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KwaZulu Natal holidays - close up of  a vulture and jackal in the Drakensberg Mountains

Kruger Walking Safari + Drakensberg


8RL12D
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,795
International flights quoted separately
Combine a walking safari in the Kruger National Park, with the thrill of game viewing on foot, with a visit to the mighty Drakensberg Mountains. Here you can walk to remote Bushman paintings and for the more adventurous, the option to hike up Mont-Aux-Souces. Complete your holiday relaxing on warm Durban North Coast. All game viewing & transfers included.
Walking Safari South Africa Kruger National Park Drakensberg Durban
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Kruger National Park
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Walking Safari
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Game Drives
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Big-5 sightings
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Drakensberg Mountains
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Bushman Paintings
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Trout Fishing
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Birding
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Durban North Coast
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Indian Ocean beaches
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Kruger National Park
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Walking Safari
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Game Drives
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Big-5 sightings
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Drakensberg Mountains
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Bushman Paintings
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Trout Fishing
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Birding
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Durban North Coast
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Indian Ocean beaches
Day 1
You will be met at Mpumalanga Airport and transferred to your hotel on the scenic Panorama Route.
 
Check into your hotel in this beautiful region.
Day 2
This morning we recommend a visit to Hazyview Elephant Sanctuary to experience a very special close-up encounter with these gentle giants, including a 25-minute elephant ride (or brushdown, if you don’t want to ride).
 
Afternoon is at leisure to relax at your lodge, or enjoy other optional activities on offer.
Day 3
Today transfer 2.5-hours to the world famous Kruger National Park, where game-viewing opportunities should present themselves almost immediately in this vast 2-million hectare game sanctuary. Hopefully we will see several species of antelope, zebra, wildebeest and maybe even giraffe before we reach your luxury tented walking camp, built in pioneer style and overlooking a waterhole.
 
Walking Safaris offer the opportunity to study the smaller animals, insects and trees of the park – as well as outstanding bird watching, with over 500 different species. After an afternoon walking safari, enjoy a delicious dinner relaxing around the camp fire.
 
Note: You must arrive before 2 pm on a Sunday, Tuesday or Friday for your walking safari.
Day 4
Explore on foot the vast Kruger National Park, which offers magnificent game viewing opportunities. Accompanied by two armed rangers, you have the unique opportunity to follow elephant and rhino trails on foot and observe game in their natural surroundings, a profoundly memorable experience.
 
Early morning and late afternoon open-top game drives are also available, to allow you to explore further afield.
 
Weather-permitting, there is the option of a Sleep-Out on an elevated wooden platform in a tree overlooking a water trough. Tucked into your sleeping bag on a mattress high above the ground, this will be a night to remember as you sleep with the sounds of the African night. First person to book the camp has the choice of whether to do a sleepout, and anyone else who books that night is required to participate.
 
Walking safaris require an average level of fitness and minimum age of 12 years. Wear walking shoes and neutral clothing (avoid black, white and bright colours). Pack a hat, sunglasses, sunblock, insect repellant, torch, binoculars, camera with extra batteries, rain jacket and warm sweater.
Day 5
After breakfast transfer 1-hour to your safari camp, where you can relax by the swimming pool and enjoy some luxury after your walking safari.
 
In the afternoon enjoy a game drive in an open-top game viewing vehicle accompanied by a lodge ranger to search for large game including the Big Five - Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard and Rhino. Later enjoy a delicious dinner in the outdoor boma in the atmosphere that only the African bushveld can provide.
Day 6
Rise at dawn to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day, as you enjoy a thrilling open-top game viewing drive into the world famous Kruger National Park.
 
Explore the famous Kruger National Park, a vast 2-million hectare game sanctuary the size of Wales which offer magnificent game viewing opportunities and the highest concentration of lion in the whole of Africa. Hope to see several of the Big Five today - Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard and Rhino - as well as many other species before returning to your lodge for breakfast.
 
The rest of the morning is free to relax by the swimming pool or enjoy bird watching at the lodge, before setting out again in the late afternoon for another game drive. With nearly 150 different species of mammals and over 100 species of reptiles in the Kruger National Park, you can hope to see cheetah, giraffe, hippo, kudu, crocodiles, sable antelope, waterbuck, warthogs, baboons, wild dogs and many other interesting animals. With over 500 different bird species including eagles, kingfishers, vultures and storks, outstanding bird watching is also guaranteed.
  
After a beautiful African sunset, enjoy the balmy evening and pristine stars of the Milky Way as you have never seen them before – as well as the spectacular Southern Cross.
Day 7
Time permitting enjoy some final early morning game viewing, before your 3-hour transfer to Mpumulanga Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Durban Airport and transferred to your hotel on the warm North Coast, renowned for its wonderful beaches and excellent holiday weather.
  
Check in and relax on the shores of the warm Indian Ocean.
Day 8
Today transfer 3-hours through the rolling hills of the Natal Midlands to the northern Drakensberg Mountains.
 
Check into your hotel in this region of great beauty, that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Days 9 To 12
At leisure to relax in the northern Drakensberg Mountains, where the magnificent Amphitheatre dominates the landscape of Royal Natal National Park.
 
The superlative scenery and fresh mountain air are ideal for walking holidays at any level of fitness. Your hotel will organise guided walks each day – typically one short walk and one long walk, or a walk to a San Bushman painting.
 
There is also the opportunity of hiking with a mountain guide to the Mont-Aux Sources, where suddenly the Tugela River drops over 3,000 feet to create the second highest waterfall in the world. From the top of the Amphitheatre you can view KwaZulu Natal thousands of feet below. This hike is only for the fit and active and must be pre-booked.
 
The mountains also offer an outstanding location for bird watching – particularly raptors, but also sunbirds, waxbills and the numerous other species found in the grasslands, riverine scrub and natural forests. Other activities include horse riding in the mountains and fly fishing.
Day 13
Transfer 4-hours through the farmlands of the Free State to Johannesburg Airport for your flight home.
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