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 8950|
|Single supplement||ZAR 100|
|Optional activity package||ZAR 2000|
|Hotel/ Lodge option||How much|
|Tour price||ZAR 15 250|
|Single supplement||ZAR 1240|
|Optional activity package||ZAR 2000|
|How long:||7 days|
|Group size:||20 clients max|
|Start point:||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|End point:||Durban, South Africa|
|Meals:||Breakfast x 6, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 6|
|Countries:||South Africa, Swaziland|
Included: Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary, transport, registered guides and selected activities as per itinerary.
Excluded: Optional activity package, 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
When you book the optional activity package, the tour will run as follows:
Day 1 Greater National Kruger Park
Our Kruger Park and Swaziland tour as we leave the city of Johannesburg behind and we make our way east through the coalfields of Mpumalanga. Our group tour 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. Your guide can assist on departure this morning.
Day 2 Kruger National Park
We rise early and enter the Kruger National Park for full day of wildlife viewing. 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 4×4 vehicle. This evening there is a second opportunity for the optional Sundowner Drive.
Included activities: Full day Kruger Park safari in overland truck.
Activity package: 4×4 safari in Kruger National Park.
Day 3 Kruger National Park
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.
Included activities: Panorama Route, Pilgrims Rest.
Day 4 Swaziland - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
We start the day early with some coffee and 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.
Included activities: Game drive in Kruger National Park with the overland truck (for non-activity package clients).
Day 5 Swaziland - Isimangaliso, Greater St Lucia
Situated in the Ezulwini Valley, which translates to “valley of heaven”, the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is Swaziland’s oldest reserve and covers 4,560 hectares. As the reserve has no large predators we will enjoy a morning hiking amongst the game the roams the plains. Should you prefer there are a range of optional activities offered by the reserve and you could enjoy a game drive, mountain biking or a visit to the Chief’s traditional village. This afternoon we continue 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.
Included activities: Zulu cultural evening, nature walk in Mlilwane.
Day 6 Hluhluwe - Umfolozi Game Reserve
This morning we drive to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve for a game drive (safari) in open 4×4 vehicles. The park is the only state-run park in the province of KwaZulu-Natal where all the Big Five occur. On the afternoon we return to iSimangaliso Wetland Park where we board a boat for a sunset cruise on the lagoon for some bird and hippo viewing!
Activity Package: Game Drive (safari) in Hluhluwe/ Imfolozi National Park, St. Lucia Boat Cruise.
Day 7 Durban
Durban has long been the favourite holiday destination for South Africans, the golden mile with its warm seas and safe swimming beaches attracts visitors throughout the year. Although your tour ends upon arrival in Durban, this afternoon we have time to spend on the beaches of the golden mile or make an optional visit to the world-class aquarium complex at Ushaka Marine World.
Optional activity: Dinner out in Durban.
Interested in this tour?
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.