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    • Have you experience a sardine run, or seen the smallest desert in the world yet?

      The sardine run of southern Africa occurs from May through July when billions of sardines – or more specifically the Southern African pilchard, Sardinops saqax, spawn in the cool waters of the Agulhas Bank and move northward along the east coast of South Africa. Their sheer numbers create a feeding frenzy along the coastline. The run, containing millions of individual sardines, occurs when a current of cold water heads north from the Agulhas Bank up to Mozambique where it then leaves the coastline and goes further east into the Indian Ocean. In terms of biomass, researchers estimate the sardine run could rival East Africa's great wildebeest migration. However, little is known of the phenomenon. It is believed that the water temperature has to drop below 21 °C in order for the migration to take place. The shoals are often more than 7 km long, 1.5 km wide and 30 metres deep and are clearly visible from spotter planes or from the surface. Sardines group together when they are threatened. This instinctual behaviour is a defense mechanism, as lone individuals are more likely to be eaten than large groups. The sardine run is most likely a seasonal reproductive migration of a genetically distinct sub population of sardine that moves along the coast from the eastern Agulhas Bank to the coast of KwaZulu-Natal in most years if not in every year. The migration is restricted to the inshore waters by the preference of sardine for cooler water and the strong and warm offshore Agulhas Current, which flows in the opposite direction to the migration, and is strongest just off the continental shelf. A band of cooler coastal water and the occurrence of Natal pulses and break-away eddies make it possible for sardine shoals to overcome their habitat constraints. The importance of these enabling factors is greatest where the continental shelf is narrowest. The presence of eggs off the KwaZulu-Natal coast suggests that sardine stay there for several months and their return migration during late winter to spring is nearly always unnoticeable because it probably occurs at depths where the water is cooler than at the surface. Request your tailor-made itinerary or combine a diving excursion during one of these tours: https://www.amatungulu.com/coasttocoasttour or https://amatungulu.rezgo.com/details/214355/12-day-meander-to-south-africas-best-kept-secrets-and-experience-lesotho The Red Desert Nature Conservation Reserve is a national heritage site and is reputed to be the smallest desert in the world with a width of just 200m and 11 hectares in its entirety. Best described as a miniature version of the Arizona Desert, the high hills and valleys of naked red soil bare stark contrast to to the surrounding lush and tropical vegetation. Archaeological artifacts going back millions of years can be found and the locals are pleased this is now an internationally protected heritage site. This peculiar phenomenon is surrounded by myth and legend including stories that this is the site of an alien landing. Truth be told the origins of this desert are found in the location of a Zulu tribe in the 1800’s, with vast cattle herds stolen from the Pondo’s. The terrain became severely over grazed and subsequently eroded by wind leading to the desertification and an opportunity to study the unique desert ecology. Request your tailor-made itinerary or combine this during a https://www.amatungulu.com/wild-coast-adventure See more tours at www.amatungulu.com

    • Waterfall amazement on our tours!

      South Africa is melting pot of diversity. From a multitude of cultures, to a natural world laden with endemic animals and plant life. Our country is also home to some epic waterfalls. From the famous Tugela Falls to the lesser known seasonal rapids, take a look at some travel favorites: The Berlin Falls in Mpumalanga are located close to God's Window and the second highest waterfall in this South African province. Berlin Falls, which forms part of the Blyde River Canyon on the Panorama route, is one of several waterfalls that can be found in the Sabie region – the others being Horseshoe Falls, Lone Creek Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Mac-Mac Falls, and the highest waterfall in Mpumalanga, Lisbon Falls, which is a staggering 90m high. The Berlin Falls cascade from the centre of a sheer cliff that stands roughly 80m tall. The shape of the falls is likened to a giant candle. A narrow, natural channel at the top of the falls creates the ‘wick’ of the candle, and as the water drops from this point, it fans out creating the rest of the candle before emptying out into the pool below. Berlin Falls gets its name from miners who ventured to South Africa from Europe during the gold rush, and named each waterfall in the region after their home towns, or places from their home countries. This falls is visited on most tours going into the Kruger National Park, see these relevant tours: https://www.amatungulu.com/panorama-kruger-safari https://www.amatungulu.com/awesome-panorama-kruger-safari https://amatungulu.rezgo.com/details/128832/7-days-panorama-routekruger-park-eswatini-tour Tugela Falls is a complex of seasonal waterfalls located in the Drakensberg (Dragon's Mountains) in KwaZulu-Natal Province. It is generally accepted as the world's second-tallest waterfall but there is an argument that it is actually the tallest waterfall in the world, rather than Venezuela's Angel Falls. The combined total drop of its five distinct free-leaping falls is officially 948 m (3,110 ft). In 2016, however, a Czech scientific expedition took new measurements, making the falls 983 m tall. The data were sent to the World Waterfall Database for confirmation. The source of the Tugela River (Zulu for 'sudden') is the Mont-Aux-Sources plateau which extends several kilometres beyond The Amphitheatre escarpment from which the falls drop. This falls is visited on request when you do a https://www.amatungulu.com/drakensberg-kzn Waterfall Bluff is an area of steep cliffs in Eastern Cape. Waterfall Bluff is one of only 19 waterfalls world-wide that fall directly into the sea. Waterfall Bluff is an iconic waterfall that drops down into the Indian Ocean. It requires a bit of effort to do this but the rewards are immense. This remains one of the most exciting walks for the seasoned hiker. If you do a return trip from the lodge, the distance is 28km where you will see undisturbed, clear streams and ascend up the back of Sugarloaf Hill to a plateau. Your guide will also point out the Eggossa fault to you. A highlight along this route is to see one of the endemic Mkambati palms, which are indigenous to this area. Walking along the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean where whales and dolphins abound, you will come across Cathedral Rock, a well- known landmark. After crossing the Mlambomkulu River, with its pristine pools, the trails lead you down to the coast and Waterfall Bluff. The cliffs form a huge overhanging cave, called Grotto Cave and supplies excellent shade for your tasty packed lunch. This falls is visited when you do a https://www.amatungulu.com/wild-coast-adventure See more stunning waterfalls here: https://www.wanderlustmovement.org/waterfalls-in-south-africa/ For bookings and more private tour requests, email us: info@amatungulu.com

    • Flights to and from South Africa from 1 October 2020 – it’s time to book a tour with amatungulu.com!

      Emirates has announced it will resume flights to Johannesburg (1 October), Cape Town (1 October), Durban (4 October) in South Africa; Harare in Zimbabwe (1 October); and Mauritius (3 October). The addition of the five points will expand the Emirates’ global network to 92 destinations, as the airline gradually resumes its operations while prioritising the safety of its customers, crew and the communities it serves around the world. Emirates’ African network will also now extend to 19 cities. Customers flying in and out of Emirates’ three South African gateways can safely connect to Dubai and to an array of onwards connections to Europe, the Far East, Middle East, West Asia and Australasia. Flight schedules for Emirates’ South African destinations will be available on emirates.com later this week. Emirates will operate to Harare with two weekly flights linked to its Lusaka service. The linked services will connect Zambia and Zimbabwe to key destinations across Europe, the Far East, the Americas, Australasia and West Asia with one convenient stop in Dubai. Tickets can be booked on emirates.com, the Emirates App, Emirates sales offices, via travel agents as well as online travel agents. Customers can stop over or travel to Dubai as the city has re-opened for international business and leisure visitors. Ensuring the safety of travellers, visitors, and the community, COVID-19 PCR tests are mandatory for all inbound and transit passengers arriving to Dubai (and the UAE), including UAE citizens, residents and tourists, irrespective of the country they are coming from. Flexibility and assurance: Emirates’ booking policies offer customers flexibility and confidence to plan their travel. Customers who purchase an Emirates ticket by 30 September 2020 for travel on or before 30 March 2021, can enjoy generous rebooking terms and options, if they have to change their travel plans due to unexpected flight or travel restrictions relating to COVID-19, or when they book a Flex or Flex plus fare. https://www.emirates.com/ae/english/help/covid-19/ticket-options/ COVID-19 PCR testing: Emirates customers who require a COVID-19 PCR test certificate prior to departure from Dubai, can avail of special rates at the American Hospital and their satellite clinics across Dubai by simply presenting their ticket or boarding pass. Home or office testing is also available, with results in 48 hours. https://www.emirates.com/za/english/help/covid-19/dubai-travel-requirements/residents/? Free, global cover for COVID-19 related costs: Customers can now travel with confidence, as Emirates has committed to cover COVID-19 related medical expenses, free of cost, should they be diagnosed with COVID-19 during their travel while they are away from home. This cover is immediately effective for customers flying on Emirates until 31 December 2020, and is valid for 31 days from the moment they fly the first sector of their journey. This means Emirates customers can continue to benefit from the added assurance of this cover, even if they travel onwards to another city after arriving at their Emirates destination. https://www.emirates.com/english/help/covid-19/free-covid-19-cover/ Health and safety: Emirates has implemented a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the customer journey to ensure the safety of its customers and employees on the ground and in the air, including the distribution of complimentary hygiene kits containing masks, gloves, hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes to all customers. For more information on these measures and the services available on each flight, visit: https://www.emirates.com/za/english/help/covid-19/safety/? Tourist entry requirements: For more information on entry requirements for international visitors to Dubai visit: https://www.emirates.com/za/english/help/covid-19/dubai-travel-requirements/residents/? For tour bookings, go to: https://www.amatungulu.com/

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    • Kruger Park & Swaziland Safari | South Africa | Amatungulu Tours

      5-day Package Tour - Kruger Park, Panorama Route & Eswatini Tour Mpumalanga means “The place where the sun rises!” ascends towards mountain peaks and then terminates in an immense escarpment in the north-east. In some places, this escarpment plunges hundreds of meters down to the low-lying area known as the Lowveld. This Safari holiday to South Africa is an excellent choice for people who want to enjoy spectacular scenery, combined with game drives to see the renowned big five (elephant, rhinoceros, lion, leopard and buffalo). It traverses into Eswatini after 4 days to showcase the best there is to offer. Itinerary: If you arrive a day or two earlier, we recommend booking an excursion to Soweto or the Apartheid Museum. You will be picked up at any of the following spots for the start of the tour between 6 am and 8 am: 1. O.R.Tambo Airport, 2. Gautrain Centurion Station, 3. Your centrally located hotel, 4. Home pick up Please request a quote (info@ amatungulu.com ) for home pick up, or if your hotel is not on our route. (Between the O.R.Tambo Airport and our destination.) Pick up point must be indicated on the booking form. Day 1: You will begin the journey at a centrally located spot in Gauteng and drive through some of the most scenic areas of the Eastern part of South Africa. You will visit the intriguing museums and shops in Pilgrim’s Rest and then drive to view Pinnacle Rock and then to experience the amazing view from God’s Window. (Lunch en-route not included, restaurants available) You will then visit the Berlin Falls, where numerous local arts and crafts are for sale. From here, you will visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and then head to the Blyde River Canyon, where you will overnight in a chalet at the resort: Forever Blyde Canyon (or similar). Dinner at the restaurant. ​ Day 2: You will leave after breakfast to take a boat trip on the Blyde Dam. An interpretation tour will take you to the Kadishi Tufa waterfall and the Three Rondawels. An abundance of wildlife will keep you distracted while learning more about the natural history of the Blyde Canyon. The Kadishi Tufa waterfall, at 200 meters (around 660 feet) in height, is the second tallest Tufa Waterfall on earth and also known as ‘the weeping face of nature’. From here you will head to the heart of the Kruger National Park through the Orpen gate, watching game as you head to the Satara Rest Camp. (Lunch en-route not included, restaurants available) The Satara Rest Camp is situated in an excellent game viewing area, with the bush relatively open and the animals plentiful and diverse. Satara is well wooded and the bird-life is prolific. The calls of owls and night-jars add to the symphony that is punctuated intermittently by the whoop of hyena, the screech of jackal and the roars of lion. Enjoy a Sunset Game Drive which transitions into the night where you can see the nocturnal activities of Kruger's secretive creatures, and lasts at least 3 hours. Dinner at the restaurant follows. Overnight in a bungalow or cottage at the Satara Rest Camp, or similar. ​ Day 3: Starting the game drive early after coffee in your touring car, you explore every possible opportunity to view the spectacular wildlife scenery. Chances are excellent to spot a variety of some of the estimated number of animals: Lion, 1 620 – 1750, Leopard, 1 000, Cheetah, 120, Wild dog, 120, Spotted hyena, 5340, Elephant, 13 750, Burchell's zebra, 23 700 - 35 300, Hippopotamus, 3 100, Warthog, 3 100 - 5 700, Giraffe, 6 800 - 10 300, Buffalo, 37 130, Eland, 460, Roan antelope, 90, Sable antelope, 290, Greater kudu, 11 200, etc. (Brunch en-route, restaurants available) You overnight at a lodge on the banks of the crocodile river, just outside the park. Day 4: Breakfast follows a tour to Eswatini, with a show of glass blowing at Ngwenya Glass factory which evolved as a community project that recycles used glass, King Sobuza Memorial Park, the Candle factory which also evolved as a community project where locals learnt and perfected the skill of molding wax to shapes and patterns that are unique, Go Rural – another community based project focused on the use of special type of grass to weave different household artifacts. Lastly, Mantenga cultural village and Mantenga falls. On the whole, the tour is also filled in by a continuous narrative by our professional guide touching on aspects of African culture and traditions which are still alive in the country through the country’s monarchical democratic system as they prefer to call it. Overnight at the Badplaas Spa Resort where you can relax in a hot sulfur spring pool. Day 5: You have the option to drive along the new declared UNESCO world heritage site, the Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail. (dependable on road conditions) The Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains represents the best-preserved succession of volcanic and sedimentary rock dating back 3.6 to 3.25 billion years, when the first continents were starting to form on the primitive earth. We head back to Johannesburg and we leave you at the O.R. Tambo airport for your flight back home, or take another tour with Amatungulu Tours. We recommended booking an excursion to Freedom Park Museum, the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria and other places of interest if your flight is due a day or more later. Included: Accommodation as per itinerary Entrance fees National Park fees Breakfasts (excellent restaurants offering a big variety of food available) Driver/guide Professional guide at specialist venues Transport by private vehicle for the 7 day option, click this button Book a Tour ​ ​ Email request for your start date ​ - Group discounts for 6 and more ​ ​ More dates & Tariffs South Africa is a big country of 1,219,912 km2 (471,011 sq mi). On this tour you will be travelling an average of 400 km per day. The itinerary is subjected to slight changes according to weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances. You will enter malaria areas on this tour. Besides using mosquito repellent, it is advisable to consult your doctor before you depart. Bring sunblock, a sunhat, walking shoes, binoculars and cameras. Book now! You will be redirected to our booking site: Rezgo Excluded: Excess luggage charges (where applicable) Lunch and Dinners Alcoholic drinks​ Food and drinks, unless specified Gratuities (recommended) Travel insurance; Flights; Airport transfers; Porterage; Visa fees Remember: Tour bookings and payments close 8 weeks before the tour starts O.R.Tambo Dullstroom Barberton Lower Sabie Pilgrim's Rest Blyde River Canyon Satara Kruger Park Eswatini

    • Cape Town | Kruger South Africa | Amatungulu Tours | Travel Booking Websites

      Airport ​ Shuttle experience ∙ enjoy escape ∙ ZAR special offers available here You will be redirected to our booking site: Rezgo Explore the breath-taking beauty and fascinating history on safari vacations and tours in South Africa Hover/tap the image to see what Travelers say about Amatungulu Tours: The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is classified as a global pandemic. Read updates here.

    • Drakensberg-KZN | South Africa | Amatungulu Tours

      6-day Package Tour – Kwazulu-Natal Drakensberg, Battlefields Route & Midlands Meander A barrier of upward-pointing spears for the Zulu name “Quathlamba”, describes the craggy pinnacles that form the most spectacular part of the Great Escarpment of Southern Africa’s major watershed. The name “Drakensberg” derives from Dutch, meaning “mountain of the dragon”, for the jagged peaks seem like a natural domain for these fabled creatures. Explore the intriguing history of the bygone battlefields, while enjoying spectacular wildlife scenery. Itinerary: If you arrive a day or two early, we recommend booking an excursion to Soweto or the Apartheid Museum. You will be picked up at any of the following spots for the start of the tour between 8 am and 9 am: 1. O.R.Tambo Airport, 2. Gautrain Centurion Station, 3. Your centrally located hotel, 4. Home pick up Please request a quote ( amatungulutours@gmail.com ) for home pick up, or if your hotel is not on our route. (Between the O.R.Tambo Airport and our destination.) Pick up point must be indicated on the booking form. ​ Leaving from the O.R. Tambo airport in Johannesburg, we head to the province of Kwazulu Natal to discover the Battlefields Route. A cross-shaped in honour of British Soldiers who died during battles around the Volksrust and Amersfoort areas is to be visited in the town of Volksrust. (Lunch en-route) We spend the night at (or similar) and enjoy a game drive to see the big 5 (elephant, rhinoceros, lion, leopard and buffalo). (D) Day 1: Memorial Ndaka Safari Lodge at Nambiti We head to Ladysmith and tour the Ladysmith, Elandslaagte and Isandlwana Battlefields. Lunch is enjoyed en route, and we stay for the second night at the Ndaka Safari Lodge (or similar). After a morning game drive on the third day, we leave for Winterton in the Drakensberg. (B, L, D) Day 2: As we head to the Drakensberg Boys Choir’s Wednesday-afternoon concert, we visit the at the Eastern side of Champaign Valley to view some Zulu arts and crafts and have lunch at the restaurant. Now we visit the and then head over to the . We spend the night at the Monks Cowl Golf Resort (or similar). (B) Day 3: Thokozisa Lifestyle Centre Dragon Rock Reptile Centre Drakensberg Boys Choir concert We head out to do the and then to the Midlands Meander route, and visit the , and where we savor a drink at the delightful Bierfassl restaurant. are next, and then we visit the . We overnight at near Howick (or similar). Day 4: Drakensberg Canopy Tour Wine Cellar and Mouse Trap Deli Marrakesh Cheese Chocolate Heaven Tsonga shoes and bags Mandela Monument Fern Hill Hotel We are on our way to the Dundee-Rorke’s Drift area for a tour of the battlefields and historical sites of Blood River/Ncome/Talana. “By 1836 relations between the British rulers in the Cape and the Dutch settlers had reached an all- time low. They decided to pack-up their worldly goods load them onto covered wagons and head into the largely unknown interior of South Africa. Thus began in 1836 the exodus that would be recorded by history as ‘The Great Trek’! The north, west and eastward movement of this exodus of Trekkers, who became known as Voortrekkers inevitably led to conflict with the indigenous peoples who inhabited the hinterland. Trek leader Piet Retief and his party were killed at King Dingane’s capital of Mgungundlovu in February 1838…”. Lunch is enjoyed en route, and we spend our last night at The Lapha in Dundee (or similar). Day 5: Heading on our way back to the airport in Johannesburg, you can go to the Apartheid Museum as an optional activity. Day 6: We recommend booking an excursion to Freedom Park Museum, the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria and other places of interest if your flight is due a day or more later. Excluded: Excess luggage charges (where applicable) Meals (B=breakfast x 1, L=lunch x 3, D=dinner x 3 Alcoholic drinks Drinks Food and drinks, unless specified Gratuities (recommended) Travel insurance; Flights; Airport transfers; Porterage; Visa fees Book a Tour ​ - Group discounts for 6 and more ​ More dates & Tariffs Book now! Included: Accommodation as per itinerary Entrance fees National Park fees Meals as indicated in itinerary (B=breakfast x 4, L=lunch x 0, D=dinner x 2) Driver/guide Professional guide at specialist venues Transport by private vehicle Welcome pack, and free use of smart phone and data You will be redirected to our booking site: Rezgo Remember: Tour bookings and payments close 8 weeks before the tour starts From O.R. Tambo Volksrust Dundee Ladysmith Winterton Howick

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