Johannesburg to Durban
SCHEDULED GUIDED TOUR
TRAVEL WITH A PURPOSE
Travel through the natural wonders of South Africa. Stay at a private game lodge; connect with Swazis; visit a World Heritage Site and spot Africa’s ‘Big 5’. Enjoy a truly African experience in an open safari vehicle.
|Languages||English, German and French|
|Departure locations||Rosebank hotels ± 06h00
Sandton hotels ± 06h30
Collection time will be confirmed with the guest, the day before departure
|Vehicle||Luxury sedan or minibus|
|Group size||8 guests per vehicle|
Additional Touring Options
Private guided tour: Itinerary available on a private basis departing on selected Mondays • On request and subject to availability (not available on Freesale) • Departure on any other day is subject to availability and a surcharge may apply • Public attractions will not be private • Other language tour guides available on request.
Self-drive tour: Available on selected Mondays • Entrance fees and excursions not included • Other day departures are subject to availability and a surcharge may apply.
|Accommodation||4-star hotels; 5-star private game lodge|
|Meals||4 breakfasts and 3 dinners|
||Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window, conservation fee into Kruger National Park and private game reserves|
||2 open private game reserve safari vehicle game drives, morning open safari vehicle game drive in iSimangaliso Wetland Park, St Lucia Estuary boat cruise|
Excluded: Travel insurance • Flights • Visa fees • Airport transfers • Porterage • 5 lunches, 1 dinner • Gratuities • Personal expenses
English Departure Dates
German Departure Dates
|9, 23 30||14, 21, 28||18, 25||8, 22||8, 15, 22||5, 19||3, 10, 17, 31||7, 14||5, 12, 26||9, 23, 30||6, 20, 27||4, 25|
French Departure Dates
- ‘Big 5’ Private game lodge
- Kruger National Park
- Panorama Route
- Swazi culture
- iSimangaliso Wetlands Park game activities
Day 1 | Monday
JOHANNESBURG to MAKALALI GAME RESERVE via DULLSTROOM
Guests are collected from the hotel and travel eastwards to the province of Limpopo, via Dullstroom. Guests will stop for lunch (own account) en route and arrive at a private game reserve, to enjoy a guided, open vehicle game drive. Return to the lodge for pre-dinner drinks (own account) and dinner.
Overnight at Makalali Main Lodge or similar – Dinner, breakfast, and 2 game viewing excursions.
Day 2 | Tuesday
MAKALALI GAME RESERVE to HAZYVIEW via PANORAMA ROUTE
Experience an early morning start in the bushveld on a guided, open vehicle game drive. They will enjoy coffee and rusks in the bush before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Head to one of Mpumalanga’s most magnificent attractions: The Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondavels. The Panorama Route affords guests memorable views of the more significant sites in this area, including God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Lunch (own account) is enjoyed along this scenic route. The tour stops in Hazyview for the evening.
Overnight at Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort or similar – Dinner and breakfast.
Day 3 | Wednesday
HAZYVIEW to SWAZILAND via KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (±285km)
Guests enjoy an early breakfast before departing the hotel, and head towards Mpumalanga’s flagship attraction – the Kruger National Park. A closed vehicle game drive allows guests to take in the park and view the ‘Big 5’ and other fauna and flora. Enjoy lunch (own account) en route to the Kingdom of Swaziland. Guests enter at the Jeppes Reef border. Arrive at the hotel later in the afternoon and enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Overnight at Royal Swazi Spa or similar – Dinner and breakfast.
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 4 | Thursday
SWAZILAND to ST LUCIA (±335km)
After an early breakfast, guests stop to visit the Swazi Candle Factory and Crafts Market. 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. 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).
Overnight at Forest Lodge or similar – Breakfast and 1 game excursion.
Day 5 | Friday
ST LUCIA to DURBAN (±245km)
Before breakfast, embark on an open safari vehicle and enjoy a game drive through South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a colloquial reference roughly translated as ‘miracle and wonder’. Observe hippos, crocodiles, and an abundance of birds on an eco-friendly boat cruise on the estuary. They can have lunch (own account) while taking in the lake vista before departing for the city of Durban. The tour concludes at a Durban city hotel.
RECOMMENDED PRE-TOUR HOTEL
Protea by Marriott Balalaika Sandton
- Walking distance to Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square
- Ideal for business or leisure travellers
- Popular Bull Run Restaurant
RECOMMENDED PRE TOUR
My Joburg (PVT TIMJ)
- Private flexible full day tour
- Discover the province of Gauteng
- Create your own city, bush or cultural experience!
RECOMMENDED POST-TOUR HOTEL
aha Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites
Location: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
- Easy access to the V&A Waterfront
- Walking distance from the Cape Town International Convention Centre
- Artscape Theatre for opera, ballet, and drama nearby
RECOMMENDED POST TOUR
Cape Kaleidoscope (TISD 42)
Cape Town to Johannesburg flight required
- Departs Cape Town on Wednesdays (English)
- 2 open safari vehicle game drives
- Visit Cango Caves, an ostrich farm and Cape Agulhas