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Gauteng & Mpumalanga

This adventurous 9-day tour will take you through Gauteng and Mpumalanga, two provinces in the north-east of South Africa. It is a great trip for adventure seekers who enjoy nature and historic trails. Explore the city of Johannesburg and the historic Soweto, the stately architecture of Pretoria as well as the diamond mining city of Cullinan. Once you arrive in Mpumalanga you will experience the wildlife from the various national parks while staying in a luxury tented camp. Explore the scenic Panorama Route filled with majestic mountains, forests, canyons and inspiring viewpoints. The program includes accommodation at boutique hotels with a lot of comfort and charm. We can tailor this itinerary to suit your plans by changing the length of the trip or the order of activities.

09 Days – From £3,200 per person 

*equivalent in USD, EUR accepted

Itinerary: Joburg, Soweto, Maporeng, Pretoria, Cullinan, Kruger NP, Hazyview, Graskop, Joburg

  • Price is per person, based on two people sharing in a double/twin room
  • Accommodation with breakfast 
  • All the Game Drives with a Professional Guide
  • All the excursions mentioned in the itinerary 
  • All transfers by car on a private basis
  • Entrance & guiding fees to all the mentioned National Parks and Sites
  • All mandatory local taxes
  • Visa, where applicable
  • International Flights (See Flights to South Africa)
  • Domestic Flights 
  • Personal Expenses
  • Additional Drinks
  • Insurance
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Meals not mentioned in the description.

International flights are not included in the package price. We give you the freedom to book the flights yourself, use miles and choose your preferred airline, and if you are stuck we can help you find the right connections. Return flights to South Africa start from £800 per person, depending on the connections and time of the year. Fly to to Johannesburg (JNB)  or connect to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMI).

Send us a message on WhatsApp or email us at explore@boutiquetravelexperts.com to check availability, discuss your preferences and get a quote.

This is a sample itinerary and prices are correct at the time of writing. We can tailor it to suit your plans by changing the length of the trip or the order of activities. More days can be added. Other hotels can be chosen, according to your liking. You can also combine this trip with other sights in South Africa. For more travel inspiration check our South Africa Itineraries.

The regions of Gauteng and Mpumalanga can be visited year round. Gautenc can be slightly colder from May to September (take a fleece with you).

To avoid unpleasant weather surprises, we recommend to check our South Africa Weather Guide to plan your trip in the right season. Click on the month you want to travel in and see the tours which are best for each month of the year. 

Malaria is a concern in some parts of Southern Africa, including the region you will visit on this tour (Kruger National Park). It’s essential to take precautions to protect yourself from mosquito bites and reduce the risk of contracting malaria. Here are some tips:

Consult a Healthcare Professional: Before traveling, consult with a healthcare professional or a travel medicine specialist who can provide up-to-date information on malaria risk in specific areas and recommend appropriate preventive measures.

Use Insect Repellent: Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or other recommended ingredients to exposed skin and clothing. Reapply as directed, especially after swimming or sweating.

Wear Protective Clothing: Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks, and closed-toe shoes, particularly during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. Consider treating clothing and gear with permethrin for added protection.

Seek Medical Attention for Symptoms: Be aware of the symptoms of malaria, including fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, nausea, and vomiting. If you develop symptoms during or after your trip, seek medical attention promptly and inform your healthcare provider of your travel history.

Day 1 - Joburg & Soweto

Today take a city tour of Johannesburg. Visit the Constitution Hill, a former prison that housed Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi, then visit Braamfontein with its art galleries and fashion stores, the mining district and the Hector Pieterson Memorial. Travel to Soweto Towers for bungee jumping. The towers are filled with vibrant murals that reflect the spirit of Soweto. Arrive in Vilikazi Street just in time for a delicious South African lunch. Walk to The Mandela House, where the iconic leader resided from 1946 to the 1960’s. The house showcases photographs, memorabilia, and artifacts showing Mandela’s journey from a young boxer and lawyer to a political prisoner and finally the President of South Africa. Overnight at Villa Simonne.

Johannesbourg

Day 2 - Cradle of Humankind

Transfer 45 minutes out of Johannesburg to South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind. Begin your journey at the Maropeng Visitor Centre, the official visitor center. Here, you’ll embark on an immersive 2-hour journey through time, learning about the history of our planet, the evolution of life, and the story of humanity. Head to Sterkfontein Caves for a guided tour of the caves. After lunch, you will go on a 2-hour game drive in Bothongo Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve. More than thirty species of game, including lion, white rhino, and buffalo of the big five. Endangered species, such as wild dogs have been reintroduced into the area. Cheetahs, hippos, crocodiles, and more than 20 species of antelope will also be part of this experience. Overnight at Villa Simonne.

South Africa Heritage

Day 3 - Pretoria & Cullinan

Transfer 40 minutes to Pretoria, South Africa’s capital. Pretoria offers a wealth of museums and galleries to explore. The National Museum of Natural History showcases the country’s natural wonders, while the Pretoria Art Museum features an impressive collection of South African art spanning various periods and styles. Discover the Union Buildings, Paul Kruger House, and the Voortrekker Monument. Travel to Cullinan, the small mining town where you can take an underground tour and learn about the mining process and how diamonds are extracted from the earth. Stop over for a bongo drumming session and get into the rhythm of Africa. Overnight at Villa Simonne.

Jacaranda tree in Pretoria

Day 4 - Big Five Game Drive

After breakfast, transfer by road to Mpumalanga (6 hours). Arrive at your camp for a true African bush experience  in the Manyeleti Private Game Reserve, which shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park.  The camp is nestled in the Tamot grove overlooking the local watering hole. After refreshing, embark on a 3-hour afternoon game drive in an open 4×4 vehicle allowing encounters with lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, and buffalo as well as a variety of bird species. Enjoy a special dinner under the African sky. Overnight at Honeyguide Mantobeni Camp.

Lion in South Africa

Day 5 - Bush Walk

Be woken up at 05:30am by the sound of traditional drums and grab coffee or tea before embarking on a 3-hour morning game drive.  Return to the camp and enjoy breakfast. After breakfast take the opportunity to take a bush walk with a ranger.  This walk will allow you to learn about the smaller creatures, plants, and ecosystems of this region. Return to enjoy the hotel amenities which include watching elephants, the daily visitors drinking from the freshwater pool, and experiencing the beauty of nature while enjoying a treatment at the spa. Overnight at Honeyguide Mantobeni Camp.

Elephants in South Africa

Day 6 - Drakensberg Escarpment

After breakfast, take the scenic road to Hazyview (2 hours), a charming town located in Mpumalanga. Visit the Panorama Route, arguably South Africa’s most scenic area. Start your exploration at God’s window, a natural viewpoint on the edge of Drakensberg Escarpment. From this elevated viewpoint you will have views of Mpumalanga Lowveld and if the skies allow, grasp some glimpses of the distant landscapes of Mozambique. Enjoy the rest of the scenic drive that includes notable attractions such as Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels, and the Lisbon and Berlin Falls. Overnight at The Reserve Boutique Hotel.

Drakensberg in South Africa

Day 7 -  Blyde River Canyon

Start your morning by indulging in a hearty homestyle breakfast setting the perfect foundation for a day filled with adventures of quad biking and white river rafting. The quad trail goes through hills and beautiful forest views. Hop on a raft for a thrilling ride on the Sabie River. In the afternoon take a boat cruise on the Blyde River Dam and marvel at the majestic Three Rondavels, iconic rock formations steeped in natural grandeur and cultural significance. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the Kadishi Tufa Falls, whose cascading waters resemble a weeping face, earning them the name ‘the weeping face of nature’. Overnight at The Reserve Boutique Hotel.

South Africa

Day 8 - Graskop Gorge

After breakfast, travel 40 minutes by road to Graskop, another picturesque town in the Mpumalanga region. Enjoy an array of activities which include the Garskop Gorge lift which is a glass-fronted elevator providing you with a view of the forest and cascading waterfalls. The ziplining will allow you to soar through the air passing through the cliff of the gorge. Spend the rest of the afternoon shopping at craft markets for souvenirs and local delicacies to take back home with you. Return to the lodge for a last night, before heading back to Joburg. Overnight at The Reserve Boutique Hotel.

Mpumalanga

Day 9 - Return to Joburg

After breakfast, return to Johannesburg by road (6 hours). Stop at Dullstroom Birds of prey rehabilitation center, a non-profit organisation that will allow you to learn about majestic birds of prey and observe them up close. If you have an appreciation for fine spirits, indulge in a brief whiskey-tasting session to savour a selection of single malts, blends, and exclusive finds before resuming your journey back to Johannesburg. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. Alternatively, spend a few more days in South Africa and travel to Cape Town. Discover the scenic highlights of the Western Cape.

South Africa Flower

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