Tage 9

Style Basix

Preis ab EUR 910

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Experience the diversity of southern Africa on this Lonely Planet experience, powered by Intrepid. Spend nine days on an adventure that takes you to wildlife-rich game parks, idyllic beaches, wetlands and small villages, exploring with a local leader along the way. Search for lions in Kruger National Park, enjoy a homestay in Zululand, relax on the sands of Ponta Malognane and more. A mixture of included activities and free time make this tour perfect for travellers who want the benefit of on-the-ground local knowledge with some of the freedom of independent travel.

Übersicht

Start
Johannesburg
Ende
Durban
Besuchte Länder
Mosambik, Südafrika, Eswatini
Style
Basix
Theme
Overland Wildlife Lonely Planet Experience
Trip Code
UBOE
Mindestalter
Gruppengröße
22
Physical rating

Highlights

  • Go on an epic safari with expert local guides in search of lions, hyenas and more through Kruger National Park – one of the largest game reserves in southern Africa.
  • Go overland in a purpose built truck and stop to take in geological wonders like Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window along the Panorama Route.
  • Spend a few days however you please on the white-sand beaches of Mozambique’s Ponta Malongane. Snorkel? Sun? Seafood feast? The choice is yours.
  • Visit the heartlands of the Zulu people and spend the night in a homestay, where you’ll be treated to traditional food and song, plus a meeting with the local healer.
  • Swap four wheels for two legs on a guided hike through the Hlane Royal National Park, keeping an eye out for antelopes and zebras passing by.

Reiseprogramm



Day 1
Johannesburg
Sawubona! Welcome Johannesburg, the sprawling South African capital. In Joburg (unlike a lot of city nicknames, this is one people actually use) mansions stand alongside humble tin abodes and there are as many green parks on the outskirts of the city as there is concrete jungle in the centre. Your Lonely Planet experience begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. If you can’t wait to begin exploring and arrive with time to spare, why not make your way to the Apartheid Museum and start your journey with some crucial history before you meet up with your group.

Day 2
Kruger National Park
Rise and shine for a long day’s drive to Kruger National Park (approximately 11–12 hours). Leave Johannesburg and travel through the Mpumalanga Province and along the famous Panorama Route through some of the most stunning scenery South Africa has to offer, such as God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Southern Africa. It boasts over 500 bird species, 100 species of reptile and 150 mammal species, including the Big Five and the endangered African wild dog. Drive through some of Kruger’s prime game viewing areas on your way to camp and try to spot some of these amazing creatures straight away! Set up camp and get settled for the evening.

Day 3
Kruger National Park
Rise early and enjoy a light breakfast of coffee and rusk (twice-baked bread) before heading out on a morning game drive. Most of your day will be spent spotting game from your overland vehicle, birdwatching and stopping at various waterholes and viewpoints to rest along the way. In the evening, choose to relax at camp or perhaps head out on an optional night drive with the park guide. The optional night drives are a chance to spot nocturnal animals and perhaps even a night-time predator or two – maybe catch a lion or hyena out hunting, or perhaps impala out in search of a late-night feed.

Day 4
Eswatini (Swaziland)/Hlane Royal National Park
Start the day with a slow game drive through Kruger, covering between 20 and 70 kilometres (depending on what animals you see along the way) in the park then exiting by mid-morning. Hit the road towards Hlane Royal National Park (approximately 6–7 hours). Travel south-east and cross the border into the kingdom of Eswatini, a country nestled between Mozambique, Northern Zululand and Mpumalanga. Arrive at Hlane Royal National Park, a vast expanse of bushveld with ancient hardwood trees, and begin exploring immediately on a guided game walk. Spend tonight at a camp within the national park.

Day 5
Mozambique Beach Camp
Set off this morning to your Mozambique beach camp (approximately 7–8 hours). Departing from Hlane National Park, head to the Golela Border Post and cross into Maputaland. After a little while, cross another border into Mozambique. Change vehicles to a 4WD for the drive to the beautiful seaside village of Ponta Malongane – your beachside oasis for the next two nights. Your campsite is the ideal base for seaside fun such as snorkelling, swimming and scuba diving.

Day 6
Mozambique Beach Camp
Make the most of this gorgeous seaside getaway with a day to explore at your own pace. This is one of the many unspoiled beaches of Mozambique, and there is plenty to do here. Keen scuba divers can choose from many reefs – one of which is just 300 metres off the shore. Alternatively, you could explore the blue waters of the Indian Ocean on an optional boat cruise in search of dolphins – ask your leader about booking. Of course, you could always find a spot on the beach and chill out.

Day 7
St Lucia Estuary
Depart southern Mozambique and drive to Lake St Lucia, part of the St Lucia Estuary. stopping at a shop for supplies along the way (approximately 4–5 hours). Declared a World Heritage Site in 1999, St Lucia Estuary is home to thousands of varieties of birds, mammals and reptiles, including hundreds of hippos and crocodiles. You can either explore on your own or join an optional boat cruise on the wildlife-filled waters for the chance to spot creatures basking on the banks.

Day 8
Zululand
Rise early and head to the Valley of a Thousand Hills (approximately 5–6 hours), the heartland of the Zulu nation, for a unique homestay experience. Gain insight into the daily life of the rural Zulu people with a night in a local’s house, where you’ll be treated to some traditional food, song and dance. Explore the village on foot and make the most of this rare opportunity to see a remote culture from the inside. Interact with your hosts and perhaps share some of your own culture and language in turn.

Day 9
Durban
Continue to Durban (approximately 2–3 hours). With no activities or accommodation planned on arrival, your adventure comes to an end. Durban is South Africa’s second most populous city, boasting sandy beaches and a glitzy nightlife – a great place to extend your stay and enjoy some leisure time. Perhaps take the opportunity for a final dinner with your fellow travellers this evening.

Was ist inklusive?

Mahlzeiten

8 Frühstück, 4 Mittagessen, 5 Abendessen

Transport

Overland vehicle , 4x4 Safari Vehicle

Unterkunft

Camping with facilities (4 nights), Camping with basic facilities (2 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (1 night)

Eingeschlossene Aktivitäten

Panorama Route - God's Window Viewpoint
Panorama Route - Bourks Luck Potholes
Kruger National Park - Overland Vehicle Game drive
Hlane Royal National Park - Bush Walk
Kruger National Park - Overland Vehicle Game drive
Zululand - Community Centre Visit
Zululand - Traditional Healer Visit

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Reviews

Graham
A good introduction tour if you have not overhanded before with a lot of travelling but the views and landscape will make it fly by. With a mix of wildlife on the safaris and relaxing at a beach camp if you wish and staying with a local Zulu family gives you a wide experience and the leaders Craig, Karabo and Khensani made it a great trip.
Joanne
A great trip for those on a budget and wanting to see more of the world. Be prepared for basic camping facilities. There is a lot of time spent sitting on the overlander truck so make sure you are wearing comfortable clothing. You might be able to get some laundry done but getting it dry might be an issue as you can be packing up ready for the next part of your journey. When you cross to Mozambique, you leave the overlander behind and are in a 4x4 which might mean leaving some of your kit behind. Just make sure you know what you need for those two nights.
Tony
Intrepid trips are well organized safe and enjoyable. They take to places you would never go alone and you meet friends you keep for ever. Once you try you’ll keep going back.
Megan
There is long times in the truck place to place and i would sacrifice clothing for additional padding for mattress as there is multiple washing facilities
Denise
It was a fantastic trip, covering a lot of ground over 3 countries, saw lots of beautiful landscapes, nature, wildlife, local culture. The home stay in Zulu land was excellent, great experience. The trip leader and driver were really lovely, very knowledgeable, friendly & enthusiastic. The campsite facilities were great, all had hot water, the meals prepared by our trip leader were excellent, exceeded my expectations. Really great trip all round.
Heidi
Expect long days travelling, cold nights, mangled hands (from putting up and taking down that tent) only to be rewarded with spotting the big five, the small five, the ugly five, amazing sunrises, gorgeous sunsets, extraordinary landscapes. Africa is an adventure not a holiday, appreciated more when you are back in your own bed dreaming about your African encounter.
Jessica
Very action packed trip that is worth every penny!
Dianne
I was told by my wise tour guide that "Once you set foot in Africa, you can never shake its dust off your feet." This idiom encapsulates the deep impression and lasting memories, the 'Kurger, Coast & Cape' tour left in me. If you want to truly experience the diversity in the culture and landscapes of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho, then this is the trip for you. Yet, this trip is designed for the sturdy and adventurous; with camping on most nights, very little reliable wifi, and shared responsibilities with cleaning and packing up. These however do not deter you from having a trip that writers like Hemingway, Theroux and Blixen would have trouble giving justice.
Dan
I did my first trip with G Adventures in June (to Madagascar). The company has an excellent app for its travelers. It includes the trip notes and optional activities, a map, packing checklist, lastest currency exchange, emergency numbers etc, and it makes it so easy for the traveler to quickly check what's happening tomorrow etc. without carrying around printed trip notes. Has Intrepid thought about developing/offering such an app to its travelers? It was so helpful and I'm keen to use one!
Alan
Excellent tour if you want to gain a broad "African experience" but are limited by time. We left incredibly happy with our entree and are very keen to come back for more in the future.