As we commence our illustrious safari through the heartlands of Kruger, Eswatini, and Lesotho, our first footsteps lead us into the lush terrain of the Kruger National Park. Here, we indulge in an exhilarating encounter with Africa’s majestic Big Five — the valiant lions, elusive leopards, magnificent rhinos, mighty elephants, and formidable buffalos, marking this as an unrivaled South African safari.

Feel your pulse racing with the rush of immersing yourself in one of Africa’s most extensive wildlife reserves. Our journey unfolds further as we delve into the picturesque Panorama Route, a day set aside for basking in the region’s natural grandeur. We traverse to the mesmerizing spectacles of Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the iconic Three Rondavels, the awe-inspiring God’s Window, and the monumental Blyde River Canyon, the world’s third largest canyon.

Bidding farewell to Kruger National Park, we venture across the boundary, welcoming the serene kingdom of Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland. Nestled within its tranquil confines is the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, where we indulge in additional wildlife experiences.

Our journey circles back into South Africa, leading us to the sprawling Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve. Here, we embark on a safari drive, tracking down the Big Five that make their home within these borders. As afternoon approaches, we swap our land vehicle for a boat, setting sail on the St Lucia estuary for a different perspective on Africa’s wildlife.

Our adventure doesn’t stop at the water’s edge. We journey into the soul of South Africa, climbing to the staggering heights of the Drakensberg mountains. With your guide leading the way, embark on a mountainous hike that is sure to challenge and reward you in equal measure.

Next, we venture into the highlands of Lesotho, an opportunity to embrace the Basotho way of life by testing your skills at pony trekking. Known for their agility and grace, the Basotho ponies offer a unique way to explore these captivating landscapes.

Our journey concludes with a trip to the renowned Addo Elephant National Park. While its namesake elephants are the park’s crown jewels, recent expansions have catapulted Addo to the status of the third-largest national park in South Africa. This epic expedition promises to be more than a safari; it’s a journey of a lifetime.

Please note: This itinerary is flexible and can be changed without notice. A detailed, up-to-date dossier itinerary is available to download.

Day 1 – Greater Kruger National Park 

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 enjoy a Sundowner drive through the reserve.  

Day 2 – Kruger National Park 

Rising early this morning we enter the Kruger National Park to enjoy a full day of game viewing. 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: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Our Game drive through the park is in an open-sided 4×4 vehicle.  

Day 3 – Kruger National Park 

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.  

Day 4 – Kruger to Eswatini 

We start the day early with some coffee and traditional rusks before setting off through Kruger on our way to Eswatini. 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 Eswatini 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.  

Day 5 – Eswatini – Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary  
Endless hours of self-guided exploration within the small 4560ha Mlilwane 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.    

Day 6 – Eswatini – St Lucia 

We bid farewell to Eswatini and re-enter South Africa, continuing south into the reaches of Zululand, once the realm of the mighty King Shaka who united the Zulu clans.  

Day 7 – Hluhluwe – Umfolozi Game Reserve / iSimangaliso Wetland Park 

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. While rhinoceros are the most famous of the parks 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 St Lucia estuary. 

Day 8 – Kwa Zulu Natal Coast – UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park 

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 stop 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.  

Day 9 – UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park 

We set out this morning for a lengthy hike. 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.  

Day 10 – Lesotho 

Our journey today begins with a mountain pass as 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.     

Day 11 – Lesotho  

The clean air of the mountains accompanies us this morning as we explore the surrounding area offers a unique and adventurous landscape to explore on foot and we will set out on the trail which is a couple of hours.    

Day 12 – South Africa – Graaff Reinet 

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. 

Day 13 – Gqeberha (Gateway to Addo Elephant National Park) 

This morning you will have the opportunity to join a sunrise excursion to the Valley of Desolation. This unique valley offers a panoramic view over the town and the wide open plains stretching out below. Setting course for the coast once again, we pass through the open plains of the Karoo and head to the famous Addo Elephant National Park where we will enjoy a half day game drive in our Nomad truck, in search of the famous elephants that call Addo home. Our overnight accommodation is in the heart of Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth). 

Day 14 – Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) 

This morning after breakfast, your tour will come to an end in the city of Gqeberha. 

  •   Crew3 Crew
  •   Max Passengers 2012 Passengers Max
  •   Vehicle 2012 Seater Vehicle
  •   Duration14 Days and 13 Nights
  •   From / ToJohannesburg to Port Elizabeth
  •   Meals13 Breakfast  13 Lunch 13 Dinner
  •   Countries South Africa, Eswatini, Lesotho


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