Day 1: The Kingdom of the Zulu’s (Sunday). We leave the city of Durban and head up the coast towards the magical heart of the Zulu Kingdom. Our first stop is an authentic cultural village, where dancers perform an ancient dance to the beating of African drums. Sample traditionally brewed Zulu beer and watch woman craft clay pots and intricate Zulu beadwork. After a hearty lunch, we proceed to the village of St Lucia checking in at your hotel. Accommodation: Protea Hotel St Lucia or similar. Includes: (L).
Day 2: The Kingdom of Swaziland (Monday). The day begins with a motor launch cruise on magnificent Lake St Lucia, a World Heritage Site and home to hippos, crocodiles and several hundred bird species. We leave the soothing wilderness and head for the Kingdom of Swaziland, via northern Zululand, a landscape dotted with traditional Zulu homesteads. Inside Swazi-land, we visit the Swazi Candle Factory, its shelves packed with ethnic candles of every hue, size and shape imaginable. We arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon. Accommodation: Lugogo Sun or similar. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Kruger National Park (Tuesday). We visit the famous Ngwenya Glass Factory, to watch craftsmen fashion delightful animals and functional art from molten glass, then we continue on to Kruger National Park. We enter through the southern-most gate and head north through the vast reserve, reaching our rest camp in time for a traditional sundowner (own account) in the African bushveld. Accommodation: Kruger - Rest Camp or similar. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 4: Kruger National Park (Wednesday). Set off before breakfast in open safari vehicles on a full day safari in search of lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard, and all manner of wondrous wildlife, birds and plant species. Savour the magic of this enormous wilderness. Accommodation: Kruger - Rest Camp or similar. Includes: (B).
Day 5: The Lowveld and Panorama Route (Thursday). The day’s highlights include Pilgrim’s Rest, the old mining village where gold was first discovered, the glorious God’s Window, a boundless view of forested mountains and fertile plains, and a visit to the spectacular Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa. Accommodation: Royal Hotel or similar. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 6: Pretoria and Johannesburg (Friday). We leave Mpumalanga rising several hundred feet into the Highveld en route to Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city. After lunch, we proceed on a tour of our Capital, tracing South Africa’s extraordinary history with visits to Kruger Museum and the Voortrekker Monument. Arrive in Johannesburg in the late afternoon. Drop off at the airport or a central Sandton hotel. Includes: (B), (L).
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