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Swaziland and Kruger National Park TOP017_8

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7 Day Safari Adventure Through Swaziland and Kruger

Spend a week travelling through South Africa and Swaziland on this often overlooked route which includes some incredible sites along the way. The focus of this 7 day safari adventure is on wildlife and stunning scenery.

Highlights

  • Visit the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park
  • Discover Hluhluwe and Kruger National Parks
  • Explore Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Blyde River Canyon
  • God’s Window
  • Explore iSimangaliso Wetland Park

This adventure begins in Durban with a trip to the iSimangaliso Wetlands of St Lucia and a fabulous Zulu cultural evening. Sample local beer made from Ilala Palm while getting a crash course in the Zulu language. It’s a great intro to the culture and traditions here.

At the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve you will safari in search of the Big Five in open 4×4 vehicles with the chance to see elephant, lion, buffalo, black rhino, and leopard. Unwind with a sunset cruise in iSimangaliso Wetland Park home to hippos and wonderful bird life.

The trip takes you into the Kingdom of  Swaziland to enjoy the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary where you can enjoy self-guided hikes, game drives, mountain biking or a visit to the Chief’s village.

Back in South Africa you’ll visit the world-renowned Kruger National Park and spend two fantastic days game viewing. It’s another opportunity to spot the Big Five as well as many other of Africa’s exotic animals. You’ll have the chance to game drive in a number of different areas within the park, try an open or closed vehicle and go out on both daytime and evening sunset game drives.

As the adventure winds down in Johannesburg you’ll stop for the stunning views at Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and God’s Window, following the Panoramic Route which is often the highlight for adventurers offering one stunning view after another. The perfect way to end the trip.

Enquire today to get a full detailed itinerary this Swaziland and Kruger overland adventure.

Itinerary

Day 01: iSimangaliso Wetland Park

With a morning at leisure to enjoy the beautiful beaches and warm Indian Ocean, for those who prefer a little more excitement the many attractions of Ushaka Marine World can be visited instead. This afternoon we leave the city behind as we wind our way along the coast to our stop in Zululand. Tonight we enjoy a Zulu cultural experience where we will sample the local beer, made from the local Ilala Palm, unique to the Zululand area and will be taught the basic Zulu language, how to greet, count and learn about the family traditions.

Route: Durban to St Lucia
Included activities: Zulu Cultural Evening
Optional activities: Visit to Ushaka Marine World

Day 02: Hluhluwe – Umfolozi Game Reserve

We set out early this morning for a game drive in the nearby Hluhulwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, one of the last strongholds of the endangered Rhinoceros. The reserve has played a critical role in the preservation of these endangered animals, both Black and White Rhinoceros occur in the park and many populations owe their ongoing existence to animals that have been raised here. While Rhinoceros are the most famous of the parks inhabitants, the park also provides a home to many other species, including the Big-5 that we all hope to see. Returning to our lodging for a siesta, we freshen up for an afternoon boat cruise on St Lucia estuary.

Activity package: St Lucia boat cruise & Hluhluwe game drive

Day 03: Swaziland – Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

An early start and we are off to the Kingdom of Swaziland, this afternoon we have the opportunity to join many of the optional activities that are offered here. Take your choice from game drives, mountain biking or a visit to the Chief’s village.

Route: St Lucia to Swaziland
Optional activities: Hiking, Swazi Cultural Experience, Game Drives, Mountain Biking

Day 04: South Africa – Kruger National Park

We start the morning with a nature walk before setting off back to South Africa and the Kruger National Park. No visit to Swaziland would be complete without a visit to view the many crafts on offer, we will visit a craft market before crossing the border this afternoon. Tonight we setup camp on the doorstep of the Kruger National Park and the next two days will be spent game viewing in South Africa’s most famous National Park.

Route: Swaziland to Kruger National Park area
Included activities: Guided Nature Walk with Nomad Guide

Day 05: South Africa – Kruger National Park

Entering the park early this morning we spend a full day on safari in the park, with luck we may even catch sight of the Africa’s famous Big-5. Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. The Nomad truck gives us an elevated view and increases our chance to spot the animals.

Included activities: Full day game drive in Nomad truck

Day 06: Greater Kruger Area

Our activity package offers you an opportunity to participate in a full day 4×4, open safari vehicle game drive through the park. If you do not participate in the 4×4 game drive, your guide will take you on a game drive through the park in the Nomad truck. This afternoon presents the opportunity to extend the day with an optional Sundowner Drive.

Included activities: Game drive in Kruger National Park with the Nomad truck (for non-activity package clients)
Activity package: 4×4 Game drive in Kruger National Park
Optional activities: Sunset Drive

Day 07: Panorama Route to Johannesburg

Our return journey to Johannesburg takes us via the scenic Panorama Route where we will visit God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels. We arrive at Belvedere Estate in the late afternoon and all travellers are invited to join us for a traditional Braai tonight, this can be booked with your guide on the day before arrival. Many great tales are shared around the braai fires and tonight presents an opportunity to join fellow travellers in celebrating the many wonders of African travel.

Route: Great Kruger NP to Johannesburg
Optional activities: Farewell dinner at Belvedere Estate
Included activities: God’s Window, Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes
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Activity Package

Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an ‘Optional Activity Package’.  You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be essential activities on our tours.  The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don’t book the package, the activities won’t be included.  We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

  • Hluhluwe Game Drive
  • St. Lucia Boat Cruise
  • Full day 4×4 Game Drive Kruger National Park

Vehicle

Adventure Truck

Climate

The African sun is very strong. Please use a factor 30 sunscreen and wear a hat. You should drink at least 3 litres of water per day to avoid dehydration. It can also get very cold during winter months on this route. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information.

Insurance (Compulsory)

All clients require adequate Medical Travel Insurance. Activity providers can refuse participation of activities, if the correct valid Medical Insurance is not provided.

Currency and Banking

As your tour may pass through multiple countries, we have prepared information on the use of local and foreign currencies, ATMs and Credit Cards for each country.

Health

Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disabilities that you may have.

Vaccinations

A Yellow Fever Certificate is required for visiting certain areas in Morocco that are affected by Yellow Fever. Please see the Pre-Departure Information booklet for detailed information on vaccinations in Africa. A Yellow Fever Certificate might be required for this tour depending on your nationality.

Visas

As visa requirements vary considerably from country to country and nationality to nationality, please contact the various embassies or a visa service agent in your home country to re-check your visa requirements at least 4 weeks prior to travelling. Please note that visas are the responsibility of the traveller and that the trip operator will not be held responsible for guests being denied entry should they not be in the possession of the relevant visas.

Malaria

Malaria prophylactics are required throughout this route.

   

Dates:

  • June 29 – July 5, 2017
  • July 13 – July 19, 2017
  • July 27 – August 2, 2017
  • August 10 – August 16, 2017
  • August 24 – August 30, 2017
  • September 7 – September 13, 2017
  • September 21 – September 27, 2017
  • October 5 – October 11, 2017
  • October 19 – October 25, 2017
  • November 2 – November 8, 2017
  • November 16 – November 22, 2017
  • November 30 – December 6, 2017
  • December 14 – December 20, 2017
  • December 28 – January 3, 2018

Price:

From R7,950 (Price in South African Rand) plus R1,930 ‘Activity Package’. Contact us for availability and confirmed costs.

What is included

Meals as indicated on the itinerary (unless otherwise specified, all meals are prepared and served at the tour operator truck), accommodation, guides and transport. We also include some of the highlights.

What is not included

All items of a personal nature, entrance fees, alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, snacks, souvenirs, tips, activity package and optional activities.

Operator

This 100% African owned and managed operator really does have its finger on the pulse of the continent. Specialising in overlanding adventures through South and East Africa, they use well equiped expedition trucks to enable travellers to explore places of spectacular beauty, unique wildlife, interesting cultures and inspirational adventures.

Chose camping or accommodated options and expect friendship, fun and adventure plus the security that group travel brings.

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