DAY 1 Johannesburg – Dullstroom – Panoramic Route – Sabie
Our first day on tour takes us 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 hike, searching 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 – Private Reserve
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 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 6 Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park – St Lucia (iSimangaliso) – Durban
After 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 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 includes a drive through the sports corridor with its impressive sporting facilities, the Marine Parade (Golden Mile) en route to the impressive developments at the new Point Waterfront area. We drive past the busiest harbour in Africa and through the city centre. 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 Port Elizabeth - Garden Route - Plettenberg Bay/Knysna
An early transfer to the local airport for a flight to Port Elizabeth. From here we continue to our first stop at Storms River with the impressive Paul Sauer Bridge across the valley towering some 139 metres above the river. We visit the Tsitsikamma National Park (Khoisan for 'The place of much water' stretching over 100 kilometres of wild and rocky coastline characterised by massive cliffs, narrow isolated beaches and shady indigenous forests along the river valleys. Then we traverse through magnificently scenic river valley passes to Plettenberg Bay for a short visit. Continue to Knysna. We join a sundowners cruise on the lagoon. Overnight at Fish Eagle Lodge.
Day 9 Knysna – George – Oudtshoorn
Spend the morning in Knysna visiting the “Heads” etc. Knysna also offers shopping opportunities of unusual locally made art and craft, etc. This afternoon we experience some of the most magical views on the Garden Route and Wilderness National Park and scenic viewpoints along the way. We travel over the Outeniqua Mountains to the Little Karoo where we visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch and Valley of Ancients, an endangered species breeding facility extraordinaire. Then travel to our accommodation on a working ostrich farm.
Day 10 Oudtshoorn - Mossel Bay
We travel over the Outeniqua Mountains to the Little Karoo to visit an Ostrich Show Farm for some unique experiences including ostrich racing. A ride on a back of an ostrich is not for the fainthearted. 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. Visit Oudtshoorn, also called the "Feather capital" of the world, as over ninety percent of the world's ostrich farms are found here. Continue to Mossel Bay for overnight.
Day 11 Mossel Bay - Hermanus - Cape Town
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 Bartholomew Dias in 1488. Continue to Hermanus, the best place in the World to spot Whales from land – (July to Dec). After lunch depart for Cape Town via the beautiful coastal route between Hermanus and Gordon’s Bay, arriving late afternoon.
|What to bring||Binoculars, Camera, Bird book, Insect repellent, Sunscreen|
O R Tambo International Airport
|Departure point||All hotels and most guesthouses in Johannesburg, Sandton and Pretoria|
|Exclusions||Lunches, Costs of a personal nature, The flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth.|
|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|
|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 most guest house 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.|