Day 1: Leaving the concrete Jungle we travel our way along through the Highveld with lots of mining activities, Gold mines, Coal mines and farming activities such as, crop farming, cattle & sheep. Passing large power stations which supply power to Gauteng, Free State, North West and Mpumalanga with some of South Africa’s most spectacular sceneries.
Depart: Johannesburg at 7h00 for the Blyde River Canyon. Book in at Bush Baby Chalets at ± 15h00. Activities: arrive ± 15h00. Book into chalets. Walk in Botanical Gardens and surroundings. Chalets: 1 night (B, L, D). Bush Baby Chalets – 370km/5hrs.
Day 2: Departing Bush Baby to the Panorama route for the most stunning natural nature’s scenery South Africa has to offer. In Transvaal’s first Battle against the British in 1880-1885 was a Lieutenant W.H. Long stationed where they build a small fort to honor his wife by the name Mary. It was from this fort that Lieutenant Colonel P.R. Anstruther and a division of the 94th Regiment marched to the British soldiers in Pretoria. Stop and admire the Blyde River Canyon which is on 27,000 hectares from where we stop and admire the Three Rondavels and Gods’s Window. At Bourke’s Luck where two rivers namely Blyde and Treur River forms the cylinder pattern potholes caused by water and small stones. Other highlights on your journey are the tumbling falls named Berlin, Lisbon and Mac Mac waterfall.
Depart: Depart Bush Baby at 8h00 for the Panorama Route. Activities: lunch en route, do scenery walks at Three Rondawels, Gods Window, etc. Chalets: 1 night (B, L, D). Bush Baby Chalets – 417km/8hrs.
Day 3: Departing Bush Baby to Kruger National Park, entering the gates of the famous and well known KNP with its scenery, plants, birdlife and wild life and rich history ensuring a unique place among the world’s nature reserves, 137 species of mammals, 112 species of reptiles, 49 species of fish, 493 species of birds and beginning our search for the many wildlife. Birding is rewarded with several rare sightings on the birder’s checklist.
Depart: Bush Baby Chalets at 8h00 for the Kruger National Park. Activities: arrive at ± 13h00. Book in at Chalets. Do game drive. Chalets: 1 night (B, L, D). Satara Rest Camp – 120/3hrs.
Day 4: After an early breakfast we drive along the road to Lower Sabie Rest Camp, first build in 1929 on the banks of the Sabie river. Good game viewing in savanna bushveld with Maroela, Knopthorn trees.
Depart: Satara Rest Camp at 8h00 to Lower Sabie Rest Camp. Activities: arrive at ± 14h00. Book in at Lower Sabie Rest Camp. Do game Drives. Chalets: 1 night (B, L, D). Lower Sabie Rest Camp – 80km/5hrs.
Day 5: Depart Lower Sabie Rest Camp to Berg en Dal Rest Camp. After breakfast we drive to Berg en Dal, keeping our eyes peeled for some great sightings. The Rest camp is build to new standards in 1984 with a wide variety of game, birds and vegetation can be seen.
Depart: Lower Sabie Rest Camp at 8h00 to Berg en Dal Rest Camp. Activities: arrive at ± 15h00. Book in at Chalets. Do game drives. Chalets: 1 night (B, L, D). Berg En Dal Rest Camp – 80km/6hrs.
Day 6: Departing Kruger Park at Berg en Dal to Komatipoort, crossing into Swaziland at Mananga Border post. Hlane used to be the place where the King had his National hunt, but lost much of its significance due to the depletion of game. Hlane was proclaimed in 1967 by King Sobhuza ±30,000hectares in size with predominately acacia thornveld.
Depart: Berg en Dal Rest Camp at 7h30 to Hlane National Park Swaziland. Activities: arrive at ± 15h30. Book in at Chalets. Do game Drive. Chalets: 1 night (B, L, D). Hlane Royal National Park – 180km/6hrs.
Day 7: Mlilwane was the first wildlife sanctuary in Swaziland opened in 1964 due to the perseverance of Ted & Liz Reilly and now the a heaven to a variety of animals and birds. The park is bordered in the north by rocky mountains which includes Execution Rock, last used by King Bhunu. Walking trails has been introduced as well as good game drive routes.
Depart: Hlane Royal National Park at 8hoo to Mlilwane National Park. Activities: arrive at ±12h00. Book in at Chalets. Do game Drive and Walk. Chalets: 1 night (B, L, D). Mlilwane National Park – 108 km/4hrs.
Day 8: Departing at 7h00 for the border at Golela into Kwa Zulu Natal. Ndumo National Park is a area of 12,420 hectares with surrounding lakes where 420 bird species has been counted. It’s also home for the largest herd of nyala antelope in Southern Africa.
Depart: Mlilwane National Park at 7hoo to Ndumo National Park in KZN. Activities: arrive at ± 15h30. Book in at Chalets. Do game Drive. Chalets: 1 night (B, L, D). Ndumo National Park – 390km/6hrs.
Days 9-10: Departing at 9h00 for Tembe Elephant Park. Tembe Elephant Park is the park in South Africa with the largest body size and tusk’s in elephants and a variety of wild animals, birds and vegetation. A visit to Kosi Bay which is one of the most unique and fascinating places in Southern Africa.
Depart: Ndumo National Park at 9h00 to Tembe Elephant Park. Activities: arrive ± 10h00. Book in at Chalets. Do game Drive. Trip to Kosi Bay. Chalets: 2 nights (B, L, D). Tembe Elephant Park – 40km/1hr.
Day 11: Departing Tembe Elephant Park to Mkuzi Game Reserve. A 36,000 hectares bushveld area with wetlands and are one of the most famous bird watching spots in the country. Passing over the Pongola Dam en rote to Mkuzi.
Depart: Tembe Elephant Park at 8h00 to Mkuzi National Park. Activities: arrive at ±15h00. Book in at Chalets. Do game drives. Chalets: 1 night (B, L, D). Mkuzi National Park – 252km/6hrs.
Days 12-13: Departing Mkuzi Game Reserve to St Lucia. St Lucia lake was formed 60 to 100 million years ago. The bushes are extremely dense with a variety of indigenous bush, trees, fern’s and have a permanent water supply. Visiting Hluhluwe/Umfolozi National Parks which are world known for the White/Black Rhino projects.
Depart: Mkuzi National Park at 8h00 to St Lucia.
Activities: arrive at ± 10h00. Book in at Guest House. Do a walk at St Lucia lake mouth. Do game drive to Hluluwe / Umfolozi National Parks. Guest House: 2 nights (B, L, D). St Lucia – 155km/3hrs.
Day 14: Departing St Lucia for Itala Game Reserve. Itala Game Reserve was proclaimed in 1972 on the banks of the Pongola River. The word Itala means shelf and the rest camp by name Ntshondwe meaning "point" due to the mountain lookout point over the game reserve.
Depart: St Lucia at 7h30 to Itala National Park. Activities: arrive at ± 15h00. Book in at Chalets. Do game Drive. Chalets: 1 night (B, L, D). Itala National Park – 314km/5hrs.
Day 15: Departing to Johannesburg en route through the Highveld area.
Depart: Itala National Park at 7h00 to Johannesburg. Route: 550km to Johannesburg. Activities: arrive at ± 16h00. 1 X B, L. Johannesburg – 550km/8 hrs.
Transport & Accommodation: air-conditioned Toyota 4x4 vehicle. 15 x nights lodging, breakfasts, lunches, dinners
Tour Vehicle: We use 4 x 4 minibuses with fully equipped trailers for luggage, food and camping equipment.
Participation Tours: Limited participation on a comfortable camping safari style that kick-starts your safari. No difficult physical activity. The camp sites vary from place to place, please be prepared for everything from basic facilities to excellent camp sites.
Climate: The rainy season is from September to April, but mainly starting in November to end of February. Temperatures can be as high as 44° C in summer months, the average ± 35° C, Night temperatures is seldom below 26° C. During winter months (June, July, August) day time temperatures are ± 27° C, Night temperatures ± 5° C.
Baggage: Due to packing space we limit baggage to 16 kgs, preferably a soft bag rather than a hard suitcase and not taking up to much space in a tent or the trailer.
Clothing: It is illegal to wear any kind of army camouflage clothing. Neutral or dull clothing is recommended. During summer months one should combine light cotton clothes during day time and a sweater or light bush jacket during evenings as it can be cool. During winter times wear clothes in layers that can be removed as temperatures rise and replaced as temperatures drop in the evenings. Shoes must be stout and provide protection against thorns and other hazard. At camp sites light shoes, sandals will give a relief after a day in the bush, do not walk barefoot in the camp site especially at night.
Personal equipment: With your camera equipment, take everything you need (spare batteries, extra films, spares, chargers, etc). Develop films at home as it will be cheaper. A cigarette lighter connection is available in the vehicle for any recharging of batteries. Items not to be forgotten include: personal medication, hats, sunscreen cream, lip protection cream, insect repellent, malaria precaution medication (consult your physician before departure), sunglasses, binoculars, torches, guiding books.
Travel insurance: We recommend comprehensive insurance covering cancellation, curtailment, medical, emergency travel and personal accident insurance as compulsory on all tours. Insurance for loss of baggage, money and personal items is recommended.
Passports & visas: Citizens of the following countries do not require visas - all Commonwealth and European countries, Scandinavia, USA and South Africa. In Zimbabwe, Zambia visas are required that can be bought at the border crossings. Any advice by the company and guides are given in good faith but without the responsibility of the company. All visa cost’s and responsibilities are the responsibility of the clients. Clients can exchange pula at the border crossing, an amount of P1,500.00 per client will be enough to cover necessities such as drinking water, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, activities payable by the clients.
Currency: In Botswana the currency is pula. In Zimbabwe US $, euro, South African Rand, pula are all excepted. Clients are strongly advised not to exchange currency in public as this is illegal and will end up losing money.
Onward travel arrangements: We recommend onward travel arrangements to be made after the day the tour ends. If arrangements are made for the same day the tour ends, we can not be responsible for any delays resulting in failure to meet those arrangements.
Full payment of tour cost: A deposit of 40% is payable upon booking to secure your tour. Full payment is due 4 weeks prior to departure. Full payment not received within this period the tour may be treated as canceled. Any bookings made within the 4 week period must be accompanied by the full payment of the tour cost.
Cancellation or changes to bookings: Cancellation of any bookings must be received in writing and acknowledged by us. The following fees shall apply:
- Notification is received 28 days or more before departure, loss of 20% of deposit
- 28–21 days, loss of 50% of deposit
- 20–14 days, loss of 80% of deposit
- 13–0 days, loss of 100% of deposit
- If you fail to join a tour, join after departure, leave prior to the tour completion for any reason, no reimbursement whatsoever will be made
Changes made by you: If you need to change your reservation for whatever reason, we will make every effort to assist you. You may move your reservation to another date, subject to availability, should we not be able to assist you with alternative dates the normal cancellation fees will apply.
Changes or cancellations made by us: All efforts will be made to operate itineraries as advertised, however due to local conditions and unforeseen circumstances, weather conditions the Company or employees may alter the itinerary of the tour in any way with no refund to the client. In the event of major disruptions, including weather conditions, mechanical breakdown, sickness, political instability, act of terrorism or factors after the time of departure, every effort will be made to utilize alternative arrangements. The Company reserves the right to cancel any tour and either offer an alternative tour or refund the money’s paid in full.
Price guarantee: Before accepting a booking we reserve the right to adjust the price, although it would be exceptional to do so, this may be deemed necessary in cases of drastically increased transportation cost’s, local taxes or the current exchange rate. When a booking is made and paid in full we will not increase the price. No worry of additional cost’s being added at the end the tour.
Client responsibilities: The client agrees to abide to all the laws and regulations of each country and abide to the instructions of the guide to safe guard the safety of the clients and the running of the tour. Clients are responsible for the safe keeping of their personal belongings. The client agrees to indemnify our company for any accident, damage to property or personal injury caused by the client during the tour. If any rescue or medical assistance is required for any reason, the client shall be liable for the entire cost.
The tour is adventurous and may involve an element of personal risk, our company cannot be held responsible for injury, accident, damage to property, loss of life, delay or inconvenience caused. The client accepts the responsibility for the risks involved.
If we consider a client to be unsuitable for a tour or causes inconvenience, annoyance or danger to other clients on the tour, it may in its absolute discretion to cancel the clients booking or decline to carry the client any further on the tour.
If the client has a complaint whilst on tour, it must be brought to the attention of the guide, so it can be dealt with, if not resolved the client must write to us within 30 days after the tour ended. We will not entertain complaints of loss of enjoyment where full land arrangements have been provided.
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