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Durban to Johannesburg
Big Five South African Guided Safaris Tours
Day 1 : Hluhluwe uMfolozi Park – Hilltop Camp
A representative from Far and Wild Safaris will collect you after your breakfast from your overnight accommodation in Durban, or on arrival at the King Shaka International Airport by a representative from Far and Wild Saaris and drive the scenic Dolphin Coast and into rural Zululand, to the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, a Big 5 game reserve, where you would spend two nights at Hilltop Camp, which is located inside the game reserve. The accommodation at Hilltop Camp is in brick under thatch chalets, each bedroom has its own private bathroom (bath with shower, hand-basin and toilet) en suite. The chalets are equipped with a fridge and tea station. Your game viewing commences immediately upon entering the gates into the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park and on the drive to Hilltop Camp.
This first evening you go on a sunset drive in an 'open game-viewing vehicle' with staff from KZN Wildlife, the conservation organisation managing this game reserve. The night drive improves on ones chances of seeing some of the nocturnal species, such as leopard, lion, hyena, genet, bush babies and the other nocturnal species such as owls and nightjars. You also get to see some of the diurnal animals, with their eyes lighting up in reflection to the spotlight.
Day 2 : Hluhluwe uMfolozi Park – Hilltop Camp
Day two will be spent on extended game drives in our tour vehicle, to various areas of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park. With an early start, to make the most of the day and to possibly chance upon a roadside kill, or nocturnal predators returning to their day-time lair.
White rhino, giraffe, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, warthog, baboon, vervet monkey, and antelope such as impala, nyala and kudu are seen frequently, with the possibility of seeing elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, Black rhino, hippo, crocodile and hyena. Antelope such as red duiker, steenbuck, waterbuck, bushbuck and then the rare Samango monkey and wild dog are sighted much less frequently.
Day 3 : Ithala Game Reserve – Ntshondwe Camp
After breakfast and another game drive, we make our way to the Itala Game Reserve, arriving at Ntshondwe Camp in time for lunch. Ithala is an ideal haven for a large variety of birds and animals. Ithala's big game species include elephant, white and black rhino, buffalo with giraffe fairly numerous, consequently chosen as Ithala Game Reserve's logo. The absence of lion makes for a relaxed air amongst the wildlife, such as the zebra and a wide variety of antelope. These include impala, blue wildebeest oribi, red hartebeest, eland, kudu, waterbuck, tsessebe, common and mountain reedbuck, steenbuck and grey duiker. Predators which are present but not often seen are leopard, caracal, spotted and brown hyena and the termite eating aardwolf.
Day 4, 5 and 6 : Kruger National Park
This morning after an early breakfast we depart Ithala for the Kruger National Park. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks among the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.
Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Kruger Park is an excellent venue with good sightings of lion, elephant, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, warthog, baboon, monkey, hippo and impala regularly seen. The more elusive animals like leopard and wild dog are an exciting find.
We will go on a sunset drive in an open safari vehicle on one of the evenings, this to enhance the possibility of seeing the nocturnal species such as leopard, lion, hyena, genet, bush babies and then the other nocturnal animals such as the smaller cats, owls and nightjars. These drives are conducted by SANParks, the organisation tasked with running this Park.
We will spend our nights in Kruger, in bungalow accommodation inside the Kruger Park. Although not graded, these bungalows are of a two or three star standard. Here the rooms have twin beds, each with a private shower, toilet and hand basin en-suite. The brick under thatch rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, some also with ceiling fans and a fridge. There is insect proof screening on the doors and windows. You will be provided with bath and hand towels as well as soap. In the game reserve we will have breakfast and dinners in the restaurants.
We enjoy a full game-viewing programme for the balance of the days. Your guide in his vehicle, conducts the remainder of the game drives. We encourage an early start to make the most of the best time of day to view the animals. We will try and be the first one out at dawn - this to see if we are able to sight some of the nocturnal predators returning to their daytime resting place and then to have breakfast, possibly at a different locality.
Day 7 : Johannesburg
After our morning game viewing and breakfast we leave the Kruger National Park and drive through to reach Johannesburg in the late afternoon where we drop you off at your overnight accommodation or at the O R Tambo International Airport in time for your flight.