King Mswati, while celebrating the 50th. Anniversary of the country’s independence at the beginning of July, announced that the country will now be known as the Kingdom of Eswatini. This means “place of the Swati people in the Swazi language”.
Eswatini remains a year round destination for stunning scenery, fascinating cultural experiences, safaris and adventure activities.
Here is a suggested itinerary that can be adjusted to meet your requirements:
Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis
Day 1 Arrive in Johannesburg and pick up your hire car. Depending on the flight that you have taken either spend one night in the city or drive to the Kruger National Park. Here you will have three nights in a lodge in a Concession within the Park which ensures that you have the best of game viewing. Kruger remains one of Africa’s prime game watching places and being in a Concession will allow you to join night drives or walking safaris. You should have plenty of wildlife encounters and your guides have an extensive knowledge of the area and amazing eyesight for spotting animals.
Day 4 Head south and into Swaziland for an overnight stop. Take the opportunity to learn about this mountain kingdom and its culture. The cooler air is very welcome as are the people who you will meet.
Day 5 Today has you back in South Africa in KwaZulu Natal and your destination is Isimangaliso Wetland Park and a two night stay in a forest lodge deep in the park. Here you have the chance of kayaking or boating on the lake and looking for the myriad number of birds, hippo and other game that live here. There is a chance to track turtle at the right time of the year.
Day 7 Transfer to the coast and time to enjoy the miles of pristine sands and the Indian Ocean. This location offers South Africa’s best snorkelling and some great diving sites. The other option is enjoy the sea and remote location.
Day 9 Leaving the coast and wetlands behind you have a short drive to Hluhluwei Mfolozi Park for a two night stay in the Park – the only lodge within the Park. All of the big 5 are here and you can also add in whale and dolphin watching in the season.
Day 11 Your next destination is set with the Battlefields and Zulu culture very much in mind. Take a tour of the main Zulu War battle sites and then add in a dinner in a Zulu village to learn about their culture and watch their dances.
Day 13 Drive down to Durban or back to Johannesburg for your flight back to the UK.
This gives you a real flavour of South Africa and can easily be adjusted to meet your interests, time constraints and budget.
And the Pound is currently strong against Rand making Southern Africa a great destination.
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