South Africa: Symbiosis of Wildlife and Culture

22 days – EUR 2,041.00 pp in dbl-room1
Sabie, Sabie Sand, Malelane, Hluhluwe, Hermannsburg, Sani Pass, Port St. Johns, Addo, Knysna, Cape Town

This ideal honeymoon tour reveals the breathtaking beauty of the sub-continent. All accommodations have been carefully selected to offer not just luxury and comfort but take you to the hidden treasures of the country - on foot, in a boat or by 4x4 vehicle.


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1st day: Sabie

On the banks of the Sabie River
On the banks of the Sabie River
Hiking paradise: Blyde River Canyon
Hiking paradise: Blyde River Canyon
Arrival at the airport.

Rental car pick-up
Type: Toyota Corolla Sedan or Similar
Pick-up location: Johannesburg, Airport

From the Highveld to the escarpment
Distance: 400 km    Time: 4:30 h

 You will leave the metropolis of Johannesburg behind and travel through the seemingly endless "Highveld". Only near Waterval Boven does the landscape become interesting, as you begin the descent into the lowlands of South Africa.

Accommodation: A lodge on the bank of the Sabie

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The lodge is located in sub-tropical Hazyview. With its year-round holiday climate of hot summers with cooling rains and sunny, warm winter days, it is the ideal base from which to tour and explore the world famous Blyde River canyon or the Kruger National Park and the many beautiful wonders of the Lowveld.

Other excursions such as night-drives into nearby game parks, a visit to the neighbouring crocodile farm, balloon rides or horseback riding can be arranged. And for the sport enthusiasts such activities as golf, tennis, bowls, trout fishing and river rafting are all available in the vicinity.

Details: Blyde River Canyon Park
The Drakensburg range in KwaZulu Natal extends into Mpumalanga and lies to the west of Kruger National Park. It forms part of the escarpment between the highveld and lowveld area in South Africa with a drop of around 1,300 meters. Blyde River Canyon was formed by heavy rains originating in the warm Indian Ocean. The landscape is dotted with waterfalls, forests and clear streams. Blyde River is one of the beautiful and extraordinary highlights of South Africa. A road called the Panorama Route leads to waterfalls, the potholes and vantage points from which one can view the African lowlands and large sections of Kruger National Park. This pristine, quiet and vast area of the Blyde River Canyon is revealed best to the hiker. Hiking trails with self-catering overnight huts are available, but reservations are essential. Many trails start at Bourke's Potholes.
Map: 1st day: Sabie

3rd day: Sabie Sand

A view to the water-hole and the Elephants
A view to the water-hole and the Elephants
Into a Private Game Reserve
Distance: 150 km Travel time: 2:30 h


Accommodation: a bush lodge in Sabie Sands

2 Nights, All meals with activities
Situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, Elephant Plains Game Lodge offers excellent Big 5 game viewing, luxurious accommodation and sumptuous cuisine. It is situated on the dry Manyeleti riverbed, overlooking an open area with a watering hole where animals often congregate. The lodge caters for the discerning traveller, offering a variety of accommodation options, varying from rondavels and luxury suites. All rooms have air-conditioning and mosquito netting. Dinner is served in a boma around a fire, under the vast African sky.

Elephant Plains Game Lodge is world renowned for excellent Big 5 game viewing and guests can enjoy two game drives and a bush walk per day. Facilities include two swimming pools, a spa, gym, conference centre, small library and games room. We also cater for small, intimate weddings. The lodge is owner run. This guarantees personal service and attention to detail.

Details: Private Lodges in Kruger Park
A number of private game reserves are integrated into the western side of Kruger National Park. Some of the most exclusive lodges in Africa are found here, although there are also some rustic bush camps.

The single biggest advantage of the private game reserves is the exceptional service that is provided compared to the state-run Kruger National Park. Game viewing is their central focus and competent rangers accompany game drives in search of the Big Five and other animals. The chances of viewing rare game are greater since all rangers maintain radio contact and alert each other when sightings are made. Private game reserves are expensive but offer an unforgettable wildlife experience.
Map: 3rd day: Sabie Sand

5th day: Malelane

Zebras in Kruger Park
Zebras in Kruger Park
South of Kruger Park
Distance: 220 km    Time: 4:00 h
(Distances measured from northern Sabi Sand to Malelane)


Accommodation: Trees Too B&B

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Trees Too Guest Lodge is situated in the quiet border town of Komatipoort which lies between the rivers Komati (meaning river of cows - or hippos) and Crocodile (no explanation required!) which forms the southern boundary of the World renowned Kruger National Park. They only have eight rooms, and the guest house is owner run. Evening meals only by arrangement.
Most of our rooms are laid out around the sparkling pool which provides a centrepiece to the Trees Too oasis. Our tropical gardens are dominated by more than twenty beautiful royal palm trees which rustle coolingly in the Summer breezes.

 

Details: Kruger National Park
Kruger is one of the largest and best-known reserves in the world, and is the oldest in Africa. It covers an area of 2.2 million hectares, is 350 km long, 60 km wide and has five rivers flowing through it. It contains over 300 different species of trees, 50 different species of fish, 114 reptile species, around 500 bird species and 150 different mammals. The animal populations vary from season to season. To provide just one figure, the Kruger area is home to around 10,000 elephants.

Kruger has a subtropical climate with summer rainfall between October and May. During this time the park is transformed into a paradise, as flowers bloom and vegetation turns green. In the drier season between April and September, game viewing is more favourable, as trees shed their leaves and game congregates at water pools in the dry riverbeds.
Map: 5th day: Malelane

7th day: Hluhluwe

Great view over the valley below
Great view over the valley below
Through Swaziland
Distance: 410 km    Time: 6:30 h
(Distances measured from Malelane Town)


Accommodation: A family-run game lodge

2 Nights, Specified meals and activities
Leopard Mountain Game Lodge a Big 5 multiple award winning 4 star game lodge situated within the 23 000ha Zululand Rhino Reserve. Thatched stone chalets provide stunning views of a vast stretch of unspoiled bushland, peace and tranquility.
Join our game drives or book a guided walking safari to get up, close and personal with the big 5 and some of Africa's endangered species such as the Black Rhino, Cheetah, Brown Hyena and Wild Dog and enjoy a sundowner amidst the lush Zululand bushveld or soak up the sun around the unique rock pool and enjoy romantic starry evenings around an open fire with tantalizing cuisine, sipping wine from the award winning wine collection.

Each chalet is light and spacious with its own private balcony and hammock, incredible view, en-suite bathroom, mini bar, tea and coffee facilities and mosquito nets over the beds.
Amongst others, you can also book Whale watching, Estuary boat cruises, Horse riding, Tiger fishing, Cultural tours and others at Leopard Mountain Game Lodge. These activities are then offered away from the Reserve.
At 1,000 km² combined, the Umfolozi and Hluhluwe nature reserves may be significantly smaller than better-known Kruger National Park, but when it comes to diversity of landscape, plant life and game, these reserves are very much on a par with Kruger. While Hluhluwe is more hilly and covered with natural bush, Umfolozi has open bushveld. The park boasts the big five game animals, and Umfolozi is especially well known throughout the world for its successful project to save the white rhino. The present population stands at over 1,000 in this park alone.

The temperature can rise to 40°C in the summer. Early mornings and late afternoons, when the animals seek shelter from the scorching sun, are the best times to view game. Whereas the bush vegetation is especially beautiful in the summer, the drier winter vegetation allows for better game viewing. Hikes can be arranged from various campsites within the park, and longer overnight hikes accompanied by an experienced guide are also available.
Map: 7th day: Hluhluwe

9th day: Hermannsburg

Unique style: Country House in Hermannsburg
Unique style: Country House in Hermannsburg
In Hermannsburg: The oldest German Church in SA
In Hermannsburg: The oldest German Church in SA
Natal Midlands
Distance: 310 km Travel time: 4:30 h


Accommodation: A former mission farm

2 Nights, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
The accommodation is a small, delightfully decorated farmhouse 3 km from Hermannsburg. Three rooms and a large living room have been set aside for guests. The enormous garden that surrounds the farmstead contributes to the relaxing atmosphere. The guest-house is renowned for its wonderful breakfasts.

Possible activities include a visit to Lilani Hot Springs, an interesting local museum that traces the history of the European missionaries who settled in the area, and an excursion to a local landmark called The Kop (The Head) with the beautiful Tugela River meandering far below. Hermannsburg is also a good place to experience the native Africans.

Details: Hermannsburg
Hermannsburg is one of the oldest mission stations in Africa. In 1854 Lutheran missionaries arrived in South Africa from a town named Hermannsburg in northern Germany. They purchased a farm in the midlands of Natal named Perseverance and started their work under great adversity. Two Lutheran churches were founded, a German-speaking church and a Zulu church. A German-speaking congregation and German school with English medium can still be found in Hermannsburg to this day. It is an odd experience for travellers to encounter a German village amidst German oak trees in the middle of Zululand. A local museum relates the history of the town.
Map: 9th day: Hermannsburg

10th day: Hermannsburg

Guided tour in Hermannsburg

Hermannsburg, a small rural town in Zululand, affords you the opportunity to understand the day to day coexistence between black and whites in South Africa. Founded by German missionaries, their mission was to convert the local population to Christianity and a Christian way of life and so a co-existence of the German missionaries with their black baptised brothers and sisters began. But soon there were separate kitchens which followed on to two separate villages. Beginning of the 20th Century the German missionaries built a separate church for the black congregation. Then developed two places: German-Hermannsburg and Zulu-Hermannsburg, only a few hundred meters apart. But whoever crosses the road between the two places steps from the first into the third world. Here are two places dependent on each other, their relationships is multifaceted, contradictory and complex.
This tour offers you this opportunity, something seldom done. A guide will show you from one village to the next, one school and church to the other. A memorable experience that offers much food for thought.

 

11th day: Sani Pass

Enjoy the fine facilities at Moorcroft Manor
Enjoy the fine facilities at Moorcroft Manor
Dramatic: Southern Drakensberg
Dramatic: Southern Drakensberg
to the southern end of the Drakensberg
230 km    Time: 3:00 h


Accommodation: A country hotel

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The family-owned and operated country hotel is situated near the village of Himeville. It lies at the foot of the hauntingly beautiful Drakensberg Mountains, a World Heritage Site. The inn has eight classically decorated bedrooms, all with bathrooms en suite. Awake to the tranquil sounds of the countryside, of cooing doves and murmuring streams.
There are countless fantastic hiking opportunities thanks to the proximity of the World Heritage Site uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. The Underberg/Himeville area offers bushmen painting tours, abseiling, paragliding, pony trails, mountain biking, river tubing, game drives, hunting and wing-shooting. Sani Pass is the major attraction of this district and the hotel is perfectly positioned on the main route to the pass. Golfers will enjoy a selection of three splendid courses, each with breath-taking views.


Details: Sani Pass
The mountain pass obtained its name from the San people (Bushmen) that utilised it as an escape route into the impassable mountains of Lesotho fleeing from the Zulu and white settlers. It is the only passage through the Drakensberg along a stretch of hundreds of kilometers of border between Lesotho and South Africa. The last 8km of the pass are negotiable by 4x4 vehicle only or a trip on foot lasting 2-3 hours. It reaches a height of around 2895m and passes into Lesotho to the south of the highest peak of Southern Africa, the Thabana Ntlenyana.
The Giant's Cup Hiking Trail, a five-day trail through the Drakensberg Mountains, starts at this point.
Map: 11th day: Sani Pass

12th day: Sani Pass

Remote hut in the Mountains of Lesotho
Remote hut in the Mountains of Lesotho
Excursion up the Sani Pass
SANI PASS - the only road link between KwaZulu-Natal and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. A 4x4 adventure into a different world - the land of the People of the Blanket. Starting at 1540m above sea level you will follow the deep valley incised by the Mkhomazana River to breast the summit at 2873m - with almost 1000m climbed in the last 8km of your trip in our 4x4 vehicles.
In SUMMER waterfalls cascade and tumble into the river below. The green slopes that sweep upward to the base of towering basalt cliffs are dotted with the colour of our great variety of flowers and the roadside is lined with flowers. Our vast floral variety, in number of species and their traditional uses, will earn this region the coveted WORLD HERITAGE SITE status. Our knowledgeable and keen guides have introduced botanists and horticulturists from all over the world to this floral wealth.
In WINTER under a cloudless sky iced falls sparkle next to the hairpin bends. This is our dry season when the early afternoon sun burnishes the dry veld to a rich gold. And there is the ever-present promise of snow.
along the way the Tour Guides will tell you of the history of the SANI PASS - of the long-gone San people who lived and hunted here until they, too, were hunted out. Of the days of long trains of mules that plied this twisting track. And if names like Ground Woodpecker, Orangebreasted Rockjumper, Drakensberg Siskin, Gurney's Sugarbird, Bearded Vulture, Mountain pipit, strike a response in you, then you will know that this is an important site for avid birdwatchers.
 

13th day: Port St. Johns

Castle Rock near Lusikisiki
Castle Rock near Lusikisiki
along the Wild Coast
Distance: 250km    Time: 4:00 h


Accommodation: Bungalows on the Umngazi River

2 Nights, All meals
The Lodge is perched on the panoramic hillside of the Umngazi River mouth, overlooking the scenic splendour of the Wild Coast. Bungalows are nestled amongst the kaleidoscopic fauna and flora that only the heart of Pondoland can offer. Guests choose from 5 categories of bungalows, all of which are individually furnished & tastefully decorated.
The bungalows are great, but of course you may want to be out much of every day. You could spend the whole time dozing by our riverside pool, or hanging out at BasilBar, where darts, snooker and tall stories make you feel like a regular in no time. In the lofted hillside spa, they have dedicated, professional therapists, if you want your city stress to be massaged away - to the soundtrack of nothing but breakers and birdcalls. Other facilities include a gym, tennis courts, library, lounges and decks and a pavilion or take a long amble down the pristine beaches.


Details: Wild Coast
The Wild Coastis part of the former Transkei, a homeland created by the apartheid regime where the Xhosa live. The Transkei was reunited with the rest of South Africa after the abolishment of apartheid. The difference can still be observed today, as hardly any industry or farming occurred in this part of the country during the apartheid era. As a result, the Wild Coast has some of the most isolated beaches in South Africa. The coast is especially rugged to the north, which was shaped by the extreme wind and weather, with steep cliffs, large boulders, and waterfalls with drops of up to 100m.
Map: 13th day: Port St. Johns

15th day: Addo

Stylish farm accommodation near Addo Park
Stylish farm accommodation near Addo Park
The elephants at Addo are unusually large
The elephants at Addo are unusually large
towards Addo
Distance: 560 km    Time: 6:00 h


Accommodation: A citrus farm

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Tucked away in a peaceful citrus farm on the doorstep of Addo Elephant Park, and close to Shamwari and Schotia, this retreat offers five star (TGCSA) luxury and service which entails attention to detail and spacious accommodation. Stylish, regional cuisine is served in the Afro-Chic dining room with views of resident herons, cormorants and rare waterbirds. The cuisine is inspired by the flavours of local ingredients and freshly picked herbs and vegetables. Complementing the menu is wine from the private underground cellar, which boasts a unique and comprehensive cross-section of fine South African wines. The health spa, equipped with sauna, hydrotherapy treatments, gym and massage room, flows into a palm fringed pool. Experience game at close quarters from a luxury open Landcruiser with highly experienced guides.


Details: Addo Elephant Park
Long ago large herds of elephants congregated along the southern coastline of Africa, thriving and growing in size, mainly due to the rich vegetation. Farmers entered the area in the 19th century and regarded the elephants as a threat to their livelihood because they destroyed large areas while foraging. The animals were shot in large numbers. In 1931, when only 11 elephants remained in the Eastern Cape, Addo Park was established to give them the protection necessary to their survival. Zuurberg Park was later added and together they contain a population of over 200 giant elephants, herds of buffalo and a variety of antelope. The park has numerous vantage points which offer the opportunity to view game at watering holes (bring binoculars). While Zuurberg Park has two walking trails, Addo may only be viewed by motor vehicle or guided tour.
Map: 15th day: Addo

17th day: Knysna

Enchanting southern coast of Africa: The Garden Route
Enchanting southern coast of Africa: The Garden Route
Enter the Garden Route
 Distance: 325 km    Time: 4:00 h

One's constant companion is the Indian Ocean, which repeatedly surprises one with amazing scenes.

Accommodation: Double Dutch B&B

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Double Dutch is a luxurious colonial guesthouse accommodation in Knysna with magnificent panoramic views over the Knysna lagoon and the Knysna Heads into the Indian Ocean. They are within close walking distance to town centre where you will find several good restaurants and various shopping malls.
The rooms are en-suite and are comfortably furnished. Guests also have the use of a comfortable lounge decorated in colonial style, with a fireplace and around the house is a swimming pool with sundeck and lounge chairs and a special terrace to have a private barbecue in the garden.

 

Details: Garden Route
The coastal region between Swellendam and Humansdorp is known as the Garden Route. It is characterised by picturesque coves, secluded beaches, steep cliffs and indigenous forests. Just inland, high mountain ranges cause precipitation of up to 2,500 mm a year. Behind the mountains the rainfall quickly diminishes to around 250 mm per year. Despite this precipitation the Garden Route is not considered a high rainfall area. Rain showers are brief but intense and occur mostly at night. The name of the region derives from the first immigrants, who thought they had found the Garden of Eden. The Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park is the area's main attraction with its unspoiled forest and coastal areas through which beautiful hiking trails meander.
Map: 17th day: Knysna

19th day: Cape Town

Cape-Dutch architecture
Cape-Dutch architecture
The Waterfront and Table Mountain
The Waterfront and Table Mountain
To the Cape of Good Hope
Distance: 490 km Travel time: 5:30h


Accommodation: Glen Avon Lodge

3 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The Lodge is situated in the most beautiful part of Constantia, between Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope, and has been maintained in its Cape-Dutch style, surrounded by a lush big garden with a view of the surrounding mountains. The luxury guestrooms, all with a view of the gardens have a mini-bar, telephone, and coffee and tea making facilities. The Lodge is ideally situated between the City and the southern Wine estates.


Details: Cape Town
The city of Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula alone warrant a trip to South Africa. It is the oldest city in South Africa, commander Jan van Riebeek having landed at Cape Town in 1652. From there the Boers migrated further into the country. In 1814 the Dutch East India Company ceded the land to the British Crown. The British influence increased from then on, and today Cape Town is probably the most liberal city in South Africa. This is where the abolishment of apartheid began.

You will probably not find a more beautiful setting for any city in the world. Overlooking the city is Table Mountain, a flat-topped mountain often covered with a tablecloth of clouds. To the east the vineyards produce wines of world-class quality, and at the southern point, known as the Cape of Good Hope, a nature conservation area protects the fauna and flora. There one can take secluded walking trails which provide a view of both oceans.

Bathers are advised to swim in the warmer waters of the Mozambique current on the eastern side, which is approximately 2° warmer than the Atlantic Ocean with its current stemming from the Antarctic.
Map: 19th day: Cape Town

22th day: Cape Town

Rental car drop off
Drop off location: Cape Town, Airport

Additional Services

Climate Compensation
For more information on our project, please refer to our website:
www.umfulana.com/about-umfulana/projects/climate-compensation

Rental car

Rental car company: AVIS South Africa
Type: Toyota Corolla Sedan or Similar (Group C)

Accessories: 4 Door, Air-conditioning, Power Steering, Central Locking, Electric Windows, Radio/CD, Airbags, ABS, Manual transmission
Capacity: 4 persons, 3 medium bags, 1 small bag

max excess: ZAR 0 (nil)
AVIS
Services The price is per person based on two persons sharing a double room and includes accommodations (meals included as stated above) and rental car (if stated above).

USD 2,529.001
(EUR 2,041.00)1




The tour can begin on any date desired.
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