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Big Five Safari in South Africa

This tour offers the nature's marvel of Drakensberg and Zulu, named "Barrier of Spears" or "Dragon Mountains", which is awe-inspiring and full of wonder. With this package, you will definitely experience the South African pristine beauty, and just when you think it cannot get any better, you will be exposed to total indulgence in a myriad of wildlife experiences! A very special slice of Africa, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and much more await you.

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Minimum group size: 4 persons
  • Starting point and ending point: Johannesburg
  • English speaking guide
  • Park entrance fees are included


  • 2 days' game drives in Hluhluwe and Umfolozi area
  • Boat cruise through the iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  • Chance to spot Big Five, whale, hippo, crocodile, mudskippers, and birds
  • Whale watching in St Lucia and visit Sani Pass - the highest “pub” in Africa
  • Transportation during game drives in an open game-viewing vehicle
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily meals


6 activity days
Group size: Minimum of 4 participants
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You will be accommodated for 6 nights in several accommodations including Moorcroft Manor Country House, Umlilo Lodge, and Hilltop Camp. Accommodation on the day or days prior to the start of the tour as well as overnight accommodation at the end of the tour can be arranged at an additional cost. In case an accommodation is fully booked, Flight of the Eagle will suggest a comparable alternative.


Day 1: Johannesburg - uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

Depart Johannesburg, then travel to uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park (World Heritage Site). You will explore the wonders of the Drakensberg Midlands Meander. You will reach your destination in the late afternoon. You will stay for two nights in the Southern Drakensberg at Moorcroft Manor Country House - breakfast and dinner included.

  • Approximately 600 kilometers

Day 2: Sani Pass

After breakfast, you'll travel up Sani Pass to visit the highest “pub” in Africa. Please note that passport is required. Afterward, you'll return in the late afternoon.

Day 3: St Lucia Estuary - iSimangaliso Wetland Park

After breakfast, you'll travel to St Lucia Estuary (World Heritage Site). In the late afternoon, you will join a boat cruise through the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Your overnight stay will be in St Lucia at Umlilo Lodge - breakfast and dinner included.

  • Approximately 500 kilometers

Day 4: St Lucia Estuary

After an early breakfast, you'll enjoy the best deep-sea experience possible and view a 40-ton whale from as close as 100 meters from a boat in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean (June-November), or take an Advantage Cruiser and explore Lake St. Lucia for hippos, crocs, fish eagles, herons, mangroves, kingfishers, mudskippers, etc.

  • Approximately 100 kilometers

Day 5: Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park

After breakfast, you'll travel to the Hluhluwe area (the home of the black rhino) of Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park. Your overnight stay will be at the Hilltop Camp. The camp is renown for its most spectacular views. You will stay there for two nights - breakfast and dinner included. Later, you will go for a late-afternoon game drive in an open game-viewing vehicle.

  • Approximately 100 kilometers

Day 6: Umfolozi area

After an early morning breakfast, you'll depart for the Umfolozi area where you'll go looking for the Big Five! You'll return in the late afternoon for an early dinner. Later that night, you will do a night game drive in an open game-viewing vehicle.

  • Approximately 100 kilometers

Day 7: Johannesburg

After a relaxing breakfast, you will depart back to Johannesburg and arrive approximately at 18:00.

  • Approximately 600 kilometers
  • Note: The itinerary of this tour can be customized.


Your safari trip will take place in South Africa where you will visit several places including Johannesburg, uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, Himeville, Sani Pass, St Lucia, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Lake St. Lucia, and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.


The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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)

You can add an optional visit to a cultural village on the second day of your trip.

What's included

  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • A professional driver / guide
  • 2 days' game drives in Hluhluwe and Umfolozi area
  • Boat cruise through the iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  • Whale watching in St Lucia and visit Sani Pass - the highest “pub” in Africa
  • Meals as mentioned in the tour description
  • Park fees
  • Personal attention / service excellence
  • Transportation as mentioned in the tour description

What's not included

  • Drinks, tips, and porterage
  • International flights from home and return
  • Lunches
  • Other items not mentioned in the tour itinerary
  • Other personal items
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees (if applicable)

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 this airport is available upon request.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
7 days / 6 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

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