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6 Days African Express Safari and Cultural Tour in South Africa and Swaziland

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Stunning Safari in South Africa

Explore the fascinating wildlife as well as historical and cultural sites of South Africa and Swaziland! With this safari, you will enjoy city tours and witness the majestic Big Five, cheetahs, African wild dogs, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, many bird species, and spectacular landscape of the two countries. With a dedicated passion for travel and great attention to details, Safpol Safaris will ensure that you have an unforgettable safari in Southern Africa.

Key information

  • Private or group safari
  • Minimum group size: 2 persons
  • Starting point and ending point: Johannesburg
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees are not included

Highlights

  • 2 days of game drives in Kruger
  • 1 cruise trip on Lake St Lucia and 1 excursion to Lesedi Cultural Village
  • City tours in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Durban
  • Transportation in a minibus or bus
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfasts and dinners

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6 activity days
Airport transfer included: O. R. Tambo International Airport
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Accommodation

During the safari, you will stay for 1 night at a 4-star hotel in Johannesburg, 2 nights at a 4-star lodge adjoining Kruger National Park, 1 night at a 3.5-star hotel in St Lucia, and 1 night at a 3.5-star hotel in Durban. The accommodations are based on shared double rooms. Single supplement is available for 190 USD.

Program

Day 1 (Johannesburg - Soweto)

Arrival in Johannesburg. You will enjoy a sightseeing tour in the city and drive through the oldest colonial districts of Johannesburg and Soweto, Houghton with Nelson Mandela’s house, Parktown, and the city center.

In the afternoon, you will drive to Lesedi Cultural Village. You will visit the traditional Zulu, Ndebele, Basotho, Xhosa, and Pedi homesteads which will be followed by an energetic African dancing at sunset by the fire and the “Big African Feast”. You will stay overnight at a 4-star hotel in Johannesburg.

Day 2 (Lion and Safari Park - Pretoria - Kruger National Park)

In the morning, you will visit a small private Lion and Safari Park, where you will see a few families of lions, as well as cheetahs and African wild dogs. You will enjoy a short safari opportunity to take photos with the lion cubs and to feed a giraffe.

Afterwards, you will go to Pretoria and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city center with its historical Church Square, the old parliament building, the Palace of Justice, and Paul Kruger’s statue. You will also drive past the City Hall and Melrose House.

Then, you will leave Gauteng province and drive towards Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park. Arriving at a hotel near the park, you will have time for relaxing next to the swimming pool. You will enjoy dinner and stay overnight at a 4-star lodge adjoining the park.

Day 3 (Kruger National Park)

On this day, you will depart for a full day safari in Kruger National Park, one of the largest and best game reserves in Africa. The area, covering almost 2 million hectares, is home to an impressive number of species (almost 150 mammals, more than 500 birds, and 100 reptiles) including the famous “Big Five”: rhinos, elephants, leopards, buffalos, and lions. You will enjoy dinner and stay overnight at a 4-star lodge adjoining the park.

Day 4 (Swaziland - St Lucia)

After breakfast, you will depart towards the Kingdom of Swaziland. With a stunning landscape of mountains, valleys, forests, plains, and wildlife reserves across the country that are home to the Big Five, you will explore all best sides of Africa in one small but perfectly formed and welcoming country.

In the afternoon, you will return to South Africa and arrive in St Lucia, the center of iSimangaliso Wetland Park which was proclaimed as a World Heritage Site in 1999.

The park system extends for more than 220 kilometers from the Mozambique border to Cape St Lucia and includes 5 different ecosystems: beautiful coral reefs and marine life, sub-tropical forests, highest vegetated dunes, freshwater lakes, and savannah woodlands. You will enjoy dinner and stay overnight at a 3.5-star hotel in St Lucia.

Day 5 (St Lucia - Durban)

In the morning, you will depart for a cruise on Lake St Lucia in a search of hippos, crocodiles, and many bird species. After that, you will leave St Lucia and continue the journey to Durban. You will enjoy dinner and stay overnight at a 3.5-star hotel in Durban.

Day 6 (Durban - Johannesburg)

In the morning, you will enjoy a city tour in Durban which includes the harbor, city center and the diverse ethnic and Golden Mile which is famous for its promenades and sandy beaches. After that, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to your home country.

Included excursions

On this safari, you will visit Lesedi Cultural Village to witness the traditional Zulu, Ndebele, Basotho, Xhosa, and Pedi homesteads. You will also visit historical and cultural sites in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Durban.

Location

On this safari, you will explore Johannesburg, Lion and Safari Park, Pretoria, Kruger National Park, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Lake St Lucia, and Durban. On the fourth day of the safari, you will also get to explore the stunning landscape of Swaziland.

Food

On the safari, you will be served with breakfasts and dinners as stated in the itinerary.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

On the sixth day of the safari, you can visit uShaka Marine World on your own account.

What's included

  • 1 safari cruise on Lake St Lucia
  • 1 visit to Lesedi Cultural Village
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfasts and dinners
  • City tours in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban
  • 2 days with game drives in Kruger
  • Services of English or multilingual speaking guides
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus or bus
  • Airport transfers from and to O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)

What's not included

  • 370 USD of admission fees (entrance fees, local payments, and tips for porters and drivers)
  • Insurance
  • International flights
  • Lunches
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). Organizer will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 35 days before arrival.

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