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Kruger & Zululand
Transport - Minibus/safari truck, on foot.
Accommodation - Chalets or tented lodge (6nts), cabins/appartment (5nts), lodge (1nt), hotel (1nt).
Meals - 12 breakfasts, 12 lunches & 8 dinners.
We often have multiple itineraries so please check to see which itinerary is suitable for you, by selecting the relevant tab.
Fly to Johannesburg
Depart on overnight flight to Johannesburg.
Johannesburg; free day
After your flight, you transfer (approx. 30 minutes) to your first night’s accommodation and check in. Johannesburg lies at the centre of the Witwatersrand, literally meaning ‘ridge of white waters’. It was on this ridge that the world’s richest gold reef was discovered little more than 100 years ago. Jo’burg or E’Goli ‘the City of Gold’ is the heart of the nation of South Africa. There is also the option to go on a tour of the famous township of Soweto (own expense). Hotel - 1 night
Please make sure that if you explore Johannesburg on your own that you take advice of where it is safe to walk, especially in the evening. There have been isolated attempts of robbery in recent times and although unpredictable the risk of these can be minimised by taking local advice.
Mpumalanga; Pilgrim’s Rest, Bourke’s Luck Potholes
Today you rise early and, after a briefing with your Group Leader at 06.30 in the hotel reception, you load the vehicle and make your way down from the temperate, rolling plateau of the high veld, over the escarpment to the sub-tropical Mpumalanga. You have a picnic lunch and the afternoon to enjoy the stunning scenery, many beautiful waterfalls and unique flora of this area. There will be time to stretch your legs with short walks to Bourke’s Luck potholes and God’s Window, which offers magnificent views over the Blyde River Canyon (Driving time without stops approx. 6 ½ hours).
Tonight you stay in Graskop, not far from the fascinating old goldrush town of Pilgrim’s Rest where it is easy to imagine the lives of the miners and their families who worked the small alluvial claims at the end of the last century. Your accommodation is located on the edge of the escarpment, offering you spectacular views. Chalets (1 bathroom shared between 2 rooms) - 2 nights (LD)
Mpumalanga; Blyde River Canyon
Today you spend the whole day exploring the canyon on foot. From the well-worn potholes that have formed over the centuries within the course of the river to the sheer granite cliffs, the sights are stunning. There is even the chance of seeing the endangered bald ibis. There are mammals here as well but they might prove more elusive than the raptors that rise on the thermals emanating from the canyon as the day gets warmer.
You will be given the choice of a number of trails to follow, all varying in difficulty (from the relatively easy, to those where a reasonable level of fitness is required), length and landscape, so you can pick the one that best suits you. Alternatively, if you are feeling fit and really want to get to know the canyon, you can combine the trails into a 5 hour hike. This is recommended for people who are fairly fit, but the scenery that awaits you is definitely worth the hike! After walking you return to your chalet. (BLD)
Kruger National Park; game drives
This morning, after breakfast, your route continues through forestry plantations down the escaprment into the warm lowveld to Kruger National Park (2 hours journey time to Kruger, plus game drive), one of the great natural sanctuaries of the world and a beautiful area of savannah bushveld broken by rocky outcrops and riverine forest. Cameras and binoculars at the ready, you make your way to your base for the next two days.
You stay in the Southern, game rich, region of the park, so during your stay you’ll hopefully see much of the ‘big game’ of the park: elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, and leopard, and many more of the 147 species of mammal the park boasts. Bird lovers will delight in over 500 species including the beautiful lilac-breasted roller and African fish eagle, whose evocative cry is probably the best known of any African bird. After settling into your accommodation and enjoying lunch, there’s time to relax, take in your surroundings and enjoy the peace of the African bush.
Mid-afternoon you take a game drive, perhaps to a water hole, and observe the animals coming down to drink after the heat of the day. You return to your base before dusk and enjoy your first ‘braai’ (barbecue) in the bush. Sitting around the fire you may hear the low roar of lion and the unearthly chatter of hyena.
The following day you rise just before dawn to take an early morning game drive, when the animals are most active. You stop en route at a picnic spot to cook an eagerly awaited breakfast, no doubt under the watchful eye of the ubiquitous Cape glossy starling. Back at your base there’s time to laze in the midday heat and as the day cools, you take another short game drive before dinner when you’ll have a chance to relive the excitement of the wildlife spotted today. For those not wishing to miss out on the excitement of catching glimpses of the numerous nocturnal species that exist in the park, there is the option of a night game drive before dinner. National park chalets with shared ablution blocks - 2 nights (Bx2, Lx2, Dx2)
Swaziland; Malolotja Reserve
Saying goodbye to Kruger, you pass plantations of sugar cane, mango and paw-paw and cross the border into the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland (total journey time approx. 9 hours, including game drives, a border stop and lunch. Time is dependent on which location we stay at in Kruger). The Swazi nation is one of the most handsome and colourfully dressed in Africa and its people are intensely proud of their country. After a pause for lunch, the drive to the western highlands soon leads you to the impressive Malolotja Nature Reserve. The area has been inhabited for hundreds of years; it is claimed that the park contains the oldest mine in the world - a red and black pigment mine which is 41,000 years old! Log Cabin (1 bathroom shared between 2 rooms) - 2 nights (BLD)
Swaziland; Malolotja Reserve walks
Today you spend around 4 hours walking the trail around the reserve. The superb mountain scenery, which you’ll explore on foot, qualifies Malalotja as one of the leading nature reserves in Southern Africa; the Malolotja Falls are the highest in Swaziland and cascade over 90 metres into the thick Afro-montane forest. The well watered lowlands offer a variety of habitats with swamps and lush plains that are thick with tall grasses, orchids and lilies, while ancient cycads grow in shaded spots. Many wild flowers can be seen most of the year round and the upper reaches of the river have crystal clear streams and pools that are good for swimming.
The wildlife is another bonus! While you hike amongst its green hills, you can spot blesbok, mountain reed buck and endangered bird species, such as the blue swallow and bald ibis. (BLD)
Today’s journey to St. Lucia begins with a morning stop to explore Mbabane’s craft stalls where traditional Swazi grass mats, baskets, prints, cloths, wooden masks and ornaments tempt you to buy! Your journey (approx. 7 hours including your border crossing and stops) then continues eastward crossing the border back into South Africa heading through KwaZulu-Natal to the Zululand Coast stopping for lunch en route.
St. Lucia Nature Reserve, which extends from the shores of Lake St. Lucia, through the forest and right down to the beach, is one of the largest wetlands in southern Africa. The offshore area is a Marine Reserve with a coral reef that positively teems with iridescent tropical fish; however the presence of the occasional shark means it’s unwise to bathe on unmarked beaches. Hippo and crocodile abound, despite which there are safe walking trails within the park. It may also be possible to take a boat trip (optional) to spot whales and dolphins. Holiday apartments - 3 nights (BL)
St Lucia; Hluhluwe wildlife, Zulu village visit
Today you head inland to the Hluhluwe National Park. This is one of the oldest game parks in the whole of Africa and here you have a good chance of seeing some big game. The reserve has a variety of habitats; hills and woodland to the north and thorn-veld to the south. The diversity of ecosystem is reflected in the diversity of wildlife. This is a stronghold of the southern white rhino and also of the nyala, a beautiful antelope. It is possible to see the ‘Big Five’ here but the predators are, as always, elusive. There are over 300 species of bird that have been spotted here, including the bateleur eagle. Whilst in the area you will visit a Zulu village where a walk through the foothills surrounding the park will highlight the lifestyle of the Zulu people, enabling you to learn about their traditions and culture.You return to St Lucia in the afternoon. (BL)
St. Lucia; free day for optional activities
Today is a free day for you to relax or enjoy some optional activities. There are some great beaches in this area, where you can swim, surf or rent kayaks. If you are feeling less energetic you can do more mundane things like some washing and catching up on your diary!! (B)
Dundee; Zulu Battlefields
Today you head north east into the Battlefield region of KwaZulu-Natal (journey time approx. 4 hours). KwaZulu-Natal has a bloody history – for over 70 years first the Boers, and then the British struggled to defeat the Zulu nation, before they eventually turned on each other in the Boer War at the end of the 19th century. At Islandlwana, British troops suffered one of the greatest defeats in colonial history at the hands of rampaging Zulu warriors armed only with spears and shields. Across the Buffalo River at Rorke’s Drift, the British made a stand and succeeded in holding their field hospital against the attacking Zulu forces. The battle was made famous by the 1960 film starring Michael Caine. A guide can be hired locally (optional) to help bring alive the sights and sounds of the battle. Other nearby sites with evocative names, like Blood River or Spionkop, date from this same era. You will arrive around late afternoon to your lodge situated near the town of Dundee. Lodge – 1 night (BL)
Drakensberg Mountains; walks
Today you drive (approx. 4 hours) through villages and rolling hills towards the great mountain escarpment the Zulus referred to as the ‘Barrier of Spears’ – the Drakensberg Mountains. Carved by many fast-flowing rivers, this area of waterfalls and silent, fern-filled forests is a paradise for hikers.
Shared accommodation in chalet or tented lodge (1 bathroom shared between 2/3 rooms) - 2 nights (BLD)
Drakensberg Mountains; walks
This area is spectacular and you have the whole day to explore. The many foot and bridle paths lead to magnificent viewpoints; there are proteas and other wild flowers, crystal clear mountain streams in which to swim and a wealth of birds including the bearded vulture or lammergeier, cape vulture and black eagle.
One of the most popular walks is the Tugela Gorge Walk. The entire round trip is approx. 22 km, although most people only do about 17km of this, so it is a full day's
hiking. The first section it is reasonably easy walking; the path is good, the terrain is not too steep and you wind along running parallel to the river. Look out for the Policeman's Helmet on the high ground overlooking Vemvaan Valley and Crocodile across the river from the path.
The last 1600m through the gorge involves three river crossings and a boulder bed (although if the river is high then this may not be possible), and at the end is the most picturesque scenery at Royal Natal. Afterwards, the trail does become more challenging and involves either having to climb a chain ladder or boulder hopping through the ‘tunnel’ to get to the Amphitheatre itself, followed by further boulder hopping up the Tugela, during which the scenery changes every few metres. Most people do not go further than the end of the tunnel, which is really just an open topped very narrow gorge, because the route becomes much more difficult.
There is then quite a steep path up to the Tunnel Cave, from which there is a wonderful view of the Amphitheatre wall, with the Sentinel on your right. Getting to tunnel cave (overhang) does not require climbing the ladder of walking through the tunnel.
This hike does require a reasonable level of fitness, and the last section may not be advisable if you have a fear of heights, but the views and scenery even as far as the ‘tunnel’ are well worth it!
There are also opportunities to see some of the 600 San Bushman rock art sites dotted throughout the park – a lasting legacy from the area’s original inhabitants. (BLD)
Please note - if there is a thunderstorm it may delay your return back to your accommodation.
Drive to Johannesburg; Fly Home
Your final morning in South Africa starts with a leisurely breakfast. You then pack the vehicle and head back to Johannesburg (approx. 5-6 hours). The trip ends here for Land Only clients, while those on the group flight transfer to the airport and catch an early evening flight home. (BL)