Travel from the city of gold, Johannesburg, to the coastal playground of Durban city on a one week camping adventure with experienced crew.
Sweep from the spectacular gems of the Panorama Route - God’s window and Bourke's Luck Potholes, into the wild Lowveld to explore game-rich Kruger National Park. After game viewing in the world-famous Kruger Park head to the tranquil mountains of Swaziland to discover the beauty of Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and experience local Swazi culture.
Then journey into the coastal region of KwaZulu-Natal, embarking on an exciting game drive in the prestigious Hluhluwe Game Reserve. Overnight in seaside St Lucia and take a morning boat cruise on the scenic estuary in iSimangaliso Wetland Park, before travelling south to Durban.
This Kruger to Durban Overland Safari sets off from the metropolis of Johannesburg, the economic centre of South Africa.
Departing from Johannesburg, known as the Place of Gold (Egoli), we travel northeast into the Mpumalanga Province. Our drive takes us into the beautiful mountains of the Drakensberg Escarpment via the Panorama Route. Along the way we stop to look out over the plains of the Lowveld and the distant mountains, from a viewpoint called God’s Window.
From the breathtaking Panorama Route we continue to the small town of Hazyview, located close to Kruger National Park. Our hotel is in the Greater Kruger region, consisting of the national park and surrounding private game reserves. After dinner we relax at the peaceful lodge and enjoy our first night under starry skies.
On day two we rise with the sun, heading to Kruger Park in time to enter the protected area, as soon as the gates open. We spend the whole of day two game viewing in the world-renowned Kruger National Park, one of Africa's best wildlife destinations.
Your professional guide is an expert at tracking and spotting wildlife and birds which makes all the difference in the bush. Kruger is home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant) and a plethora of other wild animals, including almost every major mammal species of Africa. Birdlife is also prolific with over 500 bird species in addition to the 148 mammal species and numerous reptiles, amphibians, insects and plants.
During the heat of day we take a break at one of the shaded rest camps, usually stopping at a camp featuring a pool, gift shop and swimming pool. Then we continue our search for wildlife, driving through the diverse habitats of this exceptional game park. After our game viewing adventure in Kruger, we return to the hotel and our camp for an early dinner and a laid-back evening around the flickering campfire. You also have the option of embarking on a night game drive (extra cost) - an exhilarating wildlife experience!
Today we are up at sunrise for a light breakfast, before returning to Kruger Park for our second adventure-packed day of game viewing. Exploring Kruger in an open 4x4 game viewing vehicle offers unhindered views for capturing photographs and a close-to-nature experience in the wilderness.
Your experienced guide shares his/her knowledge with you - pointing out wildlife, birds, other creatures and indigenous plants of the region. Kruger Park is world-famous for its progressive environmental policies and management practises, as well as its unrivalled array and sheer abundance of African animals and birds. Having spotted all kinds of weird and wonderful creatures out in the African wilderness we return to the camp in the late afternoon.
Onwards on day four, we drive south along the border of Kruger National Park, making our way towards Swaziland. Along the way we pass farming towns and Shangaan settlements, pausing in Nelspruit before heading through fertile farmlands. Then we ascend into the hills, traversing scenic mountain passes, as we wind our way up into the small, land-locked country of Swaziland.
We come across local markets showcasing the signature crafts of the Swazi people and we visit the Ngwenya glass factory, a well-known attraction in the area. Passing Mbabane, the capital of Swaziland, we proceed to the incredibly scenic Ezulwini Valley, which means 'Valley of Heavens’. Here we will spend time exploring the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary - a non-profit owned and managed protected area.
For the next two nights we camp near the secluded Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland’s oldest game park.
This morning we wake up in the stunning Ezulwini Valley, surrounded by unspoilt nature. Keep your eyes and ears open for birds and antelopes as we eat breakfast, before we venture into Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. The protected area hosts more than 40 species of animals, including kudu, zebra, hippo, ostrich and baboon. More unusual finds range from aardwolf and dwarf mongoose to striped polecat and honey badger.
First we visit the Royal Enclosure to encounter the rich history and culture of the Kingdom of Swaziland. Then we walk through a traditional Swazi village with a local guide who tells us more about the customs and cultural practises here. There is time to browse the arts and crafts at the market stalls and walk around the village. Back in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary we have lunch and then you are free to enjoy optional activities or simply relax at the pool and soak up the scenery. Choose from horse riding trails, game viewing drives, guided nature walks and mountain biking in the area.
At the end of the day we sit back with sundowners watching for animals and birds at the hippo pool, followed by a tasty dinner prepared by the crew.
From Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary we drive back into South Africa, travelling via the scenic countryside of Swaziland. Crossing into the KwaZulu-Natal Province, we head straight to the renowned Hluhluwe Game Reserve for an afternoon game drive.
Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park is world-famous for its successful Project Rhino conservation program that played a crucial role in saving white rhinos from extinction. This is the oldest game reserve in Africa and the premier safari destination in KwaZulu-Natal, hosting the Big Five and many other wildlife and bird species. Our afternoon game drive is conducted in the elevated safari truck, providing excellent opportunities for sighting the numerous animals and birds inhabiting the 960 km² (96000 ha) Hluhluwe Game Reserve.
After our wildlife adventure in the prestigious Hluhluwe, we drive to St Lucia on the sunny East Coast of South Africa. This small town is located in a beautiful wild area, boasting stunning beaches, peaceful wetlands and an unspoilt estuarine system. After dinner this evening, you are free to stroll into the seaside town and visit one of the cosy local pubs, or simply relax in the gardens under starry skies.
On day seven we are up early for breakfast, before joining the river boat cruise on the scenic estuary of the former St Lucia Wetland Area, now named iSimangaliso Wetland Park. On the boat cruise hippos and crocodiles are a common sight, along with an abundance of birds and other animals.
After our relaxing boat cruise, we continue through pine and sugar plantations on our way south to the coastal city of Durban. One of the largest commercial ports in Africa, Durban is a popular holiday destination, known for its sandy beaches, balmy weather and warm Indian Ocean waters. Arriving in Durban this afternoon, your scenic Overland Camping Safari comes to a close.
This 7 Day Kruger to Durban Overland Camping Safari via Swaziland is also available as an Accommodated Overland Safari following the same itinerary, but offering lodge and backpacker accommodation instead of camping. See the Full Pricing above for the price of the accommodated tour version.
This tour covers part of the longer 19 Day Kruger to Cape Town Overland Camping Safari. For more details contact us.
Please note that this tour comes with a highly-recommended Adventure Pass at extra cost. We strongly recommend this optional Adventure Pass as it includes major tour highlights and activities. This local payment can be purchased when booking your tour, or at the start of your trip, payable directly to your tour guide. Contact African Budget Safaris for the detailed itinerary listing what is included in the Adventure Pass and see the Full Pricing above for rates.
Sleep in two-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in groundsheets, zip-up insect screens and foam mattresses. The campsites usually have reasonable washing and showering facilities, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming pool. We camp at hotels, backpackers, lodges and similar establishments.
Travel in a 24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari truck with on-board tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, mini-library, iPod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers. A safari vehicle is used for game drives.
For up-to-date and confirmed pricing info for optional items, please drop us an enquiry.
Kruger National Park
iSimangaliso (St Lucia) Wetland Park
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