Day 1 - OR Tambo International Airport to Phalaborwa (480 kms)
On arrival meet the local guide at the Information Desk in the International Arrivals Hall. Depart thereafter to Phalaborwa stopping en route for lunch (for own account) before arrival late afternoon. Evening Dinner & Tour Briefing in the lodge. Overnight at Phalaborwa, Sefapane Lodge.
Day 2 - Kruger Park (100 kms)
Depart on a morning safari into the Kruger National Park in an open 4x4 game viewer with an English speaking ranger. The afternoon is at leisure for relaxation at the pool or for optional activities/sightseeing as provided by the lodge (at own expense). Dinner in the and overnight at Phalaborwa, Sefapane Lodge.
Day 3 - Kruger Park to Hazyview (220 kms)
An early morning departure to the Kruger National Park for a full day of game viewing through the Park in the closed vehicle with the driver/guide. Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. Its high density of wild animals includes the Big 5: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. Hundreds of other mammals make their home here, as do diverse bird species such as vultures, eagles and storks. Mountains, bush plains and tropical forests are all part of the landscape. A picnic breakfast will be enjoyed en route at one of the Park’s picnic sites.Travel via Letaba and Satara to Skukuza before exiting the Park. Lunch en route will be for own account. Late afternoon arrival in Hazyview, Hippo Hollow Country Estate.
Day 4 - Full day Panorama Route (180 kms)
Breathtaking views, plunging waterfalls, a rich history of the gold rush years, all to be experienced on a full day Panorama Route tour. This famous route is home to mountains, forests and canyons, most notably the Blyde River Canyon which is the world’s largest “green” canyon. Scenic landmarks include Wonder View, the Pinnacle, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and God’s Window. A visit to the gold rush town of Pilgrim’s Rest is also included in the highlights of the day. Overnight in Hazyview, Hippo Hollow Country Estate.
Day 5 - Hazyview to Johannesburg (450 kms)
Breakfast in the hotel before departing to Johannesburg, travelling via Nelspruit and Waterval Boven to Pretoria. Enjoy an orientation drive through the capital city, popularly known as the Jacaranda city when the trees that line the streets are covered in purple blooms in October, with stops en route at the Union Buildings and the Voortrekker Monument before continuing to Johannesburg arriving late afternoon. Garden Court Sandton City.
Day 6 - Johannesburg (120 kms)
Depart after breakfast on a Johannesburg city orientation drive before visiting the Apartheid Museum. The Apartheid Museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story. Continue thereafter to Soweto a sprawling township, created in the 1930s, with Orlando the first township established. In the 1950s, more black people were relocated there from the inner city. Soweto is inhabited by over two million people, with homes ranging from extravagant mansions to makeshift shacks. It is a popular tourist destination with sites such as Kliptown (where the Freedom Charter was drawn up), the home of former President Nelson Mandela, the Hector Petersen Memorial site , restaurants and shopping malls. It also boasts one the largest hospitals on the continent. The balance of the afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Johannesburg, Garden Court Sandton City.
Day 7 - Departure
There will be two set transfer times at 11:00 and 15:00 to OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg. Pax needing transfers outside these times will need to book a private transfer, use taxi’s or the Gautrain to get to the airport (at own expense).