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Here we go! The ultimate journey of discovery in one hand-crafted package. Imagine great food, world class wine, friendly people, diverse cultures, extreme wilderness experiences, magical wildlife encounters, beautiful mountain ranges, deserts, nearly 3000 km of coastline teeming with marine life and exquisite beaches, indigenous forests, bustling modern cities, remote rural locations, a very good road infrastructure, good shopping opportunities and of course professional service.
On a personal note, I was born in Durban and grew up in Pretoria. I studied in the capital as well as Stellenbosch and lived in Cape Town and now in the North West Province. I am the 10th generation of De Wet’s to live in the greatest country in the world as my first forefather arrived from The Netherlands in 1679 in Table Bay Harbour, Cape Town. I call myself an Afrikaans-speaking South African and African and there is no way I can be removed from this soil. It is this love and passion for South Africa that you will experience from the Toerboer team
Day 1 – Bushveld Terrace, Phalaborwa:
On arrival at the airport in Johannesburg you will be met by a Toerboer representative/guide with a welcome pack and a bottle of water. Now you can exchange money, if you haven’t already. After we have made sure that everyone has their luggage and you have exchanged money for your trip we will depart. From Johannesburg we head out to the N4 heading East. Once past Pretoria and the main coal mines that power South Africa’s electricity grid, we turn North-east towards the small town of Dullstroom. We stop for an early lunch at the Dullstroom Inn in front of a log fire that has been kept burning for more than 20 years. Dullstroom lies above 2 500 metres above sea level and is a hotspot for trout fishing and mountain biking.
From here we travel the well-known Panorama Route. We stop to visit the Bourke’s Luck Potholes (natural potholes formed where the Blyde and Treur Rivers’ meet) and the Three Rondavels Viewpoint (Blyde River Canyon – said to be the third biggest canyon in the world). From here we start to descend from the Highveld to the Lowveld and the difference in vegetation and climate is clear to experience. We drop to an average of 500 metres above sea level and immediately start encountering private game reserves along the road.
Our destination for is the wonderful Bushveld Terrace Hotel, a mere 100 metres from the Phalaborwa Gate into the Kruger National Park. We arrive at the hotel and settle in before enjoying our dinner on the terrace (own expense).
Meals: Breakfast - N/A, Lunch - Dullstroom Inn, Dinner - Bushveld Terrace (own expense)
Day 2 & 3: – Kruger National Park:
We have another early morning as we depart when the gate to the Kruger National Park opens in order to get the best out of the good early morning game viewing weather. Our destination for day 2 is Letaba Rest Camp. Once through the gate we game drive all the way to camp. Once at camp we check in to our accommodation and get ready for lunch. After lunch we have the option to either relax or we can do another afternoon game drive before we enjoy dinner around the fire. All our staff is excellent in the kitchen as well as out in the bush and you can be sure to love the traditional home cooked meals.
On Day 3 we wake up early again to make the most of the early morning game viewing. We game drive all the way down to Berg-en-dal Rest Camp, while stopping at Olifants and Skukuza rest camps along the way. We will enjoy a picnic breakfast at Olifants and lunch at Skukuza.
The area between Satara and Skukuza, especially along the Sabie River, is well known as one of the wildlife hotspots in the park where animals tend to congregate around the waterholes and rivers.
On arriving at Berg-en-dal, we check into our accommodation before enjoying dinner around the fire prepared by the Toerboer guide. Enjoy this evening around the fire in this traditional South African bush escape.
Meals: Breakfast - Picnic at Olifants rest stop, Lunch - Skukuza Rest Camp Restaurant, Dinner - Dinner around the fire
Day 4 & 5: HluHluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve:
After breakfast we travel South through the small, landlocked country of Swaziland. We exit Swaziland at Golela Borderpost. From here it is another two and a half hour drive to the Memorial Gate at the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve. Once inside the reserve, we head in the direction of Hilltop Camp where we will enjoy a late lunch combined with stunning views of the Zululand valleys below us.
Hluhluwe-Mfolozi Nature Reserve gives us a different perspective on South Africa’s big conservation areas. This reserve is important as a rhino stronghold and also the place where rhino’s were brought back from the brink of extinction in the 1960’s. Dinner tonight will be at the restaurant with magnificent views over the Imfolozi River.
After a delicious breakfast on the morning of day 5, we head out into the park for another day of game viewing. Our destination for the evening is Mpila Camp in the iMfolozi section of the park. Dinner tonight will be around the fire.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6 & 7: St. Lucia
After breakfast we pack up and we head to St. Lucia. We start with another game drive through iMfolozi and after a fruitful drive, we leave via the Mfolozi section on the way to Mtubatuba and the town of St Lucia. The town lies on the edge of the St Lucia Estuary, which forms an integral part of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). On the other side of the town the warm water of the Indian Ocean laps the wide beach. This is a wonderfully wild town where hippo’s are often seen wandering around the gardens at night.
We start day 7 with another delicious breakfast afterwhich we head into the Isimangaliso Wetland Park to discover the coastal sandveld forest and beautiful beach at Cape Vidal. Be sure to bring your swimwear and sun block. After a walk in the forest and a stroll on the beach or swim in the waves, we enjoy lunch.
In the afternoon, we head back to St Lucia for our boat cruise on the estuary. The estuary has one of the highest concentrations of birds in South Africa as well as the highest concentration of hippo’s and crocodiles in the country.
Dinner is at a local restaurant in town (own expense).
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and one dinner included
Day 8 & 9: Giant’s Castle, Drakensberg
After breakfast we head inland towards the majestic Drakensberg. Our destination is the Giant’s Castle Game Reserve. Giant’s Castle Game Reserve was proclaimed in 1903 and is 34 638 ha in extent, lies in the Central Berg Region of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, a World Heritage Site, and is home to, among many other species, the eland and the majestic bearded vulture.
This is a scenic mountain wonderland tucked into the central region of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park and it takes its name from the massive ramparts of rock rising above the lodge. The silhouette of the peaks and escarpment against the sky resemble the profile of a sleeping giant.
Like most other mountain destinations, the most popular activities are hiking, climbing, trout fishing, picnicking, camping and swimming. Overnight hiking trails and day walks into the mountains are popular activities in this scenically splendid area. Superb rock art is high among its special attractions. The renowned Vulture Hide is open throughout the year for visitors to watch bearded vultures and other endangered species feeding.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Day 10 & 11: Buccaneers Lodge, Wild Coast
After a delicious breakfast we say farewell to the magnificent Drakensberg. We have a long drive ahead of us today. Our destination is Buccaneers Lodge on South Africa’s Wild Coast. Our drive is an undulating one as we traverse the interior of the KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape provinces. The home of the Xhosa people, previously known as the Transkei Homeland, is a fascinating part of the country. Enjoy the rural atmosphere as we take the N2 highway to the Wild Coast. This is undoubtedly one of the least visited and most beautiful parts of South Africa.
We drive through Mthatha, the cultural home of the Xhosa people. Mthatha is located in the heart of the Eastern Cape Province – known as the adventure province. It is a province of great diversity as well as cultural and historical significance. We first stop at the Nelson Mandela Museum to get a historical perspective on the great leader’s life.
From here, we drive to Buccaneers Lodge on the unspoilt and spectacular Wild Coast. We will spend two days here, relaxing in this beautiful part of the country.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and one dinner
Day 12 & 13: Stormsrivermouth Rest Camp, Garden Route National Park
After two relaxing days on the Wild Coast we have an early morning today as we take on the open road on our way down the famous Garden Route.
This part of the country is marked by deep river gorges running down to the Indian Ocean. One of them is the Bloukrans – where you’ll find the highest commercial bungee jump in the world at 216m – always a great place to stop and watch the adrenalin junkies jumping from the bridge. Or even to try it yourself.
Our destination is the Storms River Mouth Rest Camp in the Tsitsikamma section (“Place of much water”) of the Garden Route National Park. The scenery on this section is absolutely fascinating. Steep rocky cliffs butting heads with the rolling waves of the ocean, indigenous forest and beautiful blue sky makes this one of the highlights of the tour. This is also home to South Africa’s most popular multi-day hike, the Otter Hiking Trail.
We will conduct a short walk to the hangbridge across the Storms River Mouth for picturesque views of the two masses of water colliding. Just sit around and enjoy the natural spectacle that unfolds until your guide calls your for dinner.
We will spend two nights here at Storms River Mouth Rest Camp. While we are here we can visit the surfing capital of South Africa, Jeffreys Bay as well as big tree (Outeniqua Yellowwood) close to the Storms River Bridge. There are also several short hikes available.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 14: Franschhoek
After two incredible days on the Garden Route we head to the small town of Fraschhoek (French Corner). We will visit the Huguenot Memorial and Museum. The museum also has a shop, and is adjacent to the Huguenot Monument. The Huguenot Monument is dedicated to the cultural influences that Huguenots have brought to the Cape Colony (and ultimately the whole of South Africa) after their immigration during the 17th and 18th centuries.
We will also visit the award winning Babylonstoren. With the Simonsberg, Du Toitskloof and Franschhoek mountains as backdrop, Babylonstoren's garden is majestic. Dating back to 1692, the fortunes of this historic fruit and wine farm took a turn ten years ago when it fell under the gaze of former magazine editor Karen Roos. Her passion for historic Cape Dutch style led to an authentic yet contemporary restoration that projects the farm into the future. Upon arrival we will conduct a wonderful Cellar Tour and this tour includes a wine tasting. We will have lunch at the beautiful Greenhouse Restaurant.
Enjoy a farewell dinner with your guide.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
Day 15 & 16: Cape Town
After breakfast the Toerboer guide will accompany you to your accommodation in Cape Town. The Cape Town part of your journey will be self-drive. Toerboer will book accommodation and car rental. If you would like to book a guided activity while in Cape Town, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are always available to assist with anything.
There is so much to do in and around Cape Town that you will be spoilt for choice. Here are a few of our recommendations.
*Please take note that all meals and activities in Cape Town will be for your own account