Kruger & the Panorama Route

  • days: 14
  • from $10,525

Flights Included

Types of travel:

Countries Visited:

  • South Africa
  • Kingdom of eSwatini

Description

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2 countries 
5 game drives 

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1 UNESCO World 
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From leopards and lions to magnificent mountains and wonderful waterfalls, South Africa is abundant with natural wonders. Take in the striking views from the Panorama Route and discover the rich cultural traditions of the eSwatini people. Embark on game drives in search of buffaloes, birdlife and the ‘Big 5’ at Greater Kruger and Hluhluwe-iMfolozi parks. See the conservation and rehabilitation of big cats at the Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre and chimpanzees at the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary. Absorb the serenity and natural beauty of the Valley of 1,000 Hills.

See superb South Africa

We start with a city tour of Johannesburg, before travelling to Dullstroom where we enjoy some free time. No tour of Africa would be complete without a visit to our next destination, 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, with a tour and spectacular views over the city

Itinerary

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

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Johannesburg

‘Welkom’ to Johannesburg! This city is the largest in South Africa, founded in 1886 on one of the richest gold reefs in the world. Meet your fellow travellers tonight for a welcome drink.

Day 3. Johannesburg

We explore Soweto, abuzz with energy and setting trends in politics, fashion, music, dance and language. We also visit the Apartheid Museum and the former houses of Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi today. This evening we’ll get to know our fellow travellers at a traditional African group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 4. Johannesburg - Dullstroom

This morning we depart for Dullstroom. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy at leisure. Why not visit the ‘Wild about Whisky’ bar and famous clock shop? [B,D]

Day 5. Dullstroom - Greater Kruger National Park

Today we venture into Greater Kruger National Park, offering some of the best game viewing on the African continent.

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Special Experience: En route visit Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, which focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable and endangered animals.

After a quick refreshment at the lodge, we’ll head out on our first game drive! [B,D]

Day 6. Greater Kruger National Park

Our day is devoted to viewing the abundant wildlife found in this park, including the ‘Big 5’ - elephants, lions, leopards, buffaloes and rhinos - on morning and afternoon game drives in open safari vehicles. Kruger National Park stretches for about 350 kilometres and our expert guides should increase our chances of seeing as many wild species as we can. [B,L,D]

Day 7. Greater Kruger National Park - Hazyview

Heading south to Hazyview, we travel along the stunning Panorama Route.

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We will make stops along the way and walk to waterfalls and scenic viewing points, including Bourkes Luck Potholes, Lisbon Falls and Wanderview. [B,D]

Day 8. Hazyview - 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.

This afternoon we cross the border into the Kingdom of eSwatini. Formerly known as Swaziland, eSwatini is one of the most diminutive countries, and the last absolute monarchy in Africa. Although small, it is packed with a rich and vibrant culture, striking scenery and of course, lots of incredible wildlife! [B,D]

Day 9. 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 10. KwaZulu-Natal

We travel to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa, with rolling hills and magnificent wildlife. Once inside the reserve we meet our game ranger and enjoy a 4WD safari in the park on a morning game drive. Keep a look out for the 'Big 5'! This afternoon we’ll visit DumaZulu, a traditional Zulu village, and enjoy a cultural experience. [B,L,D]

Day 11. KwaZulu-Natal - Durban

We begin the day discovering St Lucia Estuary by boat, looking out for elephants, crocodiles and hippos. We’ll then continue to Durban via the Valley of 1,000 Hills. [B]

Day 12. Durban

This morning we explore Durban, South Africa's busiest port. Our city tour this morning visits the Golden Mile, a popular stretch of beachfront and promenade. We'll explore the aromatic Indian Spice Markets before continuing to the Moses Mabhida Stadium & Sky Car. Here we journey up a 106-metre viewing platform for spectacular views across the city. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 13. Durban - Australia

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 14. Arrive Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to 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

  • 7 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 4 nights in African lodges (4-star)
  • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 9 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based national guide and drivers (based on a minimum of 6 people)
  • English-speaking locally based guides 

Entrance Fees & Permits

  • Entrance fees to all national parks and reserves are included

Sightseeing 

Discover the many sides of South Africa

  • Discover Johannesburg’s vibrant Soweto district including the former houses of Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Ghandi.
  • Visit the moving Apartheid Museum.
  • Enjoy a traditional African themed welcome dinner.
  • Spend the afternoon in Dullstroom, exploring its quaint shops, one being Wild about Whisky, home to the largest whiskey menu in the southern hemisphere.
  • Enjoy a visit to Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, that focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable and endangered animals.
  • 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'.
  • Travel along the scenic Panorama Route and see the Three Rondavels View Point, Bourke's Luck Potholes and God's 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.
  • Travel to St Lucia Estuary located inside the UNESCO iSimangaliso Wetland Park and enjoy a boat trip in search of elephants, crocodiles and hippos.
  • Drive through the breathtaking Valley of 1000 Hills en-route to Durban.
  • Tour the sights of scenic Durban including the Moses Mabhida stadium and take the Sky Car to a 106 metre-high viewing platform to enjoy great views.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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14/08/19 27/08/19   $10,525 On Request  
27/11/19 10/12/19   $10,525 Available book now
26/02/20 10/03/20   $11,525 Available book now
25/03/20 07/04/20   $11,525 Available book now
Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth
Other departure cities: Please contact our office for applicable pricing
Tips: Total cost includes – Tipping Made Easy, $170pp pre-paid
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $680pp
Single supplement: from $1,250
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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.
At Bunnik 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, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica
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
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

Dunkeld Country Estate, Dullstroom

Situated in the town of Dullstroom, Dunkeld is the perfect base for exploring. The surrounding area boasts the spectacular Panorama Route, offering magnificent views of remarkable landscapes and featuring many breathtaking highlights, including Blyde River Canyon, Echo Caves and Pilgrims Rest.

Facilities: free wifi (public areas); fridge/minibar; indoor 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

Casa do Sol, Hazyview

A perfect setting in the heart of the scenic Mpumalanga, this beautiful estate hotel 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 90 minute drive from the hotel. Rooms are beautifully appointed, each with its own individual character and style to complement the sounding village architecture.

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

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

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

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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

These optional extras can be included in your tour.

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Special Experiences!

  • Visit Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, which focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable and endangered animals.
  • Spend time at the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

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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