7 Day Addo, Drakensberg and Lesotho

From R 10750

DURATION:

7 DAYS

STARTING POINT:

PORT ELIZABETH

ENDING POINT:

DURBAN

TOUR TYPE:

Overland Tour

TOUR CODE:

ANOAD7

This compact 7-day overland tour takes you from Port Elizabeth to some of the highlights of south-eastern South Africa.

The tour starts in Port Elizabeth stopping first at the amazing Addo Elephant Park. You will enjoy a game drive through the park and if you are lucky you will spot loads of wildlife. After Addo you will head to the historical town of Graaff-Reinet for some history. The next day the tour continues to Lesotho. You will enjoy the beautiful nature and visit a Lesotho village. The last stop of the tour is the mighty uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. This tour comes to an end in the bustling city of Durban.

This trip is also available in reverse order if you wish to start in Durban and finish in Port Elizabeth.

7 Day Addo, Drakensberg and Lesotho

Day 1 – Greater Addo Elephant National Park area

This morning you will meet your crew in Port Elizabeth and will be transferred to the accommodation. 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: Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in Addo NP (in the truck)

Day 2 – 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 3 – 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 4 – 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 5 – 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 6 – 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 7 – Kwa Zulu Natal Coast – 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 where your tour comes to an end upon arrival in the city.

Accommodation Post tour accommodation can be booked through your guide

Route: Drakensberg to Durban
Meals: Breakfast
Included Highlight: Visit to the Mandela Capture Site, Howick Falls

Camping – R10750 excl Activity Package
Camping Single Supplement – R850
Camping Activity Package – R380

Accommodated – R14950 excl Activity Package
Accommodated Single Supplement – R1490
Accommodated Activity Package – R380

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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7 Day Addo, Drakensberg and Lesotho

R10,750.00

This compact 7-day overland tour takes you from Port Elizabeth to some of the highlights of south-eastern South Africa.

The tour starts in Port Elizabeth stopping first at the amazing Addo Elephant Park. You will enjoy a game drive through the park and if you are lucky you will spot loads of wildlife. After Addo you will head to the historical town of Graaff-Reinet for some history. The next day the tour continues to Lesotho. You will enjoy the beautiful nature and visit a Lesotho village. The last stop of the tour is the mighty uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. This tour comes to an end in the bustling city of Durban.

This trip is also available in reverse order if you wish to start in Durban and finish in Port Elizabeth.

Description

Day 1 – Greater Addo Elephant National Park area

This morning you will meet your crew in Port Elizabeth and will be transferred to the accommodation. 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: Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlight: Afternoon game drive in Addo NP (in the truck)

Day 2 – 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 3 – 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 4 – 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 5 – 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 6 – 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 7 – Kwa Zulu Natal Coast – 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 where your tour comes to an end upon arrival in the city.

Accommodation Post tour accommodation can be booked through your guide

Route: Drakensberg to Durban
Meals: Breakfast
Included Highlight: Visit to the Mandela Capture Site, Howick Falls

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