Kruger & Coast

9 Days | Safaris, epic coastline and local interactions on a southern Africa adventure

4.6 out of 5 based on 35 reviews submitted.
Overland
Wildlife
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Experience the diversity of southern Africa on a nine-day adventure that takes you to wildlife-rich game parks, idyllic beaches, wetlands and small villages, exploring with a local leader along the way. Search for lions in Kruger National Park, enjoy a bushwalk accompanied by members of the world's first all-female anti-poaching unit, relax on the sands of Cape Vidal and more. A mixture of included activities and free time make this tour perfect for travellers who want the benefit of on-the-ground local knowledge with some of the freedom of independent travel.

Trip overview

Map of Kruger & Coast including South Africa and Swaziland
Start
Johannesburg, South Africa
Finish
Durban, South Africa
Theme
Overland, Wildlife
Destinations
Eswatini (Swaziland), South Africa
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 22
Trip code
UBOE
This trip generates 28 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Experience a once-in-a-lifetime chance to camp at the Black Mambas headquaters, the world's first all-female anti-poaching unit. Join them for a bush walk to search for snares and hear their inspiring stories around the campfire in the evening.
  • Go on an epic safari in search of lions, hyenas and more through Kruger National Park – one of the largest National Parks in southern Africa.
  • Go overland in a purpose-built truck and stop to take in geological wonders like Bourke’s Luck Potholes along the Panorama Route.
  • Experience St Lucia from a whole new perspective on a guided Boat Safari down this UNESCO-listed landmark.
  • Swap four wheels for two legs on a guided walking safari through the Hlane Royal National Park with an expert Swazi guide, keeping an eye out for antelopes and zebras passing by.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Helping Rhinos. Donations support the Black Mambas in fighting wildlife crimes and protecting rhinos and other critically endangered animals from poachers.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This is an overland trip. That means you’ll be travelling with a group in a purpose-built vehicle, visiting remote communities, setting up your own tent (unless you’re on an Original or Comfort style trip), occasionally roughing it in the bush with no facilities, and getting the best possible views of the Big Five. While the trucks don’t have air conditioning, they do have sliding windows, which let in the breeze and make it even easier to take spectacular snaps of the local wildlife. The drive days can be long, but it’s as much about the journey as the destination, and half the fun is the camaraderie. For more info on this style of travel, see our Africa overland page: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/africa/overland
  • There will be many early starts either to make better use of the safari time or to beat the morning traffic on long travel days.
  • You may also want to check out our Kruger, Coast & Cape trip if you have longer time to explore in southern Africa.

Itinerary

Map of Kruger & Coast including South Africa and Swaziland

Inclusions

Meals

8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Overland vehicle

Accommodation

Camping with facilities (4 nights), Camping with basic facilities (3 nights), Hotel (1 night)

Activities
  • Black Mambas HQ - Dinner by Lantern Light
  • Black Mambas HQ - Campfire Story Time
  • Black Mambas HQ - Snare Walk
  • Panorama Route - Blyde River Canyon Viewpoint
  • Panorama Route - Three Rondavels Viewpoint
  • Kruger National Park - Full Day 4X4 Game Drive
  • Hlane Royal National Park - Guided Walking Safari
  • St Lucia Estuary - Safari Boat Cruise
  • Cape Vidal - Beach Day Trip
Add on activities
  • Kruger National Park - Night Game Drive - ZAR290
  • Hlane National Park - Guided 4x4 Game Drive - ZAR455
  • Hlane National Park - Umphakatsi Village Visit - ZAR153
  • Durban - Art Gallery - Free
  • Durban - Bay Cruise - ZAR240
  • Durban - Juma Masjid Mosque - Free
  • Durban - Bike Hire (per hour) - ZAR30
  • Durban - Surf Board Hire (per hour) - ZAR100

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

2. This trip finishes on arrival in Durban on Day 9. Please do not book any flights before 7 pm this evening.

3.On occasion, especially during the peak months of May, June and July we are unable to secure campsites within the Kruger National Park. In this instance we will camp in a bordering private game park.

4.The minimum age for this trip is 15 at the time of travel. Any travellers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian, or in lieu of a legal guardian, by an escort over the age of 18, appointed by their legal guardian. The legal guardian or their designee will be responsible for the traveller under the age of 18 day to day’s care. If a legal guardian elects to designate an escort in their lieu, they will be required to complete and sign a relevant document, to delegate their authority.

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Reviews

4.6 out of 5 based on 35 reviews submitted.
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Iness · Traveled January 2024
C’est ma première expérience en tente et je ne regrette vraiment pas ! Ce voyage a été très riche en expériences, nous avons eu la chance de voir les Big Five et ça n’a pas de prix . J’ai eu de la chance d’être dans un bon groupe, nous étions seulement 5 filles et nous nous sommes très bien entendues. Merci à Deneo de m’avoir proposé une alternative végétarienne à chaque repas, c’est vraiment très appréciable et j’ai toujours mangé à ma faim . Merci à Dumisani notre chauffeur qui a toujours le sourire . Merci à notre guide Sandile pour son adaptabilité. Merci aux filles du groupe et merci à l’Afrique du Sud pour cette nature tellement luxuriante. Un pays qui offre de très belles surprises, surtout pour les fans d’animaux comme moi .
Review submitted 20 Jan 2024

Juliette · Traveled December 2023
An amazing trip where you see the natur of South Africa. You also get to know the culture and meet a lot of people who gladly show you their lives.
Review submitted 26 Dec 2023

CHRISTOPHER · Traveled November 2023
Superb trip. Great staff. Safe throughout. Brilliant value.
Review submitted 22 Nov 2023

Lia · Traveled October 2023
Review submitted 05 Nov 2023

Andrew · Traveled October 2023
This trip is excellent for anyone wanting to explore Africa and see it's wildlife. Experiencing unforgettable moments such as the Rhino walk in Hlane Royal National Park and the homestay in Zululand were personal highlights and of course seeing the Big 5 during the stay at Kruger.
Review submitted 15 Oct 2023
Kruger & Coast
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USD $1,096