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Kruger and Swaziland Safari

from £2750
Combine wildlife and walking in South Africa's world famous Kruger National Park and Swaziland, the oldest Mountain Kingdom in Southern Africa

Kruger National Park is one of the world’s largest game reserves with incredible scenery, changing ecosystems and a collection of animals, plant life and birdlife. We’ll spend a night in Johannesburg before driving on the Panorama Route to Graskop. We venture into Kruger National Park to hike the Jock of the Bushveld Trail. Discover an array of wildlife on memorable 4x4 game drives and get up close and personal to wildlife during a bush walk.

Swaziland is the oldest mountain kingdom in southern Africa with breathtaking landscapes, welcoming locals and unique wildlife. Our journey starts in Hlane Royal National Park, with a guided bird walk and the chance to see other wildlife - lion, elephant, white rhino and even leopard. Then onto Mlilwane, the Valley of Heaven. On foot we’ll discover the famous Sibebe Rock.


Holiday Highlights

  • Explore Africa’s magnificent National Park on foot.
  • Discover Kruger’s wildlife in remarkable 4x4 Game Drives.
  • Follow the historical and scenic Panorama route.
  • Hike Swaziland’s famous Sibebe Rock and its scenic landscape.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Johannesburg (British Airways)
      Airport transfers
      En suite accommodation with breakfast
      Most meals (1 lunch is not included). Some lunches and dinners will be provided by the hotels or local restaurants, while some lunches will be cooked and prepared by a cook travelling with the group
      Local English speaking guide
      All activities as suggested in the itinerary
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 3

  1. Day 1

    We depart the UK for our overnight flight to Johannesburg with British Airways. 

  2. Day 2

    On arrival in Johannesburg, we transfer to our accommodation in Johannesburg. 

  3. Day 3

    Today we drive to Graskop along the Panorama route (410km, approximately 6 hours). This journey will provide sensational views of the surrounding landscape. Graskop is a small forestry town on the edge of the Drakensberg cliffs and a gateway to the famous Panorama route. 

  4. Day 4

    We’ll start the day with a morning hike along the Jock of the Bushveld trail. This is a remarkable circular route in Graskop with views over Pinnacle Gorge. We’ll pass the giant eroded sandstone formations known as Fairyland.  In the afternoon we’ll follow the Panorama route to Kruger (60km, approximately 1 hour).

  5. Day 5

    Now we are in one of the worlds largest game reserves, Kruger National Park. We'll enjoy a morning game drive and a sunset game drive, with free time in the afternoon to relax. The early and late game drives allow us more opportunities to see wildlife than in the midday sun. We hope to see an abundance of wildlife, even maybe the famous Big Five. A great way to start and end a day! 

  6. Day 6

    Today we’ll swap the vehicles for our boots and enjoy a morning bush walk. This will be early in the morning, so we have more of an opportunity to see the wildlife. We’ll learn about animal behaviour and the various plants and trees we pass. We can enjoy a free late morning and afternoon before enjoying another sunset game drive!

  7. Day 7

    Whilst in Kruger National Park, we must have a full day 4x4 game drive! With over 130 mammals and over 500 bird species, the diversity and concentration of wildlife makes Kruger National Park an unforgettable experience. We hope to see elephant, rhino, buffalo and even leopard! Make sure you bring your cameras! 

  8. Day 8

    Today we say farewell to Kruger and cross the border into Swaziland (245km, approximately 3 ½ hours). We’ll take an afternoon guided game walk in Hlane Royal National Park, the largest protected area in Swaziland. The walk will be conducted outside the endangered species area, along game paths, roads and through the bush. We’ll explore the lowveld grasslands, ancient vegetation and the shallow pans.

  9. Day 9

    We’ll explore Hlane Royal game reserve and its rhino population on a morning rhino game drive. We’ll then enjoy a guided game walk in the reserve with opportunities to see even more wildlife; including lion, elephant and leopard! Today will be an ideal day for capturing once in a lifetime photographs! 

  10. Day 10

    This morning we will take a guided birding walk in the game reserve before transferring to Mlilwane (100km, 1 ½ hours). On arrival, we’ll take a guided walk through the local Esitjeni community. We’ll learn about their traditions and lifestyle. 

  11. Day 11

    Today we travel to Sibebe Rock, the largest exposed granite plateau in the world, and second only to Ayres Rock in Australia as the largest freestanding rock in the world. It really is an astonishing sight! The best view of Sibebe Rock is by climbing it. This walk is above the holiday grade. The climb will take approximately 2 ½ hours and will take us up to 800m. The descent will take approximately 1 ½ hours. Some sections will be steep so good walking boots with plenty of grip and support are required for the walk. On the way up we will enjoy some incredible views and explore various caves and waterfalls.

  12. Day 12

    We’ll stretch our legs with a guided morning walk in Mlilwane. We’ll venture through woodland, grassland and forest. We hope to see a variety of wildlife and birds during our exploration. In the afternoon we’ll visit Umphakatsi, a unique village as it is one of the few with a female chief. We will learn more about Swazi traditions and customs.  

  13. Day 13

    Today we will cross the border into South Africa (400km, 6 hours) and enjoy one last evening at leisure. 

  14. Day 14

    We’ll say goodbye to Kruger and Swaziland and transfer to Johannesburg airport for our return flight to the UK.

  15. Day 15

    Arrive in the UK.  

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Johannesburg (British Airways)
  • Arrival transfer by road c30mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hlane Ndlovu Camp, Hlane Royal National Park

Ndlovu Camp is located immediately inside Hlane National Park, our accommodation is in traditional rondavels which have en-suite facilities. Each cluster of rondavels are named after different villages and we stay in the ‘Wisteria Village’. Within Wisteria is a stunning open-air restaurant with views of a waterhole often frequented by rhino and elephants. At night sounds of lions can be heard in the distance. Please note Ndlovu Camp does not have electricity. The rooms are lit up by paraffin lanterns and candles in the evening. Hot water is available in all of the accommodation.