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Kruger & the Panorama Route

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2 countries 5 game drives
1 UNESCO World Heritage-listed site
African Lodges
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 buffals, 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 AfricaWe 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

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

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

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.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
14
Price From
AUD $9,995
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
4 to 12
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
15 May 201928 May 2019AvailableAUD $9,175
12 Jun 201925 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $9,175
24 Jul 201906 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $9,175
14 Aug 201927 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $9,175
21 Aug 201903 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $9,175
11 Sep 201924 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $9,175
16 Oct 201929 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $9,175
27 Nov 201910 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $9,175
26 Feb 202010 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $10,175
11 Mar 202024 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $10,175
25 Mar 202007 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $10,175
ItineraryExpand
Kruger & the Panorama Route

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.

Special Experience: En route visit Hdspruit 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, buffals 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.

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

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