This is an incredible 20-day Lodge South African small-group Safari – offering breathtaking sceneries, wildlife, and history – starting from Johannesburg and ending in Cape Town.  This is what Bucket List dreams are made of! 

 

 

Tour Type

Price Per Person

Small-group safari

CAD $3,599

*Price above is per person, based on double occupancy.  Valid for select 2017 departures. 

*Price above is land only and does not include international airfare or travel visas.  Price includes all taxes and fees.  

 

Package Includes:

  • 19 nights’ accommodation
  • Transportation
  • Games drives as mentioned
  • Meals and activities as mentioned
  • Experienced local guide
  • All taxes & fees

 

 

ITINERARY:

Day 1: Johannesburg, South Africa                                                                         

  •  On arrival in Johannesburg, you will be met and transferred to the Safari Club.  You have the remainder of the day at leisure.

 

Day 2: Johannesburg to Mpumalanga, South Africa                                              

  • Departing from Johannesburg your group will head east towards Mpumalanga. A landscape characterized by mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests.
  • You’ll spend the night in the town of Graskop, a small forestry town situated on the Drakensberg Escarpment at the start of the Panorama route and the gateway to the Kruger National Park.
  • Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 3 & 4: Kruger National Park, South Africa

  • Start the morning off with a scenic drive along the Panorama Route, arguably one of the most beautiful destinations in South Africa.  The most spectacular stretch is the Blyde River Canyon, which is the 3rd largest canyon in the world, and filled with lush vegetation and wildlife. We make a stop at Bourke’s Luck Potholes to view these spectacular rock formations, formed eons ago by erosion. In the afternoon we head into the Kruger National Park.
  • Spend two nights inside the park and have the chance to encounter the wildlife of Africa
  •  Meals included: Breakfast on both days

 

Day 5 & 6: Kingdom of Swaziland                                                                                         

  • Today you’ll cross the border into the mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland, led by King Mswati III, and one of 3 monarchies in Africa. You will explore the traditions and discover the culture of which the Swazis are so proud.
  • You’ll spend two nights in the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area situated in the “Valley of Heaven”.  Apart from abundant bird life, there are a number of animal species to be seen including hippo, giraffe, zebra, and a variety of antelope, which we hope to spot on a guided walk in the afternoon. 
  • The next day you’ll visit the Umphakatsi Chief’s homestead, for an interactive experience where you will get to try your hand at grinding maize and plaiting mountain grass or join the children in Swazi song and dance.
  • Meals included: Breakfast (Day 5) and Breakfast & Lunch (Day 6)

 

Day 7 & 8: Zululand, South Africa

  • After visiting a craft market en-route, you’ll re-enter South Africa via Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal. You and your group will make our way to The iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which was listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site. Here you’ll enjoy a boat cruise on the St Lucia estuary, getting up close to the hippos and crocodiles that inhabit the lake.
  • The following day you’ll explore the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, during a game drive in our tour vehicle. Additional game drives are available in an open game-viewer vehicle, which will be charged as an additional expense. Hluhluwe-iMfolozi is the oldest game reserve in Africa and is a safe haven to both the endangered black and white rhino.
  • Meals included: Breakfast on both days

 

Day 9 & 10: Drakensberg, South Africa                                                                           

  • Moving further inland, you’ll spend the next two nights at The Cavern, which is situated in 3000 hectares of private mountain reserve, adjacent to the Royal Natal National Park – part of another World Heritage Site, namely the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. The main features of the park are the Drakensberg Amphitheatre, a rock wall 5 km long by up to 1200 m high, Mont-Aux-Sources peak where the Orange and Tugela rivers have their source, and the 947 m Tugela Falls, the world's second highest waterfall.  Time will be spent exploring this scenic area on guided walks.
  • Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner (Day 9) and Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (Day 10)

 

Day 11 & 12:  Lesotho

  • Today we cross the border into the Kingdom of Lesotho, the southernmost landlocked country in the world, rich in natural beauty, flora, fauna and cultural heritage. Malealea is situated in a remote part of Western Lesotho that is breath-taking in its beauty. Chance to experience traditional Basotho life, a nation with solid traditions, beliefs and customs.
  • Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch (Day 11) and Breakfast (Day 12)

 

Day 13:  Cradock, South Africa                                                                                   B

  • You and your group drive to the historical Karoo town of Cradock. Founded in 1814 as a frontier stronghold, the town is an important agricultural centre with traditional Karoo hospitality. Best known for its natural sulphur spring, Cradock is a place of literary legends and the original part of the town is graced with some of the finest buildings. 
  • Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 14: Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

  • A benchmark conservation success, Addo Elephant National Park offers a unique wildlife habitat, famous for the Addo elephants and the remaining population of the flightless dung beetle. We spend the afternoon on a game drive in our tour vehicle, in search of elephant, black rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard. Additional game drives conducted in open game-viewer vehicles are available (at own expense).
  • Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 15 & 16: Tsitsikamma, South Africa

  • This morning after breakfast your journey continues onto the region of startling beauty along South Africa’s southern coastline, known as the Garden Route.
  • There is also an option to plunge off the world’s highest bungi jump at the Bloukrans River (ar own expense). 
  • Meals included: Breakfast on both days

 

Day 17: Oudtshoorn, South Africa

  • After visiting ‘The Heads’ in Knysna, a town nestled on a tranquil lagoon, your group will travel over the Outeniqua Mountains into the Little Karoo to the town of Oudtshoorn. You’ll take a trip to the famous Cango Caves, with their impressive ancient stalagmites and stalactites before staying overnight in the ostrich capital of the world.
  • Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 18 & 19: Cape Town, South Africa

  • En-route to Cape Town, we visit the pretty university town of Stellenbosch, for wine tasting and a cellar tour. Once in Cape Town the afternoon is at leisure; enjoy sundowners at one of the fabulous beaches or indulge in some last minute shopping at the V&A Waterfront.
  • The next day you’ll get to explore the many attractions the ‘Mother City’ has to offer on our Cape Point tour.
  • Meals included: Breakfast on both days

 

Day 20: Cape Town, South Africa     

  • Spend the final day at leisure. Chance to take the cable car up Table Mountain (at own expense) and enjoy one last view of the Cape of Good Hope before your transfer back to the airport. 
  • Meals included: Breakfast

 

 

 

 

Terms & Conditions:-

Valid for travel on select 2017 departures.  All bookings are subject to change without notice and are subject to availability. Prices advertised are subject to change without notice until such time as the package is booked and paid for.  Downunder Travel Ltd. is the agent/broker in this equation and for that reason is not responsible for any issues or incidents which result in clients expenditure outside of the package booked paid for and agreed upon.  Clients are advised to bring enough money to cover the purchase of curios, tips, alcoholic drinks and additional entertainment.  Visas are required to visit South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho and need to be arranged prior to departure; contact us for assistance. Accommodations are mid-range typical African standard lodge accommodation.  Accommodation is situated either in national parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest.  All travelling times are affected by road conditions, border crossings, detours and weather conditions, therefore on certain days travelling times may be longer than anticipated.  Our Destination Specialists can help the client arrange for all entry visas required to visit Zimbabwe and South Africa prior to departure.   Please advise your Downunder Travel Specialist should you be travelling on anything other than a Canadian or U.S. passport.  Airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges component of package must be paid in full at time of booking at which time the airfare becomes non-refundable.  We highly recommend that all passengers protect themselves with cancellation / interruption insurance which will cover them against cancellations due to non pre-existing medical conditions which cause them penalties or other expenses.  Travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for every guest travelling on African safaris. Your Downunder Travel Specialist can assist with both Cancellation/Interruption Insurance and Medical Insurance.  Pre and post tour accommodation and transfers can be arranged upon request.