20 Day Explore South Africa Overland Tour

From R 23950

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 – 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. We have a full day ahead of us which takes us from the bustling city centre of Cape Town via the vineyards and town of Stellenbosch to the town of Hermanus – not forgetting a stop at the largest breeding colony of the African Penguin, Stony Point Nature Reserve. During the months of July to November you may be lucky enough to see the southern right whales that visit the bay in Hermanus.

Accommodation Windsor Hotel https://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: Cape Town to Hermanus
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Walk through the town of Stellenbosch, Stony Point Penguin Colony visit, Chocolate & Wine tasting

Day 2 – Route 62 – Oudtshoorn

Crossing the Hottentots-Holland Mountains this morning we set out for the Klein Karoo and our overnight stop in Oudtshoorn. We follow the scenic Route 62 today, stopping to experience one of the many farm stalls on the way. One of the more quirky highlights today is Ronnie’s Sex Shop, not a sex shop at all, but a rather interesting country pub! Our day ends with a guided tour of the famous Cango Caves, we can only marvel at the astonishing formations that have formed in these impressive limestone caves.

Accommodation Kleinplaas Holiday Resort http://www.kleinplaas.co.za OR Oude Meul Country Lodge http://www.deoudemeul.co.za/
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.

Route: Hermanus to Oudtshoorn
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Stop at Ronnie’s Sex Shop, Cango Caves Basic Tour

Day 3 – Heart of Garden Route

Our morning starts as we make our way over the Outeniqua Mountains and descend to the beautiful Garden route coastline below. Our first stop for the day is a visit to the George Museum, a quirky and interesting museum displaying the local timber trade of the area. In the coming days we spend time hiking, relaxing at the beach and sampling the many optional activities available.

Accommodation The Dunes Hotel https://dunesresort.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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: George Museum & Gardens Route Oudtshoorn to Garden Route

Day 4 – Tsitsikamma

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 some relaxation on the beaches of Plettenberg Bay, today offers a number of optional activities and your guide will assist you to get the most out the day. This afternoon we have the opportunity to visit the hidden gem of Nature’s Valley, this beautiful village offers us a chance to enjoy a hike or simply relax on the pristine beach in this little paradise. In order to make the most of this day, the truck will run a set schedule and you are free to join or leave at the places that interest you.

Accommodation
Accommodated: Tsitsikamma Cottages http://www.tsitsikamma.net/ OR Tsitsikamma Village Inn
https://www.tsitsikammavillageinn.co.za/
Camping: Tsitsikamma Cottages http://www.tsitsikamma.net/ OR Tube n Axe http://tubenaxe.co.za/ Tsitsikamma
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.

Route: Wilderness to Tsitsikamma
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Natures Valley Nature Walk
Optional Activity: Township Tour, Ocean Safaris, Sea Kayaking, Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Bloukrans Bungee Jump

Day 5 – Tsitsikamma

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 it’s indigenous fauna & flora.

Accommodation
Accommodated: Tsitsikamma Cottages http://www.tsitsikamma.net/ OR Tsitsikamma Village Inn
https://www.tsitsikammavillageinn.co.za/
Camping: Tsitsikamma Cottages http://www.tsitsikamma.net/ OR Tube n Axe http://tubenaxe.co.za/ Tsitsikamma
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: Tsitsikamma National Park entrance and hike with your guide
Optional Activity: Treetop canopy tours, Woodcutters Journey

Day 6 – Greater Addo Elephant National Park area

This morning we set out for the Eastern Cape and the Addo National Park. We make a stop this morning in the surfing mecca of Jeffrey’s Bay, famous for its waves. You have the opportunity to visit the small surfing museum, catch a quick wave or simply enjoy a cup of coffee overlooking these famous waves. This afternoon we will make our first visit to seek the elephants after which Addo is named.

Accommodation Kudu Ridge Lodge http://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: Tsitsikamma National Park to Addo Elephant National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Jeffrey’s Bay and an afternoon game drive in Addo National Park (in the truck)

Day 7 – Greater Addo Elephant National Park area

This morning you will have the option to visit Port Elizabeth before returning to camp for lunch. In the afternoon we visit Addo, famed for the elephants after which the park was named. 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 that call Addo home.

Accommodation Kudu Ridge Lodge http://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.

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

Day 8 – Graaff Reinet

The historic town of Graaff-Reinet nestles in the heartland of the Great Karoo and offers a unique insight into the history of this arid region. It is also the fourth oldest town in the country. This evening you will 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 http://www.profconresort.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: Addo to Graaff Reinet
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Valley of Desolation Sundowner Tour

Day 9 – Lesotho – Malealea

This morning we cut across the vast expanse of the Great Karoo, our destination is nestled in the heights of Lesotho. This autonomous mountain kingdom boasts the highest peaks in Southern Africa and is one of the highest countries in the world, the entire kingdom lies over 1000m above sea level. Having crossed the mighty Orange River, we enter the border of Lesotho and make the climb to our camp set high in the mountains.

Accommodation Malealea Lodge http://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.

Route: Graaff Reinet to Lesotho
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Border Post: South Africa: Van Rooyens Gate, Open: 06h00-22h00 Lesotho: Van Rooyens Gate, Open: 06h00-22h00

Day 10 – 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 fainthearted.

Accommodation Malealea Lodge http://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: Morning Hike, Lesotho Village tour
Optional Activity: Pony Trekking

Day 11 – South Africa – uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

We exit Lesotho and travel through the sandstone cliffs of Golden Gate. Our destination is the mountains of the Drakensberg. 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 are a hiker’s paradise and worthy of exploration.

Accommodation Monks Cowl http://www.goodersonleisure.co.za/gooderson-monks-cowl-golf-resort
OR
The Nest https://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: Lesotho to Drakensberg
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Oliviers Hoek Pass
Border Post: Lesotho: Maseru Bridge, Tel: +27 51 924 4300, Open: 24hrs South Africa: Maseru Bridge, Tel: +27 51 924 4300, Open: 24hrs

Day 12 – UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

We set out this morning for a lengthy hike. Along our way we will have the opportunity to view examples of San rock art with a local guide at Battle Cave. While we encourage everyone to make the most of the day in 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 http://www.goodersonleisure.co.za/gooderson-monks-cowl-golf-resort
OR
The Nest https://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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Hike with your guide in Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

Day 13 – Kwa Zulu Natal Coast – St Lucia

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 where you will have time to stretch your legs with a stroll along the promenade before heading for our final destination, St Lucia.

Accommodation Shonalanga http://www.shonalanga.net
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: Drakensberg to St Lucia
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Visit to the Mandela Capture Site, Howick Falls

Day 14 – 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 parks 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 http://www.shonalanga.net
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: Durban to St Lucia
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Game Drive in Hluhluwe/Imfolozi National Park, St. Lucia Boat Cruise

Day 15 – Eswatini – Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

An early start and we are off to Eswatini (formerly known as the Kingdom of Swaziland), this afternoon we have the opportunity to join many of the optional activities that are offered here. Take your choice from game drives, mountain biking or a visit to the Chief’s village.

Accommodation Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary http://www.biggameparks.org/mlilwane/
Accommodated: Two per Beehive hut 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: St Lucia to Swaziland
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Border Post: South Africa: Golela Border Post, Tel: +27(0)34 435 1070 Open: 07h00-22h00 Swaziland: Lavumisa Town Board, Tel: +268 20 790 93, Open: 07h00-22h00
Optional Activity: Game Drives, Swazi Cultural Experience, Mountain Biking and Hiking

Day 16 – 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 http://www.biggameparks.org/mlilwane/
Accommodated: Two per Beehive hut 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 Activity: Nature Walk with guide
Optional Activity: Game Drives, Mountain Biking and Hiking

Day 17 – South Africa – Kruger National Park

Setting off back to South Africa, we make aim for the Kruger National Park and begin with our first game drive in the truck as we enter the gates of the park. The Kruger National Park is South Africa’s flagship national park and sightings of the “ big five “ has become something of a quest for many guests. The Kruger NP has more that it’s fair share of animals and with approximately 147 mammal species we will spend our time in search of both big and small.

Accommodation Nkambeni Reserve http://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: Swaziland to Kruger National Park area
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Game drive in the truck, Kruger National Park
Border Post: Swaziland: Jeppes Reef Border, Tel: +27(0)13 781 0382, Open: 07h00 – 20h00 South Africa: Mananga, Tel: +27 (0) 13 793 7075, Open: 07h00-18h00

Day 18 – Kruger Park – Panorama Route

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 http://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 19 – Kruger National Park

Rising early this morning we enter the Kruger National Park to enjoy a full-day of game viewing. This full day game drive offers a unique view of the park from an open-sided 4×4 vehicle. This evening there is an opportunity for an optional Sundowner Drive.

Accommodation Nkambeni Reserve http://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
Optional Activity: Sunset Drive (there is a concession fee applicable)

Day 20 – Kruger National Park to Johannesburg

While those who elect to do the optional morning walk will have an earlier start, we will pack up and set off for our final destination, Johannesburg. We arrive at Belvedere Estate in the late afternoon and all travellers are invited to join us for a traditional meal tonight. This can be booked with your guide on the day before arrival. Many great tales are shared and tonight is for celebrating the many wonders of African travel.

Accommodation Post tour accommodation can be booked through your guide.

Route: Great Kruger NP area to Johannesburg
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Optional Activity: Morning Bush Walk (Subject to Availability) / Traditional meal at Belvedere Estate

Camping – R23950 excl Activity Package

Camping Single Supplement – R1440

Camping Activity Package – R3160

Accommodated – R31750 excl Activity Package

Accommodated Single Supplement – R4290

Accommodated Activity Package – R3160

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) / 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

R23,950.00

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 – 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. We have a full day ahead of us which takes us from the bustling city centre of Cape Town via the vineyards and town of Stellenbosch to the town of Hermanus – not forgetting a stop at the largest breeding colony of the African Penguin, Stony Point Nature Reserve. During the months of July to November you may be lucky enough to see the southern right whales that visit the bay in Hermanus.

Accommodation Windsor Hotel https://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: Cape Town to Hermanus
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Walk through the town of Stellenbosch, Stony Point Penguin Colony visit, Chocolate & Wine tasting

Day 2 – Route 62 – Oudtshoorn

Crossing the Hottentots-Holland Mountains this morning we set out for the Klein Karoo and our overnight stop in Oudtshoorn. We follow the scenic Route 62 today, stopping to experience one of the many farm stalls on the way. One of the more quirky highlights today is Ronnie’s Sex Shop, not a sex shop at all, but a rather interesting country pub! Our day ends with a guided tour of the famous Cango Caves, we can only marvel at the astonishing formations that have formed in these impressive limestone caves.

Accommodation Kleinplaas Holiday Resort http://www.kleinplaas.co.za OR Oude Meul Country Lodge http://www.deoudemeul.co.za/
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.

Route: Hermanus to Oudtshoorn
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Stop at Ronnie’s Sex Shop, Cango Caves Basic Tour

Day 3 – Heart of Garden Route

Our morning starts as we make our way over the Outeniqua Mountains and descend to the beautiful Garden route coastline below. Our first stop for the day is a visit to the George Museum, a quirky and interesting museum displaying the local timber trade of the area. In the coming days we spend time hiking, relaxing at the beach and sampling the many optional activities available.

Accommodation The Dunes Hotel https://dunesresort.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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: George Museum & Gardens Route Oudtshoorn to Garden Route

Day 4 – Tsitsikamma

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 some relaxation on the beaches of Plettenberg Bay, today offers a number of optional activities and your guide will assist you to get the most out the day. This afternoon we have the opportunity to visit the hidden gem of Nature’s Valley, this beautiful village offers us a chance to enjoy a hike or simply relax on the pristine beach in this little paradise. In order to make the most of this day, the truck will run a set schedule and you are free to join or leave at the places that interest you.

Accommodation
Accommodated: Tsitsikamma Cottages http://www.tsitsikamma.net/ OR Tsitsikamma Village Inn
https://www.tsitsikammavillageinn.co.za/
Camping: Tsitsikamma Cottages http://www.tsitsikamma.net/ OR Tube n Axe http://tubenaxe.co.za/ Tsitsikamma
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.

Route: Wilderness to Tsitsikamma
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Natures Valley Nature Walk
Optional Activity: Township Tour, Ocean Safaris, Sea Kayaking, Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Bloukrans Bungee Jump

Day 5 – Tsitsikamma

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 it’s indigenous fauna & flora.

Accommodation
Accommodated: Tsitsikamma Cottages http://www.tsitsikamma.net/ OR Tsitsikamma Village Inn
https://www.tsitsikammavillageinn.co.za/
Camping: Tsitsikamma Cottages http://www.tsitsikamma.net/ OR Tube n Axe http://tubenaxe.co.za/ Tsitsikamma
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: Tsitsikamma National Park entrance and hike with your guide
Optional Activity: Treetop canopy tours, Woodcutters Journey

Day 6 – Greater Addo Elephant National Park area

This morning we set out for the Eastern Cape and the Addo National Park. We make a stop this morning in the surfing mecca of Jeffrey’s Bay, famous for its waves. You have the opportunity to visit the small surfing museum, catch a quick wave or simply enjoy a cup of coffee overlooking these famous waves. This afternoon we will make our first visit to seek the elephants after which Addo is named.

Accommodation Kudu Ridge Lodge http://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: Tsitsikamma National Park to Addo Elephant National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Jeffrey’s Bay and an afternoon game drive in Addo National Park (in the truck)

Day 7 – Greater Addo Elephant National Park area

This morning you will have the option to visit Port Elizabeth before returning to camp for lunch. In the afternoon we visit Addo, famed for the elephants after which the park was named. 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 that call Addo home.

Accommodation Kudu Ridge Lodge http://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.

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

Day 8 – Graaff Reinet

The historic town of Graaff-Reinet nestles in the heartland of the Great Karoo and offers a unique insight into the history of this arid region. It is also the fourth oldest town in the country. This evening you will 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 http://www.profconresort.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: Addo to Graaff Reinet
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Valley of Desolation Sundowner Tour

Day 9 – Lesotho – Malealea

This morning we cut across the vast expanse of the Great Karoo, our destination is nestled in the heights of Lesotho. This autonomous mountain kingdom boasts the highest peaks in Southern Africa and is one of the highest countries in the world, the entire kingdom lies over 1000m above sea level. Having crossed the mighty Orange River, we enter the border of Lesotho and make the climb to our camp set high in the mountains.

Accommodation Malealea Lodge http://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.

Route: Graaff Reinet to Lesotho
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Border Post: South Africa: Van Rooyens Gate, Open: 06h00-22h00 Lesotho: Van Rooyens Gate, Open: 06h00-22h00

Day 10 – 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 fainthearted.

Accommodation Malealea Lodge http://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: Morning Hike, Lesotho Village tour
Optional Activity: Pony Trekking

Day 11 – South Africa – uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

We exit Lesotho and travel through the sandstone cliffs of Golden Gate. Our destination is the mountains of the Drakensberg. 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 are a hiker’s paradise and worthy of exploration.

Accommodation Monks Cowl http://www.goodersonleisure.co.za/gooderson-monks-cowl-golf-resort
OR
The Nest https://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: Lesotho to Drakensberg
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Oliviers Hoek Pass
Border Post: Lesotho: Maseru Bridge, Tel: +27 51 924 4300, Open: 24hrs South Africa: Maseru Bridge, Tel: +27 51 924 4300, Open: 24hrs

Day 12 – UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

We set out this morning for a lengthy hike. Along our way we will have the opportunity to view examples of San rock art with a local guide at Battle Cave. While we encourage everyone to make the most of the day in 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 http://www.goodersonleisure.co.za/gooderson-monks-cowl-golf-resort
OR
The Nest https://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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Hike with your guide in Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

Day 13 – Kwa Zulu Natal Coast – St Lucia

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 where you will have time to stretch your legs with a stroll along the promenade before heading for our final destination, St Lucia.

Accommodation Shonalanga http://www.shonalanga.net
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: Drakensberg to St Lucia
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Visit to the Mandela Capture Site, Howick Falls

Day 14 – 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 parks 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 http://www.shonalanga.net
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: Durban to St Lucia
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Game Drive in Hluhluwe/Imfolozi National Park, St. Lucia Boat Cruise

Day 15 – Eswatini – Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

An early start and we are off to Eswatini (formerly known as the Kingdom of Swaziland), this afternoon we have the opportunity to join many of the optional activities that are offered here. Take your choice from game drives, mountain biking or a visit to the Chief’s village.

Accommodation Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary http://www.biggameparks.org/mlilwane/
Accommodated: Two per Beehive hut 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: St Lucia to Swaziland
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Border Post: South Africa: Golela Border Post, Tel: +27(0)34 435 1070 Open: 07h00-22h00 Swaziland: Lavumisa Town Board, Tel: +268 20 790 93, Open: 07h00-22h00
Optional Activity: Game Drives, Swazi Cultural Experience, Mountain Biking and Hiking

Day 16 – 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 http://www.biggameparks.org/mlilwane/
Accommodated: Two per Beehive hut 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 Activity: Nature Walk with guide
Optional Activity: Game Drives, Mountain Biking and Hiking

Day 17 – South Africa – Kruger National Park

Setting off back to South Africa, we make aim for the Kruger National Park and begin with our first game drive in the truck as we enter the gates of the park. The Kruger National Park is South Africa’s flagship national park and sightings of the “ big five “ has become something of a quest for many guests. The Kruger NP has more that it’s fair share of animals and with approximately 147 mammal species we will spend our time in search of both big and small.

Accommodation Nkambeni Reserve http://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: Swaziland to Kruger National Park area
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Activity: Game drive in the truck, Kruger National Park
Border Post: Swaziland: Jeppes Reef Border, Tel: +27(0)13 781 0382, Open: 07h00 – 20h00 South Africa: Mananga, Tel: +27 (0) 13 793 7075, Open: 07h00-18h00

Day 18 – Kruger Park – Panorama Route

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 http://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 19 – Kruger National Park

Rising early this morning we enter the Kruger National Park to enjoy a full-day of game viewing. This full day game drive offers a unique view of the park from an open-sided 4×4 vehicle. This evening there is an opportunity for an optional Sundowner Drive.

Accommodation Nkambeni Reserve http://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
Optional Activity: Sunset Drive (there is a concession fee applicable)

Day 20 – Kruger National Park to Johannesburg

While those who elect to do the optional morning walk will have an earlier start, we will pack up and set off for our final destination, Johannesburg. We arrive at Belvedere Estate in the late afternoon and all travellers are invited to join us for a traditional meal tonight. This can be booked with your guide on the day before arrival. Many great tales are shared and tonight is for celebrating the many wonders of African travel.

Accommodation Post tour accommodation can be booked through your guide.

Route: Great Kruger NP area to Johannesburg
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Optional Activity: Morning Bush Walk (Subject to Availability) / Traditional meal at Belvedere Estate

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