9-Day Safari Kruger National Park Heritage Tour

Tours South Africa
3780.00 Dollar US$  

Description

There was a time when the Kruger Park was visited for the excitement of the wildlife viewing but in the past few years, discoveries of great kingdoms and ancient settlements have ensured that the Kruger landscape has become one of the foremost historical and cultural regions in Africa. For some visitors to Kruger, the heartbeat of an ancient past could be felt in their souls and in particular in the northern reaches of the park where the landscape is dominated by baobabs, valleys and hills.

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TOUR FACTS Country:
South Africa

You will visit:
Pretoria (City), Kruger National Park, Visit Historical & Cultural sites, Game Viewing on route, Hannahs Game Lodge, Pretoria (City)

Group or private:
Medium group

Comfort level:
Mid-range

Wildlife viewing:
Game drives, View wild life from the deck of your accommodation, Visit Historical & Cultural while viewing wild animals, Wild life viewing as well as scenic tour

Viewing by:
Open Safari Vehicle, Air conditioned luxury mini Bus

Getting around:
All terain vehicle 4x4, Open Safari Vehicle, Air conditioned luxury mini Bus

Getting there:
You will be collected in an airconditioned vehicle at the airport, (depending the arrival and departure times of flights you will be transferred to your overnight accommodation in Pretoria or Johannesburg). You will depart for your tour and returned as per the itinerary. This tour can be combined with other day trips or tours in the Gauteng, North West and Mpumalanga provinces. Overnight accommodation on arrival and departure can be arranged at an additional fee.
DETAILED TOUR DESCRIPTION Day to Day Activities

Day 1
Depart Pretoria/Johannesburg/ORT International. Travel by road in air-conditioned minibus to the Northern Province of Limpopo. On route, we will have two stops for leg stretch and refreshments. We arrive at our destination late afternoon. After dinner, we retire for early night.

Day 2
After early breakfast, we enter The Kruger National Park and start with our site seeing on early Kruger history. The Northern part of Kruger is also the place to look for the rare animals of the Park, however one should not loose sight of the fact that the “The Big Five” is always present in Kruger.

Route 1:
Enter at Pafuri gate and head for Crooks Corner (CC), on route, we pass Bobomeni drift. At CC we will disembark and take some photos. We now head south towards Punda Maria (PM). We stop at Baobab Hill, famous for the inscriptions of traders and hunters on the bark of the old tree. Near PM we view the Thulamela Iron Age site and the route that Voortrekker Hendrik Potgieter took during the Great Trek 1835. At PM we stop for refreshments.

Route 2:
Enter Punda Maria gate and visit the Thulamela Iron Age Site. After a short stay, we head for Shingwedzi. For the next hour, we will do some serious game viewing. On route, we pass Dzundwini Spring and one of the first boreholes in the north. We will stop at Shingwedzi for refreshments.

Our next stop will be Red Rocks, a Karoo sandstone formation where early inhabitants fished for fish trapped in the potholes. We will overnight in either Shingwedzi, Mopani or Boulders Camp (depending availability of accommodation). Dinner in the restaurant.

Day 3
After breakfast, we head for Phalaborwa.

Route 1
We route via Shimuwini (shortest route and will only be taken if Masorini is a visiting point) and stop at the Masorini Iron Age site for a visit to the settlement. The north Sotho inhabitants is believed to be the first ba-Phalaborwa iron smelters. After the visit, we depart for Letaba Camp.

Route 2
We depart our night stop destination and drive to Letaba Camp, passing by the Das Neves Cross. On arrival in Letaba we visit the famous Elephant Hall, erected in memory of the “Magnificent 7” the big tuskers of the 70’s. We enjoy refreshments on the banks of the Letaba River.

On departure, we will endeavour to visit Ranger Ledeboers quarters and his wife’s grave. Also on route, we see Von Wielligh’s Baobab, where he kept surveillance on the Mozambique and South African border. We will overnight in Olifants Camp. Dinner in the restaurant.
You will enjoy late afternoon refreshments overlooking the spectacular Olifants River.

Day 4 + 5
After breakfast, we depart for Satara Camp. This route is famous for its “Big Five” sightings as well as other interesting animal sightings. We will stay in Satara for 2 nights and make it our base camp from where we will explore and concentrate on all the well-known game viewing routes. Sites we will visit is that of Voortrekker leader, Louis Trichardt’s memorial as well as Ranger Harry Wolhuter's plaque where he was attacked by two lions and survived! We will do one-day open vehicle safari and one night open vehicle safari. Dinner will be in Camp restaurant.

Day 6 + 7
After breakfast, we head for Skukuza via Tshokwane where we will enjoy refreshments. At Skukuza Camp, the hub of Kruger we will stay for 2 nights. In Skukuza we have 12 sites that can be visited (own choice).

Other than the fantastic game viewing around Skukuza, there is an array of sites to visit, however some of the sites can only be visited in the company of a qualified field ranger.

Some of the popular sites will be the birthplace of the famous Jock of the Bushveld, Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Grave, Paul Kruger Statue and the newly erected rock wall, acknowledging the conservation work done by the Rangers of the SANParks.

Dinner will be in Camp restaurant. Optional extra will be one day and one night game drive in open safari vehicle.

Day 8
After breakfast, we depart Kruger exiting the Park at either Phabeni or Kruger Gate. We travel towards Hoedspruit where we will start our Panorama Route. We visit the Worlds greenest and third largest Canyon, Blyde. The popular waterfalls on the route as well as Gods Window. On route, we will enjoy refreshments. We night stop at Hannah’s Game Lodge. After a last evening together around a buffet table, we retire for a well-earned rest.

Day 9
After breakfast, we depart for Pretoria/Johannesburg or ORT International. Arrival will be at approximately 15h00

The above Itinerary can be altered to 10 days, 9 nights should the client feel that the travel stretch is too long between destinations. The operator will then suggest alternative night stops to suite the client.

Included

9 Days - 8 Nights Bed & Breakfast.
(Accommodation mentioned is subject to availability however, quality and comfort will not be compromised.)
Transportation will be in an air-conditioned luxury Mini-Bus.
2 x game viewing in open safari vehicle
CATHSSETA Registered National Tour guide for the duration of the tour – you are guaranteed personal attention!
Kruger National Park
Historic and Cultural sites
Panorama Route Tour
All entrance & conservation fees as mentioned

Excluded
International & Domestic Flights
All Lunches and dinners (except last evening) and any additional refreshments
All Beverages
Optional Extra Activities & Game Drives
Gratuities, Telephone calls etc.
Travel Insurance
ABOUT RATES Rates are per person sharing and exclude international flights

1: Additional Rate Information
• The tour is offered in $ USD for ease of reference however should be paid in ZAR
• A minimum of 2 people required - however 1 person will be accommodated as well on a private tour at a different rate.
• 50% payable at confirmation of the tour and final payment 30 days prior to start of tour.- Must be paid in ZAR and the exchange rate at the time of booking will be applicable.
• Full deposit will be forfeited if tour is cancelled 30 days prior to departure.
• Payments are required by Visa and Master card - Regret no Amex or diners cards.

2: Rates Include
• All taxes/VAT
• 9 / 8 Nights Accommodation - Bed and breakfast
• All Park fees / entrance fees as mentioned
• Accommodation and meals as mentioned in the tour description
• Transportation as mentioned in the tour description in air-conditioned vehicles
• Game drives as per itinerary
• All activities as mentioned in the tour description
• A professional driver/guide
• CATHSETA Registered tour guide for the duration of the tour
• Panorama Route Tour
• Personal attention and service excellence

3: Rates Exclude
• International flights from home and back
• Tips & porterage
• Visa fees (if applicable)
• Travel insurance
• All Lunches, Dinners and drinks
• Gratuities, Telephone calls etc.
• Other personal items
• All optional extras not mentioned




PRICES ARE NOT FINAL AND MAY CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE CONTACT US FOR A FULL AND DETAILED QUOTE
DEPARTURE DATES This tour doesn't have fixed departure dates. Instead, the departure dates can be customized in consultation with Flight of the Eagle Safaris & Tours. The final departure dates will depend on the client's preferences and availability of accommodations and/or other components of this tour.
TAKE NOTE ● This tour requires a minimum of 3 or more people, please see the 'rates' tab for more info
● This is a fixed tour package and can't be customized.
● This tour has fixed departure dates. Please see the 'Departure Dates' tab for more info