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SECRET SWAZILAND &THE PANORAMA ROUTE

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This intrepid journey begins in Swaziland, the oldest mountain kingdom in the Southern African region and ruled by King Mswati III.
  • Product Code 48020
  • Holiday Type Sightseeing And Walking Holidays
  • Grade Grade 4
  • Holiday Duration 12 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays in Swaziland

You may not be surprised if a dragon appeared from beyond the mountains, or if an epic battle between armoured horsemen played out before you. The scenery is much like you would find in a fairytale or a blockbuster movie. It is not every day you wake to find a friendly warthog on your doorstep or see the dazzle of zebra grazing on the Savannah.

Swaziland encapsulates the best of Southern Africa in a nutshell. It is safe, friendly and once you have travelled the five hours (from Johannesburg Airport) to get there, the daily driving distances are minimal; a real bonus for an African destination.

Swaziland is the oldest mountain kingdom in Southern Africa and ruled by King Mswati III accompanied by his 15 wives! Small, but with vast rugged mountains, volcanic hills, waterfalls, and wild gorges, the country rewards us with the most breathtaking panoramic views. Wildlife is also a big feature and we’re likely to come close to zebra, rhinos, kudu, impala and warthog.

We continue into South Africa and travel westwards to Hazyview for six nights at the Hippo Hollow Country Estate, located between the lowveld to the east and the Drakensberg to the west. Here we walk amongst open grassland, steep cliffs and river gorges. Being so close the Kruger National Park, we take this opportunity for a walking safari. Although we are not able to seek out the ‘Big Five’ animals on foot we’ll see lots of other interesting wildlife along the way. Take the opportunity to spot the ‘Big Five’ on an optional Game Drive on your free day.


Holiday Highlights

  • A novel Swaziland experience, one of Africa’s smallest kingdoms.
  • Game viewing at the legendary Kruger National Park.
  • Spectacular walking with some of the most beautiful scenery.
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, internal flights and transfers.
      Breakfasts and dinners included, mainly taken at the hotels.
      All local transport and activities are included.
      The services of a tour leader and a local guide.
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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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, 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 4/SS

    Please see the Holiday Information sheet for this Holidays Itinerary as the content may vary depending on departure date.

Travel Details

  • Arrival transfer by road (c4hours 30mins).
  • Flights Heathrow-Johannesburg (c11hrs) British Airways.        
  • UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways.
  • Upgrades available, please ask for a competitive quote.

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Hippo Hollow Country Estate, Hazyview, Mpumalanga

On the banks of the Sabie river sits the Hippo Hollow Country Estate surrounded by the African Bush. It is well placed in being only a 10 minute drive to Kruger National Park. If you are fortunate you will see hippos emerging from the water to graze on the lawn. Guests are accommodated in unique thatched Garden and River Chalets and Courtyard Hotel Rooms, which either overlook the beautiful gardens or the impressive Sabie River. A variety of delicious dishes accompanied by a selection of South African wines can be enjoyed whilst indulging in the sight of kingfishers and other beautiful water birds against the backdrop of a beautiful African sunset. A bar and outdoor swimming pool are also available. Complementary Wi-Fi is available throughout.


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.


Mlilwane Rest Camp , Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

We stay in either in the Mlilwane Rest Camp Huts, Rondavels or Beehive Huts, inside the conservation area, and all are equipped with en-suite facilities. We can enjoy a sundowner or savour a delicious meal at the popular Hippo Haunt Restaurant overlooking an exceptionally picturesque pool teaming with birdlife. There are no big five here but plenty of game, including hippos and zebras that may pass through if we are lucky. If you are feeling the heat you can cool off in the rest camp's swimming pool.


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