Day 1: Dullstroom
Day 2: Dullstroom
Day 3: Pilgrim's Rest
Day 4: Panorama Route
Day 5: Private Reserve
Day 6: Kruger NP
Day 7: Makalali Reserve
Day 8: Makalali Reserve
Day 9: Back to airport
Day 1: Dullstroom
On the first morning of your stay you leave the urban jungle that is Johannesburg behind you and travel the scenic road to the quaint town of Dullstroom.
Day 2: Dullstroom
The village, situated at 2,100m above sea level in the Steenkampsberg-range, dates back to the early 1880's, when Dutch settlers came to the area. The town derives its name from one Wolterus Dull, chairman of theDutch immigrants. The "stroom" (stream) refers to the abundance of water in the area: The Crocodile River, which runs through the Kruger National Park, has its origin in Dullstroom. Other major tributaries, like the Lunsklip, Klip River, Steelpoort and Elands River, do not only feed important rivers and marshlands, but have also become synonymous with some of the best trout fishing in the country. The area is known for its cool, sub-alpine climate and its misty atmosphere, reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands. It is also known as habitat for endangered cranes, a vast variety of wild flowers and rare species of mammals - a true paradise for the nature lover. But Dullstroom and surrounds is primarily a haven for family fun, fly-fishing and country fresh air. The wide selection of elegant hotels and a variety of country accommodation, eateries, shops and activities, have made this an appealing tourist destination and an ideal stop-over on the way to the Lowveld and Kruger National Park.
Day 3: Graskop / Pilgrim's Rest
The natural wonders of Graskop are probably the most photographed and painted scenes in the world. Situated in the magnificent Mpumalanga Province, Graskop is ideally located in the heart of the tourism region and is the gateway to the Panorama Route. Graskop is a small town found on the edge of the Drakensberg escarpment and the ideal base from which to explore all the sight-seeing venues in Mpumalanga including Pilgrims Rest, Blyde River Canyon and so much more. Graskop is a bustling tourism destination. With the ever growing amount of activities, Graskop will keep you busy from day to day. Of course, the spectacular scenery complements the many activities available. Graskop is also only a few minutes away from the scenic wonders of the Province including God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes and the world renowned Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondawels and the impressive waterfalls such as Lisbon and Mac Mac Falls.
Pilgrim's Rest is situated on the magnificent Panorama Route on the eastern Escarpment region of the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. The entire town of Pilgrim's Rest has been declared a national monument. Here, visitors can relive the days of the old Transvaal gold rush. The history of this quaint and delightful village dates back to 1873 when a miner, Alex Patterson, discovered alluvial gold on the farm named Ponieskrantz. Though the discovery was kept as a secret, once a second prospector named William Trafford also discovered gold close by, the inevitable happened. Soon after, optimistic panners and prospectors from all over the country and the World came to the area. There never was a more beautiful or romantic spot to have a gold rush than Pilgrim's Rest. This spectacular area is richly imbued with a diversity of natural, cultural and historic gems. The uniqueness of this historic village is vividly evident in its museums and historic sites. Pilgrim's Rest offers all visitors a fascinating look into the past and captures the spirit of a former era and its people in their quest for gold.
Day 4: Graskop / Pilgrim's Rest
The Panorama Route, Mpumalanga: The magnificent Panorama Route is best known for its cultural heritage and its dramatic landscapes. Offering a vast array of exciting options for the visitor, the Panorama Route hosts some of the best adrenalin enhancing adventures in the country as well as some more relaxed pastimes.
One of the major highlights of the region is The Blyde River Canyon Nature Sanctuary, home to spectacular wildlife, birdlife and plant-life and some of the best views in the country. The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon of its kind in the world. Other highlights include the exquisite waterfalls in Graskop and Sabie, The Echo Caves that speak of Africa's powerful tribes such as the Pedi, Mapulane and the Swazi, Trails left behind by the Voortrekkers in regions such as Lydenberg and Orighstad, Ancient artistic footprints left by indigenous peoples of Africa and the Gold Rush territory, Pilgrim's Rest, home to the early gold prospectors.
Day 5: Timbavati Private Game Reserve
Today you drive to Timbavati Private Game Reserve
Day 6: Timbavati Private Game Reserve
Timbavati Nature Reserve shares a common unfenced border with the Kruger National Park allowing animals free range and ensuring guests to the area the opportunity to view the greatest diversity of wildlife that Africa has to offer. View the big game from open vehicles, on foot or from the comfort of your room as you experience timeless Africa. Days are spent game viewing in the company of experienced trackers, or you can take a guided wilderness hike. Each lodge offers a diverse range of facilities, as well as excellent personal service. Go out on an evening game drive and stop for sundowners before dining in Out of Africa style under the stars in a traditional boma around a roaring fire.
Day 7: Makalali Game Reserve
Today you drive to Makalali Game Reserve
Day 8: Makalali Private Game Reserve
Makalali Private Game Reserve is situated in Limpopo Province near to the Kruger National Park. Makalali, meaning "Place of Rest" in Shangaan, is a unique conservation initiative to expand South Africas green frontier by re-establishing the ancient traditional wildlife migration routes that linked the famous Kruger Park in the east to the lush Drakensberg Mountains in the west. One of South Africa's premier privately-owned conservation areas, Makalali currently comprises an amazing 61,000 acres (including a 5,000 acre clean buffalo breeding camp). Over the past decade, Makalali has reintroduced a variety of wildlife onto the reserve, including lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, rhino and the rare sable antelope, making Makalali home to Africa's "Big Five." In the process of relocating wildlife, Makalali Private Game Reserve has consistently contributed to conservation efforts to protect endangered species. Elephants were relocated from Kruger sparing them from annual culling. Breeding herds of white rhino and sable antelope were relocated to diversify the free-roaming genetic populations, ultimately contributing to the survivability of the species.
Day 9: Departure
After your morning game drive you may be transferred to the local airport or be driving yourselves to O.R.Tambo airport to start your journey home.
Photo:(detail) South African Tourism
The pool at Makalali Lodge Photo:Makalali Game Reserve