WILDLIFE & WARRIORS

A 7 day escorted tour encompassing the best that South Africa has to offer in the way of scenery, wildlife and culture between Johannesburg and Durban.  Travel along the awe-inspiring Panorama Route and the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’, search for the Big Five in the world renowned Kruger National Park and Hluhluwe Reserve, experience Swazi and authentic Zulu culture and enjoy a scenic trip up the Lebombo Mountains for sundowners!  Enjoy all of this and superb cuisine, luxurious accommodation and true South African hospitality.

Description

Wildlife & Warriors 

Highlights

  • Panorama Route

  • Kruger safari

  • Swaziland & Zululand

  • Multi-cultural experiences

  • Hluhluwe-Umfolozi safari

  • iSimangaliso Wetlands Park

  • Durban’s beaches and Indian market

Information

  • Tour Code – IL-WWJ6

  • Departure – Mondays at 07h30

  • Transport in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle

  • English speaking THETA registered tour guide

  • 4* Star Graded accommodation

  • Includes 6 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners and 1 Lunch

Day 1 – Monday                          Johannesburg / Panorama Route / 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 afternoon arrival at your hotel. Check in and freshen up before dinner.  Overnight Perry’s Bridge Hollow (standard room) or similar.

 

Day 2 – Tuesday                         Kruger National Park                                                      (Breakfast, Dinner)  

Early morning transfer to the Kruger National Park for a morning open 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 (additional charge). Overnight Perry’s Bridge Hollow (standard room) or similar.

 

Day 3 – Wednesday                  Mpumalanga / Swaziland                                             (Breakfast)                                                                           

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 & craft outlets to name a few. Enjoy a showcase of the traditional Swazi culture followed by a traditional 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 craft markets, arrive at your hotel located in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley. Dinner is to your own arrangements. Overnight Royal Swazi Sun (standard room) or similar.

 

Day 4 – Thursday                      Swaziland / Zululand                                                      (Breakfast, Dinner)                                                                  

Depart the hotel after breakfast.  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 Lebombo 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. Overnight Ghost Mountain Inn (standard room) or similar.

 

Day 5 – Friday                             Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve                           (Breakfast, Dinner)                                                               

Enjoy the morning at leisure to embark on any of the activities on offer from the hotel.  After lunch (to own account), you will transfer to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve for an afternoon of game viewing. The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve covers a combined area of 90 000ha and it was here that the white rhino was saved from extinction. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon.  End the day with dinner at the hotel.  Overnight Ghost Mountain Inn (standard room) or similar.

 

Day 6 – Saturday                        Zululand / Durban                                                           (Breakfast)                                     

Morning departure straight after breakfast.  Continue the journey along the Elephant Coast of KwaZulu Natal to St Lucia which is located at the southern extremity of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park – a 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 Fish Eagle, in their natural habitat.  Continue to Durban for afternoon arrival at your hotel. Dinner is to your own arrangements. Your guide would be happy to advise on the best options. Overnight The Benjamin Boutique Hotel (standard room) or similar.

 

Day 7 – Sunday                            Durban City Tour / Departure                                     (Breakfast)                                                            

Depending on the departure time of your flight, embark on a morning city tour of Durban, a tour dedicated to the discovery of the cultural & historical contrasts of this cosmopolitan city where east meets west. Drive along Durban’s distinctive beachfront, the Golden Mile, past the art-deco buildings and uShaka Marine World to The Point at the harbour entrance. Drive along Victoria Embankment and through the city past buildings of historical significance such as the Natal Museum, City Hall and the Play House Theatre.

Proceed to King Shaka International Airport where you shall board your onward flight.

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