KZN and Kruger Self Drive

This self-drive holiday is the perfect introduction to South Africa's sensational wildlife and stunning coastline and scenery.

Your journey will take you from the city of Durban on South Africa's East Coast, all the way up the coastline towards Mozambique. Enroute you will pass through the independent kingdom of Swaziland and conclude with a Big 5-safari in the Kruger Park after an exploration of the surrounding waterfalls, sweeping valleys and sheer cliffs of the Panorama Route (in the province of Mpumalanga).

Staying in comfortable 4 or 5 star accommodation throughout, you can expect incredible scenery from coastal forests, unspoilt beaches and spectacular lakes, to the Blyde River Canyon and the typical safari landscape of the South African bushveld. There is so much to do from snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking and boat trips to game drives and forest walks as well as plenty of opportunities for relaxation. Tick off wildlife sightings as you travel, from hippos and crocodiles in St Lucia to elephants, lions, buffalo and leopards many many more in the Kruger Park.

Zimbali Resort St Lucia kambaku-safari-lodge
  • Tailor-made Itinerary from $4,530 Per Person
Day 1: Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Durban King Shaka
Day 2 - 4:
  • Durban

Upon arrival at Durban King Shaka Airport you will be met by a member of the Mahlatini team who will assist you to the car hire desk to collect your hire car. From here you will drive yourselves to your hotel.

Room Type: Deluxe Room Meal Basis: BB Bed and Breakfast
Day 5 - 6:
  • Elephant Coast

Today you will take the drive to St Lucia.

Room Type: Standard Room Meal Basis: BB Bed and Breakfast
Day 7 - 9:
  • Elephant Coast

Today you will drive to the Elephant Coast.

Room Type: Standard Chalet Meal Basis: FBA Full Board and Scheduled Activities
Day 10 - 11:
  • Swaziland

Today you will take the drive to the Swaziland.

Room Type: Standard Meal Basis: HB Half Board
Day 12 - 13:
  • Panorama Route

Today you will take the drive to the Panorama Route bordering in the Kruger National Park.

Room Type: Exclusive Standard Room Meal Basis: BB Bed and Breakfast
Day 14 - 17:
  • Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

Today you will take the drive to the Timbavati Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger Park.

Room Type: Thatched chalet Meal Basis: FBS Full Board and Scheduled Safari Activities
Day 18:
    Onward Transfer to Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport

Today you will take the drive to Hoedspruit Airport where you will drop off your hire car and connect with your onward flight to Johannesburg and international connection.

Day 19: Arrive at JFK

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  • Arrival Airport: Durban King Shaka
  • Fairmont Zimbali Resort
    Nights: 3
  • Lidiko Lodge
    Nights: 2
  • Rocktail Beach Camp
    Nights: 3
  • Foresters Arms Country Hotel
    Nights: 2
  • Oliver's Restaurant and Lodge
    Nights: 2
  • Kambaku Safari Lodge
    Nights: 4
  • Return Airport: Johannesburg OR Tambo International


  • International flights from JFK
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • All scheduled safari activities offered by the camps or lodges
  • Car hire, group B car, including full cover, unlimited km and taxes & GPS
  • National Parks and conservation entry fees


  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not offered as scheduled by the accommodation
  • Petrol
  • Beverages


Outward Flight:
Overnight from JFK to Durban King Shaka
Return Flight:
Overnight from Johannesburg OR Tambo International to JFK

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