South African Explorer - Accommodated

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Price: From ZAR 25950 per person

    Day 1: Travel Along the Panorama Route

    Departing from Johannesburg you travel along the picturesque Panorama Route, stopping along the way at Bourkes Luck Potholes and Blyde River Canyon for some photo opportunities, to the Timbavati concession area for the evening. Begin your safari adventure with an optional evening game drive in the concession. 

                   
    • Highlights: Panorama Route
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    • Accommodation: Hotel
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    • Meals:L D
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    Days 2-3: Experiencing the Kruger National Park

    Today you get up early for a visit to the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre to learn about the wildlife you’ll see on your safaris. In the afternoon, embark on an afternoon game drive in the world-renowned Kruger National Park to search for the Big 5. 

    The following day will be a full day of game viewing from your overland truck as you explore this wonderful park searching for the animals you missed yesterday afternoon. In the evening book an evening game drive with a ranger and observe the nocturnal creatures as they begin their day. 

                   
    • Highlights: Kruger National Park
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    • Accommodation: Hotel
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    • Meals:B D
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    Days 4-5: Hiking Around the Mlilwane Nature Reserve

    After a morning game drive, you’ll say goodbye to Kruger as you make your way to the landlocked kingdom of Swaziland. Spend the next two nights at the Mlilwane Nature Reserve exploring the area on foot as a way to appreciate the scenic beauty as well as the animals. On the second evening following dinner, experience some unique Swazi traditional dancing. 

                   
    • Highlights: Mlilwane Nature Reserve
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    • Accommodation: Hotel
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    • Meals:B L D
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    Day 6: Cruising the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

    Leaving Swaziland by means of a scenic drive, you’ll re-enter South Africa and head to the northern Natal coast, and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. After a moment to rest, board a boat for an included sunset cruise around the wetlands to view the variety of birds and hippos. 

                   
    • Highlights: iSimangaliso Wetland Park
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    • Accommodation: Hotel
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    • Meals:B L D
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    Day 7: Enjoying Some Curry in Durban

    This morning make your way to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve for a half-day game drive in an open vehicle. Keep your eyes open for the Big 5, as the park is the only state-run park in Natal to have the Big 5. 

    Arrive in South Africa’s 2nd largest city, Durban, in the late afternoon. Spend the evening exploring the city, and maybe having dinner at an authentic curry restaurant. 

                   
    • Highlights: Durban
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    • Accommodation: Hotel
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    • Meals:B
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    Days 8-9: Climbing the Drakensberg Mountains

    Your journey takes you inland the Royal Natal National Park in the Drakensberg region – South Africa’s highest mountain range – where you’ll stay for the next two nights. Explore these impressive mountains on either foot or horseback. Your guide will take you on a lovely hike, if you choose not to do the optional horse riding. 

                   
    • Highlights: Drakensberg Mountains
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    • Accommodation: Hotel
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    • Meals:B L D
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    Days 10-11: Pony Trekking in the Hills of Lesotho

    Today you’ll travel along a long but scenic route to the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho where after crossing the border, you’ll ascend to your rural accommodations for the night. The next day, you can head out on an optional Pony Trek to explore the remote hills and take in the breathtaking views around the lodge. Those that don’t wish to do the trek, can visit a local village and their school. 

                   
    • Highlights: Lesotho
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    • Accommodation: Hotel
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    • Meals:B L D
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    Days 12-13: Checking Out Middle Earth in Hogsback

    This morning you drive back into South Africa as you make your way to the stunning Hogsback Valley. Some claim that this area was JRR Tolkein’s inspiration for his stories as he lived here as a child. 

    On your second day, you can take a guided hike up to the Swallow Falls, Bridal Veil Falls or the Madonna and Child Falls, or you may choose to simply relax and enjoy the view from your accommodation. 

                   
    • Highlights: Hogsback
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    • Accommodation: Hotel
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    • Meals:B L D
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    Day 14: Searching for Elephants in Addo

    Return to your safari adventure as you head to Addo Elephant National Park on the coast of the Eastern Cape. The park has one of the largest concentration of African elephants, and other wildlife which you’re bound to see on an optional evening game drive. 

                   
    • Highlights: Addo Elephant National Park
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    • Accommodation: Hotel
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    • Meals:B L D
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    Days 15-16: Getting Above the Trees in Tsitsikamma

    Following an early morning game drive in search of elephants, you continue west to the start of the Garden Route – the Tsitsikamma National Park. Meaning ‘place of abundant water,’ the park will not let you down, with it’s indigenous forests and stunning coastline.

    Spend the next two nights exploring this wonderful area of South Africa. You can choose to hike the initial portion of the Otter Trail, explore the forests from above by partaking in a treetop canopy tour, or maybe you want a little adrenalin rush by bungee jumping off the world’s highest commercial bungee bridge. 

                   
    • Highlights: Tsitsikamma National Park
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    • Accommodation: Hotel
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    • Meals:B L D
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    Day 17: Relaxing in Knysna

    A short drive will get you to your destination today – Keurbooms River, near Plettenberg Bay. Your accommodation is situated on the river and close to a secluded beach where you might want to wander off to, to relax. Otherwise book an excursion to Knysna to explore this quaint little town famous for its lagoon. 

                   
    • Highlights: Knysna
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    • Accommodation: Hotel
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    • Meals:B L D
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    Day 18: Exploring the Cango Caves

    Your journey continues through the Outeniqua Mountains inland to the town of Oudtshoorn. Along the way, you could partake in the Outeniqua Power Van – its a 3 hour round trip tour of the old coastal railway. Once in Oudtshoorn, you’ll get to visit the famous Cango Caves, and take a guided tour of the stunning caves, and the limestone formations. 

                   
    • Highlights: Oudtshoorn, Cango Caves
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    • Accommodation: Hotel
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    • Meals:B L D
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    Day 19: Sipping Wine in Stellenbosch

    Traveling along the picturesque Route 62, you’ll drive to the town of Stellenbosch and the centre of South Africa’s wine region. Spend the afternoon touring this historic European settlement marveling at the architecture and small town feel. In the evening, head to one of the local restaurants for a final group dinner. 

                   
    • Highlights: Stellenbosch
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    • Accommodation: Hotel
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    • Meals:B L
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    Day 20: Ending Your Tour in Cape Town

    Following a leisurely start, you begin your final day on the tour with a stop at The Spier Wine Estate for a chance to taste some fine wine. On the premises is a Cheetah Breeding Project that you can visit to get up close with these majestic creatures before heading to Cape Town. Your tour will end upon your arrival in the Mother City. 

                   
    • Highlights: Cape Town
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    • Meals:B
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    Rates & Dates
    • SEASONAL DATES: TOUR PRICE: LOCAL PAYMENT
    • 01 January 2017 - 29 December 2017 ZAR 25950 ZAR 3000
    Tour Departures Dates
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    • March 28 March 2017 16 April 2017 March 31 March 2017 19 April 2017 April 07 April 2017 26 April 2017 April 11 April 2017 30 April 2017 April 14 April 2017 03 May 2017 April 21 April 2017 10 May 2017 April 25 April 2017 14 May 2017 April 28 April 2017 17 May 2017 May 05 May 2017 24 May 2017 May 09 May 2017 28 May 2017 May 12 May 2017 31 May 2017 May 19 May 2017 07 June 2017 May 23 May 2017 11 June 2017 May 26 May 2017 14 June 2017 June 02 June 2017 21 June 2017 June 06 June 2017 25 June 2017 June 09 June 2017 28 June 2017 June 16 June 2017 05 July 2017 June 20 June 2017 09 July 2017 June 23 June 2017 12 July 2017 June 30 June 2017 19 July 2017 July 04 July 2017 23 July 2017 July 07 July 2017 26 July 2017 July 14 July 2017 02 August 2017 July 18 July 2017 06 August 2017 July 21 July 2017 09 August 2017 July 28 July 2017 16 August 2017 August 01 August 2017 20 August 2017 August 04 August 2017 23 August 2017 August 11 August 2017 30 August 2017 August 15 August 2017 03 September 2017 August 18 August 2017 06 September 2017 August 25 August 2017 13 September 2017 August 29 August 2017 17 September 2017 September 01 September 2017 20 September 2017 September 08 September 2017 27 September 2017 September 12 September 2017 01 October 2017 September 15 September 2017 04 October 2017 September 22 September 2017 11 October 2017 September 26 September 2017 15 October 2017 September 29 September 2017 18 October 2017 October 06 October 2017 25 October 2017 October 10 October 2017 29 October 2017 October 13 October 2017 01 November 2017 October 20 October 2017 08 November 2017 October 24 October 2017 12 November 2017 October 27 October 2017 15 November 2017 November 03 November 2017 22 November 2017 November 07 November 2017 26 November 2017 November 10 November 2017 29 November 2017 November 17 November 2017 06 December 2017 November 21 November 2017 10 December 2017 November 24 November 2017 13 December 2017 December 01 December 2017 20 December 2017 December 05 December 2017 24 December 2017 December 08 December 2017 27 December 2017 December 15 December 2017 03 January 2018 December 19 December 2017 07 January 2018 December 22 December 2017 10 January 2018 December 29 December 2017 17 January 2018