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20 Days - World in One Country [WIOC]

Route:

Johannesburg - Panorama Route - Kruger National Park - Swaziland - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park - Drakensberg - Sani Pass - Lesotho - Cradock - Addo Elephant National Park - Tsitsikamma National Park - Oudtshoorn - Cape Winelands - Cape Peninsula - Cape Town - City

World in One Country

20 Day Lodge Safari from Johannesburg to Cape Town:
This safari has it all: Exciting wildlife, breath-taking scenery and insights into culture and history. Travel from Johannesburg towards Kruger National Park, through the Kingdom of Swaziland and onto Zululand. Hike in the Drakensberg Mountains and go pony-trekking in Lesotho.

Continue your journey south through Addo Elephant Park with wonderful game-viewing opportunities, and experience the lush Tsitsikamma Forest as it invites you for a walk along the coast. Before reaching Cape Town, you will visit Oudtshoorn's famous Cango Caves and taste delicious wines in Stellenbosch.

A small group lodge, no participation, safari from Johannesburg to Cape Town through South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho.

Highlights: Panorama Route, game drives in Kruger National Park, Kingdom of Swaziland, St Lucia boat cruise and game drive in Hluluwe National Park, walking in the Drakensberg Mountains, Lesotho 4x4 Route, Garden Route, Cango Caves and Cape Town.

Duration: 20 day(s)
Group Size: Minimum 4 people, Maximum 14 people
Type of Safari: Lodge Safari

Accommodation: We make use of mid-range typical African standard lodge accommodation. Accommodation is situated either in National Parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps. Most of them have a private bathroom with a shower and toilet. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1: Johannesburg, South Africa
On arrival in Johannesburg, you will be met and transferred to the Safari Club. You have the remainder of the day at leisure. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of the group for your pre-departure meeting at 18h00.
Accommodation: Safari Club or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool and restaurant)

Day 2: Johannesburg to Mpumalanga, South Africa [B]  
Departing from Johannesburg we head east towards Mpumalanga. A landscape characterized by mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests. We spend the night in the town of Graskop, a small forestry town situated on the Drakensberg Escarpment at the start of the Panorama route and the gateway to the Kruger National Park.
Accommodation: Graskop Hotel or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 3 & 4: Kruger National Park, South Africa [B, B]  
This morning we start with a scenic drive along the Panorama Route, arguably one of the most beautiful destinations in South Africa. The most spectacular stretch is the Blyde River Canyon, which is the 3rd largest canyon in the world, and filled with lush vegetation and wildlife. We make a stop at Bourke’s Luck Potholes to view these spectacular rock formations, formed eons ago by erosion. In the afternoon we head into the Kruger National Park. We spend two nights inside the park and will have the chance to encounter the wildlife of Africa on exciting morning and afternoon game drives in our tour vehicle. Should you wish to partake on a game drive in an open game-viewer vehicle, these are available, at an additional expense.
Accommodation: Berg en Dal Camp or similar (bungalows with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, restaurant)

Day 5 & 6: Kingdom of Swaziland [B, BL]  
Today we cross the border into the mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland, led by King Mswati III, and one of 3 monarchies in Africa. You will explore the traditions and discover the culture of which the Swazis are so proud. We spend two nights in the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area situated in the “Valley of Heaven”. Apart from abundant bird life, there are a number of animal species to be seen including hippo, giraffe, zebra, and a variety of antelope, which we hope to spot on a guided walk in the afternoon. The next day we visit the Umphakatsi Chief’s homestead, for an interactive experience where you will get to try your hand at grinding maize and plaiting mountain grass or join the children in Swazi song and dance. An offering of a taste of local food is made but forget about your cutlery and try it the Swazi way… with your hands!
Accommodation: Mlilwane Rest Camp or similar (beehive huts with en-suite bathrooms, restaurant)

Day 7 & 8: Zululand, South Africa [B, B]  
After visiting a craft market en-route, we re-enter South Africa via Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal. In the afternoon we make our way to The iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which was listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site. Here we enjoy a boat cruise on the St Lucia estuary, getting up close to the hippos and crocodiles that inhabit the lake. The following day we explore the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, during a game drive in our tour vehicle. Additional game drives are available in an open game-viewer vehicle, which will be charged as an additional expense. Hluhluwe-iMfolozi is the oldest game reserve in Africa and is a safe haven to both the endangered black and white rhino.
Accommodation: Elzuwini Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathroom, swimming pool, bar & dining area)

Day 9 & 10: Drakensberg, South Africa [BD, BLD]  
Moving further inland, we spend the next two nights at The Cavern, which is situated in 3000 hectares of private mountain reserve, adjacent to the Royal Natal National Park – part of another World Heritage Site, namely the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. The main features of the park are the Drakensberg Amphitheatre, a rock wall 5 km long by up to 1200 m high, Mont-Aux-Sources peak where the Orange and Tugela rivers have their source, and the 947 m Tugela Falls, the world's second highest waterfall. Time will be spent exploring this scenic area on guided walks.
Accommodation: The Cavern or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Day 11 & 12: Lesotho [B, B]  
Today we cross the border into the Kingdom of Lesotho, the southernmost landlocked country in the world, rich in natural beauty, flora, fauna and cultural heritage. Malealea is situated in a remote part of Western Lesotho that is breath-taking in its beauty. We have the chance to experience traditional Basotho life, a nation with solid traditions, beliefs and customs. No visit to Lesotho would be complete without a pony trek and the next day we take a ride on the transport of choice for most Basotho, as these sturdy animals handle the narrow trails better than any 4x4 can! Accommodation: Malealea Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, bar & dining area)

Day 13: Cradock, South Africa [B]  
We leave the beauty of Lesotho behind us and drive to the historical Karoo town of Cradock. Founded in 1814 as a frontier stronghold, the town is an important agricultural centre with traditional Karoo hospitality. Best known for its natural sulphur spring, Cradock is a place of literary legends and the original part of the town is graced with some of the finest buildings.
Accommodation: Die Tuishuise or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, bar & restaurant)

Day 14: Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa [B]  
A benchmark conservation success, Addo Elephant National Park offers a unique wildlife habitat, famous for the Addo elephants and the remaining population of the flightless dung beetle. We spend the afternoon on a game drive in our tour vehicle, in search of elephant, black rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard. Additional game drives conducted in open game-viewer vehicles are available at an extra expense. An evening spent at the floodlit waterhole allows us to watch the nocturnal animals and listen to their calls.
Accommodation: Addo Elephant Rest Camp or similar (bungalows with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, restaurant)

Day 15 & 16: Tsitsikamma, South Africa [B, B]  
This morning after breakfast our journey takes us to a region of startling beauty along South Africa’s southern coastline, known as the Garden Route. We spend two nights in the Storms River Village, at the heart of the Tsitsikamma Forest. We will take a leisurely hike along one of the short trails, which allow you to explore the coastal bush and rocky shoreline. There is also an option to plunge off the world’s highest bungi jump at the Bloukrans River (for own expense).
Accommodation: Tsitsikamma Village Inn or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, restaurant)
Day 17: Karoo, South Africa
After visiting ‘The Heads’ in Knysna, a town nestled on a tranquil lagoon, we travel over the Outeniqua Mountains into the Little Karoo to the town of Oudtshoorn. We take a trip to the famous Cango Caves, with their impressive ancient stalagmites and stalactites before we overnight in the ostrich capital of the world. [B]
Accommodation: Turnberry Boutique Hotel or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, bar & restaurant)

Day 18 & 19: Cape Town, South Africa [B, B]  
En-route to Cape Town, we visit the pretty university town of Stellenbosch, for wine tasting and a cellar tour. Once in Cape Town the afternoon is at leisure, enjoy sundowners at one of the fabulous beaches or indulge in some last minute shopping at the V&A Waterfront. The next day we get to explore the many attractions the ‘Mother City’ has to offer on our Cape Point tour.
Accommodation: The Townhouse Hotel or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms and restaurant)

Day 20: Cape Town, South Africa [B]  
Spend the final day at leisure. Weather dependent there is the chance to take the cable car up Table Mountain (own expense) and enjoy one last view of the Cape of Good Hope before your transfer to the airport.

Inclusions & Exclusions

*Please note all rates are subject to change according to rate of exchange fluctuations.

Included in the price:
- 19 nights in fixed accommodation
- All transport in fully equipped vehicle
- Game drives as mentioned
- Meals as per itinerary to be taken at lodge restaurants and activities as mentioned in itinerary
- Park entrance fees
- Experienced local guide

Not included in the price:
-  Travel insurance
- Flights
- Pre and post tour accommodation
- Optional activities
- All drinks, tips and curios
- All personal expenses

Meal Key:
B
– Breakfast   L – Lunch   D – Dinner

 

Extra information

Departure
The World in One Country Safari departs from The Safari Club or similar in Johannesburg.

Please note that the daily departure times are a guideline only and are subject to change due to seasonal variations, as well as unforeseen circumstances. The final decision rests with your guide who will advise you at what time you will be departing each day.

On the evening of Day 1, there will be a meeting presented by your guide, at 18h00, at The Safari Club. It is imperative that all clients attend this meeting so as not to miss out on any critical information.

Whilst it is our every intention to adhere to the above mentioned itinerary, there may on occasion be a necessity to make alterations in order to make the tour more enjoyable or practical. Therefore please treat the itinerary as a guide only.

Insurance
It is compulsory for all travelers to have insurance covering their personal requirements, medical expenses and personal possessions. This is to be arranged before leaving your home country. SA Tours and Safaris can assist you with your travel insurance, please enquire with our consultants for further information.

Pre and Post Tour Arrangements
Pre and post tour accommodation and transfers can be arranged on request

*Please note all rates are subject to change according to rate of exchange fluctuations*

Should you require alternative accommodation or transfers to different points, please contact our reservation office, who will gladly assist you.

Transport
Fully equipped Toyota Quantums or other appropriate vehicles with comfortable seating, a music system, PA system and air-conditioning are being used. Please note all game drives are conducted in the touring vehicle. Clients have the option to book additional game drives in open game-viewer vehicles. It is recommended that you pre-book additional game drives in advance to avoid disappointment.

Spending money
Clients are advised to bring enough money to cover the purchase of curios, and additional entertainment. South African Rand is the most practical and convenient currency. There are automatic teller machines (ATM’s) available.
International credit cards and travelers cheques are widely accepted.

First Aid
Our guides are trained in basic first aid and the vehicle is equipped with a comprehensive medical aid kit. Preventative Malaria medication should be taken before the trip and throughout its duration, although it is advisable to consult a doctor prior to departure.

Luggage
Maximum baggage allowance: 12 kg. Jenman Safaris stipulates this luggage allowance, as an overloaded vehicle is a danger to both the clients and the guide. This does not include photographic equipment and a small daypack. Please bring a backpack or soft barrel bag, not a suitcase. Don't bring too much clothing, as there are washing opportunities along the way. Please adhere to the allowance specified as space for luggage is limited.

Local Payment
Local Payment: A local payment is required on your Safari and will be collected by your guide on the day of departure. The local payment is part of the overall tour cost and is used to pay some of the day to day operational costs that are incurred while we are on the road.
We try to prepay as many of the costs as possible however in some cases cash payment on arrival is the only option as some of the attractions we visit on safari only accept cash. Examples include park fees at most of the national parks, a few accommodations or camp sites and any local food markets we visit to stock up on fresh produce during the tour as well as local guides.
The local payment also ensures that a portion of your tour cost actually goes directly to the countries you visit, thus benefiting local communities as well as contributing to conservation of the areas we visit. Essentially having a local payment means your tour price is a bit lower and give you a more inclusive experience!

Travelling Times and Distances
All travelling times are affected by road conditions, border crossings, detours and weather conditions, therefore on certain days travelling times may be longer than anticipated especially where there is a lot of distance to be covered. Please keep in mind that the time it takes to travel 100 km in your home country is not equivalent to the time it takes to travel 100 km on African roads, therefore we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery Africa has to offer. Where possible additional stops will be made to ensure your travelling comfort at all times.

Accommodation

We make use of mid-range typical African standard lodge accommodation. Accommodation is situated either in National Parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps. Most of them have a private bathroom with a shower and toilet. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.

Visas
The onus is on the client to organize all visas required to visit South Africa prior to departure.