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5 Days Kruger National Park and Panorama Route Safari in South Africa and Eswatini

Gauteng - Blyde River Canyon - Kruger National Park - Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains, South Africa; Hlane Royal National Park, Swaziland/Eswatini

Classic Safari in South Africa and Eswatini

Mpumalanga means “the place where the sun rises” ascends towards mountain peaks and then terminates in an immense escarpment in the north-east. In some places, this escarpment plunges hundreds of meters down to the low-lying area known as the Lowveld. This safari tour is an excellent choice for people who want to enjoy spectacular scenery, combined with game drives to see the renowned big five (elephant, rhinoceros, lion, leopard, and buffalo). It traverses into Swaziland after five days to showcase the best there is to offer.

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Maximum group size: 12 participants.
  • Children policy: Children under the age of 18 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian
  • Starting point: Gauteng
  • Ending point: Johannesburg
  • Park fees are included.

Meet the guides

Jakes
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Highlights

  • 3 amazing game drives
  • See an abundance of wildlife at Blyde River Canyon
  • View the spectacular wildlife scenery at Kruger National Park
  • Roundtrip airport transfers included and all transport by private vehicle
  • Visit the intriguing museums and shops in Pilgrim’s Rest
  • Head to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

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5 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer included: O. R. Tambo International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
09:00

Your first night will be at the Forever Blyde Canyon in a chalet with air-conditioned bedroom, bathroom with bath, shower and toilet, fully equipped kitchen with a two-plate stove (no oven) and microwave, lounge with TV, breakfast nook, carport, and BBQ area. Your second night will be at Letaba or Satara Rest Camp in Kruger National Park which will be in a bungalow: round-walled, single-room African style units with thatched roofs, two or three beds per unit, equipped with en-suite ablutions (most with showers). All units have air-conditioning, some have fans. Kitchenettes vary: some have hotplates and sinks; some have only sinks, while some have neither.

The third night is similar to the second, but in another Kruger camp. For the fourth night, you overnight at the five-star Royal Villas Swaziland which offers award winning accommodation and fine cuisine all year round.

Note

The price to request for a solo traveler in a single room is 1,090 USD. This option is only available if there are other bookings already.

Program

Day 1:

You will begin the journey at a centrally located spot in Gauteng and drive through some of the most scenic areas of the Eastern part of South Africa. You will visit the intriguing museums and shops in Pilgrim’s Rest and then drive to view Pinnacle Rock and then to experience the amazing view from God’s Window. (Lunch en-route not included, restaurants available) You will then visit the Berlin Falls, where numerous local arts and crafts are for sale. From here, you will visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and then head to the Blyde River Canyon, where you will overnight in a chalet at the resort: Forever Blyde Canyon (or similar). Dinner at the restaurant.

Day 2:

You will leave after breakfast to take a boat trip on the Blyde Dam. An interpretation tour will take you to the Kadishi Tufa waterfall and the Three Rondawels. An abundance of wildlife will keep you distracted while learning more about the natural history of the Blyde Canyon. The Kadishi Tufa waterfall, at 200 meters (around 660 feet) in height, is the second tallest Tufa Waterfall on earth and also known as ‘the weeping face of nature’.

From here you will head to the heart of the Kruger National Park through the Orpen gate, watching game as you head to the Satara Rest Camp. (Lunch en-route not included, restaurants available) The Satara Rest Camp is situated in an excellent game viewing area, with the bush relatively open and the animals plentiful and diverse. Satara is well wooded and the bird-life is prolific. The calls of owls and night-jars add to the symphony that is punctuated intermittently by the whoop of hyena, the screech of jackal and the roars of lion.

Enjoy a Sunset Game Drive which transitions into the night where you can see the nocturnal activities of Kruger's secretive creatures, and lasts at least 3 hours. Dinner at the restaurant follows. Overnight in a bungalow or cottage at the Satara Rest Camp, or similar.

Day 3:

Starting the game drive in our own vehicle early after coffee, you explore every possible opportunity to view the spectacular wildlife scenery. Chances are excellent to spot a variety of some of the estimated number of animals: Lion(1,620 – 1,750), Leopard(1,000), Cheetah(120), Wild dog(120), Spotted hyena(5,340), Elephant(13,750), Burchell's zebra(23,700 - 35,300), Hippopotamus(3,100), Warthog(3,100 - 5,700), Giraffe(6,800 - 10,300), Buffalo(37,130), Eland(460), Roan antelope(90), Sable antelope(290), Greater kudu(11,200), etc. (Brunch en-route, restaurants available)

You overnight at a lodge on the banks of the crocodile river, just outside the park.

Day 4:

Breakfast follows a tour to Eswatini, with a show of glass blowing at Ngwenya Glass factory which evolved as a community project that recycles used glass, King Sobuza Memorial Park, the Candle factory which also evolved as a community project where locals learnt and perfected the skill of molding wax to shapes and patterns that are unique, Go Rural – another community based project focused on the use of special type of grass to weave different household artifacts. Lastly, Mantenga cultural village and Mantenga falls. On the whole, the tour is also filled in by a continuous narrative by our professional guide touching on aspects of African culture and traditions which are still alive in the country through the country’s monarchical democratic system as they prefer to call it. Overnight at the Badplaas Spa Resort where you can relax in a hot sulfur spring pool.

Day 5:

You have the option to drive along the new declared UNESCO world heritage site, the Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail. (dependable on road conditions) The Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains represents the best-preserved succession of volcanic and sedimentary rock dating back 3.6 to 3.25 billion years, when the first continents were starting to form on the primitive earth. We head back to Johannesburg and we leave you at the O.R. Tambo airport for your flight back home, or take another tour with Amatungulu Tours.

Guides

Jakes Conradie

Location

Starting off Gauteng and ending at Johannesburg, South Africa, this tour will take you through Pilgrim's Rest, The Pinnacle Rock, Berlin Falls, Blyde River Canyon, Kadishi Tufa waterfall, Kruger National Park, and Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains. You will then cross over Swaziland/Eswatini, where you will visit Hlane Royal National Park, Mantenga Cultural Village, and Ngwenya Glass.

Food

Breakfast is included. Excellent restaurants are available where you will have a big variety of good food.

Lunch and dinners for your cost.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Coffee tasting
  • Shop for local arts and crafts

What's included

  • 3 game drives
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Driver/guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Daily breakfast
  • National park fees
  • Professional guide at specialist venues
  • Transport by private vehicle

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic drinks​
  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Porterage
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). Transfer from and to the airport is available upon request. Pick-up at the O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) or your hotel on the day the tour is between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.

Airport: O. R. Tambo International Airport Airport transfer included: O. R. Tambo International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Bookings for this retreat will be closed 60 days before your chosen start date.

 

Pricing information

Children aged 4 to 11 have a discount, while those under 4 years go for free.

Please contact Amatungulu Tours for prices for solo travelers.

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