CLASSICAL SOUTH AFRICAN HIGHLIGHTS - 11 DAYS

DAY 01   Gauteng – Panoramic Route

Falls.JPGOur first day on tour takes us from Johannesburg via Middelburg, Dullstroom and Ohrigstad to the magnificent Three Rondavels view site at the Blyde River Canyon. We travel further to marvel at scenic areas such as Bourke’s Luck Potholes (a walk down the hill to see this unique trick of nature is worth the experience), Lisbon Falls, God’s Window and the Pinnacle before a short visit to Pilgrim’s Rest, an early gold mining town declared a National Monument. Rich deposits of alluvial gold were found here at the end of the last century and hence the existence of the town deep in the mountains.

DAY 02  Panoramic Route – Kruger National Park

Elephant closeup.jpgAfter an early breakfast, we do a pleasant walk through indigenous forest to see the Lone Creek Falls. Then we follow a scenic route to Hazyview and enter the Kruger National Park. We spend the rest of day in this magnificent reserve around 2 million ha in extent. We overnight in the reserve in chalets in one of the rest camps.

DAY 03   Kruger National Park – Swaziland

We rise early for a game drive and return for breakfast in the camp. We spend the rest of the morning in the reserve and depart in the afternoon for the mountain Kingdom of Swaziland for a visit to the Ngwenya glass factory where all the items are hand made from recycled glass. We drive through the capital, Mababane, and continue to Mhlambanyatsi where we overnight in the mountains at

DAY 04 Swaziland – Zululand – Private Reserve

Rhino very closeThis morning we have an early breakfast and then visit Swazi Candles in the Malkerns Valley where we watch the locals hand-moulding wax into a variety of interesting shapes.  On this site there is also a market where the locals sell their craft, as well as other shops where you can buy items like batik, hand-woven cloth, colourful handbags, etc. We then continue along the Ezulwini Valley towards Manzini, the country’s industrial centre, and then swing south towards Nhlangano on a scenic route where crossing every hill opens up a new vista. We exit Swaziland at the Onverwacht border post. We enter Zululand and travel southwards to Hluhluwe and arrive at our private lodge for check-in. Then we embark on another exiting open vehicle safaris continuing into the evening. We return for a well-deserved dinner and overnight.  

DAY 05 Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park – St Lucia (iSimangaliso) – Durban

St Lucia Estuary.jpgAfter an early breakfast, we travel to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Reserve and enter the reserve for another two hours of great viewing in the Big Five Reserve where the white rhino was saved from extinction. From her we travel to the village of St Lucia and join a boat cruise on the estuary of the famous Lake St Lucia (proclaimed a World Heritage Site in 1999). The lake is a wildlife paradise with bird species such as fish eagle, Goliath heron and many more. Your skipper/guide will show you the world of the hippo and the crocodile and the other mystic inhabitants of the "deep". After this unforgettable experience we travel to Durban, South Africa’s holiday Mecca. 

DAY 06 Durban

Durban is an intriguing cultural blend of East, West and Africa, which with its endless summer climate, effervescent and lukewarm ocean lined with golden beaches, offers a subtropical carnival atmosphere all year round. Durban beachfrontOur tour of this bustling metropolis boasting the busiest port in Africa and often called the cultural 'melting pot' of South Africa, includes a drive past the so-called Apartheid Beaches, the Golden Mile, the impressive developments at the new Point Waterfront area, and the city centre. We stop at the Indian Market where you can bargain for souvenirs and spices. Our last visit is to the Botanical Gardens. You have the option of being dropped off at the end of the tour at the Ushaka Marine world with its world-class aquarium, and many shops and restaurants. Return to your hotel with our bus or spend the rest of the afternoon here and take a taxi back to the hotel.

DAY 07  Durban – Drakensberg – Sani Pass

Drive inland to Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal, for a brief city tour. Stop at the railway station where Mahatma Gandhi was thrown off the train because of the colour of his skin, and see the waiting room where, Nelson Mandela Capture Sitein the silence of the night, he formulated his philosophy of passive resistance. Visit the Church of the Vow that was built as a result of the Battle of Blood River between the Voortrekkers and the Zulus in 1838. Continue to Howick where we visit the 100m high Falls, and stop at the monument erected on the spot where Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1961 . Continue through an area of gentle pastoral beauty called the Natal Midlands. We pass through grassy plains scattered with villages and lush farmlands where plump cattle and thoroughbred horses graze. Then further through Underberg, a picturesque little village situated in the foothills of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains. Our hotel is in the lap of the mountain with peaks towering up to 3400m above sea level. The afternoon is at your leisure to participate in some of the organised hikes into the mountain or explore the area on your own. Dinner and overnight are at our hotel.

Sani PassDAY 08 Drakensberg/ Sani Pass – Lesotho – Durban

After breakfast we set off to Sani Pass, named after the primitive people who lived in the area millennia ago, on a four-wheel drive with hair raising bends and breath-taking views to the top of the mountain. Lunch is served at the top in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho some 3000m above sea level. We return early afternoon, change vehicles and drive back to Durban. 

DAY 09 Durban – Port Elizabeth – Tsitsikamma National Park – Knysna

Storms River MouthAn early flight to Port Elizabeth and join the Garden Route tour.  Enter the Garden Route at the Paul Sauer bridge over the Storms River.  Visit the Big Tree (600 year old Outeniqua yellow wood tree) in an indigenous forest and a scenic walk to the hanging bridge over the Storms River mouth in the Tsitsikamma National Park.  Travel through winding mountain passes and indigenous forests via Nature’s Valley to Knysna on South Africa’s only beach lake.  Visit the famous Heads, two promontories linking the lake to the ocean. 

DAY 10 Garden Route – George – Oudtshoorn

Cango.jpgExplore the many unique shopping opportunities in Knysna and drive past the Wilderness lakelands, via the historic town of George and the majestic Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn in the semi desert area of the Small Karoo.  This town is known as the "Feather Capital of the World" because of the many ostrich farms in the district.  Visit an ostrich farm and one of South Africa's natural wonders, the Cango Caves. 

DAY 11  Oudtshoorn – Mossel Bay – Cape Town

Drive through the scenic Robinson's Pass to Mossel Bay, where the Portuguese seafarer Bartholomeu Dias was the first European to set foot on South African soil.  Visit the so-called Post Office Tree and the Dias Museum which houses a replica of the caravelle used by Dias on his first visit.  Stop at Swellendam with its many historic buildings, and finally look down on Cape Town from Sir Lowry's Pass.  The tour ends in Cape Town late afternoon.

 

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TOUR CODE: SC-03
Sani Pass mountains
Duration 11 Days
What to bring Binoculars, Camera, Bird book, Insect repellent, Sunscreen
Departing from
Johannesburg
Departure point All major hotels and guest houses in Johannesburg, Sandton and Pretoria
Exclusions Lunches, Dinners in Durban, Flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth, Costs of a personal nature.
Inclusions Guided touring in our 8 seater vehicles, Accommodation, Breakfasts, Dinners except in Durban, Entrances, Open vehicle safari's where mentioned, Conservation fees, 2 Boat cruises
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Return point Cape Town
Destinations
Johannesburg
Panorama Route
Kruger National Park
Swaziland
Zululand
Drakensberg Mountains
Lake St Lucia
Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park
Sani Pass
Lesotho
Garden Route
Oudtshoorn
Mossel Bay
Countrywide
Tour ends
Cape Town
What to wear Well worn-in neutral coloured cool clothes, Worn-in walking shoes, One set of warmer clothing with a jacket for the evening and morning safaris and during our winter months from May until August, Smart casual clothes for the evenings along the Garden Route

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