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Combined Battlefields Tours and Kruger Park Safaris

South African Battlefields Tours combined with wildlife Safaris to the Kruger National Park, Pilanesberg Nature reserve or the Rhino conservation reserve at Hluhluwe/Umfolozi in KwaZulu-Natal, with tours to the Sani Pass and 4 x 4 wheel drive route into the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho to visit one of the villages. You have a choice of tour options to either combine the destinations with the Battlefields or customize the tour to suit your requirements.

Kruger National Park

3 day to 8 day package tours to the Blyderiver Canyon & famous Kruger National Park

Includes:- (depending on duration of tour selected)
Pilgrims Rest old gold town, the upper escarpment of the Blyderiver Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Gods Window, Graskop & water falls and the famous Kruger National Park.

"The Kruger National Park" as an exceptionally rich mix of wildlife, with some 490 species of birds, 147 mammal species including the BIG 5, 94 different reptile species, 33 types of amphibians and over 200 different kinds of trees. The Park as 24 main rest camps with a choice of facilities and accommodation, most of the camps have shops and restaurants.

"This BIG 5 Game reserve" is situated in the north eastern corner of South Africa, nestled between the two borders of Zimbabwe and Mozambique. To the west of the park is the Blyderiver Canyon, Pilgrims Rest (living museum) gold town, together with various waterfalls and scenic drives which can be visited before entering and after leaving the park.

On arrival at ORT airport Cape BuffaloJohannesburg South Africa we travel by road through the lower meander scenic route into the old gold town of Pilgrims Rest while listening to the many stories of the Gold era and a bygone age of the early pioneers. Our travels will take you through the upper escarpment to the Blyderiver Canyon and the three rondawels, the evolution ofBlyderiver Canyon Bourke's Luck Potholes and the views from Gods Window that the early pioneers found while passing through to find new settlements to the North. As we descend into the lowveldt we enter the famous Kruger National Park with a chance of seeing the Big 5 of the animal kingdom of the Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo and the elusive Leopard. The tour offers excellent photo opportunities for both the amateur and professional photographer alike, the recommended minimum stay in the park is 2 nights.


Pilanesberg Safari Park

Cheetah Approximately 3-hrs drive north of Johannesburg is South Africa's forth-largest National Park "Pilanesberg". This Malaria Free Safari Park is situated in 50,000 ha, and encircled by four rings of hills formed 1200 millions years ago by an ancient alkaline volcanic crater. In 1979 Operation Genesis involved what was at the time the largest translocation of wild game ever undertaken.

Today Pilanesberg is the home to some 7000 animals, including the Big 5; elephant, lion, leopard, rhino & buffalo as well as Giraffehyena, Cape hunting dog, sable antelope & cheetah.

Pilanesberg is situated within the transitional zone between the dry Kalahari and the wetter Lowveldt commonly known as "Bushveld", creating diversity for more than 350 species of bird, 65 reptile species, 18 amphibians & thousands of other smaller animals.

For those wishing to stay overnight; accommodation can be arranged in one of the nearby Bush Lodges or in Sun City; refreshments are available at selected locations while on route during the Bush Drives.


Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve

This KwaZulu-Natal Safari Park was proclaimed as a protected area in 1895 together with St Lucia making it one of South Africa's oldest game reserves. The corridor between the reserves was proclaimed a game reserve in 1989 thereby linking both reserves to form Kuduthe Hluhluwe/Umfolozi game reserve of some 96,000 hectares in size.

The park as become famous for the conservation of the Black Rhino and the White Rhino, it was here that the White Rhino was saved from extinction. The park is now making extensive efforts to save the Black Rhino from the same fate, in the past 15 years the Black Rhino numbers in Africa have decreased drastically from 14,000 to below 2,000. It is estimated that about twenty percent of the world's population of both Rhino occur in the park.

The Reserve is noted for its wide variety of bird and animal life, with the BIG 5 of Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhino as well as wild dog and many antelopes that roam freely in the park.

The reserve is also reputed to have been the private hunting grounds of the Zulu King Chaka

Optional add-on Tour

The Sani pass and Drakensberg mountains with a day tour into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho and a visit to the "Highest Pub in Africa" can be combined with the Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal

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