20–day lodge safari from Johannesburg to the beautiful city of Cape Town. This safari has it all: Exciting wildlife, breath–taking scenery and insights into culture and history of South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland.
Panorama Route, game drives in Kruger National Park, Kingdom of Swaziland (Eswatini), St Lucia boat cruise and game drive in Hluhluwe National Park, walking in the Drakensberg Mountains, Lesotho 4x4 Route, Garden Route, Cango Caves and Cape Town
Various days of week
2020 Departures 17* Feb; 11** Mar; 6* Apr; 15#, 18* & 21F May; 26** Jun; 19*, & 23F Jul; 1, 10* & 12 Aug; 2, & 21* Sep; 1, 5*/**, 21**, & 28 Oct; 2*, 16* & 18 Nov & 16**, & 22 Dec. *German departure; **Guaranteed departure – No Minimum Group Size; F – french guided departure
|Group size||Min: 4/ Max: 14|
|Minimum Age||12 years|
|Day 1 Safari Club Johannesburg
Day 2 Graskop Hotel
Day 3&4 Berg–en–dal Main Camp Kruger
Day 5&6 Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Day 7&8 Ezulwini Game Lodge
Day 9&10 The Cavern Resort Drakensburg
Day 11&12 Malealea Lodge Swaziland
Day 13 Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor,Cradock
Day 14 Addo Elephant Camp
Day 15&16 Tsitsikamma Village Storms River
Day 17 Mooiplas Guesthouse Oudtshoorn
Day 18&19 Townhouse Hotel Cape Town
Day 20 End of tour – Cape Town
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On arrival in Johannesburg, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation and early evening meet the guide and the rest of the group.
Leaving the city, we head east to a landscape characterised by panoramic passes and valleys, mountains and rivers, waterfalls and forests. We spend the night in the town of Graskop, a small forestry town situated on the Drakensberg Escarpment at the start of the Panorama route and the gateway to the Kruger National Park.
A scenic drive along the Panorama Route, arguably one of the most beautiful destinations in South Africa and a spectacular stretch is Blyde River Canyon, filled with lush vegetation and wildlife continuing onward to Bourke’s Luck Potholes to view these spectacular rock formations, formed eons ago by erosion. We continue to Kruger National Park, our base for two nights inside the park where we enjoy game drives to search for some of the many game found here including the Big 5.
Today takes us across the border into the mountainous kingdom of Swaziland, led by King Mswati III, and one of 3 monarchies in Africa. Find out about the traditions and discover the culture of which the Swazis are so proud where we visit the Chiefs Homestead along with inter–active experience to grind maize, or join the kids in singing/dancing and try local food. We spend two nights in the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, part of Big Game Parks, Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area situated in the “Valley of Heaven”. Join a guided walk in the afternoon and watch out for game and the abundant bird life.
We re–enter South Africa and make our way to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s first World Heritage Site and join a boat cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary, getting up close to the hippos and crocodiles that inhabit the lake. The following day we explore the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, on a game drive in our vehicle. Hluhluwe–Imfolozi is the oldest game reserve in Africa and is a safe haven to both the endangered black and white rhino.
Today we head to a private reserve in 3000ha of private mountain reserve, adjacent to the Royal Natal National Park – part of another World Heritage Site, namely the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. The main features of the park are the Drakensberg Amphitheatre, a rock wall 5km long by up to 1200m high, Mont–Aux–Sources peak where the Orange and Tugela Rivers have their source, and the 947m Tugela Falls, the world’s second highest waterfall and we enjoy this scenic area on guided walks.
Today takes us to the Kingdom of Lesotho, the southern–most landlocked country in the world, rich in natural beauty, flora, fauna and cultural heritage. Malealea is situated in a remote part of Western Lesotho that is breath–taking in its beauty and to experience traditional Basotho life, a nation with solid traditions, beliefs and customs. Lesotho is famous for its pony trekking and the next day we take a ride, as these sturdy and sure–footed animals traverse the trails.
Onward to the historical Karoo town of Cradock, founded in 1814 as a frontier stronghold, the town is an important agricultural centre and for its natural sulphur spring with some beautiful buildings.
A benchmark conservation success, Addo Elephant National Park offers a unique wildlife area, famous for the Addo elephants and the remaining population of the flightless dung beetle. We game drive in search of elephant, black rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard and the evening at the floodlit waterhole allowing us to watch the nocturnal animals.
Our journey takes us to a region of startling beauty along South Africa’s Southern coastline, known as the Garden Route and Storms River area, we take a leisurely hike along one of the short trails, which allow you to explore the coastal bush and rocky shoreline and time to explore the surrounding area.
After visiting ‘The Heads’ in Knysna, we travel over the Outeniqua Mountains into the Little Karoo to the town of Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the Karoo. Nearby are the famous Cango Caves, with their impressive ancient stalagmites and stalactites which we explore.
En–route to Cape Town, we visit the pretty University town of Stellenbosch, for wine tasting and a cellar tour. Our final nights are spent in Cape Town we get to explore the many attractions the ‘Mother City’ has to offer, on our Cape Point tour and time to enjoy the many options on offer .
Spend the final day at leisure, maybe take the cable car up Table Mountain (own expense) and enjoy one last view of the Cape of Good Hope before transferred to the airport if time allows for this – further nights in this wonderful city can be added .edit me