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Kruger National Park Safari Holidays Tours South Africa Big Five Guides

Self Drive Holiday, South Africa: Kruger Park + Swaziland + Zululand + Durban (Car Hire)

Kruger Park + Swaziland + Zululand + Durban (self drive)
SCL10M
10 NIGHTS
FROM £1,290
Per person sharing
International flights + car hire quoted separately
Self Drive Holiday South Africa Kruger Park Swaziland Zululand Durban Car

This self drive holiday in South Africa focuses on the wildlife & cultures of this wonderful country, travelling to the famous Kruger Park and exploring the green Blyde River Canyon, as well as a wildlife rehabilitation center. Continue driving through Swaziland and Zululand to the birding hot spots of Hluhluwe & St Lucia Wetlands, ending on the warm Durban North Coast. Various car hire options are available.

Self Drive Holiday South Africa Kruger Park Swaziland Zululand Durban Car
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Self Drive Holiday, South Africa
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Blyde River Canyon
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Kruger Park Safari
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Big Five Game Viewing
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Swaziland
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Zululand
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Hluhluwe National Park
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St Lucia Wetlands
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Durban North Coast
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Car Hire Options
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Self Drive Holiday, South Africa
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Blyde River Canyon
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Kruger Park Safari
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Big Five Game Viewing
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Swaziland
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Zululand
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Hluhluwe National Park
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St Lucia Wetlands
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Durban North Coast
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Car Hire Options
Day 1
Arrive at Mpumalanga Airport, collect your hire car and drive to your lodge situated near the entrance to the world famous Kruger National Park.
 
Check in, settle in and relax in the atmosphere that only the African bushveld can provide!
Days 2 To 3
Today is devoted to self drive game viewing in the Kruger National Park (pay entrance fee locally). 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 the famous Kruger National Park, which offer magnificent game viewing opportunities and the highest concentration of lion in the whole of Africa. Hope to see several of the Big Five - Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard and Rhino - as well as many other species.
 
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.
  
Return to your lodge in the late afternoon and 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. Optional open top game drives can also be booked through your lodge.
Day 4
Today we recommend exploring the splendours of the Drakensberg Panorama Route including the green Blyde River Canyon, the third largest in the world.
 
Enjoy wonderful views from Pinnacle Rock, Wonder View and the Three Rondavels lookout, with the option to take the Graskop Gorge lift (which involves a fairly strenuous walk with plenty of steps & crossing a suspension bridge). You can also visit the Lisbon Falls and the unusual Bourkes Luck Pot Holes - cylindrical holes formed from the swirling waters of the Blyde and Treur Rivers.
 
In the early afternoon we recommend a visit the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, where you will 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 (check tour times in advance).
 
Alternatively you can visit the Endangered Species Centre in Hoedspruit, famous for its work in breeding cheetah, wild dogs and other threatened species (pay all entrance fees locally).
 
Note: Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is closed on Sundays.
Day 5
Leave the Kruger National Park today and drive 4-hours into the small mountain kingdom of Swaziland.
 
After completing border formalities, continue travelling through beautiful mountains and gorges to your lodge.
 
Note: You will need your passport to enter Swaziland.
Day 6
Today drive southwards through the mountains of Swaziland for 4-hours to Hluhluwe in Zululand.
  
Check into your safari lodge situated near the gate into the famous Hluhluwe Game Reserve that is renowned for its outstanding game viewing.
Day 7
Today enjoy game viewing by open-top vehicle into Hluhluwe National Park.
 
One of South Africa’s most beautiful game parks, Hluhluwe is home to all the Big 5 - lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino - as well as the subcontinent’s largest population of endangered rhino, which this park saved from extinction. Hope to see many other interesting species too including giraffe, hippo, kudu, crocodile, waterbuck, warthog and baboon. With over 300 different bird species, outstanding bird watching is also guaranteed.
  
After a beautiful African sunset, enjoy the balmy evening and pristine stars of the southern hemisphere.
 
Note: Game drive packages vary by lodge (see hotel details). Vehicles are not allowed to drive off-road in any national park in South Africa. Children < 6 are not allowed on open top game drives.
Day 8
After some final early morning game viewing, we suggest an optional boat ride on Lake St Lucia estuary, where you can hope to see hippos and crocodiles. Forming part of the St Lucia Isimangaliso Wetlands, this area has been declared a World Heritage site because of its unique biodiversity and importance to marine conservation. With over 500 different bird species in the region, it also offers outstanding bird watching.
 
We also suggest stopping at an authentically reconstructed Zulu Village to learn more about Zulu life and culture, including their amazing beadwork (pay entrance fee locally). You can also meet a sangoma ("witchdoctor").
 
Then drive 3-hours to your hotel on the Durban North Coast, renowned for its wonderful beaches and reliably warm weather. Check into your hotel on the shores of the warm Indian Ocean.
 
 
 
Check in, settle in and relax on the shores of the warm Indian Ocean.
Day 9
This morning we recommend an optional full day sightseeing tour of the highlights of Durban.
 
We start with a drive along the Golden Mile, the beachfront promenade with its colourful street markets, and through the Point Waterfront. We continue past the beautiful old City Hall to the small craft harbour at Wilson's Wharf and drive past huge sugar terminals and busy harbour warehouses to the University of Natal campus, which has lovely views over the harbour.
 
Our next stop is the bustling African/Indian Markets at Warwick Triangle – home to 9 different markets developed around Durban’s largest public transport interchange, where over 6,000 street vendors ply their trade – an authentic cultural experience.
 
We then visit the peaceful Durban Botanic Gardens, founded in 1849 and home to a magnificent orchid house and many massive trees from Asia, Africa and America. Finally we visit the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium that was built for the 2010 World Cup. Here there is the option of taking a cable car ride to the top of the stadium for a phenomenal view over Durban and its coastline (pay locally).
 
Afterwards you will be dropped off at uShaka Marine World, situated in the old harbour area that is being extensively re-developed. Here you can view large indigenous sharks of the Indian Ocean and a wide variety of marine animals - including turtles, dolphins, seals and penguins. There are snorkelling ponds with over 5,000 fish, the Wet n Wild Water Park and a lovely beach. At the end of the day you will be transferred back to your hotel.
 
Note: Moses Mabhida Stadium is closed on Saturdays and any other match day.
Day 10
Relax on the warm golden beaches of the Durban North Coast.
 
Many optional activities are available such as a marine cruise to search for dolphins, turtles, sharks, whales (in season) and other fascinating sea life. Championship golf, horse riding and deep sea game fishing are also available.
Day 11
Drive to Durban Airport for your flight home.