17 Day South Africa Explore

Dates

Code Start End
SAE – 1 06 May 2018 22 May 2018
SAE – 2 03 Apr 2018 19 Apr 2018
SAE – 3 05 Jun 2018 21 Jun 2018
SAE – 4 07 Aug 2018 23 Aug 2018
SAE – 5 13 Nov 2018 29 Nov 2018

Client involvement:

The degree of satisfaction and enjoyment you feel at the end of each day and the end of the trip will depend on you and your capacity to enjoy yourself. This capacity, combined with an active and enquiring mind and a willingness to participate, is essential for all our tours. If you wish to be pampered and amused with minimal effort on your part, then our tours are not for you. Participation is essential on all trips and everyone is expected to help with chores to ensure the smooth running of the tour. A degree of flexibility is also essential because of the nature of the parameters in which we have to operate. Price Excluding 15% Vat as per South African Law.

Overview:

The most popular South African Safari Areas Include: The Kruger National Park and the Private Game Reserves which form part of it like the Sabi Sand and the Timbavati. The Eastern Cape also offers exceptional safaris at both the Addo National Park and Shamwari. The densely wooded Zululand can be experienced on a safari in Hluhluwe and Phinda. The malaria free areas of northern South Africa like Madikwe and Welgevonden have also become increasingly popular safari destinations in recent years.

Highlights:

  • Soweto
  • Kruger National Park
  • Hluhluwe Game Reserve
  • Durban
  • Swaziland
  • Hoedspruit Game Lodge
  • Drakensberg
  • Kimberley
  • Golden Gate
  • Namaqualand
  • Cape Town
  • Wine lands
  • Cape point
  • Table Mountain
  • Houtbay
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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1- JHB, Out Look Lodge

Morning arrivals at Johannesburg International Airport will be met by your guide from Bush Whisper Expeditions. Transfer to the Out Look Lodge in JHB. In the afternoon there will be a trip to Soweto. After dinner we will have a meeting with your guide about the upcoming tour. (Dinner own Expense).

Day 2- Hanna Lodge. 280km, 3.5Hours

At 07:30 we will have an early start and drive to Botshabelo near Middleburg to arrive in time to photograph the early morning light on the local Ndebele mud dwellings, renowned for their murals of bold abstract patterns and bright colours. Continue on east to Hanna Lodge. (B, D)

Day 3- Game Lodge. 300 km, +/-4Hours

Early morning departure on the famous Panorama scenic circuit via the Three Rondovels and Potholes in the Blyde River Canyon, three spectacular water falls, and Pilgrim's Rest, the old Gold mining town. First of two nights at Hoedspruit in a game Lodge. (B, D) IMG-20151123-WA0001

Day 4-Kruger National Park. 60 km, +/- 1Hour

The day will start early in order to leave the lodge just before sunrise in our safari vehicle to go on a game drive. A truly unique African experience unfolds as we enter the Kruger Park via one of the gates. We board our safari vehicles and enjoy our first game drive en-route to our camp, taking in the sheer beauty of the African bush along the way. If time allows we do another game drive in the afternoon before the night game drive. The night drive is around 3 hours into the early hours of the evening where the rangers track the nocturnal animals by means of a spotlight. On return we enjoy a delicious meal in the restaurant. (B, L, D)

Day 5-Swazi Lodge. 350 km,+/-4Hours

Following a final morning game drive, the group is collected by Bush Whisper Expeditions guide who will drive them to Northern Swaziland. Today we cross the border into the small kingdom of Swaziland. Once border formalities are completed we will go off the beaten track to visit Milwane - one of Swaziland’s reserves, for a rustic bush experience. We spend one night in Swaziland. (B, D)

Day 6-7-Hluhluwe Game Reserve, 280 km, +/-3.5Hours

Drive today south into the heart of Zululand to photograph and stay in Hluhluwe Game Reserve. Hluhluwe Game Reserve stands below the hills where once stood "Kwabulawayo", the great military kraal of King Shaka. Created for the filming of the highly acclaimed international television series, "Shaka Zulu. (B, D) n1583593400_85817_4744[1]

Day 8- Durban BB. 295 km, +/-3.5Hours

After a short game drive in the morning, we will leave the parks behind and make our way to Durban, South Africa’s most vibrant city and busiest port. Durban has some of the most beautiful and safest beaches in the world. This will be a day to relax and enjoy what Durban has to offer. Overnight at a Durban BB. (B)

Day 9-Clarens BB. 350 km, +/-4.5Hours

Following sunrise on Durban's Indian Ocean beachfront. We cross the Oliviershoek Pass to view the turquoise waters of Sterkfontein Dam, then on through the Golden Gate National Park, well known for its towering sandstone cliffs and wealth of unique wildlife. Lunch today will be own expense in the artful little village of Clarens - clients will have time to explore the art galleries and other unique attractions. Spend the night in a BB close bay. (B,L,D)

Day 10 – Kimberley BB. 420 km, +/-5Hours

Today we go to Kimberley. Early morning photo ops around the town and the big diamond main. (B, D)

Day 11 - Bush Lodge. 430km, +/-5Hours

Drive to Upington on our way to Namaqualand. Namaqualand! 100% big sky country. Extending from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the small town of Pofadder in the east, north from the great Orange River and south beyond Garies, Namaqualand is indeed a vast and varied region. During the arid summer months it is difficult for the tourist to imagine the phenomenon of the yearly wild flower appearance. After the winter rainfall, Namaqualand dons her coat of many colours and for a brief moment, the wildflowers invade the countryside. ( B, D)

Day 12 – Naries Lodge. 378 km, 4.5Hours

In Springbok we stay at Naries. Naries Namakwa Retreat, a beautiful & romantic hideaway in the heart of the Namakwa region, offers a unique EXPERIENCE with several pleasant surprises all year round! We spend two days here at the flower wander off South Africa. (B, D)

Day 13-14 – West Coast N/P. 220 km +/-3Hours

We leave Namaqualand and move south to the West Coast National Park. Two nights we will spend here game viewing and enjoy the wild coast line. ( B, D) n1583593400_85837_1966[1]

Day 15 – Hermanus Lodge. 478 km, 5.5 Hours

Drive to west to the Wine lands with a lunch stop in Herman’s (cave restaurant, old harbour, market, etc.). Overnight near Stellenbosch, the oldest town in South Africa, a thriving university town and the historical headquarters of the Cape wine industry. (B, D)

Day 16-17 – Cape Town Lodge. 200 km, +/-3Hours

Early morning photo ops around the protea and wine farm (views of the valley). Photo shoot in a working wine cellar. We then make our way to Cape town were we will spend two day’s exploring the city and all its wanders. Full day of photography in and around Cape Town to include a trip by cable car up Table Mountain for a spectacular photographic opportunity. Chapman’s Peak Drive, The Castle and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront will also be included in the itinerary during the Cape Town stay. Cape point, Table Mountain, Hautboy and so on. (B)

All included:

All accommodation camping or Lodge, all transfers, game drives and activities as per the itinerary, all meals that are indicated (B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner) and tea/coffees, services of a professional guide, entry and activities included on itinerary and transport in specialized safari vehicles.

Not included:

Restaurant meals, visa, tips, curios, optional excursions beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water), insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, emergency evacuation, sleeping bag (and small pillow) on all camping safaris and flights.