Kruger, Hluhluwe & Swaziland
7 Day Overland Tour, Accommodated
Number of Participants: 4-20
Tour Price: from 1,100 EUR
Activity Package: from 140 EUR
Single Supplement: from 90 EUR
This 7-day accommodated overland tour takes you along the Panorama Route, one of South Africa’s most scenic drives to the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, where injured or rescued wild animals are rehabilitated. You might get close to a leopard or lion cubs… This experience is followed by game drives in the well-known Kruger National Park and the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve which has the largest population of white rhino in the world. You will also discover the Kingdom of Swaziland and enjoy a sunset cruise in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The tour ends in tropical Durban, South Africa’s largest marine port and well-known surfing destination.
Day 1-3 | South Africa
- Panorama Route: Blyde River Canyon, God´s Window, Bourke´s Luck Potholes
- Timbavati: Traditional Shangaan dinner with dancing
- Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
- Kruger National Park: Game drives
Day 4-5 | Swaziland
- Mlilwane Nature Reserve: Nature walks, traditional dancing
Day 6-7 | South Africa
- iSimangaliso Wetland Park: Sunset boat cruise
- Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve: Game drive
- Durban: Dinner at a local restaurant (optional)
Day 1 | Johannesburg, South Africa - Panorama Route, South Africa
Distance approx. 600 km; driving time approx. 9-10h (incl. Panorama Route)
Leaving Johannesburg you travel along the Panorama route, one of South Africa’s most scenic drives. The route passes the natural wonders of Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Blyde River Canyon including God’s Window and Three Rondavels. This evening you will enjoy a traditional Shangaan dinner and dancing.
Lunch | Dinner
Day 2-3 | Panorama Route, South Africa - Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa
Distance on day 2 approx. 50 km; driving time approx. 3-4h (incl. educational visit)
You get up early to visit the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre a sanctuary for injured and poisoned wild birds and animals. This is a wonderful opportunity to get up close to some very rare species as well as to learn about dehorning of rhinos being done here. Later you enter the world-famous Kruger National Park for an afternoon game drive. The next day you spend the entire day on a game drive. You also have the option to join a game walk or game drive in an open vehicle. These are optional activities, not included in the rate. You will stay on the outskirts of the Kruger National Park.
2 x Breakfast | 2 x Dinner
Day 4-5 | Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland
Distance on day 4 approx. 450 km; driving time approx. 5-6h (incl. game dives)
After one last game drive on your way out of the Kruger National Park you travel to Swaziland, stopping at one of the local markets on the way. The tiny Kingdom of Swaziland is a landlocked country bordered by South Africa and Mozambique. You spend the next two nights in the Mlilwane Nature Reserve where animals such as warthog and nyala wander between the chalets. Explore the reserve on foot; there are no dangerous predators here. You will experience traditional Swazi dancing on the second evening after dinner. Optional activities include mountain biking, hiking, horse riding, a guided bird walk or a sunset game drive.
2 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch | 2 x Dinner
Day 6 | Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland - St. Lucia, South Africa
Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 4-5h
You leave Swaziland and drive towards the warm Indian Ocean coast, re-entering South Africa. Soon after your arrival at the iSimangaliso Wetland Park you join a sunset cruise on the lagoon. This UNESCO-recognised area is extremely varied and includes lakes, beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands that support a diversity of animal, bird and marine life. You can also visit a traditional Zulu village – an optional activity and not included in the rate.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 7 | St. Lucia, South Africa - Durban, South Africa
Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 4-5h
Today you travel to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve where you join a game drive in an open 4x4 vehicle. The park is the only state-run park in the province of KwaZulu-Natal where the ‘Big Five’ live. Thanks to conservation efforts, the park now has the largest population of white rhino in the world. In the late afternoon you arrive in tropical Durban famous for its beaches, warm weather and ethnical diversity. Your tour ends upon arrival but the evening can be spent enjoying authentic Indian cuisine (at own expense) as Durban is also home to the largest population of people of Indian decent outside of India.
- Overland tour according to the itinerary
- 6 nights accommodation in guesthouses, chalets, bungalows,
- camps or lodges as indicated in the itinerary
- Transport in an overland truck
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Coffee and tea with breakfast
- National parks fees
- Flights (international and domestic)
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water)
- Optional activities
- Visa, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance
How big is the group and where are my fellow travellers from?
- Group sizes vary however there is a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 20 travellers per group
- Some departure dates are set aside for small group departures with a maximum of 12 travellers per group (see “Departure and Rates”).
- Travellers are from all over the world and from all walks of life.
Is there an age limit on tour?
- Generally the age limit is 16 to 65 years. But please feel free to contact us if you are a youngster travelling with your parents or if you are over the age of 65 years and we will gladly contact the local tour operator to see if we can’t work out something for you.
Where does the group overnight while on tour?
- 6 nights are spent in twin rooms / chalets at nice camps / guesthouses / lodges.
What vehicle is used on tour?
- We make use of safari trucks that have been reconstructed in order to cope with the demanding African conditions. Big windows guarantee first-class game and nature viewing and a spacious interior with comfortable seats offer a high travel comfort. The back part of the vehicle is used for luggage, food and other equipment.
What meals are included and what food can be expected on tour?
- Meals are included as indicated in the itinerary.
- Breakfast usually consists of cereals, toast and jam. Light lunches like salads and sandwiches are prepared en-route while for dinner the guide prepares stews, BBQs, vegetables and different pasta or rice dishes.
How much extra money do I have to take along?
- We recommend that you take along some extra cash for drinks, snacks and souvenirs. 10-15 USD per day is usually sufficient (depending on your spending habits). In addition you should allow some extra money for the optional activities you might want to participate in.
Do I need visa for this tour?
- Citizens of all nationalities need to contact the respective embassies of their travel destination to check the visa regulations.
- In general European citizens do not require a visa for South Africa and Swaziland.
- It is the sole responsibility of every traveller to be in possession of the required documents and visa that allows them to enter their holiday destination.
Do I need vaccinations for this tour?
- As the Kruger Park is situated within a malaria area, we would recommend some precautions. Please speak to your doctor or travel clinic about the different prophylaxis and their effects and side effects.
- Although none of the countries visited on tour require proof of immunization against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Hepatitis A & B, we nevertheless recommend those vaccinations.