Battlefields & Hluhluwe-Umfolozi
From Jo'burg we immediately head south into the Midlands Battlefields area of Kwazulu-Natal. Here we'll visit the world renowned Rorke's Drift and Isandlwana before continuing through Zululand to Greater St. Lucia, the first South African park granted World Heritage status by UNESCO. From here we spend a day in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve. The reserve is arguably the best place in Africa to see both black and white rhino and it's also possible to see the Big Five and a host of other wildlife including wild dog, crocodile and hippo.
St. Lucia & Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Before we leave St. Lucia there's time to explore the scenic wetlands and Cape Vidal, snorkel in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, take a guided game walk or join a boat up the St. Lucia River, watching for hippos and crocs. Whale and turtle watching are also seasonal options. Next we head to the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland and Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Here the absence of big cats allows for a very different game-viewing experience and we take a foot safari in search of giraffe, wildebeest, impala, nyala and warthog.
Gamelands of Kruger
Crossing back into South Africa we enter the huge gamelands of Kruger National Park. Covering an area the size of Israel, the park was established in 1898 to protect big game and is now one of the most prolific animal habitats in South Africa. Home to most of Africa's animal species we'll spend a full day making extensive game drives. There's the chance to spot the Big Five as well as rhino, leopard, cheetah, zebra and almost all of South Africa's species of antelope. Finally, we'll visit the awesome Blyde River Canyon, and God's Window on our drive back to Jo'burg.
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