Kruger & the Panorama Route

  • days: 13
  • from $7,895

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Countries Visited:

  • South Africa
  • Kingdom of eSwatini

Description

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 Travel along the Panorama Route, one of world's most beautiful driving routes. Begin in Johannesburg and explore Soweto and the Apartheid Museum. Explore Greater Kruger National Park, which offers some of the best game viewing on the African continent. Have your camera ready during the many photo stops on the way to Blyde River. 

See spectacular South Africa 

We start with a city tour of Johannesburg, before travelling to the sensational Kruger National Park. This is Africa’s largest game reserve and a great place to see the ‘Big 5’ in their natural habitat. We travel along the stunning Panorama Route, with its scenic waterfalls and spend time at the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Sanctuary before spending a night in the Kingdom of eSwatini. We visit the Emdoneni wild cat rehabilitation centre at Hluhluwe, and explore the stunning Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa, teeming with wildlife including the 'Big 5'. Our tour ends in the beautiful coastal city of Durban. 

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Johannesburg

‘Welkom’ to Johannesburg! Meet your fellow travellers tonight for a welcome drink and a traditional African group dinner. [D]

Day 3. Johannesburg

We explore Soweto, the Apartheid Museum and the former houses of Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi today. [B,L]

Day 4. Johannesburg - Greater Kruger National Park

We depart for Greater Kruger National Park this morning, offering some of the best game viewing on the African continent. Sit back and enjoy the scenery until we arrive at the lodge in time for dinner. [B,D]

Day 5. Greater Kruger National Park

Our day is devoted to viewing the abundant wildlife found in this park during morning and afternoon game drives. Look out for the ‘Big 5’. [B,L,D]

Day 6. Greater Kruger National Park - Blyde River 

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This morning we'll visit Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, which focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable and endangered animals. This afternoon we'll travel to Blyde River along the Panorama Route, the most beautiful route in South
Africa. [B]

Day 7. Blyde River - eSwatini

 

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Special Experience: Visit the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary. Established in 2006, it cares for and rehabilitates chimpanzees rescued after being displaced from their natural habitat.

We'll then cross the border into the Kingdom of eSwatini, the southern hemisphere's smallest country. This afternoon we'll enjoy a trip to Ngwenya Glass Village. [B,D]

Day 8. eSwatini - KwaZulu-Natal

After breakfast we make our way to South Africa’s coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal. This afternoon we’ll visit the Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre, where injured or orphaned big cat species are rehabilitated with the intention of being released back into the wild. [B,L,D]

Day 9. KwaZulu-Natal

We travel to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa. Here we'll enjoy a morning game drive, searching for the 'Big 5'. This afternoon we’ll visit DumaZulu, a traditional Zulu village, and enjoy a cultural experience. [B,L,D]

Day 10. KwaZulu-Natal - St. Lucia

We'll participate in another game drive this morning before departing for the town of St. Lucia. 

 

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Special Experience: Discover St. Lucia Estuary by boat, looking out for elephants, crocodiles and hippos.  [B,L]

Day 11. St. Lucia - Durban

We’ll journey to the coastal town of Durban via the Valley of 1,000 Hills. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy at leisure before our group dinner tonight. [B,D]

Day 12. Depart Durban 

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 13. Arrive Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to South Africa. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding shared lodge open safari 4WD)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $170pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 5 nights in 3-4 star hotels
  • 5 nights in 4 star African lodges
  • 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based national guide and driver (based on a minimum of 8 passengers)
  • English-speaking locally based guides 

Entrance Fees & Permits

  • Entrance fees to all national parks and reserves

Sightseeing 

Discover the many sides of South Africa

  • Enjoy a traditional African themed welcome dinner.
  • Discover Johannesburg’s vibrant Soweto district and visit the former houses of Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Ghandi.
  • Visit the moving Apartheid Museum.
  • Savour an authentic South African meal within an eclectic township restaurant whilst in Soweto.
  • Head out on fantastic game drives in iconic Greater Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s largest national parks and home to the 'Big 5'.
  • Enjoy a visit to Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, that focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable and endangered animals.
  • Travel along the scenic Panorama Route and see the Three Rondavels View Point, Bourkes Luck Potholes and Gods Window.
  • Visit Jane Goodall's Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary. Established in 2006, it is home to chimps that have been misplaced from their habitats in Africa.
  • Spend the night in the kingdom of eSwatini, the southern hemisphere’s smallest country.
  • Visit the Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre, where injured or orphaned cat species are rehabilitated with the intention of being released back into the wild.
  • Enjoy a game drive in the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.
  • Observe a traditional cultural experience in a Zulu Village.
  • Spend the night at St. Lucia Estuary, nestled between the Indian Ocean and the UNESCO iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
  • Enjoy a boat trip within the St Lucia Estuary in search of elephants, crocodiles and hippos.
  • Drive through the breathtaking Valley of 1000 Hills en-route to Durban.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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Tips: Total cost includes – Tipping Made Easy, $170pp pre-paid
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $675pp
Single supplement: from $955
  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
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Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
Our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces, on any given day
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Garden Court Sandton City Hotel, Johannesburg

Located in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs, the Garden Court Sandton City offers a central and convenient location with many top attractions within easy reach - from the best shopping malls to the most popular restaurants and entertainment options.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge (on request); safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Imbali Safari Lodge, Greater Kruger National Park

Sheltered in a riverine forest overlooking the seasonal Nwaswitsontso river, Imbali is built on the site of a 400-year-old African settlement and nestled discreetly amidst a canopy of impressive Jackalberry and Tamboti trees in the iconic Greater Kruger National Park. Here you'll observe and enjoy one of South Africa’s most renowned wildlife experiences. Guests are accommodated in spacious suites, subtly decorated in neutral colours with enchanting splashes of African tradition, from the ornate wall lamps to the comfortable textured pillows.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi (public areas); outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Blyde River Canyon, A Forever Resort, Blyde River

Blyde River Canyon, A Forever Resort provides beautiful panoramic views of the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world. Boasting a swimming pool with views of the gorge, guests can enjoy meals at the on-site restaurant and enjoy the many other facilities provided. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; restaurant/bar; safe deposit box; tennis court; outdoor furniture; sun terrace.  

Foresters Arms, Kingdom of eSwatini

The Foresters Arms is ideally situated for exploring all the attractions of the majestic Kingdom of Swaziland. The hotel is located on 90ha of beautiful eSwatini highlands, ranging from magnificent mountains and waterfalls in the west to the lush valleys of the middleveld and the low lying bushveld of the east. Dating back to the colonial times, the Foresters Arms is a place of great character and charm, offering a comfortable stay with excellent service.

Facilities: free wifi; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Emdoneni Lodge, Hluhluwe

Emdoneni Lodge is situated on a small game farm, nestled amongst sand forest vegetation, and is the ideal location from which to explore the wildlife and coastal reserves nearby. Nature lovers will appreciate the abundance of wildlife within the hotel's surrounds. The lodge offers elegantly decorated, intimate and comfortable accommodation complete with a pool, boma and sky deck.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

St. Lucia Eco Lodge & Conference Centre

St. Lucia Eco Lodge & Conference Centre is nestled in a tropical garden and provides stunning views of the Indian Ocean, Mapelane dune and the estuary mouth. For the eco-tourist St Lucia Ecolodge offers a unique combination of beach and bush.

Facilities: air-conditioning; safe deposit box; swimming pool; bar/restaurant outdoor furniture 

Protea Hotel Edward, Durban

Protea Hotel Edward nods back to a time of Victorian elegance.  The warm waters of the Indian Ocean are only 100m away and the promenade allows geusts to walk from uShaka Marine world to Suncoast Casino. Accommodation consists of graceful and stylish rooms featuring premium bedding.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Weather

Weather

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Currency

Currency

Rand

The official currency of South Africa is the Rand (ZAR; R).

  • 1 Rand = 100 cents
  • Notes are in denominations of R200, 100, 50, 20 and 10
  • Coins are in denominations of R5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 cents

Luggage Info

Luggage Information

Africa-Luggage

Because of the limited storage space in light aircraft and safari vehicles in Africa, please note the following luggage restrictions for this tour.

  • A soft bag is required

If you have any other questions about luggage requirements, please feel free to call one of our consultants on 1800 286 645 or email us.

Tour Extensions

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Special Experiences!

  • Visit the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary. Established in 2006, it cares for and rehabilitates chimpanzees rescued after being displaced from their natural habitat.
  • Discover St. Lucia Estuary by boat, looking out for elephants, crocodiles and hippos.

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 4 | Max: 12

Transportation

Coach, 4WD safari vehicle & boat

Tips

Total cost includes – Tipping Made Easy, $170pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• Visit the moving Apartheid Museum • The 'Big 5' in Greater Kruger National Park • Visit the rehabilitative Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary • Search for game in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa

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