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by Bernhard Mueller
    
South Africa - April 2004Nature Paradise South Africa
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From Johannesburg to Chrystal Springs
From Chrystal Springs to Blydepoort
From Blydepoort to Umlani
From Umlani to Ezulwini (Swaziland)
From Ezulwini to St. Lucia
From St. Lucia to Giants Castle
From Giants Castle to Durban
Fligth from Durban to Tsitsikamma
From Tsitsikamma to Boggomsbaii
Hiking on the  Oystercatcher Trail
From  the Gouritzriver to the Cape Agulhas
From Swellendam to Cape Town
From Cape Town to Cape Hope
From Johannesburg to Chrystal Springs
Arrival in Johannesburg. Stop at the Church Square in Pretoria and inspection of the Paul Kruger memorial.Drive to the parliamentary building. Continuation of the journey to the Chrystal Springs Lodge.

From Chrystal Springs to Blydepoort
Drive from Chrystal Springs to the Aventura Blydepoort Lodge. Stops in Pilgrim┬┤s Rest, at the Berlin Falls, God┬┤s Window and the Bourke┬┤s Luck Potholes. Hiking in the Blyde River Canyon. View of the Three Rondavels.

From Blydepoort to Umlani
From Blydepoort via Hoedspruit to the Umlani Lodge in the Timbavati Reserve. There on three days altogether 5 safaris with lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, buffalos, ...

From Umlani to Ezulwini (Swaziland)
Drive to Ezulwini in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Accommodation in the Mantenga Lodge. Hiking in the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.

From Ezulwini to St. Lucia
Drive from Ezulwini to the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands Park in the province KwaZulu Natal. Hiking in the park in the company of two armed rangers. A boat trip on the Lake St. Lucia.

From St. Lucia to Giants Castle
Drive from St. Lucia to the Giants Castle Lodge in the reserve ┬┤Giants Castle Game Reserve┬┤ in the Drakensberg. There a hike on the plateau.

From Giants Castle to Durban
Drive from Giants Castle to Durban. Stop at the Howick Falls. Swimming in the Indian Ocean.

Fligth from Durban to Tsitsikamma
Fligth from Durban to Port Elisabeth. Drive via Humansdorp to the Tsitsikamma National Park. Hiking on the Otter Trail.

From Tsitsikamma to Boggomsbaii
Drive from Tsitsikamma to Knysna. From there drive with the historical steam train, the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe to Wilderness. Then with the bus to Boggomsbaii.

Hiking on the Oystercatcher Trail
Hiking on the the Oystercatcher Trail from Boggomsbaii to Kanon. Overnight stay in Kanon. Crossing the Gouritz River by a boat. Drive to the Cape Agulhas and then to Swellendam.

From the Gouritzriver to the Cape Agulhas
Drive from Gouritz River to Swellendam and to Cape Agulhas

From Swellendam to Cape Town
Drive from Swellendam to Stellenbosch. Then visiting the vinery Vergelegen in Somerset West. Drive to the hotel in Cape Town. Ascent of the Table Mountain.

From Cape Town to Cape Hope
Drive from Cape Town to Cape Hope. Then to the penguins near by Simon┬┤s Town at the False Bay. End of the tour.