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

2018
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January
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From EUR 2130 pp
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Overview

The Rainbow Route 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.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: JOHANNESBURG to MPUMALANGA

Departing from Johannesburg at 06:30am we head towards Mpumalanga where mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls & forests characterise the landscape. Few regions in the world can match the extraordinary beauty of the lowveld & escarpment. We visit Pilgrims Rest, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window, before staying in a lodge on the edge of the escarpment near Graskop.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

chalets - twin bed en suite rooms.

Meals

Meals:

Lunch, Dinner will be a set meal provided by the lodge.

Day 2 - 3: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

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.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

– for 2 nights in Kruger we stay in national parks board in en-suite tents.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Night game drive in national parks open game viewing vehicle

Day 4: KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND

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.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Chalet - twin bed en suite rooms.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 5 - 6: ZULULAND

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 Mhkuze Game Reserve and spend time at a waterhole hide where we hope to see rhino or elephant drinking. We then move on to our private game 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. 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.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

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

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 7 - 8: DRAKENSBERG MOUNTAINS

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.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

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

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Day 9 - 10: WILD COAST

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.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

twin share rooms with 1 bathroom shared between two rooms.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Ocean fishing & village walks

Day 11: ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK

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.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

chalets - twin share chalet (or lodge tent) with en suite facilities.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast,Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Night game drives in national park open game viewing vehicles

Day 12 - 13: KNYSNA / TSITSIKAMMA

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).

Accommodation

Accommodation:

twin rooms with en-suite bathroom.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast,Lunch (Dinner at own expense on Day 12)( Breakfast included, Lunch and Dinner at own expense on Day 13).

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Bungi jumping, whale watching & treetop canopy tour

Day 14: HERMANUS

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:

rooms are twin share rooms with en-suite facilities.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast,Lunch

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Whale watching by boat

Day 15 - 16: CAPE TOWN

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).

Accommodation

Accommodation:

rooms are twin with en suite facilities. (Or similar guest house)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Robben Island cruise, shark cage diving, seal colony visit

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.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Guided walk up Table Mountain

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

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