THE BIG FIVE DISCOVER SOUTH AFRICA
Day 1. You will be met at the airport by your guide if you are on a guided tour or collect your car rental from Europcar. Proceed through Johannesburg on an orientation tour and highlights and then travel through lovely Sandton to Pretoria. Our first visit is to the majestic Voortrekker monument for a guided tour and then on to Paul Kruger museum, the home of the past President of the old Transvaal republic at the turn of the 19th century and then on to the stately Union Buildings for a fantastic view over Pretoria. A lunch break will be made during the day. In the afternoon proceed to your cultural village outside Johannesburg at Lesedi. Here you will be greeted by the dancers and taken to the hall for a show on the Zulu king, Shaka. Then tour the village visiting each village of the different tribes ending with tribal dancing in the big hall. After this enjoy a traditional and Western dinner and overnight here.(D)
Day 2. Your guide will have breakfast with you and after breakfast start your journey on a luxury air-conditioned vehicle to Mpumalanga. The route is past Witbank and Middelburg and through the trout fishing capital where we stop for lunch. Continue to the famous Blyde River Canyon to visit the view site overlooking the Three Rondawels in the Drakensberg Mountains. See Mariepskop opposite the view site with radar equipment spotting aircraft from our eastern borders. Walk along the view site to see the beautiful Sybrandt Van Niekerk lake lying below in the valley. After this visit proceed to lovely Blyde resort where we overnight. (B,D)
Day 3. After breakfast the next visit is Bourkes Luck Potholes where gold was discovered in potholes in the swirling waters of the confluence of the Treur and Blyde Rivers. Visit Worlds View and Gods Window and on a clear day you can see as far as the Mozambique border. Pass through Graskop on the edge of the Escarpment. Proceed from here to Pilgrims Rest down in the valley of gold. You have time to walk through this quaint village. Visit Hazyview and stay at either Kruger Gate lodge 4 star or Forever White River Hotel 3 star.
Day 4. 05h30. Early this morning we depart to Kruger Park and enter at Numbi or Phabeni gates. You will have a packed breakfast with you to enjoy. This is “Big Five” territory with elephants, lions, buffalo, rhino and leopard. Besides these big five animals there is a huse variety of other game and bird and reptiles to be seen here, sometime in herds and sometimes grazing on their own. We board the open vehicle at the entrance and do game viewing for the day until 15h00 when we will join your guide again and do a short game drive in the closed vehicle on the way out of the reserve and returning to your hotel. Overnight (B,D)
Day 5. After a leisurely breakfast depart for Swaziland. Travel through beautiful scenery along rivers to Malalane and turn away to Jeppes Reef border post. Visit Matsamo cultural village for refreshments. After passport and immigration control on both SA and Swaziland side we travel through beautiful Swaziland into the Valley of the Kings and over mountains and through forests. Visit the glass factory to see how they make beautiful articles. Enjoy some refreshments here. Depart and travel into the mountains to Foresters Arms. Relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Overnight (B,D)
Day 6. After breakfast we visit the crafts market and also the candle-making factory. These candles are made in a very distinctive manner. Lunch can be enjoyed here. Travel through Swaziland past Big Bend and exit at the border at Golela. Travel to Mkuze or Hluhluwe and overnight at Dumuzulu Lodge 3 star or Ghost Mountain Inn 4 star. Enjoy dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Day 7. 06h00. Visit Hluhluwe for a 3 hour game drive in open game drive vehicles. After this visit to Hluhluwe game reserve travel along the Dolphin coast to St Lucia. Join a cruise on the lake (Subject to enough water) where you will see hippos and other animals along the banks of the river and perhaps crocodiles as well. Before we leave St Lucia enjoy some refreshments. Depart along the coast again through sugar-cane fields down south to the holiday city of Durban. We will do an orientation tour of the city and then check into the Tropicana hotel 3 star or Protea Edward 4 star. Your guide will leave you on this day. Overnight (B.D)
Day 8. Enjoy breakfast and you are at leIsure until Mozzie Cabs will collect you for a transfer to the airport. You may want to visit U’Shaka Marine World today or enjoy the beach.