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10 Days The Best of Safari South Africa and Swaziland

Johannesburg, City of Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Captivating South African Safari

Join Safpol Safaris's fascinating safari tour in the magical South Africa and Swaziland. On this safari, you will have a chance to fulfill your African dream by visiting some exciting places and national parks. You will also have a chance to spot the Big Five and go on a cruise ride to spot hippos, crocodiles, and birds. This captivating safari tour offers you the unforgettable moments that can only be experienced in Africa.

Key information

  • Starting point: Johannesburg
  • Ending point: Cape Town
  • Park fees are not included and cost 330 USD

Highlights

  • A visit to Cape Vineyards
  • Game drives in Kruger National Park
  • 1 excursion to Lesedi Cultural Village
  • A chance to spot the Big Five, hippos, wild dogs, and more
  • City tours in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Durban
  • Transportation in a minibus or bus
  • Breakfasts and dinners
  • 9 nights' lodging

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Accommodation

During the safari, you will stay for 1 night at a hotel in Johannesburg, 3 nights at a lodge adjoining Kruger National Park, 2 nights at a hotel in St. Lucia, and 3 nights at a hotel in Cape Town. The accommodations are based on shared double rooms. Single supplement of 390 USD is available upon your request.

Program

Day 1: Johannesburg - Soweto

Upon your arrival in Johannesburg, you will be taken to go sightseeing in the city, drive through the oldest colonial districts of Johannesburg, Soweto, Houghton with Nelson Mandela’s house, Parktown, and the city center. In the afternoon, you will drive to the Lesedi Cultural Village.

A visit to the traditional Zulu, Ndebele, Basotho, Xhosa, and Pedi homesteads will be followed by energetic African dancing at sunset by the fire and the “Big African Feast”. After that, you will stay overnight at the hotel in Johannesburg.

Day 2: Lion and Safari Park - Pretoria - Kruger National Park

In the morning, you will visit a small private Lion and Safari Park where you will see a few families of lions as well as cheetah and African wild dogs. Afterward, you will go to Pretoria for sightseeing in the city center with its historical Church Square, the old Parliament Building, the Palace of Justice, and the Paul Kruger’s statue. You will also drive past the City Hall and Melrose House.

Then, you will leave the Gauteng province and drive towards Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park. Arriving at the hotel near the park, you will have time to relax next to the swimming pool. Afterward, you can have your dinner and stay overnight at the lodge adjoining the Kruger National Park.

Day 3: Kruger National Park

You will depart for a full day safari in the Kruger National Park, one of the largest and best game reserves in Africa. The area covers almost 2 million hectares and is home to an impressive number of species (almost 150 mammals, more than 500 birds, and 100 reptiles). Among them, there are the famous “Big Five” (rhino, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and lion). Afterward, you will feast on your dinner and overnight at the lodge adjoining the Kruger National Park.

Day 4: The Panorama Route

Departure towards the picturesque Panorama Route offers one of the most stunning scenery of the surrounding area. Your first stop will be God’s Window, which owns its name to the dramatic views from various viewpoints overlooking the almost sheer 300-meter drop into an indigenous forest-clad ravine.

Afterwards, you will continue north to see Bourke’s Luck Potholes that have been carved out by water and stone falling down into Blyde River. It resulted in spectacular cylinders (up to six meters deep) with smooth and colorful rims.

This natural feature marks the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon, which is the third largest canyon in the world, well known for its natural beauty and diversity of its flora and fauna. Nearby, you will visit another highlight of the scenic drive, Three Rondavels, the three hut-shaped rock formations.

On your way back, you will also stop at the Lisbon Falls, which is the highest in the area. At the end of your journey, you will have a break at Pilgrim’s Rest, a little charming town that was founded after the discovery of gold in the stream flowing through the valley.

Presently, Pilgrim’s Rest is like a living museum, preserved in the exact style of the gold rush period with many buildings unchanged for more than a century. Afterward, you will have dinner and stay overnight at the 4-star lodge adjoining the Kruger Park.

Day 5: Swaziland - St Lucia

After breakfast, you will depart towards the Kingdom of Swaziland. Swaziland has stunning landscapes of mountains and valleys, forests and plains, plus wildlife reserves across the country that are home to the Big Five. You have all that’s best about Africa in one small but perfectly formed and welcoming country. In the afternoon, you will return to South Africa and arrive in St. Lucia.

It is the center of iSimangaliso Wetland Park which was proclaimed as the World Heritage Site in 1999. The park system extends from the Mozambique border for more than 220 kilometers south to Cape St Lucia and includes 5 different ecosystems, beautiful coral reefs and marine life, sub-tropical forests, highest vegetated dunes, freshwater lakes, and savannah woodlands. Afterward, you will have dinner and overnight at the hotel in St Lucia.

Day 6: Hluhluwe - St Lucia

In the early morning, you will depart for a safari in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. The reserve is considered to be the largest concentration of rhinos in the world. The combined Hluhluwe and Umfolozi are different than Kruger National Park, very green and mountainous terrain situated between the rivers. In the afternoon, you will take a cruise ride on Lake St. Lucia in search of hippos, crocodiles, and many bird species. Afterward, you will have dinner and overnight in the hotel in St. Lucia.

Day 7: Shakaland - Durban - Cape Town

After breakfast, you will leave St. Lucia and be on the way to Durban. You will stop in the capital of Zulu imperium from the Shaka Zulu’s times, Shakaland. Afterward, you will visit Durban. It is the harbor, city center, as well as diverse ethnic and oriental stalls of Victoria Street Market where you can obtain curios, exotic foods, spices, and many other artifacts of special interest. You can also encounter Golden Mile, the famous promenade with sandy beaches. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport and take a flight to Cape Town. Afterward, you can have dinner and overnight at the hotel in Cape Town.

Day 8: Cape Town - Cape of Good Hope

Theere will be a full day excursion to the Cape of Good Hope. You will enjoy a scenic drive along the western coast via small picturesque fishing harbor of Hout Bay where you will go on a cruise to Duiker Island where there are seal and seabird colonies. Later, you will continue your drive through Chapman’s Peak, a 10-kilometer stretch blasted into the partially vertical rock considered as one of the most spectacular coastal roads in South Africa.

It starts at the Hout Bay and then winds up to Chapman’s Point, revealing the breathtaking views of the sandy bays down below, until the road reaches sea level again in Noordhoek. Afterward, you will visit Cape Peninsula National Park that contains beautiful coastal scenery, beaches, diverse plant and animal life, shipwrecks, and dramatic mountains. Wildlife in the reserve includes baboons, the buck of all sorts, and wild cats. There is also an abundance of birdlife including ostriches and flamingos.

The park is the smallest of the world’s six floral kingdoms and has one of the highest concentrations of different plant species, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. The special vegetation of the region is called “fynbos” and includes the protea which is a South Africa’s national flower. You will reach the Cape Point and use a funicular that leads up to the historic lighthouses built at the end of the point. This is a stunning place to look out over the cliffs, rocks, and endless sea.

The smell and sight of huge waves crashing into the rocks are really spectacular. In the afternoon, you will return to Cape Town along the eastern coast and old colonial resorts of Muizenberg and Simonstown. You will also stop at the Boulders Beach with a large breeding colony of jackass penguins. These endearing little creatures nest just above the beaches along the coast, so one can well experience an encounter with some of them whenever enjoying the excellent sunbathing or swimming anywhere along Simon’s Town’s coast. After that, you will have dinner in the restaurant and then overnight at the hotel in Cape Town.

Day 9: Cape town - Stellenbosch

After breakfast, if the weather permits, you will be ascending by the cable car to the top of Table Mountain to admire the unforgettable panoramic view of Table Bay, Robben Island, Atlantic coast, and the most spectacular, Cape Peninsula. Thereafter, you will go o an excursion to the famous Cape vineyards. You will drive through the picturesque valleys of Stellenbosch, Paarl, and Franschhoek.

The Stellenbosch Wine Route is arguably the country’s most famous, and the Stellenbosch Wine area includes over 300 wine farms of which more than 100 are open to the public. You will taste the South African way of life by visiting one of the wine estates, touring of the farm and wine tasting. Afterward, you will go back to Cape Town to Waterfront for a sunset cruise (in the case of bad weather, you will visit Two Oceans Aquarium). After that, you will have dinner in the restaurant in Waterfront and then overnight at the hotel in Cape Town.

Day 10: Cape Town

After breakfast, you will go on a sightseeing tour of the city center to see colorful Malay area Bo-Kaap, Greenmarket Square, Kirstenbosch, and Union Buildings. Late in the afternoon, watching the most stunning sunset at Signal Hill with a panoramic view of the Mother City will conclude the tour. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport while in the evening you will depart for Europe.

Itinerary information

The admission fees of 330 USD is required for the activities listed below:

  • 4×4 safari at Kruger Park
  • A visit to Boulders Penguin Colony
  • A visit to Cape of Good Hope
  • A visit to Lion and Safari Park
  • Duiker Island cruise ride
  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park entry fee and 4×4 safari
  • Kruger National Park visit
  • Lesedi show
  • Porters and drivers tips
  • Pot Holes, God’s Window, and Three Rondavels visits
  • Shakaland visit
  • Sunset cruise in Cape Town
  • Sunset cruise in St. Lucia
  • Tour of Table Mountain
  • Wine tasting

Included excursions

  • A visit to Cape Vineyards
  • A visit to Lesedi Cultural Village
  • Visits to Church Square, Parliament Building, the Palace of Justice, and the Paul Kruger’s statue
  • Zulu, Ndebele, Basotho, Xhosa, and Pedi homesteads trips

Location

On this safari, you will explore Johannesburg, Soweto, Lion and Safari Park, Pretoria, Kruger National Park, Panorama Route, Swaziland, St Lucia, Hluhluwe, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, Shakaland, Durban, Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope, and Stellenbosch.

Food

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

What's included

  • 1 excursion to Lesedi Cultural Village
  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • A visit to Cape Vineyards
  • A chance to spot the Big Five
  • Breakfasts and dinners
  • City tours of Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Durban
  • Game drives
  • Services of English / multilingual speaking guides
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus / bus

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Admission fees of 330 USD
  • Flights from Durban to Cape Town (130 USD)
  • Insurance
  • International flights
  • Lunches
  • Private tips and expenditure
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages

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 35 days before arrival.

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