Days 1 - 3: UK to Johannesburg
Fly overnight from the UK to South Africa’s main airport in Johannesburg. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Sandton for two nights. The hotel is close to Nelson Mandela Square and the Sandton Shopping Centre, perfect for enjoying at your leisure. We can also arrange optional activities for you, such as a tour to the Soweto township or the Lesedi Cultural Village.
On day three you’ll travel to the motorhome depot with the group for an orientation session to familiarise you with your vehicle, enabling you to get out on the road quickly on day four. Afterwards transfer back to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. There'll be a group welcome dinner at the hotel this evening where you can get to know your tour leaders and fellow travellers.
Days 4 - 5: Sabie
Distance: 363 km
After breakfast transfer back to the motorhome depot, pick up your vehicle and set out on your first day of exploration. Your first destination is Sabie, the ideal location to experience and explore the beautiful Panorama Route of South Africa.
On day five head out on one of South Africa's most scenic drives - the Panorama Route. Explore the Mpumalanga highlands, or the north-eastern section of the Great Escarpment of the Drakensberg. In these rugged mountains the plateau comes to an abrupt and dramatic halt, falling steeply away into the Lowveld accompanied by incredible views out over the grasslands of Africa. The route is also favoured for the access it provides to one of the province's major scenic draw cards, the Blyde River Canyon. Highlights of the route include God's Window, Bouke's Luck Potholes, The Three Rondavels and visiting the towns of Pilgrim's Rest and Graskop.
From Pilgrim's Rest travel to the town of Graskop where there's an optional stop at the Graskop Gorge Company. The viewing lift here takes visitors 51 metres down the face of the gorge into the forest below, where wooden walkways & suspension bridges meander along a 600 metre trail through the indigenous forest with interactive exhibits. Under the vivid green canopy of trees lies a lush wonderland filled with a spectacular variety of plants, animals, insects and birds.
Days 6 - 8: Kruger National Park
Distance: 153 km
Stretching over more than two million hectares, the Kruger National Park is one of the world’s largest game reserves and a truly remarkable destination for the next 3 days. Owing to its exceptional size, visitors are able to experience fantastic diversity – from changing scenery and ecosystems to an impressive array of animals, plant life and birdlife. The park is home to over 130 mammals and over 500 bird species. You can look forward to learning about the area’s prehistoric past and viewing the abundant wildlife including the famed Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant).
The diversity and density of wildlife makes Kruger National Park an unforgettable and potentially life-changing experience. We have included a full day guided safari in the park, using open safari vehicles affording 360 degree views of the park. And if that’s not enough you can also return in your own motorhome the following day if you would like another chance to take it all in.