Kruger and the Kingdoms (7 Days)

Kruger and the Kingdoms South Africa Tour

The 7 day Kruger and the Kingdoms Tour – culture and wildlife! Combine the Kruger National Park, an icon of the wildlife world and the Kingdoms of eSwatini and Zululand. This creates a mighty experience designed to take your travel desires to new heights.

It all begins in Johannesburg, where you will begin the first leg.  Then a trip into Mpumalanga to marvel at the scenery along the Panorama Route. It’s then on to the Kruger National Park. Where the Big Five roam, wild and free. Sightings are of an extraordinary caliber. An open vehicle game drive with a passionate guide is going to both thrill and excite.

You will then travel to eSwatini (ex-Swaziland). An independent kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its colorful and vibrant culture. The people of eSwatini are the main attraction, where you will learn all about their traditions and customs. In Zululand, a cruise on Lake St Lucia awaits, where hippo and crocodiles abound. The journey ends in Durban.

Transportation is in air-conditioned touring vehicles appropriate to the number of people booked on the tour. A minimum of 2 people are needed for departure.
If there are 2 guests, a sedan vehicle will be used
If 3 to 10 guests, you will travel in a 13-seater vehicle

Skip to 7 Days Kruger and the Kingdoms Tour Rates or Departure Dates

7 day South Africa to Kruger and Kingdoms tour
Elephants on safari

Kruger and the Kingdoms Tour Highlights

Traverse the famous Long Tom Pass en route from Johannesburg to Mpumalanga
Visit the spectacularly scenic Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window
Experience an open vehicle game safari in the Kruger National Park including an introduction to the KNP anti-poaching Dog Unit
Meet the friendly people of eSwatini (Swaziland) and experience their culture through singing and dancing
Boat game cruise on Lake St Lucia
Meals included in this trip support sustainable food production. With at least 30% of the food on the menu being sourced locally (within 50-80km) of where it’s prepared
Enjoy a variety of carefully chosen optional MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences that positively impact travelers and the communities we visit


Kruger and the Kingdoms Tour Routing

Kilometers Traveled
2Johannesburg to Hazyview via Dullstroom and Lydenburg425
3Panorama Route320
5Mpumalanga to Eswatini (Swaziland)310
6Eswatini to Zululand360
7Zululand to Durban (Umhlanga)275

7 Days Kruger and the Kingdoms Itinerary

Please note all hotels / lodges are subject to availability so a similar property will be used if not available.

Day 1: Sunday

On arrival in Johannesburg at OR Tambo International Airport, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Johannesburg is the largest and most populous city in South Africa. It is also 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 for optional sightseeing. Why not enjoy an optional (own account) sightseeing tour of Soweto. Learning more about the struggle for freedom in South Africa. Or simply relax at your hotel? At 7 pm, everyone will meet at reception for a briefing on the tour. And a chance to meet fellow travelers.

Afternoon Soweto Tour: R 1 080 per person
Soweto is unlike any suburb you’ve ever seen or been to. Yet the history of struggle encapsulated here is a cornerstone of the South African story.

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Overnight: 4* Protea Hotel Balalaika

Day 2: Monday

Depart Johannesburg after breakfast and head for Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city. Enjoy a short orientation tour. Before continuing to the Mpumalanga Province, known as “Paradise Country”. Travel via the historic towns of Dullstroom and Lydenburg. Dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. After traversing the famous Long Tom Pass, travel via Sabie. Arriving late afternoon in Hazyview. The safari hub of the Kruger National Park.

Overnight:  3* Hazyview Sun including Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3: Tuesday

After an early morning breakfast, we’ll drive along the spectacular ‘Panorama Route’, offering views of amazing scenery. Including the 26 kilometer long Blyde River Canyon (home to the Three Rondavels). Plus, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and historic God’s Window. With a breathtaking 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.

Kruger and the Kingdoms Tour
Panorama tour

Overnight: 3* Hazyview Sun including Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4: Wednesday

The day begins with early morning coffee or tea. Followed by a thrilling open vehicle game safari through the Kruger National Park with prepacked 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 bird life and numerous other game species.

The game safari includes an introduction to the Anti-Poaching Dog Unit (Project Watchdog). This was established because of the increase in rhino poaching worldwide. Learn about the dogs that are trained to track poachers in the field. And detect firearms, ammunition and wildlife products that enter and exit through the Kruger National Park gates. A MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. A portion of the trip price of this goes towards ensuring that these dogs receive the best possible care. In support of the vital work they do. The experience directly advances UN Global Goal 15: Life on Land.

South Africa tour to Kruger National Park
Wild dog on Open Vehicle Safari

The afternoon is at leisure at your hotel. An afternoon open vehicle game drive is available as an extension to the morning game drive. (optional and for own account*).

*Afternoon Open Vehicle Game Safari: R 990 per person
For the wildlife enthusiasts a second open vehicle safari. As an extension to the morning safari, in one of the world’s most renowned game reserves.

Overnight: 3* Hazyview Sun including Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5: Thursday

This morning, travel to eSwatini (Swaziland). An interactive cultural experience inclusive of lunch, introduces you to the charming people of eSwatini and their traditions. Traveling via the capital city, Mbabane, to the beautiful Ezulwini Valley. A sumptuous dinner awaits at your hotel.

Overnight: 5* The Royal Villas including Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Kruger and the Kingdoms Tour
Swazi dancers

Day 6: Friday

After breakfast continue south through eSwatini, before reentering South Africa. Travel into Zululand, passing traditional round huts and endless vistas. There is an option to enjoy an afternoon open vehicle safari in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve. Optional and for own account with an English speaking game ranger. This park contains an immense diversity of fauna and flora. It is particularly famous for its conservation of black and white rhino.

*Afternoon Open Vehicle Game Safari: R 1 065 per person
Enjoy an afternoon, 3 hour open vehicle game safari into the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. Africa’s oldest game reserve and known for its highly successful white rhino conservation program.

Overnight: 3* Anew Hotel Hluhluwe on a Bed & Breakfast basis

Day 7: Saturday

This morning join a cruise on Lake St Lucia (depending on favorable weather conditions) before departing for Durban. Your journey takes you past traditional Zulu Kraals, Eucalyptus plantations and sugar cane fields.

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Durban pier

Arrive in Durban in the early afternoon where the tour ends on arrival. [Breakfast]

Kruger and the Kingdoms Tour Rates

Per Person SharingSingle
1st January until 30th April 2024R 27 650R 33 320
1st May until 31st July 2024R 26 530R 32 170
1st August until 31st December 2024R 27 900R 33 725

Kruger and the Kingdoms Tour Includes

11 Meals: 6 x breakfasts, 1 x lunch, 4 x dinners including gratuities
6 Nights’ accommodation including porterage
Transportation including toll fees in air-conditioned vehicles
Services of a professional English-speaking tour guide
Entrance fees as specified in the itinerary
Bottled water in Eco-friendly packaging

Kruger and the Kingdoms Tour Departure Dates

MonthDeparture DateMonthDeparture Date
January 2024
7, 14, 21, 28
July 2024
7, 14, 21, 28
February 2024
4, 11, 18, 25
August 2024
4, 11, 18, 25
March 2024
3, 10, 17, 24, 31
September 2024
1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April 2024
7, 14, 21, 28
October 2024
6, 13, 20, 27
May 2024
5, 12, 19, 26
November 2024
3, 10, 17, 24
June 2024
2, 9, 16, 23, 30
December 2024
1, 8

Use this as a guideline on tours that are possible. If you want a private and customized tour, just let us know. We can create any package that you would like. This is our specialty.

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