Prepare to be captivated by its legendary landscapes and tapestries of untamed wilderness! This 8-day Kruger & Eswatini tour is the secret gem in our constellation of tours. Often underrated or not properly understood, this tour is such a wonderful surprise for all of our travellers. If you’re looking for safari, this tour has it all! We depart from the city of Johannesburg and make our way east through the coalfield of Mpumalanga towards the greater Kruger National Park region. The abundance of wildlife presents us with opportunities for excellent sightings and the Kruger National Park is also home to the famed members of Africa’s Big-5 (lion, rhino, leopard, buffalo and elephant). Our time in the Kruger National Park is spent game driving in our Nomad Truck, enjoying a full day game driving experience in open 4×4 safari vehicles and travelling a short distance outside of the park to the Panorama Route, to see the highlights of Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and God’s Window. After our final game drive as we exit the Kruger National Park, we bid farewell and depart for Mlilwane National Park in the Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly called Swaziland). Our guides will lead us on a nature trail, giving us in-depth history on the area. We bid farewell to Eswatini before heading to the heart of the St Lucia Wetland Reserve, and enjoy a morning 4×4 safari drive in the Hluhluwe National Park. For even more safari, we then head to Isimangaliso Wetland Park where you will board a boat for a sunset cruise to view hippo, crocodiles and water birds before ending your tour in spicy Durban. Durban has long been the favourite holiday destination for South Africans, the golden mile with its warm seas and safe swimming beaches attracts visitors throughout the year.
Day 1 – Greater Kruger National Park
Leaving the city of Johannesburg behind us we make our way east through the coalfields of Mpumalanga. Our journey today follows in the footsteps of the old trade-routes to the Lowveld and the Kruger National Park. This afternoon there will be an opportunity to join an optional Sundowner drive. Booking is essential and your guide can assist on departure this morning.
Day 2 – Kruger National Park
Rising early this morning we enter the 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. Our Game drive through the park is in an open-sided 4×4 vehicle.
Day 3 – Kruger National Park
While those who elect to do the optional morning walk will have an earlier start, we set out a little later today and travel the short distance to the Panorama Route. Strung along the escarpment that divides the central plateau and low-lying bushveld of the Kruger, the sights of the Panorama route offer us a day of scenic delights. We will visit the highlights of Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and God’s Window before returning to camp in the late afternoon.
Day 4 – Kruger to Eswatini
We start the day early with some coffee and traditional rusks before setting off through Kruger on our way to Eswatini. Our truck offers an excellent platform for game viewing as we make our way south. We exit the southern end of the park and travel the short distance to Eswatini border, our route this afternoon winds through the mountains and forests of this landlocked kingdom. Our destination for today is the Ezulwini Valley just south of the capital Mbabane.
Day 5 – Eswatini – Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Endless hours of self-guided exploration within the small 4560ha Mlilwane sanctuary are possible due to the relative absence of dangerous game. This morning our guide will lead us out on a nature walk to explore the “Nature Trail “, which provides interpretation of historical and environmental information of the area.
Day 6 – Eswatini – St Lucia
We bid farewell to Eswatini and re-enter South Africa, continuing south into the reaches of Zululand, once the realm of the mighty King Shaka who united the Zulu clans.
Day 7 – Hluhluwe – Umfolozi Game Reserve / iSimangaliso Wetland Park
We set out early this morning for a game drive in the nearby Hluhulwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, one of the last strongholds of the endangered rhinoceros. While rhinoceros are the most famous of the parks inhabitants, the park also provides a home to many other species, including the Big-5 that we all hope to see. Returning to our lodging for a siesta, we freshen up for an afternoon boat cruise on St Lucia estuary.
Day 8 – Kwa Zulu Natal Coast – Durban
This morning we will depart St Lucia and make our way to the city of Durban, where your tour will come to an end upon arrival.
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- Small Group
- German Translator
- German Guided
Pre & Post Tour
Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
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