Click to see trip plan

South Africa Wildlife | Eastern Expedition



/ person
  • 1
  • 19 Days

Benjamin Wilson

Siya Phambile Expeditions

Crafters of Customisation | Bestowers of Flexibility in African Safaris | Tailored to your needs

  • Local time:06:21

South Africa Wildlife | Eastern Expedition

Africa is the last continent to host wildlife in all its majesty, in its natural environment. This in itself is enough reason to visit the continent at least once in a lifetime; to experience places untouched in their primeval glory. ​From the Big Five to the smallest animals, taking time out in the bush to view these magnificent creatures is a trip all on its own. You will visit various wilderness areas that each offer unique experiences and animals, guided and looked after by a professional... This tour includes participation camping. This means that guests will have to assist with camp chores, such as setting up your tent. See the day-by-day section for a more detailed description of the camp chores.


Green Canyon | Lowveld Majestic Scenery

We begin our journey by leaving the big city of Johannesburg behind, and traveling east to where the flat grasslands of the highveld meet the great Escarpment, a rugged mountain range which has some of the most incredible scenery in South Africa. We travel this scenic route past such places as God's Window, and visit an old gold-mining town, preserved from the late 19th century, where we walk around and enjoy lunch. We continue our journey to travel into the Blyde River Canyon, one of the largest 'green' canyons in the world and the third largest canyon in the world. This majestic backdrop is our view for the evening, and we settle in to our accommodation and prepare for the fantastic journey ahead! The following morning, we have free time in the morning after breakfast, to enjoy the area; hiking, horse riding, and more! We then prepare to head into the Kruger National Park. Read more

Blyde River Canyon | 1 Night

Kruger National Park | Flagship Wilderne

Spending 6 nights in the Kruger Park, we travel slowly by game drive as we explore the varied landscapes of this incredible national park. For the most part, each day will consist of morning and evening drives included in the trip. You will also have the option to go on night drives and game walks (at your own expense as we don't have the permission to conduct these ourselves), a great activity and highly recommended! All meals are catered for. We stay in the central section for three nights, and the southern section for three nights. This allows us the opportunity to explore much of the Park, and the different landscapes allow for different animals to be sighted. Read more

Kruger | 6 Nights

Central Kruger | Lion Prides

We start our exploration of Kruger in the central section. Centered around the Satara region, we explore the grasslands and river lines of this area. It is famed for having the densest lion population in the entire Park, and the herds of Zebra and Wildebeest grazing in the area provide ample food for Lion and the sightings here are our best chance of seeing the Lion king. Read more

Kruger | 6 Nights

Central Kruger | Letaba & Olifants

Originally, the triangle area of the Olifants and Letaba rivers provided the come back point for the Elephants in the Kruger. In 1900, there were most likely no elephants in the entire Park. From 1905, slowly the elephants re populated the park, coming in from the Mozambique region. Now, there are over 20 000 elephants throughout Kruger and one of the best places to see them are along the Letaba and Olifants rivers, and everywhere in between! Read more

Kruger | 6 Nights

Southern Kruger | Wildlife Haven

Today we shift camp and head into the southern regions of Kruger. Moving over the Sabie river, and into the original section of the Park, we spend our days searching high and low for the magnificent wildlife that lives in the region; great opportunities to see Wild Dog, Rhino, and of course all of the other game! Read more

Kruger | 6 Nights

Southern Kruger

Continuing our journey, we travel the back roads of the region. Visiting different areas, amongst them the historical sites of Kruger, showing the history of the Park; old ivory routes, hunters, pioneers, and tradesmen. Of course there are the local tribes that lived in the area previously, and even Bushmen rock paintings showing our long held connection to the natural world as human beings. We also start to notice the smaller things in the bush; trees, birdlife, tracks and more! Read more

Kruger | 6 Nights

Southern Kruger

Having been in the Park for some time now, we are fully in relax and bush mode! Rising with the sun, relaxing in the heat of the day, and sitting around the fire at night, you will have become a person of the bush!

Kruger | 6 Nights

Kingdom of Swaziland | Big Game Parks

Leaving KNP, we travel down into the neighbouring country Swaziland, known for its natural beauty, friendly people, and large swathes of sugar cane plantations. ​In addition, the current King has, over the past few decades, helped sanction fantastic Reserves to protect and allow for the appreciation of Swaziland's natural beauty and wildlife. We stay overnight at Hlane Game Reserve, an initiative supported by the King, and containing different landscapes to Kruger, with a more rustic feel to it. Game walks and game drives are possible at own expense with a local guide. Normal game drives with us are included. Read more

Hlane | 1 Night

Zululand | Fig Tree Forests & Bushveld

Leaving Swaziland, we travel south into another of the premier South African wildlife destinations, Mkhuze Game Reserve. In the heart of rural Zululand, spend two nights at Mkhuze doing game drives, visiting fantastic bird hides where animals come to drink, searching a different type of bush for wildlife. Amongst them, the endangered Black and White Rhinoceros. (Elephant, Rhino, various antelope species, and special sightings of Bush Babies and a variety of different birdlife can be hoped for). Read more

Mkhuze | 3 Nights
DAY 10

uMkhuze Game Reserve | Lakes & Forests

Spending a day exploring the reserve of Mkhuze, we visit a variety of sites throughout the park. Included are some of the most fantastic Hides, overlooking a majestic pan (lake) and waterholes where both animal and bird life can be seen hidden from a shelter.

Mkhuze | 3 Nights
DAY 11

uMkhuze Game Reserve | Black Rhino Haven

Mkhuze | 3 Nights
DAY 12

Wilderness Trail | Walking one of Africa

From Mkhuze, we travel further south into Zululand to visit one of Africa's oldest Game Resesrves, Hluhluwe/iMfolozi Game Reserve. Here we spend three nights on a wilderness trail in the wilderness area of iMfolozi, where 30 000ha of pristine wilderness area can be explored on foot, with two local, armed guides. This is undoubtedly one of the best wilderness experiences one can have, searching for the Big 5 and other fascinating aspects of the wilderness, before setting up camp under the stars. We carry light packs with our essentials, and the guides take care of cooking and camp chores. The only participation is to spend one hour in the night tending to the fire on watch, a fantastic experience in itself. One of primeval significance. Read more

iMfolozi | 3 Nights
DAY 13

On Trail in the Wilderness

We carry light packs with our essentials, and the guides take care of cooking and camp chores. The only participation is to spend one hour in the night tending to the fire on watch, a fantastic experience in itself. One of primeval significance. We walk the areas along the Black and White iMfolozi Rivers, searching for game and enjoying time out on foot in the wilderness. Read more

iMfolozi | 3 Nights
DAY 14

iMfolozi Wilderness

Originally a Royal hunting ground for the Zulu Kings of old, this area was mostly prohibited from general hunting. This early conservation will show as the bush is in pristine condition and one just gets the feeling that it has always been so. Of course there have been challenges over the years with human settlement and encroachment, as well as poaching, but generally a part of you will feel a very strong connection to the place. Read more

iMfolozi | 3 Nights
DAY 15

Indian Ocean | A Secluded Stop-Over

As a short scenic stop, we head out to the coastline of KwaZulu Natal, staying in a remote section close to the St. Lucia Estuary. Within isiMangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site, this large stretch of coastline sets on the Indian Ocean and encompasses a beautiful, untouched region of Africa; lush forests, coastal bush, large rivers and estuaries, hold an abundance of marine life, bird life, and animals such as Hippo, Crocodile, Turtles, and Dolphins. We enjoy the serenity of this night's stop-over, reflecting over the ocean, and preparing for our final leg of our Expedition. Read more

Maphelane | 1 Night
DAY 16

In the Shadow of the Mountains | Drakens

Heading back inland, we travel to the world-famous Drakensberg mountains for a different scenic experience. Spending two nights at the foot of the hills, we take hiking trips, that require a medium level of walking fitness, up into the mountains to spot species unique to this area (vultures, duiker, klipspringer) and visit thousand-year old Bushmen paintings. We are ideally placed centrally in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park to visit a variety of optional activities around, such as trout fishing, 4x4 trips onto the summit, horse-riding trips and more. Read more

Drakensberg | 3 Nights
DAY 17

uKhahlamba | Barrier of Spears

Meaning the Barrier of Spears in local languages, this natural barrier forms the eastern border of the small land-locked country Lesotho. The towering range stands watch over the rolling hills of KwaZulu Natal and we have the pleasure of spending our time in its shadow with all of the fun activities on offer! During the winter months, would you believe it, but it snows in Africa! Read more

Drakensberg | 3 Nights
DAY 18

Drakensberg | Dragon Mountain

Meaning Dragon Mountain in Afrikaans, the long, winding mountain range resembles a Dragon's back. Much myth and history surrounds the mountains, and we get further opportunity to explore the area.

Drakensberg | 3 Nights
DAY 19

End | King Shaka Airport

From the Drakensberg, we travel through the rural areas of KwaZulu Natal, passing old battlefield sites of the Anglo-Zulu War, and make our way back to Durban and end the tour... with memories, hopefully fantastic wildlife sightings, and an experience to last a lifetime!

Own is home!


Day in trip
Day 2
Location Kruger National Park
Day 8
Location Hlane Royal National Park
Hotel Ndlovu Camp
Day 9
Location Mkhuze Game Reserve
Hotel Mantuma Camp
Day 12
Location iMfolozi
Day 15
Location Maphelane Nature Reserve
Hotel Log Cabins
Day 16
Location Drakensberg
Day 1
Location Blyde River Canyon


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

  • 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 decide on your level of accommodation, and it is set to STANDARD in this trip.


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!

Small Passionate Private African Client-driven

Siya Phambile Expeditions
3 Reviews


Veld Cooper

Master Manager

Crafters of Customisation | Bestowers of Flexibility in African Safaris | Tailored to your needs

If you have any questions or you want to customize your trip we are here for you at any time.

  • Languages:Afrikaans, German, English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch
  • Local time:06:21


  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12



Your Dream Comes True

Easily find your favorite trip style and destination. Optimal matching with local travel professionals that will make your dream come true.

Best Quality

All our trips are quality assured by our experienced international travel teams. We’ve selected only the best destination management experts to ensure that your trip experience will be plain sailing all the way.

Fast and Easy

Find your favorite trip, pick your destination and plan your personalized vacation with a local expert in just 3 easy steps. No searching hundreds of websites! One place, all your dream vacations!

No Middleman

With Ollami, there’s no third party between you and the local experts. YOU pick your travel expert. YOU have full control of your costs and WE give you peace of mind that there are no hidden fees or charges.

Personal Reviews

All our reviews are written by REAL travelers who have experienced our service first hand. With Ollami you can expect great trips, real reviews and absolutely no surprises.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

Your experience is our priority. We offer secure payments, 24/7 professional customer service worldwide via phone, email, chat or Skype.

Need help? We are here!