South Africa: A Safari Dream
Our Itineraries are provided as a preview of what to expect on our tours. Please, note, that itineraries are subject to change.
Upon your arrival in Johannesburg, you will be met by our representative that will transfer you to your hotel for check-in.
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart and enjoy the view of the Drakensberg mountains in the distance; weather permitting, stop at God’s Window just outside Graskop for a panoramic view across the valley, and on a clear day one can see as far as the Mozambique border. Continue to visit Pilgrim’s Rest. This small village has been renovated in the style of the gold rush around 1870 when pioneers tried to find their fortunes in gold. Before departing the area, attend a demonstration as to how gold was panned for in the old days and then have a look around the various shops and crafts on display in Pilgrim’s Rest. Enjoy lunch en route with Gumboot dancers during meal. The gumboot dance is an African dance that is performed by dancers wearing Wellington Boots. The boots may be embellished with bells, so that they ring as the dancers stamp on the ground. The dance was conceived by black miners in South Africa as an alternative to drumming – which was restricted by the authorities. It is also thought that the workers used the gumboots to relay messages to each other that they did not want their bosses to overhear. Continue towards Bourke’s Luck Potholes where paths and footbridges take visitors to view the 900 metre deep holes of cylindrical forms formed by fluvial erosion and floods. The Blyde River Canyon, with its spectacular gorge, is 26 kms long and the 3 Rondavels are rocky massifs which look like traditional Zulu huts. Continue to White River to check in to your hotel and enjoy buffet dinner at the lodge.
Early breakfast before continuing your transfer to Kruger National Park for a game drive in open 4x4 vehicle. This natural area was created by former President Paul Kruger in 1898. It is about 340 km long, and 60 km in diameter. The park is one of the most populated reserves in Africa. Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, sighting the Big Five has become something of a quest for many people when on safari, and the Kruger National Park has more than its fair share of these, with an estimated 1,500 lion, 12,000 elephant, 2,500 buffalo, 1,000 leopards and 5,000 rhino (black and white). It should however, certainly not be a pre-requisite of a safari to see these or even a priority, as there are plenty of other fascinating animals and birds in the African bush. Approximately 145 mammal species occur in the park. It is possible to see all the classical African big game, which includes elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard, as well as hippos, giraffes, zebras, warthogs and many antelope species, cheetahs, wild dogs and spotted hyenas. There are also many smaller enticing mammals. Enjoy lunch at one of the picnic spots in the park. In the late afternoon - exit the park and return to the lodge. Enjoy dinner at the lodge.
Follow breakfast, your morning is at leisure. Lunch is on your own (not included). Continue to Nelspruit for an amazing experience and close encounter with the chimps of the famous Chimp Eden Sanctuary, otherwise known as the Jane Goodall Institute. Afterwards, enjoy a guided Chimpanzee tour (please note that this excursion is weather dependent). Your guide will talk about chimpanzees, the sanctuary and introduce the individual chimps and their stories from the safety of the viewing points. In the late afternoon, return to your hotel for overnight and dinner.
After breakfast, depart by road entering the King of Swaziland, an independent country, ruled by H.M. King Mswati III, crowned in April 1986. Swaziland has maintained its cultural traditions and although English is widely spoken, the dominant language is Siswati. Many of its local inhabitants still consult with an “Inyanga”, a witch doctor, to ward away evil spirits, or with a “Sangoma”, who is mostly consulted for health reasons. Pass through customs at the Jeppe’s Reef border post. Continue to the Hlane Royal National Park. The park has a high concentration of rhino which makes it one of the more interesting reserves in Swaziland. Depart for a 4x4 game drive in search of the white rhino. Enjoy lunch on the reserve. Meet with Princess Nkhosikati, the chief woman of her village. The money raised by this activity is largely intended for the operation of the orphanage created by the princess. Afterwards, return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Following breakfast, depart for an early morning walking safari in the Mlilwane Nature Reserve, this reserve is a protected sanctuary surrounded by majestic mountains and savannah grasslands. Continue to visit the main centres of interest and crafts. Stop at the Swazi market, ideal to find wooden sculptures, weavings and Swazi basketry. Lunch. Cross the border back to South Africa and continue to Nelspruit. Enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Enjoy your breakfast at your hotel. Check out and return to Johannesburg. Stop en route at the Corn & Cob Country restaurant and enjoy authentic South African home cooked meals. Relax in the lush gardens where ducks roam free and the polo ponies graze in the fields. During your stop, visit the Ndebele Village. Ndebele women give a cultural show on the Ndebele traditions and guests can also try local beer and mopane worms. Continue to Johannesburg. Enjoy dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant. The Carnivore’s unique ‘all you can eat’ dining concept offers delectable game dishes (zebra, crocodile, kudu, etc.) to choose from and an extensive wine cellar (which features a superb selection of well-known wines to complement your meal), you’ll enjoy an unforgettable dining experience.
Enjoy your breakfast at your hotel. Visit the Apartheid Museum. The museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20 th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story. The museum is a beacon of hope showing the world how South Africa is coming to terms with its oppressive past and working towards a future that all South Africans can call their own. Afterwards, you will head to Soweto which is South of Johannesburg, a city developed as a township for black people under the apartheid system. Soweto is inhabited by over two million people, with homes ranging from extravagant mansions to makeshift shacks. It boasts one of the largest hospitals on the continent and the only African-owned private clinic. Soweto was created in the 1930s, with Orlando being the first township established Enjoy lunch at a local shebeen (restaurant). Following lunch, head to an orientation tour will include a visit to the Hector Pieterson Museum and Mandela House. Continue the journey to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport, arriving on time for the international flight home. Please ensure departing flight is booked after 6:00 PM to complete day excursions.
• Arrival and departure transfers
• 1 night in Johannesburg at Garden Court Morningside Sandton or similar
• 3 nights in White River at Casterbridge Hollow or similar
• 1 night in Swaziland at Mountain Inn
• 1 night in Nelspruit in Premier Hotel the Winkler or similar
• 1 night in Johannesburg at Misty Hills Country Hotel or similar
• 19 meals : 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 6 dinners
• Visit Pilgrim’s Rest
• Gumboot Dancers Show
• Visit the Three Rondavels
• Game drive at Kruger National Park
• Guided Chimpanzee Tour (Weather dependent)
• Game drive at Hlane Royal National Park
• Walking safari in Mlilwane Nature Reserve
• Visit the Swazi Market
• Visit the Ndebele Village
• Visit the Apartheid Museum
• Visit Hector Pieterson Museum
• Visit the Mandela House
• All entrances and excursions included as mentioned in the program
• English-speaking South African Tourism Board registered
• Porterage at airports and hotels
• Restaurant tips
• Transport in luxury coaches with air-condition with driver and guide
• 15% VAT and 1% tourism levy on accommodation
• Any optional excursions
• Any beverages
• Gratuities for guides / chauffeur / specialist guides en route
• Personal expenses
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