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This extensive tour offers you breath-taking scenery and wildlife along with cultural experiences, as you journey between Johannesburg and Durban.

Breathe deeply as you take a leisurely drive along the awe-inspiring Panorama Route, punctuated by cascading waterfalls, dense forests, caves and imposing mountains. Embark on a thrilling safari and track the Big Five in Kruger National Park and Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve. Immerse yourself in authentic Swazi culture – from age-old folk songs and dance performances to food, art and crafts – at markets and in villages; and spend time exploring the sights of buzzy beach city, Durban.

Duration

8 Days

Guide Price

£2,099 pp

Recommended For

Adventure, Couples, Safari, Wildlife

Options

Group basis

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Trip Highlights

  • Spot the Big Five in Kruger National Park
  • Discover traditional Swazi culture
  • Visit picturesque KwaZulu Natal
  • Spend time at Greater St Lucia Wetland Park
  • Take a Durban city tour and visit the Durban Botanical Gardens

Start your Journey

Day 1

Johannesburg

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On arrival into Johannesburg, make your way to your hotel. You'll have the day to explore at your leisure before starting your tour the next morning, and there's plenty to see and do in this vibrant city.

  • Suggested Accommodation Quartermain Hotel or similar
Day 2

Johannesburg to Mpumalanga

Depart Johannesburg and travel to Mpumalanga via the magnificent Panorama Route. The most spectacular stretch of the Panorama Route is the Blyde River Canyon – from many well-positioned vantage points you'll have a view of the 33 kilometre long gorge which starts at Bourke's Luck Potholes and ends at the Three Rondavels. Stop at God's Window and the Mac Mac Falls (time and weather permitting) before arriving at your hotel in time for dinner.

  • Meals Dinner
  • Suggested Accommodation Perry's Bridge Hollow or similar
Day 3

Kruger National Park

You'll have an early morning departure when you go on safari through the world renowned Kruger National Park. Offering a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa, at nearly two million hectares the reserve is home to an impressive variety of flora and fauna.

Return to your hotel in the afternoon and spend the rest of the day at leisure. You will have the option to return to the park on an evening safari (payable locally).

  • Meals Breakfast and dinner
  • Suggested Accommodation Perry's Bridge Hollow or similar
Day 4

Kruger National Park to Swaziland

Today you will journey to the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland. This tiny mountainous kingdom is filled with African traditions and offers beautiful scenery, and attractions, such as game reserves and arts and craft outlets. Enjoy a showcase of the traditional Swazi culture followed by lunch at the Matsamo Cultural Village. Continue to the Ngwenya Glass Works to watch master craftsmen create beautiful sculptures and artwork from molten glass. After spending some time at the Mbabane craft markets, arrive at your hotel located in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley.

  • Meals Breakfast and lunch
  • Suggested Accommodation Royal Swazi Sun Hotel or similar
Day 5

Swaziland to KwaZulu Natal

Enjoy a morning visit to the Swazi Candle Factory where each candle is made and finished by hand. Continue via Big Bend into KwaZulu Natal.

Arrive at your hotel in the afternoon, in time to embark on a scenic drive up the Ubombo Mountains, offering views over Lake Jozini. At the summit, as the setting sun transforms the sky into a tapestry of colours, stop for sun downers, before returning to the hotel for dinner.

  • Meals Breakfast and dinner
  • Suggested Accommodation Ghost Mountain Inn or similar
Day 6

Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve

Today you will transfer to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve for an afternoon of game viewing. The reserve covers a combined area of 90,000 hectares and it was here that the white rhino was saved from extinction. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon.

  • Meals Breakfast and dinner
  • Suggested Accommodation Ghost Mountain Inn or similar
Day 7

St Lucia Wetland Park

Today you'll continue the journey along the Elephant Coast of KwaZulu Natal to St Lucia, located at the south of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Embark on an estuarine boat trip where you may see crocodiles, hippo and numerous bird species, including the African kingfisher eagle, in their natural habitat.

In the afternoon arrive at your hotel in Durban.

  • Meals Breakfast
  • Suggested Accommodation The Benjamin Hotel or similar
Day 8

Durban

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Embark on a Durban city tour where you'll spend the morning discovering the cultural and historical contrasts of the city.

Afterwards, you'll be transferred to Durban International Airport for your onward flight.

Includes

  • Accommodation as detailed in a double or twin room with private facilities (alternative but similar hotels may be used at certain times of year).
  • Meals as stated.
  • Air conditioned transportation (excluding open air game drive vehicles).
  • Services of a qualified English-speaking local driver/guide.

Excludes

  • International flights.
  • Visa fees.
  • Optional excursions.
  • Tips for the driver/guide.

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