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13 days walking in South Africa, exploring a variety of scenic and cultural destinations.
A 13 day, small group tour where you will walk around South Africa and Swaziland enjoying the natural beauty of their fascinating regions.
The tour takes you from Johannesburg to the Drakensberg mountains. During those 13 days you will head to Mpumalanga to see the 'Gods Window', walk along the Bylde River Canyon, spend a day game-viewing in Kruger National Park with a professional guide, roam the Kingdom of Swaziland, explore Zululand, all before ending your tour hiking in Drankensberg.
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Day 1-2: Holiday time
Fly overnight from London Heathrow (or other selected UK airport) to Johannesburg. On arrival you will check into a hotel close to the airport and rest before your 14 day walking adventure.
Day 3: The Tour Begins
Wake up early and meet your group for a tour briefing at 06h30, after which you will head east towards Mpumalanga. During the afternoon you will visit the gold mining town of Pilgrim's Rest, and the viewpoint over God's Window. Take a short walk from Mac Mac Pools; Make your way to Graskop Mogodi Lodge, and stay in a chalet on the edge of the escarpment.
Day 4-5: Kruger Private Game Reserve
Your first long walk of the morning is to Blyde River Canyon, you will walk from the rim of the escarpment down into the canyon, with views over the Three Sisters and the river below.
After lunch, head towards the private game reserve in the Lowveld, and enjoy an afternoon game drive which will finish in the evening. You will stay at Balule conservancy in twin Meru tents with en-suite facilities - this is a perfect opportunity to experience the wildlife around the campfire. The following morning enjoy an early morning game walk with a local ranger.
Day 6: Kruger National Park
Explore Kruger National Park in search of the leopards, lions, and elephants. You will be driven south through the reserve as your professional guides share their extensive knowledge of the park.
Day 7-8: Kingdom of Swaziland
Enter into the Kingdom of Swaziland and travel through a fruit farming area before heading to the mountain. Spend the following two nights on the outskirts of Malalotja Nature Reserve with a full day to walk through the rarely explored mountainous reserve. The Swazi people have a rich cultural heritage and you will visit the craft and medicine markets on day nine as you pass through the capital, Mbabane.
Day 9-10: Zululand Game Reserve
Crossing into South Africa you will head towards Zululand Lodge in the private game reserve. En route you will enjoy game drives in Mkhuze Game Reserve and watch the wildlife from a secluded hide. The following morning visit a key rhino conversation area in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve. In the late afternoon you will walk through the lodge conservancy which is home to over 540 species of birds.
Day 11-12: Zululand Battlefields
Leaving the Zululand behind you will make your way to the small town of Dundee via scenic hills and valleys. Here battles were fought between the Zulus, British and the Boer troops - you can imagine the war cries resounding through the hills. Spend the afternoon at the Tulana museum, before heading to Battlefields country lodge where you will have the afternoon to relax in the pool.
Day 13-14: Drakensberg
During the day you will visit the impressive Drakensberg Mountains before spending the night at the Royal Natal National Park in Thendele that boasts stunning views over the mountains. Spend the following day walking around the mountain trails, before ending up in the clear mountain streams of the Royal Natal National Park
Day 15: Unparalleled views
Start the day with an early breakfast and make your way to Witsieshoek at the foot of the magnificent Sentinel peak. At the end of a rough gravel road you will start your trek (which includes a short chain ladder section) to the top of the Drakensberg Amphitheatre and the beautiful Tugela Falls with unparalleled views down into KwaZulal-Natal. After the walk you will make your way to the Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge (the highest lodge in the Northern Drakensberg).
Day 16: Back to Johannesburg
After a leisurely start to the day, with the chance to spot the endangered bearded vulture soaring above you will make your way back to Johannesburg. The tour ends at 5pm, where you will be driven to the airport, ready to catch your overnight flight back to the UK.
Day 17: Home sweet Home
Land the following day feeling refreshed and healthier, with a whole album's worth of pictures of South Africa's beautiful landscape.
Location: South Africa, Africa
The price of this trip is £3,025pp (based on two people sharing). This includes: 2 professional safari guides, entrance fees, international flights, 14 nights en-suite accommodation.
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