Why This Tour?

The northern part of South Africa is often referred to as the ‘real Africa’.  Limpopo is a land of myths and legends – dramatic contrasts characterized by hot savannah plains, age-old indigenous forests, baobabs, cycads and vast mountains. It has become a sought-after destination for its big game, exceptional birding, untamed bush landscapes and an ancient African kingdom, the centre of which was located at Mapungubwe National Park. It is also the northern gateway to the Kruger National Park. Experience Africa for real during this 15 day tour.

Included in the Tour:

  • 14 Nights accommodation in a variety of lodges and guesthouses
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches and 8 dinners
  • Guided walks and drives at the Masepe Nature Reserve
  • 6 Game Drives in open safari vehicles at Tuli
  • Car rental for 15 days group B (VW Polo or similar) including unlimited kilometres and maximum insurance
  • Personalized travel book with information and route description



Itinerary 15 day self-drive tour:

Day 1-3: Venda

Arrive in Johannesburg at the OR Tambo Airport. Collect your rental car and travel north to the Soutpansberg region in Venda. Venda, is one of the few regions that has been able to protect its identity of language, culture and way of living. This fruitful area is gifted with high mountains, peaceful valleys and beautiful indigenous forests with crystal clear water everywhere. The Venda arts and crafts reflect its cultural importance and obsession with spirits and myths. A visit to local artist in the villages is a must, as are Lake Fundudzi and the Holy Forest!

Accommodation suggestion: Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge

Day 4 & 5: Mapungubwe National Park

Mapungubwe, once the home of a sophisticated dynasty ruled by a powerful king, the sandstone hill is now the centrepiece of a national park and a World Heritage Site. It's the perfect combination of a birding paradise, abundant wildlife including 4 of the Big 5 (no buffalo) and a splendid cultural heritage proven by the pathway leading to the summit: Stairway to heaven. Enjoy game drives and walks at the Masepe Reserve.

Accommodation suggestion: Mopani Bush Lodge

Day 6-8: Tuli Reserve in Botswana

The Northern Tuli Game Reserve is a hidden gem in the easternmost corner of Botswana. This is a unique, timeless piece of Africa with spectacular wildlife, breath taking landscapes and fascinating history. Enjoy amazing game drives and bush walks just north of the Limpopo River. In addition visit the confluence where South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe meet and book an exciting sleep out in a hide.

Accommodation suggestion: Tuli Safari Lodge

Day 9 & 10: Kruger National Park - North

From one great wildlife reserve to the next! Back in South Africa you travel to the iconic Kruger National Park. The northern parts offer spectacular scenery including the Fever Tree Forest and Lennar Gorge. Enjoy self-drive safaris or join an experience ranger to spot the wildlife such as giraffe, lion, nyala as well as elephants resting in the shade of the big baobab trees.

Accommodation suggestion: Punda Maria Rest Camp or the fully inclusive Pafuri Camp

Day 11 & 12: Kruger National Park - central

Travel right through Kruger Park, from the hilly northern part to the more open, savannah plains of the central region. The Letaba and Olifants Rivers give life to this area where you can find animals drinking at the rivers, hiding in the Mopani trees and relaxing out on the plains.

Accommodation suggestion: Letaba Rest Camp

Day 13 & 14: Blyde River Canyon

Upon exiting Kruger you almost stumble upon the next natural highlight; the Blyde River Canyon.
This only true canyon in South Africa links with the incredible rock formations at Bourke's Luck Potholes, The Pinnacle and God's Window, with views stretching as far as Mozambique. The area offers numerous adventure activities too including a canopy tour, rafting, zip lining, hiking, horse riding and mountain biking.

Accommodation suggestion: Porcupine Ridge Guesthouse in Sabie

Day 15

Last day to experience Africa. Travel to Johannesburg via the spectacular Long Tom Pass and the trout filled dams of Dullstroom. Hand your car in at the airport and board your flight home.

Ground Hornbill
Fever Trees

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