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 “Wildlife and Leisure” Self Drive 10 days

 

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Day 1   Arrive  Johannesburg – Pretoria

 

Morning arrival in South Africa. Our representative will be at the airport to meet you and hand over your travel documents (Vouchers). Collect your hired car at the Avis or Europcar office at Johannesburg's O R Tambo International Airport . Depart to Pretoria for a city tour that includes the Voortrekker Monument, Paul Kruger House, Church Square and Union Buildings. Overnight in or near the Jacaranda City of Pretoria. Our recommended restaurant - Carnivore Restaurant at the Misty Hills Hotel.

Day 2   Pretoria – Pilgrim’s Rest – Hazyview

  


Travel via Middelburg, Lydenburg , Robbers Pass and Pilgrim`s Rest to Hazyview situated in the province of Mpumalanga, meaning "the land of the rising sun". Spend a couple of hours in the old gold rush town of Pilgrim's Rest, a museum in its entirety. Overnight in Hazyview.


Day 3   Hazyview

 


Travel the Panorama Route of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, admire the natural beauty of the Bourke's Luck Potholes, God's Window and the Blyde River Canyon, which is the third deepest canyon in the world, lunch along the way. Depending on availability - you can enjoy some African culture with singing, dancing and dinner at Shangana, a traditional Shangaan village, meet the chief with his 3 wives and 36 children. Overnight in Hazyview.



Day 4   Hazyview – Kruger National Park

  


Visit Kapama Cheetah Breeding & Research Centre before travelling to the world-renowned Kruger National Park (KNP), enter the park at Orpen Gate. Enjoy the rest of the day in the KNP. Overnight in the park.

 

  • Optional activities: Open vehicle night drive - with game ranger.

 

Day 5   Kruger National Park

 

Enjoy a full day in the KNP in search of the "Big 5" and a host of other animals. Travel to the southern part of the KNP. Overnight in the KNP.

 

  • Optional activities: Early morning bush walk - with game ranger.

 

Day 6   Kruger National Park – Inhaca Island (Mozambique)

 


After a leisurely morning, you depart from the KNP via Crocodile Bridge Gate. Enter Mozambique at Komatipoort border post, which is an experience in itself. Travel to Maputo where you catch a 10 minute charter flight to the tropical Inhaca Island. The island is set in the Indian Ocean, whose calm, warm waters are perfect for leisure pursuits. Overnight on the island.

 

Days 7 and 8    Inhaca Island (Mozambique)



Spend these two days relaxing on the island or enjoying a host of optional activities, such as deep sea charter fishing trips for the opportunity to catch King / Queen / Mackerel / Tuna and Barracuda, excellent snorkelling at Santa Maria Bay, 4 x 4 drive / hike to the historical lighthouse or take a romantic sunset boat cruise to Portuguese Island. Breakfast and dinner will be served at the hotel or at the one and only Lucas Restaurant, which serves up superb food. Overnight on the island.

 

Day 9   Inhaca Island – White River



After a leisurely breakfast, you make your way back to the mainland by boat. Travel back to South Africa via Komatipoort border post. Overnight near White River.

Day 10   White River – Depart Johannesburg

 

Back to Johannesburg, the commercial hub of South Africa, drop-off the hired car at the Avis or Europcar office at O R Tambo International Airport . There will be time for some last minute shopping before your departure.

 

  • Optional activities: Township tour of Soweto, with an accredited guide.

 

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Recommended - Cape Town add-on tour:

 

Day 10   White River - Capetown

 

Catch a direct or connecting flight to Cape Town from KMIA near White River (We recommend you book your flight between: 08h30 - 12h00). Collect your car at the Avis office at Cape Town Airport. Check-in at your accommodation. We recommend that you do an orientation tour of South Africa's beautiful Mother City. Visit the Castle of Good Hope, Parade Ground, City Hall, Houses of Parliament, Tuinhuis and the Dutch East India Company Gardens, these gardens became known to early travellers as "the noblest and most beautiful curiosity in Africa". Overnight in Cape Town. Our recommended restaurant - Mamma Africa

Day 11   Capetown

 

Take a scenic drive around the Cape of Good Hope. Visit Hout Bay and the Cape Fur Seal colony on Duiker Island, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape Point, Boulders - Penguins and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Lunch along the way. Weather permitting - take the cableway up Table Mountain. Overnight in Cape Town. Our recommended restaurant - Hildebrand on the V & A Waterfront.

 

Day 12   Capetown

 

Visit the Cape's world-renowned Stellenbosch wine route, also spend some time in the historical towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Overnight in Cape Town. Our recommended restaurant - Five Flies in Cape Town.


Day 13   Depart Capetown

 


Morning at leisure or you could visit Robben Island, the place where Mr. Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. Lunch at the V & A Waterfront, time for last minute shopping. Return to Cape Town International Airport and drop-off the hired car at the Avis or Europcar office at the airport. Depart Capetown.

 

This suggested itinerary can be adjusted to suit your own requirements and it can be combined with other arrangements in South Africa or elsewhere in Africa.