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Hike among the dramatic Alpine scenery of the Drakensberg
Includes return economy airfares
17 days priced from 2679 inclusive of flights and accommodation.
Escorted Journey

17 days from £2679pp

On this Small Group Journey you’ll join a group of like-minded outdoors enthusiasts as you explore the best of South Africa and Swaziland’s mountain scenery and follow some of the region’s most spectacular walking trails, ...

Highlights

... including the stunning Drakensberg Mountains. Along the way, you’ll stop to look for the Big Five in Kruger National Park and search for wild dogs in the Letaba Ranch Game Reserve.

Some of the highlights included are:

  • Hike among the dramatic Alpine scenery of the Drakensberg
  • Marvel at the world’s second highest waterfall in Royal Natal National Park
  • Admire the views and look out for birdlife while hiking Swaziland’s trails
  • Look out for the Big Five on safari in Kruger National Park

Holiday Type

Wildlife & Nature
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Off the Beaten Track
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Active
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What's included
  • Small Group Journey with maximum group size 12
  • All authentic local experiences mentioned except where specified optional
  • International flights
  • 11 nights cabins and chalets
  • 3 nights permanent tented camp
  • Royal Natal National Park
  • Hiking in the Drakensberg
  • Game viewing in Kruger National Park
  • Game viewing in Letaba Ranch Game Reserve
  • 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 10 dinners
  • 9 days walking
  • Arrival transfers & all internal transport
Need to know
  • Arrives: Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
  • Time difference: GMT+2
  • Visa requirements: British passport holders do not require a visa
  • Language: 11 official languages including English and Afrikaans
  • Currency: South African Rand (ZAR)
  • Flying time from UK: around 12 hours
  • Plug type: 3 large round pins
  • Voltage: 230V
Your route
 

Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from the UK to Johannesburg.

Fly from the UK to Johannesburg.

Fly from the UK to Johannesburg.

Days 2-3
Graskop

Graskop

Arrive in Johannesburg and, after meeting the rest of your group, head straight on to Graskop to hike the trails and admire the spectacular scenery. You’ll travel through South Africa’s highest town, Belfast, at 1,970m, and explore the forests and grassland of the Prospector’s Trail as you hike to the gold mining town of Pilgrim’s Rest. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the Blyde River and have a go at panning for gold.

Mogodi Lodge or similar

Travel through the Long Tom Pass Hike the Prospector’s Trail Pan for gold at Blyde River 4-6 hours walking

Days 4-5
Letaba Ranch Reserve

Letaba Ranch Reserve

Drive the scenic Panorama Route to Letaba Ranch Reserve, soaking up the views of the Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the enormous Blyde River Canyon along the way. You’ll pass by God’s Window, where a layer of cloud known as God’s Blanket may be visible. In the evening, look out for elephant, wild dog and buffalos on a game drive in the Greater Kruger area, before a further game walk the following morning with a local guide and tracker.

Mtomeni Safari Camp or similar

Bourke’s Luck Potholes Blyde River Canyon Evening game drive Morning game walk 2-4 hours walking

Day 6
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park

Continue the game viewing in Kruger National Park, the world’s most famous game park and flagship South African wildlife viewing destination. Here, you’ll set out on two game drives in search of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo, otherwise known as the Big Five, but keep your eyes peeled for cheetah, giraffe, hippo and antelope too. It might be an early morning start, but this is the best time of day to see the animals before the heat of the day kicks in.

Skukuza Camp or similar in permanent tents

2 game drives

Days 7-8
Malolotja Nature Reserve

Malolotja Nature Reserve

Cross the border into Swaziland and hike along some of around 200km of pathways in the Malolotja Nature Reserve, where the picturesque hills are home to over 280 species of bird including eagles and bald ibis. There are plenty of wildflowers too, including nearly 40 different types of orchid. Follow the Nkomati River on foot along its gorges and rapids before viewing the cascade of the Majolomba Falls over a relaxed picnic lunch.

Malolotja Cabins or similar

Day walk to Malolotja Falls 8 hours walking

Days 9-10
St Lucia

St Lucia

Return to South Africa and St Lucia, a small Indian Ocean town with a lake of the same name. Look for crocodiles and hippos on the water’s edge and watch out for birds too. Choose to go whale watching (June to November only) and explore the St Lucia Lagoon by boat. You’ve a good chance of spotting fish eagles on the water, then later on, you might be lucky enough to glimpse a rhino or two from the bird hides. After all that wildlife watching, you’ll have time to chill out on the beach.

Shonalanga apartments or similar

St Lucia Lagoon wildlife watching boat trip Whale watching (optional, extra cost, seasonal)

Day 11
Zulu Battlefields

Zulu Battlefields

Continue to the Zulu Battlefields, 300kms away in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal region. Here, you’ll walk for about four hours along the Fugitive Trail, which follows the route taken by the very few British survivors from the Battle of Isandlwana in 1879. Learn more about the conflicts in the region between Zulu, British and Boer armies and see the various memorials and museums scattered around the area.

Battlefields Country Lodge or similar

Walk the Fugitive Trail 4 hours walking

Days 12-15
The Drakensberg

The Drakensberg

Hike among the spectacular scenery of the Drakensberg. Starting with the jagged mountains of Royal Natal national Park, you can choose from walks to rocks and cliffs or Bushmen paintings. After two days, move on to Witsiehoek and walk to Tiger Falls and Basuto Gate, trekking along the edge of the mountains. At an altitude of 2,900m, walk along the Thukela River to the towering cascade of the Tugela Falls, the world’s second tallest waterfall, and look out for bearded vultures. Over four days in the Drakensberg, there’s approximately 20 hours of walking, but believe us, it’s worth it.

Thendele Chalets or similar: Witsiehoek Lodge or similar

Royal Natal National Park Thukela Waterfall Thukela Gorge (6-8 hours walking) Hike to Witsieshoek (6 hours walking) Drakensberg hike (6 hours walking)

Days 16-17
After an optional final morning walk, return to Johannesburg and depart for the UK.

After an optional final morning walk, return to Johannesburg and depart for the UK.

After an optional final morning walk, return to Johannesburg and depart for the UK.

3 hour optional walk

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2017
1 September to 11 November
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