18 days - Tour of South Africa

On these 18 day South Africa Tours we go of the beaten track and still visit the highlights of “the world in one country”. Clients overnight at comfortable lodges in pristine reserves, high in the mountains, or on the beach and always in truly unique surroundings. The tour is enjoyed by those with an adventurous heart and a flexible attitude.

 

Price

R26 700.00 Per person

 

Included highlights: “Big Five” walking safari, open vehicle game drives (safari), wild life reserves/ national parks, Kruger National Park, Zululand wild life Reserve, Drakensberg Mountains, Swaziland Kingdom, Cape wine farm, African Culture, Garden Route, coastal hike. 

Included: Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary, transport, registered guides (English, Dutch, Portuguese and French)and selected activities as per itinerary.
Excluded: Flights, all items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips and optional activities etc.

Day 1: Johannesburg - Bush Lodge

The South Africa Tours start once we depart from Johannesburg at 06h30 as we set off on the scenic road to Mpumalanga. A brunch stop in the historic Dullstroom will be enjoyed before we wind our way down the Drakensberg escarpment and into the untamed Lowveld. The next two nights will be spent at our well-appointed Greenfire Bush Lodge which is situated in a private reserve within the greater Kruger National Park, an area where animals roam naturally and unrestricted. The tented Lodge blends into the bush and offers comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, a refreshing splash pool, and stunning views over the surrounding wilderness. Dinner tonight is cooked in the traditional manner over an open fire.
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Bush Lodge

The South Africa Tours start once we depart from Johannesburg at 06h30 as we set off on the scenic road to Mpumalanga. A brunch stop in the historic Dullstroom will be enjoyed before we wind our way down the Drakensberg escarpment and into the untamed Lowveld. The next two nights will be spent at our well-appointed Greenfire Bush Lodge which is situated in a private reserve within the greater Kruger National Park, an area where animals roam naturally and unrestricted. The tented Lodge blends into the bush and offers comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, a refreshing splash pool, and stunning views over the surrounding wilderness. Dinner tonight is cooked in the traditional manner over an open fire.
Meals: Dinner

Day 3: Panorama Route - Hazyview

Rising with the African sun, we will enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting off to explore the highlights of the Panorama Route. Our first stop will be to view the impressive Blyde River Canyon, then on to Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Gods Window, and the cosy little town of Graskop where we will enjoy an own expense lunch at Harry’s Pancake Bar. This afternoon we descend the Known Pass to a traditional village where we will spend some time with the local Shangaan people. After a full day, we make our way to the Greenfire Lodge in Hazyview, a log cabin built spectacularly on stilts in the indigenous forest on the banks of the Sabie river – we will spend two nights here.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Kruger National Park

An early start, we depart at sunrise and travel the short distance to enter the southern sector of the Kruger National Park for a full day of game viewing. Slowly traversing in search of the many animals that inhabit this area, we enjoy the high vantage point and comfort of our well-equipped vehicle. Although most of the day will be spent game viewing, we will stop at various designated sites to stretch our legs, to enjoy Brunch, and to wander around one of the Parks rest camps. Late this afternoon we exit the Park and return to the comfort of our lodge in Hazyview.
Meals: Brunch, Dinner

Day 5: Swaziland - Zululand

Travelling south through the Kingdom of the Swazi, our journey today takes us into an area of spectacular scenery and past numerous traditional homesteads and curio markets. We then enter Zululand – the region once ruled by the revered Shaka, “King of the Zulu’s”. This is an area of Game Reserves and impressive landscapes. We spend the next two nights at a bush camp in Zululand surrounded by breath-taking views.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Zululand

A leisurely start today we will spend the day enjoying a game experience in a renowned Game Reserve. The reserves in this area are lush and offer protection to a variety of indigenous animals including Black and White Rhino. Our experience will include a guided game walk and canoe safari lead by our experienced guides. The activity will allow us to appreciate the fauna and flora of the area on foot and from the water. Today we enjoy a picnic lunch in the middle of the bush. Return to our accommodation for the night.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - 8: Drakensberg

Traveling inland today, we pass through a tranquil region of rolling hills, but don’t be fooled, this region has hosted many historic wars – fought over time by the Zulu’s, the Boers (pioneer settlers), the British, and many others fighting for a stake in Africa. Our lunch stop will be at one of the famous battlefields in the area where we will have time to learn a bit more about this fascinating time in the South African history. This afternoon we reach the majestic Drakensberg mountain range, “Barrier of Spears”. On reaching the foothills we transfer to a 4X4 vehicle, and then enjoy an exciting drive (or walk) on mountain tracks high up to the Greenfire lodge in the Drakensburg. We spend two nights here in cosy log cabins and will have a day of hiking, exploring, and simply enjoying the wonders of this National Heritage Site. A walk to the San Rock Art gallery is well worth the effort. Pony trekking is also available.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - 10: Dolphin Coast

A relaxed start, after a transfer (or walk) back down to our vehicle it is with new energy that we make our way toward the Indian Ocean. Our journey today will take us through the Natal Midlands where we will see many small craft shops, arts, and other attractions. We will stop for an own expense lunch near Nottingham Road before continuing to our next accommodation where two nights are spent. The Greenfire lodge on the Dolphin Coast is located literally on the beach and the sound of the waves pounding is relentless. We will have a “open” day here to spend soaking up the sun and simply enjoying the beach and warm ocean or to stroll through the village enjoying the cheerful hospitality. One night we enjoy a traditional fish braai on the Lodge’s patio. Lunch and dinner own expense.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner ; Breakfast

Day 11 - 12: Wild Coast

Setting off early, we will pass through Durban this morning and will then follow the coast south into an area that can only be described as one of the highlights of the tour – The Wild Coast. Having formerly been an independent homeland, there has been little development in this area resulting in endless unspoiled beaches, natural estuaries, rolling grassland, and a tapestry of traditional Xhosa villages. We will spend two nights at a remote Greenfire lodge here and will spend a full day exploring this rugged but stunningly beautiful area.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Frontier Country

Leaving the lush coastal forests, our first stop today will be at the Nelson Mandela museum in Umtata, then we continue past the birthplace of this great statesman. Our journey this afternoon will take us into what is known as the “Frontier Country”, a region that was settled in the 1820’s by European immigrants and that was host to many frontier wars. We spend the night in comfortable accommodation overlooking the city of Grahamstown.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 - 15: Garden Route

Entering the renowned Garden Route, our first stop will be at the Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park where we will enjoy a walk along the rugged coast and over the suspension bridge spanning the Storms River. Travelling further, adrenaline junkies may try the world’s highest bungi jump at 216 meters. We then pass through Plettenberg Bay before arriving at the well located Greenfire lodge in Knysna where we will spend the next two nights. Our day here will give us the freedom to explore this quaint town and its many attractions. Optional excursions include kayak trips, mountain bike rides in the forest, a tour of the local township, and many more (Own expense). One lunch and one dinner will be own expense.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ; Breakfast

Day 16 - 18: Cape Town

A leisurely start, we leave Knysna to travel through the Garden Routes Lake District and then to follow the “Whale Route” through Hermanus and around the Hottentots Holland Mountains. Arriving in the “Mother City” Cape Town in the late afternoon, we check into the Greenfire lodge in Cape Town which is conveniently situated. Cape Town is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world and we will spend two full days here – visiting Cape Point, Hout Bay, The Waterfront, secluded beaches, a wine farm, and many other attractions. We will also hike up Table Mountain. (Lunches and dinners in Cape Town are own expense).
Meals: Breakfast ; Breakfast ; Breakfast

This tour ends at 16h00 on day 18, however clients are welcome to extend their stay by booking post-tour nights in Cape Town.