Join us on this 10 days adventure through South Africa & some of its most unique parks. This safari takes you all the way from the wilderness of Kruger National Park to the endless beaches of St. Lucia.
PRIVATE GAME RESEVE BLYDE RIVER CANYON KRUGER NATIONAL PARK iSIMANGALISO WETLAND PARK HLUHLUWE-iMFOLOZI PARK ST. LUCIA
Day 1 Your Wild PhotographiX guide will welcome you in Hoedspruit where your journey is about to start right away: we will be on our way to the private safari lodge which will be our home for the next two nights. Later this afternoon we will head out into the African Bush with the jeep for our first safari. After an adventurous drive we will enjoy a sundowner in the lush Bush before making our way back to the lodge for dinner.
Day 2 The following morning after a coffee, we are again on the jeep and are excited what the Bush has to offer today. Back at the lodge we enjoy a delicious brunch before it is time to unwind. Relax at the pool, enjoy the view and take in every moment. Later this afternoon we will be out & about again in search for animals.
Day 3 The following morning we embark on our last safari before we are making our way into the Northern Drakensberge. Blyde River Canyon is our destination. After check in to our new accommodation for one night, we leave the car behind and explore the magnificent canyon on foot. We hike deeper into the canyon and cool down in crystal clear pools of cold mountain waters. We end the day whilst enjoying the setting sun over the canyon.
Day 4 The next morning we will leave after breakfast for the Panorama Route. Waterfalls, majestic views and unique rock formations await you. We end the route with a delicious meal in Graskop. In the afternoon we make our way down the mountains to Kruger National Park. Over the next two days your Wild PhotographiX guide will introduce you to South Africa’s biggest national park and its inhabitants. We enjoy a short safari before checking into the rest camp for the night.
Day 5 The following morning we will join a bushwalk with a Kruger Ranger. Back at camp we enjoy breakfast before we leave Kruger for a few hours to visit Elephant Whispers. Did you ever dream of getting close to an African Elephant? Then this is your day! We will visit the sanctuary of seven rescued elephants. Experienced Elephant Handlers share their in-depth knowledge of fascinating elephant behaviour and you learn how incredible those gentle giants really are. You will meet the elephants and get really, REALLY close to Africa’s biggest land mammal! Afterwards we make our way back into Kruger for a nice afternoon safari. We enjoy dinner on the deck of the camp and taking in the night sounds of Kruger Park for the last time.
Day 6 It is time to say good bye to Kruger. We are en route to St. Lucia for the last part of your trip.In the late afternoon we arrive at our destination. Hippos can still be seen wandering down the streets at night in search of grass.
Day 7 The next day we explore the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Not only is iSimangaliso South Africa’s very first World Heritage site since 1999, it is also the third largest protected area in the country. The Eastern Shores section hosts elephant, rhino, buffalo, crocodile, hippo, hyaena, leopard – and many species of smaller game. By lunchtime we will reach Cape Vidal. The resort is set in a bay that is sheltered by a rock reef. On either side lie kilometers of unspoiled beaches; inland lie fascinating wetlands and rich coastal dune forests. Humpback whales migrating north to Mozambique pass close to the shore at certain times of the year. Often one can spot dolphin pods. Between October and March, endangered loggerhead and leatherback turtles use the beaches to lay their precious eggs. It is a rare beach-and-bush destination… the best of two worlds and ours to explore.
Day 8 The next day we explore South Africa’s oldest game reserve: Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. In 1895 both the Hluhluwe and the iMfolozi reserves were declared a national park. Mainly to protect the white rhino from extinction. Characterized by the rolling hills of Zululand, 96.000 hectare of beautiful wilderness are home to the Big 5 and many more. For lunch we will stop at Hilltop camp which offers you a spectacular view and you might spot some animals in the distance.
Day 9 Our last day we end off with an absolute highlight: we head out onto the ocean to see the gigantic Humpback Whales! The whales migrate this stretch of coastline between mid May to mid December each year, to calf and breed in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Moving as far as Mozambique before making their journey back to the Antarctic. You may be fortunate to witness a 40 ton acrobatic Humpback breaching a mere 50 meters from the boat! In the afternoon we walk through the town center before we enjoy a boat cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary to view the hippos and crocodiles & watch the sunset.
Day 10 The following morning your Wild PhotographiX guide will transfer you to Johannesburg to catch your flight back home.
10 days / 9 nights
private guide (german & english speaking)
vehicle & fuel
2x nights in private safari lodge, incl.all meals
1x night Forever Resort Blyde, incl. breakfast
2x nights Kruger National Park, self-catering
5x nights guesthouse in St. Lucia, incl. breakfast
Entrance/Conservation Fee for Kruger National Park
1x Bushwalk in Kruger National Park
Hike along Blyde River Canyon
Entrance Fees for Panorama Route (Three Rondavels, God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, Bourke’s Luck Potholes)
1hour interaction with Elephants @ Elephant Whispers
Whale Watching in St. Lucia (June-November!)
Hippo Sunset Cruise on St. Lucia Estuary
day trip to iSimangaliso Wetland Park (Eastern Shores, Cape Vidal), incl Entrance Fees
Safari in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, incl. Entrance Fees