Kruger Safari And The Panorama Route

6 Days, 1 Countries. Come with us as we discover South Africa’s famous scenery and wildlife! This 6-day tour is tailor-made for nature lovers.
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Summary

Are you ready for the wildlife adventure of a lifetime? Come with us as we explore South Africa's most famous national park and introduce you to its untamed wildlife. We'll meet in the City of Gold and make our way straight to the Kruger National Park. Here you will have plenty of time to go on safaris and formal game drives to see the Big 5! Other animals like cheetahs, antelope and wild dogs also abound. You'll sleep in comfortable bush huts and enjoy delicious local food prepared the traditional way. There will also be lots of time to explore by yourself. Next, we're off to the Panorama Route in the Mpumalanga province. Here we will see the Blyde River Canyon and Bourke's Luck potholes. After visiting Graskop, we head back to Johannesburg. Keen travellers can stay on to explore some more, while the others head home. Sound good? Let’s go!

Please note this tour forms the second leg of our South Africa Escape 14-day tour.

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Why this Trip

  • All tour dates are guaranteed to depart.
  • Only 10% deposit or minimum $80.00 required and no booking fees.
  • Luxury, modern air-conditioned coach.
  • Experienced and passionate tour leader.
  • Private game drive and stay at exclusive safari lodge.
  • High quality accommodation.
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Itinerary PrintView full Itinerary here

Start in: Johannesburg

Johannesburg, approx. 12:00 hrs
End in: Johannesburg

Johannesburg, from 10:00 hrs
Johannesburg Airport, Complementary airport transfers offered - email us for confirmation
Duration: 6 Days
Ages: 10 - 75+
Places: 1 Countries
5 Experiences

DAY 1: Johannesburg - Nelspruit

Welcome to South Africa! Meet up with the tour at a hotel close to Johannesburg airport (see the help section for more information), and then travel east to Nelspruit and settle in at the Bundu Lodge on the edge of the Kruger. Did you know that the park is only slightly smaller than the entire country of Belgium? Tonight we'll settle down for a meal under the African sky.

DAY 2: Kruger National Park

We hope you slept well, because today we go on a full-day game drive in the Kruger National Park! The elevated position in the bus makes it very easy to spot animals (if you're really lucky you'll tick off all of the Big Five today!) in the bush. The Kruger is very big and you can see African animals in their natural habitat. Animals you can expect to see include leopards, lions and elephants. There are also cheetahs, wild dogs and rhinos.

Late afternoon we make our way to our safari lodge on the western edge of the park, where we'll enjoy a multi-night stay. Time for a relaxing swim in the pool and a sundowner or two before our included dinner this evening!

DAY 3: Kruger National Park - Free day

Today you have many choices for game drives embarking from the safari lodge, led by local wildlife specialists in open safari trucks. Your options include sunrise and/or sunset safaris that last about three hours. Or choose a full-day safari drive and spend the day driving in prime game viewing areas, stopping at various waterholes and rest camps. Keep your eyes peeled and your cameras at the ready, watching these stunning animals in the wild is truly an experience to remember. On return to the lodge, slip into the pool to cool down and relax before enjoying an included dinner.

DAY 4: Kruger National Park - Free day

Today is your second free day to tailor your Kruger experience to your liking. You can go on another half-day, sunset or sunrise safari, or stay at the lodge and relax by the pool. Tonight is the last time we enjoy dinner at the lodge. Join us around the fire as we swap safari stories and sip some Amarula. You have to try this local liqueur made from fermented marula fruit!

DAY 5: Three Rondawels - Bourke’s Luck Potholes - Blyde River Canyon Viewpoint - Johannesburg

Today we leave the Kruger behind and head towards the Panorama Route. This is a famous scenic area in South Africa's Mpumalanga province. We visit one of the largest (and oldest!) Boabab trees in the world. Then we head to the Drakensberg escarpment to look out over the Blyde River Canyon from the famous Three Rondavels viewing point. If there ever was an epic view, this is it. Ready your cameras! Afterwards, we go to Bourke's Luck potholes. This natural water feature is made up of literally hundreds of potholes and plunge pools, and marks the start of Blyde River Canyon. Afterwards, we travel back to Johannesburg. Here we'll check in at the hotel, and meet up for farewell dinner and drinks. 

DAY 6: Johannesburg: End of tour

And so the last day of your South African wildlife & scenery trip has arrived. We enjoy one last breakfast together to say bon voyage. Guests are welcome to stay on to explore Jozi, as the locals call Johannesburg. If you are flying home today, a complementary airport transfer is offered to take you to Johannesburg airport.


Tour Accommodation


* Please note that we do use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here

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What's Included

  • 5 nights' accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room.
  • Services of your Expat tour leader, who will be on hand with advice and tips to ensure that you get the most from your trip. You can also book any of the optional excursions available during your tour with your tour leader – please see the 'Essential Information' tab for more details.
  • 5 breakfasts, 5 dinners
  • Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet.
  • 5 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences)
  • Free Expat Explore tour souvenir – a memorable gift of your once in a lifetime trip.

Optional Excursions

Optional excursions are payable in cash currency to your tour leader whilst on tour.
  • Sunrise Game Drive
  • Sunset Game Drive
  • Half-day Game Drive
  • Full-day Game Drive
  • Cradle of Humankind and Sterkfontein Caves
  • Johannesburg City Tour
  • Soweto Half Day Tour

Return customers get 10% off!

If you have traveled with us before you qualify for a 10% rebate. To claim your rebate, simply type your previous Booking Number in the "Special Notes" box at the final Payment step of the checkout.

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How we make awesome trips affordable

  • No intermediary: You book directly from the tour operator so you don't have to pay any travel agent.
  • As a Europe leading bus tour operator we have 11 years of experience finding the best hotels for your budget and continuously optimizing our selection based on customer feedback.
  • We book our hotels well in advance so we get early bird rates that we can pass on to you!
  • Thanks to the great number of people who travel with us each year, we can negotiate great deals that would be quite impossible for you to find on your own.

Detailed Info Pack

  • Tour start & end points
  • Pre-departure information
  • Pre-tour accommodation

For more information on, starting points & times, emergency contact details, budgeting for your tour & much more you can download our information pack here.

Helpful Pre-Trip Info

Visa

Certain nationalities may require a visa for this tour. Please see our visas page for more information. It is your responsibility to contact the relevant embassies to confirm your visa requirements. We can provide support documentation upon request, please contact us for more information.

On tour costs

Please refer to the tour itinerary for full details of the activities and meals that are included in the tour cost, and those which are optional/extra. We would recommend budgeting 200-350 ZAR per day (this excludes optional excursions).

Room Sharing

Please note, by default all rooms are twin bed rooms.

  • Partners: When you book for more than one person, we will by default group you together in a room (unless you specifically request us not to). If you are unequal numbers (3, 5, 7 etc.) and we are unable to secure a triple room then the the remaining traveler will be roomed with another passenger of the same gender. 
  • Single Travelers: If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our customer services team. Please note that the room provided may be a single room with a single bed.
  • Triple Room requests: We can generally provide a triple room on request; however it is not guaranteed to be available in every destination. Please contact our customer services team to request a triple room. Please note that in some hotels, the triple may be a double and a single bed, or the third bed may be a pull-out or bunk-bed. Where we cannot provide a triple room the rooming will consist of one twin room and the third passenger sharing with another single traveller of the same gender.

Free-time

In some destinations you will have a full free day, where you can choose to join our optional excursions or explore on your own.

Meeting Point

Your tour starts and finishes in Johannesburg. Please have a look at our essential tour information page for detailed information.

Passport

This should be valid for at least six months after you have returned home from your trip. You should also have at least two blank pages as visas and entry/exit stamps can take up a whole page.

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Have a question?

Are children allowed on your tours?

Our tours are not suitable for children under the age of 10 years old. However, at the discretion of Expat Explore we may consider younger children on certain tours if they meet certain criteria and a request is received in writing via email for consideration. Expat Explore reserves the absolute right to accept or decline a booking at our discretion.

Are international flights included in the tour price?

No, you will need to make your own arrangements to get to the meeting destination for the first day of your tour. Make sure you keep departure times and possible delays in mind when booking flights. We recommend Skyscanner for comparing prices from the vast majority of airlines. Your tour includes an internal flight from George to Johannesburg. Please ensure you provide us with your passport details after you have made your booking so that we can arrange your flight ticket.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

Before the tour starts, you will receive an email from us requesting your dietary requirements. There is always a vegetarian option, which is a meal without meat. We try as much as we can to offer you the traditional local cuisine.

Can you provide a triple room?

We can generally provide a triple room on request; however it is not guaranteed to be available in every destination. Please contact our customer services team to request a triple room. Please note that in some hotels, the triple room may consist of a double bed and a single bed, or a double bed and a pull-out or bunk-bed. Where we cannot provide a triple room the rooming will consist of one twin room and the third passenger sharing with another single traveller of the same gender.

Can you send me a quote?

The price shown on the website for your departure date on the day you book is the price you will pay. If you would like to make a group booking for 10 or more people please contact us.

Do I need a visa?

Please see our visas page and the pre-departure planning section for more information.

Do I need to change money before the tour?

Please make sure you bring with you for the start of the tour the local currency(ies) you will need for at least the first three days, as there may not be an opportunity to change currency at the very beginning of the tour. You should budget for any optional excursions you wish to do in this period (see 'Optional Excursions' tab above) and non-included meals. We don’t recommend carrying large amounts of cash with you on tour; you are better off withdrawing enough cash to last you for the next 5-7 days, rather than carrying enough cash to last you for the entirety of the tour. Please refer to your pre-departure information for more information on the currencies you will require for your particular itinerary.

Do you have on-tour luggage storage facilities?

No, we do not have these facilities. For security reasons you will be required to keep your belongings with you at all times. Please bear this in mind when you are deciding what to bring.

How can I get the documents I need to apply for my visa?

Expat Explore can provide travellers requiring visas with visa support documents on a request basis. Please note that you are required to pay for your tour in full in order to receive the documents. This is an embassy/consulate requirement by law. Once you have received confirmation that your booking has been paid in full, you can request your visa support documents by emailing info@expatexplore.com - please allow up to 10 working days to receive these documents.

How do I book/pay?

You can book online through our website or call our customer service team to make a booking over the phone. You must pay a deposit of 10% or 50 GBP (whichever is greater) via our online payment platform to secure your place. You can pay the remaining amount up to 35 days before departure, with a debit/credit card or with a bank transfer.

How many other people will be on my tour?

It depends on how many other people book! There could be up to 51 other passengers, so you will have the opportunity to make lots of friends!

How much luggage can I bring?

Due to weight and space limitations, you are allowed to bring one main piece of luggage weighing no more than 20kg, and one small soft bag for hand luggage. On all tours, you will have to carry your own luggage (e.g. into hotels and up to your room if hotels don’t have elevators). Please bear this in mind when you are deciding what to pack.

Is my deposit refundable?

Your deposit payment secures your place(s) on the tour and the price you pay. Your deposit paid at the time of booking is non-refundable. Our full Terms and Conditions can be viewed online.

Is travel insurance compulsory?

Yes, and you are responsible for arranging your own insurance. Passengers and their personal property travel with Expat Explore solely at their own risk. Please refer to our travel Terms & Conditions for more specific information. For a relatively small price, travel insurance provides you with the peace of mind so that you can enjoy your tour without any worries. To receive a quote from one of our preferred travel insurance partners, please click here

What about room sharing & single supplements?

If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our customer services team. Please note that the room provided may be a single room with a single bed.

What is included in the tour price?

The tour price includes accommodation for the duration of the tour; transport by private coach; breakfasts, lunches and dinners as per your itinerary and guided walking tours and excursions as per your itinerary. On top of this, you will have a tour leader to assist you along the way with great tips and handy advice! Please refer to the ‘Included’ section of the itinerary where a full breakdown is given.

What is the average age of your groups?

We have a very wide range of ages on our tours, and do not restrict our passengers to certain age groups or limits. A positive attitude and an open mind are more important than a number!

What level of fitness do I need to participate in these tours?

All travellers are required to carry their own bags, get on and off the coach and use public transport. Our city walking tours can last up to 3 hours and certain places involve walking up and down lots of steps. We want you to enjoy your tour, so read through the itinerary thoroughly and make your own conclusions as to whether you feel that you are fit and healthy enough.

What time does each day start on tour?

Generally, we like to make an early start, so that you can spend more time at each destination. On your free days, you can have a lie in if you wish!

Where does my tour depart from?

Please see the 'Tour Start & End Points' tab at the beginning of the Help Section for more information on the start and end points, and meeting times.

Who will be my tour leader?

Our tour leaders come from all walks of life, with different backgrounds and interests. They are all confident and well-travelled, with an in-depth knowledge of the destinations they are working in, and a passion for helping you make the most out of your Expat Explore tour.

Will I get confirmation of my payment?

As soon as your payment has been processed by our accounts team, we will send you a confirmation email. Please note this may take up to 5 working days, depending on your method of payment.
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