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Cradle of Humankind & Northern Safari

Explore the wilder Northern areas of South Africa as we journey through the diverse past of this fascinating country; exploring our common roots, visiting the recent Apartheid history, African culture and gold, balanced with excellent wildlife viewing!

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $2110 - $3401
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 13 days
Best months: February - October
Countries visited: South Africa South Africa
Parks visited: Kruger
Activity level: Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
  • Night drive
  • Cultural
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 a well-rounded one!

DAY 1: HISTORY & CULTURE | JOHANNESBURG & 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.

DAY 2: CRADLE OF HUMANKIND PRECINCTS

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.

DAY 3-5: MAPUNGUBWE NATIONAL PARK | KINGDOM OF GREATER ZIMBABWE

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.

DAY 6-7: 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. This is also the area of various tribes and their long and proud histories, including Modjadji the 'Rain Queen.' We visit a variety of fascinating sites, enjoy a day of easy hiking, and stay close to the Chief in a traditional African Royal homestead.

DAY 8: ZWAKALA RIVER RETREAT | CRAFT BREWERY

We spend 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 a lunch 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.

DAY 9-12: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK | FLAGSHIP WILDERNESS

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.

DAY 13: JOHANNESBURG | OWN IS HOME!

Waking up early, we enjoy one last long game drive searching for anything or everything we haven't seen. On the way, we enjoy a hearty breakfast before ending our Kruger Park journey at the gates. From here we transfer back to Johannesburg and your own itinerary or flights home.

 

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Maropeng Boutique Hotel - 4 Star
  • Tiveka Game Lodge - 3 Star
  • Vhembe Wilderness Camp - Wilderness Chalets
  • Fundudzi Cultural Camp - Traditional Bungalows
  • Zwakala River Retreat - Mountain Cottages
  • Kruger Rest Camps Variety - Bungalows/Chalets/Luxury Tents
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