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Day 1  OR Tambo International Airport – Kempton Park
Distance: ± 8 km

Arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, start your journey with a readily booked rental car. Short drive to your guesthouse in a lovely large and quiet garden. Here you can relax and acclimatise after the flight before the journey really begins. The air-conditioned guest rooms with en-suite bathrooms are elegantly furnished and offer every comfort such as satellite TV, safe, refrigerator, WiFi, coffee and tea station. In the à la carte restaurant you can enjoy an exquisite dinner.

Day 2 Kempton Park – Swaziland
Distance: ± 375 km

From Johannesburg to the east and across the border to the small kingdom of Swaziland, with its green slopes and valleys reminiscent of the foothills of the Alps. You will stay in a stylish country hotel with a vast garden not far from the capital Mbabane. The big swimming pool in the garden, the lounge and the pub radiate a charming tranquil atmosphere.

Day 3 Swaziland – Pongola
Distance: ± 210 km

Drive across Swaziland in a southerly direction. On the way you can visit a glassblowing workshop or watch the artists of Swazi Candles making their waxy works of art. Afterwards drive across the border back to South Africa.

The Pongola Game Reserve lies above the Lebomboberge and the huge Lake Jozini. Stay in a traditional lodge in luxurious safari tents with en-suite bathrooms. Besides giraffes, zebras, buffalos, rhinos and leopards, the two elephant herds are an attraction of the Pongola Game Reserve. In the late afternoon the first game drive takes place in the Pongola Game Reserve. Just driving through the beautiful landscape in an open jeep is an experience in itself. If you have any questions, your experienced guide will be happy to answer them.

Day 4 Pongola Game Reserve

Enjoy a full day at Pongola Game Reserve. You can participate in other exciting game drives and other varied activities. The boat and canoe trips on Lake Jozini are a special feature. From the boat you can enjoy nature and wildlife observation from a completely different view. Especially the bird life at the water is fabulous. Afterwards you can explore the bush on foot on a hike accompanied by a ranger.

There is also the opportunity to participate in Rhino Tracking or so-called “Elephanting”, a great opportunity to get closer to these animals in a sensory way.

Day 5 Pongola – Hluhluwe
Distance: ± 100 km

Today you don’t have a long way to go to the Hluhluwe Game Reserve. Your accommodation is located in a small private game park, which you can wander through on foot. The spacious and individual accommodations invite you to feel comfortable and unwind. Here you find tranquillity pure – the only remaining traffic moves on four legs. Most of the time on the way to and from the nearby waterhole. Occasionally the curious giraffes come strolling into the garden for a better view of the guests. You may relax, kick up your feet or take a walk. After dinner an unusual activity is offered to guests, a- Spider Walk, armed with a flashlight, you may go hunting for all types of spiders, ants and scorpions, a game walk of special nature.

Day 6 Hluhluwe Game Reserve and Surroundings
Distance: depending on your ventures

The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi game Reserve is just a few kilometers away. You can book an open air game drive with the reserve, or you may take your own transport and drive around the park. Hluhluwe is not only characterized by a diverse fauna, but also by picturesque and varied landscape. Among many other animals there are many white rhinoceroses, so you will most likely see some of them.

Alternatively, you can take a cultural tour of a typical Zulu settlement or watch the Ilala Weavers making their artworks.

Day 7 Hluhluwe – St Lucia
Distance: ± 90 km

Drive to the coast, the small coastal town of St Lucia is surrounded by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and is a World Heritage site. The park consists of about 332 000 ha and features eight different eco systems. A paradise for nature lovers, here you will find the most diverse and extraordinary flora and fauna imaginable.

You will spend the night in a lodge with a beautiful tropical garden where a variety of birds can be observed. Each of the spacious and modernly furnished rooms has a private entrance and a small terrace with direct access to the crystal clear swimming pool.

Day 8 & 9 St Lucia & Surrounding area
Distance: depending on your ventures

You have a two-day stay in St. Lucia. You can stroll through the small village on foot. The popular two-hour boat trips on Lake St. Lucia offer the opportunity to observe the hippos and crocodiles living here as well as a wide variety of waterfowl. According to the latest census, about 1400 hippos and about 2000 crocodiles live in Lake St. Lucia.

There are also a number of hiking trails around St. Lucia that offer excellent bird watching – iSimangaliso Wetland Park is home to around 500 different bird species.

An excursion through the Eastern Shore area to Cape Vidal should also be on the agenda. On the way there are various antelopes and other wild animals, with a bit of luck also rhinoceroses. A walk along the endless beach of Cape Vidal is a wonderful way to relax.

You can also take a Zulu Cultural Tour, which gives you an interesting insight into the culture and life of the Zulu people in the past and today. At the handicraft markets beautiful souvenirs can be found.

Day 10 St. Lucia – Umdloti
Distance: ± 220 km

We continue south towards Durban. North of the bustling city is a small coastal town Umdloti, this is where you will spend the remainder of our holiday. Your guest house close to the beach offers a wonderful view over the Indian Ocean.

Day 11 Umdloti
Distance: depending on your ventures

Today you can walk along the beach for hours, romp in the waves, soak up the sun or relax by the pool of the guesthouse. Otherwise you can go to Durban and visit the aquarium at uShaka Marine World.

Day 12 Umdloti – King Shaka International Airport, Durban
Distance: ± 10 km

Take the short journey to King Shaka International Airport, return the rental car and have a safe journey home.