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Sawubona – welcome to South Africa! After your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Johannesburg, a melting pot and economic centre of the country. The city used to be known for its crime rate but luckily times have changed. Nowadays the former no-go areas are trendy neighbourhoods with plenty of bars. If you plan on visiting some of these, remember that you will meet your group at 06:30 am tomorrow morning.
– Airport transfer to the hotel in Johannesburg
We meet at 6:30 am at the hotel reception this morning. After a short briefing we head north towards Mpumalanga, where mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests characterise the landscape. We travel along the beautiful Panorama Route and enjoy the views from God’s Window, before descending off the escarpment and heading to our game lodge on the border of the Greater Krüger National Park.
– God’s Window & Three Roundavels View Point
Today we get up early for a full day of game viewing in Krüger National Park. This famous park is blessed with animals galore. So keep your eyes wide open as soon as we enter the park. You might spot the first of the Big 5 today. We will return to our lodge in the late afternoon to enjoy the sunset over the Drakensberg Mountains, a swim in the pool and a hearty meal before falling asleep to the sounds of Africa.
– Morning and afternoon game drives in Krüger National Park
We stretch our legs on a short morning walk exploring the surrounding bush before we re-enter Krüger National Park and head south. Kruger is the largest game reserve in South Africa, boasts the world’s greatest concentration of species and has an amazing 16 different ecosystems. Exciting game drives provide us with excellent game viewing. If you are still missing some of your Big 5, the chances are high that you will see them today. If you can’t get enough of the bush, you can go on a night game drive at an extra cost. Just ask your guide for the details.
– Morning and afternoon game drives in Krüger National Park
Today we cross the border into the Kingdom of eSwatini. Malolotja Nature Reserve is our next destination. Renowned for a great variety of habitats from short grassland, to thick riverine scrub and moist forest, we explore the reserve on foot to enjoy the fantastic mountain views. In the evening we relax around a campfire dinner in our hillside lodge.
– Entrance to Malalotja Nature Reserve
In the morning we visit a craft market near Mbabane which boasts a range of handmade crafts and even a local witchdoctor stall. We re-enter South Africa and head to a private game reserve located on the Ukuwela Conservancy, where our local guide will lead us on a walk along the Msinene River. The path winds itself through bushveld and riverine vegetation and we have plenty of time for bird watching and game tracking. Nyala, hippos and the elusive leopard can all be found on the reserve. So keep your eyes and ears alert.
– Visit a craft market in Mbabane
– Nature walk in the Ukuwela Conservancy
Today we go on a game drive in Hluhluwe Game Reserve, which is a safe haven for the embattled rhino. If we are lucky, we can tick off the last of the Big 5 today. Afterwards we a visit a local Zulu village and get to know the local’s customs. In the late afternoon we return to our cosy lodge and you can enjoy the views over the reserve from the viewing deck.
– Morning game drive in Hluhluwe Game Reserve
– Visit of a Zulu village with local Zulu community guide
After breakfast, we head towards The Drakensberg Mountains or »uKhahlamba« – the Barrier of Spears. This is a mountainous wonderland and world heritage site. From Zululand we move further south to the base of these mountains where we stay in quaint cottages for two nights. We will spend time walking along beautiful mountain stream paths, or just enjoying the spectacular views.
– Afternoon hike in the Drakensberg Mountains
The Drakensberg Mountains boast huge sandstone formations that can be up to 3000 m high. Combined with the crystal clear rivers and lush green vegetation, the area makes for fantastic hikes. So we don our hiking boots and explore the Drakensberg Mountains during morning and afternoon hikes.
– Morning and afternoon hikes in the Drakensberg Mountains
Today we leave the mountains and head to the famous Wild Coast. On our way we visit Qunu, the home town of Nelson Mandela, and pay our respects to this great man. The Wild Coast remains a relatively untouched paradise with unspoilt stretches of dramatically beautiful coastline, open spaces and pristine forest areas. We make the most of this stunning landscape and stop for small walks along the most spectacular stretches, before we arrive at our lodge in Kei Mouth in the early evening.
– Entrance to Nelson Mandela Museum
– Scenic coastal walks
If you like, you can sleep in today because today is all yours. Take an easy walk around the farm we are staying at and try to spot the wildlife meandering around, or grab a surfboard and splash around in the waves. In the evening try out the local pub and its fresh seafood.
This morning we leave the coast behind and venture into Addo Elephant National Park. The park was established in 1931 to protect the last 11 wild elephants from extermination. Today more than 600 elephants roam through the area. The park also offers excellent viewing of black rhino, Cape buffalo, lion and leopard, as well as a host of other large and small mammals and over 400 species of birds in the greater park area. We make the most of today and go on an extensive game drive.
– Afternoon & morning game drive in Addo Elephant National Park
When we’ve seen enough elephants, we travel back to the coast. For the next two nights we are based in the lovely town of Knysna, right by Knysna Lagoon. Once we get there, you can lean back at the hotel, or get active. Ask your guide for more ideas on how to spend the afternoon.
After breakfast, we don our hiking boots again and take a day trip to the Storms River mouth where there are walks up the gorge and along the rocky coast. The Tsitsikamma National Park incorporates 80km of spectacular sea and landscapes with secluded valleys, coastal forests and deep river gorges leading down to the sea.
– Entrance fees to Tsitsikamma National Park
– Hike in Storms River
Wave goodbye to Knsyna today, as we continue our journey to Hermanus. This little place offers some of the best land based whale watching in the world. From June to November Southern Right Whales come up from the southern oceans to calve and mate in the shallow waters around the Cape. In whale season we will take a walk along this beautiful coastline. In the summer months we will explore the flowering fynbos in Fernkloof Nature Reserve.
– June – November: whale watching walk along the coast
– Other times: Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Today we reach the final destination of our trip: Cape Town. Before we delve into the city, we visit Stellenbosch, a region just outside Capetown that is world-renowned for its wines. There is a vineyard in every direction and we make sure to visit one of them. We will get more insights into the art of making wine on a cellar tour. In the afternoon we continue to Capetown, one of the most picturesque cities in the world. The »mother city« features many attractions and we will visit the harbour at Hout Bay and the V&A Waterfront. If you like you can book a boat tour to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, visit a museum or go on a cooking safari in Bo-Kaap.
– Stellenbosch with cellar tour
In the morning we explore Cape Point, where the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean meet. We take a walk along Cape Point Nature Reserve and enjoy the breathtaking views. On our way we also visit the penguins at Boulder’s Beach. Later on we enjoy the famous beaches of the peninsula, before we head back to Capetown for one final night.
– Cape Point Nature Reserve
– Visit Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach
The last day in South Africa has approached and we saved the best for last. After breakfast we climb Table Mountain and take in the magnificent view over the city and its bay. When we have seen enough, we head back down into the city and there is time to shop for a few more souvenirs, before the tour end at the guesthouse at 18:00 o’clock.
– Hike to the top of Table Mountain
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