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18 Day South African Adventure Tour

Why book this trip? 

It’s a lovely small group (max 12) tour if you are wanting to see the highlights of South Africa while hiking, riding along dirt roads and stopping in scenic villages, then this is the tour you want to be on. We cover the beautiful places of Africa such as the Kruger National Park, the Great Karoo, the Addo Elephant National Park, Tsitsikamma National Park and the stunning green Garden Route. Expect long days of travelling, but also many hours exploring and going on adventures through Africa.

The trip starts at 0630am in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town at around 1800.

R26,650

+ Single Supplement EURO 205 (Optional)


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Tour Map
Tour Style Camping Small Group
Countries Visited South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho
Starts Johannesburg
Ends Cape Town
Group Size Max 12
Age Range 12 – 65 Years and older
 

 

18 Day South African Adventure Tour Tour Overview

Departing from Johannesburg
Ends in
Cape Town

This South Africa Adventure Tour leads you through the South Africa's Rainbow Nation. Camping, hiking and cultural stops will be made throughout the enchanting country of South Africa. This is a great small group inclusive adventure tour. The tour provides all equipment such as sleeping mats (5cm thick) and chairs with backrests. Tents are large, spacious (2.2 x 2.2 x 1.8 metre with built-in insect nets) and easy to erect. It is a limited participation tour which involves putting up your tent (very easy) and packing luggage into the truck. The tour leaders prepare all meals but we ask for help in washing up (on rotation). The tour involves some long travel days on bumpy roads which means early mornings , ideal for an adventurous traveller. On your safari you will stay in designated camping sites within national parks, private reserves, private campsites and towns. Facilities are good with hot showers, electricity (for charging cameras), clothes washing facilities with generally bars and restaurants. However a few of our camps are basic and have limited facilities with simple reed enclosures for showers but do have flush toilets.

Highlights

Included

  • 11 nights camping, 3 nights guest house, 3 nights cabin
  • Entrance fees
  • Use of camping equipment (except sleeping bag & pillow)
  • Transport in minibus / safari truck
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Professional guides (2)
  • God’s Window & Bourkes Luck Potholes
  • Kruger National Park, morning & afternoon game drives
  • Malalotja Game Reserve
  • Zululand Entrance fees, game drive
  • Morning and afternoon hikes in the Drakensberg Mountains
  • Lesotho Trekking with local guide and his pony
  • Addo Elephant National Park, afternoon & morning game drives
  • Tsitsikamma National Park
  • Cellar Tour, entrance fees to Penguin colony & Cape Point National Park
  • Guided walk up Table Mountain in Cape Town

Excluded

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks
  • Any optional activities

SKU: CAS0611
 

18 Day South African Adventure Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Johannesburg – Mpumalanga, South Africa

Leaving the City of Gold (Johannesburg) at around 06h30, we make our way east toward Mpumalanga – a region identifiable by the majestic mountains, picturesque passes, lush valleys, flowing rivers, mighty waterfalls and dense forests. We reside for the evening in the old, gold rush town of Pilgrims Rest, an area bathed in history dating back to 1873. We wander about this charming town, exploring along the way and paying visits to the renowned Bourkes Luck Potholes and the magnificent views at God’s Window.

Trip Highlights: Entrance to God’s Window & Bourkes Luck Potholes
Accommodation: Campsite – good ablution facilities & hot showers
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 350kms, ± 5 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch

Days 2 – 3: Kruger National Park, South Africa

Today we head into the world-famous Kruger National Park which is famous for being home to Africa’s Big 5, including lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant. We embark on thrilling game drives throughout the day that allow us fantastic opportunities for game viewing. There is a vast array of wildlife in this Park that we will try our best to find. The early morning and late afternoon game drives in which we partake get us amazingly close to the animals and the beautiful wilderness surrounding us.

Trip Highlights: Entrance to Kruger National Park, morning & afternoon game drives
Accommodation: Campsite – good ablution facilities, hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant & shop
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 150kms
Optional Activities: Night game drives in the National Park open game viewing vehicles

Day 4: Kingdom of Swaziland

Formally known as the Kingdom of Swaziland and led by King Mswati III, Swaziland is but one of three remaining monarchies in all of Africa. Swazis take special pride in their fascinating traditional lifestyle and cultures. Today we explore the Malolotja Reserve on foot in order to more truly appreciate the mountainous landscape, the unique birdlife and the 95 metre tall Malolotja waterfall. We spend our evening in log cabins with incredible views.

Trip Highlights: Entrance to Malalotja Game Reserve
Accommodation: Mountain Cabin – 2 twin bedrooms per cabin which share a bathroom and a washroom.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 200kms, ± 4 hours, excluding 2-3 hour morning drive out of Kruger, shopping stop in
Malelane, Jeppes Reef border formalities & stops for sightseeing

Days 5 – 6: Zululand, South Africa

Following a visit to the vibrant craft markets close to Mbabane, we return to South Africa. Kwazulu Natal is home to the threatened black rhino. Here, our entire day is spent game driving and making stops at waterhole hides to observe the variety of animals and hopefully spot these endangered species.

Includes: Entrance fees, game drive
Accommodation: Campsite – good ablution facilities, hot showers & swimming pool
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 300kms,  ± 4 hours, excluding border formalities + game drives

Day 7 – 8: Drakenburg Mountains, South Africa

We travel further south today, to the foot of the Dragon Mountains in the Drakensburg.  The following two evenings will be spent residing at the foot of these mountains, which grants you time to explore some of the gorgeous mountain stream trails or to simply relish in the incredible views offered to you by your lush surroundings.

Trip Highlights: Morning and afternoon hikes in the Drakensberg Mountains
Accommodation: Campsite – good ablution facilities, hot showers
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 400kms, ± 6 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch

Drakensberg

Days 9 – 10: Lesotho, South Africa

We journey through the mighty red sandstone cliffs of Golden Gate on the way to Lesotho. Charming villages and towns boast fascinating stops en route. Crossing the border, we make our way to southern Lesotho to our lodging for the evening – chalets located at Malealea. This lodge is situated in the mountains and acts as our base for the next two evenings. We awake early the following morning to devote our day to hiking with a local guide and his pony through the rough mountainous terrain.

Trip Highlights: Trekking with local guide and his pony
Accommodation: Malealea Lodge, Basotho Huts – 2 nights, bedrooms are twin sharing with shared ablutions.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 370kms, ± 8 hours, excluding stops for border formalities sightseeing & lunch

Day 11: Karoo, South Africa

Making our way down from the highlands of Lesotho, we head toward the Great Karoo which spreads over majority of central South Africa and is an enormous semi-desert. The Great Karoo has become renowned for its sheep and ostrich farming industries, as well as its roadside stands that promote and sell handmade windmills.

Accommodation: Cradock Tuis Huis Guest house – twin rooms with shared ablutions & restaurant
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance Covered: +/- 370kms,  ± 8 hours – a long day! excluding stops for border formalities sightseeing & lunch

Day 12: Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

The Addo Elephant National Park is renowned for its fantastic conservation efforts. It boasts an array of unique animals and is especially well-known for the indigenous ‘Addo Elephants’. We embark on game drives, seeking out elephant, black rhino, lion, buffalo and leopard – Africa’s Big 5! During the night, a popular activity is waiting at the floodlit waterhole to observe the different wildlife that roam down in search of an evening drink.

Trip Highlights: Entrance fees to Addo Elephant National Park, afternoon & morning game drives
Accommodation: Campsite – good ablution facilities, hot showers, restaurant, bar, shop & floodlit waterhole
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 270kms, ± 3½ hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch + game drives
Optional Activities: Night game drives in National Park open game viewing vehicles

Day 13 – 14: Tsitsikamma, South Africa

Our campsite situated at Storms River mouth is encircled by dense Tsitsikamma forests which are indigenous to the region. There are several hikes up the Storms River Gorge and along the rock-strewn, jagged coastline of the area. There is an opportunity here to partake in the world’s highest bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge from an astounding height of 216 metres. Whales can also be spotted if you happen to be in this area during whale season from July to November.

Trip Highlights: Entrance fees to Tsitsikamma National Park
Accommodation: Campsite – good ablution facilities, hot showers, restaurant, bar & shop
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 220kms,  ± 3 hours excluding stops for sightseeing
Optional Activities: Bungee jumping, whale watching & treetop canopy tour

Day 15: Overberg, South Africa

Following a visit to the renowned ‘Knysna Heads’ which overlook the ocean entrance to the serene Knysna lagoon, we journey south along the scenic Garden Route. We travel along the coast before making our way inland through the picturesque Overberg region and spend our evening on the doorstep of the beautiful Cape winelands.

Accommodation: Campsite – good ablution facilities, hot showers
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 510kms,  ± 7 hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch

Days 16 – 17: Cape Town, South Africa

Today we pay a visit to the beautiful region of Stellenbosch for a fantastic wine tasting and tour of the wine cellars. We spend our day exploring Cape Town and the various attractions offered by the ‘Mother City’. This includes visiting Cape Point, the Cape of Good Hope, Chapman’s Peak drive and Hout Bay’s harbour, as well as checking out the well-known beaches and the famous V&A Waterfront. There will also be an optional outing to the infamous Robben Island which will be at your own expense. Take the evening to try out one of the city’s attractive gourmet restaurants.

Trip Highlights: Cellar Tour, entrance fees to Penguin colony & Cape Point National Park
Accommodation: Sweetest Guesthouses – twin rooms with en-suite facilities, swimming pool & restaurant
Meals Included: Breakfast
Distance Covered: +/- 160kms,  ± 2 hours + winelands tour & full day Cape Peninsular tour on day 17
Optional Activities: Robben Island cruise, shark cage diving, seal colony visit

Cape Town

Day 18: Cape Town, South Africa (Tour Ends)

We ascend Table Mountain this morning to marvel at the incredible views over Table Bay and Cape Town. Our afternoon is spent finishing up some final curio shopping or simply relaxing on the beaches and soaking in the warm Cape sun. Our tour comes to an end in the early evening.

Trip Highlights: Guided walk up Table Mountain
Meals Included: Breakfast

 

 

18 Day South African Adventure Tour Activities

Included activities:

  • God’s Window & Bourkes Luck Potholes
  • Kruger National Park, morning & afternoon game drives
  • Malalotja Game Reserve
  • Zululand Entrance fees, game drive
  • Morning and afternoon hikes in the Drakensberg Mountains
  • Lesotho Trekking with local guide and his pony
  • Addo Elephant National Park, afternoon & morning game drives
  • Tsitsikamma National Park
  • Cellar Tour, entrance fees to Penguin colony & Cape Point National Park
  • Guided walk up Table Mountain in Cape Town


Other Activities

  • Bungee jumping
  • Whale watching
  • Treetop canopy tour
  • Tour to Robben Island
  • Shark cage diving

 

18 Day South African Adventure Tour Dates

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18 Day South African Adventure Tour Price

R26,650

+ Single Supplement EURO 205 (Optional)


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