21 Day Kruger, East Coast and Cape Town Adventure
Are beautiful coastlines and taking in nature your cup of tea, then why not join us on this amazing trip?
This 21 day adventure tour starts off in Johannesburg, here you will be picked up from your accommodation and brought to the Kruger National Park. After we have seen all the beauty that Kruger has to offer we are off to Swaziland. After a couple of days, we return to South Africa and drive to the Drakensberg mountain range. This is our last inland stop before we meet the sea in Durban. From here on out we will travel along the coast, visiting the most beautiful towns and hostels South Africa has to offer. The road from Durban to Cape Town has some of the most stunning sights that mother nature has to offer.
So put on your costume, start packing your bags and book this amazing trip with us.
At the crack of dawn, we leave the big city and the Highveld area of Johannesburg. We leave
Curiocity Backpacker nice and early at 05:00 in the morning and start our route to the north/ direction Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park. On the way up to the north we will pass Long Tom Pass, Pilgrim’s Rest, God’s Window and of course Blyde River Canyon. The following two nights we will have the full bush experience at Thornhill Safari Lodge where you guys have to hunt for your dinner (not really). We will spend some awesome times with the Big Five under the African starry sky!
Day 1 – 3
Hoedspruit/ Kruger National Park
Hidden in the bushveld of Mpumalanga in between Thornybush and Timbavati Nature Reserve lies Thornhill Safari Lodge where we will stay the next two nights. The daytime and also parts of the night we will obviously use for Big Five game drives, bush walks and the general spotting of big game (and small game) which definitely means bush action. Otherwise jump in the cool pool with a beer waiting for you at the bar or sit back and relax with a fantastic view onto the Drakensberg Escarpment!
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Included: 2 safari activities a day
Day 3 – 5
Day 3, check, let’s swop countries and off to Swaziland. We cruise at 09:00 in the morning, after a last chilled breakfast, through the African bushveld direction south to the town of Nelspruit. We drive inbetween the Barberton Nature Reserve, Mountainsland Nature Reserve and straight through the Songimvelo Nature Reserve until we hit the Ngwenya border post to Swaziland (game spotting while driving plus eye-candy included). After driving through the capital of Swaziland, Mbabane, we will arrive at our next destination – Lidwala Backpacker Lodge. Directly in the Ezulwini valley surrounded by massive boulders and under indigenous trees we find this stylish backpacker which fullfills all criteria of an eco-run tourism business (solar heating system, own vegetable garden, strict recycling etc.). Day 4 includes a little bit of local education my dear friends: The Lobamba Village Tour will teach us a little about the local history, show us the National Museum of Swaziland and the royal residence of the one and only KING of Swaziland. The rest of the day is up to you guys, to explore the surrounding area or use the time to relax. The next morning will bring the return to South Africa with direction Drakensberg Mountains.
Included: Lobamba Village Tour
Royal Natal National Park/ Drakensberg Mountains
At 08:00 in the morning we will leave Ezulwini and Swaziland in a south-west direction to hit the Drakensberg Mountains. Our next stop is Amphitheatre Backpackers – a fun spot with exceptional location. Not only the activity range is a cracker (Tugela Falls – the highest waterfall in Africa, rock climbing, horse riding, mountain biking, fly-fishing etc.), you can also just hit a couple of balls at the billiard table in the bar or chill with other travellers at the pool area. The mind-blowing Amphitheatre Hike (Tugela Falls) on day 6 is included for you, but in the end it’s your choice, in case you have other plans for the day (but let’s be honest here, you don’t want to miss that). After a successful conquest of the mountains it’s best to let the day end over here: The rec area – swimming pool, Satellite TV, barbeque (braai) area, climbing cave and the BAR! To get some energy back into your system we throw an African braai dinner on Day 6 … herbivores and carnivores are welcome!
Meals: Lunch, African braai/dinner
Included: Tugela Fall hike
Day 7 – 8
After rather mountainous, dry and dusty territories we are on the way to a more water-based environment, let’s just take the Indian Ocean then. Rather late around 10:00 in the morning we leave the Drakensberg region with destination Durban. It might be wise to have a little nap during the drive in the morning to recover from the night before. We are heading straight to the big city Durban which lies right at the Indian Ocean and has a subtropical flair. We are staying for one night, as a little stopover, at Happy Hippo Backpacker. The rest of the day you can either sniff big city air or do whatever you feel like (beach, shopping, Waterfront, Stadium, drifting around or chill at the hostel at the rooftop bar). Night life in Durban is legendary as well as the various restaurants which offer amazing and international cuisine. Obviously you can also hit the backpacker kitchen and cook yourself some dinner. We are leaving at nine the next morning, so nothing stands in the way of a little party night in Durban. Next stop is paradise!
Day 8 – 10
After a really short drive we arrive at one of our top spots on the coast – Mantis and Moon Backpacker! Imagine a tropical jungle-like garden with a stunning rock pool in the centre and a jacuzzi already waiting for you. The bar is extended into a little casino which gives you the chance to win some cash from you fellow travellers. The beach is located 2 minutes away from the backpacker, so off to the beach and check the swell. On day 9 we offer you an optional tour to Oribi Gorge which is just 25 km away. The Umzimkulwana river shaped a 27 km long and 1km wide gorge over thousands of years, which is surrounded by untouched bushveld, wildlife and breathtaking views. But even if you’re not in the mood for that, there are plenty of activities like beaching, surfing, diving, fishing etc. available for you. And of course, there is still the sundeck from where you can spot dolphins or whales with a cold beer in your hand. After a really exhausting day in paradise we will offer you a fantastic African dinner for free (we cater for vegetarians as well as for carnivors). Umzumbe is the starting point of our route right along the Indian Ocean, we will find the sickest sunsets, the most legend parties at deserted beaches!
Meals: African Diner
Day 10 – 13
We are now located in the Heartland of the old South Africa in a region called Transkei; back in the days of apartheid this part of the country was under self-administration by the local people. Since those days the region kept its rural charm with soft hills which stretch right to the Indian Ocean. We leave Umzumbe at 08:00 in the morning and drive further down the East-Coast direction South! Final destination: Coffee Shack Backpackers in Coffee Bay. It is one of the most legend backpackers on the East Coast and is located directly at the Bomvu River Mouth at the beach. Time is very relative at Coffee Shack: We will party, surf, relax and mission over the soft hills along the oceanside. Once in a while you will spot a group of dolphins which make their way up the coast. Day 11 or 12 can be used for an amazing hike to the Hole in the Wall along the Indian Ocean, which is included in the price, obviously that’s up to you guys. Otherwise, why not chill in a hammock with songs of Bob Marley in the background and stare at the ocean. Or try one of the plenty activities that are offered at Coffee Shack.
Included: Hole in the Wall Hike
Day 13 – 16
We really rock from stunning deserted beach to stunning deserted beach: after an early mission at 08:00 in the morning we will make our way further down the East Coast. Our next destination is Chintsa West – the one and only legend Buccaneers Backpacker! Buccaneers Backpacker is located in a tropical garden on a hillside overlooking the Chintsa lagoon and the Indian Ocean. It is more or less a little backpacker village, as different houses and cottages are distributed all over the property. Additionally, we have an amazing pool house area with attached volleyball field (with 10 litres of wine for free provided for the games), a yoga and massage cottage and of course a legend bar which is rocking around the clock. Activities are endless, game watching across the road, horse riding at the beach, surfing, mountain biking in the local area or just walking along the endless white sanded beach. Clearly paradise mode! On top of that we will have one of our cracking BAD -TASTE PARTIES on one of the nights and we reckon a nice bonfire at the beach is definitely in order. Buccaneers Backpacker is one of the places you just want to stay – so we are staying one day longer.
Day 16 – 17
We will leave Buccaneers Backpacker bright and early around 08:30 in the morning. Our next stop is the surf mecca of South Africa – Jeffrey’s Bay. We will stay right at the beach again, at Island Vibe Backpackers which has the typical laid back surfer style. Jeffrey’s Bay offers various surf outlet factory shops ranging from Billabong to Quicksilver to Roxy etc. so that you can spend the rest of the day shopping stylish clothes (especially the girls will go crazy).
Day 17 – 19
Storm’s River (Tsitsikamma National Park)
We rock out of J’bay around 09:00 in the morning and are very close to the stretch on out tour which is called the Garden Route. We will retreat to the area of the Evergreen Forests in the Tsitsikama National Park. Our next stop is Storms River Village – Tube’n Axe Backpackers. Surrounded by the majestic mountains and deep forest gorges we find Storms River Village in an area which is still blessed with indigenous forest which existed long before the first settlers set foot on the African continent (the famous Big Trees are just around the corner). After a little orientation trip with included Storm’s River Mouth tour at the oceanside you have a full action programme available – the highest Bungee Jump in the World at Bloukraans Bridge is literally down the road and Blackwater Tubing for the brave ones, Waterfall Zip Slides, Canopy Tours, Snorkelling, Mountain Biking etc.! Or again, just wander through the deep forest or relax and chill at Tube’n Axe. To refill energy levels, we will throw another legendary African braai for you guys, yummi!
Meals: African braai/dinner
Included: Tsitsikamma National Park entrance with hike of the waterfall
Day 19 – 20
We leave Storm’s River Village at 09:00 in the morning after an extensive breakfast. We proceed further along the coast and the Garden route until we make a slight right turn and enter a completely different vegetation zone – Little Karoo – Semi-desert – Oudtshoorn (the unofficial international capital of the Ostrich). We stay at Backpackers Paradise for one night, from where you can either use the day and explore the world famous Cango Caves or wrestle with young cheetahs or other baby game at the Cango Wildlife Range. If you want to have a cage dive to make yourself familiar with crocodiles in a close environment – not a problem! The backpacker is directly in Oudtshoorn so that restaurants, movies, bars and banks are literally down the road.
Day 20 – 21
Ruiterbos/ Mossel Bay
At 08:30 in the morning we are leaving Oudtshoorn and drive thorugh the desert landscape of the Little Karoo straight towards the Outeniqua Mountains. We hit Robertson Pass and enter again a completely different area which has a touch of Lord of the Rings. It is another favourite spot of us. That is why we have chosen it for our last night – Outeniqua Moon Farm. Peter and Christine Watt have committed themselves to save the last great giants in Africa – they run this Guest Farm and Percheron Stud with dedication and a spirit which is amazing. We promise you that you haven’t seen such big strong and beautiful horses in your life. Our stay here is the perfect time to sit back and relax at the pool with the view of the Outeniqua Mountains in the background and mellow down a little after the last weeks of action and fun in Africa. All of you have en suite rooms and will get fully catered by Chrissie and her cooking skills. We also offer to give you a personalised horse experience with the giants and the little ones, if you are keen. The evening we will use to start the braai with the sunset over the mountains and talk about the funny stories (there will be funny stories) of the tour we had and our adventures together. The next morning, we leave with direction Mother City – Cape Town.
Meals: Dinner and breakfast at last day
Included: Horse Experience
Cape Town via Stanford and Hermanus
The last day of our tour ends with a BANG, what am I saying, the whole day will be a cracker. We will leave Outeniqua Moon at 09:00 in the morning sharp and drive along the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountains, direction Cape Town. We will make a little detour to Stanford where we will taste some local brewed beer at Birkenhead Brewery. The reason for that is that we will proceed after the tasting to Hermanus to spot some whales (in season from May – December), so sharpen the eyes. We will have a quick look at the penguins at Stony Point in Betty’s Bay before we drive along the coastline into False Bay (biggest bay in South Africa). From here it’s a mere 45 minutes before we hit the Mother City – Cape Town. Our tour ends in Gardens, which is a part of town that lies in the City centre with the more than impressive Table Mountain right in your face. Our last stop and hence the final is Ashanti Backpackers. This legendary backpackers is said to be THE spot in the Mother City if not South Africa (the location, the view and the legendary parties have made travellers from all over the world enjoy this crazy backpackers). We recommend you to extend your stay in Cape Town at least for another three days so that you can suck in the Mediterranean and cool vibes of the Mother City – at least a sunset from the top of the mountain is a must. Ashanti Backpacker has a travel centre in the reception and the staff will help you with any requests around trips and tours wherever you want to go in and around Cape Town. We finish the dream off with a braai at the pool at Ashanti or rock out for a dinner in one of Cape Town’s amazing restaurants.