Day 1 OR Tambo International Airport – Kempton Park
Distance: ± 8 km
After arrival at OR Tambo International Airport collect your rental car. Short drive to the local guesthouse, which features a wide peaceful, garden, recover from your flight and acclimatize, before continuing on your way. The air conditioned, en-suite Guest rooms are elegantly decorated and offer Satellite, Wi-Fi, a safe, fridge and coffee station. An exquisite dinner will be served at the in-house à la Carte Restaurant.
Day 2 Kempton Park – Sabie
Distance: ± 380 km
Travel in a North Eastern direction via Dullstroom and Lydenburg to the Northern Parts of the Drakenberg. Your stylish Lodge lies in a spectacular landscape off the Sabie River Valley directly above the water. From the private terrace of your Chalet you can enjoy the spectacular views.
Day 3 Panorama Route
Distance: ± 160 km
Today’s drive takes you along the „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 1000m 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 as far as the Kruger National Park.
The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest Canyon in the world and stretches over 26km 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 visit 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 golddigger.
Day 4 Sabie – Kruger National Park
Distance: ± 110 km
Drive in an Easterly direction through the Paul Kruger Gate and into the famous Kruger National Park, and through the Kruger to your Lodge, which is situated in a private concession area in the depths of the Park and borders the popular Mala Mala and Sabi Sand Game Reserves.
There are no fences and the animals may walk freely around the Surrounding gardens.
In the late afternoon you participate in a game drive, after which you are invited to join the open lounge with bar and log fire for a sundowner before eating dinner.
Day 5 Kruger National Park
Your day starts bright and early with an exciting game drive, in an open air 4×4 safari vehicle. Experience the African 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. Alternatively you might enjoy watching the wildlife at their local water hole from the safety of a hide. After High tea you might like to participate in another evening game drive, where you might see some of the nocturnal Kruger inhabitants.
Day 6 Kruger National Park – Thornybush Game Reserve
Distance: ± 150 km
Head North through the Kruger Park and leave through the Orpen Gate, then continue to the Thornybush Game Reserve, which is in the vicinity of Hoedspruit. Thornybush is part of the Greater Kruger Area, and borders the Kruger National park. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool of the small exclusive Safari Lodge, before going on an extensive game drive in the Thornybush Game Reserve.
Day 7 Thornybush Game Reserve
Enjoy another adventure filled day in the African Bush, after a snack, shortly after sunrise; you drive off on an exciting game drive in the Thornybush Reserve. On your return you may sit down to a hearty breakfast after which you might like to take a walk in the bush with a guide or spend a lazy afternoon at the pool or in an animal hide from which you can view the bush animals. In the late afternoon you shall participate in another game drive in an open air safari vehicle. The guides are knowledgeable and enthusiastic and make game drives an enjoyable experience.
Day 8 Thornybush Game Reserve – Tzaneen
Distance: ± 140 km
After a last game drive and good breakfast you hit the road and drive towards Tzaneen. Here you will notice a dramatic change in the Landscape, green-rolling hills, flowering Azaleas, banana plantations and more as far as the eye can see. In the centre of this magical countryside lies a romantic garden and your accommodation for today. The beautiful garden and all its great plant diversity can be viewed while strolling around on little pathways.
Day 9 Tzaneen – Soutpansberg
Distance: ± 190 km
Drive in a North Western direction until you reach the striking Soutpansberg. You can spot these mountains from far away. A winding road takes you to a private game reserve in the middle of the mountains. If you feel uneasy about the steep drive up to the lodge you might like to leave your vehicle in safety at the foot of the mountain and someone from the lodge will come and collect you.
Day 10 Soutpansberg
Enjoy a leisurely day in the Soutpansberg Mountains. A game drive or guided walk is included. There are many animals in the park, like different antelopes, zebra, white rhino, giraffe and with some luck you might spot a hyena or a leopard. On the premises of the lodge are some rock paintings that were painted by the San (Bushmen) you might like to view these historic paintings by taking part in a guided tour. Or you may like to hike on one of the well-marked trails and routes, it is not necessary for guide accompaniment and you could quite happily go off at your own pace. The routes are different distances, and lead you through different terrains like savannah, deep gorges and mountain ridges, in between you can stop off and take a dip at one of the rock pools. On foot one can get surprisingly close to the game. Afterwards you might like to relax those aching muscles with a wonderful relaxing massage.
Day 11 Soutpansberg – Mapungubwe National Park
Distance: ± 180 km
Drive to the most Northern corner of South Africa, here in the Limpopo Valley on the border to Botswana there is another drastic change in scenery, the landscape is dotted with towering prehistoric Baobab trees. The Mapungubwe National Park is just a few kilometers away.
Day 12 Mapungubwe National Park
We recommend visiting Mapungubwe National Park, which in 2004 was declared a world heritage site. The history of Mapungubwe Hill and its village people 1600 years ago is explained in a interessting “Heritage Tour” (optional), it gives an insight to the way they lived previously. Furthermore you will find a small museum with lots of interesting facts and artefacts. The park is home to herds of elephants as well as white rhino, giraffe, hyena, lion and leopard and lies directly next to the Limpopo River, its lushes vegetation and forests are also home to huge variety of birdlife.
On the Tree Top Walk one walks to the banks of the Limpopo river, a little further down the river, you reach a vantage point with a view over the border triangle between South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Day 13 Mapungubwe National Park – Waterberg
Distance: ± 370 km
You will be driving cross-country through the province of Limpopo to the Waterberg. Overnight in a small, elegant lodge located in a private Game Reserve in the heart of the Waterberg Nature reserve. From the balcony of your rooms and from the lodge terrace you have a breathtaking view over the African savanna. This area is home to zebra, wildebeest, sable antelope, nyala and many more; one can observe animals great and small from just a short distance away. In the neighbouring Welgevonden Game Reserve you will find Africa’s „Big Five“ (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo).
Day 14 Welgevonden Game Reserve
Time to recuperate, in the early morning and late afternoon one can participate in game drives in an open 4×4 safari vehicle through the neighboring reserve Welgevonden. In the varied landscape are many different antelope and predators, rhinos, elephants, and hippos. With a spot of luck you will see some rare and shy animals come out of the camouflaged hiding places. After your return journey you might like to take a walk, ride a mountain bike, or just relax on the terrace in the peaceful quiet of the African bush.
Day 15 Waterberg – OR Tambo International Airport, JHB
Distance: ± 270 km
Drive to OR Tambo Johannesburg International Airport, return the rental vehicle and have a safe journey home.