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Day 1: Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa
Upon your arrival at the Johannesburg International Airport, you will be met and transferred to our hotel in Pretoria. We meet this evening for dinner and orientation. Overnight in Pretoria.
Day 2: Pretoria City Sights, De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre
We enjoy Pretoria's sights before heading to the De Wildt Cheetah Centre. We spend the day at the De Wildt Cheetah Project. De Wildt has an extensive community outreach and education programme and a strategic breeding plan. The Trust conducts research on wildlife disease and nutrition and in South Africa it has implemented a national plan for the conservation of free roaming cheetahs as well as Wild Dogs, the second most endangered carnivore in Africa. Dinner and overnight at De Wildt Cheetah Project.
Day 3: To Kruger National Park
After breakfast, we have a special treat as we can view cheetahs running full speed. Three cheetahs will each chase a small decoy designed by the sanctuary. The cheetahs accelerate and run in excess of 100 kilometers per hour. We depart De Wilt, cross the Lowveld and head towards Kruger National Park. Enroute, we stop for a picnic lunch.
Day 4: Kruger National Park
After breakfast we go for a guided morning walk to learn more about the flora and fauna in the area. This evening, we have another game drive, in search of elephant, lions, cheetah, rhino, buffalo, giraffe and the magnificent wildlife roaming South Africa's most famous game park. Overnight at Nkambeni lodge, Kruger National Park.
Day 5: To Maputo, Mozambique
After breakfast, we depart for Mozambique and arrive into Maputo in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at our hotel, Maputo.
Day 6: Maputo City Sights
We take a city tour of Mozambique's capital, Maputo, where the influence of the Portuguese culture is clearly visible. We visit old railroad, handicraft market, the iron house and the old fort. Later in the afternoon we will travel to the outskirts of the city for dinner at a waterfront seafood restaurant.
Day 7: To the Kingdom of Swaziland, Royal National Park
Today we depart Mozambique as we travel into the Kingdom of Swaziland. Our first destination is Hlane Royal National Park, famous for its abundant rhino population. This is easily one of the best opportunities to see rhinos at close range. The juvenile rhinos are very curious and can often approach our vehicles. We explore these former royal hunting grounds by vehicle after lunch. Later in the afternoon, we travel south to Mlilwane Reserve. Overnight Mlilwane.
Day 8: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Bush Walk and visit to Swazi Chief
This morning we take a safari walk to explore this tiny Kingdom. And in the afternoon we visit the Umphakatsi Chief's homestead which is a hands-on experience run by the lady chief, Inkhosikati, in her homestead. Your guide, who will hand the ladies in your party traditional Swazi cloths to wrap around their waists, greets us at Mlilwane's main gate. The Inkhosikati has a vibrant, energetic and infectious manner and not only talks us through how the huts and traditional items are made but also teaches us the Siswati words for them.
Day 9: Return to South Africa - Zululand, Itala Game Reserve
This morning we travel back into South Africa and into the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal, the heartland of the Zulu people. We spend the day in Ithala Game Reserve, located in the northern end of the Zululand.The park is mountainous which gives it a very different feel to most game reserves which are flat savannah. We can enjoy a sunset drive in the park before returning to our lodge. Overnight at Ntshondwe Camp, Ithala Game Reserve.
Day 10: Drakensberg Range, to Didima Valley
We enjoy a morning game drive in the park before continuing our adventure into the Drakensberg Range. We stop at Blood River to see the Blood River monument, where we will also have lunch. We continue on to the beautiful and mountainous Royal Natal National Park. Overnight in Didima Valley.
Day 11: Cathedral Peak, Didima Valley
Cathedral Park with its magnificent Didima Valley, is ideal for hiking with stunning vistas and known for its San rock art. There are several spectacular guided hikes available from our resort ranging from easy to challenging. Overnight in Didima Valley.
Day 12: The Kingdom of Lesotho, Basotho Cultural Village
We travel into the Kingdom of Lesotho and stop at the Basotho Cultural Village. The museum introduces visitors to the South Sotho (Basotho) nation, from its inception through its history to the present. After the tour we make our way to our overnight accommodation. Overnight at Malealea Lodge.
Day 13: Malealea, Botso'ela Waterfall
Malealea lies at 1,800 meters above sea level, with magnificent views across the plateau towards an endless panorama of misty mountains as high as the Alps in Europe. We will visit a Basotho village and school after breakfast. For hiking enthusiasts, you can go to the Botso'ela Waterfall or to see ancient bushman cave paintings. Overnight Malealea Lodge.
Day 14: Return to South Africa via 'The Place of the Wind'
We have an early morning departure to return to South Africa. Before driving across the border, we stop in Quthing, "The Place of the Wind", to visit the Masitise Cave House and the Dinosaur footprints, which are believed to be approximately 200 million years old. We continue on to Aliwal North, a spa town noted for its mineral baths and hot springs and we arrive early evening. Overnight in Aliwal North.
Day 15: Graaff-Reinet, Valley of Desolation in the Great Karoo
Today we drive to the town of Graaff- Reinet. On the way we stop at the Taal Monument and the Afrikaans Language Museum in Burgersdorp. We spend time exploring the town of Graaff-Reinett, arguably one of the most charming and historic towns in all of South Africa. We explore Graaff-Reinet on foot.
Day 16: Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park
We continue our journey through the Eastern Cape today, travelling to the coast. We take the scenic route, via Uniondale, over the spectacular Prince Alfred Pass to Wittedrift and then on to the Tsitsikamma. On arrival at the park, there is time to take a hike, walk on the beach or to relax at your accommodation. Overnight in the Tsitsikamma Area.
Day 17: The Garden Route
Departing Tsitsikamma this morning, we travel along the Garden Route. The scenery is beautiful, with indigenous forests, freshwater lakes, wetlands, hidden coves and long beaches. The narrow coastal plain is well forested and is mostly bordered by extensive lagoons that run behind a barrier of sand dunes and superb white beaches. The region has some of the largest patches of indigenous forest in the country, including giant yellow wood trees, wild flowers as well as commercial plantations of eucalyptus and pine.
Day 18: To Cape Town
A long driving day today as we travel along the Route R62 to Cape Town, enjoying the scenery enroute. Overnight in Cape Town.
Day 19: Table Mountain, Robben Island
We begin our day by ascending the famous Table Mountain by cable car. From the top we have spectacular views in every direction including: over the city, Robben Island, the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, Mountain Ranges, ravines and the Inland Plains.
Day 20: Coastal Drive to Cape Point, Good Hope Nature Reserve
We travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, Llandudno, to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent views of the mountains and beach. On through Chapman's Peak, one of the world's most breathtaking coastal drives, from here we visit Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve, which has magnificent fynbos vegetation, birdlife, endemic antelope species and zebra, historic lighthouses and shipwrecks. Cape Point is perceived to be the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
Day 21: Depart Cape Town, South Africa
Today we say goodbye to Cape Town and Africa and transfer to the airport to connect with our international flights homeward.
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