1 Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport
You will be met by Audrey and Stuart on arrival at Johannesburg International Airport and transferred to your nearby hotel where you can check in and rest after your journey. Your hotel has a swimming pool and garden should you wish to relax outdoors.
This evening we will gather for a short Tour Orientation and to meet our fellow travellers before dinner in the hotel. Southern / Tsogo Sun Hotel is ideally placed to facilitate a short and restful transfer after your flight and is conveniently situated for our onward travel.
Dinner and Overnight: Southern / Tsogo Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg – D,B&B
2 Johannesburg to Schoemanskloof
We depart our hotel after breakfast and head eastward to Mpumalanga Province where we settle into the rustic Guesthouse of our friends Paul and Marianne who will ensure a gracious welcome to our group. There is a beautiful labyrinth nestled in the organic garden where you are welcome to relax and meditate after check-in. Tea and coffee is always available in the lounge area and the gardens are a bird watcher’s paradise.
Marianne was the first chef to receive accreditation in vegan cooking in Mpumalanga and her food is just sublime – another tour highlight.
Dinner and Overnight at Old Joe’s Kaia, Schoemanskloof. D/B&B.
A sumptuous breakfast and then we set off for a unique experience – Adam’s Calendar, Michael Tellinger Museum and the Ancient Ruins.
We will first visit the Museum to meet Michael Tellinger, author of Temples of the African gods, Adam’s Calendar and Slave Species of god who will share his profound knowledge of the mysteries surrounding this ancient sacred site. The museum has many pictures and artifacts supporting the findings of the research carried out by Michael Tellinger and Johan Heine, the original discoverer of the Adam’s Calendar site and Michael will discuss in detail their significance.
Next we will visit one of the ancient ruins that form part of a mysterious civilization that created a vast network of structures throughout Southern Africa and known as the ‘Temples of the gods’. These ruins which have puzzled scholars for years, an estimated 20,000 ancient structures spread over 4000 kilometres from South Africa to Kenya and beyond, constitute the largest continuous stone settlement ever built on Earth.
Intricate Reiki symbols and Phi (Fibonacci sequence of 1.618) ratios make up the structure of some ruins which contain stones of black reef shale that, when struck together, make a ringing sound and are believed to have been used to generate energy for use by the ancient people. You will have time to explore the site and resonate with the energies there.
Finally we visit Adam’s Calendar – the oldest archeo-astronomical site on earth and believed to be the original birthplace of humanity. You will also meet Enos who is the caretaker and local guide of the site, trained by Michael Tellinger. He is both an excellent guide and qualified Bird Guide for the area too.
At Adam’s Calendar you will be shown astrological alignments, Stone Monolthiths brought to the site from elsewhere, Monoliths showing carving and engravings and various shaped Stones.
Dated approximately 75,000 years old, this stone calendar predates all other man-made structures found to date.
During our 2 day visit to this area you will learn the significance of its siting above ‘Lulungwa Mangakatsi’ Africa’s legendary underground river – the spinal fluid of earth – and its association with gold.
You can explore this mystical site at leisure and tune into the energies there and you will have time for a late afternoon meditation before our return to Old Joe’s Kaia
Dinner and overnight at Old Joe’s Kaia. D/B&B.
4 / 5 / 6 Kruger National Park
We check out after a leisurely breakfast at our Lodge and set off for a 3 day wildlife adventure in South Africa’s largest and most famous Game Reserve – the Kruger National Park.
One of the world’s 14 major nature reserves, bigger than Israel and about the size of Wales, the pristine Kruger National Park ranks among the best as a conservation model and contains an unequalled diversity of wild animals, bird and plant life. It is a sanctuary where one can escape the pressures of today’s life-styles and commune with unspoilt nature.
Over 380 kilometres long and an average of 60 kilometres wide, the Kruger National Park covers 19485 square km (7523 sq. miles) and shares a border with Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
The creed of Kruger is that its internal world should survive untouched, where nature determines and where people are second to wildlife. When you enter this animal kingdom it should be with humility, gratitude and wonder at the magnificence that we are able to share in. It is truly one of the most sacred places in Africa, a place where you can become one with nature and sink into the African Dreamtime.
Kruger has a fascinating history and many legendary sagas to be shared during our visit – tales of Wolhuter and the lion, of a daring rescue from a crocodile, of death in the river, of Mdluli – a Park legend and many others.
Our accommodation is in one of the smaller bush camps accessed by a private road for residents only. The chalets have 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a kitchen and a patio area so are spacious and comfortable without being ostentatious – as one would expect in a National Wildlife Reserve. We have our own private catering staff who prepare all meals exclusively for our group and all dietary requirements are provided for.
As the weather is normally ideal, most meals are taken outside in a very relaxed and natural environment listening to the sounds of nature.
Morning and sunset Game Drives are arranged in open vehicles accompanied by an expert Ranger who will take great delight in sharing his knowledge of the fauna and flora of Kruger Park. Over the years we have developed very close ties with the camp management and staff and enjoy certain unique privileges, including sunset meditations in the park itself – a not to be missed experience.
Overnight at Biyamiti Bush Camp, Kruger National Park. D/L/B&B.
7 Blyde River Canyon
Departing after breakfast we drive northward through the Park to exit at Orpen Gate and drive to our lodge where we will spend 3 nights in the dramatically beautiful Blyde River Canyon.
Our 4 star accommodation overlooks the sacred mountain known as Modimole – meaning God is here in the local Shangaan language, and is set in an exotic botanical reserve with huge 500 year old Tamboti trees standing sentinel over the lodge. The Blyde River (river of joy) runs through the reserve and free roaming zebras, kudu, wildebeest and baboon are to be seen there.
Owner Vicky, Manager Portia and her staff always provide a warm welcome and after check-in you can relax at the pool or wander around the property to enjoy this peaceful and tranquil setting.
Dinner on the patio is the norm as we enjoy the warm weather and consists of a 3 course meal delightfully prepared by chefs Jabu and Shirley who are also skilled in vegan and vegetarian cooking.
Dinner and Overnight at Blyde River Canyon Lodge. D/L/B&B.
8 Blyde River Canyon
A restful day is planned for today to enjoy some downtime at your lodge. This afternoon we will take a boat ride on the Blyde River Canyon Dam, home to hippo’s and crocodiles, to experience the Energy Vortex, the Tufa Waterfalls and some breath taking scenery of the Drakensberg mountain range towering above.
An optional gathering for some group sharing and meditation before dinner.
Dinner and Overnight at Blyde River Canyon Lodge. D/L/B&B.
9 Blyde River Canyon
Today we set off on a panoramic drive via Abel Erasmus Pass up onto the top of the Drakensberg Escarpment to visit an ancient Rock Altar sacred site where you will learn more of the mysteries of southern Africa.
We will spend time at the 3 Rondawels site enjoying the stunning views and some meditative time at the Potholes where the River of Sorrow and the River of Joy converge.
Dinner and Overnight at Blyde River Canyon Lodge. D/L/B&B.
10 Global White Lion Unicorn Camp
After breakfast we depart Blyde River Canyon for the Global White Lion Camp of our friends Linda Tucker and Jason Turner for a 2 night stay and a rare opportunity to view the famous White Lions of Timbavati. Our association with Linda Tucker goes back many years when we met at Credo Mutwa’s home in Magaliesberg where she was consulting with Credo about the White Lions and I was visiting him with a group from The Netherlands. At this time Marah, Linda’s first royal lioness, was being held captive in a zoo. Credo said that according to the ancient African traditions the White Lions were the most sacred animal on Earth and were messengers to mankind at a critical time for the planet.
We recommend that you read Linda’s 2 books – Mystery of the White Lions and Saving the White Lions as preparatory reading for the tour.
After settling in to our rustic accommodation at the White Lion Camp we will have lunch and a late afternoon drive to view these free roaming lions in their natural setting – a privilege and a treat that the general public cannot experience.
Dinner will be cooked by Daniel and enjoyed around a camp fire where you can share experiences of the day.
Overnight at Global White Lion Unicorn Camp. D/L/B&B.
11 Global White Lion Unicorn Camp
An early wake-up call and coffee before setting off with Jason and his scientific monitoring team in open Game Vehicles to check on the activities of the White Lions.
We return for breakfast late morning and spend the rest of the day at leisure to rest before an afternoon bush walk under the guidance of a qualified ranger to visit to the Sacred White Lion site on the reserve. Here we will do a ceremony for Mother Earth and the protection of the sacred White Lions.
We return to camp for dinner.
Dinner and Overnight at Global White Lion Unicorn Camp. D/L/B&B.
12 & 13 Makalali Private Game Reserve
Following an optional early morning Game Drive to spot the White Lions and brunch at our camp we depart for Makalali Private Game Reserve.
Situated on the banks of the Makhutswi River, Makalali is considered one of the leading pioneers in ecotourism in South Africa and is home to over one thousand wild animals including Africa’s “Big Five”.
Under the guidance of our dear friend Auds Delsink-Kettles, Makalali pioneered the groundbreaking work of elephant immunocontraception now being more widely used at other Game Reserves in Africa as an alternative to Elephant Culling (selectively killing).
We are fortunate to have the unique experience of having Auds join us for our time at Makalali to share her vast and intimate knowledge of the Makalali elephant herds (she knows every one of the 70 elephants intimately following 14 years of research) and to learn more about her amazing work.
In addition to Auds we also have experienced guides and trackers for open air game drives or on guided bush walks to introduce you to a whole new world of bush lore and animal habits.
Accommodation at Makalali is in luxury Suites each with an en-suite bathroom plus an outdoor shower, fireplace and a raised, private, timber viewing deck (sala) set amongst the Jackalberry trees.
Rooms are individually decorated in African design styles with sculptured metalwork lamp shades, taps and ceramic basins and Mosquito nets.
Dining is very casual and relaxed, but where the accent is on a fusion of flavours, from the popular South African ‘braai’ (barbeque) to the traditional potjiekos.
We will have morning and evening Game Drives and optional group sharing and meditations during the day.
Dinner and Overnight at Makalali Game Reserve. D/L/B&B.
14 Makalali to Johannesburg Airport
We check out after breakfast and transfer to Hoedspruit Airport for the short flight to Johannesburg to connect with your International Flight home.
Additional accommodation can be arranged should anyone wish to extend their stay in Johannesburg or visit Cape Town after the journey.
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