Project Description

Wildlife Discovery

5 Days

Johannesburg to Durban

SCHEDULED GUIDED TOUR
TISD 01

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TRAVEL WITH A PURPOSE

Travel through the natural wonders of South Africa. Stay at a private game lodge; connect with Swazis; visit a World Heritage Site and spot Africa’s ‘Big 5’. Enjoy a truly African experience in an open safari vehicle.

Wildlife Discovery Map
Languages English, German and French
Departure days Mondays
Departure locations Rosebank hotels ± 06h00
Sandton hotels ± 06h30
Collection time will be confirmed with the guest, the day before departure
Vehicle Luxury sedan or minibus
Group size 8 guests per vehicle
Additional Touring Options

Private guided tour: Itinerary available on a private basis departing on selected Mondays • On request and subject to availability (not available on Freesale) • Departure on any other day is subject to availability and a surcharge may apply • Public attractions will not be private • Other language tour guides available on request.

Self-drive tour: Available on selected Mondays • Entrance fees and excursions not included • Other day departures are subject to availability and a surcharge may apply.

Accommodation 4-star hotels; 5-star private game lodge
Meals 4 breakfasts and 3 dinners
Entrance Fees
Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window, conservation fee into Kruger National Park and private game reserves
Excursions
2 open private game reserve safari vehicle game drives, morning open safari vehicle game drive in iSimangaliso Wetland Park, St Lucia Estuary boat cruise

Excluded: Travel insurance • Flights • Visa fees •  Airport transfers • Porterage • 5 lunches, 1 dinner • Gratuities •  Personal expenses

 English Departure Dates 

Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
2 7 4 1 1, 29 26 24 21 19 16 13 11

German Departure Dates 

Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
9, 23 30 14, 21, 28 18, 25 8, 22 8, 15, 22 5, 19 3, 10, 17, 31 7, 14 5, 12, 26 9, 23, 30 6, 20, 27 4, 25

French Departure Dates 

Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
16 11 15 12 28 2 18
  • ‘Big 5’ Private game lodge
  • Kruger National Park
  • Panorama Route
  • Swazi culture
  • iSimangaliso Wetlands Park game activities

Day 1 | Monday

JOHANNESBURG to MAKALALI GAME RESERVE via DULLSTROOM
(±456km)

Guests are collected from the hotel and travel eastwards to the province of Limpopo, via Dullstroom. Guests will stop for lunch (own account) en route and arrive at a private game reserve, to enjoy a guided, open vehicle game drive. Return to the lodge for pre-dinner drinks (own account) and dinner.

Overnight at Makalali Main Lodge or similar – Dinner, breakfast, and 2 game viewing excursions.

Day 2 | Tuesday

MAKALALI GAME RESERVE to HAZYVIEW via PANORAMA ROUTE
(±180km)

Experience an early morning start in the bushveld on a guided, open vehicle game drive. They will enjoy coffee and rusks in the bush before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Head to one of Mpumalanga’s most magnificent attractions: The Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondavels. The Panorama Route affords guests memorable views of the more significant sites in this area, including God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Lunch (own account) is enjoyed along this scenic route. The tour stops in Hazyview for the evening.

Overnight at Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort or similar – Dinner and breakfast.

Day 3 | Wednesday

HAZYVIEW to SWAZILAND via KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (±285km)

Guests enjoy an early breakfast before departing the hotel, and head towards Mpumalanga’s flagship attraction – the Kruger National Park. A closed vehicle game drive allows guests to take in the park and view the ‘Big 5’ and other fauna and flora. Enjoy lunch (own account) en route to the Kingdom of Swaziland. Guests enter at the Jeppes Reef border. Arrive at the hotel later in the afternoon and enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at Royal Swazi Spa or similar – Dinner and breakfast.

NOTE: When entering the Kingdom of Swaziland, guests must ensure they are in possession of a valid passport and for nationals of applicable countries, multi-entry visa regulations apply (own account)

Day 4 | Thursday

SWAZILAND to ST LUCIA (±335km)

After an early breakfast, guests stop to visit the Swazi Candle Factory and Crafts Market. Exit Swaziland at the Lavumisa Border post and enter South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province in an area colloquially referred to as the Elephant Coast. In the late afternoon guests arrive at the hotel and have the opportunity to freshen up before pre-dinner drinks and dinner (both own account).

Overnight at Forest Lodge or similar – Breakfast and 1 game excursion.

Day 5 | Friday

ST LUCIA to DURBAN (±245km)

Before breakfast, embark on an open safari vehicle and enjoy a game drive through South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a colloquial reference roughly translated as ‘miracle and wonder’. Observe hippos, crocodiles, and an abundance of birds on an eco-friendly boat cruise on the estuary. They can have lunch (own account) while taking in the lake vista before departing for the city of Durban. The tour concludes at a Durban city hotel.

RECOMMENDED PRE-TOUR HOTEL

Protea by Marriott Balalaika Sandton

Location: Sandton

  • Walking distance to Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square
  • Ideal for business or leisure travellers
  • Popular Bull Run Restaurant

RECOMMENDED PRE TOUR

My Joburg (PVT TIMJ)
  • Private flexible full day tour
  • Discover the province of Gauteng
  • Create your own city, bush or cultural experience!
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RECOMMENDED POST-TOUR HOTEL

aha Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites

Location: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

  • Easy access to the V&A Waterfront
  • Walking distance from the Cape Town International Convention Centre
  • Artscape Theatre for opera, ballet, and drama nearby

RECOMMENDED POST TOUR

Cape Kaleidoscope (TISD 42)

Cape Town to Johannesburg flight required

  • Departs Cape Town on Wednesdays (English)
  • 2 open safari vehicle game drives
  • Visit Cango Caves, an ostrich farm and Cape Agulhas
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Guests travelling on this tour support GREEN SEAT to conserve South Africa’s

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