South African Explorer Accommodated

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: Large (>12 People)
Countries: South Africa

Tour Dates

2020
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December
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From ZAR 25990 pp
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Overview

South African Explorer Accommodated Tour

Enjoy a 20 day African adventure tour through South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho where you will enjoy a variety of adventures! Your adventure kicks off with a visit to Kruger National Park. In the South African Explorer Accommodated Tour you will experience the thrill of being on safari, observing the big five as well as zebras, giraffe and rhinos in the largest game reserve in South Africa (Kruger is larger than some small countries in Europe).

The sights of the Panorama route offer us a day of scenic delights. We will visit the highlights of Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and God’s Window. Your journey then winds through the rolling emerald hills of Swaziland and up to the highlands of Lesotho where you have the opportunity to go pony trekking. Your game viewing experience continues in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and at Hluhulwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, one of the last strongholds of the endangered Rhinoceros.

After a relaxing day at the beach in Durban we roll through the open plains of the Karoo and the wildlife charms of the Addo National Park. We continue with out tour to the Garden Route, a treasure trove of beautiful beaches, forest walks and with an exciting menu of optional adventures. Before we arrive in Cape Town we visit the Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn.  

2020 Early Bird Special –  For July 2020 we are offering you the opportunity to book this tour for travel in 2021  at our current 2020 rate. Applies for departures between 01 January 2021 until 31 July 2021!

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This tour has a Comfort Option available.

ONE NIGHT PRE-ACCOMMODATION INCLUDED will be included with the South African Explorer Accommodated Tour

Included

  1. All meals which are prepared and served at the Overland truck
  2. Accommodation
  3. Qualified crew
  4. Filtered water
  5. Transport in the Overland truck
  6. Included highlights as per the itinerary
  7. Entrance fees to National Parks.

Excluded

  1. Items of a personal nature (snacks, alcohol, bottled water, soft drinks, tips)
  2. Entrance fees (associated with optional activities
  3. Souvenirs and optional activities.

*2020 Tour price includes the activity package; Excludes single supplement. R37 950.00 per person sharing 

Prices are subject to change

**Price is per person sharing, excludes single supplement and any additional meals or activities not set out in the itinerary.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Greater Kruger National Park

Route: Johannesburg to Nkambeni Reserve

Leaving the city of Johannesburg behind us we make our way east through the coalfields of Mpumalanga. Our journey today follows in the footsteps of the old trade-routes to the Lowveld and the Kruger National Park. This afternoon there will be an opportunity to join an optional Sundowner Drive, booking is essential and your guide can assist on departure this morning.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Nkambeni Reserve

Meals

Meals:

Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Sundowner Drive (Subject to Availability)

Day 2 - Kruger National Park

Route: Kruger National Park

Rising early this morning we enter the Kruger National Park to enjoy a full day of game viewing. The abundance of wildlife presents us with opportunities for excellent sightings and the Kruger is also home to the famed members of Africa’s Big-5. Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Our Game drive through the park is in an open-sided 4×4 vehicle.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Kruger National Park 4x4 game drive

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Nkambeni Reserve

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Kruger National Park

While those who elect to do the optional morning walk will have an earlier start, we set out a little later today and travel the short distance to the Panorama Route. Strung along the escarpment that divides the central plateau and low-lying bushveld of the Kruger, the sights of the Panorama route offer us a day of scenic delights. We will visit the highlights of Bourke’s Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels and God’s Window before returning to camp in the late afternoon.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Panorama Route - Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Nkambeni Reserve or Timbavati Safari Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 – Kruger to Eswatini

Route: Kruger to Mlilwane

We start the day early with some traditional coffee and rusks before setting off through Kruger on our way to Swaziland. Our truck offers an excellent platform for game viewing as we make our way south. We exit the southern end of the park and travel the short distance to Swaziland border, our route this afternoon winds through the mountains and forests of this landlocked kingdom. Our destination for today is the Ezulwini Valley just south of the capital Mbabane.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Game Drive in Kruger National Park (in your Overland Truck)

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary or Hlane Royal National Park

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 – Eswatini – Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

Endless hours of self-guided exploration within the small 4560ha Mlilwane sanctuary are possible due to the relative absence of dangerous game. This morning our guide will lead us out on a nature walk to explore the “ Nature Trail “ which provides interpretation of historical and environmental information of the area.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Nature Walk with your guide

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary or Hlane Royal National Park

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Game Drives, Mountain Biking and Hiking

Day 6 – Eswatini - St Lucia

Route: Mlilwane to St. Lucia

We bid farewell to Eswatini and re-enter South Africa, continuing south into the reaches of Zululand, once the realm of the mighty King Shaka who united the Zulu clans.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Shonalanga

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Hluhluwe – Umfolozi Game Reserve / iSimangaliso Wetland Park

We set out early this morning for a game drive in the nearby Hluhulwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, one of the last strongholds of the endangered rhinoceros. While rhinoceros are the most famous of the parks inhabitants, the park also provides a home to many other species, including the Big-5 that we all hope to see. Returning to our lodging for a siesta, we freshen up for an afternoon boat cruise on St Lucia estuary.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Game Drive in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park, St. Lucia Boat Cruise

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Shonalanga

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Kwa Zulu Natal Coast – UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

Route: St. Lucia to Drakensberg

Running the length of the Kwazulu-Natal province, the Ukuhlamba Drakensberg Park is a UNESCO recognised world heritage site. Whether you go by the Zulu name uKhahlamba, meaning ‘barrier of spears’, or the Afrikaans name Drakensberge, meaning ‘dragon mountains’, these towering mountains will be our backdrop for the next two nights. On our way we make a short stop in Durban to stretch our legs before continuing to view the scenic Howick Falls and a visit to the nearby site that marked the capture of South Africa’s most famous man, Nelson Mandela.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Visit to the Mandela Capture Site, visit Howick Falls

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Monks Cowl OR The Nest

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

We set out this morning for a day of hiking to explore the mountains of the Drakensberg, along our way we will have the opportunity to view examples of San rock art with a local guide. While we encourage everyone to make the most of the day in mountains, we may offer separate options depending on the activity level of the group. With a number of trails available we can ensure that we cater to every need, the most important aim is to ensure everyone enjoys this mountain paradise at their own pace.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Hike with your guide in Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Monks Cowl OR The Nest

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - Lesotho – Malealea

Route: Drakensberg to Malealea Lodge

Our journey today begins with a mountain pass and an opportunity to visit a Vulture restaurant where we hope to view these fascinating birds. Our route winds its way through the magnificent cliffs off the Golden Gate National Park before we enter Lesotho in the afternoon, we pass the capital city of Maseru as continue the climb to our base high amongst the mountain peaks.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Drive through Golden Gate, Visit to Vulture restaurant

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Malealea Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Lesotho – Malealea

The clean air of the mountains accompanies us this morning as we explore the mountains on foot, our hike concludes with a village visit and the opportunity to gain insight into the community that calls these mountains home. The Basotho are famous for their traditional hats, blankets and their sturdy ponies. Basotho ponies are renowned for their surefootedness in the mountains and you have the opportunity of an optional pony trek this afternoon to experience this first-hand. . This activity is not for the inexperienced or faint-hearted.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Morning hike, Lesotho Village Visit

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Malealea Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Pony Trekking, Additional Hiking Options

Day 12: South Africa – Graaff Reinet

Route: Malealea to Graaff Reinet

Returning to South Africa, we descend the mountains and take aim across the Great Karoo. The semi-arid Karoo represents the heartland of rural South Africa and presents a stark contrast to the mountains we leave behind. Our overnight stop is set in the historic town of Graaff-Reinet, the fourth oldest town in the country. We cross the mighty Orange (Gariep) River today as we journey through the vast countryside of the Karoo. This evening you will have the opportunity to join an optional sundowner excursion to the Valley of Desolation, this unique valley offers a panoramic view over the town and the wide open plains stretching out below.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Valley of Desolation sundowner tour

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Profcon Resort

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 - Greater Addo Elephant National Park area

Route: Graaff Reinet to Addo

Setting course for the coast once again, we pass through the open plains of the Karoo and the wildlife charms of the Addo National Park. Upon arrival in the greater Addo region, we set up camp and head to the National Park to enjoy an afternoon game drive in our Nomad truck, in search of the famous elephants that call Addo home.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Afternoon game drive in Addo National Park (Overland truck)

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kudu Ridge Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Greater Addo Elephant National Park area

This morning you will have the option to visit Port Elizabeth before returning to camp for lunch and in the afternoon we make our second visit to Addo. Recent expansion has seen Addo grow to become the third largest of South Africa’s National Parks. The unique vegetation of Addo supports a wide variety of wildlife and we will spend the afternoon in search of the animals .

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Afternoon game drive in Addo NP (in the Overland truck)

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kudu Ridge Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Tsitsikamma National Park

Route: Addo area to Tsitsikamma

Setting out early this morning we make a brief visit to the surfing mecca of Jeffreys Bay. Most famous for its waves this little town is also home to a small Surfing Museum. We then turn west to the Tsitiskamma region where we set up for the next two nights and where the wonders of the Garden Route await.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Stop in the surfing town of Jeffreys Bay

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Tsitsikamma Cottages OR Tsitsikamma Village Inn

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Heart of the Garden Route

Route: Tsitsikamma to Wilderness

The Garden Route is a treasure trove of beautiful beaches, forest walks and an exciting menu of optional adventures. While our morning is set aside for an exploration of Nature’s Valley, this beautiful village offers us a chance to enjoy a hike or simply relax on the pristine beach in this paradise. We end the afternoon on the beautiful beaches of the Keurbooms Lagoon. Today offers a number of optional activities and your guide will assist you with a plan to get the most out the day, the truck will run a set schedule of pick-ups and drop-offs giving you the freedom to join or leave at the places of most interest to you. We celebrate our adventures with dinner out on the town this evening.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Morning Visit to Natures Valley

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Dunes Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Bungee Jumping, Birds of Eden, Monkey Town.

Day 18: Oudtshoorn

Route: Wilderness to Oudtshoorn

We make our way inland, crossing the Outeniqua Mountains and descend to the town of Oudtshoorn. We head to the famous Cango caves to enjoy a guided tour where we marvel at the astonishing formations that have formed in these impressive limestone caves.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Cango Caves basic tour

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kleinplaas Holiday Resort

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19 – Route 62 - Hermanus

Route: Oudtshoorn to Hermanus

Travelling through the valley of the Klein Karoo, we follow the winding tarmac of Route 62. Road trips in South Africa are an exploration of the rural highlights that dot the lesser known byways of the land. No journey would be complete without sampling the offerings of a “Padstal” along the way. These small farm stalls offer a selection of homemade treats and bakes and are an important cog in the economies of rural towns. One of the more quirky highlights today is Ronnie’s Sex Shop, not a sex shop at all, but a rather interesting country pub!

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Stop at Ronnie’s sex shop

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Windsor Hotel

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20 – The Cape Whale Coast Route

Route: Hermanus to Cape Town

Made up of a collection of villages, farms, rivers, bays, coves and valleys, the Cape Whale Coast is a pristine stretch of the South African coastline which runs from the town of Rooiels for roughly 150km, to the east. Beginning early, we will have a short time to stroll along the boardwalk in Hermanus in search of the southern right whales that frequent the shores in the months of July to November. Next we stop at the largest breeding colony of the African Penguin, Stony Point Nature Reserve before travelling along the coast to a wine farm in the Stellenbosch region to sample some chocolates & wine. Your tour comes to an end upon arrival in the city centre of Cape Town.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Stony Point Penguin Colony visit, Chocolate & Wine tasting

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch

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