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20 Day South Africa Small Group Tour with Flights

Johannesburg - Kruger National Park - Hazyview - Drakensberg - Grahamstown - Storms River - Cape Town - Swaziland - Zululand - Dolphin Coast - Knysna - Wild Coast

Roundtrip international flights with full-service carriers included

Small-group tour of only 17 travellers

2020 & 2021 departures available 

Discover the Big 5 on incredible game safaris! 

From $5,499 Typically $6,499 Include flight pp twin share

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Description


Embark on the trip of a lifetime on this 20 Day South Africa Small Group Tour. South Africa is a haven of spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, diverse cultures and first world norms, all topped with a healthy and invigorating climate. These qualities make it an adventure destination not to be missed.

A country virtually the size of Europe with over 3000 kilometres of unspoiled coastline, boasting climatic differences from searing hot desert to snow-capped peaks, and varied cultures from the original Bushman to the most Western of ways. You will visit the highlights, but leave the beaten track to explore the great outdoors and visit a variety of African eco-systems. Overnight stops are all at comfortable Lodges, in pristine reserves, high in the mountains, or on the beach, always in truly unique surroundings. The tour is enjoyed by those with a flexible attitude and adventurous mentality.

Itinerary


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Day 19 Day 20

Day 1

Australia Johannesburg

Fly from Australia to South Africa, clear immigration, and take a taxi to the Greenfire Lodge Johannesburg for your overnight hotel accommodation.  The remainder of the day is free to explore at leisure.

Accommodation: Greenfire Lodge Johannesburg

Meals included: inflight only

Day 2

Johannesburg

Departing from the Greenfire Lodge Johannesburg at 6:30 AM, we set off on the scenic road to Mpumalanga. We enjoy a brunch stop (own cost) in the historic town of Dullstroom before we wind our way down the Drakensberg escarpment and into the untamed Lowveld. The road is filled with scenic beauty, from mountain passes to the Acacia trees scattered across the African bushveld.  We spend the next two nights at our well-appointed Greenfire Bush Lodge, which is situated in a private reserve within the greater Kruger National Park; an area where animals roam naturally and unrestricted. Being on a privately owned reserve allows us the freedom to explore the wilderness in search of a variety of animals both on foot and in open game drive vehicles. The tented lodge blends into the bush and offers comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, a refreshing splash pool, and stunning views over the surrounding wilderness. Dinner tonight is cooked in the traditional manner over an open fire.

Accommodation: Greenfire Lodge Johannesburg

Meals included: dinner

Day 3

Kruger National Park

As is custom in the bush, we start the day with a light breakfast of coffee and rusks before embarking on a guided game walk within this Big 5 area. Although we will walk for some three hours, the purpose is not to cover distance but rather to search for animals and to focus on the smaller things one misses while out driving around in the bush. A Drifters guide and/or tracker lead all walks. Before the heat of the day, we return to the lodge for a sumptuous brunch, after which it’s time to relax around the lodge and enjoy the serenity of the surrounding wilderness. In the afternoon, we conduct an open vehicle game drive which develops into an extensive night drive, all the time searching for animals. Being in the bush at night provides us with the opportunity of viewing nocturnal animals. This evening we enjoy a hearty bush “braai” cooked on an open fire. Fall asleep to the sounds of the wild.

Accommodation: Greenfire Bush Lodge, Kruger National Park

Meals included: brunch and dinner

Day 4

Panorama Route - Hayview 

Rising with the African sun, we enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting off to explore the highlights of the Panorama Route. Our first stop will be to view the impressive Blyde River Canyon, then on to Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Gods Window, and the cozy little town of Graskop where we enjoy an own expense lunch. The Panorama Route offers travellers some of the best natural wonders in the area and we will spend as much time as possible at each of the highlights. This afternoon we descend the Kowyns Pass and after a full day, we make our way to the Greenfire Lodge Hazyview, a log cabin built spectacularly on stilts in the indigenous forest on the banks of the Sabie River. We will spend two nights here.

Accommodation: Greenfire Hazyview Lodge

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 5

Kruger National Park

An early start, we depart at sunrise and travel the short distance to enter a different area of the Kruger National Park for a full day of game viewing. Slowly traversing in search of the many animals that inhabit this area, we enjoy the high vantage point and comfort of our well-equipped vehicle. Our guide will take time to explain the behaviour of the animals we see in this fascinating environment. Although most of the day will be spent game viewing, we will stop at various designated sites to stretch our legs, to enjoy brunch, and to wander around one of the park’s rest camps. Late this afternoon we exit the park and return to the comfort of our Greenfire Lodge Hazyview.

Accommodation: Greenfire Hazyview Lodge

Meals included: brunch and dinner

Day 6

Swaziland

We depart in the morning and enjoy a scenic drive south before we leave South Africa and cross the border into the Kingdom of the Swazi. A small landlocked country, Swaziland is rich in culture and natural beauty. Our journey today takes us into an area of spectacular scenery and past numerous traditional homesteads surrounded by vast fields of sugarcane. Our first destination is Sibebe rock, a granite mountain rising some 350m above the Mbuluzi valley. We spend some time here at the foot of the mountain while our guides explain more about the history and beliefs surrounding Sibebe. In the late afternoon we drive the short distance via the Capital of Mbabane to our accommodation for the night. On arrival we check in and enjoy a catered meal.

Accommodation: Foresters Arms, Swaziland

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7

Zululand

Today we follow the winding roads through Swaziland and cross back into South Africa in the late morning. After completing the border formalities, we enter Zululand, an area once ruled by the infamous Shaka Zulu. The reserves in this area are lush and offer protection to a variety of indigenous animals including Black and White Rhino. This afternoon we enjoy a game experience that will allow us to appreciate the fauna and flora of the Zulu Kingdom.

Accommodation: White Elephant Bush Camp, Zululand

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8

Drakensberg

Traveling inland today, we pass through a tranquil region of rolling hills, but don’t be fooled, this region has hosted many historic wars fought over time by the Zulu’s, the Boers (pioneer settlers), the British, and many others fighting for a stake in Africa. Our lunch stop will be at one of the famous battlefields in the area where we will have time to learn a bit more about this fascinating time in South Africa’s history. This afternoon we reach the majestic Drakensberg mountain range, “Barrier of Spears”. On reaching the foothills, we transfer to a 4×4 vehicle, and then enjoy an exciting drive on mountain tracks high up to the Greenfire Lodge Drakensberg. You are welcome to skip the drive and walk up the mountain to the lodge. We spend two nights here in cozy log cabins and will have a day of hiking, exploring, and simply enjoying the wonders of this national heritage site. A walk to the San Rock Art gallery is well worth the effort. Pony trekking is also available.

Accommodation: Greenfire Drakensberg Lodge

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Optional Activities: Horse riding, Fishing, walks

Day 9

Drakensberg

Spend another incredible night in your cozy log cabin and enjoy some hiking while you explore this national heritage site.

Accommodation: Greenfire Drakensberg Lodge

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10

Dolphin Coast

A relaxed start, after a transfer (or walk) back down to our vehicle, it is with new energy that we make our way toward the Indian Ocean. Our journey today will take us through the rolling hills and natural beauty of the Natal Midlands. We stop for an own expense lunch near Nottingham Road before continuing to the Mandela Capture site for a short visit, from where we continue and travel down to the coast where we spend the next two nights. The Greenfire Lodge Dolphin Coast is located literally on the beach and the sound of the waves pounding is relentless. We will have a “free” day here to spend soaking up the sun and simply enjoying the beach and warm ocean, or to stroll through the village enjoying the cheerful hospitality. One night we enjoy a traditional fish braai on the lodge’s patio. Lunch and dinner are at your own expense. You can also choose to visit the city of Durban on your free day.

Accommodation: Greenfire Dolphin Coast Lodge, Dolphin Coast

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 11

Dolphin Coast

Enjoy a free day at leisure. Choose to spend your day soaking up the sun at the beach or stroll through the village enjoying the cheerful hospitality. You can also opt in to visit the city of Durban today.

Accommodation: Greenfire Dolphin Coast Lodge

Meals included: breakfast

Optional Activities: Visit Durban

Day 12

Wild Coast

Setting off early, we pass through the outskirts of Durban this morning and follow the coast south into an area that can only be described as one of the highlights of the tour – The Wild Coast. Having formerly been an independent homeland, there has been little development in this area resulting in endless unspoiled beaches, natural estuaries, rolling grassland, and a tapestry of traditional Xhosa villages. We will spend two nights at a remote Greenfire Lodge and will spend a full day exploring this rugged but stunningly beautiful area. Our guide will take us on an extended hike along this stretch of coastline that offers some of the best hiking routes in the country. You will also have the option to relax on the secluded beach in front of the lodge or to go and swim in a nearby waterfall.

Accommodation: Greenfire Wild Coast Lodge

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Optional Activities: Walks, Private Beach

Day 13

Wild Coast

Enjoy another night in this incredible region! 

Accommodation: Greenfire Wild Coast Lodge

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 14

Frontier Country 

Leaving the lush coastal forests behind, our journey will take us into what is known as the “Frontier Country”, a region that was settled in the 1820’s by European immigrants and that was host to many frontier wars. The road is defined by scattered hills and deep valleys with distant glimpses of the ocean. We cover some distance today and spend the night in comfortable accommodation overlooking the city of Grahamstown.

Accommodation: Mountain View Manor, Grahamstown

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 15

Garden Route Storms River

Entering the renowned Garden Route today, our first stop will be at the Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park. Located in a marine reserve, the hike offers spectacular views and we enjoy a walk along the rugged coast and over the suspension bridge spanning the Storms River. We spend the night in the Storms River area. The area offers a variety of optional activities. Optional excursions include kayak trips, mountain bike rides in the forest, a tour of the local township, and many more (own expense).

Accommodation: Storms River Village Lodge

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Optional Activities: Boat Cruise, Bridge Bungee jump, Shark Cage diving, etc.

Day 16

Storms River Knysna

Today, depart from Storms River and make your way to Knysna where you will spend the night and have time for some more activities. 

Accommodation: Wayside Inn, Knysna

Meals included: breakfast

Day 17

Cape Town

Depart from Storms River and continue on to Knysna where you’ll spend the night and have time for some more activities, such as a boat cruise, bridge bungee jump or even a shark cage diving experience. Lunch and one dinner will be own expense.

Accommodation: Wayside Inn or similar, Knysna

Meals included: breakfast

Day 18

Cape Town

Enjoy your day at leisure in this beautiful city! 

Accommodation: Greenfire Cape Town Lodge

Meals included: breakfast

Day 19

Cape Town Australia 

Enjoy your day at leisure in this city, as your tour draws to an end at 4 PM today. Please allow time for an airport transfer and for check-in procedures (up to three hours). 

Accommodation: Greenfire Cape Town Lodge

Meals included: breakfast

Day 20

Australia 

Arrive home today! 

Meals included: inflight only

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  • Return economy class airfare from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart*, Darwin* or Canberra* (*surcharges apply)
  • International flights with South African Airways or Qantas (subject to availability)
  • 19 nights of lodge and hotel accommodation on a twin share basis with private ensuite facilities
  • Guided tour with an English-speaking tour guide 
  • Transport is via a custom 17-seater adventure truck
  • Game drives in the Kruger National Park
  • Airport transfers 
  • Meals as indicated: 15 breakfasts, 2 brunches, 8 lunches and 13 dinners

 

Accommodation

Johannesburg - Greenfire Lodge Johannesburg
Kruger National Park - Greenfire Bush Lodge 
Hazyview - Greenfire Hazyview Lodge 
Swaziland - Foresters Arms 
Zululand - White Elephant Bush Camp 
Drakensberg - Greenfire Drakensberg Lodge 
Dolphin Coast - Greenfire Dolphin Coast Lodge 
The Wild Coast - Greenfire Wild Coast Lodge 
Grahamstown - Mountain View Manor 
Storms River - Storms River Village Lodge 
Knysna - Wayside Inn 
Cape Town - Greenfire Cape Town Lodge

 

Exclusions

  • ESTA and/or visas where required
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Meals & drinks not mentioned
  • Any additional requests
  • Tips

 

Child Policy

The minimum age for travellers on this tour is 16 years. Travellers below the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.

 

Single Supplement

This tour requires solo travellers to share accommodation with another traveller. You will be matched with another solo traveller of the same gender while on tour. 

Looking to find a travel buddy on your own? Join our Facebook group - Solo Traveldreamers to connect with other solo travellers.

 

Extra Service

Looking to arrive early or stay late post-tour? Call on 1300 350 263 or email us at info@traveldream.com.au to inquire.

More details also available under Extra Services during checkout.

Departure Dates


AUG 2020
17 th
Monday 17 Aug 2020  ‐  Saturday 05 Sep 2020
AUG 2020
24 th
Monday 24 Aug 2020  ‐  Saturday 12 Sep 2020
AUG 2020
31 st
Monday 31 Aug 2020  ‐  Saturday 19 Sep 2020
OCT 2020
12 th
Monday 12 Oct 2020  ‐  Saturday 31 Oct 2020
OCT 2020
19 th
Monday 19 Oct 2020  ‐  Saturday 07 Nov 2020

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