Hazyview Near the Paul Kruger gate of the Kruger National Park, Hazyview derives its name from the summer haze that envelopes the low bush land. The area is reputed to have the best climate in the world for bananas and you will see row upon row of these lush tropical plantations. The town is an ideal base from which to explore the local area or take day trips in to Kruger National Park.
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Highlights of the Panorama Route
Experience the splendour of the Panorama Route with its jaw dropping scenery. The mountainous escarpment of Mpumalanga provides stunning views of the lowveld. Along the way, sights include God's Window, with its spectacular views across the lowveld; the extraordinary rock formations of Bourke's Luck potholes; the Blyde River Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world; the spectacular geological formations of the Three Rondavels; and the historic gold rush town of Pilgrims Rest.
Search for the Big Five in Kruger National Park
Explore the world-renowned Kruger National Park in search of a huge variety of wildlife, including the Big Five. Aside from leopards, lions, elephants, rhinos and buffaloes, the 20,000 sq km sanctuary is home to a large number of other mammals, reptiles and an array of flora. This national park is also incredibly scenic with flat lowveld plains largely populated by acacia and marula trees. The plains are only interrupted by small sections of beautiful granite kopjes (hills) and rivers or waterholes that provide a water source for the wildlife. Full-day drives can be organised in the park, as well as early morning or afternoon drives. These timings offer the best opportunities for spotting larger predators that tend to hide during the heat of the day.
See the Kingdom of Swaziland in a day
Although you can spend longer than a day in Swaziland, a full-day tour offers a taste of some of the highlights of this intriguing mountainous country. This is one of the longest standing dynasties in Africa, ruled since 1986 by King Mswati III, known for having 14 wives. On your tour you will be able to experience the warm hearted nature of its people, who are known to be very welcoming and friendly. Fertile valleys and magnificent mountain scenery are combined with authentic arts and crafts visits on this tour of the Swazi kingdom. Highlights include the Maguga Dam, the Nsangwini Rock Art, the Swazi Market, the Candle Factory, Mantenga Craft Centre and Ngwenya Glass.
Visit the Chimpanzee Eden & Botanical Gardens
This fascinating tour combines conservation, education and botany. Depart from your hotel in the morning and drive to the Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden, situated about 15km outside Nelspruit. The tour includes an opportunity to watch the chimpanzees being fed as well as viewing them in semi-wild surroundings. After the tour, stop for lunch before travelling to the Lowveld Botanical Gardens in Nelspruit. Situated on the banks of the Crocodile and Nels rivers, this vast garden is home to around 600 plant species. After a leisurely stroll through the gardens, return to Hazyview.
Visit to animal conservation centres
Visit two world-renowned conservation centres that are successfully helping to preserve injured and endangered birds and animals. First, visit the Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre near Hoedspruit, famous for appearing on the TV programme Animal Planet. Here, experts teach visitors about rehabilitation techniques and the treatment of injured, poisoned and abandoned animals and birds of prey. At the second centre – the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre – a tour of the breeding and research station gives visitors a close up and rare view of endangered species such as African wild dogs and cheetahs.
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