General

Captivating Coast To Kruger

Captivating Coast to Captivating Kruger

Durban – Salt Rock – Hluhluwe – St Lucia – Swaziland – Hazyview We explore the area’s wilderness gems such as the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and iSimangaliso Wetland Park, where nature lovers and keen photographers will be in awe of the bountiful wildlife and beautiful scenery. In the small kingdom of Swaziland we engage with a local community, learning about their traditions and customs. Our journey ends in Hazyview, the safari gateway to the Kruger National Park.

Set Departure Dates On A Saturday for 2014

Itinerary

Day 1: (Sat) Salt Rock

Welcome to the tropical North Coast of KwaZulu Natal. On arrival at King Shaka International Airport you are met by your Thompsons Africa Representative and transferred to your accommodation for the night. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to stroll along the golden beach or revitalise yourself with a swim in the sparkling Indian Ocean. Accommodation: Canelands Beach Club or similar [ Bed and Breakfast ] Distance travelled today: 55kms

Day 2: (Sun) St Lucia

Early risers may be rewarded with the spectacular sight of the sun rising over the ocean and the morning is yours to explore the nearby rock pools or relax at the poolside. At 13h00 you are collected by your Thompsons Africa tour director and head north to South Africa’s oldest game reserve, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. Here a qualified and experienced local field guide leads us on an open vehicle safari. Hluhluwe-iMfolozi is home to the Big Five but is particularly well known for its rhino conservation efforts which saw the reserve being instrumental in bringing the white rhino back from the brink of extinction. We overnight in the tiny village of St Lucia in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site and one of South Africa’s wilderness treasures. Accommodation: Seasands Lodge or similar [ Bed and Breakfast ] Distance travelled today: 240kms

Day 3: (Mon) Swaziland

An early morning cruise on the St Lucia Estuary affords us wonderful photographic opportunities as we may encounter large pods of hippos, the occasional Nile crocodile and prolific birdlife. Back on land we set our sights north and cross the border into Swaziland, one of the few remaining monarchies in Africa. Accommodation: Summerfield Luxury Hotel & Botanical Garden [ Bed and Breakfast ] Distance Travelled today: 320kms

Day 4: (Tue) Hazyview

After breakfast we visit an authentic chief’s village to gain an insight into the fascinating traditional Swazi culture. This two hour cultural experience allows us to engage with the residents as they show us their culture and traditions by inviting us to participate in their cultural practices. We cross the border back into South Africa and enjoy lunch (own account) overlooking the Crocodile River, the natural border of the Kruger National Park. We arrive late afternoon into Hazyview, the safari hub of the Kruger National Park. Accommodation: Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel or similar [ Bed and Breakfast ] Distance Travelled Today: 330kms

Day 5: (Wed) Hazyview [ Breakfast included ]

After breakfast and check out from your hotel at 11h00 you are under your own arrangements to begin your safari adventure.

Please Note

Accommodation check in on Day 1 is from 14h00.

River cruise is weather dependant.