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Livin' the Wild Life
South Africa
Livin' the Wild Life

Starting this trip a little south of Latitude 31°, you are about to see some of the best South Africa has to offer! Crossing the Kei river into the Transkei region, you will be immersed in the Xhosa culture entirely different from the rest of the country. With rolling hills, quaint round huts, and traditional djembes always pounding off in the distance, you may be struck by 'Pondo Fever' - a very real affliction that will make you never want to leave this wonderful place! Heading further north, the Zulu culture is another breath of fresh air and the beaches of on the Indian ocean take on a more tropical flair, and the diving in several destinations on this trip is comparable to other world class diving sites, with marine life like you wouldn't imagine. In the right season, humpbacks, dolphins, whale sharks, and the southern right whale are not uncommon, along with all sorts of shark varieties and other sea life. Then we are off to Sodwana Bay to enjoy what the Indian Ocean has to offer for diving, before we are off to one of the best known national parks in the world, the Kruger National Park. Here you will embark on a safari and be delighted to see more wildlife than you would think possible in just a few days, and hopefully you will be lucky enough to catch the Big 5 - every safari-goers dream! Ending this trip in the capital of the country, Pretoria, you will once again have a chance to peer into this country's complicated past and optimistic future as well as a bit more close-up wildlife, before heading home to tell all your friends about how they have to come see South Africa for themselves!

 
Livin' the Wild Life
South Africa
Chintsa East

A few kilometres south of the the Great Kei river we found another fabulous stop, Chintsa East. We aren’t really supposed to compare the beaches on our trip but this one rates very high on our list. Our rooms are only a few minutes away from this breathtaking, unspoilt beach where the Chintsa river flows into the sea. Our accommodation is funky and has a laid-back atmosphere backed by forested dunes, lagoons and rivers.

 
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Coffee Bay
South Africa
Coffee Bay

We are travelling into the heart of the Transkei, through rolling green hills on roads where you drive slowly and make sure you don’t hit cattle, people, dogs, potholes, chickens, goats... well, you get the idea. It’s a gorgeous drive as you head deeper into rural South Africa on your way to Coffee Bay - another gem on the Indian Ocean and Wild Coast. Our accommodations are right on the Bomvu River Mouth and the scenery can get very dramatic especially when this wild ocean acts up. Sunsets with an adult beverage overlooking Coffee Bay from a high cliff will be one of your best memories of South Africa.

 
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South Africa
Mdumbi

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Port St Johns travel adventure tour
South Africa
Port St Johns, Transkei - Latitude 31°

Our name might give some of it away and although we love the whole itinerary we are now close to Latitude 31° south, and travelling in one of our favourite areas - the Transkei. The Transkei was an independent country surrounded by the borders of South Africa until 27 April 1994 when it became part of the Eastern Cape in the Republic of South Africa. Nelson Mandela was born in Mvezo near Mthatha. We are heading for Port St. Johns, a town of about 5000 people that is situated at the mouth of the mighty Umzimvubu River. It is a magical place and people here might warn you about pondo fever - it’s the ‘condition’ of those who show up, expecting to stay a few days and end up staying for months or years. You’ll know why they stay once you enjoy a sundowner on Mount Thesiger, overlooking aforementioned river (this airstrip was used in scenes of the movie ‘Blood Diamond’). Maybe you’ll understand it when you take a walk through the village or to the ‘gap’ and the blow-hole on Second Beach as you experience this part of the ‘Wild Coast’ and more of the raw beauty of the Indian Ocean.

 
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South Africa
Uvongo

Whether we are travelling south from Durban or north from Port St Johns, we’ll follow the N2 freeway and pass through sugar cane fields until we reach Uvongo where we will enjoy homely living for a day or three. Uvongo takes it’s name from the Vungu River which is derived from the Zulu word that describes the sound of a waterfall or the wind in a gorge. During our stay in this area you have the opportunity to try the world’s highest gorge swing at Oribi Gorge. If you’re not so fond of heights, the sharks at Protea Banks are waiting to meet the scuba divers amongst us.

 
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South Africa
Bergville, Drakensberg

Close to Bergville we have a one night stopover to get a good look at the majestic Drakensberg Mountain (Dragon’s Mountain) Range. Before we head out in the morning you can enjoy breakfast and a refreshing swim with a beautiful view of this unique part of the Northern Drakensberg shaped like an amphitheatre. The cliff face of the Amphitheatre, part of the Royal Natal National Park, is roughly three times the size of the total combined area of all the cliff faces in Yosemite’s famous El Capitan. It is more than 10 times the size of El Capitan’s most famous (South Western) face.
The Amphitheatre is over 5 kilometres in length and has precipitous cliffs rising approximately 1,220 metres (4,000 ft) along its entire length. The Tugela Falls, the world’s debated tallest falls, plunge over 948 metres (3,100 ft) from the Amphitheatre’s cliff tops.

 
Livin' the Wild Life
South Africa
Sodwana Bay

Sodwana is situated in the Maputaland Marine Reserve and the only scuba diving area along the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park (now renamed to Isimangaliso) coastline. Classified as one of the top dive sites in the world this 50 km reef complex boasts around 95 species of hard and soft coral, sponges, other invertebrates and around 1200 fish species. This stop is for obvious reasons focused at the Scuba divers amongst us but if diving is not your thing you can go deep sea fishing, horse riding on the beach, quad biking, take a micro-light flight over the parks and sea, hike a nature trail or do a turtle tour.

 
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Lions South Africa Safari
South Africa
Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp, Kruger Park

Welcome to one of the biggest game and wildlife reserves in Africa. The Kruger National Park covers 19,485 square kilometres and is approximately the size of New Jersey (U.S. state) and bigger than Israel. Beautiful people started preserving this piece of land in 1898 but the actual park was established in 1926. It is now home to 336 species of trees, 49 species of fish, 34 species of amphibians, 114 of reptiles, 507 of birds and 147 species of mammals. One of our three nights in the park will be spent at Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp. Berg-en-Dal is situated on the bank of the Matjulu Spruit with a view of softly undulating hills to the east. On the northern and southern sides dry riverbeds and a dam border the camp. There are large trees along the streams and dry riverbeds. Special care has been taken to preserve the natural vegetation in the camp. Berg-en-Dal is also the only camp set in a rugged mountain environment. In this area we will be likely to see Wild Dog, Klipspringer, Leopard, Scarlet-chested Sunbird and Heuglin's Robin.

 
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South Africa
Skukuza Rest Camp, Kruger Park

Our other two nights in the Kruger National Park will be spent at Skukuza Rest Camp, the administrative headquarters of the park and the largest of all the camps. The camp overlooks the Sabie River and you can often spot hippos and crocodiles right from the restaurant. Also keep an eye open for other animals that come down to the river to drink. The Kruger Park stretches around 360 kilometres from south to north into Zimbabwe and 65 kilometres from west to east into Mozambique. Although we only scratch the surface we can spot zebras, giraffes, various kinds of antelope, cheetahs, hippos, crocodiles, hundred types of birds, (we can go on for a while) and of course we’ll be keeping our eyes wide open for the BIG FIVE - lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and rhinos. Our evenings will be spent relaxing next to a camp fire under a starlit sky while we take in the night sounds of the African bush.

 
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Pretoria, Johannesburg & Soweto

Pretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa. We will stay in Pretoria for a few nights while you are either getting over your ‘desynchronosis’ (otherwise known as jet lag) or reminiscing about your adventure and crying your goodbyes. During our stay we will take day trips in and around Pretoria as well as Johannesburg and Soweto, visiting some museums (including the Apartheid Museum) and historical sights that will deepen your understanding of why South Africa is such a stunningly unique country. In Soweto we will visit Vilakazi Street - One of South Africa's most famous streets and the only one in the world to have housed two Nobel Prize winners, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

20 days in South Africa
Livin' the Wild Life

Livin' the Wild Life

Starting this trip a little south of Latitude 31°, you are about to see some of the best South Africa has to offer! Crossing the Kei river into the Transkei region, you will be immersed in the Xhosa culture entirely different from the rest of the country. With rolling hills, quaint round huts, and traditional djembes always pounding off in the distance, you may be struck by 'Pondo Fever' - a very real affliction that will make you never want to leave this wonderful place! Heading further north, the Zulu culture is another breath of fresh air and the beaches of on the Indian ocean take on a more tropical flair, and the diving in several destinations on this trip is comparable to other world class diving sites, with marine life like you wouldn't imagine. In the right season, humpbacks, dolphins, whale sharks, and the southern right whale are not uncommon, along with all sorts of shark varieties and other sea life. Then we are off to Sodwana Bay to enjoy what the Indian Ocean has to offer for diving, before we are off to one of the best known national parks in the world, the Kruger National Park. Here you will embark on a safari and be delighted to see more wildlife than you would think possible in just a few days, and hopefully you will be lucky enough to catch the Big 5 - every safari-goers dream! Ending this trip in the capital of the country, Pretoria, you will once again have a chance to peer into this country's complicated past and optimistic future as well as a bit more close-up wildlife, before heading home to tell all your friends about how they have to come see South Africa for themselves!

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Livin' the Wild Life
South Africa
Livin' the Wild Life

Starting this trip a little south of Latitude 31°, you are about to see some of the best South Africa has to offer! Crossing the Kei river into the Transkei region, you will be immersed in the Xhosa culture entirely different from the rest of the country. With rolling hills, quaint round huts, and traditional djembes always pounding off in the distance, you may be struck by 'Pondo Fever' - a very real affliction that will make you never want to leave this wonderful place! Heading further north, the Zulu culture is another breath of fresh air and the beaches of on the Indian ocean take on a more tropical flair, and the diving in several destinations on this trip is comparable to other world class diving sites, with marine life like you wouldn't imagine. In the right season, humpbacks, dolphins, whale sharks, and the southern right whale are not uncommon, along with all sorts of shark varieties and other sea life. Then we are off to Sodwana Bay to enjoy what the Indian Ocean has to offer for diving, before we are off to one of the best known national parks in the world, the Kruger National Park. Here you will embark on a safari and be delighted to see more wildlife than you would think possible in just a few days, and hopefully you will be lucky enough to catch the Big 5 - every safari-goers dream! Ending this trip in the capital of the country, Pretoria, you will once again have a chance to peer into this country's complicated past and optimistic future as well as a bit more close-up wildlife, before heading home to tell all your friends about how they have to come see South Africa for themselves!

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Itinerary for this adventure

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Day 1 Chintsa West
Group flight arrives into East London, your pick up will be waiting! A few hours to the coast and you can check out the surf, hop in the pool, or grab a beer and relax. The Kei river paints a beautiful foreground for the Indian Ocean. Yoga or horseback riding on the beach are available for the active spirits! *** Please note - Sometime this trips runs in opposite directions. If you are arranging your own flights please contact travel@fnez.com before booking.
Day 2-4 Coffee Bay
We venture north in our private A/C vans (same vans for the entire trip) and cross the Kei River into the Kingdom of Transkei (now part of the Eastern Cape Province). Our first stop on the Wild Coast is the magical Coffee Bay. Enjoy great surf, or wind down on the coast with locals playing djembe overlooking the ocean.
Day 5-6 Mdumbi
From Coffee Bay we take a short drive north on some dirt roads to the very rural Mdumbi. For two day you will have the rolling hills, Umdumbi river and the spectacular white sand beach all to yourself.
Day 7-8 Port St. John's
We leave Mdumbi and spend our last couple of nights on the Wild Coast in the breathtaking Port St Johns. If you're there in the right season, this town is famous for the passing of the "largest shoal on Earth" - and you can even SCUBA dive it if you're trained (and brave!) Take some epic pictures on the air strip from "Blood Diamond" while you're in town.
Day 9-11 Uvongo
Driving along the South Coast of the Zulu Kingdom we arrive at our next stop and all the homely comforts you could ask for in Uvongo. A seaside paradise.
Day 12-14 Sodwana Bay
It’s a long day of driving but we fill the time with fun in our private A/C vans! It's worth every kilometre when we get to Sodwana Bay, a real SCUBA diver and beach lovers paradise.
Day 15-17 Kruger National Park
We leave early in the morning and drive through Swaziland (remember your passport) to The Kruger National Park. Get ready for 2 days of Safari in one of the biggest conservation areas in Africa… keep your eyes out for the Big Five! There are all sorts of safari options here, with day and night safaris (included), nature walks, information sessions, and more!
Day 18-19 Pretoria
From the Kruger Park we exit at the Orpen Gate and stop at what may be the largest green canyon on the planet - the Blyde River Canyon. We also visit some of the highest waterfalls in Mpumalanga Province as we travel to South Africa’s capital, Pretoria.
Day 20 Johannesburg
The sad day of departing South Africa has arrived and we’ll make sure you all get to OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg on time. We hope you had fun Livin the Wild Life, see you again next trip!

To live Free and Easy is to live without busy, rigid schedules. Each destination provides some amazing activities, but we make sure that free time is there so you can take part in all of them or none of them, do as much or as little as you want. 'Take time, breathe it all in, no rush!'

More detailed information about what's included, destination information and activities are listed on this page.

Please note: The above itinerary is subject to change. A confirmed Free & Easy trip itinerary with exact routing will be provided at least 30 days prior to trip departure. 

Epic Experiences you will have on this adventure

See the Big 5 and More!

It is well known that Africa has an abundance of wildlife you will find nowhere else on the planet. It is always fun to try and spot the Big Five: Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Rhinos and Buffalo! But there is so much more to see as well, have you ever heard about Africa’s ‘Little Five’? They are (and don’t laugh) the Elephant Shrew, Ant Lion, Rhinoceros Beetle, Buffalo Weaver and Leopard Tortoise. The country has some of the world’s richest biodiversity hotspots, with remarkable birdlife, abundant buck, small game and bizarre insects. We will cruise the bush in the Kruger National Park and Addo Elephant National Park to tick many of these land animals off our lists. With diving and snorkeling as well as boat trips we can also spot some of the ocean's raddest dwellers like dolphins, whales, sharks, turtles and crabs!

Apartheid Museum - A Glimpse into South Africa's Past

It's no mystery that South Africa has a troubled and tumultuous history. While in Jo-Burg, you'll discover what the country suffered through all the way into the late 20th century. This museum is a beacon of hope and provides insight into the nation that emerged from the depths of despair with strength and promise for a bright future.

Night drive Safari in Kruger National Park

Our last night in the Kruger National Park we will take you out with a very knowledgeable field guide to go and see what the animals are up to when the sun goes down. The bush takes on a completely different personality when the nocturnal creatures come out to play.

Adventure at the Orlando Towers in Soweto

The decommissioned Orlando Power Station’s cooling towers have been developed into a vertical adventure facility, which is now becoming one of South Africa’s most epic adrenaline spots. The Orlando Towers site currently offers Bungee Jumping, Power Swinging, Internal Swinging, and lift rides to the viewing platform - all at 100 metres (328ft) above the ground! This is an experience full of action-packed fun!

Surf a South African Wave

Nothing compares to the feeling you get the first time you paddle into a wave, stand up as it breaks and ride the face of it – this is the incomparable feeling of surfing. When you get it right, you'll know, because you'll be more excited than the first time you had sex and probably more addicted to it, too! Surfing is arguably the most challenging sport in the world and requires you to learn much more than physical coordination. In order to surf a wave, you'll need patience, discipline, a lack of fear and an insatiable urge to have fun. It's no coincidence that most of the countries that we run trips to have wicked surf scenes, because there's nothing quite like it.

Sardine Run! (Seasonal)

See more marine wildlife than you ever thought possible during the Sardine Run! The migration of billions of sardines from May through July is called 'the Greatest Shoal on Earth' and moves up the eastern coast of South Africa, creating a feeding frenzy of predators that will leave you dizzy from the experience. Thousands of common and bottle nose dolphins, sharks of every type, and even kamikaze Cape gannets dive bomb the waters where these sardines gather in multitudes, creating an underwater sight that you won't find anywhere else on this planet! Dolphins often round up the sardines into 10-20 metre bait balls up to 10 metres deep and the frenzy is on!

Go Deep Sea Fishing

If you want to eat fish instead of looking at them under water you can get out to the deep sea and wet some lines on a fishing trip. Professional fishermen will take you out to sea on a fully rigged deep-sea fishing boat for an educational and fun filled half or full day of catching bill- and game fish.

Go Horseback Riding

Some say that the only way to truly get in touch with nature is to climb on a horse and follow ocean trails along the beach. There are a couple of places on the trip where you can go horseback riding on both the beach and through Nature Reserves with experienced guides. Moonlight rides on the beach are available over full moon and you can go on longer excursions for half or full days.

Sunset River Cruise

The perfect way to end the day is to see the sun go down over the mighty Mzimvubu River. We pack the cooler boxes with your favorite beverages and some snacks and take a laid back cruise up the river to go and.... well... relax and reflect on the amazing time you are having.

Campfire On the Beach

Take a load off and relax by the fire with the sand between your toes. Lay back and look up at the stars, enjoy a cool beverage and the company of fine friends around the warm glow. You can head back to your bed at the end of the night, or just sleep right on the sand and stick around for the epic sunrise!

Snorkeling in Sodwana Bay

The snorkeling trips are a wonderful experience for the non-diver to enjoy the beauty of South Africa' s incredible ocean life. The snorkelers are taken out to sea on a dive-boat where they can snorkel over the coral reefs at their leisure; there is a good opportunity for encounters with dolphins and whales. Ragged-tooth sharks are viewed on ¼-mile in season. If you have any fear of the deeper waters there are also beautiful rock pools with lots of life to go snorkelling in.

Enjoy Local Music

Every culture creates a unique and special vibe through music, and South Africa is no exception. Come groove with us to the addictive rhythms of djembes, guitars and the occasional songbird! The sounds of drums fill the air regularly, and you may even be treated to a wicked djembe circle or campfire serenade. Find out why the beat of South Africa is one we can't get enough of!

Swim at the "Hole In The Wall"

Nestled in Coffee Bay at the mouth of the Mpako River, this rocky archway is a landmark for anyone looking to soak up some sun or find their catch of the day on a fishing boat. Millions of years of waves crashing against the rock face made of sandstone and shale crafted up this recognizable formation and visitors to the popular little vacation village always pay a visit to the Hole in the Wall.

Go SCUBA Diving

If it’s variety you’re after in your scuba diving experience, you’ve come to the right place. South Africa has an enormously long coastline ranging from about 35°S to 27°S. The Mozambique Current flows down the east coast, bringing warm tropical water and marine life with it, and Sodwana Bay has the most southernly coral reefs in the world. As you head down the coast the underwater environment changes gradually until, once you reach Cape Town, you’re diving in chilly but beautiful kelp forests. There are three major types of kelp, and a short portion of the Western Cape coast is the only place in the world that they all grow together. If you’ve always shunned cold water diving, consider it. Sure, you have to don a thick wetsuit with constraining hoodie and gloves, but it’s worth it. Diving in kelp is like walking in a forest - you float beneath the canopy and admire the surprisingly colourful reef life. And every dive will bring with it a chorus of the ocean's most beautiful creatures: turtles, whales, sharks, dolphins, and fish of virtually every variety!

Swing Over, Slide Across & Rappel Down the Oribi Gorge

The Oribi Gorge is a stunning canyon in KwaZulu-Natal, it is 400 m deep and almost 5 km wide. Ancient rivers eroded nearly 30 km of specactular kloofs and crags in the canyon that are now full of lush subtropical vegetation and home to a score of species of small mammals. Lehr's Falls, a stunning waterfall, falls 110 m into the canyon in a beautiful display of water and light. While visiting the Oribi Gorge, you will have 3 epic options for seeing it. You can strap into a giant swing (the highest in the world) and hurl yourself from the edge of the gorge and swing over top of it. Or you can slip on a harness and attach yourself to a zipline to get a sweet perspective of the canyon sliding right across part of it - a distance of 165 m! Or lastly, you can get to the top of Lehr's falls and use the climbing rope to rappel down the cliff face right next to the falls. Take your pick, you can't go wrong and if you're feeling good (how could you not be?) you'll probably want to do all 3!

Accommodations and Transportation

What's included in this adventure

Accommodation

  • Accommodation for the duration of your Free & Easy experience

Transportation

  • All group travel between destinations
  • If you are doing multiple trips, all travel between trips is included
  • Return international flights and airport transfers*** (No surprise extra flight surcharges)

***Land Package prices do not include your international flight, airport taxes or transfers

Leaders

  • 2 knowledgeable and fun Free & Easy leaders
  • 15 years of trip leading experience
  • No commissions or gratuities required or accepted... ever!
  • Preparations guidebook
  • Trip Experience guidebook

Activities: South Africa (Wild Life)

  • Safari (day and night) in Kruger National Park
  • WILD Card and all Park Entry fees
  • Viewpoint hikes
  • Surf board access

Optional Activities: South Africa (Wild Life)

  • Adventure at the Orlando towers in Soweto
  • Sardine run (seasonal)
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Horseback riding
  • Snorkeling in Sodwana Bay
  • Scuba diving

Not Included

  • All meals and drinks (except those mentioned above)
  • Activities outside of the ones listed above
  • Any Visa or Visa fees

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