14D EASTERN HIGHLIGHTS STANDARD OR DELUXE : Flights to Africa

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14D EASTERN HIGHLIGHTS STANDARD OR DELUXE

DAY 1 : JOHANNESBURG

Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to Southern Africa.Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi ranks and ultra modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organised tours of historical and political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. The nearby township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction.

DAYS 2-3 : PANORAMA ROUTE

Connecting the Lowveld and the spectacular Drakensberg, sandwiched between the Kruger National Park and the Highlands Meander, the historical Panorama Route is a scenic road in the Mpumalanga Province. The route features sensational views of breathtaking natural wonders, fascinating rock formations, impressive waterfalls, scenic hiking trails, and a myriad of fauna and flora. The quaint little town of Graskop serves as the gateway to this wonderful route. Panorama’s undoubtable highlight is the verdant splendour of Blyde River Canyon, one of the world’s largest green canyons featuring lush subtropical vegetation. Some other popular natural attractions along the route include: the spectacular Lisbon, Berlin, and Mac Mac Falls, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and the astonishing God’s Window.

DAYS 4-5 : TIMBAVATI PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE

Located in the Mpumalanga Province, north of the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve shares a fenceless border with the world-renowned Kruger National Park. This 60 000 hectare reserve is best known for its two very rare white lions that were discovered here in the 1970s. The name ‘Timbavati’ refers to these two unique creatures, it means ‘the place where something sacred came down to earth from the heavens’. It is home to a number of exclusive African-style bush lodges set amidst spectacular African savannah and abundant game including over 40 mammal species, 360 bird species and the famous Big Five. Visitors can enjoy a wide selection of activities including: day time safaris, night game drives, guided bush walks, and bird watching.

DAYS 6 -7: KOMATIPOORT


Set at the confluence of the Crocodile and Komati Rivers, Komatipoort is town in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. This country town is known primarily for its proximity to the Kruger National Park and the Mozambique border and serves as an excellent base from which to explore the spectacularly scenic surrounds Visitors can enjoy a huge variety of activities such as: taking a scenic game drive to see the majestic Big Five, spotting a wide range of extraordinary, colourful birds watching hiking through incredible flora and fauna, mountain biking through rough terrain, or spending a lazy day on a golf course or around the bush barbeque (braai).

DAYS 7-8 : ESWATINI

Formerly known as the ‘Kingdom of Swaziland’, this tiny landlocked nation boasts a rich historical and cultural heritage. Swaziland encompasses a diverse array of ecosystems featuring towering mountains and low-lying savannah, tangled rainforests and lush river valleys. Highlights of this laid-back land include the mesmerisingly beautiful ‘Valley of Heaven’, the handicraft haven of the Malkerns Valley and the Hlane Royal National Park, famed for its white rhinos, antelopes and lions. Visitors can look forward to excellent wildlife watching, rafting, mountain biking, and hiking along a network of scenic trails which traverse spectacular mountainous landscapes.

DAYS 9-10 : ST LUCIA

Encircled by the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, St Lucia is South Africa’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. St Lucia lies on the magnificent St Lucia Estuary which is one of the largest in Africa stretching over 85 kilometres. St Lucia features abundant wildlife, pristine natural beauty, and a wide range of wonderful activities. This haven of tranquillity offers a variety of activities including excellent mountain biking, hiking, bird watching and deep-sea fishing.

DAY 11 : DURBAN

With its beautiful beaches, lively wining and dining scene, and rich cultural heritage, Durban is South Africa’s third largest city and KwaZulu Natal’s tourist hub. The swimming and surfing is rated the best of any major city across the world and because of the sub-tropical climate the water is warm all year round. Known as the Golden Mile, this stretch of beaches and amusement parks is Durban’s major attraction with the recently developed UShaka Marine World at the southern end providing a world-class aquarium and other entertainments. Visitors can look forward to an array of wonderful activities including: strolling along the beachfront promenade, visiting the Durban Botanical Gardens and exploring the many Asian/Indian markets.

DAYS 12-14 : CENTRAL DRAKENSBERG

The Central Drakensberg is home to some formidable peaks including Monk’s Cowl, Giant Castle Peak and Champagne Castle. The range rises to over 3000 metres in height and offers inspiring views and spectacularly scenic hikes. Known to the Zulus as the ‘Barrier of Spears’ and to the first European settlers as the ‘Dragon’s Mountains’, the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg is one of eight South African UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as it holds unique significance as a natural resource and for the heritage of the ancient San rock paintings. For thousands of years the Central Drakensberg was home to the San people and they, in turn, left their record on the walls of numerous sandstone caves.

Standard option Self drive excluding vehicle (other models on request)

Standard Self Drive OptionPrice
Total per Person Double OR Twin sharing land arrangementGBP 1032.28
Total per Person Single Supplement land arrangementGBP 414.06
Bidvest Car Rental Cat. K Renault Duster/similar £47.47/day x 13 per vehicleGBP 617.08
Bidvest Car Rental Cat I Ford Everest 4x2/similar £71.20/day x 13 per vehicleGBP 925.62
Bidvest Car Rental Cat 5M Ford Ranger 4x4/similar Double cab/canopy £86.64/day x 13GBP 1126.36

Luxury option Self drive excluding vehicle (other models on request)

Luxury Self Drive Option
Price
Total per Person Double OR Twin sharing land arrangementGBP 2149.20
Total per Person Single Supplement land arrangement GBP 1132.36
Bidvest Car Rental Cat. K Renault Duster/similar £47.47/day x 13 per vehicleGBP 617.08
Bidvest Car Rental Cat I Ford Everest 4x2/similar £71.20/day x 13 per vehicleGBP 925.62
Bidvest Car Rental Cat 5M Ford Ranger 4x4/similar Double cab/canopy £86.64/day x 13GBP 1126.36

Standard option Private Guided tour (English)

Standard Private Guided Tour OptionsPrice
Total per Person Double OR Twin sharing without vehicle incl. driver/guide nightsGBP 1737.73
Total per Person Single SupplementGBP 414.40
5 seater (4+1) Vehicle incl. fuel, English driver guide meals £252.42 per day x 13GBP 3304.33
8 seater (7+1) Vehicle incl. fuel, English driver guide meals £271.88 per day x 13GBP 3557.32
14 seater (11+1) Vehicle incl. fuel, English driver guide meals £291.63 per day x 13GBP 3814.03

Luxury option Private Guided tour (English)

Luxury Private Guided Tour OptionPrice
Total per Person Double OR Twin sharing without vehicle incl. driver/guide nightsGBP 3502.94
Total per Person Single SupplementGBP 1133.30
5 seater (4+1) Vehicle incl. fuel, English driver guide meals £252.42 per day x 13GBP 3304.33
8 seater (7+1) Vehicle incl. fuel, English driver guide meals £271.88 per day x 13GBP 3557.32
14 seater (11+1) Vehicle incl. fuel, English driver guide meals £291.63 per day x 13GBP 3814.03