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SOUTH AFRICA GROUP SAFARI

7-Day Small Group Safari to Kruger, Swaziland and the Coast

This adventure is ideal for those who want to discover South Africa’s beauty and culture from the coast to the big city. Enjoy gorgeous views along the Panorama Route and game drives in South Africa’s best game reserve. Mingle with the locals in Swaziland and Zululand and explore iSimangaliso Wetland Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

DAY 1 – JOHANNESBURG: Depart Johannesburg and travel to the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ – Mpumalanga – via the magnificent Panorama Route. The most spectacular stretch of the Panorama Route is the Blyde River Canyon, including “Bourke’s Luck Potholes” and “Three Rondavels”. Time and weather permitting, stop at God’s Window. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight at Perry’s Bridge Hollow or similar. (D)

DAY 2 – KRUGER NATIONAL PARK: Early this morning, depart on an open vehicle safari through Kruger National Park. At 8,000 square miles, the reserve is the flagship of South African National Parks and is home to an impressive number of flora and fauna. Return to your hotel in the afternoon and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. You will have the option to return to the Kruger National Park to absorb the tranquil beauty of an evening safari (additional charge). Dinner and overnight Perry’s Bridge Hollow or similar. (B, D)

DAY 3 – SWAZILAND: After breakfast, travel to the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland. Enjoy a showcase of the traditional Swazi culture followed by lunch at the Matsamo Cultural Village. Continue to the Ngwenya Glass Works to see master craftsmen create beautiful sculptures and artwork from molten glass. After spending some time at the craft markets, arrive at your hotel located in the beautiful Ezulwini Valley.  Overnight Royal Swazi Sun or smilar. (B, L)

DAY 4 – SWAZILAND/ZULULAND: Enjoy a morning visit to the Swazi Candle Factory where each candle is made by hand using the age-old technique “millefiore”. Continue via Big Bend into KwaZulu-Natal. Arrive at your hotel in the afternoon, in time to embark on an afternoon drive up the Ubombo Mountains, offering views of Lake Jozini. As the setting sun transforms the sky into a tapestry of colours, stop for sundowners. The drive will be combined visiting a local and authentic Zulu homestead for a glimpse into Zulu life in today’s world. Return to the hotel for dinner on the terrace (weather permitting) or in the restaurant. Overnight Ghost Mountain Inn or similar. (B, D)

DAY 5 – HLUHLWE-UMFOLOZI: Your morning is at leisure today. This afternoon you will transfer to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve for an afternoon of game viewing. The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve covers a combined area of 222,395 acres and it was here that the white rhino was saved from extinction. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. End the day with dinner at the hotel. Overnight Ghost Mountain Inn or similar. (B, D)

DAY 6 – iSIMANGALISO: Continue the journey along the Elephant Coast of KwaZulu-Natal to St. Lucia, located at the southern extremity of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park – a World Heritage Site. Embark on an estuarine boat trip to view crocodiles, hippo and birds, including the elusive African Kingfisher Eagle. Stop for lunch (own account) en route to Durban. Arrive in the afternoon at your hotel located on the Golden Mile–Durban’s distinctive beach front. Overnight The Benjamin Boutique Hotel or similar. (B)

DAY 7 DURBAN: Embark on a brief Durban City Tour where you will discover the cultural and historical contrasts of the city. The tour ends with drop-off at Durban International Airport where you will connect to your international flights. (B)

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Photo by Chris Laskey

Duration
7 days

Departures
Groups depart every Monday with a minimum of 2 guests.
Starts in Johannesburg, ends in Durban

Accommodations
Moderate lodges

Fitness Rating
Easy

Activities
Game drives, cultural visits, UNESCO site tour

*Land-Only Price
$

Style:
Value I Deluxe I Luxury

Flight Price
Call for pricing

*$ = >$4,999; $$ = $5,000 – $9,999; $$$ = $10,000+

All pricing per person based on double occupancy. Pricing varies based on travel dates, call for a customized quotation matching your travel needs. Changes to itinerary and pricing may apply. Price includes all accommodations, meals, some drinks, transfers, vehicles, park fees, guides and activities as indicated, and a $25 donation to a worthy African charity. Price excludes international flights, visas, tips, inoculations, travel insurance, and anything not specified above. We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover & AMEX. No refunds—see terms & conditions for details.