Herewith a few interesting facts about the Wildlife in the Kruger National Park. Plant life consists of four main areas, Thorn Trees and Red Bush-Willow Veld, Knob-Thorn and Marula Veld, Red Bush-Willow and Mopane Veld and Shrub Mopane Veld. Out of the 517 species of birds found, 253 are residents, 117 non-breeding migrants, and 147 nomads. All the Big 5 animals are present, has more species of large mammals than any other African game reserve (at 147 species) as well as packs of the endangered African Wild Dog. 114 species of reptile, including black mamba and 3000 crocodiles, 33 species of amphibians are found 50 fish species.
The Swaziland Kingdom provides travellers the ideal gateway between KwaZulu-Natal and the Kruger National Park. Swaziland covers an area of approximately 193 kilometres from north to south, and 145 kilometres from east to westand an exciting tourist destination with its Arts and Crafts outlets and traditional markets and African Wildlife reserves.
KwaZulu Natal also referred to as KZN or Natal and known as the garden province and named by the Zulu people as Kwazulu which means Place of the Zulu. At around 92,100 km2 in area, KwaZulu-Natal is roughly the size of Portugal. The province contains rich areas of biodiversity of a range of flora and fauna. You will visit the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park which was the first UNESCO World Heritage site declared in South Africa and known for its awesome natural beauty. Within its 332 000 there are three major lake systems, eight interlinking ecosystems, 700 year old fishing traditions, most of South Africa’s remaining swamp forests, Africa’s largest estuarine system, 526 bird species and 25 000 year-old coastal dunes. The name iSimangaliso means miracle and wonder, which aptly describes this unique place. St Lucia is home to about 1,200 Nile Crocodiles and almost 800 Hippopotami. Other animals include Leopards, Greater Kudu, Black Rhinos, rich avifauna and numerous invertebrates. Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is home to Africa’s Big 5: Elephant, Rhinoceros (black/hook-lipped and white/square-lipped), Cape Buffalo, Lion and Leopard. In addition, it is home to 86 other species, to name a few, Crocodile, Hippo, Cheetah and Hyena. For the adventurous an optional extra excursion on horseback can be arranged on the Eastern Shores of Lake St Lucia.
Travelling when on this Safari in Kruger, Swazi and Zululand
Day 1: Johannesburg to Kruger National Park
You will leave on you Kruger Park Tours Johannesburg early morning because it is a 6 hours journey to the Kruger Park. Keep your camera ready from the start go because The Highveld section of the route starts in Witbank or eMalahleni, which means Place of Coal – a name symbolic to the town’s historical and current status as the coal mining capital of the province. The farming and industrial town of Middelburg is in close proximity to eMalahleni. Heading East, the route takes travelers through the mystical, mist-shrouded trout, cattle and sheep farming areas of Belfast and Machadodorp. The drive will take up to 6 hours. On your way to the Kruger National Park and your camp in Skukuza we will stop for lunch.
After settling into your accommodation, the excitement will start when you climb onto the vehicle for your first game drive and the ranger explains the rules of game viewing from the back of an open safari vehicle. Note as this is a public game drive, other guests will join you and the advantage will be that you will be able to later around the dinner share experiences and photos with them. A night drive lasts around three hours.
(Children under 6 years of age are not permitted on open vehicle drives)
When you return a three-course dinner is awaiting you and if the weather allows it will be served al fresco style. Wine will be included but you are welcome to bring you own choice of drink which you can purchase at the Kruger National Park Shop. You will end the evening around the camp fire before going to sleep in your accommodation.
Day 2: A Full Day in the Kruger National Park
In the early morning we will start the day with tea, coffee, muffins and fruit before we leave for the morning game drive which leave at around 04.30 in summer and 05.30 in winter. Experienced guides will inform you throughout the drive about all the animals. The drive will last for 3 to 4 hours and when you return to the park you will be served with brunch.
With a filled stomach you can opt for a siesta, swim, visit to the Skukuza Museum, African Curio Shop, take a walk around the camp, or simply relax on the viewing platform of the restaurant, which overlooks the Sabie River. Bring your binoculars.
The afternoon offers you a game drive with highly experienced guides, giving quests the history and background of the Kruger National Park and detailed information of the animals, trees and plants encountered on the drive. All drives are in specially adapted 4 x 4 open game viewing vehicles to allow the best spotting of animals.
The evening is again ended with a three-course meal, wine, camp fire, interesting other quests, African Wildlife stories and the sounds of the night animals.
(Included Breakfast & Dinner)
Day 3: Kruger National Park to The Kingdom of Swaziland
Day 3 will start with a sun rise drive and note that you will be accompanied with highly experienced guides who will also provide you the history and background of this world renowned Big 5 world as well as the other animals, trees and plants encountered.
The final day in the Kruger National Park will be your last chance to see the Big Five Animals that have eluded you thus far. After the game drive we enjoy breakfast in the camp.
Thereafter you will leave for Swaziland, officially called the Kingdom of Swaziland; Umbuso weSwatini ; sometimes called kaNgwane or Eswatini. You will enjoy lunch on the route (own expense) and meet the extremely friendly people of this land. This night you will spend in one of the lodges in the many Swaziland Royal National Parks. Most interestingly, all the animals belong to the King of Swaziland. Dinner will be prepared by your guide before you go to sleep and you will have the opportunity to share African Wildlife stories around the camp fire.
(Included: Breakfast and Dinner)
Day 4: Swaziland to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve
You will enjoy a late breakfast before you depart for KwaZulu Natal or Zululand also referred to as KZN or Natal and known as The Garden Province and named by the Zulu people as Kwazulu which means Place of the Zulu. KZN is about the size of Portugal.
Lunch at your own expense will be a spot before continuing to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. The park is home to Africa’s Big 5. It is also home to 86 other species and to name a few, the Crocodile, Hippo, Jackal, Waterbuck, Warthog, Bushpig, Mongoose, Baboons, Monkeys, and a variety of Tortoises. That is not mentioning the 340 bird species.
Thus, you will spend the first afternoon searching for Wildlife. That evening, your guide will prepare dinner for you.
Day 5: Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve
Day 5 is spend in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi and the African Wildlife of the reserve. KwaZulu Natal Parks will take you on a night drive after dinner was served. A night drive lasts around three hours.
(Included: Breakfast & Dinner)
Day 6: Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve to the Dolphin Coast
After a final morning game drive and breakfast, you will continue to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. It is South Africa’s third-largest protected area, spanning 280 km of coastline, from the Mozambican border in the north to Mapelane south of the Lake St. Lucia Estuary, and made up of around 3,280 km2 of natural ecosystems. Here you will go on a two-hour Hippo and Crocodile Boat Cruise where you will be able to capture Crocodiles, Hippos and Birds.
After lunch at one of the restaurants in St Lucia (own expense), you will continue with your Safari along the Eastern Shores.
You will enjoy dinner and go to sleep while listening to waves breaking on the sea shore.
(Included: Breakfast & Dinner)
Day 7: Dolphin Coast to Durban
After breakfast, Kruger Park Tours awards you with a walk along the beach or to enjoy a swim in the warm Indian Ocean before you will leave for Durban’s King Shaka airport. You will be able to fill your tummy with lunch at your own expense.
From here we could also assist you with further Safaris such as visiting Cape Town and/or Addo Safari. Ask us for further detail regarding a possible Cape to Addo Safari.
** Terms & Conditions Apply **
• Professional drivers/guides (FGASA registered – Field Guides Association of Southern Africa)
• Meals as specified per itinerary
• Game drives as specified in the itinerary
• Hippo & Crocodile Cruise on St Lucia Estuary
• KZN Parks night drive.
• All entry fees and daily conservation levies
• Accommodation in en-suite chalets
• Bottled water during game drives
• Wine with dinners
• Meals not specified in itinerary
• Pick up and drop off in Johannesburg/Pretoria
• Guests are welcome to bring their own drinks to dinner, which can be purchased at the Park’s shop
• Items of a personal nature
• Visas for Swaziland – please ensure that you have enough blank pages in your passport.
• It is important to note that this is not a private safari and more than likely there will be other guests joining you on the safari.
• Please note that night drive times are subject to change and availability on the day. These drives are conducted by KZN PARKS, by one of their rangers and in one of their vehicles. There will most likely be other guests on this drive. Children under 3 years of age are not allowed on KZN Parks open game drive vehicles.
• Guests flying out of King Shaka Airport on the last day are reminded to not book any flights earlier than 17h00 in order to give us enough time to get you to the airport. We recommend that you rather stay over in Durban if possible. Since we cannot guarantee our arrival time in Durban on the last day we will not be held responsible for re-imbursements of flight tickets, should we arrive later than expected.
• All passport and visa requirements are the guests’ responsibility. Should your passport and visas not be in order, we will assist with arrangements in any way possible to allow you to join us again on our return to South Africa, but any such arrangements will be for your own account.
For travel 2018:
Safari: ZAR 21600 per person sharing
Transfer from Johannesburg to the Kruger Rest Camp per person (ZAR 790)
Transfer from Nelspruit Airport to the Kruger Rest Camp per person (ZAR 395)
This safari can easily be combined with our Cape to Addo Safari at the end, which will then start from Port Elizabeth. Ask your consultant about this great option!