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Zulu Coast to Captivating Kruger + Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa, Autograph Collection

5.0 stars

south africa + dubai

The Experience

Due to conservation efforts, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park has the largest population of white rhino in the world. Discover the treasures of Durban and the bustle of this multicultural city, to Swaziland, Mpumalanga and Northern Kruger National Park. Its a truly royal seven days, fully escorted, so you're taken directly to some of South Africa's finest scenic sights and most prolific Big Five game-viewing country. We explore the areas wilderness gems such as the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi and iSimangaliso Wetland Park, where nature lovers and keen photographers will be in awe of the bountiful wildlife and beautiful scenery. In the small kingdom of Swaziland we engage with a local community, learning about their traditions and customs.

Tour Highlights
• Kruger National Park
• Rhino Post Safari Lodge
• Timbitene Plains Camp
• Isimangaliso Wetland Park
• Thonga Beach Lodge

DAY 1
(Sat) Umhlanga
Welcome to Durban, a city of many faceted cultures, exquisite beaches and seaside weather.  We meet you off your flight into King Shaka International Airport and you are transferred to your hotel, set on the bustling Umhlanga Rocks promenade 'the Golden Mile'. We've organized an afternoon orientation city tour of Durban leaving at 1400h. Visit the revitalised 'Golden Mile' and then enjoy a panoramic bird's-eye view of the City and surrounds on our Moses Mabhida football Stadium Sky Car… our world will be your oyster! As the sun sets, return to Umhlanga Rocks where a selection of fine dining options abound.

Accommodation: The Oyster Box or similar

Distance travelled today: 120 km

DAY 2
(Sun) St Lucia (BB, D + 2 Game Activities)
After breakfast head north to the tiny village of St Lucia in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site and one of South Africa's wilderness treasures. A cruise on the St Lucia Estuary affords us wonderful photographic opportunities as we may encounter large pods of hippos, the occasional Nile crocodile and prolific birdlife. After lunch (own account) arrive at our luxury lodge located in the first private concession within Africa's oldest proclaimed game reserve that is Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. In the late afternoon, indulge in a delicious high tea and enjoy an evening game drive within the heart of Big Five territory. After winding down with Sundowners, we marvel at the spectacular sunsets and continue on our search for elusive nocturnal creatures.

Accommodation: Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge or similar

Distance travelled today: 475 km

DAY 3
(Mon) Swaziland (BB, D)
An early start with a cup of fresh coffee or tea, rusks and muffins after which we set out set out on early morning safari on the private concession. As the lodge has unlimited access to the greater Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park (home of white rhino conservation) we enjoy the delightful scenery and excellent safari opportunity. After a sumptuous late breakfast we set our sights north and cross the border into tiny Kingdom of Swaziland, a former British Protection Territory, now ruled by King MsWati III. Arrive in the afternoon at our luxury lodge set in a beautiful, secure estate with stunning views of the Royal Mdzimba Mountains.

Accommodation: The Royal Villas or similar

Distance travelled today: 320 km

DAY 4
(Tue) Sabie  (BB, D)
After breakfast we visit an authentic chief's village to gain an insight into the fascinating traditional Swazi culture and the residents invite us to participate in their cultural practices. Cross the border back into South Africa for an early afternoon arrival at our boutique hotel in the lush Sabie River valley. A decadent table d'hote dinner complements and completes the day.

Accommodation: Lone Creek River Lodge - River Suites or similar

Distance travelled today: 330 km

DAY 5
(Wed) Northern Kruger Private Reserve  (BB, D + 2 Game Activities)
Today we traverse the glorious Panorama route taking in the spectacular God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes and 3 Rondavels at Blyde River Canyon. Our safari adventure continues at Kapama Private Game Reserve described as an African Eden. The reserve is a slice of wilderness paradise far from the madding crowd; a place of renewal and reconnection with the natural world.  After checking into your indulgent suite, you depart on your first open vehicle safari accompanied by a skilled ranger and tracker. You can expect to encounter a diverse range of animal and bird species on game drives. Since Kapama Private Game Reserve is a Big Five reserve, seeing lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo is possible over a two-day safari in the reserve.

Accommodation: Kapama River Lodge or similar

Distance travelled today: 280 km

DAY 6
(Thu) Northern Kruger Private Reserve  (FB + 2 Game Activities)
Your day starts with an early wake-up call and you head out at first light on your morning safari. While seeing big game is always exhilarating, there are many other smaller species that are also captivating, and birding enthusiasts will be delighted at the approximately 350 species of birds recorded on the reserve.   You return to the lodge for a few hours of relaxation. You may indulge in a decadent African spa treatment or you could choose to meet and interact with Kapama's 16 habituated elephants (own account).  At around 15h00, everyone gathers for high tea, before heading out for the afternoon game drive through the reserve. As darkness falls, the nocturnal animals of the bush come out. A variety of completely different species can be seen on the night drive back to the lodge.

Accommodation: Kapama River Lodge or similar

Distance travelled today: 90 km

DAY 7
(Fri) Johannesburg
Perhaps this morning instead of joining your morning open vehicle safari you choose to end your safari experience with hot air balloon flight or an elephant back safari (own account). After a final delectable brunch you are transferred to nearby Hoedspruit's Eastgate Airport for your flight to Johannesburg.

Distance travelled today: 20kms

 Included flights

 UK Departure

  • Departs: london
  • Arrives: durban, South Africa

 Internal

  • Departs: johannesburg, South Africa
  • Arrives: dubai, United Arab Emirates

 Return Flight

  • Departs: dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Arrives: london
 Day 2 to 7

Zulu Coast to Captivating Kruger

4.5 stars
  • Standard
  • As Per Itinerary
  • Visit the revitalised 'Golden Mile'
  • Visit an authentic Swazi chief's village
  • Capture the sights of the big five!!

Due to conservation efforts, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park has the largest population of white rhino in the world. Discover the treasures of Durban and the bustle of this multicultural city, to Swaziland, Mpumalanga and Northern Kruger National Park. Its a truly royal seven days, fully escorted, so you're taken directly to some of South Africa's finest scenic sights and most prolific Big Five game-viewing country. We explore the areas wilderness gems such as the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi and iSimangaliso Wetland Park, where nature lovers and keen photographers will be in awe of the bountiful wildlife and beautiful scenery. In the small kingdom of Swaziland we engage with a local community, learning about their traditions and customs.

2017 DEPARTURE DATES:
This tour departs on selected Saturdays:
28 Jan
25 Feb
25 Mar
29 Apr
27 May
24 Jun
22 Jul
19 Aug
2, 23 Sep
21 Oct
18 Nov
23 Dec

Tour Highlights
• Kruger National Park
• Rhino Post Safari Lodge
• Timbitene Plains Camp
• Isimangaliso Wetland Park
• Thonga Beach Lodge

DAY 1
(Sat) Umhlanga
Welcome to Durban, a city of many faceted cultures, exquisite beaches and seaside weather.  We meet you off your flight into King Shaka International Airport and you are transferred to your hotel, set on the bustling Umhlanga Rocks promenade 'the Golden Mile'. We've organized an afternoon orientation city tour of Durban leaving at 1400h. Visit the revitalised 'Golden Mile' and then enjoy a panoramic bird's-eye view of the City and surrounds on our Moses Mabhida football Stadium Sky Car… our world will be your oyster! As the sun sets, return to Umhlanga Rocks where a selection of fine dining options abound.

Accommodation: The Oyster Box or similar

Distance travelled today: 120 km

DAY 2
(Sun) St Lucia (BB, D + 2 Game Activities)
After breakfast head north to the tiny village of St Lucia in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site and one of South Africa's wilderness treasures. A cruise on the St Lucia Estuary affords us wonderful photographic opportunities as we may encounter large pods of hippos, the occasional Nile crocodile and prolific birdlife. After lunch (own account) arrive at our luxury lodge located in the first private concession within Africa's oldest proclaimed game reserve that is Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. In the late afternoon, indulge in a delicious high tea and enjoy an evening game drive within the heart of Big Five territory. After winding down with Sundowners, we marvel at the spectacular sunsets and continue on our search for elusive nocturnal creatures.

Accommodation: Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge or similar

Distance travelled today: 475 km

DAY 3
(Mon) Swaziland (BB, D)
An early start with a cup of fresh coffee or tea, rusks and muffins after which we set out set out on early morning safari on the private concession. As the lodge has unlimited access to the greater Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park (home of white rhino conservation) we enjoy the delightful scenery and excellent safari opportunity. After a sumptuous late breakfast we set our sights north and cross the border into tiny Kingdom of Swaziland, a former British Protection Territory, now ruled by King MsWati III. Arrive in the afternoon at our luxury lodge set in a beautiful, secure estate with stunning views of the Royal Mdzimba Mountains.

Accommodation: The Royal Villas or similar

Distance travelled today: 320 km

DAY 4
(Tue) Sabie  (BB, D)
After breakfast we visit an authentic chief's village to gain an insight into the fascinating traditional Swazi culture and the residents invite us to participate in their cultural practices. Cross the border back into South Africa for an early afternoon arrival at our boutique hotel in the lush Sabie River valley. A decadent table d'hote dinner complements and completes the day.

Accommodation: Lone Creek River Lodge - River Suites or similar

Distance travelled today: 330 km

DAY 5
(Wed) Northern Kruger Private Reserve  (BB, D + 2 Game Activities)
Today we traverse the glorious Panorama route taking in the spectacular God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes and 3 Rondavels at Blyde River Canyon. Our safari adventure continues at Kapama Private Game Reserve described as an African Eden. The reserve is a slice of wilderness paradise far from the madding crowd; a place of renewal and reconnection with the natural world.  After checking into your indulgent suite, you depart on your first open vehicle safari accompanied by a skilled ranger and tracker. You can expect to encounter a diverse range of animal and bird species on game drives. Since Kapama Private Game Reserve is a Big Five reserve, seeing lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo is possible over a two-day safari in the reserve.

Accommodation: Kapama River Lodge or similar

Distance travelled today: 280 km

DAY 6
(Thu) Northern Kruger Private Reserve  (FB + 2 Game Activities)
Your day starts with an early wake-up call and you head out at first light on your morning safari. While seeing big game is always exhilarating, there are many other smaller species that are also captivating, and birding enthusiasts will be delighted at the approximately 350 species of birds recorded on the reserve.   You return to the lodge for a few hours of relaxation. You may indulge in a decadent African spa treatment or you could choose to meet and interact with Kapama's 16 habituated elephants (own account).  At around 15h00, everyone gathers for high tea, before heading out for the afternoon game drive through the reserve. As darkness falls, the nocturnal animals of the bush come out. A variety of completely different species can be seen on the night drive back to the lodge.

Accommodation: Kapama River Lodge or similar

Distance travelled today: 90 km

DAY 7
(Fri) Johannesburg
Perhaps this morning instead of joining your morning open vehicle safari you choose to end your safari experience with hot air balloon flight or an elephant back safari (own account). After a final delectable brunch you are transferred to nearby Hoedspruit's Eastgate Airport for your flight to Johannesburg.

Distance travelled today: 20kms

Average temperature in °C for South Africa
S O N D J F M A
20222324 24242220
 Day 7 to 11

Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa, Autograph Collection

5 stars
  • Tower Room
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Enchanting beachside location next to Dubai's marina
  • Large private beach and 3 swimming pools
  • Enjoy a culinary expereince of global diversity

Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa, Autograph Collection enjoys a fabulous location beside the world famous Jumeirah Beach overlooking the Dubai Marina. The large private beach is the perfect place to enjoy the sun, sand and sea as well as unrestricted views of the Gulf. This luxurious resort has a unique Arabian atmosphere and is an oasis of swimming pools, tropical gardens, restaurants and bars. Guests can try some of the fun water sports on offer, relax on one of the many sunbeds or simply swim in the warm waters. Guests can also enjoy a range of massage and spa treatments at the Elixir Spa. There is a wide range of activities and world-class facilities on offer at the resort and for those seeking shopping, some of Dubai's most spectacular shopping centres are easily accessible. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa, Autograph Collection offers an ideal holiday experience whether you are travelling for business or leisure. In addition, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa is a part of the Autograph Collection, Marriott International's exclusive global portfolio of independently owned hotels.

Average temperature in °C for Dubai
S O N D J F M A
34302622 20212327

TripAdvisor traveller rating

4.0 stars 68%

based on 3661 reviews

The Holiday Place customer rating

3.5 stars

3.5/5 from 10 reviews

Lovely hotel with great service!!

Gareth Bell reviewing Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa, Autograph Collection (09-Aug-2015)

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