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Kruger & Beyond

Trip type: 
Family - Wildlife
Adventure level: 
3. Moderate
Max group size: 
16
Avg user rating: 
2
Africa, South Africa | 14 days
Trip code: 
UWFS
Family Holidays | Teen Adventure 11yrs+
What's included: 

Transport - Minibus, on foot

Accommodation - Hotel (1 nt), camping (6nts), fixed camp (2nts), chalets (2nts).

Meals - 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches & 10 dinners.

Trip Highlights: 
See the Big Five on game drives
Learn about the Zulu culture and the endangered black rhino
Hike, canoe and snorkel on this active adventure
Kruger National Park
Teen Adventure
see full itinerary >>

Trip Highlights: 
See the Big Five on game drives
Learn about the Zulu culture and the endangered black rhino
Hike, canoe and snorkel on this active adventure
Kruger National Park
Teen Adventure
see full itinerary >>
What's included: 

Transport - Minibus, on foot

Accommodation - Hotel (1 nt), camping (6nts), fixed camp (2nts), chalets (2nts).

Meals - 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches & 10 dinners.

Trip Overview: 

An active adventure that offers a chance to see the wildlife of South Africa's finest game reserves and national parks, as well as exploring its fantastic scenery on foot and by canoe.

You travel through South Africa & Swaziland, combining cultural and wildlife experiences. The tour starts with an introduction to South Africa’s most famous township, Soweto, before heading out into the wilderness. Once on the road you’ll stop at a Zulu village and experience activities such as hiking and kayaking before arriving at Kruger National Park for unbelievable wildlife watching.

Itinerary: 
Day
1

Fly to South Africa

Fly to Johannesburg and transfer to the hotel. After your flight, you transfer (approx. 30 minutes) to your first night’s accommodation and check in.

Day
2
Johannesburg; Soweto township tour

Johannesburg; Soweto township tour

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 fields were discovered little more than 100 years ago. Jo’burg or E’Goli ‘the City of Gold’ is the heart of the emergent nation of South Africa, and is one of several burgeoning cities that point to the future for South Africa. Please meet your tour leader in the hotel reception at 12.00. This afternoon you head out on a township tour of Soweto - an exciting opportunity to get an insight into contemporary life in South Africa, and to learn about the history of one of South Africa's best known townships.  

Riviona Road Lodge (AAA) – 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.

Day
3/4
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Departing Johannesburg early this morning we travel into the heart of KwaZulu Natal where we camp at an Eco-Lodge just 20km from Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park.We explore the reserve on game drives and visit a hide overlooking one of the waterholes, to watch the animals come down to drink.Covering over 96,000 hectares Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park is home to the largest population of White Rhino in the world due to conservation efforts. The park is also home to lions, elephants, leopards, giraffes, buffaloes and wild dogs.

 

Camping (CS) - 2 nights (Bx1 Lx2 Dx2)

550kms, +/- 7.5 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch.

Day
5/6
Kosi Bay

Kosi Bay

This morning we leave the game reserve and visit a Zulu village with a local community guide.Then travelling northeast to the coast brings us to the remote and beautiful Kosi Bay Nature Reserve.Kosi Bay's location means the the wildlife experience is on two fronts, with a picturesque jungle with wild fig and monkey orange trees, and grazing area for hippos, as well as a mangrove and coral reef teeming with aquatic life.While here we go kayaking in the mangrove and snorkelling over the coral reef.

Amangwane Tented Lodge (CC) or similar - 2 nights (Bx2, Lx2, Dx2)

180kms +/- 2 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing.

Day
7/8
Swaziland; HP

Swaziland; HP

Driving north (350 km) you reach the small landlocked kingdom of Swaziland today and Hlane National Park.  

A vast expanse of bushveld and its ancient hardwood trees make Hlane Royal National Park home to the largest wild herds in Swaziland. The name Hlane means ‘wilderness’ and here we will go out on a game drive with a local guide and keep an eye out for elephants, white rhinos, giraffes, kudus, zebras and more.

 

Camping (CS) - 2 nights (Bx2, Lx2, Dx2).

350kms +/- 6 hours, excluding border formalities and stops for sightseeing.

Day
9/10
Kruger NP

Kruger NP

Crossing back into South Africa, your journey takes you to Kruger National Park (120 km) and some of the finest game viewing in Africa. On arrival, head out for an afternoon game drive in search of the ‘big five’ – lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant. You'll also embark on 2 epic game drives the following day (game drives last approx. 2 hours each). 

Camping (CS) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (Bx2, Dx2)

 

170kms +/-2.5 hours, excluding border formalities and lunch stop + 3 x 2 hour game drives.

Day
11/12
Blyde River Canyon

Blyde River Canyon

Today walk the Blyde River Canyon, one of the largest canyons on earth, en route to Graskop. One of South Africa’s most spectacular attractions, the canyon is a great place for a walking tour. The sheer sided walls of the canyon rise over 2,000 metres and the vegetation varies widely from dry, rocky sections to rainforest depending on the altitude. The following day is free for exhilarating white water rafting on the Sabi River. This is however, an optional activity at extra cost. Alternatively, you can choose to embark on a tree top canopy tour (additional charge) or enjoy the countryside on some self guided hiking trails. 

Mogodi Lodge (AAA) - 2 bedroom flats - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (Bx2, Lx2, Dx2)

150kms +/-2 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing.

White water rafting - Sabi River

The Sabie River provides 20 rapids (grade 2-3) with areas of scenic vegetation and outstanding wildlife viewing. This 8km route is yielding to the novice, yet accommodating to he thrill seeker within all of us. Swimming, bum sliding and wave surfing with a boogie board at "Lions Rock". Minimum age 12.

Please note tours are dependent on the water level.

Day
13/14

Fly home

You spend the morning at leisure. Then transfer with the main group back to O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg where the trip ends for Land Only clients. Those on group flights proceed on your overnight flight home. Please note: If you are not travelling on the group flight there might be an additional cost for a transfer to the airport at a different time. (B) 350km +/-5 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing.

Kruger National Park

Keep your eyes open as you cruise the savannah searching for 'the big five' on several game drives. At the look out from God's Window you'll feel like you can see forever over an unbelievable landscape and you won't have to ask how it got its name!

Blyde River Canyon

This 30km long canyon is one of South Africa's most spectacular scenic wonders. Explore its rugged, breathtaking landscape on foot - the best way to appreciate its sheer scale and size.

Kosi Bay Nature Reserve

Canoe through dense mangrove and snorkel over coral reef at this wonderful, coastal reserve. Near the border with Mozambique, this reserve enjoys a remote and picturesque location.

Our Kruger & Beyond trip is just one of our many Africa Family tours. To find out more visit our Africa holidays page.