Explore the incredible Kruger National Park, Swaziland, Mozambique and Zululand

Sample the best of three stunning southern African countries on an eye-popping tour like no other. From busy Johannesburg, travel into Kruger National Park for an out-of-this-world African safari and then into the Kingdom of Swaziland, with its friendly locals and verdant mountain ranges. Chill out on the beaches of Mozambique where traces of the Portuguese colonial era remain in its elegant architecture, vibrant culture and delicious cuisine. Enjoy a homestay in the heart of Zululand, camp under the glow of a thousand stars and relax in the glamorous seaside city of Durban for a varied taste of awesome Africa.

Start
Johannesburg, South Africa
Finish
Durban, South Africa
Countries
South Africa,
Swaziland
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Code
UBOE
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 16
Carbon offset
461kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Go on safari in Kruger National Park - one of the largest game reserves in Southern Africa
  • Feast on fresh Mozambican seafood at the seaside village of Ponta Malongane
  • Visit the heartlands of the African Zulu and spend the night in a traditional homestay
  • Encounter endangered rhinos in the Hlane Royal National Park on a walking safari

Itinerary

Sawubona! Welcome to South Africa.
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1.
You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting; please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If your flight arrives too late, we recommend that you consider arriving a day early and book a night's accommodation prior to the trip so you are able to attend. If you are going to be late please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting so please ensure you have all details on hand to provide to your leader.
Johannesburg is a sprawling city of remarkable contrasts. In the townships, mansions stand alongside tin shacks and there are as many green parks on the outskirts of the city as there are conglomerations of concrete in the centre. This is a good place to spend a couple of days to get an insight into South Africa's history, and it's a great base for exploring the rest of the country.
Leave Johannesburg and travel through the Mpumalanga Province, journeying along the famous Panorama Route through some of the most stunning scenery South Africa has to offer. The sights en route include God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Three Rondavels (Sisters) and the magnificent Blyde River Canyon (675km, approx 11-12 hrs).
One of the largest game reserves in Southern Africa, Kruger National Park is home to over 500 bird species, 100 species of reptile and 150 mammal species, including the Big Five and the endangered African wild dog.
Our wildlife experience begins as soon as we enter the park. We head straight into prime game viewing areas where we hope to catch a glimpse of some of the amazing animals found here.

Our campground within the park has shared facilities, hot and cold water, and upgrades possible (subject to availability).
Rise early and have a light breakfast of coffee and rusks before embarking on a morning game drive in the truck. Most of the day will be spent game viewing, bird watching and stopping at various waterholes and viewpoints.
Take an optional night drive with the park guide to spot nocturnal animals and perhaps even a night-time predator or two.
Take a final slow game drive of between 20 and 70 km before exiting the park mid-morning.
Travel south-east and enter the Kingdom of Swaziland - nestled snugly between Mozambique, Northern Zululand and Mpumalanga. The border crossing between South Africa and Swaziland is generally very smooth, but there may be some delays at certain times of the year (215 km, approx 6-7 hrs).
A vast expanse of bushveld and its ancient hardwood trees make Hlane Royal National Park home to the largest wild herds in Swaziland.
Take the amazing opportunity to explore the park on a guided game walk.
Camp inside the national park with upgrades possible.
Departing from Hlane, head to the Golela border post and into Maputaland. Continue on and enter Mozambique at Kosi Bay (230 km, approx 7-8 hrs).
After crossing the border, leave our truck behind and jump into some 4x4s to travel on to the seaside village of Ponta Malongane.
Our campsite is basic with share facilities.
One of the many unspoiled beaches of Mozambique, Ponta Malongane has plenty to do - from snorkelling and dolphin boat cruises to just relaxing on the beach sipping on a coconut juice.
Depart southern Mozambique, making our way to Zululand and Lake St Lucia, stopping at a shop for supplies along the way (240 km, approx 5-6 hrs).
Declared a World Heritage Site in 1999, St Lucia Estuary is home to thousands of varieties of birds, mammals and reptiles - with its most popular residents being the hundreds of hippos and crocodiles.
Take a boat cruise on the St Lucia Estuary where you have the chance to spot hippos and crocodiles basking on the banks, not to mention some amazing bird watching.
Stay at a campsite with facilities. Upgrades and WiFi are not available.
Make an early departure to the Valley of a Thousand Hills, the heartland of the Zulu nation (270km, approx 4.5-5.5 hrs).
Gain an insight into the daily life of the rural Zulu people by spending the night in a traditional homestay, where you'll be treated to some traditional food, song and dance.
Travel on to Durban (100 km, approx 2-3 hrs).
Durban is South Africa's second most populous city and a tourist magnet thanks to its wealth of golden, sandy beaches and glitzy nightlife. One of its main attractions is the Golden Mile, a stretch of fine sands bordered by frothy surf on one side and an attractive beachfront of shops, restaurants and cafes on the other.
Take the opportunity for a final evening meal with your group and enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere of this wonderful city.
No accommodation is provided for tonight, but we are able to book you additional accommodation in Durban. Please ask at time of booking.
Please note we do not recommend you book any flights out of Durban this evening in case the roads are busy or we get held up on our journey back.
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Inclusions

Meals
8 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Transport
Overland vehicle, 4x4 Safari Vehicle
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (6 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (1 night)
Included activities
  • Kruger Park - Game drive
  • Hlane Royal National Park - Walking safari

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip.
2. This trip finishes on arrival in Durban on Day 9. Please do not book any flights out this evening.

Trip notes

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