Lions in Kruger

Southeast Africa Safari

16 days
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Safari in South Africa, swim with dolphins in Mozambique, visit the Kingdom of Swaziland and relax on a beach near Durban

From walking through the Lowveld looking for rhino to swimming with wild dolphins in the Indian Ocean, southeast Africa offers amazing wildlife encounters. Drive around national parks and game reserves looking for wildlife including cheetah, lion, elephant and kudu and go on game and nature walks in search of some of the detail of the African bush and more of its wildlife. Take a boat safari to see hippos and crocodiles and look out for the region’s colourful birds. This is a journey through South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique from the grasslands of Kruger to the warm waters off the coast and from the panoramic views of Blyde River Canyon to the beaches of South Africa’s South Coast.


  • Dolphin encounters in Ponta do Ouro
  • Safari in the Greater Kruger Area, Swaziland and Zululand
  • Game walks in Letaba Ranch, Timbavati and Hlane Reserves
  • Hippo, crocodile and birdwatching in St. Lucia
  • Umhlanga Rocks beach near Durban


Key information

  • 6 nights permanent tents, 5 nights guesthouse, chalet and lodge, 2 nights apartments
  • Travel by Mercedes Sprinter, 4WD safari vehicle and boat
  • Some long drives



What's included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Umghlanga Rocks
  • Day 1

    Depart London

    Depart London

  • Day 2

    Start Johannesburg; to Graskop via Mac Mac Falls

    We pick up land only passengers from the start hotel before proceeding to the airport for the arrival of the group flight. From here we transfer to the town of Graskop perched on the edge of the Mpumalanga escarpment. It is a long drive but we stop at regular intervals to take in the spectacular scenery and to visit the well-known Mac Mac Falls. En route we travel through South Africa's highest town, Belfast (1970m), and the scenic Long Tom Pass. We also take the opportunity to stock up on supplies such as drinks and snacks.

    Drive time is approximately 6 hours plus stops; 450kms.

    Mogodi Lodge or similar

  • Day 3

    Discover the Panorama Route on the way to Greater Kruger N.P.; afternoon game drive

    We drive through some stunning countryside this morning, starting with the stunning views at God's Window. If we are lucky, God's Blanket may be down, a majestic cloud inversion that gives you the feeling of being on top of the world. We visit the fascinating rock formations at Bourke's Luck Potholes, before stopping for some of the most breathtakingly views over Blyde River Canyon, the 3rd largest canyon in the southern hemisphere. We continue to the Letaba Ranch Reserve where we will go on our first game drive in the late afternoon/early evening and enjoy a sundowner in the bush.

    Drive approximately 2.5 hours (150kms) plus sightseeing stops, followed by a 3 hour open game drive.

    Mtomeni Permanent Tented Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Morning Game Walk in Letaba Ranch Reserve; afternoon game drive

    The Letaba Ranch Game Reserve is part of the Greater Kruger area and is particularly known for elephants and buffalos. Early this morning we head out on a game walk in search of some Africa’s iconic wildlife. The walk is about 3hrs (depending on the air temperature) and is led by a local guide and tracker. We return to camp for breakfast and have some time to relax. Later this afternoon we head out on another open game drive, returning to camp after dark.

    Game drive approximately 3hrs.

    Mtomeni Permanent Tented Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Safari and transfer through Kruger N.P. on the way to Timbavati Game Reserve

    Leaving directly after breakfast we head for Kruger National Park’s Phalaporwe Gate where we meet our open game vehicle. From here we have a safari through Kruger as we slowly make our way towards Orpen Gate. Whilst only a distance of 170kms, we take our time and look for Kruger’s emblematic wildlife from rhino to lion to elephant along the way, stopping for a picnic en route. Kruger National Park is one of the largest national parks in Africa as well as the one with the most species of animals. At Orpen Gate we rejoin our minibus and transfer to another of the many great game reserves which make up Greater Kruger: Timbavati Game Reserve. We should arrive in the late afternoon.

    Drive time of approximately 3 hours of transfers and 5 hours of game drive through Kruger NP; 350kms.

    Shindzela Permanent Tented Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Morning game walk in Timbavati; safari in the late afternoon

    Timbavati Game Reserve borders Kruger National Park as well as other private game reserves. The fences between Kruger and these various game reserves have been taken down so that wildlife roams freely between them. Being a private reserve, however, means that there are fewer visitors and it is possible to do things like game walks which are not allowed within the National Park itself. Timbavati is home to many emblematic animals but is possibly most famous for its White lions.

    Waking up to the sounds of the African bush, we enjoy a cup of coffee or tea before embarking on an early morning game walk with a local ranger. This is a wonderful opportunity to get a deeper understanding of the bush and have animal sightings on foot.

    After about three hours we return to camp for a well-earned breakfast and to relax around camp during the hottest part of the day. Later this afternoon we head further into the reserve by open 4WD safari vehicle looking for the rhinos, elephants, leopards and more beyond, returning to camp just before dark.

    Shindzela Permanent Tented Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Final safari in Timbavati before heading into the Kingdom of Swaziland and Hlane N.P

    Following a final game drive in Timbavati Game Reserve, we leave the Greater Kruger area behind and head to the small kingdom of Swaziland.

    Sandwiched between South Africa and Mozambique, this small land-locked country boasts its own culture and some great wilderness reserves, including Hlane Royal National Park, our final destination for today. Located in the northeast of Swaziland, Hlane National Park is mostly flat grassland and is home to various animals. It is in particular, a great place to see White rhino.

    We aim to arrive late afternoon and check into our chalets.

    Following a 3 hour game drive, total trasnfer time is approximately 6 hours plus border crossing; 400kms.

    Wisteria Chalets or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Morning game walk in search of White rhinos before crossing into Mozambique; to the beach at Ponta do Ouro

    Today starts with an early morning two-hour walk with a local ranger with the hope of spotting some of the resident White rhinos. Along the way we will learn about the ecology of this part of the country. (Please note, at times the park stops the rhino tracking on foot and instead we go out looking for rhinos by 4WD vehicles. If we do spot a rhino it is normally possible to get out of the vehicle to approach it (a bit more) on foot - this is the case as of January 2018 but does change sporadically).

    We later leave the national park and cross much of the country’s eastern region as we make our way to the Lavumisa border with South Africa. Our drive then takes us around Pongola Dam to the Kosi Bay border with Mozambique. After crossing into Mozambique we are met by our 4WD cars which will take us the rest of the way, along bumpy roads, to the small beach-front town of Ponta do Ouro. We should arrive mid- to late-afternoon and the rest of the day is free to relax.

    Total drive time is about five hours on tarmac roads and 30 mins by 4WD plus time for border crossings.

    Lar do Ouro Guest House or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Accompany local researchers looking for dolphins, normally with the opportunity of swimming with wild dolphins

    Our main reason to come to this small southern Mozambican town is to head out with the Dolphin Encounters Research Centre team and swim with wild dolphins. The Dolphin Encounters Research Centre was founded for the purpose of educational and ethical dolphin encounters that fund the long term monitoring of wild dolphins in the Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve. We will most likely launch for the encounter trips at first light in the morning to ensure that we get the most favourable conditions. The in-water experience to engage with wild dolphins is done on their terms and the centre’s marine biologist will make every effort to achieve this. Swimming with wild dolphins in these conditions is likely to be a real highlight of the trip.

    We spend the next day-and-a-half in Ponta do Ouro. In that time we will go on two dolphin encounter launches and have some free time for snorkelling, diving, relaxing on the beach or exploring the village. The launches will be determined in part by the weather and sea conditions.

    Lar do Ouro Guest House or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 10

    Return to South Africa and head to Hluhluwe; nature walk

    We have a final opportunity to go out on a dolphin experience launch if we weren’t able to do two launches yesterday.

    We later retrace our steps to the border and cross back into South Africa’s Zululand. From the border we make our way to our lodge located in a beautiful sandvelt forest near Hluhluwe.

    This afternoon, upon arrival, we should have time for a short nature walk within the grounds of the lodge.

    Drive time is approximately three hours plus border crossing and stops for sightseeing; 200kms.

    Zululand Lodge Permanent Tented Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 11

    Morning safari in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve; free afternoon with optional nature walk

    Leaving very early this morning we transfer 35kms to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. Upon arrival we are met by our open game drive vehicle for a three-hour safari in the reserve, having packed breakfast on the way.

    The park is the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa and has a long history of conservation. It is currently home to 86 species of mammal and 340 bird species. Amongst these various predators and game species we may see cheetah, hyena, hippo and various antelopes, in particular nyala.

    We return to our lodge in time for lunch and a free afternoon. There is the option of joining a local guide on a late-afternoon nature walk down by the river.

    Zululand Lodge Permanent Tented Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    To St. Lucial boat trip on St. Lucia Lake followed by an afternoon at Cape Vidal

    Returning towards the coast we head for the shores of Lake St. Lucia. This UNESCO World Heritage site, a combination of estuarine lake, subtropical coastline, forest and wildlife, is home hippos, crocodiles, Fish eagles and various other creatures. We take a two-hour cruise around the lake before continuing on to Cape Vidal, stopping at bird hides along the way to spy on some of the local coastal avifauna.

    This afternoon is free on the beach. Those who want can join the tour leader on a 2-3 hour walk, alternatively it’s possible to relax at the beach or go for a swim. Look out for whales which are sometimes seen off shore.

    Tonight we spend the night in St. Lucia town.

    Drive about 3 hours plus stops; 150kms.

    St Lucia Safari Lodge

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Days 13-14

    Transfer to Umhlanga Rocks; time on the beach

    This morning is our last transfer as we make our way to the beach resort of Umhlanga Rocks north of Durban. We should arrive around lunch time and have the next day and a half to relax on the blue-flag-beach, go out whale or dolphin watching, head into Durban, walk along a nearby nature trail, go to a spa and generally take advantage of the many restaurants and bars available.

    We stay in holiday apartments right by the beach. These apartments are made up of three rooms but we only use two of the rooms in each apartment. One room is en suite and the other room will have access to its own bathroom (though not en suite).

    Drive to Umhlanga Rocks takes about three hours; 300kms.

    Bermunda Apartments or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    End Umghlanga Rocks

    The trip ends after breakfast for land only passengers. Those on the group flights will be taken to Durban’s King Shaka Airport in time for their flight home.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 16

    Arrive London

    Arrive London

Trip Notes

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Essential Info


South Africa

British passport holders and most European and Commonwealth Passport holders do not require a visa to travel to South Africa. Please note that all travellers to South Africa who do require a visa are required to have a minimum of 2 blank consecutive pages in their passport i.e. a left hand page and a right hand page to enable an entry visa to be issued.

Please note that new regulations from the 1 June 2015 mean that any child under 18 travelling to South Africa needs to be in possession of an unabridged birth certificate with the names of both parents.

If a child under 18 is only travelling with a single parent, they will also have to have an affidavit, no less than 3 months old, from the absent parent confirming the child can travel with the other parent; a court order granting full legal guardianship of the child; or a death certificate of the deceased parent.


British passport holders and most European and Commonwealth Passport holders do not require a visa for Swaziland.


All visitors require a visa for Mozambique. This can be obtained at the Mozambican border for approx. 610 ZAR (equivalent to approx. GBP50/USD75) per person however the Foreign Office have advised that there have been some reports of long delays and local authorities running out of visas. We therefore now recommend that you obtain a visa prior to departure, you will need 1 form and 2 photographs.

Please note that if you are applying for your visa through the Mozambique Embassy/High Commission you will require a hotel confirmation letter which Exodus will provide for you. Please ensure that you provide us with your Passport details upon booking the trip and approximately 8 weeks prior to departure we will send your hotel confirmation letters.

The address of the Mozambique High Commission is 21 Fitzroy Square, London W1P 5HJ, Tel 0207 383 3800 and is open between 0930 and 1300 Mon to Fri. The website is For exact details of how to obtain your visa in other countries, please check with your local embassy.


South Africa

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Malaria prophylaxis is essential if travelling in the greater Kruger area and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. The rest of South Africa, including the Garden Route, has a low risk of Malaria.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.


There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 6 lunchs and 8 dinners included,

Some lunches will be prepared pic-nic style by the leader.

Food in Southern Africa can be varied and you can expect a number of dishes you may have at home. There are also some local dishes including, possibly, some game meats in South Africa or sea food in Mozambique,

Please be aware that we need at least two weeks notice to deal with special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian or allergies.) For this reason if you did not indicate these on your booking form please advise the Exodus office as soon as possible.

The water provided on this trip is safe and clean drinking water, normally coming from bore-holes. It is not bottled water, however. If you would rather have bottled water then this will be at your expense, though we would encourage you to make use of the safe drinking water provided as this helps diminish plastic consumption.

Is this trip for you?

This trip covers a relatively large amount of ground over 14 days, however, we spend two nights everywhere apart from the first night in Graskop. The drives are normally broken up by sightseeing or game drives. The longest day being getting from Hlane in Swaziland to Ponta do Ouro in Mozambique which includes two border crossing (Swaziland-South Africa and South Africa-Mozambique). Most of the transfers are on good, sealed roads, though there is a section in Mozambique on dirt roads and some of the driving whilst on safari is also on dirt roads.

There are some early mornings as this is the best time for wildlife watching, both whilst on safari and whilst going out for the dolphin encounters.

There are some walks on this trip, though these are not challenging. These are game walks so normally at a slow pace, looking for wildlife as well as learning more about some of the other details of the surrounding nature. Some of these walks are accompanied by armed rangers for protection, but the is mostly precautionary and the risks are low.

Legal Note: all group members joining this tour will be asked to sign an indemnity form at the start of the holiday. This indemnity form is a requirement of the South African Tourism Service Association which our local supplier is a member of. As a client of Exodus Travels Ltd, your rights under the Package Travel Regulations (1992) are unaffected, and Exodus remains liable for the actions of our sub-contractors.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Lodge, Permanent Tented Camp, Chalet and Apartments

We stay in a range of accommodation throughout this trip including lodge, permanent tented camp, chalet and apartment. All the accommodation has private bathrooms, mostly en suite. In Umhlanga Rocks we normally stay in the Bermuda Apartments. Each apartment has 3 rooms, however, we only use 2 rooms, one is en-suite but the other one has a separate, private bathroom.

We stay in a number of permanent tented camps, this is not camping, the tents are large with en suite bathrooms and proper beds in them. These camps are in wilderness areas and wildlife can come through.


Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

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