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Family Kruger, Kwazulu and Coast
12 days
South Africa, Swaziland - Trip code FZK

Family Kruger, Kwazulu and Coast

From the game lands of the Kruger National Park to the beautiful coastline of the Indian Ocean, South Africa is a wonderful destination for a family holiday. We experience many of the country's natural and cultural highlights including a visit to a traditional Zulu village. We are also able to view some of South Africa's unique wildlife, from big cats to bottle-nosed dolphins. TRIPLE ROOMS This trip allows the option for triple rooms to be included within the booking on a selected number of night stops within the holiday. If you would like this option, a discount may be applicable on the cost of the trip - please ask our Sales team for further information.

Trip highlights

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Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

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Trip information

Country information

South Africa Holidays & Tours

Climate

Mild throughout the year and can thus be visited year round. The Western Cape has a Mediterranean-type climate, with warm, dry summers and cold winters with rainfall. Summer runs from November to March, with temperatures averaging 22oC to 34oC. The months of April and October are generally warm and sunny. Winter is also a good time to visit as towns and sites are not so crowded and the countryside is more verdant, but it can be cold. Additional information and climate charts can be accessed at http://www.explore.co.uk/weather. Seasonal weather patterns can be unpredictable. Up-to-date information on the weather worldwide can be found by following the BBC weather link on this page.

Time difference to GMT

+2

Plugs

3 Pin Round

Religion

Christian

Language

Afrikaans, English

Swaziland Holidays & Tours

Climate

Can be visited all year round. Most rain falls in the summer months (October-April). The climate during this period is generally hot and humid in the lowlands with temperatures sometimes up to 40°C. Winters (June-August) are much drier and colder, but still pleasant for travel. The high veld has a temperate climate. Average daily sunshine hours are high throughout the year. Additional information and climate charts can be accessed at http://www.explore.co.uk/weather. Seasonal weather patterns can be unpredictable. Up-to-date information on the weather worldwide can be found by following the BBC weather link on this page.

Time difference to GMT

+2

Plugs

3 Pin Round

Religion

Christian

Language

English, Swati

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

A selection of optional activities are listed below to help you budget for your Family adventure. Whilst the basic tour price you pay before you travel includes a great selection of highlights, we have also built in free time to allow you the flexibility to choose from a carefully selected range of additional excursions and activities or take time to relax, the choice is yours. At certain destinations along the way there may be several options to choose from and it may not be possible to fit all the activities in; your Explore Leader will be able to give advice on which are the most suitable for your family. Mlilwane (Swaziland): Day 7: Bike hire SAR85 per hour, school visit SAR150 per group (suggested donation). Kosi Bay: Day 8 or 9: Day School visit SAR150 per group suggested donation. Day 8 or 9: Spend an afternoon fishing. Our fishing guide can show you the hotspots and help with your technique. SAR 150 per person, fishing tackle available for hire from SAR160 per set. Day 9: Elephant safaris in Tembe Elephant Reserve. SAR450 per person Day 9: Day trip to Mozambique. Heading 35km north to the Mozambique border, spend the day in the marine park. If conditions allow there is a possibility of swimming with dolphins. Price varies depending on number of people, available on request. Please note a single entry visa is required (£40 per person), as of July 2017 this are obtainable at the border, however this excursion is dependent on this concession being maintained. St Lucia: Day 10: Night game drive in St Lucia Wetland Reserve to spot crocodile and hippo. SAR485 per person. Day 11: Snorkelling. Departing at 8am, returning between 2pm and 3pm head out to the coast to explore the Indian Ocean coastline. All equipment provided. Price TBC per person Day 11: 2 hour boat trip on Lake St. Lucia SAR220 per person Day 11: St. Lucia night drive to spot turtles (Nov-Mar) SAR950 per person Day 11: Whale watching cruise (June-Nov) SAR960 per person

Clothing

Clothing should generally be lightweight for the day. A warm fleece, a hat and gloves and long trousers are recommended, as nights can be very cold, especially from May to August and in the highlands of Swaziland. It can also be very cold on early and late game drives. A waterproof and windproof jacket is also recommended, particularly between October and April. Avoid brightly coloured clothing for game viewing. Please also note that it is forbidden to wear camouflage clothing in Swaziland. Don't forget your swimming costume and a towel.

Footwear

Comfortable shoes or lightweight boots, trainers or sandals for relaxing/ travelling.

Luggage

20kg

Luggage: On tour

Take a tough soft bag or holdall (or rucksack with detachable frame) suitable to be carried by 4WD vehicle. Total allowance: 44lb/20kg maximum (due to weight restrictions on our vehicle). Also take a daypack for items needed during any short walks and game drives (20-30 litre).

Equipment

Bring a head torch, water bottle, sunhatunscreen and insect repellent. Binoculars are essential for game viewing and a 300mm lens is recommended for photography. Mosquito nets are not required as the accommodation provides screening where necessary. Please bring a towel for one of the overnight stops. All bedding will be provided on camping nights. While tap water in South Africa's urban area is drinkable, some people may take a few days to acclimatise and thus may experience traveller's tummy. Therefore we recommend for you to travel with a reusable filtered water bottle such as the ones featured at Water-to-Go: http://www.watertogo.eu/

Tipping

Explore leader
At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Tour Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
Local crew
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. In order to make things easier for you, the Tour Leaders may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour. Accordingly you should allow approx. £20 for gratuities for local staff.
Country Information

South Africa Holidays & Tours

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch price
£6
Dinner price
£12
Beer price
£1.2
Water price
£1
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Rand.
Recommended Currency For Exchange
Take your money in a combination of cash and an ATM card. Both GBP and USD are readily exchanged.
Where To Exchange
Most towns or cities, your tour leader will advise you.
ATM Availability
Cash can be drawn on debit cards from ATM's in most South African towns.
Credit Card Acceptance
In large shops and restaurants.

Swaziland Holidays & Tours

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch price
£10
Dinner price
£15
Water price
£1
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Lilangeni but South African Rand is accepted
Recommended Currency For Exchange
Both GBP and USD are readily exchanged. Please note that the banks and Forex Bureaus do not accept US Dollar notes pre-2002. Take your money in a combination of cash and travellers cheques and take an ATM card.
Where To Exchange
On arrival.
ATM Availability
Cash can be conveniently drawn on credit/debit cards from ATM's in most South African towns.
Credit Card Acceptance
Credit cards are usually accepted in large shops and restaurants.
Travellers Cheques
We do not recomend to take travellers cheques as these are quite difficult to exchange.

Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

4WD, Boat, Minibus

Family swimming

Most of the hotels have a swimming pool and we have the opportunity to take a dip in the sea at Kosi Bay and St. Lucia

Essential information

FCO Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
 

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Essential Information

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

Non refundable permits

South Africa Holidays & Tours

Vaccinations

Please note that you will be required to supply a yellow fever certificate that has been issued at least 10 days prior to arrival in South Africa if you have travelled from or via a country where yellow fever is endemic. We recommend protection against hepatitis A, tetanus, typhoid, polio and diphtheria. According to various travel health sources, the Western Cape is not regarded as a malaria risk area. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at http://www.explore.co.uk/Travelhealth/ and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.

Swaziland Holidays & Tours

Vaccinations

Please note that you will be required to supply a yellow fever certificate that has been issued at least 10 days prior to arrival in Swaziland if you have travelled from or via a country where yellow fever is endemic. We recommend protection against malaria, hepatitis A, tetanus, typhoid, polio and diphtheria. Consult your travel clinic for latest advice on different prophylaxis available against malaria. Special Note: Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at http://www.explore.co.uk/Travelhealth/ and from your local healthcare provider.

Dates, prices and booking

Date
Price from
Child Price From
Monday 2 April 2018 - Friday 13 April 2018
This departure is guaranteed
From £1315
£1170
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Johannesburg
Time and place
10:30 at Hotel reception
Information
When travelling to/via South Africa with minors, additional documentation may be requested by your airline and South African immigration. You must refer to your trip notes prior to travelling for further information. Please be advised that your tour starts at the Aero Guest Lodge, this is located very close to Johannesburg airport. This is where you should meet your tour leader. Details are as follows: Aero Guest Lodge 81 Kempton Road Kempton Park nr Johannesburg Tel +27 11 975 9022
Ending Point
Town
Durban Airport
Time
14:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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Monday 30 July 2018 - Friday 10 August 2018
This departure is guaranteed
From £1465
£1299
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Johannesburg
Time and place
10:30 at Hotel reception
Information
When travelling to/via South Africa with minors, additional documentation may be requested by your airline and South African immigration. You must refer to your trip notes prior to travelling for further information. Please be advised that your tour starts at the Aero Guest Lodge, this is located very close to Johannesburg airport. This is where you should meet your tour leader. Details are as follows: Aero Guest Lodge 81 Kempton Road Kempton Park nr Johannesburg Tel +27 11 975 9022
Ending Point
Town
Durban Airport
Time
14:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Monday 6 August 2018 - Friday 17 August 2018
This departure is guaranteed
From £1465
£1299
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Johannesburg
Time and place
10:30 at Hotel reception
Information
When travelling to/via South Africa with minors, additional documentation may be requested by your airline and South African immigration. You must refer to your trip notes prior to travelling for further information. Please be advised that your tour starts at the Aero Guest Lodge, this is located very close to Johannesburg airport. This is where you should meet your tour leader. Details are as follows: Aero Guest Lodge 81 Kempton Road Kempton Park nr Johannesburg Tel +27 11 975 9022
Ending Point
Town
Durban Airport
Time
14:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Monday 13 August 2018 - Friday 24 August 2018
This departure is guaranteed
From £1465
£1299
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Johannesburg
Time and place
10:30 at Hotel reception
Information
When travelling to/via South Africa with minors, additional documentation may be requested by your airline and South African immigration. You must refer to your trip notes prior to travelling for further information. Please be advised that your tour starts at the Aero Guest Lodge, this is located very close to Johannesburg airport. This is where you should meet your tour leader. Details are as follows: Aero Guest Lodge 81 Kempton Road Kempton Park nr Johannesburg Tel +27 11 975 9022
Ending Point
Town
Durban Airport
Time
14:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Monday 20 August 2018 - Friday 31 August 2018
This departure is guaranteed
From £1465
£1299
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Johannesburg
Time and place
10:30 at Hotel reception
Information
When travelling to/via South Africa with minors, additional documentation may be requested by your airline and South African immigration. You must refer to your trip notes prior to travelling for further information. Please be advised that your tour starts at the Aero Guest Lodge, this is located very close to Johannesburg airport. This is where you should meet your tour leader. Details are as follows: Aero Guest Lodge 81 Kempton Road Kempton Park nr Johannesburg Tel +27 11 975 9022
Ending Point
Town
Durban Airport
Time
14:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Friday 21 December 2018 - Tuesday 1 January 2019
This departure is guaranteed
From £1495
£1319
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Johannesburg
Time and place
10:30 at Hotel reception
Information
When travelling to/via South Africa with minors, additional documentation may be requested by your airline and South African immigration. You must refer to your trip notes prior to travelling for further information. Please be advised that your tour starts at the Aero Guest Lodge, this is located very close to Johannesburg airport. This is where you should meet your tour leader. Details are as follows: Aero Guest Lodge 81 Kempton Road Kempton Park nr Johannesburg Tel +27 11 975 9022
Ending Point
Town
Durban Airport
Time
14:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes

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