South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA

 

 

 

 

 

 

CaptureSOUTH AFRICAN TOURS & SAFARIS

 

South Africa Travel packages are offered to all regions of this great land. South Africa Travel provides one of the finest places to see Africa’s amazing wildlife and its beaches are among the most spectacular and least crowded in the world. There are wide open spaces, dramatic mountain ranges, tropical lowlands, deserts and temperate valleys with 300 year old vineyards, these elements combine to make travel in South Africa an unforgettable experience.The diverse and fascinating cultures have produced great problems, yet they have the potential to create societies of tremendous energy and significance. South Africa Travel can lead one into the remotest bush, to the vibrant cities, to big game parks and underwater nature reserves, through rainforests and rich vineyards, over tortuous mountain passes and into the heart of the desert. When travelling to South Africa you will find a place of great and contrasting scenic beauty. Where man has set his imprint on the land there are many places of interest to explore – places which reflect the people and cultures that have played a role in shaping South Africa. You can discover this wonderful diversity, whether you are dawdling in the lush splendour of the Mpumalanga or speeding through the dusty dry Karoo, drinking in the tranquil beauty of the Cape winelands or absorbing the relaxed ambience of the pleasure resorts in KwaZulu Natal. Travel to and experience the mystery of the South African bushveld, the serenity of the savannas’ lion-coloured grasslands, or the majesty of ancient rivers swirling across the African continent. For, travellers game-watchers and adventurers these places offer horizons of old Africa – crimson sunsets on an elephant’s shore, shimmering seas of sand and mighty escarpments that tumble down to valleys of green and gold. Whether you want to watch lions at a kill, feel the thunder of white rhino on the run, thrill to the surge of spray as a southern right whale breaches the surf or just share an evening with elephants at a waterhole, South Africa can satisfy all you dreams of the perfect travel destination.

 

SAFARIS IN SOUTH AFRICA

 

 

South Africa Safari experiences can take the form of luxury fly in safaris to some of the world’s most luxurious lodges or a safari in one of the countries national parks accompanied by an experienced Kruna Operators guide. We offer exclusive, luxury, standard and family safaris in South Africa. The South Africa Safari areas vary greatly in terms of rainfall, geology and the altitude. These differences are the primary factors which have created ecosystems ranging from sparsely vegetated coastal plains in the west to sub tropical areas in the east. Between these extremes, wooded savannah, open savannah and mountainous terrain support an abundance of fauna and flora which makes a South Africa Safari a truly diverse and memorable experience. The most popular South African Safari Areas Include: The Kruger National Park and the Private Game Reserves which form part of it like the Sabi Sand and the Timbavati. The Eastern Cape also offers exceptional safaris at both the Addo National Park and Shamwari. The densely wooded Zululand can be experienced on a safari in Hluhluwe and Phinda. The malaria free areas of northern South Africa like Madikwe and Welgevonden have also become increasingly popular safari destinations in recent years.

 

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

 

 

The Kruger National Park is one of South Africa’s top tourist attractions. It provides a wonderful combination of scenic beauty, game, comfort and wildlife atmosphere. It was the first national park to be proclaimed in South Africa and is probably the best known park in the world. It is therefore very popular among local and international visitors. The Kruger National Park covers an area of 21 497 km² and provides sanctuary to large numbers of game. The Kruger National Park was named after President Paul Kruger who started the creation of wild life sanctuaries in South Africa in the 1890’s. An area near the Pongolo River and an area near the present-day Shingwedzi camp were declared game reserves in 1889. In 1895 the Sabie Game Reserve was proclaimed. It can be seen as the forerunner of the Kruger National Park. Today the park is much larger. It is approximately 70 km wide and stretches over 380 km from the Limpopo River in the north to the Crocodile River in the south.

Eventually the Kruger National Park will be part of a peace park known as the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP) which will cover an area of 100 000 km². The GLTP will include Kruger as well as Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park and Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park as well as internationally renowned private game reserves such as Timbavati, Sabie-Sand, Manyeleti and Klaserie. The removal of the fence on the western side of Kruger Park in 1994 ensured a flow of game between the park and the above mentioned adjoining private game reserves. The removal of the fence on the eastern side will again allow game to follow the traditional migrating routes. Access to the Kruger National Park is gained through eight different gates: Paul Kruger Gate, Mbabeni, Malelane Gate and Crocodile Bridge are the gates in the southern part of the park. Orpen Gate and Phalaborwa serve the central part of the park. The northern part of the park can be reached via Punda Maria and Pafuri. The altitude in the Kruger National Park varies from 260m to 839m above sea level, the average height is 300m. The surface is fairly flat with occasional hills and lonely rocky outcrops. The Lebombo Mountains lie in the east and large hills can be found around Berg-en-Dal and Pretoriuskop rest camps. Hills also occur in the region of Olifants and Letaba rest camps while rocky hills occur in the vicinity of Punda Maria and Pafuri rest camps. Several large rivers flow through the Kruger National Park, namely the Limpopo, Sand, Crocodile, Letaba, Olifants, Timbavati, Sabie, Shingwedzi, Luvuvhu and the Mbyamiti Rivers. Most of the rivers flow from west to east, which indicate the general slope of the area.

The climate of the Kruger National Park is subtropical – winters are mild and summer temperatures are often higher than 40°C. December and January are the warmest months, while the coldest temperatures are recorded during June and July. The average temperature of summer days is about 30°C and the average day temperature during winter is 18°C. Winter days are normally clear and sunny. Summer rainfall occurs from September – the average annual rainfall varies from 375 mm in the north to 750 mm in the south. Sudden rainstorms often occur in the afternoons to relieve the suffocating daytime heat. Warm and dry cycles, 8 to 12 years each, have been recorded by meteorologists. Most visitors to the Kruger National Park undertake early morning and late afternoon drives. Winter is the best time for game-viewing because the grass is short and does not obscure the view, but the lush vegetation of summer is also attractive to some. Many animals lamb or calve during summer when nature can provide for the young. Many migrating birds can be seen in the Kruger National Park during summer when food and water are abundant. More than 23 000 plant species have been recorded within the Kruger Park. The vegetation is mainly bushveld and varies from grassland to bush. Predominant trees are acacias (south of the Olifants River), marula (in the dry northern region) lead wood (in the Satara region), bush willow (in the south-western parts – around Skukuza), mopane (around Punda Maria) and baobab (in the Pafuri region). It has been calculated that 191 300 kg of grass is eaten daily by zebras and wildebeest in the park! Different grass types include Tamboekie grass (Hyperthelia dissolata), Rooigras (Themeda triandra) and Buffelgras (Panicum maximum).

Virtually all southern African antelope roam the Kruger National Park and often fall prey to predators such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs and hyenas. Black and white rhinos can be found here as well as large numbers of elephants, hippos and giraffes. Baboons and monkeys and lots of other smaller animals can often be seen. 493 bird species, 114 reptile species and 49 fresh water fish species, 33 amphibian species and 227 species of butterfly have been recorded. The abundance of wild life is obvious: 100 000 impalas, 30 000 zebras, 16 000 buffaloes, 13 000 blue wildebeest, 8 000 elephants, 5 000 giraffes, 2 000 white rhinos, 2 000 lions, 1 000 leopards, 380 wild dogs, and 300 cheetahs have been recorded. Lions are scattered through the Kruger, but the highest concentration occurs in the central region and around Lower-Sabie and Crocodile Bridge rest camps. Leopards are seldom seen because of their shyness and habit to hunt at night. Cheetahs can be found on the open plains and are more often seen, because they are more active during the day. Wild dogs are nomadic and are abundant nowhere, but they prefer the flat areas close to Malelane. The howling sounds of jackals and hyena can be heard at night at most of the rest camps.
Ostriches, Martial eagles, Saddle-billed storks, Giant eagle-owls, and Koribustards are known as the Big 5 Birds of Kruger. The top 5 water birds are the African fin foot, the African spoonbill, the Goliath heron, the Open-billed stork and the Knob-billed duck. The top 5 raptors of the Kruger National Park comprises of the following: the Bateleur and the Martial eagle, the Tawny eagle, the African fish-eagle and the African hawk-eagle. There are 2302 km of tarred and gravel roads in the park that take visitors to waterholes, picnic spots and viewing points. There are 14 public rest camps complete with shops and restaurants available for tourists. Five small camps and five remote bushveld camps provide private accommodation. Skukuza, Pretoriuskop, Lower Sabie, Crocodile Bridge, Jock-of-the Bushveld and Berg-en-Dal are the largest camps in the southern part of the Kruger National Park. In the central part of the park the large camps are Satara, Olifants, Nwanetsi, Orpen, Roodewal, Balule and Letaba. Shingwedzi, Boulders and Punda Maria provide accommodation in the northern region. Private accommodation is also available for those undergoing a conservation course. Accommodation ranges from luxurious to basic and even includes camping and caravan facilities. The rondavels and bungalows fit in with the wilderness and contribute to the bushveld atmosphere.

 

TOUR 1 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AT A GLANCE

MPUMALANGA, BLYDERIVER CANYON, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

 

DAY 1- Early start, after breakfast. Leave Gauteng area and head north east, towards the Drakensberg Mountains. After about 150 kilometres, we make a short stop, to stretch our legs, buy water and snacks. Lunch time we arrive at Lydenberg, after we had passed through the towns of Belfast and the trout capital, Dullstroom. Lunch own account unless it is included in the package, at one of typical restaurants, en route.  Afternoon we enjoy the view of the third largest canyons in the world, from the viewpoints: Three Rondavels, Burkes Luck Potholes and the God’s Window. This area has many lovely waterfalls and picnic sites. Arrive at the hotel late afternoon. Supper.

 

Day 2- Wake up before 6AM. We take breakfast packs, already prepared, from our hotel, to spend the day on a game drive in Kruger National Park. Lunch own account (unless it’s specified otherwise) in the Park. Return to the hotel in the afternoon. Supper. SAFARI CAN BE ORGANISED IN THE SEMI-OPENED VEHICLES, 4X4, OR IN THE VEHICLE IN WHICH YOU TRAVEL.ALL THE TOURS HAVE ACCOMODATION INCLUSIVE OF BREAKFAST.TO INCLUDE OTHER MEALS IS OPTIONALS, CAN BE ARRANGED.YOU WILL, AT ALL TIME BE ACCOMPANIED WITH ONE OF  REPRESENTATIVES/ GUIDES OF KRUNA OPERATORS AND WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO  BOOKED THE GUIDE WHO SPEAKS YOUR LANGUAGE. IT IS ESENCIAL THAT YOU START PLANNING YOUR TRIP IN ADVANCE, TO GIVE US TIME TO PREPARE TRIP OF YOUR DREAM.VEHICLE AND THE GUIDE WILL DEPEND ON AVAILABILITY.

 

Day 3- Wake up before 6AM. We take breakfast packs to have it in the park, in one of the camp sites, at around 9AM. Full day safari in the Kruger National Park. Supper at the hotel

 

IF YOU HAVE AN ITINERARY WHICH ALLOWS 2 AND NOT 1 FULL DAY SAFARI IN THE PARK, WE WOULD RECOMMAND YOU DO IT, TO HAVE MORE CHANCE OF SEING THE VARIETY OF FLORA AND FAUNA, ESPECIALLY THE BIG 5.THERE IS NO GUARANTEETHAT THEY WOULD BE SEAN IN A WAY ONE WOULD IMMAGINE.ANIMALS ARE IN THEIR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT NOTHING LIKE IN A ZOO.PREDATORS HAVE TO HUNT IN ORDER TO SURVIVE WHILE THE HERBIVOURS ARE IN CONSTANT SEARCH FOR GREEN VEGETATION AND PASTURES.

 

Day 4- After the breakfast we return to Johannesburg, to drop you off at the hotel or at the airport. This day we are doing the transfer out. We take highway N4/ N12.On the way we make few short stops and a lunch break, if necessary.

 

Tour price from: R 8000, 00 D/B/B, per person sharing

 

IF YOU DECIDE TO STAY IN JOHANNESBURG FEW MORE DAYS, WE SUGGEST YOU VISIT PRETORIA, OUR ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL; JOHANNESBURG/ APARTHEID MUSEUM/ SOWETO; CRADLE OF HUMAN KIND; LESEDI CULTURAL VILLAGE; LION PARK; CHEETAH PROJECT; SAFARI IN THE THIRD BIGGEST NATIONAL PARKS IN SOUTH AFRICA- PILANESBERG, WHICH IS ONLY 180 KILOMETRES AWAY FROM JOHANNESBURG. IT IS WISE TO TAKE A LOOK AT OUR LIST OF OPTIONAL DAY TOURS AND TO TRY TO INCORPORATE THEM IN YOUR ITINERARY: IF YOU ARRIVE ON THE FIRST DAY IN THE MORNING, IN THE AFTERNOON YOU CAN ALWAYS DO HALF DAY TOUR. IN BETWEEN OVERLAND TOURS AS WELL AS ON YOUR LAST DAY YOU CAN DO THE SAME, TO MAKE YOUR STAY COLOURFUL AND DYNAMIC.

 

 

 

TOUR 2 SAFARI ESCAPE

MPUMALANGA, BLYDERIVER CANYON, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

 

Itinerary from Day 1- Day 2 is identical as in the TOUR 1

Day 3 We leave our hotel, after breakfast, to head for Johannesburg. Drop off at the hotel or at O.T International airport.

Tour price from: R 7700, 00 D/B/B, per person sharing

 

TOUR 3 ABSOLUTE NATURE LOVERS

MPUMALANGA, BLYDERIVER CANYON, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, PILANESBERG

 

Itinerary from Day 1- Day 3 is identical as with the TOUR 1

Day 4- Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast you have a choice of: quad bike adventure, elephant interaction, horseback ride, and nightsafari (in Kruger Park or in the Private Game Reserve. It all depends on availability. Please book in advance! )

Day 5- After breakfast we head for Johannesburg. Drop of at your hotel (3*).Our choice of hotels will depend on our preference, availability to suit to profile of our passengers. However, if you prefer more of an upmarket or perhaps more economical solution, we can assist you in doing so.

Day 6- Day 8- After breakfast we take you to the third largest national park in South Africa, to Pilanesberg (180 kilometres from Johannesburg/ Pretoria ). It is the home of the Big 5 as well as the springbok roaming together with the impala. This occurrence is quite unique and cannot be experienced in Kruger Park because there are no gazelle naturally living there. The elephants were moved to this park from Kruger, in the 80s, when they were busy with the largest animal trans-location in the world, ever conducted.  There is no mosquito which transmits malaria in this area. There you will stay for two nights, three days, on full board basis, with 4 safaris included. Drinks and curios excluded. Accommodation 4*, based on availability.

Day 8- After the morning safari we head back to Johannesburg. If you stay, that day in your hotel in Johannesburg or if you flight is only late in the evening, we suggest you take one of our half day tours, such as: Lesedi Cultural Village; Johannesburg city tour; Apartheid museum; Soweto; Pretoria city tour.(Optionals: Johannesburg, Apartheid Museum, Soweto ( with Mandela House ), R 1450,per person with entrance fee and lunch; Lesedi day tour with lunch or afternoon with dinner, cultural tour with tribal dancing, R 1650,per person; Pretoria half day city tour with Voortrekker monument, R1200, per person).

Tour price from: R 17 000, 00 D/B/B, per person sharing

 

TOUR 4- KRUGER IN STYLE

 

Day1 – Day 3 Identical as is in TOUR 1. The difference is that you will not be staying in the 3*or 4* accommodation, outside of the Park, but you will be staying in a private game reserve.

Day 4- We head for Johannesburg, making brief stops. Drop off at O.T International Airport or at your hotel in Johannesburg.

Price of the 3 day tour from: R 7795, 00 D/B/B, sharing

Price of the 4 day tour from: R 8895, 00 D/B/B, sharing

Price of the 5 day tour from: R 9995, 00 D/B/B, sharing

Price of the 6 day tour from: R 11995, 00 D/B/B, sharing

 

( includes transfers in a microbus from your Johannesburg hotel to the private game reserve / lodge; Game drives in 4×4, on the property, in the morning and evening; Visit of the Kruger Park in an open vehicle; bush braai ( BBQ),Blyde River Canyon; The four day also includes a bush walk and game drive in another Big 5 Game Reserve; The 5 day one has all the above and the visit of Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre and Champagne Breakfast; The 6 day has all the above plus an extra day in Kruger Park;)

 

TOUR 5- COMBO KRUGER/ PILANESBERG EXCLUSIVE

 

Day 1- Day 4 Identical as in TOUR 4; Day 5- Day 8 identical as TOUR 3

 

TOUR 6- KRUGER PARK, KINGDOM, ZULULAND,

 

Day 1-Day 2 is the same as in TOUR 1

Day 3 We leave for Swaziland (please check on your side too what are visa requirements for this country). Today you drive through subtropical region of Mpumalanga, covered in sugar cane, pineapple, mango and papaya plantations, till you get to the border post. In Swaziland you will admire peaceful, consolidating, raw nature: agricultural area, mountain slopes, bushveld. Optional lunch stop at the glass factory, and then, at the candle factory. Sleep in the hotel at Ezulwini Valley. Hotel B/B.

Day 4 We leave the Kingdom of Swaziland to go to Zululand. Lunch own account en route.Check inn and guided tour of the cultural village Shakaland, with supper and tribal dancing. Hotel D/B/B

Day 5 After breakfast we leave for Durban. Drop off at the hotel or at the airport. PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT OUR DAY TOURS IN THE AREA OF DURBAN.ALTERNATIVELY, TAKE A FEW DAYS OF BREAK TO BE AT THE BEACH.

 

Tour Price from: R 12 000, 00 D/B/B, per person sharing (extra night in Durban, B/B, from R 1700, per person)

 

TOUR 5- CROSSCOUNTRY TREAT- GARDEN ROUTE

 

Day 1- Day 5 same as in TOUR 4-night in Durban

Day 6- Day off (TO CHOSE SOME OF OUR OPTIONAL EXCURSIONES)

Day 7- Fly from Durban to Port Elizabeth. Drive from the airport to Knysna. Visit the Big Tree, Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve, Plettenberg Bay. Lunch en route. Hotel in Knysna B/B.

Air Ticket per person, from R 1500, 00

Day 8- Half Day visit of Featherbed Nature Reserve just off shores of Knysna. Lunch included. Afternoon free. You can take a stroll along the Waterfront. Supper in the hotel or at nearby restaurant. Hotel 3*B/B.

Day 9- We leave Knysna by car, again, to go to Oudtshoorn. Visit the Cango Caves; learn about ostriches on the guided tour, lunch or supper included at the farm. Accommodation in the same village. Hotel 3* .DBB

Day 10- After breakfast we leave Oudtshoorn to go to Cape Town via Hermanus (depending on a time of a year, we can stop to see whales). Arrive in Cape Town late in the afternoon. Hotel B/B

 

FOR A FULL DESCRIPTION OF OUR DAY TOURS IN CAPE TOWN PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT THAT PAGE

 

Day 11- City tour of Cape Town and visit: Table Mountain; Green Market square, Castle of Good Hope, Parliament, St Georges Cathedral, Government Gardens, National Gallery. Lunch can be organised at Waterfront or in town. Visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Accommodation B/B.

Day 12- Full day tour of Cape Point; visit: Hout Bay, Seal Island, Cape of Good Hope, lunch, Boulders Beach- penguins’ colony .Accommodation B/B.

Day 13- Full day Winelands. Visit university town Stellenbosch which has more national monuments than any other South African town; Wine tasting and lunch in the area around the mentioned town, Visit Franschoek, founded by the first Huguenots. Enjoy the beauty of the wine farms and variety of plantations. Hotel B/B.

Day 14- White Shark experience, on a boat with a possibility to dive in a cage. All meals are included. Leave very early and return late. This excursion just as boat cruise to the seal island or cable cart that takes you to the Table Mountain depend on weather conditions. Alternatively, you can take this day as your day you can do whatever you like. (Price: R2200 per person).Hotel B/B

Day 15- The tour of township to be able to learn how black people from different tribes live or visit Robin Island. ( from R 950,per person ).Hotel B/B

Day 16- Transfer out to the airport to catch your international flight.

Tour price from: R 25 000, 00, per person, sharing. The hotels we chose are either 3* hotels or same category guest houses with specified meals. The excursions which are mentioned as part of the program, include entrance fees. In Cape Town, should you not take optional tours you can take those days off to explore the city on your own.

 

THIS ITINERARY CAN BE SHORTER OR LONGER, DEPENDING ON YOUR INTERESTS, BUDGET, VISION.WHYLE IN DURBAN YOU CAN OPT FOR SANI PASS, TO ENTER THE MAGNIFICENT KINGDOM OF LESOTHO; IF YOU WISH TO SPEND FEW DAYS IN DRAKENSBERG MOUNTAINS, GO ON HIKING, SEE BUSHMAN’S PAINTINGS, YOU CAN INCORPORATE IN THIS TOUR. IN THAT CASE YOU WOULD LEAVE DURBAN, AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS EXTENTION, AND COME BACK TO DURBAN, TO CATCH YOUR FLIGHT TO PORT ELIZABETH.

 

 

EXCLUSIVE & LUXURY SAFARIS

 

 

The exclusive and luxury safaris Kruna Operators offer in South Africa and Southern Africa combine the finest hotels and lodges into itineraries that flow well and meet the time constraints of most discerning travellers. In all cases the lodges are very small and exclusive and they can be considered amongst the finest accommodation to be found anywhere in the world. Our safaris are conducted in areas where the Big Five and an abundance of other mammal, plant and bird species lie virtually untouched by time and humanity. Almost none of the South Africa Safari lodges accommodate more than 16 clients ensuring an exclusive encounter with the African Wilderness.