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11 Nights 12 Days

12 Day North Route Tour

Information:

Departs:

Mondays

Pick-up Location:

Any location in Johannesburg between 06:30 and 08:00, depending on location

Drop-off Location:

Any location in Johannesburg around 16:00, depending on location

Passengers:

2 – 8

Price:

Please request the confidential price for this package as rates vary across seasons.

Includes:

  • Accommodation as specified (subject to availability)
  • Meals as specified
  • All transport in air-conditioned or open game-viewing vehicles
  • All excursions, sight-seeing and game viewing activities as described in the itinerary
  • All entry fees, park fees and conservation levies as described in the itinerary
  • The services of a qualified and registered tour guide/driver

Excludes:

  • Meals not specified
  • Drinks, gratuities, telephone calls & other items of a personal nature
  • International & domestic flights

Highlights:

  • Sight-seeing along the “Panorama Route”
  • The KrugerNational Park under guidance of a Southern Eagle Tours safari guide
  • Early morning and afternoon “Big Five” safaris in open 4x4 safari vehicles
  • Arts & crafts in Swaziland
  • The Hluhluwe/Imfolozi Game Reserve
  • The astounding bio-diversity of the St. LuciaWetlandPark
  • Zulu cultural experience at Shakaland
  • The magnificent DrakensbergMountains

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 – Mpumalanga Province - Kruger National Park Border

An early departure from Johannesburg as we travel east towards the Mpumalanga Province, passing through the open grasslands and agricultural areas of the “Highveld”. Our journey continues via the scenic Schoemanskloof Pass into sub-tropical citrus farming and forestry areas. We then visit the many attractions along the “Panorama Route”, including God’s Window, the Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the viewpoint over the Blyde River Canyon at the Three Rondavels. The Panorama Route along the Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga is arguably one of the most beautiful and popular travel destinations in South Africa. It leads through the rugged mountain range of the northern Drakensberg. Here, in the northeastern part of the Great Escarpment, the inland plateau declines abruptly and steeply and opens up fantastic views of the plains of the Lowveld up to a thousand metres below. In the afternoon we descend the eastern escarpment and travel through the warm “Lowveld” to a beautiful country lodge, located just a short distance from the nearest entrance gate to the Kruger National Park.

Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate

Dinner, bed & breakfast basis

Day 2 – Mpumalanga/Limpopo Province - Kruger National Park

We depart before dawn and travel the short distance to the entrance gate to the Kruger National Park. Once inside the Park, excitement will mount as we start seeing some of the numerous animals that inhabit this magnificent wildlife sanctuary. Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Breakfast packs will be provided, which we will enjoy at a picnic spot inside the Kruger Park. We spend virtually the entire day travelling inside the Kruger Park, arriving at our “restcamp” in the late afternoon. Accommodation tonight is in comfortable en-suite bungalows or cottages, and dinner is enjoyed in the camp restaurant.

Accommodation: Satara, Olifants, Letaba or Skukuza Restcamp

Dinner, bed & breakfast basis

What is a restcamp?

The word "restcamp" is a bit deceiving as it has nothing to do with "camping". The accommodation used in the Kruger National Park are brick or stone cottages or bungalows, usually with a thatched roof.  These bungalows or cottages all have private en-suite facilities (WC, shower and wash basin) and air-conditioning.

Day 3 – Mpumalanga/Limpopo Province – Private Game Reserve

After breakfast we depart from our restcamp, and spend most of the morning inside the Kruger Park, game-viewing as we go. Around mid-day we exit the Park, and travel to an exclusive lodge in a nearby private game reserve, where later this afternoon your first exhilarating game drive in specially adapted open 4X4 vehicles is undertaken. At dusk sundowners are enjoyed deep in the bush, after which the drive continues, making use of spotlights to search for nocturnal animals. A final highlight today is a specially prepared dinner at the lodge.

Accommodation: Private Game Lodge

Fully inclusive of all meals & game-viewing activities

We make use of a number of smaller and more intimate game lodges in one of the private game reserves that lie directly west of the Kruger National Park. The specific game lodge used will depend on availability, but should be one of the following: Jackalberry Game Lodge, Chapungu Luxury Tented Lodge, Thornybush Waterside Lodge or Kapama River Lodge.

Day 4 – Mpumalanga/Limpopo Province - Private Game Reserve

An early wake up call signals the start of yet another exciting day in Big Five territory. You depart on an early morning safari in open 4x4 vehicles after which you return to the lodge for a late breakfast.

After breakfast you can embark on a guided bush walk with an armed ranger, who will identify spoor and droppings and share with you some of the fascinating secrets of the bush. If you are lucky you may come across big game on foot - a truly exhilarating experience. This evening another safari in open 4x4 vehicles is undertaken, followed by a scrumptious South African dinner.

Accommodation: Private Game Lodge

Fully inclusive of all meals & game-viewing activities

Day 5 - Swaziland

After a final open vehicle game drive and a late breakfast we travel around the southern part of the Kruger National Park to enter one of the worlds last remaining (and also one of the worlds smallest) constitutional monarchies, the Kingdom of Swaziland - ruled over by the young King, his Royal Highness King Mswati III. Here, in this country of friendly Swazi people, it is almost as if time has stood still. Despite modern cities and an extensive infrastructure of roads electricity and communications, the Swazi culture has over centuries been jealously protected. The night is spent at a charming country hotel, ideally situated for exploring all the attractions Swaziland.
Accommodation: Forester’s Arms Country Hotel

Dinner, bed & breakfast basis

Day 6 – KwaZulu-Natal Province – Mkhuze

Our first stop today is a visit to a traditional arts and crafts market, and the route then continues to the fascinating Swazi Candles factory in the Malkerns Valley. Here each candle is hand-moulded and hand-finished by Swazi craftspeople, so each candle is unique in shape and character. We then travel south via the Lebombo Mountain range and at the Golela border post cross into the KwaZulu Natal Province, from where the route continues to a charming lodge near the small town of Mkhuze, where the night is spent.

Accommodation: Ghost Mountain Inn

Dinner, bed & breakfast basis

Day 7 - KwaZulu-Natal Province - St. Lucia

After an early breakfast at the lodge we travel to the nearby Hluhluwe/Imfolozi Game Reserve. Set in the heart of Zululand, this is the oldest game reserve in Africa, where Zulu kings such as Dingiswayo and Shaka hunted and put in place the first conservation laws. Today the "big five" of African legend stalk the verdant savannah, and as the home of “Operation Rhino” in the 1950s and 60s, the park became world renowned for it’s White Rhino conservation. We spend virtually the entire day travelling from north to south down the length of the reserve. In the late afternoon we exit the reserve at the southern gate, and travel the short distance to the town of St Lucia, located inside the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park.

Accommodation: St. Lucia Wetlands Guest House

Bed & breakfast basis

Day 8 - KwaZulu-Natal Province - St. Lucia

Our first destination today is Cape Vidal, a magnificent coastal resort set in a sheltered bay overlooking the warm Indian Ocean. The Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park is one of the jewels of the South African coastline, the first park in South Africa to be declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco). St Lucia's wide variety of ecosystems and natural habitats provides for an astounding diversity of species in the area. With its lakes, lagoons, freshwater swamps and grasslands, St Lucia supports a wide variety of species - from the country’s largest population of hippos and crocodiles to giant leatherback turtles, black rhino, leopards, and a vast array of bird and marine life. Later this afternoon we travel back to St. Lucia to go on board the St. Lucia ferry for a fascinating guided cruise on St Lucia estuary. On this cruise you will hear about the origins of this unique wetland and be able to observe its hippo and crocodile inhabitants at close quarters. The large number and variety of birds, which are an important feature of St. Lucia, will add to the interest and excitement of this cruise.
Accommodation: St. Lucia Wetlands Guest House

Bed & breakfast basis

Day 9 - KwaZulu-Natal Province - Shakaland

After a leisurely breakfast and some time to explore the coastal town of St Lucia, another highlight awaits us today as we visit an authentically re-created Zulu village at Shakaland. Feel the pulsating rhythm of mysterious and magical Africa as you re-live the excitement and romance of the days of Shaka, King of the Zulus. Shakaland is more than just a tourist attraction - it is an enriching experience affording a better understanding of the Zulu nation, its people and their intriguing customs. Shortly after our arrival you join the “Shaka Experience”, a guided tour of the village culminating in a pulsating traditional dance show and dinner. Accommodation tonight is in typical beehive huts, where one can experience real Zulu culture without having to sacrifice comfortable modern conveniences.

Accommodation: Shakaland

Dinner, bed & breakfast basis

Day 10 – KwaZulu-Natal Province – Drakensberg Mountains

The route continues down the Indian Ocean coastline to Durban, and from there inland to the magnificent Drakensberg Mountain Range. Our destination is a beautiful mountain resort in the Cathedral Peak area of the northern Drakensberg. Winding up the narrow road approaching the resort, the Drakensberg mountain splendour beckons, with sweeping panoramas of jagged mountain peaks rising from massive sandstone cliffs, and dramatic cloudscapes against an impossibly blue sky. The luxurious Didima Camp has been themed around the art of the San (Bushman) people.

Accommodation: Didima Mountain Camp

Dinner, bed & breakfast basis

Day 11 – KwaZulu-Natal Province – Drakensberg Mountains

A full day to relax and to enjoy this fascinating landscape of mountains, cliffs and ravines. Didima boasts a recently opened San Rock-Art Interpretive Centre providing fascinating insights into the art and culture of the San, and includes static displays and audio-visual presentations within a reconstructed rock shelter.

Optional activities on offer at Didima:

Walking and hiking trails into the surrounding mountains
Guided trails up Mike’s Pass
Guided walking trails to Rainbow Gorge, Baboon Rock and a variety of other scenic destinations
Mountain streams & rock pools within walking distance of the Camp

Accommodation: Didima Mountain Camp

Dinner, bed & breakfast basis

Day 12 - End of tour

After breakfast we depart from Didima and make our way back to Johannesburg for a late afternoon drop-off at the location of your choice.

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