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20 Day Tour of South Africa South (Comfort)

This Tour of South Africa is an exciting trip filled with culture, wildlife, adventure, walking, mountains and beaches.

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

 

20 Day Tour of South Africa South (Comfort) Tour Overview

Departing from Johannesburg
Ends in
Cape Town

An accommodated safari through South Africa - hiking, cultural visits and wonderful game viewing in the Rainbow Nation. Visit the Kruger National Park, Swaziland, Zululand, Drakensberg, Garden Route and Cape Town.

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
  • Alcohol
  • Snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Other items of a personal nature

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20 Day Tour of South Africa South (Comfort) Itinerary

This itinerary has been written with the Activity Package items included. If you wish to participate in all the activities listed, you will need to purchase the Activity Package.

Day 1

Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa

We depart from Johannesburg early today, journeying through the Mpumalanga province on the way to the magnificent Kruger National Park. You have the opportunity to participate in an optional sunset drive in the park this afternoon, booking is essential. Once we’ve settled in, we will be briefed on what lies ahead on your journey.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Timbavati Safari Lodge or  Nkambeni Reserve
Facilities: En-suites per tent Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Johannesburg to Nkambeni Reserve  ±400 km
Optional Activity: Sundowner Game Drive (Subject to Availability)

Day 2 - 3

Kruger National Park, South Africa

We travel up to the world famous Kruger National Park and begin with a game drive in our truck. We will spend the day driving through the national park in our truck, which gives us an elevated view and helps with seeing wildlife. We will make the most of our day game driving through the Park. The Activity Package offers the the opportunity to experience Kruger in an optional open 4×4 safari vehicle. You have a second opportunity to enjoy an optional game drive this evening.

The following morning starts earlier for those wanting to do an optional morning walk while the rest of the day is spent travelling through the incredible Panorama Route, making stops at the Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes before returning back to the camp in the afternoon.

Set up in 1898 in order to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, the Kruger National Park (of almost 2 million hectares) is unmatched in the variety of animal species it contains and is a world leader in advanced environmental techniques and policies. The Park is home to around 145 species of mammal, more than 500 bird species (some of which are strictly indigenous to South Africa) and approximately 336 different tree species.

In 1927, when the first tourists visited the Park, they carried weapons and set up their own camps in areas surrounded by thorn bushes in order to guard themselves from predators. Throughout World War II, the Park was closed to the public and was then re-opened under new management in 1946. Currently, the Kruger National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the entire world, complete with the facilities one could expect from any top notch holiday destination. However, it has still managed to keep up an untouched environment that provides you with a truly ‘African’ experience.

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

Nomad Kruger National Park

Day 4

Swaziland – Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland

Following our last game drive in the Kruger National Park, we leave the Park and journey to Swaziland. The Kingdom of Swaziland consists of a landlocked country that is bordered by Mozambique and South Africa. Our accommodation for the evening is spent in the Ezulwini Valley.

The smallest country of the southern hemisphere, Swaziland is one of a mere three monarchies remaining in Africa. The Kingdom was declared independent from the Commonwealth in 1968 and is ruled by a King who is appointed in accordance with the Swazi traditions. If the King is absent or incapable of performing his duties for whatsoever reason, the Queen Mother acts on his behalf. This minute country made international headlines when it was ruled by two queens , one after the other. After the demise of King Sobhuza II, the substitute Queen Dzeliwe Shongwe reigned between 1982 and 1983, and just a few months following, Ntombi Twala became the country’s second female Head of State since the country’s independence.

Though Swaziland is surrounded on all sides by South Africa, it is bordered for roughly 100 kilometres by Mozambique in the east. Its natural resources are tremendously well-managed, and in spite of the size of the country, it contains some of the finest game reserves and national parks within Southern Africa. Elephants, lions and rhinos were wiped out due to hunting at one point, but have since been restored to the region. Swaziland is also quite famous for its abundant birdlife.

Milwane was Swaziland’s very first wildlife sanctuary, established in the 1960’s by a local farmer, Ted Reilly, who has since been contributory to the conservation of Swaziland’s natural heritage for countless years. The Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary is a stunning, isolated haven situated in Swaziland’s ‘Valley of Heaven’, the Ezulwini Valley located between Mbabane and Manzini. The sanctuary spreads over 4,560 hectares and consists of a southern and northern section. The southern region is mostly sweeping grasslands with middleveld flora that stretches up onto the incredible Nyonyane Mountain. Nyonyane has much historical significance as it is where the ancient San communities once resided as well as where the Swazi Royal family were buried. Behind these mountains, the remarkable Mantenga waterfall and gorgeous Usushwana Valley create a divide before extending up to the northern section, which includes one of the highest surrounding points at Luphohlo. From the western frontier, the enormous Usutu Forest boasts a vivid setting that stretches into the far-off hills. Tourist activities mostly take place in the southern section, with guided trails leading to the unspoiled mountains of the north. Meaning ‘little fire’, Milwane’s name originated from the countless fires initiated by strikes of lightning on the Milwane Hill’s stonework.

Accommodation: Hlane or Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary or Mbuluzi Game Lodge
Facilities En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Kruger to Mlilwane ±230 km (in addition, approximately 150 kilometres in Kruger National Park)
Included Activity: Game Drive in Kruger National Park (in the truck)
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), South Africa

Enjoy a hike this morning in the Ezulwini Valley. Exploring the region on foot, enabling you to fully admire your beautiful surrounds as well as the gorgeous animals. There is no need to worry whilst you are strolling about though, as there are no dangerous predators around. There are other activities on offer here before departing from Swaziland. We take a lovely drive toward the inviting Indian Ocean coast, once again entering South Africa, arriving at iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This UNESCO recognized region is tremendously eclectic and encompasses beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands which, all together, make for a gorgeous environment that sustains a massive assortment of animal, bird and marine life. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to be apart of a Zulu Cultural Experience.

Newly names the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, this tropical utopia spreads over approximately 240,000 hectares and is the biggest estuarine network in Africa. The Park includes the southern most extensive range of coral reefs on the entire continent and spreads over 220 kilometres of the East Coast, from St Lucia to the border of Mozambique. iSimangaliso boasts an enormous assortment of natural systems, ranging from dune, swamp and coastal forests to rocky and sandy shores, coral reefs and submarine canyons as well as a medley of mangroves, savannah grasslands, thickets and woodlands. It is the biggest guarded wetland in all of southern Africa with massive concentrations of nesting turtles on the beaches as well as the migration of whales, dolphins and whale-sharks off-shore. It also encompasses a large number of waterfowl including big breeding groups of pelicans, storks, herons and terns. The unique weather conditions of the Park as well as it’s sublime location has resulted in extraordinary biodiversity, including around 521 bird species. You can learn more about this UNESCO World Heritage site by visiting http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/914.

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 in Mlilwane, 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

Today we travel to the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve to embark on an open 4X4 vehicle game drive. This Park is the only one run by the state in the entire KwaZulu-Natal province, where all of the Big 5 can be found. Thanks to conservation efforts, this Park now boasts the biggest white rhino population in the world.  We climb aboard a boat in the afternoon to embark on a delightful sunset cruise along the lagoon for some bird and hippo spotting.

The following day we arrive in Durban – South Africa’s biggest marine port and a renowned surfing destination. Our night can be spent delighting in authentic Indian food as Durban is also home to the biggest number of Indian descendants outside of India itself.

Set up in 1895, the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve remains the oldest game park in all of Africa. The Park spreads over approximately 96,000 hectares and boasts a wide variety of wildlife and vegetation. It is specifically well-known for its conservation of masses of endangered black and white rhino. The remainder of the Big Five can also be spotted here: buffalo, elephant, lion and leopard, as well as plenty of other species including Blue Wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, waterbuck, nyala, kudu, bushbuck, warthog, cheetah, hyena, jackal and countless impala. Over 300 bird species have been identified in this region, making it one of the best bird-watching destinations in all of South Africa.

Durban is the metropolitan region that consists of Durban, Pinetown, Inanda and Umlazi, with a population of almost 2 million. A large majority of the first European settlers were shipwreck survivors. One of these survivers, Rodrigo Tristaa, endured a wreck in 1552 of the Portuguese galleon Saint John, and was the first to make Durban his home. Vasco Da Gama suggested the name ‘Natal’ (‘nativity’) to this expansion of coast. The bay entrance was known as Rio de Natal (‘river of the nativity’). The Zulu nation’s formation provided wealth for a trade market in this region. Merchants established a harbour where the base of trade with Zulus could be created. Durban was therefore formed by a population of a mere 26 traders and ivory hunters. On the 23rd of June, 1835, the area was officially named Durban, after Sir Benjamin D’urban – the governor of the Cape.

Accommodation Two Per Room: Shonalanga (Day 6) & Garden Court South Beach Hotel (Day 7)
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 Durban

Day 8 - 9

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. We stop along the way at the picturesque Howick Falls and pay a visit the the site where our former president Nelson Mandela was held captive for 27 years before becoming South Africa’s president in 1994. On our second day, we go for a guided hike to see some of the renowned San rock paintings. There are a variety of different trails to accommodate for every client needs in order for everyone to enjoy the

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 10 - 11

Lesotho – Malealea, Lesotho

Today we enjoy an extremely aesthetically pleasing drive to the Lesotho border. We make our way through the magnificent cliff off 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
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 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 13 - 14

Greater Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

Joined by the local guide this morning we are introduced to the historical highlights of the Graaff-Reinet before making our way to the coast once 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).  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. Enjoy an optional sunset game drive in an open 4×4 in the afternoon.

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 15 - 16

Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa

Following a game drive in the early morning, we set out towards Tsitsikamma where the spectacular 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. Making a brief stop in Jeffreys Bay where we enjoy the famous waves of this town and a surfing museum before reaching our destination for the following two nights. 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 or Khoi San Village
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 the 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

Today we make our way into the Heart of the Garden Route, viewing the stunning beaches, forest walks and many optional activities to choose from. In the morning we explore Nature’s Valley, the town offers a chance to embark on a hike or simply unwind at the heavenly beaches. The afternoon is spent at the beautiful beaches of the Keurboom Lagoon and the evening is spent enjoying dinner out after your adventure filled day.

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 18

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 or De Oude Meul
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 19

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 20

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

Onward Travel Plans

Due to on the road variable beyond our control (such as border crossings, traffic, delays, etc) on the tours. The end time on the last day can’t be guaranteed and therefore we strongly recommend you stay the night and fly out the next day. Please consult with your booking consultant.

 

20 Day Tour of South Africa South (Comfort) Activities

The Activity Package allows you to pre purchase select popular activities, reducing the amount of money you need to take on tour. It is not compulsory.

  • Cape Town cultural township tour ZAR 540
  • Cheese and wine tasting ZAR 50
  • Cango Caves basic tour ZAR 130
  • Graaff Reinet historical tour ZAR 350
  • Hluhluwe game drive ZAR 750
  • St Lucia boat cruise ZAR 430
  • 4x4 Game drive in Kruger National Park ZAR 750


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) ZAR20pp 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
Price subject to change

 

20 Day Tour of South Africa South (Comfort) Dates

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20 Day Tour of South Africa South (Comfort) Pre Departure

Pre-Departure Information

Important Touring Tips:

  • The itinerary is a guide ONLY and is subject to change
  • There is a mix of different nationalities, ages and cultures on every tour
  • Space in the truck is limited – PLEASE DON’T BRING TOO MUCH LUGGAGE!
  • The tours are high adventure tours, so don’t expect European Coach tours or lodge safaris
  • The tours are often created in a circular route i.e. where one tour ends, another begins
  • The rate is the same throughout the year
  • Should you be travelling to Kenya. The Kenya government has instituted a Zero Tolerance on usage of All Plastic Bags. On the spot fines (400 USD) are being issued.

What are adventure tours?

These are adventure tours perfect for people who enjoy camping and the outdoors. You get to experience the “real Africa” by camping out at night, sitting around the campfire, taking in beautiful scenery, visiting local shops and getting to know the locals.v

What is a typical day?

A typical day on either your camping or accommodated Africa overland tour starts with an early morning wake-up call and a cup of tea or coffee followed by breakfast. Campers pack-up their campsite while comfort travellers check-out of their accommodation and hit the road.

We set off to our next destination travelling through a vast variety of landscapes, making our own new memories with new friends. Each day in Africa offers a new experience from an early morning sunrise hike, quad biking, sky dive or guided nature walk. The options are endless!

We have shorter travel days arriving at our campsite by midday or early afternoon, to enjoy lunch before joining our afternoon activity or simply enjoying a relaxed afternoon at your own pace.

On our longer travel days an early start ensures an earlier arrival at our campsite. We stop off at scenic spots to stretch our legs and take in the scenery, before lunch is enjoyed at a shady spot en-route. A mid- to-late afternoon arrival at our campsite allows us to set up camp, enjoy a beautiful sunset and end the day sitting around the campfire, under the stars.

Our best advice: expect the unexpected as this is Africa! We travel mainly on gravel roads and poorly kept tarmac roads – both setting the pace at which we travel. We do our best to arrive at our next destination, safety is our number one priority and while our overland vehicles are comfortable and spacious, they are not sports cars!

What type of vehicles do we use?

  • A custom-built, comfortable, safe and self-sufficient Africa overland truck to withstand the rugged African terrain.
  • Various vehicles are used on varying tours, with each offering comfortable seats with ample leg room.
  • Each vehicle has large glass windows for uninterrupted views and perfect for game drives.
  • Smaller 4×4 land cruiser type vehicles are used for game viewing in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, due to the roads being tougher and too narrow for the overland trucks.
  • Each overland vehicle includes a passenger safe to safely keep money + passports + flight tickets + credit cards. The keys are kept with your Tour Leader who will advise of safety requirements in place concerning the safe.Who is suited to go on an adventure tour?
  • Almost anyone can go on an adventure.

Some level of fitness is required due to accessing the vehicle and spending long days on bumpy roads (can take it out of you).EAST AFRICA TOURS require a more adventurous, fearless attitude and are suited to a younger traveller.
If you are planning to trek with the Mountain Gorillas or climbing Mount Killi you will need to have a higher fitness level.

WHAT TO EXPECT ON A CAMPING OR ACCOMMODATED TOUR

Camping Tours:

A camping safari is for travellers who want a hands-on experience of Mother Nature. The guide(s) will do most of the work, but you will be required to assist with various tasks such as preparing the food, washing up, cleaning out the truck and setting up the campsite and your tent. If you dream of a lifetime African adventure, embark on a journey with us sleeping under the stars while listening to the sounds of wildlife in the distance.

We offer camping safaris suited to travellers who may prefer to travel in a younger group (aged 18 to 39). Or, you can choose a mixed age group (18 to 60). A camping safari must not be underestimated and will require active participation which means good health and a fair degree of fitness. We have a tour to suit what you have in mind, so please do not hesitate to enquire with us.

During an African camping safari you will stay in large two-man dome canvas tents which are spacious enough for two adults and your luggage. Or, you can opt to have your own tent by including the single supplement (valid on select camping tours).

Your tents are put up and taken down easily – your Tour Leader will show you exactly how to do this and help out when you are unsure. All tents are well-ventilated by means of a tent-door and window, covered with mosquito net. They also include a fly-sheet for the rain.

Most camping safaris include a sleeping mat (please do check with us upon enquiry). You need to bring your own sleeping bag, pillow and towel. All meals are prepared at the truck and you will be required to assist with the preparation.

The African campsites are basic and comfortable and you will be able to upgrade your accommodation at most of the places, but this is subject to availability. Most have warm showers and flushing ablutions, while others may have natural ablutions. Some places visited are bush camps where there are no facilities.

Accommodated Tours:

Accommodated safaris are ideal for travellers who prefer to experience African wildlife and adventure with extra comforts. You are surrounded by vast landscapes and wildlife, curiously roaming at your door-step. It is comfort, without the price tag!

Our accommodated safaris make use of a combination of lodges, hostels, bungalows, chalets, permanent safari camps, hotels and traditional huts. Our properties are ideally located at each destination for an authentic experience with incredible views.

We book Twin rooms if you are travelling with a partner or friend and Single rooms for single travellers (including single supplement). Most of the time we stay in 1-3 star properties with en-suite bathrooms in Southern Africa. In Eastern Africa we offer a combination of en-suite and shared bathrooms. In the case of shared bathrooms, you will be sharing with friends on your tour. Please bring your own towels as these are not always provided.

Select accommodated safaris include a camp assistant to help out with the smaller aspects of your vacation.

The standard of the properties varies along the trip. The Southern Africa properties are much more established than the East Africa accommodation. They vary from basic (but comfortable) to lovely properties. Due to the remote nature of the trips, accommodation choices are limited.

Distances and Road Conditions:

Our tours cover long distances so you can see significant amounts of Africa this means that there will be long days spent on the road often with nothing to look at except vast open plains. You can spend between 350km and 650km a day in the truck so it is important to be prepared.

What will you eat on safari?

Our Africa overland vehicles are fully stocked with dry goods at the start of each tour. We buy fresh produce (fruit and vegetables) almost daily to ensure fresh, good quality and tasty meals. Over the summer months fresh produce is not always available due to the heat and humidity, especially in East Africa and Mozambique – so we may have to skip tomatoes from lunch or opt for rice instead of potatoes at dinner.

Each Africa overland camping and accommodated tour include meals as per the itinerary. Often, we may only include breakfast and lunch, allowing you to enjoy dinner at a local market or restaurant. Drinks such as tea, coffee and fruit juice is included with every meal, but exclude bottle water, beer, soft drinks, alcohol etc. – these can be bought en-route or at your campsite bar.

We do cater for most dietary requirements (allergies, vegetarian, lactose-intolerant). Other requirements (gluten-free) may be more challenging on remote routes (i.e. East Africa) where starch is a stable-food in Africa. Please do speak to us about your dietary requirements and we will advise according to your trip. You will be amazed by the variety of tasty meals prepared on an open-fire!

Almost all your meals are pre-prepared over an open campfire or on the gas stove in your overland vehicle. All cooking equipment such as pots, pans, cutlery and crockery is included for you. Excellent hygiene standards are maintained at all times preparing food and washing up of kitchen equipment. Your guides will provide you with a separate washing up basin to wash hands in warm soapy water before and after each meal.

Our camping tours are limited participation tours, whereby we ask you to help out with daily chores (putting up / taking down tents) and help out your guides at meal times (rinsing, chopping vegetables).

So what are the meals like on tour? We have included a few meal options as a guideline:

Breakfast:

Tea/coffee and juice + cereals + bread/toast + fruit. Take 2 fruits and keep one for a mid-morning snack. An occasional cooked breakfast (bacon, pancakes, eggs) is made when you have more time to allow for this (normally when you spend 2 nights at the same destination).

Lunch:

Juice + bread + cheese + cold meats + salads + fruit (make a sandwich for a mid-afternoon snack)
Juice + fresh rolls + green salad (or rice salad or pasta salad) + fruit.

Dinner:

Tea/coffee and juice + chicken curry + rice, grilled or roast chicken + salad + garlic roll, grilled chicken + vegetables + salad, fish braai + salad, steak + veggies, pasta, stir-fry + rice, casserole, braai (barbeque) + salads + jacket potatoes, soup + fresh rolls.

Drinks:

Tea, coffee and cordial drinks are supplied with meals but other cooldrinks and alcohol can be purchased along the way.

What about children on tour?

  • Due to the nature of overland tours the minimum age limit is 18. Younger travellers (10 to 17) travelling with a parent(s) will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on the tour, time of travel and tour availability. We do have select tours offering Family Departures, suited for children aged 10 to 17.
  • Privately arranged charter tours’ age limits will be assessed based on the route and type of tour you choose.
  • Please bear in mind that the Gorilla Trekking tours have a minimum age limit of 16 years.

Packing for your tour:

Packing sensibly is essential for your Africa Overland trip. One backpack and one daypack are needed and these can weigh no more than 25kg. A duffel bag is preferable as it will fit into the lockers on the truck, but you can also take a backpack with a compact, flexible, soft shell (without a hard frame). Please do not take suitcases. The airlines implement a 20kg per person limit on international flights for your luggage (your main bag) and a further 5 kg for carry-on luggage (your day bag). A good idea is to include a spare bag for curios that you may purchase, but don’t forget to include this in your weight for your trip home. A moneybelt is a useful item for keeping your money safe and hidden.

Take along comfortable, casual and semi-casual “wash & wear” clothes. Cotton is a good material for when it is hot, and fleece for when it gets cold. Pack clothes that don’t crease easily as the laundry facilities are limited. Find clothes that can be mixed and matched easily and are colour co-ordinated. A great item of clothing is zip-off pants. These double-up as shorts or trousers and are useful for when the weather changes. Reversible clothes are also very convenient and will help to reduce space in your bag.

Clothes:

  • 3-4 short sleeved shirts or T-shirts
  • 2 pairs of trousers or 1 pair and 1 skirt – try not to pack jeans as they take a long time to dry
  • ¾ pants
  • Warm sweater or fleece top
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts
  • Tracksuit pants
  • Light sweater or sweatshirt (can also be used as an additional pillow)
  • Warm fleece top
  • Underwear and socks
  • Hat/peak cap/bandana
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Water/wind-proof jacket
  • Boots or sturdy trainers

Beachwear:

  • Swimsuit
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach towel and/or sarong
  • Sandals or thongs (need to be waterproof if you want to go white-water rafting)

Toiletries:

  • Personal toiletries
  • No electric shavers
  • Hand sanitiser/wipes (waterless sanitisers are convenient)
  • Baby wipes/wet wipes
  • Tissues
  • Moisturiser
  • Face wash
  • Facecloth

Sleepwear:

  • Pyjamas
  • Travel pillow
  • Spare pillowcase
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Fleece blanket

Medication/first aid kit:

  • Prescription medication
  • Anti-histamine cream or tablets
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Sunscreen (high factor) and lip balm
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Pain killers
  • Eye drops
  • Diarrhoea medication
  • Moisturiser
  • Dehydration salts
  • Elastoplasts/band aids
  • Insect repellent (Malaria is a big problem in Africa, so the more protection the better)
  • Sterile dressings

Extras:

  • Water bottle
  • Book (you can swap with the rest of the group)
  • Extra memory/film for your camera (remember to set at the highest resolution as you might want to enlarge the pictures)
  • Head torch
  • Pens
  • Zip-lock bags (medium sized for cameras, snacks, trash etc.)
  • Extra batteries
  • Travel power strip ( a compact three-plug unit that includes two USB connections. With just one wall plug you can charge five gadgets) Buy on Amazon and will help to reduce space in your bag.
  • Penknife
  • Watch
  • Biodegradable laundry detergent
  • Vaccination certificates for some areas
  • Cash
  • Small scrubbing brush
  • A padlock for your luggage locker in the truck
  • The power plugs in SA have 3 round pins. East Africa has British power plugs.

Laundry:

  • There will be washing facilities at most campsites which you can make use of.
  • Please remember to bring some environmentally friendly washing
  • We suggest you take along crease-free clothing as the facilities available for ironing are limited

Safety on Game Drives:

  • When on safari be as quiet as possible at all times and don’t make any sudden movements, this will ensure you don’t disturb the animals and get the most out of your game drive.
  • Do not jump off the truck at any time.

Accommodation (Pre Tour):

  • It is highly recommended to arrive a day before your tour starts so that you do not miss out on the pre departure meetings as it covers important information you need to know for your trip.
  • It is strongly advised that you arrive a day before the tour starts.
  • We do advise letting us know as soon as possible in order for us to make the best hotel reservation for you.
  • Post accommodation can be very easily arranged.

Personal Health:

  • Ensure that the guides know of your medical conditions!!!
  • Let them know how you are feeling.
  • AIDS is an enormous problem in Africa so please be careful and practical, condoms are cheap and freely available.
  • A First Aid Kit is available on the truck for any emergencies.

Vaccinations:

  • Please ensure you seek medical advice from your travel doctor before visiting Africa.
  • You should consult your travel doctor or travel clinic for the latest requirements for Hepatitu A (Havrax), Yellow Fever, Tetanus Booster Shot, Rabies
  • If you are entering a Yellow Fever infected area, you will be required to have a vaccination which can be done at Travel Clinics.
  • Obtain an international Certificate of Vaccination with a valid stamp.
  • Yellow Fever – Valid for 10 years and mandatory for most African countries. It is compulsory to produce a yellow fever certificate when entering Kenya, Zanzibar and Malawi and for taking part in the Gorilla Trek. Failure to present this may result in entry being refused.
  • We also recommend that you ask your doctor about: Typhoid, Tetanus, Hepatitis, Meningitis, Polio, Hepatitis A&B, Cholera
  • Tents have mosquito nets in the vents and it is not generally necessary to bring a separate mosquito net unless you plan to sleep outside, under the stars(in which case you are recommended to bring one)

Malaria:

  • Malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes and is more prevalent in areas where there are high concentrations.
  • Malaria is a serious problem in Africa, but if you are cautious and use mosquito repellent and take your malaria tablets you will be safe.

Main points to keep in mind about malaria:
o Cover your skin with long shirts, pants and socks as most mosquito bites occur below the knee.
o Make sure your mosquito net is tightly closed and doesn’t have any holes in it.
o Use an effective prophylactic and speak to your doctor about options for anti-malarial tablets
o Always cover yourself with mosquito repellent, especially at sunset.
o Please know that malaria cannot be cured!

Water:

  • Dehydration is a common ailment on tour.
  • You should be drinking a minimum of 2 litres of water per day
  • It is preferable to drinking bottled water to avoid diarrhoea, but your guide will advise you as to whether you can drink the water or not.

How others can reach you:

  • The easiest option to keep in touch with your loved ones at home is to buy a SIM card of the respective country you are travelling in.

Photography:

  • You are not permitted to take photographs at the border crossing, government buildings and military institutions.
  • No photographs of the army, police are allowed.
  • Some tribes do not allow their pictures to be taken so please ask your guides before photographing whether it is permissible or not.
  • A fee may have to be paid for photographing the local people.

Crew and Guides

Tour Crew:

Your tour crew are people with a heart of gold and love living in Africa! With an in-depth knowledge of the local culture, history and wildlife, your crew are committed to ensuring a memorable African overland tour, 24/7.

  • Most overland tours include two crew members (Driver and Tour Leader) working as a team managing tour finances, planning activities, preparing meals and ensure you safely experience Africa.
  • Our larger group overland tours (maximum 26 to 30) include a third crew member (Camp Assistant or Cook or Translator – tour depending).
  • A pre-departure meeting is held the day before your tour, where tour crew will brief you on the nature of your tour and what to expect. At this point they would also collect any local payments needed for your tour.
  • We have select shorter small group tours including one crew member, responsible for driving and tour management. It is perfect for an exclusive, personalised African experience.

The Guides:

  • All overland guides and crew undergo extensive training courses, lectures and field instruction on an on-going basis. Specialised guides are contracted for special interest tours (including school and University group tours) or language tours (Spanish and German) or private overland tours (on request).
  • Although overland guides are trained and qualified, remember they are still human. The nature of their work and duration of overland tours, places an enormous demand on them and can be taxing at times. Please treat them with respect and enjoy getting to know them. They are great people!

Climate and Weather Conditions:

  • The weather in Africa can be unpredictable and extreme so be prepared for this.
  • You can find out the type of weather to expect on your tour from your consultant.
  • Always wear sunscreen from October to April.
  • Temperatures can drop to below zero from June to September.
  • It does rain in Africa!

Street Vendors:

  • Like with any 3rd world country you will encounter informal vendors offering you better rates than the banks. We suggest you don’t work with them for security reasons.
  • Please do not display your foreign currency in public.

Passport:

  • A valid passport is required for all international travel.
  • Having all the necessary documentation for your trip is your own responsibility therefore you need to find out by your travel agent what the essential documents for the trip are in order to avoid any complications on tour.
  • Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after returning from your trip.
  • In certain cases foreign passport holders require entry, re-entry or departure permits and/or visas to enter a country.
  • Have enough pages for all visas, at least 2 pages free for every country visiting – the Border Security is strict with this rule
  • A copy of your passport should be given to your guides for safety reasons.
  • Must be valid for 6 months after the date of departure from Africa.
  • Avoid using more than one passport to avoid visa payments when travelling

Visa:

  • Please note that visas are the responsibility of the traveller and African Overland Tours will not be held responsible for the traveller being denied entry should they not be in the possession of the relevant visas.
  • Ensure you have a valid onward/return ticket to leave the country when the tour ends, otherwise you need sufficient funds in your bank account.
  • Visiting the Okavango Delta, you may need a double entry visa for Namibia and or Botswana
  • Botswana Tourism Levy: As of 1 June 2017, Botswana has implemented a tourism levy of US$ 30 per person to be paid in US Dollars cash once you enter.

Insurance

Medical Insurance:

  • Compulsory! No one will be allowed on a trip if you don’t have this. It is for your safety should anything happen while on tour (especially when in a remote location).

Travel Insurance:

  • It is compulsory to have comprehensive adventure travel insurance, on all overland tours. We require your travel insurance details upon booking your vacation, to include on the passenger list.
  • Most travel insurance policies do not include cover for adrenaline sports and adventure activities. These include white-water rafting, sky diving and bungee jumping. So double check your policy inclusions.
  • WorldNomads Insurance offer adventure travel insurance and, most importantly, cancellation insurance. We strongly recommend your travel insurance includes cancellation and curtailment insurance. The majority of tour departures are guaranteed (confirmed to depart) but in the unlikely event of a tour departure being cancelled, you would be protected.
  • In the case of credit card insurance, we recommend you check the fine print to ensure you have adequate cover as credit card companies offer a standard option. Sometimes, just for a simple problem, you may have to be airlifted to South Africa as many public hospitals in Africa are below western standards.
  • If you choose to use your credit card insurance, you will need to call your bank to obtain your policy details. This is how:
    • Phone your bank
    • Give them your Bank Card Number
    • They will ask you to verify your account
    • Then you need to ask for the insurance company name
    • Then you need to ask for the policy number
    • Remember to keep the telephone number you dialled

Single Supplements:

A single supplement is an additional charge you will pay for your own room. Single supplements are optional on camping tours, but compulsory on accommodated tours if you are a single traveller. Single supplements do not cover Activity Packages.

Optional Activities:

Optional activities are not included in the tour price because not everybody wishes to do them. Sometimes the activities are not available due to time, season or weather conditions

What is a Local Payment?

  • A number of adventure overland tours are made up of a Tour Price + Local Payment.
  • The Tour Price is pre-paid to secure your tour seat and include operational costs associated with each tour, such as; guide salaries, fuel, vehicle servicing, maintenance, road tolls and taxes.
  • The Local Payment is a portion of your overall tour cost paid on the morning of tour departure, in either US Dollars cash or ZA Rand cash (tour depending). It includes “on tour” expenses which cannot ordinarily be pre-paid such as: food, camping, national park entry, included activities.

Activity Package:

  • A selection of tours are made up of a Tour Price + Optional Activity Package.
  • The Tour Price is pre-paid to secure your tour seat and include operational costs associated with each tour, such as; food, camping (or accommodation), national park fees, guide salaries, fuel, vehicle servicing, maintenance, road tolls and taxes.
  • The Optional Activity Package combine the popular activities available on the tour, giving you the option to pre-pay this package (and so carry less cash while travelling) or; you can pay it on the morning of departure to your Tour Guide in ZA Rand cash.
  • Activity packages are optional 98% of the time and covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on the tours.
  • It is more convenient to pay these upon your arrival or on the first day of the tour.
  • If you do not pre-book a particular activity it may not be available and you may be disappointed.

Money Matters:

  • Your spending money, visas and optional activities needs to consist of a combination of Cash and Traveller Cheques in the currency quoted (tour specific). Credit cards are only accepted at some places (mostly larger cities) and throughout South Africa.
  • Visas are not accepted in East Africa.
  • In Southern and East Africa, additional credit card surcharges from 5% to 8% may be charged when using your card. It is best to use it only in case of emergency.
  • US Dollars, GB Sterling, Euro and select international currencies are used within Africa, with US Dollar being the most popular. You will find food, taxi, accommodation and optional activity prices are all quoted in US Dollars.
  • US Dollars cash notes must be issued POST 2005. No notes pre-dated are accepted due to fraudulent notes rife in East Africa. You can pre-order US Cash notes from your local bank or foreign exchange office prior to arriving in Africa.
  • It is best to bring a combination of larger denominations (USD100 and USD50) to pay for your Local Payment and smaller denominations (USD50, UDS20, USD 10 and USD5) for spending money, visas and optional activities.
  • ATMs are found throughout South Africa and other major towns and cities through Africa. However, you may not have access to an ATM for a few days, or they may be out of order. Please note that when drawing money from a local ATM, you will receive local currency. In Zimbabwe the ATM’s limit the amount of USD that can be withdrawn (it ranges from 50 USD – 200 USD a day).
  • ZAR is mostly used in South Africa and Namibia. We recommend USD for Botswana, Mozambique, Livingstone and Victoria Falls area.

Credit Cards:

  • Most of the major Southern and East African cities do have credit card facilities available however they may charge you a surcharge to use the facility.
  • Visa and Mastercard are the two most widely used accepted credit cards in Africa, while diners or American Express may not always be accepted

Banking facilities:

  • There are full banking facilities in the major towns based on weekly business hours. Here you can change money and withdraw cash from a credit card. Visa and Master Card are preferential, as other cards may not be widely accepted.

Tipping:

  • It is recommended to tip for various activities on tour – we suggest a tip of 1-3 euro (or whichever local currency is acceptable) per client, per half day activity.
  • Tipping your tour leader is also highly recommended as he / she works really hard to ensure you have the best experience on your tour. A tip of 2 – 5 Euros per client per day is a reasonable fair.
  • The amounts quoted above are only guidelines for the clients.

Departure Tax:

  • Various countries require you to pay an Airport Departure Tax (Zimbabwe is one) when departing on an international flight.
  • Varies from US$10 – US$60 depending on the departure time

Security:

  • The truck has a safe for passports, money, credit cards and flight tickets only!
  • Keep your cameras, cell phones, iPad’s and other digital equipment close to you at all times (preferably in your day pack) as the operator will not be held responsible for anything that goes missing.
  • Leave your valuables at home!
  • Be vigilant and cautious at all times.
  • Always walk in a group, especially at night.
  • It is advisable to have travel insurance for your personal items.

Quality and Protection:

  • We are proudly bonded SATSA members. Our membership number is 1712.
  • We are also insured by SATIB.
  • SATSA is the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association and offers protection to international travellers against the possible loss of deposits (or monies paid) to a SATSA member (tour operator, car rental company, accommodation provider etc.), in case of liquidation. It is underwritten by Lombard Insurance and Lloyds of London.
  • SATSA is the driving force behind improving standards of tourism in South Africa, as offered by its various members (tour operators, car rental companies, accommodation provider etc.).
  • “Should a SATSA member who is a South African tourism business operation, run into financial problems, the bonding scheme allows the client to claim back their deposit without having to prove in a court or to the liquidator whom or what was paid, but simply to produce the relevant documentation to SATSA.” – Michael Tatalias, CEO SATSA.
  • Satsa Bonding Offers financial protection on all monies paid.

Quick Checklist

  • Make sure your vaccination requirements have been done at least 4 weeks prior to your tour
  • Remember to make sure your VISA is valid for you to go on tour
  • Remember to reconfirm your flights. Airlines vary in their requirements but we suggest you reconfirm 48 – 72 hours before your departure homebound
  • Remember to take your passport, vaccination certificate and flight tickets with you ( a photocopy of these is a good idea)
  • Remember to take a copy of your insurance policy with you
  • Remember to take your travel voucher to give to your crew at your pre-departure meeting
  • Remember to take your Adventure Pass in US $ cash (unless pre-paid)




FROM

R25,950

+ Single Supplement ZAR 4050

+ Activity Package (Optional) ZAR 3000

Small Group Departures ZAR 32450

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