South Africa, which became a republic in 1961, is a middle-income, emerging market with an abundant supply of natural resources, such as gold, platinum, and diamonds. It has well-developed financial, legal, communications, energy, and transport sectors. As of January 2015, South Africa’s stock exchange is the 17th largest in the world and the largest in Africa by market capitalisation. Its currency is the rand (ZAR). South Africa has 11 official languages, including English, and three capitals: Pretoria (administrative), Bloemfontein (judicial), and Cape Town (legislative).

What’s included

• Meet and greet at airport
• Arrival and departure transfers
• 2 nights in Johannesburg at Garden Court Morningside or similar
• 1 night in Sabie at Mount Sheba or similar
• 1 night in Hoedspruit at Timbavati Safari Lodge or similar
• 2 nights in White River at Stille Woning or similar
• 17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners
• Visit Apartheid Museum
• Lunch at a local shebeen in Soweto
• Visit Hector Petersen Museum
• Visit Nelson Mandela House
• Dinner at Carnivore Restaurant
• Visit Voortrekker Monument
• Visit Premier Diamond Mine
• Morning game drive in Ohrigstad
• Ride along Famous Panorama route
• Elephant Interaction
• Chimpanzee Interaction
• Full day game drive in Kruger National Park
• Traditional South African lunch
• Experience Ndebele culture
• English-speaking registered South African Tourism Board guide
• Porterage at airports and hotels
• Restaurant tips
• Transport in luxury coaches with air-conditioning


Duration: 7 days & 6 nights

Travel Style: Active / Animal Encounters

Minimum Passengers: 6
Based on double occupancy

Type of Service: Shared
Small group experience | All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Full itinerary
Please Note

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. On Day 1 of the tour you will be advised of any amendments.


Below is an example of the hotel we may use in this city. For the actual hotel your specific departure will be using, please check your voucher.


Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you will meet one of our representatives who will assist you in being transferred to your hotel. Check into your hotel and spend rest of the day at leisure.

| Overnight in Johannesburg
DAY 2 | Granada City Tour

Following breakfast, visit the Apartheid Museum. The museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story. A series of 22 individual exhibition areas takes the visitor throughout a dramatic emotional journey that tells a story of a state-sanctioned system based on racial discrimination and the struggle of the majority to overthrow this tyranny. 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.

Afterward, you will depart for Soweto. South of Johannesburg is Soweto, 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).Chez Alina is a multi-award winning restaurant based in Dobsonville Soweto, boasting its unique, authentic and homely environment in which guests enjoy their meals. Chez Alina is still a home, turned into a Restaurant and there is still a family living there consisting of 4 generations. Orientation tour will include a visit to – Hector Pietersen Museum: Hector Pietersen was among the first children shot by police during the 1976 Soweto uprising against the use of Afrikaans as sole medium in schools. The famous painting of his lifeless body, done by one of his friends, is an iconic image and resistance symbol. In the museum, there are videos and photos of the other 566 schoolchildren who died during the riots. – Mandela House: This is the house in which former President Nelson Mandela lived with his first two wives from 1946 to 1961, i.e. before his arrest. The house which is now a museum still has many of Mr. Mandela’s personal photographs and possessions Continue to Johannesburg. Enjoy dinner at 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.

| Overnight in Johannesburg
|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3 | Johannesburg – Pretoria – Sabie

Following breakfast, depart for Pretoria. Orientation tour will include a visit to Voortrekker Monument, created to commemorate the Great Trek by white pioneers, an essential monument to the Afrikaner history. You will also visit Church Square with its variety of architectural styles, drive past the Union Buildings, administrative headquarters of the South African government, with its beautiful gardens overlooking the city. Continue to the town of Cullinan. Visit Premier Diamond Mine (also known as the Cullinan Mine). The active diamond mine is particularly known for its discovery of the 3 106 carat Cullinan Diamond which were given to King Edward the VII of England on his 66th birthday and which was sent to England in normal package post! From Cullinan, you will continue to your hotel in Sabie.

| Overnight in Sabie
|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4 | Sabie – Panorama route – Hoedspuit

Breakfast at the lodge. Check out and visit the beautiful area of the Drakensberg Mountains, which is a South African geological wonder and which is known as the Panorama Route. Follow this scenic route as it winds its way along the Blyde River Canyon. Some of the views are the most beautiful from God’s Window’s (weather permitting), and the Three Rondavels, which are three huge rocks that appear in the form of Zulu huts some 700 m above the river. 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.

Continue to Bourke’s Luck Potholes, one of the most beautiful examples of rocks formed by the force of the water and stones. Lunch buffet style at the Blydepoort Restaurant or similar. Visit the Hoedspruit Environmental Species Centre, traveling distance about 1.5 hrs. The tour starts with an educational video after which clients are taken on a tour of the center focusing on the conservation of rare, vulnerable and endangered animals. Cheetah conservation is one of their core disciplines, as well as looking after baby rhinos whose mothers maybe have been killed by poachers for their horns. Continue to Hoedspruit to check-in to your hotel for overnight and dinner.

| Overnight in Hoedspruit
|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 | White River

Following breakfast, visit Elephant Whispers. Elephant Whispers is dedicated to securing the future of the African Elephant Activity. Continue to Nelspruit for an amazing experience and close encounter with the chimps of the famous Chimp Eden Sanctuary (Jane Goodall Institute). Lunch at the sanctuary 2 P.M. – Guided Chimpanzee Tour (tours are 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. Enjoy a traditional BBQ dinner at the lodge (minimum of 10 passengers required).

| Overnight in White River
|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6 | Kruger National Park

Early wakeup call for a full day game drive in the Kruger National Park. Gate opening time 6 A.M. and return at around 4:00 P.M. Packed breakfasts will be arranged with the lodge. Enter the Kruger National Park at the Numbi Gate; ride on open vehicle 4 x 4 safari vehicles and enjoy a game drive with a professional ranger. This reserve was created by former President Paul Kruger in 1898 as a sanctuary for animals, which currently comprise about 450 different birds, 106 different types of mammals, i.e. elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra, hippo’s, kudu, impala, and lion. The park is about 220 miles long and 37 miles wide, but there is every chance of seeing the Big 5 (lions, leopards, buffalo, rhinos, and elephants). Enjoy lunch at one of the picnic spots in the park. Afterwards, continue safari game drive in an open vehicle. At the end of the afternoon, exit the park and return to the lodge. Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner at the lodge.

| Overnight in Kruger National Park
|  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Following breakfast at the lodge, you will return to Johannesburg. Stop en route at the Corn & Cob country restaurant and enjoy an authentic South African home-cooked meal. 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. Local beadwork is available. Continue the journey to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport, arriving on time for your international flight home.

|  Breakfast
Garden Court Morningside

Featuring an outdoor pool with a courtyard, a fitness centre and Papachinos Continental Café, Garden Court Morningside Sandton is located just 1.2 miles from Nelson Mandela Square.

The air-conditioned rooms feature modern décor, free Wi-Fi and TV with satellite channels. The en suite bathrooms come with a bath and shower, as well as a hairdryer.

Guests at Garden Court Morningside Sandton can enjoy free use of the fitness centre and the swimming pool. The hotel also offers conference facilities, a 24-hour front desk and a complimentary shuttle to and from the Sandton Gautrain Station.

Sandton Convention Centre is only 1.9 miles away and Montecasino Gaming & Entertainment Complex is 8.1 miles away . OR Tambo International Airport is a 30-minute drive from the Hotel.

Mount Sheba a Forever Lodge

Mount Sheba, a Forever Lodge is located 30 minutes’ drive from the historical town of Pilgrim’s Rest. Surrounded by rain forest, the hotel offers a variety of leisure activities.

The thatched rooms are equipped with a flat-screen satellite TV, cosy fireplace, tea-and-coffee making facilities and a patio. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower.

Hackett’s Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch while dinner can be enjoyed at The Chandelier Restaurant, followed by drinks at the bar. Room service is available.

Activities offered at Mount Sheba Lodge include tennis, billiard, boule, crouquet, dart and outdoor chess. There is a swimming pool, hiking trails through the forest and trout fishing opportunities.

The hotel has a 24-hour front desk and offers conference facilities and a wedding venue.

Timbavati Safari Lodge

Located in Mbabat, Timbavati Safari Lodge offers accommodation in thatched chalets with colourful traditional African design like the huts of the Ndebele Tribe. Set 24-minutes’ drive from the Kruger National Park, this lodge has a swimming pool and a bar.Each chalet is fitted with a ceiling fan and mosquito net over each bed and the windows. Complete with a private verandah, the guest rooms come with a private bathroom with free toiletries and is fitted with a shower.

Guests can enjoy meals at the on-site restaurant, with special diet menus available on request. The property also offers packed lunches. Guests can enjoy a BBQ in the evenings or dine by the pool.

Timbavati Safari Lodge can arrange day trips to the Kruger National Park with a trained guide, as well as sunset drives and bush walks.

This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Mbabat! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.

Stille Woning

Set in a villa amid lush gardens with an outdoor pool, this boutique hotel is 18.6 miles from Kruger Park. It offers rooms with free WiFi.

All rooms are equipped with satellite flat-screen TV and electric fan. Each room also features a coffeemaker and a private bathroom with hairdryer. For guests’ comfort, Stille Woning offers room service.

After a day of nature exploration in the hotel’s surroundings, guests can relax with a drink or a book in pool garden. They can also prepare their own traditional braai on the garden grill.

Stille Woning is 6.8 miles from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and 13.7 miles from the city of Nelspruit. Free private parking is available on the hotel’s property.


Useful info about our trips

  • UPGRADED HOTELS AVAILABLE (for an additional fee)

  • All tours and entrance fees are included

  • All taxes are included and NO HIDDEN FEES

  • International Airfare is not included, but we can book it for you at very competitive rates

  • Alterations

    A transfer fee may be assessed for alterations to packages, itineraries/tours and suggested arrival/departure dates

  • Price are based on double occupancy

    Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. All prices are expressed in US dollars. Prices for vacation packages are subject to change without notice.

  • All travel documents are the responsibility of the passenger.

  • Travel insurance is highly recommended.

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