Place of Heaven

13

Days

For this tour you will need to book your international flights to arrive in Johannesburg and depart from Johannesburg

ZAR 50 575,00

Per Person Sharing / Single Supplement Applies

Price excludes international flights

Your tour highlights:


  • Pretoria City Tour

  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park

  • Shakaland

  • The Battle of Blood River

  • Battlefields Tour - Isandlwana & Rorke`s Drift

  • Lesotho - Sani Pass 4 X 4 Tour

  • Giants Castle Game Reserve

  • Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Accommodation

destinations on route:


  • 1 Night - Johannesburg

  • 2 Nights - Hluhluwe

  • 1 Night - Eshowe

  • 2 Nights - Dundee

  • 2 Nights - Underberg

  • 2 Nights - Giants Castle

  • 1 Night - Golden Gate National Park

Included:


  • “Meet & Greet” on arrival at the airport

  • Tourism levies, taxes, fees & service charges

  • 3 to 5 Star accommodations: 11 Nights

  • 26 Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches & 11 Dinners

  • Porterage at airports & hotels

  • All local transfers & transport

  • Professional English-speaking guide

  • Conservation & entrance fees per itinerary

Day 1:


Depart for South Africa on an overnight flight to arrive the next morning. If this is not convenient or you can get a better deal, if you book an earlier flight, then please let us know and we will plan accordingly.


Day 2:


Your guide will meet you upon your morning arrival in Johannesburg at O R Tambo International Airport. From here we depart on a short city tour of Pretoria one of South Africa’s 3 capital cities that was previously the capital of the Old Transvaal Republic. Pretoria is also known as the Jacaranda Capital as there are over 55 000 Jacaranda trees lining the streets. Even though these exotic trees originate from Argentina it is still a spectacular sight to behold when the purple flowers are in full bloom during the months of October and November. The city tour includes a stop at the Union Buildings, where there is a magnificent 9 meter tall bronze plated statue of Mr. Nelson Mandela, as it was here where his body lay in state for three days after his death on 5 December 2013. We then drive via the city centre to Church Square and Paul Kruger House, where this modest man lived whilst serving as President of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (South African Republic), also known as the Transvaal Republic. We then stop at the impressive and symbolic Voortrekker Monument with its inner walls lined with murals that depict the story of the “Voortrekkers” pioneers and their Great Trek. The monument is surrounded by beautiful indigenous gardens and nature reserve. You can also get a bite to eat at the monument café. Afternoon check-in at a charming lodge found on the East Rand. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening with fellow travellers and your local accredited guide who will also be the tour manager.


Accommodation:  Kempton Park - Johannesburg

Meals:  Dinner


Day 3 & 4:


Today we travel to Hluhluwe in Zululand. Lunch can be had en-route. Spend the next two days in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. This hilly reserve is the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa, and it was once the hunting grounds of Zulu Kings. It has an abundance of wildlife and became famous amongst conservationist for its breeding and protection programs of both the Black & White Rhinos. The next morning is at leisure or you could opt to take an exciting game walk in “Big 5” country with experienced rangers armed with rifles and who have excellent knowledge of the fauna & flora found within the park. You’ll get to learn some fascinating facts about the African bush on this relaxed walk which takes place in the surrounding wilderness area adjacent to your lodge. Included this afternoon is an open vehicle sunset safari with a park ranger. Dinners will be served at the lodge restaurant. Overnight in the park.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Day 4 - An open vehicle sunset safari with a park ranger


Optional Activity:


  • An exciting game walk in “Big 5” country


Day 5:


This morning we take a cruise on the St Lucia estuary, a lake riddled with crocodiles and hippos found within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which is one of South Africa's six UNESCO world heritage sites. Depart after the cruise to Shakaland, a Zulu cultural village. Lunch will be served before your check-in to the hotel. This afternoon there is an included guided tour through the beehive hut and living museum village that was built for the production of the TV series Shaka Zulu; “The last great warrior”. This evening you will witness Zulu hospitality at its best with a traditional Zulu festival. The Zulu people are the largest ethnic group in South Africa and make up twenty percent of the country’s population. They are a proud nation of people who have a rich historical and cultural heritage. Dinner will be served at the hotel. Overnight in “The Heart of Zululand”.


Accommodation:  Eshowe

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Traditional Zulu Evening Show - Singing & Dancing


Day 6 & 7:


After a leisurely morning and breakfast, we depart for the battlefields of KwaZulu Natal. After lunch and check-in at our lodge, we visit the site where “The Battle of Blood River” took place on 16th December 1838. It was here where 464 “Voortrekkers” pioneers, armed with rifled muzzle loaders, defeated King Dingaan's mighty Zulu army. Evening at leisure. Dinner will be served at the lodge. The next morning, we meet our specialist battlefields guide. An expert in his field who will make the desolated Anglo-Zulu War encounters of Isandlwana and Rorke`s Drift come alive. Both these famous battles were brilliantly dramatised in the films Zulu Dawn and Zulu. On the 22nd January 1879 a depleted British force of about 1400, were surprised, out manoeuvred, over run and then butchered at Isandlwana by a powerful Zulu army. These fierce Zulu warriors were only armed with spears and cow-hide shields. This eerie battlefield is scattered with piles of simple white stones, marking the places where mass graves were dug almost 5 months later to bury those poor souls who were killed in action. The handful of men that survived this battle, fled across the Buffalo River to the British camps at Rorke’s Drift and for further safety to the camp at Helpmekaar (Help-each-other). Outnumbered by forty to one, the brave British soldiers stationed at Rorke’s Drift battled throughout the night against all the odds to hold off another Zulu attack. This action earned 11 Victoria Crosses, which is the highest and most prestigious honour that can be awarded to members of the British Armed Forces. The Victoria Cross (VC) is awarded for valour “in the presence of the enemy”. Rorke’s Drift is still the most number of VC’s ever awarded in British military history for a single engagement. Overnight near Dundee.


Accommodation:  Dundee

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Battlefields tour of Isandlwana & Rorke’s Drift with a specialist guide


Day 8:


Depart for the Southern Drakensberg. En-route we’ll stop at the Siege Museum in the historical town of Ladysmith and at the Winston Churchill capture site, as well as the village of Howick where you find the impressive Howick Waterfall that lies on the Umgeni River. A falls that has one of the highest single drops in South Africa at 111 meters (364 feet). The last stop for the day will be Pietermaritzburg, the capital of the province of KwaZulu Natal (The place of the Zulu). Visit the “Church of the Vow” now a museum, a church that was built in His honour after that small party of “Voortrekkers”, under the command of Andries Pretorius, defeated the Zulu’s at “The Battle of Blood River”. After this visit we drive to the quaint village of Himeville, with its picturesque tree lined avenues. The village is nestled in a valley at the foothills of the Drakensberg Escarpment, a name given to the eastern region of the Great Escarpment that flows through southern Africa. Enjoy lunch en-route and dinner will be served at the hotel's restaurant.


Accommodation:  Underberg

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Day 9:


Today you can enjoy an interesting and exciting day out on a guided 4 x 4 trip up the Sani Pass to experience the country of Lesotho. This pass found in the Eastern Highlands of Lesotho is the only entry point into the country from KwaZulu Natal. The pass is also known as the “Roof of Africa”, as it is the highest road in Africa and one of the highest roads in the world. It was a rough mule trail in the early days, where traders brought wool and mohair on donkeys down the pass to Natal in exchange for blankets, clothing, and maize meal. This tour to Lesotho includes a drive-up Black Mountain to view the summit of Thabana Ntlenyana, which is the highest peak in southern Africa. We also visit a Basotho village before ending the tour with a drink in the “Highest Pub in Africa”. The pub is situated on the edge of the escarpment at the summit of Sani Pass. From the pub's deck you will find, on a clear day, one of the most spectacular views in Africa. Return to your hotel in Underberg where you then have the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner this evening will be served at the hotel's restaurant.


Accommodation:  Underberg

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch (Packs) & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Full day 4 X 4 Sani Pass / Lesotho tour


Day 10 & 11:


After breakfast we travel to Giants Castle Game Reserve and the scenic Central Drakensberg, also known as the “Barrier of Spears”. This region of the berg has some of the highest peaks in southern Africa, including South Africa’s highest mountain, Mafadi which rises to an elevation of 3450 meters (11 320 feet). The berg is also a place where the San (Bushmen) left their life stories in the form of paintings and drawings on the rock and in the caves scattered along the eastern slopes of the mountains. You have this afternoon and the next day at leisure during which time you could visit the Main Cave, a large sandstone cave that boasts one of the biggest and best preserved San rock art painted sites in southern Africa. Or you could hike one or more of the numerous nature trails found within the park that vary in distance and difficulty. Overnight in the Drakensberg Mountains. All meals can be had at the lodge restaurant. Dinners are included with your stay.


Accommodation:  Giants Castle

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Optional Activity:


  • Guided rock art tour of the Giants Castle Main Cave


Day 12:


Today we travel to the scenic Golden Gate Highlands National Park nestled in the rolling hills of the Maluti Mountains of the north eastern Free State. The park derives its name from the breathtaking tapestry of red and purple, as well as brilliant shades of gold cast by the setting of the sun on the sandstone cliffs. We’ll stop in the village of Clarens, nicknamed the "Jewel of the Eastern Free State”. There will be time for lunch and a wonder around this picturesque little town with its numerous open air art & craft markets, galleries and shops selling detailed wood carvings, artistic local stone sculptures, beaded jewellery and authentic pieces of African art. After our visit, we head for our hotel situated in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Afternoon and evening at leisure. The next day is also at leisure. Relax at the hotel or you could take a walk along one of the less strenuous hiking trails found near your hotel or hike the impressive “Brandwag” Mountain or for the enthusiast, join us this morning on a challenging 8 hour hike along the rim of the majestic “Mont-Aux-Sources” to the source of the Tugela Falls, which is the second highest waterfall in the world after the Angel Falls in Venezuela. The result of your efforts will literally take your breath away. Dinners will be served at the hotel. Overnight in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Day 13:


After breakfast and a leisurely morning, we travel to Johannesburg’s O R Tambo International Airport for you to catch your flight home.


Accommodation:  None

Meals:  Breakfast