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14-day Rediscover Kruger to the Drakensberg (Accommodated)

Tour Code 22RKD14A. Rediscover Africa
14 days from
$2'635 USD
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Plus 350 USD mandatory Safari Pass
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Group Size: Maximum 16. Age Group: Open Age

Rediscover the iconic highlights of South Africa, from exciting wildlife safaris to spectacular mountain ranges

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This accommodated tour takes you through the majestic Panorama Route, to view Blyde River Canyon, before exploring the historical Battlefields in Dundee. Travelling to Kruger National Park on safari, we hope to spot the Big 5. We also visit the coastal town of Durban, and then head into the Drakensberg Mountains, boasting cool flowing streams and a picturesque landscape, with lots of optional activities, en route we visit the Nelson Mandela capture site along the Midlands Meander. As well as visiting the quaint town of Clarens, amidst the Golden Gate National Park - a natural park offering dramatic sandstone cliffs, a varied selection of wildlife, diverse flora and fauna, and it is a spectacular spot for birding.

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Day 1. Pretoria to Greater Kruger National Park Highlights. Blyde River Canyon, South Africa. Three Rondavels, South Africa. Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.

Our journey begins as we depart from South Africa’s administrative capital city, Pretoria. Driving across the scenic Mpumalanga province to marvel at the mountain scenery of the Panorama Route. We make our way to Hazyview bordering Kruger National Park. Fences between the National Park and surrounding private reserves were removed several years ago to form the Greater Kruger, an area of some 24000 sq km. Wildlife is free to roam the area and it has become incredibly diverse in both fauna and flora.

From the dwarf mongoose to the famed ‘Big Five’, almost every major African mammal is present. There is also prolific birdlife and over 330 varieties of trees. This evening we enjoy Shangaan tribal dancing and their cultural singing, while sitting around a log fire under African skies.

Day 2. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa. Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.

An early rise before heading toward the Kruger National Park gates, for an intense yet rewarding day of game driving with our expert guide at the wheel. Kruger is home to over 505 species of birds, 148 species of mammals and many reptiles.

We avoid the hot midday sun and enjoy the peacefulness the rest camp has to offer before heading out again after lunch. There are many facilities available for game viewers such as restaurants, souvenir stores and swimming pools. For those wanting more game driving there is the option of heading out on a night safari.

Early evening, we all enjoy a lovely dinner gathered around the warm fire crackling in the stillness of night.

Day 3. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa. Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.

After a light sunrise breakfast, we re-enter the Park in an open 4x4 safari vehicle for our second day’s game diving day.

With cameras and binoculars on hand we spend the morning and afternoon winding along beaten tracks and marked routes encountering many species which are indigenous to this region. Kruger has over two million hectares of unrivalled diversity of ecosystems boasting an incredible concentration of wildlife and we hope to encounter some of these including the ‘Big 5’ - elephant, rhino, leopard, lion, and buffalo.

We return to our accommodation during the late afternoon.

Day 4. Kruger National Park to Dundee Highlights. Battlefields, South Africa. Accommodation. Kwa-Rie Resort.

Leaving Hazyview, we travel south along the edge of the Kruger National Park, passing many farming towns and Shangaan settlements. The road takes us through lush citrus farms before heading for Dundee.

Situated in the valley of the picturesque Biggasberg, the mining town of Dundee is characterised by many historical events and its Scottish heritage. Originally a farm until the discovery of coal as early as 1838. The area offers the largest concentration of battlefields in South Africa and has a very special historical value to the Afrikaans, British, and Zulu cultures.

Our accommodation for the next couple of nights, Kwa-Rie Resort is situated in the heart of the Battlefields and serves as a tranquil base for us to enjoy. Kwa-Rie boasts lakeside views and authentic local hospitality.

Day 5. Battlefields (Rorke’s Drift) Highlights. Battlefields, South Africa. Accommodation. Kwa-Rie Resort.

After breakfast, we take a drive to the Battlefields where we join a guided tour visiting some of the historic sites. Soaked with the blood of thousands of British, Boer (Dutch-speaking farmers) and Zulu soldiers, the Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal hold a deep-seated silence that speaks to the many lives lost here.

These now tranquil hills and rolling grasslands were once the scene of shattering conflicts that raged across this area. The epic Battle of Rorke's Drift took place during the Anglo-Zulu War in 1879. The successful British defence of the mission station of Rorke's Drift began when a large contingent of Zulu warriors broke off from their main force during the final hour of the British defeat at the day-long Battle of Isandlwana, diverting 6 miles (9.7 km) to attack Rorke's Drift later that day, with the battle continuing into the following day.

After an enlightening day out on the Battlefields, we return to our resort in better understanding of the stories and cultures of South Africa.

Day 6. Dundee to St Lucia Highlights. St Lucia River Cruise, South Africa. Accommodation. Monzi.

We head to the small coastal town of St Lucia, set amongst the wild beaches and a tropical estuary. This afternoon, we join the river cruise on the St. Lucia Lagoon viewing many Hippo pods, lazy crocodiles, and numerous bird species on the sandy banks, or cooling down in the water for a refreshing swim.

Our accommodation lies on the southern perimeter of the new World Heritage Site of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park. After dinner, we have the opportunity to relax in the resort's gardens gazing up into the clear southern hemisphere sky, star watching.

Day 7. St Lucia to Durban Highlights. Durban City . Accommodation. Road Lodge, Umhlanga.

This morning is yours at leisure to explore the town and the numerous shops and market stalls or simply relax in the resort’s stunning settings. We leave St Lucia mid-morning and drive through pine forests and sugar cane fields to one of Africa’s largest commercial ports, Durban.

The afternoon is yours at leisure to enjoy what this city has on offer with stunning beaches and a vibrant nightlife. Our accommodation for the next three days is in the heart of Umhlanga Rocks, a seaside upmarket town boasting many shops, and a beachside promenade that leads into a forest walk.

Day 8. Durban Township Tour Highlights. Durban Inanda Heritage Tour. Accommodation. Road Lodge, Umhlanga.

Having had the morning at leisure, we take a journey to the cradle of South Africa’s democracy and visit some of Durban’s most historical sites this afternoon. Visiting places where the future of South Africa was changed by the hands of brave and committed individuals.

The highlight of this guided tour is a visit to the site where Nelson Mandela cast his first democratic vote in 1994. We will also visit places such as: Inanda Township, Mahatma Gandhi homestead (Phoenix Settlement), Ohlange Institute, Phoenix Township & Temple.

A true and insightful tour that shows a side of Durban not many get to see.

Day 9. Durban Highlights. Durban City . Accommodation. Road Lodge, Umhlanga.

Today is a day of leisure to explore the beauty Durban has to offer. Head to the Durban beachfront, known as the Golden Mile and visit the colourful flea markets and the stretch of numerous quality restaurants with a view.

A must is to try a deliciously spicy local dish, the Durban Curry. For the more adventurous, why not take a leap from the 'big swing' at the Moses Mabhida stadium which offers 360 degrees views of Durban.

Day 10. Durban to Midlands Meander Highlights. Midlands Meander, Nelson Mandela Site. Accommodation. Amphitheatre Lodge.

Leaving behind the city of Durban we head inland to the Drakensberg mountains, stopping off at the Midlands Meander and Nelson Mandela’s Capture Site.

The Capture Site commemorates the moment in history when Nelson Mandela was arrested on 5 August 1962 for his anti-Apartheid activism. The Visitor Centre, built in connection with the Apartheid Museum, showcases Nelson Mandela’s achievements with visuals and infographics. Harmonized by the ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ which follows the timeline of Mandela’s life through a beautifully landscaped garden.

Culminating at the iconic sculpture, entitled Release. This sculpture features 50 steel columns which dramatically come into focus as Mandela’s face from a particular vantage point.

We retire to our lodge in the late afternoon where we can enjoy the artistically built bar or unwind in the nearby rock pool.

Day 11. Drakensberg Highlights. Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa. Accommodation. Amphitheatre Lodge.

We travel the short distance to the Royal National Park entry gate. This leading KwaZulu-Natal reserve offers wonderfully scenic views, lofty mountains, and waterfalls in a prime location within the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park.

There are many optional trails to explore on foot and on horseback with a comprehensive guidebook available for visitors. Walkers and hikers can enjoy short journeys which take about an hour, or longer excursions over a half or full day. This is a great way to explore the stunning picturesque surroundings at the foot of the Drakensberg, including the well-known Amphitheatre rock face.

We also visit some ancient cave dwellings and witness bush rock art sites. Satisfied and with our muscles stretched for the day, we enjoy the stillness and crispy clean air of the Drakensberg over a wholesome dinner.

Day 12. Drakensberg to Golden Gate National Park Highlights. Golden Gate National Park, South Africa. Accommodation. Glen Reenen Rest Camp.

Leaving behind the Drakensberg mountains, we head to Golden Gate National Park. Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains of the north-eastern Free State lies the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. This natural park boasts dramatic sandstone cliffs, a varied selection of wildlife, diverse flora, and fauna, and it’s a spectacular spot for birding.

Sun Rays reflecting on the gigantic sandstone rocks, creates a golden glow which is visible for kilometres on end, thus the naming of Golden Gate. The iconic sandstone cliffs, moulded in a variety of shapes and forms, are located throughout the park, and have become synonymous with this area. The cliffs are contrasted by vast open grassland planes and the occasional speckles of colour from the local flowers like red-hot pokers, lilies, and watsonias. A truly picturesque setting tucked between the mountains, Golden Gate offers an idyllic getaway.

We have time to explore the park and its many activities on this day. With the backdrop of a towering cliff face, our accommodation facilities include a cocktail bar, restaurant and more, it is the perfect setting for nature enthusiasts who prefer to be nestled in the natural environment.

Day 13. Golden Gate National Park to Clarens Highlights. Clarens, South Africa. Accommodation. Glen Reenen Rest Camp.

Today we visit nearby Clarens. Established in 1912, Clarens is said to be an artists' haven. There are numerous art galleries scattered around the village square and the quaint and quirky town.

There is a calming and tranquil village ambience, which when combined with the scenic views and the mild climate, makes Clarens a fast-growing popular destination. It is one of the most picturesque towns in South Africa, nicknamed the “Jewel of Eastern Free State” and offers some of the best trout fishing waters in South Africa.

There are a host of colourful bistros and restaurants to try, an adorable bookstore, named Bibliophile is also worth a visit.

Day 14. Golden Gate National Park to Pretoria Highlights. Pretoria City.

We leave Golden Gate National Park after breakfast and make our way back to the city of Pretoria where the tour draws to an end upon arrival in the late afternoon.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

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Court Classique Suite Hotel

Court Classique Suite Hotel is set among the embassy buildings in suburban Arcadia, Pretoria. This 3-storey building is 3.9 km from the city centre allowing easy access to restaurants, cinemas shops and cultural attractions. It's also 6.5 km from the Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Court Classique Suite Hotel offers single and double ensuite rooms, free WiFi, a restaurant, swimming pool, a spa room and wine cellar.

Entrance view of the Curt Classique Hotel Double en-suite room Restaurant Pool area Kipepeo Spa

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation.
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Court Classique Suite Hotel

Court Classique Suite Hotel is set among the embassy buildings in suburban Arcadia, Pretoria. This 3-storey building is 3.9 km from the city centre allowing easy access to restaurants, cinemas shops and cultural attractions. It's also 6.5 km from the Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Court Classique Suite Hotel offers single and double ensuite rooms, free WiFi, a restaurant, swimming pool, a spa room and wine cellar.

Entrance view of the Curt Classique Hotel Double en-suite room Restaurant Pool area Kipepeo Spa

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Additional Info

PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour starts early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and to acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings.

If time allows, we suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of this part of Africa. Accommodation is usually available locally on arrival, but you can also pre book this with Acacia.

ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS:
These are optional activities that are booked during your holiday and paid directly to the provider while on tour. These options offer a variety of experiences and allow you the freedom to decide what activities you would like to do.

ACCOMMODATION:
Twin / Double share accommodation with facilities (6 nights), some may be with bar or swimming pool.

TRANSPORT: Self-contained, custom-built safari vehicle with ‘club lounge’ seating for 8 including tables, 16 forward facing seats, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, music player input, safety features and 70-litre individual luggage compartments.

GAME PARK VISITS:
In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local guides and smaller vehicles it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit. These local services are included in the Safari Pass.

TOUR STYLE:
Your help with occasional day to day duties, such as helping with shopping, cooking, dishes and keeping the Acacia vehicle tidy is entirely on a voluntary basis. It’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. It contributes greatly to the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment.

Meals
13 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 10 Dinners

Accommodation
Twin / Double share accommodation with facilities (13 nights)

Includes.
All tour highlights
Transport
Accommodation
Meals as indicated
Services of driver/guide
All road tolls and vehicle taxes

Highlights Include:
Panorama Route, Three Rondavels
2 Days Kruger National Park, Game Drives
Shangaan Cultural Evening
Battlefields, Rorke’s Drift Guided Walk
St Lucia Boat Cruise
Inanda Township Tour
Midlands Meander, Nelson Mandela’s Capture Site
Drakensberg Mountains
Royal Natal National Park
Golden Gate National Park
Excludes.
Visas
Flights
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Optional activities
Drinks, tips
Items of a personal nature or health related
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Safari Pass

Each small group tour, Short Safari & Trek, Short Break and City Stay has a Safari Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.

350 USD or * (If prepaid)

* This pass is a compulsory add-on for this tour.

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