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3 nights Abu Dhabi & 8 Day Wildlife and Culture

From 4 star  |  abu dhabi & south africa
10 nights   |  Half Board / Bed & Breakfast  |  Includes return flights   |  Price per person

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Enjoy three nights in glamorous Abu Dhabi before embarking on a wonderful eight-day trip around the northeast corner of South Africa. Thoroughly contemporary and yet deeply traditional, Abu Dhabi is a city of contrasts on the edge of the Arabian Desert. You’ll be staying at the four-star Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri – the only four-star hotel in the city with its own private beach, complete with plush cabanas and swinging day beds. Part of the Qaryat Al Beri complex, the hotel shares facilities with the neighbouring Shangri-La, so you’ll have access to multiple fine-dining restaurants and the luxurious CHI, The Spa.  The second stop on your adventure will be the sprawling city of Johannesburg – the second largest in South Africa. From here, you will spend a week travelling through spectacular scenery, and attempting to spot the infamous Big Five, as you make your way along the magnificent Panorama Route, across the border to Swaziland and down the Elephant Coast towards Durban.

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

Distinguished by its distinctive, contemporary architecture, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr is a modern hotel that perfectly reflects the evolving United Arab Emirates city of Abu Dhabi around it. With marvellous views towards Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and offering easy access to the city centre, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr complements its impressive location with elegant and sophisticated accommodation and exceptional facilities, most notably its multi award-winning restaurants, including two helmed by renowned chef Marco Pierre White.


Fairmont Room

The Fairmont Room at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr offers 45sqm of accommodation space and scenic views of the surrounding Abu Dhabi city area. All Fairmont Rooms feature contemporary décor with special attention to detail, plus the option of a king-size bed or two queen-size beds.

All accommodation at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr offer the following standard amenities;

  • Air-conditioning
  • LCD Television
  • High-speed Internet access
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathrobes
  • Coffee and tea making facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Business amenities
  • In-room safe

Call one of our Travel Experts for room upgrades.


  • Swimming Pool
  • Gymnasium
  • Beach Club
  • Jacuzzi
  • Watersports
  • Badminton
  • Table Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Kids’ Club
  • Babysitting services
  • Car rental
  • Concierge
  • Golf (nearby)

Restaurants & Bars

CuiScene – Casual restaurant offering buffet selections from Europe, Asia and the Middle East

Frankie’s Italian Restaurant & Bar – Italian restaurant inspired by famed jockey Frankie Dettori and celebrity chef Marco Pierre White

Cedar Lounge – Contemporary Lebanese cuisine served in a setting overlooking the Arabian Gulf

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill – Innovative grill cuisine set against classic English fare and crafted by renowned chef Marco Pierre White

Al Naba’a Lounge – Lobby lounge open 24-hours a day and serving premium beverages, refreshments and teas

Chameleon – Chic and trendy bar specialising in signature cocktails

Poolside – Poolside bar serving gourmet snacks and refreshments

The Chocolate Gallery – Perfect for a tempting sweet treat, including ice creams, chocolates and truffles

In-Room Dining – Enjoy your meals from the comfort of your own guestroom or suite


Day 1: Johannesburg
Arrive at OR Tambo International Airport where you will be met before transfer to your hotel, with the remainder of the day being yours to spend at your leisure.
  • Park Inn Sandton, or similar
Day 2: Panorama Route
Leave Johannesburg to travel along the stunning Panorama Route to Mpumalanga and your overnight stay. Along the route, you’ll be able to take in a range of spectacular sights as you travel through the Blyde River Canyon section, including Bourke’s Luck Potholes, The Three Rondavels and – time and weather permitting – God’s Window.
  • Perry’s Bridge Hollow, standard room, or similar (B,D)
Day 3: Kruger National Park
Leave in the early morning to visit the Kruger National Park on an open vehicle safari, which will give you the chance to try and spot the 'Big Five' of African wildlife, amongst many other species. After your morning game drive, return to your hotel in the afternoon, with the remainder of the day being free time to do as you wish.
  • Perry’s Bridge Hollow, standard room, or similar (B,D)
Evening safari available at additional charge
Day 4: Swaziland
Take a trip across the border to the mountainous kingdom that is Swaziland, where you’ll be able to see a showcase of traditional Swazi culture at the Matsamo Cultural Village. Beautiful sculptures and artwork will be created in front of your eyes when you head for the Ngwenya Glass Works and you’ll have time in the Mbabane craft markets before arriving at your overnight accommodation in the Ezulwini Valley.
  • Royal Swazi Sun, standard room, or similar (B,L)
Day 5: Zululand
After a visit to the Swazi Candle Factory, head via the town of Big Bend to KwaZulu Natal, arriving at your hotel in time to take a scenic drive into the Ubombo Mountains. The drive, which includes a visit to a local homestead to gain a glimpse of Zulu life, will offer fine views over Lake Jozini and concludes with drinks at the summit as the sun sets. Dinner on the terrace, weather permitting, will be awaiting your return at the hotel.
  • Ghost Mountain Inn, standard room, or similar (B,D)
Day 6: Hluhluwe Game Reserve
After a morning at leisure to do as you wish at the resort, transfer to the Hluhluwe Game Reserve for further wildlife viewing, including a second chance to see the 'Big Five' and the opportunity to see the white rhino, which was saved from extinction in the park.
  • Ghost Mountain Inn, standard room, or similar (B,D)
Day 7: Durban
Travel along the Elephant Coast of KwaZulu Natal to St Lucia for a boat trip in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, with the opportunity to see hippo and crocodiles alongside a rich array of birdlife. You’ll then head on to Durban and an afternoon arrival at your hotel.
  • Benjamin Boutique Hotel, or similar (B)
Day 8: Depart Durban
Enjoy a brief city tour during the morning to learn about the cultural and historical contrasts that exist in the city. Then it’s time to head for the airport for your return trip home.
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Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy spectacular scenery as you travel along the magnificent Panorama Route, most notably as your journey through Blyde River Canyon
  • Seek out the ‘Big Five’ on a visit to the Kruger National Park
  • Discover Swazi culture on a visit to the Matsamo Cultural Village in the tiny kingdom of Swaziland
  • Watch the sun set with drinks after a drive to the summit of the Ubombo Mountains
  • Gain a glimpse into Zulu life in the modern world
  • Take a wildlife-seeking boat ride in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

What's Included

  • Transport in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle
  • English speaking THETA registered tour guide
  • Includes 7 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners and 1 Lunch

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