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This self-drive tour starts and ends in Johannesburg. The main aim is to see as many animals as possible, especially the famous Big 5 but also to visit different types of African nature. As the name suggests you will have good chances of seeing the mighty Ibhubesi, or in English, the lion!


The distances are relatively short for South Africa which makes the tour accessible to everybody. The accommodation is comfortable and many activities are included, so this tour is actually sort of a compromise between guided and self-drive.





Day 1 - Johannesburg

On arrival at OR Tambo you will be met by a representative and transferred to your guesthouse only 5 minutes away from the airport. After the long flight we will leave the day to rest, have something to eat, enjoy the bar and entertainment area or enjoy a cooling swim in the spacious swimming pool.

Day 2 - Sabie

Your guesthouse will drive you back to the airport, where you collect your rental car (from the airport navigation is a lot easier) and head downtowards the famous Panoramic Route to start the holiday with some sightseeing. In about 4 hours you will arrive in Sabie where you can enjoy the waterfalls in direct vicinity of the town. 

You will stay in a guesthouse with breakfast included and the guesthouse will be happy to assist with a dinner booking.

Days 3, 4 & 5 - Hoedspruit

Your next three nights will be spent in Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate where you will stay in the bush. On the first day you will spend the day on the Panoramic Route visiting the numerous sightseeing options before going from the Highveld into the Lowveld.

Breakfast is included at your accommodation and restaurants are nearby to make sure to always have a hearty meal. There are many activities that can be done and surely you will get your first introduction to the bush and the animals. We will be happy to suggest activities for you to make sure you do not get bored!