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South Africa and Swaziland

TBA

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
― Jane Goodall

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1: Port Elizabeth, Mohair South Africa Hdq.

  • Day 2: The Karoo, Wheatlands Angora Farm

  • Day 3:  Graaf-Reinet, Valley of Desolation

  • Day 4-5: Addo, Gorah Elephant Camp

  • Day 6: Port Alfred, Adele's Mohair

  • Day 7: Uitenhage, Gubb & Inggs Mill

  • Day 8: Leave for Swaziland/Eswatini

  • Day 9: Piggs Peak, Tintsaba Weavers

  • Day 10: Piggs Peak, Coral Stephens Handweaving

  • Day 11-13 Kruger National Park, Buffelshoek Camp

  • Day 14: Leave from Nelspruit for Johannesburg airport

Our two-week journey through South Africa and Swaziland combines the best elements of travel: spectacular destinations, insider access, and the ability to make a difference within a community—plus a sublime combination of wild fibers! We have carefully crafted this tour to balance not only a touch of luxury, but an important measure of reality.

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The Old and The New

We are so deeply fortunate to have VIP access to the largest wool and mohair spinners in South Africa, Gubb & Inggs.  During our guided tour through their immense complex that was almost entirely rebuilt following a fire in 2010, we see how thousands of kilos of wool are scoured, carded, spun and then woven into classic garments and colorful blankets at Hinterveld.

Alternatively, at Coral Stephens Handweaving in Swaziland, we see how mohair is still processed by hand, using the exact same tools from when the company was founded in the 1940s.

The Thrill of The Chase ... Or Not

There is no such thing as a boring game drive, some just may be more exciting than others, from lumbering elephants to crashing rhinos, everyday on safari is time well spent.

Addo Elephant Park is the third largest reserve in South Africa, known for its biodiversity and commitment to sustainable practices. Our two nights at the luxury camp are a rare treat, but no more or less than our equally special lodge inside Greater Kruger National Park with just five en suite tents and the entire jungle around us. 

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Things that make this trip special

There is no shortage of companies offering tours to South Africa, traveling from wine to wildlife region. Alternatively, we want to give our guests a combination of South Africa's best, along with the best in wild fibers, maximizing the relationships established through our magazine.  We have included eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, for its stark contrast both culturally and environmentally to South Africa.  As seasoned travelers attest, it's all about the people you meet along your journey. Our time spent with the women at Coral Stephens Handweaving and Tintsaba is every bit as memorable as the hours we spend watching lion prides and elephant herds, walking merely meters from our vehicle.

The group is limited to just eight guests. Everyone knows how cumbersome it can feel traveling as a "human herd."  The small size allows for greater intimacy, particularly within our home visits and workshops, and allows for just four people per safari vehicle (they hold up to 12.) Nothing is more frustrating than being at a once-in-a-lifetime sighting, only to have someone's camera lens thoroughly blocking your view.  And with just eight guests, everyone soon feels like family. 

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What's Included

  • All hotels and meals

  • Airport shuttle to hotel on arrival

  • Entrance fee to all Game Parks

  • All domestic flights between South Africa and Swaziland

What's Not Included

  • International flights

  • Alcoholic Beverages

  • Guide Gratuities

Tour cost: $5,495

Single supplement: tour price plus 30%​

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