Day 1: Magaliesburg. Arrive Johannesburg International Airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Magaliesburg - Pretoria. Relax after your international flight and late afternoon we meet for a Tour Briefing and social gathering before dinner. Dinner and overnight in Magaliesburg. Includes: (D).
Day 2: Magaliesburg. Today we will meet with Zulu High Sanusi - Credo Mutwa, spiritual leader of the Zulu people and author of Indaba My Children, Esilwane, Song of the Stars and many other books and articles on African Culture. Credo Mutwa is the world renowned for his wisdom of the indigenous peoples of the earth, Credo is the Guardian of the ancient African Knowledge - Umlando, a tradition of oral history, fiercely guarded through the ages, which remains intact within an elite band of initiates. To follow his shamanic calling was the first agonising decision of his life, a spiritual route he had resisted on pain of death.
Following the tragic death of his first born son and intended successor in the secret traditions, the inhuman / insane treatment of fellow men during the apartheid era, and the constant urging of his spiritual guide - Amarava, came the second most agonizing decision of his life - to break the sacred oath of silence he had taken on becoming a Sanusi. His first book, Indaba My Children, written so that modern European and African consciousness alike might eventually gain an understanding of old Africa's heritage and its inherent wisdom, resulted in his being outcast by the shamanic priests themselves and branded a traitor by his own people for revealing Africa's secrets to the white oppressor.
As Guardian of Umlando, he was also entrusted with the Custodianship of some of the holiest artifacts on the African Continent, many of which he displays and explains their import. This extraordinary man, Africa's greatest Lion Shaman, is a prophet, artist, sculptor, astrologer, teacher, healer, author and a wonderful storyteller. Our close personal association with Credo allows us the unique opportunity and privilege to spend real quality time with him and his chief Sangoma / Healer - Virginia at their home.
Day 3: Badplaas Mpumalanga. Early departure after breakfast for the approx. 4 hour journey by road to visit the Giant Footprint and Healing Stone. Giant Footprint - Originally shown to us by Credo Mutwa, this ancient sacred site is hidden away, well off the beaten track and known to very few. Held sacred by the ancient African tribes people of Swaziland and Mpumalanga the site is reputed to be some 900 million years old and depicts a perfect footprint of, according to Umlando, The Heavenly Princess.
Situated alongside the Footprint is a huge round Healing Stone and we will share stories of the past as we attune to the wonderful feminine energy of this secret and secluded site. We will continue on to Badplaas, where we will check into our hotel in time to enjoy a plunge in the mineral healing waters before dinner. Overnight at Badplaas Spa Hotel. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 4: Boondocks Nature Reserve. A leisurely breakfast and optional time in the healing Spa waters before we depart via the Gold Mining town of Barberton en route to Boondocks. Boondocks is a beautiful Lodge is set atop a hill, in a tranquil botanical reserve - designated a National Heritage Site - overlooking pristine bush-lands and home to many species of wildlife. Boondocks offers, seclusion, stunning scenery and a magnificent labyrinth, styled on the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth and set among huge trees alongside a meandering river. Being situated on the sacred Nilotic Meridian, our time spent in the labyrinth, offers a truly powerful experience.
Owners Stuart and Ann left the U.K. where they lived at Findhorn for some time, to follow their dream to live in South Africa. They certainly have created a wonderful space. This evening we enjoy a sumptuous home cooked dinner at our luxury lodge. Overnight at Boondocks. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 5: Boondocks Nature Reserve. Kaapsehoep Stone Circle - after breakfast we set off to explore the nearby stone circle site known as Kaapsehoep and take a picnic lunch to be enjoyed in the wide, open space of this sacred valley. Aids Orphanage - we will visit a local Aids Orphanage and spend some time communing with the children - they do love to sing and dance. This evening before dinner, those wishing to walk the labyrinth again are welcome to do so. Dinner and overnight at Boondocks. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 6: Kruger National Park. After breakfast we set off for the world famous Kruger National Park where we will pay our respects to the animal kingdom and enjoy a three-day wildlife adventure. We will stop at Malelane to stock up with fruit and drinks etc. as we will be situated in a private Bush Camp area for the first 2 nights. Game viewing commences upon entering the reserve right up until we enter our Camp at Biyamiti in the southern section of the park.
Kruger National Park - of the many sacred places that we have been shown by our friend Credo Mutwa, the pristine Kruger National Park ranks high on the list. This may be due to its position above. Our accommodation is in excellent chalets in a small bushveld camp where we can dine together under the stars and listen to the sounds of Africa's nocturnal creatures. Dinner and overnight in Biyamiti Bushveld Camp. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 7: Kruger National Park. We rise early for a morning of Game viewing in the Kruger National Park in search of the Big Five of Africa and many other species of mammals, reptiles and birds. A stop for breakfast will be incorporated into the drive and on or return to camp we relax during the heat of the day. This evening we go on a night drive with the Camp Game Ranger, in an open topped vehicle, to view the nocturnal creatures of the park and, if we are really lucky, spot a leopard (no pun intended). Dinner and overnight in Biyamiti Bushveld Camp. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 8: Kruger National Park. We check out early from Biyamiti Camp and drive northward through the Park, enjoying more Game Viewing, en route to Satara Camp in the Central section of Kruger. Our leisurely day of enjoying Africa's wildlife will be interspersed with a stop for breakfast, lunch and various rest breaks. On arrival at Satara we will check into our Rondawels and freshen up before dinner. Dinner and overnight at Satara Camp. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 9: Blyde River Canyon Mpumalanga. Today we check out after breakfast and exit Kruger National Park en route to our Lodge at the base of the magnificent Blyde River Canyon. Our lodge is situated at the foot of the Drakensburg range and close to the sacred mountain whose African name translates as "God Is Here". Moholoholo Forest Lodge - accommodation is in comfortable reeded and log cabins in a small wildlife reserve nestled at the foot of the canyon in a cool forest environment. Moholoholo animal rehabilitation center is adjacent our reserve and we will visit during our stay to witness the wonderful conservation work being done by Brian and his team of dedicated helpers.
Homely meals served on the verandah at the main lodge under a canopy of trees make mealtimes an eagerly awaited occurrence and the peaceful ambience of Moholoholo is ideal for reflection of the import of our personal journey. This evening we share our experiences (optional) and relax in the 'Valley of Joy'. Dinner and overnight at Moholoholo Forest Lodge. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 10: Blyde River Canyon Mpumalanga. We are ideally positioned to visit the famous White Lions of the Timbavati and hopefully meet up with our friend Linda Tucker, who has taken on the mantle of custodian, protector and champion of the cause for their survival and well being on earth. Timbavati was the birthplace and home to the legendary white lions, recognized by African shamans as Star Beasts and Enlightenment Bearers. In her magnificent book Mystery of the White Lions, Linda Tucker eloquently presents them as such and illustrates how this guardian of mankind is an agent of the light: Lion of God, which brings a vital message for us at this critical time - to change our consciousness from a fear based existence to one of love and respect for all living things.
First appearing at Timbavati, on the Nilotic Meridian - also known by the ancient Egyptian Priests as Zep Tepi - Line of First Time, these sacred animals were originally hunted out of their natural existence and are now being bred for the despicable purpose of canned lion hunting. We will visit the white lions in Timbavati and share in Linda's vision for the future of these kings of the animal kingdom. Dinner and overnight at Blyde River Lodge / Moholoholo. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 11: Blyde River Canyon Mpumalanga. Today will be a day of relaxation and downtime to reflect on and process the impressions gained during the tour. An optional outing on the nearby Blyde River, where hippo's and crocodile can be seen is available to those interested. Dinner and overnight at Blyde River Lodge/ Moholoholo. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 12: Blyde River Canyon Mpumalanga. Check out after breakfast and we drive up the escarpment via the picturesque Abel Erasmus Pass to the spectacular 3 Rondavels, an ancient sacred site of the indigenous people of South Africa. Three Rondawels - like many of the true power places on earth this site attracts many visitors because of its spectacular beauty and feelings of awe that it inspires. We will have a group attunement at an ancient rock altar site, used for centuries by indigenous African tribes in their various ceremonies. This afternoon we check into our next accommodation - in comfortable chalets overlooking the Canyon and power vortex. Dinner and overnight at Aventura Blydepoort. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 13: Blyde River Canyon Mpumalanga. Minimal traveling today, yet we shall visit two sacred sites and also see some of the finest scenery that South Africa has to offer as we visit the Potholes, Graskop and the stunning views from God's window. Sacred Potholes - known locally as Bourkes Luck Potholes, as a result of a gold strike by a miner called Bourke, this is a sacred place of water energy and the convergence of the Treur River (River of Sorrow) and the Blyde River (River of Joy). Like dreamtime flutes these huge potholes have been scoured out of the rock and carry the energy deep into the earth to connect with the great subterranean river - Lulungwa Mangakatsi. We shall spend time enjoying the feel and vibrancy of the water as it splashes and gurgles over the rocky riverbed before tumbling down into the potholes below. Then it is time for some souvenir shopping in the quaint frontier town of Graskop and we suggest you try the local pancake delicacy for lunch.
God's Window and the Rain Forest - after Graskop we visit God's Window. Situated high atop the escarpment, God's Window has magnificent, uninterrupted views eastward across the lowveld, Kruger National Park far below and clear into Mozambique on the horizon. It is a spectacular site and has been held sacred by indigenous African Tribes for centuries. We will spend meditative time in the Rain Forest, where the cool mists of the clouds caress and nourish the unique vegetation and invites one to enter into communion with nature. We return to our lodge late afternoon to rest and freshen up before dinner. Dinner and overnight at Aventura Blydepoort. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 14: Blyde River Canyon - Dullstroom. After breakfast we check out and travel via the forestry town of Sabie and through the scenic Long Tom Pass to Lydenberg and on to Dullstroom where we will spend our last overnight at the elegant Dunkeld Hotel on a country estate just 3 kilometers from the picturesque town of Dullstroom. Nomkumbulwana's Stones - en route to Dullstroom today we visit the sacred site known in Umlando as Nomkumbulwana's Stones. This strange and mysterious place, high on the escarpment, has hundreds of standing stones said to be laid out to align with the star pattern of a galaxy long ago. Its power is tangible. This evening we have a final celebratory dinner in Dullstroom. Overnight at Hotel Dunkeld in Dullstroom. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 15: Dullstroom - Johannesburg. We check out after breakfast and a group closure to celebrate and honor the time spent with each other on this momentous journey and drive to Johannesburg International Airport for the return flight home. Depart South Africa.
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