Rainbow Route

The Details

Type: Accommodated Accommodated
Start: Johannesburg South Africa
Length: 14 - 28 Days
End: Cape Town South Africa
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Small (<12 People)
Countries: South Africa

Tour Dates

2020
  • 2020
  • 2021
July
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  • February
  • March
  • April
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  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
From EURO 2240 pp
(Excl. local payment )
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Overview

Rainbow Route Accommodated Safari

The Rainbow Route Accommodated Safari is an overview tour of South Africa including neighboring Kingdom of Swaziland. The tour covers many highlights with a strong focus on the national parks. This diverse country is explored over great distances that may involve long days on the road, generally followed by a full day to experience the area. The fully accommodated tour offers a great value for money way to explore South Africa. Excludes single supplement. However, if you are happy to share – no single supplement will apply.

Highlights:

  1. Mpumalanga Panorama Route – sight seeing
  2. Kruger National Park – game drives
  3. Swaziland – mountain walks
  4. Zululand – game drives & cultural village
  5. Drakensberg Mountains – mountain walks
  6. Wild Coast – beach walks & Xhosa culture
  7. Addo – game drives
  8. Tsitsikamma – forest walks
  9. Hermanus – beaches and whales
  10. Cape Town – Cape Point & Table Mountain

Overnight 14 nights on safari we stay at small lodges and guest houses, with en suite facilities. 2 nights on the Wild Coast are in self-catering chalets where two bedrooms share a bathroom.

Meals 16 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 11 dinners are included. Of which 10 breakfasts & 5 dinners are provided by the lodges. The remaining included meals are provided by the crew, prepared at the vehicle and eaten around the campfire or in a boma or dining area.

Special Interest:

Tradition is strong in the Kingdom of Swaziland, with no better example than the use of traditional medicine & healers. We visit the traditional medicine and craft market in Mbabane for insight into the traditional beliefs of the Swazi people.

Sustainable Tourism:

Our stay in Mkuzi Game Reserve not only supports the wildlife but also the local surrounding villages. Your tour funds are used to support the local Zulu villages which surround the Game Reserve. Our village visit and our local guide create employment and income for the villages increasing the importance of tourism and conservation. Community awareness and prosperity helps to reduce subsistence poaching.

***NOTE prices are subject to change.

*2020 2240 EURO payment per person sharing Excludes single supplement. However, if you are happy to share – no single supplement will apply.

***2021 Prices are subject to change, currently based on 2020 rates

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - 2: JOHANNESBURG to GREATER KRUGER

Distance/time: Day 1 620kms, ± 8 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing, breakfast & lunch

Departing from Johannesburg at 06:30am we head towards Mpumalanga where mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls & forests characterise the landscape. We enjoy the views from God’s Window before descending off the escarpment and heading to our game lodge on the border of the Greater Kruger NP.

The following morning, we are up early for a full day of game viewing in Kruger National Park. We will return to our lodge in the late afternoon to enjoy sunset over the Drakensberg Mountains, a swim in the pool and a hearty meal before falling asleep to the sounds of Africa.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Includes: Entrance to God’s Window & the Three Rondavels view point

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Overnight: Makuwa Safari Lodge – twin room with en suite facilities.

Meals

Meals:

DAY 1: Lunch, Dinner DAY 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Lodge: Swimming pool. WiFi not available. 3G

Day 3: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

Distance/time: 150kms, ± 2 hours + game drives

We stretch our legs on a short morning walk exploring the surrounding bush before we re-enter Kruger NP and head south. Kruger NP is the largest game reserve in South Africa, boasts the world’s greatest concentration of species, and has an amazing 16 different ecosystems. Exciting game drives provide us with excellent game viewing. Spot the “Big 5” (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) and many other animals in this true African wilderness.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Includes: Entrance to Kruger National Park, morning & afternoon game drives

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Overnight: Kruger National Park Chalets or Tents – we stay in national parks board in en-suite chalets or permanent tents.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional Activities Night game drive in national parks open game viewing vehicle. Chalets/Tents: Swimming pool, restaurant, and telephone. WiFi not available

Day 4: KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND

Distance/time: 200kms, ± 4 hours, excluding 2-3 hour morning drive out of Kruger, shopping stop in Malelane, Jeppes Reef border formalities & stops for sightseeing etc

Malolotja Nature Reserve in the mountainous Kingdom of Swaziland is our next attraction. Renowned for a great variety of habitats from short grassland, to thick riverine scrub, bushveld and moist forest, we explore the reserve on foot to enjoy the fantastic mountain views. Relax around a campfire dinner and stay in mountain cabins for the night.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Includes: Entrance fees to Malalotja Nature Reserve

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Overnight: Hawane Lodge – Chalet - twin bed en suite rooms.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Lodge: Swimming pool, restaurant & bar. WiFi available

Day 5 - 6: ZULULAND

Distance/time: 295kms, ± 6 hours, excluding border formalities

We visit a craft market near Mbabane which has a range of handmade crafts and a local witchdoctor stall! We re-enter South Africa and head to our lodge on a private game reserve situated on the Msinene Nature Reserve, where our local guide will lead us on a walk through bushveld and riverine vegetation of the Msinene River, bird watching and game tracking. Nyala, hippo and the elusive leopard are all found on the reserve. The next day we take a game drive in Hluhluwe Game Reserve, which is a safe haven for the embattled rhino, followed by a visit to a local Zulu village. Relax in the late afternoon with a cold drink while enjoying the views over the reserve from the lodge.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Includes: Entrance to Hluhluwe Game Reserve, morning game drive and afternoon Zulu village visit with local Zulu community guide

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Overnight: Zululand Lodge, permanent tented lodge - Each permanent tented room is en suite, and raised on a wooden deck.

Meals

Meals:

DAY 5 & 6: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - 8: DRAKENSBERG MOUNTAINS

Distance/time: 500kms, ± 7 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch. The last 50km is a slow gravel road

The Drakensberg Mountains or “uKhahlamba” – the Barrier of Spears, is a 200-kilometre-long mountainous wonderland and world heritage site. From Mkhuze we move further south to the base of these mountains where we overnight for two nights in quaint cottages. We will spend time walking along beautiful mountain stream paths, or just enjoying the spectacular views.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Includes: Morning and afternoon hikes in the Drakensberg Mountains

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Overnight: Lotheni chalets – 2 nights in Drakensberg we stay in the park chalets. Twin rooms with en-suite facilities

Meals

Meals:

DAY 7 & 8: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - 10: WILD COAST

Distance/time: 600kms, ± 8½ hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch – a long day!

En-route to the Wild Coast we visit Qunu, the home town of Nelson Mandela, and pay our respects to this great man. The Wild Coast remains a relatively untouched paradise with unspoilt stretches of dramatically beautiful coastline, open spaces and pristine forest areas. We stay overnight in Kei Mouth and the next day is free to explore the area, meet local villagers or go down to the beach.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Includes: Nelson Mandela Museum (note: museum is closed for renovations May17-Apr19) & scenic coastal walks

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Overnight: Benmore Lodge – twin share rooms with 1 bathroom shared between two rooms.

Meals

Meals:

DAY 9 & 10: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional Activities: Ocean fishing & village walks Lodge: Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, bar, internet & telephone.

Day 11: ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK

Distance/time: 289kms, ± 4½ hours – a long day! Excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch + game drives

The Addo Elephant National Park was established in 1931 to protect the last 11 wild elephants from extermination. Today more than 600 elephants roam through the area. The park also offers excellent viewing of black rhino, Cape buffalo, lion and leopard, as well as a host of other large and small mammals and over 400 species of birds in the greater park area.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Includes: Entrance fees to Addo Elephant National park, afternoon & morning game drive

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Overnight: Addo National Park chalets - twin share chalet (or lodge tent) with en suite facilities. (Sandflats Guest Lodge may also be used subject to availability; these rooms are twin share en suite)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Dinner (Lunch own expense)

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional Activities: Night game drives in national park open game viewing vehicles. Lodge/Chalets: Swimming pool, restaurant, telephone & floodlit waterhole. WiFi not available

Day 12 - 13: KNYSNA / TSITSIKAMMA

Distance/time: 300kms, ± 4½ hours excluding stops for sightseeing

For two nights we will stay in a lodge resort in Knysna, which is nestled on a tranquil lagoon. We will take a day trip to the Storms River mouth where there are walks up the gorge and along the rocky coast. The Tsitsikamma National Park incorporates 80km of spectacular sea and landscapes; a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys, coastal forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea. There is also an option of the world’s highest bungi jump. Sample seafood at one of Knysna’ s great restaurants (own expense).

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Includes: Entrance fees to Tsitsikamma National Park

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Overnight: Lagoona Inn – twin rooms with en-suite bathroom. .

Meals

Meals:

DAY 12: Breakfast, Lunch (Dinner own expense) DAY 13: Breakfast (Lunch & Dinner own expense)

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional Activities: whale watching & treetop canopy tour Hotel: Swimming pool, lounge & telephone & restaurant.

Day 14: HERMANUS

Distance/time: 420kms, ± 6 hours excluding stops for sightseeing & lunch

Hermanus offers some of the best land based whale watching in the world. From June to November Southern Right whales come up from the southern oceans to calve and mate in the shallow waters around the Cape. In whale season we will take a walk along this beautiful coastline. In the summer months we will explore the flowering fynbos in Fernkloof Nature Reserve. Enjoy the evening meal out at a local restaurant (own expense).

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Overnight: Chesham House - rooms are twin share rooms with en-suite facilities.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch (Dinner own expense)

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional Activities Whale watching by boat Guest house: WiFi available in lounge

Day 15 - 16: CAPE TOWN

Distance/time: 150kms, ± 2 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing + 150kms full day Cape Peninsular tour on day 16

Cape Town is one of the most picturesque cities in the world, with the majestic Table Mountain providing its central focus. On our way into Cape Town, we visit Stellenbosch, South Africa’s renowned wine region, for wine tasting (own expense) and a cellar tour. The “mother city” has many attractions; we will visit the harbour at Hout Bay, visit Cape Point, enjoy the famous beaches and the V&A Waterfront. Optional visit to Robben Island (own expense). We sample the local fare at a variety of local restaurants (own expense).

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Includes: Cellar tour, Entrance fees to Penguin colony & Cape Point National Park

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Sweetest Guesthouses – Sweetest Guesthouses is a collection of individually decorated houses in a metropolitan area of Cape Town near the V&A Waterfront.. The Sunway group may be spread amongst any of the houses, within walking distance of each other, and the group breakfasts will be taken in the same house. Rooms are twin with en suite facilities. (Or similar guest house)

Meals

Meals:

DAY 15 & 16: Breakfast (Lunch & Dinner own expense)

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional Activities: Robben Island cruise, shark cage diving, seal colony visit. Guest house: WiFi available

Day 17: CAPE TOWN - TOUR ENDS

In the morning we climb Table Mountain, offering panoramic views over Cape Town reaching out into the bay and Robben Island. Having explored the highlights of the Rainbow Nation we take a last look at Cape Town and catch up on curio shopping in the afternoon, before your tour ends at 18:00 at the guest house.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

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