Explore South Africa's wildlife rich Kruger National Park on open vehicle game drives to see if you can spot the Big Five! Discover the cultural highlights of Swaziland, situated on rolling hills with magnificent views of the surrounds and enjoy the abundant birdlife, and wildlife of the St. Lucia Estuary. Ending on the golden beaches of Durban's northern coastline, this accommodated overland tour offers a week of sublime game viewing, culture and African experiences!
If you'd like to spend more time exploring, this tour has an extension to Cape Town travelling via Lesotho and the Garden Route.
Day 1. Johannesburg to Kruger National Park Highlights. Blyde River Canyon, South Africa. Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.Departing Johannesburg in the early morning, we set off on our journey to Kruger National Park. Passing through South Africa's 'maize triangle' and power hub, we head on to the scenic Mpumalanga province and the picturesque Panorama Route. 4 images Blyde River Canyon, South Africa 3 images Hotel Numbi
Day 2. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa. Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.This morning we wake early and meet our local guides who will take us on our safari into the Kruger National Park. Boarding the 4x4 vehicles, we set off on a day of seeking out the Big 5 and other fantastic wildlife that resides here.
Day 3. Kruger National Park Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.For those who have elected to take the Adventure Pass on this tour, today offers a second opportunity to explore Kruger and head out in search of the animals that were not 'ticked off' our bucket list yesterday.
Day 4. Kruger to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland Highlights. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland. Accommodation. Mlilwane.We head south today making our way to the small land-locked Kingdom of Swaziland. Once border formalities are complete, we cross into Swaziland and enjoy the views of the small hamlets and open bushveld as we make our way to the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.
Day 5. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary Highlights. Swaziland Cultural Village, Ezulwini Valley. Accommodation. Mlilwane.Today we make our way through the sanctuary to the Royal Enclosure to learn about the history and culture of the Swazi Monarchy. A local Swazi guide walks us through a traditional village explaining many customs and rituals. After leisure time browsing street side markets and trying our hand bartering with crafters, we find our way back to the sanctuary for lunch.
Day 6. Swaziland to St Lucia, South Africa Accommodation. Monzi.Today we leave the amazing Mlilwane Sanctuary behind and travel through the Swaziland countryside and cross the border back to South Africa.
Day 7. St. Lucia to DurbanEnjoy a morning at leisure to explore this vibrant town's shops and restaurants before boarding the overland truck for our last day's drive to Durban's northern beaches. Our tour ends on arrival in Umhlanga in the late afternoon. Show more...
Saba Lodge is selectively chosen as it boasts of quality and comfort as well as being conveniently located. Within 15 minutes drive of O.R Tambo Airport, this establishment offers clients a taste of what their African adventure will entail. Set on 8000 square metres of land, with a tranquil rustic theme, a large deck and swimming pool, free uncapped fibre optic wifi, guests are sure to enjoy their stay. Rooms - single, dorm, family and twin/double en-suite rooms available. Breakfast and airport transfer available.
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation. Road Lodge, Umhlanga
City Lodge is 4 km from the beach, 18 km from King Shaka International Airport and is adjacent to the Gateway Theatre of Shopping's sprawling upscale mall, cinemas, mini-golf and waterpark. Rooms have en suite bathrooms with showers. All rooms feature conservative decor, TVs, radios and desks. Free Wi-Fi is offered in the bar/restaurant. There's also a fitness room, an outdoor pool surrounded by tropical trees, and a sundeck.
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.
PRE TOUR ACCOMODATION:
This tour departs Johannesburg early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings.
If time allows, we also suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of Durban and the surrounding
Every Accommodated Overland tour has an Adventure Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, which is paid before travel, and is paid in the currency listed in the brochure or on the. The Adventure Pass covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier. The purpose of the separate payment is to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS:
These are optional activities that are booked during your holiday and paid directly to the provider while on tour. These options offer a variety of experiences and allow you the freedom to decide what activities you would like to do.
Twin share accommodation with facilities (6 nights) some may be with bar or swimming pool.
24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari truck with on-board tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers, 4x4 safari vehicle.
GAME PARK VISITS:
In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local guides and smaller vehicles it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit.
This is a participation tour and your help will be needed in assisting with the various day to day duties, such as shopping, cooking and keeping the truck tidy (usually on a rota basis). But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip. Our accommodated tour option travels together with the camping counterpart.
6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
6 nights twin share accomodation