This South Africa trekking holiday reveals the immense variety on offer in South Africa, with a good balance of game tracking in reserves, walking in the mountains and game drives in national parks. There are several days hiking in the remarkable Drakensberg Mountains, the hilly country of the Kingdom of Swaziland and the less-visited areas of Mpumalanga.
Perhaps the highlight of the trip is taking guided game walks in private reserves: we learn how to track wildlife, observe at close hand the huge variety of bird and plant life and, of course, experience the thrill of a close encounter with animals on an equal footing. There are also several game drives in the famous Kruger National Park and Mkhuze Reserve, a sanctuary for the endangered Black Rhino.
Countries visited: South Africa, Swaziland
Arrive Johannesburg; transfer to Graskop.
Morning walk on the prospector's trail through indigenous grassland and forest; afternoon visit the gold rush town of Pilgrim's Rest.
North to Tzaneen via God's window, Bourke's Luck Potholes and Blyde River Canyon; optional afternoon walk.
Hiking in the indigenous rainforests on Dokolewa Trail, widely acclaimed as one of the most beautiful walks in South Africa.
Transfer to private reserve; optional afternoon and night game drives.
Morning walk in reserve; afternoon to the Khamai Reptile Park.
Transfer to Kruger N.P.; afternoon game drive.
Morning game drive; transfer to Malolotja N.P. in Swaziland.
Full day walk in the valleys and mountainous terrain of the park.
Visit Ezulwini Valley Craft Market; exit Swaziland to Mkhuze Game Reserve. Afternoon game drive.
Morning game walk with ranger; afternoon game drive.
Transfer to Royal Natal N.P.
14 - 15
Two days hiking in the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains.
Morning walk in the Drakensberg; transfer to Johannesburg. Depart.