Day 1 Blyderiver Canyon – South Africa
We depart from Pretoria / Johannesburg early morning travelling via the scenic route towards the Lowveld. We visit the historic Pioneers Gold Digging Village of Pilgrims Rest, we enjoy lunch in Graskop. (own cost) We visit Gods Window and Bourke luck potholes and enjoy the breath taking
views of Blyderiver Canyon, the 3 rd largest Canyon in the world.
Overnight @ Forever Resort Blyderiver Canyon
The Panorama route in Mpumalanga follows the edge of Blyde River Canyon, and includes some breathtaking views of the Three Rondavels and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world, and got its name in 1840 (‘blyde’ meaning ‘joyful’) from the Voortrekkers who passed through on their way to Lorenzo Marques (now Mozambique). It is one of the most spectacular canyons in Africa and its cliffs rise between 600m-800m from the riverbed. Possibly the best view in the whole of the Blyde River Canyon is of the “Three Rondavels – three huge rock spirals rising out of the far wall of the canyon. Their tops appear to have a hut-like rounded roof. They are named after the Swazi Chief Maripi’s wives – from the lowest to the highest, they are Magabolle, Mogoladikwe and Maserote. Where the Blyde River and the Treur River meet, water erosion has formed one of the most remarkable geological phenomena in the country, known as ‘Bourke’s Luck Potholes’. Over thousands of years, surreal cylindrical rock sculptures created by whirling water have formed a series of dark pools which contrast artfully with the streaked white and yellow lichen covered rocks. Following the road and the Treur River south, there are further viewpoints; Wonder View and God’s Window.
Day 2 Kruger National Park – South Africa
After coffee and rusks we enjoy a 2 hour hike down the gorge to the waterfall before it get to hot (optional) After breakfast we depart Blyderiver Canyon for the village of Hazyview where we will over night on one of the many lodges in the area. We arrive @ our bush lodge in time for our first sun set safari experience on a open safari jeep searching for the animals in Kruger National Park Overnight in Hazyview
(Breakfast & Dinner included)
Day 3 Kruger National Park – South Africa
Rising early this morning we enter the Kruger National Park to enjoy a full-day of game viewing. The abundance of wildlife presents us with opportunities for excellent sightings and the Kruger is also home to the famed members of Africa’s Big-5. Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Our activity package offers the added excitement of experiencing the park from an open-sided 4×4 vehicle.
Overnight in Hazyview
(Breakfast & Dinner included)
Day 4 & 5 Swaziland – Swaziland
Yet another early morning coffee before we set off to the south of Kruger Park where we exit the park and head for Swaziland. We have a border control point so keep your passports handy for more stamps and a friendly smile at the border official. We will visit a glass & candle factory as well as experience a suburb cultural event with ample time to explore the markets. We overnight @ Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary as we sample dinner from their kitchen (dinners for own cost) The sanctuary is filled with free roaming animals and offer guest the opportunity to go on mountain bike safari, do some horseback safari or simply just go for an amazing hike.
Overnight in Mlilwane Wildlife sanctuary
(Breakfasts and 1 Dinner is included)
Optional Activities in Swaziland:
White water rafting
Day 6 St Lucia – South Africa
This morning after breakfast we will be heading south towards the South African border. We re-enter South Africa (another smile @ border official and head south to St Lucia. Recently renamed the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, this sub-tropical paradise covers about 240,000 hectares and is the largest estuarine system in Africa. The park includes the southernmost extension of coral reefs on the continent, and covers 220km of the East Coast from St Lucia to the Mozambique border. iSimangaliso encompasses a huge range of natural systems, ranging from dune, swamp and coastal forests to rocky and sandy shores, coral reefs and submarine canyons, and a mosaic of mangroves, savanna grassland, thickets and woodlands. It is the largest protected wetland in southern Africa, with large numbers of nesting turtles on the beaches; as well as the migration of whales, dolphins and
whale-sharks off-shore; and huge numbers of waterfowl including large breeding colonies of pelicans, storks, herons and terns. The Park’s unique climate and position has resulted in exceptional biodiversity including some 521 bird species.
Later in the afternoon we board a boat to view the croc’s, hippos and the amazing bird life of this World Heritage site. Tonight you have a free night to explore the village on foot with a wide selection for restaurants to choose from for dinner Overnight St Lucia
Day 7 Durban – South Africa
This morning you choose from the below option activities:
Join a safari to Hluhluwe Game Reserve – the oldest reserve in South Africa for a morning of amazing safari the African bush. ( R 750 pp) Go Deep sea fishing (R 1 000 pp) or Go Whale Watching (R 1000 pp). Or just relax before we enjoy a late breakfast before hugging the lush KwaZulu-Natal coast line en route to Durban, watching the sugar cane fields do their own version of the Mexican wave at the urging of the wind. Durban has long been the favorite holiday destination for South Africans, the golden mile with its warm seas and safe swimming beaches attracts visitors throughout the year. Although your tour ends upon arrival in Durban, this afternoon we have time to spend on the beaches of the golden mile or make an optional visit to the world-class aquarium complex at Ushaka Marine World.
(Breakfast is included)