Days 1-2 - Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park
Day 3 - Swaziland
Day 4 - Mkuze
Day 5 - Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve
Day 6 - Saint Lucia Wetland Park
Day 7 - Durban and Back to UK
Minimum 2 passengers (or single supplement will apply) assuming flights from the UK. other European or worldwide departure airports available on request.
Guide price per person:
Accommodation: 5* Perry's Bridge Hollow Half Board
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. From many well-positioned vantage points one has a view of the 33 km long gorge, which starts at "Bourke's Luck Potholes" and ends at the "Three Rondavels". 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.
Early this morning you will depart on 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 the flagship of South African National Parks and 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 absorb the tranquil beauty of an evening safari (additional charge).
Accommodation: 4* The Royal Swazi Spa Half Board
After breakfast, journey to the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland. This tiny mountainous kingdom is filled with bygone African traditions and culture and offers beautiful scenery and attractions such as game reserves and art & craft outlets to name a few. Enjoy a showcase of the traditional Swazi culture followed by lunch at the Matsamo Cultural Village. Continue to the Ngwenya Glass Works to see master craftsmen create beautiful sculptures and artwork from molten glass. After spending some time at the Mbabane craft markets, arrive at your hotel located in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley.
Accommodation: 4* Ghost Mountain Inn Hald Board
Enjoy a morning visit to the Swazi Candle Factory where each candle is made and finished by hand using the age-old technique "millefiore". No two are the same and the range boasts an astonishing array of patterns, shapes and designs. 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, offering views over Lake Jozini. At the summit and as the setting sun transforms the sky into a tapestry of colours, stop for sundowners. Return to the hotel for dinner on the terrace (weather permitting) or in the classically styled restaurant.
Accommodation: 4* Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge Half Board
Today you will transfer 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 here that the white rhino was saved from extinction. Continue to the hotel in the late afternoon. Enjoy a Zulu cultural experience which will expose you to traditional Zulu beer and spear making, sangomas, Zulu stick fighting, bead and basket making and the high-kicking, rhythmic Zulu dancing. End the day with dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation: 4* Protea Hotel Edward Durban Bed & Breakfast
Continue the journey along the Elephant Coast of KwaZulu Natal to St Lucia, located at the southern extremity of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park - a World Heritage Site. Here you embark on an estuarine boat trip which provides an opportunity to view crocodiles, hippo and numerous bird species, including the elusive African Kingfisher Eagle, in their natural habitat. Continue to Durban, where east meets west; a city beneath which beats the pulse of Africa. Arrive during the afternoon at your hotel which is located on the Gold Mile - Durban's distinctive beach front.
This morning you will embark on a Durban City Tour where you will spend the morning discovering the cultural and historical contrasts of the city. The tour ends with drop-off at Durban International Airport.