DAY 01 Gauteng – Panoramic Route
Our 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. We overnight in Sabie at Lone Creek River Lodge.
DAY 02 Panoramic Route – Private Reserve
We travel via Graskop to marvel at scenic areas such the Pinnacle, God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, Bourke's Luck Potholes (a walk down the hill to this unique trick of nature is worth the effort), and the magnificent Three Rondavels view site at the Blyde River Canyon. We walk along the cliffs to really appreciate the breathtaking views. Finally we descend to the Lowveld via Abel Erasmus pass and the Strijdom Tunnel to arrive at Mohlabetsi in the Balule private game reserve, a part of the Greater Kruger National Park. 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). Overnight at Mohlabetsi.
DAY 03 Private Reserve - Kruger National Park
After an early morning open vehicle game drive, and conditions permitting, a hike on foot searching for the animals, we enjoy breakfast an then leave for the Kruger National Park. We spend the rest of day in this magnificent reserve around 2 million ha in extent. We overnight in chalets in one of the rest camps in the park.
DAY 04 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, Mbabane, and continue to Mhlambanyatsi where we overnight in the mountains at Foresters Arms.
DAY 05 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. Overnight Zulu Nyala Game Lodge.
DAY 06 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, where our tour ends. Overnight Ridgeview Lodge.
DAY 07 Durban
Today you embark on a tour of the city. 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 with its extensive collection of trees and plants from all over the world, as well as a famous cycad collection and orchid garden. 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. Overnight City Lodge Umhlanga.
DAY 08 Garden Route – Tsitsikamma National Park – Knysna
This morning after early breakfast you are transferred to the local airport for your flight to Port Elizabeth where you are met by the local guide and depart on the Garden Route section. Our first stop is Storms River with the impressive Paul Sauer Bridge across the valley towering some one hundred and thirty nine metres above the river. We visit the Tsitsikamma National Park (Khoisan for 'The place of much water' stretching over one hundred 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 sundowner cruise on the lagoon. Overnight at Fish Eagle Lodge or similar.
DAY 09 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 hotel. Overnight at La Plume Guest House.
DAY 10 Oudtshoorn – Mossel Bay
After breakfast we 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. Point Hotel.
DAY 11 Mossel Bay – Swellendam – 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. Overnight Hotel on St Georges.
DAY 12 Cape Town City
Departure is at 09h00 from all city and Waterfront hotels. Cape Town, Tavern of the Seas, with the majestic Table Mountain as a backdrop, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. An electric mix of architectural styles, cobble stone streets and cultural diversity enhance the cosmopolitan ambience. A trip by cable car to the top of Table Mountain is rewarding as the city unfolds below you from the viewpoints. On our return we visit the Malay Quarters, Castle of Good Hope, Company Gardens and Government Avenue, Houses of Parliament, S.A. Museum, and a final drive to Milnerton for a full view of Table Mountain with the city in its lap. Overnight Hotel on St Georges.
DAY 13 Cape Peninsula
The Cape Peninsula forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom and more indigenous plant species per square meter are found here than anywhere else on earth. Both coastlines of the Peninsula have more than a hundred beaches with dazzling white sands to choose from and this tour offers magnificent viewpoints to some of them. On this round-trip of the Peninsula we visit the following highlights: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens with over four thousand species of indigenous plants of which some 2 600 are endemic to the Peninsula. Groot Constantia the oldest winemaking Estate in South Africa. Muizenberg with its magnificent 35 km stretch of beaches, Simon's Town where the South African Navy is based and Boulders Beach for the unique encounter with the African Penguins - never shy to perform! We take a walk (funicular ride optional) to the top of Cape Point in the fynbos rich Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve at the most Southern point of the Table Mountain National Park. Our route back to Cape Town take us via a spectacular scenic drive over Chapman's Peak (this road is sometimes closed) and the quaint Village of Hout Bay, after some tourist shopping or an optional and time permitting short boat trip to the Seal Island, we return via Camps Bay to the city late afternoon, after an eventful day. Overnight Hotel on St Georges.
DAY 14 Cape Town
Today you have free to explore the city yourself or join an optional tour of the famous Cape Winelands or one of the other popular day tours around Cape Town. Overnight Hotel on St Georges.
Day 15 Cape Town - Onward
You are transferred to the local airport for your onward flight.
|Duration||15 Days (Departing Sundays and Wednesdays)|
|What to bring||Binoculars, camera, bird book, insect repellent, sunscreen|
O R Tambo International Airport
|Departure point||All major hotels and guest houses in Johannesburg, Sandton and Pretoria|
|Exclusions||Lunches, Dinners in Durban and Cape Town, Flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth, Costs 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, 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 major hotels and guesthouses 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, Smart casual clothes for the evenings in the Garden Route and Cape Town.|