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Uitkyk Holidays

  • Botswana
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
Destinations

Destinations

South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Mid Range

Tour Overview

This adventurous group safari by truck takes you to fantastic wildlife viewing spots; Kruger National Park, Addo Elephant National Park and Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in the locked kingdom of Swaziland while in the highlands of Lesotho you can try your hand at pony trekking and soak up scenic views as your journey around.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Big Five Safari, Cultural Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Kruger, Hluhluwe, Drakensberg
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Boat Cruise, Nature Walk
  • Getting around:
    4x4 Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start in Johannesburg, end in Port Elizabeth or reversed

General Information

  • Vehicle – Adventure Truck
  • Max Passengers 12 
  • 2 Crew
  • Duration 15 Days / 14 Nights
  • Start in Johannesburg / end in Port Elizabeth
  • Countries: South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho

RATES – PER PERSON USD

From USD 2,125 per person

What's Included

  • Accommodation in a double room or tent camping)
  • Transfers from / to airport
  • Meals: 14 breakfast and 13 dinners
  • Activities: 4×4 Game Drive in Kruger NP, Esijeni Culture Tour, St. Lucia boat cruise, Hluhluwe game drive and Valley of Desolation

What's Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Any activities and meals not in the itinerary

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Uitkyk Holidays
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Uitkyk Holidays‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

You will have a Meet & Greet at your arrival at Johannesburg Airport and be transferred to the Belvedere Estate Lodge in Johannesburg. Belvedere Estate is a gorgeous boutique guest lodge, modelled after a small Italian village. This gem in Midrand, Gauteng, is situated on two and a half acres of beautiful gardens with cobble paving and water fountains.

1 night – Double Room with breakfast

Leaving the city of Johannesburg behind us we make our way east through the coalfields of Mpumalanga. Our journey today follows in the footsteps of the old trade-routes to the Lowveld and the Kruger National Park. This afternoon there will be an opportunity to join an optional sundowner drive, booking is essential and your guide can assist on departure this morning.

1 night – Double Room with dinner

Rising early this morning we enter the Kruger National Park to enjoy a full-day of game viewing in open 4×4 vehicles. The abundance of wildlife presents us with opportunities for excellent sightings and the Kruger is also home to the famed members of Africa’s Big-5. Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species including 336 trees, 49 fish, 114 reptiles and 147 mammals. Our activity package offers the added excitement of experiencing the park from an open-sided 4×4 vehicle. This evening there is a second opportunity for the optional sundowner drive.

1 night – Double Room with breakfast and dinner

While those who elect to do the optional morning walk will have an earlier start, we set out a little later today and travel the short distance to the Panorama Route. Strung along the escarpment that divides the central plateau and low-lying bushveld of the Kruger, the sights of the Panorama route offer us a day of scenic delights. We will visit the highlights of Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and God’s Window before returning to camp in the late afternoon.

1 night – Double Room with breakfast and dinner

We start the day early with some coffee and traditional rusks before setting off through Kruger on our way to Swaziland. Our truck offers an excellent platform for game viewing as we make our way south. We exit the southern end of the park and travel the short distance to Swaziland border, our route this afternoon winds through the mountains and forests of this landlocked kingdom. Our destination for today is the Ezulwini Valley just south of the capital Mbabane.

1 night – Double Room with breakfast and dinner

Endless hours of self-guided exploration within the small 4,560 ha Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary are possible due to the relative absence of dangerous game. This morning our guide will lead us out on a nature walk to explore the ‘Nature Trail’ which provides interpretation of historical and environmental information of the area. Later this morning, we embark on a 2-hour guided walk through the Esitjeni community, allowing us a glimpse of life on a day-to-day basis. This interactive experience could involve grinding maize, carrying water, building a wall or washing clothes in the steam.

1 night – Double Room with breakfast and dinner

Today we exit Swaziland and return to South Africa, making our way to the town of St Lucia and continue south into the reaches of Zululand, once the realm of the mighty King Shaka who united the Zulu clans. This evening we are treated to a cultural experience where we will learn more of the Zulu traditions and language.

1 night – Double Room with breakfast and dinner

We set out early this morning for a game drive in the nearby Hluhulwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, one of the last strongholds of the endangered rhinoceros. The reserve has played a critical role in the preservation of these endangered animals, both black and white rhinoceros occur in the park and many populations owe their ongoing existence to animals that have been raised here. While rhinoceros are the most famous of the park’s inhabitants, the park also provides a home to many other species, including the Big-5 that we all hope to see. Returning to our lodging for a siesta, we freshen up for an afternoon boat cruise on the St Lucia estuary.

1 night – Double Room with breakfast and dinner

Running the length of the Kwazulu-Natal province, the Ukuhlamba Drakensberg Park is a UNESCO recognised world heritage site. Whether you go by the Zulu name uKhahlamba, meaning ‘barrier of spears’, or the Afrikaans name Drakensberge, meaning ‘dragon mountains’, these towering mountains will be our backdrop for the next two nights. On our way we make a short stop in Durban to stretch our legs before continuing to view the scenic Howick Falls and a visit to the nearby site that marked the capture of South Africa’s most famous man, Nelson Mandela.

1 night – Double Room with breakfast and dinner

We set out this morning for a day of hiking to explore the mountains of the Drakensberg, along our way we will have the opportunity to view examples of San rock art with a local guide. While we encourage everyone to make the most of the day in mountains, we may offer separate options depending on the activity level of the group. With a number of trails available we can ensure that we cater to every need, the most important aim is to ensure everyone enjoys this mountain paradise at their own pace.

1 night – Double Room with breakfast and dinner

Our journey today begins with a mountain pass and an opportunity to visit a vulture restaurant where we hope to view these fascinating birds. Our route winds its way through the magnificent cliffs off the Golden Gate National Park before we enter Lesotho in the afternoon, we pass the capital city of Maseru as continue the climb to our base high amongst the mountain peaks.

1 night – Double Room with breakfast and dinner

The clean air of the mountains accompanies us this morning as we explore the mountains on foot, our hike concludes with a village visit and the opportunity to gain insight into the community that calls these mountains home. The Basotho are famous for their traditional hats, blankets and their sturdy ponies. Basotho ponies are renowned for their surefootedness in the mountains and you have the opportunity of an optional pony trek this afternoon to experience this first-hand.

Returning to South Africa, we descend the mountains and take aim across the Great Karoo. The semi-arid Karoo represents the heartland of rural South Africa and presents a stark contrast to the mountains we leave behind. Our overnight stop is set in the historic town of Graaff-Reinet, the fourth oldest town in the country. We cross the mighty Orange (Gariep) River today as we journey through the vast countryside of the Karoo. This evening you will have the opportunity to join a sundowner excursion to the Valley of Desolation, this unique valley offers a panoramic view over the town and the wide open plains stretching out below.

1 night – Double Room with breakfast and dinner

Setting course for the coast once again, we pass through the open plains of the Karoo and the wildlife charms of the Addo National Park. Addo is recognised as one of South Africa’s most popular national parks and game reserves. It is sanctuary to over 550 elephants in just 120 000 hectares. It is also the third largest national park in South Africa. Upon arrival in the greater Addo region, we set up camp and head to the National Park to enjoy an afternoon game drive in our Nomad truck, in search of the famous elephants that call Addo home.

1 night: Double Room with breakfast and dinner

After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to Port Elizabeth where your tour will come to an end upon arrival at the Kings Beach Hotel.

Breakfast and Transfer to the Airport included.

Kruger National Park
Lesotho
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