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A South Africa Adventure

From Kwazulu Natal to the Cape and all the wonderful places in between

Gazing across the vineyard’s breath-taking panorama with a refreshing local Chenin Blanc in hand, we reflect on our thrilling journey, unrushed encounters with Africa’s mighty beasts, great parades of elephants crossing our path, spectacular sunsets, beautiful ocean views, the majestic mountains. We won't forget this magical country in a hurry.

From Johannesburg we follow the Panorama Route to the Kruger National Park. Kruger offers one of the best wildlife experiences in Southern Africa, and is home to Africa’s ‘Big Five’. We’ll have a series of game drives here before travelling on to the tiny country yet mighty Kingdom of Swaziland which encapsulates the best of Southern Africa. Here we'll enjoy beautiful landscapes and a culture rich in tribal traditions.

Next stop is KwaZulu Natal, where we take a game drive in Hluhluwe National Park and a boat cruise in the St Lucia wetlands. We are likely to see crocodiles and hippos glide by as well as some wonderful birdlife. From the African bush we travel to the dramatic and majestic Drakensberg Mountains, providing the most scenic setting for some walks in the Cathedral Peak National Park.

After a short stay in Durban, we travel to the Eastern Cape and Addo Elephant National Park to see great herds of elephants. Straddling the Eastern and Western Cape and a highlight on the Garden Route is Tsitsikamma, we'll enjoy great walks here before continuing along the Garden Route to Plettenberg Bay and its pristine beaches. The distances are much shorter now so the next two days allow us to visit Oudtshoorn, where the red sandy earth contrasts the rugged coast. We’ll visit an Ostrich Farm and the Cango Caves. Our last stop is Stellenbosch in the beautiful winelands, where we can relax, enjoy the local wines and reflect on a magical journey.

We travel in an overland truck throughout providing an element of comfort while being robust enough to cope with the African terrain.

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You enjoy the great outdoors and possess a moderate spirit of adventure. For you, nothing beats exploring the natural world, whether by foot, wheels or water. You enjoy filling your days with great scenery and a range of different experiences. You are moderately fit. Previous outdoor activity experience is preferable. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 8 miles of walking on occasionally rough paths with up to 600m of ascent.



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    03 May 2018
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  • Itinerary & Map
    03 May 2018 - 21 May 2018

    Day 1 - In Flight
    Depart London Heathrow and fly to Johannesburg (South Africa).

    Day 2 - Johannesburg
    On arrival in Johannesburg Airport we will travel by road to our hotel in Johannesberg. We will have time to relax or wonder into the city with your tour leader.

    Day 3 - Kruger NP
    Today we travel 250 miles, taking in the Panorama Route, as we head towards Kruger National Park. We will be staying in the Lowveld of Mpumalanga region, and our camp is only 2 miles from Numbi Gate access point to Kruger National Park. If we arrive in good time, we will have the opportunity to take an optional sunset game drive.

    Day 4 - Kruger NP
    We have a full day game drive in Kruger National Park. The park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies. And its home too an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Today we expect to tick off some of the Big 5, we may even be lucky enough to see them all!

    Day 5 - Mlilwane (Swaziland)
    We start with a morning game drive in Kruger National Park, before travelling 180 miles by road to the tiny kingdom of Swaziland. Encapsulating the best of Southern Africa in a nutshell, Swaziland is rich in culture, traditions, wildlife and beautiful untouched nature. Here we will stay in Mlilwane, enjoying the opportunity to camp in the beautiful Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary situated in the Ezulwini Valley also known as “ Valley of Heaven”.

    Day 6 - St Lucia
    This morning we will choose from either a guided game walk or a birding walk in Milwane Sanctuary, this will take around 2.5 hours and will be taken at a leisurely pace to allow us stop and encounter wildlife. This afternoon we will cover 250 miles, travelling back into South Africa to St Lucia in the Kwazulu Natal region. St Lucia forms part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and its estuary has one of the highest concentrations of hippos and crocodiles in southern Africa, a great place for close but safe encounters with these magnificent creatures. This region is also rich in Zulu culture and we will enjoy a Zulu experience with the locals.

    Day 7 - St Lucia
    We go in search of African wildlife once again with a game drive in Hluhluwe National Park. Home of the ‘Save the Rhino Campaign’ hopefully we can spot rhinoceros (both black and white), as well as buffalo, elephant, lion and leopard - as well to learn about the smaller players in the eco-system. This afternoon we will take a boat trip on the Isimangaliso/Lake St Lucia Wetland Park’, a ‘UNESCO’ ‘World Heritage Site’, offering us excellent bird watching and the opportunity to see hippopotamus and crocodiles.

    Day 8 - Drakensberg
    Today we will be travelling the 300 miles to the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains. This is a long drive, but we will be taking regular stops and you will be rewarded with the most wonderful panoramic views as we approach the Drakenberg Mountain area. On arrival we will relax in our excellent accommodation in the heart of Cathedral Peak National Park.

    Day 9 - Drakensberg
    We will take a walk with our local guide in the Cathedral Peak National Park, there are so many wonderful walks to choose from and our local guide will select the one that best suits both the group and the current local conditions, to ensure you get the most out of your day.

    Day 10 - Durban
    Today we travel to Durban, 180 miles by road. Durban is South Africa’s third largest city and enjoys great importance due to its industry and extensive port. Thanks to the subtropical climate and the long stretches of beautiful beaches. An orientation tour of the city will allow you to see a good mix of old and new, East and West with a touch of Africa. We will drive along the Golden Mile promenade where numerous hotels and restaurants are situated and visit the Victoria Market. At the end of the tour we will be dropped at the Botanical Gardens where you can spend the remainder your afternoon.

    Day 11 - Addo Elephant Park
    This morning we fly from Durban Airport to Port Elisabeth. From Port Elisabeth Airport we drive to Addo Elephant Park. The park stretches from Darlington Lake, across the Zuurberg Mountains, through dense valley bushveld to the lush green indigenous forests at Woody Cape. Almost everything is here: five of the world’s seven biomes; the “Big Seven” (elephant, rhinoceros (both black and white) lion, buffalo, leopard, southern right whale and great white shark), the unique flightless dung beetle and the largest coastal dune field in the southern hemisphere. It also protects the world's largest Cape Gannet breeding population on Bird Island. This evening we will take an introductory sunset game drive.

    Day 12 - Addo Elephant Park
    We enjoy a half-day game drive in Addo Elephant Park, and take the afternoon to relax at our lodge, or take one of the various bush walks available from the hotel.

    Day 13 - Tsitsikamma
    This morning we take our final game drive in Addo Elephant Park, before travelling 31 miles to Tsitsikamma National Park. Described as “The Garden of the Garden Route” and “The place of much water” and you can see why. Its garden would be the beautiful protected indigenous forest that is home to centuries old trees placed between the mountains and the sea; its “much water” would come from the ancient rivers that have cut tremendous gorges as they carve their way down to the sea. We will take a walk to discover the parks beautiful nature or choose to partake in an optional activity.

    Day 14 - Tsitsikamma
    After breakfast we will discover one of the most spectacular beaches in the Tsitsikamma National Park.

    Day 15 - Plettenberg Bay
    Today we visit Natures Valley, situated between the Salt River, the foothills of the Tsitsikamma Mountains, the Indian Ocean and the Groot River lagoon. Next we travel 31 miles to Plettenberg Bay, spending the afternoon at yet another scenic beach at Keursboom Beach.

    Day 16 - Oudtshoorn
    Our next stop is Oudtshoorn, we travel the very scenic journey by road (125 miles). Situated between the Outeniqua Mountains to the south and the imposing Swartberg Mountains to the north. Not only the wonderful mountain panoramas attract visitors, this is also the "ostrich capital of the world", and we will visit a local Ostrich Farm (the following day) as well as the Cango Caves. The caves are the most popular attraction in the area and rightly so, as they are really quite impressive.

    Day 17 - Stellenbosch
    We visit an Ostrich Farm, before travelling 250 miles to the beautiful winelands. We stay in Stellenbosch, situated along the banks of the Eerste River, it is the second oldest settlement in the province after Cape Town, and is one of the most beautiful towns in the Winelands. There are plenty of wine estates to discover here, and best known for their quality of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with the climate in particular favoring this variety. And what a way to end a magical tour, sipping wine with a beautiful backdrop, sunshine (more than likely) and in good company.

    Day 18 - In Flight
    before we head to Cape Town Airport, we will enjoy cheese and wine tasting at Fairview Wine Estate, before continuing on to Cape Town for a city tour and finally the airport.

    Day 19 - -
    Arrive London Heathrow.


  • Accommodation

    Hotels will be confirmed on our Holiday Information Sheet.

  • What's Included
    • Return flights and transfers.
    • En suite accommodation.
    • Meals on a full board basis throughout.
    • Local guide.
    • All transport costs and activities in conjunction with the programme.
    • Game drives at the Kruger Nat’l Park, Hluhluwe Nat’l Park and Addo Elephant Park.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Enjoying game drives in 'Big Five' National Parks
    • Walking in spectacular African scenery
    • Cruising in the St Lucia Wetlands in search of game   
    • Majestic mountains in the Drakensberg
    • Sampling delicious local wines in Stellenbosch

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Flights Heathrow - Johannesburg (c11hrs plus stop), Cape Town - Heathrow (c12hrs), British Airways
    • UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways
    • Upgrades available, please ask for a competitive quote

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You enjoy the great outdoors and possess a moderate spirit of adventure. For you, nothing beats exploring the natural world, whether by foot, wheels or water. You enjoy filling your days with great scenery and a range of different experiences. You are moderately fit. Previous outdoor activity experience is preferable. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 8 miles of walking on occasionally rough paths with up to 600m of ascent.



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