Day 1 Kruger National Park
Leaving behind Johannesburg, the city of gold, we head through the province of Mpumalanga to the world-famous Kruger National Park. The next two days are spent exploring the southern part of this vast reserve, and we stand a good chance of sighting elephant, lion, black rhino, leopard and buffalo, Africa's famed “Big Five”, on our game drives in the truck.
Optional Activities: Evening game drive.
Day 2 Kruger National Park
Our game drives continues and an early start usually rewards us with some great sightings. Keep your eyes open for the diverse bird life and some of the more elusive animals. An optional night drive with one of the South African National Park rangers is an excellent way to see some nocturnal animals.
Optional activities: Evening game drive, morning walk with park ranger.
Day 3 Traditional Cultural Village, Timbavati
After a morning game drive in the truck or an optional game walk, we leave the Kruger NP and head for Timbavati. In the afternoon we visit a Shangaan village, and then make our way to a wildlife concession area adjacent to the KNP. This evening we experience an evening game drive. Tonight's game drive allows us another opportunity to view the mysterious nocturnal creatures that inhabit the African bushveld.
Optional Activities: Morning walk with park ranger.
Day 4 Panorama Route
We complete our Kruger Park experience with an early morning game walk, before heading back towards Johannesburg. We will be travelling the Panorama Route through some spectacular scenery. The Blyde River Canyon, the 3rd largest canyon in the world, offers breathtaking view points, including God's Window and Three Rondavels. The Bourke's Luck Potholes are the fascinating results of erosion caused by the River. Tour ends on arrival in Johannesburg.
Optional Activities: Dinner out at local restaurant
In 1840, the Voortrekker leader, Hendrik Potgieter, led a party on an exploratory journey to Lourenzo Marques. The women stayed behind on the height near Graskop and most of the men rode off. The time for their return came and passed. The waiting party became despondent. They named the stream on whose banks they were camped, the Treur (sorrow) and set out for home. Potgieter, however, returned safely, overtaking the women as they were fording the river from then on known as the Blyde (joyful).
The Blyde River Canyon is one of the most spectacular canyons in Africa and its cliffs rise between 600m-800m from the riverbed. At the "Three Rondavels" viewpoint (also called "The Three Sisters") is an unforgettable view of three huge rock spirals rising out of the far wall of the canyon. Their tops appear to have a hut-like rounded roof. Where the Blyde River and the Treur River meet, water erosion has formed one of the most remarkable geological phenomena in the country, known as "Bourke´s Luck Potholes".
Over thousands of years, surreal cylindrical rock sculptures created by whirling water have formed a series of dark pools which contrast artfully with the streaked white and yellow lichen covered rocks. Following the road and the Treur River south, there are further viewpoints; Wonder View, God´s Window and the Pinnacle. The Three Rondavels are named after the Swazi Chief - Maripi´s wives. From the lowest to the highest, they are Magabolle, Mogoladikwe and Maserote.
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