Overview

We begin our journey with a visit to the Panorama Route to view the spectacular Blyde River Canyon before making our way to the Kruger National Park where we have the opportunity to tick off viewing Africa’s Big Five. We cross the border into the landlocked kingdom of Swaziland and make our way to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary for more a game viewing safari. Crossing back into South Africa we visit Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, St Lucia Wetland Park and the colourful, spicy city of Durban before leaving to the highlands of Lesotho where you can try your hand at pony trekking. We end our tour with a visit to Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape.

Featured Highlights

Not all highlights are included in the tour price and form part of the Activity Package. Ideally we would include all activities, but not everyone can afford this. The Activity Package can be pre-purchased or bought through your guide on day 1 of your tour.

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Pre & Post Tour Accommodation

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Pre Tour Accommodation - Johannesburg

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  Airport Transfer Available Belvedere Estate

Recently purchased by Nomad Adventure Tours, Belvedere Estate is a 4 star establishment with 15 en-suite, fully equipped, self-catering rooms, a sparkling swimming pool, braai boma, two lounges, dining area, snooker room, bar and friendly, welcoming staff. With a range of snacks, lunch and dining options, we welcome you as … Read More

Post Tour Accommodation - Port Elizabeth

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  Airport Transfer Available Kings Beach Hotel

Kings Beach Garden Court Hotel in Port Elizabeth is centrally located and enjoys sweeping views of Algoa Bay. The hotel is within walking distance to the beach, shops, Boardwalk, restaurants and other attractions. Rooms are clean and comfortable with modern bathrooms, air-conditioning, tea and coffee facilities and complimentary wifi. Read More

Itinerary

Our tours come with an Activity Package. This is an optional additional payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours and therefore this itinerary has been written with these items included in the day-by-day itinerary. Ideally we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this.

Day 01

South Africa – Panorama Route

Leaving Johannesburg we travel towards the Panorama Route one of South Africa’s most scenic drives. The Panorama route consists of Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Blyde River Canyon including God’s Window and Three Rondavels. This evening we will enjoy a traditional Shangaan Dinner with dancing.

Distance
±515km
Route
Johannesburg to Timbavati
Included Activities
South African Dinner & Traditional Dancing
Day 02

Kruger National Park

This morning we pack up and head towards the world famous Kruger National Park and immediately begin our first game drive in our truck. Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. We will spend the day driving through the park in our Nomad truck, which gives us an elevated view and increases our chance to spot the animals.

Distance
±95km
Route
Timbavati Lodge to Kruger National Park
Activity Package
Full day 4×4 Game Drive
Optional Activities
Evening Game Drive – Nkambeni Reserve
Day 03

Kruger National Park

We will make the most of our day travelling through the Kruger National Park in search of wildlife. Today you have the opportunity of experience Kruger in an optional open 4×4 safari vehicle.

Optional Activities
Morning Bush Walk – Nkambeni Reserve
Evening Game Drive – Nkambeni Reserve
Included Activities
Afternoon game drive in Nomad truck
Day 04

Swaziland - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

The Kingdom of Swaziland is a landlocked country bordered by South Africa and Mozambique. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is Swazilands oldest reserve and covers 4,560 hectares. As there are no large predators in this area there are a number of self-guided hikes available. Hiking is an excellent way of interacting with the flora and fauna here and comes highly recommended.

Distance
±230 km (in addition approx 150km in Kruger)km
Route
Kruger to Mlilwane
Optional Activities
Game drive – Mlilwane (min 2 clients)
Day 05

Isimangaliso, Greater St Lucia

We leave Swaziland and take a scenic drive towards the warm Indian Ocean coast, re-entering South Africa. Soon after our arrival at iSimangaliso Wetland Park we board a boat for a sunset cruise on the lagoon for some bird and hippo viewing! This UNESCO recognised area is extremely varied and includes: lakes, beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands together supporting an astounding diversity of animal, bird and marine life.

Distance
±335km
Route
Mlilwane to St. Lucia
Activity Package
Zulu Cultural Evening
Day 06

Hluhluwe - Umfolozi Game Reserve

This morning we drive to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve for a game drive in open 4×4 vehicles. The park is the only state-run park in the province of KwaZulu-Natal where all the Big Five occur. In the afternoon we return to St Lucia and have the opportunity to participate in a Zulu Cultural Evening.  During the cultural tour,  we visit a local shebeen for beer tasting, made from the local Ilala Palm, unique to the Zululand area and visit a local homestead to experience the Zulu culture.  Upon returning to our accommodation, we will be entertained by Zulu classes where you will learn the basics of the Zulu language and enjoy some Zulu dancing.

Activity Package
Game Drive in Hluhluwe/Imfolozi National Park
St. Lucia Boat Cruise
Day 07

Durban

Today we arrive at Durban, South Africa’s largest marine port and well-known surfing destination. The evening can be spent enjoying authentic Indian cuisine as Durban is also home to the largest population of people of Indian descent outside of India

Distance
±240km
Route
St. Lucia to Durban
Optional Activities
Dinner Out Durban
Day 08

UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

We leave behind the beautiful beaches of KwaZulu Natal and travel inland to the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg or Royal Natal National Park, part of the huge and incredibly scenic Drakensberg Escarpment. The Drakensberg is South Africa’s highest mountain range with peaks at over 3000 metres. Hiking is the most popular activity here and your guides will take you on a lovely hike if you are not already busy with other optional activities.

Distance
±265km
Route
Durban to Drakensberg
Day 09

UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

Today, our second day in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, we will have the opportunity to go on a guided walk to see some of the San rock paintings or just relax around camp and enjoy the day at your leisure.

Included Activities
Hiking*
Day 10

Lesotho - Malealea

It’s a visually impressive drive up to the Lesotho border. Lesotho is one of the highest countries in the world, with the entire country being over 1000m above sea level.

Distance
±370km
Route
Drakensberg to Malealea Lodge
Activity Package
Lesotho Village Visit
Optional Activities
Pony Trekking
Day 11

Lesotho - Malealea

Today we get up early and those who opt to go on the optional Pony Trekking Excursion will ride into the remote hills of Lesotho accompanied by local guides. On your return, the group will visit the local village and school (school holidays permitting).

Optional Activities
Hiking – Lesotho (per hour)
Day 12

South Africa – Cintsa

Leaving the ‘Kingdom in the Skies’ behind us we travel south to Cintsa. We will spend the next two nights here and have the chance to relax and participate in the many activities available at the resort.

Distance
±500km
Route
Malealea to Cintsa
Day 13

Cintsa

Today is a day at leisure where you can choose to participate in the many optional activities (such as quadbike hire, abseiling, canoe trails or pedal boat hire) or just laze around the campsite and enjoy the sights and sounds of your surroudings.

Optional Activities
Sea Kayaking / Canoe trail
Quad Biking
Day 14

Addo Elephant National Park

This unique Eastern Cape park is home to one of the densest concentrations of African elephants on earth as well as boasting the ‘Big Seven’(elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, southern right whale and great white shark) as Addo is a land and marine park.

Distance
±320km
Route
Cintsa to Addo
Included Activities
Afternoon game drive in nomad truck
Day 15

Port Elizabeth

This morning we head to Port Elizabeth where your tour comes to an end.

Distance
±170km
Route
Addo to Port Elizabeth

Activity Package

Below are all highlights that are part of the Activity Package. This is an optional additional payment that covers what we consider to be 'essential activities' on our tours. This payment is 100% transparent and is listed under the itinerary of the tour and in our pre departure information document.

  • Full day 4×4 Game Drive
  • Zulu Cultural Evening
  • Game Drive in Hluhluwe/Imfolozi National Park
  • St. Lucia Boat Cruise
  • Lesotho Village Visit

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