The JOY of South Africa

A Trip With Joy Resor

Openings for July, 2018, join us for a two week adventure through game reserves and national parks in South Africa. Limited spots available.

The JOY of South Africa!

Join Joy Resor of Joy On Your Shoulders, accomplished author and spiritual mentor, as we journey to experience South Africa’s amazing wildlife and culture. This tour is focused on bringing together conscious and amazing people who want to share in the joy of life and the experience of being in the moment with the world and the wild! See below for more details!

Featured Destinations

Learn more about the destinations featured on this adventure.

  • Johannesburg

  • Mogalakwena River Lodge

  • Mapungubwe

  • Kruger National Park

  • Mpumalanga

  • Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Tembe Elephant Park

A South African Experience You Will Never Forget

Day 1

Arrive Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo International Airport) –Day at leisure.

Upon arrival in Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo International Airport), you will be transferred to Africa Sky Guest House. - Balance of day at leisure.

Overnight Africa Sky Guest House.

Included: Transfer from O.R. Tambo Airport, dinner, and overnight Africa Sky.

Day 2

Mogalakwena River Lodge

Mogalakwena offers an intimate African experience in the Limpopo Valley of South Africa. Situated in close proximity to border posts into Botswana. Experience the tranquility of the River Lodge safari camp and enjoy nature’s splendor on the banks of the Mogalakwena River. The main lodge consists of four en-suite bedrooms, dining and open lounge areas, infinity swimming pool, and an upper viewing deck. Share experiences at the bar or around the fire at the lapa. Four thatched chalets provide luxury comfort with exquisite views across the river.

After settling in, enjoy an afternoon Game Drive.

Overnight Mogalakwena River Lodge.

Included: Transfer by vehicle, breakfast, dinner, game drive, and overnight Mogalakwena.

Day 3

Mogalakwena River Lodge

Wake up to enjoy an early morning guided wildlife walk before returning to enjoy a leisurely breakfast.

Mid-day you will have the option of visiting the local Craft Art Market, or hanging back at the lodge for some leisure time.

The creative hub of Mogalakwena Craft Art Development Foundation is situated in close proximity to Mogalakwena River Lodge, and opposite the river from the neighboring villages. The Craft Art Village is within walking distance of the villages under the authority of traditional chief Kibi of Blouberg district. This area is home to more than 1.5 million Northern Sotho speaking people. Mogalakwena Craft Art specializes in designing and creating unique artworks as well as interior accessories, including beadwork, embroidery, pottery, and weaving.

Your afternoon will be set aside for a short Game Drive, followed by dinner.

Overnight Mogalakwena River Lodge.

Included: Wildlife walk, breakfast, dinner, game drive, Art Village visit, and overnight Mogalakwena.

Day 4

Mapungubwe (Leokwe Camp)

This morning, your guide will take you on a slow, interpretive walk enjoying the sounds and sights of the awakening African bush along the Mogalakwena river.

Transfer to Mapungubwe National Park, where we will settle in at Leokwe Camp.

Tucked into the sandstone dappled valley of the Limpopo river, soared over by the Mapungubwe National Park's majestic eagle population, Leokwe Camp is modeled on the Vendan Village design and is the ideal, self-catering getaway.

Guests can take in the stunning panorama of this mopane woodland spectacle from one of the looking decks, indulge in bird watching from the boardwalk or at the bird hide, or simply take in the comfortable lodgings, rich in the cultural impression of the surrounding area.

After settling in, enjoy an afternoon Game Drive in Mapungubwe National Park.

Overnight Leokwe Camp.

Included: Morning bush walk, breakfast, dinner, game drive, and overnight Leokwe Camp.

Day 5

Mapungubwe (Leokwe Camp)

Today you will have 2 options:

  1. A leisurely morning where you can schedule some one-on-one time with Joy!
  2. A morning game-drive.

The afternoon will be set aside for the popular Tree Top Walk!

The treetop walk allows visitors to stroll at canopy level, enjoying the abundant birdlife in the many trees around them, as well as the little antelope and the vegetation below. This is an entirely one-of-a-kind perspective that leaves lasting memories and makes for fantastic vacation photographs. The walkway leads to the bird hide, which overlooks the awesome Limpopo River and all of the plants and animals that it sustains. Birdwatchers are urged to bring their binoculars along and to keep an eye out for the white-crested helmetshrike, Meyer’s parrot, African fish eagle, longtailed starling and a number of flycatcher species. The Pel’s fishing owl is a little more elusive than the others, but may well make an appearance at the hide.

The biodiversity of the Mapungubwe National Park is nothing short of spectacular. Some of the trees include leadwood, ana and giant fever trees to make for a gorgeous landscape and breath-taking vistas to enjoy during your sojourn through the treetops.

Overnight Leokwe Camp.

Included: Tree-top walk, breakfast, dinner, game drive, and overnight Leokwe Camp.

Day 6

Transfer to Hoedspruit

Morning departure for Hoedspruit, on the edge of Kruger National Park.

Overnight Blyde Wildlife Estate.

Included: Transfer, breakfast, and overnight Blyde Wildlife Estate.

Day 7

Kruger National Park

Early morning departure for Kruger National Park. We will spend the early part of the day exploring this beautiful park.

The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares, SANParks - Kruger National Park is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.

Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Man's interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries - from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela - is very evident in the Kruger National Park. These treasures represent the cultures, persons and events that played a role in the history of the Kruger National Park and are conserved along with the park's natural assets.

Overnight Blyde Wildlife Estate.

Included: Breakfast, game drive, and overnight Blyde Wildlife Estate.

Day 8

Mpumalanga / The Panorama Route

Morning departure for the Panorama Route.

The most spectacular stretch of the Panorama Route is the Blyde River Canyon. Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve lies to the north of the town of Graskop and is a narrow strip, which runs for approximately 35 miles along the Drakensberg Escarpment. It contains one of the great scenic wonders of Southern Africa, the Blyde River Canyon, which is 35 miles long and is the third largest canyon in the world. Unlike the Fish River Canyon in Namibia and the Grand Canyon in America, it is filled with lush vegetation and wildlife. There are a number of viewpoints along the edge of the escarpment offering excellent views of the Canyon and the river below. From many well-positioned vantage points one has a view of the long gorge, which starts at "Bourkes Luck Potholes" and ends at the "Three Rondavels".

Bourke's Luck Potholes were named after Tom Bourke who discovered gold here at the confluence of the Treur and Blyde rivers. The potholes are deep cylindrical holes formed by the action of the sand and rock carried down by the rivers when in flood. Visitors can obtain a close view of the potholes from specially constructed bridges.

Overnight Casa Do Sol.

Included: Breakfast, all entrance fees and excursions, and overnight Casa Do Sol.

Day 9

Travel to Swaziland, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Morning departure for Swaziland.  

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is Swaziland's pioneer conservation area and a beautiful, secluded sanctuary situated in the Kingdom's Ezulwini Valley, 'Valley of Heavens'. Located between Mbabane and Manzini.

The name 'Mlilwane' ('Little Fire' in siSwati) was derived from the numerous fires started by lightning strikes on the Mlilwane Hill but now holds significance as the little fire that started a big conservation movement in Swaziland resulting in the saving of over 22 species from local extinction across the three reserves.

The accommodation huts are comfortable, fully en-suite, units built in the traditional Swazi way. The wildlife reserve is special as one can walk around freely and get close to animals on foot.

Overnight at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary – beehive huts.

Included: Breakfast, dinner, and overnight Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.

Day 10

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary to Tembe Elephant Park

Tembe Elephant Park is situated in the north eastern region of KwaZulu Natal, now known as the Elephant Coast. This reserve was established in 1983 to protect the last remaining herds of “free-ranging” Elephant in South Africa, known as the “Great Tuskers”. These herds migrated seasonally between Mozambique and the north of Zululand; however they faced constant harassment over the border, and preferred to stay in the dense Sand Forest thickets of Tembe.

Tembe is one of the few places left in South Africa where the true African wilderness experience can still be enjoyed.

Afternoon Game drive in Tembe Elephant Park.

Overnight Royal Thonga Safari Lodge.

Included: Game drive, breakfast, dinner, and overnight Royal Thonga Safari Lodge

Day 11

Tembe Elephant Park

Royal Thonga Safari Lodge is the culmination of a dream of the local community, private investors, and the Royal Tembe Development Foundation to create a natural paradise for visitors to this unique reserve. The lodge is architecturally designed to emulate the local Tonga building style, and each of the fourteen chalets are uniquely positioned to offer guests total privacy and luxurious comfort within a sand forest in Tembe Elephant Park.

Natural materials and timber give a warm organic ambience and invite the outdoors in - all rooms are appointed with quality furnishings and bathrooms come complete with an indoor and private outdoor shower for those whom enjoy immersing themselves in their surroundings in rare solitude and perfect tranquility.

We will enjoy an early morning game drive in Tembe Elephant Park! Upon return from the morning game drive, we will visit a local Thonga village and school in order to experience some of the local Tembe/Thonga culture. Lunch will be enjoyed at a local “shisanyama”.

Overnight Royal Thonga Safari Lodge.

Included: Game drive, community visit, all meals, and overnight Royal Thonga Safari Lodge.

Day 12

Healing with a Sangoma

Today we will visit a local Sangoma (traditional healer).

A Sangoma is a practitioner of ngoma, a philosophy based on a belief in ancestral spirits and the practice of traditional African medicine. Sangomas perform a holistic and symbolic form of healing by drawing on the belief that ancestors in the afterlife guide and protect the living. Sangomas are called to heal, and through them it is believed that ancestors from the spirit world can give instruction and advice to heal illness, social disharmony, and spiritual difficulties.

Upon return, enjoy an afternoon game drive in Tembe.

Overnight Royal Thonga Safari Lodge.

Included: Sangoma visit, all meals, afternoon game drive, and overnight Royal Thonga Safari Lodge.

Day 13

Tembe Elephant Park

Full day in Tembe Elephant Park and Royal Thonga Safari Lodge.
Today will be spent doing your choice of activities, be it game drives, some final time meeting with Joy, or just a day at leisure soaking in the sounds and sights of Tembe.

Farewell dinner!

Overnight Royal Thonga Safari Lodge - TBD.

Included: All excursions, all meals, and overnight Royal Thonga Safari Lodge.

Day 14

Depart for Durban

Durban to Johannesburg return flight

Morning departure for King Shaka International Airport in Durban for your return flight to Johannesburg.

Travel Solo, With A Friend, A Partner, Or A Group

Cost Of This Tour

$4500.00 Per Person (shared) / $ 4950.00 Per Person (single)

Rates are based on a minimum of 10 people. Spots are limited! Reserve yours today.

Contact us via the form or phone to get a comprehensive itinerary.

Rate is inclusive of the following:

  • All land transfer and travel
  • All internal flights
  • All meals as stipulated
  • All excursions as stipulated
  • All accommodation as stipulated

Rates do not include: 

  • Excursions not in itinerary
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • All Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities