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South Africa Lodge Safari

South Africa, Swaziland - Trip code SAS Wildlife
Days 12
Deposit From AU$425
Price from AU$4250
Flights not included
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Why book this trip?

Discover South Africa and Swaziland's best nature spots on this wildlife adventure. Spend days searching for the Big Five on a range of expert-led walking safaris and exhilarating game drives. After a day of exploring, stay in a mix of simple accommodation in the heart of national parks and comfortable lodges perfect for relaxing.

  • Wildlife spotting - A mix of game drives and walking safaris in prestigious reserves and national parks, offering the best opportunities to see the Big Five
  • Soweto - Visit South Africa's largest township to learn more about the recent history of apartheid and Nelson Mandela
  • St Lucia Wetlands - Stay within South Africa's first world heritage site to search for colourful birdlife and wallowing hippo in the waterways, plus a chance to snorkel with tropical fish at Cape Vidal
  • Included meals

    Breakfast: 11

    Lunch: 4

    Dinner: 4

  • Trip staff

    Explore Tour Leader / Driver

    Local Guide(s)

    Safari Guide(s)

  • Transport

    4WD

    Minibus

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    Accommodation

    1 nights premium guesthouse

    1 nights comfortable hotel

    4 nights comfortable lodge

    5 nights premium lodge

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    Trip pace:

    Moderate

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    Group Size:

    10 - 16

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Join trip in Johannesburg. Afternoon visit to Soweto township and the apartheid memorial

Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa's largest city, and once home to both Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. A city of stark contrasts and infamous history, Johannesburg is going through rapid change and urban regeneration.

For those arriving on time today our Leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 12pm for the welcome meeting and to take us on the afternoon Soweto tour. Soweto, originally an acronym for South Western Townships, played a prominent part in the fight against the former apartheid regime, notably the uprising of 1976; when mass protests erupted. We will take a tour of the area and meet residents to understand how life has changed since the end of apartheid. We will visit the Hector Pieterson Memorial, a museum that honours the vital role that the youth of South Africa played during the struggle. He was one of the first students to be killed during the uprising when he was just 13. We will also visit Nelson Mandela's former home (now a museum) which tells the story of Mandela and his family.

If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), which is just a short 10 minute drive from our hotel.

Please note that if you wish to join the Soweto tour today, you must arrive at the hotel by 12pm. If you are booking your own flights, we recommend giving yourself at least 90 minutes to clear the airport. From the airport to the hotel is around 10 minutes' drive, so therefore the latest your flight can arrive is 10.30am. Should you miss the welcome meeting, your Leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up.

Please note: A majority of flights will land into Johannesburg in the early morning and it's often too early to be able to check straight in to your room. However, early arrivals will have access to tea and coffee, toilets and the hotel lounge.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: None

Day 2 - Drive to Graskop via South Africa's Panoramic Route, taking in the stunning scenery of Blyde River Canyon

After breakfast we'll depart Johannesburg, travelling east towards Kruger National Park. The journey will take us through Mpumalanga affectionately named as the 'Place of the rising sun' and home to some of the country's most awe-inspiring scenery. This region's landscape has many rivers, waterfalls, dramatic escarpments and colourful birdlife, and along the way we'll stop at several excellent viewpoints, including beauty spot 'God's Window' to admire the vast views over Blyde River Canyon.

Graskop is perfectly positioned between the Panoramic Route and Kruger National Park ready for tomorrow's safari adventure. The journey from Johannesburg to Graskop is around five hours, with a stop for lunch and some time to take in the scenery at chosen viewpoints, we will arrive at our accommodation mid-late afternoon.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Lodge

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 3 - Full day of safari searching for the Big Five in Kruger National Park

We'll have an early start this morning to make the most of our day on safari inside Kruger National Park. Kruger is one of the best game viewing areas in Southern Africa and as well as attracting many wildlife lovers, the park remains committed to it's original purpose; animal conservation.

We'll be using the national park's open-sided game vehicles to maximise the viewing opportunity to 360 degrees, and the exact timings and routes of today's game-drive will depend on the wildlife! Expert rangers will track the animals and endeavour to provide us with once-in-a-lifetime encounters. During this exhilarating safari we hope to see buffalo, lion, cheetah, giraffe, elephant and zebra plus many more species. For lunch we'll make a stop at one of Kruger's restaurants or picnic stops before continuing on our safari this afternoon.

Tonight we'll be located inside the national park at one of the rest camps. The rooms and communal facilities are simple but do offer a great opportunity to spend a night in this wild setting, listening to the sounds of nature while our leader cooks up a traditional brai (barbequeue) that will be accompanied by some South African wine to wrap up a very adventurous day.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Lodge

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 - Enter the Kingdom of Swaziland; afternoon game drive at Mkhaya Nature Reserve

This morning we will have an extra opportunity to spot game as we slowly make our way out of the national park, leaving Kruger and South Africa behind on our journey to the Kingdom of Swaziland.

The journey from Kruger to Mkhaya Game Reserve is around three hours, however with stops along the way and allowing time for the border crossing it will take the majority of our day, arriving at Mkhaya around mid-late afternoon.

Mkhaya is a haven for many endangered species but best known for its large numbers of black and white rhino; which we hope to see on this afternoon's game drive with our Swazi ranger.

Our accommodation for the night is Stone Camp set an area of secluded bush, featuring a collection of stone cottages that are the only lodging in the reserve. The cottages have bathrooms with hot and cold running water but there is no electricity available giving the experience a real sense of adventure. The camp is situated on a dry river bed and is surrounded by tall fig and sausage trees, which create a lush canopy, attracting many species of bird into the camp as well as some small game like warthogs and impala. Dinner tonight is a feast of local delicacies, such as nyala stew, and we'll dine outside around the campfire and under the stars.

Accommodation:

Grade: Premium Lodge

Single room available

Meals Provided: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 - Explore Mkhaya on a morning safari; Afternoon drive to Ithala Game Reserve

Waking early to the natural soundtrack of the reserve, there is always possibility of seeing warthog or nyala just outside your door this morning. The camp's friendly staff will deliver tea and biscuits to your room prior to an early departure for our next safari. Upon meeting the reserve's rangers this morning, it will be confirmed whether this morning game-viewing will be on foot or by vehicle and this decision is dependant on recent wildlife spottings and animal patterns. The guides here have expert knowledge about the reserve and the wildlife within, and with their advice Mkhaya offers the best possibility of a close encounter with black rhino in the whole of Africa.

After a morning adventure, we'll have a leisurely lunch in the reserve before departing around mid-afternoon. We'll cross back into South Africa on our way to Ithala Game Reserve, and the drive takes around five hours. As we approach, Ngotse Mountain will come into view as the predominant feature of Ithala, towering over the plateaus, ridges and deep valley below. Our home for the next two nights are a range of chalets camouflaged in the mountain's foothills among indigenous bush and flora. Communal areas are set among the wilderness offering peace, quiet and excellent views.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Lodge

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Wake early for a walking safari in Ithala to search for rhino; afternoon game drives

A game walk is one of the best ways of seeing animals and immersing yourself into the wild. This morning we will meet a local ranger and together as we follow the rocky trails we will learn about tracks, dung and general bushcraft throughout the reserve. As well as increasing our understanding of the wilderness, our primary focus is once again to see rhino; these prehistoric-looking beasts were reintroduced to Ithala and have been successfully breeding here. The feeling of slowly walking towards a rhino is a mixture of excitement, awe and nerves; though we will heed our ranger's guidance and keep a safe distance.

After lunch we will wait for the heat of the day to subside before heading out on a late afternoon game drive. Again our ranger will decide on our route depending on the most recent wildlife sightings.

This evening, relax with a sundowner and keep an eye out for the birds of prey soaring through the skies above.

Accommodation:

Grade: Comfortable Lodge

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 7 - Search for Africa's largest elephants the 'Big Tuskers' at Tembe Elephant Park

This morning we will drive for a couple of hours until we reach Tembe Elephant Park, our beautiful home for the next two nights. Tembe is renowned for its 'big tuskers' - elephants with huge tusks weighing some 50kg each - as well as being home to the 'Big Five', so we will hope to also see lion, leopard, black and white rhino and buffalo during our time here.

On arrival we'll get checked in before heading out on a game drive in the park's open-sided safari vehicles. Along the way there may be a stop at a waterhole where sightings often occur as the animals gather to cool off in the shallows.

Tembe Lodge is a luxurious tented camp fenced in the middle of the reserve, featuring a small pool, rustic seating area around the campfire and a game-viewing hide for wildlife spotting between safaris. The camp is run by members of the surrounding community, a tribe that has protected and lived in this area for generations and during our stay we will see the park through the eyes of the Tembe people, hear their stories and learn about their way of life.

Accommodation:

Grade: Premium Lodge

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 - Game drives at Tembe, time to relax, swim or have a massage

Today we have a full day of the Tembe experience. After an early breakfast we head out on safari for a few hours with a national park guide to look for signs of big game and an opportunity to spot some of the 340 bird species found here. We return to a light brunch which will be followed by some down time to relax and enjoy the setting. Perhaps take a dip in the pool, visit the game-viewing hide for a chance to observe elephants or enjoy a massage at the outdoor (but shaded) spa area, it's a pretty easy life here!

Later this afternoon, we will return to our vehicles for another game drive along the sandy tracks in hope of spotting more wildlife before sundown.

Tonight dinner will be served by lamplight in the communal boma area for a true bush experience. After eating we can listen to the soulful singing of the local Isicathamiya group, as we sit around fire.

Accommodation:

Grade: Premium Lodge

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 - Drive down the coast to St Lucia Wetland Park on the Indian Ocean

This morning we'll have a leisurely breakfast before we depart from Tembe to travel south towards St Lucia, a wetland reserve with World Heritage status.

The drive is around three hours and on arrival we'll check into our intimate Zulu-style lodge located centrally in St Lucia village. One of the first buildings in the area, the lodge has a long history and cares deeply about the local community, ensuring the lodge has a positive impact on both the residents and natural environment. The property features stylish rooms set in flower-filled, lush gardens, with an outdoor lounge area perfect for bird-watching and a pool to cool off. It's a great setting to relax for the final few days of the trip!

The rest of the day will be free to relax by the pool or read a book in one of the garden's shady spots. Alternatively, you may wish to go on a optional afternoon boat trip on the lakes for a chance to spot crocodile, hippo and a wide variety of bird life who make their home in the surrounding mangroves.

This evening you'll be able to choose from a small selection of places to eat nearby. Here in St Lucia it is common to see hippo roaming down the road by night or grazing on a resident's front lawn! They are accustomed to humans, the sounds of cars and lights but of course they are wild animals and precautions must be taken, so while being sure to follow local advice, we may get an unusual but memorable wildlife encounter!

Accommodation:

Grade: Premium Lodge

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 10 - Explore the Indian Ocean from Cape Vidal; one of South Africa's best snorkelling spots and enjoy one last game drive!

It will be an early start this morning to make our way to Isimangaliso Wetland Park where we will start with a morning game drive through open grasslands and forests in the hope of spotting antelope, hippo, rhino and leopard.

The game drive will take us to Cape Vidal where we will spend the rest of the morning snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of this protected bay, before breaking for a traditional braai on the beach cooked up by our accompanying ranger. There will be more time for snorkelling before another game drive back through the park.

This area is a wildlife lover's dream location because of the five ecosystems within the boundaries of the park and the rarity of being able to spot game on the grassy plains before exploring an underwater world of tropical marine life from the white beaches of the Indian Ocean in the same region. It's estimated the park is home to over 6,500 species of plant and wildlife, plus over 500 bird species.

Tonight will be free to relax.

Accommodation:

Grade: Premium Lodge

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 11 - Travel south to Durban, via Mtunzini

Today we say goodbye to St Lucia and travel down the coast towards Durban.

Along the way we will stop in the town of Mtunzini. Translating from Zulu as 'a place in the shade', the town is surrounded by lush milkwood and palm trees. We'll have a break here for a lunch and go on a short walk to see the nearby conservancy areas, home to a range of bird life as well as the very successful projects undertaken by the local residents to preserve this natural setting, including a initiative to rid the area of any alien plant and tree species.

We'll then continue to the Umhlanga Rocks area of Durban where we will spend our last night.

Accommodation:

Grade: Premium Guesthouse

Single room available

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 12 - Trip ends in Durban

The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Durban.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Durban at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day, luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to depart from King Shaka International Airport (DUR), which is 25 minute drive from the airport.

Please note, for those taking the direct British Airways service to London you will be transferred to the airport very early before breakfast.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Trip information

Country information

South Africa

Climate

Mild throughout the year and can thus be visited year round. The Western Cape has a Mediterranean-type climate, with warm, dry summers and cold winters with rainfall. Summer runs from November to March, with temperatures averaging 22oC to 34oC. The months of April and October are generally warm and sunny. Winter is also a good time to visit as towns and sites are not so crowded and the countryside is more verdant, but it can be cold. Seasonal weather patterns can be unpredictable.

Time difference to GMT

+2

Plugs

3 Pin Round

Religion

Christian

Language

Afrikaans, English

Swaziland

Climate

Can be visited all year round. Most rain falls in the summer months (October-April). The climate during this period is generally hot and humid in the lowlands with temperatures sometimes up to 40°C. Winters (June-August) are much drier and colder, but still pleasant for travel. The high veld has a temperate climate. Average daily sunshine hours are high throughout the year. Seasonal weather patterns can be unpredictable.

Time difference to GMT

+2

Plugs

3 Pin Round

Religion

Christian

Language

English, Swati

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.


Kosi Bay;
Turtle Tour (Nov - Jan) R450-500pp (depending on numbers - minimum 2 persons to operate)
Kosi Bay Mouth by 4x4 R310-400pp (depending on numbers - minimum 2 persons to operate)
Black Rock by 4x4 R400pp (minimum 4 persons to operate)

Clothing

Clothing should generally be lightweight for the day. A few warm fleeces and long trousers are strongly recommended as early mornings and nights can be very cold, especially from May to August.
A waterproof and windproof jacket are also recommended, particularly between October and April. Avoid brightly coloured clothing for game viewing. Take a swimming costume.
Please note that it is forbidden to wear camouflage clothing in Swaziland.

Footwear

Comfortable walking shoes or lightweight boots for the walking safaris, trainers or sandals for relaxing/travelling.

Luggage

20kg

Luggage: On tour

Take a tough soft bag or holdall (or rucksack with detachable frame) suitable to be carried by 4WD vehicle. Total allowance: 44lb/ 20kg maximum (due to vehicle restrictions).
Also take a daypack for items needed during any short walks and game drives (20-30 litre).

Equipment

Bring a torch, water bottle, sunhat, sunscreen and insect repellent.
Binoculars are essential for game viewing and a 300mm lens is recommended for photography.
While tap water in South Africa's urban area is drinkable, some people may take a few days to get used to it. Therefore we recommend for you to travel with a reusable filtered water bottle such as the ones featured at Waterto-Go: https://www.watertogo.eu/explore

Tipping

Explore leader
Tipping isn't compulsory, and we work hard to ensure that our leaders all receive a fair wage. However, you might want to recognise a leader that's done a great job or really added to your trip by giving them a tip. We're often asked about the recommended amount. It's a tricky one, and down to personal preference, but we'd recommend between £15 to £20 per person per week as a guideline.
Local crew
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. In order to make things easier for you, your leader may organise a group's tips kitty for included activities and meals and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour.

Accordingly, you should allow £25.00 - £30.00 per person for group tipping.

For all non-included services and meals on your trip please tip independently at your discretion.

South Africa

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch price
£6
Dinner price
£12
Beer price
£1.2
Water price
£1
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Rand.
Recommended Currency For Exchange
Take your money in a combination of cash and an ATM card. Both GBP and USD are readily exchanged at the airport.
Where To Exchange
Most towns or cities, your tour leader will advise you. If your trip is wildlife based and visits rural regions we strongly recommend to exchange money at the airport upon arrival for your trip.
ATM Availability
Cash can be drawn on debit cards from ATM's in most South African towns.
Credit Card Acceptance
In large shops and restaurants.

Swaziland

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch price
£10
Dinner price
£15
Water price
£1
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Lilangeni but South African Rand is accepted
Recommended Currency For Exchange
Both GBP and USD are readily exchanged. Please note that the banks and Forex Bureaus do not accept US Dollar notes pre-2002. Take your money in a combination of cash and an ATM card.
Where To Exchange
On arrival.
ATM Availability
Cash can be conveniently drawn on credit/debit cards from ATM's.
Credit Card Acceptance
Credit cards are usually accepted in large shops and restaurants.
Travellers Cheques
We do not recommend to take travellers cheques as these are quite difficult to exchange.
Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

4WD, Minibus

Accommodation notes

This trip features a fantastic range of wildlife lodges, camps and guesthouses which are picked to compliment the intimate nature reserves that we are visiting.
In Johannesburg and Graskop our night stops are welcoming and offer comfortable rooms with en suite.
In Kruger National Park, we'll stay in national park rest camps. The accommodation is simple in style and facilities but is brilliantly located within national park itself.
While in Swaziland we overnight at Mkhaya Lodge. We'll sleep in rustic cabins with open sided en-suites in a fenced area inside the reserve. There is hot and cold running water but no electricity, and warthog and nyala are common visitors to the camp.
In Ithala Game Reserve accommodation is chalets with en suite facilities at the foot of a mountain that towers over the reserve. There is a small pool and evenings will be spent around the campfire.
Accommodation in Tembe Elephant Park, St Lucia and Durban are all premium and have been chosen to ensure an enjoyable and relaxing setting for the last five nights of your trip.




South Africa

Food and drink

Dietary requirements: Most restaurants and hotels in South Africa do not have a wide selection of vegan and vegetarian choices. There is usually a choice of salads and one main vegetarian and/or vegan main dish on the menus, but choice will be limited especially in more remote locations. If you have specific dietary requirements we do recommend for you to bring some food with you.

Swaziland

Food and drink

Dietary requirements: Most restaurants and hotels in Swaziland do not have a wide selection of vegan and vegetarian choices. There is usually a choice of salads and one main vegetarian and/or vegan main dish on the menus, but choice will be limited especially in more remote locations. If you have specific dietary requirements we do recommend for you to bring some food with you.

Essential Information

FCO Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
 

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa and Passport Information

Travelling with Minors via South Africa (including transits)
Regulations affecting all children aged under 18 years that are travelling to, from or via South Africa have been updated (Nov19). The law states that visa exempt children travelling for tourism purposes with one or both parents and/or an adult who is not a biological parent require to present a valid passport for each child on arrival. We strongly recommend you to refer to the South African House website for full information and to travel with a copy of these requirements.

South Africa: Visas are not required by UK, Australian, US and Canadian citizens.
New Zealand passport holders do require a visa, please consult your local consulate for full information. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office. Please ensure you have the correct multiple entry visa, especially if you are visiting another country on your itinerary and will need to re-enter South Africa - this includes visiting Swaziland.

All visitors should ensure their passport is machine readable, has a minimum of 6 months validity from your arrival date into the country and has two blank pages when entering and leaving South Africa. The South African Immigration officials will not allow child/ infant pages to be used for this purpose and visitors without the stipulated blank pages will be denied entry.

Swaziland: Visas are not required by UK, Australian, New Zealand, and Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.

All visa information is subject to change. You should confirm all visa related questions with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.


If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may be able to apply through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
 

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both.

The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

South Africa

Vaccinations

Please note that you will be required to supply a yellow fever certificate that has been issued at least 10 days prior to arrival in South Africa if you have travelled from or via a country where yellow fever is endemic. We recommend protection against hepatitis A, tetanus, typhoid, polio and diphtheria. According to various travel health sources, the Western Cape is not regarded as a malaria risk area. If you are travelling to other areas in South Africa please check with your doctor about malaria requirements. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

Swaziland

Vaccinations

Please note that you will be required to supply a yellow fever certificate that has been issued at least 10 days prior to arrival in Swaziland if you have travelled from or via a country where yellow fever is endemic. We recommend protection against malaria, hepatitis A, tetanus, typhoid, polio and diphtheria. Consult your travel clinic for latest advice on different prophylaxis available against malaria. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

Additional Information

Why book this trip

This trip is designed for wildlife lovers who want to explore fun and beautiful game reserves and stay in comfortable and interesting lodges along the way. Due to current exchange rates, now is a great time to visit South Africa, meet its friendly people and enjoy the lovely food and drink on offer.

Dates, prices and booking

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change
Mon 13 Apr 2020 - Fri 24 Apr 2020 Guaranteed departure
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All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both. The exception to this rule are customers who are booked on a trip where the joining and/or ending point is the airport or station. In this particular case there will be a specific time provided for when the trip starts and ends. On these particular trips, only one arrival and departure transfer will generally be provided for the whole group. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Johannesburg
Time and place
12:00 PM at Hotel reception
Ending Point
Town
Durban
Time
9:00 AM
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Mon 18 May 2020 - Fri 29 May 2020
SAS_2020
AU$4250
was Save
SINGLE ROOM OPTION
i
+AU$720
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both. The exception to this rule are customers who are booked on a trip where the joining and/or ending point is the airport or station. In this particular case there will be a specific time provided for when the trip starts and ends. On these particular trips, only one arrival and departure transfer will generally be provided for the whole group. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Johannesburg
Time and place
12:00 PM at Hotel reception
Ending Point
Town
Durban
Time
9:00 AM
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Mon 15 Jun 2020 - Fri 26 Jun 2020
SAS_2020
AU$4250
was Save
SINGLE ROOM OPTION
i
+AU$720
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both. The exception to this rule are customers who are booked on a trip where the joining and/or ending point is the airport or station. In this particular case there will be a specific time provided for when the trip starts and ends. On these particular trips, only one arrival and departure transfer will generally be provided for the whole group. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Johannesburg
Time and place
12:00 PM at Hotel reception
Ending Point
Town
Durban
Time
9:00 AM
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Mon 6 Jul 2020 - Fri 17 Jul 2020
SAS_2020
AU$4250
was Save
SINGLE ROOM OPTION
i
+AU$720
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both. The exception to this rule are customers who are booked on a trip where the joining and/or ending point is the airport or station. In this particular case there will be a specific time provided for when the trip starts and ends. On these particular trips, only one arrival and departure transfer will generally be provided for the whole group. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Johannesburg
Time and place
12:00 PM at Hotel reception
Ending Point
Town
Durban
Time
9:00 AM
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Mon 7 Sep 2020 - Fri 18 Sep 2020 Guaranteed departure
SAS_2020
AU$4250
was Save
SINGLE ROOM OPTION
i
+AU$720
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both. The exception to this rule are customers who are booked on a trip where the joining and/or ending point is the airport or station. In this particular case there will be a specific time provided for when the trip starts and ends. On these particular trips, only one arrival and departure transfer will generally be provided for the whole group. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Johannesburg
Time and place
12:00 PM at Hotel reception
Ending Point
Town
Durban
Time
9:00 AM
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Mon 21 Sep 2020 - Fri 2 Oct 2020
SAS_2020
AU$4250
was Save
SINGLE ROOM OPTION
i
+AU$720
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both. The exception to this rule are customers who are booked on a trip where the joining and/or ending point is the airport or station. In this particular case there will be a specific time provided for when the trip starts and ends. On these particular trips, only one arrival and departure transfer will generally be provided for the whole group. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Johannesburg
Time and place
12:00 PM at Hotel reception
Ending Point
Town
Durban
Time
9:00 AM
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 
Mon 5 Oct 2020 - Fri 16 Oct 2020 Guaranteed departure
SAS_2020
AU$4250
was Save
SINGLE ROOM OPTION
i
+AU$720
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both. The exception to this rule are customers who are booked on a trip where the joining and/or ending point is the airport or station. In this particular case there will be a specific time provided for when the trip starts and ends. On these particular trips, only one arrival and departure transfer will generally be provided for the whole group. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Johannesburg
Time and place
12:00 PM at Hotel reception
Ending Point
Town
Durban
Time
9:00 AM
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.

Add a flight with Explore

  • Full Explore refunds in the event of FCO cancellations or major disruption at your UK departure airport
  • Rearranged flights and transfers in the event of delays, missed connections, or cancellations (including accommodation overseas)
  • ATOL protected
  • No surcharge guarantee
 

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