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'Big 5'

This 6 day tour takes you from city to coast, exploring Johannesburg before encountering the ‘Big 5’ at the Kruger National Park. Visit the Kingdom of Eswatini and a World Heritage Site.

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6 days


Johannesburg to Durban



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Journey Highlights

Joburg City Experience

Known as Jo'burg or Jozi, this is the vibrant heart of South Africa. Delve in and experience the buzz of the City of Gold.

Kruger National Park ‘Big 5’ Game Viewing

Kruger National Park is one of the most popular safari destinations in South Africa. Kruger is home to a high density of wild animals, including the Big 5 - lions, rhinos, elephants, buffaloes, and the rare leopard.

Blyde River Canyon

The Blyde River Canyon is one of the world's largest canyons and is the largest 'green canyon' – it is covered with particularly lush subtropical vegetation.

St Lucia Estuary

The St Lucia Estuary is a wonderland of animal life, home to over 800 Hippopotamuses who lounge about on the banks of the estuary and an estimated 1200 Nile crocodiles, not to mention the abundance of birdlife.


Enjoy the day at leisure or alternatively take an optional, guided afternoon tour of Johannesburg and Soweto highlights (own account). Return to the hotel late afternoon. Enjoy dinner (own account) either at the hotel or at one of the many restaurants in Sandton.

  • Overnight Protea Hotel by Marriott Balalaika Sandton or similar
  • Breakfast

After breakfast, depart for the Panorama Route en route to Hazyview. The Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondawels is the world’s largest green canyon, and is the first stop along the Panorama Route. Visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Wonder View, the highest viewpoint on this route. Stop for lunch (own account) in Graskop, arriving in the late afternoon at the overnight accommodation on the fringe of Hazyview. Relax prior to a leisurely dinner (own account) at the hotel.

  • Overnight at aha Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort or similar
  • Breakfast

Leaving the hotel after an early breakfast, travel to the iconic Kruger National Park. Enjoy a guided closed vehicle game drive. The Kruger National Park supports a staggering variety of fauna and flora, including some bird species rare and endemic to the area. Enjoy lunch (own account) at one of the park’s rest camps, before continuing on the bush adventure. An optional full day safari in an open safari vehicle is available (own account and excluding lunch). Exit the Kruger National Park and head back to the hotel to freshen up and enjoy pre-dinner drinks (own account) before dinner (own account).

  • Overnight at aha Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort or similar
  • Breakfast

Enjoy an early breakfast before spending a second day on a guided closed vehicle game drive in the Kruger National Park. An optional full day safari in an open safari vehicle is available (own account and excluding lunch). Spend the day finding the ‘Big 5’ and many of the fauna and flora. Lunch (own account) at one of the park’s rest camps. Exit the park at Malelane Gate, arriving in the late afternoon at the overnight accommodation, situated on the border of the famous park. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks (own account) on the deck overlooking the Crocodile River before dinner at the hotel.

  • Overnight at Pestana Kruger Lodge or similar
  • Dinner and breakfast

Depart the hotel after an early breakfast and travel to Hluhluwe via the Kingdom of Eswatini. Ezulwini Valley is commonly known as the ‘Valley of Heaven’ and contains a number of notable wildlife sanctuaries and craft markets. Enjoy lunch (own account) en route. Re-enter South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal en route to Hluhluwe. Arrive early evening at the hotel in time for a Zulu cultural show and dinner (own account).

  • Overnight at ANEW Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris or similar
  • Breakfast

After breakfast, the tour heads for St Lucia, where you can enjoy a boat cruise on the St Lucia Estuary (own account). View rare wildlife and birdlife, mangrove swamps and vegetated sand dunes that make for an interesting and educational cruise. The tour departs for Durban, with lunch en route (own account). Arrive at the hotel early afternoon.

Rates for the optional Kruger National Park game drive and St Lucia boat cruise are available on request.

On Day 5, the tour will be temporarily re-routed via Baberton until the COVID-19 testing requirements from Eswatini and South African governments have been lifted.

Price is subject to the rate of exchange fluctuation based on day of full payment.
Availability based at the time of booking.
Travel Insurance highly recommended.

What's Included

  • All meals as specified in the itinerary: 5 breakfasts and 1 dinners
  • Entrance Fees: Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Wonder View, Kruger National Park conservation fee
  • Green Seat: SANParks Honorary Rangers, Endangered Wildlife Trust, Trees for Tourism

What's Excluded

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Flights
  • Porterage
  • 6 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities and personal expenses

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