SOUTH AFRICA LODGE SAFARIS

SOUTH AFRICA RAINBOW ROUTE

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This 17 day journey through the best of South Africa is a small group, accommodated safari, and involves trekking, cultural visits and wonderful game viewing in the Rainbow Nation. You’ll see it all on this amazing safari!

Accommodation is in simple chalet and cabins.  Included meals will be prepared by the tour leader, and clients are expected to participate in general safari chores. Travel will be via a comfortable 12 seater safari truck or minibus.

ITINERARY

Day 1 & 2: JOHANNESBURG to GREATER KRUGER (Makuwa Safari Lodge)
Departing from Johannesburg at 06:30am we head towards Mpumalanga where mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls & forests characterise the landscape. We enjoy the views from God’s Window before descending off the escarpment and heading to our game lodge on the border of the Greater Kruger NP.

The following morning, we are up early for a full day of game viewing in Kruger National Park. We will return to our lodge in the late afternoon to enjoy sunset over the Drakensberg Mountains, a swim in the pool and a hearty meal before falling asleep to the sounds of Africa.
Included meals: breakfast x1, lunch x2 and dinner x2

Day 3: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (Lower Sabie Rest Camp Permanent Tents
The largest game reserve in South Africa, boasts the world’s greatest concentration of species, and has an amazing 16 different ecosystems. Exciting game drives provide us with excellent game viewing. Spot the “Big 5“ (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) and many other animals in this true African wilderness.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND (Hawane Resort)
Malolotja Nature Reserve in the mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland is our next attraction. Renowned for a great variety of habitats from short grassland, to thick riverine scrub, bushveld and moist forest, we explore the reserve on foot to enjoy the fantastic mountain views, relax around a campfire dinner and stay in mountain cabins for the night.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 – 6: ZULULAND (Zululand Lodge)
We visit a craft market near Mbabane which has a range of handmade crafts and a local witchdoctor stall! We re-enter South Africa and head to our private game reserve located on the Ukuwela Conservancy, where our local guide will lead us on a walk through bushveld and riverine vegetation of the Msinene River, bird watching and game tracking. Nyala, hippo and the elusive leopard are all found on the reserve.

The next day we take a game drive in Hluhluwe Game Reserve, which is a safe haven for the embattled rhino, followed by a visit to a local Zulu village. Relax in the late afternoon with a cold drink while enjoying the views over the reserve from the lodge.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 – 8: DRAKENSBERG MOUNTAINS (Lotheni Cottages
The Drakensberg Mountains or “uKhahlamba” – the Barrier of Spears, is a 200-kilometre-long mountainous wonderland and world heritage site. From Mkuzi we move further south to the base of these mountains where we overnight for two nights in a quaint cottage or chalets. We will spend time walking along beautiful mountain stream paths, or just enjoying spectacular views.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 – 10: WILD COAST (Benmore Lodge)
The Wild Coast remains a relatively untouched paradise in South Africa. There are unspoilt stretches of dramatic and savagely beautiful coastline, open spaces and pristine forest areas. We stay overnight within walking distance of the beach and the next day is free to explore the area, meet local villagers or relax on the beach.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11: ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK (Addo Main Camp Chalets)
The Addo Elephant National Park was established in 1931 to protect the last 11 wild elephants from extermination. Today more than 350 elephants roam through the area. The park also offers excellent viewing of black rhino, Cape buffalo, lion and leopard, as well as a host of other large and small mammals and over 400 species of birds in the greater park area.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12 – 13: KNYSNA / TSITSIKAMMA (Lagoona Inn)
For two nights we will stay in a lodge resort in Knysna, which is nestled on a tranquil lagoon. We will take a day trip to the Storms River mouth where there are walks up the gorge and along the rocky coast. The Tsitsikamma National Park incorporates 80km of spectacular sea and landscapes; a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys, coastal forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea. There is also an option of the world’s highest bungi jump. Sample seafood at one of Knysna’s great restaurants (own expense).
Included meals: breakfast

Day 14: HERMANUS (Baleens Guest House)
Hermanus offers some of the best land based whale watching in the world. From May to December Southern Right whales come up from the southern oceans to the coast to calve and mate in the shallows. In the afternoon we will take a walk along this beautiful coastline before having a meal out at local restaurant (own expense).
Included meals: breakfast and lunch 

Day 15 – 16: CAPE TOWN (Sweetest Guest Houses)
Cape Town is one of the most picturesque cities in the world, with the majestic Table Mountain providing its central focus. On our way into Cape Town, we visit Stellenbosch, South Africa’s renowned wine region, for wine tasting (own expense) and a cellar tour. The “mother city” has many attractions; we will visit Cape Point, the harbour at Hout Bay, enjoy the famous beaches and the V&A Waterfront. Optional visit to Robben Island (own expense). We sample the local fare at a variety of local restaurants (own expense).
Included meals: breakfast

Day 17: TOUR ENDS 
In the morning we climb Table Mountain, offering panoramic views over Cape Town reaching out into the bay and Robben Island. Having explored the highlights of the Rainbow Nation we take a last look at Cape Town and catch up on last minute curio shopping in the afternoon, before your tour ends at 18:00.
Included meals: breakfast

Price:
2019: € 2 240.00per person sharing
2018: € 2 130.00 per person sharing

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PRICE

€2 240 pps

17 days

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mpumalanga Panorama Route – sight seeing

  • Kruger National Park – game drives

  • Swaziland – mountain walks

  • Zululand – game drives & cultural village

  • Drakensberg Mountains – maintain walks

  • Wild Coast – beach walks & Xhosa culture

  • Addo – game drives

  • Tsitsikamma – forest walks

  • Hermanus – beaches and whales

  • Cape Town – Cape Point & Table Mountain

PRICE INCLUDES

  • 16 nights’ accomodation (lodges, cabins & chalets)

  • All entrance fees (national parks, etc)

  • Transport in minibus

  • Meals as per itinerary

  • Professional guide.

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This safari has set departure dates:

2018
24Nov18 – 10Dec18
01Dec18 – 17Dec18 (German)
08Dec18 – 24Dec18
22Dec18 – 07Jan19
29Dec18 – 14Jan19

2019
05Jan19 – 21Jan19
12Jan19 – 28Jan19 (German)
19Jan19 – 04Feb19
26Jan19 – 11Feb19
02Feb19 – 18Feb19
16Feb19 – 04Mar19
23Feb19 – 11Mar19
02Mar19 – 18Mar19
09Mar19 – 25Mar19
16Mar19 – 01Apr19
30Mar19 – 15Apr19 (German)
13Apr19 – 29Apr19
27Apr19 – 13May19
04May19 – 20May19
11May19 – 27May19
18May19 – 03Jun19 (German)
25May19 – 10Jun19
15Jun-19 – 01Jul19
22Jun19 – 08Jul19 (German)
29Jun19 – 15Jul19
06Jul19 – 22Jul19 (German)
13Jul19 – 29Jul19
20Jul19 – 05Aug19 (German)
27Jul19 – 12Aug19
03Aug19 – 19Aug19
10Aug19 – 26Aug19
17Aug19 – 02Sep19
24Aug19 – 09Sep19 (German)
31Aug19 – 16Sep19
14Sep19 – 30Sep19
21Sep19 – 07Oct19
28Sep19 – 14Oct19 (German)
05Oct19 – 21Oct19
12Oct19 – 28Oct19 (German)
19Oct19 – 04Nov19
02Nov19 – 18Nov19
09Nov19 – 25Nov19
16Nov19 – 02Dec19
23Nov19 – 09Dec19
30Nov19 – 16Dec19 (German)
07Dec19 – 23Dec19
21Dec19 – 06Jan20
28Dec19 – 13Jan20

Bold dates: guaranteed to depart
(German): German speaking departures