DAY 1 Johannesburg – Dullstroom – Panoramic Route – Sabie
You are collected from the O R Tambo International Aiport outside Johannesburg at around 09h15 to start your tour. We travel from Johannesburg via Middelburg, Dullstroom and Lydenburg to Pilgrim´s Rest, the early gold mining town turned into a living museum. Rich deposits of alluvial gold were found here at the end of the 19th century, hence the existence of the town deep in the mountains. We continue to Sabie.
DAY 2 Panoramic Route – Private Game Reserve
We visit Lone Creek Falls and travel via Graskop to marvel at scenic areas such as God’s Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, and some of the spectacular waterfalls in the area. Finally we descend to the Lowveld via Abel Erasmus pass and the Strijdom Tunnel to arrive at Mohlabetsi in the Balule private game reserve. This afternoon our encounter with Africa's wildlife begins as we travel on an open vehicle to search for the game. Enjoy a great dinner under the stars tonight (weather permitting).
DAY 3 Private Game Reserve – Kruger National Park
After an early morning safari, conditions permitting a search for the wild on foot, and breakfast we enter the Kruger National Park and spend the rest of day in this magnificent reserve around 2 million ha in extent.
DAY 4 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. We visit the Ngwenya Glass Factory, and travel via Mbabane, the capital city of Swaziland to our hotel in the mountains at Mhlambanyatsi.
DAY 5 Swaziland – Zululand – Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park
This 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 Big Bend with its large sugar plantations to the South African border. We are now getting closer to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi game reserve, where we spend most of the afternoon looking for animals in this Big Five Reserve that became world-renowned for saving the rhino from extinction. Late afternoon we check in at Zulu Nyala Game Lodge.
DAY 6 Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park – Lake St Lucia - Durban
After an early breakfast we do our final game drive before travelling to the village of St Lucia. Here we join a boat cruise of the famous Lake St Lucia, a paradise with bird species such as fish eagle, Goliath heron and many more. Your 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 7 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. Our tour of this bustling metropolis, often called the cultural 'melting pot' of South Africa, includes a drive through the sports corridor with its impressive sporting facilities to the Blue Lagoon area on the Umgeni River where you get a panoramic view of the whole bay of Durban. Then past the so-called Apartheid Beaches, the Marine Parade (Golden Mile) where you will see the rickshaws, en route to the impressive developments at the new Point Waterfront area. We drive past the busiest harbour in Africa and various historical monuments, and then through the city centre where the second railway station, the City Hall and the Post Office buildings each have a story to tell. We stop at the Indian Market where you get a glimpse into the Indian culture and 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 8 Durban - Port Elizabeth - Garden Route - Plettenberg Bay/Knysna
An early transfer to the local airport for a flight to Port Elizabeth where our tour begins.
We depart from Port Elizabeth, also called the 'Friendly City' along the N2 national route to the Storms River with the impressive Paul Sauer Bridge across the valley, towering 139 m above the river. Our next stop is at Tsitsikamma National Park (Khoisan for “The place of much water”) stretching over 100 km of wild and rocky coastline, characterised by massive cliffs, narrow isolated beaches and shady indigenous forests along the river valleys. Now, truly in the famous Garden Route of the Cape, we traverse more magnificently scenic river valley passes to Knysna on the edge of the Knysna Lagoon with its entrance to the sea, guarded by two promontories known as the 'Heads'. The area also falls within a National Park proclaimed to conserve the extraordinary natural beauty of the Lakeland and adjacent indigenous forests. Knysna also offers shopping opportunities of unusual locally made art and craft, etc.
DAY 9 Garden Route – George – Oudtshoorn
We explore the lake areas, the Wilderness National Park and travel via the scenic Outeniqua Pass to Oudsthoorn, also known as the 'Feather Capital' of the world, as by far the largest concentration of ostrich farms in the world are found here. We visit the Cango Caves, regarded as one of South Africa's foremost natural wonders. The fascinating calcite caves comprises an underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites.
DAY 10 Oudtshoorn – Mossel Bay – Cape Town
After an early start we visit an ostrich show farm for some unique experiences, including ostrich racing. Our route to Mossel Bay takes us over the Outeniqua Mountains via the Robinson's Pass. Here we visit arguably the oldest Post Office in Africa, the Post Office Tree, and the site of the first landfall made by the Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias in 1488. After an early lunch we travel to Swellendam, Grabouw and over the Sir Lowry's Pass to Cape Town where we arrive late afternoon.
|Duration||10 days (Departing Sundays from Johannesburg)|
|What to bring||Binoculars, Camera, Bird book, Insect repellent, Sunscreen|
O R Tambo International Airport
|Departure point||From all hotels and guesthouse in Johannesburg, Sandton and Pretoria|
|Exclusions||Lunches, Dinners in Durban, Flight from Durban - Port Elizabeth (Let us know if you want us to arrange it), Cost of a personal nature such as laundry.|
|Inclusions||Guided touring in our 8 seater vehicles, accommodation, breakfasts, dinners except in Durban, entrances, open vehicle safari's where mentioned, conservation fees and Boat cruises.|
|Price from||To find the price for your date of travel, kindly click on BOOK NOW, select your departure date and click on time slot. Then enter the number of people travelling to get the per person rate, the total and a deposit amount if available to book your tour.|
|Return point||All hotels and guesthouse in Cape Town|
Kruger National Park
Lake St Lucia
|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.|