The Eastern South Africa Luxury Safari is a private tour. This will be exclusively for your group.
This tour can be combined with other Temba Tours such as The Victoria Falls Luxury Safari and the Cape Tour, forming a very comprehensive tour of South Africa.
Accommodation is of the highest standard available in a particular area. We prefer to use 4 star hotels but this is not always possible. If we use three star accommodation, they will still be very good hotels.
We always select the destination first and then look for the best accommodation in the area. We believe that you are in South Africa to see the country and to experience its hospitality, and not to spend your days in hotels.
We try to make our tours fully inclusive. Lunch is often a light meal but dinner is always a special occasion. The first bottle of wine at dinner will be courtesy of your guide at his discretion.
Your guide will be highly knowledgeable. He or she will have a very good knowledge of the areas that you visit and he or she will make it their duty to understand the country that you come from. It will be his or her mission to not only to make a contribution to your knowledge and interests, but to the overall enjoyment of your holiday.
Day 1: Mpumalanga-Kruger Airport: Your guide will meet you at the Mpumalanga-Kruger Airport at Nelspruit and will transfer you to Graskop Hotel in Graskop along the panoramic route of South Africa.
The Graskop Hotel is a very good three star hotel, and well known for the art exhibitions that it hosts. Graskop also has numerous small shops.
Day 2: Panoramic Route Graskop Hotel: We will visit famous landmarks along the panoramic route. The 65 m high Mac-Mac Waterfall will be first on the agenda and then the old mining town, Pilgrim’s Rest.
In Pilgrim’s Rest we will see how people use to live during the days of the gold rush.
We will return to Graskop for lunch and during the afternoon we will visit beautiful waterfalls such as Lisbon Falls and Berlin Falls before we visit the 900 m deep 25 km long Blyde River Canyon.
On our return trip to the hotel we will visit numerous breathtakingly beautiful spots such as the Potholes, Worldview and the Pinnacles. From Worldview you will look down from the escarpment to the Lowveld and further into Kruger National Park and even Mozambique.
Day 3: Graskop Hazyview and Kruger National Park: We will drive through some of the largest forests to Hazyview in the Lowveld where we will enjoy a light lunch.
From Hazyview we will drive to the Kruger National Park, South Africa’s largest and most famous game reserve. You will be in time for an afternoon game drive on a safari vehicle.
The accommodation in Kruger National Park is rather basic. Accommodation is in clean, air-conditioned chalets with all facilities however not luxurious. Meals are good.
The very knowledgeable game rangers of Kruger National Park will be responsible for this game drive and other guests at your lodge will be with you on this game drive.
Day 4: Kruger National Park: Today will begin with the break of day. This is when the big predators are still out hunting and when the other animals start their daily activities.
You will do a guided game walk with your Kruger Park game ranger. The total group size will be 8 people so if your group is smaller than that, other guests might join you on this excursion.
You will return in time for a late breakfast and will relax around your lodge until 16h00 when your afternoon game drive will start.
While you are on safari with the local guide, your Temba guide will prepare a traditional South African meal for you. It will be done on an open fire and you will certainly enjoy the whole atmosphere.
Day 5: Kruger National Park – Royal Swazi Spa in Swaziland: Your tour guide will take you on a morning game drive before breakfast.
After breakfast we will drive to Barberton, an old mining town, before we drive over one of the steepest mountain passes into the neighbouring Kingdom of Swaziland.
Swaziland is a beautiful country and the Swazi people among the most colourful with a very interesting culture. We will visit a Swazi homestead before we drive to our hotel in the Valley of the Kings near the capital, Mbabane. Here we will overnight at the Royal Swazi Spa, a luxurious resort.
Day 7: Swaziland – Zululand Safari Lodge: We will drive through the industrial area of Swaziland and then back into South Africa.
The rest of this tour will be spent in Kwazulu Natal, the garden province of South Africa.
We will overnight at the Zululand Safari Lodge near the Hluluwe Game Reserve.
This park is home to the largest concentration of both black and white rhino as well as the rest of the big five such as lion, leopard and elephant.
You will enjoy a game drive in the park this afternoon. This game drive will be conducted by your Temba tour guide and will be done in your touring vehicle.
Day 8: Zululand Safari Lodge – St-Lucia - Zululand Safari Lodge: The day will start with a game drive in an open safari vehicle and will be conducted by a very knowledgeable local game ranger. Other people might join us on this safari.
You will return to your lodge for breakfast.
After breakfast we will visit St-Lucia iSmangaliso Wetlands Park, one of eight declared World Heritage Sites in South Africa.
We will enjoy a light lunch in St Lucia before we depart on a game drive with our touring vehicle. At 16h00 we will take a sundowner cruise during which you are guaranteed to see a large number of birds, hippos and crocodiles. The sunset will most likely be spectacular.
Day 9: Zululand Safari Lodge – Shakaland: Today we will get a better understanding of the culture and the traditions of the Zulu. The Zulu nation is South Africa’s largest tribe. We will see their houses and visit some of the war memorials.
Tonight we will overnight at Shakaland. You will stay in first-class accommodation in traditional beehive huts, with all modern facilities such as en-suite bathrooms etc
Shakaland is an enriching experience which will give you a better understanding of the Zulu nation, its people and their intriguing customs.
Shakaland represents the kraal of Senzangakhona the father of legendary Zulu King Shaka, who conquered the various clans and tribes in Zululand and founded the Zulu nation by uniting them.
We will take part in a guided tour of the Zulu village, where Chief Malinga and his family live. The traditional "Umuzi" consists of several Zulu round-huts circling the cattle kraal.
During the tour the social system and culture of the Zulus will be explained, and their fighting technique and various crafts will be demonstrated.
A traditional Zulu 'Umuzi' or homestead is divided into the home of the Zulu's and Shakaland Hotel rooms.
This is a luxurious property with good food, excellent service and friendly people You will feel the pulsating rhythm of mysterious and magical Africa as you re-live the excitement and romance of the days of Shaka, King of the Zulu's.
In this authentic re-creation of the Great Kraal overlooking the Umhlatuze Lake.
We will experience the sight of assegai-wielding warriors as they share the fascinating secrets of the Sangomas. We will take part in traditional customs such as tribal dancing and the beer-drinking.
Day 10 Shakaland – Amazian Mountain River Lodge – Drakensberg Mountains: The Drakensberg Mountains are by far Southern Africa's highest, longest and widest mountain range. It covers large parts of South Africa and almost the entire Lesotho where the mountain is known as the Maluti.
The Drakensberg Mountains near Underberg are home to some of the world’s most beautiful rock formations a wide range of plant species and some of the world’s most breathtaking views.
We will stop for a light lunch in Howick where we will visit the beautiful Howick waterfall before we check into our luxury lodge near Underberg. Here at Amazian Mountain River Lodge Brett and Trudie Snyman will be our hosts while we enjoy the luxuries of our spacious honeymoon suites, all with spa-bath and magnificent views over the mountain and river.
Day 11 Amazian – Lesotho – Amazian Mountain River Lodge: We will visit the Drakensberg Park, another World Heritage Park. We will then drive on the steepest and roughest mountain pass to Lesotho, a country which is entirely surrounded by South Africa. Sani Pass is simply something out of another world. It is only accessible by 4x4 vehicles.
We will visit a homestead in Lesotho before we enjoy a light lunch at Africa’s highest restaurant and bar, the Sani Pass Bar, before we return along the scenic mountain pass back to Underberg.
Tonight will be your last night on tour and the Snyman’s will make sure that it will be most memorable. The food will be excellent and the wine will compliment the good food. Brett is a wine connoisseur and a selection of South Africa’s best wines will be available.
Day 12 Homeward Bound. It is time top say good bye. The tour will end at the King Shaka International Airport near Durban. Book a later flight in order for us to slot in a city tour of Durban.