Gazing across the vineyard’s breathtaking panorama with a refreshing local wine in hand, we reflect on our thrilling journey, encounters with Africa’s mighty beasts, great parades of elephants crossing our path, spectacular sunsets, beautiful ocean views, the majestic mountains. Nobody forgets this magical country.
From Johannesburg we follow the Panorama Route to the Kruger National Park. Kruger offers one of the best wildlife experiences in Southern Africa, and is home to Africa’s ‘Big Five’. We’ll have a series of game drives here before travelling on to the tiny country yet mighty Kingdom of Swaziland which encapsulates the best of Southern Africa. Here we’ll enjoy beautiful landscapes and a culture rich in tribal traditions.
Next stop is KwaZulu Natal, where we take a game drive in Hluhluwe National Park and a boat cruise in the St Lucia wetlands. We are likely to see crocodiles and hippos as well as some wonderful birdlife. From the African bush we travel to the dramatic and majestic Drakensberg Mountains, providing the most scenic setting for some walks in the Cathedral Peak National Park.
After a short stay in Durban, we fly to Port Elizabeth and discover the Eastern Cape including Addo Elephant National Park to see great herds of elephants. Straddling the Eastern and Western Cape and a highlight on the Garden Route is Tsitsikamma, we’ll enjoy great walks here before continuing along the Garden Route to Plettenberg Bay and its pristine beaches. The distances are much shorter now so the next two days allow us to visit Oudtshoorn, where the red sandy earth contrasts the rugged coast. We’ll visit an Ostrich Farm and the Cango Caves. Our last stop is Stellenbosch in the beautiful winelands, where we can relax, enjoy the local wines and reflect on a magical journey.
We travel in an overland truck throughout providing an element of comfort while being robust enough to cope with the African terrain.