South Africa: Walking & Wildlife

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5.0 Based on 49 Reviews
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  • Trekking
  • Safari
  • Walking tour
  • Wildlife
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  • duration 15 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 12
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Ends Johannesburg, South Africa
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  • Several days hiking in the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains
Start and end in Johannesburg, the tour "South Africa: Walking & Wildlife" is a guided wildlife tour that takes 15 days. You will be traveling through Royal Natal N.P, Johannesburg, Saint Lucia and 6 other destinations in South Africa and Swaziland. "South Africa: Walking & Wildlife" is a small group tour which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others. Please see the package includes section for further details.

Rising high above the veld, the Drakensberg, which translates as ‘Dragon Mountain,’ forms an imposing, dramatic and quintessentially South African scene which we explore on foot. Along with the fantastic walking opportunities, we take the time to discover the country’s amazing wildlife and we can hope to see the likes of elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards, giraffe, cheetah and much more. Complementing our journey are more walks and visits of Eswatini (Swaziland), St. Lucia and the Battlefields.
5 - Excellent
Based on 49 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 13 2019
5 - Excellent
Walking, Thunder and Wildlife
“Another outstanding trip from Exodus. It is very cleverly consrtucted, gradually building to the climax in the Drakensberg mountains.There were huge contrasts in scenery, passing through industrial and agricultural areas, the expanses of fairly dry national parks to the much greener hills and mountains of Eswatini, the lakes and Indian Ocean at St Lucia and the stunning mountains of the Drakensberg.The wildlife watching was good, not as easy as places such as the Massai Mara in Kenya, but we did see the big 5 and a lot more besides; on all of the walks there was also the opportunity to see wildlife. If birding is your thing, this is a great trip especially at this time of year as the migrations are just starting. I particularly enjoyed the visit to Isandwala and Rorkes Drift, the scene of major battles during the Zulu Wars together with walking the Fugitive's trail between the two.Weather is never predictable and we went from close to 40C one day in the game reservers to weather and scenery that could have been Scotland the next - but it did give us a chance to make use of the open fires in our accommodation in the hills of Eswatini! (Later in the trip we also experienced the most spectacular thunderstorms I have ever seen - very impressive)The Last four nights were spent in the Drakensberg, two at Thendele and 2 at Witsieshoek. The scenery was stunning and the walk up from Thendele to Witsieshoek showed a different aspect of it - more reminiscent of the Yorkshire Dales. The views from the top are wonderful but unfortunately, as is the way with mountains the weather, it closed in for the last day and the inside of a cloud looks pretty much the same wherever you are!We were a group of 12, thrown together at the start of the trip, who rubbed along pretty well and had some great times together, so a big thankyou to all concerned.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Aug 24 2019
5 - Excellent
TZS walking and wildlife
“Great trip saw lots of wildlife and great walking”
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 12 2019
5 - Excellent
South Africa: Walking, Landscapes and Wildlife
“This trip is a great way to See South Africa across a variety of landscapes, mainly through National Parks and game reserves. There is a range of environments from the Drakensberg mountains to the Indian Ocean beaches at St Lucia with spectacular walks. There are long drives, over 3000km in total, in a reasonably comfortable 14 passenger minibus. Travelling in May, the weather was dry, sunny and warm, except at night and the highest walks. The accommodation varied between basic and very comfortable, but always clean.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Mar 04 2019
5 - Excellent
South Africa: landscapes, wildlife and battlefields
“The Exodus holiday in South Africa was a wonderful introduction to African landscapes and wildlife. I have travelled widely in my life but with little experience of Africa. This holiday exceeded my expectations in two ways: the remarkable opportunities to see wildlife at close quarters in Kruger; the amazing landscapes of the Blyde River canyon, Swaziland and the Drakensurg Mountains. My enjoyment of the holiday had a lot to do with the way it was organised and led by the group leader. I have been left with many great memories.”
  • Day 1: Start Johannesburg; to Graskop.
  • Day 2: Explore the Panorama Route; walk the Leopard, Guineafowl and Kadishi-Tufa trails.
  • Day 3: Drive to Letaba Ranch Reserve; afternoon game drive.
  • Day 4: Morning game walk; free afternoon.
  • Day 5: Transfer to Kruger N.P.; afternoon game drive.
  • Day 6: Morning game drive in Kruger; transfer to Eswatini (Swaziland).
  • Day 7: Full day walk in Malolotja.
  • Day 8: Visit craft market; to St Lucia.
  • Day 9: Morning boat cruise and game walk; afternoon visit Cape Vidal.
  • Day 10: Transfer to battlefields; hike the fugitive trail.
  • Day 11: To Royal Natal N.P.; afternoon walk.
  • Day 12: Tugela Gorge hike.
  • Day 13: Full day hike to Witsieshoek.
  • Day 14: Hike to Tugela Falls, the world's second tallest waterfall.
  • Day 15: Drive through Golden Gate N.P. en route to Johannesburg; end Johannesburg.
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 11 lunches, 7 dinners
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Any international flights to/from Johannesburg are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this South Africa: Walking & Wildlife tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this South Africa: Walking & Wildlife tour. You can cancel the tour up to 91 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 90 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 23 January 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 23 January 2022, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 90 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

South Africa: Walking & Wildlife tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this South Africa: Walking & Wildlife tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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