14 Day South Africa, North to South Tour
Day 1: Spectacular Panorama Route Tour
Generally tours start at 06h00 AM, but departure times can be arranged to suit your needs.
Tours are conducted in English by a qualified and registered (Fgasa) tour/field guide.
You will be picked up at your Hotel/B&B near O.R Tambo International Airport or from Pretoria.
The scenic drive to the start of the Panorama Route will take approximately 3-4 hours, there will be a stop along the way to enjoy breakfast.
The Panorama Route starts at the impressive Sudwala Caves, where you will go on a very interesting Cave Tour of about an hour's duration.
Afterwards you will visit the spectacular Lone Creek Falls and Mac Mac Falls that's situated near the town Sabi, set in the heart of the beautiful Mpumalanga province of South Africa.
You will then make your way to the Lodge where you will stay your first night which is situated near the Panorama Falls.
After arrival, you can settle in and unwind until dinner.
Day 2: Second part of the Panorama Route and transfer to Kruger National Park
You can enjoy breakfast at 07h30 at the Restaurant.
After breakfast, you will make your way to the Pinnacle Rock Lookout point with it's amazing view of the Lowveld below
From there you will make your way to the stunning Lisbon Falls (highest falls in the region)and Berlin Falls.
Afterwards you will continue with the Panorama Route all alongside the beautiful Blyde River Canyon and visit Bourke's Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels.
After you have completed the Panorama Route you will be transferred to the iconic Kruger National Park.
After you have entered Kruger National Park you will go on your first Game drive on the way to your accommodation.
As soon as you have entered the Park you will start to see some wildlife such as Zebra, Impala, Blue Wildebeest also be on the lookout for Buffalo, Leopard, Lion etc.
Arrive at your Rest Camp in the afternoon. There will be time to settle in and relax until dinner.
You can enjoy dinner prepared by your guide under open African skies.
Day 3: Explore Kruger National Park + Bushwalk & Exciting Night Game drive
Go on an exciting bush walk starting at 05h30 (duration 4 hours) and enjoy the beautiful African Sunrise.
Enjoy a tasty breakfast back at Camp.
Depart after breakfast and go on your second closed vehicle Game drive.
You will be visiting waterholes & lookout points during your excursion/Game drive in search for Africa’s big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino).
Also scout the dams and Rivers for pods of Hippo or Crocodiles basking in the sun.
Enjoy the beautiful view over the Sabi River which attracts plenty of wildlife.
Enjoy dinner prepared by your guide by a campfire under the African skies around 18h00.
Afterwards go on an exciting Night Game drive in an open Safari vehicle starting at 20h00 (duration 2 hours) and see what kind of Nocturnal animals you can find.
Day 4: Swaziland Cultural Village Experience
Wake up to a beautiful African sunrise on your last morning in Kruger National Park as you depart around 06h00 for one more game drive on your way out. On the way you will visit Afsaal picnic site and enjoy breakfast with a chance to view and take pictures of the numerous wild birds and occasional Bushbuck visiting this area. The game drive will continue towards Malelane gate from where you will exit the park late morning. Enjoy the spectacular scenery through Mpumalanga province towards the Swazi border post at Jeppe's Reef. Once inside the last remaining Royal Kingdom of Southern Africa you will make your way through scenic Swaziland towards Mantenga Cultural Village where you will be shown how the traditional Swazi people once lived and afterwards enjoy fascinating and exhilarating traditional Swazi dancing. Head off to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary where you can enjoy its pristine nature and wildlife. Here you will have dinner and spend the night in your comfortable chalet.
Day 5: Swaziland to Maluti Mountains in Golden Gate Highlands National Park
Awake to a breathtaking Swazi sunrise and enjoy breakfast at 07h00 after which you will exit the park and visit the fascinating Malkerns Valley Candle Shop where you will see how the crafty local candle artists, shapes and forms hot semi molten wax into beautiful works of art. You will then exit Swaziland through the Emahlatini Border Post back into South Africa and enjoy the scenic route as you make your way from Mpumalanga to the Orange Free State. Right next to the Lesotho Border, nestled in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains of the North Eastern Free State lies the majestic Golden Gate Highlands National Park which forms part of the iconic Drakensberg mountain range, where you will spend your first evening in these spectacular mountains. Enter the park and make your way to Glen Reenen Rest Camp where you will settle in and relax until dinner at around 07h00.
Day 6: Ukhahlamba Drakensberg & Tugela Gorge Hiking Trail
Witness the birth of a new day in the splendid Drakensberg Mountains, followed by breakfast at 07h30. Drive up to the car park at 2500 metres. A 5-hour gentle to moderate hike through the magnificent Tugela Gorge, protected fields, forest, river and breathtaking view of Tugela Falls from below (viewing of the waterfalls only in summer season). The tour starts and ends at the famous Royal Natal National Park. Set in a dramatic gorge, this scenic hiking route passes through stretches of protected field and forest. The scenery beyond the Tugela Gorge is rivalled only by the view from the top of the Tugela Falls. Ukhahlamba – means in zulu “barrier of spears”.
Day 7: From Golden Gate in the Freestate to Mokala in the Northern Cape
Breakfast is at 07h30 after which you will depart from Golden Gate and head off to Mokala National Park situated in the Northern Cape. On the way visit the iconic town of Clarens, which is part of the scenic Highlands Route and is surrounded by mountainous splendor. The village has become know as the “Jewel of the Free State” - with an aura of peace and tranquility. The town is known for the many Art and Craft shops which offers the visitor a wide range of curios and artwork. Another feature which adds to the picturesque atmosphere of the village is the many sandstone buildings. After the stop at Clarens you will head for Mokala which is South Africa’s newest Park. Proclaimed as recently as June 2007. Mokala is the Setswana name for a Camelthorn tree. Mokala National Park’s 28 414ha landscape varies between hills and large open plains. Mokala is an important area for the regeneration of valuable species. Arrive at Mokala in the afternoon, settle in and relax until dinner at 19h00.
Day 8: Mokala National Park to Karoo National Park
Another spectacular African sunrise leads up to a delicious breakfast at 07h30 from where you will depart from Mokala and travel on the scenic route through the Karoo towards the Karoo National Park in the Western Cape. The Great Karoo is a vast and unforgiving yet mysterious landscape. Being the largest ecosystem in South Africa, the Karoo is home to a fascinating diversity of life, all having adapted to survive in these harsh conditions. Spanning nearly 400 000km2 in the geographic midriff of South Africa, the Great Karoo must be one of the quietest places on Earth. The Great Karoo stands proudly with other desert tourism regions like the Australian Outback and Arizona and New Mexico in the United States, and makes for a memorable road-trip. Arrive at the Karoo National Park in the afternoon, settle in and relax or explore the park further by going on the Fossil trail or visit the bird hide and see what birds or animals comes in to drink. Dinner will be at 19h00.
Day 9: Explore the Cango Caves, visit Oudtshoorn's ostrich farms and Garden Route
Enjoy breakfast at 07h30 and head off to the exciting world famous Cango Caves for a bit of caving adventure. At the head of the picturesque Cango Valley, lies the spectacular underground wonder of the Klein Karoo - the Cango Caves. the Caves have been known to man since the Early Stone Age. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well known Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations. After the Cango caves you will head off to Oudtshoorn, where you will visit an ostrich farm. See all stages from incubation to adulthood. See the miracle of chicks hatching in an incubator room. Feed and meet ostriches up close. From there you will make your way along the beautiful coast line along the Garden Route on the way to the Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park where you will stay the next two days in the Storms River Rest Camp. Arrive late afternoon. Settle in and relax until dinner.
Day 10: Explore the amazing Garden Route
You will enjoy breakfast in these tranquil surroundings at 07h30 from where the day's adventure starts by going on a hike across boardwalks along the way through magnificent forest areas. This boardwalk trail leads up to an ancient giant of a tree that is reckoned to be between 600 and 800 years old. You will then head back to the ocean where the trails continue on through the forest area and opens up across exhilarating suspension bridges to the breathtaking view of the Storms River Mouth. Follow this trail for about another thirty minutes to under the suspension bridges to the river boat trip dock. Go on a river boat cruise up the Storms River which will take you through the astonishing Storms River Gorge, offering scenery which will leave you will with memories of a lifetime. Look forward to a relaxing afternoon on the white sandy beaches of the Nature's Valley area.
Day 11: Cape Agulhas the most Southern tip of the African Continent
An early morning start to this exciting new day with coffee and tea at 05h30 from where you will depart from Agulhas National Park at 06h00. You will make your along the beautiful garden route to Mosselbay where you will enjoy breakfast and visit the scenic Point area and enjoy a relaxing climb to the top of the Point where you will be treated to a spectacular view over bay and ocean. The rocks at the point is the home of a little mammal called the Rock Dassie - now known as Rock Hyrax. The Rock Hyrax is the African elephant's closest living relative, in spite of it's size. You will depart from Mosselbay, head South to the little town of Struisbaai where you will visit the pier and if you are lucky see the stingrays, marine giants that are residents of the harbour area. You will then enter the Agulhas National Park, visit the lighthouse and then the most southern tip of the African Continent known as Cape Agulhas. Check in at Agulhas Rest Camp and relax until dinner.
Day 12: Wine Route to Cape Town
Coffee or tea is at 06h00. Depart at 06h30 for another early but exciting start to the day, make your way to the beautiful Sir Lowry's Pass Village Road which is the start to one of the Cape wine land routes. On the way you will enjoy breakfast in the little town of Caledon and then visit three of the most popular wine estates in the Somerset-west area for a very special experience and get the opportunity to sample some of South Africa's finest wines and be treated to an abundance of flavors and tastes. You will then head to the exciting Mother City of Cape Town. Your hotel is on the waterfront which you have the rest of the day to explore at your own leisure or relax until dinner. The start to this day has an optional extra (for your own account), you can go to Hermanus, a town famous as a whale outpost and go on a whale watching boat trip witch starts at 09h00 with a duration of 2 hours. Note that the whale spotting boat trip is seasonal and runs from June to mid December.
Day 13: Cape Peninsula Experience
Delicious breakfast is served from 07h00 from where pickup will be at 08h00 and you will make your way to the Boulders Beach which is home to a colony of endangered African penguins, with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to come within meters of them in a protected natural environment. The pristine beach with its signature granite boulders is part of Table Mountain Nature Reserve. Make your way to Cape Point situated in the Cape point Nature Reserve with some of the most breathtaking mountain and ocean scenery in the world. By way of the Flying Dutchman Funicular travel on a railroad to Cape Point, an exciting way to explore the area and journey to the upper lighthouse from the bottom of the railway station. You will then your way to the the Cape of Good Hope, the most South Western point of Africa, where you will be treated to excellent viewing opportunities from both lighthouses which are still fully operational. From here you will make your way back to your hotel and relax until dinner.
Day 14: Robben Island and Table Mountain
Pickup is at 08h30 from the hotel from where you will head to the harbour and depart at 09h00 for the Robben Island tour, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the tour is 3-4 hrs. Back on the mainland you will make your way to the iconic Table Mountain where you will take an exciting cable car trip to the top of Table Mountain, 1 089 meters above Cape Town, and explore the summit, enjoy the spectacular views and interesting walkways. There is also a wifi lounge where you can buy refreshments while using the free wifi service. Table Mountain is part of a World Heritage Site, an important part of the Cape Floristic Region and the single richest floristic area in the world. Your 14 day adventure ends here when you depart down the mountain around 15h00. Your guide will then drive you to the airport or a hotel close to the airport. (Please note that these activities are subject to weather conditions. In case of bad weather, alternative, equally entertaining options are available).
End of tour
- Additional accommodation can be arranged at an extra cost.
- You'll be dropped off at the airport (or hotel).
General Tour Information
Although we provide a planned itinerary, our Tours are totally flexible and can be customized to suit your needs. So if there is anything you would like to add or cancel, just let us know and we will gladly send you a new quotation.
The National Parks and Reserves that we operate in are very popular and can get booked out very fast so we recommend that the deposit should be paid as soon as possible to secure the desired booking date.
Availability is extremely limited and cannot be guaranteed until the booking is confirmed.
If the Reservation is made within 30 days of departure we request the full amount to be paid at the time of confirmation. If the Reservation is made more than 30 days prior to departure then a 50% deposit of the full amount is required at the time of booking and the balance is due 30 days prior to the start of the Safari Tour.
Although every effort is made to adhere to schedules/planned itineraries, it should be noted that the Field guides/tour operators of RED AFRICA SAFARIS may be obliged to occasionally change routes/schedules on safaris as dictated by changing conditions. Such conditions may be brought about by road conditions, diversions, weather conditions, traffic, availability of activities etc. RED AFRICA SAFARIS will communicate with you for such itinerary or accommodation changes
The facilities, local prices and amenities mentioned are shown in good faith as generally being available. Should local prices vary, or facilities not be available at certain times as a result of weather conditions, lack of support etc. RED AFRICA SAFARIS cannot be held responsible.
Departure times from camps may vary, depending upon the season.
Children below 6yrs are not permitted on the optional Game drives.
Children below 12yrs are not allowed on any Bush walks.
Adults above 65 yrs need to provide a Doctor certificate when wanting to partake in the Bush walks.
Participation in adventure travel requires that you be in generally good health. All visitors must understand that while a high level off fitness is not required, a measure of physical activity is involved in such tours. It is essential that persons with any medical problems and/or related dietary restrictions make them known to us before departure.
Please note that there may be other guests/visitors joining you on some of the activities on your Tour such as the open vehicle game drives, bushwalks, Panorama Route etc. Red Africa Safaris can not be held responsible if other guests/visitors do not share the same interests or the same language than you.
It is recommended that clients overnight in Johannesburg the night before the tour and on the last day of the tour. We recommend hotels/B&Bs within 5kms of OR Tambo International Airport.
Please note - Clients could also be picked up straight from the Airport, should your flight arrive early in the morning.
Your Tour is based on Mid-range accommodation but more luxurious, such as 5 star accommodation is also available as well as more budget accommodation.
- Pick-up at Hotel near or from O.R Tambo Airport/Johannesburg or from Pretoria, Phalaborwa, Hoedspruit and Nelspruit
- Drop-off at Hotel near or at Cape Town Airport
- Guided tour/Transfer for the duration of your Tour in an Air-conditioned vehicle, conducted by a registered and qualified SA Tourism and Field safari guide.
- All National Parks Entrance/Conservation fees (Kruger, Golden Gate,Mokala, Karoo, Garden Route & Cape Agulhas)
- Panorama Route Entrance fees
- Toll fees + Fuel
- 13 x nights' stay in comfortable Chalets & Hotel rooms with private bathroom facilities
- 2 x 500ml bottled water per day
- Breakfast & Dinner(Restaurant, main course only), except on last day, Breakfast only
- 1 x Bush walk(Could be substituted with an open vehicle Sunrise Game drive)
- 1 x Night Game drive in an open Safari vehicle
- Closed vehicle Excursions/Game drives inside several National Parks visiting waterholes, Lookout points and Bird hides
- Swazi Cultural Village Tour + Dancing performance
- Tugela Gorge/Drakensberg Mountain Hiking
- Cango Caves Tour
- Ostrich Farm Tour
- Storms River Boat Cruise
- Wine tastings on Wine Route
- Cape Peninsula Tour
- Table Mountain Tour
- Robben Island Tour
- Airfares to and from South Africa/Visas
- Extra activities not mentioned
- Lunch/beverages/snacks/starters and deserts - except where specified
- All Gratuities
- Medical Aid and Travel Insurance
- Any items of personal nature
Nov 1, 2016 to 31 Oct, 2017 (Rates are pp for 14 days)
2 Persons sharing - ZAR 43 855.00 p. person
Nov 1, 2017 to 31 Oct, 2018 (Rates are pp for 3 days)
2 Persons sharing - ZAR 48 240.00 p. person
Please let us know if more than 2 persons would like to go on the Tour and we will gladly send the rates.
Please note - The above prices are only estimated prices for Safari Tours. We would recommend that you request a quotation so that we can provide you with the accurate tariffs. RED Africa Safaris cc. reserves the right to change pricing at any time without prior notice.
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