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20 Days / 19 Nights Trip to South Africa & Swaziland

South Africa Explored

Explore and experience the wild beauty of South Africa, it’s rugged landscapes and iconic wildlife.
Come discover the incredible diversity and beauty of South Africa on a journey that takes you to the country’s famed regions, and face-to-face with iconic wildlife.  Visit great game reserves and head out on thrilling safari drives to encounter lions, Cape buffalo, elephants, rhinos, leopards, small antelopes and more. Explore regions of quiet beauty, dotted with large green canyons, birdsong, immense waterfalls, and ever-changing skies.
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  • Duration
    20 Days
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    Twin sharing
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Trip highlights

Go on a safari drive in Kruger National Park
Highlight #1
Go on a safari drive in Kruger National Park
Come face to face with the world’s most iconic wildlife as you head out on a safari in the park, encountering lions, buffalos, elephants and rhinos.
Explore Tsitsikamma National Park
Highlight #2
Explore Tsitsikamma National Park
Take a hike till the 77-metre suspension bridge which hangs dramatically above the Storms River Mouth where it enters the Indian Ocean, an instagrammer’s paradise!

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Spend the day exploring Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city, also known as Egoli, or The City of Gold, referring to the gold mining history of this fast-paced city. Book a day or two pre-tour to explore this fast-paced city. For the historically inclinedtravellerthere is the ever-popular Soweto tour or just jump on a Hop-On-Hop-Off bus to discover Johannesburg at your own pace. Please be back in time to meet your group at 18:00. After introductions, your Tour Leader will review the details of your trip.

 Johannesburg to Kruger National Park

Today you travel to the famous Kruger National Park, now part of the Greater Limpopo TransfrontierPark, together with Parks in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The animals live in their natural habitat where they must fend for food and territory the same way they did for thousands of years. Enjoy a late afternoon game drive en-route to your overnight camp andget ready to spot hippo, giraffe, elephant, zebra, lion, and many other species in one of Africa’s greatest wildlife areas.

 Kruger National Park

Enjoy a full day’s game drive in Kruger National Park, with approximately 2,000 plant, 53 fish, 34 amphibia, 118 reptile, 517 bird and 147 mammal species ready for you to discover. You will experience first-hand why Kruger National Park is known as the flagship of South African National Parks. In the evening, back at camp you can sit around a campfire with your sundowner and enjoy the African night sounds drifting into the camp area. Book an optional night game drive.

 Kruger National Park to eSwatini (Swaziland)

After a final morning game drive in Kruger, we continue to eSwatini for two nights at Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. The journey is just as rewarding as the destination, driving along rolling green hills, vast sugarcane plantations and countless mango trees.En route we will stop at some of the local markets where you can buy colourful batik or beaded jewellery, amongst others. Sometimes animals such as zebra, impala and warthog casually wander into the premises, giving you the opportunity for that unique picture.

 eSwatini (Swaziland)

Known as eSwatini’s pioneer conservation area that covers 4,560 hectares, MlilwaneWildlife Sanctuary gives you the opportunity to experience some of Africa’s wildlife while on either the back of a horse, bicycle or on foot. Since there are no big predators, you will be safe to walk around and just enjoy the beautiful landscapes and pure, fresh air. Besides all the optional wildlife activities, you can also enjoy a hands-on cultural experience by visiting one of the local tribes. Learn more about the secrets of this small kingdom, such as the traditional but controversial annual reed dance where the king canchoose a new wife.

 eSwatini (Swaziland) to St Lucia

Today we drive through eSwatini in a southern direction and enter South Africa again. We continue towards the Indian Ocean and the Greater St Lucia Wetlands, also known as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This UNESCO recognized area includes lakes, beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests, and grasslands supporting a wide variety of animal, bird, and marine life. Included in your tour is an afternoon sunset boat cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary, one of the largest in Africa. You can expect to see hippo, Nile crocodiles and hundreds of bird species.

 St Lucia

Start your day early with an optional open vehicle game drive through Hluhluwe-iMfoloziGame Reserve known for its Save the Rhino campaign and of course trying your luck at finding the big five. This game reserve used to be a prime royal hunting ground for the Zulu king, King Shaka, but now this protected area is beaming with a wide variety of fauna and flora. Other optional activities available in St. Lucia are night safaris, snorkelling, birdwatching, fishing and much more.

 St. Lucia to Umhlanga Rocks (Durban)

Travel further south along the coast to Umhlanga Rocks, a popular holiday destination. Umhlanga offers the best of two worlds, on one hand, you have everything that a city offers and on the other hand, you have the relaxed atmosphere of a holiday town. Make your choice from a variety of grill and seafoodrestaurants.

Umhlanga Rocks (Durban) to Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Your tour will continueafter breakfast. The journey takes you past Pietermaritzburg and Bergville before reaching the Drakensberg mountain range and the Golden Gate Highlands National Park in the early afternoon. Witnessing a sunset in this National Park will make you realize how fitting the name is. The magnificent sandstone cliffs take on all hues of gold and orange during sunrises and sunsets. This area is home to numerous caves and shelters displaying San (Bushmen) rock paintings, you might spot wildlife such as mongoose, eland, zebra and over a 100-bird species.En-route we visit the capture site of Nelson Mandela and experience the largest artwork in the country using this methodology of laser-cut metal beams.

Golden Gate National Park

An entire day to explore this beautiful, breath-taking park ison the cards today. You have the freedom to choose from wide selection of optional activities. From various hikes that includes a Basotho cultural experience and a ‘herbal trail’ that educates visitors on the medicinal uses of plants that are still being used by African Traditional Healers to horse riding, abseiling, white river rafting, fly fishing and much more, you will have a day filled with awesome scenery and experiences.

Golden Gate National Park to Smithfield

Rise early for a beautiful drive through the Free State and EasternCape province. The Free State Province lies in the heart of South Africa, with the Kingdom of Lesotho nestling in the hollow of its bean-like shape. Lying between the Vaal River in the north and the Orange River in the south, the region is one of flat, rolling grassland and crops fields, rising to lovely sandstone mountains in the northeast. Tonight, we will overnight at the stunning Letsatsi Game Lodge which has been designed, constructed and furnished in harmony withits natural surroundings. The landscape has been disturbed as little as possible in order to preserve the natural springs and water features, theunique rock formations as well as the native fauna and flora.

Smithfieldto Addo Elephant Park

From Smithfieldyou head south, traveling through the open semi-desert Karoo landscapes with its distinctive flat-topped hills or “koppies” and picturesque wind pumps in the distance. Our destination is Addo Elephant National Park. Enjoy an afternoon game drive, in own vehicle or do an optional open vehicle game drive. Have your camera ready while looking for elephant, buffalo, lion, kudu, vultures, and many of the hundreds of other species of animals and birds.

Addo Elephant National Park

A day filled with game viewing opportunities! Head out for an early morning game drive and return to the lodge for lunch and a siesta or relax next to the swimming pool. In the afternoon, you will go out on another great wildlife experience on the search for Africa’s giants and if you are lucky, you might spot one of South Africa’s most endangered insects -the flightless dung beetle.

 Addo Elephant National Park to Tsitsikamma

Depart after breakfastto Tsitsikamma located in the scenic Garden Route, the stretch of coast from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to Storms River in the Eastern Cape. The area covers large swaths of indigenous forest, commercial plantation, and Fynbos (natural shrubland). The climate is mild all year round, which lends itself to outdoor activities. Choose from self-guided hikes, black water tubing, Bloukrans bungee jumping, treetop canopy tours, abseiling and much more.


On this morning we visit the Tsitsikamma National Park. Take the short hike that crosses the famous hanging bridge over the dark and brooding Storms River. Other trails offer the opportunity to search for the Knysna Turaco (Knysna Lourie),a beautiful blue and green bird if you want to tick some birds off your birding list. We return to Storm River Village to enjoy various optional activities or a hand-crafted beer.

 Tsitsikamma National Park to Oudtshoorn

Today you take a short drive along the Garden Route, named for the ecologically diverse vegetation found in the many lagoons and lakes along the coast. You will cross over the Outeniqua Mountains into the Klein Karoo biome. From the lush forests into SouthAfrica’s semi desert region. Oudtshoorn is known as the ostrich capital of the world, however, the biggest bird in the world is just one of the many attractions in the Klein Karoo.

Oudtshoornto Stellenbosch

We continue via the famous R62 to Stellenbosch, the second oldest European settlement in South Africa. Stellenbosch became known as ‘The City of Oaks’ or ‘Eikestad’ in Afrikaans and Dutch due to the large number of Oak trees planted by founder Simon van der Stel. Celebrate a great holiday with a wine tasting at one of the many wine farms that Stellenbosch is known for. Offering an excellent opportunity to buy wine directly from the farm where it was produced and which you might not always find in supermarkets. Explore the town’s many curio shops, museums, coffee shops and restaurants all within walking distance.

Stellenbosch to Cape Town

Continue to Cape Town, the most popular tourist destination in Africa. Settle in at your hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring this cosmopolitan city. Highlights include Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront & Aquarium, The Castle of Good Hope,Cape of Good Hope, Clifton’s 4th beach, Cape Malay Bo-Kaap, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Mostert’s Mill and the Groote Kerk. Overnight at the Breakwater Lodge close to the V&A Waterfront.

 Cape Town

After breakfast, we depart tothe Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve at the tip of the Cape Peninsula. Rugged rocks and sheer cliffs tower more than 200m above sea level. Cape of Good Hope is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest of the six recognized floral kingdoms in the world. Despite being the smallest, it is regarded as the richest, mostly made up of Fynbos, the hard-stemmed and fine-leaved plants indigenous to the south-western corner of South Africa. Little wonder the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas has been proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004. The elegant Protea flower is the most famous of all fynbos species and the emblem of the national cricket team. After lunch, we visit a colony of the endangered African Penguin at Boulders Beach in Simonstown. Here you will be able to come quite close to these upright walking birds while they nest, swim, play and do the things penguins do every day.

 Cape Town

Our last goodbye, a healthy breakfast, and the end of another incredible tour.



 Meals: 19 Breakfasts, 9 Dinners


 Entrance fees:Etosha National Park, White Lady Bushmen Painting, Namib Naukluft Park -Sesriem & Sossusvlei

 Activities:Game Drives in Etosha National Park, Himba Settlement Experience, White Lady Bushmen Painting Hike, Sesriem Canyon Visit, Visit Dune 45, 4x4 Transfer to Sossusvlei/Deadvlei

  Airport transfer

 Crew:Services of a Tour Leader and Driver for the duration of the tour, local guides as per activities included.

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