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Overview

AA wonderful eight day trip taking is some of the most spectacular scenery that South Africa has to offer, with a journey through the beautiful surroundings of the Panorama Route, game tours in two of the major reserves and a visit to the small mountain kingdom of Swaziland

Tour Highlights
Enjoy spectacular scenery as you travel along the magnificent Panorama Route, most notably as your journey through Blyde River Canyon
Seek out the 'Big Five' on a visit to the Kruger National Park
Discover Swazi culture on a visit to the Matsamo Cultural Village in the tiny kingdom of Swaziland
Watch the sun set with drinks after a drive to the summit of the Ubombo Mountains
Gain a glimpse into Zulu life in the modern world
Take a wildlife-seeking boat ride in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Inclusions
Transport in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle
English speaking THETA registered tour guide
Includes 7 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners and 1 Lunch


Day 1: Johannesburg
Arrive at OR Tambo International Airport where you will be met before transfer to your hotel, with the remainder of the day being yours to spend at your leisure.

Hotel Stay: Park Inn Sandton, or similar

Day 2: Panorama Route
Leave Johannesburg to travel along the stunning Panorama Route to Mpumalanga and your overnight stay. Along the route, you'll be able to take in a range of spectacular sights as you travel through the Blyde River Canyon section, including Bourke's Luck Potholes, The Three Rondavels and – time and weather permitting – God's Window.

Hotel Stay: Perry's Bridge Hollow, standard room, or similar (B,D)

Day 3: Kruger National Park
Leave in the early morning to visit the Kruger National Park on an open vehicle safari, which will give you the chance to try and spot the 'Big Five' of African wildlife, amongst many other species. After your morning game drive, return to your hotel in the afternoon, with the remainder of the day being free time to do as you wish.

Hotel Stay: Perry's Bridge Hollow, standard room, or similar (B,D)
Note: Evening safari available at additional charge

Day 4: Swaziland
Take a trip across the border to the mountainous kingdom that is Swaziland, where you'll be able to see a showcase of traditional Swazi culture at the Matsamo Cultural Village. Beautiful sculptures and artwork will be created in front of your eyes when you head for the Ngwenya Glass Works and you'll have time in the Mbabane craft markets before arriving at your overnight accommodation in the Ezulwini Valley.

Hotel Stay: Royal Swazi Sun, standard room, or similar (B,L)

Day 5: Zululand
After a visit to the Swazi Candle Factory, head via the town of Big Bend to KwaZulu Natal, arriving at your hotel in time to take a scenic drive into the Ubombo Mountains. The drive, which includes a visit to a local homestead to gain a glimpse of Zulu life, will offer fine views over Lake Jozini and concludes with drinks at the summit as the sun sets. Dinner on the terrace, weather permitting, will be awaiting your return at the hotel.

Hotel Stay: Ghost Mountain Inn, standard room, or similar (B,D)

Day 6: Hluhluwe Game Reserve
After a morning at leisure to do as you wish at the resort, transfer to the Hluhluwe Game Reserve for further wildlife viewing, including a second chance to see the 'Big Five' and the opportunity to see the white rhino, which was saved from extinction in the park.

Hotel Stay: Ghost Mountain Inn, standard room, or similar (B,D)

Day 7: Durban
Travel along the Elephant Coast of KwaZulu Natal to St Lucia for a boat trip in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, with the opportunity to see hippo and crocodiles alongside a rich array of birdlife. You'll then head on to Durban and an afternoon arrival at your hotel.

Hotel Stay: Benjamin Boutique Hotel, or similar (B)

Day 8: Depart Durban
Enjoy a brief city tour during the morning to learn about the cultural and historical contrasts that exist in the city. Then it's time to head for the airport for your return trip home.
(B)

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