Kruger, Swazi & Drakensberg (Accommodated) (13 Days)

Tour Code 19KSD13A. Accommodated Overland
13 days from
$2'195 USD
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Plus 220 USD optional Adventure Pass
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Suitable for Ages: 18 to 39. Group Size: 24. Age Group: 2+

This 13-day adventure tour highlights Kruger National Park, Swaziland's culture and the breathtaking scenery of the Drakensberg Mountains

With national parks, beaches, cultural interaction and mountain terrain - this tour highlights South Africa's premier national park, Kruger, Lesotho's spectacular scenery along the Sani Pass, and Swaziland's rich culture on this 13-day adventure tour.

This tour is also available as camping - ask Acacia for more info

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

Our journey begins with spectacular views over the scenic Mpumalanga province as we head to the Panorama Route and the spectacular Blyde River Canyon (the largest green canyon in the world). After marvelling at it's beauty, we make our way to Hazyview, the gateway to the southern part of the Kruger National Park. This evening we prep our day-packs for tomorrow's game drive and enjoy our first night under the starry African skies.

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

Rising early we meet with local guides and board open 4x4 safari vehicles for our first glimpse of the African wild animals on safari.

Home to over 505 bird-species, 148 mammal species (including the ‘Big 5’ - leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo), we eagerly search for these on a morning and afternoon safari, pausing for a break during the midday heat.

Day 3. Kruger National Park Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.

Today we re-enter the park to explore the vast landscapes and spectacular wildlife encounters that we may have missed the day before - including the elusive leopard and the interesting ‘Small 5’ (elephant shrew, the ant-lion, the red-billed buffalo weaver, leopard-tortoise and rhino-beetle).

By far the largest game reserve in South Africa, this park is larger than Israel and stretches for 352 kilometres (20 000 square kilometres) from north to south along the Mozambique border.

We return to our accommodation in Hazyview to overnight.

Day 4. Hazyview to Mlilwane, Swaziland Highlights. Swaziland. Accommodation. Mlilwane.

It’s time to explore Swaziland! We travel south, crossing the Crocodile Bridge into Swaziland - officially known as the Kingdom of eSwantini. Traversing mountainous roads we head to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary - Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area - which is situated in the Ezulwini valley (“Valley of Heaven”) - between Mbabane and Manzini. It’s here we spend the next two nights in traditional beehive-huts (thatched dwellings) for a true Swazi experience.

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

This morning we visit the Umphakatsi Cultural village to learn about Swazi culture and customs. See the daily workings of a traditional village - join in some traditional singing and dancing!

The rest of the day is at leisure to relax by the swimming pool, or to join an optional activity to view the variety of antelope, zebra, hippo and the exotic species such as Honey Badger, Dwarf Mongoose, Aardwolf, Striped Polecat that inhabit the reserve.

Day 6. Mlilwane to St Lucia, South Africa Highlights. St Lucia River Cruise, South Africa. Accommodation. Monzi.

Waving goodbye to Swaziland we re-enter South Africa and head for St Lucia in the northern parts of the KwaZulu province. St. Lucia is the gateway to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park - a UNESCO world heritage site.

Home to the country’s largest concentrations of hippo, crocodile and leather-back turtles, there are also black rhino, leopard, over 530 bird-species and some 36 amphibian species. We explore the St Lucia Lagoon to view the abundance of wildlife and bird-life on an afternoon boat cruise.

Day 7. St Lucia to Durban Accommodation. Road Lodge, Umhlanga.

Relaxed and rested we have time this morning to explore by foot the quaint town of St Lucia - with its ornate craft shops and cafés. Departing St. Lucia, we drive through savanna dotted with traditional Zulu homesteads and lush sugar cane fields on the way to the seaside town of Umhlanga, just north of Durban, where we spend the next two nights.

After settling in at our accommodation, the rest of the afternoon/evening is free time to explore this lovely tropical area. Head to the city’s vibrant restaurants and bars to taste some of the local cuisine, such as the famed Durban Curry.

Day 8. Durban Highlights. Durban City . Accommodation. Road Lodge, Umhlanga.

Today is a free day to explore the city sites. Travel along the Golden Mile ( the revitalised beachfront promenade) and visit bustling African/Indian Markets at Warwick Triangle, the Botanical Gardens, uShaka Marine World (the largest theme park in Africa) where you can enjoy a whole day of viewing sharks, swimming, scuba diving and making use of the many water slides.

Alternatively, for the brave, why not take the cable car to the top of the Moses Mabhida Stadium for phenomenal 360 degree views over the city and coastline?

Day 9. Durban to Underberg Area Accommodation. Sani Lodge.

Taking in the last of the Indian Ocean’s breeze, we make our way west through farmlands and breath-taking scenery, one of the most picturesque parts to visit in Kwazulu Natal. Located on the foothills of the Mkhomzana Valley in the South Drakensberg is our accommodation for the next two nights. Breathe in the fresh mountain air, take a dip in the swimming pool and relax on the veranda at sunset - maybe with a beverage at hand - to view mountains ranges bordering Lesotho.

Day 10. Sani pass Highlights. Sani Pass Excursion. Accommodation. Sani Lodge.

Today, we join a guided tour of Lesotho's breath-taking Sani Pass located at 2874 m. We traverse steep mountains in a 4x4 vehicle with a local guide at the wheel marvelling at the views as we go.

Along the way, we visit Shepherd's village which provides insight into the day to day lives of the local Basotho people. Next, we ascend the Black Mountain, the second highest peak at 3240 m , stop for a picnic lunch with a view, take a walk around Thabana Ntlenyana, the highest point in South Africa and sip a beverage at the highest pub in Africa, before we retrace our steps to our lodge for the night.

Day 11. Underberg Area - Battlefields - Drakensberg Highlights. Battlefields - South Africa. Accommodation. Amphitheatre Lodge.

Travelling north, we stop off at some historical sites at the Battlefields area where thousands of British soldiers, Boere (pioneer farmers) and Zulu warriors lost their lives during the colonial wars.

After our 'history-stop', we head to the northern foot of the Drakensberg to our accommodation for the night - set on a 300 hectare stand near the foot of the Amphitheatre rock face.

Day 12. Drakensberg Highlights. Royal Natal National Park, South Africa. Accommodation. Amphitheatre Lodge.

Day-bag packed and ready, we drive a short distance to the Royal Natal National Park – a leading KwaZulu Natal reserve. Our day here is at leisure to explore the lofty mountains and waterfalls - either hiking, or on horseback - on optional activities available here.

Visit ancient Amphitheatre rock face where the Tugela Falls cascade over the sheer drop (the highest in Africa at 948m) and be on the look out for rock-art. After an adventurous day, we head back to our accommodation to enjoy our last night in this impressive region.

Day 13. Drakensberg to Pretoria

After breakfast, we bid our Acacia vehicle farewell and transfer to a shared shuttle that will bring you back to either Johannesburg or Pretoria.

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.
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.

Additional Info

PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
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 to 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 this part of Africa. Accommodation is usually available locally on arrival but you can pre-book this with Acacia or your agent. There is a variety of activities and excursions in the Pretoria and surrounding areas that can be arranged locally.

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 (12 nights). Some may be with bar or swimming pool.

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

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. This is a participation tour and travels together with the camping counterpart.

Meals
12 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners

Accommodation
12 nights twin share accommodation

Includes.
Fully equipped Acacia safari vehicle
Cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
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*
Sani Pass Excursion*
Battlefields
Royal Natal National Park
Drakensberg Mountains

*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
Lunch and dinner Durban
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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.

220 USD or 240 USD (If prepaid)

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

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