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Cradle of Humankind & Northern Safari | Wildlife & African Cultural Heritage



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Benjamin Wilson

Siya Phambile Expeditions

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Cradle of Humankind & Northern Safari | Wildlife & African Cultural Heritage

Take a journey with us traveling slowly through the fascinating northern parts of South Africa, rich in both cultural and historical legacies. You will visit various cultural sites that each offer unique experiences with a chance to sample the diversity of this rainbow nation and our common ancestral roots, which bind us all together as humankind. On top of this, a chance to visit two world-class Game Reserves during the trip makes this well-rounded!


Apartheid & Culture | Jo'burg & Soweto

Beginning our tour around Johannesburg, we spend the first day visiting the many fascinating cultural aspects of the City of Gold. We head off to the south western areas, where both a tour of the Soweto township and a visit to the Apartheid museum start the contrast of cultures in the economic beating heart of RSA. Read more

Maropeng | 1 Night
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Cradle of Humankind Precincts | Maropeng

We move out to the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the Cradle of Humankind, where a large number of remains of our early human ancestors have been repeatedly found, and the story of our origins over the past few million years, are told in spectacular glory. We take a look at both the Maropeng precinct and the Sterkfontein caves. Read more

Mokopane | 1 Night
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Mapungubwe NP | Culture & Wilderness

Early in the morning, we travel to another famous site and part of the Cradle of Humankind. Makapans Valley tells us of both the ancient history of people in the region and also the fascinating story of a more recent siege that took place in the Caves. Limestone Mining occurred here, and we get a chance to explore with a guide, the fascinating places. From here we continue our journey North, as we drive to the border of Zimbabwe, where we find remnants of the Great Zimbabwe Kingdom from a thousand years ago. Set in a pristine National Park, we spend a few days learning of this fascinating culture and searching for wildlife. Read more

Mapungubwe | 3 Nights
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Game Drive | Exploring Mapungubwe

Today we focus only on safari. Journeying around the natural landscape, and stopping at some fascinating vistas such as the Confluence, which shows both Botswana and Zimbabwe from the viewpoint. We can hope to see Elephant, Rhino, lots of antelope, Giraffe, Bushpig, Leopard, and Lion!

Mapungubwe | 3 Nights
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Cultural Landscape Musuem & Walk

Today we continue our safari, with an early morning game drive. After a hearty meal, we head off on a guided walk in the bush. This takes us up onto the Mapungubwe Hill, and tells us the story of the Kingdom and it's remains still seen today. Later we visit the World Class museum, with golden artifacts and fascinating videos and pictures that tell the story of a once thriving African Kingdom. The building also won the World Architecture Award in 2009. This all gives Mapungubwe firm rights as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We end the day with another game drive and enjoy sundowners as the Sun sets over the majestic landscape. Read more

Mapungubwe | 3 Nights
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Venda Route | Local Culture & Tradition

We leave Mapungubwe National Park to travel onto magical Venda territory, sampling this fascinating landscape, rich in cultural legacy and mysticism. It seems like a different country, and the proud Venda people have many fascinating spiritual sites to explore. We take a look at the Dzata Ruins, Lake Fundudzi (the only natural inland lake in South Africa), Phipidi Falls, and more! This is also the area of various tribes and their long and proud histories, including Modjadji the 'Rain Queen.' Read more

Thohoyandou | 2 Nights
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Easy Hiking | Grand Forest & Rivers

Staying high up on the mountain, close to the chief's residence and in a local Royal Homestead, we take an easy hike on this day. Crossing indigenous forests, we journey to a river where the Pothole is situated. There is plenty of time to relax here, enjoy lunch, swim, and marvel at the view. We then journey back to our camp to enjoy dinner and sit around the fire under the stars over-looking much of Venda. Read more

Thohoyandou | 2 Nights
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The Rain Queen | Local Craft Brewery

Saying good bye to Venda, we journey south and stop for lunch at the Modjaji Cycad Reserve. This tells the story of Modjaji, the Rain Queen, and one of the tribes ruled through the last centuries by woman. We then spend the rest of the day up in the Magoebaskloof Mountains, tasting the local craft beer made from the sweet waters which flow pure and clean down the mountain. We enjoy beer tasting at the Brewery before spending the afternoon in typical holiday-style, with many options to rest and relax, and some interesting activities (optional) on offer; hiking, walks, swimming in the river, fishing, horse-riding, and more. Read more

Magoebaskloof | 1 Night
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Kruger National Park | Wild Africa

From here we travel further into the bush for another four nights, visiting the world-famous Kruger National Park. We take our time exploring the middle and southern sections of the Park, with all of the variety and diversity of landscape and animals that this park offers.

Kruger NP | 4 Nights
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DAY 10

Exploring Kruger | Big 5 Search

We enjoy a typical routine in the bush, rising early and enjoying a morning game drive exploring Kruger and searching for wildilfe. Returning back to camp for a hearty breakfast, we then relax during the heat of the day, visiting the camp museum, enjoying the swimming pool, and just chilling out! In the afternoon, we set out again for an evening game drive learning and looking for all the fascinating aspects of this true wilderness. Read more

Kruger NP | 4 Nights
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DAY 11

Southern Kruger | Big Game Territory

We shift camps today, leaving early again on a game drive. Stopping in the morning for a hearty breakfast at one of the great picnic spots, we then continue to our camp for the next two nights. Once arriving, we settle in and relax again. In the afternoon, we head out for a game drive. Returning to camp for dinner sitting around the fire listening to the sounds of the bush, we enjoy a night drive with a chance to spot the nocturnal animals of the wilderness. Read more

Kruger NP | 4 Nights
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DAY 12

Becoming a Person of the Bush

Having spent this time in both South Africa and the bush, you will become accustomed to the flow of the natural cycle in the bush. Waking up early will be natural and your eyes will have adjusted to spotting animals in the bush like a pro! We enjoy our final full day on tour exploring the Park and building on everything we have learnt and seen. You body will also be accustomed to the rhythms of life as it once was and you will be in true holiday mode. We enjoy a usual bush day. Read more

Kruger NP | 4 Nights
DAY 13

Tour Ends | Travel Back to Jo'burg

From here we leave the Kruger National Park, via a long game drive through the southern areas, and return to Johannesburg for flights home.

Flights home | Own Itinerary


Day in trip
Day 1
Location Maropeng
Day 2
Location Mokopane
Day 3
Location Mapungubwe
Day 6
Location Venda
Day 8
Location Magoebaskloof
Day 9
Location Kruger National Park


Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fees
  • All activities *unless optional
  • All meals *unless for own expense

Package excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular fees or any other formalities
  • Gratuities
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers
  • Pre and Post Tour accommodation

More information

  • Prices are per person sharing (double room), except for the solo traveler.
  • Single supplement generally adds 30% to per person sharing price.
  • This trip is FULLY CUSTOMISABLE. In addition, you can decide on your accommodation level, it is set to STANDARD.


3 Reviews

Lowe, Sweden

We were given outstanding local knowledge of the Garden Route which took us off the beaten track, on the Route 62! Unforgettable experience delivered in a laid back, tailored fashion. Fantastic communication and good vibes, our trip outweighed any expectations! Highly recommended

Jan, Mariette, & Cocky, Netherlands

It was an amazing trip. They did a perfect job. The service was perfect and the guide called Ben was really good. He made a nice breakfast in the morning, a good lunch in the afternoon and a good meal in the evening. He was great in finding all kinds of animals. He made out dream come true and even more.. Read more

Tracey, United Kingdom

Brilliant service from start to finish. Fabulous place to visit and as we had a relatively short time we managed to see so much. Well planned itinerary, first rate guide who made all the difference. Thanks so much!

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