This tour involves a standard 11 day tour with the option of a 4 night Cape Town add-on, with the option of 3, 4 or 5 star accommodation.
Day 1: Morning arrival in South Africa, your guide will meet you upon arrival at Johannesburg’s O R Tambo International Airport. Visit “The Cradle of Humankind - Sterkfontein Caves”, a World Heritage Site - for a guided tour through the evolution of man. Time for lunch, before continuing on to Muldersdrift just outside Pretoria. Dinner will be served at the Carnivore restaurant. Accommodation: Misty Hills Hotel **** Includes: (D).
Day 2: Travel via Middelburg and Lydenburg to Hazyview situated in the province of Mpumalanga, exploring en route the scenic wonders of the Panorama Route. The cylindrical potholes at Bourke’s Luck, scenic views from God’s Window and breathtaking Blyde River Canyon - third deepest in the world rivaling America’s Grand Canyon. Overnight in Hazyview. Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Lodge *** Includes: (B).
Day 3: Today is spent in the Kruger National Park, 20 000 km2 (the size of Wales) of pristine African bush in search of the “Big 5” and a host of other animals. Overnight in Hazyview. Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Lodge *** Includes: (B).
Day 4: Free to relax or try a new adventure: river rafting on Lower Sabie River (depending on local conditions), ‘kloofing’ or canyoning down river over waterfalls & cliffs or exploring the bush on a 4WD quad bike or “tree topping”. This evening if local conditions permit, you may like to visit Shangana traditional village to learn about the life, customs and traditions of the Shangaan people, visit the local healer and watch their singing and dancing while sharing a traditional feast in typical huts. Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Lodge *** Includes: (B).
Day 5: Visit Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (Kapama Cheetah Breeding and Research Centre) and Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitaion Centre, dedicated to the conservation of endangered species & rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wildlife. Overnight & dinner at the Karongwe private game reserve roamed by the Big Five: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino & buffalo.
Accommodation: Indlovu River Lodge **** Includes: (B), (D).
Day 6: After an early morning game drive in an open vehicle in the reserve, we depart for the world-renowned Kruger National Park (KNP), enter the park through Phalaborwa Gate, spend the rest of the day in the KNP. Overnight in the KNP. Accommodation: Letaba Camp *** Includes: (B).
Day 7: Enjoy a full day traveling north through the KNP. The KNP is known to be the most diverse park in the world with 140 mammals, 119 reptiles, ± 506 bird, 55 amphibians and ± 1980 plant species. Dinner will be a traditional “braai” - barbeque prepared by your guide. Overnight in the KNP. Accommodation: Punda Maria Camp *** Includes: (B), (D).
Day 8: Still in the far northern reaches of the KNP, we do a guided tour on foot with the parks ranger to the Thulamela Ruins, former seat of wicked King Ingwe and beautiful Queen Losha, visit Crook’s Corner on the border between South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Dinner will be a traditional “potjie” - stew prepared by your guide - good luck. Overnight in the park. Accommodation: Punda Maria Camp *** Includes: (B), (D).
Optional activities: Enjoy a sunset or evening game drive in an open vehicle with a park ranger.
Day 9: Depart from the park via Punda Maria Gate. Travel to Tzaneen, visit Modjadji Cycad Forest Reserve, see the oldest and largest baobab tree in the world - with a pub inside its trunk!!, and visit Sapeco Tea Estate, lunch on the estate at the Pekoe View Tea Garden. Overnight in the beautiful Magoebaskloof Valley. Accommodation: Magoebaskloof Hotel *** Includes: (B).
Day 10: Travel to Warmbaths (Bela Bela) via Pietersburg (Polokwane), on route visit “Elephant Back Safaris” for an elephant interaction with these amazing creatures - optional elephant back ride, and then we visit Bakone Malapa, a Northern Sotho living museum. Overnight near Warmbaths (Bela Bela). Accommodation: Protea Hotel Shangri-la *** Includes: (B), (D).
Day 11: Drive back to Johannesburg the commercial hub of South Africa. Township tour of Soweto, visit the very moving Hector Pieterson Museum and Nelson Mandela’s House - reflect on the “Apartheid” era of South Africa’s history. Last minute shopping before your departure. Accommodation. Includes: (B).
Recommended - Cape Town Add-on Tour: Travel to Johannesburg, catch your flight to Cape Town. Your guide will meet you on arrival in Cape Town and transfer you to your hotel. Dinner can be enjoyed at one of the numerous excellent restaurants on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Accommodation: V & A City Lodge *** or President Hotel **** or Commodore Hotel ***** (-)
Day 12: Take a scenic drive around the Cape of Good Hope. Visit Hout Bay and the Cape Fur Seal colony on Duiker Island, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape Point and the Boulders - Penguins. Have lunch in Simonstown. Optional and weather permitting - we take the cableway up Table Mountain. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town. Accommodation: V & A City Lodge *** or President Hotel **** or Commodore Hotel ***** Includes: (B), (D).
Day 13: A day at leisure, where you can do the following optional activities - a city orientation tour of South Africa’s beautiful Mother City on the “hop-on hop-off bus” or visit a local township or visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 17 years or visit to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens or visit one of the numerous beautiful beaches around the Cape or for the energetic - take a hike up Table Mountain or for the brave - shark cage diving. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town. Accommodation: V & A City Lodge *** or President Hotel **** or Commodore Hotel ***** Includes: (B).
Day 14: Wine tasting and cellar tour at one of the wine estates along the Cape’s world-renowned Stellenbosch Wine Route, also spend some time in the picturesque towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Enjoy your farewell dinner at Vijff Vlieghen (Five Flies) Restaurant. Overnight in Cape Town. Accommodation: V & A City Lodge *** or President Hotel **** or Commodore Hotel ***** (B & D)
Day 15: Morning at leisure. There will be time for last minute shopping and lunch at the V & A Waterfront, weather permitting an optional helicopter flip over the Cape Peninsula. Transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your flight home. Accommodation. Includes: (B).
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