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Visit South Africa exclusive National Parks
South Africa is so diverse both in culture and wildlife. South Africa is the most Southern county in the Southern hemisphere. A population of close to 60 million inhabitants of different cultures and race. 11 official languages over a surface area of 471.445 sq mi. The best National parks with huge diverse species of wildlife.
This tour is designed for safari enthusiasts as it covers 7 national parks over a period of 13 days that's spending most of your stay in Africa in national parks in the in exciting views of wildlife in their natural way of life. The big five animals are a must to see in this tour as well as a good variety of the antelope species and a lot more rare sightings.
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Day 1: Johannesburg to Pilannesburg N.P
Today is the firs day of the tour. We meet our crew in the morning at 8:00 a.m at lodge close to O.R Tambo National Park. Your Tour Guide will brief you on the overall Tour and make sure that your Tour information is up to date.Make sure you have gone through the Tour information in details so that you take note of the changes especially on reservation of accommodation.All outstanding payments for Activities on Tour must be done to the Tour Guide for easy management of bookings.
Today you will also have the opportunity to withdraw necessary cash and do your shopping for the essential goods that you may need for the Tour. It is the duty of the Tour Guide to make sure you have all the information pertaining to the running of the Tour before you take off.Information will also be relaid to you on your purchase of the Tour.
You should be able to leave Johannesburg at around 10:00 a.m as you drive off to Pilannesburg National Park.There will be lunch break along the way before you get to your destination.
On arrival your Tour Guide will check you in to your Accommodation. You will be notified of suitable time you will meet for dinner which is served from the truck.
Day 2: Game drive Pilannesburg N.P
Your first game drive this morning starts quite earlier on 4x4 open safari vehicles. You will explore this 551km² national park situated on the Pilannesburg mountain. The mountain is a volcanic formed by overflowing magma 1.2 billion years ago. the landscape and rock formations we see today are the reminders of such volcanic activity. Pilannesburg national park also lies in the transitional zone between the dry Kalahari and the wet low-veld of the vegetation.It's home to the big five including the black rhino. Wild dog, antelope like sable and roan, tsessebe are among the many species of animals you can expect to see. Enjoy the diverse flora and fauna in this national park that also have over 360 species of birds.
Day 3:Marakele National Park
Toady you drive to Thabazimbi town just 133km away.Later in the afternoon you will have your second Game drive again on open 4x4 vehicles in Marakele national park. The national park is 670km² and is part of the Waterberg_Biosphere.It's a big 5 national park with sixteen species of antelopes and 250 species of birds.Situated in the dry mountainous area of Thabazimbi, the afternoon here will be quite impressive.
Day 3:Thabazimbi to Musina
Today you drive to Musina town in the Limpopo province of South Africa.Sit back and relax as your enjoy the scenic of the mountains and the dryness of the Kalahari desert. You should be at your accommodation late in the afternoon.
Day 4:Musina to Mapungubwe national park
Your visit today to Mapungubwe national park will give you insight into the iron age history. Mapungubwe national park is UNESCO World heritage site. The park protects the Historical site of Mapungubwe Hill, which was the capital of the Mapungubwe Kingdom dating back to the iron age. The famous oldest golden rhino was discovered by archaeologists on this Hill. It lies on the confluence of the Limpopo river and the Shashe river and is part of the Greater Mapungubwe a trans-frontier Conservation area incorporating the 3 countries Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Day 5:Musina to Kruger National Park
Today you start off earlier to drive to one of the biggest national parks in the region.Your 3 day game drives here will surely increase your knowledge of wildlife. Kruger National park covers an area of 19 485km² stretching for 360km from North to South. It lies in 2 provinces of South Africa; the limpopo to the north and the Mpumalanga to the south. The park was established in 1926 becoming the first national park in South Africa. Today the park forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area which links it to the Gonarezhou national park in Zimbabwe and the Limpopo national park in Mozambique. Kruger national park has more species of large mammals than any other African game reserves, 517 species of birds and good number of cats.
Day 6:Kruger National Park
Today it's all day drive through the Kruger national park from the Northern part to the central part of the park. Notice the change in vegetation as you drive through and the different wildlife that is drawn to the different regions of the park.You will take a break for lunches inside the national park. Your accommodation could be outside the national park depending on availability of space within campsites in the park.
Day 7:Kruger National Park
Today you travel the last upper half of the national park as you make your way to the Numbi gate in Hazyview where you will overnight today.
Day 8:Kruger National Park to Hluhluwe
Today is long drive as you move from the Mpumalanga Province to the KwaZulu Natal Province. As you get closer to the Indian ocean you already can feel the influence of the ocean on the vegetation and climate. Enjoy the view of the greenery sugarcane fields and plantations that goes up the mountains and down the valleys of KZN. You stay overnight just outside the small town of Hluhluwe.
Day 9:Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park
You drive this morning to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi national park in the KwaZulu national park. It covers an area of 960km² of hilly topography where altitudes ranges from 80m to 540m.The park is home to Big five game, 86 species of wildlife that includes, nile crocodile, hippo, cheater, spotted hyena, blue wildebeest, nyala to mention a few and a variety of bird species too. The park is also well known for its rhino preservation work. If you had not seen the white rhino yet here is your last chance to do so in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi
Day 10:Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park to Giants Castle
Another day of long drive as you travel to the Drakensburg mountains. You will have another good day to view the amazing beauty of the KwaZulu Natal province. You will just be as close to Durban as you navigate the steep N3 highway. For many its the green mountains and long trees that cover the province.
Day 11:Giants Castle National Park
Today you enjoy hiking on South Africa's best hiking treks. You will be able to visit the caves that still have the bushmen rock paintings.There is a lot also to learn of the nature reserve here as you view the rest of the province below. The weather here could be quite tricky so always watch out for extremely cold weather.
Day 12:Giants Castle to Golden Gate Highlands National park
The drive today is not that long as you travel from the Giants Castle to the Golden Gate highlands National park in the Free State province. The Golden Gate refers to the sandstone cliffs found on either side of the Golden Gate Dam. The Park is well known for its landscape more than wildlife. You will have an opportunity to hike up the caves and see the Bushmen rock art in the caves. Remember the Drakensburg mountains behind you borders Lesotho and South Africa.
Day 13:Golden Gate Highlands National park to Johannesburg
You drive today in the morning through Free State Province back to Johannesburg as you wind up your tour with us today. If you still have another day or 2 to be in Johannesburg then a tour to the Apartheid museum Soweto or Johannesburg City can be arranged with your Guide.
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