The Kruger Park and Swaziland tour forms part of the longer 20 day “Explore South Africa” tour South.
Your overland adventure tour starts in Johannesburg and ends in Durban. Highlights on this tour include the beautiful Panorama Route, Safaris in the Kruger National Park (where you might be lucky enough to see the Big 5), and the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in Swaziland…
This tour offers a great combination of wildlife safaris, beautiful natural landscapes and diverse cultures.
This tour is offered in two travel styles:
1. Camping: Clients mostly overnight in comfortable two-man dome tents, with built in mosquito nets and of course a mattress… and a couple of nights are upgraded to budget rooms.
2. Accommodated (hotels/ lodges): Clients overnight in a comfortable twin rooms or permanent safari tents, mostly with en-suite bathrooms.
|Camping option||How much|
|Tour price||ZAR 14 750|
|Single supplement||ZAR 100|
|Hotel/ Lodge option||How much|
|Tour price||ZAR 22 950|
|Single supplement||ZAR 1700|
|How long:||8 days|
|Group size:||20 clients max|
|Start point:||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|End point:||Durban, South Africa|
|Meals:||Breakfast x 7, Lunch x 8, Dinner x 7|
|Countries:||South Africa, Swaziland|
Included: Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary, transport, registered guides and selected activities as per itinerary.
Excluded: flights, all items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips and optional activities etc.
Day to day description l Kruger Park and Swaziland Tour
Day 1: Johannesburg to the Greater Kruger National Park
We begin our adventure group tour and safari from Johannesburg to Durban as we leave the city of Johannesburg behind us and make our way east through the coalfields of Mpumalanga. Our journey today follows in the footsteps of the old trade-routes to the Lowveld and the Kruger National Park. This afternoon there will be an opportunity to join an optional sundowner drive. Booking is essential and your guide can assist on departure this morning.
Day 2: Kruger National Park
Rising early this morning we enter the Kruger National Park to enjoy a full day of game (wild animals) viewing (safari). The abundance of wildlife presents us with opportunities for excellent sightings and the Kruger is also home to the famed members of Africa’s Big-5. Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Our activity package offers the added excitement of experiencing the park from an open-sided 4x4 vehicle. This evening there is a second opportunity for the optional Sundowner Drive.
Day 3: Kruger National Park and Panorama Route
While those who elect to do the optional morning walk will have an earlier start, we set out a little later today and travel the short distance to the Panorama Route. Strung along the escarpment that divides the central plateau and low-lying bushveld of the Kruger, the sights of the Panorama route offer us a day of scenic delights. We will visit the highlights of Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and God’s Window before returning to camp in the late afternoon.
Day 4: Kruger Park to Swaziland
We start the day early with some coffee and traditional rusks before setting off through Kruger on our way to Swaziland. Our truck offers an excellent platform for game viewing as we make our way south. We exit the southern end of the park and travel the short distance to Swaziland border, our route this afternoon winds through the mountains and forests of this landlocked kingdom. Our destination for today is the Ezulwini Valley just south of the capital Mbabane.
Day 5: Swaziland - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Endless hours of self-guided exploration within the small 4560ha Mlilwane sanctuary are possible due to the relative absence of dangerous game. This morning our guide will lead us out on a nature walk to explore the “ Nature Trail “ which provides interpretation of historical and environmental information of the area. Later this morning, we embark on a 2-hour guided walk through the Esijeni community, allowing us a glimpse of life on a day-to-day basis. This interactive experience could involve grinding maize, carrying water, building a wall or washing clothes in the stream.
Day 6: Swaziland - St Lucia, South Africa
We bid farewell to Swaziland and re-enter South Africa, continuing south into the reaches of Zululand, once the realm of the mighty King Shaka who united the Zulu clans. This evening we are treated to a cultural experience where we will learn more of the Zulu traditions and language.
Day 7: Hluhluwe - Umfolozi Game Reserve/ iSimangaliso Wetland Park
We set out early this morning for a game drive in the nearby Hluhulwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, one of the last strongholds of the endangered rhinoceros. While rhinoceros are the most famous of the parks inhabitants, the park also provides a home to many other species, including the Big-5 that we all hope to see. Returning to our lodging for a siesta, we freshen up for an afternoon boat cruise on St Lucia estuary.
Day 8: Durban
This morning we will depart from St. Lucia and make our way to Durban where your tour comes to an end upon arrival.
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Before and after the tour services
To help with the planning of your trip, you are more than welcome to book these hotels before and/ or after your tour through us. These hotels are either the starting or end point of your tour, or it will be conveniently close to it. These hotels also offer airport transfers. For information on prices, just click "Hotels and Transfers" at the bottom of this page.
The Belvedere Estate is located close to Johannesburg and the OR Tambo International Airport. This 4 star hotel/ lodge is set on 2.5 hectares of lush gardens with 15 en-suite, fully equipped, self-catering rooms, a sparkling swimming pool, braai (BBQ) boma, bar, lounge…
The Garden Court South Beach Hotel in Durban offers spectacular views. Looking out over the harbour and Durban’s renowned beachfront or cityscape, the warm Indian Ocean air breezes over you getting you right into a chilled holiday vibe. The friendly staff will assist you with anything you may need so don’t hesitate to ask.