Package Tour - 5 day Wildlife Discovery (Jhb - Dbn)
Categories: Big 5 / Birdwatching / Wildlife
Take in the wildlife in four different areas and enjoy a truly African safari in an open safari vehicle. Stay at two private game lodges, visit a World Heritage Site and spot Africa’s mighty “Big Five”.
At a Glance
Day 1: Johannesburg to Hoedspruit Area
Dumela! Welcome to the first day of your wild African bush adventure.
This morning you will be collected from your Johannesburg hotel by our professional tourist guide. Leaving the city behind us we head east, via Dullstroom, to Mother Nature’s playground, the beautiful and inspiring, Mpumalanga Province.
Stop for lunch (own account) en route and arrive at Makalali Private Game Reserve on the banks of the Makhutswi River in time for high tea.
Makalali Private Game Reserve is one of the leading pioneers in eco-tourism. Once a cattle farm it has been regenerated to its present splendour as a game reserve and has successfully reintroduced animals such as lion, rhino, elephant and leopard. Let the bushveld enchant you on a guided open vehicle game drive, peruse the “Big Five” and other distinctive species like the giraffe, zebra and the endangered cheetah.
Return to the lodge and savour the luxurious yet rustic settings with pre-dinner drinks (own account) before dinner of delicious local fare.
Overnight: Moditlo River Lodge or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast including two game viewing activities
Day 2: Hoedspruit to Sabie
An early start sees you catching the bushveld as it comes alive while on a guided open vehicle game drive. The morning sights and sounds differ vastly from the evening sounds of the night hunters and crawlers, and with a bit of luck, some of the big cats may still about after their night of hunting. Enjoy coffee and rusks before a well-deserved breakfast back at the lodge.
After breakfast we head to one of Mpumalanga’s most magnificent attractions, the Blyde River Canyon, on the Panorama Route. The Blyde River Canyon may be one of the largest green canyons in the world with its lush subtropical vegetation. One of Africa’s natural wonder’s, it offers you memorable views and unusual natural phenomenons, like The Three Rondawels, Pinnacle Rock and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Lunch (own account) will be enjoyed along this scenic route.
Venture onto the small town of Sabie in the Drakensberg escarpment for the evening. This little town owes its existence to a drunken hunting party, when in 1871, a few men’s fateful stray bullets struck the cliff’s wall, exposing sparkles of gold beneath the rock. Today Sabie has replaced gold mining with a green gold timber industry as its chief support. The town is surrounded by over 1 million acres of Pine and Blue-gum trees that comprise one of the world’s largest man-made forests. Beautiful indigenous forests still remain with excellent hiking trails and waterfalls. Check-in and freshen up at your Sabie accommodation, before enjoying a tasteful dinner.
Overnight: Lone Creek River Lodge or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast
Day 3: Sabie to Mthethomusha
After an early breakfast we leave the mountainous town of Sabie and drive, via Hazyview, onto Mpumalanga’s flagship attraction, the Kruger National Park.
The Kruger National Park forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. This peace park links the Kruger with Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe, and with the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique and is 20 000 square kilometers in size, roughly that of the Netherlands.
A closed vehicle game drive will give you the opportunity to take in the park’s vastness and seek out the “Big Five” and other endangered and indigenous animals and plants. Amongst the park’s diverse offerings are: 147 mammals, 507 birds, 114 reptiles and a whopping 1 982 plants species with several historical and ancient archaeological sites. Lunch in the park (own account).
Exit the park at Malelane Gate and onto your lodge on Mthethomusha Game Reserve. Enjoy an open vehicle game drive followed by dinner.
Overnight: Bongani Mountain Lodge or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast including one game activity
Day 4: Mthethomusha game reserve to St. Lucia
After an early breakfast we take a short open vehicle game drive through Mthethomusha Game Reserve, allowing for a few a last parting shots, before travelling through to Hluhluwe via the Kingdom of Swaziland. (Visa own account).
Swaziland, one of only two kingdoms in Southern Africa, is also the smallest country in Africa. This landlocked kingdom is named after the 19th century King Mswati II and is today still steeped in ancient cultural traditions.
We drive through Hlane Royal Park, a conservation area covering 30 000 hectares of Swazi bushveld made up predominantly of ancient hardwood vegetation. Hlane is home to elephant, lion and White Rhino, with an abundant bird life, including the largest numbers of nesting white backed vultures in Africa.
Experience the welcoming embrace of the friendly Swazi people when you lunch (own account) at Nisela Safari Lodge near Big Bend at the foot of the Lebombo mountains.
We exit Swaziland at the Lavumisa Border post and enter the sub-tropical Elephant Coast, the Zulu Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal. An area naturally gifted with towering mountains, the blissfully warm Indian Ocean, lush tropical vegetation and a myriad of different animal species such as the endangered Leatherback and Loggerhead sea turtles.
In the late afternoon you will arrive at your overnight accommodation. You will have an opportunity to freshen up before relaxing with pre-dinner drinks and dinner (both for own account) at the lodge’s restaurant.
Overnight: Elephant Lake Hotel or similar – bed and breakfast including one game activity
Day 5: St. Lucia to Durban
Wake up charmed in this piece of paradise, ready to discover South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
Before breakfast, embark on an open safari vehicle, where you will be guided on a game drive through iSimangaliso (which means ‘miracle and wonder’). The park is the biggest estuarine system in Africa and home to the biggest hippo and crocodile populations in the country.
Observe Hippopotamus, Crocodiles, and an abundance of birds on an eco-friendly boat cruise on the Estuary.
Enjoy a revitalising lunch (own account) while taking pleasure in the lovely lake views before departing for the city of Durban.
The tour ends with a late afternoon arrival at your Durban hotel or King Shaka International Airport.