4 nights Cape Town | 2 nights Hluhluwe-iMfolozi | 1 night Swaziland | 1 night Hazyview | 3 nights Timbavati | 2 nights Johannesburg | 2 nights Victoria Falls
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Upon arrival at Cape Town airport, you are met by our representative and are transferred to your hotel in the V&A Waterfront for a 4 night stay.
Explore the Mother City and the Fairest Cape – from the oldest buildings in South Africa to trendy waterfront shopping; from majestic Table Mountain to sun drenched beaches; and from dramatic seascapes to verdant vineyards. Cape Town regularly tops many lists of world must-visit destinations and Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain has recently been voted one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
There is an early rise this morning. You are met at your hotel and transferred to Cape Town Airport where you will board your flight to Durban. Upon arrival in Durban you are met and transferred to your lodge in Hluhluwe. You have time to settle into your lodge before embarking on your afternoon game drive.
Set in the heart of Zululand, this is the oldest game reserve in Africa where Zulu kings such as Dingiswayo and Shaka hunted and put in place the first conservation laws, where today the “big five” of African legend stalk the verdant savannah. Established in 1895, game viewing is the prime attraction. Viewing hides overlook waterholes enabling visitors to see animals at close range.
As the home of Operation Rhino in the 1950s and 60s, the Park became world renowned for its white rhino conservation. Other areas of focus for which Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is famed include wilderness trails which originated in Imfolozi in the 1950s and its renowned Game Capture unit recently upgraded into the Centenary Capture Centre, a bench mark for animal capture and sustainable utilization throughout Africa. The Park covers some 96 000 ha and contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora. Hluhluwe is characterised by hilly topography, and this northern section of the park is noted for its wide variety of both bird and animal life.
At Rhino Ridge you will enjoy twice daily game drives in an open game drive vehicle with an experienced ranger.
There is an early rise to your morning. After your morning game drive you are met by your driver and you are driven to Swaziland. You arrive in time to check into your hotel and explore Swaziland.
This morning you check out of your hotel, there is time this morning to do some sight-seeing in Swaziland. You are then driven to Hazyview in the Mpumalanga Lowveld for a one night stay.
This morning you are taken on a Panorama Tour enroute to the Kruger National Park. You will get to see the Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window and Mac Mac Falls. You will then be transferred to your lodge in Timbavati Game Reserve, forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park. You have time to settle into your lodge before embarking on your afternoon game drive.
The Timbavati forms part of the 2 million hectare Greater Kruger National Park. It was the first private game reserve to be incorporated into the Kruger National Park and is part of one of Africa’s most innovative conservation partnership agreements. The Timbavati is 14 700 hectares (36 300 acres) and shares an unfenced boundary with Kruger National Park.
Track the Big Five, as well as a rich variety of other game such as antelope, zebra, warthog, giraffe and hippo, in the company of an armed ranger and local Shangaan tracker. Bird viewing is spectacular, with over 360 recorded species including various eagles, vultures, kingfishers, woodpeckers, buzzards, herons, egrets, owls, weavers. The Timbavati is also home to the world-famous “White Lions of Timbavati”,
After your morning game drive, you bid farewell to this African wonderland. You are driven through the Lowveld to Johannesburg. You check into your hotel for a 2 night stay in Sandton, an upmarket suburb of Johannesburg.
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.
This morning you are transferred to Johannesburg Airport for your direct flight to Livingstone. Upon arrival in Livingstone, you are transferred from the airport to your hotel. There is time this afternoon to view the Falls.
Besides being one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls is the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa with more than 50 activities available. At 1708 metres wide, Victoria Falls is the most expansive curtain of water in the world and drops more than 100 metres into the sheer Zambezi Gorge.
Straddling the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, these Falls and the Zambezi River are the central points in an area of spectacular scenic beauty: from the Falls themselves to the broad, picturesque course of the Zambezi River upstream, the rainforest adjacent and the stark jagged gorge downstream, the power and timelessness of nature’s forces are evident throughout.
The Falls’ local name, Mosi-Oa-Tunya – “the Smoke that Thunders” – more accurately defines the essence of the place: the rising, shining spray that can be seen 30km away. This vapour has the effect of adding moisture in the form of humidity to the air in the “splash zone”, so that a unique, small rainforest ecosystem clings to the edge of the Falls, providing a toehold for no less than 70 shrub and 150 herbaceous species, as well as trees such as pod and Natal mahogany, ebony, Cape and strangler fig and Transvaal red milkwood. There are two National Parks in the vicinity: the Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe and the Mosi-oa-Tunya Zoological Park in Zambia, which means that herds of big game such as elephant and buffalo, as well as smaller species and even predators such as lion persist in the area.
This morning is at leisure to catch a last glimpse of the Falls, until you are transferred from the hotel to Livingstone or Victoria Falls Airport to catch your flight to Johannesburg, where you connect with your international flight home.