It's such a pleasure driving through the spectacular scenery of the north, past Kruger, then down to the wild coast. Some beautiful and off the beaten track parts of South Africa.
Head out on the open road to some of South Africa’s most stunning landscapes. Hazyview is an adventure centre, gateway to the Kruger for a full day guided safari into the Kruger, a great area for large game. Drive on open roads through the stunning Blyde River Canyon, discover Swaziland, an unusual small Kingdom, and experience the wild Indian Ocean, where Zulu culture meets African wildlife and inviting resort towns.
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Arrive this morning and collect the rental car, hitting the open road soon as you exit the airport, drive across the high plains of South Africa, heading east towards what the locals call the Panorama Route - a region of country towns, farms, canyons and close to the famous Kruger National Park. Drive on wide, quiet roads to Hazyview where you can rest, unwind and get into the slow pace of life of Africa. Your lodge hotel is located on the Sabie river amid lush African savannah scenery.
Join a full-day safari into the Kruger National Park, just a ten minute drive from the lodge. Along with other traveller in an open safari vehicle, set off early morning when the wildlife is at its most active. As you enter the park be on the lookout for lions and leopards hunting, prides of elephant on the move, hippo in the river and not forgetting gazelle and giraffe. Stops are made during the day for breakfast and lunch, and for comfort breaks in the Kruger Rest Camps. This area of the national park to the south is known to attract large herds, often with good elephant sightings, as the Sabie river is a natural magnet for a variety of species. This is a great introduction to African safari and the experience of seeing these animals in the wild is unforgettable.
With two days at leisure in Hazyview, you can explore the area at your own pace. Take a drive through the Blyde River Canyon, for amazing views of God's Window and the Three Rondavels giant dolomite peaks towering above on of the world's largest canyons. It is a centre for activity and adventure, including rafting on the Sabie River and zip lining, great for kids and adults of all ages, and the Elephant Whispers sanctuary is one of the more ethically run elephant interaction experiences in South Africa.
Head south through quiet back roads and into the Kingdom of Swaziland, for a taste of traditional African heartlands with rolling hills and green valleys, there is a great variety of birdlife and some lovely colonial style boutique hotels. After travelling through small villages, you can relax in the country hotel, take a walk amid untouched nature with a wonderfully colourful array of wildflowers, take a bike ride in the hills or go for a dip in the pool. Enjoy delicious locally sourced food for dinner at the hotel or locally in the area and enjoy being away from it all in this tiny jewel of a Kingdom.
Head out of Swaziland towards the coast, dropping down from the mountains towards the coastal plain, back into South Africa and kwa-Zulu Natal, an area known as the Elephant Coast. The Ghost Mountain Inn offers African tradition and great facilities in an area rich in Zulu culture and ideal to see land and ocean wildlife.
A day at leisure to choose from a variety of optional tours. A boat tour on Lake Jozini offers possible sightings of hippo, rhino, crocodile and elephant, uMkhuze Game Reserve is available on a full or half day excursion, where it is possible to see rare black or white rhino as well as other big game and where walking safaris are available. Other great options include private tours to authentic local Zulu villages.
Depart this morning for the short journey to the St Lucia wetlands. Stay in a lodge in the village of St Lucia, with charming shops and restaurants set around the UNESCO World Heritage St Lucia Westland Park, an area of pristine beaches, coastal dunes and waterways. The day includes a boat rip in the wetlands to see the hippos who are known to walk through town at night.
Drive down the Indian Ocean coast on wide roads towards the city of Durban. Before arriving in the city centre, reach the affluent beachside suburb of Umhlanga, to stay at the classical Oyster Box hotel for 2 nights, one of South Africa’s best coastal hotels sitting on the Indian Ocean.
Relax and unwind by the ocean and enjoy the Oyster Box’s high quality and varied dining, at great prices. You can head into Durban and visit the impressive aquarium, or discover its redeveloped waterfront where you can shop for souvenirs. You might want to add a few nights to fully unwind and explore KZN further.
Take a short drive to the airport to drop off your car and take your overnight flight back to the UK. Alternatively, you may want to add on a trip into the battlefields and Drakensberg and an easy drive back to Johannesburg, or fly down to Cape Town for a few days.
Nestled amongst lush indigenous gardens on the banks of the Sabie River in Hazyview, and only 10 minutes from the Kruger National Park, Hippo Hollow offers 91 thatched chalets and rooms with views of the gardens, swimming pools or the Sabie River. Dine in the a la carte restaurant on a variety of mouth-watering dishes and enjoy a selection of South African wines from the cellar, whilst watching the grazing of the Hippopotamus on the lawn. A variety of activities await you, from open-vehicle safaris in the Kruger National Park to helicopter adventures swooping over gorges and waterfalls.
‘Comfort Food and Scenic Views’
Foresters Arms Country Hotel is a short drive away from the capital of Swaziland, Mbabane. It is encircled by mountains and waterfalls to the west and lush valleys to the east. This characterful hotel prides itself on its food, with freshly-baked bread every day and homemade ice creams. All 34 rooms feature free WiFi access. Facilities include a fitness centre, library, sauna and swimming pool.
‘Relaxing Retreat; On-site Spa’
Ghost Mountain Inn sits at the foot of the Ghost Mountain in Mkuze, northern KwaZulu Natal. The hotel offers a range of rooms and suites as well as facilities like a spa, two swimming pools, lounge areas and a gift shop. Dining revolves around seasonal menus served in the Dining Room, out on the terrace or in the traditional boma. There is also a bar overlooking the gardens and pool.
‘Centrally Located Lodge’
Lidiko Lodge is set in the village of St Lucia, KwaZulu Natal. It is surrounded by the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Accommodation comes in the form of 16 garden lodges, while other features include a guest lounge, a library and dining deck with views of the bird-filled gardens. Outdoors there is a swimming pool.
‘Iconic Landmark – Well Deserved’
The combination of colonial charm, impeccable service, lush tropical gardens and breathtaking seaside setting have earned The Oyster Box a reputation that is legendary the world over. The setting, architecture, cuisine and décor all conspire to create a magical setting which is made all the more perfect by the most attentive of staff. Guests can enjoy the close proximity to the beach and the ocean as well as a host of leisure facilities and restaurants at their fingertips.
International flights in economy class
Meet and Greet service on arrival with travel digest
Accommodation as listed
Car hire with GPS
Full day scheduled game drive in Kruger National Park
Meals unless otherwise stated
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