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Walking South Africa - Swaziland Malalotja Nature Reserve

This 14 day small group (12 people max), accommodated Walking South Africa Tour will take you to some of the highlights of South Africa. Explore the big game of the Kruger National Park, and enjoy hiking in beautuful Swaziland, before heading into the Zulu Kingdom. We visit the wetlands, wildlife and beaches of stunning KwaZulu-Natal, and then climb the magnificent mountains of the Drakensberg.

ITINERARY

Day 1: MPUMALANGA (Mogodi Lodge)
After the tour briefing at 06:30am, we depart Johannesburg and head east towards Mpumalanga.  During the afternoon we visit the gold mining town of Pilgrims Rest, and the viewpoint over God’s Window. Stretch our legs on a short walk from Mac Mac Pools and then make our way to our chalets on the edge of the escarpment.

We are up early the next morning for our first long walk at the Blyde River. We walk from the rim of the escarpment down into the canyon with views over the Three Sisters and the river below, before making our way back up the escarpment. We spend the afternoon exploring the forests and waterfalls which make Mpumalanga a beautiful destination. An exciting optional activity is the Graskop Gorge Lift, which lowers you down for a walk through the lush Afromontane forest below (own expense).
Included meals: breakfast x1, lunch and dinner

Day 3 & 4: KRUGER PRIVATE GAME RESERVE(Makuwa Safari Lodge)
An early breakfast and we make our way to Kruger National Park. We enter the national park and spend the day on an exciting game drive. Your guide will interpret the signs of bush as we hope to see elephants, rhino and possibly the elusive leopard. We stop for a picnic lunch before completing our game drive in the late afternoon as we exit the park and make our way to our private game lodge in the Greater Kruger area.

A highlight of our tour is the early morning game walk with a local ranger. Quietly we venture into the bush, learning the tracks and other signs of the wildlife we hope to find on foot.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 & 6: KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND(Hawana Chalets)
We enter the Kingdom of Swaziland and travel through a lush fruit farming area before heading into the mountains. We spend 2 nights on the outskirts of Malalotja Nature Reserve with a full day to walk through this seldom explored mountainous reserve. The Swazi people have a rich cultural heritage and we will visit the craft and medicine markets on day 7 as we pass through the capital, Mbabane.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 & 8: ZULULAND GAME RESERVES(Zululand Lodge)
Crossing into South Africa we head towards our lodge on a private game reserve, situated on the Ukuwela Conservancy. We take a walk with our local walking guide who will point out some of the 540+ bird species found in the area and track the shy Nyala antelope in the riverine vegetation of the Msinene River. The following morning, we visit Hluhluwe Game Reserve, a key area for rhino conservation and visit a Zulu village to learn more about their culture. Enjoy sunset and the sounds of the bush before a hearty dinner at the lodge.
Included meals: breakfast lunch and dinner

Day 9 & 10: ZULULAND BATTLEFIELDS(Battlefields Country Lodge)
We leave the coastline and make our way through the scenic hills and valleys of Zululand to the small town of Dundee. Here battles were fought between the Zulus, British and the Boer troops – war cries still resound in the hills. We spend time at the informative Tulana museum before we settle into our lodge and have some free time in the afternoon. The following morning we explore the Islandlwana battlefield before we embark on an exciting 4-5hour hike tracing the steps of the two British fugitives through the undulating hills of Zululand to the Buffalo River. Later in the day we visit Rourkes Drift before returning to the lodge.
Included meals: breakfast and lunch

Day 11 & 12: DRAKENSBERG(Thendele Chalets)
Witness the grandeur of the Drakensberg Mountains or Ukhahlamba “Barrier of Spears”. We overnight at the base of the “berg” (alt. 1,600m) and spend a full day walking the mountain trails before taking an invigorating dip in the clear mountain streams of the Royal Natal National Park. The crisp mountain air is refreshing and our lodge is a fantastic place to relax and enjoy the splendour of the mountain views.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 13: DRAKENSBERG(Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge)
We start the day with an early breakfast and make our way to Witsieshoek at the foot of the magnificent Sentinel Peak. At the end of a rough gravel road we start our trek, including a short chain ladder section, to the top of the Drakensberg Amphitheatre and the beautiful Tugela Falls (alt. 3,000m), offering unparalleled views down into KwaZulu Natal. After our walk we make our way to the lodge perched high in the mountains (alt. 2,300m) overlooking the Mont-Aux-Sources mountain range.
Included meals: breakfast and lunch

Day 14: JOHANNESBURG – TOUR ENDS
A leisurely start to the day, with the chance to spot the endangered bearded vulture soaring overhead, before we make our way back to Johannesburg. Tour ends at about 17:00.
Included meals: breakfast and lunch

Price:
2021: € 1 950.00 per person sharing

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PRICE:

€1 950 pps

14 days

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mpumalanga – Panorama Route sight seeing

  • Kruger National Park – private lodge game drives and bush walk

  • Swaziland – mountain walks, cultural adventure

  • KwaZulu Natal – walk, game drive and museums

  • Drakensberg Mountains – mountain walks

  • 8 walks of varying grades – Mac Mac, Blyde River Canyon, Big 5, Swaziland, Isimangaliso, Zululand, Drakensberg, The Amphitheatre

PRICE INCLUDES

  • 13 nights’ accomodation (cabins, chalets, lodges and guesthouses)

  • Entrance fees

  • Transport in minibus or safari truck

  • Meals as per itinerary

  • Professional guide

  • Guided walks

This safari has set departure dates:​

2021
09Jan21 – 22Jan21
23Jan21 – 05Feb21 (German)
06Feb21 – 19Feb21
13Feb21 – 26Feb21
06Mar21 – 19Mar21
13Mar21 – 26Mar21
27Mar21 – 09Apr21
10Apr21 – 23Apr21 (German)
15May21 – 28May21
12Jun21 – 25Jun21
19Jun21 – 02Jul21 (German)
26Jun21 – 09Jul21
10Jul21 – 23Jul21
17Jul21 – 30Jul21 (German)
31Jul21 – 13Aug21
07Aug21 – 20Aug21
14Aug21 – 27Aug21 (German)
28Aug21 – 10Sep21
11Sep21 – 24Sep21
18Sep21 – 01Oct21
02Oct21 – 15Oct21 (German)
16Oct21 – 29Oct21
30Oct21 – 12Nov21
20Nov21 – 03Dec21
18Dec21 – 31Dec21

Bold dates: guaranteed to depart

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