Day 1 International Airport OR Tambo, Johannesburg –Sabie
Distance: ± 330 km
After arrival at the International Airport OR Tambo, Johannesburg, start your journey at reception with a readily booked rental car. Head in a Northern direction over Dullstroom and Lydenburg into the Northern part of the Drakensberg Mountains. Your accomodation today lies 1700m above sea level at Long Tom Pass, between Lydenburg and Sabie en route to the Majestic Panorama Route. The views are impressive especially over the stretching mountain ranges and the distant lowveld.
Day 2 Panorama Route
Distance: ± 160 km
Today we will start our journey on the so-called „Panorama Route“ of Mpumalang 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 you breath away, these Majestic heights can reach up to 1000m above sea level. One of the more impressive views is God´s Window where -weather permitting- you can see the vast stretching lowveld as far as the Kruger National Park.
The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest Canyon in the world and stretches over 26km long and reaches a depth of 800m, another interesting landmark are the Three Rondavels, Shaped like traditional African beehive huts, three round mountain tops. En-route you may find different waterfalls cascading down the mountainsides 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 and 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
Sit back and enjoy a relaxing day in the Famous Kruger National Park. Your Lodge is situated in a private concession area in the depths of the Park. In the afternoon you will enjoy an exciting game drive in an open-air SUV Safari vehicle accompanied by an experienced game Ranger. Over the next few hours you will encounter many animals and learn many interesting facts about the African bush and its inhabitants. After a late return in the evening you will find a delectable dinner waiting for you.
Day 4 Kruger National Park
Your day starts in the early morning before sunrise, with a game drive in an open air Vehicle. Experience the colorful Bush and its many creatures waking up to a new dawn, head back to a late breakfast, enjoy an afternoon nap or laze around the pool at the lodge. Or you may like to sit and relax on the terrace in front of your room. In the afternoon you can take another game drive through the park in search of more wild life.
Day 5 Kruger National Park – Nkomazi Game Reserve
Distance: ± 250 km
Book out of the Kruger Park and drive to the Private Nkomazi Game Reserve where there is more animal behaviour to observe, The 15 000ha landscape is diverse, and is typically known for its grass Savannah in the highlands and bushveld in the lower lying areas. Nkomazi is a geological paradise featuring unique rock formations. Here you will find an abundance of animal and plant life.
Your accommodation today is skillfully decorated and very 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 its Sparkling Lighting from the setting sun will give you many beautiful photography opportunities.
Day 6 Nkomazi Game Reserve
Board: Fully Inclusive
Today is an exciting action packed day, filled with activities. Like 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. Nkomazi offers many activities like hiking in the bush with a knowledgeable guide or taking a drive on a mountain bike – which is altogether a different experience. In the late afternoon you may join another game drive while sipping a sundowner, after the sun sets you will return to a romantic Dinner, which will be served in the Boma under the starry sky on a dry night. If you are still wide-awake, why don’t you join the local ranger for some stargazing in the Southern Hemisphere.
Day 7 Nkomazi Game Reserve – Dundee
Distance: ± 360 km
Drive through the Province KwaZulu Natal, to the Battlefields of Dundee. Here many battles took place in 1879 between the Zulus and English colonialists, These battles had a strong influenced on South Africas History, 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 just as informative and interesting.
Day 8 Dundee – Spioenkop Nature Reserve / Drakensberge
Distance: ± 150 km
Drive towards Spioenkop Nature Reserve, which is in close proximity to the Drakensberg Mountains, from your Private Deck the scenery is magnificent with views stretching far over the landscape and Valley of Spioenkop Nature Reserve. With any luck you might spot a Giraffe or Rhino striding past your Lodge.
Day 9 Spioenkop Nature Reserve
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. Keen birdwatchers can observe a colorful array of over 300 different bird species. They also offer alternatives for the more adventurous, Canopy Tours, or hike in the Drakensberg at Cathedral Peak or Champagne Valley.
Or you may choose to start your day in a hot air balloon, watch the Sun come up and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of your surroundings.
Day 10 Spioenkop Nature Reserve – Ixopo
Distance: ± 270 km
Enjoy a picturesque road trip to your next destination Ixopo. Tonight you will stay in a Historical Monastry, which used to be a Trappist brewery at the end of the 19th Century and was home to German Monks. Here they made their profits off the surrounding farmlands and everything around the Monastry was produced and cultivated by the Monks themselves. The buildings, surrounding gardens and the small romantic Chapel have since been restored to its former glory. Today the Monks and Nuns are long gone but their Rooms have been individually decorated to house guests. The rooms have views over the Enchanted Garden and Mediteranian styled courtyard, and is well maintained.
The Milkery building has been converted into a fully functioning Restaurant where you can enjoy the Historical buildings while eating good food. Guests may like to visit the museum, visit the Chapel or take a stroll through the garden. You might like to take the time to explore the surrounding landscapes and fields, dams and forests they are a birdwatchers paradise.
Day 11 Ixopo – East London
Distance: ± 515 km
Today you will travel a longer distance. You will journey to the Eastern Cape, over Mthatha, The home of former South African President, Nelson Mandela, and then on to East London. Crawford’s Beach Lodge is located in the beautiful bay of Chintsa, not far from the beach. The rooms are bright and beautifully furnished and have a coffee/tea station, air conditioning or fan as well as a private balcony with a spectacular view of Chintsa Bay. Breakfast is served on the terrace in good weather, also with great sea views. If you don’t want to swim in the waves of the warm Indian Ocean, you can make yourself comfortable at the swimming pool in the wonderfully lush garden.
Day 12 Chintsa
Time to relax. The 30 km long beach offers a variety of different kinds of shells, 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 cruises can be undertaken in the immediate vicinity (optional).
Day13 East London – Addo
Distance: ± 305 km
We continue in a Westerly direction to the famous Addo Elephant Park. This park was founded in 1931 and was opened in an effort to save the dwindling numbers of Elephants in the East London area. Back then, only a staggering number of 11 Elephants had survived the poachers advances, since then Addo’s elephant numbers have increased to a few hundred and one is able to watch them at close proximity from the safety of your car in the park.
Day14 Addo Elephant Park
You may like to spend the day driving around Addo park at your leisure for some extensive views of the Addo Elephants. Addo Park is also home to Lions, Buffalo, Rhino, Hyena, Leopards and a multitude of Antelope and Zebra.
Day 15 Addo Elephant Park – Tsitsikamma National Park
Distance: ± 230 km
Today we continue our journey along the Garden Route towards Tsitsikamma National Park. At Storms River Mouth there is a beautiful beach, you may like to explore the coastline by means of the small walkways and hang bridges, which hang at different heights and different lengths. You might like to walk the first part of the Otter trail (approx. 3 Hours) to the waterfall or choose between countless other routes. We also recommend an excursion to the „Big Tree“- a 900 year old Outiniqua Yellowood tree.
Day 16 Tsitsikamma – Garden Route – Knysna
Distance: ± 100 km
Follow the Garden Route till you reach Knysna. The beautiful Knysna lagoon lies below a hill, which is covered by fauna and flora typical to the Knysna Forest, the forest formerly consisted of enormous stinkwood and Yellowood trees, but in recent years many other trees have replaced them due to extensive deforestation. We can recommend a boat ride, which offers a lovely view over the „Knysna Heads“, and takes passangers past two Giant Sandstone cliffs which strutt out of the ocean.
Furthermore you can visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve (only accessible by boat).
Knysna is well known as the oyster and Seafood metropolis of South Africa, You will find many excellent Sea food restaurants in and around Knysna.
Day 17 Knysna – Oudtshoorn
Distance: ± 125 km
Today we leave the coastline of Knysna and head inland to the Klein Karoo, Oudshoorn. Oudshoorn is well known as the Ostrich district.
Here you may participate in an interesting one and a half hour Ostrich-Tour, at which you will learn many interesting facts. The Cango Caves are a popular tourist destination; it boasts an underground cave, which displays the finest dripstone caverns, with vast halls and towering formations.
Day 18 Oudtshoorn – De Kelders
Distance: ± 360 km
We head back to the coastline, to the very famous Walker Bay, De Kelders. In whale season between July and November you may spot a whale from your balcony, it is magnificent to watch these giants.
Day19 De Kelders & Surroundings
Explore De Kelders and the surrounding area. We recommend a boat ride out to sea for a closer look at the whales. Or you might prefer to spend a day at the beach, take a walk on the winding trails, which stretch along the coastline, the „Cliff Walk“ boasts a variety of Fynbos and vegetation. There are many other possibilites. Fernkloof Nature Reserve is a lovely outing or visit the popular beach on the Eastern part of Hermanus for the day.
Day 20 De Kelders – Stellenbosch
Distance: ± 160 km
We continue our Journey through the Vineyards, Which the Cape region is well known for. 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
Take a slow drive back to Cape Town, the so-called “Mother City”. From your Guest House the beach is a 10 minute walk away. A mere 10 minute car drive away you will find many other spectacular beaches, the city centre, or the nature Reserve at the foot of the Table Berg Mountain. 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 Spectacular restaurants there.
Day 22 Cape Town & Surroundings
You might like to explore the unique city of Cape Town, which offers quirky street markets, or you might want to drink a cup of coffee at one of the little coffee shops in Long Street and watch the passers by. We can recommend a boat trip round the Cape Peninsula, en-route you can stop off at Boulders Beach and visit the Penguin Colony. At the Cape of Good Hope you might want to get your feet wet and take a leisurely stroll along the beach.
When the weather is good, a ride up Table Mountain in a cable car is priceless; the panorama view of the city and sea from the mountaintop is breath taking. At the foot of Table Mountain lie the famous botanical Gardens Kirstenbosch, which feature an impressive, variety of over 25000 different, plant species.
Further more there is the possibility of taking a trip to Robben Island, which was previously a Maximum Security Prison, You might like to participate in a guided tour around the Island.
Tag 23 Cape Town – Cape Town International Airport
Distance: ± 20 km
Drive to the Airport, Hand in the Hired Vehicle and have a safe journey home.