the land still borders the unknown in our modern age.
Leaving the Karoo, we travel through magnificent passes that lead us down into the southern Cape, a region renowned for one of the six flora kingdoms of the world, Fynbos. With the unique Mediterranean climate, Fynbos hosts hundreds of endemic plant species and associated wildlife (Rhebok, duiker, more baboons, and numerous bird and reptile species).
We spend three nights at Garden Route National Park. Visit indigenous forests containing magnificent trees, and possibly forest game, such as the highly elusive and mysterious Knysna Elephant (a possible sub-species of the ubiquitous Savanah/African Elephant). Stay right on the coast, hiking along trails to view the magnificent scenery and attempt to spot whales and dolphins (in season).
We travel down to Cape Town to end the tour by spending three nights in this world-famous tourist hub. We get the chance to visit Cape Point, at the tip of the peninsula, where game is plentiful (ostriches, eland, baboons and more baboons!), as well as coastal birdlife and magnificent views out onto the ocean. We visit a stretch of coast well known as the nesting site of African Penguins, as well as take a boat trip off the coast to view the marine life (such as seals and the Great White Shark).
Final morning in Cape Town, debriefing, own transport, accommodation, flights home.
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Every evening the group comes together for a discussion on the next day's schedule, places of interest, possible sightings, group input etc.
All meals are provided unless specified otherwise (some meals for own expense at a restaurant).
All drinks (bottled water, soft-drinks, alcoholic beverages etc.) are for own expense, a fridge will be provided to keep these cool for the group.
All activities listed in the schedule are inclusive, but several optional activities én route (night drives, walking safaris etc.) will be for own expense if chosen.
Whilst the itinerary is fixed, separate time will be given for own activities along the journey for personal and special interests. Every night's accommodation will be fixed and guaranteed.
As with all travel into the bush, sightings are never guaranteed; in wilderness areas the game is free to roam over vast spaces, but there are excellent chances of spotting game especially at certain times of the day, namely the mornings and evenings. We make the most of our time in order to spot game.