Q: We’re planning on a 3-4 weeks roundtrip in South Africa in the period August-September.
High level plan is to make a round trip: Johannesburg, Kruger Park (about 7 days, exploring from north to south), drive to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (also about 7 days) and return to Johannesburg.
Other possibilities are a visit to Botswana or skipping the Kgaligadi TP and instead drive south through Swaziland to visit some of the parks in the northern part of Kwazulu Natal (Hluhluwe or Mkuzi or Itala).
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I had a look at your route plan, I’ve mapped both options. I suggest you tour the Kruger National Park from North to South and the you enter into Swaziland. From Swaziland travel to Kosi Bay in Northern Natal where you can do the following white touring the area:
- Swim in very nice tropical warm water
- Deep seas fishing
- Horse riding on the beach
- Drive on the beach in 4×4 on a parked route to look for sea turtles
Visit the Tembe Elephant Park
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Visit Ndumo National Park
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Visit the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park (World heritage site)
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Visit Itala National Park
Visit Umfolozi Game Reserve
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Visit Hluhluwe Game reserve
Also, in August and September it is still quite cold inland, but in Northern Natal the weather is very nice and warm.
Your second option is to visit the Kruger National Park, and then to drive to the Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park.
I’m very fond of the Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park, but in your case I’d recommend you to rather visit the Kruger and then tour Swaziland & Northern Natal. I’m saying this because to drive from Kruger to the Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park will take you 2 days, it is 1366km. Much of the road is flat and quite boring. Then you must drive back to Jhb again.
You’ll be spending your time in Southern Africa much better & more economical if you stay on the Eastern side of the country. Also, the variety of places to visit, activities and scenery is much bigger in Northern Natal, Mpumalanga and Swaziland.