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Safari in South Africa & Victoria Falls

Highlights of this tour:

Kruger National Park, the Drakensberg Mountains, Blyde River, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window, The Three Rondavels, Mthetomusha Game Reserve, Zambezi River, Victoria Falls.

This package includes the following:

  • Flights from the UK to Johannesburg incl. transfer
  • Local, English-speaking guide/driver
  • English speaking tour coordinator
  • 7 nights at Bongani Mountain Lodge**** incl. half board
  • Bush walk with specially trained guide in Mthetomusha Game Reserve
  • Sunset Game Drive incl. “sundowner” in Mthetomusha Game Reserve
  • 2 full-day safaris in Kruger National Park
  • Full-day trip along the Panorama Route through the Drakenberg Mountains
  • 2 Game Drives in Mthetomusha Game Reserve
  • Fees for the named national parks and game reserves
  • Flight from Nelspruit to Livingstone in Zambia incl. transfer
  • 3 nights in Livingstone by Victoria Falls incl. breakfast
  • Flights from Livingstone to the UK incl. transfer
  • Possibility to extend your stay at Victoria Falls
  • ATOL certificate
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants

Single room supplement £470

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On this trip, you will be taken on exciting safaris in Kruger National Park, where you have every chance to experience ‘The Big 5’ right up close. In addition, you can learn how to decode the signs and signals of nature on a fascinating bush walk with a skilled ranger.

You will also visit the Drakensberg Mountains – the highest and longest mountain range in South Africa – where one of the highlights is Blyde River Canyon. This is the third-largest canyon in the world and provides a truly breath-taking view of The Three Rondavels. The trip will also take you to the God’s Window and vantage points, as well as the Bourke’s Luck Potholes, where the Blyde and Treur rivers have eroded deep, cylindrical formations in the cliffs.

You will then fly to Livingstone to spend three nights by the impressive Victoria Falls, which mark the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Here, you can book a helicopter flight (for an additional fee) and view the falls from above, go on a river safari or cruise along the Zambezi river, and explore the countryside on a quad bike – or from horseback.

Detailed Itinerary
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Day 1: Departure from UK

Departure day, where you will fly to Johannesburg with connecting flights along the way.

Day 2: Arrival at Bongani Mountain Lodge

Having landed in Johannesburg, you can look forward to a drive through the magnificent landscape to the 4-star Bongani Mountain Lodge, which is located on the border with the southern part of the Kruger National Park and near the magnificent Malelane mountains. You can then spend your afternoon admiring the magnificent view from the veranda or relaxing by the pool.

Overnight stay: Bongani Mountain Lodge****

Day 3: Bush Walk & Sunset Game Drive in Mthetomusha Game Reserve

Bush walk
Early in the morning, you will be picked up from the lodge and you will head off on a 3-hour bush walk with an experienced ranger to guide you through the bush. Your guide has been specially trained in bush walks and will teach you how to decode Mother Nature’s signals, by smelling the air, listening intently, looking and observing like a real tracker. He will also talk to you about the various animals’ behaviour, and explain how to identify them by their tracks. As you walk, you will hear and learn about many of the small plants and animals you often do not notice when driving through the area in safari vehicles. Not permitted for children under the age of 12.

Sunset Game Drive
When the sun starts to go down, it is time to set off on an atmospheric, 3-hour safari. You will be treated to what is known as a ‘Sundowner’ – a drink served outdoors in the light of the setting sun. As dusk falls, you make a start on a fascinating evening safari tour where you are sure to see a variety of animals in the spotlights of the safari vehicle. This gives you the chance to experience the nocturnal animals that rest and hide during daylight hours. You will also encounter many of the animals you saw earlier in the day. If the skies are clear, you can ask the guide about some of the impressive constellations of the southern hemisphere. For example, ask him to point out the Southern Cross or Orion’s belt. Not permitted for children under the age of 6.

Overnight stay: Bongani Mountain Lodge****

Day 4: Full-day excursion to the Drakensberg Mountains and Bourke's Luck Potholes

Today is given over to a beautifully scenic full-day trip along the Panorama Route through the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains. The mountains themselves are red, and form a magnificent contrast to the green trees and plants. On the trip, you will experience the breath-taking Blyde River Canyon. Measuring 700 m deep and 60 km long, it is the third-largest canyon in the world. You will stop at the three best vantage points along the canyon: God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and The Three Rondavels – three beautiful and remarkable rock formations whose shape calls to mind the round huts previously to be found in local villages in many parts of southern Africa. The Panorama Route will also take you past a number of waterfalls, and you will have the chance to stop to admire one of them. This could, for example, be the Berlin Falls, where the water cascades down into a lake from a height of 150 metres. Or you may stop at the Lisbon Falls, located where the Blyde river splits in two and then drops 92 metres down an almost vertical cliff, before coming together to form a single river once more. There are many other waterfalls, however, and your guide will decide where you stop. One of the most spectacular sights you will see during the day is sure to be the Bourke’s Luck Potholes – cylindrical holes carved into the rocks by the action of water and sand over thousands of years. You can see this amazing natural phenomenon right up close from bridges built over the peculiar holes.

Overnight stay: Bongani Mountain Lodge****

Day 5: Full-day tour in Kruger National Park

Full-day safari in open-topped vehicles, where you can experience the delights of Kruger National Park – one of the most important national parks in the world. Kruger National Park was established as a game reserve back in 1898, and was elevated to national park status in 1926. The park is around 350 km long from north to south, and around 65 km wide from east to west. Covering a total of approx. 20,000 km², it is the largest national park in South Africa. The park is home to 146 different species of mammal, around 520 species of bird and 120 species of reptile. Not only are many species represented, but they are also strongly represented. For example, it is estimated that there are 11,000 elephants, 2,000 lions, 1,000 leopards and 35,000 buffalo in the park, as well as 35,000 zebras and more than 150,000 antelopes. As regards plants, the park boasts 2,000 different species of flora, including everything from mosses to grasses, trees, creepers and cacti.

The wild animals are generally most active early in the morning, and then again towards the end of the afternoon. You will therefore be leaving the lodge early so as to experience as many animals as possible before they seek out shelter and shade to rest during the middle of the day. On account of the early start, the lodge will provide you with a packed breakfast to enjoy at a suitable time and in a suitable place. For lunch, you will stop at one of the authorised areas where you will find both a café and a minimarket.

You will return to the lodge at the end of the day – almost certainly with a camera packed with wonderful photos!

Overnight stay: Bongani Mountain Lodge****

Day 6: Free day

The day is yours to do with as you wish. You may wish simply to relax by the pool, but you can also choose to go on one of the extra excursions organised by Africa Safari.

Below is a selection of supplementary tour options that you can book and pay for at the lodge via our tour coordinator. The prices are stated in South African rand.

Please note that the range of excursions available may depend on the accommodation venue.

Star Gazing: You will be given a one hour presentation, including the use of telescopes gazing out to Southern Night Skies. Ports and sherries are served during the viewing of the night skies.

The cost of this activity is ZAR 250 per person.

Bush Walk: Enjoy a nature walk which lasts for around 1 hour. During this walk, guests will experience and view the small parts of the nature that can not be seen from the confines of the vehicle.  An experienced ranger will take guests on the walk, showing them tracks and signs of animal activity, different insects, birds and plant species. You may also get close to some of the larger wild animals (not dangerous). These too will be viewed on foot in their natural habitats.

The cost of this activity is ZAR 550 per person.

Rock Art Excursions: Mthethomusha Game Reserve has the highest concentration of Rock Art per square metre than anywhere else on the continent. Some date back as much as 1500 years ago. During this excursion guests will be escorted by a knowledgeable ranger to showcase a select number of sites. The activity does involve some amount of walking.

The cost of this activity is ZAR 300 per person.

Overnight stay: Bongani Mountain Lodge****

Day 7: Game Drive in Mthetomusha Game Reserve

This day consists of a two exciting game drives in Mthetomusha Game Reserve. We start with a morning game drive. Then we drive back to the lodge for lunch, before heading out again on our afternoon game drive. Mthethomusha Game Reserve consists of 8000 acres of pristine countryside and is situated on the south-western border of Kruger National Park. Here there are excellent opportunities to experience the “The Big Five” along with some unique birdlife.

Overnight stay: Bongani Mountain Lodge****

Day 8: Full-day tour in the Kruger National Park

Today you can enjoy a full-day tour in Kruger National Park in four-wheel-drive safari vehicles. The park features extensive grassy plains, as well as areas of rocky land, lakes and watercourses. Late in the afternoon, all kinds of animals flock to the lakes and watercourses to drink, and you may even be lucky enough to witness elephants bathing in the cool water. On the tour, your guide will attempt to spot as many animals as possible, and will almost certainly try to find antelopes – because where there are antelopes, there are sure to be predators. If you are really lucky, you may even see a shy leopard or two.

Overnight stay: Bongani Mountain Lodge****

Day 9: Victoria Falls

You fly from Nelspruit to Livingstone, where you have three nights by the Victoria Falls.

Overnight stay: David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa ****

Days 10-11: Experiences at Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, forms the dramatic landscape which borders Zambia and Zimbabwe. These waterfalls are considered some of the world’s most spectacular. Spanning 1.6 km wide, the waterfalls tumble at 1,000 cubic meters of water per second, approximately 100 meters down into the basalt gorges at Batoka Gorge. Victoria Falls is able to send the water splashing 400 feet into the air.

The locals name the falls “Mosi-oa-Tunya”. This means “the smoke that thunders”. The fog which creates a blurry view rises 400 meters above the waterfall and can be seen 20km away, with the thundering noise heard long before you even see the waterfall.

During your stay at Victoria Falls you have the opportunity to purchase various optional tours. Would you like to see Victoria Falls from above by helicopter? How about a Sunset Cruise along the Zambezi River?

Overnight stay: David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa ****

Below you can see the range of available activities.

Day 12: Start of the trip home

The time has now come to leave Victoria Falls and head for home. You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the airport to catch your flight to the UK, which will include connecting flights along the way.

Day 13: Arrival in the UK

Arrive back in the UK after a magnificent holiday packed with wonderful experiences.

Highlights of this tour:

Kruger National Park, the Drakensberg Mountains, Blyde River, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window, The Three Rondavels, Mthetomusha Game Reserve, Zambezi River, Victoria Falls.

This package includes the following:

  • Flights from the UK to Johannesburg incl. transfer
  • Local, English-speaking guide/driver
  • English speaking tour coordinator
  • 7 nights at Bongani Mountain Lodge**** incl. half board
  • Bush walk with specially trained guide in Mthetomusha Game Reserve
  • Sunset Game Drive incl. “sundowner” in Mthetomusha Game Reserve
  • 2 full-day safaris in Kruger National Park
  • Full-day trip along the Panorama Route through the Drakenberg Mountains
  • 2 Game Drives in Mthetomusha Game Reserve
  • Fees for the named national parks and game reserves
  • Flight from Nelspruit to Livingstone in Zambia incl. transfer
  • 3 nights in Livingstone by Victoria Falls incl. breakfast
  • Flights from Livingstone to the UK incl. transfer
  • Possibility to extend your stay at Victoria Falls
  • ATOL certificate
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants

Single room supplement £470
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