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ZA08: 9 Days Johannesburg - Kruger National Park - Swaziland - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park - Durban

Tour Type: Private Tour, flexible and customized
Guide & Driver: Experienced English-speaking driver guide & air-conditioned car
Accommodation: 4-star well selected hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: A mix choice of local cuisines and western-style food

Itinerary Details
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Day 1: Arrival in Johannesburg, Airport pick-up
Welcome to join the South Africa holiday packages! Upon your arrival at the airport of Johannesburg, our driver guide will pick you up and escort you to check in the hotel. Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa, also called the City of Gold for its beginning as a gold-mining town. The hotel we booked for you is within the walking distance of some landmark buildings of the city such as Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Sandton Convention Centre and the Village Walk Shopping Complex. You could take a walk after a good rest.

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton (4 stars)

Day 2: Fly to Kruger National Park, Sunset game drive (shared tour)
Your holidays to South Africa this morning will start with a one-hour flight to Kruger National Park. After arrival, we will send you to check in the lodge at Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, located at the southwest corner of the famous national park. In the evening, you will enjoy a shared open-vehicle game drive in the company of an experienced ranger and a local tracker who will make your first safari a memorable one. After that, we will go back to the lodge for dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Idube Game Lodge (4 stars)

Day 3: Full day at Sabi Sand Game Reserve (shared tour)
Animals usually become more active in the early morning. Therefore you could get up early and have some coffee or tea before going safari with other lodge members. The game reserve, home to a high density and variety of animals and birds, offers some of the best Big Five viewing experience. You could even get a chance to take pictures of them at close range. If condition permits, you could go with the ranger on a guided walk deep into the bush to spot some small animals, which is normally conducted for a few hours in the summer morning. After that, we will go back for breakfast. Then you could enjoy some of your own leisure time walking around the lodge or swimming at the pool. The afternoon safari is almost the same as yesterday, allowing you to enjoy South Africa holiday packages to the full.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Idube Game Lodge (4 stars)

Day 4: Sunrise game drive, Panorama route tour
This morning, enjoy your last safari in Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. After breakfast, we will pick you up from the lodge and start our Panorama Route tour. Panorama Route is a scenic road around the world's third largest canyon - Blyde River Canyon. Along the road are some cultural and natural attractions such as The Pinnacle Rock, a free standing quartzite rock erupting from the dense forest of a gorge, up to 30 meters (100 feet) high, and God's Window, a breathtaking lookout point on the edge of Drakensberg escarpment featuring panoramic vista of endless hills and forests. Other points of interest include the magnificent Lisbon Falls and Bourke's Luck Potholes at the beginning of Blyde River Canyon, an amazing natural water feature formed by over thousands of years of swirling eddies of water.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Rissington Inn or simliar (4 stars)

Day 5: Drive to Swaziland, Mantenga Cultural Village tour
After breakfast, we will drive to Kingdom of Swaziland, recently renamed The Kingdom of eSwatini, a landlocked kingdom bordered by South Africa and Mozambique, being Africa's last remaining absolute monarchy famous for rich culture and wildlife. Passport is required when crossing the border. Upon arrival we will pay a visit to Mantenga Cultural Village and learn about their customs as well as unique way of life.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Forester Arms Hotel (4 stars)

Day 6: Drive to Zululand, Sunset game drive (shared tour)
This morning, we will go to visit the Swazi Candles handicrafts outlets in Malkerns Valley, touring around its workshops and appreciating various kinds of creative wax artworks. Then we will drive along the beautiful Ezulwini Valley and cross Manzini, the largest industrial city in Eswatini, to reach the lodge at Zulu Nyala Private Game Reserve. It is one of the oldest wildlife sanctuary in southern Africa which supports a high density of rare white rhinos and numerous black rhinos as well. During the sunset game drive, you could also see herds of elephants, buffalo, hippos, giraffe and Nyala antelope that are unique to the reserve.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Zulu Nyala Game Lodge (4 stars)

Day 7: Sunrise game drive, Drive to Durban
This morning, we will go to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park for the last game drive. It is the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa, where each of the Big Five can be spotted. Then we will drive to visit Lake St Lucia and join a boat ride to sightsee its beautiful scenery and observe hippopotamuses, crocodiles as well as wild birds like fish eagles and Goliath herons etc. Afterwards, we will depart for Durban, the third most populous city in South Africa.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Coastlands Musgrave Hotel (4 stars)

Day 8: Enjoy a relaxing free day in Durban
As a busy port city on the east coast of South Africa, Durban is known for the warm subtropical climate, laid-back beaches and upscale surfing spots. Today you could enjoy your own company touring around Durban Botanical Gardens or go for a walk at the Victoria Street Market teeming with stalls selling both African and Indian products from arts and crafts to spices and seafood. Then you could spend a fantastic afternoon relaxing at the Bay of Plenty Beach, right in the heart of the beachfront hub, with Blue Flag beaches and clear seawater for various kinds of water activities.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Coastlands Musgrave Hotel (4 stars)

Day 9: Departure from Durban, Airport see-off
Today at the end of the holidays to South Africa, we will send you to the King Shaka International Airport according your flight schedule. Thanks for book the tour. Wish you a pleasant trip!

Meals: Breakfast

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What's Included
  • Economy class airfare of Johannesburg - Kruger N.P.
  • Transfers in A/C vehicles with English speaking drive-guide.
  • Pick-up and drop-off service at airport.
  • Game drive and boat ride as mentioned.
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned sights visited.
  • Park fees and conservation fees.
What's Excluded
  • International flight into and out of South Africa.
  • Personal expenses (travel insurance, laundry, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for drive guide, hotel, lodge.
  • South Africa visa fees.
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