Wildlife and Wilderness

Tour highlights

  • Visit the KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields Route
  • Marvel at the scenic landscapes of the Southern Drakensburg
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  • Enjoy a full day’s game drive in Kruger National Park
  • Visit the Umkuze Game Reserve
  • Discover Swaziland

Days 1 - 9: Johannesburg to Southern Drakensburg

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Days 1 - 3: UK to Johannesburg

Fly from the UK to South Africa’s main airport in Johannesburg, where you'll pick up a transfer to your hotel in Sandton for 2 nights. The hotel is close to Nelson Mandela Square and the Sandton Shopping Centre and you have time at your leisure to explore. Alternatively, we can arrange activities for you such as a tour to the Soweto Township or the Lesedi Cultural Village.

Days 4 - 6: KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields

Distance: 361 km

Today you’ll be transferred to the motorhome depot where you will collect your motorhome and can start your overland journey as you head southeast to the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

KwaZulu-Natal boasts the largest concentration of battlefields in South Africa, with Rorke's Drift Battlefield being the most famous. At the Isandlwana Battlefield site, white cairns marking the positions of buried British soldiers are scattered across the battlefield, giving a scale to the events that took place here. Nearby is the Cenotaph memorial, which was built in memory to those who died in the First and Second World Wars. The campsite is centrally located, providing an excellent base from which to visit these famous historical monuments. 

On day five a specialised guide will accompany you on a tour of the battlefields, sharing their knowledge and stories of the Anglo-Zulu War. Day six takes you to the Nambiti Private Game Reserve for lunch, followed by a three hour game drive. Nambiti is the only game reserve in the area with the 'Big Five' and currently has over 40 other species of game including cheetah, giraffe, hippo, hyena, impala, eland and zebra. The Reserve’s 22,000 acres boast incredible biodiversity; including savannah, thornveld, riverine bush, acacia trees and extensive grasslands that mirror the plains of central Africa.

Days 7 - 9: Southern Drakensberg

Distance: 358 km

This beautiful part of South Africa offers scenic landscapes and a range of activities that include visits to Rock Art sites, beautiful hiking trails, fishing, horse riding and so much more. You can explore the area in your motorhome or alternatively guided excursions can also be arranged.

Day nine includes a guided tour of the Sani Pass. The Sani Pass was once a bridle path which allowed Basotho folk to transport their wool and goods to and from the Eastern Highlands of Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal. Today it offers visitors the opportunity to experience the adventure of climbing to a height of 2,874 metres above sea level in a 4x4 vehicle, and experience lunch in Africa’s highest pub.

Days 10 - 16: Dolphin Coast to Swaziland

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Day 10: Dolphin Coast

Distance: 286 km

This morning continue your journey to Ballito, where you’ll spend the night. The area is home to a number of sandy beaches and dolphins are frequently spotted surfing the waves of the Indian Ocean. Based in sub-tropical forest like surroundings, Ballito offers peace and tranquillity and the opportunity to put your feet up and relax.

Days 11 - 12: iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site

Distance: 197 km

Continue your adventure as you travel to the St Lucia Wetlands region. Cape Vidal is a magnificent coastal holiday destination, set in a sheltered bay in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, with shallow pools and rock ledges for snorkelling, unspoiled beaches for walking and self-guided trails around the fascinating wetlands, in the rich coastal forest and on the shores of Lake Bhangazi. 

Cape Vidal has the best of both worlds. On one side you can access the eastern shores of Lake St Lucia, where you can take a guided game drive and see a wide variety of game including antelope, hippos, crocodiles and buffalo. On the other side lies the wonderful Indian Ocean shore line with its vast array of marine animals. On day twelve we have included a guided Hippo & Croc tour, where you can observe Hippos, Nile Crocodiles and hundreds of bird species in their natural environment.

Days 13 - 14: Umkuze Game Reserve

Distance: 120 km

Mkuze Game Reserve is situated in Northern Zululand and is renowned for its birdlife. Some of the animal species that may be found in the reserve include white and black rhino, leopards, elephants, giraffes, wildebeest and much more. You can either self-drive and experience the park at your own time and pace or you can book a guided safari game drive in open vehicles. 

Days 15 - 16: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland

Distance: 245 km

Your next destination is Swaziland and the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, where you have the freedom to explore. Upon arrival you will receive a detailed map of the reserve to guide you through the park. Be on the lookout for zebra, wildebeest, nyala and blesbuck, all of which are amazingly tolerant, allowing for unparalleled memories and photographic moments.

On day 16 we’ve included a Swaziland cultural tour for you. Learn about the culture and people of Swaziland, take in some of the country’s art and craft attractions and view the local scenery. Your guide will share stories of Swazi history and you’ll also get to see traditional Swazi dancing. 

Days 17 - 23: Kruger National Park to Johannesburg

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Days 17 - 18: Kruger National Park

Distance: 198 km

Heading north from Swaziland takes you to South Africa’s main National Park. Stretching over more than two million hectares, the Kruger National Park is one of the world’s largest game reserves and a truly remarkable destination. Owing to its exceptional size, visitors are able to experience fantastic diversity – from changing scenery and ecosystems to an impressive array of animals, plant life and birdlife. The park is home to over 130 mammals and over 500 bird species. You can look forward to viewing the abundant wildlife including the famed 'Big Five'. The sheer density of wildlife makes Kruger National Park an unforgettable and potentially life-changing experience.

Spend two nights at the Marlothi Safari Park which is located 20 km from the entrance to Kruger National Park. From Marlothi you can enjoy a morning coffee from a nearby viewing point where you are almost guaranteed to see an abundance of wildlife.

On day 18 enjoy an included full day Safari Game Drive in the park as your ranger takes you in search of not only the 'Big Five' but also the many other mammal, bird and reptile species found here.

Day 19 - 21: Sabie

Distance: 164 km

Discover Pilgrims Rest situated on the magnificent Panorama Route. The history of this quaint and delightful village dates back to 1873 when a miner, Alex Patterson, discovered alluvial gold nearby. Interesting historical sites include old church buildings, the Dredzen Shop and House Museum, Joubert Bridge plus the Diggings Site Museum and the Printing Museum. There's an abundance of gorgeous arts and crafts shops where you can purchase pottery, stained glass, and even custom crockery. 

We highly recommend that you take a self-drive tour of the Panorama Route and Blyde River Canyon. The route is one of South Africa’s most scenic drives and explores the Mpumalanga highlands and the north-eastern section of the Great Escarpment of the Drakensberg. In these rugged mountains the plateau comes to an abrupt and dramatic halt, falling steeply away into the Lowveld accompanied by incredible views out over the grasslands of Africa. But it is also favoured for the access it provides to one of the province's major scenic draw cards, the Blyde River Canyon.

Stops we suggest are at God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes and The Three Rondavels. Enjoy a lunch stop in Hazyview before returning to your campsite in the late afternoon.

Days 22 - 23: Sabie to Johannesburg and the UK

Distance: 353 km

Drive to O. R. Tambo International Airport and return your motorhome in time for your overnight flight home. 

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