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Kruger private reserves + Panorama Route + beach

 

This trip


This is a schedule for the “typical” family holiday. First the Panorama route followed by a short safari and then off to the beach on South Africa’s east coast.



In a nutshell

Number of nights:

Lodges:




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International flights:


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Casa Do Sol (3 nights)
Blyde River Canyon Lodge (1 night)
Africa On Foot (4 nights)
Amazulu Lodge (5 nights)

from 29.000 Rand / 2.170 $ / 1.710 £ / 2.005 € per person (adult)
from 21.750 Rand / 1.625 $ / 995 £ / 1.280 € per person (children younger than 12)
Includes local flight from Johannesburg to Nelspruit and back
Includes local flight from Johannesburg to Richards Bay and back
Includes large rental vehicle (Group Z - type Toyota Quantum) Africa On Foot; includes two daily game drives in Klaserie private reserve
Includes all transfers from airport to lodges and back

Based on double room occupancy
Price depending on season

Not included
Approximately 380 £ per person from UK, or 850 $ per person from US
See examples at the bottom of this page

Strong points

 

  • ◦   do the Panorama Route at your own pace
  • ◦   Safari completely in private reserves open to Kruger
  • ◦   Off-roading, bush walks and night drives allowed
  • ◦   Qualitative wildlife encounters; max. 3 vehicles per sighting meaning no "bush jams"
  • ◦   Experienced guides and trackers
  • ◦   Qualitative and very comfortable lodges
  • ◦   All local flights included (total of four flights)
  • ◦   Beach holiday at your own pace
 



Lodges


 
 
 

Casa Do Sol

 
 
 
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A perfect setting in the heart of the scenic Mpumalanga, this luxury estate 4-star hotel, with its located next to the Elephant Sanctuary is a haven of tranquil pools, deeply shaded glades and lush flower gardens.
A prevailing sense of elegance, peace and quiet belies the fact that the wild and untamed world of the famous Kruger National Park is a mere 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel. The hotel, with its village architecture and sub-tropical gardens is a sanctuary of tranquillity and spectacular sunsets.

Rooms are beautifully appointed and comprise 4 different room types, each with its own individual character and style, each offering very private accommodation, with every modern amenity. Casa Do Sol hotel attracts guests seeking a romantic hideaway, the lure of the bush, as well as business and conference travellers wanting a leisure environment underpinned with business efficiency, and all delivered with warm and friendly hospitality.

You can explore the walkways and admire the many animals (there are no dangerous species around).

From the lodge you can do a self-drive in Kruger National Park but you can also visit Kapama Endangered Species Centre or Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre.

And it goes without saying that you can drive into the mountains. Take the road direction Sabie and visit the Sudwala caves (south) or the Horseshoe-, Lone Creek- en Bridal Veil waterfalls (south as well). More south is Pilgrim's Rest; an old mining town.

The Panorama Route is something you’d better keep for the day you leave the hotel. From Hazyview you drive direction Graskop through Kowyn's Pass. From Graskop you can easily stitch following attractions together; The Pinnacle, God's Window, Wonder View, Bourke's Luck Potholes and eventually Blyde River Canyon itself (with the known three "rondavels").

 
 
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Blyde River Canyon Lodge

 
 
 
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Nestled between the majestic Drakensberg mountains and the sparkling clear waters of the Blyde River, in close proximity of all major tourist attractions.

Blyde River Canyon Lodge offers travellers a unique bush experience. The lodge is set in an 85 hectare Botanical Reserve which boasts a wealth of fauna and flora.
Zebras , nyalas, impalas, baboons and vervet monkeys roams free in the garden. You might also see wildebeest, bushbuck, duiker, steenbok, kudu and warthogs.
 
 
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All rooms are spacious and very comfortable; they are equipped with A/C, satellite TV and large en-suite bathroom. Each room has a nice view on the garden where you have the possibility to see a lot of animals moving through.

Breakfast is buffet style and being served on the terrace if the weather permits. Lunch and dinner can be served inside or outside. During the winter time in a heated area and during the summer time outside while enjoying a camp fire under the stars.

This lodge is ideal to explore the Drakensberg area and you can book activities directly from the lodge. Don’t hesitate to ask for advise on what to visit and/or contacting the tour organisers for you.

In this itinerary, we use this lodge as your end station when visiting the Drakensberg mountains. It takes a whole day to cover the Panorama Route, south to north. So in the evening you'll end up close to Hoedspruit, but by then it's too late to get to Klaserie private reserve. Hence why you stay one night at this lodge.

You are only expected at Hoedspruit airport at noon the next day. So in the morning you can either sleep in or add another tourist attraction to your list; a boat ride on Blyde River Dam, or a visit to the animal rehab centre in Hoedspruit (Moholoholo or Kapama). Or if you already did all that; you can also do a refreshing morning hike. Blyde River Canyon Lodge has the perfect location for that!
 
 
 

Africa On Foot Camp

 
 
 
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Africa On Foot camp is situated in the south part of Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, where you can also find its sister lodge; nThambo Tree Camp.

This camp specialises in Big Five safaris and walking safaris in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve; a wildlife rich region in the heart of the Greater Kruger. The Klaserie shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park which means predators and other wildlife roam freely throughout.

The focus of the walking safaris is on animal tracks and droppings, trees, grasses, insects,… But you can also experience a big 5 encounter.

On a walking safari guests will be led by experienced and professional game rangers through a wildlife area rich in game. The game rangers are obliged to take a rifle on the walks, to be able to protect guests if needed (which would be highly unusual).
Please note that children younger than 16 are not allowed on walks. They have the option to do a game drive instead.
 
 
Africa On Foot Camp has 5 chalets ensuring an intimate and personal safari experience. On hot summer days guests can relax at the splash pool and enjoy a traditional South African barbecue (braai) around the camp fire area in the boma.

This camp has regular rooms which accommodate 2 guests, but they have two family rooms as well. These sleep 2 adults and 2 children. All chalets are with thatched roof. They have an en-suite bathroom which have an outside shower in the regular rooms.

For the more adventurous there is a treehouse which can be booked at no extra cost.

It is a real bush camp, they’re off the grid and supply power by means of solar panels and a generator. There’s no A/C on the room but each room has a fan. You can recharge your phone and batteries in the main area.
Free wifi is available.

Meals (buffet style or plated) are served at set times but the atmosphere is casual. They offer a style of dining where all the guests eat together and talk about their safari experience.
 
 
 
 

Amazulu Lodge

 
 
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AmaZulu Lodge offers four star accommodation located in the village of St Lucia, on the east coast of South Africa.

Rooms are round huts with stone walls and a thatched roof. The interior of the rooms is based on the traditional Zulu hut, creative and stylish. For your comfort all rooms are equipped with air conditioning and TV. Using only natural building elements and earth tone colours, the whole lodge exhales a sereen “feel well” atmosphere. There are 16 “standard rooms” with Queen or King size or Twin beds, and 2 “family rooms” who have an extra sleeper couch accommodating 2 children or one adult. All rooms feature a luxurious bathroom with shower and relaxing bath.

St Lucia is the ideal place for trips to the beach. Buy everything you need in the local Spar supermarket and just do a picnic. For dinner you can go to one of the many restaurants; Ocean Basket, John Dory's, Alfredo's, Ocean Sizzler,… A quick bite is possible too; there’s a Wimpy and "St. Pizza”.

 
 

St lucia Town is situated at the tip of the long stretched peninsula between the St Lucia Lake estuary and the Indian ocean and is one of the main attraction poles of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (Greater St Lucia Wetland Park). This park of 328000 hectares, has such an ecological value, that in 1999 it has been declared by UNESCO protocol, as South Africa’s first World Heritage site.

The St. Lucia lake ans surrounding wetlands are home to the largest population of hippos and crocodiles. You can also find the famous but unfortunately threatened "Leatherback" turtles and an abundance of birds; about 500 different species.

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If you have had enough of the beach you can visit the Hluhluwe Reserve. It’s a big 5 reserve, just like Kruger National Park, but very know for its many rhinos. In the sixties "Operation Rhino" was founded which prevented their extinction. Game drives can be booked through the following website: www.kznwildlife.com.

You can also do beautiful walks from St. Lucia. South of the village is the Gwala-Gwala Forest Trail. It ends at the river where there’s plenty of picnic spots. North you can find a “Hippo Pool".

 
 
 
 
 
 



Safari
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Morning (US) or afternoon (EU); depature. International flight to South Africa.


Morning: arrival in Johannesburg
Noon: flight from Johannesburg to Nelspruit and collection of rental vehicle
Afternoon: short drive to Hazyview. Now would be a good time to stop by a supermarket
to stock up on food and drinks
Overnight at Casa Do Sol


Morning: breakfast
Whole day; free to plan any activity yourself
(suggestions; visit an animal orphanage, or som attractions close to Sabie)
Overnight at Casa Do Sol


Morning: breakfast
Whole day; free to plan any activity yourself
(suggestion; do a self-drive in Kruger National Park. Ask us for tips!)
Overnight at Casa Do Sol


Morning: breakfast
VWhole day: do the Panorama Route at your own pace
(Pilgrim's Rest, Gods window, Bourke's potholes, Berlin falls, Blyde River Canyon, etc)
Avond; dinner in one of the restaurants in Hoedspruit, of in the lodge (not included)
Overnight at Blyde River Canyon Lodge


Morning: breakfast and free morning. A morning hike, a boat ride on the dam, etc... there are plenty of opportunities to fill this morning.
Noon; drive to Hoedspruit airport, return the rental car. Transfer to Africa On Foot Camp in Klaserie reserve
Afternoon: light lunch and game drive in Klaserie Reserve
Evening: night drive in Klaserie reserve and dinner
Overnight at Africa On Foot Camp


Morning: game drive or game walk in Klaserie Reserve followed by breakfast
Noon: relax in camp and have a light lunch
Afternoon: game drive in Klaserie Reserve
Evening: night drive in Klaserie Reserve, followed by dinner
Overnight at Africa On Foot Camp


Morning: game drive or game walk in Klaserie Reserve followed by breakfast
Noon: relax in camp and have a light lunch
Afternoon: game drive in Klaserie Reserve
Evening: night drive in Klaserie Reserve, followed by dinner
Overnight at Africa On Foot Camp


Morning: game drive or game walk in Klaserie Reserve followed by breakfast
Noon: relax in camp and have a light lunch
Afternoon: game drive in Klaserie Reserve
Evening: night drive in Klaserie Reserve, followed by dinner
Overnight at Africa On Foot Camp


Morning: game drive or game walk in Klaserie Reserve followed by breakfast
Noon: transfer to Nelspruit airport and flight back to Johannesburg
Afternoon: flight to Richards Bay and transfer to the coast
Evening: dinner in one of the restaurants at the coast or in the lodge (not included)
Overnight at Amazulu Lodge


Morning: breakfast at Amazulu Lodge
Full day ; free to plan yourself. Lunch and dinner are your choice as well. Overnight at Amazulu Lodge


Morning: breakfast at Amazulu Lodge
Full day ; free to plan yourself. Lunch and dinner are your choice as well. Overnight at Amazulu Lodge


Morning: breakfast at Amazulu Lodge
Full day ; free to plan yourself. Lunch and dinner are your choice as well. Overnight at Amazulu Lodge


Morning: breakfast at Amazulu Lodge
Full day ; free to plan yourself. Lunch and dinner are your choice as well. Overnight at Amazulu Lodge


Morning: breakfast at Amazulu Lodge and transfer to Richards Bay
Noon; flight to Johannesburg
You have a lot of time in Johannesburg. You can check in your luggage and take the train to
Sandton shopping centre (there is a train every fifteen minutes)
Evening: International flight home


Morning/noon: arrival in EU/UK/US

 
 

InbIncluded / not included

 

Included;

  • ◦   Local flight Johannesburg to Hoedspruit and back
  • ◦   Local flight Johannesburg to Richard's Bay and back
  • ◦   All accommodation as mentioned above
  • ◦   All meals as mentioned above (unless is mentioned "not included" / "at your choice")
  • ◦   Rental car (Group Z - type Toyota Quantum)
  • ◦   All transfers between airports and lodges
  • ◦    at Africa On Foot: accompanied by experienced wildlife guides and trackers
  • ◦    at Africa On Foot: two safari-activities per day (game drives, bush walks, night drives)


Not included;

  • ◦   International flights
  • ◦   Travel insurance
  • ◦   Personal expenditure
  • ◦   All drinks (but prices are rather low. For example; a soft drink is about 1,5$)
  • ◦   Medical expenditure (vaccinations, malaria tablets)
  • ◦   Tips & gratuities
  • ◦   Conservation levies. Private reserves ask for a small contribution per person and per vehicle,
  •       either payable at the gate or added to your bill at the end of your stay at every lodge.
  •       These are small amounts of 15 to 20$.
 
 

About international flights

 

There are uncountable ways to get to Johannesburg.

From EU: via Schiphol, Paris, Heathrow, or Frankfurt. Or using middle-eastern airlines (Qatar, Emirates, Etihad); via Doha or Dubai.

The latter are the cheapest (starting at around 500€ / 380£), and they deliver amazing quality; prices are lower because their governments subsidize them, not because they deliver sub-par quality. If you use them, what you have to watch out for is that you do not end up with too long stopovers in Doha/Dubai. And that those stopovers are not in the middle of the night.

There is no stopover-issue if you fly with British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa or Air France, in the sense that you get just one long flight (in one go all the way to Johannesburg), and this one is typically a red-eye. But they are a bit more expensive. Prices start at about 800€ / 610£, or 650€ if you are from Belgium (no direct Johannesburg-flight from Brussels means that all airlines from neighbouring countries compete for the Belgian customer).

From US (let's take JFK as airport of departure) the cheapest is Qatar airlines at about 850$. Again; watch out for long stopovers in Doha.

Also posible is South African airlines. They can take you directly from JFK to Johannesburg. Prices start at 1050$. Jetblue and United offer this too, but are more expensive (1270$ and 1670$ respectively). However, SA Airlines offers slightly lower quality.

Other options are Emirates, United and British Airways, with stopovers in respectively Dubai, Frankfurt and London. Prices starting between 1030$ and 1140$.

 
 

Additional info

 

There is a single supplement for any person traveling alone.

This trip can be extended to your wishes. For example, with extra nights in an additional safari lodge. Ask us for the possibilities!