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This Adventure takes you through the beauty of the Northern Drakensberg via Blyderiver Canyoun, it includes an exhilarating Safari in Kruger National Park, view the best of Swaziland and visit the World heritage Site of St Lucia ending in Durban

This tour can also start in Durban and end in Johannesburg.

Confirmed Departure Dates individuals can join:

31 December 2018
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7 Days
South Africa
Information is subject to change. Travel times and
accommodation can change depending on road or weather
conditions, etc. These are used as a guideline only.
Accommodation is hosted by 3 star graded properties

Itineraries

Day 1

Johannersburg - Blyde River Canyon

We depart from Pretoria / Johannesburg early morn ing travelling via the scenic route towards the Lowveld. We visit Bourke Luck Potholes and enjoy the breath taking views of Blyde River Canyon, the 3rd largest Canyon in the world. Overnight @ Forever Resort Blyde River Canyon The Panorama route in Mpumalanga follows the edge of The Panorama route Blyde River Canyon, and includes some breath taking views of the Three Rondavels and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world, and got its name in 1840 (‘blyde’ meaning ‘joyful’) from the Voortrekkers who passed through on their way to Lorenzo Marques (now Mozambique). It is one of the most spectacular canyons in Africa and its cliffs rise between 600m - 800m from the riverbed. Possibly the best view in the whole of the Blyde River Canyon is of the "Three Rondavels - three huge rock spirals rising out of the far wall of the canyon. Their tops appear to have a hut - like rounded roof. They are named after the Swazi Chief Maripi’s wives - from the lowest to the highest, they are Magabolle, Mogoladikwe and Maserote. Where the Blyde River and the Treur River meet, water erosion has formed one of the most remarkable geological phenomena in the country, known as ‘Bourke’s Luck Potholes’. Over thousands of years, surreal cylindrical rock sculptures created by whirling water have formed a series of dark pools which contrast artfully with the streaked white and yellow lichen covered rocks. Following the road and the Treur River south, there are further viewpoints; Wonder View and God’s Window. Highlights Included: Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Gods Window Accommodation: Accommodated: Forever Resort Blyde River Canyon Chalet – twin rooms If you are booked on the camping version – you will camp this night and your guide will prepare dinner around the camp fire If you book the accommodated option dinner will be for own account – guide will assist. Meals included: None

Day 2

Kruger National Park - South Africa

Our days starts early morning with coffee and rusks as we watch the sunrise over the canyon - followed by a leisure hike down the Blyde River Canyon to the waterfall, a great way to start the day while the air is still crisp and the sunrise provides us with wonderful pictures. We return to camp / lodge for a well -deserved hearty breakfast. After breakfast we leave the canyon area and drive to the Village of Hazyview, we will overnight in one of the Kruger National Park Rest camps or if these are unavailable then in one of the many lodges in the Hazyview area. We arrive at our accommodation in time for our first sunset safari experience on an open safari jeep searching for the animals in Kruger National Park. Highlights Included: Hike in Blyde River Canyon, Bourkes Luck & Gods Window Accommodation: Kruger Park or Lodge in Hazyview (Twin Rooms) If you are booked on the camping version – you will camp this night and your guide will prepare dinner around the camp fire If you book the accommodated option dinner will be for own account – guide will assist. Meals included: Breakfast Optional Activities: Sunset Game Drive with Kruger Park Ranger

Day 3

Kruger National Park - South Africa

Rising early this morning we enter the Kruger National Park to enjoy a full day of game viewing. The abundance of wildlife presents us with opportunities for excellent sightings and the Kruger is also home to the famed members of Africa’s Big-5. Truly the flagship of the South African National Parks. Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Our activity package offers the added excitement of experiencing the park from an open sided 4x4 vehicle. Highlights Included: Full day game drive in Kruger National Park in an open 4 x 4 safari vehicle Accommodation: Kruger Park Restcamp or Lodge in Hazyview (Twin Rooms) If you are booked on the camping version – you will camp this night and your guide will prepare dinner around the camp fire If you book the accommodated option dinner will be for own account – guide will assist Meals included: Packed Breakfast as we have a very early departure Optional Activities: Sunset drive with park ranger

Day 4 and 5

Kingdom of Swaziland (-Eswatini)

Yet another early morning coffee before we set off to the south of Kruger Park where we exit the park and head for Swaziland. We have a border control point so keep your passports handy for more stamps and a friendly smile at the border officials. We will visit a Glass & Candle factory as well as experience a Cultural Village with ample time to explore the markets. We overnight @ Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in traditional Swazi beehives. The sanctuary is filled with free roaming animals and offer guests the opportunity to go on mountain bike safaris, do some horseback safaris or simply just go for an amazing hike. Highlights Included: Swazi Glass factory, Mantenga Cultural Village & Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Accommodation: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (Beehive huts) If you are booked on the camping version – you will stay in a hostel tonight and your guide will prepare dinner around the camp fire for 1 night and Restaurant at own account for 1 night If you book the accommodated option dinner will be for own account – guide will assist. Meals included: Breakfasts Optional Activities: Morning Kruger Park Drive or Bush Walk Swaziland : Mountain bike trail, horse trail, village walk, nature walk, guided birding walk.

Day 6

Swaziland – St Lucia, South Africa

This morning after breakfast we leave this amazing country behind us and cross the border re-entering South Africa into KwaZulu - Natal province as we head south to the small coastal town of St Lucia. Recently renamed the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, this sub - tropical paradise covers about 240,000 hectares and is the largest estuarine system in Africa. The park includes the southern most extension of coral reefs on the continent, and covers 220km of the East Coast from St Lucia to the Mozambique border. iSimangaliso encompasses a huge range of natural systems, ranging from dune, swamp and coastal forests to rocky and sandy shores, coral reefs and submarine canyons, and a mosaic of mangroves, savannah grassland, thickets and woodlands. It is the largest protected wetland in southern Africa, with large numbers of nesting turtles on the beaches as well as the migration of whales, dolphins and whale - sharks off shore; and huge numbers of waterfowl including large breeding colonies of pelicans, storks, herons and terns. The park’s unique climate and position has resulted in exceptional biodiversity including some 521 bird species. Later in the afternoon we board a boat to view the crocodiles, hippos and the amazing bird life of this World Heritage site. Tonight you have a free night to explore the village on foot with a wide selection for restaurants to choose from for dinner. Highlights Included: St Lucia Isimangaliso Wetland Park Accommodation: Twin bedded chalets with en - suite bathrooms If you are booked on the camping version – you will stay in a hostel tonight dinner will be for own account – guide will assist If you book the accommodated option dinner will be for own account – guide will assist Meals included: Breakfast Optional Activities: Whale watching, deep sea fishing, game drives in Hluhluwe.

Day 7

St Lucia – Durban

This morning after breakfast we hug the lush KwaZulu-Natal coast line en route to Durban, watching the sugar cane fields do their own version of the Mexican wave at the urging of the wind. Durban has long been the favourite holiday destination for South Africans, the golden mile with its warm seas and safe swimming beaches attracts visitors throughout the year. Although your tour ends upon arrival in Durban, this afternoon we have time to spend on the beaches of the golden mile or make an optional visit to the world - class aquarium complex at Ushaka Marine World
All ground transportation, services of experienced qualified driver/guide, included highlights, meals as specified on itinerary, entrance fees & accommodation per itinerary

R 1950 activity package payable to guide on the morning of departure

Travel insurance, flights, items of a personal nature, drinks & optional activities as indicated.
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  • Pricing Name Campinf
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    Group (Min-Max) 2 - 20 Pax
    Price R12,500.00 /Adult
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    Group (Min-Max) 2 - 20 Pax
    Price R18,500.00 /Adult

Camping - we provide tents, mattresses and all other camping equipment – you can even hire
bedding from us at R 100 for a set for the whole tour

Accommodated: Twin bedded room with bathroom

Small Group

This tour is available as a fully accommodated tour or a mixture of camping and accommodated.

Fully accommodated clients will be booked into en- suite twin rooms.

Clients who choose a combination of camping and accommodated will do 7 nights camping and 2 nights accommodated in twin rooms

South Africa, Swaziland

As per itinerary, breakfasts are included, some dinners as mentioned and lunches are for own cost.

Malaria is low risk but we do recommend prevention tablets.

Pickup is from any hotel or guesthouse in the Johannesburg / Pretoria area.

05h00 to 0h700

Late afternoon/ early evening of final day

It is a booking condition that you have full travel insurance valid for the duration of your tour to cover you for medical emergencies and repatriation to your home country should the need arise.
Your guide can hold a copy of this if you so wish. Please leave a copy of your insurance with your
nominated emergency contact. We can provide specialist travel insurance for your tour through our local operator. Please contact us for more information.

We believe that you will get the most of your journey by respecting the culture and the locals from
the places you visit. Our tours benefit the communities we pass through, minimizing any negative impact on the environment and by getting involved with local charity projects assisting the communities. We ensure the campsites used are left clean as they will be found clean. If we could kindly ask you to take into consideration the traditions and be respectful of others and the communities in which they live, for example dressing respectfully in conservative areas.

Remember:
Proactive and responsible travel helps develop and more importantly maintain cross-cultural boundaries, understandings and friendships with the locals, and this will add to your experience of Africa, its cultures and your adventure.