Upon arrival in Johannesburg early morning you collect your group C rental car (Toyota Corolla or similar) from the car rental office which is just opposite of the arrivals area of the airport. From here you drive in around 5 hours to the stunning Panoramic Route
On arrival at OR Tambo you will be met by a representative and transferred to your guesthouse in Melville. This trendy and suburban area in Johannesburg is safe to walk around in and has numerous galleries, shops, restaurants and eateries. The guesthouse itself is situated close to the famous '7de Laan' which features in a South African soap series and has its own restaurant, rated as the best in Melville! You have a Pool Suite here for two nights with breakfast included.
The following day after breakfast you will be collected by your guide for the day and taken to the most famous township in Africa: Soweto. Together with a local guide you will explore all that Soweto has to offer on a Tuk Tuk Tour, and after a traditional lunch (included) you head towards the impressive Apartheid Museum. At the end of the day you are returned to your guesthouse.
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 down into the Lowveld to Kruger National Park. Here you will spend your first three nights in the famous Timabavi Private Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Well-known for its scrumptious food, superb Shangaan trackers and excellent game viewing, your time at Umlani Bush Camp, a Fair Trade establishment, will be a real treat, and if you're lucky you may also catch a glimpse of the White Lions that make this reserve so famous. Each day you head out on two guided game drives in open 4x4 game viewers in search of not only the Big Five, but everything that makes the Great Circle of Life in the bushveld of Kruger so complex. Guided bush walks can be requested, as well as an overnight in their hide at the dam. All meals are included as well as local drinks.
Your next three nights will be spent in another reserve, Balule Private Nature Reserve, at Sausage Tree Tented Safari Camp. This lovely owner-run tented camp offers luxury camping (tents have ensuite bathrooms and even aircon!), homestyle meals and a great vibe in which to celebrate all that the bush has to offer! Two guided game drives per day included, as well as meals.
The Blyde River Canyon lies on Kruger's doorstep, so en route back to Joburg a stop along the way is a real treat, especially at the super romantic Tanamera Lodge! You will drive the famous Panorama Route to Sabie, where you will stay the night in a Luxury Chalet with river view, and dinner and breakfast are included.
Heading home in the afternoon, you can look back at an incredible adventure!
The map below shows your destinations (blue markers), approximate route (blue routes) and flights (black lines). Please check with your itinerary as the actual route may vary.