Northern Explorer

View photo's from South Africa Northern Explorer during 2018

This is an Exploration Tour of Northern South Africa.

Dates for 2019:

  • 19 January to 31 January
  • 5 February to 17 February
  • 16 March to 28 March
  • 20 April to 2 May
  • 11 May to 23 May
  • 3 August to 15 August
  • 24 August to 5 September
  • 2 November to 14 November

Highlights of this tour

  • Game driving in Kruger National Park
  • Sani Pass
  • Hiking in the Drakensberg

Breakfast included daily
except for Day 1 and Day 2

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Day 1

Arrive in Johannesburg

We spend the afternoon exploring by doing a tour of Soweto.

Day 2

The Great Escarpment

We make our way out, driving to this wonderland area in South Africa, with waterfalls and amazing rock formations. We take today and tomorrow to show you this unique area and all of its beauties.

Day 3

Explore - The Great Escarpment

We go out and explore the area full of waterfalls and mountains, stopping at places like Gods Window, the Three Rondawels and many more.

Day 4

Kruger National Park

We make our way to the lodge where we are staying for two nights, in a wildlife concession, just outside the Kruger National Park.

Day 5

Full day at the Kruger National Park

We take a day to look for the Big 5 in the Kruger National Park with a local guide in an open vehicle.

Day 6


We make our way down to the Kingdom of Swaziland, where we hike the mountains of this beautiful country.

Day 7

Mkuze Game Reserve

Today we go past the capital city of Swaziland called Mbabane, on our way to the kingdom of the Zulus, to explore another game reserve called Mkuze Game Reserve, which is part of the iSimangaliso wetlands and ideal for bird watching.

Day 8

St Lucia

Today we visit the Coastal town of St Lucia, which is in a Nature Reserve. You have the option to go on a boat tour to view hippos.

Day 9 and 10


We make our way to the town of Underberg where we will spend the next day going up Sani Pass to cross the border into Lesotho. Here we will spend some time in the highest pub in Africa. We will also see the day to day life of the Sotho people who live in this mountain kingdom.

Day 11


We make our way to the Drakensberg Mountains. We do an afternoon hike if the time allows us.

Day 12


After spending some time in the vehicle, we do a refreshing hike in the mountains to reflect on the last couple of days.

Day 13


Sadly we make our way back to the starting point of our journey, and the end of this great safari.

Please contact Chris for more information :

Cell: +27 (82) 355 2420