Welcome to eSwatini (Swaziland)

Unlike South Africa, eSwatini has managed to hold on to that slow-down-this-is-Africa feeling and that’s why it’s gaining in popularity. Everything remains small and personable and the atmosphere is remarkably relaxed. Instead of making a flying visit here on your way to Kruger National Park, KwaZulu-Natal or Mozambique, consider staying at least a week to do the country justice. If you plan a visit during the winter months, try to make it coincide with the Umhlanga (reed) festival, one of Africa's biggest cultural events.

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20-Day Kruger to Cape Town Camping Overland Tour from Pretoria

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, MpumalangaDeparting 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 dayStop At: Private Kruger Safaris, Hazyview, MpumalangaWaking 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 dayStop At: Private Kruger Safaris, Hazyview, MpumalangaAfter 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.* Kruger National Park is included in the Adventure Pass* For travellers not making use of the Adventure Pass, alternate optional activities may be available todayDuration: 1 dayStop 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 dayStop 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 the last African 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 dayStop At: Saint Lucia Estuary, St Lucia, KwaZulu-NatalLeaving 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 camp's gardens gazing up into the clear southern hemisphere sky, star watching.*St Lucia Estuary cruise is included in the Adventure PassDuration: 1 dayStop At: Umhlanga Main Beach, Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-NatalThis 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. The afternoon is yours at leisure to enjoy what this city has on offer and a vibrant night life. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Umhlanga Main Beach, Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-NatalToday is a day of leisure to explore the beauty Durban has to offer. Head to the Durban beachfront, known as the Golden Mile and visit the colourful flea markets and the stretch of numerous quality restaurants with a view. A must is to try a delicious local dish, the Durban Curry. Visit uShaka Marine World, Africa’s biggest marine theme park boasting the largest collection of sharks in the Southern Hemisphere. You may choose to partake in scuba diving or find your thrill on the water slides. For the more adventurous, why not take a leap from the 'big swing' at the Moses Mabhida stadium which offers 360 degrees views of Durban.Duration: 1 dayStop At: Sani Pass, Underberg, KwaZulu-NatalToday we head inland and drive via Pietermaritzburg and the lush mountainous countryside to our camp for the next two nights at Sani Lodge. This magnificent place is situated at the foot of the Sani Pass, the gateway to the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. Once a mule track for trading blankets, clothing and maize meal for wool and mohair. This stunning pass is the only vehicle access road over the Drakensberg escarpment. This afternoon is yours at leisure to enjoy the spectacular views and the many amazing walking and hiking trails. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Sani Pass, Underberg, KwaZulu-NatalToday, we meet our local guides and join a guided tour of Lesotho via the spectacular gateway of the Sani Pass (2874 m). We travel in 4x4 vehicles through the rugged cliffs of the Drakensberg Mountains listening to the tales of pioneering of the route, history of the area and the stunning wildlife that dot the sloping mountains. We drive further into Lesotho and visit a small household and a shearing shed in a Shepherds village. We experience a local way of life and depending on the season and shearing times, we may get to view an angora goat or a sheep been sheared by hand. Next on the list we ascend the Black Mountain, the second highest road pass in Lesotho rising 3240m for a picnic lunch overlooking the majestic views. After lunch we meet the shepherds of the area who spend the summer months tending to their flocks before taking a short walk to view Thabana Ntlenyana. Rising at 3482m, this is the highest point in Southern Africa. We return to our camp for the night stopping en-route for a beverage at the highest bar in Africa at the Sani Mountain Lodge. * Sani Pass excursion is included in the Adventure PassDuration: 1 dayStop At: Drakensberg Mountains, KwaZulu-NatalToday we take in some history and take a drive to the Battlefields. Soaked with the blood of thousands of British, Boer (Dutch-speaking farmers) and Zulu soldiers, the Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal hold a deep-seated silence that speaks to the many lives lost here. We stop off at some of the historic sites. We retire to our lodge in the late afternoon where we can enjoy some table tennis, foosball, pool or chill in the nearby rock pool.Duration: 1 dayStop At: Royal Natal National Park, KwaZulu-NatalWe pack up our day packs ready to go and travel the short distance to the Royal Natal National Park entry gate. This leading KwaZulu-Natal reserve offers wonderfully scenic views, lofty mountains and waterfalls in a prime location within the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. There are many optional trails to explore on foot and on horseback with a comprehensive guidebook available for visitors. Walkers and hikers can enjoy short journeys which take about an hour, or longer excursions over a half or full day. This is a great way to explore the stunning picturesque surroundings at the foot of the Drakensberg, including the well-known Amphitheatre rock face. We also get to visit some ancient cave dwelling and witness bush rock art sights. Satisfied and with our muscles stretched for the day, we enjoy the stillness and crispy clean air of the Drakensberg over a wholesome dinner.Note: This day may alter to an alternative hiking trail due to poor visibility or severe weather conditionsDuration: 1 dayStop At: Malealea Lodge, Lesotho - Pony Trekking & MTBDeparting the Drakensberg this morning, we drive around the northern section of Lesotho re-entering at the Maseru Bridge Gate. We drive south over the rolling mountain ranges via the narrow passes to Malealea Lodge, high in the mountainside. Situated in the Mafeteng District of remote Western Lesotho, Malealea Lodge offers many optional activities to get to know the local culture amidst breath-taking scenery. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Malealea Lodge, Lesotho - Pony Trekking & MTBToday you have a free day to explore this beautiful mountainous country on the many optional activities on offer. Venture on a mountain bike into the mountains climbing and descending the narrow paths with spectacular views. Enjoy a hike at leisure and mingle with the local Basotho people as they tend to their day to day duties. But most of all, no visit to Lesotho would be complete without a pony trek. Trails traverse hair-raising narrow mountain tracks and visit some of Lesotho’s amazing waterfalls. You can explore Bushman paintings of the area and experience Basotho culture all on a day’s ride. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Mountain Zebra National Park, Cradock, Eastern CapeGetting an early start, we leave the Lesotho highlands and cross back into South Africa and through stunning diverse country to the Mountain Zebra National Park. At 284km², this park is home to over 700 animals including eland, cape buffalo, cheetah, lion, caracal, black rhino and the bat eared fox, not to be missed! However, the highlight of the park's mammalian fauna is the over 700 Cape mountain zebra after which the park is named. With a camera and binoculars at hand, we game drive in our overland truck in search for these animals en-route to our camp for the evening located inside the National Park. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Parque Nacional dos Elefantes Addo, Addo Elephant National Park, Greater Addo, Eastern CapeToday, we drive to the Addo Elephant National Park where we spend the day exploring the park for some serious animal spotting. Addo can exclusively claim to be the only national park in the world to conserve the “Big 7” – the Big 5 as well as the southern right whale and great white shark off the Algoa Bay coast. This wonderful park is sanctuary to over 600 elephants, lion, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra species – so you are sure to spot many animals during your time here! After an enjoyable day’s safari, we make our way to our accommodation, which is situated a few metres from the beachfront just outside of Port Elizabeth.Duration: 1 dayStop At: Tsitsikamma National Park, Tsitsikamma National Park, Eastern CapeWe rise early and make our way over to the exciting adventures at Storms River within the Tsitsikamma forest. Tsitsikamma National Park is a multi-dimensional destination with dramatic coastal scenery, reefs, rivers, lush forest and delicate Fynbos. A hiking and birders paradise, this region forms the top section of the magnificent Garden Route National Park. It’s here you have the option to choose from a selection of optional activities depending on your energy and interests. From boat cruises and canoe trips to nature hikes and bird watching, the forest has something to offer for most visitors’ curiosity and exploration desires. Alternatively, visit the famous Bloukrans Bridge where you could be tempted to a jump off the highest bungee jump. Duration: 1 dayStop At: OudtshoornAfter breakfast we’re off to Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains. Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world with a number of farms based in the dry Karoo. This region is home to the spectacular Cango Caves, Africa's largest show cave system. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well-known Swartberg Mountains, here we find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations. After exploring the caves, we enjoy the night in the old settlers’ town in the Karoo.* Cango Caves tour is included in the Adventure PassDuration: 1 dayStop At: Hermanus BackpackersRelaxed and revitalized from the wonderful Oudtshoorn hospitality, we board our vehicle and head south across the farmlands of the Cape to the coastal town of Hermanus, famous for its whale and dolphin sightings. En route we stop off at Cape Agulhas, the place where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, lying at the southernmost tip of Africa. Historically, the ‘Cape’ coastline has been recognised by sailors as extremely hazardous, notorious for winter storms with huge rogue waves reaching a spectacular height of 30 metres. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the coastline is littered with lonely ship wrecks. We visit the gigantic lighthouse built as early as 1848 before enjoying a lunch break. The afternoon is spent exploring Hermanus, a haven for the outdoor enthusiast! We spend the night enjoying the town’s atmosphere, inhaling the cool breeze.Duration: 1 dayStop At: Ashanti Lodge GardensA free morning in Hermanus gives us ample opportunity to join a whale watching tour or explore the town’s variety of shops and boardwalk on foot or visit the Old Harbour Open-Air Museum that is a provincial heritage site. This museum is unique as it is only one of two fishing harbours in the world that has been conserved intact and remnants of the vibrant fishing industry can be seen everywhere. The museum is the axis around which the fishing village of Hermanus was developed. We leave Hermanus before lunch and follow the rough coastal route taking a leisurely drive through small fishing towns. We visit a winery en route to Cape Town where we enjoy wine tasting. The tour draws to an end towards late afternoon at the foot of Table Mountain in the popular mother city of South Africa, Cape Town. Duration: 1 day

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South Africa 14-Day Tour from Johannesburg

Day 1: Johannesburg - Hazyview - Mpumalanga (D)Go to Mpumalanga via the Panorama Route.Overnight stay at Perry's Bridge HollowDay 2: Hazyview - Kruger National Park - Hazyview (B/D)Go on an open-vehicle safari through the Kruger National Park.Overnight stay at Perry's Bridge HollowDay 3: Hazyview - Swaziland (B/L)Go to the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland and the Matsamo Cultural Village. Continue to the Ngwenya Glass Works.Overnight stay at Royal Swazi SunDay 4: Swaziland - Mkhuze - Zululand (B/D)Visit the Swazi Candle Factory. Continue via Big Bend into KwaZulu Natal. Drive up the Ubombo Mountains. Visit an authentic Zulu homestead.Overnight stay at Ghost Mountain InnDay 5: Mkhuze - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Reserve - Mkhuze (B/D)Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park for game viewing.Overnight stay at Ghost Mountain InnDay 6: Mkhuze - Durban (B)In St. Lucia, embark on a boat trip, and see crocodiles, hippos, and birds. Continue to Durban.Overnight stay at Benjamin HotelDay 7: Durban - Port Elizabeth (B)Durban City Tour. Check in at airport for your domestic flight to Port Elizabeth. On arrival at Port Elizabeth Airport, transfer to your hotel.Overnight stay at Radisson Blu Port ElizabethDay 8: Port Elizabeth - Plettenberg Bay (B/D)Depart Port Elizabeth and travel to Tsitsikamma National Park. Enjoy a walk along the suspension bridge across the Storms River. Continue to Plettenberg Bay.Overnight stay at Country House at HuntersDay 9 : Plettenberg Bay / Knysna areasVisit Birds of Eden, a free-flight aviary. After lunch, enjoy free time.Overnight stay at Country House at HuntersDay 10: Plettenberg Bay / Knysna / Oudtshoorn (B/L/D)Go to Knysna and Featherbed Nature Reserve. Continue the journey to Oudtshoorn. Visit a working ostrich farm. Overnight stay at De Opstal Country LodgeDay 11: Oudtshoorn - Route 62 - Cape Town (B)Enjoy a tour of the Cango Caves.Overnight stay at Radisson Blu Le VendomeDay 12: Cape Point and Peninsula (B)Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve. Go to Simon's Town, and then end the day at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.Overnight stay at Radisson Blu Le VendomeDay 13: Cape Winelands (B)Cape Winelands tour, including stops at Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.Overnight stay at Radisson Blu Le VendomeDay 14: Cape TownTour of Cape Town. Transfer to airport.

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Swaziland Cultural Day Trip

The specialized guide will meet you early in the morning (05.30 Am) anywhere in Maputo. While following the journey towards Swaziland, you will be able to enjoy a light breakfast. Our guide will assist you with the transition process at the border.We will drive towards Ezulwini valley and the Cultural village of Mantenga. In the village you will watch a local dance performed by the local people and also have a chance to visit a Swazi typical homestead.  We will visit a waterfall and also the candle factory and craft center.After having lunch in the House of fire, we will have a walk along its gardens, a great opportunity to see some interesting bird species. Our guide will then take you back to your accommodation in Maputo. The expected time of arrival is 6.00 PM.

$260 Outdoor Activities

HLANE ROYAL NATIONAL PARK - Daytrip (Open Vehicle)

The driver will meet you early in the morning (05.30 Am) anywhere in Maputo. While following the journey towards Swaziland, you will be able to enjoy a light breakfast. Our driver will assist you with the transition process at the border.Once you get to Hlane Royal National Park, you will start a Game Drive at 08.30 AM (Summer time) or 09.00 AM (Winter time).There will be a break for lunch at a restaurant. After lunch there will be another Game drive at 13.00 PM (Summer time) or 12.30 PM (Winter time).Afterwards we will start heading back to Maputo, where your guide will leave you at your accommodation. Estimated time of arrival is at 7.00 PM.

$589.99 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Swaziland Culture and Hlane National Park - 2 Days

On this tour, you'll have an amazing opportunity to have a peak into the lifestyle and culture of the Swazi people. Not only will you get to see a part of their day to day life, you'll also get to view and appreciate one of Swaziland's hidden gems, Hlane Royal National Park. The Park's is well known for its large concentration of White Rhinos, thanks to the success of Swaziland's anti-poaching efforts. In addition to the Rhinos, which are an endangered species, the park's key species include elephants, giraffes, lions, and hundreds of different species of birds.Itinerary:Day 1: This morning you can expect our guide to pick you up between 5am and 5:30am from your accommodation in Maputo. On the way to the border between Mozambique and Swaziland, the guide will give you a light breakfast to enjoy and will also assist you at the border.If we are lucky, and of course weather permitting, there is an opportunity to view an epic sunset over the Lebombo Mountains on our way to the Park.This morning we will will arrive at the Cultural Village between 9:30am and 10am. Our time at the Cultural Village will give us the opportunity to experience and be a part of a typical Swazi homestead.Just before lunch, we will make a stop at a beautiful waterfall not too far from the village. Once we have finished lunch we will enter the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Here we will be introduced to Beehive Huts.Once we are well acquainted with the Beehive Huts, we will stop for dinner. Day 2:This morning will be another early one! We will enjoy a light breakfast nice and early and then head off towards Hlane National Park - one of Swaziland's wonderful treasures. This morning you'll have a chance to observe the animals in the early morning, roaming freely, in their natural habitat.One we have finished our early morning drive and animal spotting, we will enjoy a rest and stop for lunch. Next, we will make our way towards to exit of the Park and head back to Maputo, around 3pm. Our estimated time of arrival in Maputo is around 6pm, our guide will drop you back off at your accommodation.End of tour.

$949.99 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Swaziland Culture - Mlilwane - Hlane National Park - 3 Days

Over three days, you'll have an amazing opportunity to have a peak into the lifestyle and culture of the Swazi people. Not only will you get to see a part of their day to day life, you'll also have the opportunity to visit the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary offers us the chance to quietly observe animals such as zebras, Roan antelope, Blesbok antelope, plenty of bird species, and more. Your tour will also give you a chance to view and appreciate one of Swaziland's hidden gems, Hlane National Park. The Park's is well known for its large concentration of White Rhinos,  thanks to the success of Swaziland's anti-poaching efforts. In addition to the Rhinos, which are an endangered species, the park's key species include elephants, giraffes, lions, and hundreds of different species of birds.Itinerary:Day 1: This morning you can expect our guide to pick you up between 5am and 5:30am from your accommodation in Maputo. On the way to the border the guide will give you a light breakfast and will also assist you at the border. We will make our way towards Ezulwini valley to the cultural village of Mantenga. Here we will experience a local dance, soak in some of their rhythm, and keep it going throughout the tour! At the village, we will visit a candle factory and their craft center. After lunch, we start towards the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Here, we will spend the night in the traditional beehive bungalows here. There is a wonderful restaurant onsite where we will have dinner this evening.Day 2: This morning we will enjoy a great breakfast and then start on a walk in Mlilwane. Our walk will consist of approximately two hours of some of the most impressive sights and landscapes there is. We have a chance to see animals such as zebras, bless bock, wildebeest, and more.Today we'll also visit a special nesting area for bee-eaters followed by a short walk in hopes of finding a small and rare antelope species. Then, we break for lunch and continue our tour heading towards Hlane Park. Feel free to freshen up in a Swazi bungalow before we head for dinner.Day 3: Another early wake up! Our morning will begin with an early game drive. You will return just in time for breakfast. After, we will walk around the camp and soak in the diversity of birds and also scope out the watering hole nearby. This watering hole is quite popular and is a great spot to view the animals. After lunch, we will make our way towards the Park gates and begin our journey back to Maputo. We arrive in Maputo around 6:30pm, where our guide will drop you back of at your accommodation.End of tour.