- ‘Big 5’ private game lodge
- Kruger National Park game viewing
- Tick off the Panorama Route sights
- Experience Eswatini hospitality
- iSimangaliso Wetlands Park game activities
Day 1 | Monday
JOHANNESBURG to MAKALALI GAME RESERVE via DULLSTROOM (±456km)
Guests are collected from the hotel and travel eastwards to the province of Limpopo, via Dullstroom. Guests will stop for lunch (own account) en route and arrive at a private game reserve, to enjoy a guided, open vehicle game drive.
Guests will return to the lodge for pre-dinner drinks (own account) and dinner.
Overnight at Makalali Main Lodge or similar – Dinner, breakfast, and 2 game drives.
Day 2 | Tuesday
MAKALALI GAME RESERVE to HAZYVIEW via PANORAMA ROUTE (±180km)
Experience an early morning start in the bushveld on a guided, open vehicle game drive. They will enjoy coffee and rusks in the bush before returning to the lodge for breakfast.
Head to one of Mpumalanga’s most magnificent attractions: the Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondavels. The Panorama Route affords guests memorable views of the more significant sites in this area, including God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Lunch (own account) is enjoyed along this scenic route.
The tour stops in Hazyview for the evening.
Overnight at Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort or similar – Dinner and breakfast.
Day 3 | Wednesday
HAZYVIEW to Eswatini via KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (±285km)
Guests enjoy an early breakfast before departing the hotel, and head towards Mpumalanga’s flagship attraction – the Kruger National Park. A closed vehicle game drive allows guests to take in the park and view the ‘Big 5’ and other fauna and flora.
Guests can enjoy lunch (own account) en route to the Kingdom of Eswatini. Guests enter at the Jeppes Reef border.
Guests arrive at the hotel later in the afternoon and enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Overnight at Royal Swazi Spa or similar – Dinner and breakfast.
NOTE: When entering the Kingdom of Eswatini, guests must ensure they are in possession of a valid passport and for nationals of applicable countries, multi-entry visa regulations apply (own account)
Day 4 | Thursday
Eswatini to ST LUCIA (±335km)
After an early breakfast, guests stop to visit the Swazi Candle Factory and Crafts Market. Exit Eswatini at the Lavumisa Border post and enter South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province in an area colloquially referred to as the Elephant Coast.
In the late afternoon guests arrive at the hotel and have the opportunity to freshen up before pre-dinner drinks and dinner (both own account).
Overnight at Forest Lodge or similar – Breakfast and 1 game excursion.
Day 5 | Friday
ST LUCIA to DURBAN (±245km)
Before breakfast, guests will embark on an open safari vehicle and enjoy a game drive through South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a colloquial reference roughly translated as ‘miracle and wonder’. They can observe hippos, crocodiles, and an abundance of birds on an eco-friendly boat cruise on the lake.
They can have lunch (own account) while taking in the lake vista before departing for the city of Durban or Umhlanga.
Accommodation: 4-star hotels; 5-star private game lodge
Meals: 4 breakfasts and 3 dinners
Entrance fees: Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window, conservation fee into Kruger National Park and private game reserves
Excursions: 2 open private game reserve safari vehicle game drives, morning open safari vehicle game drive in iSimangaliso Wetland Park, St Lucia Estuary boat cruise
Green Seat: SANParks Honorary Rangers, Endangered Wildlife Trust, Trees for Tourism
Travel insurance, flights, visa fees, airport transfers, porterage, 5 lunches, 1 dinner, gratuities, and personal expenses