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10 Day Kruger, Swaziland & Drakensberg Tour Popular

StartJohannesburg
EndJohannesburg
Duration: 10 Days
Style of Tour :
From
ZAR 23500.00AUD 2,122.85CAD 1,883.01EURO 1,397.15GBP 1,153.09USD 1,589.99

Experience a unique South African safari including incredible scenery, exciting game drives and cultural encounters. Visit two premier game reserves and enjoy close encounters with Africa’s famous wildlife and photographic opportunities. Cultural encounters in both Swaziland and Zululand, a wildlife boat cruise and hiking in the Drakensberg are some of the highlights of this accommodated safari tour. There is both an accommodated and an accommodated/ camping  combo option available for this tour. Note that this tour begins and ends in Johannesburg. We schedule a group departure every Monday, however this tour works well as a private tour for couples and or family groups. Contact us for more details on private departures for this tour.

Countries visitingSouth Africa, Swaziland
Trip ID:DTFP10KSD
This tour is:Family Friendly
Accommodation on tour:Chalet/Lodge

Highlights

  • Panorama Route
  • Kruger Park
  • Game drives
  • Swaziland
  • Zululand
  • Cultural encounters
  • Durban
  • Drakensberg
  • Lesotho via the Sani Pass

Below is the basic day to day brief.

The Full downloadable Itinerary is at the bottom of this window.

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Day 1: Johannesburg – Blyde River Canyon 
We depart Johannesburg/ Pretoria Early, pick up is available from any guesthouse of Hotel in the Johannesburg/ Pretoria area. We take the scenic route towards South Africa’s North-Eastern Lowveld. Along the way we stop in the historic Gold digging village of Pilgrims Rest, followed by lunch in the little Village of Graskop (own cost). The highlight of this afternoon is the spectacular views from Gods window and Bourke’s lucks Potholes, these breathtaking views form part of the Blyde River Canyon, arguably the most amazing views and landscape in South Africa and perfect way to start our adventure.

Accommodation: Forever Resorts Blyde River Canyon
Facilities: Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
                 Camping: 2 Man Dome Tents with shared ablutions
Route: Johannesburg to Blyde River Canyon Area
Meals: Dinner (Braai)
Included Highlight: Blyde River Canyon, 3 Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window, Traditional Dinner


Day 2
: Blyde River Canyon – Greater Kruger National Park
Our days starts early morning with coffee and rusks as we watch the sunrise over the canyon - followed by a leisure hike down the Blyde River Canyon to the waterfall, a great way to start the day while the air is still crisp and the sunrise provides us with wonderful pictures .
We return to camp/ lodge for a well-deserved hearty breakfast.
After breakfast we leave the canyon area and drive to the Village of Hazyview, we will overnight in one of the Kruger National Park Rest camps or if these are unavailable then in one of the many lodges in the Hazyview area. We arrive at our accommodation in time for our first sunset safari experience on an open safari jeep searching for the animals in Kruger National Park.

Accommodation:  Kruger Adventure Lodge or similar 
Facilities:  Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
                
 Camping: 2 Man Dome Tents with shared ablutions
Route:  Blyde River Canyon to Hazyview
Meals:  Breakfast
Included Highlight:  Hike in the Blyde River Canyon, Afternoon/Sunset Open Vehicle Game Drive


Day 3
Kruger National Park 
We wake once again for early morning Tea/ Coffee and Rusks. We enter Kruger National Park to enjoy a full day of game viewing. The abundance of wildlife presents us with opportunities for excellent sightings and the Kruger is also home to the famed members of Africa’s 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.

Accommodation:  Kruger Adventure Lodge or similar 
FacilitiesAccommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
                 
Camping: 2 Man Dome Tents with shared ablutions
Route:  Kruger National Park
Meals:  Breakfast
Included Highlight:  Full Day Game Drive in Kruger National Park in Open Vehicle 4x4 Safari Vehicle


Day 4 & 5: Kingdom of Swaziland
An early morning coffee sees us set out on our final road trip through the Kruger to the gate where we exit en-route for the Kingdom of Swaziland. We have to go through border control. After which our first stop in Swaziland is a glass and candle factory and outdoor craft market where lunch is also enjoyed (own cost). This afternoon we will have out first cultural experience with a visit to the Matenga cultural village. This will give us valuable insight into the Swazi beliefs and customs. It finishes off with some traditional dancing and time to wonder around the markets.

Our Accommodation for the next 2 nights is in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. For our time here we recommend you participate in some of the many activities offered in the sanctuary such as; horseback trails, mountain bike riding, village walk, bush guided walks or just enjoy some rejuvenating time-out sun tanning around the cool swimming pool with a good book…. or simply enjoy a few good hikes. There are over forty species of animals found here including the exotic species such as Honey Badger, Dwarf Mongoose, Aardwolf, Striped Polecat and the more common including Hippo, Ostrich, Kudu, Zebra and Baboon. We visit Swazi Candles and a Swazi Craft Market. We stay at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary for 2 nights

Accommodation:  Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary or Similar
Facilities:  Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
                  Camping:  Twin share Room
Route|:  Kruger Park Area to Swaziland
Meals:  2 x Breakfast
Included Highlights:  Ngwenya Glass Factory, Swazi Candle Factory, Craft Markets, Mlilwane Game Reserve
Optional Activities:   Mountain Bike Trails, Horse Back trails, Village Walk, nature Walk, Guided Birding Walk, White                                                    Water Rafting, Sunrise Safari


Day 6Swaziland – St Lucia, South Africa 
Leaving this amazing sanctuary and country behind us we cross the border re-entering South Africa into KwaZulu-Natal province. Arriving in the small coastal town of St Lucia. This afternoon we board a small boat in the Isimangaliso Wetland park to view the many animals in this world heritage site such as crocodiles, hippos and plenty of birdlife that inhabit the estuary. Tonight, you have a free night to explore the village by foot and choose from a range of local restaurants. 

Recently renamed the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, this sub-tropical paradise covers about 240,000 hectares and is the largest estuarine system in Africa. The park includes the southernmost extension of coral reefs on the continent, and covers 220km of the East Coast from St Lucia to the Mozambique border. iSimangaliso encompasses a huge range of natural systems, ranging from dune, swamp and coastal forests to rocky and sandy shores, coral reefs and submarine canyons, and a mosaic of mangroves, savanna grassland, thickets and woodlands. It is the largest protected wetland in southern Africa, with large numbers of nesting turtles on the beaches; as well as the migration of whales, dolphins and whale-sharks off-shore; and huge numbers of waterfowl including large breeding colonies of pelicans, storks, herons and terns. The Park’s unique climate and position has resulted in exceptional biodiversity including some 521 bird species.

Accommodation:  Forest Lodge & Villas
Facilities:  Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
                 Camping:  Twin share Room
Route:  Swaziland to St. Lucia
Meals:  Breakfast
Included Highlight:  St. Lucia. Isimangaliso Wetland Park Croc & Hippo Boat Cruise


Day 7: St Lucia – Durban- Southern Drakensberg
This morning we enjoy a late breakfast before starting our coastal drive to Durban. We then drive pass the many sugar cane fields on route to South Africa’s biggest shipping port blessed with a golden mile of beautiful beaches.
En-route we stop in Howick for some lunch before heading on to the town of Underberg, on the slopes of the world-renowned Sani Pass, where we will overnight at the foot of the Drakensberg Mountains.

Accommodation:  Sani Pass Hotel or similar
Facilities:  Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
                  Camping:  Twin share Room
Route:  St. Lucia to Underberg
Meals:  Breakfast
Optional Activities:   Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve Game Drive, Whale Watching


Day 8: Southern Drakensberg 
This morning after breakfast you will have the opportunity to do  some of the many Optional Activities the Southern Drakensberg has to offer.
We advise clients to consider doing the 4 x 4 Excursion up Sani Pass as described below. Your guide will help you book this. On the below optional activity you will be entering the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.
(The Tour departs at 09h30 and takes approx. 2.5 hours to reach the summit, stopping at breath taking view sites along the Sani Pass and the two border posts i.e. The South African Border Control and Lesotho Border Control. Once at the top of the Sani Pass, we visit the highest Pub in Africa - The Sani Mountain Lodge. After lunch the Tour continues into a living Basotho village, where our experienced mountain guide will interest you on Lesotho and its people - the hardy mountainous Basotho folk. Traditional beer and homemade bread offered on request. We wind down the Sani Pass after this cultural experience and arrive back in Underberg between 16h00- 16h30 depending on the wildlife spotted along the way)

Other Activities exploring the Drakensberg such as Horse riding walking some of the many Hiking trails in the Southern Drakensberg can be done should you decide not to so the Sani Pass.

Accommodation:  Sani Pass Hotel or similar
Facilities:  Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
                  Camping:  Twin share Room
Meals:  Breakfast
Included Highlight:  Southern Drakensberg
Optional Activity:  4x4 excursion up Sani Pass, Lesotho Daytrip, Horse Riding, Hiking


Day 9: Southern Drakensberg – Northern Drakensberg 
A slow morning allows for some Horseback Riding or Hiking at Khotso. Khotso has been offering horse riding in the Southern Drakensberg for well over a decade and making this the most incredible activity accessible to all adventurous travellers visiting this beautiful mountain range. The largest horse trails specialist in the area. We depart for the Northern Berg.
The route rewards us with spectacular scenery as we make our way towards the Northern Drakensberg. We arrive in the Northern Drakensberg in the early to late afternoon depending on the morning activities.

Accommodation:  Golden Gate Hotel & Chalets or similar  
Facilities:  Accommodated: Two per room with en-suite bathroom
                  Camping:  Twin share Room
Route:  Southern Drakensberg to Northern Drakensberg
Meals:  Breakfast
Included Highlight:  Spectacular Mountain Scenery
Optional Activities:  Horse Riding, Hiking


Day 10: Drakensberg to Johannesburg
This morning you will have activity options before heading back to Johannesburg, arriving in the late afternoon.

Route:  Drakensberg to Johannesburg
Meals:  Breakfast
Included Highlight:  Spectacular Mountain Scenery
Optional Activities:  Self-Guided Hiking Trails


 

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Note: Itineraries do change, please speak to your consultant for the latest up to date itinerary for your travel period.

Approx. tour cost in
ZAR 23500.00AUD 2,122.85CAD 1,883.01EURO 1,397.15GBP 1,153.09USD 1,589.99

2022 Tour Prices - Per person

R 23,500 p/p sharing - Camping

R28,500 p/p sharing - Accommodated

R3000 - Single Supplement

  • Accommodation as described in Itinerary
  • Qualified tour guide
  • All transport
  • Small group tour
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Activities as per itinerary

 

  • All visas & travel insurance
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Beverages & snacks
  • Souvenirs, tips
This tour has a duration of: 10 Days

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