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Anya’s Unique Midlands Meander, Kruger Safari & Cape Town Experience

Anya’s Unique Midlands Meander, Kruger Safari & Cape Town Experience

14 Days

Midlands Meander – 1 night Johannesburg | 3 nights Mkuze | 3 nights Drakensberg | 1 night Hazyview | 3 nights Sabi Sand | 2 nights Cape Town

Overview

Easy, non-stressful, super helpful, amazing!!!!

Anya was wonderful! I had started off working with 3 different people and Anya far exceeded anything they could offer us. She is so patient and attentive to every detail. We must have changed the itinerary 8 times before settling on the final one. Without Anya we would not have had this once in a lifetime experience. She thought of everything! Her optional tour suggestions were wonderful. We were really able to do so much and have so many amazing experiences. We received a handmade bag with our itinerary and information about all the places we were visiting etc. What a nice keepsake! She always had time to answer any and all of my questions no matter how small. Her knowledge and experience was invaluable! We had an absolutely amazing trip!

Thank you thank you thank you!

Upon arrival OR Tambo International Airport from your Zulu Tour, you are met by our representative who will hand over your travel documents and assist you to your airport hotel for your one night stay. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city and is the financial and commercial capital of Africa. It is in this fast-paced metropolis that the country’s radical political and social transformation is most evident – this is the “Rainbow Nation” at work.

Upon arrival at OR Tambo International Airport you are met by our representative who will be waiting for you in the Arrivals Terminal. You will receive your travel documents and are assisted to the Domestic Departures Terminal for your direct flight to Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal.

Upon arrival at Richards Bay Airport at 12h40, you are met by your driver and transferred northwards to your Country Inn located in the town of Mkuze. Upon arrival at your Country Inn, you have time to settle in before exploring the various activities at the Ghost Mountain Inn.

Flight time – Johannesburg to Richards Bay: approx. 1hr 15mins

Transfer time – Richards Bay Airport to Mkuze Town: approx. 2hrs

The Elephant Coast, situated in the north eastern part of KwaZulu Natal, borders Swaziland in the north west and Mozambique in the north and is also known as Zululand and Maputaland. The area offers an unforgettable opportunity to retrace the paths of past traders, explorers and tribesmen, to view traditional homesteads amongst tribal communities and to revel in the areas unspoiled beauty.

The Elephant Coast is named after the country’s largest herd of indigenous African elephants that have lived in sand forests in this region for centuries. The Elephant Coast extends inland across to the Lubombo Mountains in the west, and includes the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Reserve, the oldest game park in Africa – home to the big five.

Mkuze is a small Elephant Coast trade and transport centre. It is also the name of one of the Elephant Coast waterways that meanders across the southern expanse of Maputaland, eventually feeding into the Isimangaliso wetlands. The Mkuze River cuts through the Ubombo Mountains before serving as a boundary for Zululand’s famous Mkuze Game Reserve now part of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park.

From the village of Mkuze, it’s possible to ponder the mystery and legend surrounding the jagged heights of Ghost Mountain. With its dramatic silhouette it’s not difficult to understand why the mountain is said to be haunted.

After breakfast, you are met by your driver and transferred to your farmhouse in the Drakensberg. You enjoy a scenic drive through the rolling hills along the coastal road followed by a journey inland to the magnificent Drakensburg Mountains. Enjoy touring en-route to your country farmhouse accommodation.

Upon arrival at your accommodation, you have time to settle in and the rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Transfer time – Mkuze Town to Drakensberg: approx. 5 ½ hrs

The Drakensberg is the highest mountain range in Southern Africa, rising to 3,482 metres (11,424 ft) in height. Soaring basalt cliffs and golden sandstone ramparts tower over rolling grasslands, steep-sided valleys, rocky gorges and ancient San rock art. Adventure activities abound: hiking, abseiling, canoeing, mountain-biking, mountain-climbing, while the more sedentary will enjoy the awe-inspiring views and abundant birdlife.

A World Heritage site known to the Zulu people as uKhahlamba meaning “Barrier of Spears”, the Drakensberg forms a majestic semi-circular border between KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and the inland mountain kingdom of Lesotho.

You enjoy breakfast at your cosy farmhouse before you are met by our driver and transferred by road to King Shaka International Airport, Durban.

Upon arrival at King Shaka International Airport in the early afternoon, you bid farewell to Zululand and check in for your direct flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Nelspruit.

Upon arrival at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, you are met by our safari representative and transferred by road to your country lodge in Hazyview for your one night stay. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Transfer time – Drakensberg to King Shaka International Airport: approx. 2 ½ hours Flight time – King Shaka International Airport to KMIA Airport: approx. 1 hour Transfer time – Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport to Hazyview: approx. 50 minutes

This morning you enjoy breakfast at your country lodge, before you are met and transferred northwards to your game lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, part of the greater Kruger National Park.

Upon arrival at your lodge, you have time to settle in before you set off on your first afternoon game drive in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

Transfer time – Hazyview to Sabi Sand Game Reserve: approx. 2 hrs

Forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Reserve has no fences and the wildlife is able to cross freely between the Sabi Sands and the rest of the Greater Kruger National Park. The safari experience in the Sabi Sand is highly personalized because game drive vehicles have exclusive traversing rights in their area. The Sabi Sand Reserve is a remarkable natural sanctuary known for its exceptionally high concentration of animal and bird life. Close contact encounters are guaranteed as the animals are not threatened by the presence of vehicles thanks to sound conservation management policies. Safaris are led by experienced rangers coupled with local Shangaan trackers. With exceptional sightings of leopard (usually the most elusive of cats), lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo during game drives – visitors are never lacking in exciting photographic content.

After your morning game drive and brunch, you are met by our representative and you bid farewell to this African Wonderland. You are transferred by road from your lodge to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport to catch your direct flight to Cape Town.

Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport you are met by our representative and transferred to your hotel along the V&A Waterfront for your two night stay. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Transfer time – Sabi Sands Game Reserve to KMIA Airport: approx. 2 hrs

Flight time – Nelspruit to Cape Town: approx. 2 ½ hrs

Transfer time – Cape Town Airport to Cape Town Hotel: approx. 40 mins

Welcome to Cape Town, Mother City of Africa, and the Western Cape, an area which is regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in the world. The City is a rare cultural gem, resulting from the amalgamation of Indonesian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers, the local Bushman and Hottentot tribes and the Bantu tribes from the north.

The impressive presence of Table Mountain, flanked by the legendary Devil’s Peak and historical Signal Hill, stands proudly above the city. Beautiful white sandy beaches along a peaceful coastline frame the Cape Peninsula, which is famed for its unique floral kingdom, bountiful rivers, vleis and dams and magnificent countryside. The surrounding area extends far into the winelands, green in summer and red-gold in autumn.

The Mother City boasts a multitude of entertainment, ranging from outdoor activities and adventures in the sun to a roaring night life under neon signs. The vast range of shopping opportunities includes haggling with shop holders at Greenmarket Square Flea Market, as well as breezing through sophisticated and stylish shopping malls. The huge variety of restaurants reflects the multicultural history of the Cape and caters for everyone’s taste, from fast-food outlets and casual to the chic to the very elegant.

The city provides a setting for many scenic wonders, magnificent seascapes and panoramic vistas. The beautiful coastal areas of Camps Bay, Clifton, Llandudno, Bantry Bay, Hout Bay and Blouberg surround the breath-taking tranquillity of the winelands, Constantia, Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek.

Today is spent at leisure, until you are collected from your hotel and transferred to Cape Town International Airport.

Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you make your way to the International Departures terminal and check in for your flight to London. We bid you farewell!

Transfer time – Cape Town Hotel to Cape Town Airport: approx. 40 mins

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Cost Per Person Sharing

When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: $5117

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