South Africa - Overview

Gauteng
Mpumalanga
North West Province
Free State
Northern Cape
Eastern Cape
Western Cape
Garden Route
KwaZulu Natal
Swaziland
Northern Province (Limpopo)
 
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General Safari Information
Inyati Private Game Lodge
Phumulani Lodge

Map of South Africa

Gauteng

Johannesburg , also known as the "City of Gold",  is a vibrant city with may attractions.  Capture the spirit of the early mining days at Gold Reef City.  Wander through the many historic and cultural museums, or  take a fascinating tour of Soweto.  Craft markets abound,  as does very upmarket shopping malls like Sandon City,  Fourways Mall and Eastgate. ...



Pretoria is fondly known as the "Jacaranda City" as the streets are lined with trees laden with purple flowers.  Pretoria is famous for its impressive Union Buildings,  Voortrekker Monument,  Kruger Square, Melrose House,  Sammy Marks Museum and the Premier Diamond Mine where the worlds largest diamond was found ...

Mpumalanga

 Mpumalanga is where the countries number one attraction is situated - the  world famous Kruger National Park.  Here,  the "big 5" including elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo roam freely through thousands of kilometers of pristine bushveld.  The reserve, and the neighboring private game reserves, are a photographers paradise,  a they capture on film a roaring lion,  huge herds of elephant,   giraffe bending down to drink at a waterhole, yawning hippo,  the graceful kudu, the comical warthog,  the magnificent leopard camouflaged between the branches and leaves of a shady tree ....

As you tour through the panoramic route of mountains and forests,  the Blyde River Canyon unveils spectacular scenery,  culminating in the unique Bourke's Luck Potholes created over thousands of years.  Waterfalls abound including Mac Mac Falls, Berlin and Lisbon falls,  and rainforests give way to "God's Window" ...
Stroll through the quaint little towns of  Grasskop,  Sabie and  Pilgrim's Rest - a fascinating restored gold mining town ....

Northern Province (Limpopo)

The Northern Province shares a small area of the Kruger National Park,  but it is also host to the impressive  baobab "upside down tree",  enormous Modjadgi cycad forests,  the Magoebeskloof forests with its stunning scenery,  as well as some of the countries prime tea estates ...

North West Province

Feel the exhilerating  true pulse beat of Africa as you join in with the tribal dancing at the Lesedi Cultural Village.  Here four cultures come together -  where you can witness the tribal way of life as it has always been through countless centuries.

The highlight is a tour to Sun City and the Palace of the Lost City.  Not only does this complex offer every conceivable  sport and entertainment from golf to surfing to water skiing, to tennis, to casino's - it is also a masterpiece of cascading waterfalls and grand architecture fit for a king,  The neighboring Pilansberg

Free State

The Free State supports most of the countries important agricultural land,  and 
traveling  through the province,  miles and miles of golden sun flowers and maize stretch out as far as the eye can see.  Just before the border of Lesotho,  the landscape changes to awesome sandstone cliffs,  where fascinating caves and patterns have been carved into the rock by wind and rain.  Here,  the  Golden Gate National Park not only protects the geological wonders and a number of antelope species,  it also protects fossils of dinosaurs ....

KwaZulu Natal

From the busy, colorful  Durban harbor to the endless hot sunny beaches stretching far to the North and the South,  KwaZulu Natal remains a year round holiday destination. 

One of the worlds most diverse and important ecosystems occur in the area known as Zululand.  In the areas of Lake St. Lucia and the estuaries, the turtles come to lay their eggs on the beaches,  countless pelicans and bird species find their breeding ground,  and  huge schools of marine life come to spawn in safety.  
The Hluhluwe Umfolozi game park is a vital sanctuary for the endangered rhino ... 

As the eagles soar over the majestic Natal Drakensberg Mountains,  so this is a place that symbolizes the peace and tranquility that every soul longs for ....

Northern Cape

With the onset of the spring rains,  the Namaqualand heralds a carpet of flowers of every conceivable colour, reaching high up the mountain slopes,  in the rocky outcrops, right down to the beach ....

Eastern Cape

Every year,  young and old gather in the little town known as Grahamstown for the Grahamstown festival.  The town is filled with the sounds of music,  with mime, drama, dance and every form of art - there for everybody to enjoy

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Western Cape

The "Mother City" of Cape Town is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world..  Attractions not to be missed include a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (V&A) , a visit to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, the seal and penguin colonies,  Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens,  Robben Island,  and the wine estates - famous for their world acclaimed award winning wines ....

Garden Route

Visit the town of Oudshoorn where the worlds largest bird - the ostrich  - is farmed,  or visit the fascinating Cango Caves where stalagmites and stalactites form  fairyland castles 

Whether you explore the Garden Route by train on the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe ,  or by coach, the scenic splendor of Knysna, the Tsitsikama Forest,  and the Wilderness National Park will capture your heart....

Swaziland

As you tour through forests and rolling green hills,  all of a sudden grass beehive huts and the bright and colorful culture of the Swazi people unfold.  Beautiful  clay pots,  glass ornaments,  exquisite handmade swazi candles, grass woven baskets and all kinds of craft work  tempt the visitor...

General Safari Information

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares, is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies. Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Man's interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries - from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela - is very evident in the Kruger National Park. These treasures represent the cultures, persons and events that played a role in the history of the Kruger National Park and are conserved along with the park's natural assets.

CURRENCY
The currncy in South Africa is the South African rand (ZAR) Passengers should exchange foreign currency in Johannesburg / Pretoria prior to departure on tour,  as it is sometimes difficult to do so en-route.

INYATI PRIVATE GAME LODGE.

Inyati Private Game Reserve is situated in the world acclaimed Sabi Sand Game Reserve, adjoining the Kruger National Park. Experience the enchantment of the African Bushveld in the comfort of an immaculately furnished chalet with glorious river views.

Inyati (meaning buffalo in Shangaan- the language of the local people), is home to this powerful breed along with the rest of the Big Five.

Inyati offers the discerning guest luxury and friendly service combined with the ultimate game viewing experience, striking the perfect balance in providing an unequalled and unforgettable African bush experience.

Phumulani Lodge

Phumulani Lodge is situated just 500 metres from the Kruger National Park's Numbi Gate. Seventeen luxury chalets are nestled within Acacia trees, each with full en-suite bathroom and sheltered patio overlooking the wild surrounds. At the dining lapa, guests can enjoy traditional Africa dishes and energetic Swazi dancing and music. For those wanting to relax under the African sun, there is a tranquil rock pool.

Phumulani Lodge is an experience created by the vision of the late Chief Mdluli for his people, based on his dream that tourism would one day ensure local employment and community development. The lodge is 100% owned by the Mdluli Trust, which is deeply committed to the social, economic, and environmental well-being of its staff and community.

Phumulani Lodge is also the ideal location for those wanting to mix business with pleasure. It can comfortably cater for up to 100 conference delgates. Guests can arrange for Bush Walks, Night Drive Safari Experiences in the Mdluli Reserve, as well as Cultural Tours with local guides. After a busy day, explorers can relax at the handcrafted wooden bar, fashioned from the split trunk of a Marula tree, which is always kept well stocked.

Phumulani Lodge is not an ordinary four-star lodge. It is an experience created by the local host community, which provides personalised service and serenity in the heart of the bushveld.