Classic Big Game Safari

Big Game Safari South Africa
Classic Big Game Safari(Full Itinerary)
This 10-day Big Game safari offers you the best chance to see all the classic big game species of Africa. We have chosen locations with superb scenery, incredible birds, fantastic cuisine and excellent accommodation for a dream safari experience.

Next Departure date: To be confirmed

ITINERARY – Classic Big Game Safari
DAY 1:
Start of safari in Johannesburg; drive or fly to Kruger National Park

Welcome to the “rainbow nation” of South Africa! Your fantastic Classic Big Game safari will start today in Johannesburg at the O.R. Tambo International Airport.You will be met by your Nature Travel guide and after a quick meet-and-greet we will either:
• Fly to the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (45 minute flight), situated about an hour outside the Kruger National Park, where we will pick up our comfortable vehicle to use for the duration of the safari, or
• Pack our bags into our comfortable vehicle and drive to the Kruger National Park, about 4 and a half hours away.

Either way, once in our vehicle we will have some time to get to know each other and share some stories of our previous travels around South Africa and the rest of the world. We will probably enter the park at the Phabeni or Kruger gate and make our way to our home for the next two nights, Skukuza rest camp.

*Please note: We suggest you arrive at the O.R. Tambo Airport as early in the morning as you can, as this will lengthen the time we can spend on our first day in the park. If you would like us to help with your travel arrangements, let us know and we will gladly assist.

“Kruger”, as the locals call it, covers a vast area of 19,485 km2 (7,523 sq miles) and extends 360 kilometres (220 mi) from north to south and 65 kilometres (40 mi) from east to west. It is the tenth largest game reserve on earth. Areas of the park were first protected by the government of South Africa in 1898, and it became South Africa’s first national park in 1926. It is now part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park that links Kruger National Park with the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique.

The park welcomes more than 1.5 million visitors every year yet never feels crowded. It is not a glorified tourist trap, but a true conservation showcase. Within the fences, ecosysytems function as they pretty much always have, with minimal human intervention. Few places in the world can compete with Kruger on a diversity level. All the famous Big Five game animals (Buffalo, Elephant, 2 species of rhino, Lion and Leopard) are found in Kruger, which has more species of large mammals than any other African game reserve (at 147 species). Over 520 species of birds have also been seen in the park, along with vast numbers of reptiles, insects and other fauna and flora. We should tick about 30 to 40 mammal species and over 250 bird species during this trip!
Skukuza, where we are heading, is the park’s administrative headquarters, its largest camp and sometimes feels like a (very) small town compared to the other camps in Kruger. It is situated on the southern bank of the Sabie River. This is a perennial river and one of the largest and most biologically diverse in the park. The habitat here comprises riparian zones, with large trees lining the river banks, and Sabie River thickets away from the river courses. The permanent water source here attracts large numbers of Impala, one of the main prey items of Leopard, and we will be on the lookout for these and other predators such as Lion, African Wild Dog and Spotted Hyaena.

African Elephant and African Buffalo are also common in the area, usually heading down to the river as the day heats up. The area is, however, not really suited to large numbers of grazing animals and small herds of browsers such as Greater Kudu and Bushbuck are more common here.

We will hopefully arrive in time for a late lunch at the beautiful restaurant overlooking the Sabie river and then check into our comfortable bungalows. We will have some time to relax before we head out again in the afternoon for our first game drive.

During our time in Kruger we will traverse the southern section of the park, bordered by the Crocodile River in the south, the Sabie River in the north, and the Lebombo mountains in the east, along the border with Mozambique. The western border is a fence with the Republic of South Africa. We will chat during our drive here and decide on our plan of action for the time we have in Kruger, making sure that all our target species for the safari are seen.
This afternoon we might visit the famous Lake Panic hide near Skukuza’s nursery; a great spot from which to see aquatic bird species and animals drinking from close up. This is normally a good spot from which to see your first Nile Crocodile and Hippopotamus on safari in Kruger, although even Leopard and Lion have turned up here in the recent past! Make sure your camera batteries are charged – this is a great place for some excellent shots.

We will return to camp to freshen up and then we will enjoy dinner in the restaurant again. The chefs are rightly proud of their fare and you will get a taste of some of South Africa’s very good traditional dishes along with some more “continental” options.

After dinner we will head to our bungalows for a good night’s sleep in the African bush. Remember to look up as you walk back to your room, the stars out here in the bush are truly spectacular.

DAY 2:
Kruger National Park (Skukuza)

Today we have a full day to explore the far southern section of the park. We will head out of camp as soon as the gates open and go on our first game drive of the day. We will enjoy coffee and rusks (a traditional South African dunking biscuit) in our vehicle during our drive and return to camp after 2 to 3 hours for a late breakfast.

Today we could head west on the Doispane road towards Pretoriuskop Camp. There are many roads to follow and many species of fauna and flora to see, so we guarantee you won’t be bored!

We will not only look for the Big Five and other big game, but also enjoy our fantastic cast of feathered friends here in Kruger. The riverine vegetation in the Skukuza area plays host to huge numbers of bird species, and some uncommon and special ones like Crowned Eagle, African Finfoot and Pel’s Fishing Owl have been seen here.

Other birds we will look for in this area of the park include Terrestrial Brownbul, Bearded Scrub Robin, Green-backed Camaroptera, Kurrichane Thrush, Grey Tit-flycatcher, Black-headed Oriole, Brubru, Retz’s Helmetshrike, Marico, Collared and White-bellied Sunbird, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Southern Black Tit, Pied and Giant Kingfisher, Red-billed and African Firefinch, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Cardinal and Bearded Woodpecker, Coqui Francolin, Brown-crowned and Black-crowned Tchagra, Burnt-necked and Yellow-bellied Eremomela and many others.

We will have some down time in Skukuza in the warm hours of the day, and it is usually a good idea to walk around the camp grounds in search of interesting fauna and flora. Skukuza is well foliaged and there are some lofty trees along the river’s edge. Birds like Crowned Hornbill, Grey-headed Bushshrike and African Green Pigeon are regularly seen in the camp, along with Bushbuck and various squirrel species.

The camp also houses the Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Library And Museum (James Stevenson-Hamilton was the first warden of Kruger National Park) which has some fascinating artefacts on display. You’ll get to know some things about Kruger Park that you’d never imagined! There are also very engaging stories to read, like the miraculous tale of Harry Wolhuter, one of Kruger’s very first game rangers, complete with real-life props showing his escape from a lion attack while patrolling on horseback.

We will go out on another game drive in the afternoon, choosing a route that will not only give us a good chance to spot some members of the Big Five, but also some good opportunities for great sunset photos. This might entail venturing a little north, on the road towards Satara. The habitat is this area changes quickly from riparian to savannah, and it is normally a great area for the traditional grass eaters like Common Wildebeest and Plains Zebra. These are inevitably followed by predators like Lion, Spotted Hyaena and Cheetah, and we’ll do our best to spot one or more of these.

We will again have dinner at the restaurant upon our return to camp and chat about our great time in Kruger so far. Keep an eye out when you walk back to your room tonight, as the camp is a great place to spot the dove-sized Wahlberg’s Epauletted Fruit Bat and the very cute South African Thick-tailed Galago.

Tonight might be a good opportunity to partake in probably one of the best optional activities one can do here in the park, namely a night drive with one of Kruger’s knowledgeable rangers. On this drive you may encounter some of the rarer nocturnal mammals such as African Civet, genets, Side-striped Jackal, the beautiful Serval, White-tailed Mongoose and even African Wildcat, along with several species of owl and nightjar. These include Spotted and Verreaux’s Eagle-owl, African Scops Owl, Southern White-faced Owl, and Square-tailed and Fiery-necked Nightjar. Please inform us well in advance of the trip if you plan to do a night drive, as this is a very popular activity that is normally filled up as soon as bookings open.

DAY 3:
Kruger National Park (Skukuza)

We have another full day in the area around Skukuza. We will start with coffee and rusks in the vehicle at a beautiful spot next to the Sabie river, as we make our way southeast towards Lower Sabie rest camp.

We will follow the famous H4-1 tar road, affectionately known by regular Kruger visitors as “Piccadilly Circus” (after the equally busy road in London) due to the high numbers of visitors that drive it. The nickname is quite apt, but remember, if you have more visitors’ eyes staring into the bush you have a higher chance of seeing something spectacular.

The road follows the course of the Sabie River, and boasts a mix of riverine forest, woodland and thornveld, attracting a wide variety of bird and animal species. There are many small gravel loops turning toward (and away from) the river, and the road also has the famous Nkuhlu picnic spot (where we will stop to stretch our legs and have breakfast), N’watimhiri dam and Sunset dam alongside it.

The road is especially famous for its large herds of African Elephant and Impala, as well as some of the best Leopard sightings in the entire park. It is also virtually guaranteed that you will see lots of Chacma Baboons and Vervet monkeys along this road, along with avian specials like White-crowned Lapwing, Black Cuckooshrike, Half-collared Kingfisher, Red-faced Cisticola and maybe even an African Finfoot!

One of our guides had the best wildlife encounter of his life recently, when he saw a Martial Eagle attack and kill a Steenbok (by diving into it at high speed) and then promptly fly off with its prize in its massive talons!

We will arrive at the beautiful Lower Sabie rest camp around midday and enjoy lunch at the restaurant overlooking a beautiful stretch of the Sabie river. There is a famous photograph that was taken from the deck of this restaurant that contains every member of the Big Five! In one photograph!
After lunch we will make our way slowly back along the same road we came on; however things change quickly in Kruger, and we can expect to see many different animals and birds on our way back to Skukuza.

We will arrive at Skukuza late in the afternoon and enjoy some down time before we meet up again for dinner at the restaurant. We will chat about our wonderful time in Kruger so far and about all the amazing sightings we have witnessed. Then it’s off to bed and a good night’s sleep.

DAY 4:
Kruger National Park (Skukuza to Berg-en-Dal)

We will start our day with a later breakfast today, and afterwards pack our bags and head out of Skukuza. We are aiming south, driving to Berg-en-Dal rest camp (often referred to as the “rhino camp”) and our home for tonight.

We will explore some of the smaller dirt roads and thereby keeping off the main tar roads, for the best game viewing and birdwatching experience. We will decide on the best route to take, maybe enjoying the famous Biyamiti road or the equally legendary Voortrekker road.
Some of the bird species we will search for during our drive today include Grey Penduline Tit, Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Groundscraper Thrush, Red-headed Weaver, Mocking Cliff Chat, Croaking and Lazy Cisticola, Lizard Buzzard, Bushveld Pipit, Flappet Lark, Pallid Flycatcher, Striped Kingfisher, Yellow-throated Bush Sparrow and many more.

We will have lunch at a picnic site, or maybe at Berg-en-Dal’s restaurant if we arrive in time. The scenery in the area closer to Berg-en-Dal is characterised by beautiful rocky outcrops and small hills, so it’s a hotspot for Leopard! It also makes for some fantastic photographic opportunities. The area hosts high numbers of White Rhinoceros, Greater Kudu, Impala, Giraffe, some African Elephant, Southern Reedbuck, Klipspringer, Grey Rhebok and Common Warthog. Large packs of African Wild Dog are also regularly seen in the region.

Upon arrival at Berg-en-Dal, we will have some time to explore the camp itself. Berg-en-Dal, meaning ‘mountain and dale’, is aptly named for its superb location on the bank of the Matjulu spruit in the far southwest of the park. It is one of the new generation of camps and was opened in 1984. There is a very popular Rhino Perimeter Trail walk that skirts the camp fence all the way around. Not only is it a beautiful, relaxing and informative exercise, you might get to see something interesting! Recently on this walk there have been sightings of the rare White-backed Night Heron, the ferocious Honey Badger and the sought-after Thick-billed Cuckoo, to name just a few. Birds seen almost always on the walk include Scarlet-chested Sunbird and White-browed Robin-chat, while mammals might include Bushbuck, Hippopotamus and several squirrels and monkeys. Also look out for the beautifully coloured Southern Tree Agama.

The camp has a beautiful swimming pool to cool off in, as well as good restaurant facilities and a nightly video show with some interesting local nature programmes. The main restaurant area overlooks a beautiful water feature that is the perfect setting for just sitting down and relaxing with an ice cream and a pair of binoculars.

We will gather for sundowner drinks, update our bird and mammal lists and then enjoy dinner, and afterwards retire to our bungalows for our last night in magical Kruger. If there is time we might make a social fire at one of our bungalows. Nothing beats sitting around the fire with a drink in hand in the African bush, with only the night sounds and millions of stars for company. A truly magical experience!

DAY 5:
Kruger National Park to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

We will do a last walk in camp before breakfast, and then head to the nearby Malelane Gate to exit the park after a wonderful few days.

We are heading south towards our next destination. It will take us about 3 to 4 hours to reach Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in eSwatini (The Kingdom of Swaziland’s new name), but the drive is incredibly scenic, with amazing mountain ridges and lush green valleys in between.

We will reach Mlilwane at about midday and have lunch at our chosen accommodation. We will either be staying at the main Mlilwane Rest Camp (with its traditional beehive huts and beautiful waterhole) or the luxurious, colonial-style Reilly’s Rock Hilltop Lodge a short drive from the main camp.

The sanctuary only covers 4,560 hectares in the Ezulwini Valley, or “valley of heaven”, but it is breathtakingly beautiful here. It is rightly known as “eSwatini’s outdoor lover’s paradise”, with an array of activities on offer, from mountain biking, hiking, 4×4 trails, horse riding, cultural tours and more. The sanctuary spans the transition zone between highveld and lowveld, dissected by the Usushwana river forming a southern and northern section. The diversity within this small area is exceptional, with an altitude range of 660m to 1,437m (2,165 to 4,715 feet) above sea level and a high annual rainfall of 1,270mm (50 in) providing for many streams and waterways.

Mlilwane is almost entirely granite-based. The granite is hard-weathering, providing for extensive rocky outcrops and deep red loam soils rich in iron, associated with large-leafed trees. The southern section is predominately open grassland savanna plains with middleveld vegetation stretching up onto the striking lone sentinel of Nyonyane Mountain with its exposed granite peak known as the “Rock of Execution”. Mlilwane North is highveld grassland with ravine forests and rocky outcrops. The perfect mix of lakes, forests and grasslands!

Once a highly profitable multi-purpose farm, Mlilwane was proclaimed in 1961 and is now the kingdom’s most popular eco-destination for locals and internationals alike. The name ‘Mlilwane’ (‘Little Fire’ in siSwati) was derived from the numerous fires started by lightning strikes on the Mlilwane Hill but now holds significance as the little fire that ignited the conservation movement in eSwatini.

Mlilwane’s diverse habitats support a surprisingly extensive fauna species list. Although unable to support large herds of game, there are a number of animal species to be seen including Hippopotamus, Plains Zebra, Common Wildebeest, Greater Kudu, Nyala, Waterbuck, Hartebeest, Springbok, Steenbok, Klipspringer, Impala, Blesbok, Bushbuck, Common Duiker, Southern Reedbuck and Common Warthog. Mlilwane also boasts several rare antelope species, including Oribi, Suni, Grey Rhebok, Blue and Natal Red Duiker, and Roan Antelope. Seldom seen, but present in the sanctuary are the ever-elusive Leopard and a variety of smaller mammals like Aardvark, genets, Cape Porcupine, Honey Badger, African Civet and at least 3 species of mongoose.

Reptiles are well represented in Nile Crocodiles, Nile Monitors, lizards, skinks and the Southern Tree Agama, with a good selection of snakes. Amphibians let their presence be known after rains, including Painted Reed Frog, Common Caco and at least 4 species of toad.

From a birding perspective, Mlilwane has surprising diversity for such a small reserve. Colourful highlights include Narina Trogon, Purple-crested Turaco, African Green Pigeon and three species of robin-chats. Also on the list are Crested Guineafowl, Southern Bald Ibis, Marsh Owl, Crowned, African Fish and Verreaux’s Eagle, Black Sparrowhawk, Lanner Falcon, Jackal Buzzard, Olive Woodpecker, 5 species of kingfisher, weavers, bishops, Cape and Fan-tailed Grassbird, Red-backed Mannikin and many others.

We will enjoy a game drive in Mlilwane this afternoon, marvelling at the stunning landscapes and hopefully ticking some new species for our growing trip list.

We will return to our chosen accommodation to freshen up and then enjoy dinner before heading off for a good night’s sleep. Tomorrow we are back in South Africa to continue our safari in some fantastic reserves in the Kwazulu-Natal province.

DAY 6:
Mlilwane to Mkuze Game Reserve

Our day will start with breakfast and a short morning game drive, then we pack our bags and leave the beautiful Kingdom of eSwatitni.
Our journey will then continue southeast, to one of the KwaZulu-Natal province’s premier wildlife viewing spots, Mkuze Game Reserve. Our drive of about 3 and a half hours will see us either skirting the eSwatini border on the west, or driving all the way through this small country, before reaching our destination.
We should arrive in the Mkuze area mid to late afternoon and we will waste no time finding some of the spectacular animals and birds that call this remarkable area home.

Mkuze is a 40,000 hectare (150 sq mi) game reserve that was proclaimed a protected area in 1912. It constitutes the northwestern section of the greater iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mkuze has a wide diversity of natural habitats which include acacia savannah, mixed woodland, sand forest, riverine forest, rivers and pans, grassland, cliffs and rocky ridges.

We will definitely drive to the sand forest; this dry and localized type of forest is home to several spectacular species of birds that are difficult to see anywhere else in South Africa, including Pink-throated Twinspot, Gorgeous Bushshrike, Neergaard’s Sunbird, African Barred Owlet, Yellow-bellied Greenbul, Crested Guineafowl and Rudd’s Apalis.

In terms of big game, Mkuze is also home to several fantastic mammal species, including Africa’s Big Five: African Elephant, African Buffalo, Black and White Rhinoceros, Lion and Leopard. We hope to see some (or all) of these during our time here, plus maybe some nice photographs of them!
Once we have seen some nice species and enjoyed the beautiful green scenery of Mkuze, we will head to our accommodation just outside the park. We will enjoy a good meal and chat about our awesome trip so far, and maybe start planning our next trip somewhere on the planet… Then it’s off to bed for a good night’s sleep.

DAY 7:
Mkuze Game Reserve

We will enjoy an early breakfast at our lodge before returning to Mkuze.
We have a full day ahead to explore the incredible diversity of Mkuze, not just mammals but also a whole host of fascinating birds. The reserve boasts one of Africa’s smallest antelope, the Suni, as well as the largest land mammal on the planet, the African Elephant!

Mkuze is a typical bushveld area, with great beauty, contrast and fantastic mammals. We will hope to tick several species here, including Hippopotamus, African Wild Dog, African Buffalo, Cheetah, both Black and White Rhinoceros, Giraffe, Chacma Baboon, Vervet monkey, Honey Badger, Common Warthog and a multitude of plains game. These include Impala, Nyala, Common Wildebeest, Plains Zebra and Greater Kudu. Amongst the less common, small antelope to be found are Common Duiker, Steenbok, Natal Red Duiker and the diminutive Suni. There are also a wide variety or tortoises, terrapins, snakes and lizards.

Birding wise Mkuze is undoubtedly one of the top birding spots in South Africa, with a list of way over 450 species, and an unpredictability that makes birders return here time after time. It boasts several special and range-restricted species and we’ll keep an eye out for Southern Banded Snake Eagle, Sooty Falcon, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Green Malkoha, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Broad-billed Roller, African Broadbill, Eastern Nicator, Olive-tree Warbler, Black-bellied Bustard, Senegal Lapwing, several vulture species, Martial Eagle, White-crested Helmetshrike and Grey Penduline Tit.

We will have a packed lunch today and enjoy it somewhere in the park where there is a nice view of one of the dams or surrounding hills.
At one of the large wetlands, we will look for bird species such as Pink-backed and Great White Pelican, African Openbill, Yellow-billed and Woolly-necked Stork, African Pygmy Goose, Lesser Jacana, Dwarf Bittern, Goliath Heron, Water Thick-knee, Lesser Masked and Thick-billed Weaver, African Wattled Lapwing and Whiskered Tern. Several good hides are situated in the park, mostly overlooking waterholes and these can be worth a visit, sometimes producing memorable moments. Just don’t wander too close to the water’s edge, as there are some monstrously huge Nile Crocodiles here!
We will return to our lodge outside the reserve for doing our lists, having dinner and enjoying a good night’s rest before we tackle the final exciting leg of our trip for tomorrow onwards.

DAY 8:
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

We will start our day with an early breakfast and then we are off to our next destination, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.
But first, we are going to do a detour to the nearby iSimabgaliso Wetland Park. This 3,280 km2 (1,270 sq mi) park was created to protect the vital wetland of Lake St. Lucia, South Africa’s most important breeding area for waterbirds. iSimangaliso is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site (South Africa’s first, listed in 1999) and a Ramsar Wetland of Importance.

The park includes several smaller parks, reserves and conservation areas of critical importance for some unique fauna and flora. The park was previously known as the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, but was renamed in 2007. The word iSimangaliso means “a miracle” or “something wondrous” in the local Zulu language.

The reason for the huge diversity in fauna and flora in the park is the great variety of ecosystems, ranging from coral reefs and sandy beaches to subtropical dune forests, savannahs, and wetlands. Animals occurring on the park include African Elephant, Leopard, Black and White Rhinoceros, African Buffalo, Hippopotamus, Nile Crocodile and in the ocean, whales, dolphins, and marine turtles.

We’ll arrive in the park after a short while and drive around, marvelling at the stunning beauty and maybe even see some birds and mammals. Top birds here include Caspian, Swift, Sandwich, Common and Little Tern, Great White and Pink-backed Pelican, Lesser Flamingo, Yellow-billed and Woolly-necked Stork, Ruff, Ruddy Turnstone, Grey Plover, Pied Avocet, Goliath Heron and many more. It is also a rarity hotspot, with recent records of Great Frigatebird, Eurasian Oystercatcher and Brown Noddy, so keep those eyes peeled!
We will then continue our journey towards the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, where we will head straight to our chosen accommodation for the next two nights. We will check in and have lunch while we enjoy the stunning landscape around us.
We will then go on an afternoon game drive, looking for the amazing fauna and flora species that call this fantastic reserve home.

Formerly known as the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve it is now called the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. The park is the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa and officially opened in 1895 – yes, that’s 1895! It is 960 km2 in size, and known for its rich wildlife and conservation efforts. It lies in the heart of “old Zululand” and is rich in history, dating back to the early Iron Age and the heyday of the Zulu Kingdom of King Shaka, who apparently used the area where the park now lies as his favourite hunting ground.

The northern section is known as the Hluhluwe side of the park while the southern section is known as the Imfolozi / Umfolozi portion. The Hluhluwe portion with its rugged hilly topography has several magnificent vantage points from where to view the various wildlife that roam the area. The larger Imfolozi portion feels more “wild” somehow and has flatter areas of open grassland and woodland features.

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi is home to not just Africa’s Big Five, but almost 90 other species of mammals. These include Nyala, Hippopotamus, Giraffe, African Wild Dog, Cheetah, Greater Kudu, Impala, Common Warthog, Waterbuck, Spotted Hyaena, Common Wildebeest, Bushpig, Common Eland, Suni, mongoose, baboons and monkeys. There is also a variety of tortoises, terrapins, snakes and lizards, along with some massive Nile Crocodiles. The park is world renowned for its White Rhinoceros conservation and its Centenary Capture Centre is setting exceptional standards for animal capture in Africa.

After an exciting drive we will return to camp and freshen up. We will have dinner and chat about our wonderful trip. By now you would have realised why, despite some problems, South Africa should be high on every wildlife lover’s must-visit list. We will then retire to our rooms for a good night’s sleep.

Tonight might be a good opportunity to partake in a night drive with one of the park’s knowledgeable and friendly rangers. On this drive you may encounter some of the rarer nocturnal mammals such as Leopard, chameleons, bushbabies, Aardvark, Spotted and Water Thick-knee, Bronze-winged Courser, Spotted Eagle-owl, Fiery-necked and European Nightjar and maybe even White-backed Night Heron. Please inform us well in advance of the trip if you plan to do a night drive, as this is a very popular activity that is normally filled up as soon as bookings open.

DAY 10:
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park to King Shaka International Airport and Departure

We will have breakfast this morning, then pack our bags and check out of our accommodation.

Then we will drive slowly out of Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, hoping to spot something interesting or photogenic on the way out.
Then it is a drive south of about 3 hours to the King Shaka International Airport, situated just north of the coastal city of Durban. Here we will say our goodbyes and you will leave on your onward flight after an amazing trip.

*Please note: Extensions to the Drakensberg, Cape Town of further afield can easily be arranged. Get in touch with us to organise this for you.

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