- As Per Itinerary
- Visit the revitalised 'Golden Mile'
- Visit an authentic Swazi chief's village
- Capture the sights of the big five!!
Due to conservation efforts, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park has the largest population of white rhino in the world. Discover the treasures of Durban and the bustle of this multicultural city, to Swaziland, Mpumalanga and Northern Kruger National Park. Its a truly royal seven days, fully escorted, so you're taken directly to some of South Africa's finest scenic sights and most prolific Big Five game-viewing country. We explore the areas wilderness gems such as the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi and iSimangaliso Wetland Park, where nature lovers and keen photographers will be in awe of the bountiful wildlife and beautiful scenery. In the small kingdom of Swaziland we engage with a local community, learning about their traditions and customs.
2017 DEPARTURE DATES:
This tour departs on selected Saturdays:
2, 23 Sep
• Kruger National Park
• Rhino Post Safari Lodge
• Timbitene Plains Camp
• Isimangaliso Wetland Park
• Thonga Beach Lodge
Welcome to Durban, a city of many faceted cultures, exquisite beaches and seaside weather. We meet you off your flight into King Shaka International Airport and you are transferred to your hotel, set on the bustling Umhlanga Rocks promenade 'the Golden Mile'. We've organized an afternoon orientation city tour of Durban leaving at 1400h. Visit the revitalised 'Golden Mile' and then enjoy a panoramic bird's-eye view of the City and surrounds on our Moses Mabhida football Stadium Sky Car… our world will be your oyster! As the sun sets, return to Umhlanga Rocks where a selection of fine dining options abound.
Accommodation: The Oyster Box or similar
Distance travelled today: 120 km
(Sun) St Lucia (BB, D + 2 Game Activities)
After breakfast head north to the tiny village of St Lucia in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site and one of South Africa's wilderness treasures. A cruise on the St Lucia Estuary affords us wonderful photographic opportunities as we may encounter large pods of hippos, the occasional Nile crocodile and prolific birdlife. After lunch (own account) arrive at our luxury lodge located in the first private concession within Africa's oldest proclaimed game reserve that is Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. In the late afternoon, indulge in a delicious high tea and enjoy an evening game drive within the heart of Big Five territory. After winding down with Sundowners, we marvel at the spectacular sunsets and continue on our search for elusive nocturnal creatures.
Accommodation: Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge or similar
Distance travelled today: 475 km
(Mon) Swaziland (BB, D)
An early start with a cup of fresh coffee or tea, rusks and muffins after which we set out set out on early morning safari on the private concession. As the lodge has unlimited access to the greater Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park (home of white rhino conservation) we enjoy the delightful scenery and excellent safari opportunity. After a sumptuous late breakfast we set our sights north and cross the border into tiny Kingdom of Swaziland, a former British Protection Territory, now ruled by King MsWati III. Arrive in the afternoon at our luxury lodge set in a beautiful, secure estate with stunning views of the Royal Mdzimba Mountains.
Accommodation: The Royal Villas or similar
Distance travelled today: 320 km
(Tue) Sabie (BB, D)
After breakfast we visit an authentic chief's village to gain an insight into the fascinating traditional Swazi culture and the residents invite us to participate in their cultural practices. Cross the border back into South Africa for an early afternoon arrival at our boutique hotel in the lush Sabie River valley. A decadent table d'hote dinner complements and completes the day.
Accommodation: Lone Creek River Lodge - River Suites or similar
Distance travelled today: 330 km
(Wed) Northern Kruger Private Reserve (BB, D + 2 Game Activities)
Today we traverse the glorious Panorama route taking in the spectacular God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes and 3 Rondavels at Blyde River Canyon. Our safari adventure continues at Kapama Private Game Reserve described as an African Eden. The reserve is a slice of wilderness paradise far from the madding crowd; a place of renewal and reconnection with the natural world. After checking into your indulgent suite, you depart on your first open vehicle safari accompanied by a skilled ranger and tracker. You can expect to encounter a diverse range of animal and bird species on game drives. Since Kapama Private Game Reserve is a Big Five reserve, seeing lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo is possible over a two-day safari in the reserve.
Accommodation: Kapama River Lodge or similar
Distance travelled today: 280 km
(Thu) Northern Kruger Private Reserve (FB + 2 Game Activities)
Your day starts with an early wake-up call and you head out at first light on your morning safari. While seeing big game is always exhilarating, there are many other smaller species that are also captivating, and birding enthusiasts will be delighted at the approximately 350 species of birds recorded on the reserve. You return to the lodge for a few hours of relaxation. You may indulge in a decadent African spa treatment or you could choose to meet and interact with Kapama's 16 habituated elephants (own account). At around 15h00, everyone gathers for high tea, before heading out for the afternoon game drive through the reserve. As darkness falls, the nocturnal animals of the bush come out. A variety of completely different species can be seen on the night drive back to the lodge.
Accommodation: Kapama River Lodge or similar
Distance travelled today: 90 km
Perhaps this morning instead of joining your morning open vehicle safari you choose to end your safari experience with hot air balloon flight or an elephant back safari (own account). After a final delectable brunch you are transferred to nearby Hoedspruit's Eastgate Airport for your flight to Johannesburg.
Distance travelled today: 20kms
- Guest Room
- Bed and Breakfast
- Facilities galore
- The simplistic yet, soft colour scheme and modern design
- The central Al Barsha location
This contemporary 4* hotel is centrally located in Al Barsha and provides easy access to the Sheikh Zayed Road and the Metro Station; offering fantastic connectivity to all of Dubai. The hotel is a mere 200m stroll from the famous Mall of the Emirates, and is also close to various beaches, the Burj Khalifa, as well as skydiving stations, golf courses, the Aquaventure Waterpark, the Heritage Village and Gold Souk market. With all the modern facilities you could wish for, including an infinity pool, and a soft colour palette, this hotel really does provide a tranquil and comfortable haven from which to explore the glamour, rich culture and futuristic developments of Dubai.
Brian Thompson reviewing Hilton Garden Inn Mall of the Emirates (12-Dec-2017)
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