12 Day – Africa’s Wildlife and the Zulu Kingdom Tour


Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights


  • Camping 4×4 available.
  • Accommodation is subject to availability, if the under mentioned accommodation is not available we shall endeavour to supply comparable facilities.
  • The standard of the accommodation is on average a lot better than our grading, due to the fact that we have selected the best accommodation available for each category at each location.

Car Hire:

  • Various car hire groups as per your budget.
  • Hire from Johannesburg / Return to Johannesburg.
  • Includes – contract fee / unlimited km / maximum insurance cover.

Day 1:

Morning arrival in South Africa. Our representative will be at the airport to meet you and hand over your travel documents (vouchers). Collect your hired vehicle at the rentals office at Johannesburg’s O R Tambo International Airport. Depending on your time of arrival, you could drive to the historical city of Pretoria, which is one of South Africa’s capital cities. Visit the impressive Voortrekker Monument, Paul Kruger House, Church Square and Union Buildings, where Mr Nelson Mandela’s body “lay in state” for 3 days in December 2013. Overnight at our charming little lodge near the airport in Kempton Park – Johannesburg.

Accommodation: Journey’s Inn Africa *** (-)

Day 2:

Drive via Middelburg, Dullstroom, Lydenburg and the “Panorama Route” of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains to Hazyview situated in the province of Mpumalanga, meaning “the land of the rising sun”. Admire the natural beauty of the Blyde River Canyon, which is the third deepest canyon in the world, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window. Overnight in the beautiful Sabie River Valley.

Accommodation: *** (B)

Day 3:

Depart early morning for the world-renowned Kruger National Park (KNP). Enter into the KNP through Phabeni Gate, spend the day driving to the central region of the park known for its large herds of zebra, wildebeest and giraffe, which are the main food source to lions!!!!. You can enjoy all your meals at the restaurants found at each camp or you can cook your own meals in the self-catering units.  Overnight in the KNP.

Accommodation: *** (-)

Optional activity:

  • Afternoon / sunset open vehicle safari with a park ranger.

Day 4:

Another day to explore Kruger in search of the “Big 5” and a host of other animals. The KNP is known to be the most diverse park in the world with 140 mammals, 119 reptiles, ± 506 birds, 55 amphibians and ± 1980 plant species. Drive down through the park in a southerly direction. Overnight in the KNP.

Accommodation: *** (-)

Optional activities:

  • Morning or afternoon / sunset open vehicle safari with a park ranger.

Day 5:

After breakfast and a leisurely morning, you depart from the KNP for the mountain kingdom of Swaziland. We recommend the show and lunch at Matsumo, a Swazi cultural village situated at the border post. Also visit Ngwenya Glass Factory and the Swazi Market on route to your lodge. Overnight in Swaziland.

Accommodation: *** (B)

Day 6:

Depart after breakfast and a leisurely morning or after a frisk hike to Mantenga Falls. Visit Swazi Candles and Nisela Village before departing Swaziland for the kingdom of Zululand. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in / near the Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Game Reserve.

Accommodation: **** (B)

Day 7:

This morning you have an option of joining the ranger on an early morning game walk with the rest of the morning at leisure. Spend the afternoon in the Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Game Reserve. In by-gone years this reserve was the hunting grounds of Zulu Kings and the reserve is also renowned for its white & black rhino conservation efforts. Overnight in / near the Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Game Reserve.

Accommodation: **** (B)

Day 8:

Take a cruise on the St Lucia estuary, a lake riddled with crocodiles and hippos in the Greater St Lucia Wetlands (iSimangaliso), which is one of South Africa’s six UNESCO world heritage sites. This afternoon or evening you can experience Zulu hospitality at its best with a traditional Zulu festival at one of the Zulu cultural villages in Zululand. Overnight near Eshowe.

Accommodation: **** (B, D & Show)

Day 9:

Travel to the Natal Drakensberg Mountains, also known as the “barrier of spears”. Drive via the historical city of Pietermaritzburg, which also the capital of the province of KwaZulu Natal. Stop for lunch in the small town of Howick and the Howick Waterfall. Overnight in the central Natal Drakensberg Mountains.

Accommodation: **** (B)

Day 10:

A day at leisure in the magnificent Natal Drakensberg Mountains where Bushmen (San) left their life stories in the form of paintings and drawings on the rocks and in the caves. Various caves can be explored in the way of guided tours or you could take a walk along one of the numerous nature trails in the parks. Overnight in the central Natal Drakensberg Mountains.

Accommodation: **** (B)

Day 11:

Travel the “Oliviershoek Pass” to the small picturesque village of Clarens and the splendid Golden Gate Highlands National Park with the imposing “Brandwag” Mountain. Spend the afternoon relaxing or take a walk along one of the numerous nature trails in the park. Overnight in the park.

Accommodation: *** (B)

Optional activities:

  • Horse riding or game drives are available.

Day 12:

After a leisurely morning in the park you drive back to Johannesburg, the commercial hub of South Africa. Drop-off the hired vehicle at the rentals office at O R Tambo International Airport. There should be time for some last minute shopping on route to the airport. Catch your onward flight or flight home.

Accommodation: – (B)


Optional activity:

  • We can offer you a personalized escorted tour with an accredited tourist guide to the township of SOWETO. Here we visit the very moving Hector Pieterson Museum, Vilakazi Street and Nelson Mandela’s House – reflect on the “Apartheid” era of South Africa’s history.








Included:   Accommodation (3 & 4*), vehicle hire – contract fee / unlimited km / maximum insurance / cross border permit and meals as indicated.

Excluded:   Air tickets, passport / visa fees, travel insurance, phone calls, beverages, purchases, porter-age, gratuities, conservation & entrance fees and cost of excess baggage, etc.


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