This Budget Swaziland & Kruger Park Safari travels north from Durban along the beautiful KwaZulu-Natal coast, where we experience local Zulu culture on the first evening. Then we go game viewing in the prestigious Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve nearby and enjoy a sunset boat cruise on St Lucia lagoon.
And then, we cross into Swaziland to explore the scenic Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Next, we head to the famous Kruger National Park for world-class game viewing in this top Big Five wilderness area. Visit the scenic Panorama Route and return to Kruger for more wildlife action, before wrapping this affordable St Lucia, Swaziland & Kruger Camping Safari up in Johannesburg.
Our Overland Camping Safari gets off to a leisurely start, leaving you free to explore Durban and its beaches this morning.
This evening we experience a bit of Zulu culture - sampling the local Ilala Palm beer unique to this region, learning a few Zulu phrases and finding out more about Zulu traditions. We spend the first night on this St Lucia, Swaziland & Kruger Park Safari in en-suite rooms at a lodge in the town of St Lucia.
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.
Today we embark on a thrilling morning game drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, famous for its critical role in rhino conservation.
Hluhluwe and Imfolozi together make up one of KwaZulu-Natal's best game reserves, home to one of the largest White Rhino population in the world. The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve is KwaZulu-Natal's sole park that is both managed by the government and hosts Africa's Big Five. This is the oldest nature reserve in Africa, providing a haven for diverse animal and bird species since 1895. We explore the rolling hills of this prestigious game reserve in open 4x4 safari vehicles, looking out for the Big Five, especially rhinos.
Returning to camp there is time for a rest, before our sunset boat cruise on the St. Lucia lagoon, the best place to spot the range of wildlife here, including hippos and rich birdlife. 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.
On day three we leave the coast behind and cross into the small landlocked country of Swaziland. Next up, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, the oldest game park in Swaziland, covering about 46km² (4560 hectares) of beautiful wilderness.
Soak up the heavenly landscapes, from the grassy plains to Nyonyane Mountain, or set off on one of the optional activities. Options include game drives, Swazi cultural experiences, mountain biking and hiking in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary.
The big carnivores of Africa are absent from Mlilwane, which makes the sanctuary ideal for walking safaris. Exploring Mlilwane on foot is a great way to get up close to nature and see the smaller creatures and birds up close. There are plenty of walking trails for exploring this remote sanctuary in the Ezulwini Valley, or 'the Valley of Heaven'.
Day four begins with a nature walk in scenic Mlilwane. Your guide leads you on a walk along the Nature Trail sharing insights about the history and natural environment of this area as you explore.
Later we visit the Esijeni community with a local guide (included in Activity Package). Walking through the village offers a chance to meet the locals and get a glimpse into their lives and culture. You may get to grind some maize, help carry water, build something or see how locals wash clothes in the stream. Alternatively, you can set off on an optional adventure of your own - hiking, mountain biking or game viewing in the hills of Swaziland.
Today we leave Swaziland behind, returning to South Africa. Back in South Africa, we drive north through the scenic Mpumalanga Province to Kruger National Park.
The world-famous Kruger Park covers almost two million hectares (19485km²) of untamed bushveld in north-eastern South Africa. This is one of Africa's best game parks, renowned not only for its sizeable populations of Africa's Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo) but for the spectacular array of other wild animals, reptiles, insects and birds.
We spend the remainder of the day looking for wildlife in the vast Kruger National Park. Today's game viewing is done in the overland truck which provides an elevated vantage for seeing over the bush and taking photos. Keep an eye out for predators including cheetahs, wild dogs and hyenas, and prey, such as springbok, kudus and bushbuck as we drive. Other inhabitants commonly sighted include hippos, impalas, zebras, giraffes and warthogs to name just a few.
Our next stop is a safari camp inside a private concession area, within Kruger National Park.
On day six, you can start the day with an optional game walk in the private reserve. After the early morning bush walk, we take a trip to the scenic Panorama Route.
The Panorama Route traces the Great Drakensberg Escarpment, where the inland plateau gives way to the Mpumalanga Lowveld. We visit several of the scenic highlights of the Panorama Route, encompassing the Blyde River Canyon, one of the largest canyons in the world. Viewpoints include Bourke's Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and God's Window.
Later this afternoon we head back to our safari camp inside Kruger Park.
Today the Activity Package includes a full-day game drive in an open 4x4 safari vehicle in Kruger National Park, South Africa's leading safari destination.
Exploring the reserve in an open 4x4 brings you close to nature allowing you to view and photograph the animals and birds without windows between you, immersing you in the bush.
Travellers who opted not to take the Activity Package will explore Kruger in the overland vehicle with your tour guide. Later this afternoon there is an opportunity to embark on an optional sunset game drive with sundowners.
Our last morning is spent wildlife viewing in Kruger, as we make our way out of the national park and on to Johannesburg.
This St Lucia, Swaziland & Kruger Park Safari ends on arrival in Johannesburg, although most groups enjoy an optional dinner on the last night together. Our post-tour lodge offers a traditional braai (barbecue) which can be booked through your safari guide.
This northbound St Lucia, Swaziland & Kruger Park Safari is also available in the reverse order, starting in Johannesburg and ending in Durban as the Kruger Park, Swaziland & St Lucia Safari - South.
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