Experience thrilling game drives through well-known game reserves on this Africa Safari tour. Try to spot the Big Five and meet Zulu tribesmen to learn about how they live in today's ever changing society. Enjoy the northern coast on this week long South Africa tour. South Africa has been drawing adventurous travelers for decades with its temperate climate, incredible game, and rich cultural past. Travelers will find a good mix of nature, culture, and comfort on this exciting African adventure.
Day 1 : Johannesburg to Mpumalanga Day 2 : Kruger National Park Day 3 : Royal Kingdom of Swaziland Day 4 : Swaziland & Zulu Homestead Day 5 : Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve Day 6 : iSimangaliso Wetland Park Day 7 : Durban City and Departure
Search for Africa's Big 5 in Kruger National Park
Experience bygone African traditions in Swaziland
Visit a local and authentic Zulu homestead in the Ubombo Mountains
Boat through iSimangaliso Wetland Park to view crocodiles & hippos
Depart Johannesburg and travel along the Panorama Route, stopping at Blyde River Valley, God's Window, and the Mac Mac Falls on your way to Mpumalanga, the ‘Land of the Rising Sun.' Arrive at your hotel in time to freshen up before dinner at the lodge.
Day 2 Kruger National Park
1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Venture out into Kruger National Park in a traditional open air safari vehicle in search of Africa's Big 5! Spend the day exploring Kruger's nearly 2 million hectares of reserve land, watching out for the huge number of local flora and fauna, including elephant, lion, cheetah, cape buffalo, giraffe, and hippo. Return to the lodge and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.
Optional evening safari available for additional cost.
Day 3 Royal Kingdom of Swaziland
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
The tiny mountain kingdom of Swaziland is filled with bygone African traditions and offers breathtaking scenery and attractions such as game reserves and art & craft outlets. Arrive to the Jeepe’s Reef border crossing, where you will enjoy a showcase of traditional Swazi culture and lunch at the Matsamo Cultural Village. Visit the Ngwenya Glass Works to watch artisans create their masterpieces out of molten glass. Arrive at your hotel in the stunning Ezulwini Valley in time for dinner.
Spend time at the Swazi Candle Factory, peruse the handmade candles and admire the array of patterns, shapes, and ‘millefiore’ technique used to produce each unique creation. Continue via Big Bend into KwaZulu Natal. This afternoon take a scenic drive up the Ubombo Mountains and stop for a visit at a local and authentic Zulu Homestead. At the summit of the mountain enjoy a cocktail, called a sundowner in Africa, as the sun sets over Lake Jonzini and return to your hotel for dinner on the terrace.
This morning is yours to relax or participate at one of the optional activities offered from the lodge. Transfer to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve for an afternoon game drive and try your hand at spotting the Big 5 as well as various other species. The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve covers a combined area of 90 000 ha and it was here that the white rhino was saved from extinction.
Day 6 iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Journey down the Elephant Coast of KwaZulu Natal to St Lucia, located at the southern edge of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A boat trip provides the opportunity to see crocodiles, hippo, and several different species of birds, including the elusive African Kingfisher Eagle. This afternoon arrive to Durban’s Golden Mile, a distinctive beachfront, where your hotel is located. This evening, explore the area independently, it’s a perfect place to find interesting curio shops and bistros.
Day 7 Durban City and Departure
Discover the cultural and historical contrasts of the city on a guided city tour this morning. Arrive at the harbor and hear about Durban’s origins before taking a slow drive through the city. See the historic Farewell Square, City Hall, Central Post Office, the Play House and Local History Museum. Visit the vibrant Victoria Market and the Botanical Gardens before being dropped off at the Durban International Airport, or the hotel of your choice if you are continuing on in Africa.
Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.