Kruger National Park. Swaziland. Zululand. Knysna. Cape Town: SOUTH AFRICA

Tour duration: 14 days
Tour Rate: Adult: £3,500
The package rate applies for the duration of the tour (based on 1 person in a travel party), and include meals and house beverages, naturalist/wildlife guide, eco-lodges, ground transportation, and 24-hour concierge at L' EcoResorts.

South Africa Nature Tour will take you on an exhilarating adventure through Kruger National Park for observing “big five”, nature preserves for seeing African wildlife and plant life, vineyards for wine tasting, and penetrating isolated villages to meet the people who have lived the same way for centuries.

South Africa Nature Tour explores the areas important to nature and conservation in the country. You’ll traverse routes that offer views of the Blyde Canyon and beyond.  South Africa Nature Tour let you sightsee the Garden Route. You’ll cruise the Knysna Lagoon. Described as an estuary, the lagoon boasts 5 fresh water rivers.  And during the South Africa Nature Tour, you will indulge in the traditional cultures in Zwaziland and Zululand. Mainly contained within the province of KwaZulu-Natal, the Zulu Kingdom offers a rich sub-Saharan Africa’s wildlife population, history, and tradition.

Coined by big game hunters (not conservationists/safari tour operators), Big 5 comprises the lion, the leopard, white and black rhinos, the elephant, and the cape buffalo, due to the difficulties involve when hunting the animals on foot. A number of these animals are now on the verge of going extinct. Thankfully, efforts have (and are) been made to preserve them. These days the term “Big 5” is mainly used to describe the group of animals among those to be viewed in the nature parks as opposed to being hunted for sports. Some other African wildlife to see on safaris includes the giraffe, the hippo, the cheetah, the kudu, the wildebeest, and the zebra.

Kruger National Park has 2 million hectares of land area; it is dedicated to the conservation of the local wildlife. Living in this space are approximately 147 species of mammal; 500 plus types of birds; 114 varieties of reptile; 49 kinds of fish; 34 categories of amphibian; 227 classes of butterflies; and 336 sorts of trees.

 

Also see nature tours in Tanzania, Namibia, and Kenya.

Tour’s Program

  • You will arrive in Johannesburg at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), where you'll be greeted by your naturalist guide and transported to your eco-lodge.
MPUMALANGA'S HIGHLANDS
  • You'll embark on a scenic ride to your lodge in the Mpumalanga's highlands, the locale is referred to as "Paradise Country" and rightly so. Mpumalanga is appreciated for its expansive of highlands and lush wetlands that sustain an array of wildlife species.
  • While en-route to your lodge, depending on the time of day and the date of arrival, you may have time to do some bird-watching.
CHIMP EDEN
  • You'll visit the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary. Sitting on a 1,000 hectares, this reserve is sited 15 kilometers outside of Nelspruit and is dedicated to the rehabilitation and housing of misplaced chimps in South Africa.
BIG FIVE TRACKING (Sighting A.)
  • On this day, you will track and observe Africa's "Big Five" in Kruger National Park. The lion, the cape buffalo, the elephant, the rhino, and the leopard comprise this elite group of African wildlife. [this activity expands over a 2-day period]
BIG FIVE TRACKING (Sighting B.)
  • You'll continue to track "Big Five" in the Kruger National Park.
GAME VIEWING
  • Now that you have tracked the "Big Five", it's time to take a leisurely ride through the Kruger National Park and see some of the other animals, birds, and reptiles that inhabit the reserve. They include impala, wildebeest, cheetah, African wild dog, hyena, antelope, hippo, baboon, eagle, lizards, tortoises, African rock python, and Nile crocodile.
SWAZILAND (Sighting A.)

[Swaziland is tiny, but is a culturally and historically rich country. It is bounded by South Africa and Mozambique and is located in Southern Africa].

  • You'll arrive in Swaziland and explore its unique landscape and indulge in the Swazi culture during back to many centuries.
  • Visit a factory and see how colorful handmade candles are created using natural products and an age-old technique called "millefiore". These candles create for unique African souvenir.
SWAZILAND (Sighting B.)
  • You'll hike the Sibebe Rock, the largest exposed granite dome in Africa and the second largest in the world. The biggest dome of this kind is the Ayers Rock in Australia.
SWAZILAND (Sighting C.)
  • You'll visit the Shewula Mountain Camp. This is first community owned eco-tourism attraction in Swaziland. Located in the Shewula Nature Reserve, the camp offers views of the Mbuluzi and Mlawula Reserves. Here, you can walk through the village and get to interact with the locals.
SWAZILAND (Sighting D.)
  • You'll visit the Mantenga Cultural Village in the Mantenga Falls Nature Reserve. Here, there are live traditional dances and song being performed. Then, you will get to tour the Swazi huts - some from the 1850's, and learn about the indigenous food, clothing, and other lifestyle custom of the natives.
KWAZULI-NATAL/ZULULAND
  • You will have a choice to visit the Mtonjaneni Zulu Cultural Museum, where Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 memorabilia and artifacts are housed.
  • Or go to the Mgungungdglovu Museum to explore four centuries of illustrious Zulu history [a specialized guide is on hand to take visitors on a site tour of the restored capital of King Dingane].
GARDEN ROUTE/KNYSNA
  • You'll take a flight to Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ). Then, proceeds along the Garden Route to Knysna, arriving at your lodge.
FEATHERBED NATURE RESERVE
  • On a floating restaurant, you'll take a cruise to the Knysna Heads (incl. the Western Head), led by a specialist guide on board that educates on the site's history, waterways, fauna and flora.
CAPE TOWN/WINELANDS
  • Along the wine route from Stellenbosch wine route to Cape Town, you'll visit Cape Winelands' vineyards and taste marvelous grapes and wines. Why not dine at one of the wineries' world renowned restaurants?
ARTISANS' CRAFT
  • Depending on your time of departure, if you have time, you can visit an organic farmers' market or cultural fair, where homemade snacks and artisan's' crafts are displayed and sold.
  • You'll depart Cape Town International Airport (CPT).
INCLUDED
  • Eco-lodge stays
  • Wildlife/naturalist guide
  • Ground transportation (incl. airport transfers)
  • Meals and house beverages at the lodges
  • Parks' entry fees
  • 24-hour concierges at L' EcoResorts
NOT INCLUDED (separate vacation services and products)
  • Air flights (international/local)
  • Booking taxes and gratuities an additional 5%
  • Winery/vineyard visit
May through to September is the dry season and considered the best time of year to visit Kruger and most other wildlife parks in South Africa.
  • May through to September the vegetation is less around the rivers and waterholes where the animals gather to drink, which makes spotting them easier. There are less rainy days, the skies are clearer, and there are fewer mosquitoes. Fewer tourists visit the parks during this period, since it is the low season.
  • April through September, this period offers great game viewing opportunities.
  • April through May and September through October, this period provide the best weather of pleasant temperature climate on the safaris.
  • June through August, during this period mornings and nights the temperature drop. For early morning game drive during June, July, and August, we recommend that you dress to be warm.
  • The price includes eco-lodges, naturalist guide, parks' entry fees, road transportation, meals and house beverages, and 24-hour concierges at L' EcoResorts.
  • Ninety or more days prior to your arrival, 30% of the rate is required to confirm your reservation.
  • Thirty days or less and prior to your arrival, the full reservation amount is required. In the event of changes to the lodge reservation or the dates of your flights, by you, such a cancellation is subjected to 10% cancellation fee. Note: this refers to changes in your reservation only [see additional cancellation policy below].
  • The tour price is based on the number of persons indicated. For personalized group rates, please make inquiry with us regarding the package cost.
  • Participants shall have the ability to hike some easy and advance nature trails.
When you book your nature tour online through our website (lecoresorts.com), your reservation will be processed through our secure online payment system. When you first submit a "BOOK NOW" request, one of our agents will contact you to confirm your details. Once your reservation is confirmed, by you, you will receive a notification from us.

GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • The tours by L' EcoResorts are nature based, guided, and include walking through rainforests, mountain hiking, cycling, cruising and water rafting, and preserves/safari jaunts.
  • On rainforest tours, you can observe rare and weird species. The Amazon, for example, contains the world’s largest range of wildlife species. Living in the Amazon rainforest are over 40, 000 species of plants, 427 types of mammals (incl. jaguar, anteater, and giant otter), 1,300 varieties of birds, 378 breeds of reptiles (incl. boa), in excess of 400 classes of amphibians (incl. dart poison frogs) and roughly 3,000 categories of freshwater fish. Due to its vastness and some unreachable areas, many species in the Amazon remain undiscovered by scientists. Depending on where in the world your eco resort is located, the nature tour you booked will take you on an intriguing path within that region.
  • On safari tours in Africa, you will observe animals in their natural habitats such as giraffes, lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, zebras, gorillas, panthers, birds, and reptiles. [At L' EcoResorts, we do not offer or support sports hunting or trophy hunting, which is not the same as survival hunting by the native people or any persons who depends on this tradition/method for their food source].
  • On mountain tours, you will hike up some of the most spectacular mountains in the world, these include the Swiss and French Alps, the Andes, the Himalaya mountains, Blue Mountain Peaks (Jamaica), and the Rocky Mountains in Canada and the United States.
  • British Columbia, Canada, and Alaska, United States allow travelers to traverse some of the most spectacular natural land in North America. These sites include the Great Bear Forest, Denali National Park and Preserve (and mountain), Kenai Fjords, and Brooks Falls. The regions are notable for bear viewing, whale watching, and their remote wildernesses, icy seas, and glacial landscapes.
  • Most of the nature tours by L’ EcoResorts are available off-the-beaten paths, in the wild. But in some cases, some tours may be available on land governed by the state or other bodies. Travelers are responsible to pay any entrance fees or additional transportation fees for themselves and their groups in order to access such sites, unless otherwise stated. Additional transportation may include boat, train, and float plane. All information regarding your tour will be provided to you.
CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Cancellations made 91 days or more prior to travel, 90% refund will be granted, unless otherwise stated.
  • Cancellations made 90 to 31 days prior to travel, 50% refund will be granted, unless otherwise stated.
  • Cancellations made 30 days or less prior to travel no refunds will be granted.
Due the complexities of the various policies by international operators and other third parties in the regions where the nature tours are available, the "CANCELLATION POLICY" by L’ EcoResorts is structured to apply to all reservations.

  • We highly strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance prior to your tour.

DISCLAIMER

L' EcoResorts, its employees, its affiliates and their employees accept no responsibility, whatsoever, for travelers’ health and safety while they partake in a nature tour. While participating in the tours booked through L' EcoResorts, it is the sole responsibility of the traveler to secure their health and safety. It is further the responsibility of travelers to do health checkups and acquire a clean bill of health from a professional health care provider before embarking on any physical activities, therefore relieving L' EcoResorts, its partners, and its staffs from any blame as it relates to the health and safety of travelers.

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