20 Day Explore South Africa Overland Tour

From R 32250

DURATION:

20 DAYS

STARTING POINT:

CAPE TOWN

ENDING POINT:

JOHANNESBURG

TOUR TYPE:

Overland Tour

TOUR CODE:

ANOES20

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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

20 Day Explore South Africa Overland Tour

Day 1 – Greater Kruger National Park

Leaving the city of Johannesburg behind us we make our way east through the coalfields of Mpumalanga. Our journey today follows in the footsteps of the old trade-routes to the Lowveld and the Kruger National Park. This afternoon there will be an opportunity to join an optional Sundowner drive. Booking is essential and your guide can assist on departure this morning.

Accommodation: Nkambeni Reserve; www.nkambeni.com
Accommodated: Two per Permanent Tent with En-suite Bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Johannesburg to Nkambeni Reserve
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Sundowner Drive (Subject to Availability)

Day 2 – Kruger National Park

Rising early this morning we enter the Kruger National Park to enjoy a full day of game viewing. The abundance of wildlife presents us with opportunities for excellent sightings and the Kruger is also home to the famed members of Africa’s Big-5. Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Our Game drive through the park is in an open-sided 4×4 vehicle.

Accommodation: Nkambeni Reserve; www.nkambeni.com
Accommodated: Two per Permanent Tent with En-suite Bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Kruger National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Kruger National Park 4×4 game drive

Day 3 – Kruger National Park

While those who elect to do the optional morning walk will have an earlier start, we set out a little later today and travel the short distance to the Panorama Route. Strung along the escarpment that divides the central plateau and low-lying bushveld of the Kruger, the sights of the Panorama route offer us a day of scenic delights. We will visit the highlights of Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and God’s Window before returning to camp in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Nkambeni Reserve; www.nkambeni.com
Accommodated: Two per Permanent tent with En-suite Bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Panorama Route – Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window

Day 4 – Kruger to Eswatini

We start the day early with some coffee and traditional rusks before setting off through Kruger on our way to Eswatini. Our truck offers an excellent platform for game viewing as we make our way south. We exit the southern end of the park and travel the short distance to Eswatini border, our route this afternoon winds through the mountains and forests of this landlocked kingdom. Our destination for today is the Ezulwini Valley just south of the capital Mbabane.

Accommodation: 

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary; www.biggameparks.org/mlilwane
or
Hlane Royal National Park; biggameparks.org/properties/hlane-royal-national-park-1

Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
Camping: Campsites with Shared Ablutions

Tsitsikamma Cottages; www.tsitsikamma.net/
or
Tube n Axe; tubenaxe.co.za/ Tsitsikamma

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Kruger to Mlilwane
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Game Drive in Kruger National Park (in your overland truck)
Optional Activity: Township Tour, Ocean Safaris, Sea Kayaking, Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Bloukrans Bungee Jump

Day 5 – Eswatini – Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Endless hours of self-guided exploration within the small 4560ha Mlilwane sanctuary are possible due to the relative absence of dangerous game.  This morning our guide will lead us out on a nature walk to explore the “ Nature Trail “ which provides interpretation of historical and environmental information of the area.

Accommodation:

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary www.biggameparks.org/mlilwane/
or
Hlane Royal National Park biggameparks.org/properties/hlane-royal-national-park-1 Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered

Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suites Bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Nature Walk with your tour guide
Optional Activity: Game Drives, Mountain Biking and Hiking and more

Day 6 – Eswatini – St Lucia

We bid a hearty farewell to Eswatini and re-enter South Africa and continue south into the Northern reaches of Zululand,  once the kingdom the fearless King Shaka.

Accommodation: Shonalanga; www.shonalanga.net
Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom

Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Mlilwane to St. Lucia
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 – Hluhluwe – Umfolozi Game Reserve / iSimangaliso Wetland Park

We set out early this morning for a game drive in the nearby Hluhulwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, one of the last strongholds of the endangered rhinoceros. While rhinoceros are the most famous of the park’s inhabitants, the park also provides a home to many other species, including the Big-5 that we all hope to see. Returning to our lodging for a siesta, we freshen up for an afternoon boat cruise on St Lucia estuary.

Accommodation: Shonalanga; www.shonalanga.net
Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Game Drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park, St. Lucia Boat Cruise

Day 8 – Kwa Zulu Natal Coast – UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

Running the length of the Kwazulu-Natal province, the Ukuhlamba Drakensberg Park is a UNESCO recognised world heritage site. Whether you go by the Zulu name uKhahlamba, meaning ‘barrier of spears’, or the Afrikaans name Drakensberge, meaning ‘dragon mountains’, these towering mountains will be our backdrop for the next two nights. On our way we make a short stop in Durban to stretch our legs before continuing to view the scenic Howick Falls and a visit to the nearby site that marked the capture of South Africa’s most famous man, Nelson Mandela.

Accommodation:

Monks Cowl; www.goodersonleisure.co.za/gooderson-monks-cowl-golf-resort
or
The Nest; www.thenest.co.za
Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
Camping: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: St. Lucia to Drakensberg
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Visit to the Mandela Capture Site, visit Howick Falls

Day 9 – Kwa Zulu Natal Coast – UKhahlamba Drakensberg

We set out this morning for a day of hiking to explore the mountains of the Drakensberg, along our way we will have the opportunity to view examples of San rock art with a local guide at Battles Cave. While we encourage everyone to make the most of the day in the mountains, we may offer separate options depending on the activity level of the group. With a number of trails available we can ensure that we cater to every need, the most important aim is to ensure everyone enjoys this mountain paradise at their own pace.

Accommodation:

Monks Cowl; www.goodersonleisure.co.za/gooderson-monks-cowl-golf-resort
or
The Nest; www.thenest.co.za

Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: An area of the Drakensberg Mountains
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Hike with your guide in Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

Day 10 – Lesotho – Malealea

Our journey today begins with a mountain pass and an opportunity to visit a Vulture restaurant where we hope to view these fascinating birds. Our route winds its way through the magnificent cliffs off the Golden Gate National Park before we enter Lesotho in the afternoon, we pass the capital city of Maseru as we continue the climb to our base high amongst the mountain peaks.

Accommodation: Malealea Lodge; www.malealea.com
Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlights: Drive through Golden Gate, Visit to Vulture restaurant

Day 11 – Lesotho – Malealea

The clean air of the mountains accompanies us this morning as we explore the mountains on foot, our hike concludes with a village visit and the opportunity to gain insight into the community that calls these mountains home. The Basotho are famous for their traditional hats, blankets and their sturdy ponies. Basotho ponies are renowned for their surefootedness in the mountains and you have the opportunity of an optional pony trek this afternoon to experience this first-hand.  This activity is not for the inexperienced or faint-hearted.

Accommodation: Malealea Lodge; www.malealea.com
Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Morning hike, Lesotho Village Visit
Optional Activity: Pony Trekking, Additional Hiking Options

Day 12 – South Africa – Graaff Reinet

Returning to South Africa, we descend the mountains and take aim across the Great Karoo. The semi-arid Karoo represents the heartland of rural South Africa and presents a stark contrast to the mountains we leave behind. Our overnight stop is set in the historic town of Graaff-Reinet, the fourth oldest town in the country. We cross the deceptively calm Orange (Gariep) River today as we journey through the vast countryside of the Karoo. This evening you will have the opportunity to join a sundowner excursion to the Valley of Desolation. This unique valley offers a panoramic view over the town and the wide open plains stretching out below. Kindly note that during the winter months, this activity will become a Sunrise excursion to the Valley of Desolation the following morning.

Accommodation: Profcon Resort; www.profconresort.co.za
Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablution

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Valley of Desolation sundowner tour

Day 13 – Greater Addo Elephant National Park area

Setting course for the coast once again, we pass through the open plains of the Karoo and the wildlife charms of the Addo National Park. Upon arrival in the greater Addo region, we set up camp and head to the National Park to enjoy an afternoon game drive in the overland truck, in search of the famous elephants that call Addo home.

Accommodation: Kudu Ridge Lodge www.kuduridge.co.za
Accommodated: Two per permanent tent with En-suite Bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Graaff Reinet to Addo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in Addo National Park (overland truck)

Day 14 – Greater Addo Elephant National Park Area

This morning we will make the short drive to the windy city of Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), before heading into Addo Elephant National Park for our afternoon game drive.  Recent expansion has seen Addo grow to become the third largest of South Africa’s National Parks. The unique vegetation of Addo supports a wide variety of wildlife and we will spend the afternoon in search of the animals.

Accommodation: Kudu Ridge Lodge www.kuduridge.co.za
Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in Addo NP (in the overland truck)

Day 15 – Tsitsikamma National Park

Setting out early this morning we make a brief visit to the surfing mecca of Jeffreys Bay. Best known for its waves, this little town is also home to a small Surfing Museum. We then turn west to the Tsitsikamma region where we set up for the next two nights and where the wonders of the Garden Route await.

Accommodation: Tsitsikamma 
Accommodated: 
Tsitsikamma Cottages www.tsitsikamma.net/
or
Tsitsikamma Village Inn www.tsitsikammavillageinn.co.za/

Camping:
Tsitsikamma Cottages; www.tsitsikamma.net/
or
Tube n Axe; tubenaxe.co.za/

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Addo area to Tsitsikamma
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Jeffreys Bay

Day 16 – Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park is one of South Africa’s premier marine reserves and this morning we set out to explore the rugged coastline on foot. Our hike along the Waterfall Trail sees us cover the first section of the world renowned Otter Trail. This is not an easy hike and those who prefer a more leisurely option can make use of the boardwalks to the Storms River Mouth. We return after our hike and you will have the opportunity to book the Woodcutters Journey in the afternoon – experiencing the uniqueness of the Tsitsikamma biome and learning about the history of the area and its indigenous fauna & flora.

Accommodation: Tsitsikamma
Accommodated: Two per room sharing with en-suite bathroom

Tsitsikamma Cottages www.tsitsikamma.net
or
Tsitsikamma Village Inn www.tsitsikammavillageinn.co.za

Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Tsitsikamma Cottages; www.tsitsikamma.net/
or
Tube n Axe; tubenaxe.co.za/

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Tsitsikamma National Park entrance to hike with your Guide
Optional Activity: Woodcutters Journey tour, Treetop Canopy Tours

Day 17 – Heart of the Garden Route

The Garden Route is a treasure trove of beautiful beaches, forest walks and an exciting menu of optional adventures. While our morning is set aside for an exploration of Nature’s Valley, this beautiful village offers us a chance to enjoy a hike or simply relax on the pristine beach in this paradise. We end the afternoon on the beautiful beaches of the Keurbooms Lagoon. Today offers a number of optional activities and your guide will assist you with a plan to get the most out the day, the truck will run a set schedule of pick-ups and drop-offs giving you the freedom to join or leave at the places of most interest to you.

Accommodation: Gooderson’s Knysna; www.goodersonleisure.co.za/Knysna/
Accommodated: Two per Permanent tent with En-suite Bathroom
Camping: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Tsitsikamma to Wilderness
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Morning Visit to Natures Valley
Optional Activity : Bungee Jumping, Birds of Eden, Monkey Town

Day 18 – Oudtshoorn

We make our way inland, crossing the Outeniqua Mountains and descend to the town of Oudtshoorn.  We head to the famous Cango caves to enjoy a guided tour where we marvel at the astonishing formations that have formed in these impressive limestone caves.

Accommodation: Kleinplaas Holiday Resort; www.kleinplaas.co.za
Accommodated: Two per room with En-suite Bathroom
Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Cango Caves basic tour

Day 19Route 62 – Hermanus

Travelling through the valley of the Klein Karoo, we follow the winding tarmac of Route 62. Road trips in South Africa are an exploration of the rural highlights that dot the lesser known byways of the land. No journey would be complete without sampling the offerings of a “Padstal” along the way. These small farm stalls offer a selection of homemade treats and bakes and are an important cog in the economies of rural towns. One of the more quirky highlights today is Ronnie’s Sex Shop, not a sex shop at all, but a rather interesting country pub!

Accommodation: Windsor Hotel windsorhotel.co.za
Accommodated: Two per room with En-suite Bathroom
Camping: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom

Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

Route: Oudtshoorn to Hermanus
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Stop at Ronnie’s sex shop

Day 20 – The Cape Whale Coast Route

Made up of a collection of villages, farms, rivers, bays, coves and valleys, the Cape Whale Coast is a pristine stretch of the South African coastline which runs from the town of Rooiels for roughly 150km, to the east.  Beginning early, we will have a short time to stroll along the boardwalk in Hermanus in search of the southern right whales that frequent the shores in the months of July to November. Next we stop at the largest breeding colony of the African Penguin, Stony Point Nature Reserve before travelling along the coast to a wine farm in the Stellenbosch region to sample some chocolates & wine. Your tour comes to an end upon arrival in the city centre of Cape Town.

Accommodation: (Own arrangements) Post tour accommodation can be booked through your travel agent.

Route: Hermanus to Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Included Activity: Stony Point Penguin Colony visit, Chocolate & Wine tasting

 

Tour available in reverse, ie.: From South to North.

Camping – R32250

Camping Single Supplement – R1100

Accommodated – R41250

Accommodated Single Supplement – R3400

Includes:

  • All meals as per itinerary which are prepared and served at the truck
  • Accommodation
  • Qualified crew
  • Filtered water
  • Transport in the truck
  • Included highlights as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to National Parks.

    Excludes:

  • Items of a personal nature (snacks, alcohol soft drinks, tips)
  • Entrance fees associated with optional activities
  • Optional activities
  • Souvenirs
  • 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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    20 Day Explore South Africa Overland Tour

    R32,250.00

    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

    Description

    Day 1 – Greater Kruger National Park

    Leaving the city of Johannesburg behind us we make our way east through the coalfields of Mpumalanga. Our journey today follows in the footsteps of the old trade-routes to the Lowveld and the Kruger National Park. This afternoon there will be an opportunity to join an optional Sundowner drive. Booking is essential and your guide can assist on departure this morning.

    Accommodation: Nkambeni Reserve; www.nkambeni.com
    Accommodated: Two per Permanent Tent with En-suite Bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Johannesburg to Nkambeni Reserve
    Meals: Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Sundowner Drive (Subject to Availability)

    Day 2 – Kruger National Park

    Rising early this morning we enter the Kruger National Park to enjoy a full day of game viewing. The abundance of wildlife presents us with opportunities for excellent sightings and the Kruger is also home to the famed members of Africa’s Big-5. Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Our Game drive through the park is in an open-sided 4×4 vehicle.

    Accommodation: Nkambeni Reserve; www.nkambeni.com
    Accommodated: Two per Permanent Tent with En-suite Bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Kruger National Park
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Kruger National Park 4×4 game drive

    Day 3 – Kruger National Park

    While those who elect to do the optional morning walk will have an earlier start, we set out a little later today and travel the short distance to the Panorama Route. Strung along the escarpment that divides the central plateau and low-lying bushveld of the Kruger, the sights of the Panorama route offer us a day of scenic delights. We will visit the highlights of Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and God’s Window before returning to camp in the late afternoon.

    Accommodation: Nkambeni Reserve; www.nkambeni.com
    Accommodated: Two per Permanent tent with En-suite Bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Panorama Route – Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window

    Day 4 – Kruger to Eswatini

    We start the day early with some coffee and traditional rusks before setting off through Kruger on our way to Eswatini. Our truck offers an excellent platform for game viewing as we make our way south. We exit the southern end of the park and travel the short distance to Eswatini border, our route this afternoon winds through the mountains and forests of this landlocked kingdom. Our destination for today is the Ezulwini Valley just south of the capital Mbabane.

    Accommodation: 

    Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary; www.biggameparks.org/mlilwane
    or
    Hlane Royal National Park; biggameparks.org/properties/hlane-royal-national-park-1

    Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
    Camping: Campsites with Shared Ablutions

    Tsitsikamma Cottages; www.tsitsikamma.net/
    or
    Tube n Axe; tubenaxe.co.za/ Tsitsikamma

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Kruger to Mlilwane
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Game Drive in Kruger National Park (in your overland truck)
    Optional Activity: Township Tour, Ocean Safaris, Sea Kayaking, Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Bloukrans Bungee Jump

    Day 5 – Eswatini – Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

    Endless hours of self-guided exploration within the small 4560ha Mlilwane sanctuary are possible due to the relative absence of dangerous game.  This morning our guide will lead us out on a nature walk to explore the “ Nature Trail “ which provides interpretation of historical and environmental information of the area.

    Accommodation:

    Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary www.biggameparks.org/mlilwane/
    or
    Hlane Royal National Park biggameparks.org/properties/hlane-royal-national-park-1 Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered

    Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suites Bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Nature Walk with your tour guide
    Optional Activity: Game Drives, Mountain Biking and Hiking and more

    Day 6 – Eswatini – St Lucia

    We bid a hearty farewell to Eswatini and re-enter South Africa and continue south into the Northern reaches of Zululand,  once the kingdom the fearless King Shaka.

    Accommodation: Shonalanga; www.shonalanga.net
    Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom

    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Mlilwane to St. Lucia
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 7 – Hluhluwe – Umfolozi Game Reserve / iSimangaliso Wetland Park

    We set out early this morning for a game drive in the nearby Hluhulwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, one of the last strongholds of the endangered rhinoceros. While rhinoceros are the most famous of the park’s inhabitants, the park also provides a home to many other species, including the Big-5 that we all hope to see. Returning to our lodging for a siesta, we freshen up for an afternoon boat cruise on St Lucia estuary.

    Accommodation: Shonalanga; www.shonalanga.net
    Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Game Drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park, St. Lucia Boat Cruise

    Day 8 – Kwa Zulu Natal Coast – UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

    Running the length of the Kwazulu-Natal province, the Ukuhlamba Drakensberg Park is a UNESCO recognised world heritage site. Whether you go by the Zulu name uKhahlamba, meaning ‘barrier of spears’, or the Afrikaans name Drakensberge, meaning ‘dragon mountains’, these towering mountains will be our backdrop for the next two nights. On our way we make a short stop in Durban to stretch our legs before continuing to view the scenic Howick Falls and a visit to the nearby site that marked the capture of South Africa’s most famous man, Nelson Mandela.

    Accommodation:

    Monks Cowl; www.goodersonleisure.co.za/gooderson-monks-cowl-golf-resort
    or
    The Nest; www.thenest.co.za
    Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
    Camping: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: St. Lucia to Drakensberg
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Visit to the Mandela Capture Site, visit Howick Falls

    Day 9 – Kwa Zulu Natal Coast – UKhahlamba Drakensberg

    We set out this morning for a day of hiking to explore the mountains of the Drakensberg, along our way we will have the opportunity to view examples of San rock art with a local guide at Battles Cave. While we encourage everyone to make the most of the day in the mountains, we may offer separate options depending on the activity level of the group. With a number of trails available we can ensure that we cater to every need, the most important aim is to ensure everyone enjoys this mountain paradise at their own pace.

    Accommodation:

    Monks Cowl; www.goodersonleisure.co.za/gooderson-monks-cowl-golf-resort
    or
    The Nest; www.thenest.co.za

    Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: An area of the Drakensberg Mountains
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Hike with your guide in Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

    Day 10 – Lesotho – Malealea

    Our journey today begins with a mountain pass and an opportunity to visit a Vulture restaurant where we hope to view these fascinating birds. Our route winds its way through the magnificent cliffs off the Golden Gate National Park before we enter Lesotho in the afternoon, we pass the capital city of Maseru as we continue the climb to our base high amongst the mountain peaks.

    Accommodation: Malealea Lodge; www.malealea.com
    Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlights: Drive through Golden Gate, Visit to Vulture restaurant

    Day 11 – Lesotho – Malealea

    The clean air of the mountains accompanies us this morning as we explore the mountains on foot, our hike concludes with a village visit and the opportunity to gain insight into the community that calls these mountains home. The Basotho are famous for their traditional hats, blankets and their sturdy ponies. Basotho ponies are renowned for their surefootedness in the mountains and you have the opportunity of an optional pony trek this afternoon to experience this first-hand.  This activity is not for the inexperienced or faint-hearted.

    Accommodation: Malealea Lodge; www.malealea.com
    Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Morning hike, Lesotho Village Visit
    Optional Activity: Pony Trekking, Additional Hiking Options

    Day 12 – South Africa – Graaff Reinet

    Returning to South Africa, we descend the mountains and take aim across the Great Karoo. The semi-arid Karoo represents the heartland of rural South Africa and presents a stark contrast to the mountains we leave behind. Our overnight stop is set in the historic town of Graaff-Reinet, the fourth oldest town in the country. We cross the deceptively calm Orange (Gariep) River today as we journey through the vast countryside of the Karoo. This evening you will have the opportunity to join a sundowner excursion to the Valley of Desolation. This unique valley offers a panoramic view over the town and the wide open plains stretching out below. Kindly note that during the winter months, this activity will become a Sunrise excursion to the Valley of Desolation the following morning.

    Accommodation: Profcon Resort; www.profconresort.co.za
    Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablution

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Valley of Desolation sundowner tour

    Day 13 – Greater Addo Elephant National Park area

    Setting course for the coast once again, we pass through the open plains of the Karoo and the wildlife charms of the Addo National Park. Upon arrival in the greater Addo region, we set up camp and head to the National Park to enjoy an afternoon game drive in the overland truck, in search of the famous elephants that call Addo home.

    Accommodation: Kudu Ridge Lodge www.kuduridge.co.za
    Accommodated: Two per permanent tent with En-suite Bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Graaff Reinet to Addo
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in Addo National Park (overland truck)

    Day 14 – Greater Addo Elephant National Park Area

    This morning we will make the short drive to the windy city of Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), before heading into Addo Elephant National Park for our afternoon game drive.  Recent expansion has seen Addo grow to become the third largest of South Africa’s National Parks. The unique vegetation of Addo supports a wide variety of wildlife and we will spend the afternoon in search of the animals.

    Accommodation: Kudu Ridge Lodge www.kuduridge.co.za
    Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in Addo NP (in the overland truck)

    Day 15 – Tsitsikamma National Park

    Setting out early this morning we make a brief visit to the surfing mecca of Jeffreys Bay. Best known for its waves, this little town is also home to a small Surfing Museum. We then turn west to the Tsitsikamma region where we set up for the next two nights and where the wonders of the Garden Route await.

    Accommodation: Tsitsikamma 
    Accommodated: 
    Tsitsikamma Cottages www.tsitsikamma.net/
    or
    Tsitsikamma Village Inn www.tsitsikammavillageinn.co.za/

    Camping:
    Tsitsikamma Cottages; www.tsitsikamma.net/
    or
    Tube n Axe; tubenaxe.co.za/

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Addo area to Tsitsikamma
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Optional Activity: Jeffreys Bay

    Day 16 – Tsitsikamma National Park

    Tsitsikamma National Park is one of South Africa’s premier marine reserves and this morning we set out to explore the rugged coastline on foot. Our hike along the Waterfall Trail sees us cover the first section of the world renowned Otter Trail. This is not an easy hike and those who prefer a more leisurely option can make use of the boardwalks to the Storms River Mouth. We return after our hike and you will have the opportunity to book the Woodcutters Journey in the afternoon – experiencing the uniqueness of the Tsitsikamma biome and learning about the history of the area and its indigenous fauna & flora.

    Accommodation: Tsitsikamma
    Accommodated: Two per room sharing with en-suite bathroom

    Tsitsikamma Cottages www.tsitsikamma.net
    or
    Tsitsikamma Village Inn www.tsitsikammavillageinn.co.za

    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Tsitsikamma Cottages; www.tsitsikamma.net/
    or
    Tube n Axe; tubenaxe.co.za/

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Activity: Tsitsikamma National Park entrance to hike with your Guide
    Optional Activity: Woodcutters Journey tour, Treetop Canopy Tours

    Day 17 – Heart of the Garden Route

    The Garden Route is a treasure trove of beautiful beaches, forest walks and an exciting menu of optional adventures. While our morning is set aside for an exploration of Nature’s Valley, this beautiful village offers us a chance to enjoy a hike or simply relax on the pristine beach in this paradise. We end the afternoon on the beautiful beaches of the Keurbooms Lagoon. Today offers a number of optional activities and your guide will assist you with a plan to get the most out the day, the truck will run a set schedule of pick-ups and drop-offs giving you the freedom to join or leave at the places of most interest to you.

    Accommodation: Gooderson’s Knysna; www.goodersonleisure.co.za/Knysna/
    Accommodated: Two per Permanent tent with En-suite Bathroom
    Camping: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Tsitsikamma to Wilderness
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Activity: Morning Visit to Natures Valley
    Optional Activity : Bungee Jumping, Birds of Eden, Monkey Town

    Day 18 – Oudtshoorn

    We make our way inland, crossing the Outeniqua Mountains and descend to the town of Oudtshoorn.  We head to the famous Cango caves to enjoy a guided tour where we marvel at the astonishing formations that have formed in these impressive limestone caves.

    Accommodation: Kleinplaas Holiday Resort; www.kleinplaas.co.za
    Accommodated: Two per room with En-suite Bathroom
    Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Cango Caves basic tour

    Day 19Route 62 – Hermanus

    Travelling through the valley of the Klein Karoo, we follow the winding tarmac of Route 62. Road trips in South Africa are an exploration of the rural highlights that dot the lesser known byways of the land. No journey would be complete without sampling the offerings of a “Padstal” along the way. These small farm stalls offer a selection of homemade treats and bakes and are an important cog in the economies of rural towns. One of the more quirky highlights today is Ronnie’s Sex Shop, not a sex shop at all, but a rather interesting country pub!

    Accommodation: Windsor Hotel windsorhotel.co.za
    Accommodated: Two per room with En-suite Bathroom
    Camping: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom

    Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.

    Route: Oudtshoorn to Hermanus
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Included Highlight: Stop at Ronnie’s sex shop

    Day 20 – The Cape Whale Coast Route

    Made up of a collection of villages, farms, rivers, bays, coves and valleys, the Cape Whale Coast is a pristine stretch of the South African coastline which runs from the town of Rooiels for roughly 150km, to the east.  Beginning early, we will have a short time to stroll along the boardwalk in Hermanus in search of the southern right whales that frequent the shores in the months of July to November. Next we stop at the largest breeding colony of the African Penguin, Stony Point Nature Reserve before travelling along the coast to a wine farm in the Stellenbosch region to sample some chocolates & wine. Your tour comes to an end upon arrival in the city centre of Cape Town.

    Accommodation: (Own arrangements) Post tour accommodation can be booked through your travel agent.

    Route: Hermanus to Cape Town
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Included Activity: Stony Point Penguin Colony visit, Chocolate & Wine tasting

     

    Tour available in reverse, ie.: From South to North.

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