18D CULTURAL SAFARI – STANDARD OR DELUXE : Flights to Africa

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18D CULTURAL SAFARI – 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.

DAYS 2-4 : SOUTPANSBERG MOUNTAIN RANGE

Located in the northern province of Limpopo, the Soutpansberg, meaning ‘Salt Pan Mountain’ is South Africa’s most northern mountain range, which forms part of the UNESCO-designated Vhembe Biosphere Reserve. Known as the gateway to the neighbouring countries of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, the spectacular Soutpansberg mountain range stretches from east to west covering over 130 kilometres. These mountains boast a rich cultural heritage, diverse fauna and flora, and unspoilt wilderness featuring rugged peaks rising from the baobab-dotted plains

DAY 5 : KLEIN LETABA RIVER

Located in the Limpopo province of South Africa, the Klein Letaba River joins the Groot Letaba River on the western boundary of the Kruger National Park where it forms the Letaba River flowing through the whole width of this world-renowned park. The banks of the Klein Letaba River are brimming with a remarkable variety of African wildlife including elephant, buffalo, zebra, impala and giraffe. One of the area’s highlights include what is possibly the largest and most stable breeding herd of elephant in the Kruger National Park, which finds its stomping ground at the confluence of the Klein Letaba and the little Byashishi rivers.

DAYS 6-7 : KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Stretching over more than two million hectares, the Kruger National Park is one of the world’s largest game reserves and a truly remarkable destination. Owing to its exceptional size, visitors are able to experience fantastic diversity – from changing scenery and ecosystems to an impressive array of animals, plant life and birdlife. The park is home to over 130 mammals and over 500 bird species.

DAY 8 : 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

DAY 9 : 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). There is also plenty to do in the town itself, as well as fantastic fishing opportunities and a variety of exciting day tours.

DAYS 10-11 : 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 12-13 : 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. Visitors can also look forward to thrilling night drive safaris, hippo and crocodile cruises, and many comfortable accommodation options.

DAYS 14-15 : 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 16-17 : 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 Options
Price
Total per Person Double OR Twin sharing land arrangementGBP 1227.75
Total per Person Single Supplement land arrangementGBP 380.63
Bidvest Car Rental Cat. K Renault Duster/similar £47.47/day x 17 per vehicleGBP 807.62
Bidvest Car Rental Cat I Ford Everest 4x2/similar £71.20/day x 17 per vehicleGBP 1211.43
Bidvest Car Rental Cat 5M Ford Ranger 4x4/similar Double cab/canopy £86.64/day x 17GBP 1474.15

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

Luxury Self Drive Option
Price
Total per Person Double OR Twin sharing land arrangementGBP 2109.20
Total per Person Single Supplement land arrangementGBP 1353.67
Bidvest Car Rental Cat. K Renault Duster/similar £47.47/day x 17 per vehicleGBP 807.62
Bidvest Car Rental Cat I Ford Everest 4x2/similar £71.20/day x 17 per vehicleGBP 1211.43
Bidvest Car Rental Cat 5M Ford Ranger 4x4/similar Double cab/canopy £86.64/day x 17GBP 1474.15

Standard option Private Guided tour (English)

Standard Private Guided Tour OptionsPrice
Total per Person Double OR Twin sharing without vehicle incl. driver/guide nightsGBP 1752.90
Total per Person Single SupplementGBP 380.63
5 seater (4+1) Vehicle incl. fuel, English driver guide meals £252.42 per day x 17GBP 4314.00
8 seater (7+1) Vehicle incl. fuel, English driver guide meals £271.88 per day x 17GBP 4644.83
14 seater (11+1) Vehicle incl. fuel, English driver guide meals £291.63 per day x 17GBP 4980.53

Luxury option Private Guided tour (English)

Luxury Private Guided Tour OptionPrice
Total per Person Double OR Twin sharing without vehicle incl. driver/guide nightsGBP 3320.92
Total per Person Single SupplementGBP 1353.67
5 seater (4+1) Vehicle incl. fuel, English driver guide meals £252.42 per day x 17GBP 4314.00
8 seater (7+1) Vehicle incl. fuel, English driver guide meals £271.88 per day x 17GBP 4644.83
14 seater (11+1) Vehicle incl. fuel, English driver guide meals £291.63 per day x 17GBP 4980.53