GREAT AFRICAN WILDLIFE EXPEDITION - 6 DAYS (JOHANNESBURG TO DURBAN)

Blyde River Canyon Dam.JPGDAY 1 Johannesburg – Panoramic Route

Our first day on tour takes us from Johannesburg via Middelburg, Dullstroom and Robber’s Pass 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. After exploring this quaint old town, we continue to Sabie where we have a pleasant walk through indigenous forest to visit Lone Creek Falls.                

DAY 2 Panoramic Route – Private Reserve

Elephant closeupWe 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).

DAY 3 Private Reserve -  Kruger National Park

Endangered Wild Dog.jpgAfter 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 4 Kruger National Park – Swaziland

We rise early for a game drive and have breakfast on a deck overlooking the Sabie River. We spend the rest of the morning in the Swazilandreserve and depart for the mountain Kingdom of Swaziland. We travel via Piggs Peak through magnificent mountain scenery and visit the Ngwenya glass factory where all the products are hand made from recycled glass. We drive through Mbabane, the capital of Swaziland, before travelling to our overnight stop in the mountains just outside Mhlambanyatsi.

DAY 5 Swaziland – Zululand – Private Reserve

This morning we have an early breakfast and then visit Swazi Candles in the Malkerns Valley where Rhino very close.jpgwe 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 safari this afternoon. We return for a well-deserved dinner and overnight.  

DAY 6 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, where our tour ends.

 

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TOUR CODE: SCMD
Kruger National Park tours
Duration 6 Days (Sundays and Wednesdays at 09h00)
What to bring Binoculars, camera, bird book, insect repellent, sun screen
Departing from
Johannesburg
Departure point Johannesburg
Exclusions Lunches, costs of a personal nature such as laundry.
Inclusions Guided touring in our 8 seater vehicles, accommodation, breakfasts, dinners, entrances, open vehicle safari's where mentioned, conservation fees, boat cruise
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Return point All hotels and most guesthouses in uMhlanga and Durban
Destinations
Johannesburg
Panorama Route
Kruger National Park
Swaziland
Mpumalanga
Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park
Zululand
Tour ends
Durban
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.

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