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

South Africa + Mozambique + Swaziland (self-drive)


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12 NIGHTS
FROM £1,994
International flights + car hire quoted separately
Explore 3 different countries on this self drive holiday that combines the wildlife & culture of South Africa, Mozambique & Swaziland - including the Blyde River Canyon, Kruger National Park, Maputo, the glorious beaches of the Mozambique south coast, St Lucia in Zululand, Hluhluwe Game Reserve & Mbabane. Your will need a 4x4 vehicle for the Mozambique beach section of this adventurous holiday.
Swaziland Mozambique South Africa Self Drive Vacation Kruger Park
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Elephant Sanctuary
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Blyde River Canyon
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Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
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Kruger National Park
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Maputo, Mozambique
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South Coast beaches
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St Lucia in Zululand
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iSimangaliso Wetlands
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Hluhluwe Game Reserve
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Swaziland
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Elephant Sanctuary
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Blyde River Canyon
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Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
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Kruger National Park
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Maputo, Mozambique
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South Coast beaches
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St Lucia in Zululand
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iSimangaliso Wetlands
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Hluhluwe Game Reserve
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Swaziland
Day 1
Arrive Mpumalanga Airport, collect your hire car and drive to your hotel on the scenic Panorama Route.
  
Check into your hotel in this beautiful region.
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
This morning enjoy more of the splendour of the Drakensberg Panorama Route as you drive 3-hours through the green Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world. Enjoy the wonderful views from God's Window, view Mac Mac Falls and visit the unusual Bourkes Luck pot holes - cylindrical holes formed from the swirling waters of the Blyde and Treur Rivers.
 
If you arrive before 2pm, we suggest a visit to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre where you have the unique opportunity of viewing wild lion, leopard, cheetah, eagles and vultures at close quarters. Animals found injured, poisoned or orphaned are given a second chance and released back into the wild (pay entrance fee locally).
 
Check into your lodge in this beautiful area.
Day 4
Today enter the world famous Kruger National Park.
 
Game viewing opportunities should present themselves almost immediately and hopefully you will see several species of antelope, zebra, wildebeest and maybe even giraffe before you reach your rest camp.  
 
The Kruger National Park offers a choice of self-catering rest camps, each situated in a different section of the park with its own unique flora and fauna - e.g. Skukuza, Letaba, Olifants, Lower Sabie, Pretoriuskop, Satara and Berg-en-Dal. Accommodation is in simple but comfortable thatched game park bungalows, with each camp having a restaurant and a small shop. Check in, settle in and relax in the atmosphere that only the African bushveld can provide (park fees payable locally on entrance).
 
Note: You will need your passport to enter the Kruger National Park.
Day 5
Today is devoted to self drive game viewing in the Kruger National Park. We recommend setting off early each morning as the camp gates open (04h30 to 06h00 depending on the season), to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day.
   
Explore this vast 2-million hectare 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 rest camp for breakfast (or buy provisions at camp and cook breakfast at a picnic spot).
 
The rest of the morning is free to relax by the swimming pool or enjoy bird watching at camp, before setting out again at the time of your choice (usually 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.
 
Note: Vehicles are not allowed to drive off-road in any national park in South Africa.
Day 6
Today drive 3-hours from the Kruger National Park to the Mozambique border, where you can expect customs delays, and continue another 2-hours to Maputo.
 
Check into your hotel in this bustling capital city, with its warm subtropical climate and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Day 7
Today take the ferry across Maputo Harbour and travel 4-hours along the Mozambique South Coast, on roads suitable only for 4x4 vehicles.
 
Check into your lodge situated on the spectacular white sandy beaches of this pristine warm Indian Ocean coastline.
Day 8
At leisure to relax and enjoy the wonderful beaches of the Mozambique South Coast.
 
You can take advantage of some of the best Scuba Diving and Deep Sea Game Fishing in the world, or enjoy horse riding along the beach. Wild dolphins and whale sharks are also found in these warm waters.
Day 9
This morning we travel 3-hours from the south coast of Mozambique into Zululand, where ancient traditions and modern cultures have combined to form a vibrant society, and travel to the small town of St Lucia on the KwaZulu Natal north coast.
 
We continue to the St Lucia iSimangaliso Wetlands, an area that has been declared a World Heritage site because of its unique biodiversity and importance to marine conservation. Here enjoy a boat ride on the Lake St Lucia estuary, where you may see hippos and crocodiles. With over 500 different bird species, it also offers outstanding bird watching.
Day 10
At leisure to relax and explore St Lucia and the Isimangaliso Wetlands independently.
 
Optional excursions available in the area include an Ocean Safari to view migrating humpback whales, turtles, dolphins and other sea life (from July to October); day tour to the Cape Vidal beach and nature reserve, bird watching tours, deep sea game fishing and open-top game drives into Hluhluwe National Park.
Day 11
Today drive northwards from St Lucia for 4-hours into the small mountain kingdom of Swaziland, travelling through beautiful mountains and gorges.
 
Continue to your lodge and relax amidst the beautiful mountain scenery.
Day 12
At leisure to explore the markets, glass and candle factories of Mbabane, enjoy the Swazi arts & crafts, play championship golf or simply relax at your hotel.
Day 13
Drive 3-hours through the mountains of Swaziland to Mpumalanga Airport for your flight home.
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