Overview

On this Johannesburg to Cape Town journey you will enjoy a variety of adventures! We start our adventure exploring rock chasms at Bourke’s Luck Potholes, panoramic views of the Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window before heading off to the world renowned Kruger National Park where you will go on safari and try your luck at spotting the Big 5. Our travels will wind us through the rolling emerald hills of Swaziland and up to the highlands of Lesotho where you can go pony trekking. We then head down to the coast an on to the Garden Route before visiting the Cango Caves in Oudshoorn and exploring the winelands before arriving in Cape Town.

Featured Highlights

Not all highlights are included in the tour price and form part of the Activity Package. Ideally we would include all activities, but not everyone can afford this. The Activity Package can be pre-purchased or bought through your guide on day 1 of your tour.

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Itinerary

Our tours come with an Activity Package. This is an optional additional payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours and therefore this itinerary has been written with these items included in the day-by-day itinerary. Ideally we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this.

Day 01

South Africa – Panorama Route

Leaving Johannesburg we travel towards the Panorama Route one of South Africa’s most scenic drives. The Panorama route consists of Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Blyde River Canyon including God’s Window and Three Rondavels. This evening we will enjoy a traditional Shangaan Dinner with dancing.

Distance
±515km
Route
Johannesburg to Timbavati
Included Activities
South African Dinner & Traditional Dancing
Day 02

Kruger National Park

This morning we pack up and head towards the world famous Kruger National Park and immediately begin our first game drive in our truck. 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. We will spend the day driving through the park in our Nomad truck, which gives us an elevated view and increases our chance to spot the animals.

Distance
±95km
Route
Timbavati Lodge to Kruger National Park
Included Activities
Afternoon game drive in Nomad truck
Optional Activities
Evening Game Drive – Nkambeni Reserve
Day 03

Kruger National Park

We will make the most of our day travelling through the Kruger National Park in search of wildlife. Today you have the opportunity of experience Kruger in an optional open 4×4 safari vehicle.

Activity Package
Full day 4×4 Game Drive
Optional Activities
Morning Bush Walk – Nkambeni Reserve
Evening Game Drive – Nkambeni Reserve
Day 04

Swaziland - Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

The Kingdom of Swaziland is a landlocked country bordered by South Africa and Mozambique. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary is Swazilands oldest reserve and covers 4,560 hectares. As there are no large predators in this area there are a number of self-guided hikes available. Hiking is an excellent way of interacting with the flora and fauna here and comes highly recommended.

Distance
±230 km (in addition approx 150km in Kruger)km
Route
Kruger to Mlilwane
Optional Activities
Game drive – Mlilwane (min 2 clients)
Guided birding walk Mlilwane
Day 05

Isimangaliso, Greater St Lucia

We leave Swaziland and take a scenic drive towards the warm Indian Ocean coast, re-entering South Africa. Soon after our arrival at iSimangaliso Wetland Park we board a boat for a sunset cruise on the lagoon for some bird and hippo viewing! This UNESCO recognised area is extremely varied and includes: lakes, beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands together supporting an astounding diversity of animal, bird and marine life.

Distance
±335km
Route
Mlilwane to St. Lucia
Activity Package
St. Lucia Boat Cruise
Day 06

Hluhluwe - Umfolozi Game Reserve

This morning we drive to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve for a game drive in open 4×4 vehicles. The park is the only state-run park in the province of KwaZulu-Natal where all the Big Five occur. In the afternoon we return to St Lucia and have the opportunity to participate in a Zulu Cultural Evening.  During the cultural tour,  we visit a local shebeen for beer tasting, made from the local Ilala Palm, unique to the Zululand area and visit a local homestead to experience the Zulu culture.  Upon returning to our accommodation, we will be entertained by Zulu classes where you will learn the basics of the Zulu language and enjoy some Zulu dancing.

Activity Package
Zulu Cultural Evening
Game Drive in Hluhluwe/Imfolozi National Park
Day 07

Durban

Today we arrive at Durban, South Africa’s largest marine port and well-known surfing destination. The evening can be spent enjoying authentic Indian cuisine as Durban is also home to the largest population of people of Indian descent outside of India

Distance
±240km
Route
St. Lucia to Durban
Optional Activities
Dinner Out Durban
Day 08

UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

We leave behind the beautiful beaches of KwaZulu Natal and travel inland to the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg or Royal Natal National Park, part of the huge and incredibly scenic Drakensberg Escarpment. The Drakensberg is South Africa’s highest mountain range with peaks at over 3000 metres. Hiking is the most popular activity here and your guides will take you on a lovely hike if you are not already busy with other optional activities.

Distance
±265km
Route
Durban to Drakensberg
Day 09

UKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

Today, our second day in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, we will have the opportunity to go on a guided walk to see some of the San rock paintings or just relax around camp and enjoy the day at your leisure.

Included Activities
Hiking*
Day 10

Lesotho - Malealea

It’s a visually impressive drive up to the Lesotho border. Lesotho is one of the highest countries in the world, with the entire country being over 1000m above sea level.

Distance
±370km
Route
Drakensberg to Malealea Lodge
Activity Package
Lesotho Village Visit
Optional Activities
Pony Trekking
Day 11

Lesotho - Malealea

Today we get up early and those who opt to go on the optional Pony Trekking Excursion will ride into the remote hills of Lesotho accompanied by local guides. On your return, the group will visit the local village and school (school holidays permitting).

Optional Activities
Hiking – Lesotho (per hour)
Day 12

South Africa – Cintsa

Leaving the ‘Kingdom in the Skies’ behind us we travel south to Cintsa. We will spend the next two nights here and have the chance to relax and participate in the many activities available at the resort.

Distance
±500km
Route
Malealea to Cintsa
Day 13

Cintsa

Today is a day at leisure where you can choose to participate in the many optional activities (such as quadbike hire, abseiling, canoe trails or pedal boat hire) or just laze around the campsite and enjoy the sights and sounds of your surroudings.

Optional Activities
Sea Kayaking / Canoe trail
Quad Biking
Day 14

Addo Elephant National Park

This unique Eastern Cape park is home to one of the densest concentrations of African elephants on earth as well as boasting the ‘Big Seven’(elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, southern right whale and great white shark) as Addo is a land and marine park.

Distance
±320km
Route
Cintsa to Addo
Included Activities
Afternoon game drive in nomad truck
Day 15

Tsitsikamma National Park

This morning we will make a quick stop at Port Elizabeth’s airport and arrive in the afternoon at Tsitsikamma. The name means ‘place of abundant water’ and it does not disappoint, with its indigenous forests and dramatic coastline. This area is home to the famous multi-day Otter Trail hike and the first few hours of this hike is included in your Activity Package.

Distance
±210km
Route
Addo National Park to Tsitsikamma
Included Activities
Tsitsikamma National Park Entrance
Day 16

Tsitsikamma National Park

As today is free for you to explore the small village of Storms River, why not spend your time participanting in the optional activities available such as blackwater tubing, jumping the highest bungee jump in the world Bloukrans or discover the Tsitsikamma rainforest from above by joining one of the treetop canopy tours on offer.

Optional Activities
Bungee Jumping (highest in the world)
Treetop Canopy Tours
Blackwater Tubing (min 4 clients)
Day 17

Knysna / Plettenberg Bay

It is a short distance to Plettenberg Bay. In the afternoon you can choose between remaining to relax at the resort or taking a short excursion into nearby Knysna to explore.

Distance
±70km
Route
Tsitsikamma to Plettenberg Bay
Places
Optional Activities
Birds of Eden
Monkey Town
Day 18

Oudtshoorn

Today we travel through the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains towards Oudtshoorn where we visit the world-famous Cango Caves. The caves contain spectacular halls and grand limestone formations, and a local guide will tell you all about the cave system, which extends for over 4km.

Distance
±150km
Route
Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn
Activity Package
Cango Caves Basic Tour
Optional Activities
Ostrich Farm Visit
Day 19

Oudtshoorn – Grabouw

We take a scenic drive to Grabouw, taking in some of Route 62 and a possible stop at Ronnie’s Sex Shop, not a sex shop at all, but a rather interesting country pub… Today we will visit the Kraal Gallery, a family business that trains, employs & empowers women to become qualified master weavers. Here you will have the opportunity to participate in the 2-3 hour “Weaverbird course”, where your teacher will guide you through the steps of making your own take-home weaved sample.  Later in the evening, we will enjoy some wine tasting and a dinner out at one of the local wine farms in the area. (a portion of this activity may take place the following day).

 


Distance
±400km
Route
Oudtshoorn to Somerset West
Activity Package
Kraal Gallery Weaving & Wine Tasting Tour
Included Activities
Stop at Ronnie’s sex shop
Day 20

Stellenbosch - Cape Town

After a leisurely breakfast, we will make our way to Stellenbosch which forms the heart of the Western Cape’s wine region and second oldest European settlement in the Western Cape.  You will have the opportunity to explore this historical town on foot before making our way to Cape Town, the final destination of our tour.   Your tour ends upon arrival in Cape Town.

Distance
±45km
Route
Somerset West to Cape Town
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Activity Package

Below are all highlights that are part of the Activity Package. This is an optional additional payment that covers what we consider to be 'essential activities' on our tours. This payment is 100% transparent and is listed under the itinerary of the tour and in our pre departure information document.

  • Full day 4×4 Game Drive
  • St. Lucia Boat Cruise
  • Zulu Cultural Evening
  • Game Drive in Hluhluwe/Imfolozi National Park
  • Lesotho Village Visit
  • Cango Caves Basic Tour
  • Kraal Gallery Weaving & Wine Tasting Tour

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