Parks & Recreation
Head from Jo’burg’s urban jungle to Kruger’s rural plains – anything that’s bitey hangs here. Things that are horny (rhinos) do their own hanging in Hlane Royal National Park. You’ll do some hanging yourself on a Mozambique Beach Camp. The St. Lucia Estuary has a stack of birdlife. Zululand has a stack of Zulus. Durban has a Wet & Wild.
One of the hardest things about visiting the Mozambique Beach Camp is that you have to leave it, and your new dolphin mates, behind (unless you move here for good, in which case we’ll come and visit all the time).
Day 1 - JohannesburgWelcome to Johannesburg, a captivating city with a "definite attitude". Whatever that means. Guide books are the pits.
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm
Perhaps visit the Apartheid Museum, Art Gallery, Museum Africa or head off on a Gold Reed City and Heritage Mine Tour
Day 2-3 - Kruger National ParkTake the Panorama Route to Kruger National Park, where you'll go on safaris and marvel at heaps of animals. Perhaps you might even spot a leopard. See what we did there?Leave Johannesburg and travel through the Mpumalanga Province, along the famous Panorama RouteThe sights en route include God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Three Rondavels (Sisters) and the magnificent Blyde River Canyon (600km, approx 8-10 hrs)
Enter the park and head straight into prime game viewing areasRise early and have a light breakfast of coffee and rusks before embarking on a morning game driveMost of the day will be spent game viewingTake an additional night drive with the park guide to spot nocturnal animals and perhaps even a night-time predator or two
Perhaps head out on a morning safari walk
Day 4 - Swaziland/Hlane Royal National ParkLearn about Swazi culture in the small Kingdom of Swaziland before visiting Hlane Royal National Park. Of all the experiences you've had in your life, tracking rare rhinos is sure to be up there.
Take a final slow game drive of between 20 and 70 km before exiting the park mid-morning
Travel south-east and enter the Kingdom of Swaziland (370 km, approx 9-10 hrs)
Take opportunity to explore the park on a guided game walkCamp inside the national park
Day 5-6 - Mozambique Beach CampCross into Mozambique, which is something of a beachside haven. Go scuba diving, snorkelling, cruise the ocean (in search of dolphins) or just chill out on the beach and eat. Whatever feels right.Head to Mozambique at Kosi Bay (320 km, approx 6-7 hrs)After crossing the border, leave the truck behind and jump into some 4x4s to travel on to the seaside village of Ponta Malongane.Perhaps enjoy snorkelling, scuba diving and dolphin boat cruises, or just relax on the beach
Day 7 - St Lucia EstuaryTake a boat cruise to spot thousands of bird, mammal and reptile species that reside in St Lucia Estuary. You might not actually spot thousands, but they're in there somewhere.Depart southern Mozambique, heading to Zululand and Lake St Lucia (260 km, approx 4-5 hrs)Take a boat cruise on the St Lucia EstuaryStay at a basic campground with shared facilities
Day 8 - ZululandWelcome to the Valley of a Thousand Hills, Zululand. Hospitality, traditional food and spirited song and dance are all the norm. Particularly on a local homestay.Make an early departure to the Valley of a Thousand Hills, the heartland of the Zulu nation (260km, approx 2-3 hrs)Gain an insight into the daily life of the rural Zulu people by spending the night in a traditional homestay
Day 9 - DurbanThe tour ends Durban. But you can stay longer and discover some of the endless things to do, if you want.Travel on to Durban (100 km, approx 2-3 hrs)Spend time exploring DurbanPerhaps visit the Art Gallery, the Juma Masjid Mosque or enjoy a bay cruise or surf lesson
**This trip is run by our sister company Intrepid**
What to Know
On this trip you will be accompanied by 3 crew members - Group Leader, Cook and Driver.
Hlane Royal National Park - Walking safari, Kruger Park - Game drive
8 breakfasts, 6 dinners
- International flights, airport transfers, departure taxes, visas, insurance (compulsory on all trips), meals not listed, any optional tours or activities during free time, camera fees, excess baggage charges, tips and items of a personal nature.
It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure.
Geckos strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Geckos makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
FIRE PRECAUTIONS: Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.
TRAFFIC AND DRIVING CONDITIONS: Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home.
PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
SWIMMING POOLS: You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.
UNFENCED CAMP SITES: On some trips where you will be staying within a national park, please note that at times you will stay in unfenced camp sites. While this is a fantastic experience, there are a few safety rules that must be adhered to. While staying in national parks it's important that you listen to any advice given by your leader and the park rangers regarding responsible and safe behaviour.
Some hotel balconies don't meet UK standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.
Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.
Trip Dates and Prices
Start Date – End Date Trip Status Price Kitty Payment Total Price 06 Sep 2014 - 14 Sep 2014 Available US $755 On Sale Sale: US $679 ZA R3,115 US $1,062 Book Now 04 Oct 2014 - 12 Oct 2014 Available US $735 On Sale Sale: US $661 ZA R3,115 US $1,044 Book Now 08 Nov 2014 - 16 Nov 2014 3 places left US $715 On Sale Sale: US $643 ZA R3,115 US $1,026 Book Now 03 Jan 2015 - 11 Jan 2015 4 places left US $715 ZA R3,115 US $1,098 Book Now 31 Jan 2015 - 08 Feb 2015 Available US $715 ZA R3,115 US $1,098 Book Now 28 Feb 2015 - 08 Mar 2015 Available US $700 ZA R3,115 US $1,083 Book Now 21 Mar 2015 - 29 Mar 2015 Available US $695 ZA R3,115 US $1,078 Book Now 04 Apr 2015 - 12 Apr 2015 Available US $695 ZA R3,115 US $1,078 Book Now 18 Apr 2015 - 26 Apr 2015 Available US $695 ZA R3,115 US $1,078 Book Now 02 May 2015 - 10 May 2015 Available US $695 ZA R3,115 US $1,078 Book Now 09 May 2015 - 17 May 2015 Available US $695 ZA R3,115 US $1,078 Book Now 23 May 2015 - 31 May 2015 Available US $680 ZA R3,115 US $1,063 Book Now 30 May 2015 - 07 Jun 2015 Available US $695 ZA R3,115 US $1,078 Book Now 20 Jun 2015 - 28 Jun 2015 Available US $695 ZA R3,115 US $1,078 Book Now 27 Jun 2015 - 05 Jul 2015 Available US $695 ZA R3,115 US $1,078 Book Now 25 Jul 2015 - 02 Aug 2015 Available US $715 ZA R3,115 US $1,098 Book Now 01 Aug 2015 - 09 Aug 2015 Available US $695 ZA R3,115 US $1,078 Book Now 15 Aug 2015 - 23 Aug 2015 Available US $695 ZA R3,115 US $1,078 Book Now 29 Aug 2015 - 06 Sep 2015 Available US $735 ZA R3,115 US $1,118 Book Now 26 Sep 2015 - 04 Oct 2015 Available US $735 ZA R3,115 US $1,118 Book Now 24 Oct 2015 - 01 Nov 2015 Available US $695 ZA R3,115 US $1,078 Book Now 21 Nov 2015 - 29 Nov 2015 Available US $695 ZA R3,115 US $1,078 Book Now 19 Dec 2015 - 27 Dec 2015 Available US $695 ZA R3,115 US $1,078 Book Now
Kitty payment is required in cash. It needs to be paid before the end of your trip, in the local currency stated above. It is generally paid on Day 1, and covers most on-ground expenses. Kitty payments calculated using exchange rates valid on 1 Jan 2013.
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