Start your South African holiday in Johannesburg by driving into the ruggedly beautiful Drakensburg Mountains. Experience one of the most picturesque regions of South Africa with towering mountain scenery, sparkling crystal clear streams and awe inspiring hiking trails. Continue your journey south and enjoy the warm breezes of the Indian Ocean at Ballito Bay. Enjoy a round of golf or a spa treatment before sitting down for a delicious meal at your 4* guesthouse. Continue into the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, one of the few natural wonders left on earth, and enjoy unspoiled wilderness beaches, vast wetlands and incredible game reserves.

Enjoy a morning game drive, whale watching excursion or fishing trip before heading inland to the lush Hluhluwe Game Reserve, home to many wildlife species including rhino, lion, leopard and elephant. Continue north through Kwazulu – Natal and Mpumalanga to Johannesburg where you will have time to relax for one night before your onward flight home.

 

Highlights

  • Drakensberg Mountains
  • Ballito Bay
  • St. Lucia Wetlands
  • Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1-3: Mountain vistas

Drakensberg

Fly into Johannesburg International airport today and pick up your hire car to drive the three hours through to the Drakensberg Mountains.

This area is one of the most beautiful regions of South Africa with towering mountain scenery, sparkling crystal clear streams and awe inspiring hiking trails.

You will stay at the Cathedral Peak Hotel, situated in the Central Drakensberg. Nestled in the foothills of the surrounding mountains, this luxurious hotel offers a wide range of sporting & leisure facilities including swimming pools, tennis & squash courts, climbing wall, mini-golf, gym & massage spa, trout fishing and mountain biking.

Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of this environment, maybe visit Giant’s Castle where you can view ancient San bushmen rock paintings and picnic beside secluded streams.

Craft centres and tea shops are scattered throughout the area and additional optional activities include golfing, helicopter rides or mountain biking. Breakfast & dinner included.

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Day 4-5: Coastal relaxation

Ballito Bay

Drive south from the cool highlands to the warm breezes of the Indian Ocean and Ballito Bay, 50km from Durban. This drive should take 2-3 hours. Ballito is a pretty town with clean, safe beaches, shops and restaurants and many other attractions in the surrounding area.

You will stay at the Boathouse, a luxurious guest house located near to swimming beaches with wonderful views over the ocean, and close to restaurants and shops. Perhaps enjoy some day trips in the area, or just relax on the beach! Breakfast included.

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Day 6-8: Pristine wilderness

St. Lucia

Take a scenic drive northwards along the beautiful coastal road, enjoy wonderful views across the Indian Ocean. Arrive in St. Lucia and stay for three nights at the beautiful Makakatana Bay Lodge.

Makakatana is the only privately owned safari lodge set on the banks of Lake St Lucia within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, the heart of Africa’s largest natural estuary.
Guests are accommodated in 6 bright and spacious suites.

Three of these are set in the dune forest and are frequented by friendly warthog, red dyker, nyala, bush babies, birds and hippo! Large windows and terrace doors as well as mosquito gauze screen doors slide open onto private viewing decks, skilfully combining luxury and integration with the environment.

Each suite offers air conditioning/heating, private deck, en-suite bathroom & toilet, outdoor shower, bar fridge, tea & coffee facilities and phone.

Makakatana Bay Lodge offers guests a unique experience when it comes to safaris. Each day explore a different environment of St Lucia iSimangaliso Wetland game reserve.

Included in the fully inclusive rate is an afternoon drive, this safari is offered on the day of arrival. Guests can also enjoy a morning boat trip after breakfast and a picnic lunch afterwards (weather permitting).

Alternatively guests can enjoy a beach safari departing after breakfast and enjoying a leisurely safari drive to the Indian Ocean to swim and enjoy the coastline.

Guests enjoy a picnic lunch and return to the lodge for afternoon tea. All meals, boat transfers and specified included.

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Day 9-10: Incredible wildlife

Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Take the interesting inland road through to the Hluhluwe Game Reserve, a lush and beautiful area which is home to many wildlife species including rhino, lion, leopard and elephant.

You will stay at Leopard Mountain Game Lodge, a luxurious lodge with thatch and rock chalets nestled in cliff tops overlooking the river below. From your private hammock, watch the eagles soar at eye level. Enjoy delicious cuisine and friendly hospitality.

Optional game drives and day tours are available to enable you to explore this unique area. Breakfasts, dinners & most activities on the private reserve included.

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Day 11: Sunset over the city

Johannesberg

Your drive from Hluhluwe takes you north through Kwazulu – Natal and Mpumalanga to Johannesburg where you will have time to relax for one night before your onward flight.

The Peech Hotel is Johannesburg’s newest boutique hotel. Safely situated centrally in Melrose and between Rosebank and Sandton. You will be staying in a modern room with an African feel, the king sized beds and generous bathroom will give you one more night of relaxation. The hotel is beautiful set amongst shady trees and a lush verdant garden. Breakfast Included

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Day 12: Fly out of Johannesberg

Fly out of Johannesberg

Today you will drop off your hire car at Johannesburg airport and connect with your flight home.

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Included

  • Zero excess 2×2 air-conditioned Toyota Corolla vehicle hire
  • Accommodation in luxury lodges or hotels on the meal & activity basis stated
  • Route map & 24-hour support

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