Highlights
  • Go on a safari through Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Southern Africa
  • Feast on fresh Mozambican seafood at the seaside village of Ponta Malongane
  • Uncover the unspoilt wilderness of the Elephant Coast, a tropical paradise of crystal clear water, marshland, coastal forest and swamp
  • Visit the heartlands of the African Zulu and spend the night in a traditional homestay
  • Enjoy a hike through Hlane Royal National Park amongst antelope and zebra

Sample the best of two stunning southern African countries on an eye-popping tour like no other. From busy Johannesburg, travel into Kruger National Park for an out-of-this-world African safari and then into the Kingdom of Swaziland, with its friendly locals and verdant mountain ranges. Chill out on the beaches of Kosi Bay, a World Heritage site famous for its lakes, beaches, turtles and fish traps. Enjoy a homestay in the heart of Zululand, camp under the glow of a thousand stars and relax in the glamorous seaside city of Durban for a varied taste of awesome Africa.

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The scenery was amazing and intrepid's choice September 2015

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The scenery was amazing and intrepid's choice of venues were very good but Emma and Alf made this trip the best. They made us feel more like friends than clients. I never needed anything as Emma and Alf were always one step ahead making sure that everyone was well looked after. Emma's knowledge is unbelievable and her patience incredible. If I was ever to come back to South Africa I would want to be on tour with these guys.
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Guide(s) : Emma and Alf were knowledgeable September 2015

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Guide(s) : Emma and Alf were knowledgeable, patient, funny and flat out amazing. _x000D_
Itinerary: incredibly varied itinerary (countryside, beaches, game viewing, cities) kept things interesting. Several two night stops also helped break up the trip.
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Excellent itinerary, wonderful guides, and a good September 2015

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Excellent itinerary, wonderful guides, and a good value.

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It's a great balance between independent travel September 2015

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It's a great balance between independent travel and seeing places I wouldn't find on my own, plus meeting people from all over the world.

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I enjoyed the pace of the 9 September 2015

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I enjoyed the pace of the 9 days. We got to see so much but never felt rushed. It was fun to do a Basic travel experience at my age - not having done such a trip in many years - and we were fortunate that our group was so welcoming and fun. The guide and driver were a big part of the experience - Emma Broom and Alfred - and helped unite the group.
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Highly recommend intrepid November 2018

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Recently went on the USA western highlights trek, had the most amazing experience ever, well organised, our guides Jenn and Tyler were amazing, friendly & helpful, can’t wait to book another trip, highly recommend intrepid
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Itinerary

Day 1 Johannesburg

Sawubona! Welcome to South Africa. Johannesburg is a sprawling city of remarkable contrasts. In the townships, mansions stand alongside tin shacks and there are as many green parks on the outskirts of the city as there are conglomerations of concrete in the centre. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive in time, consider arriving a day early so you are able to attend. If you are going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so be sure to have these ready to provide to your leader. Perhaps arrive early and get an insight into South Africa's history.

Day 2 Kruger National Park

Heading for Kruger National Park (approximately 11–12 hours), you will leave Johannesburg and travel through the Mpumalanga Province, journeying along the famous Panorama Route through some of the most stunning scenery South Africa has to offer including God's Window & Bourke's Luck Potholes. Kruger, your final destination today, is one of the largest game reserves in Southern Africa. It boasts over 500 bird species, 100 species of reptile and 150 mammal species, including the Big Five and the endangered African wild dog. Your wildlife odyssey begins as soon as you enter the park. Heading straight into some prime game viewing areas on your way to the camp, you'll have the chance to glimpse some amazing creatures. Your campground has shared facilities, hot and cold water, and upgrades are possible (subject to availability).

Day 3 Kruger National Park

Rise early and enjoy a light breakfast of coffee and rusks before embarking on a morning game drive in the truck. Most of the day will be spent game viewing, birdwatching and stopping at various waterholes and viewpoints. Later on, there will be the option of a night drive with the park guide. This is a great chance to spot nocturnal animals and perhaps even a night-time predator or two – catch a lion or hyena out hunting, or perhaps impala out in search of a late-night feed.

Day 4 Swaziland/Hlane Royal National Park

Journey to Hlane Royal National Park today (approximately 6–7 hours). Take a final slow game drive of between 20 and 70 kilometres before exiting the park mid-morning. Travel south-east and enter the Kingdom of Swaziland, which is nestled snugly between Mozambique, Northern Zululand and Mpumalanga. The border crossing between South Africa and Swaziland is generally very smooth, but there may be some delays at certain times of the year. A vast expanse of bushveld with ancient hardwood trees, Hlane Royal National Park is home to the largest wild herds in Swaziland. Take the opportunity to explore this amazing park on a guided game walk. Tonight you will camp inside the national park. Upgrades are possible (subject to availability). 

Day 5 Mozambique Beach Camp

Travel to your Mozambique beach camp (approximately 7–8 hours). Departing from Hlane, you will head to the Golela border post and into Maputaland. Drive for a further stretch, then enter Mozambique. After crossing this border point, you will disembark the truck and jump into a 4X4 vehicle. From there, travel on to the beautiful seaside village of Ponta Malongane, your beachside oasis for the next two nights. Your campsite is basic but comfortable – the ideal base for seaside fun such as snorkelling, swimming and scuba diving. Facilities are shared.

Day 6 Mozambique Beach Camp

Make the most of this gorgeous seaside getaway today. This is one of the many unspoiled beaches of Mozambique, and there is plenty to do here. Keen scuba divers can choose from many reefs, one of which is just 300 metres away from the shore. Alternatively, you can borrow some snorkelling gear and explore the blue waters of the Indian Ocean without the hassle of heavy equipment. A great optional activity is to take a boat cruise in search of dolphins – ask your leader about booking. Or you can simply relax on the beach with a coconut juice and wile away the afternoon.

Day 7 St Lucia Estuary

Depart southern Mozambique, making your way to Zululand and Lake St Lucia, stopping at a shop for supplies along the way (approximately 4–5 hours). Declared a World Heritage Site in 1999, St Lucia Estuary is home to thousands of varieties of birds, mammals and reptiles, with its most popular residents being the hundreds of hippos and crocodiles. You'll have the opportunity to take a boat cruise out on the St Lucia Estuary where you have the chance to spot such creatures basking on the banks – not to mention a diverse array of exotic birds soaring through the air on occasion. You will stay at a campsite with shared facilities (upgrades and WiFi are not available here).

Day 8 Zululand

Make an early departure to the Valley of a Thousand Hills (approximately 5–6 hours). This is the heartland of the Zulu nation. You will gain an insight into the daily life of the rural Zulu people by spending the night in a traditional homestay. Here you'll be treated to some traditional food, song and dance. Be sure to make the most of this rare opportunity to see a remote tribal culture from the inside. Interact with your hosts and perhaps impart some of your own culture and language in turn.

Day 9 Durban

Continue to Durban (approximately 2–3 hours). Here your trip comes to an end. Durban is South Africa's second most populous city, boasting sandy beaches and a glitzy nightlife – a great place to extend your stay and enjoy some leisure time. Perhaps take the opportunity for a final dinner with your fellow travellers this evening.

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Apr-13-2019Apr-21-2019$ 1,320Yes2 spots left Reserve
May-11-2019May-19-2019$ 1,320Yes2 spots left Reserve
Jun-08-2019Jun-16-2019$ 1,270YesSold Out Reserve
Jun-22-2019Jun-30-2019$ 1,183Yes15 spots left Reserve
Jul-06-2019Jul-14-2019$ 1,245Yes10 spots left Reserve
Jul-13-2019Jul-21-2019$ 1,305Yes4 spots left Reserve
Jul-20-2019Jul-28-2019$ 1,280Yes7 spots left Reserve
Aug-17-2019Aug-25-2019$ 1,245Yes9 spots left Reserve
Aug-24-2019Sep-01-2019$ 1,280Yes8 spots left Reserve
Sep-14-2019Sep-22-2019$ 1,245Yes11 spots left Reserve
Sep-28-2019Oct-06-2019$ 1,305Yes8 spots left Reserve
Oct-12-2019Oct-20-2019$ 1,200Yes14 spots left Reserve
Oct-26-2019Nov-03-2019$ 1,200Yes13 spots left Reserve
Nov-09-2019Nov-17-2019$ 1,155Yes16 spots left Reserve
Nov-16-2019Nov-24-2019$ 1,155Yes14 spots left Reserve
Nov-23-2019Dec-01-2019$ 1,155Yes10 spots left Reserve
Dec-07-2019Dec-15-2019$ 1,155Yes15 spots left Reserve
Dec-14-2019Dec-22-2019$ 1,155Yes14 spots left Reserve
Dec-21-2019Dec-29-2019$ 1,200Yes14 spots left Reserve
Jan-04-2020Jan-12-2020$ 1,260No16 spots left Reserve
Jan-11-2020Jan-19-2020$ 1,260No16 spots left Reserve
Jan-18-2020Jan-26-2020$ 1,210No16 spots left Reserve
Feb-01-2020Feb-09-2020$ 1,210No16 spots left Reserve
Feb-15-2020Feb-23-2020$ 1,210No14 spots left Reserve
Feb-29-2020Mar-08-2020$ 1,210No15 spots left Reserve
Mar-14-2020Mar-22-2020$ 1,210No16 spots left Reserve
Apr-04-2020Apr-12-2020$ 1,260No14 spots left Reserve
Apr-11-2020Apr-19-2020$ 1,260No15 spots left Reserve
May-09-2020May-17-2020$ 1,305No16 spots left Reserve
Jun-06-2020Jun-14-2020$ 1,305No16 spots left Reserve
Jun-20-2020Jun-28-2020$ 1,305No16 spots left Reserve
Jul-04-2020Jul-12-2020$ 1,305No16 spots left Reserve
Jul-11-2020Jul-19-2020$ 1,305No16 spots left Reserve
Jul-18-2020Jul-26-2020$ 1,305No16 spots left Reserve
Aug-15-2020Aug-23-2020$ 1,305No16 spots left Reserve
Aug-22-2020Aug-30-2020$ 1,305No16 spots left Reserve
Sep-12-2020Sep-20-2020$ 1,305No16 spots left Reserve
Sep-26-2020Oct-04-2020$ 1,260No16 spots left Reserve
Oct-10-2020Oct-18-2020$ 1,260No16 spots left Reserve
Oct-24-2020Nov-01-2020$ 1,260No16 spots left Reserve
Nov-07-2020Nov-15-2020$ 1,210No16 spots left Reserve
Nov-14-2020Nov-22-2020$ 1,210No15 spots left Reserve
Nov-21-2020Nov-29-2020$ 1,210No16 spots left Reserve
Dec-05-2020Dec-13-2020$ 1,210No16 spots left Reserve
Dec-12-2020Dec-20-2020$ 1,210No16 spots left Reserve
Dec-19-2020Dec-27-2020$ 1,260No16 spots left Reserve
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Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 16
Accomodations
Camping with facilities (4 nights),Camping with basic facilities (2 nights),Homestay (1 night),Hotel (1 night)
Start City
Johannesburg
End City
Durban
Guides On this trip you will be accompanied by 2 crew members, a Group Leader and a Driver. (Depending on your group size – from time to time your leader will also be your driver) Your Group Leader’s role involves organizing the overall operation and smooth-running of the trip, managing trip logistics and will form work groups to take turns cooking, cleaning and shopping. Your Group Leader will work towards making the trip as safe and enjoyable as possible for all travellers. Our trips are built around the co–operation and participation of all the group members under the supervision of the group leader. The group leader will show the group how to set up and use the equipment. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting, especially when tracking and identifying game - we think it's the best of both worlds. Our Group Leaders are chosen for their leadership skills and are wonderful ambassadors for our company and our beautiful continent and its people. Your Driver’s main responsibility is to get you to your destination safely; they are also responsible for the maintenance of the vehicles along the way. Everyone is expected to participate and carry their share of the workload, making camp chores easier. If the whole group participates it will be quicker, easier, and more fun. We endeavour to provide the services of an experienced leader and driver; however, situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.
Additional Information:

Finish point

  • Happy Hippo Backpackers
  • 222 Mahatma Ghandi Road (prev Point Road)
  • Durban
  • 4001
  • SOUTH AFRICA

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