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Tijdens deze reis staan veel wandelingen door het oostelijk deel van Zuid-Afrika en Swaziland op de planning. Je geniet van de hoogtepunten van de Panoramaroute en verkent de volgende dag te voet Blyde River Canyon. Tijdens een bezoek aan het Kruger Park wisselen we vanwege de veiligheid de wandelschoenen in voor een aantal jeepsafari's. In het Malalotja Nature Reserve wandelen we in een berggebied dat minder vaak wordt bezocht en maken we kennis met de lokale bevolking en hun rijke cultuur. Hluhluwe National Park en de kust bij St. Lucia zullen ook niet ontbreken. Deze wandelreis wordt waardig afgesloten met de ruige Drakensbergen. Je overnacht in comfortabele chalets en guesthouses en gaat op pad met ervaren gidsen.
Dag 1 - Panorama Route
After the tour briefing at 06:30am, we depart Johannesburg and head east towards Mpumalanga. During the afternoon we visit the gold mining town of Pilgrims Rest, and the viewpoint over God’s Window. Stretch our legs on a short walk from Mac Mac Pools and then make our way to our chalets on the edge of the escarpment.
Dag 2 -3 - Private Game Reserve Lowveld
Blyde River canyon is our first long morning walk as we make our way from the rim down into the canyon with views over the Three Sisters and the river below.
After lunch we make our way to a private game reserve in the Lowveld, and enjoy an afternoon game drive leading into a night drive with a spot light. Tonight our tented lodge is an opportunity to experience the wilds of big game country around a campfire. A highlight of our tour is the early morning game walk with a local ranger. Quietly we venture into the bush, learning the tracks and other signs of the wildlife we hope to track on foot.
Dag 4 - Kruger National Park
This is Big game country, where we spend the day in search of the elusive leopard, the majestic lion and the mighty elephant. We game drive south through the reserve as your professional guides will impart their extensive knowledge of ecology, fauna and flora during our time in the bush.
Dag 5 -6 - Swaziland
We enter the Kingdom of Swaziland and travel through a lush fruit farming area before heading into the mountains of Swaziland. We spend 2 nights in Malalotja Nature Reserve with a full day to walk through this seldom explored mountainous reserve. The Swazi people have a rich cultural heritage and we will visit the craft and medicine markets on day 7 as we pass through the capital, Mbabane.
Dag 7 -8 - Zululand Game Reserve
Crossing into South Africa we head towards our lodge on a private game reserve. En route we enjoy a game drive in Mhkuze Game Reserve and watch wildlife from a secluded hide. The following morning we visit Hluhluwe Game reserve, a key area for rhino conservation and visit a Zulu village.
In the late afternoon we walk on the lodge conservancy with our local walking guide who will point out some of the 540+ bird species found in the area, and track the shy Nyala antelope in the riverine vegetation of the Msinene River.
Dag 9 -10 - Zululand Battlefields
We leave the bush of Zululand behind us and make our way through the scenic hills and valleys of Zululand to the small town of Dundee. Here battles were fought between the Zulus, British and the Boer troops - war cries still resound in the hills. We spend time at the informative Tulana museum before we settle into our lodge and have some free time in the afternoon.
The following morning we explore the Isandlwana battlefield before we embark on an exciting 4-5hour hike tracing the steps of the two British fugitives through the undulating hills of Zululand to the Buffalo River. Later in the day we visit Rourkes Drift before returning to the lodge.
Dag 11 -12 - Drakensberg
Witness the grandeur of the Drakensberg Mountains or Ukhahlamba “Barrier of Spears”. We overnight at the base of the “berg” (alt. 1,600m) and spend a full day walking the mountain trails before taking an invigorating dip in the clear mountain streams of the Royal Natal National Park. The crisp mountain air is refreshing and our lodge is a fantastic place to relax and enjoy the splendour of the mountain views.
Dag 13 - Drakensberg
We start the day with an early breakfast and make our way to Witsieshoek at the foot of the magnificent Sentinel Peak. At the end of a rough gravel road we start our trek, including a short chain ladder section, to the top of the Drakensberg Amphitheatre and the beautiful Tugela Falls (alt. 3,000m), offering unparalleled views down into KwaZulu Natal. After our walk we make our way to the lodge perched high in the mountains (alt. 2,300m) overlooking the Mont-Aux-Sources mountain range.
Dag 14 - Johannesburg
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