TISD 07 – Wildlife & Cultures Discovery Johannesburg to Durban
7 day Wildlife & Cultures Discovery
wildlife in four different regions – enjoy game viewing in open safari vehicles – visit a World Heritage Site – find Africa’s Big 5
Tour Code – TISD 07
Departure Times : selected Sundays
Participants :2 – 25 per vehicle
Accommodation : 4 & 5 star hotels
Vehicle :luxury sedan, minibus or mini coach
Languages – English
Meals:6Breakfasts; 1 Lunch; 1 Dinner
Entrance Fees: Blyde River Canyon; Bourke’s Luck Potholes; God’s Window; Conservation Fee into Kruger National Park
Excursions: Morning open safari vehicle game drive in Kruger National Park, Swazi cultural show, St Lucia Estuary boat cruise
Day 1 : Protea Hotel Wanderers or similar – Breakfast
Days 2 – 3 & 4 : Sabi River Sun – Breakfast
Day 5 : Royal Swazi Sun – Breakfast
Day 6 : Protea Hotel Hluhluwe – Breakfast
Day 1- Sunday – day of arrival – Johannesburg(approx. 35 kms)
Guests arriving in Johannesburg are met at the airport and transferred to the hotel.
Johannesburg – the hub of the country’s commercial, financial and mining interests, continues to play a significant role in contemporary South Africa. The city is broadly inclusive and South Africa’s largest city.
Enjoy lunch en route (own account). Spend the afternoon at leisure on an optional city tour.
Meet the Tour Guide at 19h00 for a briefing, followed by dinner at the hotel (own account).
Day 2 – Monday – Johannesburg to Hazyview via Long Tom Pass (approx 425 kms)
After breakfast the tour departs for Hazyview in the province of Mpumalanga. En route the tour passes through Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city, for a short orientation tour.
Journey through the village of Dullstroom to Hazyview via Long Tom Pass and Sabie. Named after the Long Tom cannons used during the Anglo-Boer war, Long Tom Pass is Mpumalanga’s best known pass.
Lunch en route (own account).
Guest arrive at the hotel in the late afternoon. Dine at the hotel (own account).
Day 3 – Tuesday – Hazyview to Panorama Route and back (approx. 320 kms)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before the tour departs for the Panorama Route. The most spectacular sites along this route include the Blyde River Canyon, the Three Rondavels and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. The Blyde River Canyon is the largest green canyon in the world. The tour stops at God’s Window, time and weather permitting.
Lunch en route (own account). The tour returns to the hotel. Spend the afternoon at leisure on join an optional open vehicle safari on a game drive (own account). Dine at the hotel (own account).
Day 4 – Hazyview to Kruger National Park and back (approx. 120 kms)
Guests enter the internationally acclaimed Kruger National Park for a closed vehicle game drive. Kruger, as it is known locally, offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. At nearly 2-million hectares, the reserve is the flagship of South Africa’s National Parks and is home to an impressive number of fauna and flora.
Guests return to the hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure or head back to Kruger on an optional open safari vehicle game drive (own account) before dinner.
Day 5 – Hazyview to Swaziland (approx. 310 kms)
After breakfast the tour heads south to the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland. This tiny, mountainous kingdom showcases indigenous culture, spectacular scenery and is perhaps best known for its local craftsmanship.
Guests enjoy a cultural experience and lunch before entering Swaziland. The tour travels via the country’s capital to the Ezulwini Valley for a stop at the Ezulwini Craft Market; an authentic African shopping experience.
Dine at the hotel.
NOTE: When entering the Kingdom of Swaziland, guests must ensure they are in possession of a valid passport and for nationals of applicable countries, multi-entry visa regulations apply (own account)
Day 6 – Friday – Swaziland to Hluhluwe (approx. 360 kms)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. The tour exits Swaziland and returns to South Africa on the shared border with the KwaZulu province. This region is locally known as the Elephant Coast and is recognised for its mountains, the warm Indian Ocean, tropical vegetation and a myriad of animal species.
Guests lunch en route (own account). The tour arrives in Hluhluwe late afternoon and in time to freshen up and board an open safari vehicle in search of Africa’s mega fauna and endemic birdlife in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park (own account). Dine at the hotel (own account).
Day 7 – Saturday – Hluhluwe to Durban (approx. 265 kms)
After breakfast, guests depart for Durban on the KwaZulu-Natal coast.
This morning we will join a cruise on Lake St Lucia (weather dependent) before departing for Durban. Our journey takes us as past traditional Zulu kraals, eucalyptus plantations and sugar cane fields.
Lunch en route to Durban (own account)
The tour arrives early afternoon where the tour ends at either the airport or at a central Durban hotel.
Departure Dates 2018
May 06 – 13 – 20 – 27
June 03 – 10 – 17 – 24
July 01 – 08 – 15 – 22 – 29
August 05 – 12 – 19 – 26
September 02 – 09 – 16 – 23 – 30
October 07 – 14 – 21 – 28