South Africa is a haven of spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, diverse cultures and first world norms, topped with a healthy and invigorating climate. These qualities make it an adventure destination not to be missed. A country virtually the size of Europe with over 3000 kilometer’s of unspoiled coastline, boasting climatic differences from searing hot desert to snow-capped peaks, and varied cultures, from the primitive Bushman to the most Western of ways. We visit the highlights, but leave the beaten track to explore the great outdoors and visit a variety of African eco-systems. Overnight stops are mostly at Drifters owned properties in pristine reserves where extensive conservation and game introduction projects have created truly unique accommodations and surroundings. The tour requires a certain amount of flexibility and an adventurous mentality.
Day 1: Kruger Region
Departing from the GREENFIRE LODGE JOHANNESBURG at 06h30, we set off on the scenic road to Mpumalanga. We enjoy a brunch stop in the historic town of Dullstroom before we wind our way down the Drakensberg escarpment and into the untamed Lowveld. The road is filled with scenic beauty, from mountain passes to the Acacia trees scattered across the African bushveld. We spend the next two nights at our well-appointed GREENFIRE BUSH LODGE, which is situated in a private reserve within the greater Kruger National Park; an area where animals roam naturally and unrestricted. Being on a privately owned reserve allows us the freedom to explore the wilderness in search of a variety of animals both on foot and in open game drive vehicles. The tented lodge blends into the bush and offers comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, a refreshing splash pool, and stunning views over the surrounding wilderness. Dinner tonight is cooked in the traditional manner over an open fire.
Day 2: Kruger Region
As is custom in the bush, we start the day with a light breakfast of coffee and rusks before embarking on a guided game walk within this Big 5 area. Although we will walk for some three hours, the purpose is not to cover distance but rather to search for animals and to focus on the smaller things one misses while out driving around in the bush. A Drifters guide and/or tracker lead all walks. Before the heat of the day, we return to the lodge for a sumptuous brunch, after which it’s time to relax around the lodge and enjoy the serenity of the surrounding wilderness. In the afternoon, we conduct an open vehicle game drive which develops into an extensive night drive, all the time searching for animals. Being in the bush at night provides us with the opportunity of viewing nocturnal animals. This evening we enjoy a hearty bush “braai” cooked on an open fire. Fall asleep to the sounds of the wild.
Day 3: Hazyview, Lowveld
Rising with the African sun, we enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting off to explore the highlights of the Panorama Route. Our first stop will be to view the impressive Blyde River Canyon, then on to Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Gods Window, and the cozy little town of Graskop where we enjoy an own expense lunch. The Panorama Route offers guests some of the best natural wonders in the area and we will spend as much time as possible at each of the highlights. This afternoon we descend the Kowyns Pass and after a full day, we make our way to the GREENFIRE LODGE HAZYVIEW, a log cabin built spectacularly on stilts in the indigenous forest on the banks of the Sabie River. We will spend two nights here.
Day 4: Hazyview, Lowveld
An early start, we depart at sunrise and travel the short distance to enter a different area of the Kruger National Park for a full day of game viewing. Slowly traversing in search of the many animals that inhabit this area, we enjoy the high vantage point and comfort of our well-equipped vehicle. Our guide will take time to explain the behaviour of the animals we see in this fascinating environment. Although most of the day will be spent game viewing, we will stop at various designated sites to stretch our legs, to enjoy brunch, and to wander around one of the park’s rest camps. Late this afternoon we exit the park and return to the comfort of our GREENFIRE LODGE HAZYVIEW.
Day 5: Swaziland
We depart in the morning and enjoy a scenic drive south before we leave South Africa and cross the border into the Kingdom of the Swazi. A small landlocked country, Swaziland is rich in culture and natural beauty. Our journey today takes us into an area of spectacular scenery and past numerous traditional homesteads surrounded by vast fields of sugarcane. Our first destination is Sibebe rock, a granite mountain rising some 350m above the Mbuluzi valley. We spend some time here at the foot of the mountain while our guides explain more about the history and beliefs surrounding Sibebe. In the late afternoon we drive the short distance via the Capital of Mbabane to our accommodation for the night. On arrival we check in and enjoy a catered meal.
Day 6: Phongolo Game Reserve
Today we follow the winding roads through Swaziland and cross back into South Africa in the late morning. After completing the border formalities, we enter Zululand, an area once ruled by the infamous Shaka Zulu. The reserves in this area are lush and offer protection to a variety of indigenous animals including Black and White Rhino. This afternoon we enjoy a game experience that will allow us to appreciate the fauna and flora of the Zulu Kingdom.
Day 7 - 8: Central Drakensberg, Drakensberg
Traveling inland today, we pass through a tranquil region of rolling hills, but don’t be fooled, this region has hosted many historic wars fought over time by the Zulu’s, the Boers (pioneer settlers), the British, and many others fighting for a stake in Africa. Our lunch stop will be at one of the famous battlefields in the area where we will have time to learn a bit more about this fascinating time in South Africa’s history. This afternoon we reach the majestic Drakensberg mountain range, “Barrier of Spears”. On reaching the foothills, we transfer to a 4×4 vehicle, and then enjoy an exciting drive on mountain tracks high up to the GREENFIRE LODGE DRAKENSBERG. Guests are welcome to skip the drive and walk up the mountain to the lodge. We spend two nights here in cozy log cabins and will have a day of hiking, exploring, and simply enjoying the wonders of this national heritage site. A walk to the San Rock Art gallery is well worth the effort. Pony trekking is also available.
Day 9 - 10: Umdloti Beach
A relaxed start, after a transfer (or walk) back down to our vehicle, it is with new energy that we make our way toward the Indian Ocean. Our journey today will take us through the rolling hills and natural beauty of the Natal Midlands. We stop for an own expense lunch near Nottingham Road before continuing to the Mandela Capture site for a short visit, from where we continue and travel down to the coast where we spend the next two nights. The GREENFIRE LODGE DOLPHIN COAST is located literally on the beach and the sound of the waves pounding is relentless. We will have a “free” day here to spend soaking up the sun and simply enjoying the beach and warm ocean, or to stroll through the village enjoying the cheerful hospitality. One night we enjoy a traditional fish braai on the lodge’s patio. Lunch and dinner are own expense. Guests can also choose to visit the city of Durban on their free day.
Day 11 - 12: Rhole
Setting off early, we pass through the outskirts of Durban this morning and follow the coast south into an area that can only be described as one of the highlights of the tour – The Wild Coast. Having formerly been an independent homeland, there has been little development in this area resulting in endless unspoiled beaches, natural estuaries, rolling grassland, and a tapestry of traditional Xhosa villages. We will spend two nights at a remote GREENFIRE LODGE and will spend a full day exploring this rugged but stunningly beautiful area. Our guide will take us on an extended hike along this stretch of coastline that offers some of the best hiking routes in the country. Guests will also have the option to relax on the secluded beach in front of the lodge or to go and swim in a nearby waterfall.
Day 13: Grahamstown
Leaving the lush coastal forests behind, our journey will take us into what is known as the “Frontier Country”, a region that was settled in the 1820’s by European immigrants and that was host to many frontier wars. The road is defined by scattered hills and deep valleys with distant glimpses of the ocean. We cover some distance today and spend the night in comfortable accommodation overlooking the city of Grahamstown.
Day 14: Garden Route
Entering the renowned Garden Route today, our first stop will be at the Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park. Located in a marine reserve, the hike offers spectacular views and we enjoy a walk along the rugged coast and over the suspension bridge spanning the Storms River. We spend the night in the Storms River area. The area offers a variety of optional activities for guests. Optional excursions include kayak trips, mountain bike rides in the forest, a tour of the local township, and many more (own expense).
Day 15: Paradise
Depart from Storms River and make their way to Knysna where they will spend the night and have time for some more activities. One lunch and one dinner will be own expense.
Day 16 - 17: Sea Point
We leave Knysna to travel through the Garden Route’s Lake District and then to follow the "Whale Route" through Hermanus and around the Hottentots Holland Mountains. Arriving in the "Mother City", Cape Town, in the late afternoon, we check into the GREENFIRE LODGE CAPE TOWN, which is conveniently situated in Seapoint. Cape Town is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world and we will spend two full days here – visiting Cape Point, Hout Bay, The Waterfront, secluded beaches, a wine farm, and many other attractions. We will also hike up Table Mountain. Lunches and dinners in Cape Town are own expense.
This tour ends at 16h00 on day 18, however clients are welcome to extend their stay by booking post-tour nights at the Greenfire Lodge Cape Town.
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