Group Size: 2 - 16 passengers
Departs: Weekly on Mondays
Discover this scenic region and marvel at breathtaking vistas such as the Blyde River Canyon, spend time with the ‘Big Five’ game viewing in the world famous Kruger National Park and Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, the oldest game reserve in South Africa. Enjoy cultural and historical experiences in Swaziland and Zululand, travelling through KwaZulu-Natal with its ancient game reserves and spectacular coastline.
Day 1 - Mpumalanga
Depart Johannesburg and travel to the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ – Mpumalanga – via the magnificent Panorama Route. The most spectacular stretch of the Panorama Route is the Blyde River Canyon. From many well-positioned vantage points one has a view of the 33 km long gorge, which starts at ‘Bourke’s Luck Potholes’ and ends at the ‘Three Rondavels’. Time and weather permitting, stop at God’s Window. Late this afternoon you will arrive at your hotel. Check in and freshen up before dinner. (D)
Perry’s Bridge Hollow, set in beautiful grounds, in a colonial-style Lifestyle Centre – Perry’s Bridge Trading Post. Just minutes from Kruger National Park and close to the Panorama Route, a dramatically scenic region home to highlights such as Blyde River Canyon, Pilgrim’s Rest, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes, makes this a convenient base from which to explore South Africa’s Kruger Lowveld region. Perry’s Bridge Hollow is a delightful stop-over or holiday destination with something of interest to suit every kind of traveller, both young and old. The 31 spacious rooms and 3 family suites offer relaxed, yet sophisticated accommodation in a beautiful indigenous garden setting. The colonial-styled custom furnished, air-conditioned rooms each feature satellite television, indoor and outdoor showers, minisafes, tea and coffee making facilities, minifridges and private patios with Lowveld vistas. Time spent at the swimming pool in this beautiful garden setting is bound to leave you feeling refreshed and revived.
Day 2 - Mpumalanga
Early this morning you will depart on an ope- vehicle safari through the Kruger National Park. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. At nearly 2 million hectares, the reserve is the flagship of South African National Parks and is home to an impressive number of flora and fauna. Return to your hotel in the afternoon and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. You will have the option to return to the Kruger National Park to absorb the tranquil beauty of an evening safari (at own expense). (BD)
Day 3 - Swaziland
After breakfast, travel to the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland. This tiny mountainous kingdom is filled with bygone African traditions and culture and offers beautiful scenery and attractions such as game reserves and art and craft outlets to name a few. Enjoy a showcase of the traditional Swazi culture followed by lunch at the Matsamo Cultural Village. Continue to the Ngwenya Glass Works to see master craftsmen create beautiful sculptures and artwork from molten glass. After spending some time at the Mbabane craft markets, arrive at your hotel located in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley. (BL)
In Swaziland, there is a verdant and green gorge which is home to a casino resort comprising a trio of hotels: the 5-star Royal Swazi Spa Hotel, the Ezulwini Sun Hotel and the Lugogo Sun Hotel. Set in the natural quiet Ezulwini Valley, this Resort welcomes guests from all corners of the world. The hotels are a minute’s drive apart from each other. The Standard Rooms provide an en-suite bathroom and shower, air-conditioning, tea andcoffee facilities, television, telephone and hairdryer.
Day 4 - KwaZulu-Natal
Enjoy a morning visit to the Swazi Candle Factory where each candle is made and finished by hand using the age-old technique ‘millefiore’. No two are the same and the range boasts an astonishing array of patterns, shapes and designs. Continue via Big Bend into KwaZulu-Natal. Arrive at your hotel in the afternoon, in time to embark on an afternoon scenic drive up the Ubombo Mountains, offering views over Lake Jozini. At the summit and as the setting sun transforms the sky into a tapestry of colours, stop for sundowners. The drive will be combined with a visit to a local and authentic Zulu homestead for a glimpse into Zulu life in today’s world. Return to the hotel for dinner on the terrace (weather permitting) or in the classically styled restaurant. (BD)
At the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain in Mkuze, Northern KwaZulu-Natal, lies the privately owned 4 star Ghost Mountain Inn – a perfect setting to experience the allure of Africa in stylish comfort. This intimate and beautiful hotel is the ideal location from which to explore the array of wildlife and coastal reserves in Maputaland and the Elephant Coast.
Day 6 - Durban
Continue the journey along the Elephant Coast of KwaZulu-Natal to St Lucia, located at the southern extremity of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park – a UNESO World Heritage site. Here you embark on an estuarine boat trip which provides an opportunity to view crocodiles, hippo and numerous bird species, including the elusive African kingfisher eagle, in their natural habitat. Continue to Durban, where east meets west; a city beneath which beats the pulse of Africa. Arrive during the afternoon at your hotel. (B)
A warm welcome awaits you at The Benjamin, located 5-minutes drive from Durban Beaches and in the heart of the vibrant entertainment strip in Florida Road. The hotel features gardens with an outdoor pool and a shaded terrace. There are 41 rooms, where no two rooms are the same! Most rooms open onto balconies and some onto the gardens. The Benjamin also offers free Wi-Fi.
Day 7 - End of Wildlife & Warriors Tour
This morning you will embark on a brief Durban City Tour where you will discover the cultural and historical contrasts of the city. The tour ends with drop-off at Durban International Airport. (B)
Dates and Pricing
- 21 Oct 17 - 31 Dec 17 $1,960 $2,330
- 01 Jan 18 - 31 Aug 18 $2,055 $2,430
- 01 Sep 18 - 31 Dec 18 $2,200 $2,610
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.