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Kruger and the Kingdoms

7 days Guided Tours

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The majesty of Africa is yours to behold on this fabulous tour, kick-starting in Johannesburg and taking you deep into the wilderness. Taking the panoramic route, there’s unrivalled game viewing in Kruger National Park, spotting the ‘Big Five’ and other wonderful wildlife. Swaziland and Zululand offer plenty of cultural insight before enjoying a taste of cosmopolitan Durban, completing what has to be the trip of a lifetime.

Itinerary

Day 1: Johannesburg

Johannesburg is the largest and most populous city in South Africa, as well as the source of a large-scale gold and diamond trade, due to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Why not enjoy a sightseeing tour or simply relax at your hotel. In the evening meet for a briefing on the tour and a chance to meet fellow travellers.

Day 2: Johannesburg — Mpumalanga

Depart Johannesburg after breakfast and head for Pretoria, South Africa's capital city, for a short orientation tour, before continuing to the Mpumalanga Province, known as "Paradise Country". Dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld, travel via the historic towns of Dullstroom and Lydenburg. After traversing the famous Long Tom Pass, travel via Sabie and arrive late afternoon into Hazyview, the safari hub of the Kruger National Park. (B)

Day 3: Panorama Route

After an early morning breakfast, drive along the spectacular "Panorama Route", offering views of amazing scenery including the 26 kilometre-long Blyde River Canyon (home to the Three Rondavels), Bourke's Luck Potholes' and historic God's Window, a breath-taking view (weather permitting) of the edge of the escarpment taking in the Kruger National Park. Arrive back in Hazyview in the late afternoon, where the remainder of the day is at leisure to relax. (B)

Day 4: Kruger National Park

The day begins with early morning coffee/tea, followed by a thrilling open vehicle safari (with English speaking game ranger) through Kruger National Park with pre-packed breakfast. Kruger is one of the world's greatest national parks, home to a stunning array of wildlife. Search for the 'Big Five' (rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, and elephant) as well as prolific birdlife and numerous other game. The afternoon is at leisure at your hotel. Late afternoon open vehicle game-drives are available (optional and for own account). (B)

Day 5: The Kingdom of Swaziland

This morning travel to Eswatini (Swaziland), an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, crafts and colourful indigenous culture. An interactive cultural experience introduces you to the charming people of Eswatini (Swaziland) and their traditions. Nexr travel via the capital city, Mbabane, to the beautiful Ezulwini Valley for overnight in Eswatini (Swaziland). (B/L/D)

Day 6: eSwatini — Zululand

After breakfast continue south through eSwatini, before re-entering South Africa. Travel into Zululand, passing traditional round huts and endless vistas. There is an option to enjoy an afternoon open vehicle safari (optional and for own account) in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, which contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora and is particularly famous for its conservation of black and white rhino. Overnight in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi region. (B)

Day 7: Durban

This morning join a cruise on Lake St Lucia (depending weather conditions) before departing for Durban. Your journey takes you past traditional Zulu Kraals, Eucalyptus plantations and sugar cane fields. Arrive in Durban in the early afternoon where the tour ends. (B)

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Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.

Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.

Tour information

Pre/Post Tour information

If you would like to extend your trip or make the tour part of a longer holiday, we can tailor make this for you. Our expert touring team will work with you to arrange any additional hotel stays or combine with other destinations. Please contact them on 0344 739 4548 or email Enquiries.Journeys@virginholidays.com

Tour inclusions

  • All excursions and meals as listed
  • Transfers and sightseeing on a shared basis with English speaking guides
  • Standard 3-4V accommodation

Tour exclusions

  • All flights and airport transfers in the UK
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips & gratuities, video camera fees at monuments
  • Anything not detailed on the itinerary

Dining inclusions

Mixed Board as listed

Accommodation

Accommodation in the itinerary are 3-4V rated properties based on availability. Please note some tours stay in remote locations e.g. safari lodges and tented camps, when the ‘V’ rating may vary. Hotels are subject to change up until departure.

Visa requirements

Please see our Country Note documents for queries on visas and required vaccinations or visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for the most up to date information.

Extensions

If you would like to extend your trip or make the tour part of a longer holiday, we can tailor make this for you. Our expert touring team will work with you to arrange any additional hotel stays or combine with other destinations. Please contact them on 0344 739 4548 or email Enquiries.Journeys@virginholidays.com