Day 1: Leaving the concrete jungle on route through the Highveld with lots of mining activities, Gold mines and Coal mines. Pass large power stations which supply power to Gauteng, Free State, North West, Mpumalanga. We go along the Long Tom Pass where we stop at a replica of the Creusot cannon (called the Long tom cannon by the British Soldiers). The last planned boer war was in the Long Tom Pass. Gunyatoo Lodge offer walking trails, trout fishing, clay pigeon shooting.
Depart : Johannesburg at 8h00 to Gunyatoo Trout Farm & Lodge. Activities: arrive at Gunyatoo Lodge ± 14h00. Book in. Do walks on farm trails, trout fishing. Guest House: 1 night (B, L, D). Gunyatoo Trout Farm & Lodge – 370km/5hrs.
Day 2: Departing Gunyatoo Lodge to the Panorama route for a wonderful break away where you can stop, admire the spectacular natural scenery, some of them at an altitude 1260m above sea level and view the world’s largest canyon, the Blyde River in total 27,000 hectares from here you can see the Three Rondavels and Gods’s Window. We stop at Bourke’s Luck where potholes formed in a remarkable process of erosion that started thousands of years ago caused by the confluence of the Blyde and Treur Rivers. We will also view the Berlin Water Fall, Lisbon Waterfall and Mac Mac Falls, Pelgrimsrest.
Depart: Gunyatoo Lodge at 8h00 to Panorama Route. Activities: do Panorama Route. Guest House: 1 night (B, L, D). Gunyatoo Lodge – 417km/8hrs.
Day 3: Departing Gunyatoo Lodge to Kruger National Park, entering the gates of the famous and well renown 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 and birding is rewarded with a variety of rare sightings on the birder’s list. We stay at Pretoriuskop Rest Camp, the oldest rest camp build in 1920.
Depart: Gunyatoo Lodge at 8h00 to Kruger National Park. Activities: arrive at ±12h00. Book in at Pretoriuskop Rest Camp. Do game drive. Chalets: 1 night (B, L, D). Pretoriuskop Rest Camp – 100km/4hrs.
Day 4: Departing Pretoriuskop Rest Camp to Berg en Dal Rest Camp. keeping eyes peeled for the diverse animal and bird life during the game drive. Afternoon game drive around Berg en Dal which is build different to the rest of the rest camps in Kruger to blend in with the surroundings. You stand a chance of watching a lion kill, sight some leopard, elephant and buffalo South Africa’s famed big five.
Depart: Pretoriuskop Rest Camp at 8h00 to Berg en Dal Rest Camp. Activities: arrive at ± 12h00. Book in at Berg en Dal Rest Camp. Do game drive. Chalets: 1 night (B, L, D). Berg en Dal Rest Camp – 100km/5hrs.
Day 5: 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 6: 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 7: Departing Mlilwane Royal National Park back to Johannesburg as the tour ends.
Depart: Mlilwane Royal National Park at 8h30 to Johannesburg, OR Tambo airport. Route: 370 km to Johannesburg. Activities: border crossing into South Africa. Lunch enroute and arrive ± 14h00 in Johannesburg. Drop off at arranged destination. 1 x B, L. Johannesburg – 370 km/6hrs.
Transport & accommodation: air-conditioned Toyota 4x4 vehicle. 6 x nights lodging, dinners, 7 x breakfasts, lunches.
Tour Vehicle: We use 4x4 minibuses with fully equipped trailers for luggage, food and camping equipment.
Participation Tours: limited participation, a comfortable camping safari style. No difficult physical activity. The camp sites vary from place to place, please be prepared for everything from basic facilities to excellent campsites.
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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