Departing select Sundays
$ 1,370 – $1,475
Bushveld and canyons, big game and traditional Africa, mountains and beaches– explore the diverse and scenic eastern region of South Africa on a tour that takes you to the Kruger National Park, then through eSwatini (Swaziland) and Zululand to the thriving coastal city of Durban.
- Gorgeous mountain scenery and breathtaking vantage points along Mpumalanga’s Eastern Escarpment
- Big 5 viewing in the pristine wilderness of the Kruger National Park
- Fascinating cultures of Southern Africa’s pastoral Swazi and Zulu kingdoms
On arrival in Johannesburg at OR Tambo International Airport, you’ll be met by your representative and transferred to your hotel. Johannesburg is the largest and most populous city in South Africa. It is also the source of a large-scale gold and diamond trade, due to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills. The remainder of the day is at leisure & unescorted. Why not enjoy a sightseeing tour or simply relax at your hotel. At 7 pm we will meet up at reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet fellow travelers.
Depart Johannesburg after breakfast and head for Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city, for a short orientation tour, before continuing to the Mpumalanga Province, known as “Paradise Country”. Dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld, we travel via the historic towns of Dullstroom and Lydenburg. After traversing the famous Long Tom Pass, we travel via Sabie and arrive late afternoon into Hazyview, the safari hub of the Kruger National Park.
After an early morning breakfast, we’ll drive along the spectacular “Panorama Route”, offering views of amazing scenery including the 16 mile-long Blyde River Canyon (home to the Three Rondavels), Bourke’s Luck Potholes’ and historic God’s Window, a breathtaking view (weather permitting) of the edge of the escarpment taking in the Kruger National Park. We arrive back in Hazyview in the late afternoon, where the remainder of the day is at leisure to relax.
The day begins with early morning coffee or tea, followed by a thrilling open vehicle safari (with English speaking game ranger) through Kruger National Park with pre-packed breakfast. Kruger is one of the world’s greatest national parks, home to a stunning array of wildlife. Search for the "Big Five" (rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, and elephant) as well as prolific birdlife and numerous other game. The afternoon is at leisure at your hotel. An afternoon open vehicle game drive is available as an extension to the morning game drive (optional & for own account).
This morning we travel to eSwatini (Swaziland), an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, crafts and colorful indigenous culture. An interactive cultural experience introduces us to the charming people of eSwatini (Swaziland) and their traditions. We travel via the capital city, Mbabane, to the beautiful Ezulwini Valley for overnight in eSwatini (Swaziland).
After breakfast we will continue south through eSwatini (Swaziland), before re-entering South Africa. Travel into Zululand, passing traditional round huts and endless vistas. There is an option to enjoy an afternoon open vehicle safari (optional and for own account with an English-speaking game ranger) in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, which contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora and is particularly famous for its conservation of black and white rhino. Overnight in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi region.
This morning we will join a cruise on Lake St Lucia (depending on favorable weather conditions) before departing for Durban. Our journey takes us past traditional Zulu Kraals, Eucalyptus plantations and sugar cane fields. We arrive in Durban (Umhlanga), where the tour ends on arrival.
- Professionally-trained, English-speaking driver/guides with each vehicle
- Meals as detailed in brackets following each day's description
- All park entrance fees, VAT and other government taxes
- Comprehensive pre-trip material
Additional Expenses Not Included
- Meals not included
- Most beverages
- All international, regional and local scheduled flights
- Requisite visas and other travel preparations like inoculations