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KwaZulu Natal holidays - close up of  a vulture and jackal in the Drakensberg Mountains

Kruger Park + Swaziland to Thonga Beach (self-drive)


SVK12J
12 NIGHTS
FROM £1,895
International flights + car hire quoted separately
This exciting holiday starts with an open-top safari in the Kruger National Park, before driving through Swaziland to the beautiful lakes of Kosi Bay and the unspoilt beaches of Thonga Beach. Enjoy swimming, snorkelling and diving in the warm Indian Ocean, and the opportunity to see turtles nesting between November and February. All game drives included.
Kruger Park Swaziland Thonga Beach Kosi Bay Self Drive Holiday
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Kruger National Park
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Big-5 Safari
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Swaziland
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Kosi Bay Lakes
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Canoeing
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Thonga Beach
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Snorkelling & Scuba Diving
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Hippos on Lake Sibaya
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Wild Dolphins
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Marine Walk to see Turtles
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Kruger National Park
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Big-5 Safari
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Swaziland
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Kosi Bay Lakes
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Canoeing
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Thonga Beach
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Snorkelling & Scuba Diving
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Hippos on Lake Sibaya
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Wild Dolphins
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Marine Walk to see Turtles
Day 1
Arrive Johannesburg Airport, collect your hire car and drive 4-hours through the farmlands of the Eastern Transvaal to Mpumalanga and the scenic Panorama Route.
  
Check into your hotel in the beautiful Lowveld.
Day 2
This morning we recommend driving to Hazyview Elephant Sanctuary to experience a very special close-up encounter with these gentle giants. There is also the option of riding an elephant, but this needs to be pre-booked.
 
Afternoon at leisure to relax at your lodge, or enjoy other optional activities on offer.
Day 3
At leisure to relax on the beautiful Panorama Route.
 
You can tour the Blyde River Canyon, visit a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre or the Chimpanzee Sanctuary near Nelspruit. Other optional activities include a treetop canopy tour, championship golf, horse riding, fly fishing, white water rafting or a hot air balloon ride. Or simply relax at your lodge and enjoy the wonderful bird life.
Day 4
Today drive 2-hours to your game lodge in the world famous Kruger National Park.
 
After checking in, enjoy a thrilling game drive in an open-top vehicle accompanied by a lodge ranger. Game viewing opportunities should present themselves almost immediately in this vast wildlife wilderness. Hopefully you will see several species of antelope, zebra, wildebeest and maybe even giraffe - as well as several of the Big Five - before dining under the stars in the atmosphere that only the African bushveld can provide.
Days 5 To 6
Rise at dawn to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day, as you enjoy an open-top game viewing drive with a lodge ranger in the world famous Kruger National Park.
 
Explore some of this vast game sanctuary that is the size of Wales, offering magnificent game viewing opportunities and the highest concentration of lion in the whole of Africa. Hope to see several of the Big Five today - lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino - as well as many other species before returning to your lodge for breakfast.
 
The rest of the morning is free to relax by the swimming pool or enjoy bird watching at the lodge, before setting out again in the late afternoon for another game drive. With nearly 150 different species of mammals and over 100 species of reptiles in the Kruger National Park, you can hope to see cheetah, giraffe, hippo, kudu, crocodiles, sable antelope, waterbuck, warthogs, baboons, wild dogs and many other interesting animals. With over 500 different bird species including eagles, kingfishers, vultures and storks, outstanding bird watching is also guaranteed.
  
After a beautiful African sunset, enjoy the balmy evening and pristine stars of the Milky Way as you have never seen them before – as well as the spectacular Southern Cross.
  
Children < 6 are not allowed on open top game drives
Day 7
After some final game viewing in the Kruger National Park, today drive 6-hours into the small mountain kingdom of Swaziland.
 
Travel through beautiful mountains and gorges to the capital of Mbabane, where you can stop at a local candle or glass factory to watch craftsmen at work and visit the local marketplace, before continuing to your hotel.
Day 8
Today drive 3-hours from Swaziland across the South African border to Kosi Bay in Zululand.
 
Leave your vehicle at the secure designated lodg pick-up point and transfer 30-minutes in an open-top 4x4 vehicle through local villages to Kosi Bay Nature Reserve.
  
Check in to your tented lodge set in an indigenous coastal sand forest, with each unit having complete privacy and intimacy with your surroundings – including only paraffin lamps in the bedrooms and an open-air bathroom. Later relax by the campfire before enjoying dinner on the outdoor deck under the stars.
Day 9
Relax at your lodge which is situated near Kosi Bay - a series of four interleading fresh water lakes, that lead into the sea at the Kosi Bay River Mouth in far northern KwaZulu Natal near the border with Mozambique.
 
Kosi Bay forms part of the St Lucia Wetlands, which has been declared a World Heritage Site because of its importance as one of the world’s greatest marine wilderness areas. It is home to over 600 species of birds as well as hippos, crocodiles, loggerhead and leatherback turtles (which lay their eggs on the beaches from November to January) and many other fragile marine species.
 
Activities at the lodge centre around canoeing and boat rides on the lake (both combined with walking to the lake through the coastal forest); fishing on the lakes; bird watching; snorkelling at Kosi Bay River Mouth where local fisherman still use ancient fishing traps; and excursions to Thembe Elephant Park. From November to January, also an evening Marine Trail to see the remarkable spectacle of the egg laying and hatching of loggerhead and leatherback turtles.
Day 10
Transfer back to Kosi Bay town and drive 1-hour south to your lodge pick-up point at the Coastal Cashews depot, where you can park your car for the duration of your stay.
 
Continue 1-hour on an open-top 4x4 vehicle through the coastal reserve to remote and unspoilt Thonga Beach in the heart of the protected iSimangaliso St Lucia Wetlands.
 
Check into your beach lodge concealed in a canopy of indigenous coastal forest on the shores of the warm Indian Ocean and relax in subtropical surroundings, where monkeys and antelope roam free.
Days 11 To 12
Thonga Beach is a remote and unspoilt beach destination, with miles of untouched warm Indian Ocean beaches inhabited only by the loggerhead and leatherback turtles, which return to lay their eggs on the beaches from November to January each year.
 
With its wonderfully warm climate and outstanding snorkelling, spend lazy days by the swimming pool or on the beach surrounded by the highest naturally vegetated sand dunes in the world. Enjoy long walks on the beach, pamper yourself at the spa or enjoy a sundowner drives to Lake Sibaya where you may see hippos and crocodiles as well as abundant bird life.
 
Scuba Divers can explore the underwater treasures of the warm Mozambique Reef, the southern-most coral reef in the world whose canyons and caves are teeming with a huge variety of marine life including over 1,200 species of fish, turtles, bottle-nosed dolphins, moray eels, ribbon tail rays, mantas, butterfly fish, angelfish, sharks, migrating whales (April to July) and whale sharks (January to February).
 
Other optional activities include an Ocean Safari to search for dolphins and Deep Sea Fishing.
Day 13
Transfer 1-hour from Thonga Beach on an open-top 4x4 vehicle to the Coastal Cashews depot..
 
Collect your car and drive 5-hours to Durban Airport for your flight home.
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