|12-Day South Africa’s Game Parks On Foot
Day 1: Johannesburg
Your guide will meet you at the airport. This is a day to get to know each other and prepare the trip with the rest of the group and the team. Depending on your time of arrival we may have time for a short visit of the city. Meals: BB
Day 2: Ithala Game Reserve
Transfer eastward for Zululand. We enter Ithala Nature reserve mid afternoon. Transfer to our exclusive bush camp (while observing our first animals) where we settle for 1 night. we will spend the afternoon exploring the reserve in 4×4. Meals: FI
Days 3-4: ISimangaliso Wetland Park (Greater St Lucia)
We continue eastward towards the Indian Ocean for the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (e.g. Greater St Lucia).
Overnight in a B&B. Afternoon at leisure and a perfect time to enjoy the white sandy beach. Tomorrow morning, we do a boat cruise on the lake to observe the countless hippos and crocs. You can also book some optionnal activities like a boat trip at sea to spot whales and dolphins. Alternatively, we will explore the park in search of terrestrial wildlife and birds.
Days: 5-7: Imfolozi: walking safar
We enter one of the most scenic game reserves of South Africa: Hluhluwe-Imfolozi. Besides the 300 bird species, lions, elephants, buffalos and 80 other mammal species, Imfolozi boasts the largest concentration of rhinos per square meter of the whole Africa!
The southern section of the reserve (30 % of the total area) is a protected wilderness area, entirely devoid of roads and permanent camps. This sector of the park is only accessible on foot, for groups of no more than eight people. And this is how we discover Imfolozi: on foot, led by 2 experienced rangers. We spend 3 nights in a primitive tented camp in the middle of the bush: no fence, no electircity, no running water, no roads! Just the wilderness. There is no better way to feel in symbiosis with the bush. You will experience the thrill of big game tracking and at night, inside your tent, the excitment of animal activities nearby… Meals: FIDay 8: Imfolozi – Drakensberg
After breakfast, we spend another 2 hours walking back to the main camp. And then we sadly leave Imfolozi. Then we head south towards Durban and then north for the Drakensberg. We will make a stop for lunch at Howik and look at the falls. We overnight in a guesthouse near Cathedral peak sector. Meals: FI
Day 9: Drakensberg – Cathedral Peak
Today, we spend the day walking in Cathedral Peak. We will choose our route according to the group level of experience. We try to make a scenic loop which offers stunning views over Cathedral Peak: about 8 hours of walking and 600m of elevation. Overnight at the same place. Meals: FI
Day 10: Clarens
We will reach the characterful village of Clarens around noon for lunch. You have the afternoon at leisure to walk around and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of this village, which boast many art boutiques and a good selection of quality restaurants as well as a brewery. Overnight in a B&B. Meals: DBB
Day 11: Drakensberg – Royal Natal
Today, we first cross the Golden Gate National Park, where we marvel at the spectacular rock formations. We also have a chance to spot some interesting wildlife such as black wildbeast, eland and springboks. We are heading to the Sentinel and the rest of the day is dedicated to hiking the Amphitheatre. We will pass the famous ladders! At the top, on the plateau, we will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the land which stretches infinitely in front of us. We will also see the highest waterfall of Southern Africa: Tugela Falls, which drops 680m in three jumps (may be dry at certain times of the year). About 6 hours walk return. Overnight at the same place. Meals: FI
Day 12: Drakensberg – Johannesburg
A last morning to enjoy the charming town of Clarens. Depending on the time of your flight we will leave in the morning or early afternoon. Lunch at your own account. Drop off at Johannesburg airport. End of your trip. Meals: B
Activities/services included in the cost:
• Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary.
• Transportation in 4×4 Landcruiser Safari vehicle: 8seater or 6seater.
• 8Seater Vehicle has 6 window seats: 5at the back and 1 in front next to driver.
• 6Seater Vehicle has 5window seats: 4at the back and 1 in front next to driver.
• Game drives as per the itinerary.
• English speaking Driver guide.
• Game drives and park entry fees.
• Services of our Tours staff.
• Tourism Development Levy US $ 1.50 per person per night.
• Our 24hours support throughout the safari.
Activities/services excluded in the cost:
• All International Flights/local Flights + departure Taxes.
• Visa fees, Inoculations and personal insurance.
• Travel & Personal accident insurance and Baggage Insurance.
• Meals and Accommodation in Arusha Town.
• Excursions/services/activities not mentioned in this program.
• Flying option available for certain safaris at an extra cost.
• Personal expenses e.g. laundry, telephone calls, Drinks, Tips etc.
• Xmas and Easter Holiday Surcharge: quoted separately.
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As one of the most diverse and enchanting countries in the world, South Africa competes with the best of them when it comes to Mother Nature’s beauty pageant. She scores top marks for her diverse offering of beautiful beaches, dramatic mountains and cliff-faces, famed Table Mountain with its cloudy tablecloth, the luscious Garden Route stretching from the Eastern to Western Cape, lush forest belts, intriguing semi-desertscapes, and unforgettable sunsets over the African veld. The country is rich in natural beauty and wildlife, with unspoiled beaches, dramatic mountains, protected wilderness areas, national parks and game reserves. Exotic combinations of landscapes, people, history and culture offers travelers a unique and inspiring experience.
Besides the common Big 5 in most African safari, South Africa has Big 7: add the Great White Shark and Southern Right Whale to the list of the Big 5. And don’t forget all the other South African favourites – cheetah, giraffe, zebra, hippo, hyena, warthog and the famed dung beetle may not be the bigger 7, but they certainly like to claim their moment in the spotlight. South Africa boasts no less than 20 national parks, with literally hundreds of other private parks and game lodges to ensure you get a generous slice of the ‘African experience.’
Accommodations vary from deluxe safari camps and hotels to self-service bungalows. On Safari, you may view game by closed vehicle in national parks and by open vehicle and walking tours in private game reserves and wilderness areas to view the Big 5. Touring around the Cape and on the Garden Route is very popular.
South Africa is located on the southern tip of the African continent, bordered by northern neighbours Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It encompasses the independent mountain kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland and is flanked by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and the warm Indian Ocean on the east – giving the country its spectacular range of biodiversity.
South Africa’s Tourist Attractions
As one of the most diverse and enchanting countries in the world, South Africa competes with the best of them when it comes to Mother Nature’s beauty pageant. She offers beautiful beaches, dramatic mountains and cliff-faces, famed Table Mountain with its cloudy tablecloth, the luscious Garden Route stretching from the Eastern to Western Cape, lush forest belts, intriguing semi-desertscapes, and unforgettable sunsets over the African veld. Besides the common Big 5 in most African safari, South Africa has Big 7: add the Great White Shark and Southern Right Whale to the list of the Big 5. Exotic combinations of landscapes, people, history and culture offers travelers a unique and inspiring experience.