JOHANNESBURG - MPUMALANGA - KRUGER NP - SWAZILAND - KWAZULU - ST LUCIA- HLUHLUWE-UMFOLOZI NP - DURBAN
Day 1: Johannesburg
Arrive at Johannesburg, South Africa OR Tambo Airport where you are met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for overnight. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at the Westcliff Hotel on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 2: Mpumalanga/Kruger National Park
Today after breakfast, depart Johannesburg and travel to the ‘Land of the Rising Sun – Mpumalanga – via the magnificent Panorama Route. The most spectacular stretch of the Panorama Route is the Blyde River Canyon. Time and weather permitting, stop at God’s Window and the Mac Mac Falls. Late afternoon arrival at your hotel. Check in and freshen up before dinner. Overnight at Perry’s Bridge Hollow (standard room) or similar on dinner and breakfast basis.
Day 3: Kruger National Park
Early morning departure in an open vehicle safari through the Kruger National Park. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. At nearly 2 million hectares, the reserve is home to an impressive number of flora and fauna. Return to your hotel in the afternoon and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. You will have the option to return to the Kruger National Park to witness the tranquil beauty of an evening safari (additional charge). Dinner and overnight Perry’s Bridge Hollow (standard room) or similar.
Day 4: Swaziland
After breakfast, travel to the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland. The small mountainous kingdom is filled with bygone African traditions. Enjoy a showcase of the traditional Swazi culture followed by lunch at the Matsamo Cultural Village. Continue the tour to the Ngwenya Glass Works to see master craftsmen create stunning sculptures and artwork from molten glass. After time at the Mbabane craft markets, arrive at your hotel located in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley. Overnight Royal Swazi Sun (standard room) or similar on breakfast and dinner basis.
Day 5: KwaZulu Natal
Enjoy a morning visit to the Swazi Candle Factory where each candle is made and finished by hand using the age-old technique. Continue via Big Bend into KwaZulu-Natal. Arrive at your hotel in the afternoon, in time to embark on an afternoon scenic drive up the Ubombo Mountains. At the summit, we stop for sundowners, as the setting sun transforms the sky into a tapestry of colors. The drive will comprise a visit to a local and authentic Zulu homestead for a glimpse into Zulu life in today’s world. Overnight Ghost Mountain Inn (standard room) or similar on breakfast and dinner basis.
Day 6: Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve
After breakfast, drive to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve for a full day of game viewing. The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve covers a combined area of 90 000ha and it was there that the white rhino was saved from extinction. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. Overnight Ghost Mountain Inn (standard room) or similar on breakfast and dinner basis.
Day 7: St Lucia
Continue the safari along the Elephant Coast to St Lucia, located in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park – a World Heritage Site. Embark on a boat trip where you may spot crocodile, hippo and numerous bird species. Afterwards, drive to Durban, a city beneath which beats the pulse of South Africa. Arrive during the afternoon at your hotel located on the Gold Mile – Durban’s distinctive beach front. Overnight Southern Sun Elangeni (standard room) or similar on bed and breakfast basis
Day 8: Durban/Departure
This morning, enjoy a brief city tour of Durban, where you will discover the cultural and historical contrasts of the city. The tour ends with drop-off at Durban International Airport.