An 11 Day Itinerary for a South African Safari

I honestly can’t believe it, but I will be going on a safari in South Africa in just a few weeks (at the beginning of October 2016). This has been a gigantic dream of mine for pretty much my entire life, and I’ve had this trip planned for about 6 months now. So the fact that this huge bucket list item is only a few weeks away from actually happening is mind blowing.

For this trip, I will be exploring with Epic Enabled, a tour company that specializes in wheelchair accessible safaris. Planning this safari has been a breeze for the most part because of Epic Enabled’s assistance. Since this is a group tour, with people coming in from all over the world, the company has a set itinerary every month that highlights the best of what a safari has to offer. I have never traveled around with a group before, but I think that it will be fun to meet new people and experience South Africa with them.

This wheelchair accessible safari visits the world famous Kruger National Park and more. Here is the 11 day itinerary that I will be doing:

south africa safari itinerary 11 days

Day 1 – ATL to JNB

I will board an overnight flight with Delta from Atlanta straight to Johannesburg. This is one of the longest nonstop flights in the world and while I am dreading the 16 hours (!!!) of flying time, I know that it’ll be completely worth it once I get to South Africa.

 

 south africa safari itinerary 11 days

 

Day 2 -Johannesburg

We’ll arrive in Johannesburg around 6pm and a representative from Epic Enabled will meet us at the airport and transfer us, in a wheelchair accessible vehicle, to the City Lodge Hotel. This hotel is near the airport, which will be nice, and we can go to bed early. I can never sleep on planes that well, so I’ll probably be ready to get in bed immediately.

south africa safari itinerary 11 days

Day 3 – Johannesburg

For this day, we have no plans actually. We can sleep in and just relax before the upcoming safari. I’ve been trying to find accessible taxis in Johannesburg and so far, I’m not having any luck. So maybe we’ll just have a nice day at the hotel. That won’t be so bad, I guess. :)

south africa safari itinerary 11 days

Days 4 & 5 – Kruger National Park – Skukuza Camp

From Johannesburg, we will drive east through the rolling hills of the Highveld and have lunch en route to the world famous Kruger National Park. Entering from the Southwest, we will spend the first 2 nights in accessible bungalows at the main camp, Skukuza.

We spend the next days in the Kruger National Park. This 2 million-hectare haven is home to the Big Five (the lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros) and many other species of animal, bird and plant. Kruger Park is a premier local and international game park, featuring, apart from its excellent camps, wonderful views and tranquil settings.

 

south africa safari itinerary 11 days

Accessible safari truck… Photo courtesy of Epic Enabled

 

Days 6 & 7 – Kruger National Park – Satara Camp

The park features exciting drives through both dense bush and dry scrub. Whilst in the Park, most of the time will be filled with game viewing on early morning and evening drives, discovering the inner beauty of this memorable park. This is where we can explore our photographic skills, or even just capture the sight of this incredible variety of wildlife as a memory to take back home.

 

*UPDATE: Read about my time at Kruger National Park by clicking here.

 

south africa safari itinerary 11 days

Photo courtesy of Epic Enabled

 

Days 8, 9 & 10 – Private Game Reserve – Tshukudu

After breakfast and a morning’s game drive, we will depart Kruger National Park and head to a magnificent Private Game Reserve, world renowned for reintroducing animals to the wild. We will spend 3 nights here in wheelchair accessible bungalows. We can encounter up close lions and maybe even touch a wild cheetah at this stunning lodge. Dinner is served in a traditional “Boma” around a blazing fire.

Activities during these days include morning and afternoon game drives & walks/wheels, animal interaction and touching Jessica the Hippo.

 

*UPDATE: Read about my time at Tshukudu by clicking here.

 

south africa safari itinerary 11 days

Jessica the Hippo… Photo courtesy of Epic Enabled

 

Day 11 – JNB to ATL

On our last day, we will have a scenic journey back to Johannesburg where we will be delivered to the airport for our very long flight home. This trip hasn’t even started yet and I’m already dreading this day when our epic safari comes to an end.

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This itinerary sounds pretty epic, right?? If you’d like to follow along with my safari, head over to my Facebook page. I’ll be posting tons of content on there during my trip and I’ll also post plenty of articles about my experience right here on the blog once I return home.

south africa safari itinerary 11 days

Have you been on a safari? I’d love to hear your tips, if so!

south africa safari itinerary 11 days

south africa safari itinerary 11 days

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10 Comments

  • I’m so excited for you- a safari in Africa is #1 on my bucket list too! I hope you have an amazing trip :-)

  • Kallsy Page says:

    AH! I’ve always wanted to go on an African safari. While I would be a little bit afraid of the hippo as I’ve heard they can be more aggressive than even lions! Is that true?

  • Bryanna says:

    This is so awesome! We can’t wait to go on an African Safari. That is so cool that they are able to offer a wheelchair accessible tour! Enjoy your trip!

  • Cristina says:

    Congratulations for going after your dreams. It’s really inspiring to read people’s stories and yours in particular. I’m sure you will have a great time, and that you will come back with loads of memories and maybe a different way of seeing things. Travel tends to do that :). Enjoy!
    Cristina

  • OMG!! How exciting is the trip Cory!!
    South Africa and a Safari is on the top of my bucket list too. Hope I can make it next year! Wishing you an awesome trip, I’m sure you gonna enjoy, fingers crossed you get a nice group!
    Take care!!
    Nat

  • Have a great time! I’ve done the ATL-JNB flight and it is very long, but to say it is worthwhile in the end would be an understatement! If you have time, you should stop by the Blyde River Canyon on the way to Kruger from Johannesburg. Definitely worth the stop!

  • What a cool adventure, Cory. Love that you were so close to hippos in the wild! Jealous. I’m still dreaming about going on safari.

  • Cameron says:

    What did you think of Jessica? We were in the area and had a debate about going. Ultimately ended up not going. But Kruger is fantastic!

  • I’m so excited for you to experience a safari – it was an amazing adventure – Africa is just stunning! I was able to do almost a month in Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa with time in Kruger at Sabi Sands four years ago. You’ll never be the same after this trip! I look forward to your tweets and posts along the way.

    Tips: Bring a powerbar snack for the morning drive since breakfast is usually after the 6am drives near 9am, bring/wear layers bc morning is cold, put your camera down a few times and just enjoy -take in the sights, smells and sounds. As for the BOMA, yum! save room for dessert! As for the hippo -they are the most dangerous animal in the world – we had a big scare in Botswana – looks like Jessica is much friendlier.

  • brigitte feurer-schneider says:

    Hi Cory, do you remember Brigitte und Dagmar? Wenn are at home now. Our journey ended yesterday. Mauritius was very nice. But we could not see all things we want. The boat with flott from glass was wonderful.

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