Wild Life Discovery
SCHEDULED GUIDED TOURS
5 Days Johannesburg to Durban
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.”
This tour is available throughout the year, please contact us for booking information.
Self Drive Holidays
This tour is also available as a self drive holiday.
The tour price varies according to group size, accommodation and activities. Remember, all our tours can be combined to create a personal itinerary for your own dream holiday. Please contact us for a quotation.
Depart Johannesburg to Hoedspruit via Dullstroom
Hoedspruit to Sabie via Panorama Route
Sabie o Mthethomusha Game Reserve via Kruger National Park
Mthethomusha Game Reserve to St. Lucia via Swaziland
St. Lucia to Durban
Detailed 5 Day Tour Plan
Day 1: Depart Johannesburg to Hoedspruit via Dullstroom
This morning we will be collecting you from the departure hotel of your choice by our professional tourist guide. Leaving the city behind 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 a dinner of delicious local fare.
Overnight at Makalati Private Game Reserve or similar. Dinner, bed and breakfast, including two game viewing activities.
Day 2: Hoedspruit to Sabie via Panorama Route
An early start sees you catching the bushveld as it come 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 be about after their night of hunting. Enjoy coffee and rusks before the safari and 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.
The Panorama 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 into the small town of Sabie in the Drakensberg escarpment for the evening. The little town owns its existence to a drunken hunting party, when in 1871, a few men’s fateful stray bullets stuck 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 Eucalyptus 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 at freshen-up at your Sabie accommodation, before enjoying dinner.
Overnight at Lone Greek River Lodge or similar. Dinner, bed and breakfast
Day 3: Sabie o Mthethomusha Game Reserve via Kruger National Park
After an early breakfast leave the mountainous town of Sabie and drive via Hazyview onto Mpumalanga’s flagship attraction, the Kruger National Park.
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 at Bongani Mountain Lodge or similar. Dinner, bed and breakfast. Including one game activity.
Day 4: Mthethomusha Game Reserve to St. Lucia via Swaziland
After an early breakfast we take a short open vehicle game drive through Mthethomusha Game Reserve, allowing for a few last parting shots before travelling through to St. Lucia 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 names after the 19th century King Mswati II and is today still steeped in ancient cultural traditions. We enter Swaziland at Mananga border post and experience the welcoming embrace of the friendly Swazi people when you lunch (own account) en route.
Exit Swaziland at the Lavumisa border post and enter the sub-tropical Elephant Coast, the Zulu Kingdom of Kwa-Zulu Natal. An area naturally gifted with towering mountains, the blissfully warm Indian Ocean, lush tropical vegetation and a myriad of different animal species.
In the late afternoon you will arrive at your overnight accommodation in the only town urban area in the world that is entirely surrounded by a natural World Heritage Site.
You will have an opportunity to freshen up before relaxing with pre-dinner drinks and dinner (both own account) at the restaurant. Optional night game activity available (own account).
Overnight Elephant Lake Hotel or similar. Bed and breakfast. Including one game activity.
Note: When entering the Kingdom of Swaziland, please ensure that you are in possession of a valid passport, and for some nationals of certain countries, multi-entry visa entry and conditions will apply.
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 population in the country. Observe hippopotamus, crocodiles and an abundance of birds on an eco-friendly boat cruise on the estuary.
Enjoy a revitalizing lunch (own account) while taking pleasure in the lovely lake views before departing for the city of Durban.
Our tour ends with a late afternoon arrival at your Durban hotel or King Shaka International Airport.