4 day tour – Durban through Swaziland
Holiday makers looking for an exciting holiday with a difference book their affordable flights and economical car hire online and fly into Durban. Travel north through the Kingdom of Swaziland (passports required) and into the Kruger National Park. You fly into Durban and collect your pre-booked Car Hire. Local South Africans and many other travellers from as far afield as the as Britain, Germany and Switzerland, fly into Durban King Shaka Airport. Being one of South Africa’s popular seaside holidays resorts offering everything one would expect. Endless Blue Flag Beaches lots to entertainment for all age groups and needles to say the warm water’s of the Indian Ocean showered in sunshine. British Airways landed their Inaugural Flight direct from London to Durban on the 31st October 2018. Now you can fly direct from London to Durban South Africa – Wow – Europe’s winters just got a whole lot warmer !!
You fly into Durban, collect your car hire and travel less than 20 km to your chosen beach hotel at Umhlanga Rocks. You may choose to stay over a couple of days longer and enjoy relaxing on the beach and surrounds before venturing north to Swaziland.
Overnight Umhlanga Rocks
Travelling north of Durban
From your Umhlanga hotel you travel north along the N2 towards Richards Bay. This scenic route takes one along the Dolphin Coast. So named due to frequent sightings of Bottlenose dolphins. Flanked by the Indian Ocean on one side and lush green sugarcane fields on the other, the road passes by a number of coastal resort towns. Ballito, Salt Rock, Shaka’s Rock and KwaDukuza-Stanger are but a few of the quaint Holiday Towns you will pass as you approach Richards Bay.
Richards Bay is South Africa’s largest harbour and is also one of the world’s biggest coal terminal. The town is widely regarded as the gateway to Zululand. Although Richards Bay is known primarily as an industrial town, it does offer visitors a variety of activities. There are a number of galleries, restaurants and bars in the town. Water sport enthusiasts will not be disappointed as activities such as surfing, swimming, deep sea fishing charters, and canoeing are all available.
The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park can be found by continuing north for 75 km from Richards Bay. The park is the oldest reserve in Africa and is home to the Big 5. It is also world renowned for its white rhino conservation program. There is a wide variety of accommodation available in and around the park.
Cross Swaziland Border
From Hluhluwe you continue along the N2 past Mkuze to the border post between South African and Swaziland. The South African border post called Golela and on the Swaziland side called Lavumisa. Customs and Immigration with need to see your passport. Once you are across the border the road becomes the MR11. The fully tarred road takes you along a scenic drive to the town of Big Bend and on to Manzini.
If one turns onto the MR8 after Big Bend you will find the Mkaya Game Reserve is famous for its Rhino herds. The reserve offers refuge for animals faced with extinction. You will find unusual but interesting accommodation at Mkaya. Here you can dine beneath the African stars, while tribal dancers dance to the beat of the African Drum. After the excitement of the day you are ready to retire to your thatch roofed stone cottage for the night. Advance bookings are essential as you will be met at a communal location at a set time where you leave your car and transfer by 4×4 to the lodge. The overnight rates include all meals and guided activities.
From Mkaya lodge and onto Manzini, travel along the MR3 for 38km to Mbabane the capital city of the Kingdom of Swaziland. The city has many hotels, clubs and golf courses to offer visitors while there are craft markets and hot springs in the nearby Ezulwini Valley. There is a artistic candle making factory, wood Carvers, Carpet makers and glass blowing factories in the area. Time permitting, these crafts are well worth a visit.
Leave Mbabane on the MR20 travelling north. After crossing the border near Jeppes Reef, continue along the R570 to the Kruger Park’s Malelane Gate. Why not spend a few days doing a self drive Safari, admiring Africa’s wild life, before you turn West back towards Johannesburg or perhaps your next destination.
Wildlife, the exciting Kingdom of Swaziland, and the relaxing beaches of Durban. What more could you ask for?
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