This 5-day Kruger Park safari and Zululand tour introduces you to South Africa’s prime wildlife safari areas! We start with a wildlife safari to the famous Kruger Park! Further along, after a stopover in Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland), we visit the reserves of Zululand along the east coast of South Africa.
There is nothing quite like being on a safari vehicle in Africa! You feel the crisp morning breeze in your face – alert, excited – taking in the smells, hearing the bird and animal sounds around you – some closer, others in the distance, surrounded by the African bush with the morning sun streaming through it – watching a majestic elephant bull standing just metres from you, looking straight at the vehicle with waving ears – inspecting…
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DAY 1. Gauteng – Panoramic Route (wildlife safari)
This wildlife safari takes us via Middelburg and Dullstroom to the Three Rondavels view site at the Blyde River Canyon. We visit scenic areas such as Bourke’s Luck Potholes (a walk down the hill to see this unique trick of nature is worth the experience), Lisbon Falls, God’s Window and the Pinnacle before a short visit to Pilgrim’s Rest; an early gold mining town declared a National Monument. Rich deposits of alluvial gold were found here at the end of the last century, hence the town’s existence deep in the mountains—overnight Ligna Lodge.
DAY 2. Panoramic Route – Kruger National Park – Wildlife Safari
After an early breakfast, we do a pleasant walk through the indigenous forest to see the Lone Creek Falls. Then we follow a scenic route to Hazyview and enter the Kruger National Park where our wildlife safari commences. We spend the rest of the afternoon in this magnificent reserve around 2 million ha in extent. We overnight in the reserve in chalets in one of the rest camps.
DAY 3. Kruger National Park – Swaziland
After an early rise, we depart on an open vehicle safari (or in our vehicle if not available) and breakfast afterwards on a deck overlooking the Sabie River. You spend the morning in Kruger and depart for the mountain Kingdom of Swaziland for a visit to the Ngwenya glass factory where all the items are hand made from recycled glass. After a drive through the capital, Mbabane, continue to Mhlambanyatsi where we overnight in the mountains at Forester’s Arms.
DAY 4. Swaziland – Zululand – Private Reserve
This morning we have an early breakfast and then visit Swazi Candles in the Malkerns Valley where we watch the locals hand-moulding wax into a variety of interesting shapes. On this site, there is also a market where the locals sell their craft and other shops where you can buy items like batik, hand-woven cloth, colourful handbags, etc. Continue along the Ezulwini Valley towards Manzini, the country’s industrial centre, and swing south on a scenic route where crossing every hill opens up a new vista. We exit Swaziland and enter Zululand to travel southwards to Hluhluwe and arrive at our private lodge for check-in. Then we embark on an exiting open vehicle wildlife safari continuing into the evening. We return for a well-deserved dinner and overnight—overnight Zulu Nyala Game Lodge.
DAY 5. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park – St Lucia (iSimangaliso) – Durban
After an early breakfast, we travel to hilly Hluhluwe Imfolozi Reserve – quite different from the Kruger Park – and enter the reserve for another two hours of great viewing in this Big Five Reserve where the white rhino was saved from extinction. We travel to the village of St Lucia. Join a boat cruise on the famous Lake St Lucia (proclaimed a World Heritage Site in 1999). The lake is a wildlife paradise with bird species such as fish eagle, Goliath heron and many more. Your skipper/guide will show you the world of the hippo and the crocodile and other mystic inhabitants of the “deep”. After this unforgettable experience, we travel to Durban, South Africa’s holiday Mecca, where our tour ends.
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