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South Africa: Walking & Wildlife

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South Africa: Walking & Wildlife - Exodus Travels
South Africa: Walking & Wildlife - Exodus Travels
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40 reviews
Starts
Johannesburg
Destinations
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Ends
Johannesburg
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Highlights

Start and end in Johannesburg! With the hiking & trekking tour South Africa: Walking & Wildlife, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through Johannesburg, South Africa and 10 other destinations in Africa. South Africa: Walking & Wildlife is a small group tour that includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
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Hotel
Max Group Size
12
Travel style
Hiking & Trekking, Wildlife Trekkings, Wildlife

40 Reviews

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  • South Africa: Walking & Wildlife reviewer 1
    Written on October 13, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A good balance of Safari and walking. Some long distances travelled on the bus which we enjoyed enabling us to see a large area of this fantastic country. With a 19 seat bus for 12 it was not cramped and with plenty of stops you do get a good flavour of the country. Don't let the bussing put you off  we had some superb walks and Safaris and were looked after very well by our guides Admire and Mathew.   What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?We had many excellent experiences but I think from a walking point of view it must be the Amphitheatre at Drakensberg. After a cold and not too promising start the weather gradually cleared to reveal some awe inspiring views. I think the best picnic stop ever !!!The Game drives were great and varied: The first private game reserve we stayed at was very memorable seeing many animals but we came across two young Lionesses who were not at all bothered by our presence, great for the photographers. When we entered Kruger The water hole was very busy with Elephants, Hippo, Giraffe .... quite a sight.        What did you think of your group leader?Admire and Mathew worked very hard to make things go smoothly, between them they had a lot of knowledge and if they didn't know usually found out.  They made the trip a very pleasant and memorable one.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This is a very varied holiday but does involve some long coach transfers. If you really don't like coach travel it may not be for you. But for me ... I thoroughly  enjoyed it.We are not campers but this was no problem. The guides had the tents up in no time and the beds very comfortable. The tents large enough to store your gear and tall enough in the centre to stand. Is there anything else you would like to add?This was my first proper visit to Africa and has whetted my appetite. This trip gives a good varied overview of life in the area. I read some of the recommended reading, Nelson Mandela's ' Walk to Freedom' which gives a good insight to South Africa's recent journey. Also plenty of info on Birds and Animals ... you will see lots of them. !! 

  • South Africa: Walking & Wildlife reviewer 2
    Written on October 13, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A good balance of Safari and walking. Some long distances travelled on the bus which we enjoyed enabling us to see a large area of this fantastic country. With a 19 seat bus for 12 it was not cramped and with plenty of stops you do get a good flavour of the country. Don't let the bussing put you off  we had some superb walks and Safaris and were looked after very well by our guides Admire and Mathew.   What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?We had many excellent experiences but I think from a walking point of view it must be the Amphitheatre at Drakensberg. After a cold and not too promising start the weather gradually cleared to reveal some awe inspiring views. I think the best picnic stop ever !!!The Game drives were great and varied: The first private game reserve we stayed at was very memorable seeing many animals but we came across two young Lionesses who were not at all bothered by our presence, great for the photographers. When we entered Kruger The water hole was very busy with Elephants, Hippo, Giraffe .... quite a sight.        What did you think of your group leader?Admire and Mathew worked very hard to make things go smoothly, between them they had a lot of knowledge and if they didn't know usually found out.  They made the trip a very pleasant and memorable one.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This is a very varied holiday but does involve some long coach transfers. If you really don't like coach travel it may not be for you. But for me ... I thoroughly  enjoyed it.We are not campers but this was no problem. The guides had the tents up in no time and the beds very comfortable. The tents large enough to store your gear and tall enough in the centre to stand. Is there anything else you would like to add?This was my first proper visit to Africa and has whetted my appetite. This trip gives a good varied overview of life in the area. I read some of the recommended reading, Nelson Mandela's ' Walk to Freedom' which gives a good insight to South Africa's recent journey. Also plenty of info on Birds and Animals ... you will see lots of them. !! 

  • South Africa: Walking & Wildlife reviewer 3
    Written on September 19, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A great mix of walking and wildlife, culminating in the stunning Drakensberg mountains.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?So many to comment on......stunning sunrises and sunsets, the beautiful environs of St Lucia, great walks in lovely scenery, seeing a week old baby white rhino, conquering the ladders to climb up to the Amphitheatre!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?A couple of days on the road are quite long......make sure you are on time to leave....any delays mean that the leader is trying to play catch up. But the scenery is great! If you are a wildlife officianado, you may be really disappointed with the Night Safari (optional trip) in Kruger. You are in a vehicle with 20 others and I can liken the experience to Disney......lamping animals at twilight to see them in the bush and cheering when a lion is spotted. I hasten to add that none of the Exodus clients acted so abhorrently. I was extremely disappointed with the experience, especially after great drives in a private game reserve a few days previously. 

  • South Africa: Walking & Wildlife reviewer 4
    Written on September 19, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A great mix of walking and wildlife, culminating in the stunning Drakensberg mountains.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?So many to comment on......stunning sunrises and sunsets, the beautiful environs of St Lucia, great walks in lovely scenery, seeing a week old baby white rhino, conquering the ladders to climb up to the Amphitheatre!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?A couple of days on the road are quite long......make sure you are on time to leave....any delays mean that the leader is trying to play catch up. But the scenery is great! If you are a wildlife officianado, you may be really disappointed with the Night Safari (optional trip) in Kruger. You are in a vehicle with 20 others and I can liken the experience to Disney......lamping animals at twilight to see them in the bush and cheering when a lion is spotted. I hasten to add that none of the Exodus clients acted so abhorrently. I was extremely disappointed with the experience, especially after great drives in a private game reserve a few days previously. 

  • South Africa: Walking & Wildlife reviewer 5
    Written on May 14, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A great holiday with a mixture of walking and wildlife. After a couple of very, very, wet days the sun came out, the walking became enjoyable. We had a pretty mixed group and just about everybody enjoyed the experience.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Stalking cheetah on foot in Kruger.What did you think of your group leader?Admire and Rob were very good indeed, as was Tsepo, the driver. The earier unusually heavy rains forced changes of both routes and accomodation, but they handled it very professionally. Admire led most of the hikes and both his and Rob's local knowledge was pretty good. Oh, and they could cook pretty well, no complaints on that score.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you go in the South African summer, take really good waterproofs - and make sure you have a waterproof cover for your rucksack (bitter personal experience). Some of the transfers are long, so cultivate an interest in birds - plenty of spotting opportunities when on the road. Take a Kindle or similar too.Is there anything else you would like to add?We struck lucky, because of the flooding we stayed at Karongwe Private Reserve and benefitted from their excellent guides and trackers. It was with them that we were allowed out of the vehicle to find the cheetahs on foot. The accomodation was fine (sometimes basic, sometimes almost luxurious) and the camping easy (the guys set up and took down the tents). Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge in the Drakensberg is a fascinating place - it looks a little like a 1960s Bond villians hideout. Oh, and if you're a birder the whole trip is just wonderful ;-)

  • South Africa: Walking & Wildlife reviewer 6
    Written on May 14, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A great holiday with a mixture of walking and wildlife. After a couple of very, very, wet days the sun came out, the walking became enjoyable. We had a pretty mixed group and just about everybody enjoyed the experience.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Stalking cheetah on foot in Kruger.What did you think of your group leader?Admire and Rob were very good indeed, as was Tsepo, the driver. The earier unusually heavy rains forced changes of both routes and accomodation, but they handled it very professionally. Admire led most of the hikes and both his and Rob's local knowledge was pretty good. Oh, and they could cook pretty well, no complaints on that score.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you go in the South African summer, take really good waterproofs - and make sure you have a waterproof cover for your rucksack (bitter personal experience). Some of the transfers are long, so cultivate an interest in birds - plenty of spotting opportunities when on the road. Take a Kindle or similar too.Is there anything else you would like to add?We struck lucky, because of the flooding we stayed at Karongwe Private Reserve and benefitted from their excellent guides and trackers. It was with them that we were allowed out of the vehicle to find the cheetahs on foot. The accomodation was fine (sometimes basic, sometimes almost luxurious) and the camping easy (the guys set up and took down the tents). Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge in the Drakensberg is a fascinating place - it looks a little like a 1960s Bond villians hideout. Oh, and if you're a birder the whole trip is just wonderful ;-)

  • South Africa: Walking & Wildlife reviewer 7
    Written on November 5, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    A good mix of wildlife and walking.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?A choice between walking within 5 metres of a cheetah in the bush one evening and watching the rainclouds break and disappear in a few minutes to allow us to walk in the Drakensburg without a soaking.What did you think of your group leader?Admire was full of energy, information, humour and a pretty good cook too. He and back up man Petros did a fine job leading us around South Africa.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared to spend very long periods in the minibus-take an iPod or something similar to pass the time. The time spent driving was really the only downside to the trip-the game viewing was excellent (though I STILL haven't seen a leopard in the wild!!!) interspersed with some great and varied walking. The holiday met our expectations. Going in October, we did not expect quite so much rain-55mm overnight whilst camping in the Kruger,-but somehow we managed to dodge most of it, only getting wet a couple of times.Is there anything else you would like to add?Your local agents need to provide an awning or dining tent for the days when it rains. On the night in Kruger mentioned above, the guides prepared food in the pouring rain with no shelter, and we ate it in the minibus with puddles in our plates. Funny to look back on but not so great at the time.

  • South Africa: Walking & Wildlife reviewer 8
    Written on November 5, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    A good mix of wildlife and walking.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?A choice between walking within 5 metres of a cheetah in the bush one evening and watching the rainclouds break and disappear in a few minutes to allow us to walk in the Drakensburg without a soaking.What did you think of your group leader?Admire was full of energy, information, humour and a pretty good cook too. He and back up man Petros did a fine job leading us around South Africa.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared to spend very long periods in the minibus-take an iPod or something similar to pass the time. The time spent driving was really the only downside to the trip-the game viewing was excellent (though I STILL haven't seen a leopard in the wild!!!) interspersed with some great and varied walking. The holiday met our expectations. Going in October, we did not expect quite so much rain-55mm overnight whilst camping in the Kruger,-but somehow we managed to dodge most of it, only getting wet a couple of times.Is there anything else you would like to add?Your local agents need to provide an awning or dining tent for the days when it rains. On the night in Kruger mentioned above, the guides prepared food in the pouring rain with no shelter, and we ate it in the minibus with puddles in our plates. Funny to look back on but not so great at the time.

  • South Africa: Walking & Wildlife reviewer 9
    Written on August 24, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A brilliant trip from start to finish.  There was so much to see and do.  Going in July/Aug  - South African winter was the perfect time for walking and seeing wild life.  A very varied and exciting experience with something new everyday. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Watching two cheetas eating their kill meters away from us as we were led through the bush on foot.  This was an amazing experience.  The trip to the Drakensberg was also very memorable, especially negotiating the metal ladders!  Great stuff!What did you think of your group leader?Andrew was a first class tour leader and Admire a excellent back up.  As a team, they made our holiday from preparing lovely food to always getting camp ready quickly.  Their driving was faultless.  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Go in the winter as there are no insects or bugs and the bush is very thin so there is a much better chance of seeing wild life.Is there anything else you would like to add?The change in itinerary by going to the St Lucia on the coast really added to the trip and gave us yet another new experience.  The guided boat trip and walk through the bush was very enjoyable.  Going to the local bar for a sundowner really rounded off the day as we all sat outside by the water, watching the wild life.

  • South Africa: Walking & Wildlife reviewer 10
    Written on August 24, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A brilliant trip from start to finish.  There was so much to see and do.  Going in July/Aug  - South African winter was the perfect time for walking and seeing wild life.  A very varied and exciting experience with something new everyday. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Watching two cheetas eating their kill meters away from us as we were led through the bush on foot.  This was an amazing experience.  The trip to the Drakensberg was also very memorable, especially negotiating the metal ladders!  Great stuff!What did you think of your group leader?Andrew was a first class tour leader and Admire a excellent back up.  As a team, they made our holiday from preparing lovely food to always getting camp ready quickly.  Their driving was faultless.  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Go in the winter as there are no insects or bugs and the bush is very thin so there is a much better chance of seeing wild life.Is there anything else you would like to add?The change in itinerary by going to the St Lucia on the coast really added to the trip and gave us yet another new experience.  The guided boat trip and walk through the bush was very enjoyable.  Going to the local bar for a sundowner really rounded off the day as we all sat outside by the water, watching the wild life.

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  1. Day 1: Start Johannesburg; to Graskop.
  2. Day 2: Hike the Prospector's Trail to Pilgrim's Rest.
  3. Day 3: Explore the Panorama Route; to Letaba Ranch Reserve; evening game drive.
  4. Day 4: Morning game walk; free afternoon.
  5. Day 5: Transfer to Kruger N.P.; afternoon game drive.
  6. Day 6: Morning game drive in Kruger; transfer to Swaziland.
  7. Day 7: Full day walk in Malolotja.
  8. Day 8: Visit craft market; to St Lucia.
  9. Day 9: Morning boat cruise and game walk; afternoon visit Cape Vidal.
  10. Day 10: Transfer to battlefields; hike the fugitive trail.
  11. Day 11: To Royal Natal N.P.; afternoon walk.
  12. Day 12: Tugela Gorge hike.
  13. Day 13: Full day hike to Witsieshoek.
  14. Day 14: Hike to Tugela Falls, the world's second tallest waterfall.
  15. Day 15: Drive through Golden Gate N.P. en route to Johannesburg; end Johannesburg.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 2,170 km.
  • Johannesburg (South Africa)
  • 315 km
  • Graskop (South Africa)
  • 116 km
  • Belfast (South Africa)
  • 116 km
  • Graskop (South Africa)
  • 133 km
  • Letaba Ranch (South Africa)
  • 80 km
  • Kruger National Park (South Africa)
  • 253 km
  • Malolotja Nature Reserve (Swaziland)
  • 35 km
  • Ezulwini Valley (Swaziland)
  • 252 km
  • St Lucia Estuary (South Africa)
  • 31 km
  • Cape Vidal (South Africa)
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