Exclusive Encounters Tour

Durban - Johannesburg (or reverse)
Duration: 7 Days
Departs: Durban hotels
Returns: O. R Tambo Airport or your Johannesburg hotel.

A 7 day, 6 night luxury tour taking you from Durban to the 5 star luxurious Phinda Resource Reserve where you will have time to relax in the tranquil and magnificent surroundings while keeping an eye out for The 'Big Five' and other game.

After a leisurely breakfast and river cruise we leave Phinda and enter the Kingdom of Swaziland where we travel through the eastern Lebombo Mountains in north-eastern Swaziland taking in the sights and sounds of this amazing area. We then re-enter South Africa and head towards the Kruger National Park where we spend the night.

After a day spent exploring the Kruger National Park and some of its two trillion hectares we continue onto Sabi Sands Game Reserve where we spend the next night at Singita surrounded the opulence of the African bush, enjoying game drives, delicious food under the stars and 5 star luxuries.

Day 6 takes us out of the bush into the awe-inspiring Panorama Route with its breathe-taking views, before we head back to Johannesburg on day 7.

Daily Planner
DAY 1: DURBAN - SAFARI

Morning departure from Durban, travelling north through KwaZulu Natal's sugar cane plantations along the Indian Ocean coastline. Upon arrival at Phinda Private Game Reserve, enjoy a leisurely safari on the Mzinene River (river conditions permitting) where late afternoon sundowners and snacks are served. An abundance of wildlife and birds can be seen. Return to the lodge for dinner served in an African Boma (weather permitting).

Meals Dinner, Breakfast
Accommodation

5 star luxurious Phinda Private Game Reserve (Vlei or Rock Lodge) or similar

DAY 2: SAFARI

Early morning game drive in 'Big Five' country. Spend the heat of the day relaxing and enjoying the hospitality of this unique wilderness hideout. At sunset, depart on a safari where an entirely different world of nocturnal bird and animal species unfolds. Return to the lodge for dinner.

Meals Full Board
Accommodation

5 star luxurious Phinda Private Game Reserve (Vlei or Rock Lodge) or similar

DAY 3: SAFARI - KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Start the day with a leisurely breakfast and river safari. After departing the lodge, enter the Kingdom of Swaziland and travel through the eastern Lebombo Mountains, through north-eastern Swaziland. Re-enter South Africa and head towards the Kruger National Park, arriving at your hotel in the late afternoon. Dinner included at hotel.

Meals Dinner, Breakfast
Accommodation

Malelane Sun (Presidential Suites) or similar

DAY 4: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK - SAFARI

After an early breakfast, depart on a safari in the world famous Kruger National Park. Established in 1898, this national park at over two million hectares is unrivalled in its diversity of flora and fauna. Continue to your private game lodge in the Sabi Sand Reserve, on the fringe of the Kruger Park. Late afternoon game drive in an open vehicle with an experienced ranger and tracker. Upon returning to the lodge enjoy a safari style bush dinner under the stars (weather permitting).

Meals Dinner, Breakfast
Accommodation

5 star luxurious Singita Private Game Reserve or similar

DAY 5: SAFARI

Early morning bush walk or game drive. After breakfast, spend morning at leisure. Optional wellness treatments are available, ranging from conventional European massages to Ayurvedic treatments and acupuncture, reflexology and aromatherapy. Afternoon high tea and an evening game drive are complemented by sundowners, whilst admiring the African sunset. View nocturnal animals, upon returning to the lodge for dinner.

Meals Full Board
Accommodation

5 star luxurious Singita Private Game Reserve or similar

DAY 6: SAFARI - PANORAMA ROUTE - PILGRIMS REST

An early morning bush walk or game drive. After brunch, explore the breathtaking Panorama Route featuring stops at the Blyde River Canyon, the Three Rondawels, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Lisbon Waterfalls and the picturesque mining town of Pilgrim's Rest. Continue to your elegant hideaway in White River described as an 'African Paradise'. Sip a sundowner on the wide verandah before indulging in the lodge's legendary cuisine.

Meals Dinner, Breakfast
Accommodation

5 star luxurious Cybele Forest Lodge & Health Spa or similar

DAY 7: SABI - LYDENBURG - DULLSTROOM - JOHANNESBURG

After breakfast, our journey to Johannesburg commences with a visit to the Lone Creek Waterfalls and Sabie. Continue along the historical Long Tom Pass to the towns of Lydenburg, Dullstroom and Witbank. Our tour ends with a drop off at your hotel or at OR Tambo Airport.

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Highlights
  • Panorama Route
  • Sabi Sands Game Reserve
  • View the Big Five
  • Phinda Reserve
  • Singita
  • Kruger National Park