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Breathtaking mountain landscapes, the world famous Kruger National Park, small private game parks, the uniquely beautiful Garden Route, endless vineyards and the most beautiful city in the world – all this and much more is included in our journey “Across South Africa”. On this trip you will experience a broad overview of the fascinating South Africa with many great highlights in 23 days.

Price from ZAR 99 000 for 2 persons sharing a double room, excl. rental car

 

Day 1     International Airport OR Tambo, Johannesburg – Sabie      

Distance: ± 330 km
Included: dinner

After arrival at the International Airport OR Tambo, Johannesburg you shall collect your rental car. Afterwards drive northeast via Dullstroom and Lydenburg to the northern Drakensberg mountains.

Your accommodation is located 1700 m above sea level on the Long Tom Pass, between Lydenburg and Sabie on the way to the Panorama Route. The panoramic view over the surrounding mountain landscape and the Lowveld below is particularly charming.

Day 2     Panorama Route 

Distance: ± 160 km
Included: breakfast, dinner

Today start your journey on the so-called „Panorama Route“ of Mpumalanga, where there are a number of scenic spots and interesting landmarks to enjoy. Here you will discover the rich diversity and characteristics of the African landscapes from the fertile agricultural highveld, to the lowveld where the shere mountain drops and views will take your breath away, these majestic heights can reach up to 1000 m above sea level. One of the more impressive views is God´s Window where – weather permitting – you can see the vast stretch over the Lowveld and as far as the Kruger National Park.

The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest Canyon in the world and stretches over 26 km and reaches a depth of 800m. Another interesting landmark are the Three Rondavels, shaped like traditional African beehive huts, three round mountain tops with slightly pointed tops. En-route you may find different waterfalls cascading down the mountain sides and the famous Bourke´s Luck Potholes, which were sculpted by centuries of flowing water. Pilgrims Rest is a comprehensive tourist site which features the historic town that came into existence due to its gold found in1873 and is declared a national monument. You might like to shop or see the local museums and get an impression of life as a gold-digger.

Day 3     Sabie – Kruger National Park  

Distance: ± 165 km
Included: breakfast, lunch, game drive, dinner

A leisurely drive to the famous Kruger National Park. You drive a short distance through the park to your lodge in a private concession area in the middle of the Kruger National Park. In the afternoon you enjoy your first exciting game drive in an open safari vehicle with an experienced ranger. During the journey of several hours you will encounter various animals and learn many interesting things about the African bush and its inhabitants. After returning to the lodge in the early evening, a delicious dinner awaits you.

Day 4     Kruger National Park

Distance: depending on your venture
Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, 2 game drives

Your day starts in the early morning before sunrise, with a game drive in an open vehicle. again accompanied by a ranger, who shares his knowledge about the flora and fauna with you. Head back to strengthen yourself with an extensive breakfast. Now there is time to relax, either at the lodge pool or on the small terrace in front of your room. In the afternoon you can take another game drive through the park in search of more wildlife.

Day 5     Kruger National Park – Nkomazi Game Reserve

Distance: ± 290 km
Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, 2 game drives

Today it is time to say goodbye to the Kruger Park but the journey is already heading for another big game experience. In the approximately 15 000 ha large private Nkomazi Game Reserve you will find both the typical wide grass savannah of the highlands as well as lower lying bushveld regions, therefore there is a great diversity of animals and plants. Nkomazi is also a geological paradise with many very interesting rock formations. Your accommodation today is skillfully decorated, luxurious and conveys that typical „Out of Africa“ feel, by use of rich colors. In the late afternoon you may accompany another game drive. The landscape with the warm light shortly before sunset, is a photographers paradise.

Day 6     Nkomazi Game Reserve

Distance: depending on your venture
Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, 2 game drives

Today is an exciting action packed day, filled with activities. Like the days before, we start our day with a guided game drive in an open-air vehicle. When you return you will be served with a hearty breakfast after which you may take the opportunity to relax in your natural environment, soak up the sun at the pool, or enjoy the view from the deck of the lodge or from your room. Explore the Nkomazi Game Reserve either on foot on a guided bush walk or by mountain bike, which is altogether a different experience. In the late afternoon you may join another game drive while sipping a sundowner. Only after sunset you return to the lodge to a romantic dinner, which will be served in the Boma under the starry sky (weather permitting). If you are still wide-awake, let your ranger explain the stars in the southern evening sky to you..

Day 7     Nkomazi Game Reserve – Dundee

Distance: ± 360 km
Included: game drive, breakfast, lunch, dinner

Drive through KwaZulu Natal province to the Battlefields near Dundee. Here many battles took place in 1879 between the Zulus and English colonialists, marking the history of South Africa. Learn about the Anglo-Zulu battles which are empathetically and descriptively explained with a knowledgeable guide. The Battlefield tours at Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana are both informative and suspenseful.

Day 8     DundeeSpioenkop Nature Reserve / Drakensberge

Distance: ± 150 km
Included: game drive, breakfast, lunch, dinner

Drive towards Spioenkop Nature Reserve, which is in close proximity to the Drakensberg mountains. From your private viewing deck, you can enjoy the infinitely wide view of the landscape and the valley of the Spioenkop Nature Reserve. With a bit of luck, a giraffe or even a rhino might come by.

Day 9     Spioenkop Nature Reserve

Distance: depending on your venture
Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today you may enjoy a relaxing day on the farm. You may like to wander along marked trails or ride a bike alone or accompanied by a guide. The area offers good birdwatching opportunities with about 300 different bird species. Other activities offered in the area, for the more adventurous there is a canopy tour, or alternatively hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains at Cathedral Peak and Champagne Valley or even a hot air balloon early in the morning at sunrise to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the area.

Day 10   Spioenkop Nature Reserve – Ixopo

Distance: ± 270 km
Included: breakfast

Enjoy a leisurely drive through beautiful countryside to your next destination Ixopo. Tonight you will stay in a historical monastry, where Trappist monks of German origin lived at the end of the 19th century. The surrounding farmland was productive and everything was produced in and around the monastery itself. The restored buildings, interesting gardens and the romantic little chapel bear witness to this. Today, the former lodgings of the monks and nuns offer stylish and individually furnished, comfortable guest rooms. The rooms offer a view of the partly enchanted garden and the Mediterranean-looking courtyard, everything is very well maintained and lovingly restored. The former dairy buildings have been converted into a restaurant where you can enjoy very good cuisine in a historical ambience. Guests can visit the small museum and the chapel and take a walk through the garden. The surrounding landscape with fields, woods and many dams is a paradise for birdwatchers.

Day 11   Ixopo – Chintsa East

Distance: ± 490 km
Included: breakfast, dinner

Today you will cover a somewhat longer distance. The journey continues to the Eastern Cape, via Mthatha, the home of Nelson Mandela, in the direction of East London. Your lodge is located on the beautiful bay of Chintsa, not far from the beach. The rooms are bright and nicely furnished and have a coffee/tea station, air conditioning or fan as well as a private balcony, from where you have a partly spectacular view of the Chintsa Bay. Breakfast is served on the terrace when the weather is fine, also with a great sea view. If you don’t want to swim in the waves of the warm Indian Ocean, you can relax at the swimming pool in the lush garden.

Day 12   Chintsa Beach & surroundings

Distance: depending on your ventures
Included: breakfast, dinner

Time to relax. The 30 km long beach offers a variety of different shellfish, you can walk along the beach for hours, sunbathe or relax at the pool. Other activities such as horse riding, game drives, zip lining or Chintsa River river cruises can be undertaken in the surrounding area (optional).

Day 13   Chintsa East – Addo

Distance: ± 320 km
Included: breakfast

Continue west to the famous Addo Elephant Park. It was founded in 1931 especially to save the last elephants still living in this area at that time. Back then, only a staggering number of 11 elephants had survived the poachers advances. Since then the numbers have increased to a proud population of several hundred elephants, which can be observed at close proximity from the safety of your car in the park.

Day 14   Addo Elephant Park

Distance: depending on your venture
Included: breakfast

You may like to spend the day driving around Addo park at your leisure for some extensive views of the Addo elephants. This magnificent park is not only a home for elephants, a variety of antelopes, zebras,

lions, buffaloes, rhinos, hyenas and leopards have also found their home in the Addo Elephant Park.

Day 15   Addo Elephant Park – Tsitsikamma National Park

Distance: ± 230 km
Included: breakfast

Today continue the journey along the Garden Route towards Tsitsikamma National Park. Storms River Mouth has a beautiful beach and the coastline can be explored on small paths and three suspension bridges of varying lengths. You can walk the first part of the famous Otter Trail (about 3 hours) to the waterfall or choose one of the different hiking trails. A trip to the famous “Big Tree” – an approximately 900 year old Outeniqua Yellowood tree – is also recommended.

Day 16   Tsitsikamma – Garden Route – Plettenberg Bay

Distance: ± 85 km
Included: breakfast

Continue along the Garden Route to the popular coastal town of Plettenberg Bay. On the way it is worth a detour to Nature’s Valley, a wonderful lagoon surrounded by rocks and hills. Here you can walk wonderfully and discover a great variety of birds.

Day 17   Plettenberg Bay & surroundings

Included: breakfast

You have one day to enjoy Plettenberg Bay and its surroundings. The variety of possible activities leaves nothing to be desired. You can spend the day on one of the beautiful beaches, take a boat trip to observe whales or dolphins, go hiking in the mountains, kayaking or diving. Or visit one of the wildlife sanctuaries east of Plettenberg Bay, such as Birds of Eden. Here there is a unique, huge bird aviary on an area of over 2 hectares of native forest. This bird sanctuary is home to some 3500 birds, including very rare and beautiful African specimens, which can be observed in their natural habitat. When visiting Monkeyland you can see many different primate species in their natural habitat. During the tour, your knowledgeable guide will give you an insight into the life of these monkeys.

Day 18   Plettenberg Bay – Oudtshoorn

Distance: ± 170 km
Included: breakfast, dinner

Drive via Knysna with the beautiful lagoon to the west along the Garden Route to George. Afterwards it heads inland into the Klein Karoo to Oudtshoorn. Oudtshoorn is considered the centre of ostrich farming.

Here you can take part in an interesting ostrich tour of about one and a half hours, during which you will learn a lot of interesting things about these walking birds. The Cango Caves are also well worth a visit. These stalactite caves extend for miles. The tour includes the three largest halls with impressive stalactites..

Day 19   Oudtshoorn – De Kelders

Distance: ± 360 km
Included: breakfast

Return to the coast to the famous Walker Bay. From July until early December Walker Bay offers excellent opportunities for whale watching directly from the beach. You can join a two-hour boat trip on a specially designed catamaran to find the sea giants and observe them from the water. In addition to the famous Southern Right Whales you may also see Brydes Whales and Humpback Whales as well as with some luck Great White Sharks. You might also see cape seals, African penguins and dolphins. If you would like to dive with sharks, you can also book a cage diving tour.

You can stroll on the beach or go for a hike. There is a large network of different hiking trails. Along the coast, for example, there is the approx. 11 km long cliff path “Cliff Walk”. On this path you can explore the fynbos vegetation. You can also take a trip to the inland Fernkloof Nature Reserve or visit one of the beautiful beaches in the eastern suburbs of Hermanus, such as Grotto Beach.

Day 20   De Kelders – Stellenbosch

Distance: ± 160 km
Included: breakfast

The journey continues to the wine country for which the Cape region is well known. You might like to visit some of the wineries and taste and evaluate the quality of some of the local wines.

Day 21   Stellenbosch – Cape Town

Distance: ± 40 km
Included: breakfast

A leisurely drive to Cape Town, the so-called “Mother City”. From your comfortable accommodation you can reach the most beautiful beaches in only 10 minutes by car; the city centre or the nature reserve at Table Mountain on foot. In the afternoon you might like to go shopping at the popular Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, they have an interesting mix of historical and modern buildings and you might like to end the day in one of the many good restaurants.

Day 22   Cape Town & surroundings

Distance: depending on your ventures
Included: breakfast

You have one day to explore and experience what Cape Town has to offer. There are several street markets, and a mix of historical and modern buildings, which are worth strolling through, simply because of their charm. On Long Street you can sit in one of the nice cafés and enjoy the colourful ambience.

A recommendable day trip is a round trip over the Cape Peninsula. On the way you can visit the penguin colony at Boulders Beach. At the Cape of Good Hope we recommend a short walk along the beach to let the wind blow around your nose.

If the weather is fine, the trip up Table Mountain is of an absolute highlight. Enjoy the spectacular views of the city and the ocean from the mountain top. Below Table Mountain you’ll find the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, which is home to roughly 25 000 different plant species and promises to be worth a visit.

Take a boat ride to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner and learn more about the history with a guided tour of the island.

Tag 23   Cape Town – Cape Town International Airport

Distance: ± 20 km
Included: breakfast

Drive to the airport, return the rental car and have a safe journey home.