South African Explorer Tour - 20 Days 19 Nights

Experience some of the ultimate highlights South Africa has to offer, from Kruger National Park to Port Elizabeth and beyond!

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Duration
Duration
20 Days 19 Nights
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
20
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
12 years
Meals
Meals
Included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Johannesburg to Cape Town
4 Wheel Drive
4 Wheel Drive
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Accommodated: ZAR31750
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Next available: 21/07/2019

What's Included

  • 2 Crew
  • 20 Passengers Max
  • Meals (19 Breakfast, 10 Lunch, 17 Dinner)
  • All transport
  • Accommodation (two-person room or camping)

    WHERE WE VISIT

  • Lowveld and Kruger National Park
  • Mpumalanga
  • Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and God’s Window
  • Ezulwini Valley
  • Mlilwane sanctuary
  • Zululand
  • Swaziland
  • Hluhulwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve
  • St Lucia Estuary
  • Ukuhlamba Drakensberg Park
  • Durban
  • Howick Falls
  • Drakensberg
  • Golden Gate National Park
  • Lesotho
  • Maseru
  • Malealea
  • Graaff-Reinet
  • Orange (Gariep) River
  • Valley of Desolation
  • Greater Addo Elephant National Park area
  • Tsitiskamma region
  • Jeffreys Bay
  • Tsitsikamma National Park
  • The Garden Route
  • Natures Valley
  • Outeniqua Mountains
  • Oudtshoorn
  • Cango Caves
  • Hermanus
  • Cape Whale Coast
  • Wine farm in the Stellenbosch region
  • Cape Town

What's excluded

  • Items of a personal nature (snacks, alcohol, bottled water, soft drinks, souvenirs, tips)
  • Entrance fees (associated with optional activities)
  • Activity packages and optional activities

WHAT TO EXPECT

Embark on a 20-day African Adventure Tour through South Africa, Swaziland, and Lesotho!  

Kick off the adventure in Kruger National Park where you'll experience the thrill of being on safari and keep your eyes out for the big five! Next up head to the Panorama route, check out Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and God’s Window. Then, it's onto the rolling emerald hills of Swaziland and up to the highlands of Lesotho... and that's just the beginning! What are you waiting for?

Itinerary:

Day 1: Greater Kruger National Park (dinner)

Accommodated: Two per Permanent Tent with En-suite Bathroom - Nkambeni Reserve
Camping: Campsite with shared washrooms


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.

*Please note that it is possible that your crew and truck will change today. Please report to the hotel reception to meet your crew for your 7.00 departure.

Day 2: Kruger National Park (breakfast, dinner)
Accommodated: Two per Permanent Tent with En-suite Bathroom - Nkambeni Reserve
Camping: Campsite with shared washrooms


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 activity package offers the added excitement of experiencing the park from an open-sided 4×4 vehicle. This evening there is a second opportunity for the optional Sundowner Drive.

Day 3: Kruger National Park (breakfast, dinner)
Accommodated: Two per Permanent Tent with En-suite Bathroom - Nkambeni Reserve
Camping: Campsite with shared washrooms


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, andGod’s Window before returning to camp in the late afternoon.

Day 4: Kruger to Swaziland (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary or Hlane Royal National Park
Camping: Campsite with shared washrooms


We start the day early with some traditional coffee and rusks before setting off through Kruger on our way to Swaziland. 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 Swaziland 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.

Day 5: Isimangaliso, Greater St Lucia (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary or Hlane Royal National Park
Camping: Campsite with shared washrooms


Situated in the Ezulwini Valley, which translates to “valley of heaven”, the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is Swaziland’s oldest reserve and covers 4,560 hectares. As the reserve has no large predators we will enjoy a morning hiking amongst the game the roams the plains. Should you prefer there is a range of optional activities offered by the reserve and you could enjoy a game drive, mountain biking or a visit to the Chief’s traditional village. This afternoon we continue south into the reaches of Zululand, once the realm of the mighty King Shaka who united the Zulu clans. This evening we are treated to a cultural experience where we will learn more about the Zulu traditions and language.

Day 6: Hluhluwe – Imfolozi Game Reserve (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom - Shonalanga
Camping: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom


We set out early this morning for a game drive in the nearbyHluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, one of the last strongholds of the endangered Rhinoceros. The reserve has played a critical role in the preservation of these endangered animals, both Black and White Rhinoceros occur in the park and many populations owe their ongoing existence to animals that have been raised here. While Rhinoceros is 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.

Day 7: Durban (breakfast, dinner)
Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom - Shonalanga
Camping: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom


Durban has long been the favourite holiday destination for South Africans, the golden mile with its warm seas and safe swimming beaches attract visitors throughout the year. This afternoon we have time to spend on the beaches of the golden mile.

Day 8: UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park (breakfast, dinner)
Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom - Monks Cowl or The Nest  
Camping: Campsite with shared washrooms


A lazy morning offers the chance for a final swim or stroll along the beach before we leave the coast behind us, our destination is the mountains of the Drakensberg. Running the length of the KwaZulu-Natal province, the Ukuhlamba Drakensberg Park is a UNESCO recognized world heritage site. Whether you go by the Zulu name uKhahlamba, meaning ‘barrier of spears’, or the Afrikaans name Drakensberg, meaning ‘dragon mountains’, these towering mountains will be our backdrop for the next two nights. On our way, we make a stop at the scenic Howick Falls and a visit to the nearby site that marked the capture of South Africa’s most famous man. In 1962, police waved down a car on a lonely stretch of road, they arrested Nelson Mandela who would go on to serve 27 years in prison before eventually becoming the president of South Africa in 1994.

Day 9: UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom - Monks Cowl or The Nest  
Camping: Campsite with shared washrooms. 


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. 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.

Day 10: Lesotho – Malealea (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom - Malealea Lodge
Camping: Campsite with shared washrooms. 


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 to the climb to our base high amongst the mountain peaks.

Day 11: Lesotho – Malealea (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom - Malealea Lodge
Camping: Campsite with shared washrooms


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 sure-footedness in the mountains and you have the opportunity of an optional pony trek this afternoon to experience this first-hand.

Day 12: South Africa – Graaff Reinet (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom - Profcon Resort
Camping: Campsite with shared washrooms. 


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 mighty 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.

Day 13: Greater Addo Elephant National Park area (breakfast, dinner)

Accommodated: Two per permanent tent with En-suite Bathroom - Kudu Ridge Lodge
Camping: Campsite with shared washrooms


Graaff-Reinet is a town with one of the highest concentrations of monuments and offers a charming insight into the history of the land. Setting course for the coast once again, we roll through the open plains of the Karoo and the wildlife charms of the Addo National Park.

Day 14: Greater Addo Elephant National Park area (breakfast, dinner)
Accommodated: Two per permanent tent with En-suite Bathroom - Kudu Ridge Lodge
Camping: Campsite with shared washrooms


This morning you will have the option to visit PE before returning to camp for lunch, this afternoon we visit the 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.

Day 15: Tsitsikamma National Park (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suites Bathroom - Tsitsikamma Cottages or Storms River Guest Lodge
Camping: Campsite with shared washrooms - Tsitsikamma Cottages or Tube n Axe Camping 


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

Day 16: Tsitsikamma National Park (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suites Bathroom - Tsitsikamma Cottages or Storms River Guest Lodge
Camping: Campsite with shared washrooms - Tsitsikamma Cottages or Tube n Axe Camping 


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. For the adventurous, the Waterfall Trail offers a spectacular winding path that follows the rocky coastline, an out and back trial we stop for a refreshing swim at the base of an icy Waterfall. For those who wish to get a birds-eye view of the magnificent forests, an optional zip line tour through the canopy is offered this afternoon.

Day 17: Heart of the Garden Route (breakfast)
Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom - The Dunes Hotel
Camping: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom


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.

Day 18: Oudtshoorn (breakfast, dinner)
Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suites Bathroom - Kleinplaas Holiday Resort
Camping: Campsite with shared washrooms. 


This morning the adventurous can join a number of optional activities on offer in the resort town of Plettenberg Bay, the winter months (July to November) offer some of the finest Whale Watching in the world and an ocean safari is not to be missed during these months. For those less inclined to adventure on the high seas, the morning can be spent at leisure on the beach or exploring this holiday town. This afternoon we cross the Outeniqua Mountains as we wind our way to the Klein Karoo, we end the day with a visit to the Ostrich Farm where we undertake a guided tour to learn more about the world’s largest birds.

Day 19: Oudtshoorn to Paarl (breakfast, lunch)
Accommodated: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom - Windsor Hotel
Camping: Two per Room with En-suite Bathroom


Our first stop this morning is visiting the impressive formations of the Cango Caves, we join a guided tour as we venture underground into this sprawling network of limestone caves. Traveling 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!

Day 20: Paarl – Cape Town (breakfast)
You will need to make your own accommodation arrangements tonight.

Cape Town is not only set in one of the most scenic parts of South Africa but offers a wide variety of attractions and highlights. We will gain a unique insight into the city when we join a local guide for a Cultural Tour. We Sample some of the fine Cape wines and spend some time exploring the town of Stellenbosch. To allow for Sundays and Public Holidays the order of events may be reversed today, the tour will however always end in Cape Town in the afternoon. Your tour comes to an end upon arrival in Cape Town.

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Meals listed on the itinerary are included. Vegetarians can be catered for and we do our best to offer a varied menu. Our guides can produce miracles on a camp-stove but please remember that they are cooking for the whole group on two gas burners. Special dietary requirements can be catered for, but only by special request. In East Africa it is more difficult to cater to certain requirements.

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On our camping tours you will be staying in two-man dome tents. We supply a mattress and you supply your own sleeping bag.
The accommodated tours stay in traditional huts, permanent tented camps and hotel rooms, the majority of these are ensuite.

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  • Should a client cancel a booking 60 days or less prior to the date of departure of the tour for any reason (except due to death or hospitalization), the client shall be liable to pay a cancellation penalty. The cancellation penalty is calculated by having regard to the nature of the booking, length of notice of cancellation and reasonable potential to find alternative customers. 
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