South Africa self drive affordable Africa Safaris
Day 1. Arrival at ORT Johannesburg airport
Johannesburg is one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities. It is the economic capital of Africa and the gateway to
Southern Africa. Although not as famous as other South African destinations, there is plenty to do in Johannesburg
and nearby Pretoria. The old city is a multi-cultural mixture of traditional medicine shops, Chinese restaurants, taxi
ranks and ultra-modern skyscrapers. There are excellent museums, art galleries and organised tours of historical and
political interest. The shopping is Southern Africa’s best and the many restaurants cater for all tastes. The nearby
township of Soweto is Johannesburg’s most popular tourist attraction.
Overnight: Safari Club SA, on B&B basis including free transfer from/to ORT airport
Safari Club SA is a lodge with an African theme located in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Club is centrally situated
in the economic heartland of South Africa – Gauteng Province. The capital city, Pretoria, is approximately 50km away
and Johannesburg only 18km. Emperor’s Palace, a world class casino with more than 12 restaurants, is only 7km
down the road. The well-known Pilanesberg area with its nature reserves and Sun City complex is 150km by road and
it is 400km to the world-renowned Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga.
The Club has a luxurious yet homely ambience. The public areas comprise lounges, a bar, a business centre as well as
a separate breakfast room. A beautiful new swimming pool has been installed to ensure the comfort and relaxation
of guests during the hot African summer. The bar is decorated as a tribute to the famous Nguni cattle and adorned
with beautiful fittings in this theme.
Day 2 & 3. Blyde River Canyon, Panorama Route
Connecting the Lowveld and the spectacular Drakensberg, sandwiched between the Kruger National Park and the
Highlands Meander, the historical Panorama Route is a scenic road in the Mpumalanga Province. The route features
sensational views of breathtaking natural wonders, fascinating rock formations, impressive waterfalls, scenic hiking
trails, and a myriad of fauna and flora. The quaint little town of Graskop serves as the gateway to this wonderful
route. Panorama’s undoubtable highlight is the verdant splendour of Blyde River Canyon, one of the world's largest
green canyons featuring lush subtropical vegetation. Some other popular natural attractions along the route include:
the spectacular Lisbon, Berlin, and Mac Mac Falls, Bourke's Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and the astonishing
God’s Window. Don’t miss the world-famous Kruger National Park and the picturesque gold rush town of Pilgrim's
Rest, a historic living museum.
Overnight: Blyde River Canyon Lodge, on B&B basis
Day 4 - 6. Skukuza Rest Camp, Kruger Park
Kruger National Park
Stretching over more than two million hectares, the Kruger National Park is one of the world’s largest game reserves
and a truly remarkable destination. Owing to its exceptional size, visitors are able to experience fantastic diversity –
from changing scenery and ecosystems to an impressive array of animals, plant life and birdlife. The park is home to
over 130 mammals and over 500 bird species. Visitors can look forward to learning about the area’s prehistoric past,
enjoying a host of accommodation options, and viewing abundant wildlife including the famed Big Five. The diversity
sheer density of wildlife makes Kruger National Park an unforgettable and potentially life-changing experience.
Overnight: Skukuza Rest Camp, room only basis
As the headquarters of the Kruger Park, Skakuza has become a little town in the middle of the bush. Its 1400
residents and thousands of daily visitors enjoy wonderful views through Sycamore Figs and Natal Mahoganies.
Situated on the banks of the Sabie River, the camp’s activities and facilities are diverse, as are the area’s plant and
wildlife. Accommodation options include campsites, 21 furnished safari tents, semi luxury bungalows, cottages and 4
guesthouses. It also features a doctor, a shop, a bank, a post office, a library, a museum, a restaurant and a cafeteria
with decks overlooking the river.
Day 7. The Shamrock Arms Guest House, Mpumalanga Highlands
Set high on the escarpment, the Mpumalanga Highlands feature endless savannah plains meeting steep mountain
passes hugging rugged rocky cliffs. The Highlands of Mpumalanga are a playground for nature and adventure lovers.
A number of charming, high-altitude, grassland villages are scattered on a sea of cattle ranches which are
interspersed with numerous trout fishing locations and mountain hideaways. Aside from the trout and quaint towns
the highland scenery and flora and fauna are also major attractions. Visitors can enjoy a number of wonderful
activities including: discovering crystal-clear streams and cascading waterfalls, visiting the Highland’s tourism mecca
of Dullstroom, as well as horse riding, whiskey and beer tasting, hiking, fly fishing and much more.
Overnight: The Shamrock Arms Guest Lodge, Dinner - Bed & Breakfast basis
Shamrock Arms was a finalist in the lodge category of the 2010 South African Tourism Welcome Awards, which
means that its considered to be of the cream of the crop in the tourism industry - always hospitable, always
professional and always passionate about delivering service excellence.
You'll find the lodge in the picturesque and historic village of Waterval Boven in Mpumalanga Province. It is
authentically Victorian and comfortably modern and traces its history back to 1894.
Because the guest lodge is only a 2-and-half hour drive from Johannesburg it's an ideal stopover for the business and
leisure traveler on route to the Kruger National Park, Swaziland or Mozambique.
Shamrock Arms is also the perfect base from which to explore many places of interest and scenic beauty in
Mpumalanga. Your host Terry, an accredited and registered tourist guide, can offer guidance on any tourist related
Day 8. Back to ORT Airport Johannesburg
The Shamrock Arms Guest Lodge to OR Tambo International Airport [JNB]
Distance: 243.01km Travel Time: 2:20 hours