South Africa Safari Tour - Kruger to Durban via Swaziland
- South Africa
If you’re looking for a close encounter with wildlife, this adventure in South Africa and Swaziland is the tour for you. With the very little distance between you and them, you’re likely to see ample impala, zebra, elephant, giraffe, blue wildebeest, rhino and half-submerged hippos. Look out for cheetah, buffalo and more as you embark on the most thrilling nine days of your life so far. Wind down at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, become excited about the big five in Kruger National Park and revel in Southern Africa's natural beauty, as you journey from Johannesburg to Umhlanga (Durban) in a Mercedes Sprinter and stay in some of the best locations South Africa has on offer. Your experienced adventure crew will make sure you have a safe and enriching trip from this fascinating region.
Welcome to Johannesburg, also known as Egoli, or The City of Gold, referring to the gold mining history of South Africa’s biggest city. Book a day or two ahead to explore this fast-paced city. A visit to Gold Reef City, the amusement park and museum built on an old mine shaft will give you the opportunity for a ride on the Shaft of Terror, a vertical-drop roller coaster that is known as the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Africa due to its sheer 47-metre drop.
For the historically inclined there is the ever-popular Soweto tour or just jump on a Hop-On-Hop-Off bus to discover Johannesburg at your own pace. A welcome meeting will be held at 18:00 at your hotel. Your Tour Leader will brief you on the route and provide information on optional activities along the way. Afterwards, you will have the evening free to have dinner in one of the many excellent restaurants the city has to offer.
Meals, transport and entrance fees nit included. Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge Activities Included: Welcome meeting at 18:00 Activities Optional: Explore City, Craft Market.
Today you travel to the famous Kruger National Park, now part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park which forms with parks in Mozambique and Zimbabwe a natural sanctuary for a huge variety of animals. Here they live a natural life where they must fend for food and territory the same way they did for thousands of years. Here they can start following ancient migratory routes again because fences are coming down between these parks. En route to your campsite, enjoy a game drive in your Mercedes Sprinter and get ready to spot hippo, giraffe, elephant, zebra, lion, and many other species in one of Africa's greatest wildlife areas. You'll have the option to book an open vehicle night game drive if available.
Enjoy another full day game drive in Kruger National Park with approximately 2000 plant, 53 fish, 34 amphibian, 118 reptile, 517 bird and 147 mammal species ready for you to discover. You will experience first-hand why Kruger National Park is known as the flagship of South African national parks. Enjoy a game drive en route to the campsite. Sit around a campfire with your sundowner and enjoy the African night sounds drifting into the camping area.
Another day and another country, this time entering Swaziland, a tiny country, landlocked within South Africa. After a final game drive in Kruger, we continue to Swaziland for two nights at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. The journey is just as rewarding as the destination, driving along rolling green hills, vast sugar cane plantations and countless mango trees. En route we will stop at some of the local markets where you can buy colourful batik or beaded jewellery, amongst others. Arriving at Mlilwane you will soon feel comfortable and at home in your “beehive village” – traditional grass huts on the outside but all western comfort on the inside. Sometimes animals such as zebra, impala and warthog casually wander into the premises, giving you the opportunity for that unique picture!
Known as Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area that covers 4,560 hectares, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary gives you the opportunity to experience some of Africa’s wildlife while on either the back of a horse, bicycle or on foot. Since there are no big predators, you will be safe to walk around and just enjoy the beautiful landscapes and pure, fresh air. Besides all the optional wildlife activities, you can also enjoy a hands-on cultural experience by visiting one of the local tribes. Learn more about the secrets of this small kingdom, such as the traditional but controversial annual reed dance where the
king has the opportunity to choose a new wife.
Today we drive through Swaziland in a southern direction and enter South Africa again. We continue towards the Indian Ocean and the Greater St Lucia Wetlands, also known as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This UNESCO recognized area includes lakes, beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands supporting a wide variety of animal, bird and marine life. Included in your tour is an afternoon sunset boat cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary, one of the largest in Africa. You can expect to see hippo, Nile crocodiles and hundreds of bird species.
Start your day early with an optional open vehicle game drive through Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve known for its Save the Rhino campaign and of course trying your luck at finding the big five. This game reserve used to be a prime royal hunting ground for the Zulu king, King Shaka but now it is a protected area teaming up with a huge variety of fauna and flora. Other optional activities available in St. Lucia are night drive safaris, snorkelling, birdwatching, fishing and much more.
Travel further south along the coast to Umhlanga Rocks, a holiday resort village on the coast. Umhlanga offers the best of two worlds, on one hand, you have everything that a city offers and on the other hand, you have the relaxed atmosphere of a holiday town. Make your choice from a variety of grill and seafood restaurants for your last dinner on the tour.
Our last goodbye, a healthy breakfast and the end of another successful tour. Book an extra day or two to enjoy the best of the balmy, sub-tropical climate and golden beaches.
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