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7 Day Kruger, Eswatini (Swaziland) and St Lucia Tour

StartJohannesburg
EndDurban (South Africa)
Duration: 7 Days
Style of Tour :
From
ZAR 24500.00AUD 1,921.57CAD 1,737.59EURO 1,184.15GBP 1,115.16USD 1,299.73

This exhilarating trip takes us through the awe-inspiring Panoramic Route, where we visit the famous Blyde River Canyon and Gods Window. We then travel on search for the Big 5 through Kruger National Park, enjoying open vehicle sunset game drives. We get the chance for a cultural experience in the Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland) and then head to the small coastal town of St Lucia to visit the iSimangaliso Wetland Park famous for its large numbers of nesting turtles, dolphins, whale-sharks and amazing birdlife. This is the perfect tour for families and small groups. We also offer this tour on a private basis. 

Trip ID:DTFP7KSD
This tour is:Family Friendly
Accommodation on tour:Chalet/Lodge

Highlights

  • Blyde River Canyon
  • Bourke's Luck potholes
  • Three Rondavels
  • God's Window
  • Kruger National Park
  • Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland)
  • Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Eswatini (Swaziland) Local Glass and Candle Factory
  • Matenga Cultural Villiage
  • St Lucia/ Isimangaliso Wetlands
  • Hluluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve
  • Shakaland
  • Durban

Below is the basic day to day brief.

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

Please download the dossier should you want more detailed information on the route and tour.


DAY 1: SOUTH AFRICA – BLYDE RIVER CANYON

We depart Johannesburg/ Pretoria early, pick up is available from any guesthouse or hotel in the Johannesburg/ Pretoria area. We take the scenic route towards South Africa’s North-Eastern Lowveld travelling towards the Panorama route.

The highlight of this afternoon is the spectacular views from God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck 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.

Tonight, we will overnight in the Blyde River Canyon area.


DAY 2: BLYDE RIVER CANYON – HAZYVIEW

Witness the breath-taking sunrise over the canyon as you start your day, setting the tone for an unforgettable experience. Explore the diverse range of hiking trails available, tailored to cater to different fitness levels and time constraints. You can opt for a relaxed stroll down the canyon to see the Tufa waterfall in just 30 minutes or embark on a more challenging hike that lasts anywhere between 2 to 5 hours. For an added optional adventure, venture to the Graskop gorge lift Company, where a thrilling viewing lift awaits. Descend 51 meters down the gorge's face, immersing yourself in the enchanting indigenous forest below. Traverse along wooden walkways and suspension bridges, following a 600-meter trail that reveals the captivating wonders of the natural world.

After an exhilarating morning, we enter the captivating Lowveld region, home to the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Arrive in the charming town of Hazyview, your base for the next two nights.

This afternoon you have an option to embark on an optional 3-hour afternoon/sunset safari in the Kruger Park. Boarding an open safari vehicle.


DAY 3: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Rising early this morning, we enter Kruger National Park by gate opening times. A breakfast pack will be provided to take with. Don’t forget to pack your sun screen and safari essentials (camera, binoculars etc).

Today we will enjoy a full day of game viewing. We make use of a 9-seater open vehicle which is perfectly designed to give you a real bird’s eye view of the wildlife you will encounter on your safari. Stopping throughout the day at various waterholes, viewpoints and a stop at one of the rest camps for lunch.

Kruger Park is South Africa’s largest game reserve and is truly the flagship of the South African National Parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species.

We return late in the afternoon to your lodge where you can enjoy leisure time before dinner.


DAY 4: HAZYVIEW TO KINGDOM OF ESWATINI (SWAZILAND)

For those seeking an extra game viewing experience, there is an optional early morning safari available (Summer 04:30/Winter 05:00). This allows you to witness the incredible wildlife one last time before we make our way to the border of Eswatini. Those who opt for this safari will have an early rise, returning to the lodge in time for breakfast. Meanwhile, for those who prefer a more leisurely morning, you can enjoy a well-deserved lie-in.

Our destination for today is the Ezulwini Valley just south of the capital Mbabane. The route this morning winds through mountains and forests before arriving at Eswatini border. You can visit the Ngwenya Glass Factory Shop before heading to a Swazi Cultural Village for an insight into the Swazi Culture and Traditions. Arriving at the lodge in the late afternoon.

Mlilwane offers an array of activities and adventures in the picturesque Ezulwini Valley (Valley of Heaven), flanked by the dramatic backdrop of mountains and the huge Usuthu Forest stretching into the distance.


DAY 5: MLILWANE TO HLANE ROYAL NATIONAL PARK
This morning you have some time to explore the Mlilwane wildlife sanctuary on your own. Filled with free roaming animals and offers the opportunity to do some walking, mountain biking or horseback safaris.

Endless hours of guided or self-guided exploration within the small 4560 Hectare sanctuary are possible due to the relative absence of dangerous game.

Departing Mlilwane after the morning’s optional activities, we head to Swazi Candles Centre and Craft Market. You will be surrounded by talented crafters, artists and artisans as well as a bustling markets and souvenir shops. Perfect opportunity to find a gift.

Tonight, we stay at Hlane Royal National Park, with an exciting species lists including impressive ancient hardwood habitats, big game and rich birdlife. This 22,000-ha park, still boasts the largest herds of game in the Kingdom with speciality species being lion, rhino, elephants, vultures and marabou stork.


DAY 6: HLANE – ST. LUCIA

This morning you can join a truly unique experience - the ever-popular Rhino drive (optional activity), which is a 1,5-hour drive focusing on White Rhinoceros. The highlight of this drive is the potential opportunity of alighting the vehicle and quietly approaching them on foot. Not all Rhinoceros’s are approachable and guides have discretion. Due to the nature of this activity, minimum age 13 years.

After breakfast we leave this amazing country behind us and 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.


DAY 7: ST. LUCIA – DURBAN

Morning optional activities will determine our departure time. Our tour comes to an end today, dropping of at King Shaka International Airport or in the Durban area.

For those on the 10 Day we continue on to the UNESCO world heritage site of the majestic uKhahlamba Drakensberg Mountains.


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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 24500.00AUD 1,921.57CAD 1,737.59EURO 1,184.15GBP 1,115.16USD 1,299.73
We offer 2 kinds of accommodation depending on your budget.
Comfort = Room with en-suite bathroom
Budget = Room with shared bathroom
 
2024 Prices

Budget:  ZAR 24,500 per person sharing
                 ZAR 3000 single supplement

Comfort:  ZAR 28,500 per person sharing
                  ZAR 4000 single supplement


* Please note that peak season rates are slightly higher depending on lodge availability. Please ask your consultant for a quotation. 
  • All ground transportation
  • Services of experienced qualified driver/guide
  • Included Highlights
  • Meals as specified on itinerary
  • Entrance fees & accommodation per itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks & optional activities as indicated

This tour has daily departures

This tour has a duration of: 7 Days

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