Safari, Beach & Cape

Highlights

  • Amazing diversity of wildlife, culture & landscapes
  • Self-drive independence & expertly guided activities
  • Game drives, walking safaris, diving & snorkelling, birding
  • Private & exclusive settings, en suite accommodation

FROM
USD 3250 pps

Comfort Level: V Value Packages
Start/End: Start at Hoedspruit & End at Cape Town

Itinerary

Days 1 – 3: On Foot in Big 5 Country

Arrive at Kruger’s Hoedspruit Airport & collect your rental car. Drive to Africa on Foot in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. Check in for 3 nights on a full-board basis with game drives & guided walks.

Sharing an unfenced border with the Kruger Park and the famous Timbavati Reserve puts Klaserie Reserve at the heart of South Africa’s Big 5 country. And since it’s a private reserve, you’ll have incredible sightings of lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino to yourself. Your accommodation – Africa on Foot – is a lodge that specialises in walking safaris with expert guides. Game drives balance the experience and after a day’s game viewing you’ll return to your simple but comfortable chalet for a night under canvas. The lodge also offers lodging in a romantic tree house at no extra cost.

Days 4 – 6: Pure Sabi Magic

Self-drive to Umkumbe Safari Lodge in the exclusive Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Enjoy 3 nights on a full-board basis with game drives & guided walks.

The super-exclusive Sabi Sands Private Reserve has long been the destination of choice for discerning travellers; Umkumbe Safari Lodge delivers all the drama of Africa’s best game viewing at an affordable rate. And you won’t sacrifice location: the lodge overlooks a productive waterhole and you’ll be enjoying game drives with sharp-eyed guides and trackers. Spot-lit night drives give you the chance to see nocturnal animals such as bush babies, springhares and genets.

Day 7: A Swazi Stopover

Self-drive to Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge in Swaziland’s Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary for 1 night on a bed & breakfast basis.

It’s a long drive between Kruger and the KwaZulu Natal coast so you’ll be breaking the journey up with an overnight stay at a historic piece of Swaziland. Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge – once exchanged for an ox-wagon – is family-owned and formed the nucleus around what has become the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. It’s a lovely location with valley views and gardens full of birds; your lodgings will be in individually decorated suites.

Days 8 - 11: To the Indian Ocean

Self-drive to the KwaZulu Natal coast & Thonga Beach Lodge. Enjoy four nights on a full-board basis with many activities.

Drive on to the coast and one of South Africa’s wildest and most unspoilt beaches where you’ll find a luxurious beachside hideaway – Thonga Beach Lodge. Its setting on KwaZulu Natal’s remote Maputaland coast puts you at the heart of an extraordinary ecosystem: thick forest grows right down to the beach, off-shore coral reefs teem with marine life and its lakes ring with the call of fish-eagles and hippos. It’s a luxurious and romantic lodge, offering treats such as a spa and candle-lit dining for two. Activities are varied: there are diving, snorkelling, kayaking and ocean tours: bird watchers can tick off endemic species; and guests can even watch turtle nesting between November and February.

Days 12 – 14: Discover Pongola

Self-drive to White Elephant Camp in the Pongola Game Reserve. Check in for 3 nights on a full-board basis with game drives & guided walks.

Head into the interior of KwaZulu Natal and to the Pongola Game Reserve, home to classic African animals as well as an amazing 350 bird species. Your accommodation is White Elephant Safari Camp, set at the foot of the Lebombo Mountains and overlooking Lake Jozini. Such a location means you’ll be adding boat cruises and canoeing to your game drives, and you’ll also have the chance to take part in elephant and rhino conservation programmes.

Days 15 – 18: A Boutique Finale

Self-drive from White Elephant to Durban Airport & fly to Cape Town. Transfer to Welgelegen Guesthouse for 4 nights on a bed & breakfast basis.

It’s a morning’s drive to Durban’s King Shaka Airport but only a couple of hours to fly to Cape Town where you’ll be met and transferred to Welgelegen Guesthouse, set in a quiet street close to the popular Kloof Street area. This puts you at the heart of ‘local’ Cape Town and you can walk to restaurants and delis from the guesthouse. It’s also just a short taxi or Uber ride to Cape Town’s biggest attractions such as Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront and Camps Bay beach. For destinations further afield such as Cape Point, the Cape Winelands and the penguins of Boulders Beach, we recommend hiring a car or joining organised or private tours – ask us for recommendations and bookings.

Day 19: The Journey Ends

Transfer from Welgelegen to Cape Town International Airport for your onward travel arrangements.

After a final breakfast at Welgelegen, it’ll be time to transfer back to Cape Town International Airport for your onward flight and the end of the tour.

Rates: 2018 & 2019

Season
01.01.19 - 30.04.19
USD 4759
Season
01.05.19 - 31.07.19
USD 4698
Season
01.08.19 - 31.12.19
USD 4980
Includes:

Accommodation, Meals as specified, Activities at Safari Lodges, Local Drinks & Laundry at Safari Lodges, All internal flights in SA, 15 Days Car Rental; Nissan X-Trail Car Rental, All Park & Conservation fees, Airport taxes

Excludes:

International Flights to SA, Premium Drinks at Safari Camps, Gratuities, Meals that are not Specified, Items of personal nature, Travel Insurance

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  • We’re based in Africa
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Reviews

Outstanding experience!

We have booked at the Elephant Plains Lodge. We stayed there for a few nights and went on safaris. The lodge, the guide, the food and all the animals we have seen were fantastic. Really an outstanding experience. We can recommend Elephant Plains to everybody. Maybe you will not be as lucky as we were, becaucse we have seen the Big 5! But however you will not forget your stay at Elephant Plains.

Silvio (CH)
Faultless service, attention to detail and quality of accomodations.

The communications and service from Walter was excellent, and we were continuously fully informed. The information package and book received on arrival were excellent. We felt that we had been allocated carefully selected lodges at each camp and every detail met or exceeded our expectations.
The safari tour was wonderful, and a particular feature was the variety offered at each location which combined perfectly

Carolyn (AU)
Absolutely Perfect

I was already last year in South Africa and Zambia organized by Safari Online. It was a absolutely gorgeous trip. Everything was perfect. This was the reason I booked this year in May and June an new trip to South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. I got everything I expected. It was a dream again. I know I´m coming back.

Bernard (DE)
Karina was absolutely instrumental to our safari success.

Our experience with Safari Online was excellent. After becoming very frustrated trying to search for a safari destination on our own, we turned to Karina for help and she was a lifesaver. She responded to our requests promptly and gave us several options with links to each option; we ultimately chose Lukimbi. She then coordinated our flights to and from the property, arranged the drivers necessary to get us from the airport to the lodge and back again, and sent the appropriate paperwork to each of us to verify each step of the process. We had an amazing safari adventure at the lodge–the experience of a lifetime–and are so grateful for her help. We literally couldn’t have done it without her!

Chris (USA)
We had a wonderful holiday with no hitches, perfectly planned for us and so professional.

Though we live in Australia, Safari online made planning for our family holiday so easy. Walter understood our requirements and nothing was too much trouble. The holiday was everything we wanted it to be and so much more. Every camp was ideally suited for our family and we loved each day, every early morning and evening game drive. Thank you to Walter for his attention to detail and his friendly, professional and caring manner. It was a trip of a lifetime and one that we will talk about forever.

Mary (AU)
Experience of a lifetime and wonderful service!!

Our extended family (16 travellers, including 8 children under ten years of age!) went on a wonderful safari adventure curated and organised by Walter Kohrs of Safari Online. It could not have been any better than we experienced. From our time in Cape Town, to visiting Victoria Falls, all the way through Zimbabwe and finally wrapping up at the amazing Chobe Safari Lodge, all the locations chosen by Walter were amazing.

His attention to detail, willingness to fine-tune and excellent responsiveness (over a period of several months!) could not have been better. He took time to visit us personally upon our arrival in South Africa, with lovely gift-packs and shared a wealth of advice, recommendations and tips. I cannot recommend Safari Online (and Walter Kohrs in particular) any higher. Absolutely amazing.

Oisin (AU)
Exceptional service ensuring a wonderful holiday. Highly recommended

Attention to detail & service provided was first class, from our very first email to the last day of our trip. Walter went above and beyond to ensure that we were notified of any changes, even up to our last day with a change to our flight time, at short notice. The safari was so much more than expected, from the rustic to the exceptional, every camp was different in it’s own way and our highlights are hard to single out just one as each camp was great.

Cyndi and Dave (AU)
Trip of a lifetime: Five countries, six camps, Vic Falls, Big Five plus more game

In June/July 2016 we undertook a trip to Southern Africa to fulfill a lifelong intention. We stayed at six camps, safari style, and had a great time. All of our expectations were met or even exceeded. For example, we never expected to see honey badgers or sitatunga, given the secretive nature of those species, but we did! All travel arrangements and connections worked smoothly, which is astonishing since we had several dozen transfers and meeting points; all of the connecting personnel were prompt, professional, and welcoming.

Michael (USA)
The trip was sensational and tailored to our needs. Simply fantastic!

The care by Walter was great from planning to leaving Johannesburg. The accommodations were perfectly chosen. If after a few days you thought it could not be better, you were told otherwise. It was an increase every day, with the 3 days safari in the Kruger, including overnight in tree house, the grand finale.
I would book a trip anytime again at Safari Online.

Ulrike (DE)
Best experience ever!!

They provide us the most taylored and customized honeymoon possible! everything was much better than we expected. We loved the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere and everyone made us feeling so incredibly special and gave us a unique insight. Over our game drives we managed to see all the big five plus some!!

Salvatore (IT)