20 Day Explore South Africa Overland Tour

From R 19550

DURATION:

20 DAYS

STARTING POINT:

CAPE TOWN

ENDING POINT:

JOHANNESBURG

TOUR TYPE:

Overland Tour

TOUR CODE:

ANOES20

An in depth overland adventure taking you through South Africa’s famous East Coast, as well as Lesotho and Swaziland.

Starting in Cape Town you will first head to Stellenbosch, a world famous wine region. From here it’s on to the Garden Route where stops at Knysna and Tsitsikamma are just some of the stops you will make. Next it’s into Lesotho and the Drakensberg Mountains. A stop off in Durban before heading North to St Lucia and then into Swaziland. From here it’s up North back into South Africa and into the famous Kruger National Park. A great combination of overland adventure and African budget safari that will leave you planning your next trip back.

* Trip Also available in reverse order If you want to Start in Johannesburg and finish in Cape Town

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20 Day Explore South Africa Overland Tour

Day 1

Cape Town – Stellenbosch

We begin our tour with a cultural exploration of Cape Town from District Six, to the informal settlements of Langa and Khayelitsha, where traditional healers and shebeens add to the rich culture of township life. Whilst the townships are often the sites of poverty, they are also places of vibrancy and creativity. The cultural tour is operated by a local Cape Town provider and therefore this Activity Package item will be operated in smaller vehicles.

If you are participating in the Cultural Tour, you will be collected from our Cape Town office at 08:00 and will join up with your truck and crew in Cape Town after your tour. We will then make our way to the Stellenbosch region, where you will enjoy a wine and cheese tasting at one of the local wine farms. After our cheese and wine tasting, we will make our way to the town of Stellenbosch, where you can enjoy lunch in one of the many restaurants and will have time to explore this vibrant university town. This evening, your guide will take you to one of the restaurants close to your accommodation for an optional dinner out. If you have chosen not to participate in the Culture Tour, you will meet at our Cape Town offices at 12:00.

Optional Activity: Lunch in Stellenbosch, Dinner in Somerset West

Activity Package: Cultural Cape Town Tour, Cheese and Wine Tasting 

Day 2

Somerset West – Oudtshoorn

Today we travel along the famous Route 62 towards Oudtshoorn and, time permitting, stop at Ronnie’s Sex Shop, not a sex shop at all, but a rather interesting country pub. This afternoon we will have the opportunity to visit one of the local ostrich farms.

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 3

Oudtshoorn – Plettenberg Bay

We rise early and head towards the famous Cango Caves where we will enjoy a guided tour of the caves, which have some of the most impressive limestone caverns and the different formations are quite astonishing. Later in the day we cross over the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains to Knysna where we will spend some time exploring the town. Tonight we will be sleeping near the seaside village of Plettenberg Bay.

Optional Activity: Dinner at Local Restaurant, Birds of Eden, Monkey Town

Activity Package: Cango Caves Tour

Day 4

Plettenberg Bay – Tsitsikamma

Today we will drive the short distance from Plettenberg Bay to Storms River Village, however before we depart; you will have the morning free to participate in the various activities available in Plettenberg Bay and the surrounds.

Optional Activity: Bridge Walking Tours, Birds of Eden

Day 5

Bloukrans and Tsitsikamma National Park

Today you will have time to participate in the activities available here.

Optional Activity: World Highest Bungee Jump, Treetop Canopy Tour, Blackwater Tubing

Day 6

Tsitsikamma National Park – Addo Elephant National Park

Today we will continue our journey through the Eastern Cape towards the Addo Elephant National Park, the third largest national park in South Africa and home to over 600 elephant, lion, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard and a variety of antelope. Our accommodation is located just outside the Addo NP on a private game lodge. As there are no predators at the game lodge, your guide will take you on a walk through the lodge in search of the various buck species that are present on the ranch. You will also have the opportunity to participate in an optional afternoon game drive with a local game ranger.

Optional Activity: Zipline tour, Afternoon drive in 4×4 vehicle through Kudu Ridge Ranch

Day 7

Addo Elephant National Park

This morning we will spend some time driving through the Addo Elephant NP in our truck in search of the elephants and animals which reside in the park.  Our truck gives us an elevated view on our game drive, particularly for those photographic enthusiasts amongst us.

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 8

Addo Elephant National Park – Cintsa

After a final morning game drive through Addo Elephant NP, we bid farewell to the elephants and head further north towards Cintsa. Upon arrival in Cintsa, you will have a chance to relax and participate in the many activities available here.

Optional Activity: Canoe Trail, Quad Biking

Day 9

Cintsa – Lesotho

Today we leave South Africa and enter the landlocked mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Lesotho is one of the highest countries in the world, with the entire country being over 1000m above sea level.

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 10

Lesotho

Today we get up early and those who opt to go on the optional Pony Trekking Excursion will ride into the remote hills of Lesotho accompanied by local guides. On your return, the group will visit the local village.

Optional Activity: Pony Trekking excursion, Hiking – Lesotho

Day 11

Lesotho – Drakensberg, South Africa

The Drakensberg Mountains are South Africa’s highest and most beautiful. We take in the breath taking views offered in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg (Royal Natal) National Park.

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 12

uKhahlamba Drakensberg National Park

Today we will be going on a guided hike to see some of the san rock paintings in the area. The hike will be with your guide in the Royal Natal National Park.

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 13

Drakensberg – Durban

It’s all downhill as we leave the mountain scenery en route to the Kwazulu Natal Coast. On the 5th August 1962, police waved down a car on a lonely country road in KwaZulu-Natal. At the wheel was Nelson Mandela. He was arrested and spent 27 years in prison. Today you will have the opportunity to visit this historic capture site, marked by an impressive sculpture in honour of “Madiba”. We will also stop at the Howick Falls to listen to the power of the falls and take some photos at the view point. Then it’s onto the bustling city of Durban is South Africa’s largest port and well-known surfing destination. We stay in the city centre this evening and may sample some Indian cuisine and enjoy this coastal city’s vibrant nightlife

Optional Activity: Dinner Out in Durban

Day 14

Durban – St Lucia

Soon after our arrival at iSimangaliso Wetland Park we board a boat for a sunset cruise on the lagoon for some bird and hippo viewing! This UNESCO recognised area is extremely varied and supports an astounding diversity of animal, bird and marine life. Later in the day we will participate in a Zulu Cultural Evening. During the experience, we will sample the local beer, made from the local Ilala Palm, unique to the Zululand area and will be taught the basic Zulu language, how to greet, count and learn about the family traditions.

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 15

Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve

This morning we drive to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve for a game drive in open 4×4 vehicles. The park is the only state-run park in the province of KwaZulu-Natal where all the Big Five occur. On the afternoon we return to iSimangaliso Wetland Park where we board a boat for a sunset cruise on the lagoon for some bird and hippo viewing!

Optional Activity: N/A

Activity Package: Hluhluwe Game Drive, St. Lucia Boat Cruise

Day 16

St Lucia – Mlilwane, Swaziland

The Kingdom of Swaziland is a landlocked country bordered by South Africa and Mozambique. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is Swaziland’s oldest reserve and covers 4,560 hectares. As there are no large predators in this area there are a number of self-guided hikes available. Hiking is an excellent way of interacting with the flora and fauna here and comes highly recommended.

Optional Activity: Game drive – Mlilwane

Day 17

Swaziland – Kruger National Park

We return to South Africa and drive to the Kruger NP for two unforgettable days of game viewing. Kruger National Park is home to Africa’s Big 5 as well as a multitude of other beautiful African animals, both small and large. Our truck gives us a height advantage over other vehicles, which means better photo opportunities. There will be a number of game drives to give us the best opportunity to see all the animals.

Optional Activity: Sundowners Game Drive

Day 18

Kruger National Park

Today we will board our truck and travel through the park, continuing our search for the big 5. This evening you will have the opportunity to take an optional evening game drive.

Optional Activity: Evening Game Drive

Day 19

Greater Kruger Area

We will make the most of our day travelling through the Kruger National Park in search of wildlife. Today you have the opportunity to experience Kruger in an optional open 4×4 safari vehicle. Should you choose not participate in the 4×4 Game drive activity, your guide will take you on a game drive through the park, in our truck.

Optional Activity: N/A

Activity Package: Full day 4×4 Game Drive Kruger National Park

Day 20

Greater Kruger Area – Johannesburg

Today we leave the sights and sounds of the bushveld and journey back towards Johannesburg, stopping en route for breath taking views at Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes.  Your tour ends on arrival in Johannesburg at Belvedere Estate. Belvedere Estate offers travellers a wonderful opportunity to spend the last evening in South Africa, enjoying a traditional “braai”, served by the Estate. This is an optional meal which you can book via your guide.

Optional Activity: Dinner Out Johannesburg 

Activity Package

Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an "Optional Activity Package".  You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be "essential activities" on our tours.  The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don't book the package, the activities won't be included.  We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

  • Cultural Cape Town Tour
  • Cheese and Wine Tasting
  • Cango Caves Basic Tour
  • Hluhluwe Game Drive
  • Lucia Boat Cruise
  • Full day 4×4 Game Drive Kruger National Park

Camping – R19550 excl Activity Package

Camping Single Supplement – R1540

Camping Activity Package – R3000

Accommodated – R25950 excl Activity Package

Accommodated Single Supplement – R4050

Accommodated Activity Package – R3000

Includes:

Meals (Breakfast x 19 / Lunch x 13 / Dinner x 16) (unless otherwise specified, all meals are prepared and served at the truck), accommodation, guides and transport

Excludes:

All items of a personal nature, entrance fees, alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, snacks, souvenirs, tips, activity package and optional activities

Please note that maps shown are a rough guide. Exact locations and routes might differ slightly to what is shown. Please refer to the tour itinerary for a more precise route.

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