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SOUTH AFRICA ECO EXPLORER 18 DAY ACCOMMODATED

SOUTH AFRICA ECO EXPLORER 18 DAY ACCOMMODATED

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Duration
18 days
Starts in
Johannesburg
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Group size
17
South Africa. A country virtually the size of Europe, with over 3000 kilometres of unspoiled coastline, a climate ranging from searing hot desert to cool, crisp mountain air, an enormous diversity of ecosystems harbouring an equal diversity of fauna and flora, and varied cultures, from the original Bushman to the most Western of ways. We visit the highlights, but leave the beaten track to explore the great outdoors and visit a variety of South African ecosystems. Overnight stops are all at comfortable lodges, in pristine reserves, high in the mountains, or on the beach, always in truly unique surroundings. The tour is enjoyed by those with a flexible attitude and adventurous mind.
Itinerary

SOUTH AFRICA ECO EXPLORER 18 DAY ACCOMMODATED

DAY 1: JOHANNESBURG - BUSH LODGE

Departing from the GREENFIRE LODGE JOHANNESBURG at 06h30, we set off on the scenic road to Mpumalanga. We enjoy a lunch stop in the historic town of Dullstroom, before we wind our way down the Drakensberg escarpment and into the untamed Lowveld. The route is filled with scenic beauty, from mountain passes to the Acacia trees scattered across the African bushveld. We spend the next two nights at our well-appointed GREENFIRE BUSH LODGE, situated in a private reserve, unfenced to the Kruger National Park; an area where animals roam naturally and unrestricted. Being on a privately owned reserve we have the freedom to explore the wilderness in search of a variety of animals, both on foot and in open game drive vehicles. The tented lodge blends into the bush and offers comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, a refreshing splash pool and stunning views over the surrounding wilderness. Dinner tonight is cooked in the traditional manner over an open fire. Meals: D (Lunch own expense) Distance: 490 km Accommodation: Bush Lodge - twin-bedded en suite tented units Included Highlights/Activity: - Scenic drive down to the Lowveld Region - Private Game Reserve Accommodation Optional Activities: - None, all included

DAY 2: BUSH LODGE

As is custom in the bush, we start the day with a light breakfast of coffee and rusks before embarking on a guided game walk within this Big 5 area. Although we will walk for some three hours, the purpose is not to cover distance, but rather to search for animals and to focus on the smaller things one misses while driving in a vehicle. A Drifters guide, and/or tracker, will lead the walk. Before the heat of the day, we return to the lodge for a sumptuous brunch, after which it's time to relax around the lodge and enjoy the serenity of the surrounding wilderness. A nearby waterhole in front of the camp is the source of water for many animals that come here to quench their thirst. In the afternoon, we conduct an open vehicle game drive, which develops into an extensive night drive, all the time searching for animals. We will drive in search of animals until just before sunset, when we stop to enjoy a sundowner drink as the sun sets over the bushveld. Once it is dark, we continue our game drive, giving us the chance of viewing some of the specialist nocturnal animals. This evening we enjoy a hearty bush "braai", cooked on an open fire. We fall asleep to the sounds of the wild. Meals: Brunch Dinner Distance: 20 km (game drive) Accommodation: Bush Lodge - twin-bedded en suite tented units Included Highlights/Activity: - Exclusive Private Reserve - Morning guided walk in Big 5 area - Afternoon game drive / night drive Optional Activities: - None, all included

DAY 3: PANORAMA ROUTE - HAZYVIEW

Rising with the dawn chorus, we enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting off to explore the highlights of the Panorama Route. Our first stop will be to view the impressive Blyde River Canyon, then on to Bourke's Luck Potholes, God's Window, and the cozy little town of Graskop, where we enjoy an own expense lunch. The Panorama Route offers guests some of the best natural wonders in the area, and we will spend as much time as possible at each of the highlights. This afternoon we make our way to the tranquil GREENFIRE LODGE HAZYVIEW, a log cabin built spectacularly on stilts in the indigenous forest, on the banks of the Sabie River. Time permitting, guests are free to walk on the property and enjoy the surrounding forest. We spend two nights here. Meals: B D (Lunch own expense) Distance: 195 km Accommodation: Greenfire Lodge Hazyview - log cabins Included Highlights/Activity: - Panorama Route - God's Window - Bourke's Luck Potholes - 3 Rondawels Optional Activities: - Gorge swing

DAY 4: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

An early start, we depart at sunrise and travel the short distance to enter a different area of the Kruger National Park, for a full day of game viewing. Slowly traversing in search of the many animals that make Kruger Park world famous, we enjoy the high vantage point, huge windows and comfort of our well-equipped vehicle. Our guide will take time to explain the behaviour of the animals we see in this fascinating environment. Although most of the day will be spent game viewing, we will stop at various designated sites to stretch our legs, to enjoy brunch, and to explore one of the park's rest camps. Late this afternoon we exit the park and return to the comfort of our GREENFIRE LODGE HAZYVIEW. Meals: Brunch Dinner Distance: +- 160 km Accommodation: Greenfire Lodge Hazyview - log cabins Included Highlights/Activity: - Southern section of Kruger National Park - Full day game Ddrive Optional Activities: - None, all included

DAY 5: SWAZILAND

We depart after breakfast and enjoy a scenic drive south, before we leave South Africa and cross the border into the Kingdom of eSwatini. A small landlocked country, Swaziland is rich in culture and natural beauty. Our journey today takes us into an area of spectacular scenery and past numerous traditional homesteads, surrounded by vast fields of sugar cane. Our first destination is Sibebe rock, a granite mountain rising some 350 metres above the Mbuluzi valley. We make a short stop at the foot of the mountain, while our guide explains the history and beliefs surrounding Sibebe, before we continue our journey, visiting some of the local markets on the way. In the late afternoon we pass through the capital city of Mbabane, en-route to our accommodation for the night, a short distance outside the city. On arrival we check in and enjoy a catered meal. Meals: B L D Distance: 290 km Accommodation: Forester's Arms Included Highlights/Activity: - Swaziland - Scenic drive - Sibebe Rock Optional Activities: - None, all included

DAY 6: ZULULAND

Today we follow winding roads through the Swazi countryside, before crossing back into South Africa in the late morning. After completing the border formalities, we enter Zululand, a part of modern-day KwaZulu-Natal, and home to South Africa's largest ethnic group, the Zulu people. Formed into the most powerful regional empire by King Shaka Zulu, the Zulus influenced a large part of southern Africa, and later, under King Cetshwayo, defeated the British Army at the Battle of Isandlwana. The game reserves in this area offer protection to a variety of indigenous animals, including Black and White Rhino. This afternoon we enjoy a game experience that will allow us to appreciate the fauna and flora of the Zulu Kingdom. Meals: B L D Distance: 225 km Accommodation: White Elephant Bush Camp Included Highlights/Activity: - Scenic drive through Swaziland - Bush walk Optional Activities: - None, all included

DAY 7 - 8: DRAKENSBERG

Travelling inland today, we pass through a tranquil region of rolling hills. Don't be fooled though, this region has hosted numerous battles, fought between the Zulus, the Boers (pioneer settlers), the British, and many others fighting for a stake in Africa. Our lunch stop will be at one of the famous battlefields in the area, where we will have time to learn a bit more about this fascinating period in South Africa's history. This afternoon we reach the majestic Drakensberg mountain range, known to the Zulus as "The Barrier of Spears". On reaching the foothills, we transfer to a 4x4 vehicle, for an exciting drive on mountain tracks, to the GREENFIRE LODGE DRAKENSBERG, located high up on the slopes of the mountain, with a perfect view of the famous Drakensberg Amphitheatre. Guests are welcome to skip the drive and walk up the mountain to the lodge. We spend two nights here, in cozy log cabins surrounded by breathtaking views, and will have a day of hiking, exploring, and simply enjoying the wonders of this national heritage site. A walk to the San rock art gallery is well worth the effort. Pony trekking is also available. Meals: B L D; B L D Distance: 390 km on Day 7 Accommodation: Greenfire Drakensberg Lodge Included Highlights / Activity: - Drakensberg World Heritage Site - San rock art - Drakensberg hike - Vulture colony Optional Activities: - Horse riding - Fishing

DAY 9 - 10: DOLPHIN COAST

After a relaxed breakfast, we transfer (or walk) back down to our vehicle, to make our way toward the Indian Ocean. Our journey today will take us through the rolling hills and natural beauty of the Natal Midlands. We stop for an own expense lunch near Nottingham Road, before continuing to the Nelson Mandela Capture Site for a short visit. From here we continue travelling down to the coast, where we spend the next two nights. The GREENFIRE LODGE DOLPHIN COAST is located literally on the beach, and the sound of the waves pounding is relentless. We will have a "free" day here to spend soaking up the sun and simply enjoying the beach and warm ocean, or to stroll through the village enjoying the cheerful hospitality. Lunch and dinner are own expense. Guests can also choose to visit the city of Durban on their free day. Meals: B D; B (Lunch on Day 9, lunch and dinner on Day 10 all own expense) Distance: 300 km on Day 9 Accommodation: Greenfire Lodge Dolphin Coast Included Highlights/Activity: - Nelson Mandela Capture Site - Natal Midlands scenic drive - East Coast - Beach Optional Activities: - Visit Durban

DAY 11 - 12: WILD COAST

Setting off early, we pass through the outskirts of Durban this morning, and follow the coast south towards one of the exciting, off-the-beaten-track, highlights of the tour - The Wild Coast. Having formerly been an independent homeland, there has been little development in this area, resulting in endless unspoiled beaches, natural estuaries, rolling grassland, and a tapestry of traditional Xhosa villages. It is one part of South Africa that looks much as it did before colonists arrived here in the seventeenth century. We will spend two nights at a remote GREENFIRE LODGE, and will spend a full day exploring this rugged, but stunningly beautiful, area. Our guide will take us on an extended hike along this stretch of coastline, that offers some of the best hiking routes in the country. Guests will also have time to relax on the secluded beach in front of the lodge, or to go and swim at a nearby waterfall. Meals: B L D; B L D Distance: 380 km on Day 11 Accommodation: Greenfire Lodge Wild Coast Included Highlights/Activity: - Scenic drive to the Wild Coast - Private beach - Waterfall walk - Hike along the coast Optional Activities: - None, all included

DAY 13: FRONTIER COUNTRY

Leaving the lush Wild Coast behind, our journey will take us into what is known as the "Frontier Country", a region that was host to nine frontier wars between the Xhosa people and the farmers of the expanding Cape Colony, over a period of 100 years starting in 1779. Into this dangerous environment arrived 4000 British immigrants in 1820, who left their mark on the culture and architecture of the region. The road is defined by scattered hills and deep valleys with distant glimpses of the ocean. We cover some distance today and spend the night in comfortable accommodation overlooking the city of Grahamstown. Meals: B L D Distance: 534 km Accommodation: Mountain View Manor Included Highlights/Activity: - Scenic drive in Frontier Country Optional Activities: - None, all included

DAY 14 - 15: GARDEN ROUTE

Entering the renowned Garden Route today, our first stop will be at the Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park, a marine reserve that is host to the Otter Trail hike. We enjoy a walk along the rugged coast, through some of the forest that gives the Garden Route its name, and over the suspension bridge spanning the mouth of the Storms River. We spend the night in the Storms River area, where a variety of optional activities are offered, including forest canopy tours, kayak trips, mountain bike rides in the forest, a tour of the local township, and many more (own expense). The next day we depart from Storms River and make our way to Knysna, where we will spend the night and have time for more activities. One lunch and one dinner will be own expense. While in Knysna you have the opportunity to enjoy a unique dining experience, preparing and eating dinner with a local family. Meals: B L D; B (lunch and dinner own expense) Distance: 290 km on Day 14, 90 km on Day 15 Accommodation: Day 14 Storms River Village Lodge, Day 15 Wayside Inn Included Highlights/Activity: - Tsitsikamma National Park - Hike in Tsitsikamma - Suspension bridge walk Optional Activities: - Local dining experience - Boat cruise - Bridge bungee jump - Mountain biking

DAY 16 - 18: CAPE TOWN

We leave Knysna to travel through the Garden Route's Lake District, to follow the "Whale Route" through Hermanus, and then around the Hottentots Holland Mountains. Arriving in the "Mother City", Cape Town, in the late afternoon, we check into the GREENFIRE LODGE CAPE TOWN, located in Sea Point. The lodge is conveniently close to shops, restaurants and the ocean promenade. Cape Town is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and we will spend two full days here, visiting Cape Point, Hout Bay, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, a wine farm, and many other attractions. We will also hike up Table Mountain. Lunches and dinners in Cape Town are own expense. Meals: B; B; B (Lunches and dinners on Day 16 & 17 as well as lunch on Day 18 own expense) Distance: 550 km on Day 16 Accommodation: Greenfire Lodge Cape Town Included Highlights/Activity: - Cape Point National Park - Cape of Good Hope - Wine tasting - Table Mountain hike - Coastal roads Optional Activities: - Shark cage dive - Parasailing - Boat cruises - Robben Island
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