African Insight


Contact details: Tel: 033 330 2269


Somkhanda Game Reserve is owned by the Gumbi Tribe as a result of a series of successful land claims and was handed over to the community in 1998. Somkhanda is 12000ha, which consists of 4 major properties that were previously either cattle or game farms. Of those farms claimed, one was previously known as Milimani Game Sanctuary which is where our lodge and camps are now based today.

In 2013 Wildlands received grant funding to upgrade fencing and other infrastructure as well as to train community members to run both the reserve management as well as the tourism and hospitality for the lodge and numerous camps. Somkhanda is also part of a KZN Wildlife and WWF initiative, the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project, which released a number of black rhino onto the reserve in order to promote their breeding and expand their range.

African Insight was brought in by Wildlands as a tourism partner, with the mandate to develop and manage tourism on Somkhanda. Sixteen community members were selected, trained and given an eighteen month paid internship. On completion, twelve interns were given permanent positions and further training in hospitality services. The reserve has over 100km of 4x4 Jeep Tracks which guests are welcome to drive in their own 4x4s. A GPS is an essential requirement as there are no road signs. Full board packages include one game activity per day whilst self-catering packages do not include activities. Additional activities can be booked and paid for on arrival.

Unlike the traditional concept of private game lodges where the visitor experience is game drive based entertainment, on Somkhanda visitors are encouraged to encounter wildlife and the environment from the point of view of being in an enormous wildlife laboratory, where there is limitless opportunity to learn about all aspects of wildlife and the environment. The model on which the ecotourism operation on Somkhanda Game Reserve is based is summed up in the concept of “Science On Safari”. So if it's a bush walk or a game drive, guests will be involved in learning and gather valuable information needed to manage the reserve. Even if guests are self-driving, they can download our free wildlife app and log their sightings.

Non-traditional game reserve activities include accompanying our interns and volunteers into the surrounding community to dip cattle (weekends only). This is a 3-hour activity which offers a genuine insight into contemporary Zulu culture. By prior arrangement, traditional Zulu homestays can be arranged for up to 16 people.

Tel: 033 330 2269


Somkhanda Game Reserve - Fully Inclusive (1)

Self-Drive Tours

This tour links two of the most iconic must-see attractions of South Africa. Between Johannesburg and the Kruger Park lies the northern extremity of the Drakensberg Mountains and the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world, blessing the landscape with extreme scenic beauty. Mountain passes cut through the Drakensberg Mountains descending 3000m over a mere 50km delivering you to the “lowveld” and the world-famous Kruger Park. The Kruger Park is the size of several small countries – such as Wales, Israel, Belgium or the State of Texas and is home to the greatest diversity of large mammals and birds in South Africa. It is a natural heritage showpiece that is a must see for anyone wishing to experience a true African Wildlife Safari. Pretoria

Day 1: Arrive in Johannesburg and overnight – depending on flight time you can a guided sightseeing from a selection of options add (not included in the price). Basis: Bed & Breakfast Day 2: An easy day’s drive to arrive at accommodation base in the Hazyview area from which you can explore the highlights of the Panorama Route. Basis: B&B

Day 3: A full day to relax and soak up the peace and tranquillity, or to explore the Panorama Route by car or enjoy one of the many more adventurous experiences and excursions available. Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Day 4 & 5: We change location to another accommodation in the Hoedspruit area allowing you to take in more of the highlights of the region or experience more adventurous excursions. Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Day 6 - 9: Four nights, in two different camps, in the Kruger Park allows you to cover part of the Kruger Park. Here you are at liberty to explore the park at your own pace in your own vehicle or book guided walks, sunset drives, night drives or sunrise drives with park guides (not included). You can self-cater or enjoy meals at the variety of restaurants in the park. Basis: Bed only + Conservation Fee

Day 10: Return to Johannesburg

Cost Per Person sharing: R10,700.00

Includes: • Meet & Greet on arrival at airport • Accommodation • Meals as specified • Conservation fees, led levies and community levies where applicable

Excludes: • All flights • Certain costs pertaining to car hire – see terms of rental • Drinks, gratuities and all items of a personal nature • Optional extra activities • Meals not specifies • Travel and medical insurance

The stretch of east coast between Durban and Port Elizabeth is well known to the more intrepid South African traveller. The middle section is locally known as the Wild Coast due to rugged beauty and relative lack of commercial development. This region of South Africa certainly does not suffer from “over tourism” making it an ideal destination for the more intrepid traveller, who enjoys taking a slower pace, discovering off the beaten road gems and has a passion for the sea and sun. The first day is a big drive to get into the region, so be sure to set off early. On this itinerary you will pass typical rural African villages and towns and beautiful landscapes. The destinations selected offer some of the most perfect beach locations and hospitality of international standard. Rounding off this coastal adventure we have included a visit to the famous Addo Elephant Park for a chance to experience our magnificent wildlife. King-Shaka

Days 1: Arrive at Durban’s King Shaka airport and spend the first night in a local guest house to get a good night’s rest ahead.

Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Days 2 - 4: Set off early for a big day of driving that takes you into the heart of rural South Africa where you will pass traditional settlements and see local people going about their daily lives with an enviable sense of timelessness and lack of frantic hustle and bustle. At the end of the journey you will be rewarded with a stay at the most incredible award-winning accommodation and hospitality. Two full days to soak up the pristine scenery, relaxed sophistication and hospitality of the Pondo people. There is plenty to do for the more active traveller.

Basis: Full Board

Basis: Days 5 & 6: A relatively short drive to Coffee Bay and our next destination which is home to Hole in the Wall National Heritage Site. Relaxing, hiking, surfing and mountain biking are some of the activities you can enjoy here.

Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Days 7 & 8: A half day scenic drive to yet another Wild Coast gem and iconic family run hospitality establishment offering luxury accommodation, gourmet cuisine and a wide variety of adventurous or relaxing activities.

Basis: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Days 9 & 10: Leaving the wild coast region our final beach destination to round off the East Coast Explorer offers yet more beautiful beaches as well as canoeing, horse riding, mountain biking and sunset barge cruises.

Days 11 & 12: Two nights in Addo Elephant Park offers an opportunity to experience one of South Africa’s prime national wildlife heritage parks. Home to the “Big 5” you are welcome to explore in your own hire car or book safari drives with local guides on arrival. You can self-cater or book a meal at the restaurant.

Basis: Bed only + Conservation Fee

Day 13: After a full morning in the park it is a short drive to Port Elizabeth for the last night.

Day 14: Depart

Cost Per Person Sharing: R17,760.00

Includes: • Meet & Greet on arrival at airport • Accommodation • Meals as specified • Conservation fees, led levies and community levies where applicable

Excludes: • All flights • Certain costs pertaining to car hire – see terms of rental • Drinks, gratuities and all items of a personal nature • Optional extra activities • Meals not specifies • Travel and medical insurance