One of the most comprehensive three week tour packages including South Africa’s Kruger National Park, Garden Route, Eastern Cape safaris and Cape Town from €3400 for two people sharing has now been designed by an experienced team of travel specialists, Epic Africa Travel.
The tour, offered in collaboration with Elicit Africa, includes 21 nights accommodation, including all breakfasts, as well as all meals and two daily game drives at the Kruger’s Sausage Tree Reserve as well as the legendary ‘Big 5’ Kariega Game Reserve in the Malaria free Eastern Cape province.
The ‘Epic South Africa 2018’ tour will also include a Greater Kruger Wilderness Safari, the Swazi Kingdom, the iSimangaliso World Heritage Site in KwaZulu Natal, a Big 5 game experience in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, a Garden Route forest adventure, a whales and wine experience and the best Cape Town has on offer.
Pegged at 21 nights from R52,800 per two persons sharing (in local currency), this is by far the most affordable first class travel package compiled for a comprehensive tour of South Africa’s wildlife and cultural highlights.
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Details of the ‘Epic South Africa 2018’ package are as follows:
Day 1: Arrival & Johannesburg
After arriving at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport you will be met by your driver who will transfer you to nearby Aero Lodge for the night.
Day 2 & 3: Panorama Route en route to Kruger
After a good night’s rest and a hearty breakfast you’ll be ready to start your South African adventure. Your rental car will be conveniently delivered to your hotel. The scenic route towards Kruger National Park is approximately 4 hours’ drive. Check in at Misty Mountain Lodge on the Long Tom Pass for two nights and start exploring the Panorama Route. Top 5 attractions are Bourkes Luck Potholes, MacMac Falls, the Three Rondawels, God’s Window and the Pinnacle.
Day 4 & 5: Greater Kruger Wilderness Safari
A 3 hour drive lands you in the wilderness and the location for your African safari adventure. Check in to Sausage Tree Safari Lodge in Balule Private Game Reserve by 2pm and get ready for your first game drive. Connect with the bush, listen to the sounds of silence and be prepared to be blown away by South Africa’s wildlife.
Day 6: The Swazi Kingdom
Following your two days on safari you’ll travel south on the scenic route to the tiny Swazi Kingdom. This involves crossing into Swaziland at the Oshoek border. Be prepared for some mild African bureaucracy as part of your adventure! You’ll enjoy a good rest for the night at Mvube Falls Lodge.
Day 7 & 8: iSimangaliso World Heritage Site
Today you’ll say goodbye to Swaziland and continue on your way south to the village of St Lucia in northern Kwa-Zulu Natal. We recommend you include a boat trip on lake St Lucia in the World Heritage iSimangaliso National Park. Watch out for hippos! A guided or self-drive safari in the nearby Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Game Reserve is also recommended.
Day 9: Miles of Golden Coastline
A leisurely drive along the coast ends in the charming beachside town of Umhlanga. If you want to do some shopping we recommend the Umhlanga Mall. The next city with good shopping options is Cape Town! Umhlanga offers stunning sandy beaches and has a beautiful lighthouse. Plenty of good beachfront restaurants.
Day 10: Rivers and Dunefields
Today you’ll hop on a short flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth. Collect up your new rental car and drive 30 minutes to check in at Dungbeetle River Lodge. A great place to canoe on the Sundays River, climb to the top of the Alexandria Dune-fields or just relax! River trips, sand sledding, sand boarding or a drive into the neighbouring Addo Elephant National Park are also great ways to spend the afternoon.
Day 11 & 12: Big 5 Malaria-Free Safari
You’re expected for ‘High Tea’ at Kariega Private Game Reserve at 2pm. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and leisurely morning before driving 90 minutes to the Big 5 reserve. Your African safari is likely to include close-up encounters with lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and herds of antelope. The safari experience includes twice daily game drives on open safari vehicles with an experienced guide, a river trip and guided bush walk. All meals are included. If you would like to help the Kariega Foundation to improve the lives of people in the local communities please consider Pack for a Purpose.
Day 13: Garden Route Forest Adventure
After a tasty brunch, check out from your safari and drive 3 hours along the coast to the village of Storms River. Leave time to explore the magical Tsitsikamma forest by foot, via zipline or on a segway tour. You can also choose to hike in the Tsitsikamma National Park and bounce on a suspension bridge. Adrenalin junkies must try the highest bungee from a bridge at the nearby Bloukrans Bridge. You’ll stay at the Tsitsikamma Village Inn. Try the locally brewed beer and a meal at Marilyn’s Diner.
Day 14 & 15: Heart of the Garden Route
After breakfast travel to Knysna in the heart of the Garden Route. We recommend a stop in the Crags to experience at least one of the excellent attractions: Monkeyland, Birds of Eden (world’s largest free flight bird sanctuary), the Elephant Sanctuary and Teniqua Wildcat Awareness Centre. Enjoy lunch at the Lookout beach restaurant in Plettenberg Bay before you check in and made yourself at home at Knysna Country House. Top Knysna attractions include the Knysna Heads, a boat trip to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, fresh oysters and relaxing on one of the many beaches.
Day 16 & 17: Whales and Wine
Hermanus is the place to be in whale season (July to November) and year round for great beaches, mountains and wineries. Southern right whales come to calve and mate and can be seen frolicking in Walker Bay from the shore or a boat trip. The Hemel en Aarde Valley produces wonderful wines and offers a superb selection of restaurants. Enjoy two nights hosted by David and Annamarie at the Potting Shed Guest House.
Day 18, 19, 20 & 21: Cape Town
Your final four days will be spent exploring the multi-faceted cultural and culinary delight which is the city of Cape Town. You’ll be based at the conveniently central Floreal Guest House at the foot of the Table Mountain. A great location to mingle with locals and visitors.
Top five Cape Town must-see’s are: a trip up Table Mountain on the revolving cableway or hike up and take the cablecar down; a day tour along the peninsula including the Table Mountain National Park at Cape Point and the penguins at Boulders Beach; the boat trip and tour of Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent many years in jail; trendy shopping, bars & restaurants at the V&A Waterfront and a wander through the fynbos at Kirstenbosh National Botanical Garden. Depending on your interests and the time of year you can explore the beaches, colourful Bo-Kaap, vibey city centre, art galleries, theatres, townships, mountains and vineyards. Cape Town is sure to delight and surprise!
- Car rental.
- Entrance & activity fees for any of the suggested excursions (other than the safaris).
- Gratuities and items of personal nature.