Kruger Park to Durban Safari

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Kruger Park to Durban Safari

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Destination for this trip:

Durban, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa; Mkuze, South Africa; Nelspruit, South Africa; United States

Length of trip:

8 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 2000 to $ 3000

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Detailed Description of this trip:

Experience Wildlife Safaris, African Culture and the country as a whole. Enjoy excellent cuisine together with superb South African wines. Great souvenir shopping, African art, skins and hides, diamonds, and Kruger Rands. You will visit many places including Kruger Park, Mkuzi Game Reserve, Durban.



Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - United States

    Flight from USA for South Africa.
    Commercial Flight

    Depart from the U.S.A. for South Africa.

  • Day 2 - Johannesburg

    Stay at Emperors Palace Hotel and Casino complex.

    Arrival in Johannesburg in the later afternoon and transfer to the Emperors Palace Hotel and Casino complex near the airport.

    Hotel

    Overnight on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis at the hotel.

  • Day 3 - Nelspruit

    Travel the “Panorama Route”, a very pretty scenic area along the edges of the Drakensberg Escarpment.
    Commercial Flight

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Mpumalanga airport near Nelspruit.

    Sightseeing

    On arrival, travel the “Panorama Route”, a very pretty scenic area along the edges of the Drakensberg Escarpment. Visit the quaint forestry village of Graskop and Pilgrim’s Rest, one of the oldest gold-mining towns in South Africa, visit some of the local handcraft shops and markets and then onto the waterfalls, viewpoints and the Three Rondavels, with its striking views over the northern part of the Blyde River Canyon. This canyon is the 3rd largest in the world (following the Grand Canyon, USA, and the Fish River Canyon, Namibia) but is the largest “green canyon” in the world, with some areas receiving as much as 3000mm of rain per annum. The canyon is also the only endemic habitat of some protea species and hosts breeding colonies of the rare bald ibis.

    Hotel

    Overnight at the Protea Kruger Hotel at the Paul Kruger entrance gate for 3 nights on a dinner bed and breakfast basis.

  • Day 4 - Nelspruit

    Enjoy Safari at Kruger National Park.
    Safari

    Very early morning wake up call for departure into the Kruger National Park for a full day safari trip. The group will be met at the lodge by specialist guides with open vehicles, which give the best possible safari experience, and a chance to take in the sights and sounds of the bush from the elevated landrovers. Your guides are in radio contact with each other to give you the maximum benefit of seeing animals. We will take a packed breakfast with us from the hotel, and stop at one of the picnic sites or viewpoints for our breakfast. The greater Kruger National Park is a large wilderness area, home to Africa’s Big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Rhinoceros, Cape Buffalo, Elephant) and a great diversity of geology, plant, soil, bird and animal species. Spend the day looking for animals in the bush, along rivers or at waterholes. Lunch (own account) will be at one of the national park rest camps.

    Hotel

    Depart the park at sunset and return to the Protea Kruger Lodge for dinner and overnight. Set up insect collecting lights.

  • Day 5 - Nelspruit

    Enjoy Safari at Kruger National Park.
    National Parks

    Depart with packed breakfasts into the Kruger Park in open vehicles for another full day in the reserve. Lunch en route at one of the rest camps (own account) and return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

  • Day 6 - Mkuze

    Visit the Mkuze area.
    Voluntourism

    After breakfast, depart for Piet Retief. Visit local HIV/Aids orphanage.

    Bed & Breakfast

    Then continue onto the Ghost Mountain Inn in the Mkuze area for the next two nights overnight. This includes dinner, bed and breakfast. Set up insect collecting lights.

  • Day 7 - Mkuze

    Enjoy full day excursion.
    Sightseeing

    A full day excursion into Mkuze Game Reserve with specialist guides in open vehicles. Take a packed breakfast and picnic lunch.

    Bed & Breakfast

    Return to Ghost Mountain Inn for dinner and overnight. Set up insect collecting lights.

  • Day 8 - Durban

    Visit to Dlinza, one of the many beautiful forests of Zululand.
    Performing Arts

    After breakfast, depart to a local Zulu Cultural Village for lunch, traditional meal, tour and dancing show.

    Sightseeing

    Also make a special visit to Dlinza, one of the many beautiful forests of Zululand. It is visited by birdwatchers from all over the world hoping to catch a glimpse of a rare bird species such as the Spotted Trush or Delegorgue's Pigeon. As the day warms up the distinct chorus of the cicada reverberates through the forest. Numerous tree markers along the trails provide interesting information along the trails and describe Zulu medicinal uses of the various trees. Throughout the year, but especially in autumn, the butterflies are most impressive. As many as 70 species - including the Gaudy Commodore, Mocker Swallowtail and the Mother of Pearl - have been recorded in the 250-hectare forest. The 125-metre Aerial Boardwalk is wheelchair friendly up to the final observation tower which is 20m high and unfortunately inaccessible to wheelchairs. There is a wealth of information - from birds to butterflies - on display in the Visitor Centre which will enrich your visit to this beautiful forest. Trained guides are available at the Centre and will accompany visitors along the boardwalk.

    Bus

    Arrive in Durban in the later afternoon.

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