SA East Coast 15 DAY TOUR

Port Elizabeth - Eastern Cape - Transkei - Kwa Zulu - Swaziland - Kruger Park - JHB

Via the Eastern Cape, Transkei, Kwa Zulu Natal, Swaziland and the Kruger National Park, Tsukudu Game Reserve.
"A complete East Coast Explorer tour that takes you through the 
very best that South Africa has to offer".

MAP ROUTE - 3000km

  1. Port Elizabeth
  2. Addo/Schotia lion night safari
  3. East Londen
  4. Umtata
  5. Durban
  6. Shakaland Zulu experience
  7. St Lucia/ hippos & Crocs
  8. Swaziland
  9. Kruger National Park
  10. Mpumalanga/ Panorama Route
  11. Ride Jessica the tame Hippo
  12. Blyde River canyon
  13. God window
  14. Crystall Springs
  15. Johannesburg

Cape Town

Brief Description:

This is an excellent 15-day tour that departs from Cape Town

Detailed Description:
(15 days, 14 nights) Bed / Breakfast Basis 

Departure place: Port Elizabeth Airport

Itinerary \:

(Day1)  70km

Connection Flight Oliver Tambo to Port Elizabeth. Eco Afrika Tours guide will meet you do a short city tour and head out to a Lion Safari. (Important to arrive in the morning if possible)

 

Accommodation: Schotia Lion Reserve Bush Chalets  DBB

Supper: Included

(Day 2)

Addo National Elephant Park safari, Lunch own account in the park

From 2 pm to Evening the famous Lion safari of Schotia followed by bush BBQ in the Lapa by bonfire

Accommodation: Schotia Lion Reserve Bush Chalets  DBB

Lunch: Exc.

Supper: Incl.

 

(Day 3) 305km  Route map

Depart for Pine Apple Coast and East London via coastal Route. East Londen, best milk shake in SA at Friesland Dairy, Penguin sanctuary, Orient beach

Accommodation: Protea Hotel BB

Lunch: Excl.

Supper: Excluded.

 

Day 4:  285 km map

Today we enter the black home land of the Amaxhosa people the Transkei via Umtata to one of the jewels of the Wild Coast, Hole in the Wall where Emil of Eco Afrika Tours grew up as a boy.

Accommodation: Hole in the Wall Hotel DBB

Lunch: Exec

Supper: Inc

 

Day 5: 511km Route map

After breakfast on via Kokstad, Bizana, Flagstaff to Port Edward in Kwa Zulu Natal, on to Durban.

We visit the Natal Sharks Board Museum, Shaka Marine World one of the best Aquariums in the world.

Accommodation: Protea Hotel Umthlanga BB

Lunch: Exec

Supper: Exec

 

Day 6: 140km Route map

Along the Golden Mile up the beautiful scenic North Coast of Kwa Zulu Natal, Stanger, birth place of Shaka your guide accompanies you to Eshowe and Shakaland with traditional Zulu music, dance & culture in the valley of 1000 hills.

 

Accommodation: Shakaland DBB

Lunch: Shakaland Inc

Supper: Shakaland Inc

 

Day 7: 277km Map

After breakfast we depart for St Lucia, World heritage site. We do a exciting boat trip on Lake St. Lucia for Hippo, birds & very large Crocodiles. Continue up the Matopo Mountains to Ghost Mountain and Overwin Lodge.

Sleep over at Overwin.

Accommodation: Overwin Guesthouse DBB

Lunch: Excl

Supper: Incl

 

Day 8: 238km map

We visit the famous Malaria mission Hospital then depart through the Golela border post into the Kingdom of Swaziland with its arts & craft markets. We sleep over at a very special hotel in the hills of my friend the well known Ruth Buck.

Accommodation: Foresters Lodge DBB

Lunch: Excl

Supper: Incl

 

Day 9: 178 km map

Breakfast then through Piggs Peak into the Kruger National Park at Malelane. We do a game drive.

Accommodation: Belvedere Guest House DBB

Lunch: En Route Excl

Supper: Included

 

 (Day 10): 71 km  map

After early breakfast depart for Skukuza. We spend the whole day game driving and top the action with a night drive on open Vehicle.

Accommodation: Skukuza Camp Kruger National DBB

Lunch: En Route Excl

Supper: Incl

 

 (Day 11): 144 km  map

Our journey today takes us via Kruger Gate to a very personal Game Reserve of my friend Lolly Sussens at Tsukudu.

Tshukudu Game Reserve

Which of the many private game reserves to visit in the Kruger area is always a difficult choice, but one stood head and shoulders above the water.

Close Encounters - There is a family run game reserve near Kruger, that people return to time and again, as they are always sure of a homely welcome and some orphan animals to pet. Walk with elephants and cuddle lions cubs at Tshukudu Game Lodge.

Our Tour:

Tshukudu Game Lodge near Hoedspruit, has no river running through it and no major dams so it survived the floods and welcomed stranded guests from surrounding lodges. Ala and Lolly Sussens receive you into their family like a long lost friend. Orphan animals are treated likewise and there are always a few young animals who demand a cuddle or nibble your toes under the dining table.

The biggest project undertaken at Tshukudu is their rehabilitation programme. Sick, injured or orphaned animals of all shapes and sizes have been nursed back to health and re-introduced to the wild.

Like most private reserves there is no fence around the lodge and visiting lions is a regular occurrence during the night. Their roars are often heard at very close proximity and can turn your sweet dream into a sudden nightmare. Don't worry you are not allowed to wander back to your room alone, but once there it is wise not to take an evening stroll.

 

We arrive at in the afternoon just in time to freshen up and depart for a game drive on open jeeps.

 

Savannah, above, the fully grown cheetah still tries her luck, sneaking around and looking for an open door so she too can enjoy the soft beds.

Lunch is served on the Veranda in true Safari Style.

Then you can enjoy the pool or rest up till afternoon coffee and cake followed by a sundowner game drive.

Your evening meals are enjoyed under the stars around the boma fire. One can enjoy excellent African cuisine prepared by the chefs. The boma area provides the perfect place for all to catch up the days events while enjoying your meal.

 

 

Accommodation: Tsukudu Chalets

Lunch: Incl

Supper: Incl

 

 

(Day 12)

Up with a wake up call for you're early morning coffee and a bush walk with an armed ranger, a leopard, a lion and an Elephant Family.

Its not often you find the Big 4 all at once on foot at a waterhole on a morning walk, but here ninth tranquillity of Tsukudu it seemed normal.

Some of these animals delight guests on the morning walk. It is no small task, keeping step with an elephant or to watch out for a young lions shenanigans. The experience is unparalleled and brings back guests for more year after year.

Back at the ranch for a great Traditional SA breakfast with all the trimmings.

The Lodge can accommodate up to 30 people in 14 rooms. All rooms allow you enjoy a view of the beautiful Drakensburg mountain range from the privacy of your own veranda.  Each room has en-suite bathrooms ensuring the best facilities and comfort is right at your fingertips.

 

During a full day, game drives take guests for close up views of the lion breeding camps and in search of the big Five. In between the game drives and walks, guests can enjoy a hearty luncheon on the veranda and later lounge around a welcoming, cool swimming pool.

Guests luxuriate at the swimming pool on a hot blistering day or enjoy the expansive view from the veranda. An inviting cup of tea beckons, a delicious slice of sweet surprise and then they are whisked away in search of the elusive Big Five.

 

Snacks at sunset set the mood and then everyone crowded into the lounge. The video had surpassed all our expectations and captured a glimpse of the day to day run of Tshukudu.

 

Africa's nights replace the moving living visual canvas of hot sunny days with tranquil strains of Africa's night orchestra. Tshukudu will leave its hallmark on the rest of your life.

Accommodation: Tsukudu Chalets

Lunch: Incl

Supper: Incl

 

 

 

(Day 13)  241km  map

We depart after a great breakfast for Exiter and the most exhilarating experience of our lives - JESSICSA THE TAME HIPPO.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we continue the scenic Panorama Route of the Mpumalanga escarpment. We see Bourke's Luck Potholes, Blyderivier Canyon,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God's Window, Lunch in Graskop, and the mining town of Pilgrims Rest.

 

We overnight at the beautiful Crystal Springs Mountain resort high up inn the Mountains

Accommodation: Crystal Springs Mountain Lodge

Lunch: En Route Excl

Supper: Incl

 

 

(Day 14)

We relax at the many facilities of this magnificent resort

Accommodation: Crystal Springs Mountain Lodge

Lunch: En Route Excl

Supper: Incl

 

(Day 15) 345km map

After breakfast we return back to JHB to the Airport in Gauteng for your flight @ TBA.

Meals: Breakfast Incl.

Lunch: Excl

 

Included:

All entrance fees except where it is excluded.

All transfers

Satour guide/driver

Transport Air-con car/station wagon/minibus

All accommodation bed, breakfast

Selected lunch & suppers as per itinerary

Portage.

All game drives, open 4x4 vehicles, spotlights.

Excluded is:

Alcoholic drinks

Tips and gratuities

Items of personal nature.

Tariff per person sharing:

Single Supplement R 0.00