From Tembe to Kruger, experience some of South Africa's best game parks, wilderness trails and more through this incredible 12 day adventure.
Wilderness Done Your Way
A shorter version of our 25 Day Zululand offering, this safari experience gets you up close and personal with the wildlife and the bush in some of South Africa’s best known national parks, with a couple of lesser-known spots to boot. See below for a day-by-day outline!
Hluhluwe / Imfolozi Game Reserve
Tembe Elephant Park
Kruger National Park
iMfolozi Wilderness Trail
A South African Experience You Will Never Forget
Day 1 - iMfolozi Wilderness Trail
Morning departure for the southern section of Hluhluwe/Imfolozi Game Reserve, where you will start off on your wilderness walk within the iMfolozi section of the reserve.
The wilderness area covers some 30 000 hectares of iMfolozi's total area of 66 000 hectares. The wilderness is an area where the earth and its inhabitants are not disturbed by man, and where man himself is but a visitor who does not remain. In this area access is only permitted on foot, canoe or horseback. There are no roads and the only tracks are those made by animals. Managed so that its pristine character is not altered in any way, it is an area in which the sights and sounds of nature dominate. The objective of the trail is to have a wilderness experience, and visitors embarking on an iMfolozi wilderness trail experience the primitive wilderness in which they observe all facets of the bush, both great and small. They discover the many intricate patterns of nature that would otherwise elude them when driving around in a car.
Day 2 - Imfolozi Wilderness Trail
Full day of exploring the iMfolozi Wilderness trail.
Day 3 - Impila Camp
Our final night in the Hluhluwe/iMfolozi Reserve will be spent at Impila Camp, which will afford you the opportunity to relax after the wilderness trail.
Day 4 - Hluhluwe Section, Hilltop Camp
Morning departure for Hilltop Camp. The Hluhluwe section of the Hluhluwe/Imfolozi complex is generally situated at a higher altitude than the southern or Imfolozi section, and is one of the most scenic reserves in South Africa. Hilltop Camp is situated on the summit of a forested hill offers fine views of the surrounding countryside. Hilltop Camp is the oldest camp in KwaZulu-Natal and was extensively rebuilt and enlarged in the early nineties. Morning and afternoon game drives in the Hluhluwe section will reveal numerous species of game and birds that are often not encountered in other South African game reserves. Overnight Hilltop Camp.
Day 5 - Hluhluwe Section, Hilltop Camp
Morning and afternoon game drives from Hilltop camp. There is also the option of going on a guided walk with an experienced armed ranger, or going on a night drive searching for elusive nocturnal species (not included in quote – optional extra for your own account) Overnight Hilltop Camp.
Day 6 - Tembe Elephant Park
Depart for Tembe Elephant Park. Tembe 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. Overnight Tembe.
Day 7 - Tembe Elephant Park
Today will be set aside exploring this magnificent reserve. The reserve covers differing terrains and eco-systems, from dense Sand Forest thickets, woodlands, savanna and swamplands to provide an ideal habitat for the resident Elephant population. In addition to Elephant Tembe also supports a healthy population of Black Rhino, White Rhino Buffalo, Hyena, Giraffe, Leopard, Jackal, Wildebeest, Kudu, Waterbuck, Reed Buck, the scarce and diminutive Suni antelope, and much more. Overnight Tembe.
Day 8 - Kruger National Park - Lower Sabie
After breakfast we depart for the Kruger National Park, from where we will enter the reserve at the Malelane gate, and proceed to Lower Sabie Camp.
Lower Sabie graces the banks of the Sabie River, one of the few perennial rivers to flow through the Kruger National Park. Visitors cannot but feel soothed by the view towards the river and the Lebombo Mountains beyond. In this rest camp, the bounty and plenitude of nature are very evident, eloquently symbolized by the most conspicuous of its numerous trees, the mighty sycamore fig, which provides generously for the livelihood of many birds and insects. Not only do these giants produce fruit at least twice a year, but different trees produce fruit at different times, extending the gifts of life over many months. Watching the endless procession of animals coming to drink at the Sabie River establishes a sense of one's own place in the eternal cycle. Depart on afternoon game drive from Lower Sabie Camp. Overnight Lower Sabie.
Day 9 - Kruger National Park - Lower Sabie
Morning and afternoon game drives from Lower Sabie.
Day 10 - Kruger National Park - Satara
Satara is a busy camp, and not without reason. It is situated in an excellent game viewing area, with the bush relatively open and the animals plentiful and diverse. The camp itself has a rustic charm, with the bulk of the accommodation set out in a series of circles. Satara is well wooded and the bird-life is prolific. At night the clink of fruit bats is fused with the chirping of cicadas and crickets. The calls of owls and nightjars add to the symphony that is punctuated intermittently by the whoop of hyena, the screech of jackal and the roars of lion. The Satara section of the Kruger is renowned for its high predator concentration, with Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Wild dog and other carnivores spotted frequently in the surrounding plains. Overnight Satara.
Day 11 - Kruger National Park - Satara
Morning and afternoon game drives from Satara, exploring the surrounding areas. Overnight Satara Camp.
Day 12 - Satara, Return
Morning departure for Johannesburg either via flight from Hoedspruit or by vehicle.
We enjoyed laughter, sunsets, elephants tussling and drinking water, hippos in St. Lucia estuary, dipping our toes in the Indian Ocean and so much more. It truly was a wonderful, memorable visit that will linger inside us forever. Thank you Outdoor Africa!
THANK YOU OUTDOOR AFRICA for providing me with the experience of a lifetime. Toby customized the trip based on our specific preferences and abilities. Hayden was truly a wealth of knowledge about all things South African and I learned to really appreciate nature in a way that I never had before.
We could not have had a better trip! My husband worked with Toby Brown in the U.S. who then coordinated with Hayden Elliott over in SA. We had three weeks with Hayden driving us the entire time. His knowledge of the area, animals, birds, etc. was amazing.