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20 Day World in One Country Safari

May 9, 2013   //   by Sam Wingate   //   Safaris  //  Comments Off on 20 Day World in One Country Safari


Johannesburg to Cape Town                                                                  Euro 2,440 p.p.s.

Enjoy a full spectrum of highlights and experiences on this safari between Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Your itinerary starts in Johannesburg and takes you to Graskop, a small village near the Kruger Park. Then along the scenic Panorama Route to include stops at Bourkes Luck Potholes and viewpoints over the Blyde River Canyon. Now enter the Kruger National Park for two days of thrilling gameviewing in this prime wildlife sanctuary.
Your next destination is the kingdom of Swaziland where you spend two nights in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and visit the craft markets of the Ezulwini Valley the next day. Then exit Swaziland to spend two nights in Zululand where you visit a Zulu cultural village and do game drives in Hluhluwe Game Reserve.
Your journey now takes you to the magnificent  Drakensberg for two days of hiking in this beautiful mountain paradise. Then into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho for two days of pony trekking and Sotho cultural excursions.
From here you spend a night in Cradock enroute to Addo Elephant National Park where you have a day of gameviewing and then travel along the Garden Route to Tsitsikamma National Park for two nights to fully enjoy the beauty of this marine reserve.
Continue through Knysna and Wilderness before reaching Oudtshoorn for visits to an ostrich farm and the impressive Cango Caves.
Your last destination is Cape Town where you spend two nights enjoying the beauty of this great city and the full range of activities and excursions on offer.

14 Day South Africa in Mandela’s Footsteps   

Oct 23, 2011   //   by Sam Wingate   //   Adventure Safaris, Johannesburg Routes  //  Comments Off on 14 Day South Africa in Mandela’s Footsteps   


Durban to Cape Town                                                                                US$ 2,275 p.p.s.

On this safari from Durban to Cape Town you will visit Nelson Mandela’s birthplace and museum in the Eastern Cape as well as the Mandela Youth and Heritage Centre, experience the abundant wildlife of Addo National Park and enjoy the spectacular Garden Route and Cape Town to include a visit to Robben Island.
After a night spent in Durban you will stay 1 night in Mthatha and a night in Chintsa, focusing on Mandela excursions before continuing to Addo National Park for 2 nights of wonderful wildlife experiences.
Your journey then takes you along the spectacular Garden Route and into the Karoo before heading to Cape Town with a wine tasting enroute.
In Cape Town you will spend 3 nights during which time you will have a variety of cultural excursions including Robben Island as well as a full day tour of the Peninsula and Cape Point.
Your safari ends in Cape Town on Day14.

14 Day Mozambique and Kruger Beach and Bush Safari     

Oct 23, 2011   //   by Sam Wingate   //   Adventure Safaris, Johannesburg Routes  //  Comments Off on 14 Day Mozambique and Kruger Beach and Bush Safari     


Johannesburg to Johannesburg                                                               Euro 1,980 p.p.s.

This safari covers the tropical and subtropical eastern parts of Southern Africa, a route well worth travelling for its mix of fantastic beaches, marine activities, warm climate throughout the year, wildlife areas and blend of cultures.
Starting from Johannesburg, this fully accommodated safari takes you to Mkuzi Game Reserve where you spend two days game viewing in a stunning variety of habitats.
Then move down to Kosi Bay bordering Mozambique where you spend three days exploring this beautiful coastal area on foot and by kayak. One night is spent in Swaziland before entering Mozambique and then a night in Maputo to experience the vibrant African city life here.
The next day is a long drive to Inhambane where you spend three days in Praia de Barra, exploring the beautiful beaches with the option of dhow rides and scuba diving.
Moving south, you spend a night in Bilene, swimming and exploring the lagoon. Then into Kruger Park for two days of thrilling gameviewing before you drive back to Johannesburg to end your safari.

17 Day Rainbow South Africa   

Oct 23, 2011   //   by 12GoTours Dev   //   Adventure Safaris, Johannesburg Routes  //  Comments Off on 17 Day Rainbow South Africa   


Johannesburg to Cape Town                                                                       Euro 2,130 p.p.s.

For adventure, wildlife, sightseeing and cultural experiences, this safari has it all. It offers a great selection of bedded, comfortable accommodation on a well-planned itinerary that gives you a full spectrum of experiences.
From Johannesburg, your first stop is on the Panorama Route with beautiful escarpment views over the lowveld where the Kruger Park lies, quaint towns and spectacular waterfalls.
Then into the Kruger Park for two days of thrilling gameviewing and up into the mountain kingdom of Swaziland to Malolotja Nature Reserve where you stay in log cabins for the night after doing a mountain hike.
Leaving Malolotja, you visit the Swazi markets of Mbabane and on to Mkuzi Game Reserve in Zululand, spending two days gameviewing in the diverse habitats of this beautiful wildlife sanctuary and visiting a Zulu village.
Now into the mountains again for two nights to behold the breathtaking beauty of the Drakensberg and take advantage of the fantastic hiking in this wilderness reserve.
The untouched Wild Coast is your next stop where you spend two days enjoying the pristine beaches and relaxed Xhosa people who live in this area. Then on to Addo Elephant National Park for more gameviewing in different habitats.
You just can’t be disappointed by the standard of attractions on offer on this wonderful journey, so spare some energy for your reaction to the Tsitsikamma National Park and Knysna which are your next destinations, then on to Hermanus for a walk along the coastline and where you can see whales from May to November.
Your final destination is Cape Town, stopping enroute in Stellenbosch for wine tasting and a cellar tour. You will spend two nights in Cape Town during which you have tours of the peninsula, Table  Mountain, the city and V&A Waterfront, as well as many other optional tours and activities.

Lowveld Game and Nature Reserves

Aug 5, 2011   //   by Sam Wingate   //   Safaris  //  No Comments

Despite being a small country, Swaziland has the advantage of some diverse landscapes, from the mountainous western region to the low lying eastern region known as Lowveld. This savanna bushveld is ideal for wildlife and several game parks and nature reserves are found here.
Hlane covers about 300 sq. kms and has a variety of big game and offers catered and self catering accommodation and camping.
Mkhaya is a refuge for endangered species like rhino and offers game drives and walks.
Mlawula covers about 160 sq. kms and is well worth a visit. Although it is mainly in the Lowveld, it extends into the Lubombo Mountains which separate Swaziland from Mozambique. There are walking trails, a variety of game and some attractive camps, especially Mapelepele on a mountain top with open air bath tubs that overlook a river gorge below.

Ezulwini Valley

Aug 5, 2011   //   by Sam Wingate   //   Safaris  //  No Comments

The Ezulwini Valley extends south of the capital city, Mbabane.  It is an attractive area set against the backdrop of the Mdzimba Mountains where the famous peaks of Sheba’s Breast and Execution Rock are situated. Along this route there are many craft centres, a cultural village, accommodation, restaurants and some nature reserves. It is the craft centres that attract most visitors to Swaziland and which provide a very basic income to many people that live on near subsistence levels.
Further towards Manzini, Swaziland’s largest city, is the Malkerns Valley where some specialized craft shops such as Swazi Candles are situated, as well as House on Fire which should be an essential stop on anyone’s visit to Swaziland. This creative centre has a music venue, an art gallery where the artists work and exhibit, a restaurant, a craft shop, internet cafe, accommodation, ultra trendy loos and a great atmosphere.

Mantenga Falls and Nature Reserve

Aug 5, 2011   //   by Sam Wingate   //   Safaris  //  No Comments

Located  near Mbabane, Swaziland’s capital city, Mantenga Nature Reserve is set in beautiful surroundings against the Mdzimba Mountains from which the 95 m Mantenga Falls drop into the Little Usuthu River.
Nearby are two well known mountain peaks, Sheba’s Breast and Execution Rock , and Mantenga borders on another reserve Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.
Inside the reserve is the Swazi Cultural Village where you can experience traditional culture  including a guided tour of the village, a visit to a traditional healer and a singing and dancing show.
Mantenga has a restaurant and provides luxury tented accommodation and chalets.

Malolotja Nature Reserve

Aug 5, 2011   //   by Sam Wingate   //   Safaris  //  No Comments

For hikers and lovers of nature, this is Swaziland’s prime reserve. Located on the western border with South Africa and covering about 180 sq. kms, Malolotja is set in a beautiful mountainous area with sprawling verdant grasslands, rocky outcrops, waterfalls and streams.
Apart from animals that occur naturally like jackal, brown hyaena, aardwolf, baboon and  some small mammals, several antelope species and zebra have been introduced. The habitats are perfectly suited to leopard that most definitely occur here but are too shy to be noticed.
There is a network of roads, some of which might be difficult to negotiate in a normal 2WD vehicle, that lead to stunning viewpoints and hiking trails. Most of the hiking trails are day walks but there are longer walks with overnight campsites.
A newly introduced activity here is a Canopy Tour that takes you over a gorge on a cable seat with views of the mountains and the stream below.
Accommodation is provided in self catering log cabins that overlook the mountains and grasslands. There is a campsite too.

Destination overview

Jun 22, 2011   //   by Sam Wingate   //   Wildlife Safari  //  No Comments

Southern African countries all differ in various ways, each with it’s own unique identity, look and feel. There’s the wildlife, the wilderness and the scenic landscapes and there’s the people, cultures and ways of life. And there’s an ancient past which lends a mystic quality to the mix. This is the spice that will make you click and click….leaving an unforgettable taste in your mouth for another visit.

South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA is the most diverse country, both in it’s variety of scenic landscapes, its blend of different people and its infrastructure that offers a large choice of tourism facilities and services.


Botswana is a Wildlife Destination par excellence and apart from being a diamond-rich country, has two very rare quality jewels, THE OKAVANGO DELTA and the KALAHARI. It is a country where game roams freely, especially in the northern half.


Swaziland is a small landlocked independent kingdom sharing borders with South Africa and Mozambique.