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13 Days Northern Explorer Safari in South Africa, Kingdom of Swaziland, and Lesotho

Johannesburg, South Africa

Exciting Safari in South Africa, Kingdom of Swaziland, and Lesotho

Break away from the mundane routine of your urban life and go back to nature and its beauty. Join Van Brakel Adventures on an exploration tour of northern South Africa that will present you with not only beautiful landscapes and majestic wilderness but also the chance to experience it fully. Go on hikes in the Kingdom of Swaziland and Drakensberg Mountains, tour The Great Escarpment, and of course, observe the animals that inhabit the African habitat such as Kruger National Park and Mkuze Game Reserve!

Key information

  • Group safari
  • Maximum number of participants: 12 persons
  • Children from the age of 15 years old are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting point and ending point: Johannesburg
  • English speaking guide
  • Entries for the national parks and for all the places you visit on the escarpment included

Highlights

  • 1 full day game viewing at Kruger National Park
  • 1 full day of birdwatching at Mkuze Game Reserve
  • Tour of Soweto and The Great Escarpment and day tour of Sani Pass
  • Hiking in the Kingdom of Swaziland and Drakensberg
  • St Lucia and Underberg visits
  • 12 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Tasty breakfasts

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12 activity days
Airport transfer included: O. R. Tambo International Airport
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Accommodation

During this trip, you will be accommodated at various accommodations across South Africa, Kingdom of Swaziland, and Lesotho. On your first night, you will stay in Johannesburg. You will spend the next two nights in The Great Escarpment. Rest in Kruger National Park on your fourth and fifth nights.

The Kingdom of Swaziland will be where you spend your sixth night. On your seventh night, stay the night in Mkuze Game Reserve. You will relax in St. Lucia on your eighth night. Stay in Underberg for the next two nights. The Drakensberg Mountains will be where you spend your eleventh and twelfth nights.

Program

Day 1: Arrive in Johannesburg

You spend the afternoon exploring by doing a tour of Soweto.

Day 2: The Great Escarpment (450 kilometers)

You make your way out driving to this wonderland area in South Africa with waterfalls and amazing rock formations. You take today and tomorrow to show you this unique area and all of its beauties.

Day 3: Explore - The Great Escarpment

You go out and explore the area full of waterfalls and mountains, stopping at places like God's Window, the Three Rondavels, and many more.

Day 4: Kruger National Park (140 kilometers)

You make your way to the lodge where you are staying for two nights in a wildlife concession, just outside the Kruger National Park.

Day 5: Full day at the Kruger National Park

You take a day to look for the Big Five in the Kruger National Park with a local guide in an open vehicle.

Day 6: Swaziland (350 kilometers)

You make your way down to the Kingdom of Swaziland, where you hike the mountains of this beautiful country.

Day 7: Mkuze Game Reserve (250 kilometers)

Today, you go past the capital city of Swaziland called Mbabane on your way to the kingdom of the Zulus to explore another game reserve called Mkuze Game Reserve, which is part of the iSimangaliso wetlands and ideal for bird watching.

Day 8: St. Lucia (125 kilometers)

Today you visit the Coastal town of St. Lucia which is a nature reserve. You have the option to go on a boat tour to view hippos.

Days 9 and 10: Underberg (439 kilometers)

You make your way to the town of Underberg where you will spend the next day going up Sani Pass to cross the border into Lesotho. Here, you will spend some time in the highest pub in Africa. You will also see the day to day life of the Sotho people who live in this mountain kingdom.

Day 11: Drakensberg (295 kilometers)

You make your way to the Drakensberg Mountains. You do an afternoon hike if the time allows it.

Day 12: Drakensberg

After spending some time in the vehicle, you do a refreshing hike in the mountains to reflect on the last couple of days.

Day 13: Johannesburg (450 kilometers)

Sadly, you will make your way back to the starting point of your journey, and the end of this great safari.

Included excursions

On your first day, you will go on a tour of Soweto. Explore The Great Escarpment on your second and third days. Hike the mountains of Kingdom of Swaziland on the sixth day. On the ninth and tenth day, you will visit Underberg and Lesotho. Visit and hike Drakensberg on the eleventh and twelfth days.

Location

This safari takes place in South Africa, Kingdom of Swaziland, and Lesotho. You will visit Soweto, The Great Escarpment, God's Window, The Three Rondavels, Kruger National Park, Kingdom of Swaziland, Mkuze Game Reserve in iSimangaliso wetlands, St. Lucia Nature Reserve, Underberg, Lesotho, Drakensberg Mountains, and Johannesburg.

Food

During this trip, you will be served daily breakfast except for the first day.

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)

  • Afternoon hike at the Drakensberg Mountains if time allows
  • Boat tour to view hippos at St. Lucia

What's included

  • Tour of Soweto and The Great Escarpment
  • Game viewing at Kruger National Park
  • Hiking in the Kingdom of Swaziland and Drakensberg Mountains
  • Birdwatching at Mkuze Game Reserve
  • St Lucia and Underberg visits
  • Entries for the national parks you go to
  • Entries for all the places you visit on the escarpment
  • 1 open vehicle game drive in Kruger National Park
  • Day tour of Sani Pass
  • 12 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfasts
  • Airport shuttle from and to JNB airport on arrival and on departure day

What's not included

  • The river cruise in St. Lucia
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Visas and flights

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). The organizer will provide the shuttles to and from the airport free of charge on the day before and the day after the safari trip. Any other days can be requested and be organized by them.

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 30% 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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