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Toerboer has, from the outset, focused on not only being a financially viable and sustainable business, but also an environmentally and culturally sensitive one. We are 85% paperless, recycle all our office waste and as far as possible our waste on tour, provide travellers with a custom 750 ml water bottle to use for the duration of the tour (and after) to be filled by larger water containers to avoid the use of a multitude of small water bottles and we also support various organisations like EcoChildren and Greenpop in our endeavour to return blessings. And therefore we have decided on this stunning Fair Trade approved hand crafted itinerary.
We have designed this itinerary according to the specifications laid out by Fair Trade Tourism. Fair Trade Tourism is a non-profit organisation promoting best practice, responsible tourism in Africa. The Fair Trade Tourism certification label represents best-practice responsible tourism – defined by fair wages and working conditions, fair purchasing and operations, equitable distribution of benefits and respect for human rights, culture and the environment.
Toerboer supports the efforts of Fair Trade Tourism by making use of Fair Trade certified accommodation as well as activity providers. We strongly believe in the notion that the best way to affect change is to start in your community and in supporting these suppliers, we are helping to affect the change that we would like to see in the world, and by joining us on this magnificent journey, you are making a difference as well.
Day 1 - Johannesburg:
On arrival, a Toerboer representative will welcome you at the airport. After this meet & greet you will be transferred to your guesthouse. After check-in, you will have some free time before meeting with your guide to discuss the itinerary and general information for the tour.
Day 2 - Phalaborwa:
From Johannesburg, we head out to the N4 heading East. Once past Pretoria and the main coalmines that power South Africa’s electricity grid, we turn northeast 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 tonight is the wonderful Bushveld Terrace Boutique 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).
Day 3 – Balule Nature Reserve:
After a coffee and rusks, we enter the world-famous Kruger National Park for an exhilarating early morning guided walk with two armed and experienced guides.
We return to the lodge in time for breakfast. After breakfast, we head for the magnificent Greenfire Game Lodge located in the Balule Nature Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park. Situated in the 40 000 hectares privately owned Balule Nature Reserve adjacent and unfenced to the Kruger National Park, the Greenfire Game Lodge is isolated and in a totally natural environment. A small luxury Game Lodge where no effort is spared and the experience is personal and relaxed.
On arrival at the lodge, we have lunch before a magnificent afternoon game drive in one of their open safari vehicles. The diversity of vegetation within the reserve ensures that good game sightings are guaranteed, and besides the “Big 5” there is abundant bird life and smaller mammals attracted by the riverine forest and open plains.
On arrival back at the lodge, we have some time to freshen up before we enjoy a special dinner either in the Lapa around the fire or on the outside deck.
Day 4 – Marloth Park:
After an early morning coffee and rusks, we head out for another wonderful game drive in the Balule Nature Reserve. Upon return to the lodge, we have breakfast before we are on our way.
Today we make our way south, through the Kruger National Park. Our drive takes us through the middle of the park and we have every chance of spotting any of the animals that call this park home. The area between Satara and Skukuza, especially along the Sabie River, is well known as one of the wildlife hotspots in the park. We will stop for a picnic lunch along the way.
We reach Manzini Lodge in the afternoon. Located on the southern edge of the Kruger National Park, just off the N4 highway, between Malelane and Komatipoort. The surrounding African bush is home to Giraffe, Impala, Zebra, Wildebeest, Hyena, Jackal, Kudu, Waterbuck, Bushbuck, and also hosting of many smaller antelope such as Duiker and Steenbok.
Upon arrival, we settle in and relax after our long drive. Tonight we enjoy dinner around the fire prepared by the Toerboer guide. 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.
Day 5 – Lake Jozini:
After an early breakfast, we depart on our way to Shayamoya Game Lodge. Our route takes us through the small independent country of Swaziland. The Kingdom of Swaziland is located between South Africa and Mozambique.
A truly unique lodge in Northern KwaZulu Natal where the view from the spectacular setting is particularly breathtaking as you gaze out onto Lake Jozini, the Lebombo Mountains and the Pongola Game Reserves.
Privately managed by the Blevin family who has lived in the area for many years, Shayamoya exudes a warm and friendly atmosphere. We arrive at Shayamoya in the afternoon. We have the option to go on a three-hour boat cruise departing at 4 pm in afternoon on the Jozini Dam. This is a great way to relax with a drink in hand and enjoy the birdlife and wildlife on the water’s edge.
Dinner tonight is a delicious three-course meal served by the lodge.
Day 6 – St Lucia:
After a delicious breakfast served by the lodge we depart for St. Lucia. On our way, we stop and explore the Isimangaliso Wetland Park to discover the coastal sandveld forest and the beautiful beach at Cape Vidal. Be sure to bring your swimwear and sunblock. 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 to St Lucia and check-in to our accommodation before we go for a 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 hippos and crocodiles in the country. This is a truly magical experience that will leave you with unforgettable memories.
Dinner is at a local restaurant in town (own expense).
Day 7 – Northern Drakensberg:
After an early breakfast, we head for our next stop on this amazing journey. Our destination for the next two nights is the beautiful Three Tree Hill Lodge. Three Trees is a certified member of Fair Trade Tourism. Fair Trade certification is based on adherence to specific criteria’s including fair wages and working conditions, fair distribution of benefits, ethical business practice, and respect for human rights, culture and the environment. The certification covering these criteria was chosen on a voluntary basis that is available to providers of tourist accommodation, activities and attractions.
Against the magnificent backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa, and overlooking the secluded Mfazimnyama Valley of the Spioenkop Game Reserve, lies Three Tree Hill Lodge. This Fair Trade certified lodge places great emphasis on Sustainable Responsible Tourism and offers spectacular scenery, locally grown farm-style country food with superb hospitality. It is the ideal environment in which to unwind and be rejuvenated.
We will arrive at the lodge in the afternoon. After check-in, we take some time to experience this beautiful lodge before we discuss tomorrow’s activities around the dinner table.
Day 8 – Northern Drakensberg:
After breakfast, we head for the Northern Drakensberg. We will spend our day exploring this magical place on foot.
We drive the short distance to the Royal Natal National Park. Royal Natal National Park has some of the best mountain scenery in Africa. The main feature is the world famous Amphitheater, a rock wall approximately that is approximately five km in length and approximately 500m high. On top of the amphitheatre is the Mont-aux-Sources peak where the Orange river begins its long journey to the Atlantic ocean and Tugela river cascades down the face of the amphitheatre, in the second highest waterfall in the world, on its way to the Indian ocean.
We will walk along the Mahai stream, under the shade of giant yellowwood trees, on our way to the beautiful Cascades Waterfall. Remember to bring your bathing suit for a refreshing swim at the end.
We return to the lodge in the afternoon, in time for lunch. We spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing in this beautiful place. There are numerous optional activities to choose from and we can supply a list on request.
Day 9 – Durban:
After two relaxing days in the mountains, we head back to the coast towards Durban.
Durban is South Africa’s third biggest city and also the home of the largest Indian and Zulu communities in South Africa. We will stop briefly in Durban to enjoy the view from the top of the Moses Mabhida Stadium from the SkyCar. The SkyCar gives you the chance to discover Durban from a 106m-high vantage point. Look one way and take in the ocean views as far as the eye can see, look the other way and you’ll see the city living for miles.
This stadium was purpose-built for the 2010 Football World Cup and the views of the city, the ocean and the interior is breathtaking. We also enjoy a typical Indian lunch (own expense). The afternoon is free to spend on the Golden Mile along Durban’s North Beach or Ushaka Marine World.
Our accommodation for tonight is the beautiful Akidogo Guest House in Amanzimtoti.
Day 10 – Coffee Bay:
After an early breakfast, we head further down the Wild Coast. Our destination is the wonderful Coffee Shack Lodge, located in the town of Coffee Bay.
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 drive through this beautiful part of the Wild Coast. This is undoubtedly one of the least visited and most beautiful parts of South Africa. Waterfalls, mountains, rocky coastlines, long beaches, cultural and historical significance and friendly people make this one of Toerboer’s favourite destinations.
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.
Coffee Bay and Port St Johns are the only towns on this part of South Africa’s coast that has tarred road to its door from the N2. The surrounding countryside is rugged with high cliffs and the distinctive round, thatched, traditional huts (rondavels) can be seen on almost every hill.
It is believed that Coffee Bay got its name after a ship, that lost its cargo of coffee beans in a wreck off the Wild Coast and the beans were supposedly washed up on the beach to germinate there. However, these trees can no longer be found here.
We arrive at the lodge, after a long day, in the late afternoon. The Coffee Shack is a different experience from all our previous accommodation. The Lodge is built in the traditional thatch rondavel style that is synonymous with the area. Here we have the opportunity to meet some of the locals as well as other, like-minded travellers.
Day 11 – Coffee Bay:
After a delicious breakfast at the lodge, we head for the beautiful Hole In The Wall.
The hole is quite literally a geographical marvel. It is an offshore stack of rock through which the elements have eroded a hole. The Mpako River is largely responsible for the erosion that caused the hole, and not the ocean and the wind, as is widely believed.
The story that is told through Xhosa mythology is much more romantic. It is a story of the sea people who look like humans but have supple wrists and ankles, and flipper-like hands and feet. The story goes that a beautiful girl living on the Wild Coast, in a village near a lagoon, cut off from the sea by a mighty cliff, was seen by one of the sea people who became overwhelmed by her beauty and tried to woo her. To cut a long story short: in dealing with the wrath of her father, the sea people enlisted the help of a huge fish who battered its way headfirst through the wall of rock. Through this hole spilt the sea people who swept the young Xhosa maiden away.
We return to the lodge in the afternoon and freshen up before we head into the local villages for a dinner with the locals. This is a unique experience and gives us the chance to interact with the local people.
Day 12 – Port Elizabeth:
After an early breakfast, we hit the road once again. Today we drive via the N2 to the city of Port Elizabeth. Port Elizabeth is one of the largest cities in South Africa; it is situated in the Eastern Cape Province, 770 km (478 mi) east of Cape Town. The city, often shortened to PE and nicknamed "The Friendly City" or "The Windy City", stretches for 16 km along Algoa Bay, and is one of the major seaports in South Africa. Port Elizabeth is the southernmost large city on the African continent, just farther south than Cape Town.
Port Elizabeth was founded as a town in 1820 to house British settlers as a way of strengthening the border region between the Cape Colony and the Xhosa. It now forms part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, which has a population of over 1.3 million.
Upon arrival, we will check in to our accommodation for the evening and freshen up after the long drive. At 16:00 we depart on a Shebeen Tour. Shebeens were previously the illegal drinking houses or Inns particular to South Africa and found within the township communities.
Our local guide will take us on an unforgettable journey to experience the diversity of the townships, before relaxing at one of our carefully selected Shebeens for drinks and dinner. We enjoy the unbeatable hospitality of our African hosts and absorb the convivial community atmosphere with the locals.
After this enriching experience, we return to our accommodation for a well-deserved rest.
Day 13 – Plettenberg Bay:
After breakfast, we start our journey along South Africa’s beautiful Garden Route. The Garden Route, a spectacular stretch along the southeastern coast of South Africa, gets its name from the lush vegetation that can be found in the area. It is a breath-taking and beautiful part of the world with diverse greenery, beautiful beaches, mountains and lagoons packed into the area.
Our first stop along this beautiful coastline is the spectacular Robberg Nature Reserve. Robberg, situated 8km south of Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route, is not only a nature reserve but also a national monument and World Heritage Site. Rocks from this region date back 120 million years to the break-up of Gondwanaland and evidence of middle and later Stone Age inhabitation has been found in a few of the caves along the peninsula.
We will take a short hike around this beautiful reserve. Some highlight features of a visit here include spotting the rare blue duiker, the Western Cape’s smallest antelope; walking alongside one of the seven climbing-falling dunes on the Cape coastline; and viewing the highest navigational light on the South African coastline, at the Cape Seal Lighthouse (146m above sea level). The reserve also extends 1.8km offshore, providing protection to a range of vulnerable fish species. Visitors can expect inspiring landscapes, exciting dolphin and whale sightings in season, and to be accompanied on their walks or hikes by a variety of bird species and the occasional seal. After this, we make our way into town for an own expense lunch at one of the many local restaurants.
Our accommodation for the evening is the stunning Hog Hollow Country Lodge. We have some time to freshen up before dinner is served.
Day 14 – Robertson:
After a very early breakfast, we drive through the heart of the Garden Route including Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, the Lake area and George. We’ll stop at the Knysna Heads for beautiful views of the Indian Ocean, the Knysna estuary and drive through the charming town.
From George, we cross the Outeniqua Mountains and drive along the famous Route 62 through the Klein-Karoo to Robertson in the Western Cape. Your guide will advise on which stops to do along the way based on your interests. Oudtshoorn, Calitzdorp and Barrydale are must-sees!
On arrival at Africamps Robertson, you’ll settle in and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Activities on site include:
Dinner will be prepared by the guide tonight
Day 15 – Cape Town:
After breakfast, we start our day with a tour through the Boland Wine Region. We’ll travel to the beautiful small town of McGregor and visit the boutique winery, Bemind, owned by award-winning winemaker, Ilse Schutte. If you’re interested in Brandy, the legendary South African Brandy Cellar, Klipdrift, is situated in Robertson.
You’ll end the wine lands tour with a stop at Spice Route in Paarl, a sensory feast for today’s connoisseurs of craftsmanship and authenticity.
Every artisan invited to be part of the Spice Route Destination community is handpicked and different. From chocolate making, beer brewing and glass blowing to a selection of tastes from all corners of South Africa, the shared goal is to bring a unique strength and art to the whole collective while supporting each other’s individual trade. After a late lunch (own account) we make our way to Antrim Villa in Green Point.
After check-in, your guide will accompany you on a walk down Sea Point Promenade. Ambulating along Sea Point’s wide, paved and grassy promenade is a pleasure shared by Capetonians from all walks of life – it’s a great place to observe the city's multiculturalism. There are kids' playgrounds, a well-maintained outdoor gym, and several public artworks that are worth taking the time to see.
Day 16 – Cape Town:
After breakfast, we make our way to the international renowned landmark Table Mountain. This natural world heritage site, and Natural New 7 Wonder of the World is a haven of magnificent mountains plunging into crystal seas fringed with bleached white sands of the Cape Peninsula.
Thereafter we take the famous Chapman’s Peak drive via Hout Bay to Cape Point, a spectacular sight with towering stone cliffs, endemic fynbos, breath-taking bays, beaches and rolling green hills and valley. A Natural World Heritage Site, Cape Point is historic and, some even say, haunted. It is a birder’s rich escape and a botanist’s holy grail. It can seem absolutely fascinating to those with a keen eye, or, to the less curious, simply a finger of land jutting out into the ocean 60kms from Cape Town. Ultimately, though, it is one of nature’s great places.
From there we travel onwards to Boulders Beach, a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders. It is a popular stop because of a colony of African penguins, which settled there in 1982. You’ll have some free time to explore the small suburb of Kalk Bay before we head to Camps Bay to enjoy the beautiful African Sunset.
Day 17 – Cape Town:
Today is a free day in Cape Town. Your guide and transport is at full disposal for the day and will discuss various options and activities.
Late afternoon we will make our way to Blouberg Beach where we will enjoy a special farewell dinner at the famous Blue Peter Hotel to reflect and celebrate our tour through South Africa’s beautiful Garden Route.
Day 18 – HOME:
After breakfast, your guide will take you to explore Long Street before heading to the airport for your flight home.