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  • Johannesburg
  • Hoedspruit
  • Hazyview
  • Lobamba (Swaziland)
  • Bonamanzi (Hluhluwe Umfolozi NP)
  • Salt Rock
  • Underberg
  • Johannesburg

About 10 % of the world’s flowering species are found growing wild in South Africa and its many national parks and their rangers put in a major conservation efforts to secure a safe future for all animals and to safeguard them from poachers.

Throughout the next 12 days you will drive through picturesque South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho and see a set of different landscapes which will conjure up the true spirit of Africa : dry savannah and grasses with thorn trees, rolling green hills and winding mountain passes with endless views. Obviously the world famous Kruger National Park, the Panorama route and Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park, the Sani Pass and The Blyde River Canyon are part of your itinerary. A true dream itinerary.

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Day 1 - Johannesburg

You arrive in Johannesburg and, depending on the time of arrival, you have time to explore the city. There are options galore. Take a look at the excursions tab for inspiration.

Standard Hotel:  Lucky Bean Guesthouse
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Days 2 to 3 - Johannesburg > Hoedspruit (480km/6h)

Today you start on a scenic drive to the Wild Rivers Nature Reserve in the surroundings of the Kruger National Park. Your final destination is the Rukiya Safari Camp where you will spend 2 nights in a River View tent. During your stay, daily safaris and bush walks are organized. Spot the Big Five, scan for animals all around and enjoy life on the wild side.

Standard Hotel:  Rukiya Safari Camp (FB incl ACTs)
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Day 4 - Hoedspruit > Hazyview (117km/2h20)

You drive along the famous Panorama Route to Hazyview and visit the Blyde River Canyon and its rondavels, Bourke's Luck potholes and God's Window.

Standard Hotel:  Aha Casa Do Sol & Resort (DBB)
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Day 5 - Hazyview > Lobamba (Swaziland 260km/3h15)

Your journey continues via the kingdom of Swaziland! If you have booked a  morning safari in the Kruger Park please take into account the borders operating hours in order to enter Swaziland, a country the size of Wallonia in Belgium. Enjoy the varied, hilly landscape, the vibrant African culture and its colourful markets.

Standard Hotel:  Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (BB)
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Day 6 - Lobamba > Bonamanzi (Hluhluwe - 269km/3h30)

Swaziland is so small that you are back at the border with South Africa in no time. Today's destination is the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park. A safari is included in the Bonamanzi Lalapanzi Camp. You can therefore better arrive on time and enjoy it to the max.

Standard Hotel:  Bonamanzi Lalapanzi Camp (HB incl ACTy)
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Day 7 - Bonamanzi > Salt Rock (190km/2h)

From Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park you head towards Durban. Along the way you may want to stop for a cruise on Lake St Lucia, a World Heritage Site. The road from St Lucia to Durban hugs the coastline and passes many sugar cane fields; the produce Kwazulu Natal is most famous for. Check in to your hotel and stroll along the Durban beach promenade with its quaint little stalls; go for a swim in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean; visit UShaka Marine World or indulge in a real Indian curry, Durban’s speciality. 

Standard Hotel:  Petite Provence (Continental Breakfast)
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Day 8 & 9 - Salt Rock > Underberg (275km/3h40)

Via Durban you reach Underberg, in the southern part of the Drakensberg. Tomorrow on day 9 you travel to the famous Sani Pass ( no lunch) on an included day trip.

Standard Hotel:  Premier Hotel Sani Pass (BB)
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Day 10 & 11 - Underberg > Bergville (320km/4h10)

Bergville is the ideal starting point for trekkings to the northern Drakensberg and offers wonderful views of the awesome and colourful Amphitheater. Your hotel organizes one walk a day included in your stay. Tomorrow activities are planned according to your lodge's programme or you can chose to go and explore the Battlefields Road at your own pace and initiative.

Standard Hotel:  The Cavern Resort & Spa (FB incl ACTs)
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Day 12 - Bergville > return flight

Returning to Johannesburg via the N3 motorway takes about 3.5 hours. It is time for you to hop on your return flight home or why not extend your trip with a an exploration of Victoria Falls,

Johannesburg Cycle Soweto

 2 hours

Accompanied by a resident of Soweto you set out to discover the township. Along the way, you pass the Nelson's Mandela home, the Hector Pieterson Memorial, and you see the two Orlando towers, a spot for bungee jumpers. Is there a sportier way to explore South Africa's most famous township? Lunch, bicycle and accessories included 

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St Lucia Hippo & Crocodile safari

 1/2 day

You will cruise for 2 hours on the St Lucia estuary and watch its surroundings, made up of a vast marshland which is home to some of the highest forested dunes in the world, a forest swamp and wooded palm veld. This diversity of landscapes creates a rich vegetation and is a heaven for wildlife : rhino, pangolins, duikers, sea turtles, pelicans, terns, pink flamingoes, crocodiles, hippos ...

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Hotels & Meals

South African culture is diverse; foods from many cultures are enjoyed by all and especially marketed to tourists who wish to sample the large variety of South African cuisine. In addition to food, music and dance feature prominently.

South African cuisine is heavily meat-based and has spawned the distinctively South African social gathering known as a braai, or barbecue. South Africa has also developed into a major wine producer, with some of the best vineyards lying in valleys around Stellenbosch,Franschhoek, Paarl and Barrydale. 

(Wikipedia)

Travel Documents

  • All Belgian nationals travelling on a Belgian passport (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (electronic) containing min. 2 blank pages and valid for 30 days after your departure from South Africa. This a minor travels as an unaccompanied minor, additional documents are required. Please verify the Home Affairs webpage of South Africa.. These measures also apply in case you transit through South Africa.
  • For Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Botswana, your passport must be valid for 6 months after return. In Zimbabwe and Swaziland a visa is required. In Zimbabwe it costs 30US$ - single entry - 15/08/2018 - subject to modification; in Swaziland it is free for Belgians. Please verify the opening hours of the border posts.
  • Travelers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travelers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents.

Insurances

In order to enhance a safe and carefree trip a travel insurance is an absolute must.  Our selection of Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover  and include travel-orientated plus factors such as a fly-on-time, a natural catastrophe and epidemics cover. Whether you leave on one single jurney or you travel year-round. They guarantee the most comprehensive cover at the best price.  

Tailored travel

The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts.

Would you like to travel in a group; with your entire family, friends or colleagues? (min. 10 people required). Put our know-how to the test and send us your details and wishes.  We will gladly turn the blueprints of your trip into a detailed quote and a lasting memory for you to cherish. Contact our  Connections’ Group Service by e-mail at groups@connections.be or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from y

ou. 

Health

No mandatory vaccinations. In Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Kwazulu-Natal, Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), in Botswana & Swaziland anti- malaria tablets are recommended during certain periods of the year. To verify the latest updates on health requirements, please surf to http://www.itg.be

Malaria has recently been reported in some areas in the Limpopo province. Travellers heading to the Vaalwater area (Kololo Game Reserve) during our "Limpopo" Selfdrive are advised to adhere to the following set of precautions: the use of a DEET-based repellent spray, the use of long trousers and long sleeves as soon as twilight sets in and anti-malaria tablets. Inquire with your doctor. The problem cases are restricted to the Vaalwater region.

Time Zones

+1h (winter), no time difference (summer)



Currency

Currency

  • South African Rand; 1 EUR = 16 ZAR of 100 ZAR = 6.22 EUR (01/01/2020)

Betalingswijze

In Botswana worden Amerikaanse dollars en Euro’s aanvaard. Je krijgt het verschil terug in Pula (BWP, de lokale munt). 

Prices

Pricing in Africa is low

Climate

Average Temperatures in °C:

Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
Cape Town 21 21 20 17 15 13 12 13 14 16 18 20
Johannesburg 20 20 18 16 13 10 11 13 16 17 18 19
Kruger NP 26 26 25 22 18 15 15 17 21 22 24 25
Victoria Falls 23 23 23 22 18 16 16 18 23 26 25 24
Botswana 21 26 25 24 21 17 13 13 17 21 23 25
Botswana (Gaborone) 26 25 24 21 17 14 14 17 21 24 25 25
Namibia (Windhoek) 28 27 26 25 22 20 20 22 26 27 29 30

 

What's included?

  • 11 nights accommodation in listed hotels and lodges and in luxury tent in the Rukiya Safari Camp or equivalent
  • All indicated meals
  • Rukiya Safari Camp Hoedspruit: safari’s & bush walks.
  • Lalapanzi Bonamanzi : one activity according to programme.
  • Cavern Bergville: one walk / day

What's not included?

Your international return flight, your car rental, optional excursions, beverages and tipping.


Good to Know

Decoding of codes: BB: Bed & Breakfast - DBB: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast - FB: Full Board , HB: Half Board
ACTy equals 1 activity, ACTs: equals 2 or more activities 

Start or end your journey with an unforgettable citytrip, experience one or more captivating excursions or extend with another awesome selfdrive to cape Town or Victoria fall extension. Please contact our customer service centre or your nearest travel shop for a custom made itinerary and price offer.

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TRZA0047


Luxe Price per person


TRZA0047


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