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Upon arrival at Johannesburg Airport you will be transfered to our pre tour accommodation at the Safari Lodge near the airport, where you can relax before our early departure the following day.
This morning we depart at 06.30 and head east towards Mpumalanga. We spend the night in the town of Hazyview, a favourite stopover for visitors to the region.
This morning we start with a scenic drive along the Panorama Route, arguably the most beautiful destinations in South Africa. The most spectacular stretch is the Blyde River Canyon, which is the 3rd largest canyon in the world and filled with lush vegetation and wildlife. We make a stop at Bourke’s Luck Potholes to view these incredible eroded rock formations. In the afternoon we heading to Kruger National Park, South Africa’s flagship game park. Early morning and afternoon game drives provide wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities
Early this morning and later this afternoon you head off in open vehicles into the park in search of Africa’s Big Five. Keep those cameras ready! If you would like to get up close and personal with the animals you might want to arrange an optional guided walk with armed rangers.
Departing Kruger we continue our journey to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in the mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland. Swaziland, lead by King Mswati III, is one of 3 monarchies in Africa. Mlilwane is Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area, situated in the ‘Valley of Heaven’.
After visiting a craft market en route, we re-enter South Africa and drive to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve which is a safe haven for the white rhino. We have an afternoon game drive.
This morning we head out on a game drives. During the afternoon we visit a local Zulu village to learn about their culture, traditions and lifestyle.
Moving further inland, we travel to the newly formed Malati Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation Area. Free time to enjoy the many activities on offer, such as hiking, mountain biking or fishing. Alternatively just relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery.
Today we cross the border into Lesotho, the southernmost landlocked country in the world, rich in natural beauty, flora, fauna and cultural heritage. We spend two nights in Malealea, situated in a remote part of Western Lesotho and is breathtaking in its beauty. We have a chance to experience traditional Basotho life, a nation with solid traditions, beliefs and customs.
We enjoy pony trekking through the magnificent landscapes that Lesotho has to offer.
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.
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.
We have another day of game drives today.
Leaving Addo we drive our rest camp at Storms River mouth which is surrounded by the indigenous Tsitsikamma forests. Enjoy some of the many walks up the Storms River Gorge and along the rocky coastline.
For the adventurous there is the chance to conquer the world’s highest bungee jump (at own expense). Whale watching is also possible in season (Jul - Nov).
This morning after visiting ‘The Heads’ in Knysna, a town nestled on a tranquil lagoon we travel over the Outeniqua Mountains into the Little Karoo to the town of Oudtshoorn. We visit the famous Cango Caves with their impressive ancient stalagmites and stalactites.
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’s’ has to offer on a Cape Point tour. There is plenty of time to enjoy the fabulous beaches or indulge in last minute shopping at the V&A Waterfront. There is also an optional visit to Robben Island (payable locally).
Spend the final day at leisure, weather dependent there is the chance to take the cable car up Table Mountain and enjoy one last view of the Cape of Good Hope (payable locally). A group transfer to the airport is offered at 18.00. Should you need an earlier or later transfer, this can be arranged at an additional cost.