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World Heritage Sites Self Drive - 18 nights

Discover the beauty and biological diversity of the iSimagaliso Wetland Park, the soaring heights, endless views and incredible San rock paintings of the Drakensberg Mountain range and learn about the origins of mankind at the Cradle of Humankind. Along the way see the diverse wildlife of the renowned Kruger National Park, Milwane National Park and Hluhluwe National Park which is famous for its conservation of white rhino.

Learn about the culture of Swaziland and visit Lobamba village which is the site of eLudzidzini, the Swazi King’s traditional royal residence where the annual Reed Dance is held. Go on a cruise through the beautiful St Lucia Lagoon, part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Set out to explore the renowned hiking trails of the Drakensberg and discover the many San rock paintings which form part of the cultural heritage of this region. Then return to Johannesburg. You can also learn about your origins at the Cradle of Humankind at Sterkfontein which is a World Heritage site.

Day 1:    Johannesburg
 
 

Upon your arrival in Johannesburg for the start of your 18 Day World Heritage Package, you will be met at the airport by one of our representatives who will provide more information about your trip and drive you to your hotel. Johannesburg is often referred to as “the city of gold” as it was founded on the gold reserves of the Witwaterstrand.

Day 2:    Dullstroom (1B)
 
 

In the morning your rental car will be delivered to your hotel. Travelling northwards you will pass the mines and farms of Mpumalanga to the town of Dullstroom which is renowned as a great destination for fly-fishing and its beautiful scenery. One of the coldest towns in South Africa, Dullstroom is the only place in the country where beech and elm trees grow; they were planted by Dutch colonists.

Day 3:    Private Lodge near Kruger National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
 
 

Today you will travel to a private lodge situated on a conservancy on the edge of the renowned Kruger National Park. You will need to aim to arrive in time for the evening safari which departs around 16:00 hours. Set out to discover the wildlife of the region while on a guided game drive in an open 4x4 vehicle accompanied by an experienced local guide who will reveal the secrets of the bush.

This will continue after dark as a night safari so that you can see some of the creatures of the bush that are only active at night. Return to camp and enjoy a delicious meal cooked over an open fire before returning to your rondavel and falling asleep to the gentle sounds of the bush at night.

Day 4:    Private Lodge near Kruger National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
 
 

The best way to see the wildlife of the Kruger National Park is on an early morning game drive as this is when the animals are more active. Keep a look out for kudu, nyala and buffalo as they are common in the region. In the afternoon you will enjoy a bush walk accompanied by a local guide who will reveal details about some of the smaller creatures of the bush.

Day 5:    Kruger National Park
 
 

You will spend most of the day driving to Berg en Dal rest camp through the Kruger National Park. Berg en Dal means 'mountain and dale' and is aptly named for its superb location. Keep a look out for prides of lion, herds of buffalo, impala and giraffe en route. Berg en Dal Rest Camp has facilities for open air cooking but if you prefer you can dine at the restaurant and cafeteria which has lovely views over the Matjulu Dam.

Room Only

Day 6:    Kruger National Park
 
 

This morning we can include an optional guided game drive where an experienced local ranger will help you track down wildlife including Sharpe’s grysbok and the highly endangered wild dogs. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure relaxing in camp and enjoying the birdlife or you can set out on a self guided game drive along the nearby game routes.

Room Only

Day 7:    Mkhaya Game Reserve, Swaziland (1B, 1L, 1D)
 
 

Today, you will enter the Kingdom of Swaziland and travel to the Mkhaya Game Reserve an unspoilt wilderness area which was set up to preserve the Swazi Nguni breed of cattle as well as many other species of wildlife. The team will meet you at the collection point at 4 pm and drive you to the camp. You can either set out on a game drive or enjoy a refreshing drink and relax under the sausage trees of the camp.

Day 8:    Mkhaya Game Reserve, Swaziland (1B, 1L, 1D)
 
 

In the early morning you will head out on a guided game drive through the Mkhaya Game Reserve in search of giraffe and wildebeest as well as four of the big five. You will then return to camp for a sumptuous breakfast. Around midmorning there is a guided bush walk offered where you can discover the smaller creatures of the bush such as chameleons.  It is also a good opportunity to spot the regions birdlife.

Day 9:    St Lucia (1B)
 
 

In the morning you will travel to Swaziland’s cultural capital, Lobamba village which is the site of eLudzidzini, the Swazi King’s traditional royal residence and the home of the annual Reed Dance and Incwala Ceremonies. You will visit the museum before touring the village and meeting the woman who brews the traditional sorghum beer for the village. This will be followed by “Shisa Nyama” (a traditional Swazi barbeque), then it is off to the town of St Lucia in South Africa through Swaziland. St Lucia is the gateway to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 10:    St Lucia (1B)
 
 

You have this day to spend at leisure. There are many nearby attractions and you can speak to your consultant about adding in a game dive to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi National Park with an experienced local guide who will help you track down wildlife including the Big Five. This is South Africa’s oldest game reserve and is known for its successful conservation of white rhino.

You could also include optional an optional excursion to go on a cruise through the byways of the St Lucia estuary to see many crocodiles and hippos, as well as some of the regions spectacular birdlife.

Guided Game Drive in Hluhluwe-Infolozi National Park:
The Hluhluwe-Infolozi National Park is one of the oldest reserves in the country and is one of the last strongholds for rhino in Africa. The park is in a very ecologically diverse region and as such is home to a diverse array of species. The local guides are very experienced and will know the best places to find certain animals. They are full of stories about life in the bush and the animals encountered. Going on a guided game drive greatly enhances your understanding of life in the African bush.

Knysna Lagoon Cruise:
Departing at sunset enjoy a sunset cruise to the famous Knysna Heads which guard the lagoon. You will savor a delicious dinner aboard a historic paddle steamer and watch the sun set before returning  to town under the twinkling stars.

Day 11:    uMhlanga Rocks (1B)
 
 

Today, you will travel through the province of KwaZulu-Natal to the holiday resort town of uMhlanga Rocks. You can spend the afternoon enjoying the warm golden sandy beaches of the tropical coast. There are also renowed local shopping an entertainment centres nearby.

Day 12:    Drakensberg (1B)
 
 

Continue your journey by travelling into the foothills of the southern Drakensberg, the highest mountain range in South Africa. We suggest that along the way you stop off at the Marutswa Forest and explore some of the beautiful forest walks through the ancient indigenous forest. The forest hosts a beautiful selection of very rare ground and tree Orchids. Once you arrive at the resort you can relax and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery.

Day 13:    Sani Pass (1B)
 
 

Experience the thrill of travelling up one of the most famous mountain passes in Africa, the hair-raising Sani Pass on a guided trip up the hair-pin turns twisting 1332 vertical meters over 9 km between South Africa and the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. The pass can only be travelled in a 4x4 vehicle and is truly a memorable experience. At the top you will stop off at the highest pub in Africa for a refreshing beer and a delicious lunch before descending back to the Underberg.

Day 14:    Northern Drakensberg (1B)
 
 

You will travel to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the northern Drakensberg today to the foot of the magnificent Sentinel Peak with views across the Drakensberg’s Mont-Aux-Sources and Amphitheater. This is the haunt of the endangered bearded vulture and is the start of some of the most scenic hiking trails in the country. You can see the bearded vulture being fed at the Vulture Feeding station which will provide fantastic photo opportunities.

Day 15:    Northern Drakensberg (1B)
 
 

There are a number of different hiking trails available for you to conquer today. These range in difficulty and some should only be attempted by experienced hikers accompanied by a local guide. Among the less challenging hikes is a trek to some San rock paintings and the chance for a refreshing dip in a mountain pool. Among the more challenging routes are hiking Sentinel Peak and the Mont aux Sources. This is a challenging hike and some parts of the route involve short-chain ladders and very rugged terrain but afford wonderful views.

Day 16:    Johannesburg (1B)
 
 

This morning you will start the journey back to Johannesburg. The journey will take you up the N3 through the heart of South Africa passing through the towns of Harrismith and Villiers. Johannesburg is one of the largest metropolises in the world and is the largest city in South Africa. Once you arrive in Johannesburg, you can settle into your hotel and relax.

Day 17:    Johannesburg - Optional Cradle of Humankind Tour (1B)
 
 

Today, we suggest you speak to our consultants about adding an excursion to the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where many fossils of hominids (the early ancestors of humans) have been found. Some of these fossils date back over 3.5 million years. You will visit the exhibition at the Maropeng Centre and visit the Sterkfontein Caves.

Cradle of Humankind :
Learn about the origins of the human species while on a tour of the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage site which is spread over a couple of locations. This tour takes in two of the most important; the Sterkfontein Caves and the interactive visitors centre at Maropeng. Sterkfontein is located about 50 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg. To date the Sterkfontein caves have produced more hominid fossils than anywhere else on the planet.

Day 18:    Departure (1B)
 
 

This is the last morning of your 18 Day World Heritage site holiday package and after breakfast you will leave for the airport or continue on to your next destination.

Tour includes:
All accommodation as mentioned in the program
Meet and greet at the airport
Transfer from airport to first accommodation
Car rental Class B Incl. Super Cover
All meals as specified (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
All services as mentioned in the program
All excursions and activities as mentioned
Route description with a lot of tips and suggestions
24 hour emergency contact number

Tour does not include:
Visa (fees) to enter the country (check if applicable to you)
Entrance fees and conservation fees
Flights and taxes
Airport departure taxes per person
Travel insurances
Personal expenses like drinks, tipping, souvenirs etc.
Optional excursions and activities and their entrance fees
Other expenses not mentioned in the program

18 Day World Heritage Site Package Route Map

HOW WE WORK

Welcome to the start of creating your unique, personalised travel experience. Here are the typical steps involved in planning your trip with 12GO:

Once you have browsed our website and have some ideas about the kind of trip you want, our specialist travel consultants will help you to create the perfect itinerary to suit your needs. Your personal travel expert will help you with every detail of your trip - always ensuring at each step that your journey will be truly memorable.

Contact us by email and tell us which of our tours are of interest. Or let us know your ideas and preferences. Also please let us know when you want to travel, the numbers travelling and any other information you feel we might need in order to design an itinerary that matches your vision.

We will call you by phone within 24 hours of receiving your email. Your personal travel consultant will answer your questions, clarify your ideas, desires and expectations.

Using this information your personal travel consultant will suggest a personalised, tailor-made itinerary for you - complete with recommended accommodation and activities, prices and information about the area. Once you have read your itinerary, your consultant will answer your questions and revise it until you are satisfied.

Once you confirm the itinerary we will ask you to pay your deposit so we can complete and confirm all bookings.

Your personal travel consultant will maintain ongoing contact with you and is here to answer your questions and concerns - he/she will continue to check that all arrangements are in place.

About two weeks before your departure you will receive your personal detailed day-to-day itinerary of your upcoming trip, as well as additional information such as cultural etiquette and other recommendations that will help you to maximise your experience.

During your trip your personal travel consultant will continue to be available to ensure that your travel experience is running smoothly and to your expectations.

"This was a wonderful trip which combined great wildlife sightings with the Swazi culture. We also loved the beauty of St Lucia and the Drakensberg Mountains."

 

Ken and Susan Willoughby (United Kingdom)

Michael English - Sales 12GoSoutherAfricaHi, My name is Michael and I will be your Southern Africa travel expert. I grew up in the bush in Zimbabwe and have lived in Cape Town for the last five years.

I am always looking for something different to add to our itineraries which will offer you an authentic African experience. I look forward to introducing you to all the wonders of southern Africa from the beautiful Cape Winelands to safaris in Kruger, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and beyond.

Contact >>

World Heritage Sites Self Drive - 18 nights

Discover the beauty and biological diversity of the iSimagaliso Wetland Park, the soaring heights, endless views and incredible San rock paintings of the Drakensberg Mountain range and learn about the origins of mankind at the Cradle of Humankind. Along the way see the diverse wildlife of the renowned Kruger National Park, Milwane National Park and Hluhluwe National Park which is famous for its conservation of white rhino.

Learn about the culture of Swaziland and visit Lobamba village which is the site of eLudzidzini, the Swazi King’s traditional royal residence where the annual Reed Dance is held. Go on a cruise through the beautiful St Lucia Lagoon, part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Set out to explore the renowned hiking trails of the Drakensberg and discover the many San rock paintings which form part of the cultural heritage of this region. Then return to Johannesburg. You can also learn about your origins at the Cradle of Humankind at Sterkfontein which is a World Heritage site.

Day 1:    Johannesburg
 
 

Upon your arrival in Johannesburg for the start of your 18 Day World Heritage Package, you will be met at the airport by one of our representatives who will provide more information about your trip and drive you to your hotel. Johannesburg is often referred to as “the city of gold” as it was founded on the gold reserves of the Witwaterstrand.

Day 2:    Dullstroom (1B)
 
 

In the morning your rental car will be delivered to your hotel. Travelling northwards you will pass the mines and farms of Mpumalanga to the town of Dullstroom which is renowned as a great destination for fly-fishing and its beautiful scenery. One of the coldest towns in South Africa, Dullstroom is the only place in the country where beech and elm trees grow; they were planted by Dutch colonists.

Day 3:    Private Lodge near Kruger National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
 
 

Today you will travel to a private lodge situated on a conservancy on the edge of the renowned Kruger National Park. You will need to aim to arrive in time for the evening safari which departs around 16:00 hours. Set out to discover the wildlife of the region while on a guided game drive in an open 4x4 vehicle accompanied by an experienced local guide who will reveal the secrets of the bush.

This will continue after dark as a night safari so that you can see some of the creatures of the bush that are only active at night. Return to camp and enjoy a delicious meal cooked over an open fire before returning to your rondavel and falling asleep to the gentle sounds of the bush at night.

Day 4:    Private Lodge near Kruger National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
 
 

The best way to see the wildlife of the Kruger National Park is on an early morning game drive as this is when the animals are more active. Keep a look out for kudu, nyala and buffalo as they are common in the region. In the afternoon you will enjoy a bush walk accompanied by a local guide who will reveal details about some of the smaller creatures of the bush.

Day 5:    Kruger National Park
 
 

You will spend most of the day driving to Berg en Dal rest camp through the Kruger National Park. Berg en Dal means 'mountain and dale' and is aptly named for its superb location. Keep a look out for prides of lion, herds of buffalo, impala and giraffe en route. Berg en Dal Rest Camp has facilities for open air cooking but if you prefer you can dine at the restaurant and cafeteria which has lovely views over the Matjulu Dam.

Room Only

Day 6:    Kruger National Park
 
 

This morning we can include an optional guided game drive where an experienced local ranger will help you track down wildlife including Sharpe’s grysbok and the highly endangered wild dogs. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure relaxing in camp and enjoying the birdlife or you can set out on a self guided game drive along the nearby game routes.

Room Only

Day 7:    Mkhaya Game Reserve, Swaziland (1B, 1L, 1D)
 
 

Today, you will enter the Kingdom of Swaziland and travel to the Mkhaya Game Reserve an unspoilt wilderness area which was set up to preserve the Swazi Nguni breed of cattle as well as many other species of wildlife. The team will meet you at the collection point at 4 pm and drive you to the camp. You can either set out on a game drive or enjoy a refreshing drink and relax under the sausage trees of the camp.

Day 8:    Mkhaya Game Reserve, Swaziland (1B, 1L, 1D)
 
 

In the early morning you will head out on a guided game drive through the Mkhaya Game Reserve in search of giraffe and wildebeest as well as four of the big five. You will then return to camp for a sumptuous breakfast. Around midmorning there is a guided bush walk offered where you can discover the smaller creatures of the bush such as chameleons.  It is also a good opportunity to spot the regions birdlife.

Day 9:    St Lucia (1B)
 
 

In the morning you will travel to Swaziland’s cultural capital, Lobamba village which is the site of eLudzidzini, the Swazi King’s traditional royal residence and the home of the annual Reed Dance and Incwala Ceremonies. You will visit the museum before touring the village and meeting the woman who brews the traditional sorghum beer for the village. This will be followed by “Shisa Nyama” (a traditional Swazi barbeque), then it is off to the town of St Lucia in South Africa through Swaziland. St Lucia is the gateway to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 10:    St Lucia (1B)
 
 

You have this day to spend at leisure. There are many nearby attractions and you can speak to your consultant about adding in a game dive to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi National Park with an experienced local guide who will help you track down wildlife including the Big Five. This is South Africa’s oldest game reserve and is known for its successful conservation of white rhino.

You could also include optional an optional excursion to go on a cruise through the byways of the St Lucia estuary to see many crocodiles and hippos, as well as some of the regions spectacular birdlife.

Guided Game Drive in Hluhluwe-Infolozi National Park:
The Hluhluwe-Infolozi National Park is one of the oldest reserves in the country and is one of the last strongholds for rhino in Africa. The park is in a very ecologically diverse region and as such is home to a diverse array of species. The local guides are very experienced and will know the best places to find certain animals. They are full of stories about life in the bush and the animals encountered. Going on a guided game drive greatly enhances your understanding of life in the African bush.

Knysna Lagoon Cruise:
Departing at sunset enjoy a sunset cruise to the famous Knysna Heads which guard the lagoon. You will savor a delicious dinner aboard a historic paddle steamer and watch the sun set before returning  to town under the twinkling stars.

Day 11:    uMhlanga Rocks (1B)
 
 

Today, you will travel through the province of KwaZulu-Natal to the holiday resort town of uMhlanga Rocks. You can spend the afternoon enjoying the warm golden sandy beaches of the tropical coast. There are also renowed local shopping an entertainment centres nearby.

Day 12:    Drakensberg (1B)
 
 

Continue your journey by travelling into the foothills of the southern Drakensberg, the highest mountain range in South Africa. We suggest that along the way you stop off at the Marutswa Forest and explore some of the beautiful forest walks through the ancient indigenous forest. The forest hosts a beautiful selection of very rare ground and tree Orchids. Once you arrive at the resort you can relax and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery.

Day 13:    Sani Pass (1B)
 
 

Experience the thrill of travelling up one of the most famous mountain passes in Africa, the hair-raising Sani Pass on a guided trip up the hair-pin turns twisting 1332 vertical meters over 9 km between South Africa and the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. The pass can only be travelled in a 4x4 vehicle and is truly a memorable experience. At the top you will stop off at the highest pub in Africa for a refreshing beer and a delicious lunch before descending back to the Underberg.

Day 14:    Northern Drakensberg (1B)
 
 

You will travel to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the northern Drakensberg today to the foot of the magnificent Sentinel Peak with views across the Drakensberg’s Mont-Aux-Sources and Amphitheater. This is the haunt of the endangered bearded vulture and is the start of some of the most scenic hiking trails in the country. You can see the bearded vulture being fed at the Vulture Feeding station which will provide fantastic photo opportunities.

Day 15:    Northern Drakensberg (1B)
 
 

There are a number of different hiking trails available for you to conquer today. These range in difficulty and some should only be attempted by experienced hikers accompanied by a local guide. Among the less challenging hikes is a trek to some San rock paintings and the chance for a refreshing dip in a mountain pool. Among the more challenging routes are hiking Sentinel Peak and the Mont aux Sources. This is a challenging hike and some parts of the route involve short-chain ladders and very rugged terrain but afford wonderful views.

Day 16:    Johannesburg (1B)
 
 

This morning you will start the journey back to Johannesburg. The journey will take you up the N3 through the heart of South Africa passing through the towns of Harrismith and Villiers. Johannesburg is one of the largest metropolises in the world and is the largest city in South Africa. Once you arrive in Johannesburg, you can settle into your hotel and relax.

Day 17:    Johannesburg - Optional Cradle of Humankind Tour (1B)
 
 

Today, we suggest you speak to our consultants about adding an excursion to the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where many fossils of hominids (the early ancestors of humans) have been found. Some of these fossils date back over 3.5 million years. You will visit the exhibition at the Maropeng Centre and visit the Sterkfontein Caves.

Cradle of Humankind :
Learn about the origins of the human species while on a tour of the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage site which is spread over a couple of locations. This tour takes in two of the most important; the Sterkfontein Caves and the interactive visitors centre at Maropeng. Sterkfontein is located about 50 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg. To date the Sterkfontein caves have produced more hominid fossils than anywhere else on the planet.

Day 18:    Departure (1B)
 
 

This is the last morning of your 18 Day World Heritage site holiday package and after breakfast you will leave for the airport or continue on to your next destination.

Tour includes:
All accommodation as mentioned in the program
Meet and greet at the airport
Transfer from airport to first accommodation
Car rental Class B Incl. Super Cover
All meals as specified (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner)
All services as mentioned in the program
All excursions and activities as mentioned
Route description with a lot of tips and suggestions
24 hour emergency contact number

Tour does not include:
Visa (fees) to enter the country (check if applicable to you)
Entrance fees and conservation fees
Flights and taxes
Airport departure taxes per person
Travel insurances
Personal expenses like drinks, tipping, souvenirs etc.
Optional excursions and activities and their entrance fees
Other expenses not mentioned in the program

HOW WE WORK

Welcome to the start of creating your unique, personalised travel experience. Here are the typical steps involved in planning your trip with 12GO:

Once you have browsed our website and have some ideas about the kind of trip you want, our specialist travel consultants will help you to create the perfect itinerary to suit your needs. Your personal travel expert will help you with every detail of your trip - always ensuring at each step that your journey will be truly memorable.

Contact us by email and tell us which of our tours are of interest. Or let us know your ideas and preferences. Also please let us know when you want to travel, the numbers travelling and any other information you feel we might need in order to design an itinerary that matches your vision.

We will call you by phone within 24 hours of receiving your email. Your personal travel consultant will answer your questions, clarify your ideas, desires and expectations.

Using this information your personal travel consultant will suggest a personalised, tailor-made itinerary for you - complete with recommended accommodation and activities, prices and information about the area. Once you have read your itinerary, your consultant will answer your questions and revise it until you are satisfied.

Once you confirm the itinerary we will ask you to pay your deposit so we can complete and confirm all bookings.

Your personal travel consultant will maintain ongoing contact with you and is here to answer your questions and concerns - he/she will continue to check that all arrangements are in place.

About two weeks before your departure you will receive your personal detailed day-to-day itinerary of your upcoming trip, as well as additional information such as cultural etiquette and other recommendations that will help you to maximise your experience.

During your trip your personal travel consultant will continue to be available to ensure that your travel experience is running smoothly and to your expectations.

"This was a wonderful trip which combined great wildlife sightings with the Swazi culture. We also loved the beauty of St Lucia and the Drakensberg Mountains."

 

Ken and Susan Willoughby (United Kingdom)

Michael English - Sales 12GoSoutherAfricaHi, My name is Michael and I will be your Southern Africa travel expert. I grew up in the bush in Zimbabwe and have lived in Cape Town for the last five years.

I am always looking for something different to add to our itineraries which will offer you an authentic African experience. I look forward to introducing you to all the wonders of southern Africa from the beautiful Cape Winelands to safaris in Kruger, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and beyond.

Contact >>
An African Fish Eagle seen in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Highlights

• Discover the diversity of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park
• See the wildlife of the Kruger National Park and Hluhluwe
• Explore the hiking  trails of the uKhambla Drakensberg  
• Learn about mankind’s origins at the Cradle of Humankind

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