Kruger Safari with Eswatini

Kruger Safari with Eswatini

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Kruger Safari with Eswatini

7 Days Starting and ending in Johannesburg

Visiting: Johannesburg, Durban, Saint Lucia, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, Mbabane, Miliwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Kruger National Park

Tour operator:

Contiki

Tour code:

AAKSMP20

Age range:

18-35

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

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Tour Overview

Ready to journey through the heart of South Africa, on a 7-day adventure that’s full of history, hippos and awesome heritage sites? On this trip you’ll bask on the beaches, check out the marine life and take unforgettable game drives through some of the best wildlife parks in the whole of Africa. Includes a visit to Eswatini so you can tick 2 countries off your list!

Highlights

  • Johannesburg: Harrowing and hopeful at the same time, you’ll delve deeper into the troubled history of South Africa – with the chance to visit the Nelson Mandela museum too, where you’ll learn about his life and work, as well as how apartheid was brought to an end.

  • 6 Breakfast (B)

  • Miliwane Wildlife Sanctuary: Traverse through Miliwane on your own two feet, keeping your eyes peeled for antelope, wildebeest and more as you go. With a local guide on hand to make sure everyone is going the right way.

  • Durban: You’ll have the chance to check out one of South Africa’s best beaches – in all its craft stall-, fishing spot- and pavement-cafe-lined glory!

  • Kruger National Park: We'll go on an adventure in the world famous Kruger National Park, keep your eyes peeled for animal sightings!

  • Mbabane: We’ll cross the border to Eswatini and travel to a local village where we’ll meet some locals, spend time with them and find out all about their culture and everyday life.

  • Kruger National Park: Jump on a morning drive for another chance to spot this Park’s incredible animals.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Johannesburg To Durban

Location: Johannesburg, Durban

Accommodation: Royal Palm Hotel (or similar)

Welcome to the City of Gold, where our South African escapade begins. We’ll hit the road for a scenic drive through the heart of South Africa to the coastal city of Durban. Along the way, we’ll stop off for a sobering exploration of the nation’s troubled history, with a visit to the site of Nelson Mandela’s capture during the apartheid era. We’ll then take a trip to the museum – yes, you’ll confront the history, but you’ll leave feeling hopeful as you learn how apartheid was finally brought to an end.

Tonight’s accom is conveniently located next to plenty of shops and restaurants… So you can go right ahead and treat yourself.

Day 2: Durban To St Lucia

Location: Durban, Saint Lucia

Accommodation: Forest Lodge (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

You have a free morning here at one of the finest coastal spots in South Africa. You can check out the uShaka Marine World, rent a bike and cruise down the ‘Golden Mile’ (AKA the 6km promenade) or you can simply sit back and soak up those rays like the sun junkie you are. Afterwards, we’ll make our way to St Lucia.

Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife by day and hippos by night here in St Lucia (we’re right by the UNESCO World Heritage listed iSimanagaliso Wetlands Park after all). On a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience this afternoon, we’ll visit a local Zulu village, learning all about the Zulu people and their traditions with a chance to meet some of the locals.

Day 3: St Lucia

Location: Saint Lucia

Accommodation: Forest Lodge (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Beach or bush? Why decide when you can do both? This morning we’ll head out to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, so watch out for elephants, buffalo, rhinos, antelope… plus whales (coz we’re right on the coast, baby). We’ll stop off at Cape Vidal for some snorkelling and all-round beach vibes (weather permitting, obvs). You’ll then have some free time to explore St Lucia or kick back at the hotel. This evening, we’ll embark on a Sunset Hippo Boat cruise on Lake St Lucia (Africa’s largest estuary – home to over 800 hippos and 1200 crocodiles). Afterwards, we’ll round things off with a traditional South African braai dinner. Yup, this day’s as action-packed as it is awesome.

Day 4: St Lucia To Mbabane Via Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve

Location: Saint Lucia, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, Mbabane

Accommodation: Mountain View Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

It's an early start today – we’re heading inland to the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve and we aim to be there by sunrise.

The Big Five. A half-day game drive at the reserve instrumental for bringing the White Rhino back from the brink of extinction. Even a picnic lunch. Today’s excursion is a biggie indeed.

With our wildlife bucket lists sufficiently checked, it’s time to set off for a brand new country. Passports at the ready folks – here in Eswatini, we’ll meet some of the locals and learn about their culture and language on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience.

Day 5: Mbabane To Kruger National Park Via Miliwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Mbabane, Miliwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Kruger National Park

Accommodation: Contiki Safari Camp (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

After a hearty breakfast, and checking out that blazing view one last time, we're off in search of (you guessed it) even more wildlife.

Here in Mlilwane, we’ll set out on a different type of safari – we’re talking walking, and even a mountain bike safari too.

Next up, it’s the big one. The world famous one. Here in Kruger, we’ll stay at an exclusive safari campsite – located right in the middle of the park. (Struggling to picture it? Think glamping canvas tents with mattresses, linen and stretchers, a roaring bonfire burning all the while.) This is a true Once in a Lifetime experience, where you’ll fall asleep to the nocturnal calls of hyenas, jackals and lions.

Day 6: Kruger National Park

Location: Kruger National Park

Accommodation: Contiki Safari Camp (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Wakey wakey! We’ve got a morning and an evening game drive waiting for us today, where we’ll stop off for some spectacular view points, and try our luck at catching a glimpse of the elusive cheetahs, leopards and African wild dogs. We’ll escape the heat in the middle of the day, and you’ll have time to hit the pool or check out the camp’s riverfront restaurant (where you’ll have a great view of crocs and hippos in the river). Tonight after our evening game drive, we’ll tuck into a final bush dinner… and let the reminiscing begin.

Day 7: Kruger National Park To Johannesburg

Location: Kruger National Park, Johannesburg

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our final day. But is there time for one last morning game drive? You bet there is. We’ll head out bright and early before making our way back to Johannesburg.

And now, with heavy hearts (and even heavier camera rolls) we’ll make our way back to either the Kruger Mpumalanga Airport (Vic Falls anyone?) or Johannesburg International Airport. It’s been a thrill… we’ve seen wildlife, we’ve made friends for life. The only question is: where next?

Check out our Q&As

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    In 1961, a guy called John Anderson founded Contiki in New Zealand. Whilst later bought by The Travel Corporation, the tour company had already been using the name ‘Contiki’ since its inception.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Contiki trips are designed & operated exclusively for those aged 18-35 years. Your travelling companions will be like-minded adventurers within that age range. The age range is adhered to strictly.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® is our commitment to protect people, wildlife and the incredible planet we all share. Powered by The TreadRight Foundation, a non-profit organisation and Contiki’s guiding hand when it comes to making travel matter.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    All documentation will be sent via email around 21 days prior to your trip departure. You can also access information on your trip by signing up to My Contiki via the top right icon of the homepage.

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16-Jan-2023

The trip ran so smoothly and was well organised! The extra add ons were amazing and all the services were spot on. Food places were reasonable. I'm definitely booking my next contiki trip again soon!

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Exceptional customer service

14-Jan-2023

Contiki were exceptional in providing customer service. They provided me with lots of information and were quick in responding to all my questions. I found that they were super helpful.

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First time traveling with Contiki. Highly recommend! You’ll have a blast

17-Jan-2023

First time traveling internationally since Covid and glad I spent the trip with Contiki. The travel, lodging, meals, activities everything was planned effortlessly. Going to Greece in may with contiki. Highly recommend

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Amazing trip. Made great friends and memories. Can’t wait for my next trip

15-Jan-2023

I had 24 people on my contiki and I think it was the perfect number, we all got to know each other well and got along great. Our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable, the hotels were nice and in great locations.

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Tanner Stokes  

My amazing trip to Africa

13-Jan-2023

Sherif was an excellent tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about every single small detail at each site that we visited. In addition to his great service, he has a glowing spirit that made me feel like I had family with me the entire trip. Anything that I was concerned about, he always had an answer and was there to help. I truly enjoyed my experience and will purchase a tour with him in the future

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