11 Day – “Africa’s Wildlife & the Zulu Kingdom” Tour

Ideal for those who don’t have too much time, but who are nature and wildlife lovers and who have had an interest in the fascinating culture of the Zulu people. You will get to visit some of the most beautiful areas in South Africa, as well as two world renowned game parks, namely the Kruger National Park and Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Game Reserve. Travel through the kingdom of Swaziland to another kingdom that was built within 12 years by the great worrier Shaka – “King of the Zulu’s”.

Minimum number of persons: 2

Size of group: Max 8

 

Category:

Dates – On Demand

Duration: – 10 Nights / 11 Days

Recommended add-on Tour: – 4 Night – Cape Town or 4 Nights – Victoria Falls

Meals:(B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)

Various standards of accommodation are available on a tour to South Africa

* Accommodation is subject to availability, if the under mentioned accommodation is not available we shall endeavor to supply comparable facilities.





Baboon

Day 1:

Morning arrival in South Africa, your guide will meet you upon arrival in Johannesburg at O R Tambo International Airport. Depart to Pretoria for a city tour that includes the Voortrekker Monument, Church Square and Union Buildings. Lunch in Pretoria, before checking-in at our charming little lodge near the airport. Dinner will be served at the lodge. Overnight in Kempton Park – Johannesburg.

Accommodation:: Journey’s Inn Africa (D) Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star


Day 2:

Travel via Middelburg, Dullstroom, Lydenburg (Mashishing) to the province of Mpumalanga and the “Panorama Route” of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, admire the natural beauty of the Blyde River Canyon – third deepest canyon in the world, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window. Overnight in the beautiful Sabie River Valley near Hazyview.

Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate (B) Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star


Day 3:

Early morning departure for the world-renowned Kruger National Park (KNP). The KNP is known to be the most diverse park in the world with 140 mammals, 119 reptiles, ± 506 bird, 55 amphibians and ± 1980 plant species. Dinner will be served as a traditional “potjie” cooked by your guide – good luck. Overnight in the park.

Accommodation: Lower Sabie Camp (B & D) Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star



Day 4:

Another day to relax in the African bush and to continue with your search of the “Big 5” and a host of other animals. Dinner will be a traditional “braai” – barbeque prepared by your guide. Overnight in the KNP.

Accommodation: Lower Sabie Camp (B & D) Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star

Optional activities: Sunset or evening open vehicle safari with a park ranger.

Hyena pup


Day 5:

Today we travel through the mountain kingdom of Swaziland to Zululand. Overnight on a private game reserve situated near the small town of Hluhluwe. Dinner will be served at the camp’s restaurant. Overnight at Bonamanzi.

Accommodation: Bonamanzi Lodge (B & D) Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star


Day 6:

This morning you have an included option of joining the ranger on a game walk, the rest of the morning is at leisure. This afternoon we travel to the Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Game Reserve to enjoy an open vehicle safari, in by-gone years this reserve was the hunting grounds of Zulu Kings. Dinner at the camp’s restaurant. Overnight on Bonamanzi.

Accommodation: Bonamanzi Lodge (B & D) Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star


Day 7:

Take a cruise on the St Lucia estuary, a lake riddled with crocodiles and hippos in the Greater St Lucia Wetlands one of South Africa’s UNESCO world heritage sites. Depart after the cruise to the beautiful Nkwalini Valley and Shakaland for lunch, check into hotel. Enjoy Zulu hospitality at its best with a traditional Zulu festival at Shakaland, dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel Shakaland (B & D) Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Five Star


Day 8:

Travel to Giants Castle in the Natal Drakensburg Mountains, also known as the “barrier of spears” via the historical city of Pietermaritzburg, stop for lunch at Howick waterfall. All meals are served at the lodge’s restaurant. Overnight in the Natal Drakensberg Mountains.

Accommodation: Giants Castle Lodge (B) Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Four Star

Bushmen


Day 9:

A day at leisure in the beautiful Natal Drakensburg Mountains where Bushmen left their life stories in the form of paintings and drawings on the rocks and in the caves. Visit Giants Castle cave for a guided tour or take a walk along one of the numerous nature trails in this park. Overnight in the Natal Drakensberg Mountains.

Accommodation:: Giants Castle Lodge (B) Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Four Star

Mountain


Day 10:

Travel the “Oliviershoek Pass” to the village of Clarens and the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Spend the afternoon relaxing at the hotel or take a walk along one of the numerous nature trails in the park. Our farewell dinner will be served at the hotel’s restaurant. Overnight in the Golden Gate NP.

Accommodation:: Golden Gate Hotel (B & D) Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star

Optional activities: Horse riding or game drives are available.


Day 11:

Drive back to Johannesburg the commercial hub of South Africa. Township tour of Soweto, visit the very moving Hector Pieterson Museum and Nelson Mandela’s House – reflect on the “Apartheid” era of South Africa’s history. Last minute shopping before your departure.

Accommodation: (B)

OR

Recommended – Cape Town Add-on Tour:

Travel to Johannesburg, catch your flight to Cape Town. Your guide will meet you on arrival in Cape Town to transfer you to your hotel. Dinner can be enjoyed at one of the numerous restaurants on the V & A Waterfront. Overnight in Cape Town.

Accommodation: : (B)
V & A City Lodge Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star or
President Hotel Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Four Star or
Commodore Hotel Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Five Star



Day 12:

Take a scenic drive around the “Cape Peninsula”. Visit Hout Bay and the Cape Fur Seal colony on Duiker Island, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point and Boulders – Penguins. Optional and weather permitting – we take the cableway up Table Mountain. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.

Accommodation: : (B)
V & A City Lodge Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star or
President Hotel Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Four Star or
Commodore Hotel Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Five Star



Day 13:

A day at leisure, where you can do the following optional activities – a city orientation tour of South Africa’s beautiful Mother City on the “hop-on hop-off bus” or visit a local township or visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 17 years or visit to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens or visit one of the numerous beautiful beaches around the Cape or for the energetic – take a hike up Table Mountain or for the brave – shark cage diving. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.

Accommodation: : (B)
V & A City Lodge Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star or
President Hotel Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Four Star or
Commodore Hotel Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Five Star


Day 14:

Wine tastings and a cellar tour at some of the wine estates along the Cape’s world-renowned Stellenbosch Wine Route, also spend some time in the picturesque towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Enjoy your farewell dinner at Vijff Vlieghen (Five Flies) Restaurant. Overnight in Cape Town.

Accommodation: : (B)
V & A City Lodge Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Three Star or
President Hotel Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Four Star or
Commodore Hotel Tour South Africa - Accommodation Rating Five Star



Day 15:

Morning at leisure. Lunch at the V & A Waterfront, time for last minute shopping and weather permitting an optional helicopter flight over the “Cape Peninsula”. Transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your flight home.

Accommodation: (B)



Included:

Accommodation (3-4*), transport, guide, meals as indicated, porter-age where available, conservation fees and all entrance fees as per itinerary.

Excluded:

Air tickets, passport and visa fees, airport tax, insurance, phone calls, facsimiles, beverages, gratuities, items of a personal nature and excess baggage.

 
 

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