South Africa Road Trip – One Month Itinerary
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Explore the latest strategic trends, research and analysis. Sub-Saharan Africa is the global capital for road traffic deaths. However each of us chose to pass the time, the drives always seemed much shorter than I expected. We arrived in South Africa on a blazing hot afternoon, the hottest it had been so far.
Our campsite was in an open field surrounded by the Blouberg Mountains. We drove deep into nowhere, following unpaved dirt roads through hills and mountains, unsure of where all of this was headed.
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It certainly paid off when we arrived at camp. First order of business after arriving at any campsite is to set up tents and unpack the truck. We had some great times together in the rain and shine, but it was time to upgrade. After getting situated in my cosy rondawel , I returned to the group and we hiked to a natural swimming pool.
A favourite spot among local teens, the pool was busy with kids jumping off the boulders, horsing around, and enjoying our company as we all splashed together to stay cool. They welcomed us into their fun, egging us on to jump from the surrounding rocks into the water below. We hiked back down to our campsite to prepare for an evening in a nearby village, Senwabarwana.
One of the most amazing things about traveling with Intrepid is their sustainable practices, their connections to local communities, and their commitment to supporting these areas through tourism, conservation, job creation and awareness efforts. Because of this philosophy, we were granted rare access to the village and were able to experience real life with the people and their world.
Our evening inside the village was a whirlwind of chaos and colour, laughter and joy that will not soon be forgotten. It took some time for the locals to warm up to us — looking at us with curiosity from afar — but once they did, all bets were off. We were dancing together and there was no turning back.
Some of us raced down the streets, kicking up dust and playing tag in the summer sun. Others walked slowly behind, chatting with older locals, curious about who we were and where we came from. Our day ended with a home-cooked meal hosted by Agrinette and Tauani, residents of the village who spoke English very well and prepared local foods for us to try.
The more daring of us tried the infamous fried mopane worm, indigenous to South Africa. We shared stories and ambitions, laughs and photos. And we all toasted to bringing worlds together in this small spot in Southern Africa. Today marked my absolute favourite day on the road. With only a few days left on our ten-day trip, it was time to make our way south to the famous Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa.
With nearly 20, square kilometres of ground to cover, many travellers spend their entire visit to Africa in Kruger. We settled in at Satara and Letaba rest camps and spent two full days viewing game in open safari vehicles.
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From day drives and sunset spotting to tracking animals well into the night, we had our best wildlife experiences there. We drove for hours that felt like minutes, encountering animals all over the park including giraffe crossing the road, hippo swimming in the distance, zebra and wildebeest in every direction, elephant families walking in a row, colourful birds flying through the skies, porcupine, scorpion, baboon, buffalo… It was a true wildlife extravaganza that left me feeling like a kid. We were extremely lucky to spot some of the rarer animals, including a group of hyena having an early morning drink, and an aggressive black rhino looking to charge.
Three of the Big Five now in the books. Naturally, the group was hell bent on seeing lions, which had been largely hidden inside the thick bush. So far, we had not been at the right place at the right time. Every day, we hoped today would be the day. With no luck, it was time to go. We packed up our camp and started our two-hour drive out of the park at 5am. They stretched, yawned and scratched about while the cubs energetically played and pawed each other.
Overjoyed, we watched in silence — the only sounds a few yelps of excitement and the shutters constantly firing. Four of Five. The drive to Johannesburg marked the beginning of the end and our longest drive yet — 9 hours and kilometres to our final destination. The thick bush of Kruger National Park faded behind us, opening up to farms, valleys, rolling hills, and deep canyons. Thunderous rains poured down briefly, only clearing the sky moments later to bright blues and puffy white clouds. We slept. We reflected. We wrote notes and shared dreams of future travels.
What seemed like no time at all, that was it — we arrived at the end back in a bustling metropolis with restaurants and down comforters. With a modern hotel in front of us, we said goodbye to our guides, our tents, and our truck — which immediately set off to usher another group of travellers looking to camp across Africa and experience its culture and people beyond safari. As the truck drove away, the all too familiar end credits began to roll in the pit of my belly.
The trip was over. Even our rainy days were magic — with fewer tourists, beautiful lush greens, and popping colours against the moody skies, I truly did bless the rain there. The no-fuss camping style was an ideal way to experience both the rich wildlife and the deep cultural encounters in a short amount of time. Experience the incredible diversity of Africa on an Intrepid small group tour. Very similar to the trip I took last year. Chasing an elephant swimming in the Zambezi was also exciting on a little cruise boat.
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