This tour is a shortened version of the SCMD tour also following this route. It excludes the one private wildlife lodge, still incorporates the Kruger Park with it's amazing wildlife, Mpumalanga with mountains, valleys, waterfalls, pockets of primal forests, mangrove forests and sub-tropical vegetation, the Kingdom of Swaziland, one of only three sovereign Kingdoms left in Africa, and the diverse KwaZulu-Natal with habitats such as lakes, rivers, dune forests, beaches and mangrove forests.
This tour combines South Africa's finest safari areas, blended with the rugged beauty so synonymous with the continent. It incorporates the Kruger Park with it's amazing wildlife, mountains, valleys, waterfalls, primal forests, mangrove forests and sub-tropical vegetation, the Kingdom of Swaziland and the diverse KwaZulu-Natal.
With this package we combine the best wildlife and wilderness areas with The Garden Route. Highlights we visit are the Kruger National Park, the Panoramic Route, Swaziland, Zululand and Durban en-route to the scenic Garden Route and ending in Cape Town.
We combine the best wildlife areas with some of the beautiful scenery of South Africa - a world in one country! The Garden Route is famous for its unique diversity of lakes, mountains, golden beaches, cliffs and dense indigenous forests. The tour also includes 4 days in Cape Town as well as two days tours.
Some of the highlights of this 12-day escorted package are the Kruger National Park, Swaziland and Hluhluwe Game Reserves. We then travel the coastline from Durban via the scenic Garden Route to Cape Town. We branch off for a visit to the Cango Caves near Oudtshoorn on the way.
In this unique package we combine the northern section which includes the best of the wildlife, scenic areas, Swaziland, Zululand and Durban with a tour that runs across the sub-continent. From the lush, sub-tropical forests of the East Coast to the dry brilliantly white sandy beaches of the West Coast.
At Southern Circle Tours & Safaris we offer a comprehensive array of guided tours and longer packages. From a countrywide network of scheduled tours with guaranteed departures, specialised group travel and tailor-made itinerary design, to your dream wedding package that will be the envy of your friends! We arrange your entire holiday from the time you arrive with us in Africa until you unfortunately have to return home.
Only 45 minutes from the famous "goldfields" of South Africa around Johannesburg, nestling in a peaceful rural valley, lies the invaluable and ancient "Cradle of Humankind" - a place where our ancestors once roamed.
Some of these ancestors of modern humans faced extinction many millions of years ago. Others became part of a long evolutionary journey to the present day. Today their fossilised remains hold many clues to our beginnings, and perhaps even a key to our future.
The park was opened to visitors in 1927. A few cars visited that year and they all headed for Numbi Gate and Pretoriuskop, the first rest camp. Black-and-white prints in the reception give you an idea what a trip to the park used to be like: no luxuries, shops or petrol stations; in fact not much but cold water tanks and camp sites. Today you'll get a smile and free glass of chilled fruit juice at reception.
After riding Kruger's road network for a while and staring sideways into the bush looking for beasties, a desire starts growing to get out there into the wilderness. Near Pretoriuskop, there's a 4x4 trail that does just that. The Madlabantu (Man-eater) Trail circles the camp, using a combination of visitor roads and off-road paths, beginning at the Fayi Loop. For me, the highlights were the huge bushveld trees and looming granite whalebacks that seemed to attract kudus, buffaloes and perky klipspringers. The trail can be booked at Pretoriuskop reception.
There's nothing quite like the thrill of the first leopard sighting. Nocturnal, secretive and with a distaste for humans, leopards are the megatick encounter in Kruger. Mine was a big male snoozing on an outstretched limb of a large leadwood on the S28 just near Nhlambanyathi Hide. It was picture perfect but seemed disinclined to move. I watched and waited. Other drivers got bored and left. Then sky behind it darkened and the first spatters of rain hit the windscreen. The leopard sat up, clearly irritated, its ears flat. Then it picked its way along the branch and leapt down the tree.
Lake Panic bird hide near Skukuza provides secret views of a hippo- and croc-filled dam which is a magnet for birds of all stripes. Big raptors, herons, jacanas, thick-knees, kingfishers, ducks and many more inhabit the convenient dead leadwoods and thick surrounding bush, or dart around on the lily pads. Best sightings are early morning or sunset. One story is that Lake Panic got its name from a year in which the river feeding it flooded and threatened to break the wall. If it had, that would have been the end of the golf course and staff village.