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20 Day Tour of South Africa South (Small Group)

R24,950

+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 3000

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Tour Style Camping Small Group
Countries Visited South Africa, Lesotho, LesothoSwaziland
Starts Johannesburg
Ends Cape Town
Group Size Max 12
Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older

This Tour of South Africa is a budget, adventure-packed 20 day camping tour that takes you to the very best of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.

 

 

Tour Overview

Departing from Johannesburg
Ends in
Cape Town

Explore South Africa’s beautiful scenery, wildlife and the kind and welcoming people who call this country home. This budget, adventure-packed camping tour takes you to the very best of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.

Included

  • Meals - 19 Breakfast   13 Lunch   16 Dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport per itinerary

Excluded

  • International Airfares
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Visa costs
  • Border taxes
  • Passports
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal taxes (including departure and border taxes)
  • All optional activities and activity packages
  • Unscheduled or optional national / game parks and other activities
  • Gratuities
  • Sleeping bag if needed
  • Restaurant meals (other than those listed)
  • All drinks - Soft Drinks, Bottled Water
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Other items of a personal nature
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Alcohol
  • Snacks
  • Souvenirs
 

SKU: SGCS0403
 

Itinerary

Day 1

Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa

We depart from Johannesburg early today, journeying through the Mpumalanga province on our way to the magnificent Kruger National Park. Once you’ve settled in, you will be briefed on what lies ahead on your journey. An opportunity to take an optional sunset drive is made available this afternoon however booking is essential.

Accommodation Camp: Timbavati Safari Lodge or Nkambeni Reserve
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Johannesburg to Nkambeni Reserve ±480 km
Optional Activity: Sundowner Game Drive (Subject to Availability)

Day 2 - 3

Kruger National Park, South Africa

This morning we make our entrance into the world famous Kruger National Park, where we head off for an afternoon game drive. The entire day is spent game viewing from the advantageous height of our magnificent vehicle. The evening is free to take an optional sunset game drive. The following day we wake up early in the morning to make our way along the Panorama Route. An optional morning walk is made available for those wanting an earlier start to the day. Admiring the beautiful views at the Blyde River Canyon, Gods Window and Bourkes Luck Potholes.

Accommodation Camp: Nkambeni Reserve or Timbavati Safari Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Kruger National Park
Activity Package: Kruger National Park 4×4 game drive
Included Highlights: Panorama Route – Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, Pilgrims Rest, Game drive in truck
Optional Activity: Sundowner Drive (Subject to Availability), Morning Bush Walk (Subject to Availability)

Nomad Kruger National Park

Day 4

Swaziland – Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland

We will go on a final game drive today, as we leave the Kruger. After this, we drive to Swaziland, taking breaks en route at a fascinating local market. Swaziland is a landlocked country bordered by South Africa and Mozambique. Our evening will be spent in the Mlilwane Nature Conservation. Exploring the region on foot, this gives you the chance to enjoy the scenery as well as the wildlife; there are no dangerous predators here.

Accommodation Camp: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary or Mbuluzi Game Lodge 
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Kruger to Mlilwane ±230 km (in addition approx 150km in Kruger)
Included Activity: Game Drive in Kruger National Park
Border Post: South Africa: Jeppes Reef, Tel: + 27(0)13 781 0382, Open: 07h00-20h00 Swaziland: Matsamo, Tel: +268 323 2137, Open: 07h00-20h00

Day 5

Isimangaliso, Greater St Lucia Park, South Africa

This morning we enjoy a morning hike before departing from Swaziland. We go on a scenic drive near the turquoise Indian Ocean coast, re-entering South Africa.Reaching iSimangaliso Wetland Park there are a variety of optional activities on offer here  such as mountain biking and visiting the Chief’s traditional village are a few to mention. This UNESCO recognised region is extremely diverse and includes lakes, beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands that altogether support an astounding diversity of animal, bird and marine life. The afternoon is free to partake in a Zulu Cultural experience where you will be taught basic Zulu language and enjoy a local beer made from the local Ilala Palm.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Shonalanga
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Mlilwane to St. Lucia ±335 km
Included Highlight: Nature Walk, Zulu Cultural Evening
Optional Activity Mountain Biking, Swazi Cultural Excursion or Morning Game Drive – all in Mlilwane
Border Post: South Africa: Golela Border Post, Tel: +27(0)34 435 1070 Open: 07h00-22h00 Swaziland: Lavumisa Town Board, Tel: +268 20 790 93, Open: 07h00-22h00

Nomad iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Day 6 - 7

Hluhluwe – Umfolozi Game Reserve and Durban, South Africa

In the morning we travel to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve for a game drive in open 4×4 vehicles. The park is the only conservation area managed by the state in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, where all the Big Five can be found. The park now has the largest population of white rhino in the world, due to conservation efforts. We climb aboard a boat in the afternoon to embark on a delightful sunset cruise along the lagoon for some bird and hippo spotting. At the end of the afternoon, we reach the lively city of Durban – South Africa’s most famous surfing spot. We will spend our night in the centre of the city, giving you the chance to taste the Indian cuisine and enjoy this coastal city’s vibrant nightlife.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Shonalanga, Garden Court South Beach Hotel
Facilities En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: St. Lucia to Durban ±240 km
Activity Package: Game Drive in Hluhluwe/Umfolozi National Park, St. Lucia Boat Cruise
Optional Activity: Dinner out, U-Shaka Marine World

Day 8 - 9

Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, South Africa

We drive away from the beautiful beaches of KwaZulu-Natal and travel inland to the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg, or Royal Natal National Park, part of the huge and incredibly scenic Drakensberg escarpment. The Drakensberg Mountains is comprised of South Africa’s highest and most incredible mountains. We explore the mountain trails and take our time to enjoy the breathtaking sights in the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg (Royal Natal) National Park. On our second day, we go for a guided hike to see some of the renowned San rock paintings.

Accommodation Camp: Drakensville Resort  or Amphitheatre
Facilities: Shared Ablutions 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

Nomad Drakensburg Budget Tour

Day 10 - 11

Lesotho – Malealea, Lesotho

Today we will make our entrance into the incredible mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Passing through the Golden Gate National Park before reaching our destination in the afternoon. Lesotho is one of the world’s highest countries, lying over 1000m above sea level. The following day we wake up early and are given an opportunity to partake in an optional Pony Trekking Excursion through the secluded hills of Lesotho, accompanied by local guides. On your way back to our camping site, the group will visit the local village and school. You can also choose to remain at the lodge and relax, or experience an optional shorter ride.

Accommodation Camp: Malealea Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions 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
Optional Activity: Pony Trekking, Additional Hiking Options
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 12

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: Camp: Profcon Resort
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Malealea to Graaff Reinet
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 13 - 14

Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

This morning we are joined by a local guide where you will be introduced to the historical highlights of Graaf-Reinet before setting course for the 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 optional sundowners game drive in an open 4×4 vehicle present itself this afternoon.

Accommodation: Camp: Kudu Ridge Lodge
Facilities: Shared Ablutions 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
Optional Activity: Addo Elephant National Park Sundowner Drive

Day 15 - 16

Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa

After a final early morning game drive, we leave this incredible Park behind and have a brief stop at the surfing city, Jeffreys Bay – Famous for its waves and quaint surfing museum. In the afternoon we reach Tsitsikamma. The name means ‘place of abundant water’ and it is comprised of extensive forests, stretching towards the coastline and up to the mountains of Tsitsikamma. Here, you can spot the most wonderful tropical birds and plant life. The first few hours will be spent participating in the famous Otter Trail Hike (included in your Activity Package). The next day is free to explore the Storm River village and for the adrenaline seekers, the nearby Bloukrans Bridge offers the world’s highest bungee jump at 216m!

Accommodation: Camp: Tube n Axe 
Facilities: Shared Ablutions 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 17

Heart of the Garden Route, South Africa

We will travel to Plettenberg Bay today, where you have time to relax or explore Knysna – one of South Africa’s most popular coastal towns. The afternoon can be spent enjoying the optional activities on offer. The afternoon is spent on the stunning beaches of Keurbooms Lagoon.

Accommodation: Camp: Dunes Lodge 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 18

Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Today we travel through the wonderful Outeniqua Mountains near Oudtshoorn, where we visit the world-famous Cango Caves. The caves are comprised of outstanding halls and grand limestone constructions. A local guide will tell you everything you’d like to know about this 4 kilometre extensive cave system.

Accommodation: Camp: Kleinplaas Resort
Facilities: Shared Ablutions 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 Basic Tour
Optional Activities: Ocean Safari, Township Tour, Sea Kayaking and Whale Watching (in Season)

Day 19

Oudtshoorn – Paarl, South Africa

Today we will travel along the scenic Route 62 towards Somerset West, and take a possible stop at Ronnie’s Sex Shop (which is not a sex shop at all, but rather a fascinating countryside pub). Stellenbosch forms the centre of the Western Cape’s wine area and second oldest European settlement in the Western Province. As this is the last night on tour, we will visit a local restaurant tonight for a traditional dinner.

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  ±380 km
Included Highlight: Ostrich Farm Tour, Stop at Ronnie’s sex shop
Optional Activity: Dinner Out

Day 20

Paarl – Cape Town, South Africa

We start day with the cultural tour of Cape Town from District Six, to the informal settlements of Langa. Most commonly known as the areas of poverty, these areas are also quite vibrant and creative. Enjoy some of the capes finest wines and spend time exploring Stellenbosch. When we arrive in Cape Town this tour will come to an end.

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 (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
  • Hluhluwe game drive ZAR750
  • St Lucia boat cruise ZAR430
  • 4x4 Game drive in Kruger National Park ZAR750


Other Activities

  • South Africa Somerset West Dinner at local restaurant ZAR100 - ZAR200
  • South Africa Plettenberg Bay Dinner at local restaurant ZAR100 - ZAR200
  • South Africa Tsitsikamma Blackwater Tubing (Half Day) ZAR520- ZAR540
  • South Africa Plettenberg Bay Monkey Town entrance ZAR190 - ZAR210
  • South Africa Plettenberg Bay Birds of Eden entrance ZAR190 - ZAR210
  • South Africa Tsitsikamma Treetop / Canopy Tour (2.5/3hrs) excludes DVD ZAR595 - ZAR665
  • South Africa Tsitsikamma World Highest Bungee Jump ZAR870 - ZAR990
  • South Africa Tsitsikamma Bridge Walking Tours ZAR100 - ZAR150
  • Lesotho Malealea Pony Trekking excursion(Waterfall Trek) 4Hrs ZAR265 - ZAR530
  • Lesotho Malealea Pony Trekking excursion(Bushman Painting)2/3Hrs ZAR250 - ZAR420
  • Lesotho Malealea Pitseng Day Hike (6 hours) ZAR20 pp per hour
  • South Africa Durban Dinner out ZAR100 - ZAR200
  • Swaziland Mlilwane NP Rhino game drive ZAR240 - ZAR280
  • South Africa Greater Kruger Morning Bush Walk excl Conservations fees ZAR830 - ZAR900
  • South Africa Greater Kruger Evening Game Drive excl Conservation fees ZAR760 - ZAR820
  • South Africa Johannesburg Farewell Dinner ZAR75 - ZAR130
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R24,950

+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 3000





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