Ecotour National Parks of South Africa 22-day round trip, South Africa
This epic journey takes you on an adventure through the national parks of South Africa. Safaris don’t come completer than this. Each area has its own landscape, ecosystem and wildlife, so you get to know all faces of wildlife. Meeting the Big Five on land is already incredibly impressive, but you’ll literally go beyond that into Big Six territory when you add the sea. Mix this with wonderful landscapes, stunning ecolodges and conservation experiences and the most pristine beaches, and you have the recipe for the best safari ever!
The City of Gold welcomes you for your first few days in Africa. You’ll stay in a game reserve and have your very first game drive the next morning. Find out why Africa is called the home of civilization with a visit to the Cradle of Humankind and see where the first people really came from.
The Marakele National Park is surrounded by the Waterberg Mountains and makes for the best sunsets you will ever experience while searching for the Big Five. Enjoy exploring on foot, become skilled at recognizing an animal by his unique paw prints, put your ear to the ground and listen to the beat of Africa.
Traverse into Botswana where the Northern Thuli Game reserve will be your home for the next few days. The majestic baobabs form the backdrop to an unforgettable safari experience in the desert area. Feel the African sun on your back and let the smell of the bush fill up your lungs, feel the excitement of spotting the cat species that are in abundance here, bump into a herd of Elephant stopping from a drink from the majestic Limpopo River and etch the views in your memory. For views like this, you will find nowhere else in the world but here.
Mapungubwe is where ancient civilizations once ruled. The ruins are the site where the historic Golden Rhino was found and is proof of Africa’s great civilization before the arrival of the Europeans. Find out about the myths and the legends of the once-powerful people of Mapungubwe. Then go and explore the beautiful landscape where four of the Big Five roam. The confluence where 3 countries meet is a sight to behold.
The panorama route owes its name to the spectacular views. Stop at God’s window to take a peek at the beautiful landscape over a kilometre below you and find out if Bourke really had some luck at his potholes. The three Rondawels with their brown frame and green roofs tower over the valley. Descend with a glass elevator in a deep gorge. Make certain you take all of it in and soak in the beauty that surrounds you.
Kruger National park is South Africa’s most famous game reserve and much flatter and greener than the earlier parks. In the mornings you will wake up to the sound of the bush. Get ready to go on an early morning game drive where you will experience the bush waking up, maybe you will be lucky enough to see an early morning hunt. Go on foot to search for the bushveld residents with an experienced ranger. You’ll learn to track and are with the game in their natural habitat.
Spend the next 3 nights in eSwatini (former Swaziland) where you have a unique two-day tour on horseback. You’ll ride between giraffes, zebras and antelopes through the Mlilwane nature reserve. One night you’ll rough it in a cave and have some local cuisine prepared over an open fire like how it was done back in the days. You ride back to the comfort of your lodge the next day.
The wildlife of South Africa spreads well past the beaches. Depart for the Kingdom of the Zulu to one of South Africa’s most pristine beaches, on the shores of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Here you will have the opportunity to snorkel with the wildlife of the ocean. In season you can watch the sea turtles come up the beach at night to lay their eggs. From July to December the last Big makes its entry: the whales arrive and make number Six on your list. It’s also a great place to just relax on the beach, enjoy exceptional cuisine and have an opportunity to interact with the locals.