Day 1, Sunday: Johannesburg
On arrival in Johannesburg, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation in one of this city's green suburbs. The economic heart of South Africa, Johannesburg has a wonderful energy, and is also one of the greenest - more trees have been planted here than anywhere else in the world. This evening, your group will all meet up with your guide for a welcome dinner. Overnight at Melrose Lodge (or similar). Inludes: (D).
Day 2, Monday: Mpumalanga
This morning after breakfast we head south for Soweto, heart of the struggle against apartheid. There is much history here, including the houses where Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu lived, as well as the monument to the Soweto uprisings of 1976. But there is also a very warm and friendly people, whom we will meet during a lunch stop at one of the local shebeens (pubs). From here, we head east, travelling via Nelspruit, before stopping for overnight in one of the towns near the escarpment, which will be revealed to us tomorrow. Overnight at the Windmill Wine Cottages (or similar). Includes: (B), (L).
Day 3, Tuesday: Kruger National Park
We set off this morning to discover the scenic splendor of this region. First stop is the little gold mining town of Pilgrim's Rest, discovered at the turn of the century during a short lived gold rush, and perfectly preserved, before we join the Panorama Route, taking in the strange rock formations at Bourke's Luck Potholes, the impressive Lisbon Falls, and the highlight - Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world. Dinner and overnight on the edge of the Kruger National Park at Needles Lodge (or similar). Includes: (B), (D).
Day 4, Wednesday: Kruger National Park. Starts early as you join your ranger in an open vehicle for your safari into the Kruger National Park. A full day here will allow you the opportunity to spot the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo) as well as a host of other animals in this huge wilderness. Return to your lodge for dinner and a chance to discuss today's sightings! Includes: (B), (D).
Day 5, Thursday: Kruger - Johannesburg. You have time this morning for a final optional early morning game drive into Kruger, before you depart for Johannesburg, a drive of approximately 5 hours. You will be dropped off at Johannesburg International Airport in the late afternoon (approximately 18:00). Includes: (B).
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