Arrival in Durban. Overnight at a hotel in Durban.
Durban – St Lucia
After breakfast Durban city tour – the harbour, city centre and the diverse ethnic and Golden Mile – famous promenade with sandy beaches. Next we visit at Ushaka Marine World. Then we drive towards St Lucia – the centre of Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park which was proclaimed as the World Heritage Site in 1999. The park system extends from the Mozambique border for more than 220 km south to Cape St. Lucia and includes 5 different ecosystems: beautiful coral reefs and marine life, sub-tropical forests, highest vegetated dunes, freshwater lakes and savannah woodlands. In the afternoon we depart for a sunset cruise on the St. Lucia lake in search of hippos, crocodiles and many bird species. Overnight at a hotel in St Lucia.
St Lucia – Swaziland – Kruger Park
After breakfast we depart towards the Kingdom of Swaziland. Stunning landscapes of mountains and valleys, forests and plains; plus wildlife reserves across the country that are home to The Big Five, and you have all that’s best about Africa in one small but perfectly formed and welcoming country. In the afternoon we are back in South Africa and arrive to our hotel near Kruger Park. Dinner and overnight.
Departure for a full day safari in the Kruger National Park – one of the largest and best game reserves in Africa. The area covering almost 2 million hectares is home to an impressive number of species (almost 150 mammals, more than 500 birds, and 100 reptiles) among them the famous “Big Five”: rhino, elephant, leopard, buffalo and lion. Dinner and overnight at a hotel adjoining the Kruger Park.
After breakfast we depart towards the picturesque Panorama Route, offering some of the most stunning sceneries of the surrounding area. Our first stop will be God’s Window, which owes its name to the dramatic views from various viewpoints overlooking the almost sheer 300 m drop into an indigenous forest-clad ravine. Afterwards we continue north to see Bourke’s Luck Potholes that have been carved out by water and stone falling down into Blyde River resulting in spectacular cylinders (up to six meters deep) with smooth and colourful rims. This natural feature marks the beginning of the Blyde River Canyon, which is the third largest canyon in the world. It is well known for its natural beauty and the diversity of its flora and fauna. Nearby we visit another highlight of the scenic drive: Three Rondavels, three hut-shaped rock formations. We will also stop at Lisbon Falls, the highest in the area. Drive to Johannesburg. Overnight at a hotel in Johannesburg.
Lion Park – Johannesburg – Soweto – Pretoria
In the morning we will visit a small private Lion park, where we will see a few families of lions as well as cheetah and african wild dogs. After a short safari opportunity to take photos with lion cubs and to feed a giraffe. Then sightseeing of Johannesburg – drive through the oldest colonial districts of Johannesburg and Soweto, Houghton with Nelson Mandela’s house, Parktown and the city centre. Afterwards we will go to Pretoria – sightseeing of the city centre with its historical Church Square, the old Parliament Building, the Palace of Justice and the Paul Kruger’s statue. We also drive past the City Hall and Melrose House. In the afternoon transfer to the airport for your international flight.
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