Canyons, Cheetahs and Kruger Safari

Johannesburg to Johannesburg

       

Canyons, Cheetahs and Kruger Safari

Safari Quick Facts

Safari Price: US$ 2,765 (adult)
US$ 1,245 (child)
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Safari Starts: Johannesburg

Safari Ends: Johannesburg Number of Days: 8
Countries visited: South Africa
Click here for Departure Dates Vehicles, Guides & Equipment Booking Code: AFFS1

Safari Price Includes:

7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
All Activities and Entrance Fees as Per Itinerary
Fully Escorted Tour
Driver/Guide
Arrival Transfer
Kruger National Park
Cheetah & Endangered Wildlife Breeding Project Visit
Hotels (3 Nights), Chalet (2 Nights), Tented Camp (2 Nights)

Safari Price Excludes:

All optional excursions
Visas
Meals unless otherwise stated in the itinerary.

Canyons, Cheetahs and Kruger Safari

Mpumalanga is regarded as one of South Africa’s top tourist destinations - unsurprising, given the scenery, wildlife, flora, gold rush history and ancient tribal legends. Few places in the world can match the beauty of the Lowveld and escarpment. Mountains, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests create a world of wonder. We explore the magnificent Blyde River Canyon, a gigantic gorge, regarded as one of the natural wonders of Africa. We visit the world renowned Cheetah & Endangered Wildlife Project where some of Africa’s most endangered animals are successfully re-introduced into the wild. A Private Game Reserve is an unforgettable experience, and gives you the chance to try to get in close proximity with Africa’s Big Five, a remarkable photo opportunity. No trip to South Africa would be complete without visiting Kruger National Park, offering some of the greatest diversity of fauna & flora on the planet.

Canyons, Cheetahs and Kruger Safari Detailed Itinerary

Day 1:

Johannesburg

   

Today is the joining day in Johannesburg, “City of Gold”. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the Joining Hotel. The hotel we use is close to the airport, with a mall opposite, and a hotel shuttle service available to nearby East Rand Mall (approximate cost ZAR45pp return). There will be a pre departure meeting at 6pm, giving you the chance to meet your fellow travellers and go through the itinerary in more detail with your guide.


Day 2: Blyde Canyon   Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, we depart Johannesburg for Blyde Canyon, heading east to the spectacular Mpumalanga province. We spend 2 nights at Blyde Canyon.
Plunging more than a thousand metres to the Lowveld from the highlands of the Transvaal Drakensberg, the Blyde River cuts away the massive escarpment to carve out the only true canyon in South Africa. Viewed from a height of some 700 metres, the river threads through bands of fynbos and temperate rain forest to the dense pile of tropical bush on the plain. The most spectacular stretch of the Panorama Route, is the Blyde River Canyon. From many well-positioned vantage points one has a view of the 33km long gorge, which starts at 'Bourke's Luck Potholes' and ends at the 'Three Rondavels'. The Potholes are very impressive rock formations that were shaped millions of years ago by erosion. The bizarre swirl holes developed when the once rapid river carried masses of sand and debris.


Day 3: Blyde River Canyon   Breakfast

After breakfast, we spend the day seeing all the sites in the area including the canyon itself, regarded as one of the natural wonders of Africa. We will also visit the Cheetah and Endangered Wildlife Breeding Project, for a fascinating tour of the facility.
A guide will take you to the Hoedspruit Centre for Endangered Species facility where cheetah and a number of other rehabilitated animals can be viewed at close range. An educational video is shown to explain the projects undertaken by this unique establishment. A guided tour will follow to view the cheetah and other animals.


Day 4: Private Game Reserve   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We generally stay at either Edeni Reserve situated in the Limpopo Province, only about an hours drive from Blyde River, or Shiduli. We check into the game reserve, and later in the afternoon, we set off on a game drive, to spot animals in the wild.


Day 5: Private Game Reserve   Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The whole day is spent in the Reserve. We have early morning and late afternoon game drives, the best times to spot wildlife, before they hide from th heat of the day, and inbetween a range of activities organised by the lodge.


Day 6:

Panorama Route to Hazyview

  Breakfast

Today we depart Edeni, and make our way via the Panorama Route (God's Window, Three Rondawels) to Hazyview. The Panorama Route is one of the most beautiful and popular travel destinations in South Africa. It leads through the rugged mountain range of the northern Drakensberg. Here, in the north-eastern part of the Great Escarpment, the inland plateau declines abruptly and steeply and opens up fantastic views of the plains of the Lowveld a thousand metres below. This view is most reliable in the dry winter months. At other times the spectacle is often impaired, since the escarpment is a barrier for the clouds coming from the east, rising at this point and bringing a lot of rain. At God's Window on the Drakensberg escarpment, majestic cliffs plunge over 700 meters to the Lowveld and the private game reserves which have made the area one of Africa's prime wildlife destinations. God's Window is a small part of a 250km long rampart of sheer cliffs - it indeed seems as if one can see forever! With its magnificent views, rock formations, canyons and waterfalls, God's Window is truly an area of breathtaking scenic grandeur. Hazyview is just outside the world renowned Kruger national Park, and we stay here for 2 nights.


Day 7: Kruger National Park   Breakfast

Today we spend the entire day in Kruger National Park, game viewing, returning to the hotel in the late afternoon. Maybe you will even see the Big Five - make sure you have your binoculars with you.


Day 8: Johannesburg   Breakfast

After breakfast, we depart the hotel, and drive back to Johannesburg
Please note that accommodation is not included tonight in Johannesburg.


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Canyons, Cheetahs and Kruger Safari Departure Dates

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11 December 2010
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