Johannesburg, Pilgrim's Rest, Kruger National Park , Swaziland, Zululand, Durban
It’s a truly royal five days, fully escorted, so you’re taken directly to some of South Africa’s finest scenic sights and most prolific Big Five game-viewing country. This is an African journey which begins in earnest in the quaint historical mining town of Pilgrim’s Rest, and meanders through the unique, awe-inspiring landscape of Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window. You’ll venture out into the vast expanses of Kruger National Park in an open safari vehicle, in pursuit of the legendary Big Five. It’s a thrilling excursion guaranteed to get the heart racing, as the Park’s diverse landscape and wildlife reveal their magic.
Your tour also incorporates the regal little Kingdom of Swaziland, where you’ll be inducted into the way of life by a full Swazi cultural experience and a visit to traditional craft market. Our adventure draws to a close on a leisurely boat cruise on the World Heritage Site of Lake St Lucia, but not before you’ve seen the magnificent hippos and crocodiles which patrol the waters. The Kruger and Kingdoms tour is the perfect balance between wild and tame, culture and creativity, and you’ll have really experienced the majesty of this special corner of Africa.
Day 1: (Mon) Pretoria & Mpumalanga (BD)
Depart by 07h30 and leave Johannesburgs distinctive skyline and head for Pretoria, South Africa?s capital city, for a short orientation tour, before continuing to Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. We travel via the historic towns of Witbank, Dullstroom and Lydenburg, passing over the famous Long Tom Pass onto the small town of Sabie. This afternoon explore the living history in the form of Pilgrim?s Rest, the old mining village where gold was first discovered.
Accommodation: The Royal Hotel or similar
Day 2: (Tue) Pilgrims Rest & the Kruger National Park (BB,D)
This morning gasp at the glory that is God?s Window, a boundless view of forested mountains and fertile plains, and visit the spectacular Blyde River Canyon, one of the natural wonders of Africa. We explore the quaint village of Graskop before arriving mid afternoon at our overnight hotel.
Accommodation: Perry?s Bridge Hollow or similar
Day 3: (Wed) A Full Day Big Five Game Viewing in Kruger (PB)
Set off before breakfast in open safari vehicle in search of lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard, and all manner of wondrous wildlife, birds and plant species.
Accommodation: Perry?s Bridge Hollow or similar
Day 4: (Thu) The Kingdom of Swaziland (BB,BL,BD)
Drive to the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland, a former British Protection Territory, now ruled by King MsWati III. Enjoy a Swazi cultural experience, then visit the famous Ngwenya Glass Factory to see master craftsmen fashion collectable figures and functional art out of molten glass. Our next stop is the capital city Mbabane, known for its vibrant markets packed with woven baskets, beadwork and carvings.
Accommodation: Lugogo Sun or similar
Day 5: (Fri) The Kingdom of the Zulus (BB)
Visit the Swazi Candle Factory, teeming with exquisite wax artworks in every shape and colour imaginable. Then on into Zululand, arrive mid afternoon at the town of St Lucia, a World Heritage Site and home to hippo, crocodile and no less than 367 bird species. Accommodation: Protea Hotel Umfolozi or similar.*Clients have the option to purchase an exciting afternoon open safari vehicle game drive into Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.
Day 6: (Sat) Durban (BB)
This morning enjoy a cruise on Lake St Lucia before departing for Durban. Hug the lush KwaZulu-Natal coastline en route to Durban, watching the sugar cane fields do their own version of the Mexican wave at the urging of the wind.End the tour before lunch, either at the airport or at a central Durban hotel.
Should pre or post tour accommodation be required, please refer to the notes below.
Visa conditions apply for Swaziland and passports are required.
Tour in air-conditioned mini & midi-buses.
Discover the Kruger and KwaZulu-Natal with our professional Tour Guides.
Rooms with private facilities, on a twin share basis.
All accommodation is of a 3 star standard.
Hotel porterage included.
Kruger National Park Conservation Levy included.
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