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Rental car tour - South Africa

Beyond Africa: Kruger National Park, Swaziland & KwaZulu-Natal

Highlights

  • Specially selected luxury lodges incl. half / full board

  • Includes exciting activities (game drives, excursions)

  • Includes rental car of vehicle category K (Toyota RAV 4 or similar)

  • Flexible & independent to do what you want

  • Free consultation

  • Arrangement of the round trip according to your wishes

Description

Come visit the world beyond Africa: untouched landscapes, unique cultural rituals, and a vast animal world. Hop into your safari vehicle and onto the land and sea through South Africa and Swaziland! We will discover the charming nature and game reserves where you can observe the Big Five and Africa's magnificent wildlife in their natural habitat. During this trip, you will stay in exclusive, well-selected lodges.

Destination

Africa

Lowveld - Mjejane Game Reserve - Swaziland - Pongola Game Reserve - iSimangaliso Wetland Park - Durban

Kruger National Park is at its best from July to mid-October because the weather is very mild, and it hardly rains. Since the vegetation is sparse during the dry season, many animal sightings are possible. The species-rich wildlife in iSimangaliso Wetland Park is also best explored in the South African winter from April to October.

When you arrive at Johannesburg Airport, you will be warmly greeted by a representative of our partner agency. To complete your arrival, you will receive your travel documents for the animal safaris in the coming days. Then, pick up your rental car and embark on your extraordinary journey where magical experiences await you.

Drive down the famous Panorama Route, and notice the extraordinary sceneries from the village of Sabie and along the world's third-largest canyon, Blyde River Canyon, in the north. The route features numerous waterfalls and famous sights like the Pinnacle Rock and God's Window.

After the beautiful four-hour drive, you will reach your destination, the Tanamera Lodge in the lovely Lowveld. Tucked away on the slopes of the Sabie Valley and amidst the lush green Lowveld Forest, you can enjoy an incredible view of the Sabie River deep down in the verdant valley. These breathtaking views from your luxurious lodge will be an unforgettable experience.

Travel time: Johannesburg - Mpumalanga, approx. 4 hours / approx. 378 km

2 nights at Tanamera Lodge**** with half board in a Luxury Chalet, Mpumalanga, South Africa

After eating a hearty breakfast at the hotel, you will drive two hours to Mjejane Game Reserve. Spend the next two unforgettable nights in the luxurious Mjejane River Lodge.

The Mjejane Game Reserve is located on the banks of the Crocodile River in the southern area of ​​Kruger National Park. The two parks have no fences, so the animals can move freely and follow their natural migratory routes.

Adventure within the fascinating wildlife at the Mjejane Game Reserve and discover the unique nature on the long game drives. You can even look forward to late-night safaris under the stars! Mjejane Game Reserve is also one of the best places to see the Big Five in their natural habitats: lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalos, and leopards. Watch the animals hunt, relax on the dusty grounds or hanging out in the African trees. Don't forget your camera because you are guaranteed to capture unique pictures of the wild animals and your incredible animal encounters.

Your adventure takes place in an open safari vehicle and accompanied by experienced guides for your safety. Back at the luxurious lodge, guests can relax in their air-conditioned room and enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool.

Travel time: Mpumalanga – Mjejane Game Reserve, approx. 2 hours / approx. 145 km

2 nights at Mjejane River Lodge**** with full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, and tea) and activities in a Luxury Room, Mjejane Game Reserve, South Africa

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Today, a unique experience is on your itinerary: visit the small, landlocked monarchy, Swaziland. Travel to the little kingdom and learn about a country inspired by harmony and diversity. The country embraces 17,000 km² of land and is one of the smallest sovereign nations in the world. The Swazi, a people of the Nguni language group, settled in this rural part of the continent in the middle of the 18th century. Let your gaze wander over the plains' fertile fields and the untouched landscapes of the national parks. Drive to Ezulwini Valley and take a tour of the royal palaces in Lobamba.

The incredibly diverse landscape will be an unforgettable experience in the monarch country. Swaziland is known for its magnificent 1,800-meter-high Khahlamba Mountains in the Highveld region, waterfalls in the west across Middleveld's lush valleys, to the low-lying Bushveld in the east. In the far east, the Lebombo Mountains stretch along the border with Mozambique to KwaZulu-Natal.

Discover the unusual flora and fauna and adventure through the ten national parks and game reserves in Swaziland where you can admire the endangered black rhinos. Because of its mild climate, Swaziland is also referred to as the "Switzerland of Africa."

Travel time: Mjejane Game Reserve - Swaziland, approx. 5 hours / approx. 335 km

2 nights at Foresters Arms*** with half board in a Double Room, Mhlambanyatsi, Swaziland

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After a delectable breakfast, you will drive across the small kingdom and return to South Africa. Drive for three hours until you reach your next stop, White Elephant Safari Lodge at Pongola Game Reserve.

Welcome to the Pongola Game Reserve: the first privately owned game reserve that borders Swaziland to the north and is the second oldest protected area in the world. Take a journey on your game drive vehicle and discover four of the "Big Five" in their natural habitats: elephants, rhinos, buffalos, and leopards. The Pongola Game Reserve is also home to giraffes, wildebeests, zebras, and 350 different bird species.

During your stay at the White Elephant Safari Lodge, two activities are included daily. You can choose between safaris, guided walks, boat trips, canoeing on Lake Jozini, or a guided rhino or elephant tracking safari.

Travel time: Swaziland - Pongola Game Reserve, approx. 3 hours / approx. 223 km

2 nights at the White Elephant Safari Lodge***** with half board (Breakfast tea, late breakfast, afternoon tea, juices and dinner) and 4 activities in a Luxury Tented Suite, Pongola Game Reserve, South Africa

The next unforgettable experience awaits you. You will drive about 2.5 hours until you reach Thonga Beach Lodge on Lake Sibaya.

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park covers 328,000 hectares of land and is located between Maphelana in the south and Kosi Bay at the border with Mozambique in the north. The national park has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since December 1999 and was formerly known as Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park until 2007.

iSimangaliso means "wonderful place" in the Zulu language. Get to know the iSimangaliso Wetland Park from its lesser-known but more intriguing side: majestic dunes, sprawling lakes, and wetlands with an array of species, therefore creating an incomparable landscape.

The Thonga Beach Lodge is located in the east of South Africa on a gorgeous stretch of coastline in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Since it is close to Lake Sibaya, you will find unique dune forests that stretch along the endless sandy beach. In the warm, crystal-clear waters, great snorkeling and diving experiences await you. Swim with colorful fish and finish the evening with a boat trip on Lake Sibaya, overlooking the romantic sunset with a glass of wine.

Travel time: Pongola Game Reserve - iSimangaliso Wetland Park, approx. 3 hours / approx. 179 km

2 night at Thonga Beach Lodge**** with full board and activities in a Ocean View Room, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa

Eat a delicious breakfast provided by the lodge then embark on a drive south along South Africa's east coast. After a 2.5 hour ride, you will arrive at Makakatana Lodge on Lake St. Lucia.

The privately owned lodge is centrally located in a dune forest of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park that stretches to the shores of Lake St. Lucia.

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Spectacular biodiversity, countless fish, and 526 species of birds characterize the diverse landscape of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Discover herons, kingfishers, ibises, spoonbills, saddlebacks, turacos, pelicans and flamingos, osprey and the crowned eagle, as well as numerous hippos and crocodiles.

You can take part in the various activities the lodge offers: morning/afternoon game drives, bird watching tours, or full-day excursions. The full-day excursions require a minimum 2 nights and include boat safaris, trips to beaches on the east coast of Africa, and a safari in Hluhluwe N.Pat

Travel time: Thonga Beach Lodge - Makakatana Bay Lodge, approx. 3 hours / approx. 157 km

2 nights at Makakatana Bay Lodge**** with full board and activities in a standard room, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa

Today, you leave the magnificent national park and drive to the port city of Durban.

Durban was founded in 1823 and named in 1835 after the British Governor of the Cape of the time: Benjamin D'Urban.

Durban is South Africa's third-largest city and known for its 300 days of sunshine. This popular holiday destination offers a lively coast promenade, endless white beaches, and numerous Indian markets and mosques. Durban is also known for its surf paradise! Grab your board and have an unforgettable day on the water. Be sure to keep your eyes alert because bottlenose dolphins can be seen here year-round!

After long days of adventure, head to your luxurious accommodation and unwind. Spend three wonderful days at the Lalaria Lodge on the dolphin coast.

Travel time: iSimangaliso Wetland Park - Durban, approx. 2.5 hours / approx. 206 km

2 nights at Lalaria Lodge**** with breakfast in a Seaview Room, Durban, South Africa

After two exciting weeks in South Africa and Swaziland and lots of new impressions, you will make your way back home after handing over your rental car at Durban airport. This roundtrip amongst the unique nature and luxurious lodges will surely be a holiday you will never forget.

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Tanamera Lodge****, Mpumalanga, South Africa

This luxurious lodge, tucked away in the middle of the Lowveld Forest, offers a unique view of the green Sabie Valley. There are only 7 stylishly furnished lodges, all with a fireplace, private bathroom with a rain shower, and a private outdoor deck. Unwind from today's adventures and enjoy the magnificent view of the endless expanse of the country. A bar, lounge, library, and dining room can be found in the main lodge.

Look forward to local produce, fresh fish, and local fruits that will sweeten your day.

2 nights

Mjejane River Lodge****, Mjejane Game Reserve, South Africa

Mjejane River Lodge is located at the southern end of the Kruger National Park. Feel the magic of the African bush and look forward to 17 rooms, each with its own bathroom, hairdryer, minibar, and coffee/tea facilities. From your private terrace, listen to the sounds of nature and let your eyes wander over the tranquil waters of the Crocodile River. After a long day of adventure, relax by the outdoor pool and enjoy a delicious meal served at Mjejane Boma in the evening.

2 nights

Foresters Arms***, Mhlambanyats, Swaziland

Just a short drive from Swaziland's capital, the Foresters Arms is set in the stunning mountain scenery. Let yourself be pampered with a beautiful view of the endless highlands: broad fields, wildflowers, heather, and delicate grass. Stay in one of the 30 tastefully decorated rooms that boast a relaxed country house atmosphere. They all have en suite bathrooms, telephones, and TVs. Kick back by the swimming pool, in the sauna or stroll through the beautiful highlands.

2 nights

White Elephant Safari Lodge*****, Pongola Game Reserve, South Africa

Nestled at the bottom of the majestic Lebombo Mountains, White Elephant Safari Lodge lies within the exciting wildlife of Pongola Game Reserve. Stay in one of the eight luxurious lodges, each with a double sail roof, private bathroom, outdoor shower, and fans. In the heart of untouched nature, you can watch the animals of Africa from your private terrace. With a little luck, you will see four of the "Big Five" and listen to the songs of the many singing birds. Delectable local and international dishes are served in the main house.

2 nights

Thonga Beach Lodge****, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa

Thonga Beach Lodge is located in KwaZulu-Natal on a stretch of Maputo land called Mabibi, above a well-protected bay. The luxurious lodge features 12 rooms tucked away in the dune forests and built on stilts to protect the dunes. The rooms are decorated with natural materials and have a private bathroom. A touch of romance and an airy feeling of natural life will greet you every morning. Relax on the sandy beach and experience romantic evenings for two. Snorkel and dive in crystal clear waters and swim with colorful fish.

2 nights

Makakatana Bay Lodge****, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa

Nestled on the shores of Lake St. Lucia and amidst the nature reserve, the privately run lodge is the perfect base for exploring secluded golden beaches and the vast swamp area. Stay in one of the 6 individually furnished rooms, each with its own bathroom, air conditioning and insect-netted doors.

Look forward to the private pool on the edge of the lake and a wide range of activities: fascinating boat tours, exciting game drives, fantastic diving, and bird watching opportunities await you at the luxury lodge.

2 nights

Lalaria Lodge****, Durban, South Africa

The Lalaria Lodge is a real paradise for all sunbathers. The luxurious lodge spoils you with its spacious outside deck and fascinating view of the coast and the open sea. Start your day with a freshly prepared breakfast and refreshing drinks. With a little luck, you can also catch a glimpse of the playful bottlenose dolphins. The 5 modern rooms have either a pool or sea view and feature a private bathroom, minibar, and TV. Enjoy the sunshine with your favorite book and listen to the songs of the diverse birds.

2 nights

Duration of the trip: 15 days / 14 nights

Including

  • 14 nights in the mentioned lodges
  • Food as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Included activities in selected lodges
  • 15 days rental period of vehicle category K (Toyota RAV 4 or similar) including: 1x additional driver, premium accident insurance (CDW), local surcharge, premium theft insurance (TLW), tourism levy, unlimited mileage, personal accident insurance (PAI), general liability insurance (General Public Liability Insurance), administration fee in case of accident / theft, VAT 14%, third party insurance, tire, wheel, rim, water, windshield, sandblast and underbody damage, automatic, airbags, radio / CD, servo, air conditioning, 4 seats.
  • Detailed travel documents including travel descriptions etc.
  • Small voluntary donation for a Rhino Anti-Poaching project in the Eastern Cape.

Excluding

  • International flights
  • Entrance fees to national parks, etc.
  • Prices for optional tours
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned
  • Personal expenses, such as tips and minibar
  • Visa, if required
  • Additional rental car costs (will be deducted directly from the credit card): R 3,500, - Gasoline deposit, R 85, - contract fee, R 870, - one way fee, R 385, - Navi