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Module 1


Module 1(Main): Johannesburg – Durban (overnights 1 – 7)

Upon arrival in South Africa you will have the option of doing either a tour of Pretoria or the local township Soweto. After day one there is no turning back. Before your ultimate safari experience begins we have a day filled with breathtaking sights and scenery planned for you. The destination: The Greater Kruger Area via the Panorama Route.


Johannesburg/Pretoria - Greater Kruger - Kruger Park - Swaziland - ST Lucia

Day1: Gauteng (Johannesburg/Pretoria)

Children in Soweto
Children in Soweto

At 19:00 a briefing will take place in the hotel’s lobby for all participants.

Optional Activities (NOT included)

Day 2: Pretoria - Greater Kruger

Game Drive in Kruger
Game Drive in Kruger

We drive via the Panorama Route to the Limpopo Province to our lodge in the Greater Kruger area. Prepare yourself for a truly unforgettable two-night stay.

On the way we visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes, a natural water feature that marks the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon. Through countless eons the swirling whirlpools which occur as the Treur River plunges into the Blyde River caused waterborne sand and rock to grind huge, cylindrical potholes into the bedrock of the river.

Day 3: Greater Kruger

Springbuck in Kruger

This hot area experiences summer rainfall, but the rainy season is never guaranteed to bring as much rain as is needed, and droughts are sometimes experienced. It is dryer here than further south, and animals can often be seen at the waterholes. The winter days are normally bright and clear with cold evenings.

Partake in the morning’s optional activity or relax around the lodge’s pool. In the afternoon an inclusive game drive conducted inside the nearby Manyeleti Game Reserve is done by your guide from the comfort of the air-conditioned vehicle.

Dinners are for your own account, but a boma dinner experience will be presented around a campfire on one of the evenings – weather permitting.

Optional Activity (NOT included)

A morning open vehicle game-drive or game-walk or combination of the two inside the nearby Klaserie or Manyeleti reserves is optional and at an additional cost.

Day 4: Kruger Park

Bufffalo
Buffalo

On day four we enter the Kruger National Park for a full day of game viewing from the comfort of our air-conditioned touring vehicle.

Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park (covering almost 2 million hectares) will give you the true African experience within minutes of entering it. The park was built to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld and now houses 336 tree, 49 fish, 34 amphibian, 114 reptile, 507 bird and 147 mammal species.

Optional Activity (NOT included)

A night game drive is optional and at an additional cost.

Day 5: Kruger Park - Swaziland

Dancing feet
Dancing feet

South Africa is known for its enchanting sunrises. To make your experience all the more enthralling we have arranged a morning game drive (air-conditioned vehicle) in the park before heading off to the tiny landlocked kingdom of Swaziland. Our base for the next two nights is Mlilwane Sanctuary (if available).

Many visitors have marked this as the highlight of the Ezulwini Valley. You can experience the Swazi way of life by sleeping in a traditional beehive hut (chalets are available on request).
 
NB: Passports are necessary at the Swaziland border post!

Day 6: Swaziland

Sunset
Sunset

Today you can enjoy this tranquil reserve by walking, cycling or even horseback riding amongst the many giraffe and antelope. If you prefer a more relaxing day, watching hippos from the bar should keep you entertained. The more adventurous can climb to the top of Nyonyane – the “Execution Rock”. There is also a choice between numerous optional activities at Mlilwane like game drives; game walks; cycling; hiking; horse riding, etc.

Optional Activities (NOT included)

 

Day 7: Swaziland - St Lucia

Hippo
Hippo

We depart for St Lucia in the morning. In the afternoon you can enjoy one of the following optional activities:
 
Optional Activity (NOT included)

In the afternoon you can go on a boat cruise on the Greater St Lucia Wetlands and Lake St Lucia – a world heritage site. The tour takes approximately 2 hours from the mouth area near Honeymoon Bend to the second narrows. This environmental life link connects the Lake to the Indian Ocean. It serves as a highway providing a migratory route for a variety of organisms of which the hippopotami and crocodiles are the most popular.

Day 8: St Lucia - Durban

Module 1 participants: Enjoy an early morning game drive in your air-coditioned vehicle in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park – the best place in the world to see both Black and White rhinos. The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park is the oldest park in South Africa. Set in the heart of Zululand, the Big 5 can be found here and thus game viewing is one of the park’s main attractions.
 
Continuation to Durban, where Module 1 participants will say goodbye to participants continuing with the second module, and where Module 2 participants will meet up with the group for the start of the next module.
 
Module 2 participants: At 19:00 a briefing will take place in the hotel’s lobby for all participants.

 


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