Day 1 Johannesburg – Blyde River Canyon
Leaving the city of Johannesburg behind us, we travel along the Panorama Route, one of South Africa’s most scenic drives, where we will visit the Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world and the view is dominated by the Three Rondavels, huge rocky outcrops at the end of the canyon.
Day 2 Kruger National Park
Today we start our day with a visit at the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, where injured or lost animals are rehabilitated so they can be released back in to the wild. After a full tour of the Moholoholo facility we travel to the world famous Kruger National Park for an afternoon game drive en-route to our camp.
Day 3 Kruger National Park
After breakfast we will pack up camp and load everything on to our truck, however the day will be spent in open 4×4 vehicles in order to truly appreciate Kruger National Park. Your 4×4 vehicles will be driven by specialist Kruger guides and by using these smaller vehicles we are able to access the dirt roads. The whole morning will be spent driving, at mid day we will stop at one of the well appointed camps where lunch will be provided, before the afternoon game drive that will bring us to our overnight stop.
Day 4 Kruger to Bilene
A very early start will see us crossing the Mozambique border and driving north to Bilene. This peaceful town, known as San Martino in the days of Portuguese Mozambique, is situated on a hill overlooking the sparkling waters of the Uembje Lagoon.
Day 5/6/7/8 Diving Praia Do Tofo
We continue to Tofo where we prepare for the diving over the next 3 days. The following three days will be spent diving the reefs of Tofo, home to the largest Whale Shark and Manta populations in the world. Each morning (day 6,7,8) we will depart early for a double dive trip, returning in time for lunch at the campsite. The afternoons will be free for you to enjoy any one of the optional activities or just lazing on this truly beautiful beach.
On an evening during this stay we will have the honour of meeting Dr Andrea Marshall, Dr Simon Pierce or one of their representatives, who will give a talk on the Manta and Whale Sharks around Tofo, the threats facing them and the research being conducted. Both of these experts are extremely well respected in their fields. The Foundation for the Protection of Marine Megafauna is the first of our conservational contributions and you will be informed of the work that is being achieved with your contributions.
Day 9 Hlane Royal National Park Swaziland
Today we head south again and cross the border into Swaziland, entering the Hlane Royal National Park, a huge nature reserve, home to lion, elephant and white rhino. We will camp near a water hole where game can be seen coming to water.