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Operates: Saturdays & Tuesdays - from Johannesburg
Duration: 12 days / 11 nights
Routing: Johannesburg – Kruger National Park – Swaziland – Pietermaritzburg - Drakensberg - Durban
Includes: Transportation, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary.
Meals as indicated B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner
Highlights: Pilgrim’s Rest, God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, Game drives in Private Game Reserve, Ngwenya glass factory, Swaziland, Evening game viewing in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, boat cruise on St Lucia Estuary, Pietermaritzburg, Weenen Game Reserve, Giant's Castle, Drakensberg, Durban
Excludes: Flights, Visas, All Items of a Personal Nature, Gratuities & Lunches
Notes: The tour will be operated in a sedan car (for 2 persons) or minibus (3 – 7 persons). Valid passports needed for Swaziland. Ensure you have a multi entry visa into South Africa if you need a visa to enter into South Africa.
Minimum 2 Passengers
Accommodation: Tourist class Safari Camps & hotels – twin room

Day 1 - Johannesburg
Arrival in Johannesburg, transfer to your hotel for brief check-in. In the afternoon, a city tour of Johannesburg, this vibrant city is still the largest in South Africa. Johannesburg, also known as Egoli (the City of Gold), holds First World attractions for any traveller. This tour includes highlights like the Stock Exchange, De Beers (famous for diamonds) and George Harrison Park, where gold was first discovered in the late 1800’s. We visit the prestigious Northern Suburbs of Sandton, Houghton, Rosebank, and then cosmopolitan Hillbrow, a colourful insight to South Africa’s "Manhattan", once the most densely populated spot in the Southern Hemisphere.
Overnight: City Lodge Sandton (or similar).

Day 2 - Johannesburg – Pilgrim’s Rest - Sabie
Our 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.
Overnight: Lone Creek River Lodge or similar. (B,D)

Day 3 - Panorama Route – Private Game Lodge safari
We 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 Strydom Tunnel to arrive at Mohlabetsi in the Balule private game reserve. 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).
Overnight: Mohlabetsi Game Lodge or Edeni Game Lodge or similar. (B,D)

Day 4 - Safari – Kruger National Park
After an early morning hike, searching for the wild on foot, and breakfast, we enter the Kruger National Park and spend the rest of day in this magnificent reserve around 2 million ha in extent. We overnight in the reserve in chalets in one of the rest camps.
Overnight: Skukuza Rest Camp or similar, Kruger Park.(B,D)

Day 5 - Kruger Park safari - Swaziland
We rise early for a game drive and return for breakfast in the camp. We spend the rest of the morning in the reserve and depart in the afternoon 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.
Overnight: Forester’s Arms Hotel or Lugogo Sun or similar, Swaziland. (B,D)

Day 6 - Swaziland – Zululand – Hluhluwe/Imfolozi National Park safari
This morning we have an early breakfast and then visit Swazi Candles in the Malkerns Valley where we watch the locals hand-moulding wax into a variety of interesting shapes. We continue through the Ezulwini Valley past the Houses of Parliament and the Independence Stadium to the well-known local craft market where bargaining is the order of the day. Our route then takes us via Manzini, the country’s industrial centre, and Big Bend with its large sugar plantations to the South African border. We are now getting closer to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi game reserve, where we arrive mid afternoon. After checking in, leave on a late afternoon/early evening game drive in an open safari vehicle equipped with high powered spot lights to search for the shy nocturnal and other animals. Dinner is served after the completion of this exciting experience.
Overnight: Hilltop Camp, Hluhluwe Game Reserve or Bonamanzi Game Reserve. (B,D)

Day 7 - Hluhluwe/Imfolozi National Park safari – St. Lucia
After an early breakfast we do a final game drive in our vehicle before travelling to the village of St Lucia. Here we join a river safari on the estuary of the famous Lake St Lucia (proclaimed a World Heritage Site in 1999), a 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 and check in at our hotel.
Overnight: City Lodge Umhlanga (or similar). (B)

Day 8 - Pietermaritzburg – Natal Midlands – Weenen Game Reserve
Drive inland to Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal, for a brief city tour. Stop at the railway station where Mahatma Gandhi was thrown off the train because of the colour of his skin, and see the waiting room where, in the silence of the night, he formulated his philosophy of passive resistance. Visit the Church of the Vow that was built as a result of the Battle of Blood River between the Voortrekkers and the Zulus in 1838. Continue to Howick where we visit the 100high Falls, and stop at the monument erected on the spot where Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1962. Continue through an area of gentle pastoral beauty called the Natal Midlands. We pass through grassy plains scattered with villages and lush farmlands where plump cattle and thoroughbred horses graze. We enter the Weenen Game Reserve for an afternoon of game viewing. We have a good chance of seeing, amongst others, white rhino, giraffe and zebra. Afterwards we stop at the place where Winston Churchill was arrested by the Boers durinthe Anglo-Boer War. Then we travel to our hotel from where you can enjoy magnificent views whenjoying sundowners.
Overnight: Sandford Park Hotel (or similar). (B,D)

Day 9 - Drakensberg Mountains
After breakfast we travel through QwaQwa, a former homeland, and watch the locals busy with their daily chores in this remote land. We arrive at the Sentinel, some 3200 meters above sea level, for a picnic lunch and some easy, or more strenuous, walks to viewpoints of the sheer drops into the Amphitheatre. For those VERY energetic souls, there is a stiff walk and climb up a chain ladder to the summit (weather permitting). Here you find the source of the mighty Tugela River and where it rushes over the edgeof the cliffs to plummet down for hundreds of meters. Aftethis unforgettable experience we return to our hotel late afternoon.
Overnight: Sandford Park (or similar). (B,D,L)

Day 10 - Giant’s Castle - Durban
We depart after breakfast and drive to the Giant's Castle area for an easy walk to some of the country's best preserved ancient rock paintings. We have a peek into the mystical existence of these strange little people who became extinct at the beginning of the previous century. From here we return to Durban arriving late afternoon.
Overnight: City Lodge Umhlanga (or similar). (B)

Day 11 - Durban city tour
Durban is an intriguing cultural blend of East, West and Africa, which with its endless summer climate, effervescent and lukewarm ocean lined with golden beaches, offers a subtropical carnival atmosphere all year round. Our morning tour of this bustling metropolis, often called the cultural 'melting pot' of South Africa, includes a drive through the sports corridor with its impressive sporting facilities to the Blue Lagoon area on the Umgeni River where you get a panoramic view of the whole bay of Durban. Then past the so-called Apartheid Beaches, the Marine Parade (Golden Mile) where you will see the rickshaws, en route to the impressive developments at the new Point Waterfront area. We drive past the busiest harbour in Africa and various historical monuments, and then through the city centre where the second railway station, the City Hall and the Post Office buildings each have a story to tell. We stop at the Indian Market where you get a glimpse into the Indian culture and bargain for souvenirs and spices. Our last visit is to the Botanical Gardens with its extensive collection of trees and plants from all over the world, as well as a famous cycad collection and orchid garden. You have the option of being dropped off at the end of the tour at the Ushaka Marine world with its world-class aquarium, and many shops and restaurants.
Overnight: City Lodge Umhlanga (or similar). (B)

Day 12 - Durban
Your hotel is located close to one of the biggest shopping- and entertainment centres south of the Equator, and you have time for some last-minute shopping for souvenirs before your transfer to Durban’s International Airport, for departure flight. (B)
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