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Kruger Park, Swaziland and Zululand (MKT06)

Day 1 , 2 (BB)

Arrive at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport where you will be met and escorted to your overnight accommodations in Pretoria. Have the opportunity to see some of the cultural highlights of the Pretoria – Johannesburg area such as the famous Hector Peterson Museum, the former Soweto home of Winnie and Nelson Mandela, the Union Buildings and the Voortrekker monument.

Day 3 (BB)

Departing after breakfast your professional Tourist Guide, drives you east towards Mpumalanga Province. Learn about this fascinating country, its diverse peoples and its rich history as we travel to see natural wonders like “God’s Window”, “Bourke’s Luck Potholes” and the “Blyde River Canyon”.

Day 4 (SC)

Today we head down the mountain and enter Kruger National Park after lunch. The Park is famous for its abundant wildlife. Chances are good that you will see all of the “Big 5”—lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard. Other animals you will likely see include kudu, waterbuck, giraffe, hippo, hyena, jackal, as well as numerous birds of all sizes, shapes and colours. We enter the Park at Orpen Gate and overnight at Tamboti tented camp – tents that will provide you with the essential comforts of home while offering you the excitement of their proximity to the Park’s wildlife.

Day 5 (SC)

Enjoy a full day of game-viewing and relaxing from our camp base. Go on an early morning game drive where you will learn about the animals and how the web of life interacts in this amazing ecosystem. Return for breakfast and unwind on this mid-day prior to returning to the savannah in the late afternoon to watch the animals as they revive from the hot afternoon sun.

Day 6 (BB)

Heading south from Tamboti we cross open grasslands where we may see large herds of impala, zebra, buffalo and wildebeest as we make our way towards Kruger’s main camp, Skukuza. This afternoon we drive around the Skukuza area “hunting” for some of the more elusive wildlife this region has to offer. Keep your eyes open for cheetah and wild-dog.

Day 7, 8 (DBB)

Still searching for wildlife and enjoying nature in and around Kruger National Park we slowly make our way further south. We overnight the last two nights on the southern border of the Park.

Day 9 (DBB)

Leaving Kruger Park behind we head towards Swaziland, one of South Africa’s neighbouring countries; a country that has never been colonized and to this day retains its King and ancient royal traditions. Here we stay in a remote mountain camp in the rural community of Shewula, which gives us the opportunity to interact directly with the Swazi people and get a glimpse into daily life of rural Africa. You may choose a mountain walk or a guided visit to the homes of this farming community. Sample a local homemade beer, talk with the people through local interpreters, maybe visit a school and enjoy a delicious home cooked meal.

Day 10, 11 (DBB)

Departing Swaziland, we cross the border back into South Africa and the populous Province of Kwa-Zulu Natal, also known as the Zulu Kingdom. After a short drive we spend two nights in Hluhluwe Park in search of the White Rhinoceros. Different from Kruger, this Park is hilly and forested, providing you with the chance to use your now well-developed game spotting skills! You never know what creature awaits you around the next bend or what will tumble out of the forest onto the road in front of us.

Day 12 (BB)

Leaving early after breakfast we arrive in St. Lucia for lunch. St. Lucia, perched beside the Indian Ocean boasts incredible beaches and a relaxed resort like atmosphere. Enjoy an afternoon by the warm waters, perhaps a walk around the quaint town, or explore the unspoiled environment of the St. Lucia Marine Reserve, end your day with an evening boat cruise on the well-known iSimangaliso estuary.

Day 13, 14 (DBB)

Travelling south along the east coast brings us to Durban, one of South Africa’s larger and lively cities. If time permits lunch will be taken in this coastal city home to one of the largest South Asian communities in the world outside India. Following lunch we head north, away from the hot and humid coast to the higher altitudes and refreshing air of the magnificent Drakensberg mountain range, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our two nights here will provide us with enough time to explore the surrounding area on foot, on a variety of easy or challenging hiking trails.

Day 15 (BB)

Day 15 brings us back to the busy urban surroundings of Pretoria, the executive capital of South Africa. Here we spend our last night together before returning home where we’ll reminisce about our adventure and the classic natural wonders that we experienced in Southern Africa.

Day 16

You will be escorted from your accommodation back to O.R. Tambo Airport for your departure, we bid you “Hamba Kahle” a warm South African farewell, and we hope to see you again soon.

16 Days
From R 34 760

Highlights

Hector Peterson Museum, SOWETO
Voortrekker Monument
Drie Rondawels
Kruger National Park
Shewula Village, Swaziland
Boat Tour, iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Drakensberg, UKhahlamba

Included

Accommodation (3/4 star)
Conservation Fees - Kruger National Park, Panorama Route, Hluhluwe
Voortrekker Monument
Hector Peterson Museum
National Guide for the full duration of your trip
Air-conditioned transport
Meal as indicated on itinerary
Meet and greet at the airport

Excluded

Meals not indicated on itinerary
Beverages
Gratuities - Porters, Hotel staff, Local guides, Tourist Guide, Meals
International Flight

Abbreviations

DBB: Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
BB: Bed & Breakfast
FB: Full Board
SC: Self Catering
C: Camping