Drakensberg Mountains Holidays

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Day 1: Johannesburg

Welcome to South Africa! We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Spend the remains of the day at leisure.

Modern art in Johannesburg

Day 2: Johannesburg - Graskop

We depart Johannesburg and head east towards Mpumalanga. A landscape characterized by mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests. We spend the night in the town of Graskop, a small forestry town situated on the Drakensberg Escarpment at the start of the panorama route and the gateway to Kruger National Park.

Finding the best leaves on the tree

Day 3: Graskop - Kruger N.P.

This morning we start with a scenic drive along the Panorama Route. The most spectacular stretch is the Blyde River Canyon, which is the 3rd largest canyon in the world. We make a stop at Bourke’s Luck Potholes to view these incredible eroded rock formations. In the afternoon we head into Kruger National Park.

Looking for prey in the setting sun

Day 4: Kruger N.P.

Big game country - exciting morning and afternoon game drives provide us with excellent opportunities to encounter wildlife. Spot lion, elephant, rhino and other animals in one of the last African wildernesses.

Monkeys in the Kruger

Day 5: Kruger N.P. - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

The mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland, lead by King Mswati III, is one of 3 monarchies in Africa. We spend the night in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area situated in the ‘Valley of Heaven’. Apart from abundant bird life, there are a number of animal species to be seen including hippo, giraffe, crocodile, zebra and antelope.

Day 6: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

We will visit the Umphakatsi Chief's homestead where we can try our hand at grinding maize, plaiting mountain grass and singing with the children.

Day 7: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary - Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park

After visiting a craft market en route, we re-enter South Africa via Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal. This afternoon we take a relaxing boat cruiseo the St Lucia Estuary in iSimangaliso National Park - look out for hippos and crocodiles as we ride along.

Having a workout

Day 8: Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park

Today we explore Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, on a game drive. Hluhluwe Umfolozi is the oldest game reserve in Africa and is a safe haven to both endangered black and white rhino.

Zebra up close

Days 9-10: Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park - Drakensberg Mountains

Moving further inland we spend the next two nights adjacent to Royal Natal National Park. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the many activities on offer, such as hiking, mountain biking and fishing. Alternatively just relax and enjoy the views offered by some of the most dramatic scenery in the country.

Day 11: Drakensberg Mountains - Malealea

Today we cross the border into Lesotho, the southernmost landlocked country in the world, rich in natural beauty, flora, fauna and cultural heritage. Here we have a chance to experience traditional Basotho life, a nation with solid traditions, beliefs and customs.

Day 12: Malealea

Today we enjoy pony trekking through the magnificent landscapes that Lesotho has to offer.

Day 13: Malealea - Cradock

We leave the beauty of Lesotho behind us and cross the border back into South Africa and drive to the historical Karoo town of Cradock, founded in 1814 as a frontier stronghold. Best known for its natural sulphur spring, Cradock is a place of literary legends and the original part of the town is graced with some of the finest buildings.

Day 14: Cradock - Addo

Today we drive to Addo Elephant National Park, a conservation success which offers a unique wildlife area, famous for the Addo elephants. We head out on game drives in search of elephant, black rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard with evening viewing at the floodlit waterhole.

Elephant taking over the road

Days 15-16: Addo - Tsitsikamma N.P.

Our journey takes us to a region of startling beauty along South Africa’s southern coastline, known as the Garden Route. Indigenous Tsitsikamma forests surround the area and there are walks up the Storms River Gorge and along the rocky coastline or opt to do the world’s highest bungee jump (optional pay locally).

Forest regon of Tsitsikamma

Day 17: Tsitsikamma N.P. - Oudtshoorn

After visiting ‘The Heads’ in Knysna, a town nestled on a tranquil lagoon we travel over the Outeniqua Mountains into the Little Karoo. In Oudtshoorn we visit the famous Cango Caves.

Inquisitive ostrich getting up close

Day 18: Oudtshoorn - Cape Town

Today we visit Stellenbosch, for wine tasting and a cellar tour en route to Cape Town. Once in Cape Town we explore the many attractions the ‘Mother City’ has to offer on a Cape Point tour.

Cape Point, South Africa

Day 19: Cape Town

A free day to explore Cape Town. Maybe visit the V & A Waterfront and shop to your heart’s content, head out to Robben Island and see where Mandela spent many years or relax on one of the many beautiful beaches. When nightfall hits, visit one of the many fantastic restaurants - perhaps try some fresh seafood, then head on to one of the many buzzing bars that Cape Town has to offer.

One of the many bays around Cape Town

Day 20: Cape Town

We will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight.

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German influence on the architecture in Swakopmund

Swakopmund

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