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  • Adventurous raids at Swadini...www.amatungulu.com

    Some of our popular tours are the combination of the Panorama Route with the Kruger National Park. (https://www.amatungulu.com/awesome-panorama-kruger-safari) The last spots to visit on the Panorama Route is a boat ride on the Blyde Dam. This dam is a gravity-arch dam on the Blyde River that runs through the Blyde River Canyon, a 26km long Canyon located in Mpumalanga, South Africa. It is the one of the larger canyons on Earth but much smaller than those of Asia, the Grand Canyon and the Fish River Canyon. Unlike the Grand and Fish River Canyon, the Blyde River Canyon is a "green canyon" which is dominated by subtropical vegetation. The canyon forms part of the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. One of the holiday resorts in this nature reserve is called Swadini, and this is the story how it got its name: In the landlocked country now called Eswatini, which was a few years ago still called Swaziland, and during the reign of Sobhuza I (1815-1836), and after succeeding his father in 1845, Mswati II commenced a career of large-scale raids and adventure. He selected, as his hunting ground, the prosperous tribal lands of the various groups to the north of Swaziland, brought terror to African homes as far afield as the Northern Province and Mozambique. Mswati was known for his cruelty and lust for murder and this made his subjects and people near and far tremble. In 1864 Mswati's armies attacked the maPulana living next to the Blyde River. The maPulana retreated to the top of the mountain (Mariepskop), some 1 944 metres above sea level, which towers over the magnificent Blyde River canyon, nearly 1,5 km deep and at least as wide. The maPulana piled up rocks along the top edge of the mountain in readiness of an attack by the enemy. The mountain could only be reached by a single footpath of about 2 km in length. The Swazi were aware that they could not attack the maPulana without any danger on top of the mountain and bivouacked on the mountain north of the Blyde River and waited for misty weather. It was summer and in cloudy weather Mariepskop is usually covered by thick mist. The Swazi did not wait long. One evening the clouds started rolling in from the south and covered Mariepskop with mist. The Swazi left their camping site and started moving, approaching the mountain from the south. The mist was very dense and they had to move with their hands virtually on the shoulder of the person in front to remain close together. The brother of Mswati II, was amongst the first group to ascend the mountain. The maPulana were ready and when the first Swazis reached the top the maPulana rolled the stacked rocks down onto their enemy. While the Swazi were in turmoil, the maPulana warmed down the hill and started attacking those down at the river on the southern side of the hill. To this day the bones of those who were killed by the rocks may still be seen in the inaccessible rock crevices of the mountain (Dube: 1993). The maPulana named the mountain Mhuluhulu (Mogologolo), which means 'the mountain of the wind', because the Swazi only heard the wind of the rocks before they were killed. The mountain where the Swazi camped was named Swatini, which means 'the place of the Swazis'. The resort at the foot of this hill is now named Swadini. As a result of this defeat, and the death of the King's brother, the remaining Swazis refused to return to Swaziland for fear of death. Join us for a tour and see these magnificent nature sightings where mountains can tell many stories from the past. Email info@amatungulu.com for more info.

  • Fly direct from Germany to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport with Lufthansa.

    Eurowings Discover, part of the German-based Lufthansa Group, will begin flying from Frankfurt to Mbombela in Mpumlanga from mid-November. The airline will fly three times a week from Frankfurt to Mbombela, using Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, with a short stopover in Windhoek. The new route is aimed at bringing European tourists directly to the doorstep of the Kruger National Park. The introduction of flights from Germany to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport is expected to provide a major boost for our tourist industry, at a time when South Africa’s tourism sector has been decimated by Covid-19 and its associated travel restrictions. In light of this development, Amatungulu Tours is offering a 5-day Package Kruger National Park Safari from Kruger International Airport (KMI) and Panorama Route tour. This Kruger National Park safari offers some of the finest Big 5 game viewing in the world, award-winning accommodation, excellent meals and some of Africa's best trackers and guides. The Safari holiday to South Africa is an excellent choice for people who want to enjoy spectacular scenery of the Panorama Route and Kruger Park, combined with game drives to see the renowned big five (elephant, rhinoceros, lion, leopard and buffalo). Stay at private quality lodges where each room has its very own private balcony, all en-suite & air-conditioned with Wi-Fi for your Kruger accommodation, these lodges are located 15 min. from Kruger Park’s premier wildlife area. You will be picked up at Kruger International Airport (KMI) and go to a comfortable lodge only 45 minutes away for your stay of 4 nights. See all the details at https://www.amatungulu.com/krugernationalparksafarifromkrugerinternationalairport

  • Covid PCR tests for vaccinated people entering South Africa not necessary any more!

    Fully vaccinated people entering South Africa will no longer have to produce negative PCR test results as of Wednesday, 23 March, President Cyril Ramaphosa said. This is a breakthrough for us as a tour company, and we welcome everybody back to tour with www.amatungulu.com. Those who cannot provide proof of vaccination need to present a PCR test no older than 72 hours. Other changes to adjusted Level 1 include that masks are no longer required outdoors (masks remain mandatory indoors), and indoor and outdoor gatherings are permitted with up to 50% of capacity. Our portfolio of tour and safari products has been improved and increased to more than 30 ideas and packaged tours, all in order to provide something for every interest. Tailor-made tours are very much possible, and we give big discounts on group bookings. We have sanitary measures in place to give you peace of mind in order to have a safe travel experience. Plan your next tour now, see www.amatungulu.com.

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  • Luxury Kruger Park Safari | South Africa | Amatungulu Tours

    4-day - ​ Luxury Kruger Park & Panorama Route Safari ​ Get an authentic wilderness experience with your African Safari! Have unrestrained luxury while experiencing magnificent wildlife sightings in Africa’s most iconic game reserve. Kruger National Park was proclaimed in 1898 and later extended to its present size of approximately 19,000 square km or 8,000 square miles. Where nearly 2 million hectares of the unrivaled diversity of life forms fuses with historical and archaeological sites - this is real Africa. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. This Tour 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). 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 7 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 and drive through some of the most scenic areas of the Eastern part of South Africa. We visit the intriguing museums and shops in Pilgrim’s Rest and then to view Pinnacle Rock and to experience the amazing view from God’s Window (Wonder View). You visit the Berlin Falls, where numerous local arts and crafts are for sale. (Lunch en-route, restaurants available) From here we visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and then head the Blyde River Canyon, where we overnight in a 4-star chalet at the resort: Forever Blyde Canyon (buffet dinner incl.) ​Day 2: We leave after breakfast to take a boat trip on the Blyde Dam. An interpretation tour will take us 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. The waterfall’s formation strikingly resembles a face which is crying profusely, and is thus sometimes known as ‘the weeping face of nature’. Completing this we head to the heart of the Kruger National Park through the Orpen gate, watching game as we head to the Rhino Post Safari Lodge for 2 nights, situated at the southern end of our 12,000 hectare private wilderness concession in the Kruger National Park. The concession shares a 15km unfenced boundary with the famous Mala Mala and Sabi Sand reserve with an abundance of wildlife moving freely between the two reserves. The concession and surrounding areas is noted as an excellent game viewing area, home to all of the Big Five as well as a variety of other mammals, reptiles and birds. Twice daily game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles with professional guides are included. In the late afternoon after a delicious high tea, you can enjoy an evening safari drive, winding down with sun downers, watching an African sunset and spotting nocturnal animals in the Park. Have excellent game viewing and photographic opportunities from the main Lodge deck. You can enjoy a selection of South Africa's finest wines from the wine cellar. Whether you need to de-stress with an Anti-Stress Massage, recover flexibility with a Deep Tissue Massage, or just pamper yourself with a Tribal African Wrap, the spa treatments are done professionally in the privacy of your own room. (Sleepout decks overlooking the Xiteveteve waterhole provide the ultimate in bush experiences. This is an activity where guests sleep on individual sleeping decks, connected by ladders and walkways to each other, the bathrooms and the main deck. Dinner is cooked over the open fire. This activity is optional and must be pre-booked.) ​Day 3: An early morning game drive leaves at about 06h15 after an early tea, and returns between 09h30 and 10h30. Guides at the lodge meet the requirements of the South African National Parks to ensure that your encounters with the African wilderness are exciting, informative and safe. You can relax at the pool for the rest of the day, or be taken by your Tour Operator for another game drive during the day. The evening drive departs at 16h00 and returns between 19h00 and 20h00, stopping for sun downers at sunset. *[Please note that you have the choice for days 2, 3 and 4 in The Kruger Park to either stay for 2 nights at Plains Camp, home of the Rhino Walking Safaris, or at the Rhino Post Safari Lodge. Those are 2 different camps / lodges located on the same concession, but 20 minutes apart. Rhino Walking Safaris specializes in walking safaris in big 5 territory and is an activity based destination. It is led by guides with years of experience and training behind them. Walks take place with a maximum of eight guests accompanied by two armed guides. Plains Camp has an optional sleep out. Rhino Post Safari Lodge specializes in game drives.] ​Day 4: You do an early game drive/walk in the park, exploring every possible opportunity to view the spectacular wildlife scenery. After having breakfast at the lodge, we take the best scenic routes and drive to the south of Kruger Park to get more opportunities to see the Big 5. Chances are excellent to spot a variety of some of the animals: Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Wild dog, Spotted hyena, Elephant, Burchell's zebra, Hippopotamus, Warthog, Giraffe, Buffalo, Eland, Roan antelope, Sable antelope, Greater kudu, etc. Once out of the park we start the 4-5 hour journey back to Johannesburg with another scenic route. (Lunch en-route) ​ Included: Accommodation as per itinerary Entrance fees National Park fees Full board Driver/guide Professional guide at specialist venues Transport by private vehicle Book a Tour ​ Email request for your start date - Group discounts for 6 and more ​ More dates & Tariffs Book now! You will be redirected to our booking site: Rezgo Accommodation depends on availability Transportation in a closed air-conditioned vehicle according to passenger amount Optional activities for your own cost Excluded: Excess luggage charges (where applicable) Alcoholic drinks Activities indicated as optional Food and drinks, unless specified Gratuities (recommended) Travel insurance; Flights; Airport transfers; Porterage; Visa fees Remember: Tour bookings and payments close 6 weeks before the tour starts O.R.Tambo Pilgrim's Rest Blyde River Canyon Rhino Post Kruger Park