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4 – 6 Day Travel Packages

Shakaland Big 5 Safari Tour (4 days)

Shakaland Big 5 Safari Tour
Day 1 Durban – Shakaland (Monday 09:00)
This 4 day tour starts with a tour around Durban, a cosmopolitan city with a cultural diversity that includes African, Asian and European flavours, a true representation of our rainbow nation. Durban was so named in 1835 after Sir Benjamin D’Urban, the governor of the Cape. We also visit the renowned Durban Botanical Gardens, founded in 1849 and hosts around 500,000 visitors annually, a classic botanic gardens with a huge diversity of plants, for tea and scones before we set off for Shakaland for a Zulu traditional cultural experience a truly rhythmic guided trip.

We stay overnight at Shakaland and dinner at Shisanyama Restaurant.

Day 2 Shakaland – Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park (Tuesday 09:00)
We leave Shakaland behind us and travel into the heart of Zululand to the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve. This is the area where Zulu Kings such as Dingiswayo and Shaka hunted and put in place the first conservation laws established in 1895. Set in the heart of Zululand, game viewing is the primary attraction. Viewing hides and waterholes allow us to get a close up look at some of Africa’s amazing animals. The park is world renowned for its White Rhino conservation project the number of Rhino represented in various parks in Zululand number over 2000 animals. The park is rich in its diversity of fauna and flora which will leave you with the scents, sights and sounds of Africa burned into your memories. We drive onto the bush camp lodge where we stay overnight.

We stay at Hilltop Camp or similar inside the Reserve and dinner at Hilltop Camp Restaurant.

Day 3 Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park (Wednesday)
After a good breakfast we drive around this 96 000 ha reserve to find Lion, hippo, elephant, leopard, buffalo. This reserve is rich in diverse fauna and flora.

We stay at Hilltop Camp or similar inside the Reserve and dinner at Hilltop Camp Restaurant.

Day 4 Hluhluwe Umfolozi – Durban (Thursday)
After breakfast we depart for St.Lucia Wetland Park (iSimagaliso) for a boat cruise up the estuary which is home to Crocodile, Hippo and a multitude of birdlife. iSimangaliso or previously known as the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park is situated on the east coast of KwaZulu Natal about 280 kilometres north of Durban. It is South Africa’s third largest protected area and has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. The park includes the St Lucia Game Reserve, False Bay Park, St Lucia Marine Reserve, Sodwana Bay National Park, Maputaland Marine Reserve, Cape Vidal, Ozabeni, Mfabeni, Tewate Wilderness Area and Mkuze Game Reserve. The park consists of 5 individual yet integrated ecosystems and supports huge diversity of wildlife.

We return to Durban.

Includes:
Air conditioned transport
1 Lunch
Entrance fees
All accommodation
3 Dinners & 3 Breakfasts
Guide
Our vehicles are fully insured and our passengers are covered by passenger liability cover.

Duration: 4 days & 3 nights

 

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Drakensberg Giants Castle and Mountain Kingdom Tour (4 days)

Drakensberg Giants Castle and Mountain Kingdom Tour

Day 1 Durban – Drakensberg (Monday 06:00)

This 4 day tour starts in Durban at 06:00 and takes us through Valley of 1000 Hills. The Valley of 1000 Hills is as its name suggests, a stunning view of magnificent layer upon layer of rolling hills, actually a 1000 of them! So named after the thousands of hills that reach deep into the Umgeni Valley and guide the mighty Umgeni River, that falls from the Drakensberg Mountains, along to the Indian Ocean.

We stop in the capital of KwaZulu- Natal, Pietermaritzburg, for refreshments and then continue to onto Underberg where we begin an adventurous drive up Sani Pass, the well known gateway to the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. The Sani Pass is over 3000 metres above sea level and is known for having 4 seasons in one day. Spectacular views from the winding road (originally a mule track) are simply breath taking. South Africa’s national flower, the Protea, can be found up here, high in the mountains.

Populated by the Basotho, a hardy people who have lived in Lesotho since the 1600’s, we take time to visit a village and learn a bit about their lifestyle and what it’s like to live at the top of the world.

Before heading back to Underberg we stop at the highest pub in Africa where you will be able to taste their local beer (Maluti).

We stay overnight Drakensberg Gardens Hotel and dinner at the hotel.

Day 2 Drakensberg Gardens – Giants Castle (Tuesday 09:30)

After breakfast we meander through the “Midlands Meander” and stop to visit an arts and crafts market. Midlands Meander is an eclectic and fascinating mix of arts and crafts, world-class restaurants and homely comforts, with a wide range of sporting, environmental and historical pursuits thrown in. On the route we stop to see where Nelson Mandela was arrested on 5th August 1962. We continue our journey to Giants Castle we will overnight. Giant’s Castle is situated in the central Drakensberg world heritage site. The last signs of the San people can be found in the form of ancient rock art. Within the Drakensberg – uKhahlamba Park there are about 600 sites where rock art can be found.

We stay overnight Giant’s Castle and dinner at iZimbali Restaurant.

Day 3 Giants Castle (Wednesday)

After breakfast we will take a 45 minute round trip walk from the Giant’s Castle camp to the main caves where you can enjoy a guided tour of the Bushman rock art and the lifestyle of the San people. An average level of fitness is required. The guided tour of southern and northern cave art will enthral you.

Enjoy an afternoon of leisure and relaxation at Giant’s Castle.

We stay overnight Giant’s Castle and dinner at iZimbali Restaurant.

Day 4 Giants Castle – Durban (Thursday)

After breakfast we start making our way back to Durban.

Includes:

Air conditioned transport

1 Lunch

Entrance fees

All accommodation

3 Dinners & 3 Breakfasts

Guide

Our vehicles are fully insured and our passengers are covered by passenger liability cover.

Duration: 4 days & 3 nights

Anglo Zulu Mountain Splendour Tour (4 days)

4 days
Day 1 Durban – Drakensberg (Sunday 07:45)
We leave Durban and head into the rolling hills of Zululand for Isandlwana where we take an historical tour of the Battle of Isandlwana.
The Battle of Isandlwana on 22 January 1879 was the opening, major encounter in the Zulu War between the British Empire and the Zulu Kingdom. A 20,000 strong Zulu army equipped mainly with spears and shields defeated a mixed British and native force armed with modern firearms and artillery. 850 British soldiers and around 450 African soldiers in British service died. Those in the firing line were killed to a man. Only 50 European enlisted men and five officers escaped, in addition to several hundred Africans who fled the battlefield. The Zulus suffered some 1,000 dead and many wounded.

We take lunch at Isandlwana Lodge and then we travel to Rorke’s Drift.

Rorke’s Drift was a mission station in Natal, South Africa, situated near a natural ford (drift) on the Buffalo River. During the Anglo-Zulu War, the defence of Rorke’s Drift (22 January-23 January 1879) immediately followed the British Army’s defeat at the Battle of Isandlwana earlier in the day. One hundred and thirty-nine British soldiers successfully defended their garrison against an intense assault by four to five thousand Zulu warriors. The overwhelming Zulu attack on Rorke’s Drift came a hair’s breadth away from defeating the tiny British garrison. The successful defence of the outpost is held as one of history’s finest defences. (Source Wikipedia)

We stay overnight at Isandlwana Lodge and dinner at the Lodge.

Day 2 Isandlwana – Giants Castle (Monday)
We enjoy a hearty breakfast before we make our way to Ladysmith for a highlight tour of the Anglo-Boer war that took place between 1899 -1902, a war between Britain and the Boers (derived from the Dutch word for famer).
Afterwards we travel into the Drakensberg and to Giant’s Castle.

We stay overnight Giant’s Castle and dinner at iZimbali Restaurant.

Day 3 Giants Castle (Tuesday)
After breakfast we will take a 45 minute round trip walk from the Giant’s Castle camp to the main caves where you can enjoy a guided tour of the Bushman rock art and the lifestyle of the San people. An average level of fitness is required. The guided tour of southern and northern cave art will enthral you.
Giant’s Castle is situated in the central Drakensberg world heritage site. The last signs of the San people can be found in the form of ancient rock art. Within the Drakensberg – uKhahlamba Park there are about 600 sites where rock art can be found.

Enjoy an afternoon of leisure and relaxation at Giant’s Castle.

We stay overnight Giant’s Castle and dinner at iZimbali Restaurant.

Day 4 Giants Castle – Durban (Wednesday)
After breakfast we head back for Durban meandering through the “Midlands Meander” and stop to visit an arts and crafts market. Midlands Meander is an eclectic and fascinating mix of arts and crafts, world-class restaurants and homely comforts, with a wide range of sporting, environmental and historical pursuits thrown in. On the route we stop to see where Nelson Mandela was arrested on 5th August 1962.

Includes:
Air conditioned transport
2 Lunches
Entrance fees
All accommodation
3 Dinners & 3 Breakfasts
Hotel Portage
Guide
Our vehicles are fully insured and our passengers are covered by passenger liability cover.

Duration: 4 days & 3 nights

Kruger National Park Big 5 and Swaziland Kingdom Tour (6 days)

Day 1 Johannesburg – Mpumalanga (Monday 07:30)

We leave Johannesburg’s skyline behind us as we head to Mpumalanga descending several thousand feet into the lowveld. Our route is filled with historic towns such as Witbank, Dullstroom and Lydenberg. We travel through the Long Tom Pass, so called from the Long Tom Cannons used during the Anglo-Boer war, as we head to Hazyview town for our accommodation, the closest town to Kruger National Park.

Day 2 Hazy View – Panaorama Route (Tuesday)

After breakfast we travel to Gods Window, a popular vantage point along the Drakensberg escarpment in Mpumalanga. It is situated at the southern extremity of the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. Here majestic cliffs plunge over 700 meters to the Lowveld and the game reserves which have made the area one of Africa’s prime wildlife destinations. From this Escarpment – a 250km long rampart of sheer cliffs – opens a vista into a plush forest, the Eden-like aesthetic appearance of which prompted the name. On a clear day it is possible to see over the Kruger National Park towards the Lebombo Mountains on the border with Mozambique. (Source Wikipedia). We come to the hotel in Hazyview to end of our day with an afternoon of leisure before preparing for dinner.

Day 3 Kruger National Park (Wednesday)

Today we set off early, before breakfast for an early morning safari in search of the big 5 and other wildlife which the Kruger National Park is so well known for. The history of Kruger National Park is quite extraordinary and colourful which includes the San people, Voortrekkers and prospectors. After a rapid destruction of wildlife in the area, President Paul Kruger persuaded the Transvaal parliament to establish a protected area for wildlife in this lowveld region and so the Kruger National Park was established.
We return back in Hazyview after an adventurous safari searching for the big five and other interesting wild life.

Day 4 Kruger National Park – Swaziland (Thursday)

After Breakfast we drive to the Kingdom of Eswatini and get immersed in a Swazi cultural experience at Matsamo homestead . After lunch we head to Ngwenya Valley (Ngwenya is the Siswati name for “crocodile”), home to one of the oldest iron ore open cast mines in the world, dated up to 43,000 years old. We take time to visit a glass blowing factory to witness the craftsmen create amazing glass ornaments of animals and birds of Africa.
We then make our way to the capital of Swaziland, Mbabane and into the Ezulwini valley for our overnight stay.
We stay at Lugogo Sun Hotel or similar and dinner at the hotel.

Day 5 Swaziland – Zululand (St. Lucia) (Friday)

This morning after breakfast we visit a candle factory where craftsmen and women make and mould intricate and interesting candles. Animals, birds and various other geometric shaped ornaments are made here. We leave Swaziland and head for Zululand and the St. Lucia Estuary where we enjoy a boat cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary, home to hundreds of hippos and crocodiles as well as a huge diversity of birdlife, including the iconic Fish Eagle.
iSimangaliso or previously known as the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park is situated on the east coast of KwaZulu Natal about 280 kilometres north of Durban. It is South Africa’s third largest protected area and has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. The park includes the St Lucia Game Reserve, False Bay Park, St Lucia Marine Reserve, Sodwana Bay National Park, Maputaland Marine Reserve, Cape Vidal, Ozabeni, Mfabeni, Tewate Wilderness Area and Mkuze Game Reserve. The park consists of 5 individual yet integrated ecosystems and supports huge diversity of wildlife.
We stay at Elephant Lake hotel in St. Lucia or similar and dinner in St. Lucia.

Day 6 St’ Lucia – Durban (Saturday)

We head back for Durban after breakfast.

Includes:

Air conditioned transport
1 Lunches
2 Dinners & 5 Breakfasts 
Entrance fees 
All accommodation
Guide 
Our vehicles are fully insured and our passengers are covered by passenger liability cover.

NB: Visas are required for Swaziland

Duration: 6 days & 5 nights

Panorama Exploration Route Tour (4 days)

Day 1 Johannesburg – Mpumalanga (Monday)

We leave Johannesburg’s skyline behind us as we head to Mpumalanga descending several thousand feet into the lowveld. Our route is filled with historic towns such as Witbank, Dullstroom and Lydenberg. We travel through the Long Tom Pass, so called from the Long Tom Cannons used during the Anglo-Boer war, as we head to Hazyview town for our accommodation the closest town to Kruger National Park.

Day 2  Panaorama Route (Tuesday)

After breakfast we travel to Gods Window, a popular vantage point along the Drakensberg escarpment in Mpumalanga. It is situated at the southern extremity of the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. Here majestic cliffs plunge over 700 meters to the Lowveld and the game reserves which have made the area one of Africa’s prime wildlife destinations. From this Escarpment – a 250km long rampart of sheer cliffs – opens a vista into a plush forest, the Eden-like aesthetic appearance of which prompted the name. On a clear day it is possible to see over the Kruger National Park towards the Lebombo Mountains on the border with Mozambique. (Source – Wikipedia).
We visit the Blyde River Canyon which is a significant natural feature of South Africa, located in Mpumalanga, and forming the northern part of the Drakensberg escarpment. It is 16 miles (26 kilometers) in length and is, on average, around 2500 feet (800m) deep. We also visit Bourkes Luck Potholes, named after a gold prospector called Tom Burke who staked a claim nearby but never found an ounce of gold but correctly predicted that gold existed there and large deposits were found. The potholes are a natural water feature created by water, sand and rock that have ground huge cylindrical potholes into the rock of the river bed. (Source – Wikipedia)
We come to the end of our day by having sundowners at the pool with glass of wine or champagne (own account)
at the Hotel in Hazyview .

Day 3 Kruger National Park (Wednesday)

Today we set off early, before breakfast, for an early morning safari in search of the big 5 and other wildlife which the Kruger National Park is so well known for. The history of Kruger National Park is quite extraordinary and colourful which includes the San people, Voortrekkers and prospectors. After a rapid destruction of wildlife in the area, President Paul Kruger persuaded the Transvaal parliament to establish a protected area for wildlife in this lowveld region and so the Kruger National Park was established.
We return to the hotel in Hazyview for the afternoon of leisure before preparing for dinner.

Day 4 Kruger National Park – Johannesburg (Thursday)

We head back for Johannesburg after breakfast.
Includes:
Air conditioned transport
3 Dinners & 4 Breakfasts
Entrance fees
All accommodation
Guide

Our vehicles are fully insured and our passengers are covered by passenger liability cover.

Duration: 4 days & 3 nights

 

East Coast to Gold City Tour (6 days)

East Coast to Gold City Tour
Day 1 Durban – St. Lucia. (iSamangaliso) (Sunday 07:45)
Your tour starts in Durban and we drive north through sugarcane fields to St. Lucia. (iSamangaliso)
iSimangaliso or previously known as the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park is situated on the east coast of KwaZulu Natal about 280 kilometres north of Durban. It is South Africa’s third largest protected area and has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. The park includes the St Lucia Game Reserve, False Bay Park, St Lucia Marine Reserve, Sodwana Bay National Park, Maputaland Marine Reserve, Cape Vidal, Ozabeni, Mfabeni, Tewate Wilderness Area and Mkuze Game Reserve. The park consists of 5 individual yet integrated ecosystems and supports huge diversity of wildlife.
We visit a Zulu Cultural Village where dancers will thrill you with the ethnic sounds and songs of Africa!

We stay at Protea St. Lucia or similar and diner in St. Lucia.

Day 2 St. Lucia – Swaziland (Monday)
We enjoy a hearty breakfast before we enjoy a boat cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary, home to hundreds of hippos and crocodiles as well as a huge diversity of birdlife, including the iconic Fish Eagle. Leaving Zululand behind us we make our way to Swaziland and discover more about the Swazi people and their culture. We stop off at a candle factory where craftsmen and women make and mould intricate and interesting candles. Animals, birds and various other geometric shaped ornaments are made here.

We stay at Lugogo Sun Hotel or similar and dinner at the hotel.

Day 3 Swaziland – Kruger National Park (Tuesday)
After breakfast we head to Ngwenya Valley (Ngwenya is the Siswati name for “crocodile”), home to one of the oldest iron ore open cast mines in the world, dated up to 43,000 years old. We take time to visit a glass blowing factory to witness the craftsmen create amazing glass ornaments of animals and birds of Africa.
After the amazing talents of these Swazi Crafts people we make our way to the Kruger National Park where we will safari through the park to the Kruger Park Lodge and stand a good chance of spotting the big 5 in South Africa’s largest game reserve.

We stay at Kruger Rest Camp or similar inside the Reserve and dinner at Kruger Restaurant.

Day 4 Kruger National Park (Wednesday)
Today we set off early, before breakfast for an early morning safari in search of the big 5 and other wildlife for which the Kruger National Park is so well known. The history of Kruger National Park is quite extraordinary and colourful which includes the San people, Voortrekkers and prospectors. After a rapid destruction of wildlife in the area, President Paul Kruger persuaded the Transvaal parliament to establish a protected area for wildlife in this lowveld region and so the Kruger National Park was established. We stop for breakfast at one of the camps and then make our way back to the lodge for lunch and our overnight stay. Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa. It covers 18,989 square km (7,332 sq mi) and extends 350 km (217 mi) from north to south and 60 km (37 mi) from east to west.

We stay at Kruger Rest Camp or similar inside the Reserve and dinner at Kruger Restaurant.

Day 5 Kruger National Park – Pilgrim’s Rest (Thursday)
After breakfast we travel to Gods Window, a popular vantage point along the Drakensberg escarpment in Mpumalanga. It is situated at the southern extremity of the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. Here majestic cliffs plunge over 700 meters to the Lowveld and the game reserves which have made the area one of Africa’s prime wildlife destinations. From this Escarpment – a 250km long rampart of sheer cliffs – opens a vista into a plush forest, the Eden-like aesthetic appearance of which prompted the name. On a clear day it is possible to see over the Kruger National Park towards the Lebombo Mountains on the border with Mozambique. (Source Wikipedia).

We visit the Blyde River Canyon which is a significant natural feature of South Africa, located in Mpumalanga, and forming the northern part of the Drakensberg escarpment. It is 16 miles (26 kilometers) in length and is, on average, around 2500 feet (800m) deep. We also visit Bourkes Luck Potholes, named after a gold prospector called Tom Burke who staked a claim nearby but never found an ounce of gold but correctly predicted that gold existed there and large deposits were found. The potholes are a natural water feature created by water, sand and rock that have ground huge cylindrical potholes into the rock of the river bed. (Source Wikipedia).

Our day end in Pilgrim’s Rest, an historic gold rush town. Gold panning still exists and competitions are held throughout the year. Gold was discovered here in 1873 by Alex Patterson and by 22 September 1873 Pilgrim’ Rest was officially proclaimed a gold field and is now a national monument.

We stay overnight at the well known Royal Hotel and dinner at the hotel.

Day 6 Pilgrim’s Rest – Johannesburg (Friday)
We depart for Lydenberg after breakfast, travelling through Long Tom Pass, so called from the Long Tom Cannons used during the Anglo-Boer war and onward through various historic towns along the way to Pretoria where we will give you a guided tour of the city’s highlights such as the Voortrekker Monument, Paul Kruger’s home and the Union Buildings and finally end our journey in Johannesburg.

Includes:
Air conditioned transport
3 Lunches
Entrance fees
All accommodation
3 Dinners & 5 Breakfasts
Hotel Portage
Guide
Our vehicles are fully insured and our passengers are covered by passenger liability cover.

NB: Visas are required for Swaziland.

Duration: 6 days & 5 nights

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