South africa tour; jeep safari; landrover; lion

Open landrover, Sabi Sands

Sabi Sands, a legendary private game reserve, has no restricting fences between it and vast Kruger National Park, so animals roam freely as nature intended. World-class gameviewing in Sabi Sands is one of the features of our journey.

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Great Hikes and Game Parks of South Africa

Hiking the Garden Route and Drakensberg Mountains, Safari in Greater Kruger

Great Hikes and Game Parks of South Africa route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $5395  
Length: 10 days
Arrive: Cape Town, South Africa
Depart: Johannesburg, South Africa
Lodging: 9 nights luxurious hotels and deluxe lodges
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History, Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Easy to moderate hiking, 4WD game viewing, bush walks
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Highlights

  • Hike South Africa’s breathtaking landscapes, from the coast to the mountains
  • Up-close game viewing, including the “Big Five” in exclusive Timbavati Private Game Reserve, game walks, open vehicle safaris
  • Superb accommodations, including Phantom Forest, Montusi Mountain Lodge, and Kambaku Safari Lodge
  • Small group—maximum 8 participants!


Not one glitch anywhere! Everything went smoothly and was well organized. Wonderful trip.Becky M.—The Woodlands, TX

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Currency Discount!

  • $650 off per person ($1,300 per couple) for all 2016 departures.
  • In addition to Early Sign Up Discount of $500 off per person (first six sign ups on each 2016 departure).

Total savings of $1150 per person; $2300 per couple—Call Soon!

Please note that the Early Sign Up Discount cannot be combined with a Toucan Club Discount.

Discover the gorgeous landscapes and incredible wildlife of South Africa on this active journey! We've combined the very best hikes in South Africa and a world-class safari on phenomenal private game lands for the perfect adventure. Our hikes bring you through phantom fern forests along the turquoise Indian Ocean, with a stop for delicious oyster-tasting at Knysna, then across the dramatic paths of the craggy Drakensberg Mountains of Zulu country. On our thrilling safari, we explore one of the most exclusive private reserves in the world, Timbavati, part of renowned Greater Kruger National Park. We’ll head out on foot and off road by open vehicle in search of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo—the legendary Big Five—as well as cheetah, zebra, and the elusive wild dog.  Our Trip Leader's extraordinary cultural knowledge and passion for the bush makes this trip unforgettable.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Cape Town / Phantom Forest Eco Reserve / Tsitsikamma

After meeting in Cape Town, we head to our base at Phantom Forest, with its treehouse suites overlooking the tranquil Kynsna Lagoon. Here, you’ll hike in Afromontane forests, along towering bluffs, beaches, and bays of the Tsitsikamma Coast, and savor fresh local oysters, a succulent specialty of the region.

Days 4-6
Drakensberg Mountains

In the mighty Drakensberg, one of the most beautiful mountain massifs in the world, hikes from our mountain lodge lead into a dramatic landscape of fantastic rock formations, stunning gorges, and ancient rock art sites depicting galloping elands, elephants, lions, hunters with bows and arrows, and more.

Days 7-10
Safari at Timbavati Private Game Reserve

No fences lie between Timbavati and renowned Kruger, combining to create an ecosystem that offers one of the highest and most diverse wildlife populations in Africa. You’ll experience exceptional game viewing by 4WD vehicle and on foot, including the famous Timbavati white lions, with overnights at comfortable Kambaku Safari Lodge, with its waterhole attracting members of the “Big Five” and an Out of Africa-style atmosphere—an unforgettable safari experience. Depart on Day 10 via Johannesburg.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

The trip is rated Level 2+, easy to moderate. This is a luxury hotel-and-lodge-based adventure tour with several days of walking and hiking. Some of the hikes could be considered a bit strenuous, but there are easier walking options available. Although this is not a particularly rigorous trip, we still recommend that each participant undertake a preparatory program of physical conditioning. Daily walking or regular hiking, jogging, stair-climbing, and so forth are excellent preparatory exercises.

During drives, we can at times get quite close to wild animals. Being very quiet improves everybody’s chances of observation. In the interest of safety, your Trip Leader explains limitations on movement while on game drives, in the safari vehicles, and around camp. Incidents with wild animals are extremely rare on safaris, but no camping safari can guarantee immunity from such incidents. Wilderness Travel is not to be held responsible for incidents involving the behavior of wildlife.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

2016
Mar 5-14, 2016   Frank Dwyer
May 7-16, 2016   Martin Meyer
Jul 23-Aug 1, 2016   Martin Meyer
Oct 1-10, 2016   Martin Meyer

Trip Cost

The US Dollar is currently quite strong in relation to the Rand, and we’re passing the savings along to you!

Prices are for 2016
$5395 (6-8 members)
$5795 (4-5 members)
Single supplement: $450
Internal airfare: $1150 (subject to change)

The following discounts can be deducted from the published price:
Currency Discount: $650 off per person
Early Sign Up Discount: $500 discount per person ( first six sign ups on each 2016 departure)

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Extension Costs
Victoria Falls Extension
   from: $695
Johannesburg Extension
   from: $1095
Shumbalala Game Lodge Extension
   from: $2095
Cape Town Extension
   from: $1595
Mozambique Extension
   from: $1495

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $600
90 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Up to 91 days prior to departure: No charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations based on double occupancy
  • All meals included
  • Park fees and land transportation
  • Airport transfers, baggage handling, and sightseeing as noted in the Full Trip Brochure

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessary due to airline schedule changes or other factors, cost of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, and other expenses of a personal nature (laundry, alcoholic beverages, etc.). Optional side trips and excursions are also at your own expense.

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation to the arrival and from the departure cities listed below. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

2016 Departures

Arrival:
Cape Town, South Africa
Date: Day 1 (or earlier)
Suggested arrival time: 9:00 am or earlier
(We recommend arriving anytime earlier than 9:00 am on Day 1 or participating in our pre-trip Inside Cape Town Extension.)

Suggested Airport for Arrival:
Cape Town, South Africa (airport code: CPT)
Departure:
Kambaku Safari Lodge
Timbavati, South Africa
Date: Day 10
Suggested departure time: 6:00 pm or later

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Johannesburg, South Africa (airport code: JNB)

Note on internal flights: On Day 10 there is a short internal flight from the Greater Kruger to Johannesburg. This flight will be booked by Wilderness Travel. Since this flight usually arrives in Johannesburg in the late afternoon, we recommend an evening departure from Johannesburg.

Phantom Forest Eco Reserve

Phantom Forest Eco Reserve

Days 1 to 3 (3 nights), Knysna, Garden Route, South Africa

Located in a 250-acre private nature reserve on the Knysna River, Phantom Forest surrounds you in the three biospheres of the Afromontane forest: ...
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Montusi Mountain Lodge

Montusi Mountain Lodge

Days 4 to 6 (3 nights), Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa

With one of the most splendid settings in the northern Drakensberg Mountains (near the entrance to Royal Natal National Park), Montusi has unrivaled ...
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Kambaku Safari Lodge

Kambaku Safari Lodge

Days 7 to 9 (3 nights), Timbavati Private Game Reserve, Greater Kruger Park, South Africa

Kambaku Safari Lodge is set on the wild savannas of Timbavati Private Game Reserve, a vast and magnificent stretch of private game lands bording ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Frank Dwyer

Departure Dates: March 5-14, 2016

Frank Dwyer is a professional guide with a specialty in leading walking trips in the nature reserves and mountains of the Western Cape of South Africa. His extensive travels throughout South Africa have garnered him a broad knowledge of the natural environments and game parks of the country. He is ...
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Martin Meyer

Departure Dates: May 7-16, 2016, July 23-August 1, 2016, October 1-10, 2016

Martin Meyer has a phenomenal knowledge of African wildlife and a keen ability for sharing it. He has led safaris all across southern Africa for us and has a genuine passion for the bush and a deep respect for the African environment. Besides his natural history expertise, Martin also provides ...
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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

Mozambique

Mozambique Extension

Unwind at Dugong Beach Lodge

Wildlife & Natural History
4 days  -  Level 1

South Africa

cape town table mountain south africa

Cape Town Extension

Africa’s Most Romantic City

Cultural Adventures, Walking
4 days  -  Level 2

johannesburg city skyline south africa

Johannesburg Extension

Cradle of Humankind, Soweto & the Apartheid Museum

Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1

Shumbalala Game Lodge Extension

Gameviewing in Thornybush Private Game Reserve

Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History
4 days  -  Level 1

Zambia

victoria falls zambezi river zimbabwe zambia

Victoria Falls Extension

One of the World’s Natural Wonders

Walking, Wildlife & Natural History
3 days  -  Level 2

Zimbabwe

victoria falls zambezi river zimbabwe zambia

Victoria Falls Extension

One of the World’s Natural Wonders

Walking, Wildlife & Natural History
3 days  -  Level 2

Client Comments

Not one glitch anywhere! Everything went smoothly and was well organized. Wonderful trip. Becky M., The Woodlands, TX I loved everything about this trip--probably the most wonderful travel experience I've had. Carole R., Newton Highlands, MA The trip was far greater than I had anticipated. Lodging, food, scenery, safari and most of all out guide, Martin Meyer. He was superb in every way. Nancy S., Medfield, MA Truly a wonderful look at South Africa. Jan T., Sedona, AZ For my first trip with WT and my first trip to Africa, I couldn't ask for anything better. I would consider WT and South Africa again in a heartbeat! Ally F., San Diego, CA It was a great itinerary—the trip of a lifetime! Kenneth B., Chicago, IL This trip was even better than I expected (and I had very high hopes). Thank you. Brother J., Portsmouth, RI Outstanding accommodations from start to finish. Each presented a different African theme and ideal. Sherida P., Arvada, CO Our accomodations were especially luxurious, the food was out of this world, and the guides couldn't have done a better job. Sharyn R., Draper, UT I enjoyed this trip thoroughly—one of the best trips I have ever taken. Food, wine, and lodging were all first rate. Many of the accommodations reflected the local ambiance. Patricia T., Palm Desert, CA
So much better than we could have imagined! Peter S., Barrington, RI Another great WT trip—I’ll be back! Sue J., Columbus, GA The interaction with wildlife was exceptional. It truly is a privilege to have shared their habitat for 13 days. Judy and Don P., Fountain Hills, AZ Could not have had a better experience. John and Pam T., Whittier, CA Everything about this trip was special—the hotels, the Trip Leader, the wildlife, the food, the staff, the variety. A terrific mix of activities, sights, and sounds. Jennifer A., Palo Alto, CA The lodges were all spectacular. This was a wonderfully varied itinerary with lots of content—five trips in one. Elizabeth S., Boston, MA This was our first trip with WT and our first to Africa. It was an extraordinary experience. Steven B., Annapolis, MD We loved this entire trip. This was one of the most varied, well organized and fascinating trips we have taken. South Africa is a beautiful, spectacular country. Jean D., Tuscon, AZ The best trip we have ever taken. Jeffrey N. and Bonnie S., Newton, MA

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