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Swazi Kingdom to Coast Safari in South Africa, Swaziland, and Mozambique

Do you want to drive to different safari countries? Join this 9-day safari with Jobovic Safaris to visit Blyde River Canyon and the world-renowned Kruger National Park, the home of different animals. Refresh your body on the crystal clear water and pristine beaches of Xai-Xai in Mozambique. You will then enter the Swaziland where you will visit the glass and candle factories, Hlane Royal National Park, as well as Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and do an Umphakatsi cultural experience.

Highlights

  • 3 game drive sessions
  • Umphakatsi cultural experience
  • Sunset game drives & a night game drive
  • Mac-Mac Falls, God’s Window & Three Rondavels visits
  • Berlin Falls, Lisbon Falls, and Bourke’s Luck Potholes visits
  • Ngwenya Glass Factory and Swazi Candle Factory visits
  • 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 7 dinners
  • 8 nights’ accommodation

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8 activity days in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer included: OR Tambo International Airport

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Accommodation

During this safari vacation, you can choose either to be accommodated at a camp or in a lodge located in Sabie, Pretoriuskop (Kruger National Park), Lower Sabie (Kruger National Park), Xai-Xai Beach (Mozambique), Hlane Royal National Park (Swaziland), and Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (Swaziland).

Program

Day 1

Jobovic Safaris will pick you up at 05:00 from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) or your lodge / hotel nearby and depart to Alzu-Petroport where you can savor breakfast (on your expense) around 08:00. Afterward, you will leave via Belfast and Dullstroom to Lydenburg.

From Lydenburg, you will head east to the Long Tom Pass. Then, you will head for Sabie where we can enjoy lunch (at your expense). Thereafter, you will arrive at the booked camp or lodge in the afternoon and enjoy hearty dinner.

  • Meals: Dinner

Day 2

On day 2, you can wake up at 06:00 to have breakfast at 07:00. Then, you will leave at 08:00 to the 65-meter high Mac-Mac Falls that is a declared national monument. Afterward, you will visit God’s Window that is a popular viewpoint located on the lip of the escarpment along the Blyde River Canyon in South Africa. Your next visit will be the amazing Berlin Falls as well as the Lisbon Falls.

From here, you will work your way to the booked camp or lodge where you will enjoy lunch. After lunch at about 14:30, you will continue to Three Rondavels that offers magnificent views of the famous peaks of quartzite and shale while the Blyderivierpoort Dam lies calm arid serene far below. Then, you will return to the camp or lodge where you will enjoy a nice dinner.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3

On day 3, you can wake up at 06:00 in time for breakfast at 07h00 and leave the camp / lodge. Afterward, you will visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Then, your next destination will be Hazyview where you will stop for lunch. Hazyview is the “gateway” to the southern part of Kruger National Park.

At 14:00, you will leave for South Africa’s world-renowned Kruger National Park which offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. After hunters had considerably decimated the originally rich game stock, all the land between the Sabie and Crocodile River was put under the protection of the nature conservation to ensure the survival of the remaining animals.

You will enter the famous Kruger National Park from where you will explore the park and wildlife until you reach the camp at Pretoriuskop. There, you will book into the camp / lodge and go on a sunset game drive in an open vehicle with park rangers. Later, in the night, you will savor hearty dinner.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4

On day 4, you will leave Pretoriuskop as soon as the gates open and see if you can spot the early morning activities of the “Big Five” because the best game viewing is to be found the first thing in the morning at a drinking hole. From here, you will make your way towards Afsaal where you will enjoy breakfast. After having breakfast, you will be still on a game viewing excursion to your next destination where you will enjoy nice lunch at the main camp of the Kruger National Park - Skukuza.

Then, you will drive towards Lower Sabie where you will stay for the night in the camp or lodge. This area attracts large numbers of game and is abundant in cheetahs, lions, elephants, hippos, rhinos, and large herds of buffalos. Here, you will go on a night game drive with park rangers and have the opportunity to see nocturnal animals that only come out at night and these can only be seen on a night drive. Later, at night, you will enjoy dinner together.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5

On day 5, you can wake up at 06:00 and leave at 07:00 for Komatipoort. You will enjoy breakfast and then, make your way to Lebombo Border Post into Mozambique. You will make your way to Maputo where you will stop for en-route lunch that can be savored on your own expense. Then, you will go on to the last destination, Xai-Xai Beach. You will book into the lodge / camp upon the arrival and book your optional activities for the next day. Later you will enjoy hearty dinner in the evening.

  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6

This day will be spent at your own leisure after breakfast with your optional activities. Snorkeling and diving are such much enjoyed during low tide. You will get together later in the evening for dinner.

  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 7

On day 7, you can wake up at 06:00 and enjoy breakfast at 07:00. Then, you will leave your camp / lodge at 08:00 via Maputo to Naamacha Border Post where you will enter the Kingdom of Swaziland. Then, you will stop on the way for en-route lunch which can be savored on your own expense.

From here, you will head to Hlane Royal National Park where you will overnight. This place is known for its many raptors including martial eagles, bateleurs and long-crested eagles. Here, you will go on a sunset game drive with rangers. Sunset is a good time to view animals as this is when they are most active. Afterward, you will enjoy nice dinner when arriving back from the game drive.

  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 8

On day 8, you can wake up at 06:00 to enjoy breakfast at 07:00 at the lodge / camp. Thereafter, you will leave at 08:00 to Manzini where you will visit Ngwenya Glass Factory. You will be able to go into the actual factory and watch as they heat and shape the glass. From here, you will enjoy lunch in Manzini before heading to today’s last destination.

You will then enter Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Afterward, you will head to the booked lodge / camp and enjoy an Umphakatsi cultural experience. This activity allows you to engage with the residents as they will show you their culture and tradition by inviting you to participate in their cultural practices and much more. Thereafter, you will enjoy nice dinner before getting to retire to the suites / tents.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 9

On day 9, you can wake up at 06:00 and will have breakfast at 07:00. Then, you will leave at 08:00 from Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary to Malkerns where you will visit the Swazi Candle Factory. After that, you will work your way back into South Africa to Ermelo where you will enjoy lunch in the afternoon. After having lunch, you will take your last trip to Johannesburg where you will say goodbyes at O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) or the lodge / hotel nearby at about 18:00.

  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Note: Your safari vehicle will either be a truck or microbus.

Included excursions

  • Visit to Blyde River Canyon (Mpumalanga, South Africa)
  • Visit to Bourke’s Luck Potholes (Mpumalanga, South Africa)
  • Visit to God’s Window (Mpumalanga, South Africa)
  • Visit to Mac-Mac Falls (South Africa)
  • Visit to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (Swaziland, Southern Africa)
  • Visit to Ngwenya Glass Factory (Manzini, Swaziland)
  • Visit to Swazi Candle Factory in (Malkerns, Swaziland)
  • Visit to Three Rondavels (Mpumalanga, South Africa)
  • Visits to Berlin Falls and Lisbon Falls (Mpumalanga, South Africa)
  • Xai-Xai Beach exploration

Guides

Piet
Piet is a co-owner and tour leader at Jobovic Safaris.
Mariette
Mariette is a co-owner and tour leader at Jobovic Safaris.

Location

This safari will take place in several countries in Africa including South Africa, Swaziland, and Mozambique.

South Africa

Belfast

Belfast is situated 2025 meters above a sea level and one of the coldest and highest towns in South Africa. This place also was named after Richard Charles O’Neill from Belfast, Northern Ireland, who owned this farm on which the town was built.

Lydenburg

Lydenburg means “Place of Suffering” and was founded by pioneer Voortrekkers fleeing malaria and debilitating heat of lower lying areas in the early 1800s.

Long Tom Pass

Long Tom Pass was named after the final conventional Anglo-Boer War battle that took place on the slopes of Mauchsberg between Lydenburg and Sabie.

Sabie

Sabie is a small country town in a deep valley of the escarpment of the Drakensberg mountain in Mpumalanga Province. The name Sabie was derived from the Shangaans that name the river Ulusaba, “The River of fear”, because the river was often in flood and teemed with crocodiles.

Mac-Mac Falls

This water was originally a single stream but gold miners blasted it with dynamite to divert the river in an attempt to work the rich gold-bearing reef over which it plunges.

God’s Window

God’s Window is a popular viewpoint located on the lip of the escarpment along the Blyde River Canyon in South Africa. The canyon is the third largest in the world and drops 800 meters down to the Lowveld plains.

Bourke’s Luck Potholes

Bourke’s Luck Potholes is at the confluence of the Treur and Blyde Rivers - one of the most remarkable geological phenomena in the country. Through millions of years, the swirling whirlpools which occur at the confluence have caused water bom sand and rocks to grind deep cylindrical potholes into the bedrock of the rivers.

Kruger National Park

With 18,989 square kilometers of a conservation area, the Kruger National Park is South Africa’s largest and one of the world’s most famous game reserves. This home of the mighty "Big Five" has a wider selection of mammal species than any other destination in Africa. Established in 1898 by Paul Kruger, this foremost wildlife sanctuary offers a safe haven for games away from hunters. The Kruger National Park is considered a must-see safari destination by many of its visitors.

It boasts an extensive and varied ecosystem that offers many game viewing opportunities. Positioned in the attractive bushveld of the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, this park is the ideal place to look for lions, giraffes, rhinos, zebras, buffalos, and a whole lot more.

Within 8 hours’ drive from Johannesburg, this park attracts more than half a million visitors every year. The best way to experience the untamed African bush and all the wonders and wildlife of Kruger National Park is during sunrise, afternoon, and evening in open safari vehicles. This is the "Big Five" territory and you can be certain of great opportunities for game viewing and photography.

Lower Sabie

Lower Sabie attracts large numbers of game and is abundant in cheetahs, lions, elephants, hippos, rhinos, and large herds of buffalos.

Komatipoort

Komatipoort lies at the point at which the Komati and Crocodile Rivers meet on the western slopes of the Lebombo Mountain and which form a natural barrier between South Africa and Mozambique.

Swaziland

Hlane Royal National Park

Hlane Royal National Park is home to the largest herds of game in the kingdom including the highest density of nestling white backed vultures in Africa. It is also known for its many raptors including martial eagles, bateleurs, and long-crested eagles.

Manzini

Manzini has Ngwenya Glass Factory & Café. Locals are encouraged to bring glass here to be recycled and made into beautiful glass pieces.

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is Swaziland’s pioneer conservation area and a beautiful secluded sanctuary situated in the Kingdom’s Ezulwini Valley. Mlilwane means “Valley of Heaven‘’ and also “Little Fire” in SiSwati. This was derived from the numerous fires started by lightning on the Mlilwane Hills.

Malkerns

Malkerns has a factory named the Swazi Candle factory. The highly decorative Swazi Candles are hand-made in the small African Kingdom of Swaziland using the age-old techniques “millefore”.

Mozambique

Mozambique is one of the world’s best tropical holiday destinations with its miles of untouched naturally beautiful coastlines.

Xai-Xai Beach

Xai-Xai Beach is one of the most picturesque areas in Mozambique with spectacular views of pristine beaches and the crystal clear water of the Indian Ocean. This popular destination has the world in its oyster. The massive reef running parallel to the beach provides natural protection against the strong waves at high tide and forms several small pools at low tide.

Food

During this safari vacation, you will be prepared with 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 7 dinners. On day 3, your lunch will be in Hazyview. In addition, on day 4, you will have lunch at the main camp of Kruger National Park - Skukuza. Meanwhile, on day 9, you will savor lunch in Ermelo. Jobovic Safaris always tries to accommodate you on your dietary preferences. They do cater for vegetarians and also for halal food. Please let Jobovic Safaris know during your booking request of any preferences.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Hallal
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

You can enjoy these activities while you are on Xai-Xai Beach:

  • Fishing
  • Jet skiing
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Whale watching

What's included

  • 3 game drive sessions
  • 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 7 dinners
  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • Entrance fees
  • Night game drive with park rangers at Lower Sabie, Kruger National Park
  • Safari transportation and airport transfer
  • Services of a qualified guide
  • Sunset game drives on an open vehicle with park rangers in Kruger National Park (South Africa) and Hlane Royal National Park (Swaziland)
  • Umphakatsi cultural experience (Swaziland)
  • Visit to Berlin Falls and Lisbon Falls (Mpumalanga, South Africa)
  • Visit to Blyde River Canyon (Mpumalanga, South Africa)
  • Visit to Bourke’s Luck Potholes (Mpumalanga, South Africa)
  • Visit to God’s Window (Mpumalanga, South Africa)
  • Visit to Mac-Mac Falls (South Africa)
  • Visit to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary (Swaziland, Southern Africa)
  • Visit to Ngwenya Glass Factory (Manzini, Swaziland)
  • Visit to Swazi Candle Factory in (Malkerns, Swaziland)
  • Visit to Three Rondavels (Mpumalanga, South Africa)
  • Xai-Xai Beach exploration (Mozambique, East Africa)

What's not included

  • Air tickets to and from Johannesburg
  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Optional activities
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas for Mozambique and Swaziland

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Jobovic Safaris will pick you up at 05:00 from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). The pick-up is included in the price.

Airport: OR Tambo International Airport Airport transfer included: OR Tambo International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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