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13 Day Durban to Cape Town via Lesotho Overland (Comfort)

R18,250

+ Single Supplement ZAR 2450

+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 1070


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

Durban to Cape Town Overland via Lesotho allows you to explore a wonderful diversity of South Africa and the Lesotho Kingdom.

 

 

Tour Overview

Departing from Durban
Ends in
Cape Town

A wonderful accommodated adventure safari tour which starts in Durban and ends in Cape Town and takes you along the Garden Route, Coffee Bay, Drakensberg and Lesotho. Great if you only have two weeks and would like to see the diversity of South Africa and the Lesotho Kingdom. Select Small Group Departures: ZAR 21450 (Max 12)

Included

  • Meals - 12 Breakfast, 10 Lunch, 10 Dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport

Excluded

  • All items of a personal nature
  • Alcohol
  • Snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Optional activities

SKU: ACS0414
 

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

Greater Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

Joined by the local guide this morning we are introduced to the historical highlights of thGraaf-Reinet before making our way to the course of the coast one again, Addo National Elephant 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 next two nights will be on a private game lodge just outside of the park. The following morning is spent driving in a safari truck in search of the elephants and other animals residing in the Addo Elephant Park.

Accommodation: Permanent Tents: Kudu Ridge Lodge
Facilities: En-suites Per Tent 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 Game Drive

Day 8 - 9

Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa

Following a game drive in the early morning, we leave the elephants to take a quick stop at the airport of Port Elizabeth. We then arrive in the afternoon at Tsitsikamma where we Garden Route awaits us. The name means ‘place of abundant water’, which it most certainly lives up to. It contains many indigenous forests and a gorgeous coastline. This region is home to the well-known Otter Trail hike of which the first couple of hours are included within your Activity Package. Making a brief stop in Jeffreys Bay where we enjoy the famous waves of this town and a surfing museum. The next day is free to tour the small village of Storms River as well as optional activities such as blackwater tubing, bungee jumping and the treetop canopy tours on offer. For those wanting to partake in an adrenaline activity, there is an optional hike along the Waterfall trail, known for its rocky coastline and icy Waterfall at the end of this adventure.

Tsitsikamma National Park is situated between the ocean and the Tsitsikamma Mountains, located along the Garden Route – one of the most striking coastlines of the world. The Park spreads over 80 kilometres along the coast between Nature’s Valley and Storm’s River mouth, and includes a variety of different ecosystems (indigenous forests, commercial plantations, Fynbos and inter-tidal areas). It also boasts spectacular scenery and walks. It was the very first Marine National Park to be declared in Africa and is currently the third most regularly visited of all twenty of South Africa’s national parks. The forest contains over 30 species of native trees, several of which tower above the forest canopy – the highest being approximately 36 metres tall, whilst others date back to more than 1,000 years ago.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Tsitsikamma Village Inn or Tsitsikamma Cottages
Facilities En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Addo National Park to Tsitsikamma ±210 km
Included Highlight: Morning game drive in Addo in Nomad truck, stop in the surfing town of Jeffreys Bay, Tsitsikamma National Park entrance
Optional Activity: Treetop Canopy Tours

Day 10

Heart of the Garden Route, South Africa

Today we travel a brief distance to Plettenberg Bay where, in the afternoon you can choose to either stay at the resort to unwind near the poolside or to partake in a short outing to explore nearby Knysna. Enjoy a dinner out this evening after the day’s adventures.

Though we reside in Plettenberg Bay tonight, the highlight of today is the Knysna Lagoon – a prime location for water sport or for relaxing and marvelling at the stunning splendour of The Heads. Voted South Africa’s favourite holiday town, Knysna is situated in the lagoon basin. It is guarded by The Heads – two looming sandstone precipices adjacent to a deep channel though which the water currents flow. At the Eastern Head, you will find fantastic views as well as a charming restaurant, whilst at the Western head you will find a privately owned nature reserve called Featherbed Bay.

The Knysna Lagoon is one the limited areas in the world that supports an oyster hatchery, making the town famous for its fresh oysters. Knysna is also well-known for its tasty beer that is locally manufactured at Mitchell’s Brewery. Wealthy in history, the museums of Knysna are certainly worth paying a visit to: the Milwood House Museum and the Angling Museum in the Old Gaol. There are various other attractions that range from lush rainforests, the close-by Buffalo Valley game Reserve, Featherbed Nature Reserve and Noetzie Beach to a broad assortment of restaurants and craft markets. The forest contains one of the biggest and abundant regions of indigenous trees remaining in South Africa and is, in certain areas, impenetrable. Knysna was initially established by George Rex in the 19th century as a port for the timber trade. As a consequence of logging, the forest was almost completely obliterated, but managed to escape destruction due to the conservation policies put in place in the 1880’s. The big herds of elephant that once wandered through the forests were not so fortunate. They all diminished except for one lonely female that remains there today. he gorgeous and elusive Knysna Loeries can still be spotted in this region, though, as well as a massive assortment of other birdlife and a few small antelope.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Dunes Resort OR Fairy Knowe Hotel
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Tsitsikamma to Plettenberg Bay ±70 km
Included Highlight: Morning Visit to Natures Valley and Afternoon at Leisure on Keurbooms Beach
Optional Activity: Bungee Jumping, Birds of Eden, Monkey Town, Dinner out

Day 11

Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Spend time this morning participating in the extra activities available before leaving to journey through the spectacular Outeniqua Mountains toward Oudtshoorn, where we pay a visit to the well-known Cango Caves. These caves are comprised of incredible halls and magnificent limestone formations. A local guide will come along and will be more than happy to teach you all about the system of the caves which stretches out for more than 4 kilometres.

Known as the Ostrich Capital of the World, Oudtshoorn named after Baron Pieter vod Rheede von Oudtshoorn, who died whilst making his way to the Cape in order to become Governor in 1773. Established in 1847, the town is located 300 metres above sea level, with the Swartberg Mountain range to the north and the Outeniqua range to the south. The home of Cornelius Jacob Langenhoven, Arbeidsgenot, was constructed here. Langhoven was in fact the author of the former South African National anthem “Die Stem”, part of which is still featured in the current National anthem. Ostrich feathers where must-have fashion items for the upper class just prior to World War I. The grand ‘feather boom’ started in 1870 with more than 750,000 domesticated ostriches being kept in the Little Karoo region, thus allowing an export of approximately 450,000 kgs of feathers per annum. World War I came soon after this boom, leaving austerity to become a way of showing support for War efforts. Numerous famers declared bankruptcy during this time but in later year, the ostrich farming industry was revived due to demand for ostrich leather, biltong, eggs and feathers. Currently, there are approximately 90,000 ostriches contained in the Little Karoo.

A popular belief is that the Cango Caves were initially explored by a local famer named Jacobus van Zy (after whom the first chamber, Zyl’s Hall, was named.). However, researches have not been able to reveal anyone by that name who was present in the Cango region in the 1770’s. In any case, it is now widely known that the Caves had been known to man since the Early Stone Age. During the 19th century, the Cango Caves entrance was 5 Rix Dollars, today’s equivalent of R500 (ZAR), but that did not discourage destructive tourists who or carving their named into the Cave walls an callously chipped away at portions of the fragile stalactites and stalagmites to take home as souvenirs. This resulted in Lord Charles Somerset, governor of the Cape Colony, publishing the very first Cave Regulation in 1820. The first law was constructed to protect the environmental resource of South Africa. It prohibited the collection of souvenirs, created fines for anyone found damaging the Caves formation and initiated an entrance fee that was to be paid to the District Officer who was made responsible for implementing these rules. Most of the important discoveries within the Caves were made by its very first full-time guie, Johnnie van Wassenaar, who was employed for 43 until he retired in 1934. He discovered many side chambers and introduced thousands of people to Cango 1, which is the only portion of the Caves that the public may visit. It is clear today that the Caves were known to man long before the Europeans initially landed in the Cape. Evidence of this is in recent findings of numerous tools discovered in the heart of the Cave’s mouth, thus proving that humans had lived and taken shelter here for at least 80,000 years.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Kleinplaas Resort
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn  ±150 km
Activity Package: Cango Caves Heritage Tour
Optional Activity: Ocean Safari, Township Tour, Sea Kayaking and Whale Watching (in Season)

Day 12

Oudtshoorn – Paarl, South Africa

We begin the day making our way to the Ostrich Farm where we will be guided on a tour learning all about the world’s largest birds. Journeying through the Klein Karoo, we follow onto Route 62. Making our way through the rural towns, we have the opportunity to sample the variety of treats and bakes along the way. One of the highlights today is Ronnie’s Sex Shop, not a sex shop at all, but a very interesting pub. Due to this being our final night, we will all attempt to head out to a gorgeous local restaurant for a delectable dinner.

Established in 1679, Stellenbosch was named after Simon van der Stel, the Governor of the Cape Colony at the time and it means ‘(van der) Stel’s forest’. The initial settlers of this bountiful area were encouraged to plant oak trees that resulted in the spectacular oak lined streets of Stellenbosch we can see today. This also led to the town being known as Eikestad (‘village of oaks’). Stellenbosch is located on the banks of the Eerste River (‘first river’), named so due to it being the first river reached and followed by van der Stel when Jan van Riebeeck sent him on a journey from Cape town over the Cape Flats in order to explore the region now known as Stellenbosch. Skilled in hydraulic engineering, the Dutch created a network of channels that would direct the water from the Eerste River, through Stellenbosch, along Van Riebeeck Street and eventually to Mill Street, where a mill was constructed. Shortly after the arrival of the first settlers, grapes were planted in the fruitful valleys surrounding Stellenbosch and thus, it soon became the main port of the wine industry of South Africa. One of the very first schools was set up in Stellenbosch in 1683 and, in the year 1866, the Dutch Reformed Church founded a gym, now known as the Stellenbosch Gymnasium. Renamed as Stellenbosch College in 1881, the Gymnasium eventually reached university ranking in 1918 and was thereafter called the Stellenbosch University, Today, over 26,000 students attend Stellenbosch University as it is presently recognised as one of the top four research universities in South Africa.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Le bac Estate
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Oudtshoorn to Paarl  ±370 km
Included Highlight: Ostrich farm visit, stop at Ronnie’s sex shop
Optional Activity: Dinner Out

Day 13

Paarl – Cape Town, South Africa

Being one of the most scenic places in South Africa, We make our way to Cape Town today. Offering a wide variety of attractions and highlights, we start day with the cultural tour of Cape Town. Exploring the town of Stellenbosch and  some of Cape Town’s finest wines, your tour comes to an end today.

Cosmopolitan Cape Town is the second most populated city in South Africa. It is an eclectic area containing a wide assortment of people from all over the world as well as a remarkable mix of Asian, European and African traditions. Situated on the Table Bay shores, Cape Town was initially established by the Dutch East India Company as a supply station for the Ditch ships sailing to Eastern Africa, India and the Far East. Upon Jan van Riebeeck’s arrival on the 6th of April 1652, the city was set up as the very first permanent European settlement of South Africa. Cape Town swiftly outgrew its initial purpose as the first European outpost at the at the Castle of Good Hope, and quickly developed into the economic and cultural centre of the Cape Colony. Up until the Witwaterstrand Gold Rush and the progressive improvement of Johannesburg, Cape Town was known as South Africa’s biggest city. It still remains one of the most well-loved tourist destinations of South Africa. The city is renowned for its gorgeous harbour, the iconic Table Mountain, and its natural location in the Cape floral kingdom. It encompasses vivid cultural and climate contrasts within the different regions that the city is comprised of, and is linked by fast freeways that enable you to travel from the wine farms of lush Constantia Valley to the sun kissed beached, the vibrant city centre or a shanty township, all in a mere twenty minutes or so.

Accommodation: Own arrangements/post-tour accommodation can be booked through us.
Route: Paarl to Cape Town  ±75 km
Activity Package: Cape Town Cultural Tour, Cheese and Wine Tasting
Included Highlight: Self-Guided Walk through Stellenbosch
Optional Activity: Lunch

 

Activities

The Activity Package of ZAR1070 (optional on this trip) includes the following:

  • Cape Town cultural township tour ZAR540
  • Cheese and wine tasting ZAR50
  • Cango Caves basic tour ZAR130
  • Graaff Reinet historical tour ZAR350


Other Activities

  • Malealea, Pony Trekking, Additional Hiking Options
  • Graaff Reinet, Valley of Desolation sundowner tour
  • Greater Addo Elephant National Park area, Addo Elephant National Park Sundowner Drive
  • Tsitsikamma National Park, Treetop Canopy Tours
  • Heart of the Garden Route, Bungee Jumping, Birds of Eden, Monkey Town, Dinner out
  • Somerset West, Dinner
  • Cape Town, Lunch

 

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R18,250

+ Single Supplement ZAR 2450

+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 1070


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R18,250

+ Single Supplement ZAR 2450

+ Activity Package (Optional) ZAR 1070

Small Group Departures ZAR 21450

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