This Budget Swaziland & Kruger Park Safari travels north from Durban to the beautiful wetlands of Greater St Lucia Park, 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 world-famous Kruger National Park for world-class game viewing in this top Big Five wilderness area.
End this affordable St Lucia, Swaziland & Kruger Camping Safari off with a stunning drive along the Panoramic Route to Johannesburg.
Our Overland Camping Safari gets off to a leisurely start, leaving you free to explore Durban, visit Ushaka Marine World and enjoy the sunshine and sandy beaches this morning.
Departing from Durban we travel north along the east coast of South Africa making our way to the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, now called Isimangaliso Wetland Park. The then Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park was the first UNESCO World Heritage Site to be declared in South Africa.
This evening we experience Zulu culture - sampling the local Ilala Palm beer unique to this region, learning a few Zulu language basics and finding out more about Zulu traditions. We spend the first night on this St Lucia, Swaziland & Kruger Park Safari camping in the St Lucia area, surrounded by untamed nature.
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 game reserve is the oldest nature conservation area in South Africa and also one of Africa's oldest, 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 our 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 hippo 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.
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, setting off into Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary on foot to appreciate the fauna and flora up close. Heading back into South Africa, we stop to visit a craft market before leaving Swaziland, which is known for its exceptional local arts and crafts. Crossing the border back into South Africa this afternoon, we drive north through the scenic Mpumalanga Province.
Our next destination is the world-famous Kruger Park, covering 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 the Big Five of Africa (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo) but for the spectacular array of other wild animals, reptiles, insects and birds.
We spend two full days on safari in the massive Kruger National Park going in search of predators, such as cheetahs, wild dogs and hyenas, and prey, such as springbok, kudus and bush buck. Other inhabitants commonly sighted include hippos, impalas, zebras, giraffes and warthogs to name just a few.
On day five we explore Kruger Park on game drives in the tour vehicle, which provides an elevated vantage that helps you to see over the bush and take photos of the surroundings and wild creatures encountered.
Today is our second full day in Kruger National Park, South Africa's leading safari destination.
Exploring the reserve in an open 4x4 vehicle brings you close to nature allowing you to view and the photograph the animals and birds without windows between you, immersing you in the bush. Travellers who opted not to take the Activity Package explore Kruger in the safari vehicle with the tour guide.
In the late afternoon there is an opportunity to embark on an optional sundowner game drive.
This morning we travel along the Panorama Route, stopping for breathtaking views at Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes as we go. 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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This Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg Budget Safari begins in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania crossing to Zanzibar Island and then Lake Malawi, Zambia, Botswana's Chobe & Delta and Kruger Park, ending in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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