Big Five to Big Blue LUX

Bush to Beach Photographic Safari

Day One

 Arrive Johannesburg International (early morning flight) by own arrangement
Take the connecting flight to Eastgate Airport which is situated close to the town of Hoedspruit, your gateway to the heartland of the country's abundant wildlife in private game reserves and the world-famous Kruger National Park.
Arrive after a one hour flight, where the ZATRAX representative will be waiting to give you a real warm South African welcome, before driving you off into the bush ….

Our destination, an exclusive Tented Safari Camp in the Timbavati wilderness. 
   
Our luxury Tented Camp  will blow you away - an authentic African safari experience in an unfenced, private and natural wilderness environment ….

Day Two

 The Camp is situated in a private concession area within the Timbavati Reserve - this means they are able to offer our guests a number of distinct advantages for their wildlife safari: 
- They are able to offer true walking safari trails 
- The camp is unfenced, making it very much part of the wilderness 
- We can stay out later on activities, including night drives and spend more time at each sighting, dependant on animal movements 
- They are permitted to drive off road into the bush in search of predators and / or unusual sightings 

Typical day on safari: 
All safari activities are led by a professional, experienced safari guide who is armed. Your safari generally begins at dawn with a wake up call at 05h00 (06h00 in winter). Enjoy a welcome cup of tea or coffee, before setting out. (Times may vary) 
Your safari guide will give you a thorough safety briefing before your safari activity, so that you are comfortable with the rules and safety instructions pertaining to your game drive or bush walk. Please feel free to ask questions at any time. Please do remember that you are viewing animals in their natural, wild environment, and it is important to listen to your guide at all times. There is ample opportunity to stop during the activity, and examine interesting features of the bush, to observe animals and learn more about the African bush. 
Return to camp mid morning, and enjoy a hearty brunch, prepared by our safari cook. It’s then time to relax in camp, before joining us in the dining room for a late lunch. During the afternoons, depending on the animal movements in the area, your guide may suggest a game drive and short walk, followed by sundowners and a night safari game drive. Our timetable and activities during a safari are primarily determined around game viewing. 
The best time to view game on your African safari, are the early hours of the morning and during the late afternoon. This is when most game are active – during the heat of the day, many animals tend to seek shade and are less active. Night game drives with a spotlight bring you in to contact with nocturnal animals such as Bush babies, Civets, Genets, African wild cats, Porcupines and so forth. 
   Arrive Johannesburg International (early morning flight) by own arrangement
Take the connecting flight to Eastgate Airport which is situated close to the town of Hoedspruit, your gateway to the heartland of the country's abundant wildlife in private game reserves and the world-famous Kruger National Park.
Arrive after a one hour flight, where the ZATRAX representative will be waiting to give you a real warm South African welcome, before driving you off into the bush ….

Our destination, an exclusive Tented Safari Camp in the Timbavati wilderness. 
   
Our luxury Tented Camp  will blow you away - an authentic African safari experience in an unfenced, private and natural wilderness environment ….
   

Day Three

 Another blissful day on safari …
The Timbavati Private Game Reserve, South Africa, is home to a myriad of mammal species, including Africa’s “Big Five” animals (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant). Other species of game that you may encounter whilst on safari include hyena, jackal, giraffe, hippo, wild dog, zebra, kudu and impala, to mention just a few. There are over 350 bird species recorded in the area. The Timbavati Reserve is open to the Kruger National Park, providing animals with a vast expanse of wilderness in which to roam, free of fences. There are numerous advantages to enjoying a safari in a well known Private Game Reserve, which is part of the greater Kruger National Park   

Day Four

Depart after breakfast.
Enter the Kruger National Park, take a leisurely (read game viewing) drive through this world famous Park, before arriving at the luxury of our River Lodge. 

Day Five

 Into the smallest country in Africa - the Kingdom of the Swaziland.
We enter Swaziland at one of the smaller border posts, and follow the scenic roads to our Lodge in the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.
This historic Colonial homestead providing a comfortable base for the eco-tourist exploring the region. With charmingly furnished interiors and bedrooms, the lodge exudes the ambience of a bygone era…….​ 

Day Six

   
Exit Swaziland, re-enter South Africa, and drive into the north eastern wilderness of the Maputuland Coastal Belt.

Time to be spoilt rotten!
The exquisite Beach Lodge is set on the pristine shores of the Maputuland coast, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. 
Discover one of the most unspoilt wilderness beaches left on the African continent. 
Mabibi is a magical place of coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. Its crystal clear, warm waters offer South Africa’s best snorkelling and fantastic off-shore scuba diving and excellent birding opportunities.
   

Day Seven

   
Mabibi offers superb snorkelling opportunities with a great diversity of underwater seascapes and marine flora and fauna. The shallow reefs along this protected stretch of coastline are home to an array of brilliant sub-tropical fish including moorish idols, parrot fish and blue surgeons. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean make this the ideal spot to snorkel or guests can simply soak up the sun and savour the tranquility of this pristine, sandy beach.

Day Eight

   
Depart reluctantly from this ocean paradise, and head deeper into the Kingdom of the Zulu people.

Shakaland, situated just 160km north of the city of Durban is a living monument to Zulu culture. It is here that people from all over the world come to experience the lifestyle, social system and rich culture of the Zulu nation. A visit to South Africa is not complete without a visit to this cultural attraction, one of the most famous in South Africa.

In keeping with the rural surrounds, Shakaland’s accommodation features authentic African decor, complete with wooden interiors, thatched roofs and an earthy, warm ambience.

The Shisa Nyama restaurant with its authentic setting and traditional Zulu style offers guests an opportunity to enjoy ethnic dishes.

Don’t miss out on the Nandi Experience (a 3-hour daytime adventure named in honour of Shaka’s mother, Nandi) or the cultural tour which includes: the Beer Drinking Ceremony, Fighting Formations, the Sangoma, spear throwing and more.
      

Day Nine

Depart for King Shaka International Airport, and fly out to Cape Town International.
Our destination is a boutique hotel situated amongst the beautiful Cape winelands.

Day Ten

   
The Paarl Wine Route, also known as Paarl Vintners, represents approximately 70 wine producers in the Drakenstein area ranging from vast co-operative cellars to historic family-owned estates.

Wine of Origin status was conferred on the Paarl district in 1972. The Paarl district comprises the wards of Wellington, Simonsberg-Paarl and Voor Paardeberg. The former ward of Franschhoek became a district in its own right in May 2010.

Bordered by the scenic Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek, and Klein Drakenstein mountains to the south, south-east, and east, the Paarl Wine Route combines old-world charm with new-world style winemaking.

The Paarl vineyards enjoy a typically Mediterranean climate, where long, hot summer days give way to cooling afternoon breezes.
Mild winters with generous rainfall, supplemented by irrigation from the Berg River, and diverse topography allows vines to flourish at a range of altitudes, from low-lying floodplains to the steep foothills of the Drakenstein basin.

Paarl’s diverse terroir reflects a variety of soils. Though granite, and acidic, potassium-rich gravel and clay loam are prominent, in the Drakenstein, Simonsberg, and Paardeberg wards, vines also thrive along ancient sandstone and shale terraces.

Home to some of the biggest names in the South African wine industry, Paarl vintners excel with Rhone varietals, including Shiraz, Grenache and Viognier, and local staples, Chenin blanc and Pinotage.

We will visit the world renowed Nederburg Wines, the KWV Wine Emporium in historical Paarl, and enjoy a cheese and wine pairing at Fairview Winery & Cheese.

Day Eleven

   
Its time to hit the Cape of Good Hope!
      
We will start off by conducting a tour of the “Mother City”.

Cape Town's history and culture are inextricably linked with that of South Africa. From the days of the Khoisan to the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck, from the dark days of apartheid to the democratic freedoms enjoyed today, Cape Town has been at the forefront of it all.

Cape Town has a fascinating history, and as a result the modern-day culture of those who live here is both vibrant and eclectic.

We will start our exploration into Cape Town's past with the city's oldest building at the Castle of Good Hope, built as a fortress by the first white settlers, the Dutch.

Then we will head off and explore the Company's Gardens and cobbled Government Avenue. This avenue is lined with historic institutions such as De Tuynhuis, the Cape residence of the State President, and the South African Museum with its exhibits on the first known inhabitants of the Cape, the San and Khoikhoi.

Cape Town's tale of slaves, many of whom originally came from Malaya, is told at the Bo-Kaap Museum, in the boldly painted and terraced Bo-Kaap quarter on the slopes of Signal Hill. The Afrikaans-speaking descendants of these slaves have been absorbed into the Coloured community, yet remain staunch Muslims and their neighbourhoods are dotted with the minarets of mosques. Another fascinating location is the District Six Museum on Buitenkant Street, which traces the forced removal of a vibrant mixed race community.

And finally take the ferry to Robben Island, one of Cape Town's biggest tourist attractions and is a major highlight on any trip to the Mother City. Many of South Africa's most famous freedom fighters were incarcerated here, including Nelson Mandela, who spent 18 years on the island. The island museum is situated about 11km off the coast of Cape Town and was declared a World Heritage Site on December 1 1997.
      

Day Twelve

   
Table Mountain - the view from the top is simply breathtaking!
      
 Afternoon shopping at the V & A Waterfront rounded off by a sunset boat cruise - our  last evening together will be a grand affair.

Day Thirteen

   
Day at leisure in Cape Town City = Me Time!
Enjoy, relax, or do just what you fancy!
      

2018 rate per person sharing: Euro 4500.00 incl 2 x domestic flights


Included in the Safari Package: 
Professional guide
Transfers
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Domestic flights (Johannesburg to Hoedspruit & Durban to Cape Town)
Shared accommodation 
All meals 
Activities as per itinerary

Excluded from the tour price:
Visas (South Africa, Swaziland)
Telephone calls
Laundry
Gratuities (tips)
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
   

  • All prices subject to change without notice

       
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