Eastern Panorama - 15 Day Coach Tour Package in South Africa
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Eastern Panorama Tour Package

A fifteen day tour of the Eastern Escarpment region of South Africa returning via the World Heritage site of the Drakensberg. This tour package itinerary includes the highlights of:

The Panorama Route   Durban
The Kruger National Park   Sani Pass
Swaziland   St. Lucia
Hluhluwe Game Reserve   Drakensberg
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14 Nights / 15 Days - Eastern Panorama Tour Itinerary
R9,800.00 / 999.00 / US$ 1370.00per person sharing

Day Schedule

Day 1

Arrive at Johannesburg International airport. Your safari representative will meet you in the arrivals hall, and the group will be taken to the luxury coach for the first day of your African Adventure.

A short orientation trip through Johannesburg, and then on to the satellite city of SOWETO. Formerly a centre of the anti-apartheid movement, this city is now a thriving cosmopolitan area. We visit the Hector Pietersen museum and memorial, drive through Diepkloof and Baragwanath, and then head to our hotel for the night.

Day 2 A short drive takes us to the capital city – Pretoria, A visit to the Voortrekker Monument is an introduction to the early European pioneer settlers in South Africa, we stop at the Parliament Buildings for a view over the city, and then a drive over the high central plateau region of South Africa. On the edge of the plateau it is a scenic drive through the mountains to our lodge for the night. We will arrive mid-afternoon at Hannah Lodge, we check in and prepare for our wildlife experience. Hannah lodge is situated on a private game reserve, and the late afternoon is spent looking for animals in this park.
Day 3 Today is the “Panorama Route”. A beautiful day including Pilgrim’s Rest, a restored historical gold mining town, the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck potholes and the craft markets and shops of Graskop. Late afternoon we arrive at our hotel for the next 3 nights – Pine Lake Inn.
Day 4 & 5 Very early morning start to meet up with our open jeeps for the wildlife experience of the Kruger National Park. We spend the whole day in the park, returning late afternoon to the hotel.
Day 6 After a leisurely breakfast we head south toward the Kingdom of Swaziland. Border formalities are done at Jeppe’s Reef, and then it is a stunning drive over the mountains towards the capital city of Mbabane. En-route we will stop for views and markets, and enjoy the sight of the glass-blowers at Ngwenya Glass Factory. We arrive mid-afternoon in the Ezulwini valley at our accommodation and then have some time to explore the local markets, swim or just relax.
Day 7 A morning drive over the lowlands of Swaziland takes us to the Golela border post. We re-enter South Africa and then we have a lunch-time boat ride on the Jozinini Dam. Game viewing while enjoying lunch. After our boat trip we drive to Bayala Lodge where we stay for the next two nights.
Day 8 A day in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve. Early morning departure to meet the open jeeps at the gate. The morning is spent looking for animals in this famous game reserve, once the private hunting grounds of Shaka Zulu. We have a lunch time barbecue in the park, and then we return to Bayala Lodge.
Day 9 Today we visit a Zulu village to experience the traditional way of life, and in the afternoon we continue to the St. Lucia estuary. We have a short boat ride to look for crocodiles and hippos in the afternoon. Overnight St. Lucia.
Day 10 A short morning drive takes us to uMhlanga Rocks. This small town, situated on the Indian Ocean is famous for its beach. Afternoon free to relax. We stay in Umhlanga Rocks for two nights.
Day 11 A relaxed breakfast and then a fascinating tour of Durban. The mix of cultures – British, Zulu and Indian make for an incredible variety of sights, sounds and smells. We visit the Indian Spice Market, the traditional medicine market, the meat and fish market, as well as a stop  for lunch at uShaka Marine World.
Day 12 A very early start to the day – we depart with breakfast packs from the hotel for the day trip into Lesotho. A 2˝ hour drive takes us to Underberg, where we meet or 4x4 vehicles for the trip up Sani Pass. This mountain pass in the Southern Drakensberg is one of the highest road passes in South Africa and rates as one of the top 10 steepest passes in the world. Passports are needed to cross the border into Lesotho, and once there we visit a small local village. Lunch will be provided at a small lodge situated right on the edge of the escarpment. Late afternoon we arrive at the Sani Pass hotel.
Day 13 A morning drive takes us to the Northern Drakensberg. By lunchtime we will have checked into our hotel situated in the hills. Surrounded by beautiful scenery you now have the chance to play golf, go horse riding, go walking or just relax.
Day 14 A full day at leisure.
Day 15 A relaxed morning before departure to Johannesburg to arrive in time for your flight back home in the evening.

NOTE: The tour price excludes international flights

Expect to pay for the following extras and activities:

  • Porterage = 20x in total = R300.00
  • Entry to Hector Pietersen Memorial R15.00
  • Entry to Voortrekker Monument R25.00
  • Entry to Bourke's Luck Potholes R40.00
  • Kruger Park Conservation Fees 2x @ R180.00
  • Lunch and boat cruise on Jozini Dam R190.00
  • Dumazulu Show @ R 110.00

Optional Excursions

  • Hannah Lodge Game Drive @ R 150.00
  • Kruger Open Vehicles 2x @ R 650.00 pp per day
  • Full Day Hluhluwe Game Reserve - drive in open vehicles, entry fee and braai lunch @ R 685.00
  • St. Lucia Boat trip @ R 160.00
  • Sani Pass - full day, with lunch @ R 600.00
NOTE: Tour departs with a minimum 26 participants

14 Nights Accommodation Included:

  • 1x night in Johannesburg BB
  • 1x night in Hannah Lodge BB
  • 3x nights in Pine Lake Inn BB
  • 1x night Lugogo Sun Swaziland BB
  • 2x nights Bayala Lodge Hluhluwe region DBB
  • 1x nights Elephant Lake Hotel, St. Lucia BB
  • 2x nights Umhlanga Protea BB
  • 1x night Sani Pass Hotel BB
  • 2x nights Alpine Heath Hotel BB

Available Departures 2011

  • May 20 2010
  • June 01 2010
  • June 24 2010
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