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

Destinations

South Africa,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Self Drive

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Camping

Tour Overview

This self-drive combo takes you to the very best national parks in South Africa. Your first stop will be the the Blyde River Canyon, a significant natural feature in South Africa, continuing on to the Kruger National Park where you stay in some of the most popular rest camps. Its high density of wild animals includes the Big 5 as well as hundreds of other mammals and diverse bird species such as vultures, eagles and storks. Swaziland, a small, landlocked monarchy in southern Africa, is known for its wilderness reserves and festivals showcasing traditional Swazi culture. Drive from here to the coast of Kwazulu Natal and on to the mountainous Royal Natal National Park and spectacular Golden Gate Highlands National Park.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Big Five Safari, Self Drive Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Kruger, Drakensberg
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Walking Safari
  • Getting around:
    4x4 Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Start/end in Johannesburg

RATES – PER PERSON USD

From USD 535 per person in a Double Room excluding car
From USD 838 per person in a Single Room excluding car

What's Included

  • Camping
  • Admin & handling fees for travel papers & road assistance
  • Meet & Greet upon arrival, if specified
  • Transfers from / to airport

What's Excluded

  • Car rental of your choice (4×4 equipped Nissan, Toyota or Ford Ranger etc)
  • National Park and private reserve conservation fees (payable upon entry)
  • Gratuities and items of personal nature, such as passport fees and travel visas
  • Travel Insurance

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 on your arrival at Johannesburg International Airport (O.R. Tambo International Airport) and be transferred to Airport Game Lodge. Situated a mere 10 km north of the airport, secluded Airport Game Lodge combines the solitude of the African bush with the luxury and convenience of modern-day living. The lodge started operating in 1995 with four rooms on 9.9 hectares of agricultural land.

1 night – Standard Room with breakfast

Today you will be collected by the car rental company and taken to pick up your self-drive vehicle. Once ready, set off for Blyde River Canyon, officially the Motlatse Canyon and the third largest canyon in the world. Located in Mpumalanga, forming the northern part of the Drakensberg escarpment and within the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, the canyon is 25 kilometres in length and on average, around 750 metres deep.

Forest Resort has beautiful panoramic views of the Blyde River Canyon and is the ideal destination for hiking trails and scenic trips by car to well-known Mpumalanga locations such as Pilgrim’s Rest, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window.

2 nights – Campsite on a self-catering basis

Satara is a busy camp, and not without reason. It is situated in an excellent game viewing area, with the bush relatively open and the animals plentiful and diverse. The camp itself has a rustic charm, with the bulk of the accommodation set out in a series of circles. Satara is well wooded and the bird life is prolific. At night the clink of fruit bats is fused with the chirping of cicadas and crickets. The calls of owls and nightjars add to the symphony that is punctuated intermittently by the whoop of hyena, the screech of jackal and the roars of lion.

1 night – Campsite on a self-catering basis

Skukuza is the Kruger National Park’s largest rest camp and administrative headquarters, situated on the southern banks of the Sabie River. The camp is well foliaged and there are some lofty trees along the river’s edge. Activities and facilities are diverse, as are the animals and plants found both within the camp and in the surrounding areas.

1 night – Campsite on a self-catering basis

Berg-en-Dal is situated on the bank of the Matjulu Spruit with a view of softly undulating hills to the east. On the northern and southern sides dry river beds and a dam border the camp. There are large trees along the streams and dry river beds. Special care has been taken to preserve the natural vegetation in the camp. Berg-en-Dal is also the only camp set in a rugged mountain environment.

1 night – Campsite on a self-catering basis

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is in the Ezulwini Valley of central Swaziland, south of the city of Mbabane. Its grassy southern plains are home to animals such as antelopes and zebras, as well as many birds. Several trails and tracks suitable for horses run up Nyonyane Mountain to the craggy summit known as Execution Rock. The Nyakato viewpoint overlooks Mantenga waterfall and the Usushwana Valley below.

1 night – Campsite on a self-catering basis

You will find this lovely 3 to 9 sleeper fully air-conditioned self-catering lodge situated in a game corridor deep in the heart of the African bush, bordering the world famous Kruger National Park. Enjoy the magnificent nature and well visited drinking hole right in front of you. Our four legged friends like kudu, zebra, warthog, mongoose and monkey visit on a regular basis and some will feed out of your hand – so keep the food ready! The lovely male bush-buck with mom and lad as well as the small duiker family also visits during early morning and afternoon.  The natalse fisant, flocks of guinenafowl and other birds will pick up their food during the day.

2 nights – Campsite on a self-catering basis

Cape Vidal lies within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, about 30 km north of the town of St Lucia, a three-hour drive from Durban. Cape Vidal offers the best of two worlds – it is situated on the exquisite Zululand coast with all its amazingly rich marine life plus it provides direct access to the Eastern Shores Nature Reserve with its populations of elephant, rhino, buffalo, crocodile, hippo and reedbuck to name but a few. Six loop roads off the main St Lucia to Cape Vidal road provide excellent game viewing and bird watching.

The beach and off-shore areas at Cape Vidal fall within the St Lucia Marine Reserve, which extends from 1 km south of Cape Vidal to the Mozambique border and three nautical miles out to sea. The reserve is visited seasonally by humpback whales during their migrations, as well as loggerhead and leatherback sea-turtles that come to the beaches north of Cape Vidal from November to February to nest. Other marine “big game” includes the huge whale shark, marlin, sailfish and dolphin.

2 nights – Campsite on a self-catering basis

Imagine yourself walking on a spotless beach situated in one of the north coast’s popular fishing hotspots while the sound of the ocean’s waves fills your ears and a soft breeze caresses your face. Picture yourself relaxing with your loved ones on a verandah in the peaceful surroundings of Tugela Mouth, gazing at the sky as it turns to orange when the sun drops behind the horizon. Pamper yourself with all the comforts of home all-the-while enjoying a tranquil home-away-from-home rest in the picturesque Tugela Mouth caravan and camping holiday resort. Escape the constant rush and demands of life and give yourself that well-earned break. A comprehensive selection of bird-life and outstanding fishing opportunities, ashore, and offshore are but two of all the attractions available for guests at Tugela Mouth Resort.

Considered as one of South Africa’s 100 best camping and caravanning resorts, Tugela Mouth Resort offers a unique blend of rustic civilization balanced with nature. Situated in one of KwaZulu Natal’s most favored fishing spots on the north coast, and surrounded by coastal bushes, Tugela Mouth Resort is a treasure waiting to be explored.

1 night – Campsite on a self-catering basis

Injisuthi is in the northern section of the Giant’s Castle area of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park. This hutted camp is cradled between the Injisuthi and Cowl Fork rivers at the head of the Injisuthi Valley. It is surrounded by magnificent scenery and is dominated by Cathkin Peak, Monk’s Cowl and Champagne Castle. Visitors may undertake many interesting walks into the Mdedelo Wilderness Area, as well as a guided walk to the Battle Cave, famous for its bushman rock art. Several kilometres of trout waters provide an excellent opportunity for fly fishing. The hutted camp consists of fifteen 4-bedded cabins which are fully equipped, self-contained units with two bedrooms.

Electricity is available between 17:30 and 22:00 only and there are no plug points in the chalets. All units have a fireplace for cold winter nights and its own barbecue facilities – charcoal and wood are sold at the curio shop. Four caves, the Lower Injisuthi Cave, Upper Injisuthi Cave, Marble Baths cave and Grindstone Cave are ideal overnight stops for hikers. 

2 nights – Campsite on a self-catering basis

Royal Natal boasts some of the most splendid mountain scenery in Africa. The main feature is the world famous Amphitheatre, a rock wall approximately 5 km in length and 500 m high. Above the amphitheatre is Mont-aux-Sources peak where, as its name implies, the Orange River starts its long journey to the Atlantic Ocean. It is here where the Thukela River cascades down the face of the amphitheatre, one of the highest waterfalls in the world, on its way to the Indian Ocean.

2 nights – Mahai Campsite on a self-catering basis

The north eastern Free State’s Maluti Mountain range rests gently against Golden Gate Highlands National Park. From here, the arresting Brandwag overhang radiates a glorious golden hue (leaving no question as to where the park aquired its name or why) as it stands sentry over Glen Reenen rest camp. Hiking trails snake in and around the area, allowing the enthusiastic game or bird watcher ample viewing from the privacy of their own vehicle (or horseback, if they prefer).

1 night – Campsite on a self-catering basis

End of you Tour – Bon Voyage!

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