From ZAR 124 750 pp

Ultimate Zululand and Kruger Safari

This privately guided tour begins in the coastal town of St. Lucia, sandwiched between the Indian Ocean and Africa’s largest estuary. Get up close to hippos on the sunset hippo boat cruise and in season take a whale watching tour to witness the spender of the humpback whale migration.


Experience a luxury Big 5 safari in South Africa. Spend 3 nights at the stunning Phinda Private Game Reserve in Zululand and 3 nights in the famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger Park. These reserves are renowned for their excellent safari experiences and close-up big cat sightings.


Relax at a private wildlife sanctuary in the Kingdom of eSwatini (formally Swaziland), stroll amongst the zebra, antelope and warthogs as they go about their daily business. Spend the day exploring the reserve on foot, mountain bike or horseback within the beautiful wilderness of Mlilwane.


2 Nights Zululand | 3 Nights Phinda Game Reserve | 2 Nights Swaziland | 3 Nights Greater Kruger

Ultimate Zululand and Kruger Safari
Ultimate Zululand and Kruger Safari

Ultimate Zululand and Kruger Safari

Cape Vidal Beach
Cape Vidal Beach

Cape Vidal Beach

St Lucia curio shopping
St Lucia curio shopping

St Lucia curio shopping

Ultimate Zululand and Kruger Safari
Ultimate Zululand and Kruger Safari

Ultimate Zululand and Kruger Safari

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Day 1 St. Lucia, Zululand

On arrival at King Shaka (Durban: DUR) International Airport, you will be met by your guide and driven to the coastal town of St. Lucia. Once you've checked into your accommodation for your first two nights you will receive your tour briefing and orientation. 


The remainder of the day is free to explore the town. This is a town teeming with wildlife from the vervet monkeys that love to sit in the town's trees and gardens eating the fruit and flowers to the hippos that wonder through town every night searching for their favourite food, grass; there is no need for gardeners in St. Lucia the wildlife does it for free!


It is usual on the first night to go for a group dinner to one of the town's restaurants.  Your guide will then be on hand to explain all the excursions available for you to experience during your tour.

Hippo Boat Cruise
Hippo Boat Cruise

The sunset hippo boat cruise

Hippo Cruise
Hippo Cruise

Hippos fighting seen from the boat cruise

Crocodile seen on the Boat Cruise
Crocodile seen on the Boat Cruise

Crocodile seen on the banks of the estuary

Hippo Boat Cruise
Hippo Boat Cruise

The sunset hippo boat cruise

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Day 2 St. Lucia, Zululand

Your full day at St. Lucia is free to simply relax by the pool or wonder through the town and surrounding indigenous forest.  However, should you prefer something more exhilirating we can arrange a safari into the iSimangaliso Wetland Park where you can get your first African safari experience.  The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site stretching from the Mozambique border to the north to Cape St. Lucia in the south, and is home to 4 of the Big 5 (Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino). Lunch is served in the form of a braai (South African BBQ) on the shores of Cape Vidal beach before returning mid afternoon through the park.  


Alternatively, spend your morning in search of humpback whales that migrate along South Africa's coastline each year.  This boat tour starts early in the morning with an exciting 'surf launch' so you'll need to hold on tight! It takes you along the coastline in search of these huge mammals.  The advantage of partaking in a whale watching tour from St. Lucia is the limited boat numbers permitted, close-ups and high sighting rates (seasonal).


In the late afternoon you will take a sunset boat cruise on the waters of St. Lucia Estuary.  Drift along the waters getting close to the huge hippo population along with Nile crocodiles and the occasional Zambezi (bull) shark that live in its shallow waters.

Included:

Meals: B | Activities: Hippo Boat Cruise

Phinda Private Game Reserve
Phinda Private Game Reserve

Phinda Private Game Reserve

Mountain Lodge Suite
Mountain Lodge Suite

Phinda Private Game Reserve Mountain Lodge

Boma, ideal place to eat under the stars
Boma, ideal place to eat under the stars

African bomo dinner at Mountain Lodge

Phinda Private Game Reserve
Phinda Private Game Reserve

Phinda Private Game Reserve

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Day 3 Phinda Private Game Reserve

Following breakfast we will depart the town of St. Lucia and travel by road to Phinda Private Game Reserve.  Here you will check in for 3 nights at one of the luxury lodges situated on this private reserve in Zululand.  


The Reserve encompasses an impressive 28,555 hectares (70,560 acres) of protected wildlife land in KwaZulu-Natal. Showcasing one of the continent’s finest game viewing experiences, the reserve is home to Africa’s Big Five, cheetah and wild dog as well as 436 bird species. 


In the afternoon you will head out on your first African safari in a open game drive vehicle in search of the Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo & rhino).


Phinda is renowned for its superb cheetah, lion and rhino sightings, your experienced guide and tracker will use their skills to negoticate the terrain both on and off road to enable you to get wildlife sightings of a lifetime.

Included:

Meals: B, L, D | Activities: Afternoon Safari Game Drive

Cheetah playing at Phinda
Cheetah playing at Phinda

Cheetah playing at Phinda

Safari at Phinda
Safari at Phinda

Safari at Phinda

Rhino on the Ultimate Zululand and Kruger Safari
Rhino on the Ultimate Zululand and Kruger Safari

White Rhinos

Cheetah playing at Phinda
Cheetah playing at Phinda

Cheetah playing at Phinda

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Day 4 - 5 Phinda Private Game Reserve

Each morning you will rise early and join your guide and tracker on a safari on the Phinda Reserve.  During your 3 hour safari your guide will stop in the bush for refreshments giving you the perfect opportunity to ask any questions you may have.


Upon returning from your morning safari you will tuck into a deliciously cooked breakfast accompanied by freshly baked breads and muffins at one of a number of stunning locations at the lodge.  


Following a restful afternoon by the pool or on your veranda you'll join your guide and tracker once again for afternoon tea before setting off on your evening safari, as the sun starts to dip in the sky the predators begin to stir ready for a night of hunting. Your guide will follow them as the light fades while they stalk their prey.  On your way back to the lodge your tracker will reach for his spotlight and show you many of the small nocturnal creatures that are only seen once the darkness has fallen.


Once you reach camp you'll be ready for a gin & tonic before sampling the chefs mouthwatering offerings.

Included:

Meals: B, L, D | Activities Safari Game Drives

Zulu Cultural Tour
Zulu Cultural Tour

Zulu Cultural Tour

Rhino conservation experience
Rhino conservation experience

Rhino conservation experience

Nature walks at Phinda
Nature walks at Phinda

Nature walks

Zulu Cultural Tour
Zulu Cultural Tour

Zulu Cultural Tour

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Phinda Optional Activities

  • Zulu Village Tour, you will be invited into a traditional homestead and given the rare opportunity to witness the daily routines and lifestyle of an authentic, rural Zulu family where aeons of tradition intersect with modern life.

  • Rhino, Elephant & Pangolin conservation projects, such as rhino de-horning and ear notching, elephant collaring & tagging pangolin.

  • Nature and big game walks, experience the thrill of viewing animals on foot, as you engage all your senses to discover a world where each sound, scent and bent blade of grass has a meaning. Each are led by an expertly-trained ranger and tracker team.

  • Black Rhino tracking on foot, slip on some comfortable walking shoes, grab your binoculars and camera, and spend the morning on foot with an expert ranger and tracker team in search of the rare and highly endangered black rhinoceros, also known as the hook-lipped rhinoceros.


All available at an additional cost (some require pre-booking)

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Traditional beehive huts

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Dinners at Mlilwane

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary hiking
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary hiking

Do your own walk on Mlilwane

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Traditional beehive huts

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Day 6 - 7 Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, eSwatini

After our hearty breakfast we will wave goodbye to Phinda and head to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. We will travel by road crossing into the Kingdom of eSwatini (Swaziland), the only remaining absolute monachy in Africa.  Here you will check in for 2 nights, staying in traditional beehive huts.  The accommodation consists of stunning and unique thatched domes each with en-suite bathrooms set in a semi circle boma.


Here the wildlife comes to your door, it is common for you to walk out of your room straight into a herd of nyala or zebra busy eating the grass around your hut. This freedom to explore Mlilwane is unique due to the absence of the Big 5, and whatever activities you chose to do here, getting amongst zebra, wildebeest, nyala and blesbuck is a daily occurrence. Mlilwane’s wildlife is amazingly tolerant, allowing for unparalleled memories and photographic moments. 


Hiking, mountain biking and horseriding are just some of the optional activities available at Mlilwane.

Included:

Meals: B | Activities: Morning Safari Game Drive (day 6)

Leopard and cub in the Greater Kruger
Leopard and cub in the Greater Kruger

Leopard and cub in the Greater Kruger

Kirkman's Kamp, Sabi Sand
Kirkman's Kamp, Sabi Sand

Kirkman's Kamp, Sabi Sand

Afternoon tea
Afternoon tea

Afternoon tea in the Sabi Sand

Leopard and cub in the Greater Kruger
Leopard and cub in the Greater Kruger

Leopard and cub in the Greater Kruger

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Day 8 Greater Kruger

Following our breakfast we will say goodbye to the wildlife at Mlilwane and once again head by road to the border, crossing back into South Africa and make our way to our second luxury safari experience. Here we will check in for 3 fabulous nights at Kirkman's Kamp, Sabi Sand Game Reserve.


Step back in time, into the classical ambiance of this original 1920s homestead. Enjoy spectacular views of the unspoiled landscape that surrounds the Sand River. Delectable tea is served on the rolling lawn, and breakfast and lunch are served on shady verandas. Dinner is a delightful affair, where mouth-watering Pan-African menus can be enjoyed in a boma or candlelit bush setting.


Here you will enbark on twice daily game drives with your guide and tracker in search of the African wildlife.


Included:

Meals: B, L, D | Activities: Afternoon Safari Game Drive

Yawning lion
Yawning lion

Yawning lion

Drinking elephant on the Ultimate Zululand and Kruger Safari
Drinking elephant on the Ultimate Zululand and Kruger Safari

Drinking elephant

Leopard
Leopard

Leopard coming down a tree

Yawning lion
Yawning lion

Yawning lion

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Day 9 - 10 Greater Kruger

The Sabi Sand is arguably a safari experience like no other in the world. Sharing an unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park. This reserve is particularly well known for its prolific big cat sightings such as leopard and lion, with vehicles limited at sightings ensures exclusivity for that up-close game viewing experience.


Choose from a variety of exciting activities such as twice-daily game drives, interpretive bush and nature walks, photography lessons, birdwatching, star gazing and a game of tennis.

Included:

Meals: B, L, D | Activities: Safari Game Drives

Lion in the Sabi Sand
Lion in the Sabi Sand

Lion in the Sabi Sand

Leopard in the Greater Kruger
Leopard in the Greater Kruger

Leopard in the Greater Kruger

White Rhino in the Sabi Sand
White Rhino in the Sabi Sand

White Rhino in the Sabi Sand

Lion in the Sabi Sand
Lion in the Sabi Sand

Lion in the Sabi Sand

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Day 11 O.R. Tambo Int'l Airport, Johannesburg

On our final morning we will depart the Greater Kruger and drive back to O.R. Tambo Int'l Airport, Johannesburg where your tour will be conclued by 17:30.

Included:

Meals: B

Ultimate Zululand and Kruger Safari
Ultimate Zululand and Kruger Safari

African sunset

Wild dogs on the Ultimate Zululand and Kruger Safari
Wild dogs on the Ultimate Zululand and Kruger Safari

African wild dog

Spotted Hyena, Bup Tours
Spotted Hyena, Bup Tours

Spotted Hyena

Ultimate Zululand and Kruger Safari
Ultimate Zululand and Kruger Safari

African sunset

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What's Included

  • St. Lucia: accommodation, breakfast, Sunset Hippo Boat Cruise

  • Phinda Game Reserve & Greater Kruger: accommodation, all meals, twice daily game drives, local drinks

  • eSwatini (Swaziland): accommodation, breakfast

  • Guide

  • All road transfers

  • All entrance fees and levies


Excluded:

  • St. Lucia: Whale Watching Tour, iSimangaliso Wetland Park safari

  • Mlilwane mountain bike hire, horse riding

  • Imported wines, spirits, champagne and cigars

  • All activities not stated as included

  • All meals not stated included

  • Travel visas (single entry for eSwatini & multiple entry for South Africa)

  • International & domestic flights

  • Medical & travel Insurance



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