South Africa
Safari, Active, Nature & Wildlife, Culture, Solo Travel
Tour Type
Small group tour

Good to know

  • Southern-Africa specialist
  • Full financial protection
  • Average rating 5/5

A fantastic trip covering 4 different game parks, the city, the coast, mountains and Swaziland, this trip is a superb insight into what makes this part of South Africa so wonderful. You'll discover the true natural beauty of this country as you visit the spectacular Drakensberg, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the world-renowned Kruger National Park, enjoying game drives as well as scenery and history along the way.

You'll stay in some lovely 4* boutique hotels and the odd budget park accommodation chosen for location, this tour is great value for money.

Suggested Itinerary

Recommended route & experiences

Upon your arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, you will be greeted by your transfer driver and taken to Brooks Cottage in Pretoria. There will be time to relax and freshen up before joining your guide on a city tour through Pretoria. A visit to the Union Building and the Voortrekker Monument Museum will give you a glimpse into the complex history of South Africa. In the evening, you are welcome to join your fellow travellers for dinner at a superb restaurant (at own cost).

Where you'll stay
Into the Drakensberg

After breakfast and a tour briefing you embark on your journey and head south. Driving through the Free State Province, you travel to the picturesque town of Clarens, which is home to many artists and craftsmen. After an optional lunch, you continue to the Golden Gate National Park where you will

get your first glimpse of South Africa’s spectacular mountain scenery. Today’s destination is the Greenfire Drakensberg Lodge close to the Royal Natal National Park in the majestic Drakensberg Mountains. Enjoy the tranquillity and the spectacular views! After dinner, you can end the day sitting by the fireplace.

The second day in the Drakensberg is set aside for outdoor activities in this spectacular mountain scenery. The choice is yours! Following various trails, you can take a closer look at rock paintings of the San or look for the elusive Cape vulture. From the highest point, you will have splendid views over the Drakensberg Mountains as well as the Sterkfontein Dam and the Maloti Mountains in Lesotho. Furthermore, you can also enjoy the beautiful surroundings on horseback. There are riding options for beginners as well as experienced riders. Enjoy the day in great outdoors and the wonderful landscape around you.

Safari in St Lucia Estuary

In the morning, your journey continues to the famous Battlefields where you will visit the Blood River Monument as well as the Ncome Museum. Both sites are separated by a river which, on 16 December 1838, was the scene of one of the bloodiest battles between the Voortrekkers and the Zulus. This fierce battle has always played a major role in South African history, even up until today. After lunch, you will travel through the rolling hills of Kwa-Zulu Natal to the coastal town of St. Lucia. Dinner tonight will be at a restaurant in town (own expense). You will stay at the Forest Lodge.

Your second day here is dedicated to game viewing in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which was named Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park until 2007. Common sights in the park are rhinos, waterbucks, nyalas, buffaloes and large kudu herds and if you are in luck you might be able to see a leopard on the hunt. From various viewpoints, you will get a glimpse of the Indian Ocean and, when travelling in whale season, even a small chance to watch Southern Right Whales. After an exciting wildlife experience, you will reach Cape Vidal. End your game drive in a rather unusual way by taking a refreshing dip in the Indian Ocean!

In the afternoon, you will enjoy a boat trip on the St. Lucia Estuary. Hippos, crocodiles and various species of waterfowl can be observed from your boat. Again, you will enjoy dinner at a restaurant in town (own expense) and stay once more at Forest Lodge.

Where you'll stay
Pongola Game Reserve

An early start is on the agenda today as you travel to the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Southern Africa and well-known for its black and white rhino breeding project. You will explore the park on game drives and apart from rhinos, you might even see the rest of the Big Five in their natural habitat as well as various species of antelope and a large variety of birds. After lunch at Hilltop Camp (optional), you will slowly but surely make your way to the gate. Enjoy some more game viewing en route before finally leaving the park and heading north.

Today’s destination is the Pongola Game Reserve which is one of South Africa’s oldest game reserves. You and your fellow travellers will have the beautiful White Elephant Bush Camp exclusively to yourselves. While sipping a cold drink, you can enjoy a stunning sunset and the magnificent views over the bushland, Lake Jozani and the majestic Lebombo Mountains in the background. Round off the day by relaxing at the crackling campfire after dinner.

Explore Eswatini

In the early morning, you will go on a bush walk – an incredible experience and an absolute must at White Elephant. A professional walking guide will accompany you. Encounter the African bush from a different angle and without any disturbing noises, feel connected with nature and soak up the sights, sounds and smells. Back at camp, a sumptuous breakfast will be served. Thereafter you continue to the Kingdom of Swaziland. During a visit to the Mantenga Cultural Village, an authentic living museum, you can gain insight into the rich Swazi culture, their customs and traditions.

On your second day your explorations in Swaziland will be defined according to your wishes. During dinner the evening before, your guide will present the various options to you and together with your fellow travellers, you will determine the agenda for today. Stunning landscapes, friendly people and a rich cultural heritage await you! Depending on weather conditions, you can explore the surroundings of the lodge or the Milwane Wildlife Reserve by mountain bike, on foot or on horseback (optional). Visit the colourful markets and engage with the local people as well as Swazi arts and crafts.

At a candle factory, you can see how the famous and decorative Swazi Candles are being made and at a glass manufacture, you can witness the magical art of glassblowing.

Where you'll stay
Into the Kruger

After breakfast, you will leave Swaziland behind as you travel to South Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuary. Originally established as a game reserve, the Kruger was granted the title of national park in 1926. Thanks to its huge size and the variety of landscapes, the Kruger National Park is home to all animal species of Southern Africa. Not only will you find large herds of elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, lions and leopards, but also around 150 species of mammals, more than 500 bird species and almost 100 different reptiles. On your game drives in the afternoon, you will explore the wildlife-rich.

Your second day in the Kruger is dedicated to game viewing in the Kruger National Park. In the morning, you will set off on an extensive game drive in an open safari vehicle in search of impressive wildlife encounters. In the early evening you will have the opportunity to join a night game drive, accompanied by a national park ranger, and look for nocturnal animals (optional).

Where you'll stay
Kruger & the Panorama Route

In the early morning you can either leisurely wake up or opt to join a walking safari, accompanied by a park ranger (optional). After breakfast, you embark on your last game drive. Look forward to more exciting wildlife sightings! Reaching the park gate at around midday, it will be time to leave the Kruger National Park. You continue to the lovely Gecko Lodge just outside of Hazyview. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure. The spacious garden is a perfect place to wander around or simply unwind and especially on hot days, there is nothing better than taking a refreshing dip in the rock pool.

A second day of exploring the various highlights along the Panorama Route awaits! Look forward to visiting God’s Window with vast views across the lowveld and the Kruger National Park in the distance. You will also stop at the Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels which are three round mountain tops resembling traditional African homesteads. Take in the stunning views and marvel at the impressive Blyde River Canyon.

Where you'll stay

After a hearty breakfast at the lodge, you will drive through the province of Mpumalanga, heading back to Johannesburg. Your guide will take you to the airport and you will be able to fly back home in the evening.

We hope to see you in Africa again soon!

Upcoming departures

Departing Returning    
17 May 2024 29 May 2024 Enquire
12 Jul 2024 24 Jul 2024 Enquire
9 Aug 2024 21 Aug 2024 Enquire
13 Sep 2024 25 Sep 2024 Enquire
11 Oct 2024 23 Oct 2024 Enquire
8 Nov 2024 20 Nov 2024 Enquire
More dates available   Enquire

Good to know

  • Southern-Africa specialist
  • Full financial protection
  • Average rating 5/5

Where to stay

Sample accommodation suggested by our South Africa experts.

Gecko Lodge

Gecko Lodge

Gecko Lodge is situated 3 Km from Hazyview in Mpumalanga, South Africa, on a 35ha Farm with Sabie River Frontage...

Skukuza Rest Camp

Skukuza Rest Camp

Skukuza Rest Camp is a popular tourist destination located in the southern part of Kruger National Park in South Africa...

Foresters Arms

Foresters Arms

Set in stunning mountain countryside, Foresters Arms Hotel is a short, scenic drive from the capital, Mbabane, the perfect base for exploring all the attractions of this majestic Kingdom...

White Elephant Bush Camp

White Elephant Bush Camp

This unique self catering lodge provides for a family friendly relaxed, private, bush experience...

Forest Lodge

Forest Lodge

Forest Lodge & Forest Villas is a brand new upmarket Lodge which opened its doors on 01 May 2014 in the town of St Lucia, iSimangaliso world heritage site...

Greenfire Drakensberg Lodge

Greenfire Drakensberg Lodge

The Greenfire Drakensberg Lodge is one of the jewels in the Lodge Collection...

Brooks Cottage

Brooks Cottage

This lovely old home, with its Oregon floors and beautiful pressed ceilings, offers you a choice of five tastefully decorated north-facing rooms each with their own private entrance and full en-suite bathrooms – shower and bath...

How To Book

Contact us now to check availability for your preferred dates, or to find alternative dates.

What is your deposit and cancellation policy?

A 20% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place on one of our group tours. If you need to change your plans, you can transfer your deposit onto another trip as long as it is 60 days or more from the start of your trip. Full payment is then required 60 days before the tour start date.

For all tailor-made trips, we require a 30% non-refundable deposit as a total for all passengers. The remaining 70% is due 60 days before the start date of your trip.

If you need to cancel your trip the following cancellation fees apply:

Up to 60 days before departure: Deposit only

30-59 days: 75% of tour cost

Less than 30 days: 100% of tour cost

International flights or those not included in the small group tour must be paid for 100% at the time of booking.

How will you protect my money?

Many of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to:

If you book a non-flight package with us, your trip that you have booked with us is still 100% financially protected at no extra cost to you, and in accordance with ''The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018'' all passengers booking with Take Me to Africa Ltd are fully insured for the initial deposit, and subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form. The policy will also include repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Take Me to Africa Ltd.

This insurance has been arranged by The Protected Trust Services and you can find out more about their consumer protection here:


What are the different ways I can pay?

Once you have completed a booking form, we will send you a secure link to pay using a debit or credit card. Note that we do not accept AMEX.

For all international card payments there is a surcharge of 2.5% applied at the time of payment.

You can also pay by bank transfer, details of which can be provided on request, and whilst we do not impose any charges for this payment method, your bank may decide to charge you for any transfers, and these must be covered by you.

How should I bring my spending money?

Travellers cheques are not recommended but if you don’t wish to bring too much cash, you can obtain a multi-currency cash passport which will allow you to pre-load the currencies you will likely need such as US$ and ZAR and use it like a debit card whilst you are travelling. Most of these do not charge you to use them abroad, even when withdrawing from and ATM, but do check with your provider. We LOVE Revolut for its low fees, great app, and ease of use.

For certain countries like Zimbabwe we would recommend bringing low denominations of US$ cash ensuring you have clean, untorn bills as it can sometimes be difficult to withdraw from the ATMs. The hotels do accept credit cards as do the activity suppliers if you don’t want to carry too much.

We will always let you know in advance what our recommendations are.

Tour inclusions

Get in touch now for more details

Included Accommodation
Included Guided excursions
Included Ground transfers
Included All meals
Included International flights
Included Internal flights


What people are saying about Take Me To Africa

Becca L

We had the most incredible honeymoon and honestly can’t thank Sam enough for all of her planning and advice! From the beautiful accommodation to each activity, recommendation and transfer, everything was planned meticulously to make the most of every minute of the trip (eg. Visiting Vic Falls from the other side and visiting some highlights of the Panorama Route en route to the airport). Having met Sam in person, she completely understood what we were looking for in a honeymoon and created the most memorable, special trip we could have imagined. We were extremely impressed with the time and care that was taken in the planning process and the way that we managed to see so many different places in only a couple of weeks (Victoria Falls, safari in South Africa, beach break in Zanzibar and even some day trips across borders!). Sam even helped us postpone the trip twice (due to Covid restrictions) and couldn’t have been more helpful when we had questions. It was an absolute trip of a lifetime and we can’t recommend ‘Take Me To Africa’ more highly.

Guy S

Fantastic trip. Due to COVID we had to keep postponing our holiday but communication with Sam was fantastic. The schedule put together was exactly what we were looking for and the trips/hotels/lodges were perfect.


Trip of a lifetime! My wife booked this after seeming them at a show in London. Having never been to Africa I really wasn't sure was to expect. It was also the first real group tour we'd ever been on. Right from landing at Victoria Falls and meeting our guide for the trip Sam, it was truly excellent. The Take me to Africa team are clearly very knowledge and every part of the trip had clearly been very carefully considered. All the hotels were excellent and all the locations really good. My favourite was the lodge in the private game reserve.Its the first time we have ever been on safari and it was truly magical. We had a really amazing trip of a lifetime so my thanks go out to Sam and all the people who helped us and looked after us along the way.

Nick S

Superb and well organised tours, especially for a first time visitor to Africa!


We decided to go for a safari in Africa for our honeymoon and have chosen Take me To Africa for a bespoken tour. Sam, who look after us, was extremely helpful, knowledge and she fully understands our needs. She organised a fantastic tour between Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zanzibar booking for us stunning accommodation and all the transfers needed. Everything absolutely perfect, from extra welcoming stuff, delicious food, beautiful atmosphere, honestly we could have asked for more. Even when our outbound was cancelled because of a technical problem, Sam was very efficient on resolving the situation and she made sure everything was re-arranged for us. I will definitely recommend Take me To Africa to anyone who would love an exclusive and special trip to Africa.

  • Pretoria

  • Drakensburg


  • St Lucia

    St Lucia

  • Pongola Game Reserve

    Pongola Game Reserve

  • Mbabane


  • Kruger National Park

    Kruger National Park

    The showpiece of South African tourism, Kruger National Park is one of the world’s most famous protected areas, and for good reason...
  • Hazyview


  • Johannesburg



From only

£2,195 pp

Contact us now for more information about this trip
This tour is operated by
Take Me To Africa

Speak to Sam for expert travel advice

Talk to us

Other tours you might like

South Africa

Garden Route & The Cape

8 day small group tour

8 daysFrom £1,125

Why Horizon Guides?

Impartial guidebooks

Impartial travel guides

Our guides are written by the leading experts in their destinations. We never take payment for positive coverage so you can count on us for impartial travel advice.

Expert itineraries

Expert itineraries

Suggested itineraries and routes to help you scratch beneath the surface, avoid the tourist traps, and plan an authentic, responsible and enjoyable journey.

Specialist advice

Specialist advice

Get friendly, expert travel advice and custom itineraries from some of the world's best tour operators, with no spam, pressure or commitment to book.