Classic South Africa

11 days, 10 nights
Price Range: $6,618 – $16,836
(all-inclusive price per person, depending on dates & camps selected)

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South Africa calls itself the Rainbow Nation, a tribute to its cultural diversity. Its natural diversity is equally impressive, and this safari is a testament. Start with Kruger National Park in the northern bushveld and plains. Continue to Sabi Sand, the oldest private reserve in South Africa and a pioneer in sustainable wildlife tourism. Head east to Zululand, where lush forest meets ocean beach. Along the way, meet more wild animals than in your wildest dreams!

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Our Expert Says

If you’re looking for an “off-the-beaten-path” safari to South Africa, this two-week itinerary is the perfect pick! Mashatu Game Reserve offers a rare chance to experience a truly secluded section of world-famous Kruger National Park. You also visit a private game reserve where the combination of rivers and plains habitats supports an incredible density and variety of wildlife. To round out the journey, I can’t think of anything better than a few days to explore the gorgeous Indian Ocean coastline – one of the gems that makes this African nation truly unique!

– Aly Jacobsen


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Day 1: Johannesburg

Cosmopolitan Johannesburg is the jumping-off point for most South African safaris. The city of four million is a vibrant mélange of colors and cultures. Food and music are central to life in ‘Joburg,’ and its clubs and pubs are an integral part of the social fabric. Tour Soweto or visit the Apartheid Museum to gain a deeper understanding of Johannesburg’s history, travails and rich multicultural heritage.


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Days 2-4: Kruger National Park

World-renowned Kruger National Park in South Africa is a flagship destination for safari-goers, thanks to its dense wildlife populations. Checking off the big cats, major mammals and a host of bird species is a given in this diverse ecosystem. A number of private game reserves dot the greater park area providing exclusive access to the treasures here and allowing a variety of modes to experience them, from wildlife drives in open vehicles to intimate safari walks.


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Days 5-7: Sabi Sand Reserve

Sabi Sand is one of the world’s most extraordinary wildlife locales. This private 150,000-acre reserve shares a border with Kruger National Park and is named for the two rivers that flow through it. Renowned for its excellent “Big Five” viewing—the elephant, rhino, Cape buffalo, lion and abundant leopard, which were once favorite hunting targets—Sabi Sand has led the way in bringing them back.


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Days 8-10: Zululand

In subtropical KwaZulu-Natal province, scout for the Big Five and snorkel with dolphins in the same day. If you've chosen a stay at Phinda, a 57,000-acre private reserve comprising seven different habitats, prepare for astonishing wildlife drives, guided safari walks, river cruises, horseback rides and scuba dives. At Rocktail Bay, bird-watch in world-class wetlands, wander pristine beaches beneath forested dunes, and observe nesting sea turtles during the summer.


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Day 11: Johannesburg/Home

Your safari adventure ends today in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Notes

  • iSafari.com's Africa safari planner cannot precisely calculate the costs of air and land transfers to all camps and lodges as the locations and travel distances vary slightly. With this in mind, your final quote may increase or decrease by a small amount.
  • The estimated rates given for these itineraries are adult rates, but many properties offer reduced rates for children. Please contact our office for more information.
  • Holiday surcharges may apply for travel in late December and early January, and occasionally over the Easter holiday.
  • A non-refundable deposit of 25% of the trip fee per person is required upon booking to confirm your reservation.

Inclusions

  • All accommodation on a double occupancy basis
  • Meals at camps and lodges
  • Excursions and transfers unless listed as optional
  • Services of the lodge guides and staff unless a NHA Safari Expedition Leader is booked
  • Relevant park fees
  • Alcoholic and soft drink beverages are included at some camps and lodges
  • Laundry service is available at most permanent camps/lodges and hotels; in some cases this service is included in the tariff quoted
  • Air transfers within countries as specified
  • Accommodation taxes, the applicable Tourism Levies and all relevant Value Added Tax (VAT) or Government Sales Tax (GST)

Exclusions

  • Travel to the start and end point of the route
  • Generally lunch and dinner in city hotels
  • Alcoholic and soft drink beverages at some camps and lodges
  • Cancellation, baggage and medical insurance
  • Staff gratuities
  • Any newly-implemented government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control
  • Visa fees where relevant
  • International airport departure taxes applicable from manned airports only, which is to be paid in US$ cash on departure unless included in your ticket cost
  • Any items of a personal nature