12 days

In Search of the Big Five - Family Adventure

In Search of the Big Five - Family Adventure

Blyde River Canyon - the largest green canyon in the world

Wildlife safari in Greater Kruger National Park

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  • Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you. 

    Why we love it

    • A memorable adventure that will take you to some beautiful places and help uncover the Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino.
    • You will visit Zulu villages and go on game drives across the diverse and beautiful Kosi Bay Nature Reserve. Kayaking across coral reefs here is breathtaking.
    • Visit the Hlane National Park, where you will see elephant, white rino, giraffe, kudu, and zebra among others.
    • Head to the Kruger National Park, home to some of the finest game viewing in Africa. Hopefully you will catch a glimpse of all of the Big Five in this beautiful park.
    • See the largest canyon in the world - the Blyde River Canyon and enjoy free time in beautiful Graskop.


    Day 1 - Johannesburg

    • You will meet your tour leader and fellow travel companions at the reception of your Johannesburg hotel at midday.
    • Johannesburg is often referred to as Jo'burg, E'Goli or the City of Gold, the latter referring to its location in the centre of the world's richest gold fields, which lead to the settlement of the area 100 years ago.
    • You will spend the afternoon enjoying a township tour of Soweto. This will offer you insight into the contemporary lives of South African people, you will also learn more about the history of Soweto itself, one of the best known townships in South Africa.

    Day 2-3 - Hluhluwe - Imfolozi Park

    • You will awake early today, and depart Johannesburg for the Hluhluwe - Imfolozi Park, in the heart of KwaZulu Natal. You will camp in the reserve itself, which is one of the last safe havens for the endangered black rhino. You will have the opportunity to explore the reserve on game drives, and you will also spend some time at a hide that overlooks a waterhole that is frequented by animals.
    • The Lebombo Mountain Escarpment dominates the reserve, which is largely made up of thick bush and open savannah.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4-5 - Kosi Bay

    • You will visit a Zulu village today, where you will spend time with a local community guide, learning more about the proud Zulu culture. From here you will travel northeast to Kosi Bay Nature Reserve.
    • Kosi Bay has everything from a picturesque jungle full of wild fig trees and monkey orange, to grazing areas for hippos, mangroves, and a coral reef alive with aquatic life.
    • You will have the opportunity to go kayaking among the mangroves and across the coral reef while you're here.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6-7 - Hlane National Park - Swaziland

    • You will leave Kosi Bay and drive 350 kilometres north to Swaziland today. Your destination is the Hlane National Park.
    • Hlane literally translates to mean wilderness, and you will have the chance to explore the wild bushveld country with a local guide on a game drive. You'll be on the lookout for elephant, white rino, giraffe, kudu, zebra and other majestic creatures.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 8-9 - Kruger National Park

    • Your journey will take you back across the border into South Africa and on to Kruger National Park today. You can enjoy some of the finest game viewing in Africa here.
    • Upon arrival, you will embark on a game drive, searching for the Big Five - lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant.
    • You will have another two opportunities to see the Big Five on Day 9, when you will be taken on another two epic game drives (each game drive is approximately 2 hours).
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 10-11 - Blyde River Canyon

    • You will walk the Blyde River Canyon today - one of the largest in the world. The Canyon is spectacular, with sheer cliff walls rising 2000 metres above the ground, and an array of vegetation that evolves from dry, rocky outcrops to lush rainforest as the altitude changes.
    • You will have a free day on Day 11. You can choose to go white water rafting on the Sabi River (optional at extra cost) or alternatively enjoy a tree top canopy tour (also optional at additional cost). If you prefer there are also self-guided hikes through the countryside in the area.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 12 - Johannesburg

    • This morning will be at your leisure, before you travel back to O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg where your trip will come to an end on arrival.
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • An experienced English-speaking local leader and specialist local guides at some sites
    • Authentic accommodation
    • On-tour transportation
    • Most meals (except those specified in your itinerary)
    • Entrance and park fees as indicated in your itinerary

    Not Included

    • Arrival transfer
    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry - but there will be opportunity to do some hand-washing in the camps where we stay for two or more nights.
    • Optional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips - this is something to consider, and it might be worthwhile speaking to your group about making a group contribution at the end of the trip
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Trip Code PTKS
Group size 2 - 16
Start City: Johannesburg
End City: Johannesburg
Style: Family

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