Day 1 Johannesburg
to Skukuza Main Rest Camp via Pilgrims Rest (600km).
Our tour begins with an early (06h00) departure from Johannesburg (we
will pick you up at your address) and we travel eastward into Mpumalanga
passing through Witbank (largest coal producing area in Africa), Belfast
and Lydenburg. We then proceed over Long Tom Pass, one of the most spectacular
in the country, before reaching Sabie where we stop for refreshments.
We proceed on a scenic drive to Pilgrims Rest where we stop for lunch.
Time will be available to explore this village (a living museum and
a National Monument) in order to soak up the extraordinary life and
times of the pioneering gold diggers. We continue our journey to the
Park and on to Skukuza for the night.
Day 2 Skukuza – Lower Sabie - Satara.
The day begins with an early morning game drive returning for breakfast
after which a visit to the museum and Stevenson-Hamilton library housing
fascinating historical records is well worth while. The rest of the
day will be spent game viewing while making our way to our over night
stop at the private rest camp of N’wanetzi.
Day 3 Satara – Olifants.
We continue our tour of the park by game viewing along those routes
which have reported good sightings and learning a little more about
the Park’s history, geology, plants and animals while making our way
to our next over night stop at Olifants Rest Camp.
Day 4 Olifants – Shimuwini.
Today we make our way slowly northward stopping at water holes and generally
enjoying the Bushveld and all its wildlife, not forgetting of course
the birdlife! After a visit to Letaba for lunch and relaxation we spend
the night at Shimuwini Private Rest Camp.
Day 5 Shimuwini – Shingwedzi.
The day will be spent travelling through Mopani/Bushwillow Woodlands
to Shingwedzi for the night.
Day 6 Shingwedzi - Punda Maria.
We continue northward
through Mopane Shrubveld to Pafuri in the north where we will enjoy
lunch at the picnic sight on the banks of the Luvuvhu river. This is
an excellent birding area and home to a number of rare specials! We
will also visit Crooks Corner (and learn something of its past secrets)
where Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa meet. We retrace part of
our journey to Punda Maria Rest Camp where we will spend the night.
Day 7 Punda Maria to Johannesburg (600 km).
An early morning start to our journey back home via Louis Trichardt
arriving at approximately 18h00.