Day 1- After arriving inJohannesburg, depart on a four-hour scenic drive to Kruger National Park. Arrive in Kruger around lunch time. After checking into your chalet and a lunch you will depart for a game drive that will take the rest of the day and into early evening. After returning to camp you will be treated to an African barbeque known as a “braai” or dine in the dining area of the camp depending on your preference.
Day 2 - Kruger- This day, after a hearty breakfast, you will be on the road in search of game. Your destination will be determined by your guide. Your guide will know, depending on the weather and information provided by other guides, where certain species have been spotted. These reports will help direct your destinations. During the day you will arrive at other camps within the park to eat and relax for a short time. Soft drinks and bottled water are always available on the vehicle.
Day 3 - Leave the southern end of Kruger National Park and head into Swaziland. This is about a four- hour drive but can be longer if you encounter game along the way. It is not unusual to have to stop for a pride of lions lying in the road. Swaziland is a real treat as this is a separate country within South Africa and has little tourism. For this reason Swaziland is a unique cultural experience. You will arrive mid -afternoon and after getting settled in, be treated to dinner and Swazi dancers performing for you
Day 4 - Travel to Pongola Game Reserve. This is only a three- hour drive putting you in Pongola shortly before lunch. After settling in and a nice lunch you will leave for game drives to complete the day. You will be treated to an evening boat trip on the lake adjacent to the lodge. While on the boat you can enjoy cocktails and watch the many species of game that travel to the water’s edge to drink. This is also a great opportunity to witness one of Africa’s magnificent sunsets from the water.
Day 5 - Pongola : After breakfast you will be back in the bush looking for game. This day will focus on finding rhino. This is one of the rarest of the “Big Five” species in Africa. Pongola is one of the few regions left where rhino are somewhat abundant. You may encounter several other species of game along the way.
Day 6 - Travel approximately three hours to southern Zulu Land, a territory within the KwaZulu-Natal Province. This is another unique spot where you will experience the exciting and colorful Zulu culture. This travel will take you through parts of Hluhluwe and Umfolozi National Parks where you may encounter several species of game along the road. You will overnight at a luxurious game lodge.
Day 7 - Depart early in the morning for Durban, South Africa where you will have a 55- minute flight to Johannesburg followed by a 1 hour and 45- minute flight to Victoria Falls. You will be met at the airport in Victoria Falls and transported to the historic Victoria Falls hotel. Depending on the flight schedules, you will more than likely arrive in Zimbabwe late in the day.
Day 8 - This will be a very full day of shopping at the local African market and a visit to Victoria Falls, one of the eight natural wonders of the world. You will leave Victoria Falls for a two hour drive to Hwange National Park. Hwange National Park, covering more than 7,000 square miles, is one of Africa’s finest havens for wildlife and is home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra and has a very large concentration of giraffe. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus a large variety of birdlife. You will be accommodated at the brand new and luxurious Nehimba Safari Lodge located in the park.
Day 9 - This will be a full day of game drives and experiencing the wildlife of Africa in it’s natural environment. This is truly the African Safari experience of old.
Day 10 - After breakfast you will depart for Victoria Falls in order to begin your journey to Johannesburg and home.
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