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The World in One Country Tour

19 Days

Explore the many sights South Africa, Swaziland and the Kingdom of Lesotho have to offer on this 19 day, fully guided World in One Country Tour. Witness South Africa's untamed wildlife on adventurous game drives and admire the different scenic landscapes and its contrasts.

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The World in One Country Tour Overview

The World in One Country Tour
 
  • A semi-participation safari from Johannesburg to Cape Town through South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho
  • Group Size Maximum 10 people
 
Highlights of the 19 Day World in One Country Tour:
 
  • Panorama Route, Mpumalanga
  • Game Drives in Kruger National Park
  • Kingdom of Swaziland
  • Cultural Experience and Game Drives in Zululand
  • Walking in the Drakensberg Mountains, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Lesotho 4x4 Route
  • Garden Route
  • Cango Caves, Garden Route
  • Cape Town, Western Cape
     
Departure dates 2011 of the 19 day World in One Country Tour:

  • 16 January 2011              
  • 6 + 27 February 2011                                 
  • 20 March 2011                                             
  • 10 April 2011                                               
  • 1 + 22 May 2011                                           
  • 6 June 2011
  • 3 + 24 July 2011  
  • 7 + 14 August 2011                   
  • 4 + 25 September 2011    
  • 5 + 16 October 2011           
  • 6 + 27 November 2011    
  • 18 December 2011  
 
Tour itinerary of the World in One Country Tour:

DAY 1: Johannesburg to Mpumalanga, South Africa       
                        
Departing from Johannesburg at 06h30 we head east towards Mpumalanga. A landscape characterized by mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests. We spend the night in the town of Hazyview, a favourite stopover for visitors to the region.  Hazyview is not only a tourism hub, but also a thriving farming community, situated in an area which has the best climate for growing bananas, and you will see row upon row of these tropical plantations.
Distance:                       350 km
Accommodation:          Gecko Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, restaurant and bar)
 
DAY 2 – 3: Kruger National Park, South Africa  
                                       
This morning we start with a scenic drive along the Panorama Route, arguably one of the most beautiful destinations in South Africa.  The most spectacular stretch is the Blyde River Canyon, which is the 3rd largest canyon in the world, and filled with lush vegetation and wildlife.  We make a stop at Bourke’s Luck Potholes to view these spectacular rock formations, formed eons ago by erosion.  In the afternoon we head into the Kruger National Park.  We spend two nights inside the park and will have the chance to encounter the wildlife of Africa on exciting morning and afternoon game drives.
Day 2
Distance:                       200 km
Accommodation:          Berg en Dal Camp or similar (Bungalows with en-suite bathrooms)
Day 3
Distance:                       100 km
Accommodation:          Berg en Dal Camp or similar (Bungalows with en-suite bathrooms)
 
DAY 4: Kingdom of Swaziland             
                                                     
Today we cross the border into the mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland, lead by King Mswati III, and one of 3 monarchies in Africa.  You will explore the traditions and discover the culture of which the Swazis are so proud.   We spend the night in the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area situated in the “Valley of Heaven”.     Apart from abundant bird life, there are a number of animal species to be seen including hippo, giraffe, crocodile, zebra, and a variety of antelope.
Distance:                       195 km
Accommodation:          Mlilwane Rest Camp or similar (Huts with en-suite bathrooms)
 
DAY 5-6: Zululand, South Africa                   
                                             
After visiting a craft market en route, we re-enter South Africa. Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve is a safe haven for the white rhino. We have an afternoon and the following morning to do game drives in our vehicle and stop at hides and waterholes to watch game come down to drink. The first afternoon we visit a local Zulu village to learn about their culture, traditions and lifestyle.
Day 5
Distance:                      390 km
Accommodation:         Bushbaby Lodge or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming      pool, restaurant and bar)
Day 6
Distance:                      100 km
Accommodation:         Bushbaby Lodge or similar (chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming     pool, restaurant and bar)
 
DAY 7-8: Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa        
                               
Moving further inland, we travel to the newly formed Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation Area.  We spend two nights at Witsieshoek, which at 2286m above sea-level is one of the highest lodges in South Africa.   There will be plenty of time to enjoy the many activities on offer, such as hiking, mountain biking or fishing.  Alternatively just relax and enjoy the views offered by some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the country.
Day 7
Distance:                       450 km
Accommodation:          Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge or similar (Bungalows with en-suite bathrooms, restaurant and bar)
Day 8
Distance:                       50 km
Accommodation:          Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge or similar (Bungalows with en-suite bathrooms, restaurant and bar)
 
DAY 9 & 10:  Lesotho      
                                                                            
Today we cross the border into the Kingdom of Lesotho, the southernmost landlocked country in the world, rich in natural beauty, flora, fauna and cultural heritage.  Malealea is situated in a remote part of Western Lesotho that is breathtaking in its beauty.  We have the chance to experience traditional Basotho life, a nation with solid traditions, beliefs and customs.   No visit to Lesotho would be complete without a pony trek and the next day we take a ride on the transport of choice for most Basotho, as these sturdy animals handle the narrow trails better than any 4x4 can!
Day 9
Distance:                       400 km
Accommodation:          Malealea Lodge or similar (Rooms with en-suite bathrooms, dining hall, bar and shop)
Day 10
Accommodation:          Malealea Lodge or similar (Rooms with en-suite bathrooms, dining hall, bar and shop)
 
DAY 11:  Cradock, South Africa        
                                                        
We leave the beauty of Lesotho behind us drive to the historical Karoo town of Cradock.  Founded in 1814 as a frontier stronghold, the town is an important agricultural centre with traditional Karoo hospitality.  Best known for its natural sulphur spring, Cradock is a place of literary legends and the original part of the town is graced with some of the finest buildings. 
Distance:                       470 km
Accommodation:          Die Tuishuise or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms)
 
DAY 12-13: Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa         
                 
A conservation success, Addo Elephant N.P. offers a unique wildlife area, famous for the Addo elephants and the remaining population of the flightless dung beetle. We spend our days on game drives in search of elephant, black rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard. Evenings spent at the floodlit waterhole allows us to watch the nocturnal animals and listen to their calls.
Day 12
Distance:                       205 km
Accommodation:          Addo Elephant Rest Camp or similar (Bungalows with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, restaurant and shop)
Day 13
Distance:                       50 km
Accommodation:          Addo Elephant Rest Camp or similar (Bungalows with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, restaurant and shop)
 
DAY 14-15: Tsitsikamma, South Africa              
                                         
This morning after breakfast our journey takes us to a region of startling beauty along South Africa’s Southern coastline, known as the Garden Route.  Indigenous Tsitsikamma forests surround the rest camp at Storms River mouth, where we spend the next two night.
Enjoy some of the many walks up the Storms River Gorge and along the rocky coastline. There is an option to plunge off the world’s highest bungi jump at the Bloukrans River. (own expense).  There is also whale watching in season (July to November).
Day 14
Distance:                       240 km
Accommodation:          Storms River Rest Camp or similar (Bungalows with en-suite bathrooms)
Day 15
Accommodation:          Storms River Rest Camp or similar (Bungalows with en-suite bathrooms)
 
DAY 16: Karoo, South Africa     
                                                               
After visiting ‘The Heads’ in Knysna, a town nestled on a tranquil lagoon we travel over the Outeniqua Mountains into the Little Karoo to the town of Oudtshoorn. We take a trip to the famous Cango Caves, with their impressive ancient stalagmites and stalactites before we overnight just outside the ostrich capital of the world.
Distance:                       250 km
Accommodation:          Kleinplaas or similar (Chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool & cafeteria)
 
DAY 17 – 18: Cape Town, South Africa           
                                           
En-route to Cape Town, we visit the pretty University town of Stellenbosch, for wine tasting and a cellar tour.   Once in Cape Town we get to explore the many attractions the ‘Mother City’ has to offer, on our Cape Point tour.  There is plenty of time to enjoy the fabulous beaches or indulge in some last minute shopping at the V&A Waterfront.  Why not take an optional excursion to Robben Island. (own expense)
Day 17
Distance:                       495 km
Accommodation:          Lady Hamilton or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool and restaurant)
Day 18
Distance:                       100 km
Accommodation:          Lady Hamilton or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool and restaurant)
 
DAY 19: Cape Town, South Africa      
                                                       
Spend the final day at leisure, weather dependent there is the chance to take the cable car up Table Mountain (own expense) and enjoy one last view of the Cape of Good Hope before being dropped off at the airport at 18h00 by your guide. 
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