Kruger national Park from Johannesburg 3 days

15 Feb

Kruger National Park from Johannesburg
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Itinerary
Day 1 Johannesburg to Kruger National park (± 450km) 
Guests are collected from the hotel and head eastwards to the Kruger National Park in province of Mpumalanga, ‘the place where the sun rises’. Guests have the opportunity of freshening up, on arrival, before embarking on an afternoon’s game drive in an open safari vehicle.

The Kruger National Park forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. This peace park links South Africa’s Kruger National Park with Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park, in the north and with Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park, in the east. At 20 000 km2 the park is roughly the size of the Netherlands. Guests return to the hotel and enjoy dinner before retiring for the night

Accommodation : Protea Hotel Kruger Gate DBB

Day 2 Full day in the Kruger National Park

After breakfast guests enjoy a game drive in an open safari vehicle. The Kruger National Park boasts 16 macro ecozones and because of its varied topography provides sanctuary for 500 avian species and 1 980 species of plant. The park’s diversity ensures an unforgettable bushveld experience. The tour stops for lunch (own account) in the park. Guests return to the hotel and enjoy dinner before retiring for the night
Accommodation : Protea Hotel Kruger Gate DBB 

Day 3 Kruger National Park to Johannesburg via Long Tom Pass (± 520km)
Guests enjoy an early-morning game drive before returning to the hotel for breakfast. The tour departs, after breakfast, for Johannesburg, via Long Tom Pass (time and weather permitting). Enjoy lunch (own account) en-route. The tour concludes, on arrival, at a Johannesburg city hotel.

Protea Hotel Kruger Gate

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South African Explorer : 13 Days Tour from Johannesburg to Cape Town TIRS

15 Feb

Johannesburg to Cape Town

13 day tour of South African highlights

The South African Explorer : TIRS (13 days)
Learn more about historical Joburg; Stay at 3 private game lodges with open vehicle game drives and excellent cuisine;  see Africa’s Big 5, spot unique wildlife at a world heritage site; interact with ostriches; go on an ocean safari; enjoy a sunset oyster cruise on the Knysna estuary and walk through the Tsitsikamma forest

Accommodation
1 night Joburg Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton – BB

1 night Makalali game Reserve  – DBB and 2 game activities 2017: Moditlo

1 night Hazyview Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort – DBB

1 night Bongani Mountain Lodge Lodge – DBB and 1 game excursion

1 night St Lucia Forest Lodge – BB & one game excursion

1 night Durban Protea Hotel Edward – BB

1 night Port Elizabeth Protea Hotel Marine – BB

2 nights Knysna Protea Hotel Knysna Quays – BB

1 night Oudtshoorn Surval Boutique Olive Estate – DBB

2 nights Cape Town Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town – BB

Itinerary

 

DAY 1 | SUNDAY | DAY OF ARRIVAL (±30km)

On arrival at the airport, guests will be collected and transferred to the hotel. After lunch (own account) embark on a guided afternoon city tour of Johannesburg. Share in the history of Johannesburg – the city of gold. Explore South Africa’s heritage; experience the street life of Newtown and take a trip to the Carlton Centre and Constitution Hill. Dinner (own account) is served at the hotel

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Gold reef city water wheel

DAY 2 | MONDAY | JOHANNESBURG  to MAKALALI GAME RESERVE  via DULLSTROOM (±456km)

Guests are collected from the hotel and travel eastwards to the province of Limpopo, via Dullstroom. Stop for lunch (own account) en-route and arrive at a private game reserve.  Enjoy a guided, open vehicle game drive, viewing the ‘Big 5’ and other distinctive species including giraffe, zebra and cheetah. Return to the lodge for pre-dinner drinks (own account) and dinner.

DAY 3 | TUESDAY | MAKALALI GAME RESERVE TO HAZYVIEW  via PANORAMA ROUTE (±180km)

Experience an early morning start in the bushveld on a guided, open vehicle game drive. The morning bushveld sights and sounds are different from the evening cacophony and with a bit of luck, some of the big cats may still be about after their night’s hunting. Enjoy coffee and rusks in the bush before returning to the lodge for breakfast.
After breakfast, head to one of Mpumalanga’s most magnificent topographical attractions, the Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondavels. The Blyde River Canyon is the largest green canyon in the world. The Panorama Route affords guests memorable views of the more significant sites in this area including God’s Window and the Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Lunch (own account) is enjoyed along this scenic route. The tour stops in Hazyview for the evening.

DAY 4 | WEDNESDAY | HAZYVIEW to MTHETHOMUSHA GAME RESERVE via KRUGER NATIONAL PARK  (±160km)

Depart Hazyview heading towards Mpumalanga’s flagship attraction, Kruger National Park.

Kruger National Park forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.  This peace-park links the Kruger with Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe and the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique.  It is 20 000 sq. kms in extent, roughly the size of the Netherlands.

A closed vehicle game drive gives guess the opportunity to take in the park’s vastness and view the Big 5 and other fauna and flora.  The park boasts a myriad of species including 145 species of mammal, 500 species of bird, 114 reptiles and 1982 species of plant.

Several historical and ancient archaeological sites dot the park, testament to a varied history.  Enjoy lunch in the park (own account).

Exit the park at Malelane Gate en route to the Mthethomusha Game Reserve and in time of an evening open safari vehicle game drive followed by dinner at the lodge.

DAY 5 | THURSDAY | MTHETHOMUSHA GAME RESERVE to ST L UCIA via SWAZILAND (±445km)

After an early breakfast, guests travel to St Lucia via the Kingdom of Swaziland. Swaziland is one of two kingdoms in Southern Africa and the smallest country in Africa. This landlocked kingdom is named after the 19th century King Mswati II and is today still largely reliant on ancient cultural tradition.

Guests enter Swaziland at Mananga border post and have the opportunity to interact with the friendly Swazi people during the lunch stop (own account) en-route.

Exit Swaziland at the Lavumisa Border post and enter South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province in an area colloquially referred to as the Elephant Coast. This region is acclaimed for its towering mountains, the warm Indian Ocean, tropical vegetation and a myriad of animal species.

 In the late afternoon guests arrive at the hotel and have the opportunity to freshen up before pre-dinner drinks and dinner (both own account). Guests have the option of a night game excursion (own account).

Note : When entering the Kingdom of Swaziland, please ensure that you are in possession of a valid passport, and for nationals of certain countries, multi-entry visa terms and conditions will apply

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DAY 6 | FRIDAY | ST. LUCIA TO DURBAN (± 300km)
Discover South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, meaning ‘miracle and wonder’. The 332 000-hectare park contains 3 major lake systems, 8 interlinking ecosystems, 700-year old fishing traditions, most of South Africa’s remaining swamp forests, Africa’s largest estuarine system, 525 bird species, 25 000 year-old coastal dunes (amongst the highest in the world) and is home to the biggest hippo and crocodile populations in the country.

Before breakfast embark on an open safari vehicle and enjoy a game drive through iSimangaliso. Observe hippopotamus, crocodiles and an abundance of birds on an eco-friendly boat cruise on the estuary.

Have lunch (own account) while taking in the lake-vista before departing for the city of Durban. Dinner is served at the hotel / city (own account).

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DAY 7 | SATURDAY | DURBAN to PORT ELIZABETH – FLIGHT (own account and own arrangement)

Breakfast is enjoyed at the hotel and the morning spent at leisure. Take a walk along the promenade or a ride on a Zulu rickshaw to the beachfront market (own account). Guests are collected from the hotel and transferred to King Shaka International Airport for a flight to Port Elizabeth (flight not included) and, on arrival, met and transferred to a city hotel. Dinner (own account) is served at the hotel or at a restaurant of choice.

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DAY 8 | SUNDAY | PORT ELIZABETH to KNYSNA via TSITSIKAMMA FOREST (±285km)

After breakfast the tour travels westwards towards Knysna, via Storm’s River and the beautiful Tsitsikamma Forest. The tour’s first stop is in Storm’s River. Guests enjoy a short walk to and along a suspension bridge over the Storm’s River mouth taking in the seascape and the wild surf.

Enjoy lunch (own account) in the Tsitsikamma Forest area. The tour continues further westwards to the acclaimed town of Knysna.

Arrive and check in before embarking on a sunset Knysna oyster cruise (weather permitting). This is an informative and interactive cruise that introduces guests to the culinary delights of the wild Knysna oyster. Enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants on the Knysna Estuary (own account)24409DS.jpg

DAY 9 | MONDAY | KNYSNA to PLETTENBERG BAY and BACK (±60km)

After breakfast the tour departs to Plettenberg Bay or “Pltt” as it is colloquially known.
Board a boat at Lookout Beach and enjoy an ocean excursion (weather permitting) with an emphasis on conservation.  This Fair Trade Tourism certified excursion gives guests the opportunity to see whales, dolphin and seals in their natural  habitat.

Return to shore and enjoy a relaxing lunch (own account).

In the afternoon take a guided tour of the Qolweni Township, school and crèche. This community development programme channels allocated tour proceeds into the education of Qolweni’s children. Guests are invited to donate pencils, books and other stationary. Take a scenic drive back to Knysna and spend time at leisure. In the early evening enjoy dinner at one of many restaurants on the Knysna Waterfront.  

DAY 10 | TUESDAY | KNYSNA to OUDTSHOORN via WILDERNESS (±125km)
The tour departs for Oudtshoorn, in the Klein Karoo.
Lunch (own account) at an ostrich farm in the Cango Valley, on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn.
Take an informative tour of the farm on board a tractor.  Guests are exposed to the mechanics of the feather industry. Guests spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. A traditional dinner is served at the lodge.

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DAY 11 | WEDNESDAY | OUDTSHOORN to CAPE TOWN via ROUTE 62 (±420km)

The tour departs for Cape Town, via the Cango Caves, on the iconic Route 62.

After breakfast, guests enjoy an olive farm tour. A tasting, paired with Protea Rose or juice, is offered in the orchard.

The tour continues on to the Cango Caves. This 20 million-year-old cave system, an international treasure located in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains, is 4 kilometres in length and includes an extensive system of tunnels and chambers.

Departing the Cango Caves, the tour traces Route 62, the region’s iconic freeway. Traversing a varied topography, dramatic mountain vistas, the unique splendour of the semi-arid Klein Karoo and tranquil Winelands, Route 62’s claim as South Africa’s own ‘Mother Road’ is difficult to argue. Enjoy a traditional Witblits tasting (own account) and the sweeping views of the Tradouw Valley. Lunch is enjoyed en-route (own account). This leg of the tour ends, late afternoon, at a Cape Town hotel. Guests enjoy dinner at the hotel or a city restaurant (own account).

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DAY 12 | THURSDAY | CAPE TOWN FULL DAY TOUR

Cape Town offers a wide range of activities, sites and excursions including iconic beaches, the enigmatic Table Mountain, an eclectic night life, a myriad of shopping venues and much more.

After breakfast join a guided full day Cape Point tour.

Travel along the Atlantic seaboard to Cape Point via Chapman’s Peak and the Cape Peninsula. Visit the Cape Point Nature Reserve; Boulders penguin colony (own account) and the internationally-recognised Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.
Enjoy dinner at one of many city restaurants (own account).

DAY 13 | FRIDAY | CAPE TOWN / DAY OF DEPARTURE

On your final day, enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel before spending the day at leisure. Your transfer to Cape Town International (included) sees the end of our tour. Here we will say hamba kahle, good bye and go well

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Coach_Tours

4 Feb

WHY TAKE A LOCALLY ESCORTED COACH TOUR

• Leave the driving to someone else:
Don’t forget that they drive on the other side of the road down here.  On holiday do you really want the responsibility of driving and finding your way around?

• Meet new people- Make new friends
Passengers on the coach tours  come from all over the world, as. You are going to make lots of new friends.

• Learn more about South Africa
Because of the informed commentaries (plus you will have time to read or surf more) the potential to learn on an escorted coach tour is far greater than on a self-drive or rail journey.

• Know your costs before leaving home.
Most of the tours we recommend are virtually all inclusive. By prepaying much of your travel costs in advance you can work out your travel budget more accurately.

• Ideal for Single Travellers
Escorted coach tours are perfect for solo travellers. The crew will make you instantly feel part of the group. You can pay a single supplement if you prefer your own room. You can also choose to share a room with someone of the same sex and if we cannot find a match you will have your own room at no extra charge.

• Hassle free Travel
The only other way to enjoy such a hassle free a time is to have us arrange a personalized chauffeur escorted tour.

Kruger National Park

27 Jan

Kruger National Park

Stretching an area of 350 kilometres, Kruger National Park is typically characteried by dry woodland, thornbush and grassland vegetation.

Within this diversity there are a number of distinctive ecozones, each providing a unique habitat for the rich diversity of wildlife resident in Kruger.

The northern section of Kruger and north of the Olifants river is predominantly mopane veld, while south of the Olifants the ecozones are thornveld.

Kruger Park offers accommodation types to suit all budgets from the camper and caravanner to main rest camps, bush camps as well as luxury lodges.

 

The Early Days

Spanning across the Mpumalanga region into the Limpopo Province lies the Kruger National Park.

It was originally known as the Sabie Game Reserve.  President at the time, Paul Kruger, was something of a visionary, realising that a place was needed to protect the wildlife of the Lowveld.

By May 1926 the National Parks Act was proclaimed incorporating the Sabie and Shingwedzi Game Reserves into what we know as the Kruger National Park.


The park stretches 350 km from south to north along the Mozambican border to where South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe meet at the infamous Crooks’ Corner on the confluence of the Luvuvhu and Limpopo rivers.

 

The far north of the park is the wildest and most difficult area to access.

This remoteness adds to its alluring qualities for the real adventurer.

The Northern area offers many archaeological and historical sites, such as Masorini and Thulamela.

 

With greater ecological co-operation across African borders, several countries bordering South Africa have agreed to take down fences and those between Kruger and Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park and Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou, have been
removed to create the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park.

 

Almost 2-million hectares in size, measuring 350 kms from north to south and approx. 60kms at its widest point.

 

Explore – experience and enjoy the home of

* 147 mammal species
* 300 tree species
* 33 amphibian species
* 114 reptile species
* 507 bird species
* 49 fish species 

Seasons

Rainy Season: The subtropical climate has hot rainy summers starting in October and ending around March.

The summer rains transform the arid park into a lush flowering paradise, however the increased foliage does make animals harder to see.

Dry Season: The winter months from April to September are extremely pleasant with warm dry days and cold nights.

Traditionally, the best game viewing is in the winter as the vegetation becomes sparse and water is restricted to rivers and water holes.

 

Mpumalanga  

Situated in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa, this area is richly endowed with indigenous forests, dramatic geological formations, rivers, gorges, canyons, waterfalls, bushlands, plains.

History abounds here in early settler places of interest – of a time when gold fever gripped the land.

 

Today the “new gold” is tourism and we invite you to share with us this incredible journey into a diverse and dramatic region.

 

Health Issues
Insurance

all visitors are strongly recommended to take out medical insurance before arrival.

Although pharmacies will be able to meet most of your needs, hospitals and doctors can be expensive.

 

Malaria

in Kruger you should take precautions against malaria, particularly in summer.

Consult your pharmacist or doctor regarding anti malaria tablets.

 

Malaria contact time is from early evening to early morning.

>  keep door and window insect blinds closed.

>  use insect repellents especially around your ankles

>  wear clothing to cover any bare skin

> if you notice any flu symptoms within 3 weeks of your visit, immediately see a doctor.

 


Redrock’s Potholes

 

Creepy Crawlies

Spiders, Snakes, Scorpions

these sometimes dreaded creatures are part of our environment and will most probably not harm you if not threatened

 

If walking around at night, please CARRY A TORCH with you.

If you do see a snake DO NOT try to catch it!


Monkeys & Baboons
these are very cute creatures and can be entertaining – however, please DO NOT feed them

By feeding them they become aggressive and this only aggravates the situation by making them – becoming dependant on this food supply

Before setting off for the day, make sure that you have put all foodstuffs securely away.

Monkeys and baboons have learnt to open fridge doors and cupboards

Bats & Insects

light attracts many flying insects and with these insects come their predators in the form of bats & frogs

Keep your screen doors closed to prevent bats and frogs getting into your room

If you find a bat in your room do not panic – calmly place a towel over the bat and release it outside or call for assistance

 


San rock art near Berg en Dal

Tree Talk

Sausage Tree  (Kigelia africana)

in Kruger look for the Kigelia africana on the banks of rivers and spruits.

Unmistakable fruit in the form of long and cylindrical (up to 50cm long) and 10cm in diameter, greyish brown colour.

The fruits are not edible but are eaten by baboons and bushpigs.

Elephants and kudu will eat the leaves and the flowers are enjoyed by the nyala and primates.

 

Marula – distributed widely throughout the park and abundant on the Lebombo plains.

A large variety of wildlife will eat the fruit and leaves.

 

Nearby towns

White River

Motor and Local History Museum

houses a collectIon of some 60 vintage and classic vehicles as well as displays of local history.

With the help of Lord Milner, White River was established as a farming area for Anglo-Boer war veterans.

Farming continues today with intensive farming of tropical and citrus fruits, vegetables as well as cut flowers.

 

Hazyview

offers a temperate climate with hot summer days and warm winter days.

Hazyview acquired its name from the mists of blue shimmering heat rising from the bush and farms which surround the town.

 

Gateway to Kruger National Park, Hazyview offers accommodation outlets from small country hotels to bed and breakfasts.

There is also a wide variety of restaurants to choose from offering varied and exciting menus.

 

Hazyview is situated in the Sabi River valley and is bounded by indigenous bush.

Fruit and tree farming is extensive.

Hazyview offers 2 golf courses, ballooning, white water rafting, potholing, kloofing, microlight and helicopter rides as well as daily game drives into Kruger National Park.

 

Mbombela formerly Nelspruit
situated in the Crocodile River Valley and is the central point for the many tourism attractions in the lowveld region (Kruger National Park * Barberton * the Sudwala Caves to name just a few.

 

The Lowveld National Botanical Gardens situated 2 kms from the city on the R40 route to White River offer the visitor the opportunity to view a wide collection of lowveld flora in a unique riverine environment.

 

The area is primarily agricultural with many citrus estates supplying the local and international markets.

 

Languages Spoken
there are 11 official languages in South Africa.

In the lowveld however the 3 most commonly spoken are English, Afrikaans and Siswati.

French, German, Dutch and Portuguese are also spoken at certain business and accommodations.

 

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