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 3323 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 4865
Season
01.05.19 - 31.07.19
USD 4802
Season
01.08.19 - 31.12.19
USD 5091
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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