Kruger and the Kingdoms - 6 nights / 7 days escorted tour

6 Nights

Johannesburg

Head to some of South Africa's most celebrated national parks for exceptional wildlife viewing before immersing yourself in the traditions of the Swaziland people. A seven day escorted tour starting in Johannesburg and ending in Durban - with an option to extend with a beach stay.

From £899pp
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Highlights

  • Explore Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa.
  • Optional Soweto tour (own account).
  • Enjoy the scenic drive through Mpumalanga and cross the famous Long Tom Pass.
  • Drive along the Panorama Route and admire the view from - God’s Window - one of the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve’s most spectacular viewpoints.
  • Spot the Big 5 in Kruger National Park on a game drive.
  • Learn about the colourful crafts and indigenous people of Swaziland.
  • Optional White and Black Rhino spotting in Zululand.
  • Enjoy a cruise on Lake St.Lucia (weather permitting).
  • Day 1 - Johannesburg
  • Day 2 - Johannesburg - Mpumalanga -Kruger National Park
  • Day 3 - Mpumalanga - Panorama Route - Kruger National Park
  • Day 4 - Kruger National Park
  • Day 5 - Mpumalanga to Swaziland
  • Day 6 - Swaziland to Zululand
  • Day 7 - Zululand to Durban/Umhlanga
  • Additional Information

On arrival in Johannesburg at OR Tambo International Airport, you’ll be met by your representative and transferred to your hotel. Johannesburg is the largest and most populous city in South Africa. It is also the source of a large-scale gold and diamond trade, due to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills. The remainder of the day is at leisure & unescorted. Why not join a Soweto sightseeingTour (own account) or simply relax at your hotel. At 19h00 you will meet up at reception for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet fellow travellers. Overnight at Protea Hotel Wanderers or similar.

Distance travelled today: 35 kms

Meals Included: Ro

Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Wanderers

Situated in the prestigious suburb of Illovo, Sandton, the Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Wanderers is ideal for both the leisure and business traveller with easy access to all business centres, the OR Tambo International Airport and various other attractions the city of Johannesburg has to offer. Venture into Sandton, Rosebank or the Melrose Arch precinct, which are minutes away and offer some of the finest shopping and dining experiences on the continent. Alternatively enjoy fine cuisine in the upmarket restaurant, relax on the hotel’s poolside sundeck, enjoy a cocktail in the 24 hour coffee bar and deli or make use of the in-house FIT gym. Accommodation consists of superbly appointed bedrooms, all equipped with separate bath and shower, an executive work desk & wireless internet access.

Depart Johannesburg after breakfast and head for Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city, for a short orientation tour, before continuing to the Mpumalanga Province, known as ‘Paradise Country’. Dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld, we travel via the historic towns of Dullstroom and Lydenburg. After traversing the famous Long Tom Pass, we travel via Sabie and arrive late afternoon into Hazyview, the safari hub of the Kruger National Park. Overnight at Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel (standard room) or similar.
Distance travelled today: 425 kms

Meals Included: Bed and Breakfast

Perry's Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel

Located in Hazyview, Perry's Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel is connected to a shopping center, minutes from Perry's Bridge Reptile Park, and close to Elephant Whispers. The 31 spacious rooms and 3 family suites offer relaxed, yet sophisticated accommodation in a beautiful indigenous garden setting. The colonially custom furnished air-conditioned rooms, each feature satellite television, indoor and outdoor showers, safes, tea & coffee making facilities, fridges and private patios with Lowveld vistas. Time spent at the swimming pool in this beautiful garden setting, is bound to leave you feeling refreshed and revived.

After an early morning breakfast, we’ll drive along the spectacular ‘Panorama Route’, offering views of amazing scenery including the 26 kilometre-long Blyde River Canyon (home to the Three Rondavels), Bourke’s Luck Potholes’ and historic God’s Window, a breathtaking view (weather permitting) of the edge of the escarpment taking in the Kruger National Park. We arrive back in Hazyview in the early afternoon, where the remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or join an afternoon game experience (optional and for own account).
Overnight at Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel (standard room) or similar.
Distance travelled today: 320 kms

Meals Included: Bed and Breakfast

Perry's Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel

Located in Hazyview, Perry's Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel is connected to a shopping center, minutes from Perry's Bridge Reptile Park, and close to Elephant Whispers. The 31 spacious rooms and 3 family suites offer relaxed, yet sophisticated accommodation in a beautiful indigenous garden setting. The colonially custom furnished air-conditioned rooms, each feature satellite television, indoor and outdoor showers, safes, tea & coffee making facilities, fridges and private patios with Lowveld vistas. Time spent at the swimming pool in this beautiful garden setting, is bound to leave you feeling refreshed and revived.

The day begins with early morning coffee or tea, followed by a thrilling open vehicle safari (with English speaking Safari Guide) through Kruger National Park with pre-packed breakfast. Kruger is one of the world’s greatest national parks, home to a stunning array of wildlife. Search for the ‘Big Five’ (rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, and elephant) as well as prolific birdlife and numerous other game. The afternoon is at leisure at your hotel. Late afternoon open vehicle game drives are available (optional and for own account). Overnight at Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel (standard room) or similar.
Distance travelled today: 120 kms

Meals Included: Bed and Breakfast

Perry's Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel

Located in Hazyview, Perry's Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel is connected to a shopping center, minutes from Perry's Bridge Reptile Park, and close to Elephant Whispers. The 31 spacious rooms and 3 family suites offer relaxed, yet sophisticated accommodation in a beautiful indigenous garden setting. The colonially custom furnished air-conditioned rooms, each feature satellite television, indoor and outdoor showers, safes, tea & coffee making facilities, fridges and private patios with Lowveld vistas. Time spent at the swimming pool in this beautiful garden setting, is bound to leave you feeling refreshed and revived.

This morning we travel to Swaziland, an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, crafts and colourful indigenous culture. An interactive cultural experience introduces us to the charming people of Swaziland and their traditions. We travel via the capital city, Mbabane, and on to the beautiful Ezulwini Valley. Overnight at Royal Swazi Sun (standard room) or similar.
Distance travelled today: 310 kms

Meals Included: Bld

Royal Swazi Sun

In the fascinating Kingdom of Swaziland is a lush and verdant valley named 'Heaven' by the noble Swazis. In this valley lies a sensational casino resort comprising of two hotels. Each touched by the magic of Africa, none more so than the 4-star Royal Swazi Spa Hotel. There is nowhere better to enjoy peace & tranquility than at this jewel in the African crown, whether it be on the golf course, relaxing at the poolside, enjoying a scenic horse ride, inducing adrenalin on a quad bike, being pampered in the health spa or doing business at a convention.

After breakfast we will continue south through Eswatini (Swaziland), before re-entering South Africa. Travel into Zululand, passing traditional round huts and endless vistas. There is an option to enjoy an afternoon open vehicle safari (optional and for own account with an English speaking safari guide) in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, which contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora and is particularly famous for its conservation of black and white rhino. Overnight at Anew Hotel Hluhluwe and Safaris (standard room) or similar.
Distance travelled today: 360 kms

Meals Included: Bed and Breakfast

Anew Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris

Anew Hotel Hluhluwe is located in the Heart of The Zulu Kingdom. Rich in natural ambience and with a distinctively African rhythm, the hotel offers guests luxurious accommodation, tantalising cuisine and a world-class service, with friendly staff who live the motto "hospitality is our game". The untamed beauty of Kwazulu Natal's Elephant coast and the neighbouring wildlife reserves have created a vibrant eco-system of unrivalled diversity. Soak up the sun at the swimming pool terrace and enjoy the evenings sipping on a refreshing sundowner and watching the Zulu dance shows beneath the magnificent Umkanyakude (Fever) Tree.

This morning we will join a cruise on Lake St Lucia (depending on favourable weather conditions) before departing for Durban. Our journey takes us past traditional Zulu Kraals, Eucalyptus plantations and sugar cane fields. We arrive early afternoon where the tour ends on arrival.
Distance travelled today: 275 kms

Meals Included: Bed and Breakfast

Minimum 2 guests / maximum 25 guests.

Duration - 7 nights / 6 nights.

Departs weekly on Sundays.

Departure Dates in 2020:
Jan 5,12,19,26
Feb 2,9,16,23
Mar 1,8,15,22,29
Apr 5,12,19,26
May 3,10,17,24,31
Jun 7,14,21,28
Jul 5,12,19,26
Aug 2,9,16,23,30
Sep 6,13,20,27
Oct 4,11,18,25
Nov 1,8,15,22,29
Dec 6,13

Departure Dates in 2021:
Jan 3,10,17,24,31
Feb 7,14,21,28
Mar 7,14,21,28
Apr 4,11,18,25
May 2,9,16,23,30
Jun ,6,13,20,27
Jul 4,11,18,25
Aug 1,8,15,22,29
Sep 5,12,19,26
Oct 3,10,17,24,31
Nov 7,14,21,28
Dec 5,13,19

At a Glance (inclusions):
6 Nights Accommodation
6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Transportation and Porterage
Sightseeing as specified
Conservation Levy and Park Fees

Please note - this tour travels through Eswatini (Swaziland). Please check visa requirements, as certain nationalities may require visas to travel through Eswatini (Swaziland).

Only one suitcase and one overnight bag per person is allowed