Bushveld and canyons, big game and traditional Africa, mountains and beaches - explore the diverse and scenic eastern region of South Africa on this 7 day/6 niught tour that takes you to the Kruger National Park, then through Swaziland and Zululand to the thriving coastal city of Durban.
Tours depart on selected Sundays, and will depart with a minimum of 2 guests.
The tour includes 6 breakfasts; 1 lunch; 1 dinner; accommodation; porterage; transport; and sightseeing as specified. All departures are in English, but German commentary is available on selected departure dates.
As this tour travels through Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), please check visa requirements, as certain nationalities may require visas in order to travel through this country.
To further enhance your tour, why not consider prebooking these additional activities:
DAY 1 - SUNDAY - JOHANNESBURG - AFTERNOON SOWETO TOUR Soweto is unlike any suburb you’ve ever seen or been to, yet the history of struggle encapsulated here is a cornerstone of the South African story.
DAY 3 - TUESDAY - HAZYVIEW - SHANGAAN CULTURAL DINNER EXPERIENCE Enjoy an African dinner feast and an evening of traditional Shangaan storytelling and entertainment.
DAY 4 - WEDNESDAY - KRUGER NATIONAL PARK - AFTERNOON OPEN VEHICLE SAFARI For the wildlife enthusiasts head out again this afternoon on a second open vehicle safari, as an extension to the morning safari, in one of the world’s most renowned game reserves.
DAY 4 - WEDNESDAY - HAZYVIEW - SABIE RIVER BRIDGE SUNSET DINNER Experience an exclusive el fresco bridge dinner, overlooking the magnificent Sabie River under a star-studded sky. (This experience is weather permitting and subject to availability at the time of booking)
DAY 6 - FRIDAY - HLUHLUWE-IMFOLOZI PARK - AFTERNOON OPEN VEHICLE SAFARI Enjoy an afternoon, 3 hour open vehicle safari into the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, Africa's oldest game reserve and world renowned for its highly successful white rhino conservation programme.
Arrive into Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport. Go through Immigration, collect your luggage and clear Customs, then make your way into the Arrivals Hall, where you'll be met by your representative and transferred to your hotel. Johannesburg is the largest and most populous city in South Africa, and is also the source of a large-scale gold and diamond trade, due to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills.
The Protea Hotel Wanderers is a stylish hotel in the heart of Johannesburg's popular suburb of Illovo. Ideally located, it offers easy access to a number of excellent shopping and dining alternatives. Warm earthy tones, elegant decor and harmonious designs compliment the exceptional and intuitive service of this elegant city hotel.
[OPTIONAL ACTIVITY AND ADDITIONAL COST] Enjoy an afternoon tour of Soweto. Soweto is unlike any suburb you've ever seen or been to, yet the history of struggle encapsulated here is a cornerstone of the South African history.
At 19:00 you will meet up at reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet your fellow travellers.
After breakfast you will depart Johannesburg and head for Pretoria, South Africa's capital city, for a short orientation tour, before continuing to the Mpumalanga Province, known as Paradise Country. Dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld, you will travel via the historic towns of Dullstroom and Lydenburg. After traversing the famous Long Tom Pass, travelling via Sabie, you will arrive late afternoon in Hazyview at your overnight accommodation.
Located in Hazyview, just a short drive away from the Kruger National Park, Perry's Bridge Hollow is situated around the Perry's Bridge Trading Post with its restaurants, bar, adventure centre and working brewery. The rooms, with their colonial decor, are spacious and comfortable. Guests do not have to go far for exceptionally good food as the on-site Kuka Restaurant and Cocktail Bar is specialised in sumptuous Afro-chic meals.
After an early morning breakfast, you will drive along the spectacular Panorama Route, offering views of amazing scenery including the 26 km-long Blyde River Canyon (home to the Three Rondavels), Bourke's Luck Potholes and historic God's Window, a breathtaking view (weather permitting) of the edge of the escarpment taking in the Kruger National Park. You will arrive back in Hazyview in the early afternoon.
[OPTIONAL ACTIVITY AND ADDITIONAL COST] This evening, you will be transferred to the nearby Shangaan Cultural Village, where you will enjoy a flame-lit evening festival which tells the story of the Shangaan nation with a cast of choristers, actors and dancers. Colourful and fast-moving, this is a fabulous experience, and a traditional feast is served.
The day begins with an early morning coffee or tea, followed by a thrilling open-vehicle safari (with English speaking game ranger) through Kruger National Park with a pre-packed breakfast. Kruger is one of the world's greatest national parks, home to a stunning array of wildlife including the Big 5 (rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, and elephant) as well as prolific birdlife and numerous other game. You will arrive back at the hotel in the afternoon.
[OPTIONAL ACTIVITY AND ADDITIONAL COST] For wildlife enthusiasts, enjoy a second game drive in the afternoon, in one of the worlds most renowned game reserves.
This morning you will travel to Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland), an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, crafts and colourful indigenous culture. You will travel via the capital city, Mbabane, and onto the beautiful Ezulwini Valley. Lunch is included today.
The Royal Villas are set in a beautiful secure estate with stunning views of the Royal Mdzimba Mountains, just 10 minutes from the capital Mbabane.
After breakfast you will continue south through Eswatini, before re-entering South Africa. Travel into Zululand, passing traditional round huts and endless vistas, before reaching your overnight accommodation in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi region.
Rich in natural ambiance and with a distinctively African rhythm, Anew Hotel Hluhluwe invites guests to relish the untamed beauty of KwaZulu-Natal and rich cultural heritage of the Zulu people. Comfortable accommodation is in en-suite rooms with all modern amenities. Enjoy refreshing sundowners on the swimming pool terrace while a Zulu dance show is held under a magnificent Fever tree.
[OPTIONAL ACTIVITY AND ADDITIONAL COST] Enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, which contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora and is particularly famous for its conservation of black and white rhino. The Park is the oldest game reserve in Africa.
This morning you will join a cruise on Lake St Lucia (depending on favourable weather conditions) before departing for Durban, taking you past traditional Zulu kraals, Eucalyptus plantations and sugar cane fields. You will arrive in Durban in the early afternoon where the tour ends on arrival.
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