Kruger & Beyond Trip Notes

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Trip code : FUWFS
Trip length : 12

highlights

  • See the Big Nine on game drives
  • Learn about the Zulu culture and the endangered black rhino
  • Hike, canoe and snorkel on this active adventure
  • Kruger National Park
  • Teen Adventure

An active adventure that offers a chance to see the wildlife of South Africa's finest game reserves and national parks, as well as exploring its fantastic scenery on foot and by canoe.You travel through South Africa & Swaziland, combining cultural and wildlife experiences. The tour starts with an introduction to South Africa’s most famous township, Soweto, before heading out into the wilderness. Once on the road you’ll stop at a Zulu village and experience activities such as hiking and kayaking before arriving at Kruger National Park for unbelievable wildlife watching.

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Day
1

Johannesburg

The tour starts at the Johannesburg hotel. Please meet your tour leader in the hotel reception at 12.00. Johannesburg lies at the centre of the range of rocky hills named the Witwatersrand, literally meaning ‘ridge of white waters’. It was on this ridge that the world’s richest gold fields were discovered little more than 100 years ago, leading to the settelemnt of this area. Jo’burg or E’Goli ‘the City of Gold’ is the heart of the emergent nation of South Africa. This afternoon you head out on a township tour of Soweto - an exciting opportunity to get an insight into contemporary life in South Africa, and to learn about the history of one of South Africa's best known townships.

Riviona Road Lodge (AAA) – 1 night

Please make sure that if you explore Johannesburg on your own that you take advice of where it is safe to walk, especially in the evening. There have been isolated attempts of robbery in recent times and although unpredictable the risk of these can be minimised by taking local advice.

Day
2-3

Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park

You depart Johannesburg at 06:30am today and travel to the heart of KwaZulu Natal. Your first camp of the trip is in the Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park. We explore the reserve on game drives and visit a hide overlooking one of the waterholes, to watch the animals come down to drink.

Covering over 96,000 hectares Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park is home to the largest population of White Rhino in the world due to conservation efforts. The park is also home to lions, elephants, leopards, giraffes, buffaloes and wild dogs.

Camping (CS) - 2 nights (Bx1 Lx2 Dx2)

550kms, +/- 7.5 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch.

Camping (CS) - 2 nights (Bx1 Lx2 Dx2)

550kms, +/- 7.5 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch.

Day
4-5

Kosi Bay

First you’ll visit an authentic Zulu village with a local community guide to learn more about the proud Zulu culture. Travelling northeast to the coast brings you to the remote and beautiful Kosi Bay Nature Reserve. The benefit of the location means that the wildlife experience is on two very diverse fronts. Kosi Bay contains picturesque jungle with wild fig trees, monkey orange and grazing areas for hippo as well as a mangrove and coral reef teeming with aquatic life. Kayaking in the mangrove and snorkelling over the coral reef are included.

Camping (CC) - 2 nights (Bx2, Lx2, Dx2)

180kms +/- 2 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing.

Day
6-7

Swaziland; Hlane NP

Driving north (350 km) you reach the small landlocked kingdom of Swaziland today and Hlane National Park. The name Hlane means ‘wilderness’ and here you’ll go on a game drive with a local guide in classic bushveld country, on the lookout for elephant, white rhino, giraffe, kudu, zebra and more.

Amangwane Tented camp (CC) - 2 nights (Bx2, Lx2, Dx2)

350kms +/- 6 hours, excluding border formalities and stops for sightseeing.

Day
8-9

Kruger NP

Crossing back into South Africa, your journey takes you to Kruger National Park (120 km) and some of the finest game viewing in Africa. On arrival, head out for an afternoon game drive in search of the ‘big five’ – lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant. You'll also embark on 2 epic game drives the following day (game drives last approx. 2 hours each).

Camping (CS) - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (Bx2, Dx2).

170kms +/-2.5 hours, excluding border formalities and lunch stop + 3 x 2 hour game drives.

Day
10-11

Graskop

Today walk the Blyde River Canyon, one of the largest canyons on earth, en route to Graskop. One of South Africa’s most spectacular attractions, the canyon is a great place for a walking tour. The sheer sided walls of the canyon rise over 2,000 metres and the vegetation varies widely from dry, rocky sections to rainforest depending on the altitude. The following day is free for exhilarating white water rafting on the Sabi River. This is however, an optional activity at extra cost. Alternatively, you can choose to embark on a tree top canopy tour (additional charge) or enjoy the countryside on some self guided hiking trails.

Mogodi Lodge (AAA) - 2 bedroom flats - 2 nights - Swimming Pool (Bx2, Lx2, Dx2)

150kms +/-2 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing.

White water rafting - Sabi River

The Sabie River provides 20 rapids (grade 2-3) with areas of scenic vegetation and outstanding wildlife viewing. This 8km route is yielding to the novice, yet accommodating to he thrill seeker within all of us. Swimming, bum sliding and wave surfing with a boogie board at "Lions Rock". Minimum age 12.

Please note tours are dependent on the water level.

Day
12

Tour ends

You spend the morning at leisure. Then travel with the main group back to O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg where the trip ends. (B) 350km +/-5 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing.

included

Transport - Minibus, on foot

Accommodation - Hotel (1 nt), camping (6nts), fixed camp (2nts), chalets (2nts).

Meals - 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches & 10 dinners.

trip-grade

Standard

Ideal for those that enjoy the quirkier side of a destination without roughing it. Join inquisitive travellers of all ages for a fun, informative experience.

  • A number of included activities
  • Tourist class, family-run hotels
  • Various meals included throughout
  • Public & private transportation

This tour is operated by our partners The Adventure Company

overview

You travel through South Africa & Swaziland, combining cultural and wildlife experiences. The tour starts with an introduction to South Africa’s most famous township, Soweto, before heading out into the wilderness. Once on the road you’ll stop at a Zulu village and experience activities such as hiking, kayaking and rafting before arriving at Kruger National Park for unbelievable wildlife watching. If you need to wind down after all this, add the 3 day unaccompanied extension to beautiful Cape Town with its great beaches, scenic wine country. You could even climb the impressive Table Mountain for wonderful views of the surrounding area.

fitness

Anyone in good health with a sense of adventure should be able to take part. The white water rafting is optional. Please note that if you are aged 65 or over a doctor's certificate is required. Minimum age: 11 years.

other-important-information

For your comfort we recommend you travel as light as possible; many airlines impose a maximum weight limit of 20kg – we advise you to take 10kg as you will be on the move a good deal! For domestic flights using light aircraft the usual weight limit is 15 kg.
One main piece (a soft bag or rucksack, not a hard suitcase).
A daypack (25-30 litres), large enough to carry what you need for the day including camera, water, etc.

Travel tips

South Africa uses round, three-pin electric plugs; you can buy adaptors in UK airports but you may have to look carefully to find the right one.

SUGGESTED READING:
Your Child’s Health Abroad - Matthew Ellis and Jane Wilson-Howarth, (Bradt publications).
Travel with Children – Maureen Wheeler (Lonely Planet)
The Long Road to Freedom - Nelson Mandela
Somewhere over the Rainbow - Travels in South Africa - Gavin Bell
This is Cape Town - David Briggs
Cry the Beloved Country - Alan Paton
Seven Days in Cape Town - Sean Fraser
Tomorrow Is Another Country - The Inside Story of South Africa's Road to Change - Allister Sparks
Beyond the Miracle: Inside the New South Africa - Allister Sparks

FOR YOUNGER READERS:
Freedom Song: the story of Nelson Mandela - Neil Tong.
Abiyoyo: Based on a South African Lullaby & Folk Story - Pete Seeger
A South African Night - Rachel Isadora
Journey to Jo’burg: A South African story – Beverley Naidoo
African Adventure – Willard Price

Accommodation

For most trips prices are based on sharing a twin room. Therefore, if you’re a solo traveller you’ll be paired with someone from the group of the same sex, unless you decide to pay a single room supplement. Details of this supplement can be found on the Extensions & Extras tab on our website. Occasionally we use multiple-share or dormitory accommodation – particularly when stating in remote places.

Rooming arrangements – Family trips

If you’re a family of 2 you’ll be accommodated in a twin room. If you’re a family of three you will usually be accommodated in a triple room. If you’re a family of four you’ll probably be accommodated in two twin rooms and we’ll do our best to ensure they’re as near as possible. We cannot always guarantee a triple room. If a triple room is not available, an adult from your family will automatically be roomed with a fellow adult member of the group of the same sex. If you prefer to have a room of your own we can sometimes offer a single room for the entire trip or on selected nights within a trip. However a single room supplement applies, look on the Extensions & Extras tab on our website or ask our Travel Consultants for details.

local-payment

Local costs - South Africa

Approximate average costs are given below. These are for guidance only and may vary widely according to the location and type of establishment.
Coffee/tea ZAR20
Soft drink ZAR10-15
Medium beer ZAR15-25
Local snack lunch ZAR50-100
3-course dinner* ZAR150-250
*reasonable mid-range tourist class restaurant

visa-information

Visas and Permits - South Africa

Holders of UK & IRL passports do not require a visa although you should have at least 3 blank pages in your passport. Nationals of all other countries should contact their local embassy or consulate. Passports must be valid for at least six months after the end date of the trip. Information can also be found at www.travcour.com. This information is given in good faith, but may be subject to change without warning. Please note that, where appropriate, obtaining a valid visa is ultimately your responsibility. Please consult a visa agency or the consular authorities 4-6 weeks before departure for the most up-to-date information.

Medical---prep

Vaccinations - South Africa

The following are recommended:

† Hepatitis A † Typhoid † Malaria † Polio † Tetanus

NB: Yellow Fever vaccination is required if travelling via an infected country. From the 1st of October 2011, the Yellow Fever Certificate is required for people travelling from Zambia. To check the latest updates and regulation please refer to the link below: www.doh.gov.za

For detailed information and advice concerning vaccinations go to: www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.ukVaccination requirements change periodically so we advise that you check with your nearest specialist travel clinic 4-6 weeks before departure to get up-to-date information.

International rules for carrying medicines vary. Some countries do not allow certain medicines to be imported, or require official documents, such as a doctor’s letter, to prove drugs have been prescribed by a doctor and obtained legally. It is sensible to contact the relevant embassy or high commission of your destination to check what their drug transportation rules are before you travel.

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