From Johannesburg, drive 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 some day trips, explore the friendly coastal town, or relax on the beach with a sundowner. Take a scenic drive northwards along the beautiful coastal road enjoying wonderful views of the Indian Ocean. Arrive at St. Lucia, a World Heritage Site wetland and a breeding site for many species of birds, as well as the perfect habitat for many animals including buffalo, leopard, rhino, hippo and crocodile.

Take the interesting inland road through to the Hluhluwe Game Reserve, home to diverse wildlife including lion and elephant. Continue north through Kwazulu – Natal and Mpumalanga to Johannesburg where you will have time to relax for a final 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 four 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 Cavern Berg resort, situated in the Northern Drakensberg. Nestled in the foothills of the surrounding mountains, the resort is close to the starting point of many walks and hikes and overlooks indigenous forests.

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. All meals included.

Destination: South Africa
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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 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 Vineyard on Ballito, this friendly establishment is inspired by the beauty and grandeur of the magnificent South African Vineyards and the country’s viticultural history.

Located a moments drive from the beach, Vineyard on Ballito is the perfect North Coast stay in the bustling town of Ballito.

Here you will find a range of services to add to the comfort of your stay. Perhaps enjoy some day trips in the area, or just relax on the beach! Breakfast included.

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Day 6-8: Wildlife rich wetlands

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 Santa Lucia guest house, a small and friendly, Mediterranean style establishment set in lush gardens with a swimming pool.

St. Lucia is a beautiful area, a World Heritage Site wetland of International importance and a breeding site for many species of bird as well as perfect habitat for many animals including buffalo, leopard, rhino, hippo and crocodile.

There is plenty to see and do here, including day trips to Cape Vidal for stunning beaches, some whale watching and snorkeling, boat trips on the estuary and walks through the coastal dunes and surrounding inland plains. The seafood restaurants in St. Lucia are excellent! Breakfast included.

Destination: South Africa
Accommodation: Santa Lucia Guesthouse
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Day 9-10: Close encounters

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 Bushlands Game Lodge, a luxurious lodge with wooden, elevated rooms connected by raised wooden walkways to the main dining area, bar, swimming pool and open air Boma.

A watering hole on the property attracts species such as zebra, wildebeest, impala, nyala, giraffe and warthog. Optional game drives and day tours are available to enable you to explore this unique area. Breakfast & dinner included.

Destination: South Africa
Accommodation: Bushlands Game Lodge
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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

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

Destination: Johannesburg
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Included

  • Zero excess 2×2 air-conditioned Toyota Corolla vehicle hire
  • Accommodation in 3-star lodges, chalets or guest houses on the meal basis stated
  • Route map & 24-hour support.

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