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South Africa’s North-eastern Culture, Conservation & Safaris

Private Travel | General interest | Self-drive 15 Days & 12 Nights Lead-in price: £4665 Current prices from: £4665
This self-drive tour with a difference takes you to the lesser explored north-eastern region of South Africa. While Kruger National Park is the country’s most wellknown safari destination, there are many other national parks, concessions and game reserves that offer superb wildlife viewing without the crowds, and several of these can be visited on this flexible itinerary. Often created with conservation front of mind, the lodges that dot this region also offer a touch of luxury, along with sensational views, intriguing cultural heritage and heart-warming community based projects. The tour features a large number of included excursions and meals.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Experience both fully guided & self-drive safaris
  • Join a craft, art & culture tour in a traditional local village
  • Stay at conservation & community focused lodges
  • Escape the crowds by exploring in concessions & game reserves
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Johannesburg

Fly overnight from London (regional connections available) to Johannesburg. (N)

Days 2-3: Lapalala

You will be met by our VIP meet and greet service, before collecting your premium package category M rental vehicle and driving north to the Lapalala Wilderness Reserve. Lapalala attracts a variety of different animals to its diverse landscapes, including leopards, baboons, crocodiles, zebras and impalas. The assortment of environments has also made it the ideal location for several conservation projects, resulting in growing populations of vulnerable wildlife such as white and black rhinos and wild dogs. Search for them all on morning and afternoon guided game drives during your full day on the reserve. Stay 2 nights at Tintswalo Lapalala. (D) (B, L, D)

Days 4-6: Soutpansberg mountains

Travel north-east towards the Soutpansberg mountains. Nestled among the verdant slopes is the Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge where you will stay for 3 nights. Enjoy some of the many scenic hiking trails, do a spot of birdwatching and learn about the community based projects that are at the heart of everything the lodge does. An art and culture tour is also included which introduces you to the colourful homes, markets and workshops of the surrounding villages known for their beautiful woodwork, pottery, textiles and sculptures. (B, D)

Days 7-8: Mapesu Game Reserve

Drive close to South Africa’s northernmost border to the Mapesu Game Reserve. The reserve is another conservation project in action with cheetahs, rhinos, elephants and buffaloes just some of the species to have been released there in recent years. The nearby Mapungubwe National Park is home to many other animals, including lions. You will have the chance to join included safari activities and/or landscape and cultural drives. Stay 2 nights at Mopane Bush Lodge. (B, L, D)

Days 9-10: Makuleke Concession – Kruger National Park

Follow the border east to the northern section of Kruger National Park. The Makuleke Concession offers fantastic game viewing with animals often crossing the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers that converge here. The region is also of geological interest, with dinosaur hunters finding a wealth of riches within the ancient rocks. Activities here include game drives and bush walks as well as visits to the Lanner Gorge and Fever Tree Forest. Stay 2 nights at Pafuri Camp. (B, L, D)

Days 11-13: Khaya Ndlovu Game Reserve

Trace a path southwards to the Khaya Ndlovu Game Reserve. No activities are included here, but you can use the safari skills learned earlier in the journey to enjoy self-driven game drives in the reserve and nearby Kruger National Park. You may also want to explore the Panorama Route, offering sumptuous vistas across the surrounding Lowveld escarpment and canyons. Stay 3 nights at the Khaya Ndlovu Manor House. (B, D)

Days 14-15: Fly to London, via Johannesburg

Return your rental vehicle at Hoedspruit Airport before flying to Johannesburg and onwards to London, arriving the following day. (B) (N)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Pafuri Luxury Tented Camp
    Pafuri Luxury Tented Camp

    Pafuri Camp is situated in the far northern sector of Kruger National Park, nestled between the banks of the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers. Embraced by mountains and gorges, it is a land of baobab and fever trees, great cats and huge herds of elephant. The large decks are the perfect place to sit and watch for elephant, nyala, waterbuck or bushbuck coming to drink from the Luvuvhu river. Camp activities include wildlife drives, guided bush walks, bird walks, an outing to the Makuleke village and an optional excursion to Thulamela, a 500-year-old rock-walled civilisation.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £4665 per person

High season from £4895 per person


Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • 4- & 5-star accommodation
    • VIP meet & greet service on arrival
    • Premium car rental package with Ford Eco Sport (or similar)
    • 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 12 dinners
    • Guided activities at most lodges

Destinations on this tour

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