Package Tour - Wild & Scenic Mpumalanga
From the awe-inspiring Panorama sites to a private game lodge, view the “Big Five”, learn about local culture at the Kruger Cultural Village, view ancient Bushman paintings and enjoy an elephant interaction with Africa’s gentle giants.
At a Glance
Day 1: Johannesburg to Sabie
Dumela! And Welcome to the place where the sun rises, Mpumalanga. This morning you will be collected from your Johannesburg hotel by our professional tourist guide and head east to the spectacular, flourishing scenery and roaming game of Mpumalanga. A landscape dominated by mountains, forests and sub-tropical lowveld makes Mpumalanga one of the most cherished and sought after areas in South Africa. Passing through the village of Dullstroom we cross over Robbers Pass. We lunch (own account) in the historic mining village of Pilgrim's Rest. This carefully preserved village was declared a National monument in 1986 and has more of an open-air museum feel to it than a town. Our tour of Mpumalanga continues to the northern Drakensberg and onto the Panorama Route, nature's own amusement park. Here you will stop to admire the views at God's Window, the 30 meter freestanding quartzite buttress, Pinnacle Rock and the impressive Mac Mac Falls. We arrive in the town of Sabie, surrounded by mountains and forests, and make our way to your accommodation for the evening. Freshen up before enjoying a relaxing traditional dinner at the lodge.
Overnight: Lone Creek River Lodge or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast
Day 2: Sabie to Kruger Surrounds
After breakfast we make our way to Elephant Whispers on the banks of the Sabie River. Elephant Whispers is an elephant interaction venue that offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to touch and connect with these intelligent titanic creatures. The elephants vary in age, from 9 to 26 years, and were rescued by Elephants for Africa Forever (EFAF) from planned culling operations.
A short drive later, you are welcomed by the villagers of the Kruger Cultural Village. Experience a multi-cultural African village with Swazi, Shangaan, Nedebele and Zulu traditions, dance and attire. It is a true feast for the senses. Delight in a lunch of authentic African cuisine (own account).
With the African melodies still fresh in your minds, we head onto the grand attraction of the area, the legendary Kruger National Park. The park is one of the largest and most successful conservation areas in the world. Spanning roughly 20,000 square km, the park is a vast stretch of wilderness which is comparable to the size of Israel or Taiwan.
Enjoy a guided afternoon closed vehicle game drive, pursuing the “Big Five” and other rare and endangered species.
End the day at your hotel where you can freshen up before dinner. Let the bushveld sounds and smells indulge you while enjoying a boma styled dinner by firelight (weather permitting).
Overnight: Protea Hotel Kruger Gate or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast
Day 3: Kruger Surrounds
After breakfast journey through the magnificent expanses of the Kruger National Park.
The Kruger National Park harmoniously balances flat bushveld with rolling savanna and protects a spectacular diversity of fauna and flora which include: 147 mammals, 114 reptiles and 336 tree species, most of which are endemic to the park. Our route will take us to Skukuzu, exiting through Melelane Gate on towards Mthethomusha Game Reserve, on the southern border of the Kruger National Park. Lunch (own account) in the park.
Set against the magnificent Malelane Mountains with the “Big Five” wandering its 8,000 hectare, Mthetomusha Game Reserve is an inspiring place. It’s a place of ancient paths once walked by the first people of Africa, the San Bushmen.
A late afternoon open vehicle game drive with a professional guide will have you traversing through the reserve searching for friends and foe in the wild and viewing an exhibition of more than 200 San rock paintings discovered on the property.
Return from the bush, freshen up and relax with pre-dinner drinks (own account). Enjoy a dinner of mixed Pan-African cuisine.
Overnight: Bongani Mountain Lodge or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast including two game viewing activities
Day 4: Kruger Surrounds to Johannesburg
After savoring an early breakfast you will have another opportunity to spot and photograph the game on an open vehicle morning game drive. Departing Mthetomusha Game Reserve we travel to Kaapsehoop, a mountain village with a storybook charm, via Chimp Eden. On the outskirts of Nelspruit we arrive at the Jane Goodall Institute S.A. Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary, the only chimpanzee sanctuary in South Africa. The sanctuary lies within the tranquil bush settings of Umhloti Nature Reserve, in the de Kaap Valley Mountains, and has become home to refugee and rescued chimps. Enjoy the lovely views of the de Kaap Valley Mountains while tucking into lunch (own account) at the reserve. Staying off the beaten track we continue our journey onto Kaapsehoop. When the sun shines, Kaapsehoop is the setting for a fairytale or romance novel, but when the mist rolls in over the village, it can look really sinister, making it easy to see why the now plateau of hope, was once dubbed Duiwel’s Kantoor (Devil’s office). Adding to its mystic is a population of wild horses that roam the surrounding forest and often trot into the town to graze in the local’s yards. Kaapsehoop is also the breeding place of the rare Blue Swallow, one of two breeding spots in South Africa. The breeding Blue Swallow and other rare species attract many a bird enthusiast to the village. A scenic drive through Mpumalanga sees us back in Johannesburg. We will say salakahle, at your hotel or at O.R. Tambo International airport in the late afternoon.