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

2018
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Overview

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. 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. Excludes Activity Package; R 3 150 per person. 

This tour has a Comfort Option available.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Greater Kruger National Park

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

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 activity package offers the added excitement of experiencing the park from an open-sided 4×4 vehicle. This evening there is a second opportunity for the optional Sundowner Drive.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Game drive in Nomad truck

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Nkambeni Reserve or Timbavati Safari Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Activity Package: Kruger National Park 4x4 game drive

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

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Morning Bush Walk (Subject to Availability)

Day 4: Swaziland to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

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 Nomad Truck)

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary or Mbuluzi Game Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Isimangaliso, Greater St Lucia

Situated in the Ezulwini Valley, which translates to “valley of heaven”, the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is Swaziland’s oldest reserve and covers 4,560 hectares. As the reserve has no large predators we will enjoy a morning hiking amongst the game the roams the plains. Should you prefer there are a range of optional activities offered by the reserve and you could enjoy a game drive, mountain biking or a visit to the Chief’s traditional village. This afternoon we continue south into the reaches of Zululand, once the realm of the mighty King Shaka who united the Zulu clans. This evening we are treated to a cultural experience where we will learn more of the Zulu traditions and language

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Nature Walk in Mlilwane, Zulu Cultural Evening

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Shonalanga

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Mountain Biking, Swazi Cultural Excursion or Morning Game Drive – all in Mlilwane

Day 6: Hluhluwe – Imfolozi Game Reserve

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. The reserve has played a critical role in the preservation of these endangered animals, both Black and White Rhinoceros occur in the park and many populations owe their ongoing existence to animals that have been raised here. 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.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Shonalanga

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

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

Day 7: Durban

Durban has long been the favourite holiday destination for South Africans, the golden mile with its warm seas and safe swimming beaches attracts visitors throughout the year. This afternoon we have time to spend on the beaches of the golden mile or make an optional visit to the world-class aquarium complex at Ushaka Marine World. Tonight we enjoy a dinner out and an opportunity to sample the Indian influenced dishes that have become a hallmark of Durban cuisine.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Garden Court South Beach Hotel

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional Activity Dinner, U-Shaka Marine World

Day 8: UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

A lazy morning offers the chance for a final swim or stroll along the beach before we leave the coast behind us, our destination is the mountains of the 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 stop at the scenic Howick Falls and a visit to the nearby site that marked the capture of South Africa’s most famous man. In 1962, police waved down a car on a lonely stretch of road, they arrested Nelson Mandela who would go on to serve 27 years in prison before eventually becoming the president of South Africa in 1994.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Visit to the Mandela Capture Site, visit Howick Falls

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Monks Cowl

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

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Lesotho – Malealea

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

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

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

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.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Profcon Resort

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Valley of Desolation sundowner tour

Day 13: Greater Addo Elephant National Park area

We are joined this morning by a local guide who will introduce us the historical highlights of Graaff-Reinet, with one of the highest concentrations of monuments the town offers a charming insight into the history of the land. Setting course for the coast once again, we roll through the open plains of the Karoo and the wildlife charms of the Addo National Park.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kudu Ridge Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Activity Package: Graaff Reinet Historical Tour/Afternoon game drive in Addo National Park (Nomad truck)

Day 14: Greater Addo Elephant National Park area

Famed for the elephants after which the park was named, 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 that call Addo home.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

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

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kudu Ridge Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Tsitsikamma National Park

Setting out early this morning we game drive through the Addo National Park before turning west to Tsitsikamma, where the wonders of the Garden Route await. 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. Our final destination is the Tsitiskamma region where we set up for the next two nights.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Morning game drive in Addo in Nomad truck, stop in the surfing town of Jeffreys Bay

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Tsitsikamma Village Inn

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park is one of South Africa’s premier marine reserves and this morning we set out to explore the rugged coastline on foot. Our hike along the Waterfall Trail sees us cover the first section of the world renowned Otter Trail, this is not an easy hike and those who prefer a more leisurely option can make use of the boardwalks to the Storms River Mouth. For the adventurous the Waterfall Trail offers a spectacular winding path that follows the rocky coastline, an out and back trial we stop for a refreshing swim at the base of an icy Waterfall. For those who wish to get a birds-eye view of the magnificent forests an optional zip line tour through the canopy is offered this afternoon.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Tsitsikamma National Park entrance / beer tasting at Tsitsikamma Village Inn brewery

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Tsitsikamma Village Inn

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Treetop Canopy Tours

Day 17: Heart of the Garden Route

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 and Afternoon at Leisure on Keurbooms Beach

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Dunes Lodge OR Fairy Knowe Hotel

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Bungee Jumping, Birds of Eden, Monkey Town, Dinner out

Day 18: Oudtshoorn

This morning the adventurous can join a number of optional activities on offer in the resort town of Plettenberg Bay, the winter months (July to November) offer some of the finest Whale Watching in the world and an ocean safari is not to be missed during these months. For those less inclined to adventure on the high seas, the morning can be spent at leisure on the beach or exploring this holiday town. This afternoon we cross the Outeniqua Mountains as we wind our way to the Klein Karoo, we end the day with a visit to the impressive formations of the Cango Caves, we join a guided tour as we venture underground into this sprawling network of limestone caves.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kleinplaas Holiday Resort

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Activity Package: Cango Caves Heritage Tour/ Ocean Safari, Township Tour, Sea Kayaking and Whale Watching (in Season)

Day 19: Oudtshoorn to Paarl

Our first stop this morning is an Ostrich Farm where we undertake a guide tour to learn more about the world’s largest birds. 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! Our day ends with a celebratory dinner out.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Ostrich Farm Tour, Stop at Ronnie’s sex shop

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Le bac Estate

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch,

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Dinner

Day 20: Paarl – Cape Town

Cape Town is not only set in one of the most scenic parts of South Africa, but offers a wide variety of attractions and highlights. We will gain a unique insight into the city when we join a local guide for a Cultural Tour. We Sample some of the fine Cape wines and spend some time exploring the town of Stellenbosch. To allow for Sundays and Public Holidays the order of events may be reversed today, the tour will however always end in Cape Town in the afternoon.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Self-Guided Walk through Stellenbosch

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Own arrangements

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Lunch

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