Pretoria to Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls and Cape Town return.
Early morning, we leave Pretoria, Capital city of South Africa and head for the Pot Holes on the Panorama route at Bourke’s Luck in Mpumalanga Province.
We overnight one night en route to Kruger to explore, to experience the Panorama route. Let’s have Coffee at Dullstroom, about two hours from now. It’s Highveld there, open grasslands and often chilly. Ideal trout, sheep and cattle farming country. The mountainous landscape around Dullstroom is beautiful, oak trees line the street. Hmmmm…. the Cappuccino with cream and apple tart tasted good, Garry had a pancake with all sorts of fillings, next time!
We pass by the town of (Lydenburg), numerous battles between the English and Boer’s took place in an and around the area during the Anglo-Boer war, 1899-1902. Pilgrims Rest, a gold mining museum town. Let’s have a quick lunch at the town of Graskop about 30 minutes from the potholes. We have to see the potholes and perhaps the Three Rondawels in the Blyde River Canyon, regarded as 3rd largest on the planet and check in at Hazyview/Kiepersol before nightfall.
Off we go towards the town of Hazyview for supper and to check in for the night, we stay in the Kiepersol area close to Hazyview. It’s warm, almost humid here, beautiful lush green mountainous countryside, banana plantations and macadamia farms. We are about 50 km from Kruger, can’t wait!
The early morning sunrise is beautiful. A light layer of mist covers the valley below. It’s going to be an awesome day! More to see more to experience. Breakfast was delicious, we make our way to the Kruger National Park. The air is filled with excitement, looking forward to the 3-night stay.
We arrive at The Kruger National Park early afternoon.
Africa at its Best!
Wow, it’s hot, it’s summer, must be over 40°C….. the ambience, the smells, the sounds…….. Can’t get enough of it!
The private game lodge accommodation is out of this world! An elephant close by! The call of a fish eagle in the distance! Reception at the lodge was fantastic!
Our open vehicle safari is about to start. Grab a camera, binoculars, hat and sunglasses and off we go. We spotted many animals on the drive well into the early evening. It’s a long day but worth every effort.
Back at the safari lodge, dinner is served. Can’t get better than this! Another two nights….. awesome!
Day 5, we reluctantly leave Kruger for Pretoria, what an experience, no words to describe…. just the sweet memory of an awesome experience…. that feel… that smell….. fantastic!
Victoria Falls awaits!
One night in Pretoria just to catch up and a quick flight in the morning to Victoria Falls.
We have two nights at Victoria Falls to relax and enjoy. Let’s take a casual late afternoon stroll and view the falls from a distance.
Enjoy an optional Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi river with dinner at the Boma. For the more adventurous, take an optional aerial tour of the falls by helicopter.
David Livingstone the Scottish missionary and explorer, is believed to have been the first European to view Victoria Falls on 16 November 1855 from what is now known as Livingstone Island, one of two land masses in the middle of the river, immediately upstream from the falls on the Zambian side.
On day 8 we leave Victoria Falls for Cape Town. We should arrive in Cape Town later this afternoon. Two flights with a little layover in Johannes and we’re there! Really looking forward to seeing Cape Town!
Hello, Cape Town, Mother City of South Africa!
Cape Town greets us on arrival with the sea and Table Mountain in the background. Much to see and much to do in and around Cape Town. We have three nights in Cape Town. Let’s decide daily on outings and/or activities. Leisure and luxury accommodation await, three nights close to the city center on the Waterfront.
Cape Town ranks third among the most populous urban areas in South Africa, after Johannesburg and Durban, and has roughly the same population as the Durban Metropolitan Area with about 4 million inhabitants.
It is the provincial capital of the Western Cape. It is the legislative capital of the country with Parliament Down Town. The city is famous for its harbour, well-known landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point.
Cape Town was first developed by the Dutch East India Company to serve as a supply station for Dutch ships sailing from Europe to East Africa, India, and the Far East. Jan van Riebeeck arrived on 6 April 1652 and established the first permanent European settlement in South Africa. For many years, Cape Town was the largest city in South Africa until the discovery of gold resulting in Johannesburg coming about. Cape Town is still the economic hub of the Western Cape. The city was recently named “Best city in the World”.
Mid-morning, day 12, we say goodbye to Cape Town and head for Pretoria. Our flight is about an hour and a half, wow, got to come back, there’s so much more to see, to do, some day….
Beautiful landscape, scenery, towns, museums and farms the like not to mention our stay at Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls. All kinds of interesting people along the way. Historical to modern day accommodation with restaurant offerings of all sorts, tastes and sizes added to the uniqueness of this tour.
“Thank you for a fantastic tour of this part of South Africa!”
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