Kruger to Cape Town

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Price: From ZAR 23800 per person

    Kruger to Cape Town

    This exciting holiday offers you a comprehensive insight into some of South Africa’s best adventure attractions and a taste of the intriguing Kingdom of Swaziland.

    Fast Facts

    • Start:Johannesburg
    • End:Cape Town
    • Type:Guided & Scheduled
    • Comfort:Accommodated
    • Vehicle:Overland Truck
    • Duration:17 days

    Day 1: Johannesburg

    Depart the ‘Big Smoke’ early in the morning and drive northeast through the scenic Mpumalanga province. Along the way you will stop to taken in the beautiful highlights of the Panorama Route – Gods Window, Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondavels. 

    After lunch (own expense), continue on your journey to the Nsele Safari Lodge, a rustic accommodation just outside of the Kruger National Park. Don’t be surprised if you spot any wildlife near the lodge, its situated on the Guernsey Game Reserve – an unfenced neighbour of the Kruger.

                   
    • Highlights: Johannesburg
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    • Accommodation: Nsele Safari Lodge
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    • Meals per day: Dinner
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    Day 2: Spot the Big 5 in the Kruger

    Wake to the sounds of the Kruger as the sunrises and begin your search for the Big 5. Have your cameras ready to take photos of the wildlife in this exciting diverse environment. Take a break during the heat of the day at one of the many rest camps and enjoy the camp’s tranquility with a swim, lunch, or some shopping in the curio shop. 

    Head out again once the day has cooled off to search for the wildlife you have not spotted. Return to the lodge with some great stores and an empty stomach which will be taken care of with a delicious dinner. Those wanting some additional game viewing can set out on an optional night drive. 

                   
    • Highlights: Kruger National Park
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    • Accommodation: Nsele Safari Lodge
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    • Meals per day: Breakfast, Dinner
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    Days 3: Experience the Kingdom of Swaziland

    This morning you travel south through small farming towns and Shangaan settlements to the town of Nelspruit and a short stop to stretch your legs. Following the break your journey continues south across the Crocodile River and into the Kingdom of Swaziland. Driving along the windy roads through lush, green mountain passes your day ends at Swaziland’s oldest protected area – Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. 

    The next day set out to explore this stunning region and learn about the people and wildlife. Take a guided walk of a traditional village with a local Swazi guide who will explain the customs and rituals of the people. Return to the Mlilwane Camp for lunch (own expense).  In the afternoon partake on one of the many activities – horseback riding, mountain biking, or a guided walk of the Sanctuary. 

                   
    • Highlights: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
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    • Accommodation: Mlilwane Camp
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    • Meals per day: Breakfast, Dinner
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    Days 4: Experience the Kingdom of Swaziland

    Waking to the sounds of grunting antelope and wild exotic birds, we enjoy breakfast soaking up the natural beauty of our surroundings. A short drive through the sanctuary brings us to the Royal Enclosure where we discover an abundance of history and culture about the last monarchy controlled country. A local Swazi guide walks us through a traditional village explaining many customs and rituals. After leisure time browsing street side markets and trying our hand bartering with artists, we find our way back to the sanctuary for lunch. 

    This afternoon we recommend you participate in some of the many activities offered in the sanctuary such as horseback trails, mountain bike riding, guided walks or just enjoy some rejuvenating time-out sun tanning around the cool swimming pool with a good book. There are over forty species of animals found here including the exotic species such as Honey Badger, Dwarf Mongoose, Aardwolf, Striped Polecat and the more common including Hippo, Ostrich, Kudu, Zebra and Baboon. The mystical night starts by enjoying cool sun downers and admiring the view overlooking the hippo pool while our crew prepares a delicious dinner.

                   
    • Highlights: Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary
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    • Accommodation: Mlilwane Camp
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    • Meals per day: Breakfast, Dinner
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    Day 5: Cross back into South Africa

    Before leaving the spectacular beauty of Swaziland behind and crossing back into South Africa, you get the opportunity to visit a Swazi candle factory and see how they make these highly decorative items. Once in South Africa, you continue onto the Isinkwe Bush Camp just outside of the small farming town of Hluhluwe. 

    Later in the day enjoy an in-depth tour of a traditional Zulu village. Notice how the warrior traditions of these people contrast sharply to the peaceful nature of the Swazis. Return to camp for a delicious meal and a chance to explore the nearby grounds for things that go ‘bump’ in the night. 

                   
    • Highlights: Zululand
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    • Accommodation: Isinkwe Bush Camp
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    • Meals per day: Breakfast, Dinner
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    Day 6: Cruise along the St. Lucia Estuary

    Rise early this morning and after a light breakfast set off for Natal’s premier game park, Hluhluwe Game Reserve for a morning safari. The reserve is one of South Africa’s oldest and is home to the Big 5 and other wildlife. 

    After your game drive, you’ll travel to the coast and the renowned beach resort of St. Lucia. Once you have settled into the Manzini Chalets embark on a cruise of the St. Lucia Estuary searching for hippos, crocodiles and a wide variety of bird species. Following dinner at the chalets, why not wander down to the local pub for a drink.

                   
    • Highlights: Hluhluwe Game Reserve, St. Lucia Estuary
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    • Accommodation: Manzini Chalets
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    • Meals per day: Breakfast, Dinner
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    Day 7: Dundee – Battlefields – Drakensburg

    This morning after breakfast, we take a drive inland via the mining town Vryheid. Soaked with the blood of thousands of British, Boer (Dutch-speaking farmers) and Zulu soldiers, the Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal hold a deep-seated silence that speaks to the many lives lost here. Our first stop is the world famous battle of Blood River, which saw the lives of many warriors lost against the few musketeers of the Dutch Settlers. After a morning of leisure where you can hike along the marked trails through dense forest, or relax on the beach listening to the waves as they crash on the shoreline, you’ll drive down the eastern coast through sugar cane fields and pine forests to Durban. 

    One of the most famous and pivotal Anglo-Zulu battles took place at Rorke’s Drift and we spend time exploring this extraordinary site. After a visit of Talana, where the first shots of the Boer War were fired on a hill just outside Dundee, we travel via Ladysmith – a town relevant to the Boer war, through to the foot of the Drakensburg Mountains. We retire to our bush lodge in the late afternoon where we suggest an early night in preparation for a day of hiking.

                   
    • Highlights: Durban
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    • Accommodation: Amphitheatre Lodge
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    • Meals per day: Breakfast
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    Days 8: Tame the Wild Coast

    Today is a long travel day as you will be traveling over some of the most mountainous terrain in the country which is why the day will start early. Your journey involves driving through the foothills of Drakensberg down to the coast of the Kei River and then through the Xhosa villages of the Transkei. 

    Stop in Umtata, the birth place of Nelson Mandela, for an opportunity to visit the Nelson Mandela Museum. Continue heading south along the coast to the quaint coastal town of Chintsa and the Buccaneers Beach Resort, your home for the next two nights.

    The next day take a guided village walk in the morning, and then enjoy an afternoon that is free. Hike the many bush trails, tan on the beach, or organise an optional activity such as fishing, surfing, or canoeing.

                   
    • Highlights: Wild Coast
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    • Accommodation: Buccaneers Beach Resort
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    • Meals per day: Breakfast, Dinner
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    Day 9: Order a Durban Bunny chow

    After a morning of leisure where you can hike along the marked trails through dense forest, or relax on the beach listening to the waves as they crash on the shoreline, you’ll drive down the eastern coast through sugar cane fields and pine forests to Durban. 

    Enjoy an afternoon at the tourist hotspot, Ushaka Marine World before heading to On the Beach Lodge in Durban North. Ushaka is one of Durban’s premier attractions and offers an opportunity to learn all about South Africa’s marine life. The evening will be yours to experience the night life of this fascinating city.

                   
    • Highlights: Durban
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    • Accommodation: On the Beach Lodge
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    • Meals per day: Breakfast
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    Day 10 - 11: Search for elephants in Addo

    Following a light breakfast the tour continues to the west through East London and the university town, Grahamstown. Stopping in the latter you have the time to explore the city, including a visit to town’s History Museum. 

    Continue on your journey to the famous Addo Elephant Park, where after a late lunch, you’ll enter and search for the park’s famous residents. The park has over 400 individual elephants as well as lion, leopard, and rhino. The evening will be spent at the Avoca River Cabins, a peaceful holiday resort on the outskirts of the park. 

                   
    • Highlights: Addo Elephant Park
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    • Accommodation: Avoca River Cabins
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    • Meals per day: Breakfast, Dinner
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    Days 12: Coffee Bay – Addo Elephant National Park

    After a tasty light breakfast, our tour continues via a visit to the Nelson Mandela museum. This gives us an understanding of the famous man who was so passionate about a nation that he sacrificed most of his life for the freedom of others. Passing through Grahamstown, the arts and culture capital, we drive to a lodge nearby the gates of Addo Elephant National Park where we spend the night before entering the park the following day for some serious animal spotting.

    The park can exclusively claim to be the only national park in the world to conserve the “Big 7” – the Big 5 as well as the southern right whale and great white shark off the Algoa Bay coast. This wonderful park is sanctuary to over 600 elephant, lion, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra species – so you are sure to spot many animals during your time here! After an enjoyable day’s safari we return to the lodge, which is situated on the outskirts of the park where we enjoying stillness with sun downers on a river bank at our peaceful holiday resort.

                   
    • Highlights: Coffee Bay
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    • Accommodation: Avoca River Cabins
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    • Meals per day: Breakfast, Dinner
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    Days 13: Relax in Knysna

    Depart the Addo area this morning and drive to the Tsitsikamma Forest where a full day of exciting activities and adventure awaits. Tsitsikamma is a stunningly diverse habitat with lush forests, rivers, and fynbos; all of which offers a variety of land and water activities to enjoy such as hiking, canoeing snorkeling, or canopy tours. 

    Later that afternoon continue west through the Garden Route to the leisurely holiday town of Knysna. Once checked in at the Island Vibe Travellers Lodge set out to explore this quaint town shopping along the waterfront or visiting a buzzing café. 

    The second day in Knysna is a free day for you to enjoy as you wish. Join your guide on a tour of the famous Knysna Heads or wander the streets shopping in the craft stores. Avid fishermen or bird watchers will enjoy the opportunity to head out into the lagoon or visit the nearby bird park. Tonight, dinner will be early to give you enough time to check the local night life.

                   
    • Highlights: Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna
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    • Accommodation: Island Vibe Travellers Lodge
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    • Meals per day: Breakfast, Dinner
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    Days 14: Knysna

    In Knysna, nature quite literally knocks on your front door. The town nestles between the impressive Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, with the world-renowned forests encircling it like a protective mantle. This exceptional nature’s playground of beaches, lakes, mountains, forests and rivers offers an unforgettable free day discovering its secrets. Whether you’re an adventurous type or simply enjoy lolling around in the sun, Knysna caters for all tastes. After breakfast your guide will take you to the famous heads overlooking the town where you have some time to explore the rocks and admire scenic views

    The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the serenity and magical atmosphere of this wonderful destination. From boat cruises, fishing trips, or visiting the bird park, Knysna will leave you with a yearning to return someday soon. After an early dinner you can again explore the narrow streets with cosy pubs and a lively waterfront.

                   
    • Highlights: Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna
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    • Accommodation: Island Vibe Travellers Lodge
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    • Meals per day: Breakfast, Dinner
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    Day 15: Oudtshoorn

    Relaxed and revitalized from the wonderful Knysna hospitality, we head for the town of Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains. Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world. We visit a farm that breeds these big birds, where we learn how many uses the Ostrich has. You may even have the opportunity to ride one.

    This region is home to the spectacular Cango Caves, Africa’s largest show cave system. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well known Swartberg Mountains, here we find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations. After exploring the caves we enjoy the night in the old settlers town in the Karoo.

                   
    • Highlights: Oudtshoorn
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    • Accommodation: Paradise Travellers Lodge or similar
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    • Meals per day: Breakfast /Dinner
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    Day 16: Whale watching in Hermanus

    Continue your journey through the Garden Route as you travel along some scenic coastal roads and over lush mountain passes to the coastal town of Hermanus. Hermanus is one of the best places to see whales and dolphins from land. 

    Prior to arriving to your days destination you’ll stop in Cape Agulhas, Africa’s southern most point, and the place where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Visit the historic lighthouse and gaze upon the many shipwrecks before lunch and the continuation of your journey. The rest of your day will be yours to experience what Hermanus has to offer from your base, the Zoete Inval Travellers Lodge. 

                   
    • Highlights: Hermanus
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    • Accommodation: Zoete Inval Travellers Lodge
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    • Meals per day: Breakfast, Dinner
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    Day 17: Finishing in the Mother City

    A leisurely morning gives you the opportunity to continue your exploration of this quaint town, or to book a whale watching boat tour. Set off before lunch along the coastal highway which includes stunning views of mountains on one side and ocean on the other and small fishing villages. 

    Take the time to visit a wine estate on the outskirts of Cape Town for a tour and a chance to taste their wares. Get your first glimpse of Table Mountain as you continue into Cape Town, affectionately known as the Mother City. Your journey ends at the Ashanti Lodge (not included), a relaxing accommodations in the heart of town. 

                   
    • Highlights: Cape Town
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    • Meals per day: Breakfast
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    Rates & Dates
    • SEASONAL DATES: TOUR PRICE: LOCAL PAYMENT
    • 16 January 2016 - 28 January 2017 ZAR 23800 ZAR 3825
    • 18 February 2017 - 25 November 2017 ZAR 18500 ZAR 3825
    Tour Departures Dates
    • Departure Month: Start Date: End Date:
    • November 05 November 2016 21 November 2016 December 17 December 2016 02 January 2017 January 28 January 2017 13 February 2017 February 18 February 2017 08 March 2017 March 18 March 2017 05 April 2017 April 15 April 2017 03 May 2017 May 13 May 2017 31 May 2017 June 10 June 2017 28 June 2017 July 08 July 2017 26 July 2017 August 05 August 2017 23 August 2017 September 02 September 2017 20 September 2017 September 30 September 2017 18 October 2017 October 28 October 2017 15 November 2017 November 25 November 2017 13 December 2017