This diverse circular self-drive journey,
starting and finishing in Johannesburg,
takes in a range of highlights within the
Mpumalanga and KwaZulu Natal provinces
of South Africa.Begin by driving east from Johannesburg to Hazyview, a great base for exploring the scenic Panorama Route and the famous Kruger National Park. Drive south through Swaziland, stopping for 6 nights in three of the most scenic and wildlife-rich areas of Swaziland: Piggs Peak, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Mkhaya Game Reserve. Return back to South Africa and the scenic KwaZulu Natal where culture, history and wildlife abound. Finish the tour at the evocative Anglo-Zulu battlefields before returning to Johannesburg.
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Pick up your hire car and drive to Hazyview. Stay 3
nights at Rissington Inn. (N)
We recommend a day exploring the spectacular
Panorama Route scenery. (B)
We recommend a day inside the Kruger National
Park, either on a self-drive or guided safari. (B)
Morning drive across the Swaziland border to
Piggs Peak. Stay 2 nights at Phophonyane Falls
Eco Lodge & Reserve. Afternoon at leisure or hike
along one of the self-guided trails. (B)
Day at leisure or take a short visit to Nsangweni
Rock Art and lunch at Maguga Lodge afterwards
(payable locally). (B)
Drive south to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary via the
Ngwenya glass factory. Stay 2 nights at Reilly’s
Rock Hilltop Lodge. (B)
Day at leisure or take optional activities. (B)
Drive to Mkhaya Game Reserve, Swaziland’s
premier wildlife reserve, and stay 2 nights in
Stone Camp. Afternoon guided walk or drive in
open 4x4 Land Rovers. (B, L, D)
Full-day safari activities. (B, L, D)
Drive across the border back into South Africa’s
KwaZulu-Natal. Stay 2 nights at Ghost Mountain
Inn. For wildlife enthusiasts, the property is within
striking distance of Mkuzi Game Reserve, the
Greater St Lucia Wetland Park (world heritage
site) and Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve. (B)
Morning Myeni cultural experience which includes
a visit to a local homestead and an opportunity
to interact with members of a Myeni family,
experience a visit to a sangoma (traditional
healer) and sample traditional food and drink.
Afternoon at leisure or optional excursions. (B)
Drive to the Anglo-Zulu battlefields and stay 2
nights at Fugitives’ Drift Guest House. Afternoon
at leisure. (B, L, D)
Full-day guided tour of Isandlwana and Rorke’s
Drift. (B, L, D)
Drive to Johannesburg. Drop off your hire car at
the airport and fly home. (B) Morning arrival the
next day. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.
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Fugitive's Drift is the realization of a dream for one of South Africa's most visionary and compelling historians. David Rattray, a master storyteller who has won world renown for his extraordinary ability to bring South Africa's explosive history to life, owns and runs Fugitive's Drift as a testimony to the amazing events that took place on January 22nd, 1879.
Fugitive's drift Guest House is filled with Zulu artefacts and has an interesting eclectic decor, with the original old farmhouse as the dining and entertaining area. Terracotta cottages have large, en-suite bedrooms that are tastefully decorated in a simple, ethnic style and all have private verandas with sweeping views of the reserve and surrounding...
Ghost Mountain Inn lies close to Mkuze in northern KwaZulu-Natal, 3 hours drive from Durban. There are 50 rooms, all en suite and surrounded by glorious gardens. The spa offers a variety of treatments, featuring a steam room and relaxation area. There are also tennis courts and a swimming pool. For wildlife lovers, Mkuzi Game Reserve, The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park (World Heritage Site) and Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve are all within easy travelling distance. The whole vicinity of the hotel is beautifully scenic so game drives, boat rides, tiger fishing and nature walks are popular activities (at extra cost), all accompanied by knowledgeable...
Set among the lush forests and mountains of north-western Swaziland, the Phophonyane Falls Ecolodge and Nature Reserve lies within the 600-hectare Phophonyane Nature Reserve, an area of stunning natural beauty, with views of Gobolondo mountain. Crisscrossed by forest paths, the reserve is a wildlife haven for animals such as red duikers and bushbucks with the impressive 80-metre-high Phophonyane falls located nearby. The lodge offers self-catering cottages, traditional Swazi beehives and safari tent accommodation, set among beautiful tropical gardens fed by a maze of streams. The lodge's Driftwood restaurant, with veranda, is an ideal place to enjoy the stunning panoramic views with a cocktail, choose from the international and Swazi-influenced a la carte menu and sample the extensive South Africa wine list. Other lodge facilities include a swimming...
Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge is surrounded by the Royal Botanical Gardens featuring aloes, threatened and endangered antelope and abundant birdlife. Reilly's Rock, the former home of Mickey Reilly, is steeped in history and features an up-market lodge offering six en suite rooms, as well as an additional self-catering 7-sleeper cottage also situated in the botanical gardens.
Wander the hillside trails, view the wildlife which includes blue duikers and suni, or relax on the terraced lawns and take in the spectacular views. Begin the day with a pre-adventure breakfast on the sun deck before hiking or driving down to enjoy the many activities available at Mlilwane Rest Camp. In the evening, share stories and drinks at sunset around the campfire, followed by a dinner prepared and served by friendly Swazi hosts. Don't forget to say hello to the resident...
Tucked away just outside Hazyview lies Rissington Inn, a thatched homestead with expansive views over the Sabie river valley. The guestrooms at Rissington Inn each have their own individual styles but all are light and airy with en suite bathrooms and ceiling fans. The bar is a great place to enjoy a relaxing drink, discuss the day's events or kick off your shoes and read the newspapers. Golf, tennis, bowls and trout fishing are all available...
Situated along a dry river bed in the Mkhaya Game Reserve under a lush canopy of fig, leadwood and knob thorn trees, Stone Camp offers a comfortable and tranquil retreat after a day's wildlife viewing. The camp consists of 12 secluded dolerite stone and thatch cottages linked by paths that are lit by lanterns at night. The partly open cottages provide all round views of the bush, ideal for birdwatching and small wildlife spotting. Larger wildlife is restricted from entering by an electric fence. Meals are prepared in traditional Swazi style over open fires and served as a buffet under a thatched dining hut. After dinner activities include stargazing and enjoying the camp's serene location. Safari activities include guided walks or drives in open 4x4 Land...
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