THE SOUTHERN BACKPACKERS TREK
Breakdown of meals that are included. Please inform us if you have any allergies or dietary requirements
B = breakfast
L = lunch
D = dinner
Day 1: Johannesburg
You have arrived!!! Welcome to South Africa, where your Rover adventure starts at Holiday Inn with a pre-trip meet and greet at 18h00. This allows for travellers who arrive on the day to settle in and get familiar with South Africa. If you would like, book a few days accommodation pre-trip so you can explore more of Johannesburg and the surrounding areas. A free shuttle will be available to collect you from the airport if need be. Complementary snacks and drinks at 18h00.
Day 2: Johannesburg, Kruger National Park
Early morning departure after breakfast from Johannesburg, lunch stop on route to Kruger National Park Skukuza Rest Camp. The adventure to the world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Once we have arrived, there will be a traditional African potjie on the go while we chat around the camp fire. After dinner you have an optional activity to go on a Night drive which departs at 20h00 or you can relax around the camp fire enjoying braaied marshmallows with some of the Rover crew. (B & D included )
Day 3: Kruger national Park Skukuza Rest camp to Crocodile Rest camp
Your day starts with an optional activity Sunrise Drive departing at 04h00 in summer and 05h00 in winter and once arriving back at camp, you will be served with a freshly prepared breakfast. We then spend the day trying our luck at spotting the Big 5 which includes lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos. We enjoy a nice picnic on our way to Crocodile camp while traveling along the great Crocodile River. Once we have arrived at crocodile camp, you have the option to go on a Sunset Drive which departs at 16h30 or if you have missed the previous night drive you will have the option to go on a Night drive which departs at 20h00. The most exciting part of it all is that you have the option to either relax around the campfire whilst being visited by the local hyenas on the borders of the camp or go on the optional activities. (B, L & D included)
Day 4: Kruger national Park, Swaziland Legends backpackers
Today we say goodbye to Kruger and all the wild life it has shown us, but no need to be down as we head to the Kingdom of Swaziland and all the beauties it has to offer. Today we arrive at Legends back packers, for a well-deserved pool party and braai night. Be excited and prepared for an awesome time meeting the local Swazi people. (B & D included)
Day 5: Swaziland Legends backpackers
Today we awake from the joys of the previous night. You can choose to have a relaxed day visiting the local market or jump aboard one of the optional activities. These optional activities include; White Water Rafting, Adventure Caving, Quad Trails, Canopy Tour Swaziland, Mountain biking, Cultural Tours and Walking Trails. (B, L & D included).
Day 6: Swaziland Legends backpackers, Swaziland Sondzela
Welcome to Sondzela Backpackers which is located within Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary's southern boundary, overlooking the beautiful Mhlambanyatsi Valley. After a buffet breakfast at the beautiful Maguga dam, we will have a short walk to view the interesting history of the Swazi people. We then make our way to Sondzela, which offers comfortable accommodation in scenic gardens with easy access to the numerous activities and site-seeing opportunities that Big Game Parks and Swaziland offers. Known as the WILDest backpackers in Swaziland; after wrestling the resident Ostrich for your spot by the pool or becoming at one with Zebras on horseback you'll understand why. This day is here for you to enjoy and relax. If you feel like interacting with the animals why not rent a bicycle and fill your day with awesome memories. Lunch can be purchased at the backpackers. (B & D included)
Day 7: Swaziland, the Greater St. Lucia
With our bellies full and excited to leave our footprints behind in Swaziland, we make our way to the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park for some awesome time on the beach and enjoying the splendours of the ocean. Lunch stop (B & D included)
Day 8: St. Lucia
A beautiful Village in the southernmost entrance to The Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, South Africa's first World Heritage Site and the oldest permanently declared reserve in Africa. During your stay you can enjoy cooking in a big braai (BBQ) area, have a drink in the "open air under roof" bar and jump directly from here in a rock pool for a swim in the tropical garden setting. Enjoy the optional activities which include Game Reserve Safaris, Night Drive Safaris, Whale Watching (When Available) Turtle Tours (When Available) Bird Watching, Hiking, Kayaking, Horse Ride Safaris, Snorkelling at Cape Vidal, Deep-Sea Fishing, Crocodile Centre, boat cruises and Cultural Tours. If you feel that you want to do your own thing and relax on the beach you can enjoy the FREEBIES which includes Morning Walks, Beach Shuttles, Sun downers at the Estuary, Free Meal on Wednesdays and Zulu Dance on Saturdays (B & D included)
Day 9: St. Lucia
Today you can enjoy the FREEBIES and relax or take time to explore the little town of St Lucia. This includes Morning Walks, Beach Shuttle, Sun downers at the Estuary, Free Meal on Wednesdays and Zulu Dance on Saturdays or enjoy the optional activities which include among many Game Reserve Safaris, Night Drive Safaris, Whale Watching (When Available) Turtle Tours (When Available) Bird Watching, Hiking, Kayaking, Horse Ride Safaris and Snorkelling at Cape Vidal. This day is for you to do as you please. (B & D included)
Day 10: St. Lucia, Johannesburg
Today we say goodbye to the beautiful St Lucia and depart back to Johannesburg where your trip will end. The route back offers beautiful scenery. Please insure that you have booked your flight back home for the late evening departure or that you have booked accommodation after your trip has ended as the drive back cannot guarantee a specific time of arrival due to stops and unforeseen circumstances. Each trip normally arrives back at Holiday Inn in the late afternoon or early evening.
A free drop off at the airport is also offered for those who will be departing back home. (B included)
Please bear in mind that this trip is an adventure trip and is suited for travellers between the ages of 18 to 35.
Accommodation consists of Twin share rooms and safari tents when in the Kruger National Park.
Depending on destinations, accommodation can change but no need to be concerned as you will never be downgraded e.g. twin share to a deluxe en suite.
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