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7 Day Drakensberg, Lesotho & Addo Overland South Tour (Comfort)

R12,450

+ Single Supplement ZAR 1380

+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 350


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Tour Style Accommodated
Countries Visited South Africa, Lesotho
Starts Durban
Ends Port Elizabeth
Group Size Max 20
Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older

This Drakensberg, Lesotho and Addo tour includes loads of wildlife and is a great safari through Africa.

 

 

Tour Overview

Departing from Durban
Ends in
Port Elizabeth

This accommodated adventure trip starts in Durban and travels via the Drakensberg , Lesotho, Hogsback , Addo Elephant Park and ends in the friendly city of Port Elizabeth. You can choose any of the local activities such as horse riding or a short guided hike in the spectacular surroundings to view Bushmen paintings. We spend time in Addo Elephant National Park game driving while surrounded by elephants. These magnificent creatures are always a highlight and Addo provides you with many fantastic photographic opportunities.

Included

  • Meals 6 Breakfast   6 Lunch   6 Dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport

Excluded

  • All items of a personal nature
  • Alcohol
  • Soft Drinks
  • Bottled Water
  • Snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Activity Package and Optional activities

SKU: ACS0407
 

Itinerary

Day 1 -2

Ukhahlamba Drakensburg Park, South Africa

We say our goodbyes to the golden beaches of KwaZulu Natal and journey inland to the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg, or Royal Natal National Park, which is part of the massive and beautifully picturesque Drakensberg Escarpment. The Drakensberg is South Africa’s tallest range of mountains with summits of over 3,000 metres. One of the most well-loved activities here is hiking and therefore, your guides will happily lead you on a gorgeous hike if you have not already opted to partake in other optional activities. On our second day, we go for a guided hike to see some of the renowned San rock paintings.

The Royal Natal (Ukhahlamba) National Park (‘Barrier of Spears’) is a world heritage site that boasts some of the most remarkable mountain settings in all of Africa. The vivid features include elevated grasslands, immaculate steep-sided river valleys and rocky gorges. The key characteristic is the world-renowned Amphitheatre, a rock wall around 5 kilometres long and over 500 metres tall. Above the amphitheatre is Mont-aux-Sources peak where the Orange (Gariep) river starts its travel to the Atlantic Ocean and Thukela River, flowing down the face of the amphitheatre, creating one of the tallest waterfalls in the entire world.

The most prevalent activity at Royal Natal is definitely the sport of hiking. An all-inclusive hiking guide will be available to buy at the Visitor Centre, at Thendele camp and at the main entrance gate. This brochure includes a comprehensive map of the Park as well as the systems of hiking trails which all lead to every section of the Park, ranging from a relaxed stroll to Fairy Glen to the physically demanding trek up the Crack and down the Mudslide. This phenomenal natural site is home to a variety of fauna and flora, and also contains plenty of caves and rock-shelters adorned with the biggest collection of rock paintings in Africa, south of the Sahara, created by the ancient San people over some 4,000 years ago. These artworks are representative of the spiritual life led by the San who are believed to have resided here until the year 1878. Numerous guided hikes will be available for you to partake in, in order for you to have a close look at these spectacular paintings. The region was originally spread over 3,330 hectares, but over time the land has been extended to gain its current size of 8,094 hectares.

Accommodation: Monks Cowl
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Durban to Drakensberg ±265 km
Included Highlight: Visit to the Mandela Capture Site, visit Howick Falls, Hike with your guide in Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

Day 3 - 4

Lesotho – Malealea, Lesotho

Today we enjoy an extremely aesthetically pleasing drive to the Lesotho border. We make our way through the magnificent cliff odd the Golden Gate National Park before entering Lesotho. The following day we rise early for those who want to take part in the well-loved pony trekking excursion (optional). During the optional overnight journey, Lesotho villagers will lead you along isolated paths where you can experience exceptional views. If you do not partake in these activities, feel free to stay behind at the lodge and simply unwind. Prior to our departure, we pay a visit to the local villages and primary school.

The Kingdom of Lesotho is a landlocked country situated in the middle of South Africa and is one of the few African countries with natural boundaries formed due to tribal demands, rather than those forced by colonial ruling. Like Swaziland, Lesotho is one of the three remaining monarchies in Africa, but in contrast to Swaziland, Lesotho’s King serves a mostly ceremonial function whilst the Prime Minister retains executive authority. This small country has very little natural resources and due to overpopulation, the agricultural potential has reduced. However, what the country does have is a big heart comprised of awe-inspiring natural splendour and plenty of hospitable, friendly people. The towering Maluti Mountains spread over majority of Lesotho. These mountains are a rough and untamed range that form their very own climate which inevitably leads to sudden falls in temperature as well as mighty thunderstorms. The earliest recorded occupants of Lesotho were the Khoisan hunter-gatherers. Proof of their inhabitance dates back to at least 30,000 years ago, with cave paintings along with other San artefacts discovered in various dispersed sites all over Southern Africa, plenty of which were found in Lesotho. The Khoisan’s artworks have given us a glimpse into their lifestyle as well as their deep spiritual bond with the earth and animals. However, the San (referred to as Bushmen by colonial settlers and as Baroa by the Basotho tribes of Bantu origin) were mistreated from the instant they were discovered by outsiders, and have long ago withdrawn to the sands of the Kalahari, their last remaining sanctuary.

Accommodation: Two Per Room Malealea Lodge
Facilities: En Suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Drakensberg to Malealea Lodge ±370 km
Included Highlight: Drive through Golden Gate, Morning hike, Lesotho Village Visit
Border Post: South Africa: Maseru Bridge, Tel: +27 (0) 51 924 4300, Open: 24hrs Lesotho: Maseru Bridge, Tel: +266 22 313 796, Open: 24hrs

Day 5

South Africa – Graaff Reinet, South Africa

Making our way back to South Africa, we journey across the mountaneous regions to the Great Karoo. This area is the heartland of the rural Southern Africa. Camp this evening is set in the historical town of Graaff-Reinet, known to be the fourth oldest town in the country.  Crossing the Orange River today we journey through the countryside making our way to the Karoo. You have the opportunity to enjoy an optional sundowner excursion to the Valley of Desolation this evening.

Accommodation Two Per Room: Profcon Resort
Facilities En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Malealea to Graaff Reinet ±495 km
Optional Activity: Valley of Desolation sundowner tour
Border Post: Lesotho: Vanrooyenshek, Tel: +27 51 583 1525, Open: 06h00-22h00. South Africa: Vanrooyenshek, Tel: +27 51 583 1516, Open: 06h00-22h00

Day 6 - 7

Addo Elephant National Park – Port Elizabeth, South Africa

This morning we are joined by a guide who introduces us to the historical facrs of Greef- Reinet before making our way to the coast again, Addo Elephant National Park. This exclusive Eastern Cape Nature Reserve is home to one of the densest populations of African elephants in the world. This park is just as much a marine park as it is a land park, giving you the opportunity to spot the ‘Big Seven’ (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, southern right whale and great white shark). Enjoy an afternoon game drive through the park. Accommodation for the night will be on a private game lodge just outside of the park. The following morning you enjoy your last game drive through the park before being transferred to Port Elizabeth and your tour ends here.

Accommodation: Permanent Tents: Kudu Ridge Lodge
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Graaff Reinet to Addo ±135 km
Activity Package: Graaff Reinet Historical Tour
Included Highlight: Half-Day Game Drive in Addo NP in the truck, Walk with your guide through the ranch
Optional Activity: Addo Elephant National Park Sundowner Drive

 

Activities

The Activity Package (optional on this trip) includes the following:

  • Graaff Reinet historical tour ZAR 350


Other Activities

  • Lesotho – Malealea Pony Trekking, Additional Hiking Options
  • South Africa – Graaff Reinet Valley of Desolation sundowner tour

 

Dates

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Price

R12,450

+ Single Supplement ZAR 1380

+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 350


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R12,450

+ Single Supplement ZAR 1380

+ Activity Package (Optional) ZAR 350

Small Group Departures ZAR 16250

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