Project Description

Tour Description

Take in the wildlife in four different areas and enjoy a truly African safari, whilst staying at two private game lodges, visiting a World Heritage Site and searching for Africa’s mighty “Big Five” in the African Bushveld.
Travelling from Johannesburg via the Panorama Route, the Kruger National Park, Swaziland and Hluhluwe Game Reserve, we eventually finish off in Durban after 5 wonderful days filled with excellent cuisine and many game viewing activities!

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Let us take you on a whistle-stop tour to show you some of South Africa’s most iconic animals!

This morning you will be collected from your Johannesburg hotel by your guide. Leaving the bustling city behind us we head east, via Dullstroom, to Mother Nature’s playground, the beautiful and inspiring, Limpopo Province.

Stop for lunch (own account) en route and arrive at Makalali Private Game Reserve. Let the Bushveld captivate you, as we take you on a guided open vehicle game drive to search out the “Big Five” and other distinctive species like the giraffe, zebra and the endangered cheetah. Come back to your lodge and enjoy the peaceful, luxurious setting, with pre-dinner drinks (own account) before a great local delicacy dinner.

Makalali Private Game Reserve or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast including two game viewing activities

An early start sees you catching the bushveld as it comes alive while on a guided open vehicle game drive. Many of the big predators creep about during the night hours, where their excellent night vision gives them the advantage. We leave early to try catch some of the big cats may still about after their night of hunting. Enjoy coffee and rusks before a well-deserved breakfast back at the lodge.

After breakfast, head to one of Mpumalanga’s most magnificent topographical attractions, the Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondavels. The Blyde River Canyon is the largest green canyon in the world. The Panorama Route affords guests memorable views of the more significant sites in this area including God’s Window and the Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Lunch (own account) is enjoyed along this scenic route as we make our way towards Hazyview.


Casa do Sol Hotel and Resort or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast

After an early breakfast we leave the splendorous town of Hazyview and drive onto Mpumalanga’s flagship attraction, the Kruger National Park.

The Kruger National Park forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. This peace park links the Kruger with Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe, and with the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique and, to give you an idea of scale, is roughly the same size as the Netherlands.

A closed vehicle game drive will give you the opportunity to search high and low for the “Big Five” and other endangered and indigenous animals and plants. Amongst the park’s diverse offerings are: 147 mammals, 507 birds, 114 reptiles and a whopping 1 982 plants species with several historical and ancient archaeological sites. Enjoy lunch (own account) en route to the Kingdom of Swaziland. Guests enter at the Jeppes Reef border. Arrive at the hotel later in the afternoon and enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Royal Swazi Spa or similar – dinner, bed and breakfast including one game activity

After an early breakfast we start our travel through to St Lucia via the Kingdom of Swaziland. (Visa own account).

Swaziland, one of only two kingdoms in Southern Africa, is also the smallest country in Africa. This landlocked kingdom is named after a 19th century king and is today still deeply involved with ancient traditions. We enter Swaziland at Mananga border post, where you will have lunch (own account) and experience the hospitality and welcoming of these open people.

Exit Swaziland at the Lavumisa Border post and enter the sub-tropical Elephant Coast, the Zulu Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal. An area full of imposing mountains, the lapping Indian Ocean and some incredibly varied flora and fauna. In the late afternoon you will arrive at your overnight accommodation.

You will have an opportunity to freshen up before relaxing with pre-dinner drinks and dinner (both for own account) at the restaurant.

Forest Lodge or similar – bed and breakfast including one game activity

Please note:
When entering the Kingdom of Swaziland, please ensure that you are in possession of a valid passport, and for nationals of certain countries, multi-entry visa entry and conditions will apply.

Get up this morning, and uncover South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Before breakfast, go on an open safari vehicle, where you will be guided on a game drive through iSimangaliso, a place known for its beauty and peacefulness, as well as some impressive water dwelling creatures!

The park is the biggest estuarine system in Africa and home to the biggest hippo and crocodile populations in the country. Observe hippopotamus, crocodiles and an abundance of birds on an eco-friendly boat cruise on the estuary. Have lunch (own account) while taking in the lake-vista before departing for the city of Durban.

Please make sure you are in possession of a multi-entry visa for South Africa as you will enter and exit Swaziland on this tour, it is also up to yourself to check on your own country’s visa requirements for the Kingdom of Swaziland.

Approximate drop off times:
3:00 – 3:30pm: King Shaka International Airport
3:30 – 4:00pm: Umhlanga hotels
4:00 – 4:30pm: Durban hotels

Safari Details

  • Duration: 5 Days | 4 Nights
  • Start Location: Johannesburg … collection from Sandton & Rosebank hotels only
  • End Location: Durban
  • Pax.: 2 – 8 guests per vehicle
  • Departure Time: ±07h00 to 07h30
    Pre-departure letters to be sent to each guest’s pick-up location a day prior collection
  • Languages: English only & German only departures
  • English ONLY departures 2019: July 1, 15, 29 / Aug 25 / Sept 09, 23 / Oct 07 / Nov 4 / Dec 2

    German ONLY departures 2019: July 08, 22 / Aug 05, 19 / Sept 02, 16, 30 / Oct 14, 28 / Nov 4, 11, 25 / Dec 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

    English ONLY departures 202o: Jan 6 / Feb 3 / March 2 / April 6 / May 4 / June 1 / July 6 / Aug 3 / Sept 7 / Oct 5

    German ONLY departures 2020: Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 / Feb 3, 10, 17/ March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 / April 06, 20, 27 / May 4, 11, 18, 25 / June 1, 15, 22, 29 / July 06, 13, 20, 27 / Aug 3, 17, 24, 31/ Sept 7, 14, 21, 28 / Oct 5, 19, 26

Included: Meals: 4 Breakfasts; 3 Dinners, Entrance Fees: Blyde River Canyon; Bourke’s Luck Potholes; Conservation Fee into Kruger National Park and Private Game Reserves; Open safari vehicle game drive in iSimangaliso Wetland Park; St Lucia Estuary Boat Cruise

Excluded:  Travel insurance; Flights; Airport transfers; Porterage; Gratuities; Visa fees; 5 Lunch and 1 Dinner

  • Accommodation: Upper 4 star Hotels and Private Game Lodges
  • Vehicle: Luxury Sedan, Minibus or coach
  • Baggage Allowed: One medium suitcase and one shoulder bag
  • Private Tour: Itinerary available on a private basis departing on a Monday
  • Tour Guide: Services of CATHSSETA registered tour guide throughout tour. Open safari vehicle game drives with FGASA accredited nature tour guide – where applicable
  • Visa / Passports: Multiple entry visas required for Swaziland (own arrangement & account)
  • Rates 2019

    Rate – sharing R 20 450 (Valid until 31/10/19)

    Rate – single: R 24 980 pp (Valid until 31/10/2019)

    Rate – Children 7-11 years:  R10 225 per child sharing with two adults(Valid until 31/10/2019)

    Please Note: Only one child permitted per two adults sharing and subject to availability at properties. Should your children be under 7 years old, please request a private tour quote.

  • Rates 2020

    Rate – sharing R 21 500 (Valid until 31/10/20)

    Rate – single: R 25 900 pp (Valid until 31/10/2020)

    Rate – Children 7-11 years:  R10 750 per child sharing with two adults (Valid until 31/10/2020)

    Please Note: Only one child permitted per two adults sharing and subject to availability at properties. Should your children be under 7 years old, please request a private tour quote.


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What Clients’ Say

We really appreciate our clients feedback on their African Blue experience as we are constantly striving to improve our service levels and selection of tour and safari experiences.

“David and Bianca of African Blue Tours organised most of our recent trip to South Africa- I did all on line from Australia. We were picked up at Cape Town airport by David and taken to the Panorama Apartments at Camps Bay – great restaurants nearby.
The following day we did a day tour- going up Table Mountain, then saw the penguins and the Cape of Good Hope- had a very full and wonderful day. David and Bianca also organised our 5 day Wildlife Discovery Tour going to Kruger National Park and also Garden Route Tour.
We had a wonderful time and will recommend African Blue Tours”
Colleen Burke, Sydney