Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa

Self-Drive South Africa: Mountains, Wildlife & Wetlands - 15 Days

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South Africa is the perfect self-drive destination and this itinerary showcases some of its well-known highlights as well as many of its lesser known gems. Meander along the Panorama Route, taking in the breathtaking views of Blyde River Canyon, Bourkes Luck Potholes and more, to Kruger, South Africas premier wildlife destination. Spend 4 days in this fantastic national park in search of its stunning wildlife before discovering the treasures of Kwa-Zulu Natal: the fabulous Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, with its protected population of white rhino; the World Heritage iSimangaliso wetlands; and the rugged peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains, where you will take a drive up the famous Sani Pass into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho.

Choose between two accommodation grades - Standard or Upgrade. Alternatively mix and match accommodation from each grade to create your perfect holiday. Interactive itineraries for each accommodation grade can be viewed below.

Blyde River Canyon - Panorama Route - Kruger’s wildlife and birdlife - Swazi crafts and culture - Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve - iSimangaliso Wetlands - Drakensberg Mountains - Sani Pass - Lesotho
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Detailed itinerary

Travel distance: Approximately 500kms, good roads.

Arrive OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and pick up your hire car. Drive to the Blyde River Canyon - an extension of the Drakensberg Mountains. The heart of the Panorama Route the Canyon and surrounds is an area of sculpted peaks and deep ravines, tumbling streams and green valleys. The drive alongside the Blyde River Canyon, a majestic red sandstone gorge with sheer cliffs plunging into waters below, is magnificent. The region provides a marked contrast to the sub-tropical bushveld, with scenic mountain passes, relaxing walks, horse-riding, mountain biking and golf all on offer. Gentle walking trails connect a series of delicate waterfalls. Nearby is Pilgrim's Rest, a restored mining village that was the epicentre of the 19th century gold rush.

Stay at:
Standard - Rissington Inn (Superior Room) or similar
Upgrade - Rissington Inn (Garden Suite) or similar

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