7-Day Kruger Swaziland and Beach Overland Tour from Pretoria

Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours, Sentinel Luxury Suite Hotels to Medigate Rd &, Hospital Rd, Umhlanga Ridge, Durban, 4321, South Africa

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A camping overland tour that travels from the bushveld of Kruger to the beaches of Kwazulu Natal. This short 7-day Africa tour encompasses many diverse experiences in South Africa and Swaziland. Explore the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga, enjoy game viewing and finding the Big 5 in Kruger National Park, experience Swazi and Zulu cultures, and lap up the city life of Durban.
ItineraryDay 1: Pretoria – Greater Kruger Park, South AfricaStop At: Hotel Numbi & Garden SuitesDeparting from South Africa’s administrative city, Pretoria, we drive across the scenic Mpumalanga province and enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery before heading to the Panorama Route where we view Blyde River canyon. We make our way to Hazyview bordering Kruger. Fences between the National Park and surrounding private reserves were removed several years ago to form the Greater Kruger, an area of some 24000 sq km. Wildlife is free to roam the whole enormous area and it has become incredibly diverse in both fauna and flora. From the dwarf mongoose to the famed ‘Big Five’, almost every major African mammal is present. There is also prolific birdlife and over 330 varieties of trees. This evening we enjoy our first night under the African stars.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hotel Numbi, Hazyview, South AfricaDay 2: Full Day Kruger National ParkStop At: Hotel Numbi & Garden SuitesWaking at sunrise, we eagerly wait for Park Rangers to open the park gates to let us enter the wilds of Kruger for an intense yet rewarding day of game tracking with our eagle-eyed guide at the wheel. Kruger is home to over 505 species of birds, 148 species of mammals and many reptiles which we enthusiastically search for during the morning and afternoon. The impressive atmosphere of the park enables you to understand why it is held in such high esteem amongst wildlife lovers from all over the world. We avoid the hot midday sun and enjoy the peacefulness the rest camp has to offer. There are many facilities available for game viewers such as restaurants, souvenir stores and swimming pools. We return to our camp in the late afternoon, happily exhausted and highly satisfied with the day’s events. For those wanting more game driving there may be the option of heading out on a night safari. Early evening, we all enjoy a lovely dinner gathered around the warm fire crackling in the stillness of night.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hotel Numbi, Hazyview, South AfricaDay 3: Full Day Kruger National ParkStop At: Hotel Numbi & Garden SuitesAfter a light sunrise breakfast, we re-enter the Park in an open 4x4 safari vehicle for our second day’s game diving day. With cameras and binoculars on hand we spend the morning and afternoon winding along beaten tracks and marked routes encountering many species which are indigenous to this region. Kruger has over two million hectares of unrivalled diversity of ecosystems boasting an incredible concentration of wildlife and we hope to encounter some of these including the ‘Big 5’ - elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo. We return to our camp during the late afternoon.*For travellers not making use of the Adventure Pass, alternate optional activities may be available today.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hotel Numbi, Hazyview, South AfricaDay 4: Kruger National Park – Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, SwazilandStop At: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Ezulwini, Hhohho DistrictLeaving Hazyview, we travel south along the edge of the Kruger National Park, passing many farming towns and Shangaan settlements. After a short stop in Nelspruit, the road takes us through lush citrus farms before crossing the Crocodile River and into the Kingdom of Swaziland, a land-locked country snuggled between Mozambique and South Africa. Arriving at Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary, our base for the next two nights is Swaziland’s oldest protected area located in the stunning Ezulwini Valley, 'Valley of Heavens’.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, SwazilandDay 5: The Kingdom of Swaziland Stop At: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Ezulwini, Hhohho DistrictWaking to the sounds of grunting antelope and wild exotic birds, we enjoy breakfast soaking up the natural beauty of our surroundings. A short drive through the sanctuary brings us to the Royal Enclosure where we discover an abundance of history and culture about this monarchy-controlled country. A local Swazi guide walks us through a traditional village explaining many customs and rituals. After leisure time browsing street side markets and trying our hand bartering with crafters, we find our way back to the sanctuary for lunch. This afternoon we recommend you participate in some of the many activities offered in the sanctuary such as horseback trails, game drives, mountain bike riding, and guided walks or just enjoy some rejuvenating time-out sun tanning around the cool swimming pool with a good book. There are over forty species of animals found here including the exotic species such as Honey Badger, Dwarf Mongoose, Aardwolf, Striped Polecat and the more common including Hippo, Ostrich, Kudu, Zebra and Baboon. Enjoy cool sun downers and admiring the view overlooking the hippo pool while our crew prepares a delicious dinner.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, SwazilandDay 6: Swaziland – St Lucia, South AfricaStop At: Monzi Safaris Tented Lodge St LuciaLeaving this amazing sanctuary behind us, we travel south through the Swazi countryside before crossing the border and re-entering South Africa via the KwaZulu-Natal province. We head to the small coastal town of St Lucia, set amongst the wild beaches and a tropical estuary. This afternoon, we join the river cruise on the St. Lucia Lagoon viewing many Hippo pods, lazy crocodiles, and numerous bird species on the sandy banks, or cooling down in the water for a refreshing swim. After dinner, we have the opportunity to relax in the camps gardens gazing up into the clear southern hemisphere sky, star watching.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Monzi Camp, St Lucia, South AfricaDay 7: St Lucia - DurbanStop At: Road Lodge Umhlanga RidgeThis morning is yours at leisure to explore the town and the numerous shops and markets stalls or simply relax in the campsite’s stunning settings. We leave St Lucia mid-morning and drive through pine forests and sugar cane fields to one of Africa’s largest commercial ports, Durban where our tour ends on arrival. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 6x Breakfast
  • 6x Dinner
  • 5x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 6 nights
  • Fully equipped safari vehicle
  • Camping and cooking equipment
  • All road tolls and vehicle taxes
  • All ground transportation
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Meals as indicated
  • Services of two crew
  • Included Highlights:
  • Panorama Route
  • 2 days, Kruger NP, Game Drives *
  • Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Royal Enclosure/ Swaziland Village
  • St Lucia Boat Cruise *
  • *Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
  • Entry/Admission - Hotel Numbi & Garden Suites
  • Entry/Admission - Hotel Numbi & Garden Suites
  • Entry/Admission - Hotel Numbi & Garden Suites
  • Entry/Admission - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Entry/Admission - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Entry/Admission - Monzi Safaris Tented Lodge St Lucia
  • Entry/Admission - Road Lodge Umhlanga Ridge

What’s not included

  • Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
  • Visas
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Departure taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Sleeping bag
  • Optional activities
  • Drinks, tips
  • Items of a personal nature

Itinerary

Day 1: Pretoria – Greater Kruger Park, South Africa Stop At: Hotel Numbi & Garden Suites Departing from South Africa’s administrative city, Pretoria, we drive across the scenic Mpumalanga province and enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery before heading to the Panorama Route where we view Blyde River canyon. We make our way to Hazyview bordering Kruger. Fences between the National Park and surrounding private reserves were removed several years ago to form the Greater Kruger, an area of some 24000 sq km. Wildlife is free to roam the whole enormous area and it has become incredibly diverse in both fauna and flora. From the dwarf mongoose to the famed ‘Big Five’, almost every major African mammal is present. There is also prolific birdlife and over 330 varieties of trees. This evening we enjoy our first night under the African stars. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel Numbi, Hazyview, South Africa
Day 2: Full Day Kruger National Park Stop At: Hotel Numbi & Garden Suites Waking at sunrise, we eagerly wait for Park Rangers to open the park gates to let us enter the wilds of Kruger for an intense yet rewarding day of game tracking with our eagle-eyed guide at the wheel. Kruger is home to over 505 species of birds, 148 species of mammals and many reptiles which we enthusiastically search for during the morning and afternoon. The impressive atmosphere of the park enables you to understand why it is held in such high esteem amongst wildlife lovers from all over the world. We avoid the hot midday sun and enjoy the peacefulness the rest camp has to offer. There are many facilities available for game viewers such as restaurants, souvenir stores and swimming pools. We return to our camp in the late afternoon, happily exhausted and highly satisfied with the day’s events. For those wanting more game driving there may be the option of heading out on a night safari. Early evening, we all enjoy a lovely dinner gathered around the warm fire crackling in the stillness of night. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel Numbi, Hazyview, South Africa
Day 3: Full Day Kruger National Park Stop At: Hotel Numbi & Garden Suites After a light sunrise breakfast, we re-enter the Park in an open 4x4 safari vehicle for our second day’s game diving day. With cameras and binoculars on hand we spend the morning and afternoon winding along beaten tracks and marked routes encountering many species which are indigenous to this region. Kruger has over two million hectares of unrivalled diversity of ecosystems boasting an incredible concentration of wildlife and we hope to encounter some of these including the ‘Big 5’ - elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo. We return to our camp during the late afternoon. *For travellers not making use of the Adventure Pass, alternate optional activities may be available today. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel Numbi, Hazyview, South Africa
Day 4: Kruger National Park – Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland Stop At: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Ezulwini, Hhohho District Leaving Hazyview, we travel south along the edge of the Kruger National Park, passing many farming towns and Shangaan settlements. After a short stop in Nelspruit, the road takes us through lush citrus farms before crossing the Crocodile River and into the Kingdom of Swaziland, a land-locked country snuggled between Mozambique and South Africa. Arriving at Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary, our base for the next two nights is Swaziland’s oldest protected area located in the stunning Ezulwini Valley, 'Valley of Heavens’. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland
Day 5: The Kingdom of Swaziland Stop At: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Ezulwini, Hhohho District Waking to the sounds of grunting antelope and wild exotic birds, we enjoy breakfast soaking up the natural beauty of our surroundings. A short drive through the sanctuary brings us to the Royal Enclosure where we discover an abundance of history and culture about this monarchy-controlled country. A local Swazi guide walks us through a traditional village explaining many customs and rituals. After leisure time browsing street side markets and trying our hand bartering with crafters, we find our way back to the sanctuary for lunch. This afternoon we recommend you participate in some of the many activities offered in the sanctuary such as horseback trails, game drives, mountain bike riding, and guided walks or just enjoy some rejuvenating time-out sun tanning around the cool swimming pool with a good book. There are over forty species of animals found here including the exotic species such as Honey Badger, Dwarf Mongoose, Aardwolf, Striped Polecat and the more common including Hippo, Ostrich, Kudu, Zebra and Baboon. Enjoy cool sun downers and admiring the view overlooking the hippo pool while our crew prepares a delicious dinner. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland
Day 6: Swaziland – St Lucia, South Africa Stop At: Monzi Safaris Tented Lodge St Lucia Leaving this amazing sanctuary behind us, we travel south through the Swazi countryside before crossing the border and re-entering South Africa via the KwaZulu-Natal province. We head to the small coastal town of St Lucia, set amongst the wild beaches and a tropical estuary. This afternoon, we join the river cruise on the St. Lucia Lagoon viewing many Hippo pods, lazy crocodiles, and numerous bird species on the sandy banks, or cooling down in the water for a refreshing swim. After dinner, we have the opportunity to relax in the camps gardens gazing up into the clear southern hemisphere sky, star watching. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Monzi Camp, St Lucia, South Africa
Day 7: St Lucia - Durban Stop At: Road Lodge Umhlanga Ridge This morning is yours at leisure to explore the town and the numerous shops and markets stalls or simply relax in the campsite’s stunning settings. We leave St Lucia mid-morning and drive through pine forests and sugar cane fields to one of Africa’s largest commercial ports, Durban where our tour ends on arrival. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast No accommodation included on this day.
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