Travel 2 Touring 18/19

AFRICA

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10 day African Collage Pretoria • Kruger • Swaziland • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park • Durban • Spionkop • Port Elizabeth • Addo Elephant Park • Oudtshoorn • Knysna • Cape Town

Day 1: Pretoria Arrive into Pretoria, and make your way independently to the Rovos Rail Station, to check-in for your tour. Depart early morning and traverse the Highveld to the Drakensberg Mountains, heading towards Kruger National Park. (LD) Day 2: Kruger National Park - Swaziland Experience the thrill of a game drive in the world-renowned Kruger National Park, offering a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. The park is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Lunch is included within the Park. Late afternoon rejoin the train at Malelane, as your journey continues onto Swaziland. (BLD) Day 3: Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning, as we travel towards Hluhluwe. After lunch onboard, transfer 30 minutes to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park for an afternoon game drive. The park is the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa, 9600 hectares in size and home to the Big 5. The park is renowned for its conservation efforts and history; once King Shaka’s private hunting ground. After your game drive rejoin the train as it travels alongside the St Lucia Wetland Park towards Shakaskraal. (BLD) Day 4: Durban In the morning, you have the chance to tour the city of Durban, which is an elegant, mature and ambitious city. A natural paradise known for its gorgeous coastline of sun-kissed beaches and subtropical climate, situated on the eastern seaboard of Africa. Lunch is included within the tour. Later that afternoon the train continues through the Valley of a Thousand Hills to Ladysmith. (BLD) Day 5: Spionkop Transfer 30 minutes to Spionkop Lodge for a battlefields tour, where you will learn about the Second Boer War where British commander Lieutenant General Sir George White made Ladysmith his centre of operations for the protection of Natal against the Boer forces. Starting on 29 October 1899 a number of short-lived battles were fought for control of the town, but after suffering heavy casualties

the British forces retreated to Ladysmith and the Boer forces did not make use of the opportunity to follow up the attack and take control of the town. Following the Battle of Ladysmith, whilst British forces regrouped in the town, Boer forces surrounded Ladysmith. The siege lasted 118 days. Approximately 3,000 British soldiers died during the siege. After lunch at the lodge enjoy a game drive before returning to the train and travel across the highveld towards Kroonstad. (BLD) Day 6: Port Elizabeth Enjoy a day at leisure as the train travels towards the coast. (BLD) Day 7: Addo Elephant Park The day’s experience will be a game drive at Addo Elephant Park, established in 1931 to save 11 elephants on the brink of extinction, and now home to more than 350 of them, 280 Cape buffalo, black rhino, a range of antelope species, as well as the rare flightless dung beetle, Addo Elephant Park is a perfect destination for the adventurous outdoor and nature lover. Your journey continues on towards Willowmore; filled with historical architecture Willowmore includes a wonderful old Boer graveyard, and a well cared for Jewish cemetery. The Pierre Ferreira hiking trail into the surrounding veld incorporates a couple of historic forts and wonderful views over town, for those who wish to explore on foot. To say its a colourful town would be an understatement, with antique furniture stores, delis, restaurants, coffee shops and bars. You will be sure to find something to entertain you. (BLD) Day 8: Oudtshoorn Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world. The world’s biggest bird is just one of the many attractions in this area of exceptional contrasts and natural beauty, your tour will bring you face to face with these flightless birds, during a trip to an ostrich farm, in the morning. Later that evening, you will disembark the train for a dinner at the Fancourt Estate, a destination for business, leisure and golfing travel but its gradual expansion can be traced back to the establishment of the Manor House by its first custodian, Henry Fancourt White. You will be treated to some of the finest dining experiences along the Garden Route. (BLD)

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