Kruger, Swazi & Beach (Accommodated) (7 Days)

Tour Code 19KSB7A. Accommodated Overland
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$985 USD
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Plus 150 USD optional Adventure Pass
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Group Size: Average 14, Maximum 24. Age Group: 18-39

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 spot the Big Five! 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. Ending on the golden beaches of Durban's northern coastline, this accommodated adventure tour offers a week of sublime game viewing, culture and African experiences!

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Day 1. Pretoria to Hazyview Highlights. Blyde River Canyon, South Africa. Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.

Departing Pretoria 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. In the late afternoon we arrive at our camp in the small town of Hazyview, adjacent to Kruger National Park.

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 the Kruger National Park. 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.

Kruger covers a vast area (the park is slightly bigger than Belgium) and offers a wide variety of biomes and habitats for wildlife. This enables visitors to enjoy a wide variety of animal and bird life and a second day provides ample opportunity to add sightings to our wildlife 'bucket list'.

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 (Eswatini). 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 (Eswatini) 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-bathing around the swimming pool with a good book.

There are over forty species of animals found here including exotic species such as Honey Badger, Dwarf Mongoose, Aardwolf, Striped Polecat and the more common species including Hippo, Ostrich, Kudu, Zebra and Baboon. Enjoy cool sun-downers and admiring the view overlooking the hippo pond.

Day 6. Swaziland to St Lucia, South Africa Accommodation. Monzi.

Today we leave the amazing Mlilwane Sanctuary behind and travel through the Swaziland countryside to cross the border back to South Africa.

Our accommodation for the night is in the small coastal town of St. Lucia. It's here we join a river cruise to see the hippo, crocodile and iconic fish eagle among others. St. Lucia is nestled between the Indian Ocean and a protected estuary at the southern end of the Isimangaliso Wetland.


Day 7. St. Lucia to Durban

Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore this vibrant town's shops and restaurants before boarding the Acacia vehicle for our last day's drive to Durban's northern beaches. Our tour ends on arrival at Umhlanga Ridge in the late afternoon.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

Court Classique Suite Hotel

Court Classique Suite Hotel is set among the embassy buildings in suburban Arcadia, Pretoria. This 3-storey building is 3.9 km from the city centre allowing easy access to restaurants, cinemas shops and cultural attractions. It's also 6.5 km from the Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Court Classique Suite Hotel offers single and double ensuite rooms, free WiFi, a restaurant, swimming pool, a spa room and wine cellar.

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

Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation.
Road Lodge, Umhlanga

City Lodge is 4 km from the beach, 18 km from King Shaka International Airport and is adjacent to the Gateway Theatre of Shopping's sprawling upscale mall, cinemas, mini-golf and waterpark. Rooms have en suite bathrooms with showers. All rooms feature conservative decor, TVs, radios and desks. Free Wi-Fi is offered in the bar/restaurant. There's also a fitness room, an outdoor pool surrounded by tropical trees, and a sundeck.

* 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 Pretoria 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 adventure 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 vehicle with on-board tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, 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.

TOUR STYLE:
This is a participation tour and your help will be needed in assisting with the various day to day duties, such as shopping, cooking and keeping the vehicle tidy (usually on a rota basis). But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip. Our accommodated tour option travels together with the camping counterpart.

Meals
6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners

Accommodation
6 nights twin-share accommodation

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

Included Highlights:
Panorama Route
2 days, Kruger NP, Game Drives *
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Royal Enclosure/ Swaziland Village
St Lucia Boat Cruise *

*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
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.

150 USD or 160 USD (If prepaid)

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

The Adventure Pass for this tour includes

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