South African Explorer

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Price: From ZAR 19550 per person

    Day 1: Beginning Your Adventure in Cape Town

    Following a short briefing, head out of Cape Town and drive to the town of Stellenbosch in the premier wine region of the South Africa. Enjoy a delicious lunch prior to some time touring a selection of local wineries. 

    Between June and November, head to the coast near Hermanus in the late afternoon to do some whale watching. The area offers some of the best land-based viewing of these majestic creatures.

                   
    • Highlights:  Cape Town, Stellenbosch
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: L D
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    Day 2: Riding an Ostrich in Outdshoorn

    Today, leave the coast behind as you head inland to the town of Oudtshoorn – the ostrich capital of South Africa. Take the opportunity to ride these flight-less birds when you visit an ostrich farm.

    After the farm visit, head to the Cango Caves. This natural wonder is famous for the incredible stalagmite formations in its 1.2 km long attraction through the Swartberg Mountains.

                   
    • Highlights:  Oudtshoorn, Cango Caves
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 3: Exploring the Knysna Lagoon

    This morning return to the coast as you travel through some charming little towns to the scenic coastal town of Knysna. This picturesque town is known for its sandstone cliffs, beautiful lagoon and the famous Knysna Heads.

    The rest of the day will be yours to enjoy the many activities in the area, such as hiking, abseiling, or take a lagoon cruise. Another option is to simply relax at a café, after you’ve explored the local shops.

                   
    • Highlights:  Garden Route, Knysna
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 4-5: Exploring the Knysna Lagoon

    The next day drive to Storms River where you’ll spend the next two nights. Enjoy a couple of days, hiking or taking a canopy tour through the stunning indigenous forests, fynbos, and spectacular views of Tsitsikamma National Park.

    The hiking in the area is some of the best in the country and visitors can hike the first couple of kilometers of the well-known Otter Trail. Additionally, get to the Bloukrans bridge and bungee jump off the highest commercial bungee jump in the world.

                   
    • Highlights:  Garden Route, Knysna
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals:B L D
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    Day 6: Searching for Elephants in Addo

    Today journey to the famous Addo Elephant National Park, home to over 450 elephants, as well as Cape buffalo, black rhino, and other animals. Spend the day exploring this beautiful park searching for the local habitants. Have your camera ready as there’ll be plenty of chance for some excellent photos. 

                   
    • Highlights:  Addo Elephant National Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals:B L D
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    Day 7: Get Some Sun on the Sunshine Coast

    Have one final game drive in the park, before making your way along the Sunshine Coast towards Cintsa – a little piece of paradise situated on the coast.

    Enjoy a leisurely stroll along this beautiful beach in the afternoon as the sunsets over the Indian Ocean.

                   
    • Highlights: Sunshine Coast, Cintsa
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals:B L D
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    Day 8: Visiting the Nelson Mandela Museum

    Drive along the coast to the town of Coffee Bay, but not before stopping in Umtata to visit the Nelson Mandela Museum for a bit of a history lesson.

    Once in Coffee Bay, one of the most beautiful spots on the Wild Coast, visit the famous Hole in the Wall before retiring to the campsite for the night. 

                   
    • Highlights: Coffee Bay, Umtata, Wild Coast
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals:B L D
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    Days 9-10: Experiencing the Lesotho Culture

    After a full day’s journey from the coast, you’ll arrive at the border of the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. Once the formalities of crossing are finished, continue through the breathtaking mountainous scenery to your rustic overnight spot.

    The next day is yours to enjoy. You could begin the day with an optional guided pony trek through the remote Lesotho Hills; afterwards continue your day with a cultural visit to a local village or school.

                   
    • Highlights: Lesotho, Pony Trekking
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals:B L D
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    Days 11-12: Getting High Up in the Drakensberg

    Cross back into South Africa as you head towards the exquisite Drakensberg area and the Royal Natal National Park.

    Spend the next two nights in the fantastic region exploring the mountain paths as you marvel at the magnificent scenery. Take the opportunity to cover more ground by heading out along the trails on horseback.

                   
    • Highlights: Drakensberg, Royal Natal National Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals:B L D
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    Day 13: Try a Little Curry in Durban

    Make your way today back to the coast through some amazing scenery as you arrive in Durban in the late afternoon. Known for its excellent Golden Mile beach and warm ocean currents, Durban has some of the best beaches in South Africa.

    With the largest population of Indians outside of India, Durban has some excellent curry restaurants for you to experience for dinner.

                   
    • Highlights: Durban
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals:B L
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    Day 13: Try a Little Curry in Durban

    Make your way today back to the coast through some amazing scenery as you arrive in Durban in the late afternoon. Known for its excellent Golden Mile beach and warm ocean currents, Durban has some of the best beaches in South Africa.

    With the largest population of Indians outside of India, Durban has some excellent curry restaurants for you to experience for dinner.

                   
    • Highlights: Durban
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals:B L
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    Day 14: Cruising Around the St. Lucia Wetlands

    Your journey today will take you up the Natal coast to a traditional Zulu village where you’ll get the opportunity to learn about the Zulu history and culture. Admire the local handicrafts that are on sale, the Zulu people are known for their beautiful handiwork.

    Continuing north your day will end in the world heritage site of the St. Lucia Wetlands Park. Enjoy a sunset lagoon cruise along the banks searching for wildlife or any of the other optional activities available.

                   
    • Highlights: Zululand, St Lucia Wetlands, Isimangaliso Wetlands Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals:B L D
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    Days 15-16: Diversifying in Swaziland

    Crossing another border again, encounter some more cultural diversity as you enter the landlocked Kingdom of Swaziland and head for the Mlilwane Nature Reserve.

    Enjoy one of Swaziland’s oldest nature reserves for the next two nights. The next day you can explore this scenic reserve either on foot, by horseback, or mountain bike.

                   
    • Highlights: Mlilwane Nature Reserve, Swaziland
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals:B L D
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    Days 17-18: Game Driving in the Kruger National Park

    Today make your way back into South Africa as you drive to the world-renowned Kruger National Park for two days of unforgettable Big 5 game viewing. Kruger is home to Africa’s Big 5, as well as a multitude of other wildlife and bird species.

    Spend the next day on a full day game drive as you continue to explore this exquisite national park for wildlife. In the evening, head out on an optional night drive to observe the rare nocturnal animals, like leopard, aardvark, and the bat-eared fox, as they come alive. If you feel adventurous, a guided walk is an excellent way to get to know some of the smaller creatures that inhabit the park.

                   
    • Highlights: Kruger National Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals:B L D
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    Day 19: Learning About the Animals

    After a short game drive, as you leave the park, you’ll get one last opportunity to interact with the fabulous wildlife. Once outside the park, your adventure heads to a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre for an educational tour of their animals.

                   
    • Highlights: Kruger National Park, Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals:B L D
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    Day 20: Finishing in Johannesburg

    Your tour ends with a scenic drive along the renowned Panorama Route stopping at the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and a look through God’s Window before arriving at your final destination of Johannesburg.

    Even though your tour ends upon arrival to Johannesburg, you may want to have one last dinner with your fellow travelers.

                   
    • Highlights: Johannesburg
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    • Meals:B L
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    Rates & Dates
    • SEASONAL DATES: TOUR PRICE: LOCAL PAYMENT
    • 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017 ZAR 19550 ZAR 3000
    Tour Departures Dates
    • Departure Month: Start Date: End Date:
    • June 30 June 2017 19 July 2017 July 14 July 2017 02 August 2017 July 28 July 2017 16 August 2017 August 11 August 2017 30 August 2017 August 25 August 2017 13 September 2017 September 08 September 2017 27 September 2017 September 22 September 2017 11 October 2017 October 06 October 2017 25 October 2017 October 20 October 2017 08 November 2017 November 03 November 2017 22 November 2017 November 17 November 2017 06 December 2017 December 01 December 2017 20 December 2017 December 15 December 2017 03 January 2018 December 29 December 2017 17 January 2018