This Budget Camping Safari starts in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth and ends in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The tour begins with game viewing in Addo Elephant Park before we explore the scenic Valley of Desolation and historic Graaff-Reinet in the Karoo. We then head for the small mountainous kingdom of Lesotho where you can go pony trekking or hiking. From Lesotho we travel to South Africa's uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park and on to Durban. Next, we drive along the coast to St. Lucia National Park and Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park in the KwaZulu-Natal region.
We then end our Lesotho, Swaziland and Kruger Park Safari off with a visit to South Africa's premier game reserve - Kruger National Park, home to Africa's Big Five. On our way back to Johannesburg we drive via the Panorama Route to take in the last spectacular scenery, before our southern African journey comes to an end.
This Budget Lesotho, Swaziland & Kruger Park Safari departs from the coastal city of Port Elizabeth heading north into the rugged Eastern Cape. We make our way to a private game farm near Addo Elephant National Park for our first overnight stay.
Addo Elephant Park is the third largest national park in South Africa, home to one of the densest populations of African elephants in the world. This afternoon we embark on a game drive in Addo Park in our safari truck. This massive game park also boasts the ‘Big Seven’ (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, southern right whale and great white shark) as the game park includes both land and marine habitats.
We camp at the lodge on a game farm, with facilities including shared ablutions, internet, laundry services and a bar.
This safari comes with an optional Activity Package at an additional cost. The itinerary includes these highly-recommended activities. Contact African Budget Safaris for a detailed breakdown of what is included in the Activity Package and see the Full Pricing Information above for the cost of the Activity Package.
On day two we travel to Graaff Reinet in the semi-arid Karoo region of South Africa. The Karoo is known for its expansive, flat landscapes with sprawling sheep farms and a scattering of remote, small towns.
This afternoon you can join an optional historical tour of Graaff-Reinet, the fourth oldest town in South Africa, time allowing. Alternatively, take a walk around the town on your own to do some sightseeing. This small Karoo town has one of the highest concentrations of monuments in the country.
Later, we drive to the dramatic Valley of Desolation for sundowners as the sun sets. We head to a lookout point from where we admire the breathtaking views of the Camdeboo plains and Graaff-Reinet in the distance.
On day three our Lesotho, Swaziland & Kruger Camping Safari leaves South Africa behind, journeying into Lesotho, the 'Kingdom in the Sky'. Lesotho is one of the highest countries in the world, with the entire country lying over 1000m above sea level.
The next day begins with a hike in the mountains of Lesotho, soaking up the beautiful scenery and fresh mountain air. We hike to a village where we get to meet the local Basotho people and find out more about their way of life. The Basotho are known for their traditional straw hats, colourful textiles and hardy ponies. You have the chance to go pony trekking in the hills (optional) this afternoon. On the pony trek, Lesotho villagers will guide you along secluded mountain trails with breathtaking views.
We camp at a mountain lodge with shared ablution facilities and a bar on day three and four.
We return to South Africa where we drive to the mountainous uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, formerly called Royal Natal National Park. Along the way we pause at a vulture centre and drive through the impressive landscapes of the Golden Gate National Park.
Day six is set aside for exploring mountain paths and enjoying the beauty the towering Drakensberg Mountains. The Drakensberg Mountains are South Africa’s highest peaks, also widely considered the most beautiful.
On the morning of day six we set off on a hike in the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg National Park, where we have the chance to meet with local guides and see San (bushman) rock paintings. Alternatively you can enjoy optional outdoor activities or simply unwind in the scenic Drakensberg Mountains.
Our campsite, with shared ablution facilities, is at a resort with a pool, bar, internet and laundry services.
Today our Budget Lesotho, Swaziland & Kruger Park Safari takes us through some amazing scenery on our way down to the KwaZulu-Natal Coast of South Africa. En route we visit the monument that marks the place where Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, South Africa's first democratically elected president, was arrested in 1962. After visiting the site where this famous Nobel Peace Prize laureate and political icon was taken as a political prisoner, we stop to admire Howick Falls and enjoy the views.
In the late afternoon we arrive in Durban, South Africa’s largest port city - a vibrant urban centre of diverse cultures, best known for its surfing scene and sandy beaches. We spend the night in the middle of the city with the option of going out for a meal at one of the excellent Indian restaurants in Durban, home to a large Indian community. After dinner you can head out on the town to enjoy the lively nightlife of this dynamic coastal city. We stay in en-suite rooms at a hotel in Durban tonight.
Day eight gets off to a leisurely start, leaving you free to explore Durban, visit the world-class Ushaka Marine World and enjoy the sunshine and sandy beaches.
Departing from Durban in the afternoon, we travel north along the east coast of South Africa. Making our way deeper into Zululand we drive to the Isimangaliso Wetland Park. Formerly known as the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, this natural area was the first UNESCO World Heritage Site to be declared in South Africa.
This evening we experience Zulu culture - sampling the local Ilala Palm beer unique to this region, learning a few Zulu language basics and finding out more about Zulu traditions. For the next two nights we stay in twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms in this scenic natural area.
Today we embark on a thrilling morning game drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, famous for its rhino conservation and excellent game viewing. Hluhluwe and Imfolozi together make up one of KwaZulu-Natal's best game reserves, home to one of the largest white rhino populations in the world. The Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Game Reserve is KwaZulu-Natal's only park that is both managed by the government and hosts Africa's Big Five. This game reserve is the oldest nature conservation area in South Africa and also one of Africa's oldest, providing a haven for diverse animal and bird species since 1895. We explore the rolling hills of this prestigious game reserve in open 4x4 safari vehicles, looking our for the Big Five, especially rhinos.
Then we retrace our steps to the lodge, where we freshen up for our sunset boat cruise on the Isimangaliso (St Lucia) Estuary. Isimangaliso Wetland Park encompasses very varied habitats - from Indian Ocean beaches, dunes, coral reefs and estuaries to woods, swamps, forests and open grasslands. This wide range of terrains provides habitats for a rich medley of animal, marine, bird and plant species, including endemic and threatened species.
Next up, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, the oldest game park in Swaziland, covering about 46km² (4560 hectares) of beautiful wilderness.
The big carnivores of Africa are absent from Mlilwane, making it ideal for exploring on foot and getting up close to nature to see the smaller creatures and birds in detail. There are plenty of walking trails for taking guided hikes through this remote sanctuary in the Ezulwini Valley, which means 'the Valley of Heaven'.
Optional activities include game drives, Swazi cultural experiences, mountain biking and hiking in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Or you can simply soak up the heavenly landscapes, from grassy plains to Nyonyane Mountain. We overnight near Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, at a campsite with shared ablution facilities.
Day 11 begins with a scenic walk in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, where we can appreciate the local fauna and flora up close. Heading back into South Africa, we stop to visit a craft market before leaving Swaziland, which is known for its exceptional local arts and crafts.
Crossing the border back into South Africa this afternoon, we drive north through the scenic Mpumalanga Province to Kruger National Park. The world-famous Kruger Park, covers almost two million hectares (19485km²) of untamed bushveld in north-eastern South Africa. This is one of Africa's best game parks, renowned not only for its sizeable populations of the Big Five of Africa (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo) but for the spectacular array of other wild animals, reptiles, insects and birds.
We spend the next two days on safari in the massive Kruger National Park going in search of predators, such as cheetahs, wild dogs and hyenas, and prey, such as springbok, kudus and bush buck. Other inhabitants commonly sighted include hippos, impalas, zebras, giraffes and warthogs to name just a few.
Going on game drives in the safari truck provides an elevated vantage that helps you to see over the bush and take photos of the surroundings and wild creatures encountered.
On day 13 you can explore Kruger Park, one of the top conservation areas on earth, in an open 4x4 safari vehicle (included in the Activity Package). On the open vehicle game drive you are immersed in nature, enjoying excellent photographic opportunities. Alternatively your guide drives you through Kruger Park in the elevated safari truck in search of the abundance of wildlife found here.
Later this afternoon there is an opportunity to embark on an optional sundowner game drive.
This morning we make our way to the Panorama Route, one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa. We travel through the stunning escarpment scenery and over mountain passes, pausing to admire the amazing panoramas. We pause to look out over the Blyde River Canyon from the God’s Window viewpoint and at the rock formations known as Bourke’s Luck Potholes.
Our Budget Lesotho, Swaziland & Kruger Park Safari ends in the big city of Johannesburg, in the Gauteng Province. Tonight, after the tour, most groups choose to enjoy a traditional braai (barbecue) together at the post-safari lodge, in celebration of their journey through Southern Africa.
This northbound Lesotho, Swaziland and Kruger Park Safari is also available in the reverse order, starting in Johannesburg and ending in Port Elizabeth as the Kruger Park, Swaziland & Lesotho Safari - South.
These Overland Camping Safaris are also available as Accommodated Overland Safaris - for more details please contact African Budget Safaris.
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