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Kruger to Swaziland & St Lucia Overland Camping Safari

Tour Length8 days
Priced from pps $770 R10950 £587 677 A$1083 C$1030 NZ$1120 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Overland Camping Tour

  • Max. Group Size 20 Travellers
  • Departs from Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Ends at Durban, South Africa
  • Accommodation Lodge & Camping Combo
  • Transport Large Overland Vehicle / Game Viewing Vehicle
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Exceptional Birding, Leopards, Lions, Rhino & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

This affordable 8-Day camping safari takes you to scenic and wildlife highlights in South Africa and Swaziland, starting in Johannesburg and ending in Durban, South Africa.

First, we travel to Kruger National Park for exhilarating game drives in one of Africa's top game parks and then we visit the scenic Panorama Route. From there it's off to Swaziland to explore the beautiful Mlilwane Nature Reserve, before crossing back into South Africa. Next, we visit the diverse iSimangaliso Wetland Park and go game viewing in the prestigious Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park, before ending our overland tour in coastal Durban.

A remarkable cultural, scenic and wildlife experience through South Africa and Swaziland!

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1: Johannesburg to Greater Kruger Park - South Africa

Welcome to South Africa! Departing from the dynamic city of Johannesburg we travel east into the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. Our first overnight camp is located in a private concession area within Kruger National Park.

Later this afternoon you have the chance to embark on an optional sunset game drive which needs to be booked in advance (by arrangement with your guide on departure this morning). Dive right into game viewing in South Africa's premier safari destination!

This evening at the permanent tented camp, your guide tells you more about the safari adventure ahead.

  • Optional Activity: Sunset Game Drive (subject to availability)
  • Meals: Dinner

Activity Package:

This safari comes with an optional Activity Package at an additional cost. The itinerary includes these highly-recommended activities. Contact African Budget Safaris for a detailed breakdown of what is included in the Activity Package and see the Full Pricing Information above for the cost of the Activity Package.

Day 2: Kruger National Park - South Africa

On day two we get up early and make our way into the world-famous Kruger National Park for an unforgettable day of game viewing.

Entering the vast Kruger Park the game viewing adventure begins right away. Kruger National Park is home to Africa's Big 5, as well as a multitude of other beautiful African animals, both small and large. This is South Africa's premier national park, famous for its superb game viewing and progressive conservation practices.

Our truck offers an elevated vantage for seeing over other vehicles and the bush, providing excellent opportunities for spotting and photographing as many of the wild animals in Kruger Park as possible. If you have opted for the Activity Package then you will take a 4x4 game drive in an open safari vehicle instead, immersing yourself in the wilderness that is Kruger National Park.

In the late afternoon, you have another chance to embark on an optional sunset game drive in the private concession area of Greater Kruger Park.

  • Activity Package: Full day 4×4 Game Drive
  • Included Activity: Kruger Game Drive (in safari truck)
  • Optional Activity: Sunset Game Drive (subject to availability)
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3: Panorama Route & Greater Kruger - South Africa

Today begins with an optional game walk early in the morning, taking you into the bush in search of wildlife and birds. Walking in the African bush takes you up close to the indigenous flora and fauna, offering a closer look at the fascinating ecosystems of Kruger.

If you choose not to do the optional game walk, you can sleep in before we head to the nearby Panorama Route, one of the most scenic parts of South Africa. Travelling along the Panorama Route we stop to admire the spectacular views from God's Window, looking out over the Lowveld to the distant mountains along the Mozambique border. We also stop to view Bourke’s Luck Potholes, peculiar rock features created by water erosion over the decades, and the Three Rondavels mountains. Our drive takes us along Blyde River Canyon, one of the largest vegetated canyons in the world.

From the scenic splendours of the Panorama Route, we return to our camp in Greater Kruger Park.

  • Included Activity: Panorama Route Trip
  • Optional Activities: Morning Bush Walk (subject to availability)
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary - Swaziland

Waking up early this morning we have coffee and rusks before making our way out of Kruger National Park in our safari truck, game viewing along the way.

Next, we cross into Swaziland to explore the beautiful Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, the oldest reserve in Swaziland. The mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland is a small landlocked country neighbouring South Africa and Mozambique.

Covering 4 560 hectares of open grassland plains and towering mountains this wildlife refuge is a scenic wonder. Bush walks are a popular activity here as large predators are absent in this wilderness area of Swaziland. The variety of self-guided hikes offer visitors a chance to get up close to the local flora and fauna - a fascinating way to explore nature.

  • Included Activity: Kruger Game Drive (in safari truck)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary - Swaziland

Day five starts off with a nature walk in the scenic Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Your safari guide leads you on a walk along the Nature Trail, telling you more about the local environment and history along the way.

Later on, we visit the Esijeni community for a guided tour of the village (included in the Activity Package). A local guide conducts the two-hour guided walk through the village introducing you to Swazi culture. This interactive tour offers a chance to participate in some of the day-to-day activities of life in the village, from grinding maize to carrying water. This afternoon is free for optional activities, relaxing in nature and exploring Mlilwane further. Go hiking or mountain biking or join a game drive, the choice is yours.

  • Included Activities: Nature Walk with your guide
  • Activity Package: Esijeni Cultural Tour
  • Optional Activities: Game drives, Swazi cultural experience, mountain biking and hiking
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Isimangaliso Wetland Park - South Africa

Leaving Swaziland this morning we take a scenic drive back into South Africa, travelling towards the warm Indian Ocean coastline.

Our next stop is the town of St Lucia, near the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Formerly known as the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park this natural area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the first to be declared in South Africa. Encompassing extremely varied habitats, from Indian Ocean beaches, dunes, coral reefs and estuaries to woods, swamps, forests and open grasslands. This wide range of terrains provides habitat for a rich medley of animal, marine, bird and plant species, including endemic and threatened species.

This evening we are treated to a cultural experience where find out more about Zulu traditions and the Zulu language, one of South Africa's most widely spoken languages.

  • Included Activity: Zulu Cultural Evening
  • Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7: Hluhluwe-Imfolozi & iSimangaliso - South Africa

Today we head to nearby Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve for a morning game drive in this wildlife-rich wilderness area.

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is famous for its rhino conservation successes, hosting one of the world's largest white rhino populations. Hluhluwe and Imfolozi together make up one of KwaZulu-Natal's best game parks - the oldest game reserve in Africa. We take a game drive in open 4x4 vehicles exploring the only state-run park in the province of KwaZulu-Natal where all Big Five occur.

After our morning of bird watching and game viewing in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, we drive back to our lodge in St Lucia. Rested and refreshed, we head to the beautiful iSimangaliso and take a sunset boat cruise. The boat cruise is an ideal way to end another unforgettable day in Southern Africa - watching the sunset over the natural lagoon, looking out for hippos and other animals, spotting an abundance of birds and marvelling at the scenery.

  • Activity Package: Game Drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park & iSimangaliso Boat Cruise
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8: Durban - South Africa

Our Kruger Park, Swaziland & St Lucia Safari takes us through some amazing scenery on our way down the KwaZulu-Natal Coast. In the late afternoon, we enter the bustling city of Durban, South Africa’s largest port and well know surfing destination.

Our action-packed southern African camping safari ends on arrival in Durban. In the evening most safari groups choose to go out for an optional meal at one of the excellent Indian restaurants in Durban and enjoy this coastal city’s vibrant nightlife.

  • Optional Activities: Dinner & night out in Durban
  • Meals: Breakfast

Please Note:

This southbound Kruger Park, Swaziland & St Lucia Safari is also available in the reverse order, starting in Durban and ending in Johannesburg as the St Lucia, Swaziland & Kruger Park Safari - North.

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South Africa Activities

  • Evening Game Drive in Greater Kruger
  • Morning Bush Walk in Greater Kruger
  • Dinner out in Durban

Swaziland Activities

  • Game Drive in Mlilwane (min 2 clients) 
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swazi Cultural Excursion 
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  • Mountain Biking
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