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

Tour Code 19KSD13A. Accommodated Overland
13 days from
$1'975 USD
USDwas 2195 USD
Plus 220 USD optional Adventure Pass
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Suitable for Ages: 18 to 39. Group Size: 24

This 13-day overland 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 its beauty, we make our way to Hazyview, the gateway to the southern part of the Kruger National Park. This evening we prep our day bags for our first day’s game drive and enjoy our first night under the African starry skies.

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

Rising early, we meet our local guides and board our open 4x4 safari vehicles for our first glimpse of the African wild animals on safari. Home to over 505 species of birds, 148 species of mammals 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 in 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 you may have missed the day before including the elusive leopard and the interesting ‘Small 5’- The elephant shrew, the antlion, the red-billed buffalo weaver, the leopard tortoise and the rhino beetle. By far the largest game reserve in South Africa, at 19,485 sq. km 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, or officially the Kingdom of Eswantini. We traverse the mountainous roads to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area situated in the “Valley of Heaven”, the Ezulwini Valley, in between Mbabane and Manzini. It’s here we spend 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, a small drive from the sanctuary, to learn about the Swazi culture and customs. See the daily workings of a traditional village and the day-to-day chores and join in some traditional singing and dancing.

The rest of the day is at leisure to relax by the swimming pool or join in on 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 KwaZulu Province and the gateway to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. Home to the country’s largest population of hippos and crocodiles as well as leatherback turtles, black rhino, leopards, over 530 species of birds and some 36 species of amphibians. We explore the St Lucia Lagoon to view the abundance of wildlife and birdlife 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. We depart and drive through savanna dotted with traditional Zulu homesteads and 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 to 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 cuisines, 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, visit the bustling African/Indian Markets at Warwick Triangle, the Botanical Gardens and the uShaka Marine World, the largest theme park in Africa where you can enjoy a whole day viewing the 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 views over the city and coastline. Jump if you dare!

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 the 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 verandah at sunset 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 for an insight into how the local Basotho people tend to their dialy lives and cattle or goats. Next, we ascend the Black Mountain, the second highest peak at 3240 m for a picnic lunch with a view, take a walk Thabana Ntlenyana, the highest point in South Africa and sip a beverage at the highest pub in Africa. 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 where thousands of British, Boer (Dutch-speaking farmers) and Zulu soldiers lost their lives through the wars in days of colonising South Africa.

After our historic stop, we head to the northern base of the Drakensberg and 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 by foot hiking or on horseback on optional activities available here.

Visit ancient rock art and the Amphitheatre rock face where the Tugela Falls cascade over the sheer drop - the highest in Africa at 948m. 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 overland truck farewell and this afternoon 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

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 area’s that can be arranged locally.

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.

Twin share accommodation with facilities (12 nights). Some may be with bar or swimming pool.

24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari truck 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.

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.

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 truck 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.

12 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners

12 nights twin share accommodation

Fully equipped 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*
Royal Natal National Park
Drakensberg Mountains

*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
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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