14 Day Kruger, Swazi and Lesotho Luxury Overland

From R 27450

DURATION:

14 DAYS

STARTING POINT:

JOHANNESBURG

ENDING POINT:

PORT ELIZABETH

TOUR TYPE:

Overland Tour

TOUR CODE:

ANOLKL14

Addo Elephant National Park Watering Hole

This 14 day overland adventure visits three countries showcasing a wide variety in culture, wildlife and beautiful landscapes.

Departing from Joburg, we head straight to the Kruger National Park for some wildlife spotting. Kruger has an abundance of wildlife and is one  one of the best places to search for the big five. From here we venture into Swaziland and take in the history and culture it offers. Crossing the border into South Africa we make our way down to St Lucia and the Imfolozi Game Reserve. The tour continues via Durban and into Lesotho, the Kingdom in the sky. After exploring this mountainous wonder we make our way back into South Africa and down to Addo Elephant National Park.

Your tour comes to an end in Port Elizabeth. See below for full itinerary. Don't Miss out. Book Now!

14 Day Kruger, Swazi and Lesotho Luxury Overland

Day 1 – Greater Kruger National Park

Leaving the city of Johannesburg behind us we make our way east through the coalfields of Mpumalanga. Our journey today follows in the footsteps of the old trade-routes to the Lowveld and the Kruger National Park. This afternoon there will be an opportunity to join an optional sundowner drive, booking is essential and your guide can assist on departure this morning.

Meals Included: Dinner
Optional Activity: Sundowner drive (Subject to availability)

Day 2 – Kruger National Park

Rising early this morning we enter the Kruger National Park to enjoy a full-day of game viewing in open 4×4 vehicles. The abundance of wildlife presents us with opportunities for excellent sightings and the Kruger is also home to the famed members of Africa’s Big-5. Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species including 336 trees, 49 fish, 114 reptiles and 147 mammals. Our activity package offers the added excitement of experiencing the park from an open-sided 4×4 vehicle. This evening there is a second opportunity for the optional Sundowner drive.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Activity Package: Kruger National Park 4×4 game drive
Optional Activity: Sundowner drive (subject to availability)

Day 3 – Kruger National Park

While those who elect to do the optional morning walk will have an earlier start, we set out a little later today and travel the short distance to the Panorama Route. Strung along the escarpment that divides the central plateau and low-lying bushveld of the Kruger, the sights of the Panorama route offer us a day of scenic delights. We will visit the highlights of Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and God’s Window before returning to camp in the late afternoon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Activity: Morning bush walk (subject to availability)

Day 4 – Swaziland

We start the day early with some coffee and traditional rusks before setting off through Kruger on our way to Swaziland. Our truck offers an excellent platform for game viewing as we make our way south. We exit the southern end of the park and travel the short distance to Swaziland border, our route this afternoon winds through the mountains and forests of this landlocked kingdom. Our destination for today is the Ezulwini Valley just south of the capital Mbabane.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 –  Swaziland

Endless hours of self-guided exploration within the small 4560ha Mlilwane sanctuary are possible due to the relative absence of dangerous game. This morning our guide will lead us out on a nature walk to explore the “ Nature Trail “ which provides interpretation of historical and environmental information of the area. Later this morning, we embark on a 2-hour guided walk through the Esitjeni community, allowing us a glimpse of life on a day-to-day basis. This interactive experience could involve grinding maize, carrying water, building a wall or washing clothes in the steam.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Activity Package: Esijeni Cultural Tour

Day 6 – Swaziland to St Lucia

Today we exit Swaziland and return to South Africa, making our way to the town of St Lucia and continue south into the reaches of Zululand, once the realm of the mighty King Shaka who united the Zulu clans. This evening we are treated to a cultural experience where we will learn more of the Zulu traditions and language.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 – Hluhluwe – Imfolozi Game Reserve

We set out early this morning for a game drive in the nearby Hluhulwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, one of the last strongholds of the endangered Rhinoceros. The reserve has played a critical role in the preservation of these endangered animals, both Black and White Rhinoceros occur in the park and many populations owe their ongoing existence to animals that have been raised here. While Rhinoceros are the most famous of the parks inhabitants, the park also provides a home to many other species, including the Big-5 that we all hope to see. Returning to our lodging for a siesta, we freshen up for an afternoon boat cruise on the St Lucia estuary.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Activity Package: Game drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park, St. Lucia boat cruise

Day 8 – Kwa Zulu Natal Coast – Drakensberg

Running the length of the Kwazulu-Natal province, the Ukuhlamba Drakensberg Park is a UNESCO recognised world heritage site. Whether you go by the Zulu name uKhahlamba, meaning ‘barrier of spears’, or the Afrikaans name Drakensberge, meaning ‘dragon mountains’, these towering mountains will be our backdrop for the next two nights. On our way we make a short stop in Durban to stretch our legs before continuing to view the scenic Howick Falls and a visit to the nearby site that marked the capture of South Africa’s most famous man, Nelson Mandela.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 – UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

We set out this morning for a day of hiking to explore the mountains of the Drakensberg, along our way we will have the opportunity to view examples of San rock art with a local guide. While we encourage everyone to make the most of the day in mountains, we may offer separate options depending on the activity level of the group. With a number of trails available we can ensure that we cater to every need, the most important aim is to ensure everyone enjoys this mountain paradise at their own pace.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 –  Lesotho – Malealea

Our journey today begins with a mountain pass and an opportunity to visit a Vulture restaurant where we hope to view these fascinating birds. Our route winds its way through the magnificent cliffs off the Golden Gate National Park before we enter Lesotho in the afternoon, we pass the capitalcity of Maseru as continue the climb to our base high amongst the mountain peaks.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 – Lesotho – Malealea

The clean air of the mountains accompanies us this morning as we explore the mountains on foot, our hike concludes with a village visit and the opportunity to gain insight into the community that calls these mountains home. The Basotho are famous for their traditional hats, blankets and their sturdy ponies. Basotho ponies are renowned for their surefootedness in the mountains and you have the opportunity of an optional pony trek this afternoon to experience this first-hand

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Activity: Pony Trekking, Additional Hiking Options

Day 12 – South Africa – Graaff Reinet

Returning to South Africa, we descend the mountains and take aim across the Great Karoo. The semi-arid Karoo represents the heartland of rural South Africa and presents a stark contrast to the mountains we leave behind. Our overnight stop is set in the historic town of Graaff-Reinet, the fourth oldest town in the country. We cross the mighty Orange (Gariep) River today as we journey through the vast countryside of the Karoo. This evening you will have the opportunity to join a sundowner excursion to the Valley of Desolation, this unique valley offers a panoramic view over the town and the wide open plains stretching out below. Kindly note that during the winter months, this activity will become a Sunrise excursion to the valley of Desolation the following morning.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Activity Package: Valley of Desolation sundowner tour (Kindly note that during the winter months, this activity will become a Sunrise excursion to the valley of Desolation the following morning.)

Day 13 – Greater Addo Elephant National Park area

Setting course for the coast once again, we pass through the open plains of the Karoo and the wildlife charms of the Addo National Park. Upon arrival in the greater Addo region, we set up camp and head to the National Park to enjoy an afternoon game drive in our Nomad truck, in search of the famous elephants that call Addo home.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 – Port Elizabeth

After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to Port Elizabeth where your tour will come to an end upon arrival at the Kings Beach Hotel. This itinerary has been written with the Activity Package items included. If you wish to participate in all the activities listed, you will need to purchase the Activity Package.

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

Activity Package

Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an “Optional Activity Package”. You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be “essential activities” on our tours. The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don’t book the package, the activities won’t be included. We suggest that you pre-book and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.
• 4×4 Game drive in Kruger National Park
• St Lucia boat cruise
• Hluhluwe game drive
• Valley of Desolation 
• Esijeni Cultural Tour

 

Standard Tour Price – R27450
German Guided Tour Price – R32950
Single Supplement – R2490
Activity Package – R2490

Includes:

Meals as specified, accommodation, guides, included highlights and transport in specialised luxury vehicle.

Excludes:

All items of a personal nature, entrance fees, alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, snacks, souvenirs, tips, activity package and optional activities.

Please note that maps shown are a rough guide. Exact locations and routes might differ slightly to what is shown. Please refer to the tour itinerary for a more precise route.

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14 Day Kruger, Swazi and Lesotho Luxury Overland

R27,450.00

This 14 day overland adventure visits three countries showcasing a wide variety in culture, wildlife and beautiful landscapes.

Departing from Joburg, we head straight to the Kruger National Park for some wildlife spotting. Kruger has an abundance of wildlife and is one  one of the best places to search for the big five. From here we venture into Swaziland and take in the history and culture it offers. Crossing the border into South Africa we make our way down to St Lucia and the Imfolozi Game Reserve. The tour continues via Durban and into Lesotho, the Kingdom in the sky. After exploring this mountainous wonder we make our way back into South Africa and down to Addo Elephant National Park.

Your tour comes to an end in Port Elizabeth. See below for full itinerary. Don’t Miss out. Book Now!

Description

Day 1 – Greater Kruger National Park

Leaving the city of Johannesburg behind us we make our way east through the coalfields of Mpumalanga. Our journey today follows in the footsteps of the old trade-routes to the Lowveld and the Kruger National Park. This afternoon there will be an opportunity to join an optional sundowner drive, booking is essential and your guide can assist on departure this morning.

Meals Included: Dinner
Optional Activity: Sundowner drive (Subject to availability)

Day 2 – Kruger National Park

Rising early this morning we enter the Kruger National Park to enjoy a full-day of game viewing in open 4×4 vehicles. The abundance of wildlife presents us with opportunities for excellent sightings and the Kruger is also home to the famed members of Africa’s Big-5. Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species including 336 trees, 49 fish, 114 reptiles and 147 mammals. Our activity package offers the added excitement of experiencing the park from an open-sided 4×4 vehicle. This evening there is a second opportunity for the optional Sundowner drive.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Activity Package: Kruger National Park 4×4 game drive
Optional Activity: Sundowner drive (subject to availability)

Day 3 – Kruger National Park

While those who elect to do the optional morning walk will have an earlier start, we set out a little later today and travel the short distance to the Panorama Route. Strung along the escarpment that divides the central plateau and low-lying bushveld of the Kruger, the sights of the Panorama route offer us a day of scenic delights. We will visit the highlights of Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and God’s Window before returning to camp in the late afternoon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Activity: Morning bush walk (subject to availability)

Day 4 – Swaziland

We start the day early with some coffee and traditional rusks before setting off through Kruger on our way to Swaziland. Our truck offers an excellent platform for game viewing as we make our way south. We exit the southern end of the park and travel the short distance to Swaziland border, our route this afternoon winds through the mountains and forests of this landlocked kingdom. Our destination for today is the Ezulwini Valley just south of the capital Mbabane.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 –  Swaziland

Endless hours of self-guided exploration within the small 4560ha Mlilwane sanctuary are possible due to the relative absence of dangerous game. This morning our guide will lead us out on a nature walk to explore the “ Nature Trail “ which provides interpretation of historical and environmental information of the area. Later this morning, we embark on a 2-hour guided walk through the Esitjeni community, allowing us a glimpse of life on a day-to-day basis. This interactive experience could involve grinding maize, carrying water, building a wall or washing clothes in the steam.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Activity Package: Esijeni Cultural Tour

Day 6 – Swaziland to St Lucia

Today we exit Swaziland and return to South Africa, making our way to the town of St Lucia and continue south into the reaches of Zululand, once the realm of the mighty King Shaka who united the Zulu clans. This evening we are treated to a cultural experience where we will learn more of the Zulu traditions and language.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 – Hluhluwe – Imfolozi Game Reserve

We set out early this morning for a game drive in the nearby Hluhulwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, one of the last strongholds of the endangered Rhinoceros. The reserve has played a critical role in the preservation of these endangered animals, both Black and White Rhinoceros occur in the park and many populations owe their ongoing existence to animals that have been raised here. While Rhinoceros are the most famous of the parks inhabitants, the park also provides a home to many other species, including the Big-5 that we all hope to see. Returning to our lodging for a siesta, we freshen up for an afternoon boat cruise on the St Lucia estuary.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Activity Package: Game drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park, St. Lucia boat cruise

Day 8 – Kwa Zulu Natal Coast – Drakensberg

Running the length of the Kwazulu-Natal province, the Ukuhlamba Drakensberg Park is a UNESCO recognised world heritage site. Whether you go by the Zulu name uKhahlamba, meaning ‘barrier of spears’, or the Afrikaans name Drakensberge, meaning ‘dragon mountains’, these towering mountains will be our backdrop for the next two nights. On our way we make a short stop in Durban to stretch our legs before continuing to view the scenic Howick Falls and a visit to the nearby site that marked the capture of South Africa’s most famous man, Nelson Mandela.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 – UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

We set out this morning for a day of hiking to explore the mountains of the Drakensberg, along our way we will have the opportunity to view examples of San rock art with a local guide. While we encourage everyone to make the most of the day in mountains, we may offer separate options depending on the activity level of the group. With a number of trails available we can ensure that we cater to every need, the most important aim is to ensure everyone enjoys this mountain paradise at their own pace.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 –  Lesotho – Malealea

Our journey today begins with a mountain pass and an opportunity to visit a Vulture restaurant where we hope to view these fascinating birds. Our route winds its way through the magnificent cliffs off the Golden Gate National Park before we enter Lesotho in the afternoon, we pass the capitalcity of Maseru as continue the climb to our base high amongst the mountain peaks.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 – Lesotho – Malealea

The clean air of the mountains accompanies us this morning as we explore the mountains on foot, our hike concludes with a village visit and the opportunity to gain insight into the community that calls these mountains home. The Basotho are famous for their traditional hats, blankets and their sturdy ponies. Basotho ponies are renowned for their surefootedness in the mountains and you have the opportunity of an optional pony trek this afternoon to experience this first-hand

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Activity: Pony Trekking, Additional Hiking Options

Day 12 – South Africa – Graaff Reinet

Returning to South Africa, we descend the mountains and take aim across the Great Karoo. The semi-arid Karoo represents the heartland of rural South Africa and presents a stark contrast to the mountains we leave behind. Our overnight stop is set in the historic town of Graaff-Reinet, the fourth oldest town in the country. We cross the mighty Orange (Gariep) River today as we journey through the vast countryside of the Karoo. This evening you will have the opportunity to join a sundowner excursion to the Valley of Desolation, this unique valley offers a panoramic view over the town and the wide open plains stretching out below. Kindly note that during the winter months, this activity will become a Sunrise excursion to the valley of Desolation the following morning.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Activity Package: Valley of Desolation sundowner tour (Kindly note that during the winter months, this activity will become a Sunrise excursion to the valley of Desolation the following morning.)

Day 13 – Greater Addo Elephant National Park area

Setting course for the coast once again, we pass through the open plains of the Karoo and the wildlife charms of the Addo National Park. Upon arrival in the greater Addo region, we set up camp and head to the National Park to enjoy an afternoon game drive in our Nomad truck, in search of the famous elephants that call Addo home.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 – Port Elizabeth

After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to Port Elizabeth where your tour will come to an end upon arrival at the Kings Beach Hotel. This itinerary has been written with the Activity Package items included. If you wish to participate in all the activities listed, you will need to purchase the Activity Package.

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

Activity Package

Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an “Optional Activity Package”. You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be “essential activities” on our tours. The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don’t book the package, the activities won’t be included. We suggest that you pre-book and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.
• 4×4 Game drive in Kruger National Park
• St Lucia boat cruise
• Hluhluwe game drive
• Valley of Desolation 
• Esijeni Cultural Tour

 

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