From Johannesburg, your adventure begins through the wide open spaces of the Highveld, down the scenic escarpment and through the Lowveld area into the famous Kruger National Park. Spend an action-packed few days out game-viewing in the wilderness before returning to sit around the campfire at night, sharing safari stories after a scrumptious dinner. Leaving Kruger behind, head deep into the mountainous landlocked kingdom of Swaziland. Camp in one of the Royal National Parks, where every animal is the personal property of the King.

Passing into the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve keep a special look out for both black and white rhino. Pause a little longer to explore the Reserve as it is known as a Big 5 safari destination, and maybe take a night drive to experience the realm of the nocturnal creatures of the bush. Travel on to St. Lucia, a World Heritage Site wetland and a breeding site for many species of birds, as well as the perfect habitat for many animals including buffalo, leopard, rhino, hippo and crocodile. Enjoy a final sundowner overlooking the warm Indian Ocean before meeting your onward flight home.

Highlights

  • Kruger National Park
  • Swaziland
  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National park
  • Cape Vidal, St Lucia

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Into the wild

Arrival

This guided tour departs from Johannesburg between 06h30 – 08h00 to allow for various collection points. The route will take you through the wide open spaces of the Highveld, down the escarpment and through the scenic Lowveld area.

Your guide will stop for lunch en-route (own expense) and reach the Kruger National Park and Skukuza Rest Camp in the afternoon.

After you have settled in, you head out on your first game drive! All game drives are conducted in specially adapted 4×4 open game drive vehicles to allow guests the best possible vantage point. On your return, you have some time to visit the Park’s shop, go for a walk & just familiarising yourselves with your surroundings.

Dinner is a three course meal, served al fresco at a private camp within Skukuza. Wine is served with dinner but guests are welcome to bring along additional / alternative drinks which can be purchased at the shop. Dinner included.

Destination: South Africa
Accommodation: Skukuza Rest Camp
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Day 2-3: Into the wild

Kruger National Park

Safaris are all about early mornings, getting out there and seeing animals! After an early wake-up call (the time varies according to the seasons and park gate opening times), you have tea or coffee & rusks (dried biscuits to be dunked in your drink!) before setting off on the morning safari which will take approximately 3-4 hours. Your guide has an intimate knowledge of the park, which contributes a great deal towards brilliant sightings!

On returning to Skukuza, breakfast/brunch will be ready at the camp. You then have time to enjoy a swim, visit the Skukuza museum, catch up on some sleep, visit the park shop which includes African curios, general food items and drinks, take a walk around the camp, or simply relax at the viewing platform in front of the restaurant, which overlooks the Sabie River. Skukuza is also a bird watcher’s paradise! Be sure to bring along your binoculars!

After a siesta you, once again, set off on the afternoon game drive. All game drives are conducted in specially adapted 4×4 open game drive vehicles to allow guests the best possible vantage point.

This evening we share safari stories at the camp fire under the stars after a scrumptious dinner served at the camp. Breakfast & dinner included.

Destination: South Africa
Accommodation: Skukuza Rest Camp
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Day 4: Incredible wildlife

Swaziland

The sun rises over your final day in the Kruger Park and you have one last chance to find the animals that have eluded you thus far. Breakfast is served after the game drive.

You will leave the Kruger Park directly after breakfast for the landlocked Kingdom of the Swazis.

It is interesting to see the variation in landscape as we move into this more mountainous region. You will stop for lunch somewhere en-route (own expense).

You will spend the night in one of the Swaziland Royal National Parks, where all the animals belong to the king.

Your guide will prepare dinner under the stars and the evening is spent sharing travel stories around the fire. Breakfast and dinner included.

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Day 5-6: Hidden Kingdom

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve

Today you have the pleasure of a later start! After breakfast you will depart for KwaZulu Natal through, once more, changing landscapes.

You will stop for lunch (own expense) en-route to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, made famous for its breeding program of both black & white rhino, which brought these magnificent creatures back from the brink of extinction!

Spend the first afternoon in search of wildlife en-route to the camp, where your guide will prepare dinner for you to enjoy under the stars (weather permitting).

Day 6 is filled with wildlife! Besides the Big 5, you can also expect to see animals like bush buck and nyala and the area is a bird watcher’s paradise!

After dinner you join a night drive conducted by KZN Parks. A night drive gives guests the opportunity of possibly seeing some of the nocturnal species out and about. Breakfast & dinner included.

Destination: South Africa
Accommodation: Mpila Camp
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Day 7: Sunset at the coast

Cape Vidal, St Lucia

After a final game drive and breakfast, you continue to South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park!

Upon arrival in the village of St Lucia, you join a 2 hour Hippo & Crocodile Boat Cruise on the St Lucia Estuary. Many crocodiles, hippos and birds make the estuary their home and you will have ample photographic opportunities.

After lunch at one of the restaurants in the village (own expense), you continue into the reserve along the Eastern Shores, where you will stay at Cape Vidal Camp. Accommodation is in log cabins, situated only metres from the beach.

We enjoy dinner with the sound of breaking waves in the background. Breakfast & dinner included.

Destination: South Africa
Accommodation: Cape Vidal Camp Site
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Day 8: Sunset at the coast

Depart

After breakfast you will have time to go for a walk along the beach or to enjoy a swim in the warm Indian Ocean.

Then we sadly have to leave this bio-diverse area.

You still have one more chance for game viewing from our closed, air conditioned tour vehicle as you leave the park for Durban’s King Shaka airport. You will stop en-route to enjoy lunch (own expense). We plan to arrive around 16h00.

Destination: South Africa
Accommodation: Cape Vidal Camp Site
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