Kruger, Swazi & Beach (Accommodated)

Tour Code 17KSB7A. Accommodated Overland
7 days from
$634 USD
USDwas 705 USD
Plus 90 USD optional Adventure Pass
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Suitable for Ages: 18 to 39. Group Size: Average 16 Maximum 24

Experience Kruger and Swaziland's spectacular highlights

Explore South Africa's wildlife rich Kruger National Park on open vehicle game drives to see if you can catch the Big 5! Discover the cultural highlights of Swaziland, situated on rolling hills with magnificent views of the surrounds and enjoy the abundant birdlife, and wildlife of the St. Lucia Estuary and the Hluhluwe National Park. Ending on the golden beaches of Durban's northern coastline, this accommodated overland tour offers a week of sublime game viewing, culture and African experiences!

If you'd like to spend more time exploring, this tour has an extension to Cape Town travelling via Lesotho and the Garden Route.

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Day 1. Johannesburg to Kruger National Park Highlights. Blyde River Canyon, South Africa. Bourke's Luck Pot Holes, South Africa. God's Window, South Africa. Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.

Departing Johannesburg in the early morning, we set off on our journey to Kruger National Park. Passing through South Africa's 'maize triangle' and power hub, we head on to the scenic Mpumalanga province and the picturesque Panorama Route.

Day 2. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa. Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.

This morning we wake early and meet our local guides who will take us on our safari into Kruger. Boarding the 4x4 vehicles, we set off on a day of seeking out the Big 5 and other fantastic wildlife that resides here.

Kruger is home to over 505 species of birds, 148 species of mammals and many reptiles which we enthusiastically search for during the morning and afternoon. The impressive atmosphere of the park enables you to understand why it is held in such high esteem among wildlife lovers from all over the world. We avoid the hot midday sun and enjoy the peacefulness the rest camp has to offer. There are many facilities available such as restaurants, souvenir stores and swimming pools. We return to our accommodation in the late afternoon, happily exhausted and highly satisfied with the day’s events.

Day 3. Kruger National Park Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.

For those who have elected to take the Adventure Pass on this tour, today offers a second opportunity to explore Kruger and head out in search of the animals that were not 'ticked off' our bucket list yesterday.

Alternatively, spend the day enjoying the pool and facilities at the hotel, or head out on some local optional excursions in the surrounding area.

Day 4. Kruger to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland Highlights. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland. Accommodation. Mlilwane.

We head south today making our way to the small land-locked Kingdom of Swaziland. Once border formalities are complete, we cross into Swaziland and enjoy the views of the small hamlets and open bushveld as we make our way to the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.

Day 5. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Highlights. Swaziland Cultural Village, Ezulwini Valley. Accommodation. Mlilwane.

Today we make our way through the sanctuary to the Royal Enclosure to learn about the history and culture of the Swazi Monarchy. A local Swazi guide walks us through a traditional village explaining many customs and rituals. After leisure time browsing street side markets and trying our hand bartering with crafters, we find our way back to the sanctuary for lunch.

The afternoon is yours to enjoy some of the amazing activities on offer. We recommend you participate in some of the many activities offered in the sanctuary such as horseback trails, game drives, mountain bike riding, and guided walks or just enjoy some rejuvenating time-out sun tanning around the cool swimming pool with a good book. There are over forty species of animals found here including the exotic species such as Honey Badger, Dwarf Mongoose, Aardwolf, Striped Polecat and the more common including Hippo, Ostrich, Kudu, Zebra and Baboon. Enjoy cool sun downers and admiring the view overlooking

Day 6. Swaziland to St Lucia, South Africa Highlights. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa. Accommodation. Monzi.

Today we leave the amazing Mlilwane Sanctuary behind and travel through the Swaziland countryside and cross the border back to South Africa. It is then onto Hluhluwe Game Reserve. We spend an enjoyable afternoon safari game driving in our truck through one of South Africa’s oldest and well-run reserves in search of the local wildlife here.

Our accommodation for the night is in the small coastal town of St. Lucia where you have the opportunity to explore the town and its many restaurants and local places.


Day 7. St. Lucia to Durban Highlights. St Lucia River Cruise, South Africa.

Starting the day early we join a river cruise to see the hippos, crocodiles and iconic fish eagles among others. St. Lucia is nestled between the Indian Ocean and a protected Estuary.

Leaving St Lucia we drive south to Durban's northern beaches where our tour ends on arrival in Umhlanga in the late afternoon.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

MoAfrika Lodge, Johannesburg

MoAfrika literally means 'African People' in the language of the local Sotho populace, the original inhabitants of the Highveld. Your host, Anthony, has skillfully created a unique lodge in which an african theme induces a warm welcome for guests. Set on a 8000 square metre land through which a stream flows, MoAfrika Lodge provides a rustic and tranquil setting where guests can unwind in a relaxed and country atmosphere. Rooms - single, dorm, family and twin/double en-suite rooms available. Breakfast and airport transfer available.

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation.
On the Beach, Durban

As the name suggests, an upmarket backpackers just 10 metres from the sandy beach in a quiet suburb north of Durban, and a short taxi ride from shopping malls and restaurants. Some of the guesthouse luxury rooms have balconies overlooking the crashing waves. Rooms – dorms, single and double en suite rooms with TV. Facilities – Bar, kitchen, swimming pool, internet, breakfast available. Transfers are available from the Airport by pre-arrangement

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Additional Info

PRE TOUR ACCOMODATION:
This tour departs Johannesburg early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings.
If time allows, we also suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of Durban and the surrounding

ADVENTURE PASS:
Every Accommodated Overland tour has an Adventure Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, which is paid before travel, and is paid in the currency listed in the brochure or on the. The Adventure Pass covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier. The purpose of the separate payment is to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.

ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS:
These are optional activities that are booked during your holiday and paid directly to the provider while on tour. These options offer a variety of experiences and allow you the freedom to decide what activities you would like to do.

ACCOMMODATION:
Twin share accommodation with facilities (6 nights) some may be with bar or swimming pool.

TRANSPORT:
24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari truck with on-board tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, I-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers, 4x4 safari vehicle.

GAME PARK VISITS:
In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local guides and smaller vehicles it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit.

Meals
6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners

Accommodation
6 nights twin share accomodation

Includes.
Fully equipped safari vehicle
Accommodation as specified and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew

Included Highlights:
God’s window
Bourkes Luck Pot Holes
2 days, Kruger NP, Game Drives *
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Ngwenya glass factory, Mbabane
Royal Enclosure/ Swaziland Village
St Lucia Boat Cruise *
Hluhluwe Game Reserve, game drive

*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
Excludes.
Excludes:
Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
Visas
Flights
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Optional activities
Drinks, tips
Items of a personal nature
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Adventure Pass

Every Overland tour has an Adventure Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.

90 USD or 100 USD (If prepaid)

This pass is an optional add-on for this tour.

The Adventure Pass for this tour includes

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