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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 12 - Bergville > return flight
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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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.
+1h (winter), no time difference (summer)
- South African Rand; 1 EUR = 16 ZAR of 100 ZAR = 6.22 EUR (01/01/2020)
In Botswana worden Amerikaanse dollars en Euro’s aanvaard. Je krijgt het verschil terug in Pula (BWP, de lokale munt).
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- 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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