BUSH AND BEACH

BUSH AND BEACH

Bush and Beach an overwhelming bush and beach experience. The route will start from Ku Sungula Safari Lodge located in the Balule Private Nature Reserve. from Ku Sungula Safari Lodge we will drive into The Kruger National Park where you will spend two nights at small-scale camp sites. We will leave South Africa and drive into the mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland. From Swaziland the direction will be Jozini where we have a two night safari experience on a house boat along the calm and serenity of Lake Jozini. After this great water safari adventure our arrows are pointed towards Ndumo Game Reserve near the border of Mozambique. We leave Ndumo and will spend the next two four in Kosi Bay and Sodwana Bay. Walking along the beaches, swimming or snorkeling in the sea and the opportunity to take a two hour boat trip sourcing for dolphins or even whales. Our next destination is Hluhluwe we will make a day trip to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. From Hluhluwe we will go back to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo where this great bush to beach safari will end.

Highlights

  • Road transfers, Game drives, Bush walk, Kruger National Park, Luxury boat experience, whale watching, Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

Travel overview

Day 1. Road transfer from Johannesburg to Ku Sungula Safari Lodge and afternoon game drive

Day 2. Ku Sungula Safari Lodge, bush walk and afternoon game drive

Day 3. Luxury camping in The Kruger National Park

Day 4. Luxury camping in the Kruger National Park

Day 5. Luxury camp in Swaziland

Day 6. Jozini Lake Luxury Shayamanzi Houseboat

Day 7. lake Jozini luxury Shayamanzi Houseboat

Day 8. Luxury camping in Ndumo Game Reserve

Day 9. Luxury camping at Kosi Bay

Day 10. Luxury camping at Kosi Bay

Day 11. Luxury camping in Sodwana Bay

Day 12. Luxury camping in Sodwana Bay and Whale watching

Day 13. Luxury camping in Hluhluwe

Day 14. Luxury camping in Hluhlue and visit Hluhluwe Imfolozi Reserve

Day 15. Transfer to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport

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Travel description

  • Tailor-made safari car
  • Game drive car
  • Transfers
  • Lodge
  • Meals included
  • Drinks included
  • Activities
  • With your own 4WD
  • Campsite
Day 1. Road transfer from Johannesburg to Ku Sungula Safari Lodge and afternoon game drive

At arrival on Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport one of our transfer partners will await for you to go on a road transfer to the Balule Private Nature Reserve where Ku Sungula Safari Lodge is located. The Balule Private Nature Reserve has a rich wildlife and spectacular views as the border with the Kruger National Park is open and the northern Drakensberg provides a great backdrop. The “reserve” is home to the Big-5, many other animal species and a paradise for birds. Upon arrival you will be warmly welcomed with a drink on our centrally located terrace. After checking in in the authentic rondawel reserved for you, you can relax on the terrace and enjoy a high tea. One of the safari highlights are the game drive safaris. let our professional, passionate guide and tracker take you for an unparalleled bush experience. In an open safari vehicle they will bring you a few meters away from the wild animals.

Day 2. Ku Sungula Safari Lodge, bush walk and afternoon game drive

Greet the new day in the bush and explore the fantastic African Nature on foot. Accompanied by one of our armed guides you will set off. During the walk you will learn about tracks, plants, trees, birds and much more. Although you may encounter big game during the walk, the emphasis lies on the smaller things in the bush that often get overlooked during a drive. After breakfast you can relax, enjoy a cool drink on the terrace, take a cool down dive in the swimming pool or read a good book. After high tea our ranger and tracker will take you once again on a fantastic afternoon game drive. You will enjoy this amazing experience deep in the bush, as the sun is going down, creating vivid, spectacular skycaps. After the area has been checked carefully for predators, you alight from the vehicle to stretch your legs and enjoy a variety of delicious snacks, and sundowner drinks, with the smell and feel of the bush all around. We will end the day with a fabulous dinner served around a blazing fire.

Day 3. Luxury camping in The Kruger National Park

After breakfast we will depart to the Kruger National Park. The Kruger National Park is the ultimate place to go on safari. Explore South Africa’s premier game viewing destination in style and learn about the most fascinating things that you never thought about. The Kruger national Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa. The area covers 20.700 km, 350 km from north to south and 60 km from east to west. There is something intensely magical about spending the night under the African stars next to a crackling fire with nothing but the sounds of the bush and the smell of a true South African meal.

Day 4. Luxury camping in the Kruger National Park

Early morning after breaking up our camp we will begin our search ……… Game drives are what the Kruger National Park is all about. The highlight of any day is venturing out into the park, binoculars in one hand whilst the other hangs on to the constantly rolling vehicle as it’s makes its way trough the bush.

Day 5. Luxury camp in Swaziland

The next destination is Swaziland. Swaziland is the third smallest country in Africa. Swaziland is rugged, green and unspoiled with stunning mountains and breathtaking views. The landscape is beautiful and the villages are often still authentic African. We will stay in the Hlane Royal National Park. Hlane means “wilderness” and is located in Swaziland’s largest protected area. The park and its adjacent distribution areas covers around 30.000 hectares of Swazi bushveld. It is a flat lowland area, covered with ancient hardwood trees such as knob torn, deadwood and tambuti, with some grassland and shallow pans. Hlane is the home of the lion, elephant, giraffe and white rhino’s. It has abundant and diverse bird life, including the highest density of breeding vultures in Africa. It is also the southernmost breeding ground of the Marabou Stork.

Day 6. Jozini Lake Luxury Shayamanzi Houseboat

our arrows are pointed to the next destination of your adventure Jozini lake. Jozini lake is situated in the Pongola Nature reserve in the district of KwaZulu-Natal-Natal. Within the nature Reserve lies the Pongola Dam, also know as the Jpzonin Dam or also called Lake Jozini, this is an arch-shaped dam in the north of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. The dam mainly serves for irrigation purposes. The dam is flanked by private nature reserves and the Pongola Game Reserve. The game reserves around Lake Jozini are home to many animal species. Experience one of the first houseboats in South Africa and the only one of its kind. A Shayamanzi Houseboat cruise starts at the spectacular Jozini Tiger Lodge which is located along the banks of the picturesque Jozini Dam.

Day 7. lake Jozini luxury Shayamanzi Houseboat

On board of Shayamanzi, enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Lebombo Mountains and the stunning nature of the Pongola Game Reserve along the shores of Lake Jozini. Enjoy the calm serenity of the lake’s open waters in the heart of the Zululand bushveld. Shayamanzi is about taking the time to appreciate the special wonders of Africa. Located in the heart of the “Kingdom of the Zulu” with its rich heritage and untamed natural beauty, Lake Jozini offers a perfect luxury getaway in the heart of nature. All along the western bank are the beautiful Lebombo Mountains. One of the evening spectacles could be a change in the canyon. here the mountains rise on either side of you, covered in native cycads and ferns where the glow flies make a spectacular show along the coastline. A uniquely memorable experience, enjoying the best of nature from the luxury of this houseboat while cruising its 16.000 acres of open water.

Day 8. Luxury camping in Ndumo Game Reserve

Ndumo Game Reserve is a small 11.000 ha South African Game reserve in the extreme northeast of KwaZulu-Natal-Natal known as Maputaland. It lies on the border with Mozambique, where the Pongola River joins the Great Usutu River. Ndumo is relatively remote. Ndumo is home to a wide variety of flora, including sand forest, dense riverine forest, floodplains, alluvial plains, reed beds, grassland, deciduous and acacia forests and an extremely dense thorn field. Ndumo is also popular for its birdlife, despite its small size, the reserve has recorded over 430 bird species, including seasonal migrants. The park’s abundance of pans, floodplains and rivers provide a suitable habitat for many species.

Day 9. Luxury camping at Kosi Bay

The lakes of Kosi Bay are part of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, which is a Unesco World Heritage Site. The mouth of Kosi Bay is only 2 kilometers from the Mozambique border. it is possible to walk to the mouth of Ponta do Ouro in about an hour. It is one of the quietest beaches in South Africa. The Kosi River Mouth also known as “the aquarium” because of the clarity of the water and the abundance of fish species. The Kosi palm has the largest leaf of any plant. Endemic species are the Kosi cycad and the Kosi fern. It is one of the few places on earth where there are five different types of mangrove trees in an area. This is where the palm nut vulture lives that only occurs along this coastal strip.

Day 10. Luxury camping at Kosi Bay

Today you will have the whole day to relax, read book, swim in the see or make a long walk along the beach. The entire day can be filled according to your own wishes.

Day 11. Luxury camping in Sodwana Bay

Sodwana Bay National Park is a narrow strip of wooded sand dunes along the east coast. Located in a bay on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal-Natal, between St. Lucia and Lake Sibhayi in the Sodwana Bay national Park and Maputaland Marine Reserve, it is a popular destination for fishermen and divers. Declared a national park in the 1950s and located in the protected marine area of Maputaland. The bay is located on the south side of the tropical western Indo-Pacific marine ecoregion with many coral reefs. The 50 km reef complex is home to a great diversity of native migratory species. Several submarine canyons cut into the edge of the continental
shelf, which is very close to the coastline.

Day 12. Luxury camping in Sodwana Bay and Whale watching

Today we will get the change to spot dolphins and whales. Whale watching is a local tourist industry. Bottlenose dolphins live nearby and have been observed swimming with the whale sharks. Humpback whales migrate through the bay in winter to spring, while the southern right whales and other species are less common. Killer whales also visit the bay waters.

Day 13. Luxury camping in Hluhluwe

Hluhluwe (Zulu pronunciation: (lulus’e)) is a small town in northern KwaZulu-Natal-Natal, South Africa. It is located between Isimangaliso Wetland Park and Hluhluwe – Imfolozi Park on the banks of the Hluhluwe River. Hluhluwe is located on the Elephant Coast, an area known for its national parks, natural diversity and cultural heritage. Although relatively undeveloped, the area is of growing interest to international travelers. Wood, sugar and pineapple are grown intensively in the area, which produces more than 90% of South Africa’s king pineapples. other agricultural crops are sugar cane, sisal, cotton, tomatoes and peppers.

Day 14. Luxury camping in Hluhlue and visit Hluhluwe Imfolozi Reserve

The Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park, is the oldest declared nature reserve in South Africa. Consists of 960 km2 of hilly area with altitudes of 80 to 450 meters above sea level. The high ridges support the coastal forests in a well-watered area with a lower bushveld on the lower levels. The north of the park is rougher and more mountainous with forests and grasslands and is known as the Hluhluwe area, while the Imfolozi area is located in the south by the black and white Umfolozi rivers with an open savanna. The park also known for its rich wildlife and conservation. The park is the only state-run park in KwaZulu-Natal-Natal where each of the five major wildlife can be found. Throughout the park there are many signs of Stone Age settlements. The park is home to Africa’s Big-5. The park ia also an excellent bird destination. The Hluhluwe River Floodplain is one of the few areas in all of South Africa where yellow-Throated, rose-throated and orange-throated lobsters can be seen together.

Day 15. Transfer to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport

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Practical information

Included:
  • Overnights stays in accordance with the itinerary incl. meals and local drinks and house wines excluding premium brand drinks and spirits
  • Entrance fees apply to the parks
  • Road transfers from and to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport
  • Excursions according to the itinerary
  • English and Afrikaans speaking guide, safari car and fuel
Excluded:
  • International flights
  • Extra excursions
  • Extra stay
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel and cancellation insurance
Travel: Other:

Daily departure subject to availability of accommodations
The Bush and Experience starts with a minimum of 4 persons
This package can be adapted to your personal wishes

Price information

ZAR 42.925,00 per person sharing