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8 Days Guided Safari in South Africa and Swaziland

8 Days Guided Safari in South Africa and Swaziland

  • Kruger National Park - Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park - St Lucia

Swaziland and South Africa Safari

Your adventure begins through the wide open spaces, down the scenic escarpment into the famous Kruger National Park. Spend an action packed few days out game-viewing in the wilderness before returning to sit around the camp fire at night, sharing safari stories after a scrumptious dinner. Head deep into the mountainous landlocked kingdom of Swaziland, and camp in the Royal National Park, where every animal is a personal property of the king.

Highlights

  • Knowledgeable tour guides
  • Daily game drives in open vehicles
  • Campfire nights for sharing safari stories
  • Plenty of time for shopping, walks, and exploration
  • Tours to visit two countries and three parks
  • Boat cruise on the St Lucia Estuary
  • Pick up from various locations
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 8 activity days
  • English
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You will stay in different camps as specified in the itinerary.

Day 1 - Arrival

This guided tour departs from Johannesburg between 06:30 to 08:00 to allow for various collection points. The route will take you through the wide open spaces of the Highveld, down the escarpment, and through the scenic Lowveld area.

Your guide will stop for lunch en-route on your own expense and reach the Kruger National Park and Skukuza Rest Camp in the afternoon.

After you have settled in, head out on your first game drive. All game drives are conducted in specially adapted 4WD open game drive vehicles to allow guests the best possible vantage point. On your return, you have some time to visit the park’s shop, go for a walk, or just familiarizing yourselves with your surroundings.

Dinner is a three course meal, served al fresco at a private camp within Skukuza. Wine is served with dinner but guests are welcome to bring along additional / alternative drinks which can be purchased at the shop.

The meal plan for today includes dinner and the accommodation is in Skukuza Rest Camp.

Days 2 and 3 - Into the wild

Safaris are all about early mornings, getting out there, and seeing animals. After an early wake-up call, whose time varies according to the seasons and park gate opening times, you have tea or coffee and rusks, the dried biscuits to be dunked in your drink, before setting off on the morning safari which will take approximately three to four hours. Your guide has an intimate knowledge of the park, which contributes a great deal towards brilliant sightings.

On returning to Skukuza Rest Camp, breakfast / brunch will be ready. You then have time to enjoy a swim, visit the Skukuza Museum, catch up on some sleep, visit the park shop which includes African curios, general food items, and drinks, take a walk around the camp, or simply relax at the viewing platform in front of the restaurant, which overlooks the Sabie River. Skukuza is also a bird watcher’s paradise. Be sure to bring along your binoculars.

After a siesta, you, once again, set off on the afternoon game drive. All game drives are conducted in specially adapted 4WD open game drive vehicles to allow guests the best possible vantage point.

This evening, share safari stories at the camp fire under the stars after a scrumptious dinner served at the camp.

The meal plan for these days includes breakfast and dinner, and the accommodation is in Skukuza Rest Camp.

Day 4 - Incredible wildlife in Swaziland

The sun rises over your final day in the Kruger National Park and you have one last chance to find the animals that have eluded you thus far. Breakfast is served after the game drive.

You will leave the Kruger National Park directly after breakfast for the landlocked kingdom of the Swazis. It is interesting to see the variation in landscape as you move into this more mountainous region. You will stop for lunch somewhere en-route on your own expense.

You will spend the night in Swaziland Royal National Park, where all the animals belong to the king. Your guide will prepare dinner under the stars and the evening is spent sharing travel stories around the fire.

The meal plan for today includes breakfast and dinner and the accommodation is in Bubezi Camp.

Days 5 and 6 - Hidden kingdom and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Today, you have the pleasure of a later start. After breakfast you will depart for KwaZulu-Natal through, once more, changing landscapes. You will stop for lunch on your own expense, en-route to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, made famous for its breeding program of both black and white rhino, which brought these magnificent creatures back from the brink of extinction.

Spend the first afternoon in search of wildlife en-route to the camp, where your guide will prepare dinner for you to enjoy under the stars if weather permits.

Day 6 is filled with wildlife. Besides the Big five, you can also expect to see animals like bush buck and nyala, and the area is a bird watcher’s paradise. After dinner, you join a night drive. A night drive gives guests the opportunity of possibly seeing some of the nocturnal species out and about.

The meal plan for these days includes breakfast and dinner, and the accommodation is in Mpila Camp.

Day 7 - Cape Vidal, St Lucia

After a final game drive and breakfast, you continue to South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Upon arrival in the village of St Lucia, you join a two-hour hippo and crocodile boat cruise on the St Lucia Estuary. Many crocodiles, hippos, and birds make the estuary their home and you will have ample photographic opportunities.

After lunch at one of the restaurants in the village on your own expense, you continue into the reserve along the eastern shores, where you will stay at Cape Vidal Camp. Accommodation is in log cabins, situated only meters from the beach. Enjoy dinner with the sound of breaking waves in the back ground.

The meal plan for today includes breakfast and dinner, and the accommodation is at Cape Vidal Camp Site.

Day 8 - Sunset at the coast and depart

After breakfast, you will have time to go for a walk along the beach or to enjoy a swim in the warm Indian Ocean. Then you sadly have to leave this bio-diverse area. You still have one more chance for game viewing from a closed, air conditioned tour vehicle as you leave the park for Durban’s King Shaka International Airport (DUR). You will stop en-route to enjoy lunch on your own expense and arrive at around 16:00.

The meal plan for this last day includes breakfast.

  • Boat cruise on the St Lucia Estuary
  • Game drives in Kruger National Park and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park
  • Night drive a Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park
  • Hayden Turner

    Hayden is a National Geographic TV presenter. Hayden works with ATI Holidays to personally accompany privately guided safaris, exclusive escapes, and expeditions for the discerning traveler. Hayden’s wealth of experience and attention to detail, coupled with his extensive knowledge of African habitats and the weird and wonderful creatures which thrive here, make traveling alongside him an unforgettable adventure. His Aussie humour is infectious and he can also advise on taking the perfect wildlife photo.

  • Martin Masendeke

    Martin was born in the tourism capital of Southern Africa, Victoria Falls, and first came to Namibia as a university student in 1999. Here he discovered a love for meeting people from different countries and cultures. Martin joined the team at ATI Holidays at the beginning of 2014. Martin is one of the first faces that guests see upon arrival into Namibia. He and his trusty steed Harry, the Land Rover Discovery, ensure that all clients arrive at their first night’s accommodation well rested and refreshed.

  • Freddy Tjihero

    Freddy is another one of the chauffeur drivers. He was born in the capital city of Windhoek and completed his high school education in the southern metropolis of Keetmanshoop. Straight after high school Freddy left the arid, desert landscapes of Namibia for the comparatively chillier climes of Canada. Freddy returned to his native Namibia early in 2016 and joined the ATI team in May of the same year. Freddy and ‘Molly’, the luxury Mercedes transfer vehicle, ensure that guests travel from Windhoek airport into town in style.

  • Lucas Mbangu

    Lucas comes to us from the small town of Rundu. From high school he worked as a driver, and then as a nature guide. He spent a year before he started to work as a trainee field ranger. Upon completion of his training, Lucas joined Wolwedans/NamibRand Safaris as a junior guide. Here he rose through the ranks until he was promoted to head guide. Lucas was with Wolwedans for six years before joining the team at ATI Holidays.

This safari tour will take place in South Africa and Swaziland.

Breakfasts and dinners are included on days specified in the itinerary. The drivers facilitate you to have lunches along the route on your own expense. If you have any special requests such as dietary requirements, these must be noted at the time you confirm your booking. ATI Holidays shall do their best to meet your requirements.

  • Do birdwatching
  • Take a walk around the camps
  • Visit the park's shop which sells African curios, general food items, and drinks
  • Visit the Skukuza Museum
  • Walk along the beach or to enjoy a swim
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All transportation
  • Boat cruise on the St Lucia Estuary
  • Campfire activities
  • Day and night game drives
  • Pick up from various collection points
  • Transfer to King Shaka International Airport (DUR)
  • Wine for the first night's dinner
  • Airfare
  • Items on a personal nature
  • Lunches

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). ATI Holidays can accommodate various pick-up points. Please contact them in advance to arrange your pick-up.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 28 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 42 days before arrival.