Combining South Africa’s best wildlife viewing, a cultural journey through the Kingdom of Swaziland and a beach break along Kwazulu Natal’s tropical coastline, this self-drive adventure will give you a real taste of the diversity that Southern Africa has to offer.
Day 1: Collect your hire car in Johannesburg (at the airport or delivered directly to your hotel) and embark on your adventure driving north east into the majestic province of Mpumalanga. Enjoy views of rolling forested hills as your traverse out of the Highveld and continue on towards the world renowned Greater Kruger Park (approx. 550km). Arrive at a luxury private game lodge such as Mala Mala, Savannah or Nottens Bush Camp in time for a late lunch and an afternoon game drive. Your lodge will be located in the Sabi Sands area of the park which is particularly well known for their lion and leopard sightings. Game drives are conducted in open 4x4 vehicles led by a qualified game ranger and extend into the evening where your guide will seek out the more elusive nocturnal animals. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 2: Enjoy morning and evening game drives which will allow further close encounters with the prolific wildlife in the reserve. There will be time to relax at the deck or by the pool during the hot midday hours. In the evening experience a traditional African boma dinner out underneath the stars. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 3: After a final early morning game activity and a hearty brunch, set off on the next part of your road trip. Head south towards the Kingdom of Swaziland where you will cross the border at Jeppes Reef. Stop in at the colourful African craft markets in the Capital of Mbabane before continuing on towards the Foresters Arms, a delightful country hotel, which will be your base for the next two nights.
Day 4: Enjoy a free day in Swaziland. The Foresters Arms offers walking trails, mountain biking, horse riding, bird-watching and fishing on the property. Enjoy a stroll to a nearby waterfall for a picnic or try out the Usutu golf course which lies adjacent to the hotel. Easily accessible cultural activities include a trip to a traditional Swazi village or a meeting with a Sangoma Healer. For the adventurous white river rafting, quad biking and canopy tours are also on offer.
Day 5: Depart from the hotel and head south towards Durban (approx. 280km). Accommodation is reserved in the holiday resort village of Umhlanga Rocks just north of Durban at either the Beverley Hills or the Oyster Box hotel. Enjoy a sunset stroll along the beach and dine at one of Umhlanga’s many upmarket restaurants.
Day 7: Spend a relaxed morning at the beach enjoying the temperate waters and good surf from the Indian Ocean before dropping off your hire car in the afternoon.
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Four star properties are also available for this itinerary.