South Africa Rainbow Track – 15 Days
KRUGER NP * ZULULAND * DRAKENSBERG * WILD COAST * GARDEN ROUTE * CAPE TOWN
TOUR CODE – CH 17 SART/A-15D – SMALL GROUPS MINIMUM 8 – MAXIMUM 12 PAX
Chalet = c/ Lodge = lo/ Guesthouse = gh
Breakfast =b/ Dinner =d
INCLUDES *Entrance fees *Transport in minibus *Meals as per itinerary *Professional guides * Guided walks
ARRIVE JOHANNESBURG – STAY CITY LODGE OR TAMBO
DAY 1-2 JOHANNESBURG TO MPUMALANGA –lo/-b-d
Departing from Johannesburg at 06:30 we head towards Mpumalanga where mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls & forests characterise the landscapes. Few regions in the world can match the extraordinary beauty of the Lowveld & escarpment. We visit Pilgrims Rest, Bourkes Luck Potholes and God’s Window.
DAY 3-4 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK –c/-b-d
The largest game reserve in South Africa. Boasts the world’s greatest concentration of species and has an amazing 16 different ecosystems. Exciting game drives provides us with excellent game viewing. Spot the BIG 5 (lion, leopard, elephant rhino & buffalo) and many other animals in this true South African wilderness.
DAY 5-6 ZULULAND –lo/-b-d
We visit craft markets near Mbabane that offers a fascinating range of handmade crafts and the local witchdoctor stall is not to be missed. We re-enter South Africa and head to MkuzI Game Reserve. The safe haven for the endangered black rhino. We visit a waterhole hide and watch game come to drink. An early morning game drive is followed by a cultural afternoon where we visit a Zulu village on the border of the game reserve and learn about the Zulu culture.
DAY 7-8 DRAKENSBERG MOUNTAINS –c/–b-d
The Drakensberg Mountains or “uKhahlamba” the Barrier of Spears, is a 200-kilometre-long mountainous wonderland and world heritage site. From MkuzI, we move further south to the base of these mountains where we overnight for 2 nights in quaint cottages. We spend time walking along beautiful mountain stream paths or just enjoy the spectacular views.
DAY 09-10 WILD COAST –c-gh/-b-d
The Wild Coast remains a relatively untouched paradise in South Africa. There are unspoilt stretches of dramatic and savagely beautiful coastline. Open spaces and pristine forest areas. We overnight within walking distance of the beach and the next day is free to explore the area, meet local villagers or relax on the beach
DAY 11-12 KNYSNA / TSITSIKAMMA –lo/-b-d
For 2 nights, we will stay in a lodge resort in Knysna which is nestled on a tranquil lagoon. We will take a day trip to the Storms River mouth where there are walks to the gorge and along the rocky coast. The Tsitsikama National Park incorporates 80km of spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys, coastal forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea. There is also an option of the world’s highest Bunge jump and seafood lunch at one of Knysna’s great restaurants (own account).
DAY 13 HERMANUS –gh/-b–d
Hermanus offers some of the best land based whale watching in the world. From May to December Southern Right whales come up from the southern oceans to the coast to calve and mate in the shallows. In the afternoon, we will take a walk along this beautiful coastline
Day 14-15 CAPE TOWN –gh-b-d
Cape Town is one of the most picturesque cities in the world. With the majestic Table Mountain providing its central focus. On our way to Cape Town, we visit Stellenbosch, South Africa’s renowned wine region for wine tasting. The “mother city” has many attractions, we will visit Cape Point, the harbour at Hout Bay, enjoy the famous beaches and the V&A Waterfront. Optional visits to Robben Island (own account) In the morning, we take a trip up Table Mountain, (if weather permits) offering panoramic views over Cape Town reaching out into the bay and Robben island. Having explored the highlights of the Rainbow Nation we take a last look at Cape Town and catch up on last minute curio shopping in the afternoon before your tour ends at 18:00