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Cradle of Humankind & Northern Safari

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Duration

13 Days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English

Overview

We explore the northern parts of South Africa, where the land is steeped in history and spectacular places. From the City of Gold, where much of modern South Africa has been shaped, we move into the Cradle of Humankind, where the ancient history of people is being discovered and told. We head north to the border of Zimbabwe, visiting the sites of the proud kingdom of Great Zimbabwe, set amongst some of the most pristine bush teeming with wildlife. We travel a cultural route, sampling local beer, arts & crafts, dancing, traditions and more, before ending off in the world-renowned Kruger National Park for some epic wildlife viewing in the bush.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A great budget trip, experiencing a balance of wildlife in 2 National Parks, heritage tours exploring the history of Southern Africa and Humankind, and some local experiences with culture, food, and tradition! Perfect for return trips to Africa.

Itinerary

Arrival Day | The City of Gold
Arrival Day | The City of Gold

Be welcomed by your guide at your time of choice, preferably in the morning. Pick up can either be directly from the airport (O.R. Tambo International) or from your place of choice in Johannesburg.

Beginning our tour around Johannesburg, we spend the first day visiting the many fascinating cultural aspects of the City of Gold. We head off to the south western areas, where both a tour of the Soweto township and a visit to the Apartheid museum start the contrast of cultures in the economic beating heart of RSA.

In the evening, transfer across to Maropeng, the Cradle of Humankind, to check into your lovely boutique hotel and relax. Dinner will be enjoyed at the hotel at leisure.

Day 2 | The Cradle of Humankind
Day 2 | The Cradle of Humankind

Today you experience the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the Cradle of Humankind, where a large number of remains of our early human ancestors have been repeatedly found, and the story of our origins over the past few million years, are told in spectacular glory. We take a look at both the Maropeng precinct and the Sterkfontein caves. This after enjoying a buffet breakfast at your hotel.

Enjoy the late afternoon at leisure. Optional activities such as the Lion & Safari Park, or Lesedi Cultural Village are possible.

Days 3 to 5 | Mapungubwe
Days 3 to 5 | Mapungubwe

We continue our journey North, as we drive to the border of Zimbabwe, where we find remnants of the Great Zimbabwe Kingdom from a thousand years ago. Set in a pristine National Park, we spend a few days learning of this fascinating culture and searching for wildlife.

Packing up and enjoying an early breakfast at Maropeng Boutique Hotel, we head off northwards along what is known as the Ivory Road. Leaving the bustling cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria, we travel into the wilderness, stopping over for lunch somewhere along the way. We also stop for provisions in a nearby town, before travelling the final leg to Mapungubwe National Park.

Arrive and enjoy a short game drive through this incredible landscape, to your camp for the next 3 nights. Check in and relax, with dinner around the fire later.

Spend your mornings and afternoons on safari, searching along the Limpopo River and surrounds for wildlife, as well as a visit to the museum and a guided tour of the heritage site.

Days 6 & 7 | Venda, Limpopo
Days 6 & 7 | Venda, Limpopo

We leave Mapungubwe National Park to travel onto magical Venda territory, sampling this fascinating landscape, rich in cultural legacy and mysticism. It seems like a different country, and the proud Venda people have many fascinating spiritual sites to explore. This is also the area of various tribes and their long and proud histories, including Modjadji the 'Rain Queen.' We visit a variety of fascinating sites, enjoy a day of easy hiking, and stay close to the Chief in a traditional African Royal homestead.

Day 8 | Magoebaskloof & Craft Brewery
Day 8 | Magoebaskloof & Craft Brewery

We spend the day up in the Magoebaskloof Mountains, tasting the local craft beer made from the sweet waters which flow pure and clean down the mountain. We enjoy a lunch at the Brewery before spending the afternoon in typical holiday-style, with many options to rest and relax, and some interesting activities (optional) on offer; hiking, walks, swimming in the river, fishing, horse-riding, and more.

Days 9 & 10 | Northern Kruger
Days 9 & 10 | Northern Kruger

From here we travel further into the bush for another four nights to end your journey in style, visiting the world-famous Kruger National Park. We take our time exploring the middle and southern sections of the Park, with all of the variety and diversity of landscape and animals that this park offers.

Spend 2 nights in each region, with morning and afternoon safaris at your own time, exploring this unique wilderness. Optional guided bush walks and night drives are possible.

The central region is famed for its open grasslands, sporting herds of plains game and high densities of predators that follow them.

Days 11 & 12 | Southern Kruger
Days 11 & 12 | Southern Kruger

The southern region is the most densely packed with diverse landscapes and wildlife, and we explore the lesser-travelled roads searching for wildlife and relaxing at camp in the bush.

Departure Day
Departure Day

Waking up early, we enjoy one last long game drive out of Kruger, searching for anything or everything we haven't seen. On the way, we enjoy a hearty breakfast before ending our Kruger Park journey at the gates. From here we transfer back to Johannesburg and your own itinerary or flights home. The journey takes about 4 hours, with stops along the way.

Included/Excluded

  • This is an all-inclusive safari; tour price includes park fees (unless for own expense), transport, activities (unless optional), accommodation, meals (unless for own expense), and your own personal, guide
  • Arrival Airport transfers
  • Services of professional English Speaking guide-drivers for safari
  • Car Hire for self-drive section
  • Bottled water daily, along with morning tea/coffee
  • This is a private, guided tour and will ONLY service you. Some activities will be with other clients, but the freedom of travel is mostly with you
  • Pre-tour or post-tour accommodation,
  • visas or personal travel insurance
  • Both international and internal flights. We will quote the internal flights separately, based on dates and times of your personal itinerary
  • Personal shopping and curios
  • Laundry and telephone calls
  • Soft drinks & alcohol (we provide a fridge for drinks)
  • Gratuities & tips
  • Any other expense not listed as included above

Languages

English

Tour's Location

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FAQs

Good To Know
Prices are per person sharing (double room), except for the solo traveler.

Single supplement generally adds 30% to per person sharing price.

This trip is FULLY CUSTOMISABLE. In addition, you can decide on your accommodation level, it is set to STANDARD.

This is a private, guided tour, which means that it will be of service to ONLY you, with no other guests. In addition, you will be with your own personal, professional guide. This adds immeasurably to the trip, and makes your experience with a local that much richer. You also have complete control over the customisation of your trip, in terms of dates, places, budget, number of people etc.
Best Times
In general, because of the region, this trip is best from March through to November. The summer months from November through to February become very hot with summer rains. As with travel into the bush, the best times for game viewing will be from May through to September. The winter months are ideal, but anywere between May and September are best.
Malaria
This trip will pass through a LOW RISK Malaria zone. During the peak malaria season of December to February, definite precautions should be taken. In general, there will be a chance of mosquitoes and therefore malaria, so prevention is better then cure. Either consult your local doctor for an effective anti-malaria prescription, or take full precaution; mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn. Long clothing that covers most of the body, coupled with good mosquito repellent and other devices
T&Cs
We quote prices for an entire trip. For full details of what is included, please see your itinerary.

- In order to secure a trip, our policy is to call for a payment of 30% (thirty percent) of the total cost quoted to clients up front so as to secure our providers of accommodation and related parties.

- The balance owing of 70% (seventy percent) is due 30 (thirty) days before a trip starts

- If the trip is cancelled prior to the agreed start date or balance payment, an administration fee of 10% (ten percent) of the total trip cost quoted will be levied to cover our costs relating to the cancellation of bookings, refunds of deposits, time costs and the like.

- If a trip is cancelled within 30 days before start of trip, or after balance payment, 90% (ninety percent) is levied.

Please note that all calculations regarding refunds will be done based on prices expressed in SA Rand (ZAR) and converted at exchange rates ruling at that time and NOT on the exchange rate applicable when you made payment. - You may wish to take out travel insurance to cover any possible shortfall.

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