Day 1, Sunday: 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). Includes: (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 splendour 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: 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: Swaziland - Zululand. Depart after an early breakfast and enter the independent kingdom of Swaziland. With its green hills and indigenous forests, it is known as the Switzerland of Africa - and it is equally well known for its excellent markets where craft and curio sellers from all over Africa bring their goods for sale. You will have the opportunity to stop at one of these markets en route, before entering northern Zululand. Here we will check into our lodge for dinner and overnight. Overnight at White Elephant Bush Lodge (or similar). Includes: (B), (D).
Day 6, Friday: Zululand. The morning of day 6 you will embark on a boat cruise on one of Zululand's most scenic lakes, giving you the opportunity to spot hippos, crocodiles and fish eagles. Return to your lodge early this afternoon, with an optional activity available to you - either a game drive in open vehicle, or a walking safari, both accompanied by your expert ranger. This area is rich in elephant and rhinoceros as well as being one of the most pristine areas in South Africa. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 7, Saturday: Durban. We follow the sugar cane fields of KwaZulu Natal south after breakfast, arriving in Durban late this morning. We visit the impressive new Ushaka Marine World, one of the largest marine worlds in the Southern Hemisphere - particularly renowned for the large shark tank! Lunch is at the Marine Park. This afternoon is at leisure, with an opportunity to have a swim in the Indian Ocean. Overnight at Goble Palms Guest House (or similar). Includes: (B), (L).
Day 8, Sunday: Durban. On the morning of Day 8, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight arrangements, or extend your stay in Durban. Includes: (B).
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